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HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: Isolation Platform
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:48:10 AM »
Hello Bro Sydney1128. Unfortunately, I have to hold back experimenting with the solid tonewood platforms due to a slight set back. Cdp one channel died.  :-\

Probably in 30 to 45 days time.

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: Isolation Platform
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:59:44 PM »
No problem Bro Sydney1128, however my discovery, I must say was a total fluke. I managed to sidestep purchasing pedestrian grade furniture at a premium price. Heng ah! Let you guys know the outcome of natural solid wood platforms. I am gonna try mahogany and monkey pod first."

Happy Listening Everyone  :)

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Platforms
« on: April 04, 2017, 01:17:35 AM »
Actually, I was not too concerned about it being light weight, when it comes to quality and performance. Natural solid wood legs and frames are nice but chipboard for shelves are a no go for me, especially for audio applications. From reading up in audio forums, most people rate chipboard shelves very poorly. A friend has one and once I lifted it, I sensed something was funky as it was too light for MDF, which I assumed it was since Guizu though affordable, are not exactly cheap in Singapore. Chipboard shelving even in normal furniture, are considered budget low grade. Anyway, I will be getting real solid wood platforms custom made. Real excited about that.

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: Isolation Platform
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:31:35 PM »

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: Isolation Platform
« on: April 01, 2017, 02:59:13 AM »
Actually I came across a pic online of a cross section of the guizu shelves. I believe it's from a quizu site or perhaps a dealer's site promoting the product (in taobao?). I don't recall anymore if it was a cross section of the rack and/or the amp platform. It does have several horizontal hollow "slots" (air chambers?) which I too believe, could be implemented to reduce weight (no idea of the reason) of the racks. From the pic, it is wood but not MDF for sure or any kind of natural solid wood. I then compared the pic of the cross section of the quizu shelf to a stock pic of standard issue chipboard (cross section) from the internet. It looks exactly the same. Hence my belief that guizu shelves are made of chipboard. Whether chipboard with hollow slots in the centre contributes to "better sound", I have no idea.

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: Isolation Platform
« on: March 31, 2017, 02:38:53 AM »
I did some research and discovered that Guizu uses what looks like a kind of chipboard on all of their racks. The legs and and frame is probably real wood but the shelves are all chipboard (?) . I was wondering why their racks were on the light side even for MDF.  :o

HiFiCafe Coffee and Tea discussion / Re: Cafe Visit in San Francisco
« on: February 01, 2017, 03:28:35 AM »
Hi Bro Sydney,

I was born and raised in Singapore but I spent an extended period of time in the Bay Area many years ago. Many fond memories. They don't have our hawker centres and foodcourts but they have their diners. Big portions at reasonable prices! Spent some time in the german part of Switzerland too. Loved the sidewalk cafes, especially in the small towns. Quaint double storey shop houses with cobblestone sidewalks. Pace always easy going and lazy. Not rushed and kancheong like in Singapore. Oh yah...less car fumes while sipping kopi too.

HiFiCafe Coffee and Tea discussion / Re: Cafe Visit in San Francisco
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:39:06 PM »
Hello Everyone. Happy Lunar New Year!

My palate is not really discerning when it comes to coffee. I am just able to tell the difference between acceptable and great. I tend to go back to places that hold a special place in my know, nostalgic reasons and atmosphere. Not so much on the actual quality of coffee, as long as it's acceptable...not nasty. Starbucks San Francisco along Geary Street (my first specialiaty coffee cafe)... right across from the American Conservatory Theater, Starbucks Sausalito, Caffe Trieste Sausalito and Seattles Best Coffee Seattle near Pikes ...4 cafes that I will remember with the utmost fondness.

There are many nice cafes in Singapore but so far...none that I have grown strongly attached to. I like Starbucks a lot but don't feel as strongly attached like I was to ones in San Francisco. Many of the Baristas are nice enough but the crowd, hmm, just too loud and too many screaming toddlers and kids who are not taught to behave appropriately in public. Many branches too many students hogging the tables and Insurance agents conducting business...quite a turn off.

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: upgrade of wall plug
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:20:31 AM »
All of my cables and outlet is almost 2 years old. When I can get some kind soul to help me change the Sine back to MK, I will in a heartbeat. Though not the main culprit, I suspect it's contributing to the tizz. I could be wrong, but I read somewhere in passing, that platinum is from the same family as rhodium. Aiyah, should have gotten the gold plated one.

HiFiCafe Coffee and Tea discussion / Re: Cafe Visit in San Francisco
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:11:00 AM »
Hi. Unfortunately, I did not take any pics. I used to live in SF Bay Area many moons ago. I think camphones haven't even come out yet when I left and I am not really into taking photos. I also spent several months in Seattle, my favorite city in the US. I was all lazy and relaxed in the Bay Area. In Seattle, I turned to Jello. Hehe. Weather not as nice a San Francisco, but Seattle is special. Much more balanced overall. Coffee culture is fantastic there. The birthplace of Starbucks...:)

HiFiCafe Coffee and Tea discussion / Re: Cafe Visit in San Francisco
« on: December 28, 2016, 02:12:45 AM »
I have been to Caffe Trieste in San Francisco. Sausalito, which is across the Golden Gate Bridge also has a Caffe Trieste. Not sure if it's the same ownership though. Always had a good time in cafes in Sausalito and San Francisco. Feel so relaxed and lazy there.

On a side note, did you pay a visit to Lefty O'Douls or Tommy's Joynt? They are Hoffbraus.

HiFi Audio Equipment Discussion / Re: upgrade of wall plug
« on: December 28, 2016, 12:40:08 AM »
Seeking opinion on Sine wall outlets...any users out there? Compared with other brands (US outlets) like Oyaide, Hubbell or MK etc etc? I have a nagging slight tizzy treble that I can't seem to get rid off... and through process of's either the Sine outlet or a mismatch in PC plug (oyaide 004) to the Sine outlet. Any users having/had the same problem and using Sine too? Thanks

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