TAGA Harmony invites visitors to this year’s High End Munich show to visit stand H02 in hall 3, where the brand will present its best and new products. More »

Trinnov will be at High End Munich 2016 showing a quad-amplified system including eight mono Mola-Mola Kaluga amplifiers and the five-driver, four way Vivid Audio Giya G2 loudspeakers. The Trinnov Altitude32-88 is the heart of this system, serving as preamp, DAC, and Network player for streaming audio. The Altitude32 will also provide the optimised four-way active crossovers and our Speaker/Room Optimiser in this high performance music system. More »

Franc Audio will be at this year’s High End Show in Munich where they will be exhibiting with Lawrence Audio and Ludwig Audio.

France Audio will have a brand new power distributor being used, something they are calling Power On-e. More »

Pure Audio Project have been in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us that the recently announced Trio15 A5000 open baffle loudspeaker system will be launched and playing at Munich High End Show next week !Pure_audio_project_loudspeakers_high_end_munich_2016_1

The Trio15 A5000 features:

WVL A5000 Full Range Field Coil Driver

Trio15 Modular Open Baffle Chassis (Aluminium Frame and Baffles)

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Leonidas Crossover (with components for Trio15 A5000)

Power Supply has to be purchased Separately and the company recommend an industry standard.

Upgrade to Trio15 A5000 includes:

A5000 drivers (with Power Supply)

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The Trio15 A5000 can be seen at Atrium Booth: A4.2 F231 at High End Munich where it  will be playing with Thomas Mayer tube amps and PrimaryControl Kinea Reference Turntable (by Bernd Hemmen).​​  Pure_audio_project_loudspeakers_high_end_munich_2016_3

Speakers Price: 7,395.-EUR/pair | 8,490.-US$

Upgrade, A5000 Driver + Leonidas Crossover Price: 4,690.-EUR/pair | 5,390.-USD

All prices are excl. VAT and shipping.

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Merging Technologies have said they are proud to announce that the result of a new partnership with Roon Labs will be on display on stand 3-L10/M07 and in the Special Sound Demonstration in Konferenzraum K1B at the HIGH END show in Munich. The concept of Roon’s player program being offered in integrated solutions is not new; there being many existing partners with products available, but this will be the first time that the focus will shift to a complete turnkey and networked solution offering multichannel capability up to DSD256 and DXD.Merging_technologies_high_end_munich

The Merging NADAC was launched at the 2015 HIGH END. A variety of player solutions including Merging’s own Emotion player can be used with an external computer but this concept is not the first choice for all users.  The ‘single box’ solution with the software and the server combined with a DAC removes the need to have a computer in the living room. The system can then be controlled by tablet or smart phone. Integration details such as direct control of the NADAC volume and mute from the Roon user interface also adds to the overall ergonomics by simplifying the control of the entire system from one single page on one single tablet.

Merging also announced that this solution can be retrofitted to all Merging NADAC units already in the field and to any units shipping from now on, meaning early adopters can take advantage of the upgrade if they wish. Pricing and options for this solution, as well as cost for the upgrade of existing units and delivery date will be announced at Rocky Mountain.

Roon’s CEO, Enno Vandermeer commented; “We have admired the innovation and devotion to excellence that Merging has demonstrated with their entry into the audiophile market. This dovetails with our objective to be at the top of the performance table as well as having the best user experience.” On Merging’s behalf, Head of Software Engineering and NADAC Product Manager, Dominique Brulhart stated; “We have carefully evaluated the trends and needs of today’s audiophile and it is clear that a Roon enabled DAC is a very elegant solution. We are delighted to be working with our friends there to maximize all the advantages that we can both offer. Customers can still choose other player solutions with our technology, as well as other DACs with Roon, but we think this combination will be hard to beat.”

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Analogue Works, whose turntable we use on a daily basis, are showing all of their turntables in Atrium 4, Level 2, Room F217 along with Rogue Audio amplification and EgglestonWorks loudspeakers at this year’s High End Show.

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With less than a week to go to this year’s High-End Munich Show here’s the news from the show from today.

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New From Grimm At High End

Entotem – New Class A Plato For High End Show, Munich 2016

Estelon To Unveil Model YB AT High End

New Amps For Chord At High End

Lector Strumenti Audio At High End Munich

T+A To Launch New Products At Munich High End

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Needless to say Hifi Pig will be at the show and will be bringing you all the news of what’s cool and what is new at the show. Look out for our coverage on these pages.
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Grimm Audio adds three new products to its catalogue, expanding their range of integrated music playback systems. The most prominent novelty is the LS1be. This loudspeaker features a new Berylium tweeter with a CNC milled aluminium waveguide, jointly developed by Grimm Audio and Seas. To match the performance of this tweeter, the amplifier and converter electronics of the LS1be received careful tweaking say the company.

Grimm Audio selected Hi-Macs for the new cabinets, a modern and very rigid material.

Counterweighting the treble performance, a new LS1s-dmf subwoofer was added for the low end. Mechatronics expert Rob Munnig Schmidt developed a Digital Motional Feedback system that, by means of feedback from an accelerometer on the cone, “reduces distortion by a 30 times”.Grimm_high_end_munich

To offer the LS1 quality to a broader audience, Grimm Audio introduces the LS1a. This is a more cost effective sibling of the LS1, where the company focussed on maintaining all important aspects that make up the LS1, and compromising only in areas where this was passable.

