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Casio Men's AE1200WH-1A World Time Watch
Casio Men's AE1200WH-1A World Time Watch
Price: $17.77
12 used & new from $15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars They Are As Casual & Comfortable As A Pair Of Blue Jeans..., April 21, 2015
In 1986, Casio released the W-50U World Time Watch. I had the opportunity of seeing it in a shopping mall in Singapore, during a visit in 1988. At that time, they were exclusively manufactured in Japan. See images posted.

In 2001, I bought the W-50U, but by then they were being manufactured in China. The watch served me well for 6 years before it failed. I did miss the watch and I could not get a new one as the model had been discontinued.

In 2015, I happened to spot the Casio Classic Black Watch AE1200WH-1B and it reminded me of the Casio W-50U. They have a striking similarity except the addition of the analogue display dial. Interestingly, they are also priced the same even after a decade and a half, so I could not resist the temptation of ordering one.

There are two models, one that ends with the alphabet A (AE1200WH-1A) & the other ends in alphabet B (AE1200WH-1B). The model ending with alphabet B retains all the appearance of the vintage W-50U; that includes the green world map, pale LCD screen, yellow markings/letters on the dial and bezel.

This watch is not about scratch resistant glass, G-Shock technology, Tough solar power… all the premium watch technologies that Casio is actually famous for. This watch is all about casual wear that is very high on comfort and functionality. I just don’t feel like wearing any of my other bulky expensive watches that I enjoyed wearing when I was younger. They are as casual and comfortable as a pair of blue jeans. Perfect for everyday casual wear.

The AE1200WH-1B is slightly bigger than the W-50U but it is a worthy successor in every way.


Casio Classic Black Watch AE1200WH-1B
Casio Classic Black Watch AE1200WH-1B
Offered by Watchtronics
Price: $26.45
2 used & new from $21.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Are As Casual & Comfortable As A Pair Of Blue Jeans..., April 21, 2015
In 1986, Casio released the W-50U World Time Watch. I had the opportunity of seeing it in a shopping mall in Singapore, during a visit in 1988. At that time, they were exclusively manufactured in Japan. See images posted.

In 2001, I bought the W-50U, but by then they were being manufactured in China. The watch served me well for 6 years before it failed. I did miss the watch and I could not get a new one as the model had been discontinued.

In 2015, I happened to spot the Casio Classic Black Watch AE1200WH-1B and it reminded me of the Casio W-50U. They have a striking similarity except the addition of the analogue display dial. Interestingly, they are also priced the same even after a decade and a half, so I could not resist the temptation of ordering one.

There are two models, one that ends with the alphabet A (AE1200WH-1A) & the other ends in alphabet B (AE1200WH-1B). The model ending with alphabet B retains all the appearance of the vintage W-50U; that includes the green world map, pale LCD screen, yellow markings/letters on the dial and bezel.

This watch is not about scratch resistant glass, G-Shock technology, Tough solar power… all the premium watch technologies that Casio is actually famous for. This watch is all about casual wear that is very high on comfort and functionality. I just don’t feel like wearing any of my other bulky expensive watches that I enjoyed wearing when I was younger. They are as casual and comfortable as a pair of blue jeans. Perfect for everyday casual wear.

The AE1200WH-1B is slightly bigger than the W-50U but it is a worthy successor in every way.


Wireworld - Starlight 7 Usb 2.0 A-B Flat Cable 2 Meters
Wireworld - Starlight 7 Usb 2.0 A-B Flat Cable 2 Meters
5 used & new from $120.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The Best USB Cable Available On Amazon For Under A Benjamin..., August 29, 2014
A few years ago, when I was a beginner in computer audio, Pangea Audio 24AWG solid silver USB cable was one of the first aftermarket USB cables that I bought. There were 02 factors that determined my purchase decision. 1: I had particularly enjoyed Pangea Audio’s budget AC 14SE power cords and HD-24PCe HDMI cables and 2: The 24AWG 'solid pure silver' simply tricked me into buying one.

