Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Magical Battle Arena- Lyrical Pack

First off, Sorry for -extremely- late post on this item. I finally get this item a two ago, but has no chance of posting it due to my holiday where I can't get touch with internet. Nevertheless, I have to end what I have started, so no matter how late it is (3 weeks late >.<), I think I should review this

Here's the detail:
it adds 3 character, namely Hayate, Vita, Nanoha Striker'S, Mission Mode, 3 new maps (which I don't know how to unlock), and changed main menu.

New Title screen

For the new Character; Do note that I'm not using official name for it, just using the name of skill which I vaguely remember from the anime. also, different from my standard writing, the pic will represent writing above it, not below it.

Hayate (clear mission 10 in mission mode to unlock).
A: Atem des something - still don't know the pronounciation. Decent AOE, Freeze the enemy if hit. Quite an useful skill.

B: Hræsvelgr, Decent damage, making a line like Divine Buster or such, but can't be controlled, it has bigger AOE though.

C: Mysteltain, Basically binding skill that turn your enemy into stone. May miss if your enemy keep moving.

SP1: diabolic emission, Fast casting, Very Big AOE, Very good, I'd say.

SP2: ragnarok, with Nanoha and fate as backup. I Never tried it against other player, but if you use it in Training mode, it will damage about 3.5 bar of health (and opponent's life won't regenerate). If same condition applies to normal battle, then consider yourself dead after getting hit by this.

PS: She can't do Quick Dash. Never use her if you have no friend to back you up, worse if your enemy excels at pinning spellcaster down (ex: SArara, Kirara).

Vita (clear mission 20 in mission mode to unlock)
A: Rocket Hammer (?). She spins her hammer. Does a circular spinning, Might be good, might be useless, depending on your position.

B: I have no Idea What is this, she create 4-8 Ball (depending on how long you charge it) to be smashed onto enemy. Useless skill, if I may say, there's too much casting time.

C: No idea either... damn, I can barely know engrish, but what language is this? She shoot several bullet, creating circular motion around him for a few second, much more like a blast for me.

SP1: Gigant Hammer Form, Gigant Crusher (Mole smacking time :D), She swing it around before smashing the enemy. Note that the swing also induces damage.

SP2: Angry rocket Hammer. What to say... she shot a bullet, which will be countered by your character, after that she seems enraged and charged unto you using her A Special.

Nanoha StrikerS
A: ACS Charge, A charging attack to your enemy, not a bad move, but pretty mediocre, I think.

B: Divine Buster, This one is different with Nanoha's in usage. You don't need to charge it at all and the damage will vary depending on how many funnel/ at what mode you use (see C).

C: Blaster. blaster one, blaster second, and blaster three respectively. Increase the damage from Divine buster in compensation for your life (it drains your life gradually).

SP1: Starlight Breaker + Break Shoot, HUGE AOE. You'll know how big it is if you have faced 3 of it.

SP2: Crossfire. It's the one that she used to teach Teana a lesson, quite good, IF there's no subaru's sound stopping Nanoha in the end.

Well, that's it, I Haven't get everything myself (I had finished all of misson but haven't get any maps), If someone know how to, please notify me, thanks.

Some Credit goes to Wheat, for his previous comment in previous post.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Review: dbE Acoustic PR18

Nothing to do, which make me frustated, since i'm not used to it.
Well, since I'm extremely bored, I'll just make a review of my gadget, this time it will be an IEM (In Ear Monitor)
If you think it looks like a "certain IEM", well, this one is made in Indonesia, so there's a high chance you're mistaking it >:), this thing is priced 218000 IDR (roughly USD 20$)

Packaging Includes (as written in the box):
-Hard Case
-3 Pairs of Ear Tips (S/M/L)
-Cable Winder
Well, after I open the box the packages also include:
-1 Pair of Bi-flange tips (medium sized)
-Manual paper (English/Indonesian language)
-Warranty paper
-A paper explaining about hearing impairment (English/Indonesian language)