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Entotem say they are pleased to announce an addition to their Plato product range – The Class A amplifier Plato. This new power amplifier enhances Plato’s multi award winning sound while still providing all the features of the Plato Control App – all within the one unit.

Entotem have made a number of software and hardware enhancements to their existing Class B design to achieve this unique approach:

  • They have increased the size of the base plate and made other key hardware changes to manage heat.
  • They have enhanced the PCB layout to eliminate interference and amended some key components to support the highest audio quality.
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Even with the above changes Entotem say that heat is still a challenge and so they have significantly improved the power efficiency of their approach to output transistor biasing. By sampling the input signal in the digital domain Entotem are able to continuously modify and scale the output transistor biasing so that it can provide full instantaneous Class A operation.

Entotem have already launched Plato Lite early in 2016 and this is intended for all those people who already have HiFi Equipment, but want to take advantage of Plato’s vinyl recording and music streaming capabilities

Entotem released an iOS App in February 2016 to support the remote operation and playing of Plato by both iPADs and IPhones.  The iOS app will have a different user interface to the Android version and will be familiar to Apple users. This first release will provide the majority of the functions that can be accessed by Android devices, with a further release due in 2016 to enable full matching of the functionality.

Another introduction to Plato’s functionality is the integration of a high-resolution music download service from High Res Audio. This was launched in February 2016 and the service will now show as an additional main menu option within the Plato control App.  Once a High Res Audio user account has been opened, the user will be able to search for Hi-Res Albums and tracks and when the download has been purchased store it directly into the media library within Plato, to be then selected for local play or streaming throughout the home.

Plato users will be able to copy any music or video stored on Plato to any other device that can be located on the home network that also has a Plato App i.e. tablet or phone.  This will be for Android devices now and for iOS devices later in 2016. This allows greater flexibility for Plato users to enjoy their media and to make it portable with them if they leave the house. Entotem have also made enhancements to the video search and overall video experience after feedback from customers and these new enhancements are now available.

When Entotem launched Plato in 2015 the company committed that the Plato App would develop over time and customers would be able to leverage their investment in Plato by accessing new developments, and these announcements are evidence of that commitment.

The Plato system along with the new Plato app developments can be seen throughout the first half of 2016 at shows and exhibitions in UK and Europe.

Dave Belcher, Entotem’s Development Director says “ The iOS app has been a major project for Entotem that we started in the autumn last year and we expect to complete the full range of what Plato can do to be released for our iOS customers early in 2016 as the major part of the project has now been delivered.”

Plato can now be found at selected Hifi Stores in the UK as well as in Germany, where a distributor has been appointed to sell Plato. Other countries are being investigated and in particular the USA and Canada.

During the High End Show in May Entotem will be providing a variety of demonstrations featuring the full Plato range and visitors will get the chance to meet the technical team that built such an innovative product. Entotem will also be able to update visitors to the show on our further plans around streaming services and the other exciting new product developments we are working on to be launched later in 2016.

 

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Estelon are unveiling of the Y-Series débutante loudspeakers, the Model YB, to be conducted at High End Show in Munich (May 5-8) at the MOC; Atrium 4; Room F216.
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“Hand-crafted in the atelier of Alfred Vassilkov, Model YB seamlessly combines exceptionally rich, natural life-like sound and the exquisite Estelon aesthetic design” says the company who never fail to impress at High End.

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Chord Electronics is showing two new proprietary-tech amplifiers at High End 2016, including the highly anticipated complementary power amp for the Hugo TT DAC (Room C122, Atrium 3) 

The TToby is a new desktop stereo power amplifier designed to complement the Hugo TT DAC (pictured) and take advantage of its digital preamp functionality. The TToby has been created using the same form factor as the Hugo TT and its introduction enables desktop audio lovers to create a Chord system where space is tight.

The new TToby (around £2,995 and available August/late summer) will offer Chord’s proprietary amplifier technology and deliver 130 watts into a four-ohm load. The Hugo TT and TToby combination, allows music lovers to enjoy the benefits of Chord’s DAC technology via headphones and loudspeakers, giving complete flexibility within busy households. TToby offers both balanced and unbalanced inputs to complement the Hugo TT’s outputs, and benefits from Chord’s famous switch-mode power supplies.HugoTT_CES20158CHORD

The new SPM1050MkII is a 200-watt stereo power amp which introduces a raft of internal upgrades, plus a number of aesthetic improvements over its predecessor. The new MkII version, which will be priced at £4,995 and is available now, benefits from reduced output distortion and improvements to capacitance for a bigger, cleaner power delivery, says the companys recent press release.

The new SPM1050MkII uses the latest low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs, enabling the amp to drive a wide range of difficult loudspeaker loads. The MkII version also includes greater isolation on the mains transformer, to reduce interference.

Aesthetic improvements include a new vented aluminium lid, akin to the DSX1000 streamer, plus a new piano-black side panel option over the Integra legs, giving the power amp a fresh, contemporary look. The amp will be performing at High End alongside the flagship DAVE DAC/preamp, using Bowers and Wilkins 803 D3s — it should be quite a performance!

