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Welcome to the fourth report of Hifi Pig’s protection of this years Munich Excessive Finish present. Excessive Finish Munich is large however we do attempt to convey our readers as a lot of the present as we probably can so please do take pleasure in this instalment of Hifi Pig’s protection, protected within the information there’s extra to return. This report incorporates particulars from: Grimm Audio, MSB Know-how, Ascendo, Luxman and Isotek, VAC, Von Schwekert Audio, Masterbuilt Audio, Hermetic, Esoteric, Artesania Audio and Acoustic Signature, Boenicke, IsoAcoustic, dCS, Dan D’Agostino and Wilson Audio, EgglestonWorks, Doshi, Means Cables and Pre Audio Turntables, Manger, Scheu, ZenSati and SPL, Zellaton and YS Sound, Engstrom, CAD, Bibacord, Verity and Franc Audio Equipment, Digitale Audio Systeme, Weiner Lautsprecher Manufaktur and Method Cables, Vivid Audio, CH Precision, Tech DAS, AGS and Artesania Audio, Totem Acoustics, Portento Audio, NAIM and Focal, Audio Options, Audio Hungary, EERA and PPFFF, SPEC and Leben and eventually Line Magnetic and Supravox. 

Grim are an fascinating model they usually have fascinating audio system that I first occurred throughout at one of many Paris exhibits a very good few years again. They’re German based mostly and supply merchandise to the professional world of audio in addition to the house Hifi market. Their product vary consists of cables, loudspeakers, music gamers and grasp clocks.

Audio system in use at Munich Excessive Finish have been the corporate’s flagship within the type of their LS1be that makes use of a large dispersion Berylllium tweeter and a seas Magnesium woofer. What’s fascinating is that the LS1be, like all of the LS1 vary from the corporate, is just about plug and play – you simply want so as to add a supply. You get DSP management, DAC, amps and clearly the transducers so all you’ll want to add is a report participant, CD transport, media participant or a pc. Simples. Worth of entry is €23 750.

I requested concerning the extreme toe-in that Grimm all the time use when demonstrating at exhibits and the response was the identical that Ken Ishiwata of Marantz gave once we requested him concerning the toe in he makes use of at exhibits and that’s to permit the utmost width of the candy spot.

I’ve all the time loved the sound the Grimm audio system supply at exhibits and that was true at Munich Excessive Finish too. We’d like to get a pair of those in for evaluate sooner or later within the close to future as this multi functional answer idea is one thing we’ve been banging about for ages.

MSB is predicated in Silicon Valley in California and every thing within the room bar the loudspeakers have been MSB merchandise.

The amps on the ground are the corporate’s personal M500s which give out a wholesome 500 Watts of energy into Eight Ohms and double that into four Ohms and price $118 500 a pair. A stereo S500 amp is on the market at $58 500. Additionally used within the room was the Professional USB interface that converts USB to MSB’s proprietary Professional ISL interface to full electrical isolation – primarily you need to use this to take away computer systems, servers and noisy electronics out of your system.

Pictured are Frank Vermeylen the European gross sales supervisor and Vince Galbo who heads up gross sales in North America and on the appropriate, we’ve got Daniel Gullman who’s the product designer.

When requested what we’d like to listen to I observed that they had Wild World by Cat Stevens on their server and so requested them to play that. It’s an awesome tune that I play solely seldomly so it was nice to listen to it in by means of such a wonderful system – I need to confess it introduced a tear to my eye. That is the factor with really fantastic methods; the know-how ought to simply do its stuff with out getting in the best way of the music and permit the listener to attach emotionally with the artwork. Loudspeakers are the Magico M6.

One of many highlights of the present for me.

Ascendo are a brand new model to me however are based mostly in Germany and make a variety of passive and lively loudspeakers. Luxman, however, wants no introduction as they’ve been round for longer than I’ve been shopping for Hifi.

Isotek are based mostly in Winchester within the UK and supply a variety of energy conditioners and regenerators at just about each price-point. The three models on the ground are their EVO3 Titan One, the EVO3 Nova One which each flank their EVO3 Genesis One. Genesis One is and fascinating little bit of package being a single cell sine wave generator with the thought being to enhance the efficiency of front-end elements. A number of Genesis Ones may be linked collectively so that you simply want solely have one energy cable for a number of models. It’s going to present as much as 100 Watts.

