Lector Strumenti Audio will be presenting their new “R-series” at this year’s High-End Munich and you will have the opportunity to enjoy their products in their demo room, in a relaxing environment, “with a bit of Italian taste”. The demo room will be booth R01 demo room P03, Halle 4,  at the High End Exhibition.Lector_Strumenti_Audio_high_end_munich

Lector Strumenti Audio has been pioneering hybrid technology since 1982, designing and introducing in the market the very first tube-based, Audio CD player and DAC back in 1989. Ever since, their product  portfolio has been growing.

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The High-End show in Munich is always a big event for T+A and 2016 is no exception, with this year’s show seeing the launch of the all new E-Series 1000 audio electronics and a totally new range of loudspeakers – Pulsar.Munich_high_end_T+A

The All New 1000 R Series consists of three products – R 1000 E music receiver, PA 1000 E integrated amplifier and MP 1000 E DAC / network client.  Featuring the latest music streaming technology (including integrated streaming apps such as TIDAL, DEEZER and qobuz) and digital audio technology, the all-new E-Series 1000 showcases T+A’s long heritage of combining the latest digital audio technology with trusted analogue audio techniques.

T+A has a long heritage of creating exceptional loudspeakers and this year’s High End see’s the launch of the all new Pulsar 20 range.  Featuring a floorstanding model (ST 20) and stand mount model (R 20), each model is finished in black or white high gloss lacquer.

You’ll find them in Atrium 3 – Room D 102 and D 105

 

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French firm Trinnov that designs and manufactures preamplifiers and processors featuring loudspeaker/room optimization and 3D sound technologies  will be at the High End Munich show next week in Atrium 4.0 / F203. Trinnov-Altitude32_front-black-half

The company say they are looking forward to the event and will be demoing the following kit. The Altitude32, their flagship AV Preamplifier will be used as network streamer preamplifier, 4-way active crossover, loudspeaker/room Optimizer and DAC. It will feed 8x Mola-Mola Kaluga mono blocks which will power a pair of Vivid Audio Giya G2 loudspeakers.

 

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Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer, Amphion Loudspeakers, officially launched its passive studio monitors line at the NAMM show in January 2015. Argon3S keeps many aspects of Amphion’s bookshelf speaker Argon3, while incorporating the passive radiator and crossover technology from the studio monitors. Amphion say that one of the distinguishing features of Argon3S, as well as all the other Argon and Helium models, is “that you can fully enjoy optimal sound quality even when you are not sitting in the sweet spot”. Multiple Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Dave Reitzas (Madonna, Celine Dion, Seal, Michael Buble, Fifty Shades of Grey) says that with the Argon3S: “The whole room is a sweet spot.”

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Visitors at the High End show in Munich will be able to experience Amphion’s loudspeakers and learn more about their specifics from Amphion’s owner and Managing Director, Anssi Hyvönen, in Atrium 3.1, room D109.

Argon3S is priced at €1075 (walnut veneer €1175) per piece, incl. VAT.

 

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Concrete Audio will  present its exceptionally different concept of loudspeakers made of concrete from 5th – 8th May in Munich at High-End.concrete_  audio_high_end_munich

The company will premiere of their new subwoofer S1, showcase the audiophile floorstander N1 and the ultra flat on-wall speaker F1.

Nils Lofgren had the following to say about the the N1 loudspeaker “Concrete Audio is not only referring to the material the speakers are made of but also to the sound, being just that, concrete. I have never in my life heard Chet Baker sound so good! If you are looking for concrete sound, check out Concrete Audio.”, so they should make for an interesting listen.

Concrete Audio will be in Hall 3, Booth N04, MOC Munich.

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At this year’s High End, MELCO will be demonstrating the latest addition to its range – the N1ZH60.  A 6Tb HDD version of the SSD N1ZS10, the N1ZH60 offers significantly more storage space at a very competitive price.melco_high_end_munich_2016

With music files accessible via either LAN to a streaming player or USB to an off-board DAC, all MELCO Digital Music Libraries maintain music files in native form.  For those with CD libraries wanting to catalogue their music onto a stand-alone device, MELCO’s new CD Import feature rips an exact copy of the CD to the library, allowing listeners to enjoy their music collections in bit-perfect quality without having to leave the comfort of their armchair.

Melco can be found at Hall 3 – Stand L03/H05

 

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French brand, Neodio, whose 35,000€ Neodio Origine CD player we first encountered back in 2013, will be launching another three products at High End Munich 2016. The products feature Neodio’s new ‘Zero Vibration’ Technology. The trio are the Origine B1 anti vibration support, the 25kg Origine S2 CD player and the equally weighty Origine A2 Integrated Amplifier.

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Stéphane Even and his team will be in Hall 1, Stand A07.

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Gruensch Audiotechnik, who have been building audio components in Southern Germany, since 1998, will be exhibiting at this year’s High End Munich show.

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They will be presenting their new, third generation, Reference Phonostages MCS II SE and MCS II+ SE. They say that they have made a ‘wide range of improvements’ to these new models, including ‘the addition of balanced outputs of the highest quality embodying a zero feedback Pure-FET-Pure-Class-A design.’

They are in Exhibition hall 4, booth P02.

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Soundsmith will be showing some new products during the Munich HIGH END show next week, including a special “asymmetrical loading topology” tonearm called ALTO that was designed by Frank Schröder and is being built in the USA by Soundsmith.munich_high_end_2016_Soundsmith

Also being introduced will be Soundsmith’s Mk. III version of the Zephyr high-output cartridge, and the “Star” version of their low output Zephyr “MIMC” cartridge, now sporting a laser-drilled sapphire cantilever and nude Contact Line diamond.

Both Peter Ledermann and Chris Sommovigo will be there at the Acoustic Signature booth in Hall 4 on the ground floor, just to the right of the entrance in booth T02.