At that time, I was using the Pangea Audio USB cable with a portable setup. The Pangea Audio USB cable was definitely an improvement over the stock USB cables that I had with me but it came with a price; the Pangea Audio USB cable was just too stiff as their HDMI cables, it lacked the flexibility that I desired for my portable setup. After a few months of careful use, the plastic sheathing at the bottom of the Type B connector, of the Pangea Audio USB cable started cracking up. I do not expect this for this price!

I then tried the WireWorld Starlight 7 USB cable. For the same price as the Pangea Audio USB cable, the WireWorld Starlight is more flexible, well-engineered and better-built USB cable. It also sounds much more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio USB cable, despite the fact that it uses 'silver plated' copper conductors. An expensive audiophile lesson there. For those strictly wanting to shop from Amazon, the WireWorld Starlight USB cable offers the best value for money performance currently for under a Benjamin (USD 100).

Since then, I have had the chance to try a few USB cables under the USD 100 mark and I have to say that USB cables do make a difference but at the same time, I’m hesitant to go past the USD 100 mark. Especially when you get decent computer audio performance from portable DAC/Amp that costs USD 200 these days. Spending too much money on USB cables defies logic. At least for me, as I’m someone who is always on the lookout for good audio for affordable money.

Of all the USB cables that I’ve tried, over the years, the dual-headed USB cable is clearly superior by design and is ideal for computer audio. These cables have the power and data cables in separate cables and that is what gives them a performance edge over conventional USB cables. This also makes them more expensive than conventional USB cables.

The dual-headed USB cable can be used in a few different ways. It allows the user to disconnect the power carrying cable from the host computer’s USB port if the DAC you are using runs off an external power supply. This helps eliminate noise that is normally associated with computer audio’s power supply. And it also allows one to use it simultaneously with an external battery when using a portable DAC that works off a 5v power supply. Either ways, they offer better fidelity than most conventional USB cables can achieve by design.

Dual-headed USB cables are all the rage now amongst computer audiophiles. As much as I wanted to try them, the steep prices just kept me away. In my search for an affordable dual-headed USB cable, I recently came across an lesser known cable brand by the name of Audiocadabra. I first spotted them in an audio classifieds website in the UK. I ordered their dual-headed handcrafted Optimus USB cable, directly from their website, which cost a mere USD 89 with free shipping to the US.

The first time I plugged in the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable it sounded very detailed and a tad treble happy. I gave them a good 200hrs of burn-in, just like what Audiocadabra suggests on their website, before I started some serious listening. Post burn-in, they do mellow down a lot and now sounds way more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio Solid Silver USB cable, more blacker and tactile than the WireWorld Starlight USB cable.

The improvements I heard with Audiocadabra dual-headed Optimus cable over the WireWorld Starlight is most notable in the midrange. I felt like I have moved a few rows ahead in the venue and the background noise feels like it has dropped a notch or two. The presentation is more holographic. The attack and decay of instruments sounds believable and feels good to listen to. And surprisingly it has all the details without feeling clinical at all.

My observation is purely based on listening to the above USB cables with my favourite Sennheiser HD650 cans with a selection of DACs that I have collected over the years. Sometimes keeping an open mind leads you to unexpected surprises. Though Audiocadabra was an unfamiliar company to me, their customer service and prompt responses are commendable. I’m sure I will be trying Audiocadabra’s other handcrafted cables with confidence in the future.

I now have the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable in use with my main computer system. They are my new reference USB cable. The WireWorld Starlight is currently being used as my mobile USB cable that travels in my laptop bag. The Pangea Audio has now found a temporary resting place, in my loft, with other cables in a large brown card-board box. I think I’ll soon list it on Audiogon to fund some new purchases before X’mas this year.


