Kronos Audio Visual staff attended the 2015 High Emd Hi-Fi Show in Munich. This influencial Show continues to grow and excites enthuiasts with numerous World launches. The venue is probably the best in the World for a Hi Fi Show and the Munich Show rates as the most important in the calander with some of the best Hi-Fi products you will ever see and more importantly hear.
2015 saw an even bigger event than previous years with four halls on the ground floor housing 244 separate demonstration areas and three levels on the upper floors with 139 demonstration rooms. There were close to 1000 brands on display with at least ten thousand products. It is simply not possible to see everything in the two days we were there but here are some of the highlights.
Hall1. Densen launched a new entry level DAC called the Dino. It looked really cool. UK brand Leema, who have re-emerged after some problems, showed their full product range. Opera, now eith a new UK distributor showed some attractive speakers, Well Tempered showed a turntable with an arm that was at least 15 inches long. Be Yamamura showed off some huge horn speakers, with yet another company Yamamura /Crawley.
Hall 2. Clearaudio had their full turntable range on show but also had an amazing MV Agusta customised motorcycle on their stand. UK stand manufactures Atacama and Custom Design had plenty of products on display. Other Uk manufacturers includes Funk Firm, Townshend Audio, Meridian and Edwards Audio. Dr Feickert turntables included hand painted models and Usher had a huge reference speaker on display.
Hall 3. There were plenty ok UK brands on show in this hall including Audio Origami tonearms, Atlas cables, Creek Audio, Epos, Cyrus, Harbeth, Palmer Audio and ATC. Other interesting brands included Taga with a stunning Valve amplifier with build in DAC and bluetooth and a reference speaker. Lars and Ivan had some portable headphone amps and a Class A valve headphone amp which sounded great. Pro-Ject whose range grows bigger every year had some stunning new turntables, many in Carbon Fibre.
Hall 4. There were a host of record and CD stalls in this hall along with Tidal Music ( the new high quality streaming service) and HD tracks ( High Res downloads). There was a lot of great Hi Fi including a new CD player the Genesis from YBA and UK brands Tellurium Q cables, Soundsmith cartridges and Quadraspire stands were also on display.
Atrium 3.1 This was the smallest of the upstairs halls and on display were the incredible Transrotor turntables, Dan D’Agostino showed his new integrated amp, Micromega showed a new wall mounted all in one system like the Devialet, UK brands Goldring, JA Michell, Meridian, SME and Modern British Audio Company were all flying the flag.
Atrium 4.1. A much bigger hall this housed some serious high end speakers including Tidal who had a pair of £170,000 speakers which did to be fair sound amazing. Also Estalon had a pair of reference speakers at well over £200,000, Magico had their new speakers and there was plenty of serious electronics also including Levinson, Musical Fidelity, Pathos, Gryphon Audio and Devialet. Advance Acoustic showed their new reference integrated and mono blocks.
Atrium 4.2. The top floor of the show is really hot so it is better to get there before it gets too busy. There were some interesting products here including some fine looking tonearms and turntables these included Klimo, Air Force One and Tri Planner. High End digital was from dCS, ReQuest Audio, TotalDAC and Metronome to name but a few. High end cable companies included Audioquest and Crystal cable. High end speakers included Martins, Wilson Audio, Tannoy and Gauder while VTL, Vitus and Einstein audio High end electronics were on demonstration. UK representation included EAR, AVID and ISOL 8.
The above is merely a brief overview of the 2015 show but hopefully gives you an idea of what the event is like in terms of size and range of equipment on display.
The biggest speaker at the show was definitely this horn speak from Real Horns
There were some interesting tonearms at the event.
The Arrow tonearm from Primary Control was a great looking design
Munich 2015 was as busy as ever
The new Reference speaker from Magico
Tidal Loudspeakers looked and sounded superb.
Tidal Reference speakers were probably our favourite sound at the show.
Kef’s new Blade two speakers looked great in blue
Static display of some of the Kef range
Interesting looking amplifier but it was only on display
Sometimes inside looks even better than the outside
Wall of cables from Audioquest
Top of the range turntable from Transrotor. Love the off/on switch
Be Yamamura’s new horn speakers
Longest tonearm we have ever seen from Well Tempered
This MV Agusta got some serious attention on the Clearaudio stand
Server Amazing stand
Did we mention the show was busy
Jay Z wasn’t in attandance but the stand was still busy
New high end phono stage from YBA coming later this year
Inside of high end YBA phono stage
New CD Player
There were a lot of record cleaning machines
Nice little bluetooth speaker
Tiny little active speakers
Serious turntable/arm from Klimo
Looks a bit like an AVID but it is a Klimo turntable
New Revolution range from Tannoy
Paradigm speakers looked and sounded good
Bluetooth speaker from Devialet
The Devialet room as usual looked stunning
New amps from Advance Acoustic
Amazing Hi Fi rack
Record Clamps from Oyaide
Clamp and mat from Oyaide
More record cleaners
There were plenty of high end cartridges
Really nice looking speaker
Tiny headphone amps from Lars and Ivan
Bigger Class A headphone amp from Lars and Ivan
Now Pro-Ject have a record cleaning machine
Carbon and gold turntable from Pro-Ject
New RP5 tuntable in three colours from Pro-Ject
We suspect for display only
Yet more carbon turntables from Pro-Ject
This is not a Tivoli radio but a seven foot high stand
New bluetooth amp from Taga with built in DAC
Range of ceiling speakers
Hybrid amp from Taga coming later this year
New high stand speaker
Bluetooth speaker from Taga with coloured grills
Rolls Royce Phantom