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Saturday, September 23, 2017

ADELAIDE: Light and Stone promotional release for locally printed version



Adelaide Light and Stone Promo   cover.jpgThe 200 beautiful photos of the City of Adelaide and environs in this engaging book have been taken by local photographer Paul Weston during the past fourteen years. The book is a totally local product, being printed by Openbook Howden at St Marys.


The collection started from a simple premise of displaying the city and region at its natural best. That is, whenever the LIGHT is right and often this is at night!  The book itself began more recently, when Paul could not find a suitable gift for an overseas student who had been staying at his home. The result is a photographer’s personal view of what people love about Adelaide.


Images have been arranged to take the viewer on a journey from the Adelaide Hills, down into the heart of the city, its beaches and parks and out into the surrounding countryside. There is also an architectural journey in time, from contemporary iconic structures to those of early Adelaide when the city had more STONE buildings than any other Australian state capital. Local stone was a more available building material than timber and it features heavily in this book.


Another feature of this book is the use of multiple small photos to create an immersive and rewarding experience. The effect is stimulating and satisfying, like a degustation meal at one of Adelaide’s fine restaurants!  


ADELAIDE: Light and Stone is a compact, lightweight (375 gms) quality product making it the perfect gift for the traveller or coffee table book for home and office.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Adelaide - Light and Stone in stores in Adelaide

Now available at Booked in the North Adelaide Village, Dymocks, Glenelg and City, Imprints in Hindley Street, Urban Cow and Streetlight both in Vaughan Place and Dillons in Norwood. In the hills at Stirling in Matilda Bookshop and at Hahdorf in Storison. Please message me from Facebook if you can't get a copy. Facebook Link . (At Dymocks in the city, its upstairs near the Special Orders counter.)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Adelaide - Light and Stone is now on Facebook!

Keep up with the latest!  Go to Facebook! See where you can buy a locally printed version in Adelaide!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

ADELAIDE - Light and Stone NOW AVAILABLE FROM BLURB - SOON IN ADELAIDE BOOK STORES

My new photo book Adelaide - Light and Stone is now available in Hard and Soft Cover versions through Blurb. A great gift idea for anyone who enjoyed their time in Adelaide! ........ "Local photographer Paul Weston takes you on a tour of Adelaide’s architectural history, Botanic Gardens, beaches and countryside, all of which define its unique character. See Adelaide afresh, by both night and day. Enjoy the familiar scenes and discover the obscure to develop a sense of what defines this city. Planned by Colonel William Light and built largely in sandstone and bluestone upon Kaurna country, Adelaide is indeed a city of Light and Stone."

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

More thoughts on Mojo

Why does the Chord Mojo sound so damn good? Its developer, Rob Watts says it is about interpolation filters and transients … May be.  I do wonder however, if there is other processing going on that he is not admitting to.  I mean, a faithfully produced sound wave is a sound wave, is it not? Yet different DACs do sound different!

I have spent a little time analysing the sound from the Mojo and comparing it with the inbuilt  DAC in my Cambridge CXA60 amplifier using a CD source. Perhaps not a fair comparison, you may suggest in view of the price differential, but instructive none the less.

First there is the sound level out-put to consider. This is certainly higher than through the inbuilt DAC .  Perhaps this is to be expected since the Mojo is a headphone  amplifier as well as a DAC. So the first thing you have to do is volume match when doing an A/B comparison. A bit tricky when switching back and forth.

Once I have approximated the level, I still notice that the sound has more dynamism or punch, has broader sound stage, the positioning of voice and instruments more defined and the tonal qualities detailed and natural with a clean clear finish.  There is a sense that the voice or soloist jumps out at the listener, grabbing your attention. It is as if the music is saying “hey listen to me, don’t I sound good!?” And so you keep listening, even to what is previously familiar.

So what makes this happen? I can’t help but think there is more going on than simply more faithful reproduction of waveforms.  I wonder if other processing such as dynamic range enhancement and phase and frequency adjustments are being applied to the output. These were long ago applied by those seeking a more realistic experience from the old analogue audio equipment. We had “dbx” dynamic range enhancers, audio equalizers to compensate for deficiencies in speakers and room acoustics, and phase shifters to create a more 3D sound experience.  It only takes a small adjustment in decibels to change our perception of sound so minimal tweaking of the amp output signal could do wonders…

At the end of the day though, it probably does not matter as I love it and the accolades for the musical sound that Mojo produces roll in…. It truly is a wonder, but there is still part of me that wonders too.....

Some links to Chord interviews if you are interested...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10k_yMHCncY

http://www.the-ear.net/how-to/rob-watts-chord-mojo-tech

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Got my (Chord) Mojo goin' and I'm gone baby, gone real bad.....

Well it's been a while with my CXA60 amp and the audiophile in me has been getting restless. I quickly decided the Schiit Bifrost 4490, which I had upgraded from the Uber was a better DAC than the Wolfson WM8740 that is built into the CXA60, but it is convenient to use the Wolfson with the TV and the Bifrost for music. Just for the convenience of switching with the remote. The Bifrost seems to have a bigger sound stage and a softer upper range.

But then I read John Darko's review of the Schiit Gungnir Multibit (http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2016/01/zesty-and-sweet-the-stunning-schiit-gungnir-multibit-dac/) and I began to think about spending over A$2000 on an upgrade.... How much do I value my marriage? But wait, the Chord Mojo (http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2016/02/chord-electronics-mojo-lost-found/) is a whole lot cheaper and he rates it up there with Gungnir.... (http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/the-darko-dac-index/) And so do many others! (http://chordelectronics.co.uk/mojo/#nav-reviews , http://www.stereophile.com/content/chord-electronics-mojo-da-headphone-amplifier#XrV15eiY4du1u5rG.97  and just google it!) And you can use it as a portable with up to 10 hours of playing time or you can use it as a desktop with your computer or with your lounge room system. One wonders about the long term reliability of the battery, but I had to audition a Mojo, which I did through headphones (NAD Viso HP50) at VAF in Adelaide and then I had to bring it home.

I have in the past sat around analysing DACs for their subtle and not so subtle differences. No such problem with the Mojo! The differences are are simply there.. right in you face in a dramatic and even astounding way. The dynamism, the imaging, the clarity and the detail bring the music to life. It's just brilliant sound. At first I wondered if it was all too much, but the clincher for me was that I would soon give up on comparisons and simply listen. Even to very familiar music, to the end. Spotting the difference between sources, CD, Sonos Connect or whatever is much more of a challenge than the difference between the Mojo and my other DACs. This is, in my opinion an improvement worth paying for. Now if I want to listen at home or at work with headphones, I can have a wonderful sound quality with me....  Maybe one day I will have the spare cash for a Gungnir, or a 2Qute but for now I don't feel deprived.... I've got my Mojo going!