Monday, December 31, 2012

Colorfly C3 24 Bit Portable Music Player Review

 Colorfly C3 24 Bit Portable Music Player Review (Not a Professional One!)

Specification: Chips: DAC: TI PCM1770
Output: 3.5mm
PO interface a Screen: 0.82 inch OLED screen
Data Transfer: USB, support TF card expansion
Capacity: 8GB
The audio formats are supported:
WAV :32-48KHz 8-24bit FLAC :32-48KHz 16bit
APE :32-48KHz 16bit MP3 :8-320Kbps WMA :8-448Kbps
Audio Performance: THD + Noise Ratio >97db
Frequency Range 22Hz-20Khz ± 0.5db Dimensions: 80 * 50 * 9.9 mm   

This 24 bit portable music player caught my attention recently because of its price / performance factor. I am looking for a music player which sound better than the ipod or iphone and can support 24 bit music and sound neutral. Most importantly it should not be very expensive and have good battery life.

1.Build and UI The build is very solid. Made from entire aluminium cast with a touch screen navigation. It feels solid and heavy in my hand. I have to admit the screen is a little tiny. The User Interface or UI is very straight forward. You do not need to read the manual to figure out how to use this thing. good thing is it do support swipe to lock and unlock. Hold the menu button and you will activate the hidden menu where you can choose the EQ for this player. I will go into this later. 2.

2.Sound Quality

The sound quality is good. But how good is good? Well i am not so good in literature so i can t use bombastic words to describe it. But if i have to choose one word. It is neutral and smooth. You can listen to it for hours without fatigue. Players like Hippo Biscuit have that kind of warm on stage feel but this C3 is completely a different beast. It is very neutral and transparent. So if i were to listen to music with lots of vocal and ochestra i will choose C3 anytime.

I will use a simple grading system to describe the Sound quality from Bad, Normal, Good, Very Good

High = Good
Mid Range = Very Good
Low Range/ Bass = Good

Remember i told you about the EQ setting in the menu. Selecting the Rock preset will turn this player from a neutral tone to more brighter tone. You will perceive to hear more clarity which turn the High from Good to Very Good! Bass is defnitely there but this is not a boomy player. There is no bass boost button and the BASS preset in the EQ will only make things worst. To me it is not an issue as i dont like bass heavy player. But when i need BASS i will pair this with my Fiio E11 portable AMP and it will bring this player to another level!!

 3. Storage and Memory

Alot of people is happy with 4GB or 8GB storage but you know 24 bit audio takes up lots of space! But luckily this player support micro SD card. So this is a good thing unlike Apple and even Samsung for not giving the user the option to use external memory card. If you are from Malaysia you can get this unit from me at:- Buy from this Lowyat Forum

4. Summary

At only RM360 for the 8GB version it is definitely a value buy for such a high quality portable music player. Hear it to believe it!

 Highly Recommended!

 
This is the Sound Garden custom made silicone case for C3
 







Thursday, December 20, 2012

Apple Iphone 5 IOS 6.0.2 Update Issue

Recently Apple launch IOS 6.0.2 to supposely fix the WIFI issue. However after i update to IOS 6.0.2 i notice there are a few bugs:-

1. I cant get good signal even though i am outdoor. A nokia phone on the similar spot would get 4 bar but i would just get 1 or none occasionally.!!!!

2. When using data on 3G the phone will get very very hot!!!

3. Battery life is as bad as IOS 6.0.1

Hopefully Apple technical team realize this and fix it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Microsoft's Hyper-V in Windows 8

Install Windows 8 and you also get Microsoft's Hyper-V, enabling you to create and run virtual machines (as long as you're not running in a virtual machine already). Launch OptionalFeatures.exe (press Windows Key and R and type it in to run), check Hyper-V and click OK to enable the feature. Then switch back to the Start screen, scroll to the right, find and click on the Hyper-V Manager tile to begin exploring its capabilities.