Pangea Audio - USB cable - 24 ga solid silver - 1 Meter
Pangea Audio - USB cable - 24 ga solid silver - 1 Meter
Offered by Kraft Street Audio
Price: $99.99
2 used & new from $99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Like Pangea Audio Products But Not Their USB Cables..., August 29, 2014
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A few years ago, when I was a beginner in computer audio, Pangea Audio 24AWG solid silver USB cable was one of the first aftermarket USB cables that I bought. There were 02 factors that determined my purchase decision. 1: I had particularly enjoyed Pangea Audio’s budget AC 14SE power cords and HD-24PCe HDMI cables and 2: The 24AWG 'solid pure silver' simply tricked me into buying one.

At that time, I was using the Pangea Audio USB cable with a portable setup. The Pangea Audio USB cable was definitely an improvement over the stock USB cables that I had with me but it came with a price; the Pangea Audio USB cable was just too stiff as their HDMI cables, it lacked the flexibility that I desired for my portable setup. After a few months of careful use, the plastic sheathing at the bottom of the Type B connector, of the Pangea Audio USB cable started cracking up. I do not expect this for this price!

I then tried the WireWorld Starlight 7 USB cable. For the same price as the Pangea Audio USB cable, the WireWorld Starlight is more flexible, well-engineered and better-built USB cable. It also sounds much more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio USB cable, despite the fact that it uses 'silver plated' copper conductors. An expensive audiophile lesson there. For those strictly wanting to shop from Amazon, the WireWorld Starlight USB cable offers the best value for money performance currently for under a Benjamin (USD 100).

Since then, I have had the chance to try a few USB cables under the USD 100 mark and I have to say that USB cables do make a difference but at the same time, I’m hesitant to go past the USD 100 mark. Especially when you get decent computer audio performance from portable DAC/Amp that costs USD 200 these days. Spending too much money on USB cables defies logic. At least for me, as I’m someone who is always on the lookout for good audio for affordable money.

Of all the USB cables that I’ve tried, over the years, the dual-headed USB cable is clearly superior by design and is ideal for computer audio. These cables have the power and data cables in separate cables and that is what gives them a performance edge over conventional USB cables. This also makes them more expensive than conventional USB cables.

The dual-headed USB cable can be used in a few different ways. It allows the user to disconnect the power carrying cable from the host computer’s USB port if the DAC you are using runs off an external power supply. This helps eliminate noise that is normally associated with computer audio’s power supply. And it also allows one to use it simultaneously with an external battery when using a portable DAC that works off a 5v power supply. Either ways, they offer better fidelity than most conventional USB cables can achieve by design.

Dual-headed USB cables are all the rage now amongst computer audiophiles. As much as I wanted to try them, the steep prices just kept me away. In my search for an affordable dual-headed USB cable, I recently came across an lesser known cable brand by the name of Audiocadabra. I first spotted them in an audio classifieds website in the UK. I ordered their dual-headed handcrafted Optimus USB cable, directly from their website, which cost a mere USD 89 with free shipping to the US.

The first time I plugged in the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable it sounded very detailed and a tad treble happy. I gave them a good 200hrs of burn-in, just like what Audiocadabra suggests on their website, before I started some serious listening. Post burn-in, they do mellow down a lot and now sounds way more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio Solid Silver USB cable, more blacker and tactile than the WireWorld Starlight USB cable.

The improvements I heard with Audiocadabra dual-headed Optimus cable over the WireWorld Starlight is most notable in the midrange. I felt like I have moved a few rows ahead in the venue and the background noise feels like it has dropped a notch or two. The presentation is more holographic. The attack and decay of instruments sounds believable and feels good to listen to. And surprisingly it has all the details without feeling clinical at all.

My observation is purely based on listening to the above USB cables with my favourite Sennheiser HD650 cans with a selection of DACs that I have collected over the years. Sometimes keeping an open mind leads you to unexpected surprises. Though Audiocadabra was an unfamiliar company to me, their customer service and prompt responses are commendable. I’m sure I will be trying Audiocadabra’s other handcrafted cables with confidence in the future.