 

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Lector Strumenti Audio will be presenting their new “R-series” at this year’s High-End Munich and you will have the opportunity to enjoy their products in their demo room, in a relaxing environment, “with a bit of Italian taste”. The demo room will be booth R01 demo room P03, Halle 4,  at the High End Exhibition.Lector_Strumenti_Audio_high_end_munich

Lector Strumenti Audio has been pioneering hybrid technology since 1982, designing and introducing in the market the very first tube-based, Audio CD player and DAC back in 1989. Ever since, their product  portfolio has been growing.

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The High-End show in Munich is always a big event for T+A and 2016 is no exception, with this year’s show seeing the launch of the all new E-Series 1000 audio electronics and a totally new range of loudspeakers – Pulsar.Munich_high_end_T+A

The All New 1000 R Series consists of three products – R 1000 E music receiver, PA 1000 E integrated amplifier and MP 1000 E DAC / network client.  Featuring the latest music streaming technology (including integrated streaming apps such as TIDAL, DEEZER and qobuz) and digital audio technology, the all-new E-Series 1000 showcases T+A’s long heritage of combining the latest digital audio technology with trusted analogue audio techniques.

T+A has a long heritage of creating exceptional loudspeakers and this year’s High End see’s the launch of the all new Pulsar 20 range.  Featuring a floorstanding model (ST 20) and stand mount model (R 20), each model is finished in black or white high gloss lacquer.

You’ll find them in Atrium 3 – Room D 102 and D 105

 

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Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer, Amphion Loudspeakers, officially launched its passive studio monitors line at the NAMM show in January 2015. Argon3S keeps many aspects of Amphion’s bookshelf speaker Argon3, while incorporating the passive radiator and crossover technology from the studio monitors. Amphion say that one of the distinguishing features of Argon3S, as well as all the other Argon and Helium models, is “that you can fully enjoy optimal sound quality even when you are not sitting in the sweet spot”. Multiple Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Dave Reitzas (Madonna, Celine Dion, Seal, Michael Buble, Fifty Shades of Grey) says that with the Argon3S: “The whole room is a sweet spot.”

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Visitors at the High End show in Munich will be able to experience Amphion’s loudspeakers and learn more about their specifics from Amphion’s owner and Managing Director, Anssi Hyvönen, in Atrium 3.1, room D109.

Argon3S is priced at €1075 (walnut veneer €1175) per piece, incl. VAT.

 

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Concrete Audio will  present its exceptionally different concept of loudspeakers made of concrete from 5th – 8th May in Munich at High-End.concrete_  audio_high_end_munich

The company will premiere of their new subwoofer S1, showcase the audiophile floorstander N1 and the ultra flat on-wall speaker F1.

Nils Lofgren had the following to say about the the N1 loudspeaker “Concrete Audio is not only referring to the material the speakers are made of but also to the sound, being just that, concrete. I have never in my life heard Chet Baker sound so good! If you are looking for concrete sound, check out Concrete Audio.”, so they should make for an interesting listen.

Concrete Audio will be in Hall 3, Booth N04, MOC Munich.

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At this year’s High End, MELCO will be demonstrating the latest addition to its range – the N1ZH60.  A 6Tb HDD version of the SSD N1ZS10, the N1ZH60 offers significantly more storage space at a very competitive price.

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At this year’s High End, MELCO will be demonstrating the latest addition to its range – the N1ZH60.  A 6Tb HDD version of the SSD N1ZS10, the N1ZH60 offers significantly more storage space at a very competitive price.melco_high_end_munich_2016

With music files accessible via either LAN to a streaming player or USB to an off-board DAC, all MELCO Digital Music Libraries maintain music files in native form.  For those with CD libraries wanting to catalogue their music onto a stand-alone device, MELCO’s new CD Import feature rips an exact copy of the CD to the library, allowing listeners to enjoy their music collections in bit-perfect quality without having to leave the comfort of their armchair.

Melco can be found at Hall 3 – Stand L03/H05

 

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French brand, Neodio, whose 35,000€ Neodio Origine CD player we first encountered back in 2013, will be launching another three products at High End Munich 2016.

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French brand, Neodio, whose 35,000€ Neodio Origine CD player we first encountered back in 2013, will be launching another three products at High End Munich 2016. The products feature Neodio’s new ‘Zero Vibration’ Technology. The trio are the Origine B1 anti vibration support, the 25kg Origine S2 CD player and the equally weighty Origine A2 Integrated Amplifier.

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Stéphane Even and his team will be in Hall 1, Stand A07.

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Gruensch Audiotechnik, who have been building audio components in Southern Germany, since 1998, will be exhibiting at this year’s High End Munich show.

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Gruensch Audiotechnik, who have been building audio components in Southern Germany, since 1998, will be exhibiting at this year’s High End Munich show.

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They will be presenting their new, third generation, Reference Phonostages MCS II SE and MCS II+ SE. They say that they have made a ‘wide range of improvements’ to these new models, including ‘the addition of balanced outputs of the highest quality embodying a zero feedback Pure-FET-Pure-Class-A design.’

They are in Exhibition hall 4, booth P02.

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Soundsmith will be showing some new products during the Munich HIGH END show next week, including a special “asymmetrical loading topology” tonearm called ALTO that was designed by Frank Schröder and is being built in the USA by Soundsmith.munich_high_end_2016_Soundsmith

Also being introduced will be Soundsmith’s Mk. III version of the Zephyr high-output cartridge, and the “Star” version of their low output Zephyr “MIMC” cartridge, now sporting a laser-drilled sapphire cantilever and nude Contact Line diamond.

