The Final Report
Well there’s a massive amount to see at Munich High End and there’s no way that we could have hoped to have visited every room and every exhibitor but we did see a lot and we did manage to spend time listening in many of the rooms. Overall we thought the show to be very well organised and we met some very nice people.
So in this final part of Hifi Pig show report of Munich High End 2013 we’ll give you a mixture of photographs and brief write ups of some of the rooms where music was played. More »
In part 5 of the show report from Munich High End 2013 we have a listen to the new Gryphon Audio Trident II loudspeakers, have a chat with Norbert Lehmann from Lehmann Audio and have a chat with newcomers Van de Leur who are launching a new valve pre and class D power amp. We also have a listen to German Physiks omnidirectional loudspeaker, Estelon loudspeakers, 3D Labs electronics and Jean Marie Reynaud loudspeakers. We warm our toes in the Gato room, get a look at some carbon nano tubes in the van den Hul room and have a look at some new kit from Chord. More »
Linette has finished her “Birds Eye View” of the Munich High End Show and you can read the final part here.
I’ve written part 3 and part 4 of the Show report but there is still much more to add including an interview with Norbert Lehmann of Lehmann Audio and an “in Show” review of some massive Gryphon Audio Loudspeakers that made their debut at the Munich High End Show.
We’re slowly working through all the photographs and notes we’ve made and we hope to have our coverage tied up by the end of this weekend…hopefully.
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! More »
‘Turn it up, bring the noise’
It’s Saturday already so time to pack our bags, eat another huge breakfast and set off for our last day at the show. The fantastic staff at the NH München Deutscher Kaiser are looking after our bags until we come back for the train tonight, we don’t leave until very late so we can actually have another full day here.
The plan was to have a day seeing a bit more of the city but so many people have wanted to meet up with us that we still haven’t got round all of the show, so off we trot like good little piggies.
The weather is a bit wet again but not too bad and the underground is packed with people in ‘drinking trousers’ as we have come to call Lederhosen, and Bayern Munich football shirts, it’s a great atmosphere but more on that later.
First stop is a meeting with Pim van de Leur of Van de Leur, Dutch Audio Design. More »
Brands she discusses include Thoress who make some interesting looking valve amplifiers, German Physiks and their omnidirectional loudspeakers, Vexo amplifiers, Lehmann Audio and Estalon.
You can read it here – hope you enjoy it.
At Hifipig.com we have a lot to say about the Munich 2013 show, but I wanted to give you my views, as a first timer who isn’t a techy, doesn’t necessarily know all the science bit but knows a good sound when she hears it. I also like my hifi to look great too.
Being the photo monkey of the outfit, I didn’t take notes like Mr Hifi Pig who will be giving you a more in depth report of the rooms and exhibits, so my thoughts are very much based on what stood out for me.
Obviously there was a hell of a lot of kit at the show so it did take a lot for things to stand out, some really great hifi that you would be amazed by in someone’s home set up, won’t even get a mention but please don’t take it the wrong way….I just got a bit of hifi fatigued at some points and my brain got a bit overloaded.
Right then, let’s buckle up, climb through the wardrobe and down the rabbit hole into the crazy, wonderful world that is the High End show, Munich 2013.
‘She’s got a ticket to ride’
Taking the train from North West France to Munich via Paris sounds like a pretty romantic way to travel, but really we settled on this mode of transport as it was the most practical way for us to get there.
We wanted to be there for the Trade day on Thursday 9th of May so we set off, full of high spirits and expectations on Wednesday lunchtime. When I say high spirits, I was actually so excited that I didn’t sleep the night before; I had some serious ‘night before Christmas’ syndrome going on!!
We had about 4 hours in Paris where we had dinner and then boarded the overnight train from the Gare de L’Est across France and Germany to Munich arriving at about 7.15 am on the Thursday morning. More »
I have spent the last 3 months working myself into such a state of excitement about getting to grips with some Trios atthe show that by the time we got there I was as uncontrollable as a fractious toddler who doesn’t know whether to wee themselves or throw their haribo on the floor in a tantrum!
