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EDITOR Stuart Smith, High End in Munich is one of those events that everyone I know who. is involved in the audio industry really looks forward to Yes of. CONTRIBUTORS Linette Smith course there are other great Hifi shows elsewhere but the sheer scale. of Munich really sets it apart The organisation is fantastic the pro . Ian Ringstead motion is brilliant and the host city is clean and safe . And 2016 was no exception in fact it was bigger better and more. WEBSITE www hifipig com well attended than any of the High End events we ve had the pleasure. of visiting in previous years Exhibitor numbers were up and there. E MAIL Stuart hifipig com, was a real international feel to this year s show . TELEPHONE 33 0 297237078 For me High End is about meeting some old friends making new. ones having a few beers and yes there s the most fantastic collec . tion of Hifi you are likely to come across anywhere in the world too . The effort some of the exhibitors put into Munich is phenomenal and. this is evident when you pop your head around pretty much any of. the exhibition rooms doors Yes there were a couple of disappoint . ments this year but they were few and far between . So let Hifi Pig take you by the hand and lead you around what is. surely the Greatest Show On Earth , No Page number No worries just click on the subject you want to read and you ll be taken straight to the first page of. that article , And So It Begins Mark Levinson Launch. Everyone Remembers Their First Time Cyrus Launch, High End 2016 Newcomers Leedh Interview. Analogue Crack Entotem Interview PRIZES FROM, Sponsor s Announcement Living Voice Interview KRALK AUDIO. Women In Hifi JoSound Interview AND, TELLURIUM Q, Bringing The House Down Hifi Pig Loves You Award. Wilson Audio Launch A Word From The Organisers, Gryphon Audio Launch The High End In Pictures. Dynaudio Launch You Spin Me Right Round Like A Record Baby. PMC Launch Valves and Tubes Tubes and Valves, HIGH END MUNICH 2016. High End Munich 2016, H igh End Munich 2016 began as every Munich show begins with a. short car journey followed by a great train journey why is it the. French can make the trains run on time be comfortable and clean. when the UK seems to fail so miserably and finally a flight to our. destination , We re English and everyone knows that the English love a picnic and we re no. exception to this rule An early morning coffee pain au chocolat and a beer I. believe it s the law here that you have to drink a beer at 8am if you find. yourself in a bar in the station s caf sets us up for the expedition before us . We train first class and despite the yaddering kids a couple of seats down the. way it s all rather pleasant first class sounds a lot grander than it is in reality. and all you get is a bit more arm room and a power socket At 11 it s l heure. that is it s another legal requirement to have nibbles and an aperitif and so a. bag of nuts and a half bottle of fizz is the order of the day This is swiftly. followed by a lunch of vegetarian quiche boiled new potatoes a tomato and. shallot salad and white asparagus all prepared the night before washed down. with a rather pleasing bottle of Saint Veran which has managed to remain. relatively cool This is a tradition now for us and we have nice glasses decent. plates and all the rest of it I m sure our fellow passengers think us quite. bizarre but as a famous French aristo may or may not have said Let them eat. baguette , We arrive of course on time at Charles De Gaulle and make our way to the. sorry excuse that is Terminal One Really this is an utterly poor excuse for an. airport terminal but this year our trip organiser Linette has been canny after. last years four hour wait in that hell hole and has ensured we arrive needing. only to spend the bare minimum of time there , Lufthansa is its usual self with drinks being served spot a theme here dear. reader nibbles being dispensed actually it was a rather delicious cake and. HIGH END MUNICH 2016, before we know it we re descending into Munich airport full of anticipation for. what promises to be a bigger better and more stimulating High End show than. we ve ever encountered , Really we look forward to this event like no other and the excitement at Hif Pig. Towers begins weeks in advance The press releases have been rolling in now for. a couple of weeks and these have whetted our appetite for what is to come The. obvious questions like What are you most looking forward to have been The press releases. asked but to this particular question there s really no way to answer Munich is. so big so all encompassing and so full of surprises that it s impossible to second. guess what lies ahead of us Yes there ll be the usual suspects that are a must see. have been rolling in, and who always go out of their way to ensure that there is something fresh to. surprise and delight but there s always going to be the unknown entity that will now for a couple of. throw up something that will shock and enthral , I ve been speaking to a few folk who are making their way to Munich High End. over the last couple of weeks and they ve been asking what should I see what. weeks and these, should I expect but it s a question that is all but impossible to answer with. honesty Yes go see Silbatone as they always go out of their way Yes go see. have whetted our, Avantgarde Naim Focal Goldmund et al but the one part of the show that I. really love to see each year is the new comers stands It s great to see that this appetite for what is. hobby is still attracting innovators and entrepreneurs who are not afraid to put. their neck and money on the line and put new and exciting products out there for. the buying public , We ve seen some crackers in the past and hopefully this year will be no. exception , HIGH END MUNICH 2016, We ve seen, some crackers. in the past and, hopefully this, year will be no, exception . HIGH END MUNICH 2016, Their First, Hifi Pig s Ian Ringstead pops. his High End cherry, I f you have never been to the Munich High End Show before then get ready to. be amazed I was determined to go one day and this year I took the plunge as. a special early birthday treat 60 soon Now I ve read the show reports. every year since its inception and the show has just gone better and better . Veterans report this year was the best yet with a record attendance from. exhibitors and the show was certainly very busy on the public days . Nothing though can ready you for the sheer scale that the MOC in Munich has to. offer The MOC is a huge exhibition venue superbly appointed with great. facilities