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post #1 of 22
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I'm going to Bangkok in March and I intend to do some shopping for things other than clothes. Is anyone familiar with the city and with the "electronics malls" that are there? If you are, do they sell headphone amps - name brands, made in the Far East, that would be "well priced"?

Thanks in advance!

~~~~Sara
post #2 of 22
I live in Bangkok and there are a number of good headphone shops here. You can find Yuin, Audio-gd, NuForce, and many nice local-made brands here.

You may browse their websites to see what kind of products you can find there.

Sanook Gadget
Located in Central World. You can find many "upper-end" products here, but they may not carry many "Far-East products" you're looking for.

Munkokggadget in Pantip Plaza (Computer Superstore). Here you can find many china-made products like Yuin, NuForce, HiFiMan, DarkVoice, and iBasso. The price may be slightly more expensive than ordering online, but you don't have to wait for shipping and can listen to the amp before you buy. They're also an authorized retailer of Grado.

Hifi-Lover Just on the opposite side of Munkokggadget. I know you're asking about portable amps, but in case you're interested in buying Audio-gd products, this shop is an authorized retailer of Audio-gd and has almost all their major products like DAC 19 DSP (which will be available for sure at the time of your visit), C-2C, Phoenix, and Reference One.

Zeazon Mall They're authorized retailer of Burson Audio and also carry many good portable amps.

Discovery Hifi This one may not be a headphones-oriented shop but they carry many nice DACs and accessories like HiFace.

If you're interested in particulars products and want to check the availability or price, just shoot me a PM. I may be able to help.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by PrTv View Post
I live in Bangkok and there are a number of good headphone shops here. You can find Yuin, Audio-gd, NuForce, and many nice local-made brands here.

You may browse their websites to see what kind of products you can find there.

Sanook Gadget
Located in Central World. You can find many "upper-end" products here, but they may not carry many "Far-East products" you're looking for.

Munkokggadget in Pantip Plaza (Computer Superstore). Here you can find many china-made products like Yuin, NuForce, HiFiMan, DarkVoice, and iBasso. The price may be slightly more expensive than ordering online, but you don't have to wait for shipping and can listen to the amp before you buy. They're also an authorized retailer of Grado.

Hifi-Lover Just on the opposite side of Munkokggadget. I know you're asking about portable amps, but in case you're interested in buying Audio-gd products, this shop is an authorized retailer of Audio-gd and has almost all their major products like DAC 19 DSP (which will be available for sure at the time of your visit), C-2C, Phoenix, and Reference One.

Zeazon Mall They're authorized retailer of Burson Audio and also carry many good portable amps.

Discovery Hifi This one may not be a headphones-oriented shop but they carry many nice DACs and accessories like HiFace.

If you're interested in particulars products and want to check the availability or price, just shoot me a PM. I may be able to help.
YAY!!! This is just the information I needed! Thank you, very, very much!

(A happy) ~~~~ Sara
post #4 of 22
I might add that it was the start of 'high season' when I left Bangkok 3 weeks ago, and the crowds were absolutely out of this world. If you are going to Pantip, my advice is to leave no later than 10:30am : other than Bukit Bintang in KL, I have never seen so many Caucasians in an Asian shopping mall, and that includes several trips to Singapore. Good luck.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post
I might add that it was the start of 'high season' when I left Bangkok 3 weeks ago, and the crowds were absolutely out of this world. If you are going to Pantip, my advice is to leave no later than 10:30am : other than Bukit Bintang in KL, I have never seen so many Caucasians in an Asian shopping mall, and that includes several trips to Singapore. Good luck.
I'll be arriving March 20th. I haven't a clue as to crowds or anything else (I've never been to Thailand), but I will certainly take your advice!

Thanks!

~~~~Sara
post #6 of 22
OK, so you will be coming from the end of a long Northern Winter into a town which is almost universally 32 deg C and steamy - they do have a 'cool season', but it lasts about 2 weeks and would easily pass for Summer in England

Drink plenty of fluids and try to take it as it comes - amazing city, but it can be exhausting too.
post #7 of 22
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OK, so you will be coming from the end of a long Northern Winter into a town which is almost universally 32 deg C and steamy - they do have a 'cool season', but it lasts about 2 weeks and would easily pass for Summer in England

Drink plenty of fluids and try to take it as it comes - amazing city, but it can be exhausting too.
Ummm...I used to live in a place like the one described!

I now live on the central coast of California, about two hours south of San Francisco - mean temperature, 59 degrees. Tolerable! I know I'm going the tropics by my trip to Thailand, but I'm prepared!

Thanks ~~~~ Sara
post #8 of 22
PrTv, which shop can use english language?? i think many thai people dont understand english?? i had already gone 2x to thailand, its why i know , a calculator is a must
post #9 of 22
a_tumiwa, I agree that a calculator is essential for the street stalls, but most of the sellers in places like Pantip do the majority of their trade with foreigners - they usually have at least one person in the store with sufficient English to help you transact your business, particularly the stores that sell the more sophisticated gear like computers and audio.

One of the oversize calculators would be a good idea for the OP anyway - I have an unfortunate tendency of handing over thousand baht notes with wild abandon when I wouldnt part with the equivalent here in Oz quite so easily. The other side of that is that its idiotic for most of us to try to haggle over a 10 or 20 baht difference in price - its peanuts for us.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post
a_tumiwa, I agree that a calculator is essential for the street stalls, but most of the sellers in places like Pantip do the majority of their trade with foreigners - they usually have at least one person in the store with sufficient English to help you transact your business, particularly the stores that sell the more sophisticated gear like computers and audio.

One of the oversize calculators would be a good idea for the OP anyway - I have an unfortunate tendency of handing over thousand baht notes with wild abandon when I wouldnt part with the equivalent here in Oz quite so easily. The other side of that is that its idiotic for most of us to try to haggle over a 10 or 20 baht difference in price - its peanuts for us.
Great points! I'm taking notes....
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by a_tumiwa View Post
PrTv, which shop can use english language?? i think many thai people dont understand english?? i had already gone 2x to thailand, its why i know , a calculator is a must
Like estreeter said, if you buy from street stalls, you can’t expect sellers to understand what you say. But I think all shops listed above have no problem communicating in English. Their English may not be fluent but I’m sure it can get the job done.
post #12 of 22
Munkonggadget is recommended,please try!!!
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by TOMY View Post
Munkonggadget is recommended,please try!!!
I've been spending some time on their website and that store is Number One on my list to visit. It seems they have a terrific inventory! I wish I could read the site, it looks like fun! But, yes - I am going there!

Thank you! ~~~Sara
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by sarals View Post
I've been spending some time on their website and that store is Number One on my list to visit. It seems they have a terrific inventory! I wish I could read the site, it looks like fun! But, yes - I am going there!

Thank you! ~~~Sara
I think their website looks a bit weird.

If you intend to buy something, it's better to ask them in advance if they have what you want, as they don't always have everything listed on the website.

The owner is also a Head-Fi member, but he didn't seem to have much activity here recently.

You may drop him an e-mail at mass_screen@hotmail.com in case you need more information regarding certain products.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by PrTv View Post
I think their website looks a bit weird.

If you intend to buy something, it's better to ask them in advance if they have what you want, as they don't always have everything listed on the website.

The owner is also a Head-Fi member, but he didn't seem to have much activity here recently.

You may drop him an e-mail at mass_screen@hotmail.com in case you need more information regarding certain products.
Cool! Thanks!
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