He may be old, but like his tee-shirt says, “He got to see all the cool bands”, in this report the legend that is Paul Messenger gives Hifi Pig readers his highlights and thoughts on High End Munich 2019. More »

No matter how hard you try, how many (many, many) kilometres you walk and how long you spend at the show, there does come a time where you have to accept you won’t see every single thing. But at Hifi Pig, we aim to bring our readers the most comprehensive coverage of High End Munich so on Sunday we were still enjoying snoofling around the rooms and halls for you! Here’s my final sweep around the High End 2019, covering Moon, BMC and Amphion, Innuos, GIK Acoustics, Cabasse, Tellurium Q and Devore Fidelity, Bespoke Audio, Cardas, Borg, Diptyque and O2A, B.audio, Lehmann Audio, Cube Audio, Audiodinmica, Taylor Acoustic, Audium, Hifi Racks and Attacama.

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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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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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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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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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Report three from the recent High End Show in Munich by Stuart Smith, Hifi Pig’s editor and Chief Shenanigans Officer and featuring: CH Precision, Wilson Benesch, Etsuro Urushi, Master Built and GIK, Voxativ, Chord Electronics, Tune Audio, Trafomatic, Audiobyte, Rockna and Skogrand, iFi and finally PMC. Read on because one of these provided the highlight of the show for me…and I don’t say that lightly!

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Saturday saw me flying solo at the High End Munich 2019 Hifi Show. As an intrepid Hifi Journalist, I grabbed my camera and made my way up to the top floor of the show, 4.2, to pick up from where we had left off the previous day. This top floor is always one of the best areas of the show, the brands often keep the same room year on year, so it’s easy to orientate yourself and see everything. The same brands, however, doesn’t mean the same gear every year…I was treated to some stunning rooms and some fab surprises.  There is also a strong French contingent up there so it was nice to have a break from my limited German language skills and ‘parlé Francaise’ a little. More »

Continuing Hifi Pig’s coverage of the recent Munich High End Show Stuart Smith brings you more information and thoughts from the event, this time including horn loudspeakers from Odeon Audio, new products from Auralic which were showcased using Spendor loudspeakers, more horn loudspeakers of gargantuan proportions from Stein, from the UK Harbeth and finally a listen to the latest Elysian loudspeakers from Wharfedale. 

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Welcome to the first of my reports from this year’s High End Munich show which took place from 9th to 12th of May at the brilliant MOC venue in Munich and featuring: TAD (Technical Audio Devices) Laboratories, Kii Audio, Technics, Octave, ATC, GATO and Emotiva, Audio Reference, Dan D’agostino, Absolute Sounds, Canton, DALI, AVM, Primare and inakustik, Accuton and Bugatti, JoSound and Axjets, Crystal Cables and Siltech, Vitus Audio, THRAX, Raidho/Scansonic, Joseph Audio and Alluxity and Weiss & PSI Audio.

Munich High End is always a packed event and this year was no exception with a great mix of industry people and music lovers alike. Whether you are a fan of streaming audio, vinyl, tubes/valves, solid state, full range speakers, horn loudspeakers…or even sports cars, there is going to be lots for you to see and hear at High End and we hope our coverage of the show gives you a feeling of being there to some extent.

As well as being very well attended, the show is also absolutely huge and you can kind of tell the people who are making their first visit to High End as they begin the day looking not a little dazed and confused – or perhaps that was the previous night’s beer intake.

We try to cover as much of the show as is physically possible but to get into every room, make notes and take pictures is impossible and this year we have been somewhat selective – but don’t worry as we will have reports from myself, Linette, Ian Ringstead and Janine Elliot, as well as a report from the HifiDeluxe show that takes place at the same time in Munich.

So, without further ado, here is my first report featuring: TAD (Technical Audio Devices) Laboratories, Kii Audio, Technics, Octave, ATC, GATO and Emotiva, Audio Reference, Dan D’agostino, Absolute Sounds, Canton, DALI, AVM, Primare and inakustik, Accuton and Bugatti, JoSound and Axjets, Crystal Cables and Siltech, Vitus Audio, THRAX, Raidho/Scansonic, Joseph Audio and Alluxity and Weiss & PSI Audio.

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Where are all the women in Hifi and Audio we hear you say…we are in Munich, well quite a few of us anyway!

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PMC was on our ‘must visit’ list, not only were they teasing us with new product releases, they were playing the Capitol Studios Dolby Atmos remix of the iconic Miles Davis albums, ‘Kind of Blue’ and ‘Sketches of Spain’.

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Huei distils 30 years of amplifier design and engineering into an all-new phono preamp. Advanced microprocessor-controlled phono preamp brings Chord Electronics’ three-decade-strong amplification expertise to turntables everywhere for £990.

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Accuton  are inviting you to their stand in Atrium 3 at the High End Fair in Munich, where you can personally experience their unique automotive sound system, custom-developed for the Bugatti Chiron.

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Everyone is just about to set off, is on their way or some folks are already in Munich preparing for this truly amazing Hifi Show! We have even more news for you…have a look and catch up now.

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Grimm Audio’s new MU1 Music player will be in the spotlight. After a few appearances of the prototype, the final shipping model is now ready. For the first time, the high performance upsampling and downsampling algorithms that run in the proprietary FPGA sound card of the MU1 can be auditioned.

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