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Yamamoto Sound Craft HA-02

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  1. GarryH
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    To those having trouble contacting the manufacturer, I speak Japanese (not brilliant but I can get by) and would be happy to help. Maybe I could craft a sample email or if there are a few people in the UK/Europe who want one I could try to arrange a bulk buy.



    Very sporting of you Mojo [​IMG] .

    Cheers,
    Garry
     
  2. mojo
    Well I can't promise it will be perfect but it will certainly be better than my Chinese friend's telephone manner at the karaoke parlour:

    ”すみませんが。。。。 厚いよ!!!”

    They did turn the AC up a bit though so I suppose at least she was understood...
     
  3. wower
    I don't get it. [​IMG]
    She said it was "thick(厚い)"?

    ”暑い”=hot [​IMG]
     
  4. kugino Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wower /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I don't get it. [​IMG]
    She said it was "thick(厚い)"?

    ”暑い”=hot [​IMG]




    i was thinking the same thing...
     
  5. wower
    high-five!!!

    ahh.... fun with kanji...
     
  6. lousyreeds1
    Hi all,

    Has anyone tried to request a version without the speaker connectors, possibly at a discount? They are obviously of great quality, but they seem like a waste for most people's purposes.
     
  7. ronfint
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lousyreeds1 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Hi all,

    Has anyone tried to request a version without the speaker connectors, possibly at a discount? They are obviously of great quality, but they seem like a waste for most people's purposes.




    This makes me think of asking whether anyone has found desktop speakers that match up nicely with the HA-02.
     
  8. kugino Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ronfint /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    This makes me think of asking whether anyone has found desktop speakers that match up nicely with the HA-02.



    yeah, i'd like to know, too. seems like it's way underpowered to drive my inefficient wharfedales...any bookshelf speakers that sound good with the ha-02?
     
  9. Zebra
    Has anyone tried the Zu Tone with these? Any other high efficiency speakers that would be candidates such as Horne Shoppe?
     
  10. wower
    In regard to custom HA-02s:

    I was talking to Shige-san months ago (by email in Japanese) and the impression I got was 1) He is incredibly busy with orders 2) He is firm in his design. I was actually asking about doing a custom colour on top of the HA-02 and he seems very set on his redish hue (because it matches the rest of his line). I agree it would be nice to get rid of the speaker connects and (for me) the 2-inputs but I guess that is not going to happen any time soon. While I don't consider myself an expert at Japanese culture (or the language for that matter) I know that to push him harder (by email or phone) would be the wrong thing to do. I'm guessing to him my question probably seemed illogical in the extreme. My strategy would be to meet him in person, get to know him, buy him a beer, etc., and then ask for a favor. Then, in my experience, the Japanese will go incredibly out of their way to please.

    Just my $0.02

    P.S. my japanese is good but as it turns out my electrical engineering Japanese sucks...
     
  11. lousyreeds1
    Good to know. For me, the double inputs are a necessity, and I can only assume that the same is the case for the speaker terminals for many of his domestic buyers. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," I guess...
     
  12. wower
    I think Shige-san had it in his mind this unit would be used in an office enviro and that the speaker outputs would be used mostly for background music. And after living here for years, I know that having a huge speaker set up like we have in North America is rare, not for lack of money, but for lack of space. There is no need for huge amps, huge speakers, etc. Lots of low-watt esoteic designs floating around though.
     
  13. GarryH
    Zebra,

    Quote:

    Has anyone tried the Zu Tone with these? Any other high efficiency speakers that would be candidates such as Horne Shoppe?



    Having the Tones in my work office, I've not yet tried it, but probably should - if not for me, then for the cause of Head-Fi-dum [​IMG]! The next few days are going to be kind of busy, however, if time permits, I'll give it a go towards the end of the week and jot down my thoughts.

    Surely Omegas, Fostex based, etc., speaker might fit the bill as well.

    Cheers,
    Garry
     
  14. GarryH
    Wower,

    Quote:

    While I don't consider myself an expert at Japanese culture (or the language for that matter) I know that to push him harder (by email or phone) would be the wrong thing to do. I'm guessing to him my question probably seemed illogical in the extreme. My strategy would be to meet him in person, get to know him, buy him a beer, etc., and then ask for a favor. Then, in my experience, the Japanese will go incredibly out of their way to please.



    Agreed and in line with my experience having worked in a Japanese company for 6+ years prior to moving to Asia.

    In one sense, it is so refreshing to see someone so passionate about his work and workmanship and not willing to "compromise" what he believes to be a winning formula. And it appears that the market, by and large, agrees with him.

    Cheers,
    Garry
     
  15. wower
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GarryH /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    if not for me, then for the cause of Head-Fi-dum [​IMG]!



    Yes! Yes! Please take the plunge for head-fi!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GarryH /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    And it appears that the market, by and large, agrees with him.



    I think you hit the nail on the head. I wish I had used those exact same words. Sometimes I think Japan is its own little island of high-end audio. This certianly was the case back in the booming early 90s when every Japanese had money. Accuphase, Arcolink, etc., these brands don't get out much but are a bargain when buying in Yen. They highlight Japanese mastery over engineering and details.
     
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