IsoTek used the Munich Excessive finish present to launch their new Tremendous Nova energy cleansing system. The Tremendous Nova is designed for main elements that sometimes have a continuing present draw, thus CD Gamers, Music Servers, DAC, Pre-Amplifiers, Phono levels and so forth.  Every of the eight energy retailers has its personal devoted energy cleansing system, and every output has over 100’000 Amps (1840 joules) of safety, that’s over 800’000 mixed. Priced at £9995.00 (together with VAT), the Tremendous Nova options floor filtering which is absolutely compliant with certification and security requirements; that is additional clamped with an digital safety circuit. Subsequently, every related element’s practical lifetime will improve in addition to being completely protected towards harmful energy surges and voltage spikes.

The Tremendous Nova design features a new choke which permits a collection connection that quadruples the inductance giving an enormous improve in filtering at a continuing 10 Amps if wanted. In flip, this supplies a typical load of 25-40W an enormous energy reserve.  As well as, two specialised radio frequency chokes which mixed with capacitances produce a excessive degree of classical (Pi filter) design filtration. Moreover, there’s the distinctive Nova adaptive gate system which produces the optimum resistance capacitance barrier eliminating differential mode cross-contamination.

All inner wiring options silver plated ultra-pure OCC (Ohno Steady Forged) Copper with IsoTek’s VAD (Digital Air Dielectric) know-how.  All PCB circuits function double Ouncescopper. These qualities are exceptional in themselves nevertheless once they a number of eight occasions they obtain precisely with IsoTek requirements, which is complete isolation of every output socket from mains noise or in different phrases final “isolation know-how”.

This was an fascinating system that included the Assertion 450i iQ built-in amplifier from VAC (Valve Amplifier Firm) that prices round $150Okay, Von Schweikert’s Extremely 9 loudspeakers, Masterbuilts Extremely Line cables, an Acoustic Signature Invictus Junior turntable which was fitted with an Hermetic Opus cartridge after which Esoteric offered the Grandioso transport, Grandioso D1 mono-block DAC, Grandioso G1 grasp clock and the N-01 community participant while Artesania Audio offered all of the racking.

The amplifier from VAC is an ordinary design however seems to be fabulous and the audio system are HUGE and use Accuton drivers in the primary. The audio system have been launched at RMAF and is the second loudspeaker of their flagship reference collection.  Its know-how and efficiency are primarily equivalent to the ULTRA 11, however in a smaller type – SMALLER? Every channel options drivers together with two 9” strengthened ceramic woofers, one 7” strengthened ceramic midrange, one Beryllium Tweeter, two Ribbon Tremendous Tweeters (one entrance, one rear), one magnesium horn loaded tweeter (rear) and one 15” compound woven subwoofer (rear) with devoted 1,000-watt amplifier. MasterBuilt Audio ULTRA wire is used solely for all sign paths. The ULTRA 9 has level to level hand-built networks with remoted structure that protects crossover elements and wiring from electrical noise contamination. Additionally they function Model 2.zero Aktive Cupboard Vibration Management and the ULTRA 9 achieves full-range response from 10Hz to 45kHz.

The Assertion 450i iQ built-in from features a Assertion 450S iQ energy amplifier, a Assertion Line Stage, and phono stage with a number of inputs, variable achieve, and adjustable loading. Energy provide preparations are twin mono all through, with six major energy transformers for left and proper energy amplifier, left and proper line stage, and left and proper phono stage. The interior topology is absolutely balanced.

VAC’s patented iQ Steady Secure Automated Bias System* retains the KT88 output tubes set on the meant working level always.

We just like the Boenicke loudspeakers and gave their teeny standmounters our prime award once we reviewed them. Now the corporate has launched their E2 amplifier which provides out 400 W into four Ohms and is an built-in design. You possibly can have it in commonplace or SE variations.

I say it each time I hear this demonstration, however it’s superb what these isolation models convey to the desk. Principally, the demonstration is a minute or so of the Focal audio system with their commonplace platform after which an prompt change utilizing the Gaia or Titan models. The impact is fairly dramatic and constructive, bringing the entire stereo picture into sharper focus. This can be a product I might be shopping for within the close to future!

