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06 / 13 / 24

Aavik I-180 Integrated Stereo Amplifier Review

Aavik I-180 Integrated Stereo Amplifier Review
You call this entry-level?
Review By Michael Lang
With the integrated amplifier from the entry-level 180 series, Aavik took a radical turn: leaving behind heavy castles of aluminum in favor of natural materials and shapes derived from musical instruments. Aavik is the electronics side of a company-triumvirate, the other two being Břrresen as a loudspeaker brand and Ansuz as a supplier of cables and accessories. Regular STEREO readers might be familiar with Aavik thanks to the impressive U-300 integrated amplifier equipped with a phono stage and DAC. Or maybe also due to the D-180 DAC or R-180 phono preamp, which has already received excellent reviews recently. The device featured here has almost nothing in common with the U-300 – neither the martial exterior nor the idea of amplifiers having to have "everything under one roof" made its way into the here and now. Beyond that, no stone was left unturned either!
---> Aavik I-180 Integrated Stereo Amplifier Review.

 

 

The White House Recording Library The forgotten vinyl LP collection. Video By The 1600 Sessions

The White House Recording Library
The forgotten vinyl LP collection.
Featuring John Chuldenko, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter
Video By The 1600 Sessions
A donation from the Recording Industry Association of America to the Nixon White House, the White House Recording Library was comprised of 2000 LPs, and overseen by a committee of scholars, journalists, and musicians. The library was then stored away and forgotten. John Chuldenko, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter, recalls hearing stories of the collection and began his search to uncover the lost music. He shares his quest and discovery with White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin. This video is hosted by the  White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin, with guest John Chuldenko, Grandson of President Jimmy Carter.
---> The White House Recording Library.

 

 

06 / 12 / 24

Glastonbury Festival 2024 June 26th Through 30th

Glastonbury Festival 2024 June 26th Through 30th
The very first music Festival was held the day after Jimi Hendrix passed. It marked the beginnings of a music festival at the Bath & West Showground, which then inspired Michael Eavis to commence his own music event, yet on a smaller scale. Today, the Glastonbury Festival brings many thousands of music fans and their families together to enjoy the music. Due to tremendous popularity of this exciting music event, Glastonbury Festival 2024 tickets are already sold out. Dua Lipa will bring her special Pyramid Stage debut as the Friday night headliner, which will also showcase both LCD Soundsystem and PJ Harvey too.

Also on the schedule are Coldplay, who will make their first Saturday night Pyramid Stage appearance since 2016 and have become the first act to headline the Glastonbury Festival five times! Before Coldplay comes on stage, Little Simz also comes back to the festival to perform her biggest hits on stage. Sunday night's special headline musical artists is SZA, which is considered a hot hip hop / R&B act. Sunday sets from Afrobeats megastar Burna Boy and Janelle Monáe also fill the schedule, as do many, many other music performances and bands. This year’s Sunday teatime legend will be Shania Twain, who makes her first trip to Worthy Farm for what, according to the show promoters, promises to be one of the most popular sets of the weekend. Many more acts and attractions are still to be announced, so see the Glastonbury Festival 2024 website for more details.

 

 

06 / 10 / 24

Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook (LIS) 2024 Edition

Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook (LIS) 2024 Edition
Thanks to our friends at audioXpress, the very special 2024 edition of the Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook (LIS) is now available. Within this year's edition they include updated listings of suppliers, service providers, and vendors. There's also a highly valuable overview of the loudspeaker industry, plus op-ed articles from Audio & Loudspeaker Technologies International (ALTI) encouraging industry innovation, and the perspectives of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) too. This publication is a valuable resource for everyone working in research and development, driver manufacturing, marketing, sourcing, and sales of loudspeakers / high-end audio industry products and services.

