As we close to the top of Hifi Pig’s protection of Munich Excessive Finish 2019 I can’t assist assume what an ideal present Munich actually is and really feel privileged that we have now been masking the present at Hifi Pig for 7 years. The present is as a lot concerning the individuals as it’s concerning the Hifi and Munich is a superb place to meet up with previous associates and meet new ones. Anyway, right here is my remaining report from Excessive Finish Munich 2019 – it was a blast! An enormous because of our sponsor Tellurium Q, all our advertisers, all of the readers who cease us at exhibits and ask for selfies with us (extra Linette I feel) and in case you are studying this, then thanks too! This report consists of:
Lots happening on this busy room with Publicity displaying off their XM CD CD participant at €1499, XM3 phono at €799, XM 5 built-in at €1499, XM7 pre with DAC and MM phono, XM 9 mono amps at €1599 a pair and a headphone/pre amplifier XM HP at €1549. Publicity is a reputation I recall fondly from my youth however appear to recollect them having fairly utilitarian seems to be – I just like the look of the bins now.
Mofi had a their new phonostage on present. It’ll deal with MM and MC cartridges, operates pure class A, has a sub-sonic filter and a mono mode. Worth is €549. Additionally they have been displaying off their Studio Deck turntable which comes with a 10” tonearm and has a 19mm platter. Worth is €1199. Shifting up the size a fraction their Studio Deck +U is just about the identical however with 10” tonearm and costing €1499. Each are made within the USA.
Vimberg are a German based mostly loudspeaker producer whose vary of audio system has been created to cater to the market that can’t afford their TIDAL vary. Argento are Danish and make a variety of cables for audiophiles.
The Silbatone room is all the time an actual deal with as they all the time have the identical massive room and all the time exit of their approach to placed on a present, which invariably includes large horns. This yr was no exception with them having large Western Electrical horns banging out the tunes. It was spectacular, however I’ll always remember this room a couple of years in the past once they performed Kraftwerk – it was mind-blowing. As compared this years Silbatone room appeared a bit tame…nice, however not mind-blowing.
I learn a few feedback on social media that the Nagra room was poor, with one pundit putting as one of many worst 6 rooms on the present, however once I went in there it was removed from poor. Nice styling, nice sound was the order of the day, although the music selection while we have been within the room was “a matter of style”, let’s say.
And so now we’re on our last push and enter the ultimate corridor of the present which is a mix of static stands and listening cubicles/pods.
This can be a new model on me however one that appears prefer it is aware of what it’s doing with a direct drive model of their turntable with an actual wooden cupboard and a belt-drive model with an MDF cupboard and wooden veneer.
Aemilia Audio Challenge is an Italian firm that make a variety of merchandise and a modular turntable system. That is the Quattro which may facilitate as much as 4 tonearms, makes use of a magnetic levitation spindle system, has a separate synchronous motor with servo management unit, has a strong 20mm thick aluminium body and comes with a 5kg platter. Worth seems to be a really affordable €3590.
One other Italian model is HiDiamond that make cables and this energy distributor of which they are saying “Among the many most salient options, the HDX3 makes use of an unique JAPAN development filter, an ammeter voltmeter. Past the filter, the actual novelty is represented by an oscilloscope that screens the sinusoid of the output wave to ensure most cleansing of the output sign, furthermore HDX3 is supplied with a distant management for switching on / off the gadget.”
Wowsers, this was some room. Triangle Artwork have been displaying off their superbly completed electronics together with the Final TA-350M tube amps. These amps use eight KT88 output tubes, three 6SN7 driver tubes and one 6SL7 rectifier tube (per channel) beneath Class A push-pull triode mode, the TA-350 is succesful to ship 350 watts of energy. The facility and output transformers are customized wound within the USA and every of the output and energy transformer is potted with epoxy to additional remove noise and vibration and with higher warmth dissipation. Biasing for the output tubes might be carried out utilizing the bias trimmers and measuring factors, all simply accessed from the highest of the amplifier. The large turntable on the appropriate is the Triangle Artwork Grasp Reference that makes use of a double strong 80mm platter. Development.
The smaller Hathor turntable has the identical design philosophy of its massive brother with large weight. It comes with a hefty strong composite alloy 1” Plinth thick and strong composite alloy 1” platter. Hathor comes with a Jelco TS-350L 12” tone arm pre-install for a buyer simply need to plug and play. The bearing is made out of aluminium and aluminium shaft with giant floor radius which runs on a thrust washer.
Audio system from Muraudio have been the SP1 which is an electrostatic design with every speaker having a steady curve ESL panel with 4 six-inch cone drivers.
