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Home Theatre / Re: Zidoo UHD3000 4K Media Player Review
« Last post by EconAv on Today at 00:52:43 »
ESS9068AS 4DA Stereo. 2ch to XLR , 2ch to RCA.
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Disc / Vinyl / Media / Streaming / Re: What discs did you just bought?
« Last post by Francishuang on 14 June, 2021, 20:03:55 pm »
Any idea how many version of sister Drum sacd are there?

No....no....I can resist.   I will listen to my Sister Drum SACD and stay contented.

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Disc / Vinyl / Media / Streaming / Re: What discs did you just bought?
« Last post by Audio on 14 June, 2021, 19:32:10 pm »
Can share the link of the sister Drum? Very cheap, must get 1 more. Haha
It retails for around 1700usd from the label.

Its normal red book layer

No....no....I can resist.   I will listen to my Sister Drum SACD and stay contented.

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DIY Stuff / KSGER T12 Soldering Station
« Last post by Audio on 14 June, 2021, 19:25:44 pm »
A close friend recommend this to me.

I bought this item from Aliexpress at $68.

This is a good DIY tool but is a sad case of mass production without close monitoring.

Surprisingly quick delivery, it arrived only a couple of days upon placing my order.  My bundle was for the Soldering Station plus 5 soldering tips of various tip configurations.

Upon power up, there was an "ERROR" message and the tip was stone cold.  I went to google and true enough, there has been a lot of complaints.
I opened up the handle to examine the contacts and discover that the tip could not be inserted fully and hence the issue.  I only get it to work by remove a part of the barrel that prevented the tip from being fully inserted into the handle.  ( You can see the removed barrel on the right side of the picture).

Now it works and the tip zoomed up to 350 C in a blink of an eye, (about 5 seconds) and melt solder easily.  It maintain the tip temperature and give you a continuous tip temperature display.

I am happy with this purchase and would recommend this to our DIY community if they do soldering at home.

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Disc / Vinyl / Media / Streaming / Re: What discs did you just bought?
« Last post by Francishuang on 14 June, 2021, 19:12:44 pm »
Can share the link of the sister Drum? Very cheap, must get 1 more. Haha
It retails for around 1700usd from the label that releases the Sister Drum Crystal cd.

Its normal red book layer


It was ¥100k, same as Flamenco disc - I grabbed both (too curious to analyse the MQA coding  ;D ). Shipping worked out to be free as I had enough points from cdjapan (it's where I buy most of my SHM disc and past MQA discs).

By the way, I assume the crystal disc is a single-layer redbook disc yes? The issue is that my Plextor drive that analyses discs can't read dual-layer SACD/BR discs.
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Disc / Vinyl / Media / Streaming / Re: What discs did you just bought?
« Last post by AndrewC on 14 June, 2021, 18:49:03 pm »
Nice! How much is it going for on cd japan? which serial # is it?



It was ¥100k, same as Flamenco disc - I grabbed both (too curious to analyse the MQA coding  ;D ). Shipping worked out to be free as I had enough points from cdjapan (it's where I buy most of my SHM disc and past MQA discs).

By the way, I assume the crystal disc is a single-layer redbook disc yes? The issue is that my Plextor drive that analyses discs can't read dual-layer SACD/BR discs.
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I just acquired Apocalypse Now: Final Cut on 4K UHD and was dying to experience it, but I just couldn’t persuade Choo to do it with me. I even told her Barry referenced it so hilariously and it’s a sign. She laughed, recalling that scene, turned to me and said the dreaded words: “go ahead and see it on your own.” She could clearly still remember the experience of sitting through Apocalypse Now Redux some years ago.

Now, I have seen all the versions of this astounding film and my only regret is not being able to catch this at the cinema. I still vividly remember ogling at the larger-than-life painted poster adorning a cinema in Malacca in 1979. A human head awash in the colours of blood and fire, with a big word “apocalypse” in its title would do that to a boy. But my parents said no. They had already brought me to see Alien that year all because I fell in love with the poster and the tagline: “in space no one can hear you scream”, which scared the bejesus out of me. It was alright - I filed the movie under “things I will do when I grow up”.

My first Apocalypse Now experience was at the NUS library on a video tape and it was astonishing. It’s a war film, but it’s a lot more than that. My feeble brain then couldn’t grasp all the existential meaning but it was soul-shattering out-of-the-world experience. Every few years I would take it out of my collection for a watch and now it’s the 4K UHD which is a stunning visual and audio assault on the senses.