Command line for quick shutdown and hibernate Windows 8

This command is to perform a quick shutdown on your windows 8
shutdown.exe -s -t 00

This command is to perform a quick hibernate on your windows 8
shutdown.exe -h -t 00

Windows 8 key shortcuts


  • Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app
  • Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Centre
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + - : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running apps

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Asus Geforce GTX680 DirectCU ii OC Benchmark

Here is my collection of benchmark with the Asus Geforce GTX680 DirectCU ii OC.
 
1. Unigine Engine Score: 4717
 


2. Unigine Engine Score : 4094 (tessalation on: normal)



3. 3DMark 11 Score: P11413


 
 


The quest for ultimate gaming Desktop for people on budget!

Recently i wanted to start a project. I am looking for a potent computer to do my work such as running vmware with multiple OS, to play game like Diablo and StarCraft and to edit photo. At first i wanted to get an ultimate laptop just like my previous Alienware M11x. But then my wise wife ask me a question, with the same amount of money would you get a better performance computer if i buy a desktop instead..Well yeah she is basically right. To cut cost i should opt for a desktop. I begin my journey by exploring HP PC. Most of the desktop is expensive and have crappy GPU configuration. Most of the time you cant even upgrade the spec. Dell is better but still not good enough. Then i decided to build my own mean machine. I ended with these spec. 1. CPU - i5 3570 (3.4 Ghz which can easily OC to 4 Ghz is good enough for almost all application and games. Anything more than this i think is overkill) 2. RAM - 8G 1600Mhz RAM x 2 (16GB RAM is more than sufficient) 3. GPU - Asus Geforce GTX680 DirectCU ii OC Edition ( Initially i wanted to get GTX670 TOP Edition but end up with this card. The extra core shader and better OC headroom should pay off in the future) 4. Motherboard - Asus P8 Z77-V-LX (The function call Virtu MVP and a software to auto OC is cool) 5. Casing - HAF 912 Advance (3 large 120mm fan at the top , front and back is good enought to keep the system cool. Red LED is an added eye candy) 6. Mushkin 800W power supply ( 800W has enough juice cause i wont do heavy OC in the CPU) 7. A standard DVD writer.
Here is all the boxes! So here i am with a system which could easily score above 9600 in stock mode and more than 11k point if OC in 3DMark 11
Just look at the awesome score!! It may not be the best score but if you calculate the Cost per Performance factor, it is worth every penny.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ultimate Budget Portable Rig for Audiophile

Fiio E11 + Colorfly C3 + Superlux HD381F is the ultimate budget portable rig for hifi music. It can play 24 bit music with no sweat.!! Hear it to believe it.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hippo Biscuit and Hippo Pearl Review

Recently i feel empty..i feel the need to find a way to motivate me...and the only way to do so quickly is to listen to music. I have Iphone 4, HTC Evo 3D, Ipod Shuffle..and why the hell do i need to look for a good digital audio player..?? I dont have a direct answer, maybe it is my fetish for aluminium stuff..maybe it is my lust to collect gadgets or maybe i believe good sound reproduction can only be made possible via good hardware and not just software like BBE.
So while i am having dinner with my lovely wife, i pass through Jaben. So i told my wife i will just hand out for a while to check out whats new. The person at the counter told me there is a new kids on the block..a mp3 player fully made of aluminium with superb clean sound. I was delighted!! MP3 full aluminium, good sound is good news to me...but wait...no screen???
  • Support Audio Format : MP3, WAV
  • Suitable headphone impedance : 16 ohms - 300 ohms C
  • harge time : 1.5 hoursP
  • lay time : Around 10 hours
  • Dimensions : 62.88mm x 35.7mm x 11mm Weight : 30g
  • Memory type : External MicroSD card


Yeah no screen. It means browsing through folders will be a nightmare. To add salt to injury this lil gem has a micro SD card slot..wtf..imagin having to browse through 5 folders with 100 of songs. The only way you can do it is click on next next next and next...
But then the guy over the counter try to calm me down and ask me to relax. He say chill, listen to the song first and judge the SQ for yourself first.
 
