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The sounds of Munich High-End 2017 (Part 1)

  • David Bowie’s Low, Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town, Miles Davis’ Tutu, Björk’s Homogenic, Radiohead’s In Rainbows, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, U2’s War, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Johnny Cash’s American II, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions, Massive Attack’s Mezzanine

    These titles (and more) formed the backbone of Burmester’s window display at Munich High-End 2017 — a litany of stone cold classics by many a music fan’s standards, proudly displayed behind glass and velvet rope. Sounds promising, right? Alas, it’s not uncommon for high-end audio manufacturers to trade in classic albums as visual pointers without ever needing give them a spin to show off their wares.

    At this year’s Munich event we note another large dose of the familiar: immaculate sounding pieces that draw heavily on opera, classical, white dude blues plus the occasional new age piece. In only one room visited by this commentator on the first day of the Munich High-End 2017 did I hear music that might be familiar to your average contemporary music fans i.e. DAR readers. As we know, DAR readers steer well clear of audiophile standards when demo-ing audio gear.

    Take my word for it or take a few minutes to watch this video:

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    1. The penultimate set-up there is playing a Henrik Schwarz remix, but I’m so used to hearing in Dixon’s Body Language mix its a tease to cut to the next set-up (Radiohead) before the drop.

    2. Its the Meanproblem if you are “DJ” on a HifiShow …everyone allways cryed “Everyone played the same old MusicStuf” … but the Audience (most of them who really buy HiEnd Gear are > 50/55 ) want exactly that Masekela-/Dire Straits-/Nora-Jones-Stuff ! If you play for Example Brandt Bauer Frick Ensemble they run away or ask “Why dont you play anything that shows how the Gear sound ?” … and go.


    3. Hi Can I ask what were the speakers at 53 seconds to 1m 3 sec.
      Theres a very life like quality to the male voice in the recording. Sorry to be off topic, I know this is about the music played but those ones caught my attention.


    Munich High-End 2017 starts today

    Tidal, Spotify Connect coming to KEF LS50 Wireless