Mytek demoed their new Brooklyn+ DAC and compact Liberty DAC. Also available was the Manhattan II DAC with built-in phonostage. The + of the Brooklyn indicates a complete rework of the nonplussed model. It supports up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM and DSD 256 using a Sabre 9028Pro DAC chip while the analog part is fully separated per channel. All their models now support MQA and Roon.

In an open area B&O showed their latest Beolab 50 active speaker which accepts analog and 24/192 digital inputs for the master of this master-slave concept. Digital signals are handled by an Analog Devices ADSP 21489 while each of the 7 drivers per channel runs off its own ICEpower 300-watt amplifier.

Cyrus brought their signature upright stand and combined their stacked electronics with Tannoy loudspeakers.

PMC not only manufacture loudspeakers, they do electronics too. Cor is the name of a 95wpc integrated designed around a Darlington type circuit with only a single pair of power transistors per channel – simplicity first as they say.

Tannoy offer a wide range of loudspeakers of which many sound really lovely. But to bring just about all of them to a smallish room was a bit overkill.

Aurum is a range of electronics by another loudspeaker manufacturer who delivers more than just speakers. In this room three pairs of Quadral Aurum speakers were matched with Synthesis electronics, solid-state or tube.

Next Mr. Keith Monks demoed his record cleaning machine and explained the genius of his magic potion.

At this point in time the crowd in the National Stadium grew bigger and bigger. Even though the hallways are wide, the show felt busy. Imagine how things were at the same time in the Sobieski with its narrow corridors and small rooms. Clearly, in Poland hifi lives.

Gato had brought their signature logs and red carpet next to the preamp/DAC and monoblocks. On the wall were their FM 9 loudspeaker.

One of the very many headfi rooms and areas was by Sennheiser who invested quite a bit in the dressing of the room.

Yamaha demoed their latest loudspeaker called NS-5000. Its drivers are made of Zylon, a synthetic fiber. These loudspeakers lean heavily on design ideas previously used in the legendary NS-1000 of the ‘70s and deserved a better demo situation than a corner of a large mixed-company room. Just like Heco loudspeakers, going back to the good ol’ days of audio pays off.