I now have the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable in use with my main computer system. They are my new reference USB cable. The WireWorld Starlight is currently being used as my mobile USB cable that travels in my laptop bag. The Pangea Audio has now found a temporary resting place, in my loft, with other cables in a large brown card-board box. I think I’ll soon list it on Audiogon to fund some new purchases before X’mas this year.


Pangea Audio - USB cable - 24 ga solid silver - 0.5 Meter
Pangea Audio - USB cable - 24 ga solid silver - 0.5 Meter
Offered by Kraft Street Audio
Price: $69.99
3 used & new from $49.95

2.0 out of 5 stars I Like Pangea Audio Products But Not Their USB Cables..., August 29, 2014
A few years ago, when I was a beginner in computer audio, Pangea Audio 24AWG solid silver USB cable was one of the first aftermarket USB cables that I bought. There were 02 factors that determined my purchase decision. 1: I had particularly enjoyed Pangea Audio’s budget AC 14SE power cords and HD-24PCe HDMI cables and 2: The 24AWG 'solid pure silver' simply tricked me into buying one.

At that time, I was using the Pangea Audio USB cable with a portable setup. The Pangea Audio USB cable was definitely an improvement over the stock USB cables that I had with me but it came with a price; the Pangea Audio USB cable was just too stiff as their HDMI cables, it lacked the flexibility that I desired for my portable setup. After a few months of careful use, the plastic sheathing at the bottom of the Type B connector, of the Pangea Audio USB cable started cracking up. I do not expect this for this price!

I then tried the WireWorld Starlight 7 USB cable. For the same price as the Pangea Audio USB cable, the WireWorld Starlight is more flexible, well-engineered and better-built USB cable. It also sounds much more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio USB cable, despite the fact that it uses 'silver plated' copper conductors. An expensive audiophile lesson there. For those strictly wanting to shop from Amazon, the WireWorld Starlight USB cable offers the best value for money performance currently for under a Benjamin (USD 100).

Since then, I have had the chance to try a few USB cables under the USD 100 mark and I have to say that USB cables do make a difference but at the same time, I’m hesitant to go past the USD 100 mark. Especially when you get decent computer audio performance from portable DAC/Amp that costs USD 200 these days. Spending too much money on USB cables defies logic. At least for me, as I’m someone who is always on the lookout for good audio for affordable money.

Of all the USB cables that I’ve tried, over the years, the dual-headed USB cable is clearly superior by design and is ideal for computer audio. These cables have the power and data cables in separate cables and that is what gives them a performance edge over conventional USB cables. This also makes them more expensive than conventional USB cables.

The dual-headed USB cable can be used in a few different ways. It allows the user to disconnect the power carrying cable from the host computer’s USB port if the DAC you are using runs off an external power supply. This helps eliminate noise that is normally associated with computer audio’s power supply. And it also allows one to use it simultaneously with an external battery when using a portable DAC that works off a 5v power supply. Either ways, they offer better fidelity than most conventional USB cables can achieve by design.

Dual-headed USB cables are all the rage now amongst computer audiophiles. As much as I wanted to try them, the steep prices just kept me away. In my search for an affordable dual-headed USB cable, I recently came across an lesser known cable brand by the name of Audiocadabra. I first spotted them in an audio classifieds website in the UK. I ordered their dual-headed handcrafted Optimus USB cable, directly from their website, which cost a mere USD 89 with free shipping to the US.

The first time I plugged in the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable it sounded very detailed and a tad treble happy. I gave them a good 200hrs of burn-in, just like what Audiocadabra suggests on their website, before I started some serious listening. Post burn-in, they do mellow down a lot and now sounds way more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio Solid Silver USB cable, more blacker and tactile than the WireWorld Starlight USB cable.

The improvements I heard with Audiocadabra dual-headed Optimus cable over the WireWorld Starlight is most notable in the midrange. I felt like I have moved a few rows ahead in the venue and the background noise feels like it has dropped a notch or two. The presentation is more holographic. The attack and decay of instruments sounds believable and feels good to listen to. And surprisingly it has all the details without feeling clinical at all.