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Atoll, the French electronics manufacturer will be at this year’s High-End Munich show along with their German distributor AUDIUM  at Atrium 4,  1st Floor, Booth F107.

There will be a presentation of the IN400se (pictured) with  their CD400se, demos with the company’s All-in-One SDA200  and also demos with the Mini Line HD120/MA100/MS100 and new MD100. high-end-atoll

Atoll will also be showing the 400 series (PR400 & AM400) and SDA200 with the ATOHM loudspeakers GT Series (GT1 – GT2 and GT3) at Atrium 4, 2nd Floor – Booth F229.

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Computer Audio Design will be at the Munich High End Show again this year with Boenicke Audio in Atrium 4, Room F215. They are sure to have their update CAD 1543 DAC on demonstration and the little Boenicke Audio speakers really are a bit of a revelation in what is acheivable from such a diminutive package. High-end_munich_CAD_NEws

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Westminster Lab, who Hifi Pig visited at last year’s Newcomers stand at High End Munich, will be there again this year displaying their UNUM amplifier and their cable collection to visitors to the show.Westminster_lab_high_end_munich_2016

“The UNUM is the first handcrafted solid state mono amps without any sort of PCB, components are directly connected and soldered with each other without intermediate disturbance. The chassis is made from an unprecedented combination of aluminium, solid brass, solid copper, carbon fibre, PEEK, titanium & 24k gold.” Says the company’s recent press release.

You can visit Westminster Lab at Hall 2, G06 at this years High end show in Munich.

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Audionet will be in the Atrium 3, room C121 for High End Munich.qudionet

The company will present five brand new components within the two new Scientist series:

  • HEISENBERG and STERN – their new “Über-Amps” in the ultimate high-end series, designed by Hartmut Esslinger of Apple-fame.
  • PLANCK, WATT and AMPERE – the first three machines from their new “ultra-highend series”.

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Acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics will exhibit at the HIGH END Show in Munich from 5th – 8th May, 2016.dave200

In addition to displaying products, GIK Acoustics-Europe General Manager, David Shevyn (Pictured), and GIK Acoustics-Germany Room Designer, Lukas Rimbach, will present a discussion on the importance of room treatments and the basics of room setup. Mr. Shevyn and Mr. Rimbach will also answer audience questions on room acoustics.

GIK Acoustics will present Room Acoustics And How To Set Up Your Room at the Technology Stage in Hall 3, Booth K 08 on the following dates:

Thursday, 5th of May 2016: 12:30pm-12:55pm

Speaker: Lukas Rimbach, Language: German

Friday, 6th of May 2016: 12:00pm-12:25pm

Speaker: David Shevyn, Language: English

Saturday, 7th of May 2016: 04:00pm-04:25pm

Speaker: Lukas Rimbach, Language: German

Sunday, 8th of May 2016:12:00pm-12:25pm

Speaker: David Shevyn, Language: English

Technology Stage is open for all visitors of the HIGH END show. You don’t have to register – it’s first come, first served. Usually there are enough seats for all listeners.

GIK Acoustics will display new products in the Alpha Series. The Alpha Series beautifully combines absorption with diffusion and enhances any room both aesthetically and acoustically with superior quality, high-performing, and stylish room treatments.

Visit GIK Acoustics In Hall 4 Booth T13.

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Constellation Audio have announced that at Munich High-End they will be demonstrating their Reference Series Altair II preamplifier and Hercules II monobloc amplifiers in Atrium 4, 1st Floor, Room F-118.

The engineering accomplishments of the Altair II are many claims the company’s recent press release, beginning with the separate triple- transformer power supply which is itself shielded by a machined aluminium chassis.Constellation1_CES2016

Construction of the completely dual-mono control center is highlighted by the use of a machined solid aluminum enclosure (called a raft) which is constructed with 8.2mm-thick walls. The raft is secured to a platform incorporating an isolating polymer sheet between sheets of stainless steel, and this platform is in turn mounted on an elastomeric suspension.

Hercules II monoblocs begin with a solid foundation using two 3,000-Watt transformers housed in their own shielded, suspended enclosure. The shielding and suspension prevents electromagnetic noise or mechanical vibration from entering into the system. Using the 125- Watt fully balanced building block modules that have become a signature of Constellation Audio amplifier designs; the Hercules is configured using multiple modules in a single chassis to deliver 1,000 Watts into each mono chassis. Connection between the Altair II and Hercules II is optimized using the Constellation Direct interface which eliminates an extra gain stage in the signal path. However, for those users of other preamplifiers, Hercules II is also equipped with balanced and single-ended inputs.

Source components will include the Constellation Audio Cygnus Media Server/DAC and a Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian turntable with Viper tonearm paired with a Constellation Audio phono stage. Martin-Logan Neoliths will be used in the system too.

The Constellation Audio Reference System will be on display at the MOC, Atrium 4, 1st Floor, Room F-118.

SPECIFICATIONS

Altair II

Bandwidth: 10Hz-200 KHz @ 0.5% Output = 17 Volts RMS

Inputs: 4-XLR Balanced, 4-RCA Unbalanced

Output: 2pr XLR & RCA/channel

Volume control resolution: 0.1, 0.5, or 1 dB; user-selectable Remote Control: Volume, Balance, Input, Mute, Phase Features: External power supply, 12V trigger, USB control, DB-9 Dimensions

Preamp: (W x H x D): 17.5” x 5.5” x 14.8”; 44.5 cm x 14 cm x 47.6 cm; Weight: 84

lbs.; 38.2 kg.

Power Supply: (W x H x D): 17.5” x 2.8” x 14.5”; 44.5 cm x 7.2 cm x 36.8 cm; Weight: 26.2 lbs.; 11.4 kg.

