Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On photo equipment

I sometimes get asked (dunno why me?) whether to buy new lens or upgrade camera body. And then I always remember what Dzieko told me ages ago, even before I got myself into photography:
Bodies go, lenses stay.
So whenever buying lens remember you'll - most probably - get stuck with it for much longer than with camera body. And always buy the best lens you can afford at the expense of the price of camera body.

Just a small hint...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On Che

There is this movie by Steven Soderbergh on Che Guevara titled Che. It comes in two parts, starring Benicio Del Toro as Che. It's interesting to see what is behind the legend of Che. First part deals with Cuban revolution, second deals with Argentine and demise of Che. Not Hollywood pulp, almost para-documentary. Highly recommended if you are interested in Cuba, Politics, History and Latin America.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

On yesterday's post

You see - I am an engineer (slash) scientist. I know who Shannon and Kotielnikov were, I can even prove Nyquist's sampling frequency theorem. I know different ADC and DAC implementations, I know how different D-class amplifiers work. Damn, I just know that shit.

This is why I want to implement in my Hi-Fi an elegant solution. As all of my music collection is (in one way or another) digital and I would like to use D-Class amp (TacT Millenium - equivalent), I see no need to buy a component which would have additional DAC.

So my previous post was on the first element in this line - source. Then I can hook it up to Tact S-2150 X D (no analog inputs here!) in digital domain and output power signal (analog) to B&W 803, ProAc Carbon Pro (or equivalent). If my source has volume control I can even use cheaper T2. Perhaps I could even buy their DAC and build my own amp? Just wish I had more time...

And I know, I know - it's all about jitter.

Monday, June 7, 2010

On future-proof hi-fi

Well, it is not easy nor obvious.

I have a couple of hundreds of CDs back home, but let's face it - CDs are so '90s. What I would like to have is a digital content source rigged to good quality D-class amp and decent speakers.

I bought PS3 in hope to use it as a source (server), but there are several drawbacks:
1. It is not exactly audiophile-grade
2. Does not support the ONLY hi-quality audio format - FLAC
3. Require a TV

My friend uses Mac Mini, but I would like to avoid Apple products as much as possible. I do not want PC neither. So what can I use? Thing like Logitech Transporter comes to mind (XLR!), but this thing has no storage! What else? There is Olive HD, but have mixed feelings about that.

The second question is - where to get HD content? There are some web stores selling HD (like this and this and this), these days even DG offers FLAC to download. And I still would have to come up with reasonable way to rip CD to FLAC (people in the know say PC-ripping is not exactly the way)

Any ideas? Thoughts? Contributions?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On Iaido on the beach...

The place is just perfect... So I took out the sword and tried some batto-ho.

Utsuseme:


Noto:


Inazuma-gaeshi, take one


Inazuma-gaeshi, take x


And, oh yes, it was windy...

On small surprises

So the deal is like that - you walk the beach in Msambweni and you see a nice shell. Not a big collector's piece, but still something you would like to take a closer look at. But there is a catch... With claws...




And do not ever let anyone tell you that Nikon AF-D 50mm f/1.4 is not sharp...