Monday, July 21, 2014
Just had a two days video calibration in Kuching with Venki for all Sound Fusion's customers.
Calibrated displays include 2 plasma, a LCD, 2 Sony HW40ES projectors, 1 Sony VW500ES 4K projector, 1 JVC RS48 and a HD25LV.
Some of the pictures after calibration are here for preview. Look at how you can differentiate the depth and natural colors of these pictures.
It has been a two exciting days of work but all customers are happy that their displays (LCD, Plasma and Projector) are well calibrated to reference and they are able to fully enjoy their movie picture quality.
Video Calobration Sevice is exclusively for Sound Fusion's Customers and all protectors purchased from Sound Fusion will enjoy a special discount on all future calibratik services.
Friday, July 4, 2014
I haven't been visiting KLIAV for almost 2 years. This trip down to KL is to check out the latest 2014 offering especially the 4K displays.
Also a member of The ISF (imaging science foundry) certified video calibrator, displays are crucial in a theatre for me. Be it a LED, Plasma, OLED, projectors or laser projection, all has standards to follow.
A big disappointment of all times is how consumers are being taught to buy the most expensive and sleekest looking display while neglecting the picture quality from the displayed images.
Why we calibrate displays is the same as why audio is being calibrated. Movies directors hired graphic experts or animation designer during the movies picture editing but not many displays consumers have at home can reproduce the reference colors. Most displays are being calibrated to a very vibrant look to attract the eyes of unawared consumers.
We always see THX Certified or ISF Certified Display on most higher end TV or projectors. And many times, the buyers don't realize they need to hire video calibrators to calibrate the displays for them. All displays are manufactured to a factory stands and components used in the displays generate different imaging results which require video calibrators to future perform a full calibration of GAMMA (based on user's viewing environment and lighting condition) and CMS (color management system).
A well calibrated display can reproduce reference pictures that can blow your viewing experience away where you get to see what director's intended color and definition of the movie's picture.
Natural colors can never cheat our eyes as we have been seeing colors in our daily lives. If you happened to notice the colors in your 4K UHD OLED that you paid RM50k isn't the same as what you normally see in the real world, please contact us NOW to ensure you get a proper calibration to that TV to fully enjoy the full potential of it!!
Contact Sound Fusion @ Kuching Malaysia at +60178089020 to schedule for a calibration appointment. We only perform 2 to 3 sessions annually and limited to 8 displays per session (2-4 hours per calibration work depending on the calibratable features in your displays).
I have been traveling to many places for the past few years to broaden my hearing and viewing on the best audio visual setup.
Every single detail in a "Great" personalized theater is crucial. The moment I stepped into the room or theater space, the entrance should be welcoming with properly designed acoustically treated door and as much as possible, a controlled ambient lighting.
The construction materials and colors used in the ceiling and walls of the theater are the most important parts of the theater that will change how everything sounds and reflected.
Be it a tiled, wooden laminated or carpeted floor, it will change the characteristic of how the subwoofer(s) and speakers response, also the ETC of the room.
The lighting controls are important and so as the type of lights (Led, fiber optics, fluorescent, halogen) used and the grouping on the switches. The dimming control, the effect lighting, diffuse lighting to showcase your equipment prior to show time.
Many owners has opted for brand names that paid high price for reviews & advertisement from popular magazines but they have neglected the most important part in home theater building; which is matching & calibration by an experienced calibrator.
When I said experienced calibrator, I do not mean dealers who attended certification class by passing theories and never get their hands on any calibration ground work.
There are better installers with DIY experience that they learn both from internet and trial an error during previous installation projects.
There are less than 5000 HAA audio calibrator in the world and most of these HAA calibrators are experts in helping you building a dedicated reference home or small commercial cinemas.
What HAA certified engineers do starts from the design phase of a room.
Unlike THX home theatre professional who gives you guidelines of what a theatre should be designed, HAA engineers get down to the war zone to handle the situation and solve onsite' issues with calibration gear such as RTA, FFT, ETC and run spatial averaging to the room.
We HAA engineers will do a pre-reading of the room and take individual reading from every speakers and subwoofers before we do our "stuff".
Upon completion of a full HAA calibration, we provide a reports showing the pre and post reading so users can see what has been done. With reports in hand, HAA calibrators can do tweaking work to the user's personal preference while retaining the reference audio output.
We, HAA calibrators will be visiting sites annually or upon request to verify the consistency of the results as some speakers or equipment could deteriorate over time. This is to ensure every HAA calibrated room will stay up to standard so that you can always be enjoying the best sound from the directors' mix.
To experience a HAA theatre, please visit Sound Fusion @ Kuching Malaysia. You can also contact Sound Fusion at +60178089020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to locate HAA calibrated theatres near you. What's the use if an expensive setup is not being calibrated to reference!
Monday, April 21, 2014
It has been 2 years since I've been demonstrating in my W13.5 x L23.5 room with a OS fixed frame 100" screen.