Hercules II Mono

Power Output: 1.1 kW into 8 Ohms, 1.5 kW into 4 Ohms, 2 kW into 2 Ohms Frequency Response: 10Hz – 100 KHz +1/-0.5 dB

Gain: 32dB

Inputs: XLR Constellation Direct, XLR Balanced, RCA Unbalanced Output: 2pr. Binding post/Banana socket/channel

Input Impedance: 10KΩ Unbalanced, 20KΩ Balanced Features: 12V trigger, USB control

Dimensions (W x H x D): 19” x 13” x 32”; 48.3 cm x 23 cm x 81.3 cm

Weight: 220 lbs.; 100 kg.

The US retail price of the Altair II is $78,000

The US retail price of the Hercules II Monos is $180,000/pr.

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Continuum Audio Labs say they are pleased to announce the introduction of their new analogue playback system, the Obsidian turntable and Viper tonearm at High End Munich 2016.” Designed by a team of engineers and designers whose expertise spans the disciplines of physics, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, vibration control, and industrial design, the system represents a major accomplishment in terms of sonic performance, mechanical sophistication, and aesthetic design” says the company’s latest press release.continuum_high_end_munich

Continuum CEO, Dr. Murali Murugasu, observes the significance of the Obsidian and Viper when he commented, “Having already established landmark designs such as the Caliburn and Cobra, creating a new design that would advance analog playback was a formidable challenge. Not only do the Obsidian and Viper do so on their merits, but doing so at its price is truly an accomplishment.”

The Obsidian utilizes tungsten in key points including the arm post, contact points for the arm suspension, and bearing ball and shaft. The bearing itself utilizes a magnetically opposed (but non-floating) design. The net effect of these constructs is that all platter resonances are below 10 Hz.

Beneath the platter and suspension lies the motor. Dubbed “The Quiet One”. For obvious reasons, this motor was specifically designed for Continuum Audio Labs. Speed stability comes from a 35mm, 60-volt zero-cogging DC motor that was designed and manufactured specifically for optimum performance with Obsidian’s platter mass and physical harmonic characteristics. The motor is controlled by a servo amplifier running at 53.6 kHz and has the highest power currently available in a motor of its size. Noise is addressed through the use of graphite brushes which provide the current conducting capacity required to drive a heavy platter and a specially designed damping system that attenuates brush noise.

Drawing on the familiar contoured shape popularized by the Cobra tonearm, the company utilized the latest finite-element analysis (FEA) software to create a tonearm with the “optimum stiffness to mass ratio in order to minimize unwanted resonances. In the Viper is a sapphire “V”- jewel paired with a hardened stainless steel pivot. The swash plate rides on damped miniature bearings manufactured to ABEC 9 standards, the tightest tolerance (0.0012 mm). A 30mm adjustable tungsten central tower provides a massive, stable support for the tonearm.

Finally, the Obsidian is set-up to allow the owner to add a second tonearm of virtually any length or design.

The Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian and Viper will be on display in the Constellation Audio Room (MOC, Atrium 4, 1st Floor, Room F-118) from May 5 – 8, 2016.

The US retail price of the Obsidian is $35,000 and $10,000 for the Viper. Deliveries to worldwide markets are scheduled to begin in Q3 of 2016.

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New York City-based, Master & Dynamic, will be showing their growing line of headphones and earphones at High End Munich 2016. You can find them in the MOC Munich in Halle 3, stand J08 from May 5th to 8th 2016. Among the models they will be exhibiting will be their MW60 Wireless Over Ear Headphones.MW60_brown_Masteranddynamic_news

 

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Zesto Audio will be exhibiting at the Hi Fi Deluxe Show in the Munich Marriott Hotel. The show runs alongside the High End Munich show, with free transport between the MOC and the Marriott. Zesto will be showing their valve electronics with Joseph Speakers, Cardas Cables, Brinkmann Turntables and Audiophilar Racks in Exhibit room 218, 12:00h to 20:00h Thursday, Friday & Saturday May 5th, 6th & 7th, 2016. Admission to the Deluxe show is free.

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On the subject of valve amplification, George Counnas, President of Zesto Audio says “Vacuum tubes faithfully bring warmth and harmonic tonality like nothing else can. As a young man in England, I designed vacuum tube circuits. I worked for DECCA Navigator — at the time Britain’s largest electronics company — as part of a research and development team designing airborne navigational systems for the Royal Air Force. So I have many years of experience designing, creating and bringing to market high-end electronic equipment. The difference here is that no one’s life is at stake”.

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Italian manufacturer, Lector Strumenti Audio has been pioneering hybrid technology since 1982, designing and introducing to market the first tube-based, Audio CD player and DAC back in 1989.

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Ever since, their product portfolio has been growing and they are now presenting their new “R-series” at High End Munich 2016. They will be at booth R01 demo room P03, Halle 4, at the High End Exhibition May 5th to 8th.

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Avid Hifi will once again be exhibiting at High End Munich in Atrium 4, Room E121.Avid Reference Range

They will be showing their new Reference One, Two and Three Loudspeakers, their new Reference Stereo Power Amplifier and the new Acutus Reference Mono SP Turntable. Conrad Mas, MD of Avid Hifi says that these are “just three of hundreds of reasons to visit Avid Hifi”. Hifi Pig will certainly be checking them out for you!

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In Halle 3 K10,  SVS, based in Ohio (USA) and designer of subwoofers, speakers and audio accessories, makes its debut appearance at Munich High End 2016 with home theatre and audiophile demonstrations and full product line displays. SVS is seeking distribution in several international markets as it continues its expansion into a global audio brand, says the company’s latest press release.SVS_speakers_munich_high_end

SVS are known for their subwoofer brands, but recently the company has emerged as a speaker designer with the release of its Prime and Ultra Series lines. At Munich High End, SVS will showcase its subwoofers, speakers and SoundPath audio accessories in two-channel and 5.1 systems as well as in a Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 set-up featuring the new SVS Prime Elevation Speaker.