Since audioXpress carefully monitors and follows current market trends, the 2024 Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook provides an article prepared by an expert team at Analog Devices, which is focused upon the latest development in digital signal processing (DSP) as it is applied to loudspeakers. Jennifer Shockley, Executive Director of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) addresses immersive and spatial audio. As professional audio companies are fostering the creative possibilities of immersive audio productions, Chris Hansen (Harman International), Gary Boss (Audio-Technica US), David Fuller (QSC), and Marc Lopez (d&b audiotechnik) assess the impact of immersive audio and product development. We want to thank audioXpress and their excellent LIS 2024 resource book, as it highlights the critical loudspeaker industry milestones plus celebrates the businesses that continues to bring success for the audio industry.

 

 

06 / 07 / 24

Hi-Fi+ May 2024

hi-fi+ June 2024 High-End Audio Magazine
Editorial: The Passing Of Milan Karan And Andrew Singer
AURALiC VEGA S1 Network Streamer, DAC, Preamp
Axxess Forté 1, 2, And 3 Integrated Amplifiers
Burmester 111 MKII Music Server, Streamer, DAC, Pre
Gold Note IS-10 And PA-10 EVO Integrated & Power Amp
Conrad-Johnson Classic Phono Preamplifier
Hegel Music Systems H190v Integrated Amplifier
Graham Audio LS3/5a Loudspeaker
Accustic Arts Power III Integrated Amplifier
Van den Hul Carbon Elite XGW MC Phono Cartridge
And Much More!

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says "As much as I try to avoid the Editorial becoming an Obituary page, sadly, sometimes there is no other option. This month, the audio industry lost two big names; one in the high-end amplifier world, and another at one time the high-end audio retailer. High-end amplifier designer Milan Karan of Karan Acoustics fame passed away just before the AXPONA Show in Chicago. I spoke to Karan's close friend Branko Bozic of Audiofreaks, "On the 10th of April this year, the high-end audio world lost a precious and gifted designer and artisan when Milan Karan left us at an early age of 58 in his native Novi Sad (Serbia) after a relatively short and ruthless illness. And, much more than that, the world in general and I personally have prematurely lost a good fellow human being, long-standing and close Friend and brother in arms. Instead of Living (Only) Twice, we just live only once... or less." See what's within this issue of hi-fi+ magazine at this link.

 

 

06 / 06 / 24

Why Music? Roger Skoff writes about the most basic question of all.

Why Music?
Roger Skoff writes about the most basic question of all.
Article By Roger Skoff
Many years ago, when I had a different audio company, I was absolutely shocked – something that really doesn't happen very often – when one of my dealers told me that he didn't like music. At first, I thought that I must have heard him wrong or misunderstood what he said and that it must be some particular piece of music or some style or instrument that he didn't like. But, when I asked him what he meant by that, and to please clarify, he told me straight-out that he found music of any kind to be annoying and didn't like to listen to it.
---> Why Music?

 

 

Video: McIntosh Laboratory Factory Tour Gramophone gives us a look at a legendary premium audio company.

Video: McIntosh Laboratory Factory Tour
Gramophone gives us a look at a legendary premium audio company.
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory offers premium home audio systems that produce an exceptional audio experience. While the company initially focused on stereo system, in modern times they have expanded to offer stereo and immersive audio multi-channel audio products. McIntosh Labs is best known for their signature blue Watt output meter and green logo. McIntosh Labs' products are designed and handcrafted at their Binghamton, New York factory by passionate employees who love music. Furthermore, McIntosh Labs has powered moments in music history and pop culture including the USA's then President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech to the first Woodstock music festival. Many also know the company for helping power the now-famous Grateful Dead 'Wall of Sound'.
---> Video: McIntosh Laboratory Factory Tour.