I have lusted after these speakers for some time, I’ve seen/heard their smaller siblings but I want to get up close and personal with the big, bad trios and their full set of six bass horns;
I’ve got to the point where all I need to choose is the colour. This wavers from cherry red to the light champagne /bronze finish depending on my mood.
I have even mentally designed my ‘lottery winner’ house (Bauhaus inspired, open plan) around these speakers…all this amuses the life out of Mr Hifipig! More »
Cary Audio is partnering with KEF showing three complete systems at the New York Audio Show on the 12th -14th April. They will also be debuting their brand new Cary Audio DAC-100 24/192 hi-resolution USB DAC and a complete Audio Electronics setup including the new Lighting 24/192 USB DAC.
Their main system will consist of Cary Audio’s reference products, such as the SLP-05 tube preamplifier, SA-500.1 500 watt solid-state mono blocks, DAC-100 USB DAC and KEF Reference 207/2 floorstanding loudspeakers.
The second system will include the CAD-120S MkII tube amplifier, SLP-03 tube preamplifier, and CD-303t CD player/DAC.
The final system system will be made up of the new Audio Electronics by Cary Audio direct product line. The Constellation tube preamplifier, Hercules tube power amplifier, Lighting solid-state hi-resolution DAC and KEF LS50 monitors.
A colourful variety of music awaits the visitors to this years Munich High End Show. Here’s what will be on offer to the visitors.
The High End Show opens in a traditional way with some original, alpine music. “Werdenfelser Alphornbläserinnen” is the only female German alphorn group and are also known as the “Spice Girls of the Alps”.
10th May 2013 to 12th May 2013 from 12.00 to 17.00
Throughout the exhibition area this female band “Lady Taxi” guarantees a real feast for the eyes and ears. This mobile female band takes the visitors to Munich High End Show on a musical journey from rock ‘n’ roll, to film music, swing, jazz, music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today’s hits. They play live, moving around with their saxophone, songs, percussion and guitar.
Dean Peer & Bret Mann
10th May 2013 and 11th May 2013 at 13.00, Atrium 4, 2. OG, Studio E/F
Dean Peer is an exceptional virtuoso electric bass player who enjoys international recognition for his skills in his use of bass harmonies. Dean’s latest recording “Airborne” is a duet with the drummer Bret Mann. It was released in 2010 by ILS Records in cooperation with Cardas Audio. This successful album also achieved acclaim in the top 40 radio hits in the USA and Canada and was nominated for the “Annual ZMR Music Awards” in 2010.
United Blues Experience
Saturday 11th May 2013 at 14.30, Hall 3, Technology-Stage
United Blues Experience embodies acoustic, traditional, earthy blues with Bavarian soul. The exceptional guitarist and singer Wolfgang Bernreuther, his long-standing partner Rudi Bayer on double bass, and the mouth organ player and singer Beata Kossowska, present a highly musical and harmonious unit.
Acoustica, the Chester (UK) based Hifi retailer has contacted Hifi Pig to let us know about their upcoming show on
Saturday 16 March & Sunday 17 march 2013 where they’ll be taking over the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel a stone’s throw from their premises.
Brands exhibiting will be Naim, B&W, Classé, Arcam, SIM2 Projectors, Audiovector and Kudos with the show being the North of England launch for a number of new and exciting products including the Kudos Super 20 loudspeaker and the Naim DAC V1 D to A Converter & NAP100 Power amplifier – Naim will also be showcasing their impressive Ovator 800 flagship loudspeaker.
One of the many highlights of the show will be from Audiovector who will be promoting their top of the range R11 Arreté Loudspeaker (Pictured) which will be partnered with a relatively high end Naim system – HDX, 252, SuperCap DR, and NAP300.
We’re also told that there’ll be a great vinyl front end provided by a Rega RP8 and so you are invited to bring along your tunes.
Looks like an interesting even for anyone in the area!
This is the 5th year of The Hifi Show at Scalford. The Hifi Show is hosted in the spacious Scalford Hall Hotel in the heart of rural Leicestershire UK, just outside the town of Melton Mowbray.
Other than in the main reception area and a couple of the demonstration rooms, the show’s focus is on the real life hifi systems belonging to audiophiles and hifi enthusiasts.
