Munich High-End 2023 Impressions Thread (May 18-21)
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Munich High-End is approaching and hopefully there will be plenty of people going! It's going to be a BIG one this year and they completely sold out of exhibitor space very quickly.
You can see the full list of companies exhibiting here (there's a LOT!): https://www.highendsociety.de/brand-directory-2023-654.html

Munich High-End may be in majority a speaker focused event, but the headphone section has been growing rapidly and there are also many other headphone and related source gear manufacturers spread out over the venue this year! As well as a few exciting releases to be announced.

EDIT: Here's our video from the 2023 show!


Here's a few videos from last year's show:



 
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May 16, 2023 at 6:27 AM Post #2 of 63
DMS, Andrew Lissimore, Taron Lissimore and myself have been travelling around Europe a bit ahead of the Munich High-End show itself and visited some pretty neat places.

It’s been a great time so far! Go subscribe to The Headphone Show if you want to see the videos we will be posting on the visits before the show and coverage of the show itself!

Starting in Ireland we visited Sennheiser whose factory was something out of a Sci-Fi movie. The level of automation and precision was incredible. Unfortunately no filming was allowed inside, but this was a seriously impressive factory. Not just in terms of the level of sophistication in production itself, but in consistency and testing they do for every unit. Seeing a voice coil being wound, joined, moved on and loaded into automatic acoustically isolated GRAS rigs for measurement was quite neat to say the least!

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Ireland itself is absolutely stunning, and luckily we had some time to head up into the mountains and enjoy the view. Ireland being green is no stereotype, it’s absolutely stunning.

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And of course…plenty of Guinness along the way. It genuinely is better in Ireland than anywhere else.

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Then we headed over to England and visited Warwick acoustics. They have some exciting things coming in future, and getting some behind the scenes looks at the development and team really gave some context as to why the APERIO in particular is such an exceptional product.

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Their location is also quite exciting as they’re based on the MIRA technology park, the UK’s hub for automotive development. Lots of stuff to sign just to get on premises, and plenty of exotic cars in camouflage around the test track and park at large. Though of course, the audio gear was what we were really there for and I believe it’s safe to say Warwick is a name you will be hearing a lot more in future…

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Next up, Chord electronics. This has been the highlight of my trip so far, in large majority due to the attitude and ethos of the people there.
I won’t show too many photos as we will have some video content coming up and you should keep your eyes peeled for that! (Subscribe to The Headphone Show if you've not already! We're gonna have plenty of coverage of the show!)

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Chord was incredibly open in terms of what DMS and I could film, in fact when we asked what we could or could not film, the response was simply ‘go nuts!’.
Their location is also probably the most characterful ‘factory’ I’ve ever visited. And I’m looking forward to showing you in the upcoming videos!

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I particularly have to highlight that when we were there, we noticed that one of their technicians was working on what looked to be a quite old amp. Turns out this was over 30 years old, and Chord continues to service their products of any age. Their sustainability approach and how understated they are about that was honestly quite heartwarming, and the passion of the people there and WHY they’re doing what they do is inspiring.

But with the manufacturer visits in the UK finished, DMS and I headed to visit Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm shop up in the Cotswolds.

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Got myself some Hawkstone beer and Bee Juice which I’m looking forward to trying once I’m back home!

DMS came over to my new studio for a bit before we headed back into London for one of the best Indian meals I’ve had, and DEFINITELY the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had. Seriously if ever you’re in London, you owe it to yourself to make a visit to Dishoom.

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Andrew and Taron went to a Premier League football match, and a pint with the lads after

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And now we are in Berlin, where the first stop was of course to pull up and hop out at the afterparty zoo because....capybara...

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I'm currently enjoying some music on the A&K SP3000 and an IEM which is likely going to shake things up a bit once it's out.....


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Very excited for this week! Hope to see lots of you at Munich! We will be covering the show on The Headphone Show so subscribe and keep your eyes peeled!
 
May 17, 2023 at 2:04 PM Post #3 of 63
Did you get a sneak preview of the new products mentioned on the What Hifi website?
'Chord Electronics usually has something up its sleeve for High End Munich, and this year is no different. The British hi-fi brand has not one but two new products to unveil at High End. We don't know what they are (or do we...?), but we can reveal that they come from separate product ranges and, according to a company spokesperson, "will create an even broader choice for audiophiles to build hi-fi systems around".'
 
May 18, 2023 at 10:34 AM Post #7 of 63
DMS, Andrew Lissimore, Taron Lissimore and myself have been travelling around Europe a bit ahead of the Munich High-End show itself and visited some pretty neat places.

It’s been a great time so far! Go subscribe to The Headphone Show if you want to see the videos we will be posting on the visits before the show and coverage of the show itself!

Starting in Ireland we visited Sennheiser whose factory was something out of a Sci-Fi movie. The level of automation and precision was incredible. Unfortunately no filming was allowed inside, but this was a seriously impressive factory. Not just in terms of the level of sophistication in production itself, but in consistency and testing they do for every unit. Seeing a voice coil being wound, joined, moved on and loaded into automatic acoustically isolated GRAS rigs for measurement was quite neat to say the least!

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Ireland itself is absolutely stunning, and luckily we had some time to head up into the mountains and enjoy the view. Ireland being green is no stereotype, it’s absolutely stunning.

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And of course…plenty of Guinness along the way. It genuinely is better in Ireland than anywhere else.

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Then we headed over to England and visited Warwick acoustics. They have some exciting things coming in future, and getting some behind the scenes looks at the development and team really gave some context as to why the APERIO in particular is such an exceptional product.

