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#26 Snoopy8

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 04:34 PM

Since some of you asked here is the KEC contact

** I don't work for them **

kecsound@gmail.com

Email is slow, best to call after 11am Singapore time

+6565643188

I found that the phone worked best. Their email response was non-existent when I contacted them at the end of last year. Also, they have an old web site which I believe has not been updated.
http://www.hifibargain.com/

#27 barfman

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:56 PM

I have a friend living in Taiwan at the moment who owes me a few favors. Does anyone know how their prices compare to ours and whether units sold there might be 220v or multi voltage?

#28 petetherock

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 01:53 AM

Singapore is cheapest for Marantz, NAD, Monitor Audio for example

ROC is fine for their own products eg Usher speakers are really cheap and they are very impressive and pretty
The Dared hybrid tube amp is also made in ROC

#29 petetherock

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:54 PM

Thought I just bring up this thread, considering the shocking prices blokes are paying for the new Denons and Onkyos here.

Eg a Onkyo 875 goes for SIN$ 2.2k, thats Singapore $$.
At the current Aus$ high, its not a bad option.

Also I hope this makes local dealers sit up and wonder why their sales are not moving quickly enough.

Import!

#30 norpus

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:42 PM

petetherock has provided useful advice for Singapore. Let me add my own experience.

I use Sim Lim to get prices and generally find that Adelphi have similar prices. Sim Lim is like a bazaar and most shops do not have listening rooms. Most of the Adelphi shops do have listening rooms and tend to take you more seriously, hence a better shopping ambiance. I have purchased from KEC a number of times and do recommend them.

You do get a better deal with cash, but if stuck, can use a credit card for 2% extra and then get hit by a poorer exchange rate from your credit card company (but still save substantially).

Singapore prices are half to two thirds Oz prices, and without warranty. So need to weigh up whether it is worth the effort and risk. Also, please note that Customs has a limit of A$900 per adult before they impose duty.

Do a search of Singapore and you will come up with threads on shopping there.

As pointed out above, there are also threads on Hong Kong, which is generally cheaper than Singapore.

For both places, it is best if you do your research prior to going there, know your Oz prices, know what you want to get and then shop around in a number of stores. Please do not expect Oz AV specialist store experience and advice. It is closer to shopping at HN, but at a much lower price.

I agree with this advice

#31 petetherock

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 07:55 PM

Just FYI
At the current hi fi show in Singapore, both the Marantz 8002 and the Denon 3808 are going for <1.4k, the Onkyo 905 is going for < 2.2k

Edited by petetherock, 17 November 2007 - 07:56 PM.


#32 myrantz

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:11 AM

Just FYI
At the current hi fi show in Singapore, both the Marantz 8002 and the Denon 3808 are going for <1.4k, the Onkyo 905 is going for < 2.2k

****... Do you mean $1.4k SGD or AUD???? :( :(

#33 petetherock

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:29 AM

Aud $

#34 myrantz

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 11:38 AM

Aud $

Phew.. u nearly killed me there..

For those shopping in Singapore, don't forget to get the retailer to generate another invoice for GST refund.. I've tried to claim GST with my original receipt and they said it doesn't work that way.. :(

BTW I really hate the pple at SLS and Adelphi... They are so bloody arrogant/snoobish I refuse to purchase things from them.. :angry: :angry: :angry:

#35 wal_l

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 02:02 PM

Phew.. u nearly killed me there..

For those shopping in Singapore, don't forget to get the retailer to generate another invoice for GST refund.. I've tried to claim GST with my original receipt and they said it doesn't work that way.. :(

BTW I really hate the pple at SLS and Adelphi... They are so bloody arrogant/snoobish I refuse to purchase things from them.. :angry: :angry: :angry:


Apart from SLS and Adelphi, do you know any other place that sells decent equipment in Singapore?

#36 myrantz

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 03:07 PM

Apart from SLS and Adelphi, do you know any other place that sells decent equipment in Singapore?

The people at Audio House will match (on a bad day) or even beat the prices (on a good day) offered at these other retailers.... It's a bigger place (like Harvey Norman), as such I feel more comfortable shopping there.. No hidden costs, they tell u everything up front... Just remember to pay in cash as there's a surcharge of 2.5% on CC, and remember to get the GST refund invoice (or whatever that is)...

Audio House is located at Liang Court. Near Novetel (i think that's the name of the hotel), and Clark Quay. The prices they give initially are a lot higher than SLS and Adelphi (whose prices often don't include GST anyway, 7%), just bargain it down..

Bottom line is, no matter what things you buy, it's still cheaper than AU (thanks to the high AUD), but there's the hassle of warranties, and the chance of your things being damaged on transit, etc etc...