“We’re looking forward to making the SVS presence felt at Munich High End by appealing to people’s passions for immersive audio experiences,” said Gary Yacoubian, president, SVS. “Our addictive energy, engineering excellence and inclusive pricing are drawing new people into high performance audio and we know many distributors are looking for this kind of vitality when seeking new partners.”

The company offers a range of ported, sealed and cylinder subwoofers, as well as tower, bookshelf, center channel, surround and satellite speakers, and a full line of audio accessories.

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KR Audio, famous for manufacturing their very own tubes will be at this year’s Munich High End where they will have their VA 200 amp rated at 200 Watts and utilising the KR 842 vhd tube application.11-kronzilla-sx

Also on show at High end 2016 there will be their P-130 pre-amplifier with KR 05 tube application and the VA300i with KR 300B tube application.

As well as more traditional amplifiers, KR Audio will also have a headphone system showing a VA355i with Abyss with KR 100 tube application. The KR T-00 is, say KR Audio a superior 845 and the amplifier is also known as the ‘baby Kronzilla’.

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Hifi Pig posted earlier today about Viva at High End Munich who could be sharing a room with Wilson Benesch and Way cables, now Wilson Benesch have announced what they will be taking to the show.Wilson-Benesch-Discovery-II-carbon-fibre-composite-standmount-loudspeaker

Previously at Munich High end the British company have launched its flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal, its ‘Super-Monitor’ Endeavour loudspeaker and this year the company say they have a very special addition to their reference marque, Geometry Series.

Following the launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution in 2015, Wilson Benesch will this year premier the Discovery II Loudspeaker at the Munich show.
This year Wilson Benesch will be partnering with their German importer IBEX Audio. Courtesy of IBEX Audio, Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be partnered with amplification from Viva Audio and cables from Way Cables from Serbia.

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Swissonor who make a great range of kit will be at this year’s High End Munich Show demonstrating their wares. For those not in the know Swissonor, from Switzerland, make a range of gear including power amp, phonostages, passive pres, SUTs, tube amplifiers, a modular amplifier system (pictured), a range of loudspeakers and accessories for the famed Thorens TD124 turntable.SWISSONOR_munich_high_end_2016
You can see them at Munich High End 2016 in room E210, Atrium 4.2.

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Italian brand Viva have been in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us they will be at this year’s High-End show in Munich with British manufacturer Wilson Benesch and Way Cables.aurora-773x423-1
The company says they will have the following devices on audition at the show:
  • Numerico
  • Uno
  • Aurora (pictured above)
  • Solista
  • LF2
  • Egoista
  • Egoista 2A3 (pictured below)

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It’s been ten years since Avid Hifi launched the Acutus Reference was launched and now they have announced the Acutus Reference Mono SP turntable.Acutus_Reference_mono_PSU

Conrad mas of Avid said “We have re-designed the amplifier stage way beyond most audio amplifiers and enabled twin mono operation to power each motor coil. Not limiting performance to save cost the new power supply is truly mono, employing the contents of two full Reference power supplies.”

There are two 1000VA mains transformers, twin regulated power stages, two massive capacitor banks and double soft start boards housed into casework matching the company’s Reference Pre and Mono amplifiers.

The Acutus Reference Mono SP will debut at the forthcoming Munich High-End Show 2016.

The Acutus is offered in three levels of performance and existing owners will be available as an upgrade.

Prices are expected to be:

ACUTUS REFERENCE MONO SP TURNTABLE           £ 25,000.00

REFERENCE MONO SP UPGRADE FROM ACUTUS SP      £ 15,000.00

REFERENCE MONO SP UPGRADE FROM REFERENCE SP    £ 12,000.00

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Aequo Audio is a Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer situated in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The company, experienced in building high-end custom loudspeakers, is now releasing its first loudspeaker to be produced in series: the Ensis. The Ensis is a modest sized, full-range floor standing speaker shaped to resemble a music note.

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The fully closed enclosure is built with in-house developed materials. It provides a three-way driver line-up, Including an active 10 inch subwoofer, controlled by an on-board amplifier and an analogue hardware system. The hardware also provides a smart room size and speaker placement correction system, controlled by two billet aluminium rotators. The middle and high frequency section of this hybrid speaker remains passive.

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Anyone who wants to get acquainted with the brand and the sound of these new speakers, can visit their demonstration cabin on the High End show in Munich this May.

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Once again, the HIGH END show at Munich will feature, not only great hifi and audio equipment,but also a wide variety of interesting talks, presentations, demonstrations and workshops with high-profile speakers all about consumer electronics.munich_high_end_hifi_show_2016_audience_lecture

Here is a small selection of the exciting topics to come:

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 HQ-RADIO IN EUROPE
Initiatives and trends for radio as quality audio medium

Mr. Werner Bleisteiner, editorial manager for digitalisation projects at BR-KLASSIK

Thursday, 05 May 2016, 3.00 pm
Friday, 06 May 2016, 4.30 pm

Radio has come a long way to arrive in the future: Digital distribution channels – on air and online – program associated data services and interactive features have blown the old box. Yet, audio quality is still the key issue to define the special quality of experience of the medium.

Major European broadcasters, especially from Germany, France and Great Britain, collaborate closely under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union EBU to set future milestones and standards in media technology development.

Werner Bleisteiner (BR) takes a look at the European broadcasting landscape for surround sound, binaural and high quality streaming services with HTML5, as well providing first hand insights into the present stage in the development of the upcoming technology “object-based broadcasting”.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08
THE FASCINATION OF TUBES
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Friday, 06 May 2016, 3.00 pmUlrich_Apelmunich_high_end

Starting with an explanation of the basic function of a tube, different types and details on the tasks they perform in preamplifiers and final amplifiers will be explored. An important aspect is the comparability of the tubes made by different manufacturers, different type designations and an outlook of their lifespan. To finish, a few tips for integrating a tube amplifier into an existing system.

