Just an ordinary sky on a nice spring week-end? No. Notice the lack of any airplane trails. Because of the ash cloud caused by Iceland’s volcano, all of northern Europe’s airspace is closed. I guess I will never see this again in my lifetime, such a nice blue sky…
Since Friday I have my new hifi system. The new components are:
- Marantz PM8003 amplifier
- Marantz ST7001 DAB tuner
- Focal Chorus 816v speakers
For audio CDs I still use my old Panasonic DVD-RV32. Although this is probably not of the same class as the other components, I don’t hear anything wrong with it, so I don’t see any reason to replace it soon.
I am really amazed by the sound quality of this system. The sound is very detailed, with impressive treble and a very nice and not too overwhelming bass. It’s great to be able to enjoy the real sound quality of audio CDs now. Although DAB radio sounds clearly worse than audio CDs (not very surprising knowing that DAB radio is using 160 kbps MPEG 1 Layer 2 compression here), even with DAB I hear a more detailed sound than on my previous system.
For the third year now, the radio station Studio Brussel is organizing an action to collect money for the Red Cross, this year for homeless mothers and children fleeing war. 3 DJs of the station, make live radio 24/24h for one week from a studio (called “Glass House”) which this year is in my home city, Ghent. Listeners pay to request songs, (youth) associations organize all kind of actions to collect money and bring in the money live on the radio, VIPs organize auctions of all kind of objects,… During that week the DJs don’t leave Glass House and don’t eat. They live on fruit and vegetable juices.
The action is very popular. Because the Glass House is in Ghent, I went there to take some pictures. The quality is not too great because of the bad lighting conditions, the glass, and the many people standing there. Not to mention that I’m just a basic amateur photographer with a very simple camera (Canon Ixus 800IS for those who want to know). Actually I felt a bit like watching the monkey cage in a zoo :-) There’s quite a great atmosphere though and the DJs are doing an amazing job.
The same action was held last week in Sweden too, and this week also in The Netherlands.
Watch and listen live on http://www.stubru.be, till the evening (GMT+1) of 24 December.
By the way, this is my first post in WordPress, to which I migrated from Serendipity. There’s still some work left to do to make it look perfectly, but the basics should be fine now.