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I thought I would share some of my extremely amateur pictures and videos from the recent Bangkok Audio Video show. Apologies for the quality but it is all just recorded poorly on my phone but something is better than nothing right?

 

There is a really good scene here in Thailand for high end gear and some really good retailers. It has exceeded my expectations of what is here and surpases Aus in some respects.

Anyways here is a few pics and vids and I will try to talk about each a little. The rooms at the show were really well sized and a lot better than in videos we see from the states etc (not just hotel bedrooms). The rooms where all conference rooms and decently sized for the majority. 

 

My favourite room roughly 8x14x3.5m 
Equipment is Proac Response K8, Rel No.25 array @Sime, Acoustic Arts Mono 3 Amps, The Beast server and an Audioquest Niagara. TT was unfortunately not used.

(The speakers were meant to be the new top Elac Concentro but they unfortunately weren't there. The Proacs were very impressive regardless)
This system was incredible and was demo'd by a Rel representative who did comparisons of sub vs no sub, 2 sub vs 6 sub array.

The sound with no subs was seriously good but with the array was something else. It gave the feel of a live concert with the benefits of a HIFI system. It was never over powering at low volumes 60dB or at over 100dB and made it so much better at either volume level too. The subs filled in effect and made it so much more appealing, natural with a soundstage that was just amazing. They really transformed it into something other-worldly.

My next project at home is to integrate my SVS into my system and after this it is a must. I will be buying a second if anyone is considering selling theirs though I wish I could afford the Rel array........ It was great speaking with the Rel guy alone and picking his brain.

I have videos I will attach at the end of this post.

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Next is a room roughly the same as above though with no room treatment whatsoever.

Equipment is Focal Grand Utopia 3 (roughly $260k AUD), Esoteric Grandioso stack with Fidelizer server, VTL Siegfried Series 2 monos and TL7.5 pre, Entreq Tellus 2 and more,

In the pic is Stirling Trayle who did a talk on system optimisation and another on speaker positioning.

The speaker positioning was really good and gave a scientific method rather than just constantly shuffling in semi bling hope. The optimization was good too.

The sound of this system was of course amazing especially at higher volumes. At lower it was just so different to the Proac Rel room. It was what you would expect from a >500k system though and was something very special.

Stirling travels the world setting up peoples speakers and believes in minimal room treatment after the speakers have been positioned. Got to speak with Stirling for quite a while and learnt quite a bit.

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The loom with more Entreq

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This room was about 6x5 with a lot of room treatment including little timber dots everywhere

EDIT...Wilson Alexia with some Serbian Nat amps with valves as big as a football, Bergmann Galder TT

This was a really nice room but didn't grab me.

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This next room was roughly 7x9 and had both a Wilson and Avantgarde setup

EDIT...Wilson Alexia, D'Agostino Progression, dCS Rossini and Fidelizer server.

This was incredible and from memory the monoblocks are a decent step up from the system presented at Audio Connection for their dCS launch which had the same DAC/clock, speakers were Sasha and used the Momentum integrated.

I just wish this had it's own room because it was amazing. 

The other in this room was Avantgarde Duo Mezzo XD and Cary CAD 805AE it was beautiful though played a lot of music that wasn't really my taste and I don't think it was the best recordings. Classical on the Focal Grand Utopias gave me goosebumps but this didn't.

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Another good room

Cessaro Alpha 2, Ayon S10 and Vulcan Evo amps.

This was really lovely and the Cessaro rep enjoyed having someone to speak English with. The speakers use TAD drivers and were really special to listen to. He said there is a pair in Sydney and he travels to every customers house to set them up.

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Bad pic sorry

Tannoy Westminster Royal SE and Kengsington GR, Sun Audio and Esoteric

Sounded good but didn't grab me.

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ML ESL 15A and Burmester 911 MK3

This was really really nice and I think the ARC did really well. Burmester amps have always sounded really good everytime I hear them

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This room had black Focal Sopra 2s. Red Sopra 3s and Orange Sopra 1s (not shown)

I was amazed at how the little naim all in one sounded on the Sopra 2s and would happily live with this system. The Micromega all in one amps were pretty crappy on all 3 sets of speakers. 

The Naim stack with Sopra 3 was beautiful and the best attainable system (for most) that I heard there. Naim really is incredible.