Both Peter Ledermann and Chris Sommovigo will be there at the Acoustic Signature booth in Hall 4 on the ground floor, just to the right of the entrance in booth T02.

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Atoll, the French electronics manufacturer will be at this year’s High-End Munich show along with their German distributor AUDIUM  at Atrium 4,  1st Floor, Booth F107.

There will be a presentation of the IN400se (pictured) with  their CD400se, demos with the company’s All-in-One SDA200  and also demos with the Mini Line HD120/MA100/MS100 and new MD100. high-end-atoll

Atoll will also be showing the 400 series (PR400 & AM400) and SDA200 with the ATOHM loudspeakers GT Series (GT1 – GT2 and GT3) at Atrium 4, 2nd Floor – Booth F229.

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Computer Audio Design will be at the Munich High End Show again this year with Boenicke Audio in Atrium 4, Room F215. They are sure to have their update CAD 1543 DAC on demonstration and the little Boenicke Audio speakers really are a bit of a revelation in what is acheivable from such a diminutive package. High-end_munich_CAD_NEws

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Westminster Lab, who Hifi Pig visited at last year’s Newcomers stand at High End Munich, will be there again this year displaying their UNUM amplifier and their cable collection to visitors to the show.

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Westminster Lab, who Hifi Pig visited at last year’s Newcomers stand at High End Munich, will be there again this year displaying their UNUM amplifier and their cable collection to visitors to the show.Westminster_lab_high_end_munich_2016

“The UNUM is the first handcrafted solid state mono amps without any sort of PCB, components are directly connected and soldered with each other without intermediate disturbance. The chassis is made from an unprecedented combination of aluminium, solid brass, solid copper, carbon fibre, PEEK, titanium & 24k gold.” Says the company’s recent press release.

You can visit Westminster Lab at Hall 2, G06 at this years High end show in Munich.

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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.

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Zesto Audio will be exhibiting at the Hi Fi Deluxe Show in the Munich Marriott Hotel. The show runs alongside the High End Munich show, with free transport between the MOC and the Marriott. Zesto will be showing their valve electronics with Joseph Speakers, Cardas Cables, Brinkmann Turntables and Audiophilar Racks in Exhibit room 218, 12:00h to 20:00h Thursday, Friday & Saturday May 5th, 6th & 7th, 2016. Admission to the Deluxe show is free.

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Continuum Audio Labs say they are pleased to announce the introduction of their new analogue playback system, the Obsidian turntable and Viper tonearm at High End Munich 2016.” Designed by a team of engineers and designers whose expertise spans the disciplines of physics, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, vibration control, and industrial design, the system represents a major accomplishment in terms of sonic performance, mechanical sophistication, and aesthetic design” says the company’s latest press release.

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Continuum Audio Labs say they are pleased to announce the introduction of their new analogue playback system, the Obsidian turntable and Viper tonearm at High End Munich 2016.” Designed by a team of engineers and designers whose expertise spans the disciplines of physics, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, vibration control, and industrial design, the system represents a major accomplishment in terms of sonic performance, mechanical sophistication, and aesthetic design” says the company’s latest press release.continuum_high_end_munich

Continuum CEO, Dr. Murali Murugasu, observes the significance of the Obsidian and Viper when he commented, “Having already established landmark designs such as the Caliburn and Cobra, creating a new design that would advance analog playback was a formidable challenge. Not only do the Obsidian and Viper do so on their merits, but doing so at its price is truly an accomplishment.”

The Obsidian utilizes tungsten in key points including the arm post, contact points for the arm suspension, and bearing ball and shaft. The bearing itself utilizes a magnetically opposed (but non-floating) design. The net effect of these constructs is that all platter resonances are below 10 Hz.

Beneath the platter and suspension lies the motor. Dubbed “The Quiet One”. For obvious reasons, this motor was specifically designed for Continuum Audio Labs. Speed stability comes from a 35mm, 60-volt zero-cogging DC motor that was designed and manufactured specifically for optimum performance with Obsidian’s platter mass and physical harmonic characteristics. The motor is controlled by a servo amplifier running at 53.6 kHz and has the highest power currently available in a motor of its size. Noise is addressed through the use of graphite brushes which provide the current conducting capacity required to drive a heavy platter and a specially designed damping system that attenuates brush noise.

Drawing on the familiar contoured shape popularized by the Cobra tonearm, the company utilized the latest finite-element analysis (FEA) software to create a tonearm with the “optimum stiffness to mass ratio in order to minimize unwanted resonances. In the Viper is a sapphire “V”- jewel paired with a hardened stainless steel pivot. The swash plate rides on damped miniature bearings manufactured to ABEC 9 standards, the tightest tolerance (0.0012 mm). A 30mm adjustable tungsten central tower provides a massive, stable support for the tonearm.

Finally, the Obsidian is set-up to allow the owner to add a second tonearm of virtually any length or design.

The Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian and Viper will be on display in the Constellation Audio Room (MOC, Atrium 4, 1st Floor, Room F-118) from May 5 – 8, 2016.

