All The Highlights From Munich High-End 2019
The Munich High-End show has come to a close for another year after a weekend of announcements, unveils and releases from some of the biggest players in hi-fi.
Manufacturers from all over the world were keen to show off their new products and innovations, though as usual for trade shows, many release dates and pricing information is yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye on local distributors.
For now, read on for a wrap of some of the biggest announcements…
Astell & Kern Delivered Its First 32-bit Audio Player
As reported on Channel News, high-end audio manufacturer Astell & Kern unveiled its first 32-bit audio player, the new flagship SP2000.
The South Korean company also showed off its new KANN Cube player, a docking amplifier module for the SP1000, and a new set of in-ear monitors produced in conjunction with Beyerdynamic.
Naim Revamps Its Multi-Award Winning Wireless Speaker
British brand Naim brought an update to its much-lauded Mu-so wireless system first released in 2014.
The 2nd generation Mu-so looks virtually the same but its guts feature a slew of upgraded components, a new processor, and a lot more space.
Naim re-engineered the Mu-so’s cabinet for a 13% increase in internal volume, bringing more bass.
Bluetooth has also been added in to provide another streaming option on top of Airplay 2, Chromecast and a variety of built-in streaming services.
An HDMI ARC socket gives the Mu-so 2 soundbar capabilities.
Wharfedale Previews New Flagship Speakers
After a prototype glimpse at the Bristol Hi-Fi show, Wharfedale showed off its new flagship Elysian speakers.
The Elysian 4 floor standing speakers and the smaller Elysian 2 speakers will come in white, black, and walnut finishes.
Technics Announces New Wireless Speaker
The Panasonic-owned Technics brand debuted a new multi-room wireless speaker.
The OTTAVA S SC-C30 features in-built room calibration via an internal microphone, and five drivers in a 2.1 configuration.
Google Assistant and Chromecast come built-in, with optical, USB, AUX and Ethernet inputs as well.
Focal Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Special Editions
French brand Focal brought a bunch of special edition products to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
A near-unattainable special edition of the company’s Scala speaker with a mirrored black finish is limited to four pairs.
The Spectral 40th is a retro-styled special edition speaker inspired by Focal’s range of loudspeakers from the 90s.
The company is also offering the Symphonie 40th collector’s case featuring a pair of the brand’s Utopia and Stellia headphones, Arche DAC and headphone amplifier, and Questyle’s flagship QPM lossless audio player.
Elipson’s Blast From The Past Flagship And New Wireless Speaker
Another French brand, Elipson, unveiled a new pair of flagship loudspeakers, the Legacy 3230, based on one of its designs from the 1960s.
Elipson also showed its new spherical W35 wireless speaker, featuring a 350W RMS amp with Alexa capabilities and stereo pairing.
All-In-One SACD Player And Streamer From Mark Levinson
The Harman-owned Mark Levinson brand unveiled the new 585 system, an integrated source device with streaming capabilities, SACD player, and DAC in the one box.
The 5101 can stream from NAS drives, DLNA and UPnP devices over a network through WiFi or Ethernet, as well as play content from USB and take coaxial and optical inputs.
Arcam Unveil New Flagship Integrated Amplifier
Another brand now under the Harman umbrella, Arcam announced its new flagship SA30 integrated amplifier.
An in-built 32-bit DAC allows for up to Master Quality Authenticated playback, with Class A and Class G amplifiers giving maximum detail up to 220W at 4 ohms.
The company claims state-of-the-art room correction using Dirac Live.