 

 

06 / 05 / 24

Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show Report -- High-Performance High-End Audio Equipment

Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show In September
The Pacific Audio Fest (PAF) returns to Seattle for their third great year! From September 6th through 8th, you can experience the very best in high-performance high-end audiophile gear at the biggest and best audio show on the Northwest coast of the USA! With over 200 exhibitors showcasing great audio gear, there will be millions of Dollars is audio gear, from very reasonably priced to cost-no-object, to hear and enjoy. Taking place at the Doubletree-Hilton Sea-Tac / Seattle, PAF is the USA's very best Northwestern premium audio event.

Scheduled for the Pacific Audio Fest 2024 is live music on Friday and Saturday nights, with NW regional wine and beer tastings, and ~100 rooms of quality audio, Marketplace, Record Fair, HeadZone and much more! The Pacific Audio Fest show is located at a top tech hub and one of the fastest growing communities in the USA, plus it is a vacation paradise in the summer months. The Seattle area has great demographics for the audio industry too! Reserves your place for PAF 2024 now before they sell out! Plus every ticket purchase enters you in a raffle to win a turntable and/or much more! Get your PAF 2024 tickets here. The Discount Hotel Reservation link is now live. Please contact PAF if you have any problems booking and they will assist you in taking care of it.
---> Learn More @ Enjoy the Music.com's Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show Report.

 

 

06 / 03 / 24

T.H.E. Show SoCal 2024

T.H.E. Show SoCal 2024: 180 Brands On 5 Floors
North America's longest running hi-fi audio trade show, T.H.E. Show, is set to take place this weekend (June 7th through 9th) at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. With an impressive 180 brands exhibiting on five floors, there's also a substantial seminar lineup and live music entertainment schedule too! For gearheads, there will be world premiere releases, North American premieres, raffles, and more! T.H.E. Show 2024 is truly elated to create for you a three day music, audio, and entertainment experience. Enjoy your favorite tunes and learn about new ones from exhibitors and other music fans. Note that attendees will also be entitled to a special parking rate of $20 per day per vehicle (last year it was $28 so they are pleased to offer an even deeper savings). Armed Forces and children under 12 receive complimentary entry (with proof of service).

T.H.E. Club Lounge will be open for members of all audio societies and music clubs! Please bring proof of membership and you will be welcomed in for complimentary beverages, snacks, networking, and relaxation. Additionally, T.H.E. Show SoCal 2024 are excited to share with you all that T.H.E. Women's Lounge is back! We welcome our HiFi Sisters to join us in this special lounge where we will be serving complimentary beverages, snacks, and some special surprises for T.H.E. Ladies! Learn more about T.H.E. Show SoCal 2024 at this link.

 

 

06 / 01 / 24

Enjoy the Music.com's June 2024 Premium High-Performance Audio Review Magazine

June High-Performance Audio Review Magazine
We have finalized our in-depth AXPONA show coverage and are still quite busy adding to our very extensive HIGH END 2024 report. Roger Skoff's editorial 'Words? Music? Both? Neither? What Do You Listen For?' asks you which is more important when listening to a song. Even with classical music, where every note to be played by every individual instrument is written down and unchanging, isn't every different performance by every orchestra or every conductor still different!

 

 

HIGH END Audiophile Event At MOC And International Parts + Supply 2024 Show Report Munich Germany

HIGH END 2024 At Munich M.O.C. Show Report
High End Society's HIGH END 2024 Event In Munich Germany
From May 9th to 12th, 2024, the 41st HIGH END trade show in Munich will once again shine a spotlight on luxurious premium music reproduction systems, inspiring listening enjoyment and exquisite audio technology. HIGH END continues to be one of the most important marketplaces and trading rendezvous for the audio industry, with many international trade visitors from around the world. Music lovers from over 90 countries visit Munich to discover high-performance audio industry trends, exchange views, learn the latest news, plus network and do business. For industry experts, audiophile enthusiasts, and music enthusiasts, the HIGH END four-day event in Munich will once again be a spectacular event.
---> HIGH END 2024 At Munich M.O.C. Show Report.