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Their location is also quite exciting as they’re based on the MIRA technology park, the UK’s hub for automotive development. Lots of stuff to sign just to get on premises, and plenty of exotic cars in camouflage around the test track and park at large. Though of course, the audio gear was what we were really there for and I believe it’s safe to say Warwick is a name you will be hearing a lot more in future…

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Next up, Chord electronics. This has been the highlight of my trip so far, in large majority due to the attitude and ethos of the people there.
I won’t show too many photos as we will have some video content coming up and you should keep your eyes peeled for that! (Subscribe to The Headphone Show if you've not already! We're gonna have plenty of coverage of the show!)

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Chord was incredibly open in terms of what DMS and I could film, in fact when we asked what we could or could not film, the response was simply ‘go nuts!’.
Their location is also probably the most characterful ‘factory’ I’ve ever visited. And I’m looking forward to showing you in the upcoming videos!

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I particularly have to highlight that when we were there, we noticed that one of their technicians was working on what looked to be a quite old amp. Turns out this was over 30 years old, and Chord continues to service their products of any age. Their sustainability approach and how understated they are about that was honestly quite heartwarming, and the passion of the people there and WHY they’re doing what they do is inspiring.

But with the manufacturer visits in the UK finished, DMS and I headed to visit Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm shop up in the Cotswolds.

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Got myself some Hawkstone beer and Bee Juice which I’m looking forward to trying once I’m back home!

DMS came over to my new studio for a bit before we headed back into London for one of the best Indian meals I’ve had, and DEFINITELY the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had. Seriously if ever you’re in London, you owe it to yourself to make a visit to Dishoom.

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Andrew and Taron went to a Premier League football match, and a pint with the lads after

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And now we are in Berlin, where the first stop was of course to pull up and hop out at the afterparty zoo because....capybara...

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I'm currently enjoying some music on the A&K SP3000 and an IEM which is likely going to shake things up a bit once it's out.....


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Very excited for this week! Hope to see lots of you at Munich! We will be covering the show on The Headphone Show so subscribe and keep your eyes peeled!
Thanks for spending some time with us :)
 
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May 19, 2023 at 4:27 PM Post #8 of 63
Will have some impressions from day 1/2 coming soon but first: some good times with some of the best people around.

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May 21, 2023 at 1:20 AM Post #9 of 63
Would love to hear impressions of Erzetich Charybdis if anyone’s had a chance to audition them. I’m looking to find a sensitive pair of planars that could take the place of Meze Elites on being easy to drive and with better technicalities.
 
May 21, 2023 at 6:54 PM Post #12 of 63
Had a look at some interesting stuff at Hi-End Munich.

In a booth hidden in the corner behind the headphones it appeared that a XI Audio prototype was being tested:
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Listened to it with an Abyss 1266 phi tc. To my ears its sounded very nice, lots of detail flying at you. Tat but mid forward, interesting to see what this will become. Shares the same knob from
Formula S.

Also had a listen to the Lotoo Mjolnir, which can come with a cognac brown leather carrieing bag (strap?). Very simular sound wise, to the LPGT, that is no surprise. I borrowed the Abysa Diana TC from another stand to test if it could drive it. And to my surprise it did quite well, low-end had authority and impact, details where their.
I was told
Its going to support Roon streaming + they showed me a prototype phone dongle that wireless streams from your phone to the mjolnir in high ress. Though still early.

Overal I like the swiss army knife approach, but its definitely not portable. Yes you can carry it, but are you really going to? 🤷‍♂️ well you know it if you are.

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Also listened to the new Shanling M9. Which I was told is a mix between M8 and current M9. It gets a little more warmth from m8 but does improve on detail. So signature wise the new m9 sits between both models.

They updates the leather case (thank you! Not a fan of the old M design), and the player itself is now black and gold.

Only listened to it shortly, so cant really give a good impression. Still sounded good, listened to a song from Adelle on the Odin.
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Then: Final Audio

They had a piece on display that visually is very different from other headphones.

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They where not for auditioning, but they did let me wear it. As you would expect from looking at the frame. This thing weighs nothing, and straight disappears on your head. The mesh takes some getting used to, but is maybe not final yet.

The spokesperson from Final Audio was one of the nicest persons ive met on show. Really took the time, and could tell he was passionate about the product. But was also in for a laugh.


Thats it for my short impression of some funky stuff 😁 (had a listen to lots more, will share later)
 
May 22, 2023 at 6:20 AM Post #13 of 63
My favorite speakers of the show were the Meridian DSP9s and the Atohms.

Favorite headphones were the HEDDphone (the clear winner to me) and the Yamaha 5000SEs. Super nice people at both booths too. The Yamaha engineer was so grateful to be appreciated for his hard work.

Also, I thought the dCS stuff was very average sounding for the gazillions it costs.
 
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May 22, 2023 at 6:52 AM Post #14 of 63
The HEDDphone
My favorite speakers of the show were the Meridian DSP9s and the Atohms.

Favorite headphones were the HEDDphone (the clear winner to me) and the Yamaha 5000SEs. Super nice people at both booths too. The Yamaha engineer was so grateful to be appreciated for his hard
 
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May 22, 2023 at 10:28 AM Post #15 of 63
The HE-1 was such an enjoyment, Hifiman also had a Shangri-La Senior, allthough only powered by the junior amp, so a bit underpowered. Still awesome.
I really want to upgrade to an Envy now, it sounds amazing with everything, i tested the Susvara with it and it's so good.
I didn't really like the Warwick Accoustic stuff, it sounded detailed, but cold, clinical and lifeless, also the highs were overexaggerated.
Another dissappointment were Stax, even the flagship had such poor dynamics that i never would consider them if you want at least some punch and slam.
I also tested some closed back Hifimans, and oh boy, the build quality was so lackluster, the HE-10RP was build like a 5€ plastic toy.
Spirit Torino Centauri was nice, but again, the build didn't felt like 3k.
 

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