In this nepchin blog post we thought we would find out a little more about high end stereos with Jungsun Audio Sydney, Ron. Most of us have a portable music player but for those interested in taking the next step, what is it about and what is involved?
nepchin – “Ron can you tell us a little bit about the differences between high end stereos or audio gear. Our knowledge is only really limited to having an iPod and maybe a surround sound system for my TV”
Ron – “Hi End Stereos essentially are equipment made for the reproduction of sound with high fidelity, audiophiles refers the them as Hi Fi. Audio gear comes in many forms, for example a radio, CD players, car audio, surround sound systems and iPod are all classified as audio gear.
Everyone loves music and how the music is played back to its original sound is what Hi Fi is about. Audiophiles demand high quality of musical reproduction that come close to the original recording.
Many years ago, Hi End Stereo system is a very expensive hobby. These days, it is much more affordable to play with Hi Fi.”
nepchin – “so when we you see a setup, what kind of things should one look out for? is there minimum equipment involved in a setup. or what is even in a minimum setup.”
Ron – “A simple 2 channel Hi End Stereo system will have a source unit such as CD player, a good quality power amplifier and a pair of quality loud speakers connected with quality inter-connect cables. When I look at a Hi Fi setup, I first equipment look at is the power amplifier, which I believe is the heart of the system. The loud speakers are second on my list before checking the source unit and cables. Many of my friends who are new to Hi Fi think that a pair of loud speakers is the key to a good system, this is not entirely true as the matching process in selecting the system is very important. There are many products out in the market with different outputs, each them also have they own character. It is important that you know what type of sound you like? If you are Jazz fan, you might like a sweet lay back sound. If you lover of Rock music, you might lean to a dynamic sounding system with plenty of power. My advise is to listen to a few and get a taste of what you like. JungSon Audio is a great way to start and set the benchmark for comparison. Our range of amplifier have transistor and valve type amplifiers, hearing both which will give you a good feel of what Hi Fi is about.”
nepchin – “so what do I need to look out for when I’m thinking of purchasing one? Are there specifications, standards or things like that? is there any maintenance involved or on-going costs if after I purchase one”
Ron – “I think the most important rule is setting yourself a budget, a good system need not to be expensive. Make sure the products you purchase have a approved C-Tick label and number, this means that the product complies with the applicable standard in Australia. In terms of maintenance, generally a good transistor Hi Fi system is very low maintenance. Valve systems may requires a little more maintenance due to changes of valves over time. If your new system runs well for the first 100 hours, you usually will get many many years of enjoyment out of the system.”
nepchin – “how does Jungson Audio fit in all of this and how do they compare with like brands I see at JB Hi Fi, David Jones and Sony Central shops and the like? or are they in same area”
Ron – “JungSon Audio is different to other brands you see in JB Hi Fi or David Jones. Our products are unique and are hand built with famous parts around the world. For example, our CD/SACD players uses famous CD transport from Philips and Sony and other key components from Toshiba, Motorola and Burr Brown. JungSon Audio’s unique design are patented. Just take a look at our Impression II CD player for example, you will immediately notice its distinctive styling. When you see and hear our product, you will notice the difference. Our most popular power amplifier the JA-88D weights just under 30kgs, and the best of all, it sounds superb. The only similarity you will notice is the price.”
nepchin – “so going from my humble iPod to a high end gear setup, is there much involved then and how much could I expect to pay to get started?”
Ron – ” Setting up a Hi End system is not difficult but can take a bit of time. Unlike your humble iPod, you will need some space for your Hi End gear. Whilst the power amplifier might fit on a audio rack, your speakers can be large and you might need to move them around to find a position that will sound the best from your sitting position. A good Hi End system can be set up for around $2,000 to 3,000, and it sounds like you have already started as your iPod is an excellent source unit. JungSon Audio consultant can assist you design the rest of your system to fit your room. We have set the benchmark for both quality and price, even Australian Hi Fi magazine quoted our amplifier is “the front-runner in the stakes for being bargain buy of the 21st the century”
nepchin – “Well Ron, thanks for your time today to talk a little bit about high-end audio with us at nepchin”
Ron – ” Thank you for having me, JungSon Audio Australia offers a range of very affordable High End system to meet all budgets and we provide full service warranty for all our Hi End equipments. The most on-going cost you would need to consider is the cost of increasing your CD collection!”