 

 

AXPONA 2024 High-Performance Audio, Luxury Premium Hi-Fi Stereo Audiophile Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com

AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) 2024 three-day experience featured a multitude of floors, with a total of approximately 200 listening rooms. Special showcases include the Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, The Ear Gear Experience, and a variety of seminars. Whether you're a very serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you found everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds. The Ear Gear Experience is the place to go to find everything from open-back, closed-back, in-ear headphones and accessories, as well as cables DACs and players. You can also shop audio accessories, turntables, cables and more in the Expo Hall. Plus find new and vintage vinyl in AXPONA's own Record Fair.
---> AXPONA 2024 High-End Audio Show Report.

 

 

Acora Acoustics QRC 2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review First-class sound quality in a luxurious form factor.

 

With so much effort going towards show coverage, we still found time to review the impressive Acora Acoustics QRC 2 floorstanding loudspeaker. Enjoy the Music.com's Rick Becker has become a big fan of Acora Acoustics, including bestowing upon them a very special Best Rooms award within his Chicago show report. These loudspeakers look and sound sensational! 

 

Simaudio MOON 641 Integrated Amplifier And 681 Network Player / DAC Review Stereo sound system synergy plus MOONLink technology.

 

We also have the North America premiere review of Simaudio's MOON 641 Integrated Amplifier and 681 Network Player / DAC. MOON gear is designed to deliver a lovely listening experience in clarity and depth. Special features include their Distortion-Cancelling Amplifier (MDCA) circuitry, which employs an independent circuit and signal correction to lower noise and distortion. They also designed in high-performance dual-mono configuration to ensure top-quality channel separation. All this and much more inside Enjoy the Music.com's June 2024 Review Magazine. Be sure to join us for more fun and bonus content within our Facebook and Instagram social media pages.

 

 

High-End Audio Reviews & Audiophile Articles

High-End Audio / Audiophile And Immersivephile Review Magazine
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05 / 31 / 24

Neven Kos HIGH END 2024 Show Report And PhotoFest Special mention for sound systems that left a deeper mark for music lovers. Show Report By Neven Kos

Neven Kos HIGH END 2024 Show Report And PhotoFest
Special mention for sound systems that left a deeper mark for music lovers.
Show Report By Neven Kos
We are grateful to the Croatian owner of HiFiMedia, who kindly sent us a glorious selection of photos and HIGH END 2024 show coverage by Neven Kos. Since 1996, HiFiMedia magazine has been professionally reviewing, testing, and presenting audio and video products to objectively inform and help Croatian / European readers in their decision to purchase new products. In addition to gear reviews and show reports, they publish expert assessments on music, film, and DVD / Blu-ray releases with a broad overview of urban, jazz, and classical music. In addition, HiFiMedia also reviews the latest film productions plus articles in the field of film art. We'd like to thank Andrija Ćurković for sending us wonderful photos to share with our global audience. As always... enjoy the music!
---> Neven Kos HIGH END 2024 Show Report And PhotoFest.

 

 

05 / 30 / 24

SVS SB-2000 Active Subwoofer Review

SVS SB-2000 Active Subwoofer Review
A reasonably-priced high quality 12" powered subwoofer system.
Review By Tom Lyle
At times I must come off as some sort of audio-curmudgeon, such as when I became upset when I noted some audiophiles calling a component a preamplifier rather than a line stage. There have been other times, too, that I've gotten upset over someone using what I consider the incorrect nomenclature for an audio component or part. Thankfully, I've gotten over that preamplifier versus line stage episode. But I'm still working on the fact that some sell speakers that they call "subwoofers" yet don't go below 20 Hz. "Sub" what? Thankfully, there's no reason to have any ill will in regards to the SVS SB-2000, since SVS claims that it reaches down to 19 Hz and might even reach lower depending on one's room size and its placement in one's room. What makes this SVS SB-2000 subwoofer even better is that it is rather small, measuring only about 14.5" x 14.5" x 15.5". The sub's depth is a little greater when attaching its curved grille, but even still, this is quite a small subwoofer when one considers how deep it reaches into the bass region with its 12" woofer and 500-Watt internal amplifier.
---> SVS SB-2000 Active Subwoofer Review.

