Confessions of an Ugly
(contributed article by fellow forumer, Ericssan. Thanx
Disclaimer: All that is written here are purely my personal opinions.
Do not send flames. I'm not affiliated to anyone or any organisation or
My Favourite Haunts (not in order of preference)
1. The Adelphi (where else,
but I tend to avoid this place especially when I'm broke. Bery depressing
to see mouth-watering components and its price. I'm going for cheap and
good upgrades nowadays :P)
Ground Floor - General hifi stuff with the exception of Ong Radio :P
1st Floor - Getting more hi-end, not necessary. AFA cables and so on.
But the Tony's Café is great! Serves nice Popiah on Fridays and
Chicken Rice on Saturdays.
2nd Floor - More hi-end, though not necessary. Visit SOM for nice tube
gear and listen to Rethm spkrs. Sniff some nice CDs.
3rd Floor - highest floor. Hi-end stuff here? Depends on u. Well. I like
to visit AN S'pore. Hear their latest products and discuss possible upgrades.
Important: Do not audition components on Saturdays, esp when the shop
is having a massive promotion after advertising on section 64 of C.A.T.S.
2. Sembawang Shopping Centre
2nd Level: A heaven for audiophiles living in the North. got NDV, Audio
Jas (friendly duo Jay and Steven) and Audio Line (used hifi shop).
Larry Hi-fi: Chit chat with 'much more established' audiophiles. Talk
abt tubes, Altec spkers, tube gears.
4. Burlington Square
Well Audio Labs - Frankie is there to answer my silly questions on various
tube combination or when I want to top up my tube ammo.
5. Library (Surprise!!!!)
Audiophile magazines, no less! I like and prefer the HK audiophile press.
You'll be surprised by the collection that our local library has:
The Hi-End Audio Journal of Hong Kong (my fav!), Sight & Sound Journal
(my fav S'pore hifi mag), What Hi-fi (yaks), Hifi World and Hifi &
Records Review (my fav British mag).
I could search for the mags with specific issue on the OPAC. I could even
reserve a particular copy, in case I kiasu, must read it before u people
6. Bras Basah (Surprise)
There is CD/Magazine Shop #01-51/53. I got my latest 'Sight & Sound
Journal' and 'Stereo Sound' from there.
Note: Stereo Sound is a mag published by Japanese audio nuts. Japanese
version is a monthly issue which I could understand its graphics. Another
one, which I never fail to buy is the seasonal issue (Spring, Summer,
Autumn and Winter
Edition).. published in HK. but the contents are summarised from the Japanese
editions .. printed in Chinese. Very nice graphics with audiophile essays.
I like the regular feature of showing various audiophiles' setup and home
7. Orchard Road
This is my last resort. When I lust after a recording that I could not
get. I'll pop down desperately for my special Japanese-pressed CD or some
rare DCC recordings. The places to go are HMV and Towers.
HMV: lotsa of jap-pressed stuff and good labelling of Mandarin/Cantonese.
But steep pricing.
Towers: lotsa of nice classical recordings. Friendlier staff. Price also
quite steep but not as former.
Okie. That's all. All these . not even my wife knows abt it. Please don't
let her know . if not she'll know where to 'ambush' me...
No mUziK, no LiFe