The capital hasn’t had a proper Hifi show for a number of years and so Indulgence is a welcome addition to the audio calendar. Of course there were a few teething problems as there is always going to be when organising an event of this scope and scale, but, on the whole, we reckon it was a success.

The venue is good, well catered and the show organisers had ensured that signposting within the event was clear and plentiful, so there was no members of the audio public wandering around looking lost and perplexed as to where to go next. The show guide was also well laid out and nicely done.

What really impressed was the effort that the vast majority of the exhibitors had gone to in kitting out there rooms and exhibition spaces. They had clearly taken a great deal of time, money and trouble to ensure that rooms were as good sounding as they could be and they were also welcoming to the public. We attend a good few shows and the quality of the rooms at Indulgence was up with the very best!

There was an excellent line up of seminars throughout the weekend and live music too. Time constraints meant we didn’t see much of this live music, but what we did see was pretty amazing, particularly the pop up Marquee Club event on the Friday night – fabulously talented musicians and great classic rock tunes to boot!

The Indulgence Show was billed as a lifestyle event with a whole area given over to “Pure Pleasure”. Here visitors to the show had the opportunity to indulge in a spot of wine tasting, a look at a handful of rather nice vehicles, home cinema experiences, the chance to learn to play the blues in five minutes, excellent photography from Ross Halfin and some great drums and keyboards from Yamaha that you could get hands-on with. Personally I’d like to see this area of the show expanded upon to pull in people specifically for the “lifestyle” factor, but then take in the audio too.

The venue was huge and there were lots of rooms to see so it never seemed crowded, and, from speaking to a good number of exhibitors, the people that were there were keen to be involved and talk about the products on show. Talking to one of the organisers they said they’d pre-sold over 2000 tickets for the weekend and one exhibitor had 400, 600 and 300 people on each of the days respectively.

Next year we’ll make sure we have a full two days at The Indulgence Show as we simply did not have time to see all the exhibitors, specifically in the headroom area…so if you are going next year, book a two or three day pass to ensure you get to see everything!

So, all in all a very worthwhile event that will hopefully grow and flourish in the coming years!

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roksponsmallDue to the increasing demand for Hi-Res music, which requires more storage space, Innuos decided to launch a new version of the Zenith which they say is “ideal for Audiophiles who don’t want to compromise sound quality for larger storage”.
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roksponsmallNoble Audio, the Californian in-ear monitor manufacturer, will be showing its entire in-ear monitor range, principally designed by audiologist Dr. John Moulton AuD CCC-A, at headroom at The Indulgence Show (prices from £275-£1,350). Noble will be represented at headroom by its UK audiologist partner Gisele Flower of Aid2Hearing who in addition to retailing all models, provides ear impression-taking services for Noble’s custom models from her Harley Street consultancy. Gisele will be offering impression-taking services at the show, plus advice and support on the entire Noble Audio product range.
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roksponsmallLeema Acoustics is launching three new products at The Indulgence Show. Hand-made in Wales, the trio will include a production-ready version of the new Quasar streaming amp/DAC, plus the new Tucana II Anniversary Edition amplifier. Leema will also be launching a significant new product – more on that soon.
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roksponsmallThe world famous Marquee Club London, which helped launch the careers of artists including The Who; The Rolling Stones; The Small Faces; The Yardbirds; Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie, will be opening its doors again by presenting the Marquee Experience on Friday 14 October at The Indulgence Show (14-16 October 2016, Novotel Conference Centre, Hammersmith) at 7:30pm, bringing the iconic venue back to life for one night only.
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roksponsmallCanJam Global got in touch to let us know about their shows for 2017. Part One of their line-up features CanJams in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore.
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roksponsmallGary Langan, one of the world’s leading recording engineers, producers and musicians, will be sharing his insights into what it takes to make some of the biggest musical works ever released, including Bohemian Rhapsody, with live Q&A sessions at The Indulgence Show, the new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith from 14-16 October 2016.
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roksponsmallGIK Acoustics will display several items from their Alpha Series which they say ‘has changed the face of acoustic panels and bass traps by beautifully combining absorption with diffusion’. GIK Acoustics will be showing their new two-dimensional Alpha Series panels which will be available in Europe in the weeks ahead. The 2D option uses a sequence of columns and rows with variable spacing that provides horizontal and vertical scattering of sound. Both the one-dimensional and two-dimensional options start to diffuse at 1000Hz.
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roksponsmallRMAF, the Denver-based audio show held on 7-9 October, marks the largest-ever public showcase of MQA-ready products, supported by hundreds of MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) albums available to download. In addition to demonstrations from MQA-enabled products already on the market, showgoers can also witness further MQA-ready unveilings, including the Bluesound launch of the world’s first MQA-ready soundbar. The PULSE SOUNDBAR joins Bluesound’s family of MQA-ready wireless Pulse speakers and Node players, enabling wireless hi-resolution music streaming to any room in the home.
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roksponsmallVertere Acoustics reveals a star-studded line-up for The Indulgence Show 2016. The London event hosts the debut release from Vertere’s record label, featuring three new tracks from CAEZAR – the band fronted by two former members of The Silencers, who also wrote the tracks – the release was mastered by Miles Showell of Abbey Road Studios, using his innovative ½ speed cutting technique.
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roksponsmallMartin Dew, the ex-director of international sales and marketing at Lucasfilm THX, will be opening the gates to the Lucasfilm estate to provide visitors with a first-hand perspective of what goes on behind the silver screen during his live seminars. These will be taking place in the Epernay Suite at The Indulgence Show, the new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith from 14-16 October 2016.
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roksponsmallVisitors to CanJam Europe on Sept. 24th and 25th have picked their favourite products in six categories of the Best of Show Award. They had to choose between over 1,000 headphones, audio players, amps and accessories that more than 100 brands exhibited at the headphone show at the Congress Centrum West in Essen, Germany.
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roksponsmallCabasse distributor, Connected Distribution, will use The Indulgence Show to unveil the latest version of the Cabasse flagship loudspeakers, the £125,000 La Sphère.
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Janine Elliot (pictured below between Hifi Pig’s Stuart and Graham Audio’s Paul Graham) rounds up Hifi Pig’s coverage of this year’s National Audio Show. 


