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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Highphonic DL 103 PRO

A Denon?

No, it's an Highphonic DL-103 PRO MC Cartridge. 

Proudly made in Japan. 

This is a Professional model masterfully processed by Highphonic.  

The DL-103 PRO was improved at several levels: at compliance of vibration-system (cantilever and elastomer) and conical diamond, specially selected.

These mods give (much) improved, highest resolution.  

DL-103 PRODL-103DL-103R

Highphonic's Custom ModelDENON's Original ModelDENON's Original Model
TypeMC Stereo CartridgeMC Stereo CartridgeMC Stereo Cartridge
Output voltage
(1kHz, 50mm/s horizontal direction)
Channel balance at 1kHz1 dB max.1 dB max.1 dB max.
Channel separation at 1kHz26 dB min.25 db min.25 db min.
Electrical Impedance38Ω40Ω±20%14Ω±20%
Stylus tip0.2mm square solid diamond0.2mm square solid diamond0.2mm square solid diamond
Stylus tip radius16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip
Tracking force2g-2.5g2.5g±0.3g2.5g±0.3g
Frequency response20Hz to 55kHz20Hz to 45kHz20Hz to 45kHz
Cartridge weight8.5g8.5g8.5g
Load impedance100 Ω min.
(10-38 Ω when using a transformer)
100Ω min.
(?? Ω when using a transformer)
100 Ω min.
(40 Ω when using a transformer)

The DL-103 PRO is used in FM broadcasting stations and studios... and in cherry-picked audio systems worldwide. 

A real, affordable, no-frills masterpiece!


M.O.C. 2017 - what I missed...

... in my humble opinion, what I missed at last M.O.C. 2017 audio fair is...

Heco Direkt


No MagicoWEVivaMarkLevinsonNagraetc.?


IMHO, these speakers represent the new age of audio, where industry understands - at last - what music lovers look for: real music for real gears and ears, no hyped technical redundancy!

A new product respectfully hinting to classic vintage Saba, Grundig, Telefunken bicone wide-band speakers we all love.

I wish them to sell tons of these nice, no frills speakers... correctly priced at EUR 2,000.00/pair.

Audio made for cool people, not idiotphiles!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

日本の冒険 # 2 - Premium Music - Mayo Nakano Trio - Scabious

Bought this disk from Tim de Paravicini... he's VERY seldom wrong: amazing sound quality and great music... read at the impressive technical details, including the 1 inch/2 tracks/30 IPS Studer mastering machine...

Look for it and order from the label or on Amazon... you won't regret.

日本の冒険 # 1 - Kato-san's Goto system

I went to Toyama with Shinichi Tanaka-san and Tomohiro Kawakita-san the day after I arrived in Japan, at beginning of May.

I met Shinichi at Tokyo station to get the Shinkansen to Toyama, about 400 km from Tokyo, while Tomohiro reached us at Toyama station from Osaka.

By the way: Toyama-shi is the city made famous by YKK, the leader of zips.

Kawakita-, Kato- and Tanaka-san...

The system synopsis.

I'll upload soon more pixies... but, as one pix says more than one hundred words... 

The reason I never wrote during my two weeks Japanese journey is I wished to have a complete view and a personal, yet objective and unbiased opinion.

... so, drums and fifes: 

this system is the best, the VERY best system I ever listened to in my whole life, period.

More later...

I'm back...


Sunday, April 30, 2017


A nice find, today... a Nana Vasconcelos' disc, a French pressing of Brazilian music of high musical and sonic merits...

Worth a listen! 

Side two last track, "Pinote" is a superb track, sonically!

The Folon's cover artwork is worth the disc, too.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig dies...

... he was 88...

The author of two seminal books, "The Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" and "Lila" which both changed my own (and millions others) life.


The spreading and celebration of the concept of quality... in things, human beings, life situations and facts.

Philosophy in pills for dummies?... no, more an hinting compendium to further deepens knowledge and widen readings for someone ignorant like I am.

Superb writing and eyes opening books, indeed.

The Herman Hesse's "Siddharta" and Jack Kerouac's "On the road" sequels, for my generation, indeed.

Fondly remembering him, today.

R.I.P. Fedro...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Japan Triode Meeting's count-down

Only few days to the Japan journey...

It will be something... gears- and people-wise!

Counting the hours...and keeping my eyes on weather forecasts, as well.-)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Ugly Duckling - a new Class A integrated amp

For my home audio system... it will be ready, soon... 

A Class A 20W Hiraga-clone integrated amp...  or better: an hand-made power-amp with the add of an Alps RK-40 pot, actually.

Aesthetics will be improved, of course - i.e. here shown only the unfinished chassis...

... to get its final swan status.

Humble luxury


Thanking my lovely wife for the portraits...

Monday, April 17, 2017


Low-battery, folks?

Just reach nearest wood or forest, leave the car and walk: breathe, touch, even hug trees, look at the details around: leaves, flowers, listen to the natural sounds, reaching your ears in waves... discern difference in amplitude, tone, color: insects, birds, wind, water...

Walk, smell, listen, think or just empty your mind...

Re-charge your inner battery.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ralph Towner's most sought after disk? Mazzacurati's "Un'Altra Vita" OST (CAM COS 011 - 1992)

Again about Ralph?

Yes... forever!

This very disk, the soundtrack for "Un'altra Vita",  a Carlo Mazzacurati's movie starring Silvio Orlando on CAM Records, masterfully engineered by Andrea Ridolfi and containing the first recording of among most beautiful Ralph's themes - i.e. Alia's and Saverio's, then also re-recorded on ECM.

This disk is such a gem, folks... a must-have for every Towner's lover and scholar and a masterpiece recording, truly a 2die4 one!

Go, find it and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

... ça va sans dire!

No piece of gears will never equal an handsome cellist!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pink Floyd - The Missing Piano

A cool interesting short film about a piano hidden in the mix of Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here" classic album...

Nice shots of classic studio gears and Floyds' during the mix... and an interview with the man behind the above Mono Lake iconic shot and many Floyd's cover-art.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Disc of the Month - Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky on Columbia Masterworks

Has been a long day, folks... too tired to try a witty, humble review of such a monster, superb disc!

I'll limit my efforts sincerely thanking my pal Enrico for suggesting this gem!

... and the Discogs' seller who kept it in pristine conditions also if I risked to get a vinyl-puzzle: the disc arrived in a plain large bubble envelope, not in a pizza-style carton!!!

Gambling and collecting... wow!

Cannot resist to add that many musicians, like - for example - Tom Waits from "Swordfishtrombone" onward should pays kudos to this disc and music and composer... just listen to side 2 first take - i.e. " Tango"!


Much more impressive and appropriate, Trump-wise (I feel some shivers to only write such a paradox, if you get it...): this music sounds so American... better: so, European and American, which listening to the whole disc I just had the soundtrack to my strong belief: United States of America and Americans are... just we all!

This music written by an expat;-) is as American as a Polish, Syrian, Italian, etc. etc. immigrant is a true American, Mayflower or not... Trump or not!!!

Music teaches this (and much more...) so well!

... forgetting'... must point it out clearly: BUY THIS DISC, pals!!!