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Pulp fiction – From Goldmund it's the Pulp [€12'800/pr], a cylindrical vented 5" 2-way active speaker with rotating grill, internal 175W x 2 Telos power, a wired digital input plus Bluetooth aptX and WiSA wireless. Size is 23 x 48 x 23cm WxHXD, weight is 14kg. Finish options are the grey shown or black.

Ene, mene, myni, moo – That children's verse leads to the Essential Audio Tools Mains Multiplier Myni [€449] built from a solid composite block with inner copper liner. Four IEC C13 plugs take up less space than common IEC C14 variants and claim better contact stability. Two of the outlets are HF filtered, all are star-grounded. A pulse protector to suppress voltage spikes plus a sacrificial mains fuse offer protection but aren't guaranteed to safeguard against the extreme currents from a lightning strike. Delivery includes a 1.5m mains cable plus one each 50cm and 75cm output cord. Extra cords up to 1.5m are available for €79/ea. The photo with two hands for reference demonstrates how compact this device is – all of 183 x 54 x 43mm DxWxH and weighing just half a kilo. The firm have many full-size models but the Myni is particularly made to go where others won't.

1kg/€100 – That and a bit more is Canton's new A65 [€6K/pr]. That's a 65kg satin white or high-gloss black 5-driver 3-way tower with downfiring port. It sells exclusively through the firm's online store to freeze that price. At 180Hz, three ceramic/alu/Wolfram woofers of 22cm diameter meet a 17.5cm midrange of the same mix. That hands over at 3kHz to a 25mm aluminium/ceramic tweeter. The grills attach magnetically and manufacture of the A65 is in Germany. Pre-orders will exploit a 5% discount.

Phonique it in – You can with new Polish brand Audio Phonique who crash the gate party with 12 products from cables to power delivery to solid-state to DHT electronics. The D150 integrated shown has a PCM/DSD DAC with AES/EBU, coax and USB, MM phono, 3 line-level inputs and one XLR.  It delivers 180/300wpc into 8/4Ω from a class D output stage with shielded MeanWell SMPS plus two smaller toroids for other circuitry and uses a 65 x 1dB stepped resistor ladder for volume. Voltage gain is 37dB, finish options are black or silver with matching FMJ remote. Audio Phonique's top range meanwhile looks at Ancient Audio and LampizatOr by embracing Emission Labs 45, PX25 or 1605 power tubes for classic transformer-coupled direct-heated triode circuits in polished stainless steel chassis.

Leema tales – Founded by two former BBC sound engineers, Welsh Leema Acoustics are about to unveil their four-strong Quantum range at the forthcoming North West Audio Show. Welcome the Electron CD player with ES9018 DAC and headfi output, Positron streamer, Neutron DAC/pre with phono and 150wpc class AB Graviton power amp. Each component will price at ~£1'500 to £1'700. 

Air out your CDs… with Ayre's new CX-8 [starting at €6'180], a Teac-transport based CD player with ESS 9028Q2M DAC. Add-on modules can bolt on USB or network connectivity with Roon compatibility. Finish options are black or silver. Analog outputs are on XLR/RCA and internal signal processing is fully balanced.

Power with less loss – That's the new LessLoss Power Distributor [$4'380] which puts six outlets into a 31x16x16cm hardwood case with scaled-up passive Firewall filters and C-MARC hookup wiring of 4.6mm² conductive mass. The internals are potted in clear epoxy to seal all physical contact points. Various outlet types conform to different country norms like the US, China, Japan and Europe. US-style sockets mount to Panzerholz plates as shown in the background. EU Schuko plugs in foreground.

Mega – It's RT Audio Design's latest battery-power silver-wired DAC with XMOS USB transceiver, output transformers and standard 2Vpp analog outputs on RCA. Digital data processing goes to 32/192 PCM, XLR outputs are optional  Run time on a full charge of the 12V/2.2Ah battery is said to be six hours before charging kicks in.

No haggling with Hegel – At €7'995/€17'995 respectively, the Norwegian's new flagships of PA30 preamp and bridgeable H30A stereo amp are too serious for that. Groomed for elite specs so S/NR better than 130dB, channel separation beyond 100dB and THD below 0.005%, the preamp offers 2:3 XLR:RCA inputs plus one home-theater path and three variable outputs, one on XLR, two on RCA. The power amp with RCA/XLR inputs runs 56 bipolar output transistors, weighs 47kg and in mono mode pumps out a colossal 1'100 watts into 8Ω. Even the revised cosmetics presage seriousness of purpose. Hegel for the big leagues.

X-Men – That'll be Børresen's new X range of loudspeakers shown here with the X3 [€10'000/pr]. These models premiere a new driver range once again developed in-house which uses spread-tow carbon skins around a central Nomex core and titanium voice-coil formers for low inductance. The company's signature ribbon tweeter is now loaded into a deep waveguide. The pricing indicates that the X range comes in below the Z range which itself sits below the original 0 series. Above the latter will come the new M range whose drivers get radical 3D-printed zirconium baskets, silver pole pieces and other exotic refinements, some of them shown here.