 

 

Sennheiser HD 660 S Over-Ear Headphone Review

Sennheiser HD 660 S Over-Ear Headphone Review
If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
Review By Dave Hanson
Updating a much-loved product like the Sennheiser HD 650 is a tricky task. But having spent nearly 75 years in the audio business, Sennheiser understands the importance of reading the tealeaves. The personal audio industry is in a period of tremendous growth and no single segment is growing faster than the portable devices category. So with that, Sennheiser made a bold move. While many companies would have left well enough alone, Sennheiser took one of their most popular products, the somewhat hard-to-drive HD 650, and updated it with and easier to drive design. The result is the new Sennheiser HD 660 S ($499). While the original could be a bit fussy with amplification – holding back some of its potential until you plugged it into the perfect tube amp – the HD 660 S skips all the fuss and sounds good with just about anything. And while there's a bit of a cost in terms of overall scalability, the headphone provides an intriguing option for an increasingly mobile audience.
---> Sennheiser HD 660 S Over-Ear Headphone Review.

 

 

05 / 28 / 24

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2024 In November

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2024 In November
As Washington DC's premier high-performance audio event, the Capital Audiofest (CAF) is set to take place at the Hilton Rockville (Maryland) from November 8th through 10th. Capital Audiofest started out in 2010 as a very casual show and has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event, while also being recognized as a fun, friendly, and family-oriented high-end audiophile show. Families can casually stroll from room to room listening to music, auditioning gear, and browsing many bins of vinyl LP records, CDs, and hi-fi accessories. During the evenings, CAF 2024 will have live music in the bar area. See Enjoy the Music.com's Capital Audiofest 2023 show report at this link.

 

 

05 / 24 / 24

USA Department Of Justice Sues Live Nation / Ticketmaster

USA Department Of Justice Sues Live Nation / Ticketmaster
According to the Department Of Justice within the United States of America, "Live Nation-Ticketmaster's Exclusionary Conduct and Dominance Across the Live Concert Ecosystem Harms Fans, Innovation, Artists, and Venues: The Justice Department, along with 30 state and district attorneys general, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ticketmaster LLC (Live Nation-Ticketmaster) for monopolization and other unlawful conduct that thwarts competition in markets across the live entertainment industry. The lawsuit, which includes a request for structural relief, seeks to restore competition in the live concert industry, provide better choices at lower prices for fans, and open venue doors for working musicians and other performance artists...."

To which Live Nation Entertainment posted: "The complaint, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Live Nation-Ticketmaster unlawfully exercises its monopoly power in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. As a result of its conduct, music fans in the United States are deprived of ticketing innovation and forced to use outdated technology while paying more for tickets than fans in other countries. At the same time, Live Nation-Ticketmaster exercises its power over performers, venues, and independent promoters in ways that harm competition. Live Nation-Ticketmaster also imposes barriers to competition that limit the entry and expansion of its rivals...." Click the associated link above to read the DOJ's press release and Live Nation Entertainment's reply.

 

 

05 / 23 / 24

Wells Audio Commander Level II Preamplifier Review

Wells Audio Commander Level II Vacuum Tube Line Stage Review
The Commander is in a club of one.
Review By Sam Rosen
A little while ago I reviewed the Wells Audio Cipher. I asked Jeff Wells, the owner of Wells Audio, to tell me more about the Cipher, and he more or less described it as his preamp circuit, with a single fixed input coming from the DAC. I was so impressed with the smooth analog nature of his DAC that I asked him if I could review his preamp. A few months later, a Commander Level II arrived at my door. The Commander Level II is Jeff Wells' mid-range preamp. The standard level I, sells for $3999, the level II (my unit) sells for $9000, and the Level III sells for $18,000. Each version has the same base design and circuit, and each upgrade introduces higher end and more expensive discrete parts into the build process. According to Wells Audio these improvements lower the noise floor, increase the dynamic range, and dramatically improve the experience.
---> Wells Audio Commander Level II Tube Line Stage Review.

