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Last Saturday afternoon, I went to the A/V show 2014 at the Sheraton hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Formerly: Saigon)
where I met my two audio Vietnamese friends
Mr. Phuong and Mr. Khiem.
Always more interesting to do something with someone
that has the same interest and hobby as you have.
I have to admit that I am not a good reporter
and I actually did not go there to do a reporter’s job.
However, I did take a few pictures; unfortunately, there was something wrong with my small point and shoot camera.
Anyway, I think it’s better than nothing.
First I must say that this year show was much better than the previous years.
The Sheraton hotel is a better choice for that kind of event than the Continental hotel, more room and more lights everywhere.
There were more exhibitors and more stuff than last year.
The entry ticket was an astonishing 50,000 Vietnamese dollars, which could put you in bankruptcy, however, since it’s Vietnamese Dong (The country’s currency) it’s equivalent to 2.30 USD.
Cheap, considering that at the registration desk the nice ladies gave you a bag fill with pamphlets, one music CD of music (More about that later…) and a bottle of something that look like Vietnamese drinking brown liquid.
(I did not touch that, I gave it to my wife on my return home.)
The first few rooms were… Well, terribly bad sounding, maybe more because the usual bad hotel room acoustic and as usual,
way too loud.
Then we walk into a room with two small bookshelves speakers
That sounded incredible for their size, lots of good bass, very good mid and highs.
I was really surprised and to surprise me, it takes something quite special.
Now, talking about special, the price was also.
Believe me or not, a pair of bookshelves speaker like that,
will break your bank account or you will need to re-mortgage you house to buy them.
25,000 USD/pair, no, no, not 2,500 USD, that’s what I thought they were, but I looked at the poster and there it was.
First thing that came to my mind is:
Somebody must be making a fortune making or sell those units.
The remaining of the system; was as expensive.
I will post more pictures and comments about that exhibition later on today or this week or this month or next year…
Ho yaw, about the CD.
Every year the A/V audio show gives an audio CD that is fairly well recorded with a wide choice of different music.
I have already three CDs from previous exhibitions and I like them all,
But this year, was, was…
So terrible, that I consider it un-listenable.
Thin sounding, distortion in the music and in the voice.
The show should be a shamed of them selves offering something
so badly recorded to audiophiles at a hi-end show.
I will keep it as a souvenir.
Some rooms were more interesting than others.
Mr. Khiem and myself.