Dutch stalwarts Pink Faun showcased their new Linux-based streamer running HQPlayer in one room and in an adjacent room with Bach loudspeakers. In this setting Matthijs and associate Jord had plenty of space and time to explain the workings and benefits of their solution.


ASC Zaorski is the brainchild of Jan Zaorski and each year they showed with their MOSfet Black amplifier and the next iteration of a 4-way loudspeaker. This year Jan announced the speaker ready which includes analog room correction! Check out the suspended blank CD in front of the midrange driver. The sound was enveloping with a nicely defined soundstage. It is lovely so watch, albeit from a distance in time and space, a product's slow gestation over the years.


Rega and Guru always combine nicely especially in smaller rooms where the Guru loudspeakers can project a sound many larger systems have trouble with. On the side we spotted the upcoming Monolith Audio power conditioner.


We really looked forward to listening to Cube Audio again this year, not least because of Srajan's enthusiastic review. Alas,we were quite disappointed. The people running the demo played far too loud and when asked to turn the volume down a bit, we were ignored. So we left the room with a foul taste in our mouths. Too bad.


Sulek like the colour red and manufacturer cables out of Gdansk, Poland. An Audio Note P1 with a broken selector knob was their amplifier of choice this year.


Last year RT Project demoed prototypes of their tube DAC and now the product was presented in its final production form; or rather forms, plural. One version is fully transistorized while the other sports Philips 5963 tubes. Both support 24/192 and use the AK4495 chip with RAM buffering.


Don't blame us for being repetitive but the next room too was badly infected by the LOUD virus. And we'd really looked forward to a proper impression on the new British Audio Art Technology brand and their new omni speaker. They offer three vase-like models with horizontally stacked drivers. The mid/woofers occupy the large fluted cabs while the tweeters occupy smaller modules which double as acoustic lenses. Once again we could not stand the amount of decibels nor the unwillingness to turn them down. Might a second attempt in another room with Audio Art fare better for us? Stay tuned.


Super Sound Device meant tube-based devices from Poland. On active display were a few models based on GU-50 tubes and new this year a DAC with tubed output stage. The model SE-PP30 in the front had its power supply in a separate enclosure.


A new Polish company presented their loudspeakers this year: Symphony with their V8. The other company in the room was Bad Wave. They're into acoustic treatments. Baaad wave.


Ecobox of Bulgaria were high on our list for a longer visit. Their curved open baffle speaker with multiple midrange drivers, ribbon tweeter and dipole woofer already intrigued us on paper. Now we could listen to their latest A Priori model. With analog by way of a nice Revox deck, Ecobox cables and Ecobox Red Haze monoblocks, the sound was very enjoyable. We especially liked the transient response and imaging. This company with a wide range of product—that even includes an interesting Schumann resonator—are definitely worth a closer look.


Resonus of Poland exhibited for the first time and they brought their Studio monitors, AD 1865 based Dictum DAC and Altum 70wpc amplifier. The speaker's specs are 89dB efficiency with a ScanSpeak Discovery woofer and tweeter (not a Manger as a quick glance might suggest), 11.7kg weight and dimensions of 38.8 x 20 x 32cm.


In Warsaw, the rooms with vintage equipment are always fun. This year's Nomos room was no exception. Electro-Voice loudspeakers filled the air with signal from a Sony turntable with SME 12” arm. Denon's reel-to-reel deck one only sees rarely but does at this event.


Next we had Auralic's new Gen 2 boxes with a Woo Audio two-box CDP and Fostex loudspeakers.


A static display with a pair of loudspeakers at an audio show – how strange could it get? That was intended to kick start a conversation. It definitely acted as a brick wall filter. If you weren't interested, you'd leave promptly or wouldn't even enter. We were curious enough to go in and find out what the speaker was all about. It appeared to be a pair of Australian WHT monitors but not a model we'd seen before. It looked like the PR3 but sported two ports blocked with rubber plugs. Was this a MkII version? We remember specs resembling the PR3 2-way monitor with an 8" paper-coned mid/woofer and 4.3" ribbon tweeter connected individually with silver ribbons to the binding posts without soldering.


With a name like Horn Acoustic, one expects hornspeakers and we were not disappointed with the Vivo in this room as a 2-way with compression tweeter and 10" mid/woofer. Next to loudspeakers, Horn also manufacture tube amplifiers and the 845 models here were quite masculine. The sound was what one would expect from SET amps and hornspeakers: vivid and harmonious.


Loads of bamboo had arrived from Canada plus an old friend. Tri Art use bamboo for nearly everything they produce: loudspeaker systems, electronics enclosures, turntable platters and tone arms. Darren Censullo with whom we go back a long time demoed the wares. This was our first encounter with Tri Art and the sound was open, friendly and dynamic even at lower volumes. Now that is what we like.  We listened to their B-series 4 Open. This of course was an open baffle design with external crossover. In the adjacent room, company owner Stephen Ginsberg demoed another set of bamboo equipment. Here speakers were the B-series 5 Open. We want to hear more of these amazing and very budget-friendly products.


Finnish firm Aurelia put a new loudspeakers into the spotlight whose most interesting detail was a triple tweeter-line-source assembly with shallow waveguide likely responsible for the nice soundstage. The Suomi 100 on the backdrop was a tribute to Finland's 100th year of independence in December 2017 while the Aurelia 10 line referred to the company's first decade in biz.


True Stereo demonstrated their True Platinum loudspeakers. The Polish company used Hegel for electronics and Sevenrods supplied all cables.