Munich 2017

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Michael Fremer  |  Jun 10, 2017  |  2 comments
At High End Munich 2017 in one of the "pods" on the main floor of the MOC convention center, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer encountered cartridge builder Hyun Lee. Berlin based Lee is a classically trained guitarist/teacher/artisan who prefers vinyl records and decided to design and build his own.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 02, 2017  |  4 comments
A few more product debuts at High End Munich 2017.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 01, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 02, 2017  |  8 comments
This is a long video! Many new 'tables were introduced at High End Munich including The all in one The + Record Player, the result of an international design team, that features a Pro-Ject supplied 'table atop a built in sound system carefully isolated from the 'table, the idler wheel drive Blackstone from Italy shown in static display at previous shows, a new compact Thales TTT turntable with tangential tracking pivoted arm for around $9000, and the intriguing looking Cantano.

Michael Fremer  |  May 31, 2017  |  3 comments
Even if you're not about to spend $24,000 on a tonearm, you ought to watch this veteran turntable and tonearm designer explain what he's done here and why it costs so much.

Michael Fremer  |  May 30, 2017  |  3 comments
Not that many years ago Avid manufactured a very high end spring-suspended turntable and that was all. Today the U.K. based company has expanded its line of turntables and added a full complement of electronics, a speaker, a powered subwoofer and a few new intriguing tonearms including one that's of 3D printed titanium.

Michael Fremer  |  May 30, 2017  |  1 comments
After more than a decade's absence, this fall Ortofon will re-introduce its original "A housing" SPU. This will be of interest only to owners of certain older style vintage arms designed specifically for this "short" housing SPU.

Michael Fremer  |  May 29, 2017  |  0 comments
Brand new from ELAC is the Miracord 70 turntable, one step down from the Miracord 90. The 'table is so new the prototype arm arrived too late to be installed on the display 'table, which was fitted with the arm found on the 90.

Michael Fremer  |  May 27, 2017  |  1 comments
Audio Union's Rumen Artarski said that this first sample of the new Döhmann Helix 2 was finished "hours" before packing and shipping from Sofia, Bulgaris to High End Munich.

Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2017  |  4 comments takes a slight detour from High End Munich show coverage for this video—have faith, it's got a strong vinyl angle.

Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2017  |  5 comments
SME made its first High End show appearance in 27 years. The company, founded in 1946 by the late Alistair Robertson-Aikman who passed away in 2006 was sold in 2016 to Cadence Group headed by Indian industrialist Ajay Shirke.

Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2017  |  14 comments
Pro-Ject CEO/founder Heinz Lichtenegger shows editor Michael Fremer the heat of the company's 2017 turntable lineup including the Essential line and the "S" shaped tone arm line as well as the handsome Classic, which now includes an upgraded edition featuring an Ortofon Quintet Red MC cartridge, leather mat and record weight.

Michael Fremer  |  May 22, 2017  |  1 comments
There's so much to report to you from High End Munich 2017, much of it augmented with video footage. Unfortunately editor Michael Fremer remains in Europe covering more exclusives including a tour of Pro-Ject's brand new headquarters and logistics center and the company's brand new, big Livotel, Czech Republic factory.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2017  |  6 comments
At High End Munich 2017McIntosh added the new MT2 turntable to its turntable offerings.

Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2017  |  5 comments
The original Kuzma 4 Point tone arm had an effective 11" (280mm) length. More recently Kuzma introduced a 14" version designed to work with its large-plinthed Stabi M turntable.

 |  May 18, 2017  |  First Published: May 19, 2017  |  23 comments
Day one at High End Munich 2017 was of course a busy day of press conferences and room visits, encounters with old friends and the usual combination of being dazzled by what's new and shaking off jet-lag.

TechDas called an 11:00 A.M. press conference to introduce on the Air Force One Premium turntable the massive motor system that will be part of the Air Force Zero—an upcoming "statement" turntable projected to cost up to $300,000 and designer Hideaki Nishikawa's final turntable project.