WAs up? – Woo's WA23 Luna [$9K] is what. It's a premium 2A3 headfi SET with 6C45 drivers and 5U4G rectifier with elite brass-enclosed Alps RK50 potentiometer, Mundorf Supreme silver/gold interstage caps and MTube caps for voltage filtering. Inputs are 2:1 RCA:XLR. There are pre-outs on XLR and headfi ports on XLR4 and 6.3mm. The amp weighs 13.6kg and there's a compact external power supply.

Swiss 2nd gen coaxes – That's Piega's four new models with coaxial ribbons. They include the 811 and 611 towers, the 411 monitor and 211 center. All are  proper 3-ways because at 450Hz the dynamic woofer/s mate/s to a midrange ribbon which itself surrounds an inner ribbon tweeter. Novelties over the first generation include mechanically decoupled stave magnets, new foil layouts and new enclosures. Price points covered are €4'990/ea. for the center, €7'900/pr for the monitor, €14'900/pr for the smaller floorstander, €26'900/pr for the range topper.

Massimo Costa strikes again? – This time it's the Albedo Agadia with diamond or ceramic tweeter. Either option combines with a 5" ceramic midrange and three 7" ceramic woofers all from Accuton's Cell Concept range via 2nd-order acoustic filters for 86dB/4Ω sensitivity. At dimensions of 45 x 28 x 140cm DxWxH, the build remains reasonably compact but 140kg/ea. of raw mass shows unexpected seriousness of construction. These cabinets are naturally endowed with Massimo's trademark Helmoline resonators to cancel internal propagation effects, linearize the impedance and with it, optimize an amplifier's control over the woofers. The available finish is black leather with walnut as shown. Why the question mark? As Massimo corrected me after the fact, "I must point out that this is no design of mine or rather, that it started with an idea I never finished because in the meantime my job changed. Due to the 4-hour driving distance between me and Albedo and the fact that I'm getting older, I handed off all design work for Albedo to young designer Juan Loyaza now." I'd not known that but now the record has been set straight. Let's acknowledge Mr. Loyaza as Albedo's current lead designer!

Rack it – According to their latest teaser video, the Spanish Artesanía Audio company would seem to embrace hidden ball bearings for the first time as shown in this screen capture. The Munich show's reveal across multiple rooms in both the MOC and Marriott Hotel should shed more light shortly.

hARt Labs, Greece – From Club Med to your listening room, their gear promises "tube sound without the compromise of conventional tube amps due to our unique topology". The Reference line consists of the Tune Two shown, a tube preamp with streamer, DAC, MM/MC phono and headfi; and the Tune Three hybrid stereo power amp with driver tubes and Mosfet outputs. The Superior Line includes the Tune Four paralleled tube preamp and Tune Five hybrid monos. The company will exhibit in the MOC Hall 3 booth M13 and look forward to meeting you.

The Tune Two's tube complement is a pair of CV181 "light polarized without feedback" paired with a "Class A tracking buffer for a hybrid path". There's also an alternate tube-direct output. A battery-emulator power supply has 12 fully regulated voltage fees and the dual-.mono circuit is star grounded for immunity to mains noise and ground loops. The attenuator is a relay-based resistor ladder. There are 4 x RCA line-level inputs plus phono plus RJ45, wireless, 3 x USB, coax and optical. Outputs are hybrid, tube direct and 6.3mm headfi. Voltage gain is 21dB, bandwidth 5Hz – 120kHz and power consumptions 50W at idle. Many different finish and backlighting options are available and the side panels are hot-swappable.

The voice that is – In Munich that's Living Voice who this year will anchor their main system around OBX-RW4 speakers in Santos rosewood allied to a pair of OBX Cube subs with xover/amp modules. Also on site will be their retail arm Definitive Audio's SJS Model 5 300B amplifier Silver Enhanced, Model 7 preamplifier Premier Silver Enhanced and Model 3 phono amplifier Silver Enhanced. Vinyl will spin on an orange Kuzma R with CAR60 on a Safir arm. Alternate vinyl will spin on a Grand Prix Audio Monaco V2.0 record player with Kuzma 4P14 arm and CAR50 or VIV Labs RF7" arm with Ortofon SPU Royal G MKII or Classic GE, Living Voice step-up transformer or Consolidated Audio SUT of bespoke specifications. Also in attendance will be Living Voice G2 equipment tables, IBX-RW4 speakers in flat white, Living Voice's Pure Music battery power supply system for the lot and 300B by Takatsuki, Western Electric and Living Voice.  See and hear it all at Atrium 4, E220.

Viking raid in Munich – It's what Audio Group Denmark promise with their brands Aavik, Ansuz and Børresen. The latter will launch the M1 shown. It premiers new diaphragm tech of bonding a 0.04mm surface-treated titanium skin to Nomex honey comb surrounded on both sides by spread-tow carbon. The matching basket now is 3D-printed zirconium. The motor system's trademark copper rings become pure silver for still lower inductance. Børresen will also preview their new X Speaker Series with carbon-fiber reinforced cabs. Aavik will show the 200wpc class A 880 integrated with LDR volume control we covered in an earlier post. Cosmetics are now by Flemming Rasmussen. Ansuz will show a new D-TC Gold Signature cable range which, as the name indicates, features a silver/copper alloy with gold. To become part of this Viking raid and talk to the company principals, present yourself in Hall 4 room T04 and U03.