THE TAPE MACHINE IN THE HIGH-END CHAIN
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Apel (Association of German Sound Technicians)

Saturday, 07 May 2016, 3.00 pm

What does it need to be able to do, and what should its settings be, to ensure it sounds right when playing master tapes?

By explaining how magnetism works, the way sound goes through magnetic heads and onto the tape is explored. Mechanical and electrical settings ensure perfect transmission. Finally, there are valuable tips for connection and level ratios.

TECHNOLOGY STAGE – HALL 3, STAND K08 SENNHEISER HE1, SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM
Axel Grell, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
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In his presentation, Axel Grell, Portfolio Manager at Sennheiser, explains an innovative am- plifier concept and sound converter system designed to unite the HE1 headphones, which cost €50,000, with exclusive materials.

SENNHEISER’S AMBEO 3D AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser

Friday, 06 May 2016, 11.00 am
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The trailblazing 3D Immersive Audio technology makes recording and reproducing audio at the very highest level possible, thereby creating a hitherto unheard sound experience for the user. Within the framework of a presentation at the HIGH END 2016, graduate sound technicians Gregor Zielinsky provides some insight into the development of Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio products, and speaks about the special features and application areas of the 3D audio technology.

CONFERENCE ROOM K1B (OPPOSITE HALL 1)

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

HIGH END 2016 – THE FASCINATION OF MULTICHANNEL
Following the extremely positive feedback received last year, a top-class multichannel audio demonstration will be held again this year, in conference room K1B, opposite Hall 1.

Loudspeaker icon Joachim Kiesler from Musikelectronic Geithain and cable specialist Hans M. Strassner from HMS have joined forces with the studio professionals from Merging Technologies from Switzerland and a German HiFi Internet platform to form an ambitious cooperative venture. Once again, demonstrations and workshops will treat the attende- es to acoustic performances of what is currently viable in terms of multichannel music playback.

The internationally renowned master sound technicians Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International), Jared Sacks (Channel Classics), Morten Lindberg (2L), Daan van Aalst (Navis Classics) and Stephan Cahen (Myrios Classics) will share reports from everyday life in the recording studio, and share their passion for multichannel music with their listeners. Accompanying presentations will round off the program.

Music in all formats will be played for visitors to listen to in closed, thirty-minute demons- trations. Stereo recordings, historical audio documents as three and four channel recor- dings, and the original master files from the most recent recording sessions by the sound technicians participating will encourage acoustic comparisons.

All those involved will be doing their very best to be able to demonstrate the music on an extraordinary system. Musikelectronic Geithain will be lending an exclusively loudspeaker set-up for this demonstration, using their reference products ME 800 K and ME 801K. This will be accompanied by the NADAC (Network Attached Digital to Analogue Converter) made by Merging Technologies as a source, and which the Swiss studio experts intend to use to redefine the quality standard in digital playback in the home entertainment sector as well. The first euphoric reactions from all over the world justify the high expectations. Hans M. Strassner from HMS will be continuing the state-of-the-art Suprema series he began with network cables, and will be contributing his brand-new, highest quality con- nection cables of the same name for use with this exceptional system. And last but not least, Reinhard Weidinger from Hörzone will be working with his sales partner, artnovion from Portugal, to provide the appropriate acoustics in the room, without which top-quality sound is not even possible.

WORKSHOP DATES WITH MATTHIAS BÖDE FROM THE STEREO EDITORIAL TEAM
Duration approx. 30 minutes
Advance reservations are not needed.Matthias_Boede_high_end_munich

Saturday, 07 May 2016
11.00 am
Topic: What role does the pick-up play for the sound of vinyl? Three pick-up heads – from MM to MC – in comparison.
Exhibitor: Transrotor/AVM – Atrium 4, Room F104

12.00 am
Topic: How much potential does bi-amping offer? Loudspeakers played using two or four monoblocs.
Exhibitor: AVM/Gauder Akustik, Atrium 4, room E105

2.00 pm
Topic: Does the phono cable define the record player’s performance? Conductors from the low-price segment in a cross check.
Exhibitor: Pro-Ject/Cabasse, Atrium 3, Room C118

3.00 pm
Topic: Is high-bit HiFi more than just a buzz word? Format checks from MP3 right up to 24 bit/192 kilohertz. Exhibitor: Burmester, Atrium 3, room D106

4.00 pm
Topic: Unique: Listen to record players from all price segments “virtually”. The new “STEREO Phono Festival” through a super system.
Exhibitor: MBL, Atrium 4, room D106

Read more news about Munich High End 2016 Here and Hifi Pig’s coverage of last years High End Munich here

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The HIGH END 2016 is fully booked. More than 500 exhibitors and every renowned industry manufacturer will descend upon Munich from May 5th to 8th. Over the years, the HIGH END has established itself as a global meeting point for audio enthusiasts, becoming an industry institution in the process, and of course Hifi Pig will be there to keep you up to date with the latest news. high_end_munich_2016_crowds

Munich High-End audio show now stands as the most important showcase event for audio anywhere in the world. Branko Glisovic, CEO of the HIGH END trade fair, is thrilled by the tremendous response from leading companies, but is at the same time aware of the demands that this interest brings with it: “Of course you try to get as many  companies as possible involved. But when you reach the limits of a 28,361 square metre exhibition space, it is then a question of capacity.”