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MUTEC got in touch with us to let us know that they are exhibiting at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 which is running from the 7th to 9th of October this year, in Denver, Colorado.


MUTEC will be presenting their audiophile products like the MC-3+ Smart Clock USB, alongside YourFinalSystem and Sonic Distribution, in Room 7010 of the Denver Marriott Tech Centre. You can meet MUTEC CEO, Christian Peters, and get an exclusive preview of their yet-to-be-announced, brand new high-end product that they are going to release before Christmas, More news on that as soon as we get it!


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PMC’s recently launched twenty5 series will be given its first UK hifi show outing when then entire range is presented to the public at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October.pmc1

First making an  appearance at the High End Show, Munich, in May 2016, the twenty5 series, so named to celebrate the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary, has been well received. New technologies onboard include the Laminar™ vent design and latest Advanced Transmission Line.

Visitors can visit PMC’s presentation in the Mouton Cadet Suite, second floor, and will be able to audition the full complement of twenty5 series models, from the smallest, the twenty5.21 to the three-way flagship model, the twenty5.26.

PMC will be partnering the twenty.5 series with the new Bryston Cubed Series power amplifiers, Bryston BDP2 digital player and the DSD compatible Bryston BDA-3 DAC.

Many other exhibitors will further enhance the company’s presence at the show, through their selection of PMC products for use with their own equipment:
Leema Acoustics will be using the twenty5.21 and fact.12s in the Talbot Suite to partner with its Constellation range and to help launch a new range of exciting products. In the Cremant Suite, Townshend Audio will be demonstrating its Seismic Platforms with the fact.8s and Vertere Acoustics is using the three- way MB2se with its range of turntables

The MB2 XBD-A (Active), as used at Metropolis Mastering, Abbey Road and many other studios around the globe, will provide the aural backdrop to an exclusive exhibition that features the photographs of Ross Halfin, the world’s leading rock music photographer in the Chalon Room.


See PMC at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October, Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

High-end hifi distributor Decent Audio has announced a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Raidho’s speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hifi Show Live in Windsor.


The Raidho journey began with the invention of the Raidho ribbon tweeter – a unique sealed ribbon tweeter that employs an array of neodymium magnets to create an extremely powerful force field in which an ultra thin membrane is suspended. Its performance was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game, and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. Raidho addressed the problem, by envisaging their own midrange and bass drivers that would be anything but conventional. Sounds simple, but it wasn’t. They since carried on with the innovations, from their Ceramix drivers to their recent diamond-coated cones, both of which have necessitated a reinvention of production processes with technological support from the state-of-the-art Tribology Centre of the Danish Technological Institute. All of the drivers and components in a Raidho loudspeaker are designed and manufactured by Raidho Acoustics themselves and every speaker is built buy hand. Not a single modified off-the-shelf drive unit is used, only genuine clean-sheet audio engineering solutions.