Troy Audio are an American model out of Houston, Texas and have been displaying off their Helena MKII loudspeakers. It’s a two-box system per aspect that’s obtainable in a variety of pure veneers or particular order RAL colors. Driver praise is a 16” woofer, 16” midrange driver with Alnico magnet and high-frequency compression driver with a customized horn in a coaxial configuration. General sensitivity is over 100dB. Worth is across the $100okay ballpark.
How ESD get the large Dragon system into the sales space I’ll by no means know however it definitely was spectacular. The Dragon system is a five-way design with: Subwoofer S20 Driver+E20 Horn, Woofer S100 Driver+E100 Horn, Mid-range S500 Driver+E500 Horn, Tweeter S2000 Driver, Tremendous Tweeter S8000 Driver, Area Coil Energy Provide D08C-1B, and the Opera Body. The system comes with all its personal crossovers and electronics and if it’s essential to ask the worth you possibly can’t afford it.
Nevertheless, ESD now make a variety of loudspeakers which are considerably extra reasonably priced and within the second of their cubicles that they had enjoying the Phoenix system, which once more is a five-way design with devoted electronics and crossovers. “Phoenix inherits all of the essence of our design philosophy say ESD” with area coil, beryllium diaphragms and horns. Its bass comes from 12″Titanium sandwich cone models which are powered by subject coil circuits weighing 70 kilograms every. Driver praise is SW-1 Subwoofer x3, Woofer T20 Woofer Unit, Mid-range J500 Driver+E500 Horn, Tweeter J2000 Driver, Tremendous Tweeter J8000 Driver. In some ways I type of loved the Phoenix over and above the Dragon system, feeling that the Dragon was energizing the room just a bit an excessive amount of, however the Phoenix getting it good and I stayed on this room longer than just about anyplace of the present…which is an effective signal.
Outdoors the primary cubicles have been static shows of ESD’s Crane and Panda techniques – I’d love to listen to the Cranes towards our Avantgarde Duo XDs.
Principally, large batteries that help you run your stereo not related to the mains and eliminating all the issues related to mains. I would like one!!!
Danish Audio Design Worldwide made its Present debut at this yr’s Munich Excessive Finish and while they’ve by no means proven in Europe, they’ve been seen at a few main exhibits in China in 2018. Enjoying within the room was be the Model-new Rose Built-in Amplifier and the brand new Sapphire Loud audio system.
Rose gives up 2 x 220 into 8ohms and double that into 4ohms and is a Class A/B design. The Sapphire audio system look very spectacular, go right down to a claimed 16Hz and use a Mundorf ribbon tweeter.
I loved this room and stayed a superb whereas.
Haniwa presents a system proper from entrance finish to audio system and I used to be blown away on the depth these little wide-band audio system went to, asking the chap within the room the place the sub was. There was none!
We sat on this room for an excellent whereas and actually loved the Mild Big report that was performed, the system permitting all of the intricacies of the music to shine out. Add to this the truth that I feel the Thoress is a number of the greatest wanting audio gear on the market and you’re on to a winner.
Turntables have been by Merrill-Williams within the form of the R.E.A.L 101.three. “Probably the most dramatic enchancment in turntable design in 30 years!” declare the corporate including “The patented R.ubber E.lastomer A.coustic L.aminate controls self-generation and exterior energies to a level by no means earlier than completed”. Worth is round $9000. Cartridge was by Tedeska and the entire made a really good noise!
This was making good noises for my part. We now have from Roksan their Xerxes 20 Plus turntable fitted with a SARA tonearm and Shiraz cartridge. There’s a Caspain VSC2, blak CD participant and blak built-in amplifier. I keep in mind a number of years in the past once we visited Roksan in London and the then proprietor of the corporate being very excited concerning the new blak vary of merchandise and so excellent to see them on the market within the wild and prepared for individuals to purchase.
Audio system have been the €5700 Monitor Audio Gold 300s, the highest of the corporate’s Gold vary of audio system. It’s a fairly large cupboard housing a 2½” (64 mm) C-CAM mid-range driver with a MPD high-frequency transducer above and a pair of eight″ (203 mm) RDT II bass drivers under, in a real three-way association. It has two rear firing ports and goes as little as 30Hz.
A static stand wanting good for this well-loved British model.
