This is part 2 of the report, PART 1 OF THE REPORT HERE
Please note that there is limited time for listening at this show, so these are first impressions only. For systems I enjoyed I went back for repeat visits where possible to get a wider appreciation of their capabilities. I also revisited some of the systems I least liked for the same reason. All content is IMHO, YMMV etc. etc.
Burmester streamer, monoblocks and flagship speakers
|Some will be very happy with these Burmesters, but I have a real problem with the chrome front panels. When set up properly all you have to look at is yourself. For me, that's not a good thing, but others might quite enjoy that effect.|
Sprocket turntable, Synaestec Audiosysteme, Live Act 15 and extreme room treatment by Audio Architektur
|Every possible choice of robust materials available in steel cages to enhance the sound of your listening room. The decorative value is an individual decision|
Nice chunky power amps into the smaller speakers shown below. Very boom and tizz.
ROOM D111 and D112
A couple of rooms full of sadly silent boxes
I really was looking forward to hearing Meridian, Sonus Faber and Dynaudio at the show. I don't think that I missed any rooms where these items were playing, but here was a room full of wonderful looking stuff, but so disappointing not to be able to listen to them. Shame.
|Meridian active speakers|
|Sonus Faber. Why can't we listen to them please?|
|Looks amazing. Why can't we listen to it?|
|Audio Research - more silence|
|Krell. No music playing|
|New "bathroom scales" from AR - the ultimate experience, but you'll just have to imagine what that sounds like|
|Dynaudio 40th anniversary speakers. Looking lovely, playing nothing|
AVM 30 products and PMC Twenty5.26
AVM launched the 30 series at the show - previously only a limited edition for a limited number of geographies, this year they become a full range and AVM class them as "more affordable" which means "only" 000 on the price ticket rather than 0000. Here they were feeding PMC's recently introduced Twenty5.26 and were making some decent sounding music. The kit is very clean looking and is well built. Worth a listen.
Octave and Blumenhofer speakers
Apologies, I don't have any notes on this room.
Audionet Plank CD player and their new "flagship" Ampere amplification with Akustik Berlina RC8, room treatment
Well they weren't playing plinky-plonky in here. And nor do they need to hide behind anything "safe" - this is a great sounding system and, as a contrast to the other system at the show using the same model of speaker, showed off the Akustik's abilities to great effect. This combination produced a very clean sound with no hints of hash nor background noise. Bass lines are solid but with clear delineation between the notes. Presley's sparse "live" recording of Fever from the album "Elvis Is Back!" on Living Stereo was superbly rendered - very musical indeed. I went back for more later and enjoyed the system again on a second helping. Its rare to hear Audionet in the UK, but each time its been a pleasure for me. Based on this experience, their new flagship range is a triumph.
Music wasn't playing for the 5 minutes I was in the room. We just had to "oooh" as the blue LEDs and extreme machining. After 5 minutes, patience waiting for music runs out.
|For those who think Chord weren't putting enough effort into their industrial design|
TRANSROTOR Turntables presented by Rake Hifi Vertrieb
A vast array of turntables from one manufacturer. Interesting to see so many different approaches within one range. This was another room where there was no music playing, even though it was a room suited for the purpose. So have a look through their wares and I'll leave you to choose if you wish to admire the workmanship, shake your head at the bling or to wonder, if all this stuff is so good at playing records, why none of them were playing records...
And yes, that is a Veyron in the background. I suppose it must have a good sound system, but that wasn't very clear.
ROOM E216 Revisit
Kudos T-808 and Naim electronics
|All members of the Tital family in ascending size (and price) order|
Kondo TT and amplification with Kawero! speakers
Brinkman TT and electronics with Vandersteen speakers
A rather strident sounding system.
Bergmann TT with parallel tracking arm and WOD Audio, Kubala-Sosna cables
Well, this was OK, nothing more, nothing less.
Ypsilon electronics with Wilson Benesch speakers
Playing a prototype ladder DAC with valve output stage. This was a nice fluid sounding system which showed off the Wilson Benesch speakers a little better than WB's own room with the CH electronics.
ROOM E112 and E113
|Protective wall? Bass Traps? Whatever, can't imagine its helping with the sound|
|McIntosh goes for the (non-existent in Europe) biggest VU meter award|
|Pretty room, nice display, no music.|
|No, not THAT Tidal...|
|Imitation bamboo dispertion stuff was quite popular|
|A touch of damp|
|Augustiner went down well|
|Stein's for the locals - bring your own key|
|A bar that charges its customers to use the loo|
|Simple, but oh so helpful - a rare thing|
|Proof that there's no limits to the austentation available. Unless they're magic super-sound crystals or something|
This is Part 2 of the report, PART 1 OF THE REPORT IS HERE