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Hifi Pig Loves You award for this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. mfasponsor

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In the third of Stuart’s reports from this year’s National Audio Show in Whittlebury he visits Kerr and Smith, Music First Audio, Woof Audio, Graham Audio, Audio Note, Hifi Hangar and The Right Note and Vertex AQ


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PMC will be providing the music at an exclusive exhibition that features the photographs of Ross Halfin, the world’s leading rock music photographer, during The Indulgence Show in London on 14-16 October.

Using its studio reference loudspeakers, the MB2 XBD-A (Active), as used at Metropolis Mastering, Abbey Road and many other studios around the globe, PMC will provide the aural backdrop to the exhibition. Music from the legends of rock, whose images will be gracing the walls, will be played on a Bryston BDP2 digital player, connected to the BDA3 digital to analogue converter and a BP26 pre-amplifier.

Taking place in the 120m2 Chalon Room, part of the Champagne Suite on the main show level, the exhibition will feature many never-before-seen photographs by Ross, including those from his time on the road with Iron Maiden, Metallica, Def Leppard, Kiss, and Motley Crüe. Also featured will be photographs from his stints as tour photographer for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Who and many others.


Ross will be in attendance for a period of time each day and will be presenting a talk about his life on the road with the world’s biggest rock acts. Keith Tonge, PMC’s creative director, says, “The number of major artists who have recorded, mixed or mastered classic albums using our MB2 XBD speakers and who have also been photographed by Ross Halfin is staggering. It is fitting therefore that PMC has been chosen as the company to provide the musical accompaniment to this major exhibition.” He continues, “We are looking forward to introducing the show visitors to the amazing sounds of the artists and bands as they look around the stunning collection of photographs.”


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Ian Ringstead gives us his views on this years National Audio Show at Whittlebury.

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Hifi Pig is delighted to announce that we will be at the inaugural Indulgence Show which takes place at the Novotel London West on the 14th -16th October and we will have a rather special prize to give away to one lucky visitor to the show.Indulgence_Show_logotrans-1-e1468426599916

The Indulgence Show is an exciting new lifestyle experience featuring the world’s best home and portable audio entertainment alongside a host of complementary luxury indulgences.

Hifi Pig will be there on Saturday and will be running a competition to win the fantastic Lab 12 pre1 Class A tube preamplifier worth over £1200.pre1_0

The Lab 12 pre1 offers five analogue inputs and two preamplifier outputs so you can easily drive a bi-amping system or a power amplifier and active subwoofer(s) with no problem. Input selection can be performed by the on face’s rotary switch or by the remote control.

All you have to do is pop along to the Hifi Pig stand in the media village, pick up a postcard, follow the instructions and wait to hear if you are the lucky winner of this great prize.

We look forward to seeing you at The Indulgence Show

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At Hifi Pig we know that readers don’t want to be kept waiting for reports and photographs from the Hifi shows we visit and so without further ado here is part 2 of Stuart’s show report, with his final report following tomorrow.national_audio_show_2016_roksan_2_online

In part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury we focus on Choice Hifi and Analog Domain, Roksan Audio, Henley Designs #1,  Henley Designs #2, The Audio Consultants & German Physics, Audio Emotion, Chasing The Dragon, CODE, Russ Andrews, Arendal Sound, Teddy Pardo, Fanthorpes.

Read the full report here.

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At Hifi Pig we know that readers don’t want to be kept waiting for reports and photographs from the Hifi shows we visit and so without further ado here is part 2 of Stuart’s show report, with his final report following tomorrow.

In part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury we focus on Choice Hifi and Analog Domain, Roksan Audio, Henley Designs #1,  Henley Designs #2, The Audio Consultants & German Physics, Audio Emotion, Chasing The Dragon, CODE, Russ Andrews, Arendal Sound, Teddy Pardo, Fanthorpes.mfasponsor






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The first of many Hifi Pig show reports from this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. The first report from Whittlebury includes Vivid Audio, Sound Fowndations, Onkk and Vinyl House, Divine Audio, Zouch Audio, Wall Of Music, Xclusive AV, Concerto Audio and Analog Domain, Longdog Audio and Air Audio.national_audio_show_2016_ld_1_online
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The first of many Hifi Pig show reports from this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. Vivid Audio, Sound Fowndations, Onkk and Vinyl House, Divine Audio, Zouch Audio, Wall Of Music, Xclusive AV, Concerto Audio and Analog Domain, Longdog Audio, Air Audio