Within the run as much as Excessive Finish Munich the Hifi world and the Fb Reel2reel Tape group on Fb I run have been all atwitter about this new playback solely machine from the long-lasting Swiss producer. Now, until you’ve gotten had your head within the sand for the final couple of years, reel to reel is making one thing of a comeback in audiophile circles. The TM 1600 reel to reel is available in a plinth similar to that of latest TD 1600 collection document gamers (see under) in black excessive gloss or walnut excessive gloss. It’s designed as playback gadget for half-track quarter inch tape. It includes a tape drive from Ballfinger. TM 1600 handles reels as much as 10.5” with 19 and 38 cm/s. It presents CCIR equalisation for European recordings and NAB for America and Asia and each might be chosen simply. There can be 100 produced initially and they are going to be obtainable within the Summer time for a euro lower than €12000
In addition to the reel to reel participant additionally they had the TD 402 DD direct drive turntable, their first DD for greater than 30 years. The TD 402 DD comes with auto shut off perform and with pre-installed AT 95VM E cartridge by Audio Technica. Worth is €799 and will probably be obtainable in August. Thorens additionally confirmed off their TD 1600 and TD 1601 turntables which Thorens say are trendy incarnations of the basic TD 160. Each use suspension and damping by conical springs for decoupling from set up website with Thorens saying that they “fill the hole between the custom that made the previous turntables well-known and 21st Century know-how”.
A lot of very nicely priced turntables on present from UK model Edwards Audio.
Soulines make some nice wanting and nice sounding turntables – we reviewed their Kubrick DCX a number of years in the past (learn it right here) and for Excessive Finish Munich this yr that they had all of their new merchandise, together with the U-base an aluminium made common gear platform. The E-base – Acrylic platform, tailor made for his or her Elgar DCX turntable mannequin, tt clamp and the Loop MM/MC tube phono pre-amplifier. Nice to lastly meet Igor Gligorov who runs the corporate.
Funk launched a brand new field at Munich referred to as the MFD-2HD. We’ll deliver you extra information about it once we obtain it.
This can be a new model to me however one that basically caught my eye. The merchandise are valve based mostly and hand-crafted in Italy.
German firm HEDD make studio screens and for Munich they launched their HEDDphone which I managed to get a take heed to. Sonically the studio heritage is instantly evident and I assumed they sounded nice – correct and speedy. They use a variant of the Air Movement Transformer (AMT) which I consider to be a primary within the headphone world. HEDDphone® VVT® know-how (pat. pending) is a brand new variable diaphragm geometry that replaces the fastened geometric construction of typical AMT tweeters.
HEDDphone ONE shall be out there in late Q3 2019. The worth might be properly under 2000€.
We use a Qudraspire rack in our principal system, and excellent it’s too. The British rack producer had a fantastic show at Munich Excessive Finish and have been eager to point out off one among their X-racks in a brand new color scheme. I used to be additionally fortunate sufficient to be given a pack of their pucks that are designed to go beneath gear on typical furnishings and are claimed to offer you numerous what a rack may give you however with out the necessity to have a devoted Hifi rack. The turntable wall helps notably caught my eye and plans are in place to get one to Hifi Pig Towers sooner fairly than later.
The Western Electrical 300B is a factor of legendary standing within the Hifi world and I’m saving up for a quad of them. The amp you se on this arrange is the WE 91E which makes use of a brand new proprietary “Class A2 parallel feed present supply topology” (patent pending), mixed with toroidal output transformers, and microprocessor managed automated bias.It is going to obtain 20Watts a channel which is sort of one thing provided that just one pair of 300B tubes is used – the norm is round eight Watts a channel with PSE configuration doubling this.
Headphone maker HifiMan have been drawing an excellent crowd on the Excessive Finish present.
To rejoice its historical past, Wharfedale has established the Heritage Collection, recreations of well-known fashions from its previous, completely re-engineered utilizing modern methods and supplies. The newest loudspeaker to hitch this assortment is the Linton.
The unique Linton debuted in 1965 and the road continued in numerous iterations till the top of the 1970s. It was a basic mannequin of its time, seen as a critical Hifi speaker but in addition comparatively reasonably priced.
Its cupboard was substantial, large enough to carry three drive models together with a good-sized bass unit, but not overly unwieldy by the requirements of the day. The brand new Linton has a transparent household resemblance. It, too, is a three-way standmount mannequin, retaining comparable proportions to the basic Linton fashions. Its wood-veneered cupboard has a classic look, but the usual of end is distinctly modern.
The Linton makes use of its broad baffle by incorporating a big (by trendy requirements) bass driver with a 200mm Kevlar cone, mounted on a inflexible, die-cast chassis. Above this sits a 135mm midrange driver, additionally sporting a woven Kevlar cone and housed inside its personal inner enclosure. Lastly, a 25mm fabric- dome tweeter with a high-flux ferrite magnet handles excessive frequencies.
The brand new Wharfedale Linton is accessible from the top of Might at an RRP of £999.95 per pair, in a selection of walnut or mahogany veneer. The Linton’s devoted stands can be found individually at £279.95 per pair. The audio system and stands may additionally be bought collectively at a particular mixed worth of £1099.95.
