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Audiophile stores: conduct a horizontal audio test at Musica Boutique

Challenger Technologies' first foray into high-end sound makes picking a new system a breeze.

Proving the cyclical nature of things, online retailers are increasingly also moving into brick and mortar spaces. Blogshop-turned-fast fashion sensation Love Bonito launched its physical flagship in 2017, while Internet grocer/delivery service Honestbee opened high-tech supermarket Habitat by Honestbee late last year. For local tech and hardware retailer Challenger, the reverse happened when it launched online marketplace Hachi.tech, after the closure of its 50,000 sq ft store when Funan Digitalife Mall shuttered back in 2016.

Now, the company’s going full circle with the opening of Musica Boutique, a high-end audio retail store that – like all previous online retailers that have ventured into physical spaces – champions product experience for customers.

  • Musica Boutique The Cage

    01 AUDIO ARENA

    The Cage houses a headphone-testing area.

The new premium audio concept by Challenger Technologies is situated in Ion Orchard, providing a great break from the shopping, and offering the rare chance for a horizontal listening across various luxe audio brands, from the usual suspects like Bang & Olufsen and Bose to more niche manufacturers including UK-based KEF, known for its multiple innovations in the field of point source driver technologies.

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Visitors can readily test out the various systems set around the spacious 2,000 sq ft store, which even has an area decked out to resemble a living room for a taste of that electrophonic dream. Serious listeners can even choose to sample a system in the store’s soundproof room for a more acoustically conducive environment.

For those on the go, Musica Boutique also has a selection of high-end earphones, portable players, and amplifiers from the likes of Astell & Kern, Beyerdynamic, and Chord Electronics – all of which are available to try in a space called The Cage.

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AUDOPHILE PLAYGROUND

Niche products to test out at Musica Boutique.

  • Naim Audio Muso

    01 NAIM AUDIO MU-SO

    The first wireless speaker and player from audio specialists Naim delivers exceptional sound performance, in addition to ease of use and high levels of connectivity. The solidly built system is composed of six speakers, each powered by its own amplifier to put out a total of 450 watts of power. It also plays audio with a nuance rare to wireless speakers. Play a high-res audio to really experience the crisp highs and resounding lows.

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