Numbers of foreign exhibitors continue to grow

The biggest growth driver here is, of course, foreign companies. Based both in Europe and further afield, these firms recognise that the HIGH END has become the industry’s foremost trade fair. With 316 exhibitors expected from abroad, this year’s foreign involvement will likely represent a 2% increase on last year’s, with an overall share of 63% of attendees. At the same time, German-based companies are still the most strongly represented at the HIGH END. Great Britain is in second place with 40 companies, followed by the USA, Italy, France, China, Japan and Switzerland. munich_high_end_hifi_show_crowds

“This means that the HIGH END offers not only a broad spectrum, but also an international selection, thereby serving as a shop window for the innovative drive of the whole industry. This is the basis for the ever growing international significance of the HIGH END and the recognition it receives on the basis of its quality. We are delighted with the faith that exhibitors put in our event through their participation”, stresses Kurt Hecker, Chief Executive of HIGH END SOCIETY.

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Headphones are gaining significance and are popular among all age groups. A continual, and remarkable, growth has been recorded in this segment since 2008. Headphones have meanwhile become a million-dollar market and there is no end to the boom in sight.headphones_at_high_end_munich_news2

Around 259 million pairs of headphones were sold in 2010. This figure is currently projected to have reached 290 million in 2015 (source:  GfK).

These are many reasons to listen to music using headphones. Some love the direct sound and want to listen to music loudly without being disturbed, and without annoying their immediate neighbours or partners. Others use headphones as an acoustic shield from the outside world. They are not just used for blaring music, but also for  silence.

Dramatic progress has been made in headphone development in the last few years. High- quality models are used to suppress ambient noise, and allow music to be enjoyed free from disturbances. Active noise cancelling by headphones makes it possible to relax and enjoy music despite surrounding noises.

While they used to be considered an accessory for the HiFi system in the living room, they can now be seen everywhere in the street. The range of different headphones has become so large that the layman quickly loses the overview.headphones_at_high_end_munich_news

Criteria such as audio quality and comfort help to make a decision. However, good headphones should not only have the best technical features, but also feature an appealing visual and ergonomic design.

The range of products has now become more than extensive. The trend to headphones that impress with outstanding audio quality and that make listening to music a pleasure has increased in significance in the last few years. Along with customers’ expectations, the price has also increased. This is why sophisticated products for discerning audio consumption are in increasing demand today. Models selling for far more than €1,000 are no longer a rarity.

Visitors attending the HIGH END have the opportunity to compare different headphone models directly in Hall 2, stand F10. Around 30 pairs of headphones in total, in different price classes, with uniformly high quality headphone amplifiers, will be available at all listening stations. The music selected will be identical, without any data reduction or compressed music files, and be from different genres, to give the listener the opportunity to make a direct comparison. The music will be controlled using iPads that are easy and intuitive to use.

Read some of hifi Pig’s headphone reviews here.

Read last year’s coverage of the show here. 

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Based on the initial projections of the German music industry association (BVMI), the turnover of music sales in Germany for the year 2015 increased by   3.9%.

Audio streaming was at the forefront in the growth trends with a 96.6% increase. Behind all the “new” download and music streaming services lies a societal change that one can hardly ignore. According to a BITCOM study, downloads and streaming generated in 2014 for the first time as much revenue worldwide as with physical recordings. In contrast, the German market is not yet so far developed. The total share of digital music sales (strea- ming and downloads) did however in 2015 with 30.9% reach almost a third of the total turnover.

The future of digital music can be experienced at the HIGH END trade fair

More and more “online shops” are meanwhile appearing with music in high-resolution audio. (High resolution equals a greater number of details.) HighResolution_erleben

Similar to the television image in HD format with four times the number of pixels and thus also a picture that is clearer, sharper and more appealing, Hi-Res audio also contains four times as many sound details compared to the data of a music CD. An increasing number of audiophile “gourmets” therefore naturally want their favourite music in optimal quality.

Measured against the mass music market, Hi-Res is still a niche business, but the fan community for high-resolution audio is increasingly on the rise, and ultimately “what’s better” is the enemy of “what’s good”. Numerous audio devices now also possess the required memory capacity and therefore offer themselves for the saving of high-resolution audio files in various formats and playing them back for the user’s listening pleasure. This revolutionary innovation toward better sound quality can be experienced at the HIGH END trade fair in Munich. Here, visitors will find the entire spectrum of high-resolution players and numerous online music services offering high-resolution audio files in various formats for downloading.

Physical recordings are still much sought-after in Germany

In nearly all countries worldwide, the physical side of audio recording sales has deteri- orated rapidly over recent years. According to the German music industry association however, in Germany the lion’s share of music sales is with 69.1% still generated by physical media (CD, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray). Of this, the CD continues to command a con- siderable share of the sales with 61.2%. Although sales of vinyl recordings have experi- enced a sharp rise in 2015 (+ 32%), these still only comprise 3.3% of the total turnover. Since 2007 this “black gold” has seen a steady increase in demand, since it represents    a culture of listening that forces us toward slowness and paying attention, and thus also creates a stronger bond between the music and the listener. This remains undisputed.Musikliebhaber

HIGH END as Mecca for collectors of exquisite audio media

Music lovers who want more than simply access to disembodied, downloaded music are sure to find just what they are looking for at this trade fair. HIGH END will feature over 200 music labels, selling various vinyl records, CDs, SACDs, Blu-ray and DVDs.Vinyl

A music collection consisting only of bits and bytes is considered soulless by many    music lovers and is unsatisfying for the music collector. Vinyl records and even, to some extent, CDs, SACDs etc. go beyond music playback and are considered artworks in their own right, due to the unique impression they create. It is not without reason that there is healthy demand for physical recordings, regardless of the fluctuations of seasonal business.

Special exhibition of the 50 best album covers

The 50 best album covers of 2015, which were selected by a jury of renowned design experts and former prizewinners, will be presented at the HIGH END 2016 in the Munich Order  Centre (MOC).Art_Vinyl

The packaging – also called the artwork – is an essential component of the vinyl record        and has developed over the decades into an art form of its own. For many vinyl fans, the design of the record cover is an important purchasing incentive.