Driver: 9mm Neodymium Magnet Speaker
Impedance: 12 ohm +/- 10%
Cable Length : 1.2 Meter
Frequency response: 20 HZ- 22KHZ
Plug: 3.5 mm-gold plated

It's hardcase is small and elegant with a dbE acoustic symbol in front of it made of plastic and steel (for the writing). The badge appear to be cutted, but it actually like that on the first place. Nothing much to say here.

hard case... The badge appear to be cut

There are 4 kinds of flange included: small,medium, Large, and bi-flange. I myself using med-sized flange. The tips size of this IEM (PR18) is standard, so you can replace the flange with UE/X3i/ RE1/ AT/ Sony/ Panasonic 's flange.

Tips, left to right, Small, Medium, Large, Bi-flange

Moving to the earphones, the connector size is quite small, and can be fit into iPhone's. in the mid of cord, before the Y sector, there's a clipper with 'dbE' written on it. This is used for lessening microphonic issue that an IEM has. In The Y sector, there's a cylinder enclosure (which also has dbE written on it). for the bud, the outer layer is made from steel, not a cheaply chromed plastic like many others done. In the connection between bud and cord, there's a small writing that symbolize L/R , which represents which bud enter which ear. the driver is protected with metalic grill and not replaceable.

Bud, Clip, and Y section

Okay, time to test-driving this item.

Source: Sony NWZ-E435F; Sandisk sansa clip
Song used:
Forest306 - 東方阿漕集
Track 03 - フォールオブフォール (Fall of Fall) - VBR

=NeutraL= - Acoustic Shooter
Track 08 - 無何有の郷 ~ Deep Mountain (Utopia ~ Deep Mountain) - VBR

オーライフジャパン - 東方温泉祭
Track 01 - 好奇心優先 (Curiosity Preference) -VBR

記憶~MAIKAZE music works~
Track 07 - 散りゆく時(piano version) (scattering time) - 320 CBR

Track 03 - 鬼友達 (Demon Friend) - 320 CBR

Track 06 - 里帰り (visiting one's parents / new bride's first visit to parents ) - 320 CBR

Track 04 - 小さな屋敷小さなメイド (small mansion, small maid) -VBR

マクロスF ボーカルコレクションアルバム Vocal collection Album「娘たま♀」
Disc 2 track 11 - トライアングラー(fight on stage) (Triangle (Fight on the stage)) - 320 CBR

マクロスF ボーカルコレクションアルバム Vocal collection Album「娘たま♀」
Disc 1 Track 12 - ねこ日記 (cat's Diary) - 320 CBR

I'll skip commenting each song, here's the result.

Soundstage: Mediocre, not that special, it does it's job at rendering 3D's sound but lack of layer. I can tell from where the sound is coming but I can't tell how far/near it is compared to the other instrument.

Bass: good, coloured, not tight enough, but very fun to be listened,I love this point <3, It enters bass section a bit too early, though, so if someone is playing guitar bass the mid will be overwhelmed by it.

Mid: I separate this into 2 section, Higher mid and lower mid. The lower mid is overwhelmed by bass, and the higher mid is kind of sharp and edgy.

Treble: smooth, but since treble is usually following high mid, it's not as good as it is.

Detail : Mediocre, I'd say. The lower mid are overwhelmed by bass, but after that it's quite good.

and that's before it's burned in. after burning in there's a significant change:

The bass become more punchy, not bloated at all, it knows where the bass are supposed to be.
Mids become smoother, the edgy sound in the higher mid is smoother, and since the bass were not bloated anymore, lower mid is not being overwhelmed.
It's treble now pack quite a lot of detail, a bit analytic but that's fine. I love analytic sound (my ER6, long gone)

When paired with Fiio E5 (headphone amp);if without bass boost I'd say this thing will sound worse. It's like this thing will have cuted bitrate (downgrade in detail). If you use the bass boost, this will make the bass crazier, which i find it to be too much. I prefer unamped much better.

Overall, this is a really good IEM considering i't only about USD 20$'s, while not perfect (Nothing does, IMO) this IEM will crush most item below 50$ mark. It's worth of an item that you can call it steal.