So ok i told myself to give it a try. I Listened to a few demo music from Adele, EAgle Hotel California and some other songs...The first impression i get is "Clean". No hiss no distortion and just pure clean music even if you crank up the volume. It is on the warmer side. Yeah no screen means no build in EQ too..So there will only be 1 sound signature which is a lil bit on the warm side. I did AB comparison with my iphone 4 and this player certainly win in term of SQ most probably because of the clean sound. But i have yet to test it with iphone 4 LOD.
When you amp this Hippo Biscuit with Fiio E11 amp, you will get a bass machine :)
And i think when it is pair with the IEM Hippo Pearl, it gives you a nice , warm on stage feel. Pure audhiophile might not like this as they prefer off stage feel most of the time. The V based EQ signature on this Biscuit will be easily acceptable by average Joe like me..
Another complain is it do not accept flac, WMA and other file format. Just Mp3 and Wav..Hopefully a future firmware update will fix this. I also do not have any information on the hardware. No one knows what type of AMP or chipset is being used. Google is futile...no information on the net. Navigation is simple. The middle button which has a green LED is actually the on off button. You have to hold it for 2 second to turn off or on. Press it again to play and press it again to hold. There is a volume up and down button and two more buttone to play forward or reverse track,.yeah is that bloody simple.
Summary :-If you are looking for a mp3 player with clean sound and intend to use it like the 80s walkman, then this is the player for u. It is sturdy, tough and i doubt it will ever damage cause there is no screen on it. But if you are looking for a mp3 to store all your mp3 collection, then this is not the player for you.
  







BBE SonicMax Pro Review

For those who do not know what the hell is BBE it is basically a digital sound processing technology which improve audio quality without compromising the music quality or SQ.

This is what i get from their official website "BBE’s patented technology restores the natural warmth, clarity and definition that have been missing from your digital listening experience. Rediscover the thrill of deeper richer lows, superior clarity and definition, increased upper harmonic detail and better overall audio performance regardless of the quality of your earphones, dock, or speakers. The SonicMax Pro difference will blow you away."

Currently some mainstream digital audio player like cowon or the extinct Cube C30 or Hippo Gumstick has the BBE EQ build in. Some has sing praises to it claiming that it will bring out the details such as the hi hats and cymbals sound that they never be able hear before. When BBE launc the Sonix Mac Pro on ITunes i was thinking why not give it a try on my Apple iphone 4 to see if it is really that good or not. Shown below are the interface of the Sonic Max Pro.


 
Music Quality is a hit and miss. Out of the box i cant get a perfect match with my Superlux IEM HD 381 or Hippo Pearl. I have to do a lot of experiment and tweaking to get my perfect match. At the wrong setting it will distort the SQ especially the bass. Even the website claim that it would not distort the music but based on my experience. It will... I have email their tech support, hopefully they will come out with a fix for it. I am also hoping they will pump in more preset instead of the 4 preset, earphone, headset, speaker, docking station.
 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival taken on 1/9/2012 is where Buddhist believe the hell gate is let loose and all ghost is allowed to wander around us taking this opputunity to visit their loves one or simply hang out around among the human..
 
1. As you can see from this pic..giant joss stick is being offered to the Hell King hoping he will bring order during this perios and also to help bring luck to the devotee especially businessman
 
2. Giant Hell King replica made from paper. People will pray to HIM for wealth and prosperity
 
 
3. Offering to the Hell King ranging from rice, oil, soft drinks etc..
 
 
4. Most of the time a stage show with skimpyly dress dancer will perform for the live and dead audience..they will usually auction out auspicious item to the audience at a very premium price..
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My favourite August Dish...

Enjoy these awesome meal with my wife. Nice...


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Selling WUSA K220 Only RM268


Features:
•Bluetooth® portable stereo speaker
•Hands free phone answering
•Wide angle high luminance cool white LED headlamp
•Water resist on top cover
•Quick release bicycle mounting bracket
•Bag clip included
•Work with iPhone, Bluetooth® phones and computers

Specifications:
•Bluetooth 2.0, compliant with Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP, Hands Free and Headset profiles.
•Stereo speakers 1.5W x 2
•Build-in microphone
•1.0 Walt high luminance cool white LED headlamp
•Water resist on top cover
•Rechargeable 2400 mAH battery
•Battery life (reference only, actual life depends on the music and light setting)
 7 ~ 10 hours for music only or light only
 4 ~ 8 hours for music with light ON