Since 2005, the annually chosen “Best Art Vinyl Award” represents the most creative record cover. In 2015, this prize was awarded for the 10th time. The cover artworks can be seen all days of the fair in the lobby of the MOC between Halls 1 and 2 on the ground floor.

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Live and very close up – the pure, hand-made sound

In the past few years, the accompanying musical programme at the HIGH END has become an integral part of the event. 2016’s Munich High End will again spoil its visitors with a broad international repertoire, sung and played live by outstanding musicians.

The artists will be providing wholly authentic live music – completely naturally, unplugged and without loudspeakers – that invites guests to linger, enjoy and listen. Visitors can look forward to a highly diverse range of music – Alpine folk, classical music, jazz, Balkan and Argentinian tango will alternate in resounding through the MOC during the trade fair.

HIGH END SOCIETY – supporting young and talented artists

The performing bands and ensembles have been selected solely from the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich. The Academy for Music and Theatre stands for exceptional levels of artistic quality and for the finest education of outstanding young artists. The institution’s music academy has earned its current standing on the basis of its distinguished and globally renowned instructors, thus paving the way for many international careers. By incorporating the academy and its musicians into the trade fair programme,  the HIGH END SOCIETY is supporting young and talented artists in developing their burge- oning careers.

Traditional Bavarian music at the HIGH END

Traditional music removes barriers, it enthuses everybody present and facilitates lively communication between the musicians and the audience. It is customary for the event organisers to welcome international guests with traditional Bavarian music.

Hirschbachmusi

Playing on: 05/05/16, from 9:30 to 12:30 – in front of the exhibition grounds at the MOCHirschbachmusi

Hirschbachmusi is made up of five musicians all aged between 20 and 30. They came together in 2007 at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich. The five musicians have been deeply ingrained in folk music and Bavarian culture since their childhood in southern Upper Bavaria. Hirschbachmusi performs in the typical “Tobi-Reiser” line-up. Salzburg-born Tobi Reiser founded the tradition of playing folk music in with a conventio- nal line-up of dulcimer, zither, harp, guitar and double bass in the 1950s.Hirschbachmusi_2

Their repertoire consists of genuine Alpine folk and classical music. They have entertained audiences at various events with their string  music.

Fun With Mobile Music

The stage is where the musicians are playing. They do not need any technical aids, electricity or microphones. As a walking act they wander among the audience and bring a smile to the faces of the trade fair visitors.

Duo modéré

A musical voyage from the Occident via the Balkans to Tango Argentino

Playing on: 05/05/16 and 06/05/16 from 12:00 to 17:00 – throughout the exhibition areaDuo_Modere

The two young artists Adrian Planitz and Zdravko Zivkovic have made it their mission to perfectly combine the sounds of an accordion with that of a saxophone. Their repertoire ranges from classical music to Balkan sounds and Argentinian tango. Both musicians studied at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich and have won several 1st prizes at international competitions.Duo_Modere_2_

Duo Papagena

From baroque music and light classical music and arrangements to music from the romantic era

Playing on: 07/05/16 and 06/05/16 from 12:00 to 17:00 – throughout the exhibition areaDuo_Papagena

The duo was founded in 2012 by flautist Shantala Vallentin and oboe player Carolina Nees. The former scholars at Jehudi Menuhin`s Live Music Now range far from their home in Munich all over Germany and play regularly in Nuremberg, Augsburg, Würzburg, Rosenheim, Freiburg and Mannheim.

In February 2014 they received second prize for the interpretation of a contemporary work at the chamber music competition organised by the Mozart Association 1829 in Nuremberg.

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As the global meeting-place for the audio industry, the forthcoming HIGH END 2016 in Munich is already providing important impetus early in the year. Even though there are still three months until the start of the HIGH END 2016, the outlook is already looking promising for the fair where the industry really shows what it can do.Munich_high_end_2016_banner

A positive trend is already emerging for the world’s leading trade show for high-quality electronic home entertainment, even though registration has only just been closed. At present, all 137 enclosed room units between 49 and 297 square metres in the upper atrium floors of the MOC are sold out, which means we can expect another full house for the 2016 fair and there will almost certainly be a waiting list.

The four large main exhibition halls on the ground floor are also already well filled and the planners at the HIGH END SOCIETY are working flat-out on planning and positioning the many and varied stands, and designing the highly demanded music demonstration booths, that were acoustically optimised only last year at the HIGH END and are thus much in demand from audiophile exhibitors in halls 1 to 4.

For Branko Glisovic, CEO of the HIGH END, the challenge of assigning places at the HIGH END is a happy one, although the limited number of conference rooms and exhibition spaces means a certain number of potential exhibitors will have to miss out.

As always, in choosing the exhibitors it has to be ensured that their products and  services suit the remit of the fair, and thus the focus is on increasing quality, which is    far more important to the HIGH END SOCIETY than selling more and more spaces to as many exhibitors as  possible.

The HIGH END has become the world’s leading platform for the audio industry. As well    as the many German sellers, who will be a big presence this year as always, the interna- tional orientation of the HIGH END has significantly increased. In 2015 more than 60%     of the companies exhibiting came from abroad. Many of the world’s leading suppliers    will be presenting their latest developments at this year’s fair. This focus is clearly on network audio technologies. Music systems are becoming smarter and more intercon- nected. Multi-room systems and wireless speakers are in more demand than ever, and   it

is these which are currently driving the growth of the audio sector. At the HIGH END, the exhibitors impressively demonstrate the innovation with which they meet the constantly growing expectations in our high-tech everyday   lives.

