We’ll come back to the main listening rooms in the next installment of the show report from Munich High End but in this part we’ll look at some of the exhibitors who had taken static stands and were not actually playing any music or we were unable to get a listen.
There is some stunning looking hifi equipment out there and for anyone interested the Munich show really is an Aladdin’s cave, although it has to be said an absolutely huge cave!
Here’s the Kraft 300 pure class A amplifier.
Taga were an interesting bunch of guys to talk to. I looked at the prices of their loudspeakers and had to ask if this was correct – they were so low. The company builds all its loudspeakers in China in a purpose built factory and it has to be said that you seem to get a whole lot of loudspeaker for your money. They also look to be very well finished.
Here’s the Taga F80 which retails at €708 a pair. It’s a 4 way with 5 drivers and a sideways firing bass driver.
This picture shows the company’s TAV 606 V3 and its matching sub from their Audio Video Series.
Solution is a Swiss company building cost no object hifi with clean and simple lines – we liked the aesthetics a lot! The SACD player is €22 800, the 520 preamplifier is €17 000, the 530 Integrated is €36 000, the 501 monoblocs are €17 000 each and the USB interface is €2378.
Danish company Raidho showed us their C-3.1 loudspeaker which retails at €29 498. It’s a great looking rear ported design with ceramic mid and bass drivers and a ribbon tweeter.
Here you have from top to bottom the CD2, C7R, 3VB Pre and C5i all from the company’s One series with the CD 3t at the very bottom. It’s very stylish looking kit and well displayed.
I have a lot of time for Wilson Benesch as they are determined to ensure that their innovative products remain made in Sheffield in the UK. Carl on the stand was a really nice guy who took a good deal of time out to chat with us.
Mains treatments from top to bottom Orion, Vision, Aquarius, Sigma and the Titan.
PSB are a Canadian manufacturer and here’s their Image T5 loudspeaker. It’s a triple port, bass reflex design which offers a claimed 34Hz response.
Swiss made loveliness.
Here the New Zealand company show of their Reference SA power amplifier which offers 300 watts per channel with 100 of those watts being in class A.
I so want to hear these loudspeakers as they look stunning in the flesh. The company seems to pay little attention to what is fashionable in the industry and it shows.
We have tested a few bits of CA Electronic kit including their ceramic frooters and loudspeakers. They were proudly displaying their recommended award from Hifi Pig
Everything But the Box
Funky, Colourful and Fun!
Cambridge Audio system comprising the company’s Azur 651a amplifier, 651c CD player and 651T tuner.
The SRM 3235 driver and earspeakers. As a teenager Stax were a brand I lusted after.
Astell and Kern
Well received digital music player which we reviewed here. On the Saturday afternoon Astell and Kern’s promotional team had a sign which declared “Free Beer!” Result!
Beautifully conceived and manufactured turntables.
Omni directional loudspeakers using Mangers MSW driver. The cabs are made of 3.5mm carbon and they are a 2+1 way design offering a claimed response of 24 – 33 000Hz and 91dB sensitivity. Really beautiful looking loudspeakers.
We think this is a preamplifier. Whatever it is it’s impossible not to touch it when you see it. Possibly the most beautifully finished product I saw at the show.
From Italy these are lovely looking open baffle loudspeakers. Really wished these had been playing as I’d love to hear them sometime.
Very popular and great sounding loudspeakers from past experience.
Turntable pron for you to drool over.