CD 6.2 是AVM OVATION 系列中唯一的CD播放機，同時也是該品牌最高級CD型號，它外觀極為簡潔美觀，平整滑手的鋁合金製成機箱，以陽極化處理顯得典雅大氣，而且表面並無固定螺絲蹤跡可尋，展現出德國金工極高的製造水準，機箱頂板刻蝕著AVM字樣，顯示出它的旗艦級獨特身份。
CD 6.2 的入碟採用吸入式，Pure-CD驅動器則是委托 TEAC 獨身定造，整個讀碟機構密封，祇留出入碟的一條縫隙 ，並採用整體彈簧懸浮避震，讓CD光頭在無干擾的環境下穩定工作。供電方面一直被音響工程師所重視，CD 6.2 的供電變壓器採取完善的屏蔽設計，內設兩隻獨立變壓器分別為數碼和模擬電路供電，有效分隔兩部分電路避免產生相互干擾。在播放功能方面，具備了升頻處理能力，用家可根據需要，可從CD編碼制式的16bit/44.1kHz提升至最高24bit/192kHz自行調整，除此之外，還提供 smooth 和 steep 兩種數碼濾波選擇。CD 6.2並不是一部只懂播放CD碟這樣簡單，它同時是一部D/A轉換器，機背設有1組USB、2組SDDIF同軸、 2組SDDIF光纖和1組AES/EBU四種數碼輸入介面，可對應不同數碼音源，例如電腦、媒體播放機、CD轉盤等...。
CD 6.2 聲音個性鮮明有光澤、順滑和帶點甜味，中高頻訊息量豐富。在播放現場版錄音的音樂碟時，環境中的微弱雜音和樂器演奏時的質感表露無遺，定位清晰準確。樂音的余韻自然飄逸而乾淨，整體聲音表現平順。遇到強弱對比明顯的管弦樂章或起伏多變的擊鼓樂，都顯得充滿躍動感，整體展現出相當堂皇的氣勢，節奏顯得非常穩重，明確地表現出極低頻的部份，卻毫無做作之感，極低頻的有層次般湧出，與整體音樂有無比的和諧感。CD 6.2音域相當均衡，重播的音樂顯得非常流暢而活躍，表現出富有彈跳力的動態對比與節奏感而毫無紊亂，這是它最為難能可貴之處。
Product AVM CD6.2 CD Player
在一套音響中，除了嚴格甄選擴音機、喇叭、訊源等設備外，對於線材事實非常重要和講究。對此有人不以為然，認為要改善音質而將金錢和精力投放在線材上是一種浪費，線材對音質的改善渺小，那麼線材究竟對聲音的影響到底有多大呢？讓我們一起於8月27日在新漢灣仔陳列室所舉辦的《英國 The Chord Company ＂Sarum 系列＂線材音樂聚會》聚首一堂，以務實態度體驗和論討一下對音響線材的看法。
Sarum Super ARAY RCA 訊號線
Sarum Super ARAY XLR 訊號線
Sarum Super ARAY 唱臂線
日期: 2016年8月27日 (星期六)
時間: 下午 2:30 – 4:30
地點: 新漢家庭娛樂中心 / 灣仔駱克道 188 號兆安中心 5 樓
(請註名: 英國 The Chord Company ＂Sarum 系列＂線材音樂聚會，並留下參加人數及電話作聯絡)
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The Chord Company 品牌簡介:
英國 The Chord Company (和絃) 所生產的音響線材，由設計到製成的整個工序，都於威爾特郡(英格蘭南部的一郡)的生產總部內進行。The Chord Company 由1986年成立後便開始生產及售賣Chrysalis系列接線，由於Chrysalis擁有高度平衡的音色表現，不偏重於某一頻率輸出，因此推出之後瞬即成為市場焦點。其餘的產品同樣表現出色，在世界各地音響產品市場上獲得良好的反應，然而The Chord Company (和絃) 亦致力改良及提升產品質素，在改進的過程上，仍然堅持產品表現忠於真實表現，作為器材之間最直接與及不偏不倚的連接導線。
AVB is an advanced networked technology conforming to IEEE norm, accomplished via Ethernet connection. Simply speaking, AVB ensures latency free and time synchronized signal transmission to provide users with Dolby Atmos surround sound experience. Richcoln's Home Entertainment Centre employs a 22.4-channel AIA (Ascendo Immersive Audio) system comprising dedicated active coaxial loudspeakers by Ascendo of Germany. These loudspeakers are capable of delivering a well cohered sound that is free of coloration.....
Product ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO
Since its founding in 1974, Exposure of UK has specialized in design and production of CD players and amplifiers. The use of quality components and affordable pricing make them popular among aficionados of British sounding products.
The current issue of AV Frontline journal features Exposure's two latest models - the 3010S2 D pre-amplifier and 3010S2 stereo power amplifier. While the aesthetics and components used remain, internal circuitry has undergone changes. The input stage incorporates cascode bipolar transistors operating in Class-A mode coupled with enhanced power supply. This results in vast improvements in sound quality. The optional D/A converter or phono stage module fulfills the current demands for analogue and digital sources. Exposure's care for the quality of power supplies gives rise to using highly regarded Noratel toroidal transformers and custom filtering capacitors to provide ample power reserve. AV Frontline's choice of the 3010S2 duo to partner the very musical PMC fact.8 speakers testifies the system's full potential and well reflects the contributing writer's view.
Richcoln Company Ltd launches its groundbreaking AVB digital home theatre system to refreshing one's experience in 3D surround-sound
Over the last seven to eight years, the application of AVB networked transmission technology has been confined to military and professional audio domain. The entry of a fully digital era has freed our home theatre systems from limitations of conventional technology with introduction of AVB.