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The flagship product of ONKK Limited UK, the Cue turntable fuses “ultra modern design, innovative engineering and contemporary aesthetics to deliver superlative, mastertape-like sound reproduction” says the company’s recent press release. We’ve been speaking with the guys at ONKK for some time now and whilst the turntable will make its debut at the National Audio Show this coming weekend, the company are not releasing photographs other than this we found on Twitter. onkk_turntable

This brand new direct-drive turntable employs high precision DSP speed control, a bespoke resonance-damped aluminium plinth, unique pistonic suspension system and a silent ceramic bearing.

Cue offers a choice of three speeds (33, 45 and 78RPM), which can be adjusted in 1/100 RPM steps, memorised and recalled at the touch of a button. This is done by a simple, intuitive and ergonomic user interface.

Meticulous attention has been paid to mechanical vibration isolation, with the specially designed mass-damped cast aluminium plinth and the previously mentioned pistonic suspension system providing immunity from external resonance.

The silent, wearless ceramic bearing is designed to last for generations. Its special material allows a minute contact point which  is said to significantly reduce drag and permits instantaneous motor response to changing load conditions. Speed fluctuations are sensed and adjusted in milliseconds.

Cue is handmade in the United Kingdom and comes with a five year parts guarantee.

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This year’s Art and Hifi show takes place at the four star NH Hotel in Lyon on the 15th and 16th October. salon-hifi-de-lyon-nh-hotel-octobre-2016

Brands include:

Amare Musica
Audio Research
Bergmann Audio
Esprit Audio
Franc Audio
Hifi Man
Karan Acoustics
Métronome Technologie
Mola Mola
Mc Intosh
Nagra Audio
Sonus Faber
Torus Power
Verity Audio
Wilson Audio
Wilson Benesch
Zesto Audio

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Download your free copy of Hifi Pig’s FREE 66 page special supplement for the last months North West Audio Show. There’s loads of reports from the show, photos and more…  More »

Stuart Smith rounds up the North West Audio Show 2016 with his final article from the show.  More »

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The dates, yes that’s right dates, for the 2017 edition of the North West Audio Show have been announced as the 24th and 25th of June 2017. cranage_front_2016_small

Having listened closely to feedback of both exhibitors and members of the public attending the show, organisers have decided to concentrate efforts on just the one venue (Cranage Hall) but to hold the event over two days.

This year’s show was a huge success and we’re sure that 2017 will be bigger, better and even more fun than this.

You can read about this years show here 

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David Robson has been reviewing for Hifi Pig for a while now and attended last year’s North West Audio Show. He gives us his thoughts on this years show. 
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Essential Install Live! South next week, the 6th and 7th July at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey is the show to go to if you are interested in high-quality audio visual equipment, Hi-Fi, home cinema and home automation. As well as product launches and demonstrations there will also be full home cinema demos and a competition where smart home installers compete against the clock to find faults in our the Essential Install Live! Integrator Challenge. Loads of free car parking and a rail station near by mean getting there is a doddle. Entry is free.


Just some of the brands you can see include: Monitor Audio, HDL, Sky, Demopad, Blustream, Sonos, Triax, Atlantic Technology, Cabasse, Parasound, Pulse-Eight, Russound Lode Audio, ZeeVee, Arteor, Vantage, NuVo, Artcoustic, Basalte, Gira, Revox and Theben, SpeakerCraft, LG, Leviton, Dahua, Wyrestorm, Sonance, Ruckus, Vantage, Mode, Yamaha, JVC, Paradigm, Comelit, Just Add Power, KEF,Sanus, Gefen, Savant, Atlona, Amina, URC, Marantz and Loewe.


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Saturday 21st of May 2016 saw the seventh North East Bake Off (NEBO) up in the icy wastes of Co Durham (UK). The Chimneys Hotel in Blackhall proved to be an ideal venue for the day which began at 11am and ran until 11:30pm.NEBO7-300x248

As the early birds arrived one of the regulars speedily assembled a system so music could be enjoyed as others set up their systems and chatted about all things Hifi. Once the wink had been tipped, the chequered flag was lowered and the day was underway.

Read the full report of NEBO 7 here. 