60-year old kefir? – That's KEF's new 30kg/ea. LS60 Wireless [€6'495/pr], kinda, by celebrating already 60 years of big business. It takes the LS50 Wireless II concept off the stand directly onto the floor so includes the W2 streaming platform with support for Bluetooth 4.2, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Google Chromecast Built-In and the service providers Qobuz, Amazon Music, Deezer and QQ Music. Roon Ready is coming. Looking like a squared-off KEF Blade, the LS60 gets a 12th-gen 4-inch Uni-Q coaxial main driver with stacked V-Twin woofers on each side. There's the company's meta material absorber behind the tweeter and each opposing woofer pair couples in the UniCore arrangement first seen in the KC62 subwoofer. That allows the super-narrow 13cm profile which scales to 104cm height and 32cm depth. DSP claims to achieve 26Hz at -6dB and three DACs feed three amplifiers so 500 watts class D to the four woofers and 100 watts class A/B each to the midrange and tweeter. Fanless cooling is via a small air intake above the plinth. Connectivity on the master speaker is line-level RCA, optical, coax, HDMI ARC, RJ45 plus a sub output. The slave gets its own sub output. There's a wired 24/192 capable link between both speaker or a 24/96 wireless option. As shown, available colors are royal blue, mineral white or titanium grey. Kefir. It's really good for ya. And what the photos don't drive home without any size reference is that a modern Samsung smartphone will be longer than the LS60 Wireless is wide. At just four hairs above one meter tall, it's also quite short. This is a surprisingly compact design for all the tech that's bundled inside. The balanced-force woofer array insures that the powers that be unleashed won't rock it all sideways. It's an ingenious packaging job.

Cut off at the knee – That's Grimm Audio's side table mod for their LS1 speaker called Nano Legs. A standard or large acoustic absorber mat becomes the interface with the support surface. Explains Eelco Grimm: "The LS1 with Nano legs is a development based upon a 'special edition' LS1 we designed for the Concertgebouw Amsterdam studio. Speakers in their small control room need to be placed atop a bass trap and the 'Nano Legs' version facilitated that." The Nano Legs are available for the same price as the standard and studio lengths.

Analogue A3 – It's Music Hall's new $1'199 MM/MC phono stage with up to 60dB of gain (6dB from the 12AU7 tubes) and a S/N ratio of -78/-80dB for MC/MM. i/o are on gold-plated RCA, the gain control is an Alps Blue Velvet pot and the enclosure a solid alloy construction.

Head huntingGruensch Audio from Mainhardt/Germany are by hoping that visitors to the HighEnd Munich show can be persuaded to visit their off-site showroom for by-appointment demonstrations of their reference system. Private listening sessions are available May 19/20/23 from 13:30 to 20:30. Here's the peppery detail: Mainhardt is a 275km drive from Munich so a +5-hour round trip without yet any listening. The Munich show drives lots of international visitors to town due to the promotion's efforts. Is trying to  syphon some of them off a solid business strategy or just poaching by a different name?

Swiss precision – It's what you get with CH Precision's C1.2 DAC/Controller [starting at €32'850], the partnering DAC to their D1.4 SA/CD transport. Amongst listed improvements over the predecessor are a four-fold increase in processing power; a revised algorithm with now fixed-point processing; new power-management software for reduced system noise levels; a new thermally compensated shunt-regulated master clock; discrete local regulation of DSP/FGPA chips; full MQA compliance for disc/file replay; and an improved by-passable hybrid digital/analog volume control. With modular inputs, the owner only buys the input boards needed and an upgrade path can end up in a three-box dual-mono DAC. The machine will be at Munich High End in Atrium 4.1 room F118.

 

Open aperture – It's what we see with Apertura's two new models Forté and Stela about which details remain sparse. We only know that Stela scales up the existing Sensa model while Forté has been groomed for low-power amplifiers. To learn more requires attending the Munich High End show and stopping by room F204 in the Atrium 4. Why do most manufacturers clam up with pre-show announcements? Give us more so we can help attendees better plan who they can't afford to miss. Marginal press releases are just so last century!

Batboy – To become him, RSVP here. sound|kaos auteur Martin Gateley promises to cover some introductory company background then preview his new Liber|8 and DSUB15 models which will formally drop at Munich's alternate HiFi Deluxe show in room #218 of the Marriott Hotel. After seeing the video, you can learn still more about the Liber|8 project; read our ongoing DSUB15 review; then cap off with our interview of Martin.

Michael & Flemming – Add Børresen & Rasmussen and arrive at Aavik's new 880 range as the company's first to benefit from the ex Gryphon designer's cosmetic input. My interview with Flemming and this Youtube video have more details. The 880 amplifiers and integrateds will all operate in pure class A thus differ from the Pascal-based class D models already in the line.