2017 Munich sound show
Over 500 exhibitors from 44 different countries headed to Munich this year for the largest audio industry trade fair, High End.
In its 36th year, High End 2017 saw a 10% increase in visitors, with over 21,000 people hitting the show floor over four days to see the latest products from the biggest brands in the audio industry.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Dynaudio have announced the aptly named Special Forty speaker. Combining 40 years of research in a classic design, the Special Forty features a 17cm woofer with a hybrid magnet system for reduced distortion and higher power, as well as a new Esotar Forty tweeter for maximised airflow and low resonant frequency.
The Special Forty will be available in two exclusive high-gloss colours: grey birch and red birch.
Special edition versions of Focal’s Utopia III speaker line are set to offer a range of new features and colours. The Maestro Utopia III Evo and the Scala Utopia III Evo both feature bi-amplification, separating the registers to allow sound to be adjusted to an individual’s preference.
The new speakers also feature Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) suspension for reduced distortion and improved performance, and Neutral Inductance Circuit (NIC) for stabilising the magnetic field. Both speakers are set to be available later this year in metallic blue, ash grey and British racing green, as well as the more traditional black lacquer and Carrara white colours.
Monitor Audio has delivered an almost complete overhaul of its Silver series of speakers. The sixth iteration of the Silver series comprises of two standmounters, three floorstanders, two centre and one surround speaker, as well as an active subwoofer.
A revamped 25mm gold dome tweeter is featured in all of the speakers for less distortion and clearer highs, along with C-CAM (ceramic-coated aluminium/ magnesium) material mid-bass drivers and DCF coupling for dealing with rolloff in the high frequencies of the drivers.
One of the biggest announcements at High End this year was the establishment of a completely new speaker brand called Fyne Audio. Headed by former Tannoy employees, Fyne’s speakers will target all ends of the market with the entrylevel F300 range, midlevel F500 range and flagship F1 range.
Fyne Audio expects to begin selling its first speakers by the end of the year.
Eight new speakers will launch Wharfedale’s upcoming Diamond 11 series. Marking the company’s 85th year, Wharfedale said the Diamond 11 series will comprise of three stand mounting speakers, three floorstanders, and two centre speakers for use in home theatre systems.
Wharfedale have incorporated a range of technical improvements on its previous speakers in the Diamond series, including a new tweeter design and changes to the drivers. The speakers will be available in black, white, walnut and rosewood.