The US retail price of the Obsidian is $35,000 and $10,000 for the Viper. Deliveries to worldwide markets are scheduled to begin in Q3 of 2016.

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New York City-based, Master & Dynamic, will be showing their growing line of headphones and earphones at High End Munich 2016.

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New York City-based, Master & Dynamic, will be showing their growing line of headphones and earphones at High End Munich 2016. You can find them in the MOC Munich in Halle 3, stand J08 from May 5th to 8th 2016. Among the models they will be exhibiting will be their MW60 Wireless Over Ear Headphones.MW60_brown_Masteranddynamic_news

 

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Zesto Audio will be exhibiting at the Hi Fi Deluxe Show in the Munich Marriott Hotel. The show runs alongside the High End Munich show, with free transport between the MOC and the Marriott. Zesto will be showing their valve electronics with Joseph Speakers, Cardas Cables, Brinkmann Turntables and Audiophilar Racks in Exhibit room 218, 12:00h to 20:00h Thursday, Friday & Saturday May 5th, 6th & 7th, 2016. Admission to the Deluxe show is free.

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On the subject of valve amplification, George Counnas, President of Zesto Audio says “Vacuum tubes faithfully bring warmth and harmonic tonality like nothing else can. As a young man in England, I designed vacuum tube circuits. I worked for DECCA Navigator — at the time Britain’s largest electronics company — as part of a research and development team designing airborne navigational systems for the Royal Air Force. So I have many years of experience designing, creating and bringing to market high-end electronic equipment. The difference here is that no one’s life is at stake”.

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Italian manufacturer, Lector Strumenti Audio has been pioneering hybrid technology since 1982, designing and introducing to market the first tube-based, Audio CD player and DAC back in 1989.

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Avid Hifi will once again be exhibiting at High End Munich in Atrium 4, Room E121.

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Avid Hifi will once again be exhibiting at High End Munich in Atrium 4, Room E121.Avid Reference Range

They will be showing their new Reference One, Two and Three Loudspeakers, their new Reference Stereo Power Amplifier and the new Acutus Reference Mono SP Turntable. Conrad Mas, MD of Avid Hifi says that these are “just three of hundreds of reasons to visit Avid Hifi”. Hifi Pig will certainly be checking them out for you!

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In Halle 3 K10,  SVS, based in Ohio (USA) and designer of subwoofers, speakers and audio accessories, makes its debut appearance at Munich High End 2016 with home theatre and audiophile demonstrations and full product line displays. SVS is seeking distribution in several international markets as it continues its expansion into a global audio brand, says the company’s latest press release.SVS_speakers_munich_high_end

SVS are known for their subwoofer brands, but recently the company has emerged as a speaker designer with the release of its Prime and Ultra Series lines. At Munich High End, SVS will showcase its subwoofers, speakers and SoundPath audio accessories in two-channel and 5.1 systems as well as in a Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 set-up featuring the new SVS Prime Elevation Speaker.

“We’re looking forward to making the SVS presence felt at Munich High End by appealing to people’s passions for immersive audio experiences,” said Gary Yacoubian, president, SVS. “Our addictive energy, engineering excellence and inclusive pricing are drawing new people into high performance audio and we know many distributors are looking for this kind of vitality when seeking new partners.”

The company offers a range of ported, sealed and cylinder subwoofers, as well as tower, bookshelf, center channel, surround and satellite speakers, and a full line of audio accessories.

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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.11-kronzilla-sx

Also on show at High end 2016 there will be their P-130 pre-amplifier with KR 05 tube application and the VA300i with KR 300B tube application.

As well as more traditional amplifiers, KR Audio will also have a headphone system showing a VA355i with Abyss with KR 100 tube application. The KR T-00 is, say KR Audio a superior 845 and the amplifier is also known as the ‘baby Kronzilla’.

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Hifi Pig posted earlier today about Viva at High End Munich who could be sharing a room with Wilson Benesch and Way cables, now Wilson Benesch have announced what they will be taking to the show.Wilson-Benesch-Discovery-II-carbon-fibre-composite-standmount-loudspeaker

Previously at Munich High end the British company have launched its flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal, its ‘Super-Monitor’ Endeavour loudspeaker and this year the company say they have a very special addition to their reference marque, Geometry Series.

Following the launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution in 2015, Wilson Benesch will this year premier the Discovery II Loudspeaker at the Munich show.
This year Wilson Benesch will be partnering with their German importer IBEX Audio. Courtesy of IBEX Audio, Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be partnered with amplification from Viva Audio and cables from Way Cables from Serbia.

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

 

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Hifi Pig posted earlier today about Viva at High End Munich who could be sharing a room with Wilson Benesch and Way cables, now Wilson Benesch have announced what they will be taking to the show.Wilson-Benesch-Discovery-II-carbon-fibre-composite-standmount-loudspeaker

Previously at Munich High end the British company have launched its flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal, its ‘Super-Monitor’ Endeavour loudspeaker and this year the company say they have a very special addition to their reference marque, Geometry Series.

Following the launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution in 2015, Wilson Benesch will this year premier the Discovery II Loudspeaker at the Munich show.
This year Wilson Benesch will be partnering with their German importer IBEX Audio. Courtesy of IBEX Audio, Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be partnered with amplification from Viva Audio and cables from Way Cables from Serbia.