 

 

Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier Review

Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier Review
More than the sum of its parts. Review By Francisco Duran.
Review By Francisco Duran
This has been one of the hardest reviews I have ever done because the MichiX3 integrated amplifier really surprised me. Out of the box and into my system it performed so well that I was at a loss for words. Not so much as in spectacular audiophile terms, but because it just went straight to work and played music, all kinds of music, and from all kinds of sources in such a relaxed but inviting manner, critique just kind of went out the window. But unless you have been living under an audiophile rock for the last few years, you probably have seen, even in passing, a review of the latest Rotel amplifiers. In fact, I have recently written about their neat A14MK.2. A solid performer, the sound signature of that unit being quite different from its big brother, the Michi X3.
---> Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier Review.

 

 

05 / 21 / 24

Great Memories Of AXPONA 2024 A renewed energy and inspiration for the art of high-end audio. Audio Expo North America 2024 Show Coverage By Professor Michael Bump

Great Memories Of AXPONA 2024
A renewed energy and inspiration for the art of high-end audio.
Audio Expo North America 2024 Show Coverage By Professor Michael Bump
Considering the ever-expanding international stage of high-end audio shows such as HIGH END 2024 in Munich, Tokyo, Bangkok, the UK, Poland, etc., as well as those in the States such as the inaugural Southwest Audio Fest in Dallas, the annual Florida International Audio Expo in Tampa, Pacific Audio Fest in Seattle, and Capital Audio Fest in Washington D.C., I sense we are welcoming a 'renaissance' (no pun intended) in high-end audio. I sense it's also fair to recognize that this global, post-pandemic interest represents a not-so-elite multitude of demographics. This year's Audio Expo of North America (AXPONA 2024), held once again at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, from April 12th through April 14th, served as an excellent melting pot to this experience. I found it particularly energizing to witness a significant increase in family attendance and youth engagement (this was particularly noted in the Ear Gear Experience hall). Liz Smith, AXPONA's Show Director, states "This year our Gen Z pass doubled".
---> Great Memories Of AXPONA 2024 Show Report By Michael Bump.

 

 

05 / 20 / 24

Reference Recordings Brahms Reimagined Orchestrations

Reference Recordings Brahms Reimagined Orchestrations
A new and very imaginative album from critically-acclaimed music label Reference Records, Brahms Reimagined Orchestrations [RR-152] features three compositions by Johannes Brahms, in an outstanding interpretation from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony. This very high-quality album features the first recording of American composer and Kansas City native Virgil Thomson's 1957 / 1958 orchestration of Brahms: Eleven Chorale Preludes for organ, op 122. It also features the wonderfully enchanting Black Swan, composer Bright Sheng's orchestration of the Brahms Intermezzo for solo piano, op. 118, No. 2, plus the beloved and spectacular Arnold Schoenberg orchestration of the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25. Notes writer Ken Meltzer states: "Schoenberg's orchestration is a respectful and affectionate tribute by one great composer to another. It is also a beautiful and at times thrillingly entertaining piece. And to the extent it presents both composers at their least inhibited, the Brahms / Schoenberg Piano Quartet offers a valuable insight into the personalities of two of concert music's most influential figures."

The album was recorded live in the stunning and acoustically acclaimed Helzberg Hall, part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The album was produced by Peter Rutenberg, who has over half a century of experience in the music industry as a producer, composer, director, and teacher. Rutenberg was recognized by The Recording Academy in two Grammy categories: as nominee for Classical Producer of the Year in 2011, and winner of Best Small Ensemble Performance of 2006 as a conductor. This album was engineered by Reference Recordings' esteemed technical team, composed of Grammy-winning engineer 'Prof' Keith O. Johnson and multi-Grammy-nominated engineer Sean Royce Martin.

