High-End 2014: One show to rule them all

pic 2By Dr. Panagiotis Karavitis

pic 1If you were to choose one audio show to visit, just one where you get to see the most of everything, which one would you go for?

Me? I would opt for the “precious”. The one that from importers to visitors and from reviewers to designers all agree, it’s the one that rules the global Hi Fi scene.

It all started back in 1982 and year after year grew out to be the most important event in the audio industry, and by a long margin.

Yes, Munich Hi End 2014 starts in 2 days and guess who will be covering it for you. Yep, that lucky chap is me! A few numbers to give you an idea of what you will be reading here on PTA in the upcoming days. 

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More than 400 exhibitors from all around the world over 25.000 square meters of exhibition area, tons of weisswurst, gallons of beer and some 17.000 visitors are expected to flock in the Munich Order Center. Four days of show time are too little to report everything, so the attention will be focused on what’s new, impressive, exotic, cost-no-object or value-for-the-money and definitely on what sounds the best. After all, this is an audio show.

Did I mention the photo part? I hope Scot and the Part Time Audiophile server are ready to be flooded.

[Editor’s Note: We’re ready and looking forward to it!]

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6 comments

  • Wow………….!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!!!!

  • Three words: Magico Ultimate Three!!!!!!

    I hope it will not be a static display, but they are supposed to be there this year! Can’t wait to hear your opinion of a cost no object speaker that most of us can’t even put in our homes (let alone afford).

    • Panagiotis Karavitis

      More than one cost no object speaker here in Munich. Stay tuned..

  • I HATE YOU! Just kidding! Congrats! Wish I was going with you! I designed and sell primeVibe to season wood on guitars and violins. The largest music show in the world (I think even larger than Singapore) is Musikmese, also in Germany.

    All I want is one year off following MotoGP, Formula 1, the best bicycle shows, and every great audiophile and music show. Flying first class of course. Is that really asking too much? I THINK NOT!

  • Really ?!? That’s THE ONE for you ? I thought it was THE WORST. I would rather spend a day at Heathrow Airport.

    • Panagiotis Karavitis

      A few years back i had to spend a day at Heathrow and besides a fantastic single malt whiskey shop i don’t recall anything else worth to mention..

      Art Dudley on his opening said: “Bill Parrish of GTT Audio calls it “the best.” Jonathan Halpern of Tone Imports describes it as “the most well-organized, well-attended show, with the greatest number of products I’ve never heard or seen before.” Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio says “It has risen to be the most significant showcase of high-end technologies: a major, major show.” And our own Michael Fremer says it’s “where you go to confirm that audio is a serious, healthy, and growing business.”

      Guess I’m not the only one to think of Munich as The place to be..