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  1. Munich High End 2017 – Loudspeakers over €15k

    I’m not making excuses for the sound at the Munich High-End show. It was uniformly awful, with a few exceptions. This actually works in our favour because we can concentrate on products of interest rather than ones that happened to sound good. Here is a short list of some of the finest: Most promising new products/New Brands Finkteam WM-4 Shown in early prototype form in the Marantz room, the wide, €65,000 WM-4 designed by Karl-Heinz Fink and his team sported BMR midrange units and 380mm paper cone bass drivers to deliver a tight, rhythmic, and yet deep presentation when played...

  2. Munich High End 2017 – Loudspeakers €15K and below

    Most Promising Newcomers ELAC Adante floorstander prototype ELAC loudspeaker design guru Andrew Jones brought newly assembled prototypes of his upcoming Adante floorstanding loudspeakers (to Munich and we found their sound promising to say the least. The Adante speaker family is the third (and most ambitious) range of speakers Jones has created for ELAC and they promise to continue Jones’ tradition of offering unusually sophisticated sound for their prices, plus the ability to compete with far more expensive designs. The Adante floorstanders use one of Jones’ signature coincident tweeter/midrange arrays, plus a three-driver bass array with a somewhat unconventional cabinet loading...

  3. Meet Your Maker - Heinz Roher of Thorens

    Thorens is one of the grand names in audio. The company’s began making turntables almost back when the rest of the world first started making records. 1903 to be precise, and this wasn’t even Thorens first product The Swiss brand began life making music boxes and clock mechanisms back in 1883. Some of the best, most highly praised, and still most highly desirable turntables from the 1950s and 1960s came with the Thorens name on the plinth. Recently, Thorens announced a range of turntables that hark back to those classic designs: the new 900 series. These are more than just...

  4. Munich High End 2017 – Analogue Sources

    Most Promising Newcomers Acoustic Signature Merlin turntable & tone arm In the pantheon of fine turntable/tone arm rigs from the German firm Acoustic Signature, the entry-level models have traditionally been affordable, but not too many rungs up the performance ladder things start to get expensive in a hurry. What was needed, some felt, was an attractive, upscale step-up model that conveyed some of the look and feel of upper-tier Acoustic Signature models, but with a not-too-daunting step upward in price. At Munich, the firm rolled out a new turntable model called the Merlin (€2500) that exactly fills this bill. When...

  5. Munich High End 2017 – Headphones & Personal Audio

    Most Promising Newcomers Abyss Diana planar Ever since launching its superb-sounding but also large and unorthodox-looking AB-1266 planar magnetic headphone, the Abyss team has had a vision of creating a smaller, lighter, somewhat less expensive, more conventional-looking, and almost-as-good-sounding planar magnetic headphone. The model is almost here and is called the Diana, which will be priced around $3000. The Diana is significantly lighter and simpler looking than the AB-1266 and comes in three gorgeous matt-finish colours: a tasteful and subdued grey, a subtle off-white or cream colour, and a downright delicious-looking chocolate brown. Acoustic Research AR-H1 planar magnetic headphone In...

  6. Australe EZ - The latest offering from Triangle

    Discover Australe EZ, the new reference of the Esprit range. Using the identity of the Esprit EZ range, Australe EZ radiates its own unique character. A great leap forward, Australe EZ boasts unmatched technological innovations that redefine the performance of the range and delivers a unique 'live' feel. DPS TECHNOLOGY With Australe EZ, TRIANGLE integrates the new DPS “Dynamic Pulse System” technology, reserved until now to speakers of the Magellan range. This technology is based on the addition of a second tweeter at the rear of the speaker, expressing the most high frequencies without interfering with the signal emitted from...

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