#37 petetherock

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 04:39 PM

Locals know to avoid Audio House, but as foreigners it is harder to get the best deal from SLS or Adelphi, but Merdeka and KEC are standouts, which don't cheat.

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 06:57 PM

has anyone bought a PS3 from Singapore? Just wondering on costs and useability, and best location to buy.

I see plenty of peeps going through the Jap GB, but ill be in Singapore in person and want to do it in person.

#39 petetherock

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 07:01 PM

The 40Gig version was just release and goes for SING$ 559

Check out this thread:

http://www.xtremepla...p?topic=47321.0

has anyone bought a PS3 from Singapore? Just wondering on costs and useability, and best location to buy.

I see plenty of peeps going through the Jap GB, but ill be in Singapore in person and want to do it in person.



#40 myrantz

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:15 PM

Locals know to avoid Audio House, but as foreigners it is harder to get the best deal from SLS or Adelphi, but Merdeka and KEC are standouts, which don't cheat.

What's wrong with Audio House?

#41 petetherock

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:24 AM

Their ads tend to be misleading and the prices are higher than those in the other 2 places

#42 petetherock

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:53 AM

Onkyo 875 Aus $ <1.4k

PS 3 40 gig < Aus 430

#43 myrantz

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 09:38 AM

Their ads tend to be misleading and the prices are higher than those in the other 2 places

Yeah.. They quoted me like $300+ more for the 3808 initially.... But they matched the price (caught the sales on a bad day I guess) and most importantly, they have stock and not as arrogant (Tao if your fluent in Singlish) as Adelphi...

Onkyo 875 Aus $ <1.4k

PS 3 40 gig < Aus 430

Hee hee.. Are you trying to emphasise how the local Oz companies are ripping the Australians off?? :P There's alot of monopolies going on in Australia, just buy some University textbooks and marvel just how expensive they are... ACCC is a sham...

Should have brought the Onkyo... 3808 feels like Vista, a lot of eye candy but seems full of bugs, updated the firmware and now all my settings gone.. bl00dy hell!! Hopefully all the quirks are ironed out, will check later..

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:39 AM

Onkyo 875 Aus $ <1.4k

PS 3 40 gig < Aus 430


Petetherock, did you get your RS6's from Singapore? $1k sounds so good!!
Did you freight them? If so, what can you expect to pay for freight?

Cheers

#45 foxtail

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:42 AM

Do a search in DTV "Hong Kong" it has the places to shop and where to find them.

I purchased a Yamaha RX-V4800 receiver last year in HK which in OZ then had a RRP of $3999, I paid just over AUD$1250! and brought it back with me. Had to do a bit of talking to not pay extra frieght (weight was 22kg) and on arrival paid no customs duty (guess cause the good woman was with me so $1880 allowance all up).

These local shops in the main are hidden away but once found its hard not to drop the jaw on the floor with so many models to view and incredible pricing.

#46 petetherock

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:52 PM

I shipped an entire container when I shifted, so you need to get estimates from good quality companies..
IMO do your maths first, the company Precision Audio does do international sales.
Google for their contact, Mr Edward Lee, you can mention Peter

Petetherock, did you get your RS6's from Singapore? $1k sounds so good!!
Did you freight them? If so, what can you expect to pay for freight?

Cheers



#47 petetherock

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:58 PM

Other options in SLS would include City Electronics (needs a heathly does of bargaining and knowing your prices) and Hung Brothers (ask for Genghis) they do Sennheiser and other PA stuff

In Adelphi, Anson Audio, Seng Heng are alternatives, but some bargaining is need and I don't think any of these will do shipping to Oz.

Also speak to GP Acoustics which deals in NAD and KEF, the sales person Kevlin is very friendly.

Most shops just do pay and carry rather than shipping.

#48 wal_l

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 01:29 PM

Petetherock, did you get your RS6's from Singapore? $1k sounds so good!!
Did you freight them? If so, what can you expect to pay for freight?

Cheers


$1K for RS6 is an amazing price. Thats about the same price for BR5 in OZ.

#49 petetherock

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 01:34 PM

You can hand carry a pair of GS 10 for Aus < 1.3k or add a GS LCR for < Aus 700 if you have no luggage...
Worth flying over for a deal and enjoying the good food too.

#50 BrisBails

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 02:03 PM

I found a US site selling RS6's for US$399ea! , RS-LCR for US$474 and RSSFX for US$561? Shipping is gonna be the killer though. The prices for the gold series are very good too...

I think I'll see what the shipping is for a singaporean option.

It's pretty dissapointing when you see the price people pay for goods for overseas.

Edited by BrisBails, 19 November 2007 - 02:46 PM.