For the uninitiated, The Manx call themselves a band but are really more like a tightly knit artist collective (think Gwar), orbiting the Los Angeles comedy and animation scene with members stationed at Cartoon Network, and one who’s even created characters on Rick and Morty. It’s through these affiliations that Justin Roiland comes to star in their new music video, “Hateful Goo”.

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Oxnard-based artist Los Retros, born Mauri Tapia, announces his debut EP ‘Retrospect’ and shares a new single, ‘Friends’.

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McIntosh has announced the C49 Preamplifier.

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iFi’s new wireless music system, the Aurora, brings together a collection of proprietary technologies to deliver, say iFi “a sonic experience unlike any other tabletop, all-in-one system”.

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Denon has announced two new X-Series AV receivers. The Denon AVR-X2600H (95W per channel) and AVR-X1600H (80W per channel) deliver 7.2 surround sound.

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Stuart Smith’s fifth report from Munich High End 2019 including Pen Audio, Chord Electronics Poly, Levin Design, Atlas Cables, Lab12, Musikelectronic Geithain, Sugden, Acoustic Signature, Lawrence Audio and Kronos, Best 300B, Lampizator, Audionec, Jadis and Nodal, Stenheim And Playback Devices, Audion, Graham Slee and Sonic Voice and New Horizon.

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The High End Society does a really cool thing at the show and give a free exhibition stand to a select few, carefully chosen, new Hifi brands. This year there were six Newcomers, all of whom were very excited about being at the show. We always make a beeline for the Newcomers stand and do a feature on them each year, we have seen several brands that started here go on to grow and exhibit in their own right at later shows, brands like PureAudioProject, Wesminster Labs and B.audio, to name just a few.

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Cary Audio have launched a new version of their SLI-80 integrated amplifier. The new SLI-80HS (Heritage Series) maintains the integrity of its predecessor. Its circuit uses very little feedback which gives it, say Cary, “incredible transparency and detail in the music while providing bass texture and impact that belies its rated power output”.

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Saturday afternoon was time to pop over to the Marriott for the Hifi Deluxe Show. This runs in the afternoons/evenings on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the same time as the High End Show. With the difficulty in getting rooms at the MOC it is inevitable that a sideshow happens and you do find some interesting brands over here. There is also a shuttle bus between the two shows making it easy to get over there. Here we cover La Rosita, Knif Rauman, Viva Audio, Jeff Rowland, Fyne Audio, Cary Audio, Audio Exklusiv, Lumiks and Audio Signal Projects, Rohm,  Rike Audio, Martion and Tonmechanik Berlin, Holton Audio, Camerton Audio, Q-Tron Audio and Horn-Kultur, SottoVoce, SeaWave Acoustics, Fein Audio, AGD Productions and Extreme Audio, 432 Evo, Malvalve and MrSpeakers, Grandinote, SoundKaos and Bakoon, Aretai, Klimo and Brodmann, Totaldac and AudionoteUK. More »

Munich High End Show 2019 Show Report from Hifi Pig’s Janine Elliot.

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The final figures for High End Munich 2019 are in and they are impressive. Also we’ll announce the dates for the Munich High End 2020.FromTheHighEnd Society. More »

Silverbacks return with their new single ‘Pink Tide’. Continuing their fruitful studio partnership with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, with ‘Pink Tide’ they lay waste to easy pigeonholing and strike out on their own, furrowing a path laced with deadpan humour and some sick twin lead guitar lines.

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Welcome to the fourth report of Hifi Pig’s coverage of this years Munich High End show. High End Munich is huge but we do try to bring our readers as much of the show as we possibly can so please do enjoy this instalment of Hifi Pig’s coverage, safe in the knowledge there is more to come. This report contains details from: Grimm Audio, MSB Technology, Ascendo, Luxman and Isotek, VAC, Von Schwekert Audio, Masterbuilt Audio, Airtight, Esoteric, Artesania Audio and Acoustic Signature, Boenicke, IsoAcoustic, dCS, Dan D’Agostino and Wilson Audio, EgglestonWorks, Doshi, Way Cables and Pre Audio Turntables, Manger, Scheu, ZenSati and SPL, Zellaton and YS Sound, Engstrom, CAD, Bibacord, Verity and Franc Audio Accessories, Digitale Audio Systeme, Weiner Lautsprecher Manufaktur and Way Cables, Vivid Audio, CH Precision, Tech DAS, AGS and Artesania Audio, Totem Acoustics, Portento Audio, NAIM and Focal, Audio Solutions, Audio Hungary, EERA and PPFFF, SPEC and Leben and finally Line Magnetic and Supravox. 

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More from my travels around the rooms on the outer part of Atrium 4, here I find Classé, Audiodata, Wilson Audio, Paradigm and Anthem, Magico, Cessaro, Constellation, Linn and Verity Audio.

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London trio, by way of Bologna, Italy, Husky Loops, release their brand new single “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me” through Fighting Ourselves / 30th Century Records. A reflective take on modern-day disconnect, it’s Rock’n’Roll but not as you know it, pairing icy vocals with trip-hop inflicted rhythms. Yesterday, we teamed up with Paste to premiere the accompanying music video.

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Saddle Creek’s newest signing Ada Lea has announced her debut album ‘what we say in private’ will be released on July 19th, 2019. The Montreal-based artist has also shared the video for lead single ‘the party,’ which Gorilla vs. Bear debuted, describing the song as “a stark and intimate introduction to Ada Lea’s vivid, often mercurial sound.”

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We Are Strangers have released “Thirty Days,” the first track to be released from their upcoming self-titled EP, due in June. “Thirty Days” will also be featured in tonight’s episode of the CW’s iZombie, but XS Noize is where you can get an exclusive listen of the full track before its big TV debut.

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After finishing the coverage of the top floor, I made my way down to the rooms that run around the outside of Atrium 4. Once again there was a host of brands and some interesting sights and sounds. Covered in this report are Kondo and Kawero, Vienna Acoustics, Gauder Akustik, Soulution, Brinkmann, HRS and Vandersteen, WOD Audio, Ypsilon, Lansche and EMM Labs, Nordost, Gobel High End and FinkTeam.

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