I never saw it coming. A few weeks ago an email from Philips popped up in my mailbox, and while I expected a press release document for a new headphone product, it instead was an invitation to their Sound Lab facility in Leuven, Belgium, for a sneak preview of the new Philips Fidelio L2 and an M1 Bluetooth headphone, and then to IFA in Berlin. Who wouldn’t be excited? Lieven who happens to live just 20 minutes from Philips’ facility in Belgium may not think this is a big deal, but for someone like me, this is HUGEEE!!!!
The trip is next week and despite some obstacles in obtaining a Visa, I’m all set and ready for the trip next week. I don’t like traveling with lots of bulk so I’ll be mostly taking portable gear. I’m definitely bringing in an Altmann Tera for the trip. Maybe a modded Astell & Kern and an IE800 as well (the two pairs extremely well). I’m bringing a JDSLabs C421 for Lieven (Europe post lost his) and I’ll bring ALO’s international just so I have an amp if I need to use one. Other than that, a pocket Fujifilm X100 camera, my Samsung smartphone, and the MacBoook Air laptop. I’m having second thoughts if I should bring my Canon DSLR with a zoom lens (the Fuji comes with a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens) but I really don’t want to be carrying 3KG worth of camera gear not to mention the risk of getting it stolen.
I’ll be flying in Monday evening and arriving in Belgium the next day. It’ll be my first time meeting Lieven in person (yeah we never met!) as well as headphone celebrities like Tyll and Jude.
I feel nervous and anxious. The pressure of being put in the same room with all these Europeans and guys like Tyll and Jude. I probably would’ve been more relaxed in meeting with somebody like President Obama as I would’ve been just an ordinary Asian guy with nothing to be worried about. Not this trip, I imagine it would be a “he’s that guy from Indonesia running that headphone blog and we’ll see if he really knows anything about headphones” kind of a situation. Lol dang I am so dead.
Well, at least I got to meet L.