This renovation project should take me 3 weeks for all renovation work and another 1 to 2 months to get all new gears installed and calibrated (HAA and ISF) according to THX specification for home theater.
Constructing the right wall with a display shelf on the outer portion.
Wall uses 12.5mm gypsum boards while ceiling uses 10mm gypsum boards.
A new ceiling design with led strips.
The new size will be W16 x L27. A 160" Screen Innovation reference lunar maestro G1.1 Acoustic Transparent screen will be used in this new showroom.
I have short listed to either go for sony 4K or jvc whichever gives me the best bang for the buck.
Front wall, ceiling and side walls will be treated to make sure the ETC read outs within 350-400ms.
Tentatively a 9.4 setup with premium pre-amp and 2 units of 7x450 power amp. Equipment list will be reviewed at a later stage.
Two rows of seats with the rear row with a height raise by 8".
Karaoke system as well as ECLER professional audio system will be showcase at this new room.
So stay tuned for more exciting renovation updates.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Having attended my second HAA session in Shenzhen on 19-22nd March has gained further knowledge in providing Custom Installation with Full calibration service.
Working closely with our own in house architect and interior design with experience in building high end home cinema without burning too deep into your pocket is our motto. You can be assured that our design and installation will exceed all retailers in the market.
As an associate member of the HAA(Home Acoustic Alliance) network, we shares technical knowledge and solve common mistakes many others have made.
Why is HAA different from THX as many has asked me. Well, the simple answer is THX sets all the standards while HAA calibrator will design, build and most importantly calibrate the sound according all the standards set by THX.
Many may know the standards but many also do not comply during the building stage because designer, builders and contractors aren't aware of the strict standards set by THX and HAA.
The worse part of audio or video calibration is when your installer uses his eyes or ears to calibrate and completed the calibration without any proven pre and post calibration reports.
Wondering how a Rm100k system can outperform a Rm1Million system, drop by sound fusion in May 2014 and experience for yourself. Our demo room will be HAA certified studio.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Starke Sound Halo3 IW version, while settings its own level in the Home Cinema Market, it will be a a different gameplay in all of the HT market.
Carefully packed in a double box packing to protect the heavy (14kgs) speaker panels. You will be amazed by how carefully Starke Sound packs their product; this shows the dedication in product quality.
All parts are being designed and crafted using high tech CNC Process and hand installed to the greatest precision.
The exterior is important to attract audience but what really matters is also how the internal component is being designed to produce such prestige speaker.
There are speakers that utilize horn tweeter but if not careful, it will cause more harm than good. At Starke Sound, the engineers choose a different path by re-designing the best tweeter system to produce a very cinematic feel yet not over exaggerates on the high frequency which can cause annoying yet unfulfilling pitches.
The front speaker panel is being casted with solid Aluminium to counter vibration and reduce resonance if not being installed carefully.
Installing Starke Sound IW is a breeze if you have built the front baffled wall in accordance to the specifications being provided in the installation manual.
I choose to custom made my own enclosures using high density compressed fiber board. Laminating a dual 18mm layered board, I have a thickness of 36mm on all 5 sides. Sealing all gaps with silicon to ensure no air leak is possible. With the Starke Sound Halo 3 IW Series being mounted to my custom enclosure, the nett weight for each speaker is about 30kgs each.
In my L26xW16xH11 feet room, the maximum SPL for all of LCR can go as high as 110dB with ease.
Starke Sound will be launching its official Halo Series 3 worldwide soon. Please stay tuned for product launch date and information.
What truly determines a high end setup? Is it the amount one spent in buying expensive equipment higher than others who can't afford to spend as much as oneself?
Audio & video equipment are important if you want to setup a high end audio room. But who determines what is high end and what is not? Many will buy things based on reviews for one reason only; that is you cannot get to listen to a perfectly setup system in most dealers' showroom. Either the products the dealer is selling is not all compatible with one another or they do not have the proper knowledge to help you design and custom install everything including post installation work such as tuning and calibration.
Different equipment produces different characteristics and no one can determine if your mid budget system is not as good as a high end system if you have great calibrators at work to assist you in the designing, building, installation and finally tuning and calibration.
Never judge equipment by the price. Listen and see for yourself. Experience the ultimate true cinematic feel in a properly setup room. You can spent millions but without proper environment and room acoustic calibration, your high end equipment is only good in its price, nothing more.
So next time when you were to be invited to a friend's house to audit their system, please listen with an open heart and do not ask what equipment they bought and spent. Listen and judge by its performance. It's the same as someone who invited you to take a ride in his million dollars sports car but he's a lousy driver. You won't feel the performance but rather feel like throwing out your breakfast that you just consumed.
To me, high end is when your system is properly calibrated and with frequency response blends perfectly with the environment and is able to reproduce what movies directors' intention to their audience and people will forget they are actually watching movies but as part of the character in the movie itself. This is what a good high end system should resembles.
No offense to all high end users but a word of advice to listen with an open heart. Never use money to press among those who can't afford more than yours.