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post #1 of 78
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Very often we all use different materials on our gears and then voice our opinion and impressions. Nothing wrong with that, but that also means in general there is a lack of recognised reference against which we can really compare the impressions / reviews from different individuals.

Granted, the same will apply to source, cables, and power suppy quality. But i think a "Reference" quality CD is a good way to align views.

I have been trying different audiophile demos / recordings from all over the world, but until now, apart of their rarity most of them have pros and cons.

Today I got myself a copy of "This is K2 HD Sound!" by FIM. This is the first debut CD using K2 HD Mastering technology and I have to say my experience playing it from my MF kW SACD, with its tubed output connect to my Woo Audio 6, and listening it through my HP-1 is a stunning experience. No, IT IS A REVELATION! My jaws D.R.O.P.P.E.D !!

Never had I experienced such resolution, precision and 3D soundstage in a super-real proportion from a CD ! It was shocking to me as to how CD can sound !

I would highly recommend every one to grab a copy. And hopefully, from now on, we have a common reference.

For more information, have a look here :-

http://www.fimpression.com/K2_HD.htm

I am very pleased. This is the best money I have far spent on a CD.

F. Lo
post #2 of 78
Hi fkclo,

where did you get "This is K2 HD Sound!" cd? did you order online?

I've been trying to order from FIM web but I always got an error message
post #3 of 78
I'll check it out..


PS. 1000 post for fkclo
post #4 of 78
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Originally Posted by jorgillo View Post
Hi fkclo,

where did you get "This is K2 HD Sound!" cd? did you order online?

I've been trying to order from FIM web but I always got an error message
Hi jorgillo,

I bought the CD in a local CD store in Hong Kong. It is a hot item and I was grabbing one of the last 2 in store !

Price is HKD238 which is around US$31. I think it is more or less the same as online price.

Winston Ma, the founder of FIM, have some special connections in Hong Kong / China and so, we always have the priviledge to buy his new CDs as soon as they are released.

F. Lo
post #5 of 78
Damn, if the sample is anything to go by that is some serious CD audio.

They have a free download on the site.

now to get the CD and get an SACD player..... hmmm now where did I put my bullion?
post #6 of 78
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post
now to get the CD and get an SACD player..... hmmm now where did I put my bullion?
Hey, the K2 HD technology does not require a SACD player ! This is the beauty of it - you can play it from your trusted red book CD player.

There will be some 15 K2 HD coming to the market in the next few months - watch out and grab them! I surely will. And as soon as I do I will be giving away the CD/SACD versions of the same album.

F. Lo
post #7 of 78
The sample did sound great. Im a big fan of the SACD format, just wish I could find more of them. How can I (here in the U.S) go about getting this K2 HD sound CD??
post #8 of 78
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Originally Posted by fkclo View Post
Hey, the K2 HD technology does not require a SACD player ! This is the beauty of it - you can play it from your trusted red book CD player.

There will be some 15 K2 HD coming to the market in the next few months - watch out and grab them! I surely will. And as soon as I do I will be giving away the CD/SACD versions of the same album.

F. Lo
Thanks for this excellent advice, fkclo.

For those who aren't familiar with fkclo, trust this as an excellent recommendation. If this remastering impresses fkclo that much I'll completely follow suit in grabbing them as they come to market.
post #9 of 78
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Originally Posted by fkclo View Post

There will be some 15 K2 HD coming to the market in the next few months - watch out and grab them! I surely will. And as soon as I do I will be giving away the CD/SACD versions of the same album.

F. Lo
Your telling me... if only I could get some of my favorite albums done by these people.... I.... I think I'd cry.

*reaching for the trusty wallet whip*
post #10 of 78
I'd love to get my hands on one of these...thanks for sharing. I agree, btw, that we really should find "reference" music when it comes to reviews. I would like to hear the same compilations to learn how to listen more critically from you experts.
post #11 of 78
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Originally Posted by webbie64 View Post
Thanks for this excellent advice, fkclo.

For those who aren't familiar with fkclo, trust this as an excellent recommendation. If this remastering impresses fkclo that much I'll completely follow suit in grabbing them as they come to market.
Thanks webbie64 for your compliment !

I have been exploring different CD formats - CD (different variants), 24k Gold CD, LPCD, XRCD2, XRCD24, SACD, VinyleCD,.... and never have I experienced this kind of shock when I have the K2 HD played - the joy and excitement is "n" times more than changing an interconnect, a power conditioner, or a power cord.

I have a friend who bought a glass CD (no, it is not typo - pure GLASS - SiO2) and he said it sounds stunning. But at HK$6,000 a pop and available in extreme rare quantities, this is just not going to make the critical mass, not to mention that it will break easily

So, I do think the hope is now K2 HD.

I only hope JVC is willing to licence this technology to more producers - at present, FIM is the first debut producer of K2 HD outside of Japan. FIM is a small outfit and I do hope more can join and embrace this new technology.

F. Lo
post #12 of 78
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Originally Posted by dmk005 View Post
I'd love to get my hands on one of these...thanks for sharing. I agree, btw, that we really should find "reference" music when it comes to reviews. I would like to hear the same compilations to learn how to listen more critically from you experts.
A CD guru made me the following recommendations - if you are not sure which sounds good, a simple guidance is to look at the Brand (the producer), and then the mastering engineer (if that was mentioned), and then the technology.

Over time, these are what I think are safe bets in getting audiophile CD labels (not in particular order). Granted, they are good at the genre I listen - jazz, classics, smooth pops and some ambient.

- Naim CD (UK)
- Opus 3 (Sweden?)
- Proprius (Sweden)
- FIM (USA)
- STS Digital (Germany ?)
- Three Blind Mice (jazz label from Japan)
- StockFisch (Germany)
- CISCO (only the pure gold CD) - great classics
- Sony (only premier gold series) - great classics
- Reference Recordings (only HDCD) (USA)
- M.A. Recordings - stunning recordings (USA)
- Hugo (only LPCD45) (Hong Kong)
- Channel Classics (Netherlands)
- Harmonia Mundi (France)
- Fidelio Audio (Canada)
- Venus (the Japanese production is better)

Feel free to supplement, and let the sharing begin

F. Lo
post #13 of 78
Thanks, very helpful. I preordered 3 K2 HD disks.
post #14 of 78
http://www.fimpression.com/wma/fimcd/fimcd07801.wma

K2HD sample... all i can say... omg
post #15 of 78
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the wma download is still a tad lacking compard to the K2 HD CD from a good CD player can do, but it give a good taste of what it is going to be

Good teaser from FIM.

F. Lo
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