My observation is purely based on listening to the above USB cables with my favourite Sennheiser HD650 cans with a selection of DACs that I have collected over the years. Sometimes keeping an open mind leads you to unexpected surprises. Though Audiocadabra was an unfamiliar company to me, their customer service and prompt responses are commendable. I’m sure I will be trying Audiocadabra’s other handcrafted cables with confidence in the future.

I now have the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable in use with my main computer system. They are my new reference USB cable. The WireWorld Starlight is currently being used as my mobile USB cable that travels in my laptop bag. The Pangea Audio has now found a temporary resting place, in my loft, with other cables in a large brown card-board box. I think I’ll soon list it on Audiogon to fund some new purchases before X’mas this year.


Starlight Usb 2.0 A-B Flat Cable 1.0 Meter
Starlight Usb 2.0 A-B Flat Cable 1.0 Meter
4 used & new from $100.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best USB Cable Available On Amazon For Under A Benjamin..., August 29, 2014
A few years ago, when I was a beginner in computer audio, Pangea Audio 24AWG solid silver USB cable was one of the first aftermarket USB cables that I bought. There were 02 factors that determined my purchase decision. 1: I had particularly enjoyed Pangea Audio’s budget AC 14SE power cords and HD-24PCe HDMI cables and 2: The 24AWG 'solid pure silver' simply tricked me into buying one.

At that time, I was using the Pangea Audio USB cable with a portable setup. The Pangea Audio USB cable was definitely an improvement over the stock USB cables that I had with me but it came with a price; the Pangea Audio USB cable was just too stiff as their HDMI cables, it lacked the flexibility that I desired for my portable setup. After a few months of careful use, the plastic sheathing at the bottom of the Type B connector, of the Pangea Audio USB cable started cracking up. I do not expect this for this price!

I then tried the WireWorld Starlight 7 USB cable. For the same price as the Pangea Audio USB cable, the WireWorld Starlight is more flexible, well-engineered and better-built USB cable. It also sounds much more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio USB cable, despite the fact that it uses 'silver plated' copper conductors. An expensive audiophile lesson there. For those strictly wanting to shop from Amazon, the WireWorld Starlight USB cable offers the best value for money performance currently for under a Benjamin (USD 100).

Since then, I have had the chance to try a few USB cables under the USD 100 mark and I have to say that USB cables do make a difference but at the same time, I’m hesitant to go past the USD 100 mark. Especially when you get decent computer audio performance from portable DAC/Amp that costs USD 200 these days. Spending too much money on USB cables defies logic. At least for me, as I’m someone who is always on the lookout for good audio for affordable money.

Of all the USB cables that I’ve tried, over the years, the dual-headed USB cable is clearly superior by design and is ideal for computer audio. These cables have the power and data cables in separate cables and that is what gives them a performance edge over conventional USB cables. This also makes them more expensive than conventional USB cables.

The dual-headed USB cable can be used in a few different ways. It allows the user to disconnect the power carrying cable from the host computer’s USB port if the DAC you are using runs off an external power supply. This helps eliminate noise that is normally associated with computer audio’s power supply. And it also allows one to use it simultaneously with an external battery when using a portable DAC that works off a 5v power supply. Either ways, they offer better fidelity than most conventional USB cables can achieve by design.

Dual-headed USB cables are all the rage now amongst computer audiophiles. As much as I wanted to try them, the steep prices just kept me away. In my search for an affordable dual-headed USB cable, I recently came across an lesser known cable brand by the name of Audiocadabra. I first spotted them in an audio classifieds website in the UK. I ordered their dual-headed handcrafted Optimus USB cable, directly from their website, which cost a mere USD 89 with free shipping to the US.

The first time I plugged in the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable it sounded very detailed and a tad treble happy. I gave them a good 200hrs of burn-in, just like what Audiocadabra suggests on their website, before I started some serious listening. Post burn-in, they do mellow down a lot and now sounds way more detailed and transparent than the Pangea Audio Solid Silver USB cable, more blacker and tactile than the WireWorld Starlight USB cable.

