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May 18, 2016

High End Show Munich 2016: Day 3, Part 1

Article by WL Low

 

This is the day when things finally got exciting for me! I had made my way to the 2nd floor trade rooms, where they actually had demo systems with music. Still, there are some display only rooms, but overall this is much better than the mostly pure audio porn I experienced in first 2 days. Some demos remained more meaningful than others, so here goes:

 

 

 

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The Kondo & Kaiser Acoustics room treated visitors to some very nice, lush sounding music, with a very organic quality

 

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Kaiser Acoustics were showcasing their Kawero speaker design, and Kondo tubes amps was bare naked for all to appreciated

 

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MBL representative explaining the finer points of the junior system

 

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While the MBL 101 X-treme big bad boy was just sitting there all quiet

 

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Vienna Acoustics speakers demo-ed with Vincent tube electronics

 

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Vincent produced a special version of Frank Blohbaum’s Multiplied Transconductance amplifier

 

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More Vincent tube gear

 

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My first “Best Sound of Show” Day 3! This system is made up of Wadax Ultimate DAC, pre amp and ARC tube mono block powering a pair of Wilson Alexia speakers. All cabling is Fono Acoustica. The sound was smooth, airy, with a rich tone. Very easy on the ears and soul. Excellent system with classical music

 

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What’s this? Coffee machine? No Wadax phono stage, DAC & pre amp!