i just repainted my whole house. based of advice from wong tatt yew, i changed from ICI pearl-glo paint to pentalite, which is supposed to be better for the sonics.

lo and behold, when i switched on my system last night (with all the positionings and furnitures intact), it sounded vastly different and dare i say, slightly worse than be before. the midrange becomes brittle, hollow and slightly grainy and sibilance was high; it just doesn't have the solidity and concentration of the previous sound.

i am no sure if that is caused by the new coat of paint not fully dried up but it certainly is an ear-opening experience for me. i suspect the moisture in the paint creates havoc in the sound reflection on the wall and maggie being a dipole, is one well of a sensitive speaker.

p/s i tried listening again tonight, it is much better now with the mids getting fuller and more bodied. amazing!

latest update: this is the 3rd day, and the sound has more or less come back in full force. i marvel the experience!


Kong said...

Ah....the black magic of hifi. Are you sure it wasn't the different color shirts you wear that making the sound becoming worst? :)

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

no black magic at all :-)

the new paint contains moisture that affects the sound reflection on the wall.

but observing the day-to-day improvement is sure fun and exciting!

Kong said...

Every heard of Vilfredo Pareto's 80-20 rules? I would like to keep that in mind when I play my hifi. Not doing can only means more headache and risk missing the music itself. My 2 sen.

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...


ever heard of the maggielurva's principle - 100/300 rule?

to get 100% results in hifi, you need to devote at least 300% of your time and efforts! there's simply no shortcuts in hifi!

if music is all you want, get a tivoli or harmoni (by enzer s'pore), the latter i am getting for my bedroom!