How time has flown – over a year since I did my last post – what has happened?… Well, as it turns out – a lot, so I thought I’d go through a few things apart from the obvious such as Covid-19, America losing the plot, China looking to become the new Germany and the world economy being on the brink of collapse ;)
So what have I been up to? I checked my calendar, and I must of just started at South East Water (SEW – Australia, not UK) as I was doing Diversity Training. SEW are what’s called a government owned corporation, so they’re technically a company, with the Victorian government owning 100% of all the shares, which actually makes for a pretty good mix. You get the thoroughness of government and decent conditions (as in they actually believe in “psychological safety”) along with a commercial imperative, so we have budgets that have to be justified which is not like the bad old days of wasteful government. And yes, the building is pretty much on the beach so we can go for a swim at lunchtime in the summer :)
I have been and continue to do some quite interesting things in the Enterprise, Solution and Technical architecture spaces as I have the privilege to work in a supportive environment that allows me to experiment. I won’t go in to any of that here though as that’s over a year worth of stuff which should be worth writing about.
Personally? It’s pretty good too. To jump back to the present, I’ve managed to end up in quite a decent position (ie I have a job) and am currently living on an island away from Melbourne which is great as they’re currently having some problems with nasty old Covid-19 (but nothing compared to most countries). I’ve been pursuing my music and reconfiguring quite a few things – lots to write about on that front. In the intervening time, we moved to a lovely house in a bayside suburb, but have stopped renting there in favour of living away from the city at the Island. What will the future hold?
What are my passions now? Pretty much as they’ve always been – I love my work, so Architecture and (agile) Process are still at the forefront of what I do for work. Privately, apart from having a great time with my lovely wife Brij and our new cat Chloe (she’s a RagDoll – never knew the breed existed until a week ago!) and pursuing my music along with some photography.
All I can say is that I hope you’re going well and able to make the most of whatever is going on around you in these chaotic times
PS Why the Maybe…? Because the one thing I’ve learnt over the past few months is we haven’t got a clue what will happen. I may get bored of blogging again, but this has been a fun post, so hopefully there will be a few more for a while.
OK, this may open a can of worms, as writing about speakers is akin to saying what the “best” programming language is, so I’d better be precise about what I’m writing about – it won’t be about:
- The “best value” “cheap crap” speaker you can get for your Mac or PC
- Nor will it be about anything resembling “home stereo speakers” (although you can use some of them)
- And it certainly won’t be about “audiophile speakers” as they’re generally overpriced pretentious crap
What this post is about is a set of “Studio Monitors” which I bought for use with my various synthesisers and then discovered of course that they were also about what I was using with my Mac (or PC if you’re less fortunate ;)
If you read my post on Headphones, one if the key points I made was that selecting any “sonic translation device” depends on your hearing (unless you want to be able to impress a bunch of kids ;). You should buy something for the people who listen, so if that’s you, and your partner, and your kids – then they are the only people who’s opinion matters… Snooty guests who may come over for dinner don’t count (unless you’re amazingly shallow).
Right! Having got all the qualification out of the way, I’ve managed to stumble my way in to what are probably the best value Monitor Speakers for <$500 (AU). How can I say that? It all starts with a guy called Keith R Klawitter who founded http://www.krksys.com/ that have made some amazing studio speakers and headphones (which are the ones I eventually chose in that previous post) but unfortunately (for KRK), Keith left them and became independent (and also happens to own all the patents on the speaker technology he developed). One of the things Keith did was a collaboration with Behringer to develop the NEKKST range of which my choice, the K8’s are part of it, having the following qualities:
- Ultra-linear 150-Watt reference-class studio monitor
- Designed by renowned acoustic icon Keith Klawitter, founder of KRK
- Advanced Waveguide technology creates ultimate acoustic dispersion and extremely large “sweet zone”
- True bi-amping mode with 2 separate amplifiers for ultimate sound reproduction
- Ultra-high resolution, 1″ silk dome tweeter for ultimate sound reproduction
The astute will notice the 150 Watts which would probably deafen you if you turned them up full blast at a few feet from you (which they would be), but the whole point of this is that they’re “over spec’d” and that what I’m after is quality and one of the ways to get that is a top spec’d product which is being under utilised. This is certainly proven as the speakers are way better than my KRK headphones which are amazing!
But that’s not really the point for this post. The point is to choose a pair of speakers which are Rolls-Royce in quality for your Mac or PC on a comparatively “beer budget” and if that’s what you’re after, the K8’s are probably what you’re after. Furthermore, if you want some really good Bass response, then you can always get a NEKKST K10, which although I’ve never heard them, I’m sure would vibrate your SOCKS OFF!
Having been in to electronics and audio since I was about 14, there’s a lot more I can write on this, and probably will, but to give you a hint – here’s a few things to consider:
- The K8’s and a K10 could form an AWESOME budget stereo which would be beyond what most people have
- If you’re connecting digital sources, then you have to have good Digital-To-Analogue converters (going beyond just connecting them into the 3.5″ jack on your Mac or PC) to get the best
So stay tuned, as I will write about both of these topics some time. Meanwhile, listen easily, with precision and power :)