Welcome to Munich High End 2022
Finally, after three dark years of COVID-related cancellations and postponements, one of audiophilia's biggest and most important shows, Munich High End 2022, took place on ThursdaySunday, May 19&!50;22, at the city's huge MOC. As luck would have it, Julie Mullins, Michael Fremer, and this writer all ended up staying at the Innside Hotel in Munich's shiny new tech center (above).
When we arrived at show central, we discovered that instead of the customary opening press and industry day, there were two press/industry days and two for the public. Although many Americans approached the show with caution, knowing that if we tested positive on the obligatory, within 24 hours of departure PCR test, we would be forced to quarantine in Munich for 10 days, most people were in high spirits.
No one can possibly recount the number of elated hellos, handshakes, and hugs that were exchanged as we attempted to climb the stairs between floors and make our way from one place to the other. During show hours, spirits were so high and equipment premiers so numerous that it was fairly easy to overlook the sonic limitations of rooms with soundproofed ceilings, glass wallssome had both front and rear covered in glasspitched ceilings bisected by bass-defeating support beams, and porous walls.
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