The corporate used Munich Excessive Finish to introduce their new isolation platform for turntables and electronics – one other product I need to check right here at Hifi Pig Towers.

This was a high-end marriage made in heaven and so good I forgot to take notes however the system is Vivaldi and Rossini from dCS by way of a D’Agostino amp and Wilson loudspeakers. Elsewhere at Munich Excessive Finish dCS had a devoted listening sales space devoted to headphones and that includes their new Bartok amp.

4 Bartóks have been on demonstration and dCS employees have been available to show the extensive performance of this new community DAC with headphone. The price of the headphone amplifier outfitted model prices £11,999, and includes a custom-designed Class A headphone stage that works with each excessive and low impedance headphones and IEM’s in balanced or unbalanced codecs. Bartóokay additionally comes with a crossfeed choice as normal.

Bartóokay helps all main music codecs together with high-resolution PCM and DSD, with user- selectable upsampling. The community streaming part presently runs at as much as 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all main lossless codecs, plus DSD in DoP  format and native DSD.

Bartóokay performs music by means of an array of industry-standard USB, AES or S/PDIF digital  inputs. It streams over Ethernet from a NAS drive or on-line music providers, and from Apple units by way of Airplay. Its community interface performs full MQA decoding and rendering.

Doshi is a brand new identify to me however are based mostly in Virginia within the US and make a variety of amplifiers. The monoblocks used at Excessive Finish have been the V3.zero utilizing the KT150 tube and giving out 160 watts into 4Ohms and weighing in at 75lbs every. Phonostage was additionally their V3.zero as was the preamplifier.

EgglestonWorks used Munich Excessive finish to point out off their newest standmounter, the Nico EVO priced at simply shy of $5000 a pair and sporting a 6” woofer and 1” tweeter and a slot port across the rear. Sadly these weren’t on dem once we have been within the room.

Pre Audio provided the turntables within the room and you may learn all about their GL-1102N once we reviewed it right here.

Cables for the entire room have been offered by Means Cables who launched their new Poetry+ vary, together with the Poetry+ analogue RCA cable, at Munich 2019.

Turntables by Scheu, Cables by ZenSati and a pre/DAC within the type of the SPL Director Mk2 all feeding their alerts right into a pair of Manger lively loudspeakers. I say it each time we go into this room that it’s an oasis of calm in an in any other case hectic present – nice sound too! The audio system are Mangers C1 Studio Screens which have onboard room adaptation filters, near-field/cinema-screen EQ settings, and an enter trimming stage controller that may set the two-channel or multi-channel equality to inside a tenth of a decibel. It’s a two-way system that may go right down to 30Hz and has AB amps powering the bass driver at 250W and the tweeter at 180W.

Zellaton could also be a brand new identify to many however they’ve been making audio system in Germany since 1932. The audio system within the image are their Reference MK2s weighing in at round $150Okay. It’s a three-way design utilizing a 2” tweeter a 7” mid driver and three 9” bass drivers all in, unusually, a cupboard with an open again. Amplification is by YS Sound within the type of their 1500 W per channel YSS-772 JP monos that weigh 108kg every.

The turntable is by Reed Muse 3c which, apparently, may be transformed to be both a belt drive unit or friction pushed in round 5 minutes.

Pc Audio Design have been showcasing their GC-R Reference Floor Management field which accommodates “a mix of supplies that converts excessive frequency power into warmth”. Loudspeakers are by Verity and the amplifier is ARNE from Engstrom and utilizing 300B tubes.

Now this was an fascinating room and sounded excellent I assumed. The DAS HD-Participant Mannequin 2 is a unbelievable wanting little bit of package that manages to mix the ultra-modern with a retro really feel. You add an amp and loudspeakers and off you go. It has a DAC stage that makes use of Three toroidal transformers from Lundahl and the dual-mono converter boards are galvanically remoted. Worth is from €9000. WLM launched two new fashions of loudspeakers on the present – Maximilian and Ferdinand that are each made in Innsbruck. The whole thing was related by Method cables and there was some fascinating reel to reel machines within the room to take a look at.

This was a pleasing sounding room and we’d have liked to have been capable of have a take heed to the brand new Tech DAS turntable – The Airforce Zero that was launched in Tokyo earlier this and is within the UK by way of Absolute Sounds.

