Munich 2017

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Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
all photos from a walk around Munich

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that We talk about ourselves and complain, a lot.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Lulu gave the best hi-fi presentation I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. By a very long shot

Each year, Silbatone Acoustics shows up at Munich High End toting (container'ing?) a lovely mix of the (very) old and new; speakers of various vintages from Western Electric, their own electronics designed by J.C. Morrison, and analog front ends from Thomas Schick and Frank Schroeder. And each year I fall in love. But this year was different.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Professor Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University and Bacch creator explains where it's at

I first reported on BACCH 3D SOUND from CES 2015. If you want some information on the technology, check those links. I'm here to simply talk about listening.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Dynaudio

Let's take yet another walk around Munich High End and see what we can see...

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
2017 marks dCS' 30th anniversary and so does their new Limited Edition Vivaldi One (from £55,000):
Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
I like new, and kinda quirky, and the NEM D-DAC 2 ($TBD) is new to me because the Russia-based company, manned by aerospace engineers, premiered it here. The D-DAC is a R2R DAC offering a USB and AES-EBU input capable of handling up to 384kHz PCM data. There are 5 separate power supplies, proprietary in-house custom NEM output transformers, and tube rectification. I will be learning more about (the quirky) and listening more to the NEM DAC...shortly.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
While passive speakers are not on my watch, I'll still shout out to Dynaudio and their new Special Forty anniversary speaker (€3000/pair) just because (I like the company and they make good speakers).
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Sonus Faber & Eames

Let's take another walk around Munich High End and see what we can see...

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
The Aurender High Fidelity Wireless Speaker ($3000/pair) is a battery-powered active speaker. What about that battery...
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
For all of the ins and outs on the CanEver Audio ZeroUno DAC ($7990), read thee Art Dudley's review in Stereophile (I think he liked it). I'm going to review a newer incarnation that includes a few upgrades including, but not limited to, MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Not to ignore the Sonoma Series, which Steve Plaskin was so impressed with, but Andreas Koch debuted the "Dream Series" from Playback Designs which may fit some people's idea of, well, a dream come true.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
I first encountered Sound Galleries at Munich High End 2015 where I was, um, impressed. In the intervening two years a lot has happened.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
The Alluxity Media One (£8900 in black or white), which I reported on from Munich in 2015, is being covered again for two reasons; the photo of the custom orange finish is orangicious and Alluxity made the wise move of pairing up with Joseph Audio.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 25, 2017
The juggernaut that is ELAC keeps on chugging. Pictured are the new Adante AF-61 loudspeakers ($5,000/pair) driven, and I say driven, by Peter Madnick's Audio Alchemy transformed into ELAC's Alchemy Series.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 25, 2017
The Naim Uniti Star ($5,495), coming this June, "is the star of the show" because it can "play, rip, store, and serve" and stream via Ethernet or WiFi while putting out 70 Watts of Class A/B power. The only part of the following "Features" graphic that makes me cringe is "UPnP":

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