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Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. Four years on from my previous visit to the Munich High End Show and in some ways it hasn't changed. My picture of this years Atrium area looks the same as 2007 but the show itself was somewhat bigger, the venue still first class and I think a broader range of products was on display to drool over. I certainly couldn't cover the show in a day as I did last visit. Munich has become a very strong date on the callendar for meeting up and discussing business across the continent but is not necessarily a 'display' show for every brand. Some notables missing include many well known UK brands including my own Spendor. Philip Swift was in town but only for meetings.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. This was also the case for many US based brands as well. Having said that the variety of equipment on display from many other interesting makers was plentiful. All sorts of Euro centric brands that you will never see and have an option to hear outside of Europe were present and on display in good surroundings for serious listening. There was also many gadget suppliers, record sellers, snale oil salesman, and a security guard of questionable gender(picture a couple of pages on). If there was a theme running through the show it was big speakers, and particularly horns. Below is a series of 'horn' pictures. Enjoy!
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. Perhaps only in Germany could this picture be taken. Well maybe not but this gentleman does look a little like he just drove his horse and cart out of the Alps and while delivering his latest batch of Hefe Weizan dropped into the show for a look.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. As is typical at the Munich show, no expense is spared with cables, front ends and amplification. These horns like most were not driven with just a pair of 300Bs.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. This is a big box. Most of the horns on display sounded like horns. Some actually sounded good though! Personally (from memory) this was not one of them. Slow bass, coloured mid, not even a very big sound in many cases was the common theme. Another common them was just the outrageous size of most of these contraptions.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. On the other hand these were rather good. Made from concrete as I remember it. Who would have thought that cement, sand and water could result in such uncoloured sounding horns that also looked quite smart. A quick Google has informed me that the name may imply concrete as the material but in fact its some kind of composite and the square bass section is wood. Full details here. As you can see from the picture they should almost fit in your average room with a minimum of modifications. probably get away with just raising the ceiling a couple of feet and fitting a new wider door. Might be worth it though as these were rather good.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. A five way speaker. Just what the doctor ordered for maximum crossover issues. Someone went to a lot of effort with the design of this system...although I have no strong memory of the sound of these. I'm being kind...
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. These on the other hand I remember exactly how they sounded. These are very old, very expensive (in their day and now), old school horns out of a theatre. I'm guessing a bit here but I suppose the crazy looking contraption in the middle would have been from the very earliest days of cinema (talkies obviously) when all that was on offer was mono. The left and right are a different system and as per the pics below are a serious thing. Some kind of unusual looking bass loading or tuning of some sort.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. The sound had a certain charm and seemed very nostalgic of a time long ago which was perhaps partly so because of the old recordings that were being played. They were in a huge room and effortlessly filled this space.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. All the pictures in the Show Report are clickable to show a full size image. Enjoy!
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. This really is a stunning horn design. Very long and no doubt super sensitive.
Click for bigger image of Munich High End 2011. Once again room modifications maybe needed. Mainly in the door area! Page two and three of this report coming next week with pics of large speakers, electronics and crazy turntables.
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