 

 

05 / 17 / 24

Munich HIGH END 2024 Show Was Grueling... And Fun There is just so much to see, do, and listen to! HIGH END 2024 Show Report By Robert May

Munich HIGH END 2024 Show Was Grueling... And Fun!
There is just so much to see, do, and listen to!
HIGH END 2024 Show Report By Robert May
Munich's HIGH END 2024 high-performance audio / hi-fi event has come and gone. As usual, the show was packed, both with audio gear and with audiophiles. Even in four days, two for trade, and two for the public, it was only possible to skim the surface of the exhibits, both active demos and static displays, that covered the expanse of the Munich MOC exhibition space. The overall impression after those four immersive days is of an extremely active industry, creating products of exceptional fit and finish, all in the service of seeking the best in audio. In the active demos, there was much commonality in the aural presentation of state-of-the-art audio systems – great transparency, details, and presence, with the best showing more than a modicum of soundstage depth and dimensionality. Within this envelope, there were of course as many variations, both subtle and not, on these themes; the fun is in hearing these variations wandering from room to room.
---> Munich HIGH END 2024 Show Was Grueling... And Fun!

 

 

Incredible Sound Systems At HIGH END 2024 In Munich Another fantastic high-end audio show at the MOC. HIGH END 2024. Show Report By Jason Kennedy

Incredible Sound Systems At HIGH END 2024 In Munich
Another fantastic high-end audio show at the MOC. HIGH END 2024.
Show Report By Jason Kennedy
Since many of you are very familiar with details concerning the HIGH END show in Munich, let's jump right into it, shall we? Vertere took a room in the Motorworld across the road from the main show to reveal a high-end phono preamplifier dubbed CALON. This takes a multi-layer approach by adding gain to the signal before and after RIAA EQ, with both gain stages being adjustable. The idea is that a stronger signal will be less prone to picking up noise during the filtering. Vertere has also added a subsonic filter because company founder Touraj Moghaddam considers such things to be useful in making the lives of both amplifiers and loudspeakers easier, not having to amplify signals below 20Hz is good for amps and not having pumping cones is good for speakers. The price has been set at $19,995.
---> Incredible Sound Systems At HIGH END 2024 In Munich.

 

 

HIGH END 2024 At MOC Reaches New Heights

HIGH END 2024 At MOC Reaches New Heights
The High End Society's HIGH END 2024 high-end audiophile show in Munich reaches new heights with a total of 22,198 visitors during the four day event. While the visitor statistics were a touch above last years, with 11,237 trade visitors and was higher than public attendance numbers of 10,373 for the first time. Music enthusiasts traveled from 108 nations to HIGH END 2024. There were 588 media representatives who traveled to Munich to discover the latest in high-performance audio gear and immersive music. According to the show promoter, "The HIGH END 2024 saw overwhelming visitor traffic on the first public day, where visitor crowds were so large at times that sections of the atriums had to be temporarily cordoned off to prevent the aisles and rooms from being overfilled."

Space within the MOC covers more than 30,000 square meters in the four halls and three atriums, and HIGH END 2024 visitors experienced fantastic demonstrations of exclusive hi-tech audio and hi-fi products. As normal, the trade show section was fully subscribed as a total of 513 exhibiting companies spanned every square meter of exhibition space. In addition, there were two special trade shows consisting of IPS (International Parts + Supply) and the World Of Headphones in Hall 1. The latter was a newly opened space and presented a vast assortment of high-quality personal audio products, headphones, portable audio players, and accessories. Of note is that younger visitors in particular frequented the new area, but exhibitors also took notice and expressed an interest in cooperation.
---> More facts and data about HIGH END 2024.

 

 


 

 

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