and loads of excellent listening rooms With over 500 exhibitors it is. also one of the largest and well attended shows in the world the German public. certainly embraced it and there were many international visitors too . Munich attracts companies large and small from all over the world keen to. launch new products or strengthen their standing in the market place and reach. new customers both trade and public Talking to some of the international. exhibitors they clearly saw Munich as a vital part of the world trade show. calendar equalling CES in the USA as a crucial venue to exhibit at . The companies exhibiting were from all around the world and the variety of. equipment and accessories was astounding Although two channel was dominant . vinyl was the popular choice in many rooms as a source with digital formats also. prevalent especially computer based formats The humble CD was still very. evident but many manufacturers chose laptops as the main source for their. obvious convenience and flexibility , HIGH END MUNICH 2016. The exhibiting areas cover four very large halls and three specialist atrium areas. on the upper levels where the superb large dedicated listening rooms allowed the. exhibitors to really show their wares off to best effect It took me three whole. days to see most of what I wanted to but the sheer scale is overwhelming and I. didn t have chance to cover everything , Highlights of the show have to be the fact vinyl is back with a vengeance . Turntables were everywhere From the budget to the truly luxurious and massive. designs from the likes of Tech Das and the many other brands that excel in. stunning feats of engineering at equally stunning prices 150 000 wasn t out of. the ordinary at High End , Vinyl is back, Headphones are big business now and as well as many new models on show the. associated headphone amps were abundant , An exciting newcomer was the revitalised brand name of Hafler that is now. owned by Radial who are very keen to carry on this classic and much loved brand. name along with the Dynaco brand many older enthusiasts will remember from. vengeance , Turntables, the 50 s and 60 s A range of headphone amps phono stages and new valve pre. and power amps are planned for the last quarter of this year . What impressed me so much was the plethora of new emerging companies from. Europe especially the former eastern bloc states such as Serbia Poland etc . China was also prominent along with Taiwan with many smaller specialist. companies producing a whole range of accessories as well as impressively. engineered electronics at very reasonable prices , One of the best sounds of the show has to go to Avid Hifi of the UK who made a. brilliant effort with their new range of spectacularly engineered speakers from the. everywhere , stand mount Reference Three costing 40 000 to the jaw dropping Reference. Three at 200 000 Now this might seem like eye wateringly high prices but. when you see the quality of finish and hear the results it s worth it I was told one. speaker takes upwards of 24 hours continuous CNC machining The detail and. Vinyl is back with a vengeance, HIGH END MUNICH 2016. finish was stunning and I have not seen, Avid Hifi s room was a favourite for Ian. finer engineering anywhere The new, amplifiers and pre amp were equally. stunning Of course Avid have been, famous for years with their turntables . but now they have a world class system, to equal anything out there London. Grammar was used to demonstrate the, Reference Three what a fabulous demo. Another stunning sound for me was the, room demonstrating Skogrand cables . Kronos turntable Lampizator DAC , Analog Domain Audio Gmbh and Emme. speakers Both vinyl and digital audio, files were superbly reproduced with a. tight exquisite portrayal that had me Genelec taking the home audio market. transfixed I listened to Dire Straits seriously, Communiqu album and I have never. heard it sound so good , There were plenty of other great sounds . Genelec being one who are highly, regarded in the pro audio business but. are now taking the home audio market, seriously , I have scratched the surface in this. report but I hope it gives an overview of, one of the world s best shows currently . Art meets engineering with the 440, Audio G2 Turntable. HIGH END MUNICH 2016, E very year we make a beeline for the Newcomers stand at High End as. these are the people that are the potential future of the hifi industry The. stand in Hall 1 is a great idea of the High End Society giving brands. with little or no marketing budgets the opportunity to share their ideas and their. concepts with an audience they could only dream of having We managed to. get to see the Newcomers early on the final day of the High End Show and a. couple of the exhibitors were clearly flagging but the vast majority managed to. be enthusiastic and passionate about their products . Adam Damper, Completely made in Germany the Adam Damper is a air suspension platform. that can be used under turntables CD players amplifiers and loudspeakers It s. a nifty bit of kit in operation and because you adjust the air suspension. yourself you can decouple a whole range of different equipment . There are two versions of the Adam Damper available the Elektronic and. Manual with two different sizes of each The idea is that the Damper will. isolate your equipment from disruptive influences There s even an app for. the Elektronic version as well as six rather pleasant looking real wood finishes . Xivero MusicScope, What a fantastic bit of kit this was OK it s not really a bit of kit as such it s a. computer program that costs you just shy of 30 and is touted as being a. music microscope There ll be a full review coming up soon in Hifi Pig that. will go into more detail but put simply it s an analyser and measurement tool. that allows you to visualise loads of different aspects of your tunes It s fully. up to international audio standards and looks pretty simple to use MusicScope. not only allows you to measure digital files but also analogue sources like vinyl. or tape There are also modules onboard that allow you to measure jitter and. THD of DACs and Headphone amps Nifty , HIGH END MUNICH 2016. Cantieri Del Suono, From Italy the stated goal of Cantieri Del Suono is to recreate in our every day. life the excitement and the pleasure of the characteristic sounds of live and. classical music They use tubes and specifically they are fans of the 300B valve. and all their preamps and amps play in Class A , The company has just three products in its range . The Milliarium single ended integrated amplifier using zero negative .