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.

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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

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.

Fyne Au­dio

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.


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