$$$omething for everyone at HMV Hong Kong

  • His Master’s Voice. After two false starts in tracking down a little record store action in Hong Kong – one closed, the other closed down – a what-the-heck visit to HMV in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon became the fall back option onto which this vinyl freak fell back.

    I’m glad I did as HMV Hong Kong is quite different to the HMV stores of nineties Britain and the (now defunct) HMV outlets of noughties Australia.

    For starters, new vinyl at HMV Hong Kong is bountiful – the range is good but pricing is quite a bit higher than elsewhere in the world. A copy of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Vol. 1 will set you back 375HKD. At time of writing, that’s US$48 or £36 or AU$63. The more recently released Cheetah EP goes out for 189HKD – US$24/£18/AU$32.

    Secondly, HMV Hong Kong also sells second hand vinyl. One’s excited will likely be blunted when upon finding the eight or so racks dedicated to rock/pop are full of the same old same old releases of the 70s and 80s (see video). Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel. Queen, Procol Harem – and that’s the good stuff.

    Each piece of second hand vinyl is also quite costly: around 199-249HKD per album. Toto – we’re not in Tokyo anymore.

    On the upside, HMV Hong Kong stocks are varied range of audio hardware including quite a few audiophile-friendly pieces. I noted a Sennheiser range stocked all the way up to the HD800, a selection of Master&Dynamic headphones, a TEAC DAC, DAPs from Sony/Pioneer/Onkyo, a Naim Mu-so Qb and Egg speakers from KEF.

    Among HMV’s selection of uber-budget turntables, a jewel in the rough: the DSD-digitising Sony PS-HX500 that we first caught at CES 2016. Elsewhere, a selection of cartridges came from Audio Technica.

    Google reports two other HMV store locations in Hong Kong so I can’t speak for them but the iSquare location will likely be of interest to mainstreamers and to those of a nerdier audiophile persuasion.

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    1. You went to a second best one. Their new flagship store in Causeway Bay in HK Island is much bigger with 2 floors and a bigger collection

      The problem of course is the ridiculous price especially of their used vinyls. To add insult to the injury they don’t price according to the condition inside the sleeves, and just indiscrimingly slap a hefty price tag on all discs

    2. Hi John, I enjoy your site, but for a guy who is supposed to cover all things digital, why the continued fascination with vinyl? I got rid of my vinyl in the 90’s and am much in agreement with your article about inconvenient truth about the stuff. I like to read about digital. Aside from the cover art, I don’t miss vinyl and perhaps many of your readers feel the same?

      • Who says I’m the guy to cover all things digital? When I travel overseas I always go record shopping. I like both, equally, and for different reasons. And have you ever considered how the two are invisibly connected? Many modern vinyl releases are pressed from hi-res *digital* masters.

    3. Hi John interesting article – I remember the old HMV store in Oxford Street London – last time I went there was sometime in summer 2001. The HMV in Sydney around that time was certainly not as well stocked. Two of my favorite record stores were the Piccadilly Tower records with the headphone listening stations in the 1990s (loads of bargains) and 78 records in Perth when it used to be on Hay Street – also with headphone listening stations and I remember thinking this store is so cool someone had placed flyers about Jello Biafra’s tour!

    4. seems things haven’t changed much since i was living in hk before the handover.
      back then hmv ‘s laserdics were much more expensive than anyone else’s.
      looks like the best thing in the store you visited was the gal gadot wonder woman cutout that greets you at the door.

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