Dimensions:
•3.9 (L) x 1.5 (W) x 1.8 (H) inches or 9.9 (L) x 3.8 (W) x 4.6 (H) cm

Weight:
•6 oz or 170 gm

Accessories:
•AC to USB adaptor and USB cable
•Quick release bicycle bracket and rubber pads
•Bag clip

You can buy it here http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/2482690

or email me at hellfire8888@yahoo.com

Friday, August 17, 2012

Review on Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950

Ok Buddies..I am trying to do a research on the 114A Act which discriminate most of the internet user here..help me do a brainstorming session on why this law is shitty, how it can be abuse and recommendation to fix it...


This is what is 114A >>>
http://www.parlimen.gov.my/files/billindex/pdf/2012/DR162012E.pdf
http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/repeal_section_114a_of_the_evidence_act_1950.html

Here is why i think this law is shitty.

1. We are automatically guilty and we have to prove our innocence but how many of us have the technical capability to prove we are not guilty? This require deep technical know how. Eg how do you prove other people have hack into your ipad?

2. All those free wifi provider will stop providing service cause if the user post something bad the wifi provider will be in deep shit and guilty.

...3. If you have a forum or web site and you enable comment, ppl comment on your page then you are guilty too..wtf!!!



How it can be abuse?

1,. You can hack into your enemy computer and post malicious stuff and he is doom!! A good hacker knows how to cover track and it is impossible for this poor victim to trace back what happen!!!



Recommedation to fix it?

1. This law should be put on hold and more research need to be conducted with more participants from IT Security professional

Monday, August 13, 2012

Y3000 World Smallest Mini Camcorder 720p Review

I am going to do a review on Y3000 World Smallest Camera/Camcorder in a flashy style. I hate lengthy bullshit and i will go straigh to the point. You may like my style or u dont.

Behold the world smallest SLR!! Y3000 Mini Camcorder.

This camera has the following specification:-

1. Video Resolution: 1280x720@30fps
2. video Compression: MPEG4
3. File format AVI
4. Photos Resolution 3264x2448
5. Micro SD support max 32gb
6. Interface USB2.0

Interface: -
external memory card -
 Build in microphone -
Build in Lithium battery -
One touch recording button. Instruction.

This unit is easy to use. Press the button one time and it will turn on with a constant blue light. to take pic press the button one more time and the blue led blink 1 time. to take video press the button and hold 2 second. the led wil blink continuosly and press the button again to stop.

Dont bother using this thing as a webcam cause it would not work as advertise. The function taking video while charging is buggy. Sometimes it work and sometimes it dont. The microsd card i use for testing is class 4 and the video is kinda of choppy. Use a class 6 above card for smoother video. The battery can last 40 minutes per one hour charge.

You can buy this unit from
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Y3000-Hd-720p-8-Million-Pixel-Mini-Helicopter-Fly-Camera-Dv-For-Wltoys-V929-Beetle-p-48384.html?p=E02512068568201207VL










Sample Video here

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coconut Flower Restaurant @ Teluk Gong, Port Klang

It;s been a long time since i visited this seafood restaurant. The famed Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant. They are famous for the fegmented coconut liquer/brew which gave name to their restaurant. Last time you can get cheap seafood here but now it has been commercialized. So forget about cheap seafood. The price is the same as PJ or KL area.  The road that lead to this restaurant is also bumpy..no tar road , you have to pass through a series of untar road to reach this restaurant.

The atmospehre is good. It gives you the ala vacation like feel. With the attap roof and mini huts it makes u think you are in the resort kind of feeling.

Food quality is acceptable. It is not super nice/tasty nor do it taste bad. There is nothing to shout about. What is special is there do have quite a variety of fish sold here...so your average meal can be super expensive or cheap depending on what type of fish you order. Crab price is pretty standard here which is seasonal pricing similar to pj or kl area.










Address: Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant, 702, Jalan Udang Galah, Kampong Teluk Gong, 42000 Port Klang, Selangor. Tel: 03-31341218