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  • My short visit to Munich High End Show

    Part 1 - Intro and the Systems

    Spending a full day in the middle of a packed crowd is not an activity I am looking for hence my persistent resistance to attend big shows. This year was different. A close friend and member on this board was exhibiting for the first time at Munich. I also got contacted by some of the people who have been supplying me with master tapes and who had enquired whether I was planning to come over to Munich. I also arranged to meet an audiophile from the South of France over lunch.

    So I booked a return flight for just one day. Munich is just about one hour flight from Brussels and has one of the best airports in Europe. My trip did not start as planned. My early morning flight got cancelled the night before and I was booked on the next flight. I therefore arrived at the show around 11AM instead.

    I had a list of booths and rooms I did not want to miss. For the rest, I just followed my instinct. I did not visit all rooms and where there was a huge crowd, I just passed.

    Achieving excellent sound at the Munich Show is certainly a daunting exercise and some top brands don’t even dare trying and are just sticking to static display. Soundwise, here are some of the rooms that caught my attention (in no particular order):

    The new Wilson Audio’s Alexx were showcased in two rooms. They were driven by big Moons and Nagra HD power amps respectively.

    Vandersteen speakers with a full Brinkmann system.

    Marteen speakers driven by Nagra. I already heard the same loudspeakers driven by top of the range Jeff Rowlands.

    The CH Precision/TechDas/Vivid Audio but why on earth does Mr Hideaki Nishikawa need to start a demo with the soundtrack of the Bodyguard with snap crackle and the pop as backing vocals?

    The soundstage produced by the Aries Cerat Symphonia was impressive though the room was rather small. Unfortunately, the Vyger turntable had an issue with its air pump and I could not listen to records.

    I aslo liked the full TAD system with Reference One speakers (no picture).

    I much preferred the small Tidal loudspeakers driven by MSB to the big guns Assoluta (no picture). For the latter ones, I confess that they were playing one the classical composers whom I tend to compare to Maria Carey (Tchaikovsky).

    Two products I would have loved to bring back for an home audition: the CH Precision P1 (no picture) and the D’Agostino phono stages. Though the latter was on static display, Dan was kind enough to explain me in details the features of this beautifully built phono stage.

    There were some other interesting phono stages too.

    And the matching turntable

    I am not sure that Blue would marry Red but it is worth trying.

    I also met the guy who influenced my decision to acquire a Brinkmann Balance and a Transfiguration Proteus.

    Last edited by dcc; 05-21-2017, 03:33 PM.

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    Part 2 - Tapes

    Three booths were promoting tapes: Horch House, STS and Fonè records where you could listen to tapes through headphones. Volker Lange had brought two Studers (one A 810 and one B67). When I asked Volker where was the new Revox, he replied “This Year. Wait”.

    STS from the Netherlands was showcasing the beautiful Ballfinger deck and a Telefunken Master Recorder.

    Finally, Mr Ricci had brought his Nagra IV Stereo.

    Some rooms were featuring tape decks as well but none of them were playing when I was there. Nagra had brought their big gun Nagra T. EAR had two vintage Denon tape decks. I wished that Tim De Paravicini had brought his modified Studer C37. I spotted a Teac deck as well.

    Last edited by dcc; 05-21-2017, 12:33 PM.


    • #3
      Part 3 - Analog eye candies – Some classics and some proportionate ones in no particular order

      Last edited by dcc; 05-21-2017, 09:10 AM.


      • Metamatic
        Metamatic commented
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        So many tables. Did Thales have a new tonearm on display?

    • #4
      Part 4 (Part 4) – Analog eye candies – If you like chrome and/or big size matters to you


      • Metamatic
        Metamatic commented
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        Was the Acoustical Systems turntable actually playing music? thye table directly above.

      • rockitman
        rockitman commented
        Editing a comment operational model if it exists would be nice.

    • #5
      Part 5 - If you want to impress you friends who are not die-hard audiophiles

      I could not resist...

      That's all Folks


      • #6
        Very nice pics ! Thanks for posting !
        Speakers: Rockport Lyra
        Amps: Nagra HD Pre Amp & HD Amps
        Cables: Transparent Magnum Opus Gen 6 cabling
        Power Transparent Opus Power Cords & Opus Isolators
        Digital dCS Vivaldi full stack w/ Transparent Reference XL Digital cables
        Phono: Grand Prix Monaco 2.0 TT, Kuzma 4-Point, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Nagra Classic Phono & PSU
        Racks: Grand Prix Audio Silverstone F1 (x4)


        • #7
          Some beautiful gear. Can't say I'm a lover of all that chrome and acrylic though......hurts my eyes.
          Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables


          • #8
            Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl
            Some beautiful gear. Can't say I'm a lover of all that chrome and acrylic though......hurts my eyes.
            Same here. reminds me of all that glitter of a disco ball.
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            • #9
              Thanks for the great pics!
              SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
              DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
              PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
              PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
              AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
              SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) JL Audio F112 V2 (x2)
              CABLES: Kubala-Sosna, Kubala Sosna Xpander.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics


              • #10
                Every year, I say "I'm gonna go to that Munich show." And, every year, I miss it.
                What a treat- lot's of gear we never see Stateside.
                I didn't know EMI still made a broadcast table.
                Thank you for posting. I trust you had a good time.
                (BTW, you don't have to go all the way to Germany to see M. Fremer, but it beats the shit of of New Jersey!)


                • MylesBAstor
                  MylesBAstor commented
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                  David Robinson has the latest EMT turntable in house for review.

              • #11
                Originally posted by Bill Hart
                Every year, I say "I'm gonna go to that Munich show." And, every year, I miss it.
                What a treat- lot's of gear we never see Stateside.
                I didn't know EMI still made a broadcast table.
                Thank you for posting. I trust you had a good time.
                (BTW, you don't have to go all the way to Germany to see M. Fremer, but it beats the shit of of New Jersey!)
                The EMT Turntable is actually a vintage one.

                Munich is just one hour flight from my place whilst Newark is about eight hours. When I go to NYC (not that often anymore), I usually don't cross the river. So the chances to meet Mickey are rather slim...

                And indeed I had a good time.


                • #12
                  Very much appreciated. Wonderful and well taken photos, plus thanks for the commentary.
                  Avalon Time, Walker Proscenium, Koetsu Coralstone, Air Tight PC-1 Supreme, Goldfinger Statement, Dalby record weight, Kondo KSL-SFz step-up, Jadis JP80-MC...heavily modified, Convergent Audio JL-2 Black Path, Sony NS999 ES Modwright modded, full loom High Fidelity Ultimate cables, Rel S-5 sub, Stillpoints ultra and 5's, Shun Mook, Dalby footers, Critical Mass bases, Acoustic System Resonators, Magnum Dynalab Etude, Telefunkens throughout, assorted fuses, Furutech outlets, PurePower conditioner.


                  • #13
                    What is the Swiss phono stage posted above the EMT?

                    Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands


                    • #14
                      dcc, thanks for taking the time to share your pictures and show experience. Well done!


                      • #15
                        Great job DCC with all of your pictures. i think I'm safe in saying that we all appreciate it.
                        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, Parasound JC5 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.


                        • Rob
                          Rob commented
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                          ditto that