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7.3 Elac Unifi, 3x Rel 2 12/SE Rotel RA1580 and 2x  RMB-1585

This was pretty cool and I think the Rotel processor is brilliant.

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A few other systems Stealth 25th Anniversary

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Karp Horns. Claiming to be the best home theatre speakers in the world.

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These Daniel Hertz M7 were pretty good.

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Unsure...

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There were some other really good systems especially a Stenheim  and Vitus room though I don't have pics.

A locally made 300b amp for $800 AUD was absolutely beautiful with his own homemade speakers for roughly $3000 AUD

One room had Magico bookshelves but he didn't want to set them up same goes with Avantgarde Zero1s

The new Paradigm Persona Bookshelves sounded pretty average but had a little amp and not a good space

 

It was a good show with a decent turn out and I was very impressed with the room sizes. I think all shows should try to use conference rooms and not tiny little hotel bedrooms.

I'll try to add some videos soon

 

EDITED.. Wilson speakers are Alexia not Sasha S2

 

Edited by bunno77
Double up and fix

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Yikes, looked like fun. Stacked No.25's, impressive. Killed to have been there. Cheers mate. 

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Awesome, thanks for sharing.  I'd love to go to an international hi-fi show and compare to what we have in shows here in Oz.

 

This reminds me of a sticker I had many, many years ago.  It said that man who walks through swinging door is going to Bangkok.

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I am not sure which is subs vs no subs and obviously phone + youtube isn't ideal but maybe can tell a difference for some? My headphones don't show much of a difference

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very nice coverage, thank you for sharing your report and pics :thumb:

 

just one little note - the 2 pairs of wilsons pictured are actually the alexias, hence why they sounded great being powered by the big dags. they present a bit of a difficult load for tubes, not saying the nat's are underpowered or anything!  :party

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These were pretty cool recordings of Michael Jackson doing harmonies for Beat it. Again with an without. Listening to this live was a massive difference with sub vs no sub. The impact of his breath on the mic had force and the soundstage was completely different.

 

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^ I was given control for this above and below :)

 

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7 minutes ago, analog brother said:

very nice coverage, thank you for sharing your report and pics :thumb:

 

just one little note - the 2 pairs of wilsons pictured are actually the alexias, hence why they sounded great being powered by the big dags. they present a bit of a difficult load for tubes, not saying the nat's are underpowered or anything!  :party

Yep you're 100% right. I was just quoting the program.

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Nice Shots.Wish I was there!   Any shots of the Thia Eye Candy??

Stump

 

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6 minutes ago, Stump said:

Nice Shots.Wish I was there!   Any shots of the Thia Eye Candy??

Stump

 

My Thai Wife asked me, "What is Thai Eye Candy ?" What should I say ? Except the obvious

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18 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

My Thai Wife asked me, "What is Thai Eye Candy ?" What should I say ? Except the obvious

 

the obvious being "Thai Ladies in traditional Thai costume"....?

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Haha nope I didn't take any pics of the promo girls though they were being treated like rockstars from many of the Thai men. 

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1 minute ago, bunno77 said:

Haha nope I didn't take any pics of the promo girls though they were being treated like rockstars from many of the Thai men. 

All in good humor :) 

She knows already, haha.

Swadi Cup 

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Stenheim vitus and weiss. Was very nice

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Nice Shots.Wish I was there!   Any shots of the Thia Eye Candy??
Stump
 


One of the big hifi stores here recently uploaded some pics of the girls....

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Hmmmmmmmmmm

 

How am I going to have my wife green light a hifi show trip to Bangkok with the boys?  :P   HK was OK, but Bangkok?

 

the land of hookers, ladybois and now HIFI show  - awesome :party

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The hotel where it was held is only about 100m away from one of the biggest red light districts in Thailand too....

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2 minutes ago, bunno77 said:

The hotel where it was held is only about 100m away from one of the biggest red light districts in Thailand too....

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surprise surprise.  CES used to be on at the same time as the AVN adult show in Vegas.  AVN changed their dates and CES attendance has gone down a lot.

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Haha.
For those inclined Soi Nana never stops. Not a bad place for a beer and to see something you never would at home.

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The last photo looks like Zellation speakers with soulution amps. Big $ all round.

 

 

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