The improvements I heard with Audiocadabra dual-headed Optimus cable over the WireWorld Starlight is most notable in the midrange. I felt like I have moved a few rows ahead in the venue and the background noise feels like it has dropped a notch or two. The presentation is more holographic. The attack and decay of instruments sounds believable and feels good to listen to. And surprisingly it has all the details without feeling clinical at all.

My observation is purely based on listening to the above USB cables with my favourite Sennheiser HD650 cans with a selection of DACs that I have collected over the years. Sometimes keeping an open mind leads you to unexpected surprises. Though Audiocadabra was an unfamiliar company to me, their customer service and prompt responses are commendable. I’m sure I will be trying Audiocadabra’s other handcrafted cables with confidence in the future.

I now have the Audiocadabra Optimus dual-headed USB cable in use with my main computer system. They are my new reference USB cable. The WireWorld Starlight is currently being used as my mobile USB cable that travels in my laptop bag. The Pangea Audio has now found a temporary resting place, in my loft, with other cables in a large brown card-board box. I think I’ll soon list it on Audiogon to fund some new purchases before X’mas this year.


GoodCans Protective Headphone Bag (Soft Sided Case, Pouch) - Large Size - Fits Grado GS1000i, PS1000, Grado's w/G-Cush Earpads, most Sennheiser HD Series, AKG, and Other Full-Sized Headphones
GoodCans Protective Headphone Bag (Soft Sided Case, Pouch) - Large Size - Fits Grado GS1000i, PS1000, Grado's w/G-Cush Earpads, most Sennheiser HD Series, AKG, and Other Full-Sized Headphones
Offered by GoodCans by Listening Station
Price: $19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slappa Hardbody Headphone Case Vs. GoodCans Protective Headphone Case, August 28, 2013
I was using the GoodCans Protective headphone case with my Fostex T-50RP headphones. I was not totally satisfied with the protection that the soft GoodCans case offered. A recent review of this amazing headphone - Fostex T-50RP, on audiopolitan dot com, made me aware of the possibility of using the Slappa Hardbody headphone case, so I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon.

As it turns out, the Slappa Hardbody is perfectly cut out for the Fostex T-50RP, just like the audiopolitan review mentioned, and at just a third more, in cost, the Slappa Hardbody is a an extremely well made and robust case. The GoodCans case is just a grey nylon bag with a soft material inside. It's not going to protect your headphones if there is a strong impact and is not at all suitable for use with volumetrically full backpacks and handbags. At least, I was not comfortable with it and I would think it may be better with cans where the ear cups turn flat and face the same direction, even then the protection is questionable. I don't see the value in its current pricing either.

I currently use the GoodCans protective case to carry my cables and other accessories. I have loaded some pictures, on Amazon, with permission from audiopolitan dot com, for you to view and see it for yourself.
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Slappa Full Sized HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07)
Slappa Full Sized HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07)
Price: $31.22
10 used & new from $30.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slappa Hardbody Headphone Case Vs. GoodCans Protective Headphone Case, August 28, 2013
I was using the GoodCans Protective headphone case with my Fostex T-50RP headphones. I was not totally satisfied with the protection that the soft GoodCans case offered. A recent review of this amazing headphone - Fostex T-50RP, on audiopolitan dot com, made me aware of the possibility of using the Slappa Hardbody headphone case, so I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon.

As it turns out, the Slappa Hardbody is perfectly cut out for the Fostex T-50RP, just like the audiopolitan review mentioned, and at just a third more, in cost, the Slappa Hardbody is a an extremely well made and robust case. The GoodCans case is just a grey nylon bag with a soft material inside. It's not going to protect your headphones if there is a strong impact and is not at all suitable for use with volumetrically full backpacks and handbags. At least, I was not comfortable with it and I would think it may be better with cans where the ear cups turn flat and face the same direction, even then the protection is questionable. I don't see the value in its current pricing either.

