Originally Posted by DefQon
Yeah but what I meant is that I seriously doubt they will have a $8000 headphone here for demo when Australia's audiophile community is so small compared to anything to the likes in the States or across Europe.
Yeah, I get what you're saying. However what I'm saying that there was mention of Jaben Australia's owner possibly having a pair available for audition upon appointment. I brought it up because someone asked where they could hear the Muramasa VIII in Australia. Obviously I don't know if he's going to have one available for sure or not, but that would be the closest to a best bet for those interested.
As I was saying a few posts back, the situation isn't ideal by any means. The overwhelming majority of import retailers aren't going to even stock the Muramasa VIII, and those who are willing to do so are going to require payment upfront. Not to mention their weight will drive up shipping costs. Just acquiring them is difficult enough for people outside of Asia, so auditioning them is going to be all the more unlikely.
Still, there may be hope for the curious. It just takes one insane collector to bring his/her pair to a head-fi meet; I'd like to think those who are crazy enough to order the Muramasa VIII sight unseen unheard are also crazy enough to lug them to a public gathering. Also one particularly dedicated head-fier mentioned possibly holding a small listening tour. TBH I tried to dissuade him a while ago, because it's just too much of a risk all things considered.
Edited by MuppetFace - 5/13/12 at 5:14am