Holger Fromme is the man behind the German horn loudspeaker manufacturer Avantgarde Acoustic. Here he talks to Hifi Pig about what drove him to build these speakers and where he sees the role of innovation in loudspeaker design going forward. More »

Kostas Metaxas is the creative powerhouse behind high-end brand Metaxas & Sins. As well as his wonderfully inventive “High-end audio sculptures”, he has an extensive collection of concert recordings from some of the top names in the music world. Not limiting his imagination to the audio world, Kostas also designs for some of the most well-known luxury brands in the world. More »

Show report part 3 from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 featuring: Acoustic Energy, Creek and Epos, Michell, Elac, Mitchell and Johnson, Canton, Mission, Elipson, Tangent, Audioengine, REL, Bluesound, Nordost, Proac, XTZ, Totem, Q Acoustics, Monitor Audio, Roksan, Audio Note, focal, Naim, Dynaudio, Isotek, KEF, AKG, JBL, Schiit, Audio Quest, NuNu Distribution, Quadral, TAD, Ammonite Audio, Bowers and Wilkins and IAG and Quad.  More »

Hifi Pig’s second report from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 including Musical Fidelity, Chord Electronics, Cyrus, Hegel, Prism Sound, Decent Audio, eclipse, Kronos, Scansonic, Eclipse, Iso Acoustics, Astin Trew, Air Audio, Graham Audio, Sota Acoustics, Cary Audio. More »

Hifi Pig’s first report from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 including Chord Company, Origin Live, Von Gaylord, Leema, Ophidian, Timestep, Technics, PMC/AVM, Pro-Ject, Jamo, Klipsch, Unison research, Harbeth, Rega and Malvern Audio research.  More »

I think I may well have just discovered my most favourite place in the world. Edit is a small bar/kitchen/diner based in Bristol, but what it lacks in overall size it makes up for by the bucketload in coolness and an unforced but incredibly hip attitude. More »

David Blumenstein visits KJ West One in London for the UK launch of the circa £12, 000 Magico A3 loudspeakers and speaks to the company’s CEO Alon Wolf. More »

Tony Pothitos checks out the recent Athens Hifi Show for Hifi Pig. More »

Just some of the lovely people we met at the Audio Video Show in Warsaw.  More »

Part 4 of Stuart’s photo report from the Audio Video Show in Warsaw, Poland.

This is only the second time Hifi Pig have attended the Audio Video Show in Warsaw, Poland but I for one think it on a par with the best of the best. Warsaw itself is a wonderful city that is easy for us to get to, easy to get around and full of open and friendly people…it’s also very inexpensive to eat and full of vegan and vegetarian restaurants which goes a long way to making our particular visiting all that more enjoyable.

Historically Warsaw was pretty much razed to the ground and rebuilt from the ground up and only came out of communist rule in 1989. There is a real passion for music amongst the Polish people and that passion runs through the Audio Video Show. There is still a thriving DIY culture in audio and this DIY culture is moving to the main market and presenting commercial products to consumers. Some of these products represent some of the very best in the World (think Lampizator) whilst others are still very much a work in progress and personally I feel would have been better off taking the time to refine their offerings rather than presenting a product that sounded we below par. However, perhaps I am being a little unkind in dampening enthusiasm because, after all, how does a brand learn and grow if they do not present their product and open it up to criticism.

What I love about the Warsaw show is that aforementioned enthusiasm. Perhaps some of the rooms are not as slick as at some shows and there is certainly some room for improvement in the way a tiny minority of the rooms present their wares: a pair of boots lying at the side of a room presenting very high-end Japanese gear springs to mind, as does a pair of mattresses being used down each side of the room by way of room treatment. These are small irritations that can and will be improved as people become slicker and by far the vast majority of exhibitors really understand how to present their products.

The Warsaw show is split over three venues: The Radisson Blu, The Golden Tulip and the National Stadium.

Adam and his team do a fantastic job putting the show on and really must be congratulated. If you have the opportunity to visit The Audio Video Show in Warsaw then you really should make the effort. Personally, I can’t wait until next year.

We do try and visit every single room and publish pics from every room but a small mishap, me deleting every picture we took and having to do a file recover has meant that one or two may have been missed out and for that I apologise.

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Exit Kings Cross Station at the St Pancras Road end and bear left. A pleasant five-minute stroll down a pedestrian boulevard leads you across Regent’s Canal and onto Granary Square, a tranquil oasis seemingly far removed from the City hustle and bustle just around the corner. There is a distinct cosmopolitan vibe and sense of cultural well-being here. The area is teeming with people sampling world cuisine from mobile stalls, relaxing on benches in front of the impressive synchronised water jet-fountains and hanging around the many trendy upmarket bars and art shops. Situated just around the corner at the heart of this classy modern development in Stable Street, is Spiritland. Surely one of London’s coolest venues for music fans, it was here that premium British Hifi-company Data Conversion Systems, known and venerated throughout the audiophile world simply as DCS, held their 30th Anniversary celebration last week. Not knowing quite what to expect from the event, intriguingly dubbed “The Future of Music Playback in the Home”, I went along to check it out for Hifi Pig readers! More »

Part 3 of Stuart’s photo report from the Audio Video Show in Warsaw, Poland.  More »

The second photo report from the Audio Video Show in Warsaw by Stuart.  More »

Stuart’s first report from last weekend’s Audio Video Show in Warsaw, Poland.  More »

Ian Ringstead’s thoughts on the Audio Video Show 2017 in Warsaw. More »

Setting off to the Warsaw show feels like going on an adventure. We went last year so we know what to expect, it’s the second biggest European show after Munich so there is a lot to cover but Warsaw, unlike Munich, still manages to keep that intimate and cosy feeling. The show is split into three, distinct zones, almost three shows in one and with three days to cover it all it is possible to do one area a day and still have time to nip into the city and see some of the place you are visiting.  More »

The headfi and portable audio market continues to flourish and the Audio Video Show Warsaw had a whole area dedicated to this niche in the audio industry. Judging by the number of people flocking to the headfi area at the National Stadium, Polish people both young and old are embracing headphones, portable DACs and headphone amplifiers. Here’s a selection of the photographs we took. 

 

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TAGA Harmony, a Polish manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio electronics, invites you to visit its showroom “Belweder I” located on the ground floor of Radisson Blue Sobieski hotel , where the brand will be presenting their best and new products. More »

At the Audio Video Show in Warsaw (17-19 November) the collective, Polish Audio Cluster (Polski Klaster Audio) will be exhibiting in the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in rooms 314 and 316. More »

Auris Audio of Russia will be presenting lots of new gear at the Audio Video Show 2017 in Warsaw from Friday. More »

We are just about to set off to Warsaw to bring you coverage of Poland’s, and one of Europe’s, biggest and most exciting Hifi Shows. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip there last year and were treated to a magnificent array of Hifi, some of which we had never heard or seen before.  More »

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