Ah. Here we are again. Yet another show report…. [party time!]
This was an unbelievable experience. We are still fresh from the shock of the size and intensity of Munich. Hopefully I will be able to convey some of this here and describe what it was like so that those of you haven’t gone can understand what it is like – because it is not at all what we expected from all the show reports and videos we have watched over the years.… Read the full article
I’ve been a long-time Audio Research fan. As part of my research on the brand, I came to know Livio Cucuzza, their designer, through a cyber friendship and also by his sublime design work of Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, and Audio Research projects. But I had never met the man…until Munich. I had asked Livio if I could do a short interview at Munich and he agreed. On Saturday afternoon, I rambled into the ARC/McIntosh press room and to my surprise our very own Dr.… Read the full article
Where did that instrument come from?
The soundstage is huge and background dead quiet. That instrument just popped out of nowhere. Wow, that is spooky real. The timbre is dead on. I don’t understand a word of this French singer but the jazz is amazing and I have rarely heard a jazz recording sound this good. This is truly world-class sound.
Two familiar brands I saw at Munich were Eggleston Works and Doshi Audio. Nick Doshi popped in for a day but I completely missed him. I had better luck with Jim Thompson from Eggleston. Jim has a lot of exciting things in the works including being part of a renovation of a rail station in Memphis. Given that Memphis is not too far away from Atlanta, I plan to visit the factory in the Fall and see what Jim’s team is up to.… Read the full article
One of the things that stood out about Munich was the absolute beauty of select gear. We saw breathtaking speaker quality in John DeVore‘s O/Reference line; we saw amazing Forte turntables from EAT; and we saw gorgeous tape machines from the team at Nagra.
But if I have to select the most beautiful system at the show then it was Timo Engstrom‘s mono tube-amps with Oliver Göbel‘s Divin Noblesse. To further impress, someone had placed gorgeous flowers in a variety of colors behind the amps. … Read the full article
This was not a good day. Immigration officials in Cuba had brought an American and two Canadians in for questioning. Their paperwork was not in order. Rules had been broken. They had been doing work in Cuba without the proper permissions! Questioning went on for a couple of hours, with each person individually questioned.
Fortunately this story has a very good ending. The three in question are, in fact, the principals of Muxia Music, a new audiophile record label focused on culturally important traditional music.… Read the full article
Recorded about 35 rooms in 24bit 96kHz at Munich,
and if you click through the rooms, and listen carefully to the Audio Note room, YOU will HEAR the difference [and if you listen REAL carefully, you can hear the difference the new AN prototype DAC makes! (the PLAYLIST: Munich 2019 in 24bit 96kHz).
This is the idea behind making high resolution recordings – so people do not have to rely on reviewer$ to tell them which rooms sounded best. Unfortunately I missed several rooms that, for example, JV thought sounded ‘best’ so this year we cannot prove the facetiousness of this year’s choices [but, seriously?… Read the full article
Jennifer Warnes, Another Time, Another Place: One of the great things about going to shows is discovering new music. Lately, I just have happened to be buying a lot of albums from the Impex label. Some of the classic Three Blind Mice titles seem to have breathed new life in these great sounding pressings which seem to transport me back to 1970s Japan and some superb micing done in a studio. Recently I picked up the Impex pressing of Michel LeGrand’s Legrand Jazz, a superb jazz performance that features Miles Davis. … Read the full article
So what did I learn during my first trip to High End 2019 in Munich, which also happened to be the first time I set foot in Europe? Let’s go through the list:
- Go to Germany for the wurst, not the burgers. I found a food truck outside the MOC at High End 2019 touting burgers made from 100% Angus beef, and I was hungry and it sounded like a pretty good idea.