Spec Knowledge of the turntable is as comply with:

Essential Unit Base Body: 100 kg, chrome steel

Platter Base: 35 kg,

Additional Tremendous Duralumin Platters: 118 kg in complete

Backside platter: 30 kg, ø 40cm, cast Stainless Metal SUS 316L

Second platter: 20 kg, ø 31cm, cast Stainless Metal SUS 316L

Third platter: 20 kg, ø 31 cm, forged Gunmetal Fourth Platter: 20 kg, ø 31 cm, cast Stainless Metal SUS 316L

Prime Platter: 28 kg, ø 31 cm, powder sintered Tungsten Complete second of inertia: 18,720 kg/cm sq.

Drive system: Belt-drive, polished and nonflexible polyurethane fibre belt

Drive Motor: Three-phase 12-pole AC synchronous motor manufactured by Papst, Germany (1000/5001)  Throughout a startup and adjustment of the rotation, excessive torque rotation in a steady-state rotation, non servo, low torque, ultra-low vibration.

Rotation velocity: 33.Three rpm / 45 rpm, exact velocity adjustment perform

Wow & Flutter: under zero.03%

Suspension: Air suspension, air pumped by an electrical air pump built-in in

Energy Provide Unit Essential Unit Dimensions together with Motor: 901 (W) x 677 (D) x 335 (H) mm Distances between middle level of base body ft:  entrance left foot – entrance proper foot 674mm / rear left foot – rear proper foot 722mm entrance left foot – rear left foot 461mm / entrance proper foot – rear proper foot 442mm  Complete weight of Principal Unit together with Motor: 350kg (Energy Provide / Air Pump Models will not be included)

ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: 2x Titanium Tonearm Bases (Tungsten Tonearm Base obtainable as an choice),  1x TechDAS Disc Stabilizer, 1x Platter Cowl

AIR FORCE ZERO RACK SYSTEM (Non-compulsory): Set of two racks with turntable platform and cabinets:  Rack 1/2: 905 (W) x 675 (D) x 790 (H) mm Rack 2/2: 790 (W) x 610 (D) x 790 (H) mm

Worth? If you want to ask then you possibly can’t afford it!

Vince Bruzzese’s Totem room all the time sounds nice and the Canadian firm used Munich Excessive Finish to launch a few new merchandise: The Aspect Metallic V2 floorstanding speaker and the Factor Hearth V2 bookshelf each of which use Totem’s personal 7” Torrent driver.

Vince was additionally eager to inform us concerning the Kin Play Bluetooth audio system which you hook up with by your telephone to play your tunes.

Sadly we couldn’t get again to the room for an indication of the smaller audio system however have been impressed with what we heard.

Portento Audio are all the time very enthusiastic and all the time have an awesome wanting stand that displays their Italian heritage.

Naim used Excessive Finish Munich to launch their new model of the much-loved Mu-so.

Mu-so 2nd Era evolves the styling of its predecessor, however beneath its aluminium casing are game-changing efficiency, function and performance upgrades says the UK based mostly legend.
On the coronary heart of Mu-so 2nd Era is Naim’s music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over Three years and is uniquely present in Naim music-streaming merchandise, reminiscent of its Uniti vary and devoted community gamers, together with the £20,000 flagship ND 555. Mu-so 2nd Era’s 450 Watts of music energy are joined by all-new speaker drivers – optimised along side Focal, and Naim’s Vervent Audio affiliate; greater than 10 occasions extra processing energy for “even larger musical accuracy, and a re-engineered cupboard design to additional improve bass supply”.It’ll stream music in high-resolution (as much as 32bit/384kHz) by way of UPnPTM, or AirPlay 2 (together with Apple Music), Spotify® Join, TIDAL, Chromecast built-in and Web radio. Upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity guarantees a slicker streaming expertise, whereas Ethernet stays an choice, which might recommend that each one bases are coated by Mu-so 2G – you may also add a USB drive to pop in your hard-drive.There’s additionally the addition of HDMI ARC, to permit straightforward connection to TVs for movies and video games.“In its 45 years, Naim has each created and recreated product classes – all in our founding quest for probably the most genuine musical expertise. Mu-so was the primary really high-quality wi-fi music speaker; 5 years on we’ve re-engineered 95% of it to develop Mu-so 2nd Era, and redefined what’s attainable from a one-box system”, says Naim Audio MD, Charlie Henderson.