AVB is an abbreviation of Audio Video Bridging. The conventional audio/video equipment has been configured in a single-direction mode and made professional management and operation difficult. Not only does this incur substantial cabling but is also costly and renders operation inflexible. Employment of Ethernet connection is considered the best solution for audio/video systems. This leads to development of IEEE802.1 AV bridging norm and the superiority of AVB technology is evident. Let us explore the accomplishments of Richcoln's digital home theatre from various perspectives.
Product ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO
Richcoln's new AVB home theatre fully supports modern surround formats like AURO 3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The AURO 3D 13.1-channel system requires employment of Ascendo's CCRM and SMS series of loudspeakers equipped with AVB networked transmission interface, totalling 22 coaxial loudspeakers and 4 large subwoofers. The pictures provided well illustrate its detailed hardware configuration.
This home theatre features a breakthrough in its design. AVB networked transmission of audio signals is fully utilized throughout - from the surround-sound processor to loudspeakers via Ethernet connection. The most alluring element of AVB lies in its exceptional speed, nearly zero error and phase accuracy, elevating the sound quality to achieve high-end calibre. This offers incomparable advantages over conventional analogue signal transmission, which suffers limitations of cable construction and the detrimental effects of inductance, capacitance and phase shift incurred. The coaxial loudspeakers by Ascendo of Germany offers a phase cohered point-source polar pattern peculiar to this type of drive units and has an inherent capability to create an embracing holographic 3D soundstage. In addition, each loudspeaker is powered by a built-in amplifier rated at 1000 watts. The integration of AVB's ultra-fast, zero-latency networked signal transmission frees all issues that have handicapped the sound quality of conventional home theatres. The introduction of AVB networked audio signal transmission doubtlessly serves as a golden key to a fantastic home theatre.
Product ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO
Putting aside the fact that the entire purpose of The Absolute Sound, from Day One, has been to observe and comment on the differences in voicing and nuance among competing products....... What I do agree with is that things have gotten better in hi-fi, and that they’ve gotten better across the board, regardless of price point. What has changed in my view — and it has changed in every type of component from front end to back — is the audibility of distortions. Simply put, noises of all sorts (be they electrical or mechanical) have been reduced, and as a direct result resolution of all sorts and transparency to sources have been increased.
Nowhere is this lowering of noise and increase in resolution more apparent than in front-end components, particularly analog front-end components. People sometimes wonder why, outside of old age and a perverse streak of Luddism, guys like me are still wedded to LPs — or why LPs are currently selling at a faster clip than they were in their heyday. For music lovers, ..... it’s because they sound better — which is to say, more beautiful, more exciting, more like the real thing. This was true at the dawn of the Digital Era, and in spite of the many advances that digital sources have made (and they have) it is even truer today.
Perhaps you’d have to be a geezer (like someone we know) to fully appreciate how much more of everything (color, dynamics, detail, dimensionality, presence, sheer musical life) current LP-playback gear is able to retrieve from those fifty-or-sixty-year-old grooves — and consequently how much closer LP playback now comes to the sound absolute — than the very best of yesteryear or, in some cases, yesterday...... the consequent better tracing and tracking of contemporary cartridges have revolutionized (and I don’t think that’s too strong a word) LP playback. It is mind-boggling to discover how much you were previously missing on LPs you thought you knew by heart — on LPs you’ve been playing for virtually an entire lifetime — and how far hearing more of what you haven’t heard goes toward creating a more credible illusion of the real thing. It kind of makes you wonder where it’s all going to end — how much more music and performance is still hidden in those little canyons of vinyl.
All this brings me to the subject at hand, the Acoustic Signature Invictus turntable and TA-9000 tonearm. Simply put, this ultra-expensive bit of Teutonic engineering is the best record player (by far) that I have heard in my home. And the difference between it and other rivals isn’t trivial or a matter of nuance.
This incredibly massive (375 pounds of CNC-milled aluminum and brass, not including its 400-pound stand), six-motor, belt-driven, almost Mayan-looking objet du son from Gunther Frohnhoefer of Germany is not only the biggest, heaviest, and most imperturbable record player I have ever come across -- you simply cannot make it feed back vibration, even by pounding on it with both hands while it is playing -- it is also the most versatile (it accepts four tonearms) and the simplest to use (at least, once you’ve hoisted it onto a suitable support system). Unbelievably quiet in playback, in combination with the TA-9000 tonearm it tracks with the precision of a Westrex cutterhead, reproducing instruments and vocals with unparalleled three-dimensionality, solidity, color, detail, power, pace — all those good things — and turning the soundstage into a veritable diorama of a symphony orchestra, a string quartet, a jazz quintet, or a rock trio.
Acoustic Signature’s TA-9000 tonearm is built up millimeter by millimeter via a selective-laser-melting process (each ’arm takes 50 hours of processing on a €25 million SLM machine) to produce a resonance-free structure impossible to create by any other means. (Internally, the ’arm has tree-branch-like “limbs” that connect its inner tube to an outer tube, channeling resonances like a grounding wire channels RF). With highest-precision/tolerance ceramic bearings, it is as sonically invisible (and utterly imperturbable) as Acoustic Signature’s fabulous Invictus.
I will have a good deal more to say about this standard-setting turntable and tonearm in future installments of this blog, and when I review the entire system in the magazine. But for the nonce, if you’re really into vinyl, looking for the best LP-source component, and have the requisite do-re-mi (roughly $123k for the package!), here ’tis.