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Thursday, May 16, 2024

High End 2024 : wrap up


After a few days of rest it's time to write a wrap up and show some more photos.

And explain a bit more in detail what we had at the show.

This year we decided to have a booth in the hall instead of a room in the Atrium. We liked it a lot and I must say I prefer it over the rooms upstairs. The inside is easier decorated to our own taste and the possibility of adding an open outside area gives more space to show equipment.

Like the Compactron line of amps, preamps and DACs which were shown in front of the booth.

The Compactron Preamplifier presented on a rotating platter grabbed a lot of attention:

Let's walk into the listening room:

The room was dominated by the gorgeous AA4 speakers from Admire Audio.

Between the speakers we had the phono and line preamplifiers as well as the Digital to Analog Converter and the wonderful Kinea turntable which was set up with the Gravity tonearm by Bernd Hemmen of PrimaryControl. The Mono power amps sat on the left and right side.

Tweeters :

Let's talk about the electronics.

The stack of 4 silver chassis is the preamplifier combination which consists of 2 signal chassis and 2 power supplies. The newly finished Intrepid Line on top of the Intrepid Phono. The digital part was taken car of by the 3 chassis Intrepid DAC (black).

The Intrepid Mono Amplifiers sat on top of their respective power supplies

My personal highlight was the presentation of the newly developed tubes exclusively for the Intrepid electronics. With the TWO driving a THREE in the power amps.

And a quad of ONE in each the linestage and DAC.

A 'fly by' video:

On the side wall an entire lineup of Heritage Linestage, Phono, DAC and power amps was on display.

On the last day there was also only little time to walk over the show since I was mostly tied up in talks. But I managed to stop by our friends at Lundahl transformers who spiced up their display with some of our tubes.

The time went by so quickly it felt we just started when it was already time to pack up.

And we had to say good bye to the room which became our home for four days.

Those four days were an unforgettable experience. I would like to thank the High End Society for hosting the most important audio show in the world and for offering such a diversity of exhibitors a great venue.

A big Thank You to Dani and Jacobo of Admire Audio for joining up and for hauling over their superb speaker. 

You can see in our faces how much fun we had. During the show and at the after show celebrations

A special Thank You to Gunter for all his help:

And most importantly to Hil for organising the whole event, for keeping the team on track and for taking up with me during all those years:

See you again next year.

Best regards


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Live from Munich : High End 2024, Third Day


The third show day is already over, here a few more impressions.

This was the first public day which was not reserved for trade visitors

We had many great visitors who apparently enjoyed the room and we got very nice feedback. What else can you wish for.

Due to the many visitors even less time to go around the show. I only found the time to visit Feliks Audio who presented their anniversary edition of the headphones amp with our ER300B tubes:

Another video with a pan across the room:

Our display of Compactron amps and preamps in front of the booth got a lot of attention.

Thanks again to all the visitors who joined us. 

Best regards


Friday, May 10, 2024

Live from Munich : High End 2024, Second Day


The second show day is over and here a few impressions of today.

As always during the show there is very little time to check out other rooms. But I could free myself to at least greet some friends.

As last year Engstrom is showing their ERIC amplifiers with our ER845 tubes.

In the hallway Lamborghini is showing their new Revuelto, unfortunately we did not get to listen to it:

Wolf von Langa and Bernd Hemmen of PrimaryControl are celebrating their 10th exhibition at the High End.

Thanks again to Bernd for providing a Kinea turntable and Gravity tonearm for our room.

Aries Cerat set up a huge, impressive system this year.

Today has been a blast and we would like to thank all the visitors for sharing their impression of the system and for the good talks.

A special thanks to Vitus of Hifi.de for covering our room in his video (from 2:56) :

Best regards


Live from Munich : High End 2024, First Day


The first day of High End 2024 is over!

It was a great start into the show with a lot of good talks and music.

I did not get to make a lot of photos, just a few quick impressions.

A Comnpactron Preamp prominently displayed:

The tube display:

And here a quick video with a pan across the room:

Best regards