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

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It’s been ten years since Avid Hifi launched the Acutus Reference was launched and now they have announced the Acutus Reference Mono SP turntable.Acutus_Reference_mono_PSU

Conrad mas of Avid said “We have re-designed the amplifier stage way beyond most audio amplifiers and enabled twin mono operation to power each motor coil. Not limiting performance to save cost the new power supply is truly mono, employing the contents of two full Reference power supplies.”

There are two 1000VA mains transformers, twin regulated power stages, two massive capacitor banks and double soft start boards housed into casework matching the company’s Reference Pre and Mono amplifiers.

The Acutus Reference Mono SP will debut at the forthcoming Munich High-End Show 2016.

The Acutus is offered in three levels of performance and existing owners will be available as an upgrade.

Prices are expected to be:

ACUTUS REFERENCE MONO SP TURNTABLE           £ 25,000.00

REFERENCE MONO SP UPGRADE FROM ACUTUS SP      £ 15,000.00

REFERENCE MONO SP UPGRADE FROM REFERENCE SP    £ 12,000.00

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Once again, the HIGH END show at Munich will feature, not only great hifi and audio equipment,but also a wide variety of interesting talks, presentations, demonstrations and workshops with high-profile speakers all about consumer electronics.munich_high_end_hifi_show_2016_audience_lecture

Here is a small selection of the exciting topics to come:

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 HQ-RADIO IN EUROPE
Initiatives and trends for radio as quality audio medium

Mr. Werner Bleisteiner, editorial manager for digitalisation projects at BR-KLASSIK

Thursday, 05 May 2016, 3.00 pm
Friday, 06 May 2016, 4.30 pm

Radio has come a long way to arrive in the future: Digital distribution channels – on air and online – program associated data services and interactive features have blown the old box. Yet, audio quality is still the key issue to define the special quality of experience of the medium.

Major European broadcasters, especially from Germany, France and Great Britain, collaborate closely under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union EBU to set future milestones and standards in media technology development.

Werner Bleisteiner (BR) takes a look at the European broadcasting landscape for surround sound, binaural and high quality streaming services with HTML5, as well providing first hand insights into the present stage in the development of the upcoming technology “object-based broadcasting”.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08
THE FASCINATION OF TUBES
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Friday, 06 May 2016, 3.00 pmUlrich_Apelmunich_high_end

Starting with an explanation of the basic function of a tube, different types and details on the tasks they perform in preamplifiers and final amplifiers will be explored. An important aspect is the comparability of the tubes made by different manufacturers, different type designations and an outlook of their lifespan. To finish, a few tips for integrating a tube amplifier into an existing system.

THE TAPE MACHINE IN THE HIGH-END CHAIN
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Saturday, 07 May 2016, 3.00 pm

What does it need to be able to do, and what should its settings be, to ensure it sounds right when playing master tapes?

By explaining how magnetism works, the way sound goes through magnetic heads and onto the tape is explored. Mechanical and electrical settings ensure perfect transmission. Finally, there are valuable tips for connection and level ratios.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 SENNHEISER HE1, SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM
Axel Grell, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 10.30 amAxel_Grell_munich_high_end

In his presentation, Axel Grell, Portfolio Manager at Sennheiser, explains an innovative am- plifier concept and sound converter system designed to unite the HE1 headphones, which cost €50,000, with exclusive materials.

SENNHEISER’S AMBEO 3D AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 10.30 amGregor_Zielinsky_high_end_munich

The trailblazing 3D Immersive Audio technology makes recording and reproducing audio at the very highest level possible, thereby creating a hitherto unheard sound experience for the user. Within the framework of a presentation at the HIGH END 2016, graduate sound technicians Gregor Zielinsky provides some insight into the development of Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio products, and speaks about the special features and application areas of the 3D audio technology.

CONFERENCE ROOM K1B (OPPOSITE HALL 1)

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

HIGH END 2016 – THE FASCINATION OF MULTICHANNEL
Following the extremely positive feedback received last year, a top-class multichannel audio demonstration will be held again this year, in conference room K1B, opposite Hall 1.

Loudspeaker icon Joachim Kiesler from Musikelectronic Geithain and cable specialist Hans M. Strassner from HMS have joined forces with the studio professionals from Merging Technologies from Switzerland and a German HiFi Internet platform to form an ambitious cooperative venture. Once again, demonstrations and workshops will treat the attende- es to acoustic performances of what is currently viable in terms of multichannel music playback.

The internationally renowned master sound technicians Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International), Jared Sacks (Channel Classics), Morten Lindberg (2L), Daan van Aalst (Navis Classics) and Stephan Cahen (Myrios Classics) will share reports from everyday life in the recording studio, and share their passion for multichannel music with their listeners. Accompanying presentations will round off the program.

Music in all formats will be played for visitors to listen to in closed, thirty-minute demons- trations. Stereo recordings, historical audio documents as three and four channel recor- dings, and the original master files from the most recent recording sessions by the sound technicians participating will encourage acoustic comparisons.

