Unknown Pleasures

MUDDY WATERS “FOLK SINGER” R2R Ultra Tape, the Ultra Edition?

Most of us audiophile has heard MUDDY WATERS “FOLK SINGER”. Therefore, I played the ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS ULTRA TAPE R2R edition for some guests to introduce them to the format. Immediately, one of them exclaimed, “the best sounding source I ‘ve ever heard” He did share that Muddy Waters’ voice was not as forceful and shouty, comparatively. The guitar’s strings were …

Bangkok Acoustic (The Groovin’ House Records), a Taste of Thai Atmosphere

The “Bangkok Acoustic” from The Groovin’ House Records. This is another vinyl record that Joe Poster Saksiri Pasothakang sent me. It contains tracks from a number of vocalists (both male and female) and instrumentals. All tracks are easily entertaining even though I do not understand the Thai language. I have played this records a number of time and each time …

PATRICIA BARBER ‘COMPANION’ (Premonition) Reel to Reel Tape

I remembered listening to a Patricia Barber album in R2R tape that got me hooked to the format. Listening to this confirmed that the R2R has more ambience, air, articulation, detail and energy than its digital siblings, even though it was recorded digitally. Ultimately, it is audibly more lively and “you are there”. (THE R2R tape is available in MALAYSIA …

MUDDY WATER “FOLK SINGER” in Reel to Reel Tape.

I think ‘some’ of us may be bored with the repeated reissue of well known audiophile titles in multiple formats…that is what I have been hearing. Some of the reissues are somewhat better than their older edition(s)… Instead of continuing to buy the reissues in different formats, I decided to take the plunge into their most expensive format, the Reel …

CHEN JIA “We Meet Again, Teresa” in UHQR/ Ultra-High Quality ONE-STEP!

A new production company, HYPER ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS together with Michael C. Ross and, at Capitol Studios Hollywood, CA produce the above-mentioned vinyl album of the well received songstress’ rendition of the late TERESA TENG‘s famous songs. The production of the clear vinyl album was done through the highest and latest technology available to this date, at a much higher expense …

“UHDLP REFERENCE SAMPLER” 1STEP UHQLP, an Ultra High Definition presentation?

Andy Lam of MODERN RECORDS, and FUNG HANG RECORD LTD recent package for review include another UHQLP in 1Step, 33.3rpm 180g vinyl, Half Speed Mastering titled, “UHDLP REFERENCE SAMPLER” (AM6062LP). The included tracks are taken from their catalogue and remastered by Miles Shorwell at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS (UK). After a listen to the UHQLP, I am convinced that the future …

ZHAO CONG “SOUND OF CHINA” 45RPM 1 STEP 180g UHQLP RECORD

Andy Lam of MODERN RECORDS, and FUNG HANG RECORD LTD have sent me their first 1Step UHQLP Vinyl Record Album, ZHAO CONG “SOUND OF CHINA, DANCE IN THE MOON” (PIPA ALBUM), double 45RPM in HQ 180g (MCD3101LP45). This album was earlier released in UHQCD/DSD (MCD3101UHQ), which I found it to be sonically clean, detail, and dynamic. Therefore. I have used it …

UHQCD HIFI FLAMENCO (MCD3112UHQ-MQA) Modern Records

(Mr.) Andy Lam of MODERN AUDIO LIMITED/MODERN RECORDS graciously contacted me and presented me this UHQCD titled “HIFI FLAMENCO” for possible reviews. I am sure CD collectors/audiophile around the world may have awared of the above-mentioned title and some may even owned it already,…I have the CD (JVC Japanese Pressing) some years ago. UHQCD is by MEMORY TECH CORPORATION (JAPAN) and its …