Munich Show Report


This has been the first year that I visited this show, and initially I prefers the Frankfurt show at the Kempinski hotel, I think that at the MOC of munich all is more coold, at Frankfurt you have the illusion that you are at home, but at Munich there are not properly said rooms, they are rooms but with walls made with glass.

Also many brands that are at the show, are there in silence, is a very good policy, nothing that is in silence sounds bad, but can look nice.

The first day is only for pros, sorry so many dealers and distributors??? hummm....

I don´t want to say if this brand sound bad-FOR ME- ,because I have a great respect for every brand and because I know, by experience, that this is a subjective game, and what can be good for me can be only regular or bad for others, then please read this report as my subjective point of view, a humble opinion about what I heard.

ASR was with audiodata and playing LP, well in Germany there is a madness for the LP, and I understand this in the 90´s, when the electronics and speakers from this country were , sorry again , for me dry and cool, but today they sound very well, and I think that can be displayed with CD´s. For me the music was sweet, organic, but not a lot transparent, fast nor with a lot of dynamics, I repeat my audition at the end of the day and the things were a little better, but not as good as the TAS says. I was talking with the distributor of ASR in our country, and he explained that ASR don´t sell well in Germany, and the sales are mostly at the USA,well done.

A surprise was Magneplanar 20.1 with one Hegel CD player and Jeff Rowland preaamp and amp,well there were not all the bass that I want, but the people enjoyed a great sound, and I must to say for relative a few dollars.

Aestethix preamp(juno) with Pathos mono amps and sonics speakers(ex audio physics) good sound but not exceptional.

Ascendo with CAT electronics and AA, I heard this system with thow differents speakers models, one I think was C8, and always sound very very good.

Kharma exquisite wit Wawac and esoteric, well I should to say that I prefers the sound that I heard at the 2006 CES with Mini, MBL preamp and digital front and Kharma amps, and it´s the second time that I heard WAwac and that they don´t say nothing special to me.

Leben, what have this brand to sound so good in relation to their relative inexpensive price?

Jadis Audioplan, well sweet sound , musical but also a little dark, and I will define, sorry again, this sound as old sound, 80´90´s.

Brinkman , metronome, Litophon, good sound, Brinkman is a brand that I think that deserves more attention from us the audiophiles, but.....I think that we are , lately, hearing more brands with good marketing than with good sound.

Ayon were using 6C33 amps, and the sound was very good, but sorry for me many things of this brand looks as a copy of Mastersound, but a lot more expensive.

Avalon Indra, Pass 600.5 and Bladelius, good sound, it´s difficult that Avalon sound bad, it seems, at least for me , that it´s the best or one of the best speakers made with the ceramics drivers, that each day I enjoy them less.
Lin.

Reymio,well te sound was not bad but not good, i was a little dissapointed , perhpas the room?, the small speakers?...

Audionet room sounds very well, is a brand to hear with more attention.

Rooms with a little dissapointing sound:

Octave research,
Wilson Benesch wit audionet,
Tannoy Prestige with Accuphase
Lindenmann

And finally the best , for me IMHO, were:

MBL, head and shoulders above the others, don´t ask me if the amps alone sounds well, or the digital front alone is good, but as a system was the best.

SOULUTION: this brand has a electronics at least as good as FM acoustics, Boulder , MBL ...is the second time that I heard them and the sound is refined as silk.

Vitus audio, were at the show in a small room witha speaker brand fro the Greece, sweet, fast, transparent organic, as if you were hearing the best tubes but with SS.

Behold with Ascendo, for the first time I heard this sytem sounding very well, I don´t know the prices but the sound was very good.

Dissapointing fact: that small brands that sound incredibles, as can be Horch, Tidal or Gruensch aren´t at the show, but for what to be there if they don´t want to export and sells all what they can do.
And that is all
newly
Hi Newly,

I was there for two whole days, too (Saturday and Sunday). It is extremly interesting for me to hear other opinions about the systems that I heard during these two days. With most what you said I agree fully.

