Munich 2013

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Michael Fremer  |  May 24, 2013  |  3 comments
The Munich High End Show is probably the world's best attended audio event and the industry's most important. It is of greater significance than even the International Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas every January.

Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
In addition to showing his almost menacing looking mega-mass Stabi M turntable we highlighted in CES 2013 coverage, Franc Kuzma introduced a line of MC phono cartridges with motors manufactured to his specs in Japan and bodies he machines in Slovenia.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
American WADAX distributor Rick Brown holding a test pressing of a new vinyl reissue of one of Todd Garfinkle's most highly regarded m-a recordings, Será Una Noche
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  1 comments
Here's one that's not brand new but I've never before seen it. The Pyon Ultima turntable weighs in at 170 pounds.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
A.J. van den hul showed me a spool of nanotube carbon conductor that's ultra-thin and flexible. It's also very expensive at this point.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  1 comments
Thrax has yet to make major inroads in the American market but that will surely change as its products become better known.
Michael Fremer  |  May 22, 2013  |  10 comments
Sandwiches of thick aluminum and inlays of thick wood or other materials highlight both the Sperling's looks as well as its damping mechanism. Different species of wood are available that will affect, to some degree, the final sound.
Michael Fremer  |  May 22, 2013  |  1 comments
The Primary Control is a stylish tone arm featuring a wooden arm tube and head shell. The bearing system is unique.
Michael Fremer  |  May 21, 2013  |  3 comments
Here is the second part of our Munich High End 2013 GoPro coverage.
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  3 comments
The compact, Swiss-made Thales TTT turntable exudes a subtle, soothing beauty and refinement. The Simplicity tangential pivoted tonearm complements the 'table's "refined to the essentials" design and together they create a vinyl playback system that seems destined to produce great sound, though I really didn't get a chance to listen
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  2 comments
I found Mr. Daniel Schuch exhibiting his girder-like tone arm on the floor of one of the big main halls. As a group of fascinated Japanese audiophiles looked on, Schuch demonstrated the workings of his pivoted tangential-tracking tonearm, which he modestly characterizes as "The perfect pick-up arm."
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  4 comments
Music Hall's new top of the line MMF 11.1 turntable incorporates some familiar design features.
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  0 comments
The Hartvig TT Signature turntable features a 30 pound platter of aluminum and acrylic and a hardened steel bearing shaft with an aluminum base, plus a precision honed bronze bushing with a ceramic ball and Teflon thrust pad.
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  13 comments
The Da Vinci Audio AAS Gabriel MK2 Reference Turntable is a thing of beauty to be sure. It is obviously a mass-loaded design and the build quality appears extremely high with a commensurate price tag of around $50,000.
Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2013  |  1 comments
Named for a mythical Nordic eight legged horse whose name means "smooth" or "gliding", the Sleipner Reference looks and feels as smooth as its true air bearing, belt driven 20 pound aluminum platter floats and its air "bearing" arm slides.