11 of the best products at High End Munich 2022
Oh High End Munich, how we've missed you! After a two-year Covid-enforced break, the hi-fi extravaganza made its eagerly anticipated return to the MOC München last week. Whether you are into record players, stereo speakers, CD players or streaming there's something for everyone and for every budget. We were there taking in as many sights and sounds as we could during our brief stay – and below you will find a list of a few of our show highlights. Record players and streamers were in plentiful supply at High End Munich 2022, but it was great to see Marantz still flying the flag for digital discs with its brand new CD 60 CD player. Designed to match the company’s Model 40n integrated amplifier-cum-streamer, the CD 60 also has a few tricks up its sleeve in the shape of hi-res USB playback for all the usual digital file formats up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD up to 5. Information was sparse, but our roving reporters on the ground spotted not one but two interesting new products from the Mission stable.
We couldn’t squeeze much out of Mission regarding the 778 stereo amplifier, but those of you who know your hi-fi history will remember there was a Mission Cambridge 778 amp (the forerunner to the original Cyrus 1 & 2 amplifiers) back in the early 80s. Pro-Ject was rocking out at High End Munich 2022 with its latest limited edition deck. You are always guaranteed a spectacular system (or two) in the Absolute Sounds room, where multiple ultra-high-end brands come under the one distributor banner. Chord Electronics used the high end show to launch its all-new £6000 Ultima Pre 3 analogue preamplifier. Munich was our first chance to get a closer look at Audio Research’s integrated valve amplifier, the I/50. Available in six different colours, the I/50 features two matched pairs of 6550WE vacuum tubes, along with three 6922 tubes.
Monitor Audio was making plenty of noise about its 50th anniversary with the help of its new Silver 100 Limited Edition speakers, but one of the stars of the show was undoubtedly its crazy-looking Concept 50 floorstanders. At the show, the Concept 50 were in prototype form, but the company hopes to turn them into a bona fide flagship product by the end of 2022. Mark Levinson, too, turns 50 this year and the company was celebrating in style at Munich with a stunning hi-fi system made up from a range of high-end separates, including its anniversary-celebrating ML-50 monoblocs. One pair of speakers we can’t wait to get in our test rooms is the Dali Kore. T+A might be better known for its hi-fi electronics, but there was a new addition of the headphone kind on the stand at High End this year. Another pair of headphones that caught the eye was the jewel-like Campfire Audio Trifecta.
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