Hifi Pig were invited along at this year’s HIGH END Munich to Dynaudio’s launch of their new Contour range of loudspeakers. The new series consists of four models: the compact 20, the medium-sized floor standing 30, the larger floor standing 60, and the 25C dedicated centre channel speaker for movie lovers. More »

It was interesting to see that British brand Entotem, who’ve Hifi Pig have been watching with interest for a good while now, had got their Plato unit in the Avantgarde set up, though they hadn’t got it in the system when we first popped our heads in the room. So, we thought we’d have a bit of a chat with Entotem to see what was afoot.  More »

Every year we make a beeline for the Newcomers stand at High-End as these are the people that are the potential future of the hifi industry. The stand in Hall 1 is a great idea of the High-End Society, giving brands with little or no marketing budgets the opportunity to share their ideas and their concepts with an audience they could only dream of having. We managed to get to see the Newcomers early on the final day of the High-End Show and a couple of the exhibitors were clearly flagging, but the vast majority managed to be enthusiastic and passionate about their products. More »

There’s been a bit of a buzz around the audio world in the last twelve months or so and it’s a buzz that is pretty hard to ignore unless you have your head buried firmly in the sand…or where the sun don’t shine. Yes, it’s retro, yes, it’s funky and yes it’s bloody expensive to get into in any serious kind of way, but it’s hard to ignore the rise of the open reel (reel to reel) format if you have attended any meaningful Hifi show in the last year or more. We’ve even invested in the format here at Hifi Pig towers and we’re loving the sound we’re getting. More »

Yep, you read it right! Gilles Milot has created the world’s first production loudspeaker that uses glass cones. I know, I know, I thought exactly the same as you and questioned whether this Gallic loudspeaker manufacturer had been on the Ricard…or perhaps something a little stronger. But no ladies and gentleman of the audio loving brother and sisterhood, he reckons that this is a logical step forward for his E2 loudspeakers. More »

Now here’s something you don’t see or hear everyday at a Hifi show. I mean, if you go out to see a band or a piece of music performed live then you expect the audience to, depending on how the evening’s show went, put their hands together in rapturous applause. But this is exactly what happened when the presentation in Avantgarde’s room finished at some point on Friday at the High-End. Given that Avantgarde are on relatively home turf it’s no surprise that there is going to be a certain amount of passion and encouragement from those who went along for the ride, but the level of emotional connection in that room, at that time was palpable and infectious. Regular readers will know that the reference loudspeaker at Hifi Pig Towers is this German company’s Duo XD, and so there may be a tad of exuberant outpouring of affection from these quarters, but to see grown men, and a handful of women, being so clearly moved by, what is little more, in actual fact, someone spinning some tunes on a music centre (albeit a very good one) was a sight to behold. More »

Mark Levinson today introduced the № 534 Dual-Monaural Amplifier, building upon the success of its recently introduced № 536 Monaural Amplifier. Featuring Mark Levinson’s proprietary Pure Path circuit design, the № 534 delivers a deep, expansive soundstage, accurate image placement, extended low bass response with exceptional pitch definition, and detailed high frequencies free from “etching.” This high-current, low-feedback two-channel amplifier delivers 250 watts per channel into 8 ohms, operating purely in class A for most listening conditions, doubling to 500W into 4 ohms, with stable operation into 2-ohm loads. More »

HARMAN’s Mark Levinson today introduced the № 523 Preamplifier, the definitive preamplifier for the analog music lover. With precision control including a discrete, balanced R-2R Ladder volume control, Class-A Phono stage, and Class-A Main Drive Headphone output, the № 523 preamplifier delivers an uncompromising performance regardless of analog source. Six line-level analog and phono inputs travel through the Mark Levinson proprietary Pure Path discrete, direct-coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path, entirely in class A, for breathtaking purity and performance. Housed in a cold-rolled steel and 6000-series aluminum chassis, like all Mark Levinson components, the № 523 is designed and handcrafted in the USA. More »

Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, proudly announced today that its award-winning line of wireless speakers and digital music players have been designated as hi-resolution audio (HRA) products by the Japan Audio Society (JAS). Since its debut at CES 2012 as the world’s first wireless multi-room music system to fully support high-resolution audio, Bluesound has been responsible for many innovations in multi-room lossless streaming, and the company continues to stay committed to the development of hi-res audio. More »

NAD Electronics today announced two new additions to their prestigious Masters Series.

The M32 Direct Digital Amplifier (£3700 SRP) is a top-of-the-line, BluOS ready integrated amplifier with a host of features that offer maximum flexibility and excellent efficiency with reduced noise and distortion. M32 also includes a phono input and a dedicated headphone amplifier to accommodate music lovers of all kinds.

M50.2 Digital Music Player (£3700 SRP) will offer high resolution music listening, multi-room wireless streaming to other BluOS™ enabled speakers, 24/192 storage, and CD ripping all in one elegant component. M50.2 is a top-of-the-line, BluOSÔenabled player that is an extension to the company’s popular 40th anniversary M50/M51/M52 Digital Music Suite combining the functions of both the M50 and M52 into one sleek package. Offering only digital outputs, but including AES/EBU and HDMI, the only addition needed is a complementary DAC or Digital Preamp such as the companies own M12 and M17 models. More »

Cyrus ONE is a 100 watt per channel amp using the third generation of the company’s hybrid class D technology.  It is packed full of features including a built-in phono stage, Bluetooth® streaming and a high quality headphone amplifier. More »

Prism Sound today launched its Callia DAC, a PCM and DSD capable DAC, pre-amplifier and headphone amp at Munich High-End. More »

