Part three of our coverage of this year’s High end Show from Munich including Nagra and Wilson, Cessaro and TW Acustic, Silbatone, Silberstatic, Amplifon and Absolue, Odeon Audio and New Audio Frontiers, MSB Technology, Harbeth and finally Stein Music. 

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The second part of my report from High end Munich 2017 featuring the following: Audiobyte, Skogrand Cables, Rockna, Trafomatic and Tune Audio. Joseph Audio and Alluxity, Audiopax, Tellurium Q,  Aequo Audio and GIK Panels . Audiovector and Gryphon. Goebel and Vitus. Ear Yoshino. Again split into pages so hit the doodad at the end of each page to take you to the next.  More »

Vinyl is everywhere at the moment and High End Munich is THE place to go is you want to see some really High End turntables and associated kit. Here’s a selection of the turntables that caught my eye. Of course some of these turntables are built with no expense being spared but that’s not to say there weren’t a good number of more affordable turntables too. Words kept to a minimum as we know it’s the pics you want!

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Continuum Audio Labs, AMG, VPI, Graham Slee, Kuzma, Acoustic Signature, Hanss Acoustics, Funk Firm, Dr Feikert, Acoustical Systems, Wand, Pro-Ject, Panalogue, First Voice, SME, Gold Note, Kronos, Scheu Analog, Triangle Art, Transrotor, Tech Das, Convert Technologies, 440 Audio, Clearaudio, Thorens, Origin Live, Roksan, Audio Exclusiv, Elac, EMT, AVID Hifi, Reed and Triangle.  More »

There’s always loads of press events at the High End Show in Munich and this year was no exception. Here’s the ones we managed to get to in an absolutely hectic schedule. To make life easier for readers we’ve split the article into eleven pages. There are LOADS of pics for you to enjoy! This report includes Dynaudio, Muraudio, Burmester, Auralic, AVM, Wharfedale, KEF, PMC, Harman, Goldmund and Monitor Audio.  More »

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When Hifi Pig heard that Loud & Clear in Edinburgh were having a roadshow showcasing a trio of Avantgarde horn loudspeakers along with Simaudio’s Moon888 monoblock power amps, we had to go along for a listen. More »

The McIntosh Group, parent company of the iconic McIntosh brand and some of the other most, announced the appointment of Jérôme Mathieu as Chief Product Development Officer (CPDO) for Personal Audio. More »

Singing unashamedly in their Georgia accents, like there’s a missing tooth to match the bruised mouth, Black Lips sound mean. More »

British brand Onix will be a familiar name to many and has a strong heritage. Here Dominic Marsh puts their DNA50 amplifier costing £1979 through its paces. More »

The Atmo Sfera Platterless turntable certainly raised a few eyebrows on social media when we announced we would be reviewing it, it’s just like nothing else out there! Ian Ringstead checks out this Italian oddity costing £3500 including arm and cartridge.  More »

Reference Subwoofer was specifically designed to compliment AVID’s Reference Four loudspeaker. However, depending upon room size and application it can partner all their other loudspeakers, especially if being used in a high performance home cinema  application. More »

Ziro is headed up by Adam Fairless but he’s not letting on what’s inside the little black box on his Disclosure power cable. Dominic Marsh and Dan Worth attempt unravel the mystery of this £900 power chord.  More »

RDacoustic are based in the Czech Republic and we first came across the mat High End Munich where their Evolution loudspeakers were being powered by KR Audio amplifiers being fed by a 440 Audio turntable…all Czech brands. The Evolution loudspeakers are a single driver design using a backloaded horn and cost from €9990.  More »

The Fiio X1ii is a personal music player that costs just £99 but has great specs. Janine Elliot has a play. More »

The Hifi Pig Extra and GadgetyNews coverage of the recent Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show is ready for free download.

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It is 40 years this month since Iggy Pop’s debut album, ‘The Idiot’, was first released. Back in the grunge-heyday of the early 90s, ‘The Idiot’ was a puzzling prospect. Iggy Pop and Lou Reed were basically the godfathers of anything that was alternative, but here was a classic album of Pop’s canon, typically considered his best, that was drenched in synths and minimalistically dancey rhythms, with nary a guitar to be found on most of the tracks! Robert Harris explores this iconic record.  More »

As well as the large amount of actual listening rooms on offer to delight the eyes and ears of Bristol Show visitors, there are plenty of static stands lining the corridors and the huge Bristol Suite area.

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Hifi Pig’s Ian Ringstead gives us his thoughts on Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show 2017 including Ophidian, Mission, Convert Technologies, SCV Distribution, Air Audio, Schiit, Astintrew, STS, SOTA, Russell K, Kog Audio, Tellurium Q, Exposure, Creek Audio, Epos, Harbeth, Spendor, Neat, Auralic, Dali, Wilson Benesch, PMC and more. More »

Rather amazingly, Dreadzone are one of those bands who’ve been around together for seemingly ages (they’re now in their third decade) – and yet the public at large is still blissfully unaware of them.  That’s incredible, don’t you think?  If I were asked to name the one band who’s playing at Glastonbury at the exact moment when you ‘find yourself’, then Dreadzone would likely be that band.  That’s because along with their hazy mix of deep bass, dub beats and dance undertones, there’s a definite lean towards the otherworldly music which spills out of the West Holts Dance area.  Call it dub, reggae, dubtronica or post-rave, it really doesn’t matter – it’s melodic, very listenable and you can’t help but shake in time with the music.

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This is only my third visit to Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show but it’s fast becoming one of my favourites because of the sheer enthusiasm of pretty much all involved in putting it together and making it work. Signposting is excellent, the show guide is first-rate, the facilities are good, even if the bar can get pretty crowded at times and the people that turn up to support it with their presence are an animated and passionate lot. The show starts on Friday and despite this being a workday for most the show was packed…likewise Saturday and Sunday, though we sadly had a ferry to catch and so left late morning so couldn’t see the show out to the end. Previous years’ gripes have been that the lifts always seem to be occupied or not working properly but I’m pleased to report that this year things seemed to be running a whole lot better. More »

Hifi Pig was invited to a private and exclusive first demonstration of the new range of loudspeakers from Tannoy. More »