All those involved will be doing their very best to be able to demonstrate the music on an extraordinary system. Musikelectronic Geithain will be lending an exclusively loudspeaker set-up for this demonstration, using their reference products ME 800 K and ME 801K. This will be accompanied by the NADAC (Network Attached Digital to Analogue Converter) made by Merging Technologies as a source, and which the Swiss studio experts intend to use to redefine the quality standard in digital playback in the home entertainment sector as well. The first euphoric reactions from all over the world justify the high expectations. Hans M. Strassner from HMS will be continuing the state-of-the-art Suprema series he began with network cables, and will be contributing his brand-new, highest quality con- nection cables of the same name for use with this exceptional system. And last but not least, Reinhard Weidinger from Hörzone will be working with his sales partner, artnovion from Portugal, to provide the appropriate acoustics in the room, without which top-quality sound is not even possible.

WORKSHOP DATES WITH MATTHIAS BÖDE FROM THE STEREO EDITORIAL TEAM
Duration approx. 30 minutes
Advance reservations are not needed.Matthias_Boede_high_end_munich

Saturday, 07 May 2016
11.00 am
Topic: What role does the pick-up play for the sound of vinyl? Three pick-up heads – from MM to MC – in comparison.
Exhibitor: Transrotor/AVM – Atrium 4, Room F104

12.00 am
Topic: How much potential does bi-amping offer? Loudspeakers played using two or four monoblocs.
Exhibitor: AVM/Gauder Akustik, Atrium 4, room E105

2.00 pm
Topic: Does the phono cable define the record player’s performance? Conductors from the low-price segment in a cross check.
Exhibitor: Pro-Ject/Cabasse, Atrium 3, Room C118

3.00 pm
Topic: Is high-bit HiFi more than just a buzz word? Format checks from MP3 right up to 24 bit/192 kilohertz. Exhibitor: Burmester, Atrium 3, room D106

4.00 pm
Topic: Unique: Listen to record players from all price segments “virtually”. The new “STEREO Phono Festival” through a super system.
Exhibitor: MBL, Atrium 4, room D106

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

 

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Once again, the HIGH END show at Munich will feature, not only great hifi and audio equipment,but also a wide variety of interesting talks, presentations, demonstrations and workshops with high-profile speakers all about consumer electronics.munich_high_end_hifi_show_2016_audience_lecture

Here is a small selection of the exciting topics to come:

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 HQ-RADIO IN EUROPE
Initiatives and trends for radio as quality audio medium

Mr. Werner Bleisteiner, editorial manager for digitalisation projects at BR-KLASSIK

Thursday, 05 May 2016, 3.00 pm
Friday, 06 May 2016, 4.30 pm

Radio has come a long way to arrive in the future: Digital distribution channels – on air and online – program associated data services and interactive features have blown the old box. Yet, audio quality is still the key issue to define the special quality of experience of the medium.

Major European broadcasters, especially from Germany, France and Great Britain, collaborate closely under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union EBU to set future milestones and standards in media technology development.

Werner Bleisteiner (BR) takes a look at the European broadcasting landscape for surround sound, binaural and high quality streaming services with HTML5, as well providing first hand insights into the present stage in the development of the upcoming technology “object-based broadcasting”.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08
THE FASCINATION OF TUBES
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Friday, 06 May 2016, 3.00 pmUlrich_Apelmunich_high_end

Starting with an explanation of the basic function of a tube, different types and details on the tasks they perform in preamplifiers and final amplifiers will be explored. An important aspect is the comparability of the tubes made by different manufacturers, different type designations and an outlook of their lifespan. To finish, a few tips for integrating a tube amplifier into an existing system.

THE TAPE MACHINE IN THE HIGH-END CHAIN
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Saturday, 07 May 2016, 3.00 pm

What does it need to be able to do, and what should its settings be, to ensure it sounds right when playing master tapes?

By explaining how magnetism works, the way sound goes through magnetic heads and onto the tape is explored. Mechanical and electrical settings ensure perfect transmission. Finally, there are valuable tips for connection and level ratios.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 SENNHEISER HE1, SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM
Axel Grell, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 10.30 amAxel_Grell_munich_high_end

In his presentation, Axel Grell, Portfolio Manager at Sennheiser, explains an innovative am- plifier concept and sound converter system designed to unite the HE1 headphones, which cost €50,000, with exclusive materials.

SENNHEISER’S AMBEO 3D AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 10.30 amGregor_Zielinsky_high_end_munich

The trailblazing 3D Immersive Audio technology makes recording and reproducing audio at the very highest level possible, thereby creating a hitherto unheard sound experience for the user. Within the framework of a presentation at the HIGH END 2016, graduate sound technicians Gregor Zielinsky provides some insight into the development of Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio products, and speaks about the special features and application areas of the 3D audio technology.

CONFERENCE ROOM K1B (OPPOSITE HALL 1)

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

HIGH END 2016 – THE FASCINATION OF MULTICHANNEL
Following the extremely positive feedback received last year, a top-class multichannel audio demonstration will be held again this year, in conference room K1B, opposite Hall 1.

Loudspeaker icon Joachim Kiesler from Musikelectronic Geithain and cable specialist Hans M. Strassner from HMS have joined forces with the studio professionals from Merging Technologies from Switzerland and a German HiFi Internet platform to form an ambitious cooperative venture. Once again, demonstrations and workshops will treat the attende- es to acoustic performances of what is currently viable in terms of multichannel music playback.

The internationally renowned master sound technicians Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International), Jared Sacks (Channel Classics), Morten Lindberg (2L), Daan van Aalst (Navis Classics) and Stephan Cahen (Myrios Classics) will share reports from everyday life in the recording studio, and share their passion for multichannel music with their listeners. Accompanying presentations will round off the program.

