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Warsaw 2015: Reunited and it feels so good!

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by Norman Williams

Warsaw upped the ante in 2015.

My second visit here and as impressive as 2014 was, 2015 a big pleasunt positve surprise.

Show boss Adam touted:

“2 hotels (Sobieski Radisson Blu and Golden Tulip) + National Stadium with 56 rooms. 145 rooms total. The event is 50% bigger this year.”

Yes, bigger; but better?

In a word, YES.

The room at the National Stadium are used for TV broadcasts and are this sound-proofed to ensure good broadcast quality. This makes for a near PERFECT audio show staging, as finally there is a venue that needs much reduced room treatment in order for great sound to be realized. The only major impediment is the huge glass pane overlooking the soccer field. The Stadium itself is very multi-purpose and is used for all kinds of events, not all sporting related. It is essentially is a stadium and a convention centre. Wide walkways, elevators, stairs and escalators are the options available for making your way around this tasteful and pleasant facility. Munich and RMAF, eat your heart out! The downside is that there are only 56 rooms available, as the permanent offices on the other side are off-limits. Bummer!

Biggest letdown of the show this year, from a forum-buzz point-of-view, was the absence of Kii 3 speakers, Schiit Yggy Dac and the highly rated NADAC. However, we did have the anticipated Chord DAC, the MSB Select, Sonus Faber Cremonese speakers, Vox Olympian system, Cessaro Horns, Lampizator HeadDac, Goldmund Nano-Metis and Satya speakers, Amare Musica’s new tube DAC, Akkus Redwine speakers, a full array of Angstrom electronics and a host of other auditory treats.

Disclaimer: I did not make it to the Golden Tulip at all. Fatigue is a BIG factor at these huge shows.

Here are shots of some rooms showing the stadium view and general ambiance of the show. Goldmund/Zeta-Zero rooms.

I will follow up with some select focus on the interesting rooms and perhaps do a category view, like statement DACs, turntables or speakers. I will also speak a bit about the one special event I did attend (which I didn’t inadvertently miss thanks to Marcin “Mr Nice Guy” from Sound Rebels).

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11 Comments on Warsaw 2015: Reunited and it feels so good!

  1. Cecillllle // December 17, 2015 at 7:14 PM //

    first photo-Zeta Zero Orbital 360 was the best of all on this AS. no doubt, The sound of the show

  2. I withdraw my earlier comments as it seems the Goldmund were playing public on Sunday when I was at Sobieski. Sorry to have missed them playing to comment. Thanks wis97non for corrections. chapeau bas!

  3. The Goldmund was centered on the main speakers. The nanos were put on fridge display only. Thomas

  4. IMHO only the main Goldmund speakers were presented to the public, rest was on fridge show

  5. Norman Williams // November 12, 2015 at 5:18 PM //

    The link I posted has even more detailed impressions included in that thread.

  6. OMG these small Goldmund baby speakers were so impressive, definitely something to consider for Christmas if you are the Audiophile’s wife wondering what to buy.

  7. Andy Smith // November 12, 2015 at 4:34 AM //

    Norman, did you get to hear the forthcoming Chord `DAVE’ DAC? If so, please give your listening impressions however brief your time spent auditioning it. Many thanks.

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