Oh... I have even read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness which inspired the movie and saw the illuminating documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse on how Francis Ford Coppola went to a dark place while making the film. So you know I am a big fan of the movie and I will now bestow a few good words on the movie.

There are many great films that addressed the Vietnam War like Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line and even First Blood, each with their own approach on the Vietnam conflict, but Apocalypse Now comes at it on an existential angle. It’s surreal, it’s even weird but it’s goddammit the truth about how war destroys the human soul. It opines the idea that we like to think we are perched on top of the food chain but it’s a flawed structure with nature waiting to cut us down to oblivion. If this pandemic teaches you nothing, know this - without mankind, the animal kingdom and vast nature will reclaim earth with gratitude.

The narrative structure effectively uses a boat ride into the depths of the jungle as the spine. The whole voyage resembles a winding journey through the entrails of a human being and it’s a world of shit at the end, metaphorically. The most memorable part of the journey for most people would be at the mouth of the river where our ragtag team of protagonists meet Colonel Kilgore played indelibly by Robert Duvall who uttered one of the most unforgettable lines, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” There are others like the one where the patrol boat stops  fishing boat and ends up killing everyone onboard.

The Final Cut still retains the French plantation sequence which I always feel overstay its welcome and the poor choice of music for the love scene does it no favours. I really don’t mind the additional footage but I am not sure the film needed it.

All through the meandering journey, Colonel Kurtz’s looming presence becomes stronger and he is the destination of the long journey, and he is to be terminated with extreme prejudice. Marlon Brando got a lot of riffraff for what’s essentially a 30-minute screen time and for a US$1 million pay-check. But time has a way of justifying Coppola’s casting choice. These days you can’t see another actor playing that role because of Brando’s iconic stature and his voice. Before we even see him, we hear him, his haunting disembodied voice coming from darkness and half-light. To hear him reciting the words from T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men is to feel a cold shiver run down your spine. To listen to Kurtz is to understand how he has realised the reality of war and how he can no longer see life the same way except through madness and despair. Willard, the man sent to kill him, also discovers that despairing truth. Death becomes a release from the horror, the horror.

This is a great film and it will stand the test of time. It is a great war film because it dares to push the boundary to the dark fringes of the human soul. Its meaning so elusive through first viewing becomes clearer through each subsequent viewing. It’s a film way ahead of its time. Remember the blue and red pill reference in The Matrix? Apocalypse Now is you taking the red pill and you go down the rabbit hole of cold hard truth about the human existence.
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Home Theatre / Re: Zidoo UHD3000 4K Media Player Review
« Last post by Audio on 14 June, 2021, 11:42:07 am »
Is the 9068 used as dual mono or single stereo or as a multi channel?

I only saw one chip ESS9068AS being deployed.  So very likely they are doing a single Stereo.  Datasheet shows that there are only 2 channels in this chip.

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Home Theatre / Re: Zidoo UHD3000 4K Media Player Review
« Last post by DoggieHowser on 14 June, 2021, 11:17:30 am »
Is the 9068 used as dual mono or single stereo or as a multi channel?
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Home Theatre / Re: Zidoo UHD3000 4K Media Player Review
« Last post by Audio on 14 June, 2021, 10:27:53 am »
User in Stereonet wanted to know the difference between Zidoo Z9X and UHD3000.

Since I highlight the comparison in Stereonet, I suppose I will do the comparison here in hifive.sg.


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19 hours ago, nur_hsc said:
Beter better better but important does it make better picture n sound? Sorry the pun. Thx

This is highly dependent on your current equipment.  Are they good enough to show the difference?  Are you fussy enough to appreciate the difference?  Is the difference worth paying several times the price of the Z9X?  These could only be answered by yourself.

Frankly if you just want the RTD1619 Dolby Vision Engine functionalities, the Z9X would be enough.   But if you already own a elaborate video system setup, then build quality matters and only the UHD3000 would do because you would want the better unit to match up.

It's fortunate that I happen to have 2 iPhone shots at my screen; one done while playing the Z9X and the other with UHD3000.  Frankly, I could not tell the difference mentally because I could definitely accept and live with the Z9X quality.    But now that I am doing the comparison for you, there is indeed a difference and yes, the UHD3000 has better details.

Looks at her facial complexion (right cheek), the sparkle details on her right hand pad and the hair details on her right arm.

Also, please understand my "better" is not the same as your "better".

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