Mu-so 2nd Era has a brand new contact management panel ringed by an illuminated dial with a proximity sensor: it lights up in welcome as a hand approaches which is a cool function. It has quick access key playback controls, favorite playlists and radio stations, Spotify resume, multiroom performance and extra from this tactile new interface.

The system has an aluminium casing, in a brand new burnished gray end, fronted by a brand new type of speaker grille – provided in black as normal, but in addition obtainable in Terracotta, Olive or Peacock colourways.

Mu-so 2nd Era works by itself or as a part of a multiroom music set-up. There are 3 ways to make it multiroom: mix it with different networked Naim merchandise (together with 1st Era Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) by way of the up to date Naim app; with different AirPlay 2-compatible wi-fi audio system by way of the Apple House app; or with different Chromecast units by way of teams managed by the Google House app.

Out there for iOS and Android units, the up to date Naim app lets you browse by artist, style, album and extra, full with paintings and prolonged music info. It’s also possible to management quantity, mild settings, room modes and create playlists.  As an extra choice, Mu-so 2nd Era is Roon Prepared, too.

Mu-so 2nd Era can be out there from a variety of shops from ninth Might, priced £1299/$1599/€1499.

Focal, celebrating 40 years, used Excessive Finish Munich to point out and inform us about their SPECTRAL 40th & SCALA 40th.

Spectral 40th is made in France and is provided with the K2 Energy cone and Focal’s pure Beryllium tweeter. Spectral 40th is a Three-way bass-reflex loudspeaker with what Focal are calling a neo-retro fashion.

Scala 40th is a really restricted version (four pairs solely) of the Scala Utopia Evo Three-way floorstanding loudspeaker. To rejoice its 40 years in enterprise, Focal has chosen to adorn this made in France product with a Black Silver end.

Not on the present, however we have been advised about Focal’s groups having all the time been dedicated to Automotive Audio and have put automobiles centre stage as nicely, by designing F40th. This distinctive package consists of Flax sandwich cone speaker drivers and a pair of pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeters: main Focal improvements, designed, developed and manufactured in Focal’s workshops. A 5-channel amplifier and an Eight-way audio processor (DSP) for electronics full the package.

Lithuanian model AudioSolutions is headed up by Gediminas Gaidelis and used the Excessive Finish present to launch their Virtuoso loudspeaker idea. The speaker sits between the Figaro and Vantage vary of audio system with regards worth. Virtuoso has two 7.5″ woofers, a 6.5″ midrange driver and a 1.2″ tweeter. The midrange covers 500-7000Hz. Apparently Virtuoso has three totally different crossovers which the listener can select between. The model we obtained to take heed to was the he middle-sized pair, Virtuoso M, which retails at 25000€ and we each thought it sounded wonderful. Claimed frequency response is right down to 25Hz and it’s 92dB delicate making it a simple to drive speake. It has a 3cm silk dome tweeter, a 16.5cm onerous pulp paper mid driver and a pair of 19cm onerous pulp paper bass drivers. It stands 1240mm tall and weighs 75kg.

I’ve a mushy spot for Audio Hungary’s merchandise and we personal considered one of their i20 amplifiers which sounds implausible – and I actually ought to put in writing a assessment of it. What caught my eye was the Qualiton MC which has an output degree of 5mV and a frequency response of 5 to 90kHz and it may be manufacturing unit tunes to particular person wants.

Eera is a French firm and make a variety of DACs, transports and CD gamers and digital amplifiers.  

PPFFF launched a few new loudspeakers at Excessive Finish beneath the banner Parangon. These have been the Pandora and the Adelaida.

I actually favored this room and the SPEC package seems to be fabulous in an understated type of means. Leben, we didn’t get to listen to any, has a really distinctive look and has loads of followers.

Line Magnetic was based in 2005 by two brothers, each audiophiles and each keen about tubes and particularly American achievements of the 50s. The corporate produce amps, audio system and spare elements.

Supravox is predicated in France and makes a variety of audio system, wid-band drive models in addition to loudspeaker kits.

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