Opening Day Coverage of Bangkok's What Hi-Fi? 2017 High End Show editor Michael Fremer is at the 2017 What Hi Fi? Bangkok Show taking place Thursday through Sunday July 27th through Sunday July 30th at the sprawling BiTech convention center.

Though it's a relatively small show—and the first produced by Thailand's What Hi-Fi? magazine— the attendees are true audio enthusiasts and music lovers.

Today's (Friday's) turntable set-up seminar was well-attended. Tomorrow's should be even better. This video was recorded on Thursday, opening day. The promoters didn't expect a large crowd opening day and they were not disappointed. Today's attendance was better and the weekend's is supposed to be even better.

Most of the equipment will be familiar to most viewers but there were a few that were new including VPI's Cliffwood turntable and the new top of the line McIntosh phono preamplifier. Also attending are VPI's Mat Weisfeld, Analogue Productions' Chad Kassem and Rowland Audio's Jeff Rowland.

dschian's picture

Was there recently on a trip. I'd recommend taking some time to see the Royal Palace plus Arun Wat- both pretty amazing, especially the palace, though you should expect huge crowds.

Glotz's picture

You showed a lot of restraint for a vinyl junkie as well.

Interesting they still have 'booth babes' at the shows. I assume the US audio shows don't. Leggy women DO put me in an amorous buying mood. Get me some Thai stick and NOW we got a show! J/K

djones's picture

Hey Michael, I believe it was your first day visiting the VPI space in Bangkok and there appeared to be a Reel to Reel machine playing some very bloomy sax. It appeared to have a lot of sonic potential.
I went to Acoustic Sounds site to look at their Reel to Reel offering but nothing appeared to come close. Was this something Matt put together for the show, do you know the name of the album?

Thank you in advance

Anton D's picture

I 'Shazamed' the heck out of that part of the video and got nothin'.

Could it be...

Robert Coelho Lopes?

Anton D's picture

I have Gentle Ben at home, but that piece does not sound familiar. I know Chad just released a reel to reel of Gentle Ben, so I will go listen more.

djones's picture


Anton D's picture

If it was, THANK YOU!

Michael Fremer's picture
What it was... but I can axe
djones's picture

Hey, listened to the whole album (Gentle Ben), not it!

TOOL's picture

These shows place absolute un listenable swill music! No body with any life in them, listen to this junk!

Anton D's picture

Think of all the money you will save by boycotting hi fi shows!

You win!

(People who attend the shows win, too!)

Win win!

Looking forward to not seeing you at RMAF.

TOOL's picture

To look at empty rooms, what a waste of time and money, wonder who foots the bill for such wasteful expenditures. Seeing the same old same old players, with the same old unlistenable swill playing, man this stuff has really turned sour. Same stuff same over priced stuff, no wonder it's a dying industry.Look how many companies are consolidating into one big blob, now McIntosh and Audio research are the same company, D&M consolidated so many formerly relevant brands, then they disbanded. If you want to accept REALITY, it's a death spiral, they are all struggling to breathe. But all it takes is a few fools too actually buy $40,000 or $100,000 spinning platters to make the sellers pay their bills. Such a markup, they are doing themselves in, pricing themselves out of business. How many $20,000 phono pre amps are there a market for, most people use the $100 one, and call it a day, if they even bother with records, 2017, reality is brutal. Hype is abnormal for this stuff

Anton D's picture

Thank goodness they haven't lost you!

TOOL's picture

the train wreck, entertainment factor. Walking into each room, empty, and absolutely horrible stuff being played, nobody with a functioning sensory system can possibly listen to that lifeless, soulless,swill. They are doing themselves in, at every fading show. Guy selling obsolete reel-reel tapes for $100's of dollars! WOW, it's 2017.

TOOL's picture

To listen to absolute unlistenable crap, that if you call it music, you have to be deaf. No wonder I am becoming so disinterested...oy vey. Wake UP, the 12 people that where in attendance, look as bored as they did in NYC.