I currently use the GoodCans protective case to carry my cables and other accessories. I have loaded some pictures, on Amazon, with permission from audiopolitan dot com, for you to view and see it for yourself.


Kenny G: An Evening of Rhythm Romance [Blu-ray]
Kenny G: An Evening of Rhythm Romance [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Kenny G.
Price: $13.39
25 used & new from $9.54

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You Will Probably Watch This Blu-ray Only Once!, August 28, 2013
It's not very often that one gets to see Kenny G's concert in Blu-ray or for that matter even on DVD. A great artist, good selection of songs and decent video quality that is let down by poor quality of audio. Even in DTS-HD MA the sound is shockingly poor! What were they thinking?

Nowhere on the Blu-ray does it mention where this Blu-ray disc is mastered and made. The sound quality is comparable to the shabby & shoddy media that is mastered & manufactured in South American countries. I avoid them like a plague!

This is the kind of Blu-ray that one watches only once because the sound quality so uninspiring that you may never play it again especially if you have a decent 5.1 A/V playback system. I do have a few discs that are worse than this concert. What a waste of efforts, time and money. Do yourself a favour, watch this concert on YouTube and you would not miss a thing!


Musical Fidelity - V-PSU MKII - Upgrade Power Supply
Musical Fidelity - V-PSU MKII - Upgrade Power Supply

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as impressive as the original V-PSU, June 24, 2013
I bought the original Musical Fidelity (MF) V-DAC in 2009 and I was really impressed with what that little DAC did to my system back in the day. The supplied Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) wallwart was really lightweight & was of poor / cheap quality. Upgrading to the original MF V-PSU gave me very good results. The V-PSU had a large toroidal transformer at the heart of it & it was built like a tank. I bought it from UK at a discounted price of approximately USD130. It was a worthy upgrade for that discounted amount.

Early in 2012, I bought the V-DAC II & yes it was an improvement over the original V-DAC. But what I did not like about the V-DAC II is the cheap 'Brushed Aluminium' finish which MF claims has better perceived quality. Lol. It stands out like a sore thumb in modern black colored systems. The supplied stock wallwart with V-DAC II was an improvement over the original wallwart, it is much heavier & is well built. I'm not sure if this new wallwart is a SMPS or if it has a small transformer inside it.

I bought the MF V-PSU II from Amazon when the price dropped to USD130 & it was shipped by Audio Advisor. I bought this in the hopes of improving the performance of the MF V-DAC II in my desktop / headphone system. The first thing I noticed about the MF V-PSU II is how lightweight it really was when compared to the original V-PSU. I then plug it in with the MF V-DAC II & I'm not as impressed as I was with the original MF V-PSU when it was first introduced in my system. The improvement is very marginal at best & it did not have quiet the same impact in my system like the original MF V-PSU.

I then open the MF V-PSU II's case & I'm surprised to see that this new PSU no longer uses a 'toroidal transformer'. In fact, it uses a small laminated transformer much smaller than the one used inside the 'Pangea Audio P-100'. If I had known this I would have gone with the Pangea Audio PSU & saved myself USD60. Even the aluminium case used in the V-PSU II is an afterthought. The circuit board is no longer held by the 03rd & last grove inside the case, it is held by just 02 screws on the side plate. See the pictures I've posted in Amazon. In short, the new PSU circuit board has been forced to fit an old V-Series aluminium case. Never expected such a flimsy job from MF!

I can't imagine how MF was selling the V-PSU II at a M.R.P. of USD250. At that price, I would have surely given it a 1 star for extremely poor value for money. After getting to try the Beresford Bushmaster & Audioquest Dragonfly DACs, recently, in my system, I'm now convinced that Musical Fidelity's V-Series no longer has any value or shine left. This is my 06th V-Series component in the last 04 years & quiet possibly the last one too. For USD130, the MF V-PSU II is currently cheaper in the US than it is in the UK. It does a decent job of making my desktop system sound a little more polite / refined. It also saves me the clutter of having 03 ugly wallwarts sucking the juice off the power strip!
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