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NEBO was started three and a half years ago by music lover and audio enthusiast Steve Petch in humble surroundings of a friend’s bistro. Word soon spread and more and more people attended with more and more equipment meaning that sadly, NEBO had outgrown the bistro and new venues were found. More »

Part four of Hifi Pig’s coverage of High End Munich 2016 featuring: Neodio, Audio Hungary, Bang And Olufsen, Terrastrato Typ 1 Standard, Estelon, Blumenhofer Acoustics and Cammino, Indiana Line, TW Acustic, Constellation and Martin Logan, TAD, D’Agostino, Wadia, Krell, Audio Research, Meridian, EAT, Sonus Faber More »

The North West Audio Show is now in its third year and has proved itself to be a must for anyone interested in quality home audio and music.


This year the North West Audio Show takes place on Sunday 26th June over two fantastic venues, Cranage Hall and Wychwood Park. Both venues have been chosen for their wonderful facilities, ease of access and free parking. Wychwood_f_d_04


Unlike most other audio shows, the North West Audio Show does not charge visitors an entry fee to either venue and we’ve even gone as far as to provide a shuttle bus service between the two hotels so people attending the show need not miss any of the fabulous audio gear on demonstration. 


As well as high-end audio there’ll be plenty to suit all budgets at this years show, so whether you are just starting out on your audio journey, or are a seasoned audiophile, this is the show for you.


Visitors to this year’s North West Audio Show will have the opportunity to download a free app to their mobile device that will help them navigate the show and enable them to access special offers and deals on the day.


Of course the main attraction to this kind of show is the kit, but there’s much more to see and do at North West Audio Show with live music and special attractions on the day.

Hifi Pig are the exclusive media partner for this great event and will of course be there on the day.


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Acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics will exhibit at the HIGH END Show in Munich from 5th – 8th May, 2016.dave200

In addition to displaying products, GIK Acoustics-Europe General Manager, David Shevyn (Pictured), and GIK Acoustics-Germany Room Designer, Lukas Rimbach, will present a discussion on the importance of room treatments and the basics of room setup. Mr. Shevyn and Mr. Rimbach will also answer audience questions on room acoustics.

GIK Acoustics will present Room Acoustics And How To Set Up Your Room at the Technology Stage in Hall 3, Booth K 08 on the following dates:

Thursday, 5th of May 2016: 12:30pm-12:55pm

Speaker: Lukas Rimbach, Language: German

Friday, 6th of May 2016: 12:00pm-12:25pm

Speaker: David Shevyn, Language: English

Saturday, 7th of May 2016: 04:00pm-04:25pm

Speaker: Lukas Rimbach, Language: German

Sunday, 8th of May 2016:12:00pm-12:25pm

Speaker: David Shevyn, Language: English

Technology Stage is open for all visitors of the HIGH END show. You don’t have to register – it’s first come, first served. Usually there are enough seats for all listeners.

GIK Acoustics will display new products in the Alpha Series. The Alpha Series beautifully combines absorption with diffusion and enhances any room both aesthetically and acoustically with superior quality, high-performing, and stylish room treatments.

Visit GIK Acoustics In Hall 4 Booth T13.

Read more news about Munich High End 2016 Here and Hifi Pig’s coverage of last years High End Munich here



KR Audio, famous for manufacturing their very own tubes will be at this year’s Munich High End where they will have their VA 200 amp rated at 200 Watts and utilising the KR 842 vhd tube application and more. Read the full story here.


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Hifi Pig’s coverage of this year’s Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show with all the awards, comment and loads of photographs taken at the show. The e magazine has been kindly sponsored by Clarity Alliance.

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Amadeus importer Source Systems, Ltd. and Chicago retailer Audio Archon will debut the new Amadeus ‘Philharmonia’ Hifi loudspeakers, which were co-designed by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel, at the Chicago AXPONA show, room 638 at the Westin O’Hare, April 15-17, 2016. The live demonstrations of the new speakers will be their very first listening event in North America. The Philharmonia speakers are shipping now and retail in the USA for $39,900 per pair.Philharmonia_Black_Background_72_RVB_002

The Philharmonia is a “high definition monitoring system combining innovation and technology, with style, and a pristine sonic character” says the recent press release. The new speakers were initially created specifically for the Philharmonie de Paris recording and mastering studios. Michel Deluc, Amadeus’ Director of Research & Development, designed the Philharmonia speakers along with world-renown architect Jean NOUVEL, who designed the new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall. Jean NOUVEL stated, “I am not a designer. I am an architect who makes design.”

