or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Audio › CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports › CD Players in Hong Kong
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

CD Players in Hong Kong

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm heading off to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks. The only thing I could see myself possibly wanting (and being able to bring back with convenience) is a CD player.

Now, I've heard some great things about the Shanling CD players, and I figured that it would be a great idea to demo one while I'm there, and get one if I like it, since the price should be way cheaper due to it's proximity of origin.

Is anybody familiar enough with hi-end audio shops in HK that could point me in the direction of the Shanling?

I've also gone to other sites, such as Rotel and Arcam, and dug out their HK dealers...do you think getting a US or UK-made player in HK could possibly be cheaper than getting it from a dealer in the US?
post #2 of 14
What if you bring one back and it doesn't sound good enough in your system? A decent CD player doesn't break. Buy one here used on Ebay or Audiogon.

larry
post #3 of 14
take note that hk is using 220vac. if you station in america the voltage may be different so switchable voltage may be needed. also worldwide warranty may come in handly
post #4 of 14
You might want to ask some of the fine folks on the forum at avbuzz.com.
post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

take note that hk is using 220vac. if you station in america the voltage may be different so switchable voltage may be needed. also worldwide warranty may come in handly

I live on Mainland China and go to Hong Hong frequently. You can purchase a lot of components with dual voltage 100~240 and frequency 50~60 Hz. You might have to change the power cable as the plug is different, but many of power cords are like a computer power cord and are changed easily. I can't remember the name of the last shop I bought a DVD player in, but it is on Hennessy Road. I'm in the office now. I'll look and see if I have a business card in my apartment when I get off work this evening and I'll post the name of the place.

I did notice that most of the Denon equipment was only 240 volt, 50Hz. But most of the other main brands were the dual voltage variety.

There are also shops in the Times Square Mall on the upper floors and in the Pacific Place Mall. I personally do not think they have as much selection and it is more fun to "negotiate price" at the shops along the streets. The shops along the streets also seem to have a better selection of higher quality equipment. Any way, that is my free opinion, for what it's worth. Do not pay their asking price. It is usually higher than you can get it for back home. That is why I say it is fun to negotiate. If you start to walk out and they come after you, that is when you know you can do better on price. You can usually work out a decent deal.

One more suggestion. If you do decide to purchase something, have them set up the unit your are buying and make sure it works before you leave a store. Just helps to avoid problems later on.

Bob
post #6 of 14
I found the business card of the shop in Hong Kong:

Worldwide Hi-Fi & Video Centre Limited
357 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

Just remember that there are a lot of Hi-Fi Stores in Hong Kong.
post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoblK View Post

Just remember that there are a lot of Hi-Fi Stores in Hong Kong.


quality not quantity
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

quality not quantity



I think there is a bit of both

Bob
post #9 of 14
There are HiFi or HiVi shops on almost every floors of the Grancastle Commercial Centre (No. 2T, Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok, Hong Kong), selling new or used hifi/hivi products.

The building is only about 5- 10 min's walk from the Mongkok or YMT MTR (i.e. underground train) stations.
Here is the photo of its entrance: http://www.avbuzz.com/backup_pic/timchi.htm
You may also search for a map from: http://www.centamap.com/cent/index.htm

Other than different power input (220V in HK), please note that the reliability of products made in Mainland China is often questionable and there may not be any overseas after-sale service. However, the price of most of the products made in Europe, Japan & Mainland China is much cheaper in Hong Kong than in USA.

Happy Hunting!
post #10 of 14
Another good place to visit is the Yau Shing Commercial Centre that's located just next to the Mongkok MTR station 'Bank Center' E2 exit.

There are also many hifi & hivi shops in the building but none of them is selling used products.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot guys. I was there over a year ago, but most of these names still ring a bell (I remember my relatives kept telling me that Mongkok had some of the worst air in HK).

I will try to be on the look out for UK-originated brands, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Is Arcam one?
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Megalith View Post

I will try to be on the look out for UK-originated brands, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Is Arcam one?

I purchased Cambridge Audio which is a UK brand. Don't remember seeing Arcam but there was is a lot of variety so it's possible I just don't remember.
Bob
post #13 of 14
If you're looking for Chinese-made stuff and will be in Mongkok anyway, you should also head over to 16/F, Park-In Commercial Centre, 56 Dundas Street, Mongkok, Kowloon. Its just round the corner from Grancastle Commercial Centre. Unlike Grancastle, only the 16/F of Park-In Commercial Centre is dedicated to A/V stuff. But there're a couple of shops there. Some specialise in Chinese-made stuff, others are a bit more international.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoblK View Post

I purchased Cambridge Audio which is a UK brand. Don't remember seeing Arcam but there was is a lot of variety so it's possible I just don't remember.
Bob

Arcam is definitely available. You should find a couple of shops in Yau Shing carrying Arcam.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
AVS › AVS Forum › Audio › CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports › CD Players in Hong Kong