Music in all formats will be played for visitors to listen to in closed, thirty-minute demons- trations. Stereo recordings, historical audio documents as three and four channel recor- dings, and the original master files from the most recent recording sessions by the sound technicians participating will encourage acoustic comparisons.

All those involved will be doing their very best to be able to demonstrate the music on an extraordinary system. Musikelectronic Geithain will be lending an exclusively loudspeaker set-up for this demonstration, using their reference products ME 800 K and ME 801K. This will be accompanied by the NADAC (Network Attached Digital to Analogue Converter) made by Merging Technologies as a source, and which the Swiss studio experts intend to use to redefine the quality standard in digital playback in the home entertainment sector as well. The first euphoric reactions from all over the world justify the high expectations. Hans M. Strassner from HMS will be continuing the state-of-the-art Suprema series he began with network cables, and will be contributing his brand-new, highest quality con- nection cables of the same name for use with this exceptional system. And last but not least, Reinhard Weidinger from Hörzone will be working with his sales partner, artnovion from Portugal, to provide the appropriate acoustics in the room, without which top-quality sound is not even possible.

WORKSHOP DATES WITH MATTHIAS BÖDE FROM THE STEREO EDITORIAL TEAM
Duration approx. 30 minutes
Advance reservations are not needed.Matthias_Boede_high_end_munich

Saturday, 07 May 2016
11.00 am
Topic: What role does the pick-up play for the sound of vinyl? Three pick-up heads – from MM to MC – in comparison.
Exhibitor: Transrotor/AVM – Atrium 4, Room F104

12.00 am
Topic: How much potential does bi-amping offer? Loudspeakers played using two or four monoblocs.
Exhibitor: AVM/Gauder Akustik, Atrium 4, room E105

2.00 pm
Topic: Does the phono cable define the record player’s performance? Conductors from the low-price segment in a cross check.
Exhibitor: Pro-Ject/Cabasse, Atrium 3, Room C118

3.00 pm
Topic: Is high-bit HiFi more than just a buzz word? Format checks from MP3 right up to 24 bit/192 kilohertz. Exhibitor: Burmester, Atrium 3, room D106

4.00 pm
Topic: Unique: Listen to record players from all price segments “virtually”. The new “STEREO Phono Festival” through a super system.
Exhibitor: MBL, Atrium 4, room D106

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

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The HIGH END 2016 is fully booked. More than 500 exhibitors and every renowned industry manufacturer will descend upon Munich from May 5th to 8th. Over the years, the HIGH END has established itself as a global meeting point for audio enthusiasts, becoming an industry institution in the process, and of course Hifi Pig will be there to keep you up to date with the latest news. high_end_munich_2016_crowds

Munich High-End audio show now stands as the most important showcase event for audio anywhere in the world. Branko Glisovic, CEO of the HIGH END trade fair, is thrilled by the tremendous response from leading companies, but is at the same time aware of the demands that this interest brings with it: “Of course you try to get as many  companies as possible involved. But when you reach the limits of a 28,361 square metre exhibition space, it is then a question of capacity.”

Numbers of foreign exhibitors continue to grow

The biggest growth driver here is, of course, foreign companies. Based both in Europe and further afield, these firms recognise that the HIGH END has become the industry’s foremost trade fair. With 316 exhibitors expected from abroad, this year’s foreign involvement will likely represent a 2% increase on last year’s, with an overall share of 63% of attendees. At the same time, German-based companies are still the most strongly represented at the HIGH END. Great Britain is in second place with 40 companies, followed by the USA, Italy, France, China, Japan and Switzerland. munich_high_end_hifi_show_crowds

“This means that the HIGH END offers not only a broad spectrum, but also an international selection, thereby serving as a shop window for the innovative drive of the whole industry. This is the basis for the ever growing international significance of the HIGH END and the recognition it receives on the basis of its quality. We are delighted with the faith that exhibitors put in our event through their participation”, stresses Kurt Hecker, Chief Executive of HIGH END SOCIETY.

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After 40 years of creating audio equipment, the last thing that artist-designer Kostas Metaxas wanted to produce was “another box with transistors on a heatsink”. He was apparently inspired by ‘the most spectacular architecture, design and sculpture’ he had experienced and ‘wanted to bring that emotional intensity, daring and seductive beauty to an audio amplifier.’Metaxas_solitaire_1

The Solitaire 2016 is the result. Machined from a solid block of either aircraft aluminium, copper or titanium, it’s totally bespoke and Metawas claims that ‘the modular electronics make it future-proof’. Even the circuit boards are CNC machined from 1mm solid silver coated clear polystyrene.  100% designed and engineered by Kostas Metaxas, each amplifier is assembled by his sons, either Andreas or Alessandros Metaxas.Metaxas_solitaire_2

The Solitaire 2016 along with the Ikarus Integrated Amplifier and Opus preamplifier will be “world premiered” at the Munich High End Hifi Show in May 2016. A Studer A80 will be playing 10″ Analogue Master Tapes from a selection of the over 300 Classical and Jazz concerts recorded by Metaxas on his modified Stellavox Tape equipment. Hifi Pig will be there to report back on how they sound.

 

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