Didn’t get various minutes with these on the present they usually have been enjoying very quietly, however I simply love the retro really feel of them.
Good to see these two British manufacturers on the present.
We us a Gold Notice Tuscany Pink cartridge in our most important system, and excellent it’s too. Janine reviewed their extremely versatile phonostage when she reviewed it. That they had all of their turntables on present together with a gold model of their range-topping Mediterraneo (assessment imminent on Hifi Pig) which seemed fab. Additionally they had there is-1000 one field system on present a evaluate of which you’ll be able to learn right here.
The large information from the Italian model, nevertheless, was the launch of their new DS-10 DAC, streamer, preamp and headphone amp which supplies a really compact multi functional compact supply and will probably be launched correctly this Summer time. Gold Notice say that the DS-10 is designed to cowl the wants of the modern audiophile finishing any audio system providing virtually all sort of Web and Digital connectivity in a handy elegant form. DS-10 is an progressive D/A Converter impressed from their prime mannequin DS-1000 merging the prolonged options of IS-1000 All-In-One unit including extra. It’s stated to be fast to put in and straightforward to make use of.
DS-10 is a brand new era D/A Converter & UPnP, DLNA Streamer created to revolution any audio system with the ability to browse Net Streaming Gamers and Digital Sources.
DS-10 could be matched with conventional CD gamers, TV or Media Servers in addition to being suitable with virtually all web providers together with Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, Airplay, Spotify, Deezer, V-Tuner, from which it will possibly play DSD, PCM & MQA codecs. You possibly can join your units by way of Wifi/LAN but in addition by way of excessive definition digital Bluetooth 5.zero.
It converts D/A audio by way of S/PDIF coaxial, TOS-optical, AES asynchronous PCM 24bit/192kHz inputs, one USB-B Host asynchronous for native and DoP DSD64/128 and PCM as much as 32bit/384kHz. It additionally performs instantly from HardDisk and USB sticks (FAT32/NTFS) by way of USB-A.
DS-10 options an On/Off switchable analogue preamp stage synchronized with all of the distant management and together with a pc App which let the unit all the time play by way of the analogue stage, even with net gamers.
DS-10 includes a skilled 6.3mm headphone output with a proprietary design which permits choosing the sensitivity to drive virtually any type of headphone available on the market.
MYTEK have been displaying off their full vary of merchandise however primarily specializing in the Brooklyn Bridge, a Streamer, DAC and Preamplifier. Brooklyn Bridge is similar to Brooklyn DAC+ when it comes to audio circuits and efficiency however has the addition of a built-in Community Streamer. AES/EBU digital enter is changed with an ethernet community connector, a WiFi antenna and a USB port for exterior music arduous drive. Customers simply ned so as to add a pill (ipad or android) and an amp for an entire music system to stream Tidal MQA, Qobuz Hello-Res or different streaming providers or play native information related to Brooklyn Bridge USB port. Roon requires further Roon Core. Like within the Brooklyn DAC+ there’s line and phono analogue preamplifier and a headphone amplifier. Worth within the EU is €2995.
Luxurious French model Apurna used Excessive Finish Munich so as to add a pair of very distinctive loudspeakers to their amplifier vary. The speaker known as Carmina and positively seems to be very totally different to any loudspeaker I’ve seen earlier than. It incorporates the corporate’s patented and disruptive know-how: CARS™ – Composite Apurna Resonance System.
Their flooring standing design presents infinite, bespoke ending prospects say the corporate and the seemingly suspended MTM configuration, centred inside a luminous halo is one thing that units it aside from a visible perspective.
Apurna say that managed elasticity of the multilayer composite shell development coupled to the bass reflex ports and CARS™, permits the power created by the motion of the bass membranes to be successfully absorbed. The primary goal of the design say Apurna is to take away the dangerous results of standing waves contained in the speaker with the hope that it makes the speaker cupboard much less vulnerable to sound coloration.
I solely managed a really fast pay attention on the present nevertheless it sounded wonderful within the small room.
And that concludes my protection of the Munich Excessive finish Present 2019. We had an absolute blast and met numerous new associates in addition to having the chance to meet up with previous associates. The present is rising and rising and there’s simply an excessive amount of to see and to cowl intimately, however we expect/hope that we have now managed to convey you a superb style of what Excessive Finish Munich has to supply. Within the coming days we could have a particular FREE e-magazine that may convey collectively all Hifi Pig’s protection of the present in to at least one nice publication.
If we don’t see you at subsequent years Excessive Finish then hopefully we’ll get the prospect to say whats up at one of many exhibits we might be attending around the globe earlier than then. The subsequent HIGH END will happen from Might 14 to 17, 2020 once more within the exhibition space of the MOC in Munich.
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