Article by WL Low
|Our test “Conductor” Lam Seng Fatt.|
Here are some statistics we have compiled from the final tally of the “Golden Ear Challenge” presented by this website, www.AV2Day.com. From the 10,000-odd KLIAV 2014 visitors, we sampled 294 participants over a three-day period, which means about 3% of total showgoers were tested.
48% of participants chose A,
|Some of the “Golden Ears” challenge participants. Recognise any of them?|
Then congratulations on being blessed with goods ears, or being well trained. There was also a C choice for “Unsure” for those who “heard no differences” whatsoever, which some had also circled on the test sheets.
|Willy Low, is seen here as co-test “Conductor” when Lam Seng Fatt was out on a toilet break. Veteran audiophile, Erik Goh also conducted the test on the last day. We at AV2Day would also like to thank Ooi Chee Hiean for his help with crowd control|
I wish to end this article with something rather cheerful which we witnessed during those 3 days.
First scenario: During one of the test sessions on the second day, a couple came into the room, and the husband wanted to participate in the “Golden Ear” challenge. Lam Seng Fatt duly started the test session, but the man had trouble deciding which answer to circle on each sequence. Each time the wife looked on and encouraged him to listen again. Something which we obliged for those with a short memory span. After a few repeats, the husband was still rather undecided about the sequences. The wife lost her temper and started saying that it was very easy to hear the difference, and that she should take the challenge alongside her husband. She was very sure of her answers each time, when her hapless husband was still thinking about which to circle. I am also not sure if either of the couple won the challenge, but I did advise the husband that his wife is a good listener and that he should bring her along the next time he wants to buy some hifi equipment. The beaming wife told us that this is the best hifi show yet, as it was boring for her in the last few years, just accompanying her husband to the show! She looks forward to more fun & games next year.
The next scenario involved the boss of a hifi dealership who insisted that all his staff and business associates participated in the event as a form of baptism of fire! So over the course of the 3 demo days, the boss and all his staff and business associates came to take the challenge repeatedly, sometimes with very hilarious results!
I was actually very surprised that many industry people came to participate in the “Golden Ear” challenge!
Stay tuned, as we shall announce the names of all our 8 deserving Golden Ears and details of the prize-giving ceremony on this web site shortly.
Article by WL Low