Munich High-End Show Report
Thu, 16 May 2019
Chord Electronics Introduces Huei Phono Stage
Chord Electronics again presented a large room featuring their flagship Ultima system with Raidho loudspeakers. Chord introduced new Ultima amps and showed various new finishes, but the highlight of the show was the introduction of an excellent new phono stage named Huei. As avid fans of Chord’s outstanding Symphonic phono stage, we are super-excited about the Huei.
The new Huei phono stage offers MM and MC compatibility, adjustable gain and loading, and single-ended and balanced outputs, all in a Qutest-sized component. Building on the already excellent sound quality of Chord’s Symphonic stage, the Huei receives a further sonic upgrade by way of a new ultra-low-noise microprocessor. Huei brings the legendary Chord Electronics’ precision to vinyl playback. Huei is available in black only. US retail price is $1,495, (Canadian $1,895). Huei is expected to begin shipping September 2019. Bluebird is accepting pre-orders for Huei now.
Photos below, first row: the big Chord room at MOC and the Huei display. Bottom row: the Chord Ultima system, middle: for those who want a more understated look the Chord integrated is shown in black with black side panels, and right: Raidho Acoustics once again chooses Chord Electronics to power their loudspeakers in their Munich presentation, amp shown is Chord Ultima 2 with CPA 5000 preamplifier.
Vienna Acoustics Introduces 30th Anniversary Jubilee Loudspeakers
In celebration of 30 years in business Vienna Acoustics has issued a limited edition loudspeaker named Haydn Jubilee. Rather than celebrate with an ultra-expensive loudspeaker, Vienna Acoustics wanted to extend their sincere thanks to their customers, dealers and business partners so they put their best design foot forward and engineered a superb performing loudspeaker. Then they brought it to market at a loss-leader price, so production has been limited to 500 pairs.
These are loudspeakers that come to life with a level of quality that we have come to expect from the Vienna Acoustics brand. The Jubilee offers a naturally transparent sound underlined by a rich bass foundation. Musical instruments are depicted with full tonal color, delicate harmonic structure and maximum precision. Jubilee offers remarkable sound for its compact dimensions and incredible value for money. Offered in high-gloss black only. US retail price $1,495, (Canadian $1,895). Shipping end of May 2019. As a limited edition we have limited quantities available.
Jadis Blows Us Away With Fantastic Sound and Unveils Exciting New Products
Once again Jadis delivered drop-dead sonic bliss. We met with the Jadis design and ownership team and German distributor and are thrilled to announce several very exciting additions coming to our Jadis program over the coming weeks.
First up is the new Orchestra Black. The Orchestra Black is a 40 watt integrated, with uprated 6CA7 tubes and a stylish new black faceplate. We’ve saved a bit on cosmetics and managed to bring this terrific sounding integrated to market, complete with remote control, for $3,995, ($4,995 Canadian). We are ordering stock now and expect to be shipping the Orchestra Black by July 1, 2019.
We are also introducing a beautiful and modern silver faceplate option as well as a couple of new integrateds that will offer better sound and better value. Check this web site or your Jadis dealer in the coming months for further details.
Clockwise from top right: the new Orchestra Black, Jadis preamp with new silver faceplate option, Jadis DA88S integrated making beautiful music in German distributor Audioplan's room.
SME Introduces New Entry-Level Model 12
SME was showing their newest turntable, the Model 12A. As with all SME turntables, the Model 12A is a high mass, small footprint, high performance design benefitting from the finest materials and hand craftsmanship. Every component part has been precision engineered in-house to the strictest tolerances to contribute to an outstanding musical performance. The Model 12A comes with SME’s renowned 309 tonearm included and it replaces the Model 10. (Although Bluebird Music still has stock of the Model 10). US retail price is $10,900, (Canadian $13,900), and the Model 12 is expected to begin shipping June 2019.
Pictured below: Michael Fremer spinning tunes and yarns at the SME distributor's dinner, and right the new Model 12A.