《毅德》ARTIST 手製訊號線 主編：陳煐光
《發燒音響 》Dec - 2005
《 ARTIST HI FI CO 》 ARTIST Hand Made Audio Signal Cable Author: Chan Ying Kwong
Smooth and Balanced sound, excellent reputation, great value for money ----- 《 ARTIST HI FI CO 》
The owner, Marco Leung, is one of few geniuses I know of in the audio world. For the past few years Marco has increased his reputation by selling the “GRE PIN” tube amplifier and mini loud speakers from Guangzhou , China . However he is a genuine audio equipment designer, specializing in tube amplifiers and loud speakers.
About a year ago Marco brought a tube preamplifier to my music studio to demonstrate it. From the outside this preamplifier appeared relatively simple, but it was a different story when the details were examined. All the components of this preamplifier were carefully and intelligently selected and wired. This pre-amplifier resulted from many hours of soul searching and iterative sound correction in his laboratory. When I switched on the music I was amazed by the sheer sound quality. I dared to say that it was comparable to some of the most expensive international products on the market. The making of this preamplifier began as a hobby for Marco Leung and was not about making money. In fact, it would be a significant challenge for Marco to commercialize this preamplifier as his time was taken up selling the “GRE PIN” audio products. He already had to put aside many of his inventions. Suddenly Marco recently produced and launched his own ARTIST audio signal cable. Before testing this cable the retail price appeared to be reasonable, or even slightly cheap. After testing, I instantly recommended this to all Hi-Fi enthusiasts for its outstanding value for money.
When it comes to audio equipment, Marco possesses a great knowledge of vintage tube amplifiers, especially in equipment from North American and Europe . In recent years he has published articles in “The Tube World” audio magazine on modifying the vintage MARANTZ tube amplifier. However, German vintage audio is definitely his true love. Popular German brands like KLANGFILM, TELEFUNKEN and SIEMEN E are among his favourites. Marco has frequently emphasized that German Hi-Fi components are more reliable and durable than American components, if not superior in quality. The ARTIST signal cable is made from the same pure copper wire widely used in German recording studios. The RCA plug was selected from a German vintage audio product. Marco is solely responsible for assembly, including the jointing process.
For the comparison test I tested two pairs of ARTIST audio signal cables. One pair was 1.5m long, while the second was 1.0m . Initially, I connected the 1.5m cables between the MARANTZ 7 tube preamplifier and the AUDION 2A 3 power amplifier, driving the JBL S9800 SE loud speakers. I compared it with a few of the popular international brands. The ARTIST produced remarkable sound. The unique musical feel and texture will be desirable to many music lovers. Overall it really sounded like one of my western vintage cables, but the ARTIST was superior in the transients and overall dynamics. After an afternoon of comparison, I could confidently declare the ARTIST cable to be a gem. A gem with exquisite sound capable of addicting many Hi-Fi enthusiasts. During the test the ARTIST cable performed comparably with international brands many times dearer. I even compared it to the “king” in my music studio, the TARA LABS Zero cable, which is several dozen times the price of the ARTIST. In an AB comparison test the TARA LABS Zero proved a definite winner in high and low frequency details associated with Hi-Fi music feel. However, when playing songs by Tsai Chin and Teresa Teng the ARTIST accurately reproduced the feeling of amorous affection in love. Later I connected the MELODY CD player and MARANTZ 7 tube preamplifier using the 1.0m ARTIST cable. The result was astounding. The sheer delight to my ears made me want to forget about returning the cables.
I have always believed the reason the popular brands can demand high prices is that they are able to package their products smartly, attracting the buyer's attention. Once the system is switched on it can turn a dull and boring room into a concert hall where every musical note can capture your complete attention. The ARTIST also has this kind ofmagical power and provides a truly captivating experience. Most importantly, the value for money is second to none. While Marco is still available I strongly recommend that all Hi-Fi fans pay him a visit.
《 The High End Audio Journal of Hong Kong 》 Dec - 2005