I want to emphasise how inappropriate MOC is for organising such events. It is very good from the infrastructure point of view but the rooms are very bad from the acoustics point of view.

Brief comment on systems that you also mentioned. I like MBL, too. Very potent sound (although the price is even for Hi End show something hard to believe). What I liked the most was Avantgarde system though: Avantgarde Trio + 4 Bass horns (every bass horn has 350W amp; cuuting freq. was 95 Hz), Avantagarde Pre-amp One Control and two mono's Avantgarde One Power (50 W each, class A). Weis CD+DAC was used as a source. I was really blown by this Avantgarde system.

I liked a bit more than you Jadis DA 88 S + Audioplan Kontrast V. For me the soundstage of this system was enarly perfect. The sound was rather neutral and very fresh and dynamic. Pure enjoyment for me ...

The show in Munchen was really good this year ...

By the way - how did you like the sound of Krell system, driven by Krell Kid ?
MBL, head and shoulders above the others, don´t ask me if the amps alone sounds well, or the digital front alone is good, but as a system was the best.

SOULUTION: this brand has a electronics at least as good as FM acoustics, Boulder , MBL ...is the second time that I heard them and the sound is refined as silk.

Vitus audio, were at the show in a small room witha speaker brand fro the Greece, sweet, fast, transparent organic, as if you were hearing the best tubes but with SS.

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Sir,

We sure listen very very differently.

MBL to me was one of the 'worst' sounds @ Munich

The Vitus Amplifiers are good - very nice - Hans Ole is a great designer & I love his products, but that room @ MOC was below par. The Rack was lovely but the sound with the SS Revelator drivers was very 'average'

Soulution Audio has a nice room with dcS Scarleti & Eventus Audio. The set up did not sound good, it was the speaker flaw. The company has a promissing future. It will become one of the top 10 electronics manufacturers in the world in 2 years time. Great Potential.

The Isophone Speaker - Ceramic + Diamond was really very very nice.
The Speaker in the Brinkmann room was very good too [I forget the name] !

The cessaro Horn + TW Raven + KR Audio room played large scale music rather well. Could not play 'trio's & quartets'
Was Duevel at the show, and were they playing their new flagship speaker, the Sirius, how was the sound?
I agree that the sound in MBL room was medicore this year.
A new show, and I don´t know why I don´t want to go to it, but finally I goes.
To describe it only one word:DISAPPOINTING, why? almost because you see and can to hear always the same, it´s posible that nobody have news ideas, that the companies are making always the same?
In relation to the last year MBL sound, with the same system, a little worst, why? I can´t to know it.CAT JL2 with small ascendo and audio aero, sounds well, but not exceptional. Avalon ISIS sounds bad, Brinkman so so, Podium sound speakers, I think that can be very good, but in the conditions that I heard them I can say you: go to buy them, Analysys also sounds well, but not exceptional, Pioneer EX1 or 2, sounds well for the price and associated electronics, Naim horrible, if you can see how and where the speakers you can understand it, Lyngdorf, promising, ASR well but I can´t understand what can to hear Harry Pearson on this electronics, Symphonic line sounds a lot better and are at least 30% less expensive, in the room of Melody was a new speakers, from Jean Hiraga a man that sometime ago had his electronics in class A stereophile, 100db/1m,transparent, fast, great soundstage, I loved them.Solution sounds very well again on pair with Behold, if someone has heard Behold I will be very happy to know others opinions, Magneplanar well, PCM very well, Mastersound, small company from Italy , near to exceptional, it remember me deHavilland...
Sorry, Dartzeel also sounds very very well, almost when the music was not too complex, sweet, delicacy, good soundstage,transparent, not the more fast but fast, it remember me FM acoustics, but for me have a great problem: dynamics and can´t play complex music well(orchestra), but for the rest on pair with Soulution,Behold and Melody with Hiraga speakers.
Munich HIGHEND Show Report 2012
http://www.myaudioshop.com/news_single/article/munich-highend-show-2012-offical-report-day-three-and-four/