Munich 2018

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Michael Fremer  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  124 comments
* Mr. Kirmuss insists that the vinyl residue seen in his cavitation tank in this video is not damage caused by his device. Rather, he insists, it is vinyl residue "locked" into the grooves by soapy residue from other machines that his process has removed.)

We first encountered at AXPONA 2018 Mr. Charles Kirmuss and his "In The Groove" Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Restoration System. The system is based upon an ultrasonic bath-type cleaning machine from China, another of which that looked identical was being sold but a few feet away.

Michael Fremer  |  May 30, 2018  |  12 comments
In previous years, day four was either a leisurely walk-through in case something analog was missed—important or otherwise, or it was time to leave early and go home. Not this year.

Michael Fremer  |  May 28, 2018  |  10 comments
This year it took the full four days of High End Munich to cover all of the new analog gear. Even then some might have been missed. Clearly the move is to vinyl and streaming audio. Turntables were playing throughout the show's demo rooms and more were on display in the ground floor halls. Digital die-hards couldn't escape the sound and so were confronted by the reality that today's vinyl playback sounds amazing.

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2018  |  1 comments
High End Munich 2018 day two began with an hour-long interview with Ortofon's Leif Johannsen that's in another video on this website. Even though the show had been open for two hours, long lines of people were still waiting to enter the halls at noon Friday morning. What a show!

Michael Fremer  |  May 14, 2018  |  10 comments
First thing Friday morning at High End Munich 2018, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer sat down with Leif Johannsen, Ortofon's Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology, who for more than a decade has been in charge of designing the company's phono cartridges.

Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Boulder introduced at High End Munich 2018 a new, compact phono preamplifier. The 508 is said to contain much of the circuitry of the company's 1008 phono preamp while retaining an even larger percentage of the 1008's sonic performance.

Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  3 comments
A treatable condition known as "IUC Syndrome" or Internet Upload Constipation Syndrome, a known and treatable condition, is hindering YouTube video uploads from High End Munich 2018.Symptoms include a choking sensation around the neck, panic, and finally despair.

Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Day one's video coverage at High End Munich 2018 finally uploaded. More than an hour's worth of edited video is embedded below. This year's show was bigger, better and more crowded than ever. As you'll see, the world's high performance audio designers and manufacturers have been busy creating exciting new and innovative audio gear, especially in the analog domain and at every price point.

Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2018  |  12 comments
SME debuted "Synergy" at High End Munich 2018, the company's first new turntable since it introduced in 2015 the Model 15. The Synergy is also the SME's first "Integrated" turntable and its its first non-numbered product. It's also the first to be introduced under the company's new CEO Stuart McNeilis appointed after SME's purchase by The Cadence Group.

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2018  |  2 comments
High End Munich 2018 coverage begins tomorrow May 10th, as does the show. If Internet is available in the convention center there will be tweets and Instagram photos too. Otherwise coverage will post nightly depending upon Internet speed, which for now appears to be very video upload friendly. (Photo is from High End Munich 2007).

Michael Fremer  |  May 10, 2018  |  4 comments
Day one High End Munich 2018 was as new analog gear-packed as you would hope it might be. The image at the top is of a new Kuzma turntable priced at around $8000 dollars (don't hold me to that amount) that uses the same drive system as the far more expensive Stabi M that I reviewed last year in Stereophile. The differences are explained by Franc Kuzma in the approximately hour and a half video covering all of day one's coverage.