Mark Gurvey, CEO of Source Systems, Ltd., is “thrilled to be distributing the new speakers” he says, adding, “Amadeus brings a fresh, unique and innovative approach to high-end audio engineering and design, with the Philharmonia speakers, both in sound and style. The speakers fit a key aspect of the very highest end audio components, they are absolutely unique looking and yet so modern and beautiful. It will be very exciting to see and hear the reactions of listeners in the US. The Philharmonia has an amazing sound; unlike anything we have experienced before. With such a unique origin of pro audio studio mastering, and evolutionary audio technology, we expect to ‘Wow!’ a lot of ears.”


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I attended only my second ever Hifi show today at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, which is just a few hundred yards from Junction 12 off the M53 at Chester. This event, held over two days was hosted and organised by Geoff from Acoustica, a Hifi shop in Chester I visited recently for a speaker demonstration. More »

Based on the initial projections of the German music industry association (BVMI), the turnover of music sales in Germany for the year 2015 increased by   3.9%.

Audio streaming was at the forefront in the growth trends with a 96.6% increase. Behind all the “new” download and music streaming services lies a societal change that one can hardly ignore. According to a BITCOM study, downloads and streaming generated in 2014 for the first time as much revenue worldwide as with physical recordings. In contrast, the German market is not yet so far developed. The total share of digital music sales (strea- ming and downloads) did however in 2015 with 30.9% reach almost a third of the total turnover.

The future of digital music can be experienced at the HIGH END trade fair

More and more “online shops” are meanwhile appearing with music in high-resolution audio. (High resolution equals a greater number of details.) HighResolution_erleben

Similar to the television image in HD format with four times the number of pixels and thus also a picture that is clearer, sharper and more appealing, Hi-Res audio also contains four times as many sound details compared to the data of a music CD. An increasing number of audiophile “gourmets” therefore naturally want their favourite music in optimal quality.

Measured against the mass music market, Hi-Res is still a niche business, but the fan community for high-resolution audio is increasingly on the rise, and ultimately “what’s better” is the enemy of “what’s good”. Numerous audio devices now also possess the required memory capacity and therefore offer themselves for the saving of high-resolution audio files in various formats and playing them back for the user’s listening pleasure. This revolutionary innovation toward better sound quality can be experienced at the HIGH END trade fair in Munich. Here, visitors will find the entire spectrum of high-resolution players and numerous online music services offering high-resolution audio files in various formats for downloading.

Physical recordings are still much sought-after in Germany

In nearly all countries worldwide, the physical side of audio recording sales has deteri- orated rapidly over recent years. According to the German music industry association however, in Germany the lion’s share of music sales is with 69.1% still generated by physical media (CD, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray). Of this, the CD continues to command a con- siderable share of the sales with 61.2%. Although sales of vinyl recordings have experi- enced a sharp rise in 2015 (+ 32%), these still only comprise 3.3% of the total turnover. Since 2007 this “black gold” has seen a steady increase in demand, since it represents    a culture of listening that forces us toward slowness and paying attention, and thus also creates a stronger bond between the music and the listener. This remains undisputed.Musikliebhaber

HIGH END as Mecca for collectors of exquisite audio media

Music lovers who want more than simply access to disembodied, downloaded music are sure to find just what they are looking for at this trade fair. HIGH END will feature over 200 music labels, selling various vinyl records, CDs, SACDs, Blu-ray and DVDs.Vinyl

A music collection consisting only of bits and bytes is considered soulless by many    music lovers and is unsatisfying for the music collector. Vinyl records and even, to some extent, CDs, SACDs etc. go beyond music playback and are considered artworks in their own right, due to the unique impression they create. It is not without reason that there is healthy demand for physical recordings, regardless of the fluctuations of seasonal business.

Special exhibition of the 50 best album covers

The 50 best album covers of 2015, which were selected by a jury of renowned design experts and former prizewinners, will be presented at the HIGH END 2016 in the Munich Order  Centre (MOC).Art_Vinyl

The packaging – also called the artwork – is an essential component of the vinyl record        and has developed over the decades into an art form of its own. For many vinyl fans, the design of the record cover is an important purchasing incentive.

Since 2005, the annually chosen “Best Art Vinyl Award” represents the most creative record cover. In 2015, this prize was awarded for the 10th time. The cover artworks can be seen all days of the fair in the lobby of the MOC between Halls 1 and 2 on the ground floor.