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  Allen Zhao
  Chicago, IL, USA
  CD/SACD Player: Sony SCD-C2000ES, SCD-C222ES, Sony BDP-770
Receiver: Sony DA5ES, Sony DA1800ES
Speakers: Klipsch Epic CF4, Sony SS-K90ED

Vintage portion:
Turntable: Sony PS-LX210, PS-LX250H
Cassette Deck: Sony TC-K679ES

Found: 5

Nat "King" Cole: Just One of Those Things        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 16, 2015

There are enough said about Nat King Cole and his arts. So this review is really not about performance and music, but only about the sonic. The 3 channel surround sound are simply superb, Cole's voice is from the center channel, presents a much wider and detailed sound field than any stereo ... more
Handel: Messiah - McCreesh        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  August 21, 2010

After many version of Messiah, I finally bought this SA-CD version from Taiwan (where else this becomes an expensive OOP item). I should say that I had a high hope for this version, but it was just a wishful thing. This is not the Messiah for me - which means perfecto chorus and solos, with ... more
Tallis: Spem in alium, Missa Salve intemerata - Oxford Camerata        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  November 10, 2009

I bought this title, not because I am familliar with Tallis' works, but for the rummor I heard from a hifi BBS about the title's rating in Penguin's Guide: It actually is the first title ever in Penguin's history with 4 stars and a rosette because of its surround sound effect, and later when the ... more
Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos - Lang Lang        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  December 20, 2007

Lang Lang seems to be a very polarizing figure these days. But I am not commenting on his performance or interpretation here. Rather, I would like to focus on the sonics of this title, and compare the cd stereo, sacd stereo and sacd 5.0 surround sound. 3 years ago when I first heard this album ... more
Anna Netrebko - Sempre libera        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  November 3, 2007

Combining Anna Netrebko and Abbado, you may expect a magic or a fire bon-bon, expecially when Anna is singing "Sempre Libera". Indeed I read too many reviews acclaiming exactly this. But as I am diving into this SACD, nothing happened, and as a matter of fact, Abbado's orchestra ruined the whole ... more

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Has Universal ceased BD~A Production?
August 3, 2015
SACD, prefer it to be multi-channel, though. Those stereo only Japanese SACD is a pure non-sense. But in turn of usability, a stereo SACD is still better than a DVD-Audio, MCH or not. I do not think BD-Audio stands a chance to success from the very beginning, it is the same DVD-Audio trick and hack, with clumsy UI. ... more
Has Universal ceased BD~A Production?
August 3, 2015
Damn! you are right about DTS 3CD set! that just reduce me to zero when it comes to DVD-Audio. Then I guess I just briefly owned a full collection of the Everest DVD-A for no more than 1 month. I got them $1/ea, and listened to some of the titles, and I hated the usability part of the DVD-Audio playback, to the extend that I have to rid of them ... more
Has Universal ceased BD~A Production?
August 1, 2015
Maybe we should all look back to the very beginning of this super-duper stupid *-A thing, and see who are one of the tech visionaries? (lol) I, for one, predicted the death of BD-A when it is announced. The reasoning then was the analogy of BD-A to DVD-A, not only in term of proposed content, but also in term of serious defect in the proposed UI ... more
SACD surge in Hong Kong again?
May 22, 2015
you can shop online via hmv HK's website: and let them deliver to one of their stores so that you can pick them up when in HK. Never being in HK, so I do not know which of their stores would worth a trip. ... more
SACD surge in Hong Kong again?
May 20, 2015
Here are 2 titles in the news from Kenny G and Air Supply. But maybe does not care about regional market release anymore, because the listing under Universal-HK, Sony Music-HK, and Warner-HK are totally out of date. ... more