At the HIGH END 2016, start-ups will once again have the opportunity to show off their ideas and innovations free of charge. This year, eight new companies will be contribu-    ting new technology and ideas. They include the German company xivero, which will be presenting a precise, software-based “measuring instrument” called MusicScope, which acts as an audio microscope and visualises the various quality features of a music file or collection. You can use it to analyse digital music albums and analogue sources without needing the wide-ranging expertise of a sound engineer. For example, it is possible to easily verify and demonstrate whether a file created by up-sampling standard recordings   is genuine. As a measuring tool to complements our ears, it can provide quantifiable information on the quality of a music recording.

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The world’s leading trade fair for the audio industry

From 5th to 8th May 2016, international visitors to the HIGH END will be able to experience  the best that electronic home entertainment has to offer. The
Bavarian capital will once again become a Mecca for fans of innovation from all over the world. The fair provides an unparalleled overview of the entire international audio market. It gives visitors a   unique opportunity to experience a whole range of audio delights, and take time to indulge in musical pleasure.

35 years of the HIGH END – a fair with a long tradition

The HIGH END can look back on a long tradition. First held in Düsseldorf in 1982, it will be taking place for the 35th successive year in 2016. After 21 years in Frankfurt am Main, the oldest and biggest exhibition of its kind moved to the MOC in Munich in 2004, where it has been held ever since.Willkommen

The HIGH END is a paradise for audio and video demonstrations

With its ultra-modern architecture and infrastructure, the MOC convention centre in the north of Munich offers ideal conditions for presentation. The MOC has now been home   to the annual exhibition for more than a decade. On an area covering 27,610 square me- tres, the HIGH END occupies four spacious exhibition halls and four glass atria with 140 adjacent showrooms. These beautiful, light-filled, individually customisable units offer ideal conditions to make a lasting  impression.Atrium

The HIGH END represents the entire audio industry

More than 500 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be presenting their audio inno- vations. Not only the global players, but also smaller audio specialists will be showing     off their flair for development. Once again, the world’s leading suppliers of electronic home entertainment products will be presenting all their product groups and the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art technology.

Click the image to download last years show coverage by Hifi Pig

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Variety, impact and quality of information

This fair makes a lasting impression on all those who experience it. With high-quality individual presentations by exhibitors from every part of the audio sector, fascinating musical demonstrations, exciting workshops, instructive comparative audio tests, inte- resting talks on the technology stage and live music everywhere, the fair is a guaranteed success.

The HIGH END in Munich brings together every aspect of the audio industry

The HIGH END covers every area of technological development. Bringing together traditional analogue hi-fi, the latest digital trends and high-definition video, the fair has everything there is to offer.  Visitors can experience the whole variety of video and    audio systems. People have different tastes, and there is a wide range of ways to listen with pleasure. So, for example, visitors to the HIGH END can enjoy everything from the reassuring sight of a vinyl disc turning to high-definition audio files with sophisticated conversion systems. There is no single method that can please everyone, so everyone  can and should use the variety of media exactly how they want to.

There’s also pure analogue technology

The whole range of tried-and-tested analogue technology will be there, with turntable units, amplifiers, tone arms, cartridges and valve equipment. Vinyl records are also on   sale to go with it. The tactile, heavy vinyl disc has been in growing demand for a number of years.

Naturally, the “sound of the future”

The entire spectrum of recent digital developments will be on show. These days, music    is not just consumed on digital and mobile devices, but also online and in networks. The

products on display include internet-capable receivers and hi-fi systems, as well as multi- room music systems, wireless Bluetooth speakers, sound bars and innovative, state-of- the-art headphones.

HIGH END in the car

Visitors to the HIGH END 2016 will once again have the opportunity to listen to unusual sound systems in different classes of car. This is because during the past decade, many  car manufacturers have used the expertise of the companies in our industry to offer   their customers tailor-made, and therefore better, audio systems. In Germany, a third of all new cars sold are now equipped with a special, optional sound system.

Electronic home entertainment for every age and every pocket

Naturally, affordable entry-level models for newcomers to hi-fi will be presented. Visitors can find everything the music enthusiast needs, regardless of age and listening habits.

After all, the HIGH END will always be a fair for music lovers.

The HIGH END begins with a special day for trade visitors

On 5 May 2016 (Ascension Day), the fair is only open to registered trade visitors and journalists with prior  accreditation.

The HIGH END is organised by the HIGH END SOCIETY, the trade association for high- quality electronic home entertainment, which includes the industry’s leading companies.

FACTS:

Location:  MOC Munich – Lilienthalallee 40 80939 Munich-Freimann

Dates:      5th May – 8th May, 2016

Trade  visitors  day: Thursday, 5th May 2016 (with prior registration only)

Opening times:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Trade visitors:   EUR 20.00 with prior registration(valid on all days)

General   public:  EUR 12.00 / day ticket from Friday to  Sunday

See you there!!!

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After 40 years of creating audio equipment, the last thing that artist-designer Kostas Metaxas wanted to produce was “another box with transistors on a heatsink”. He was apparently inspired by ‘the most spectacular architecture, design and sculpture’ he had experienced and ‘wanted to bring that emotional intensity, daring and seductive beauty to an audio amplifier.’Metaxas_solitaire_1

The Solitaire 2016 is the result. Machined from a solid block of either aircraft aluminium, copper or titanium, it’s totally bespoke and Metawas claims that ‘the modular electronics make it future-proof’. Even the circuit boards are CNC machined from 1mm solid silver coated clear polystyrene.  100% designed and engineered by Kostas Metaxas, each amplifier is assembled by his sons, either Andreas or Alessandros Metaxas.Metaxas_solitaire_2

The Solitaire 2016 along with the Ikarus Integrated Amplifier and Opus preamplifier will be “world premiered” at the Munich High End Hifi Show in May 2016. A Studer A80 will be playing 10″ Analogue Master Tapes from a selection of the over 300 Classical and Jazz concerts recorded by Metaxas on his modified Stellavox Tape equipment. Hifi Pig will be there to report back on how they sound.

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