Munich 2019

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Herb Reichert  |  May 22, 2019
The four parts of a four-stroke internal combustion engine’s cycle are: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. The 38th consecutive staging of HIGH END Munich was pretty much like that.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019
The Lumin Music room was a delight to my eyes as well as my ears. Everything in the room, including the sound, was light and bright – clean and open.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019
My audiophile wine-snob friends are shunning me. I see my hipster friends rolling their eyes. My long-time readers are scratching their heads. But it is true. I am actually getting into wireless + DSP speakers.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019
For years I have imagined when I retire I will buy a pair of German-made Voxativ AC-4a, Alnico magnet, wood-coned, full-range (loudspeaker) drivers; mount them on an open steel baffle; and power them with an exotic First Watt amp by Nelson Pass – or a triode amp of my own design. That is my dream system.
Herb Reichert  |  May 17, 2019
Right now, in the audiophile marketplace, who is bigger, bolder, more ubiquitous, or more iconic than Harmon Luxury Audio’s Mark Levinson brand?
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019
The $20,995 Etsuro-Urushi Gold might be the most expensive phono cartridge in the world. I mention this because in the CH Precision room, at High End 2019 I was delighted to experience the Gold in comparison to C-H’s all-out assault on the digital art – who could ask for more fun?
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019
From the window in my Brooklyn bunker, Vincent Brient’s totaldac company looks like one of the coolest, most independent, audio companies in Europe. (totaldac is located near Mont Saint-Michel, France).
Herb Reichert  |  May 15, 2019
I admit it. Prior to visiting the extraordinary-looking, brilliantly-lit 2001 A Space Odyssey-styled T+A room at High End 2019, my knowledge of their product line was sketchy at best. I had no idea German manufacturer T+A made seven separate levels/series of components – each with its own identity.
Herb Reichert  |  May 12, 2019
I doubt by now there is any need for me to tell you that High End Munich is the biggest audio trade fair because it is always sold out and there are always over 500 exhibitors... But! Unless you go there, you might not grasp how, as you walk the four enormous halls and three endless atriums, you see and hear where specialist audio is now (the current state of the art) and where it is going (the dominant technological and aesthetic trends).
Rafe Arnott  |  May 11, 2019
dCS (Data Conversion Systems) is upping their interface game with the launch at Munich High End 2019 of their bespoke streaming-audio software application Mosiac which is available now as a firmware update for current dCS owners.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 07, 2019
The awe-inspiring high-fidelity lifestyle exposition that feels more like a world’s fair than anything as pedestrian as an audiophile trade show is back for its 38th year and it looks to be bigger than ever.