Goin’ Analog: 2016 November HiFi Show

Surface noise. The kind of noise every and each audiophile trying to eradicate since the invention of the vinyl record. But there was a particular noise audiophile wants to hear it again and again — a joyful noise coming from the 2016 November HiFi Show.

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Record sellers and collectors at the Narra function room, Dusit Thani Hotel

I was there on the first day of the event held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. It’s my first time to attend the annual show and I can’t figure it out where to go and what my fingers should do first — to crate-dig or to click the shutter of my camera. It’s chaotic yet overwhelming to see crates and crates of records from sellers, collectors, and audiophile under one roof.

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Crate diggin’ at the Narra function room, Dusit Thani Hotel

The two-day event occupied two-floor areas of the hotel. One, the whole Mezzanine, where two big function rooms — Narra and Yakal — are dedicated to participating record sellers. On the hallway, there were also some small players showcasing their latest product lines, DIY tube amps, and other audio-related gears. The second area, the whole fourth floor for the distributors of well-known audio brands, such as Audio-Technica, JBL, Sennheiser, Denon, Onkyo to name a few; and other local audio shops. The event was packed and a certified audio wonderland!

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Record sellers and collectors at the Mezzanine of Dusit Thani Hotel

One of the function rooms I’ve visited were showcasing a towering monster turntable in gold plated. I wasn’t able to get the brand, but lo and behold! I could say, it was one of the showstoppers during the event.

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Towering monster turntable in gold plated

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Towering monster turntable in gold plated with Ikeda MC cartridge

I have “tried” to control myself to buy lots of records during the event. Tempting? Yes, it was really tempting and agonizing at the same time. But I could say, I successfully resisted the temptation. I brought home some handful of good stuff with good deals during the first day of the event.

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CD albums: “The 2nd Law” by Muse, “Singin’ n’ Playin'” by Louis Armstrong, and “Surfacing” by Sarah McLachlan

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Portishead’s first album “Dummy” on vinyl

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Madonna’s “Something to Remember” 180-gram album and (not in the picture) Carole King’s “Tapestry” album reissue on vinyl

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Audio-Technica’s AT-95 E, a replacement cartridge for my vintage Pioneer PL1100D

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GH Acoustics Disc Stabilizer Stroboscope Gradienter

It’s really difficult to wear two hats at the recent 2016 November HiFi Show. I’m torn between documenting the event or should I give into the joyful noise. The Rolling Stones was right,”You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Until the next November HiFi Show.

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About battlefield_man

Jocas A. See. Art director. Visual journalist. Visual communication designer. And a casual tourist

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