To some of us, Sundays are meant for relaxation at home and spending time with family. But for local audiophiles, the 8th of January was an opportunity for them to socialise with another “family” and mingle with like-minded enthusiasts right in the heart of the cozy confines of Bukit Timah at 200 Turf Club Road.
The day kicked off to a strong start at 9am, with a competitors’ briefing to ensure all parties involved are clear with the rules and regulations. Minute details such as placement of cars and interaction with judges had to be made clear to ensure fair judging of the event. This year, participants could take part in categories namely King of Sound, Budget 5000, Entry 1500, OEM, Best of Sound, Entry 3000, Budget 8000, M Unlimited, Multimedia 2.1 as well as a special challenge only for Nissan Qashqai owners (QQ Challenge).
It’s refreshing to see the number of segments catered for less heavily customised sound systems like Entry 1500 and 3000, which will undoubtedly give audiophiles an easier pathway to join more intricate EMMA Singapore events in future.
The judges involved were Mr Prapasakorn Bhucksasri (AKA Jino), Mr Cabahug Linde from The Philippines, Mr Maslim Djanuanto from Indonesia, Mr Rene Krosse from Germany, Mr Lee Kok Chuan from Malaysia and Mr Raveeroj Ongsiriwattana from Thailand. They were led by Mr Terence Nah of Singapore to embark on these competitions around the region.
This time round for the EMMA Singapore National Finals, they made a pitstop to the Grandstand, which no doubt added a tad more glamour to the event. CFC kicked off in Kuala Lumpur on the 18th of December, and will conclude on the 16th of February 2017 in Shenzhen, China. This competition is expected to attract more than 300 competitors. The award ceremony will be held on the 17th of February in Dayhello International Hotel, alongside the “Best of China” award ceremony – a separate event that should gather no less than 400 global participants!
One of the highlights of the day would be ESQL (specifically a performance by Alquest that brought a Michael Jackson performance with the help of performer Mr Prakesh). Other competitors were seen blasting their sound systems towards the judge that stands at a dedicated spot for evaluation, sometimes flanked by dancers to amplify the visual aspect of the show. This process differs from other categories, as the judges would traditionally judge the setup from the driver’s seat.
A prize presentation was held shortly after. The biggest winner of the day went to Mr Cartoon Lee of New Generation, who walked home with the King Of Sound Champion, defeating other strong competitors of the day. All these would not have been made possible without the main sponsor, Delphi Batteries (Unicla International Pte Ltd), as well as hard work and dedication from the EMMA work group (special thanks to Mr Randy Yong, Mr Chan Ying Keong, Mr Steven Lu, Mr Alan Tan, Mr Ken Ho, Mr Cartoon Lee, Mr Daryl Ong and Mr Terence Nah), who worked tirelessly these few months from scratch to deliver a top class competition.
It is heartwarming to observe such a close-knit bunch of audiophiles gathering at the start of the year, sharing ideas on how to improve their mobile sound systems. It comes as no surprise that passion breeds continuity – what we’ve experienced during the EMMA Singapore National Finals and CFC event is testament to the fact that mobile media is here to stay for the long haul!