Some 50 systems were presented this year, each in their own room, ranging from the small and low cost end of the spectrum to no holds barred super systems, and with components from well known established manufacturers to vintage hifi, and DIY constructions of amazing appearance and performance! I think it is fair to say that price wasn’t too strong a guide, with truly excellent sounds to be heard from quite humble systems.
The Show was nicely crowded with rooms verging on the packed at times.
I’ve chosen to focus on a small proportion of the systems, trying to give a flavour of the wide spread of systems to be heard at the Show. More »
It’s that time of year again and around comes what many in the high-end audio community feel is the “must go to” hifi show in the calender. I’m talking of course about the Munich High-End Exhibition 2013 which takes place 9th May – 12th May, 2013 - with the Thursday being trade visitors day.
This year the Exhibition is in top form and enjoying an unstoppable boom in bookings. The two main exhibition halls are occupied as usual by international exhibitors alongside all the well-known recording providers, the technology stage for interesting talks and young start-up companies. There will also be one or two surprises in store which Hifi Pig will report in due course.
New for Munich High-end 2013 are specially created and newly developed demonstration cabins featuring in Hall No. 3 and No. 4. These demonstration cabins have been optimised for sound reproduction, are specifically intended for demonstrating music and unsurprisingly many of these demonstration cabins have already been booked. As the event organiser of the High End exhibition in Munich, the High End Society has used demonstration cabins for many years which were qualitatively superior to standard designs usually found at normal trade fairs for consumer electronics but these year they promise to be even better.
The High End Society is offering exhibitors three completely new acoustically-optimised demonstration cabins designed in collaboration with sound experts after many meetings. Due to the sturdy walls and the corner absorbers already fitted at the factory, as well as an acoustically Treated (Odenwald) ceiling, the new demonstration cabins from the High End Society produce good audio values even when empty, which can be enhanced to an excellent level by only minimal additional acoustic measures.
You can read Hifi Pig’s coverage of Munich High End 2013 here
Touchstone Audio have informed us of an innovative addition to the High-end audio events calendar which will take place on Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th at the Moat House Hotel near Reading in Berkshire from 9.30 ’til “late” on the Saturday and 10am through to 4pm on the Sunday.
Three Hi-fi distributors and retailers have come together as a collective force to present a unique occasion where you will have the opportunity to experience first hand some highly regarded audio components and accessories.
Touchstone Audio, Air Audio and Acoustic Brands Limited consider that the “UK Hi-fi market needs a bit of life injecting into it” and this is what they hope to achieve with this exciting event. They believe that the music loving public deserve to be given a choice in the hi-fidelity equipment they listen to and the brands that they carry echo this collected conviction.
As well as the opportunity to listen to brands already well known in audiophile circles such as the UK’s Astin Trew, there will also be a chance to hear more esoteric marques from manufacturers such as Fonel Audio, ELAC Loudspeakers and Octave from Germany and Struss from Poland who will be demonstrating the world’s most powerful integrated amplifier. From Switzerland, Holborne Swiss Audio Instruments will demonstrate the “finesse and precision that has become synonymous with the country’s meticulousness attention to detail”
Utilising four large rooms the event will give audiophiles and music lovers the chance to discover a selection of audio equipment and what’s more you can do this in a comfortable and relaxed environment, where you can listen and enjoy the equipment on offer without the demands usually associated with a more conventional hi-fi show.
HiFi Network will present:
Elac Loudspeakers, EAT, Vertere and Opalum.
Acoustic Brands Limited will present:
Fonel Audio, Aurelia Loudspeakers, Struss and Rogoz, Holborne, Davone, Boenicke and Mumax panels.
Air Audio will present:
Astin Trew, Acoustic Signature, VOVOX Cables, DSS, Octave and Trichord Research.
Should be good fun!
Photographs of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) 2012.
Now this was an interesting room and a big room to boot, but the diminutive loudspeakers filling the room with a huge sound were a complete surprise to me! The speakers in question were the out of the ordinary looking Leedh E loudspeakers and they are nothing if not unusual. More »