A range of “MQA” music, the new hi-res format, will be launched on HIGHRESAUDIO at the HIGH END show in Munich. Customers will find an initial, hand-picked selection of high-quality releases from renowned labels including 2L, Acoustic Music Records, Bauer Studios / Neuklang, Eudora Records, Jazz Arts, Personality Records, Mons Records, Ozella Music and Triplet Records. Other labels and a broader range of recordings will be added in the coming weeks. More »

Keith Haddock got in touch with Hifi Pig to give us a round-up of what the brands he represents are bringing to High End Munich 2016 More »

TAGA Harmony invites visitors to this year’s High End Munich show to visit stand H02 in hall 3, where the brand will present its best and new products. More »

Trinnov will be at High End Munich 2016 showing a quad-amplified system including eight mono Mola-Mola Kaluga amplifiers and the five-driver, four way Vivid Audio Giya G2 loudspeakers. The Trinnov Altitude32-88 is the heart of this system, serving as preamp, DAC, and Network player for streaming audio. The Altitude32 will also provide the optimised four-way active crossovers and our Speaker/Room Optimiser in this high performance music system. More »

Franc Audio will be at this year’s High End Show in Munich where they will be exhibiting with Lawrence Audio and Ludwig Audio.

France Audio will have a brand new power distributor being used, something they are calling Power On-e. More »

Pure Audio Project have been in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us that the recently announced Trio15 A5000 open baffle loudspeaker system will be launched and playing at Munich High End Show next week !Pure_audio_project_loudspeakers_high_end_munich_2016_1

The Trio15 A5000 features:

WVL A5000 Full Range Field Coil Driver

Trio15 Modular Open Baffle Chassis (Aluminium Frame and Baffles)

OB-A15NEO Woofers

Leonidas Crossover (with components for Trio15 A5000)

Power Supply has to be purchased Separately and the company recommend an industry standard.

Upgrade to Trio15 A5000 includes:

A5000 drivers (with Power Supply)

Mid baffles

Leonidas Crossovers (or their right components)Pure_audio_project_loudspeakers_high_end_munich_2016_2

The Trio15 A5000 can be seen at Atrium Booth: A4.2 F231 at High End Munich where it  will be playing with Thomas Mayer tube amps and PrimaryControl Kinea Reference Turntable (by Bernd Hemmen).​​  Pure_audio_project_loudspeakers_high_end_munich_2016_3

Speakers Price: 7,395.-EUR/pair | 8,490.-US$

Upgrade, A5000 Driver + Leonidas Crossover Price: 4,690.-EUR/pair | 5,390.-USD

All prices are excl. VAT and shipping.



Merging Technologies have said they are proud to announce that the result of a new partnership with Roon Labs will be on display on stand 3-L10/M07 and in the Special Sound Demonstration in Konferenzraum K1B at the HIGH END show in Munich. The concept of Roon’s player program being offered in integrated solutions is not new; there being many existing partners with products available, but this will be the first time that the focus will shift to a complete turnkey and networked solution offering multichannel capability up to DSD256 and DXD.Merging_technologies_high_end_munich

The Merging NADAC was launched at the 2015 HIGH END. A variety of player solutions including Merging’s own Emotion player can be used with an external computer but this concept is not the first choice for all users.  The ‘single box’ solution with the software and the server combined with a DAC removes the need to have a computer in the living room. The system can then be controlled by tablet or smart phone. Integration details such as direct control of the NADAC volume and mute from the Roon user interface also adds to the overall ergonomics by simplifying the control of the entire system from one single page on one single tablet.

Merging also announced that this solution can be retrofitted to all Merging NADAC units already in the field and to any units shipping from now on, meaning early adopters can take advantage of the upgrade if they wish. Pricing and options for this solution, as well as cost for the upgrade of existing units and delivery date will be announced at Rocky Mountain.

Roon’s CEO, Enno Vandermeer commented; “We have admired the innovation and devotion to excellence that Merging has demonstrated with their entry into the audiophile market. This dovetails with our objective to be at the top of the performance table as well as having the best user experience.” On Merging’s behalf, Head of Software Engineering and NADAC Product Manager, Dominique Brulhart stated; “We have carefully evaluated the trends and needs of today’s audiophile and it is clear that a Roon enabled DAC is a very elegant solution. We are delighted to be working with our friends there to maximize all the advantages that we can both offer. Customers can still choose other player solutions with our technology, as well as other DACs with Roon, but we think this combination will be hard to beat.”


Analogue Works, whose turntable we use on a daily basis, are showing all of their turntables in Atrium 4, Level 2, Room F217 along with Rogue Audio amplification and EgglestonWorks loudspeakers at this year’s High End Show.




Grimm Audio adds three new products to its catalogue, expanding their range of integrated music playback systems. The most prominent novelty is the LS1be. This loudspeaker features a new Berylium tweeter with a CNC milled aluminium waveguide, jointly developed by Grimm Audio and Seas. To match the performance of this tweeter, the amplifier and converter electronics of the LS1be received careful tweaking say the company.

Grimm Audio selected Hi-Macs for the new cabinets, a modern and very rigid material.

Counterweighting the treble performance, a new LS1s-dmf subwoofer was added for the low end. Mechatronics expert Rob Munnig Schmidt developed a Digital Motional Feedback system that, by means of feedback from an accelerometer on the cone, “reduces distortion by a 30 times”.Grimm_high_end_munich

To offer the LS1 quality to a broader audience, Grimm Audio introduces the LS1a. This is a more cost effective sibling of the LS1, where the company focussed on maintaining all important aspects that make up the LS1, and compromising only in areas where this was passable.

Visit their room E118 at Munich High End 2016


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