Show Coverage Part - 3
Gallo Acoustic was showcased by team Vinshek in a manner that conveyed the desired effect. Simple & elegant, the Strada 2 & Micro SE models were on demo & static display.
The flagship Q Acoustics floor standing speakers – Concept 500 were showcased with some old electronics that we frankly felt did a lot of injustice to the overall presentation. A couple of systemline multi room speaker systems were showcased in 2 hard cases, assorted QED cables hanging on a stand and a couple of standees completed the room. Overall not the best room planning which resulted in sub optimal execution.
Luxury Personified LLP
Contrasting to the earlier room was this one that went all out to make a splashy statement, not only in visuals but also loud and in your face sound, courtesy a pair of Devialet Phantom Golds, belting out hip hop, trance and EDM. Luxury personified LLP wanted to achieve a certain aura with the placement of a background advertisement wall of images with 3D images popping out of the canvas. A devialet amp was also showcased like a glistening jewel in its display case with illumination. We spent a few minutes blasting metal, hard and stoner rock to the amusement of other show visitors. The Phantom gold’s just go loud without a sweat and keep pulsating to the beat, courtesy their vibrating woofers which just look like they are going to pop out of their cabinets. Loud and more loud, that’s their claim to fame. If you want expensive party speakers, then look no further.
A room that was under a serious cloud of uncertainty right till 24 hours prior to the show kicking off, what with the M&K consignment reaching at the nth hour. Inspite of being under tremendous duress, we were glad that team HSB AV pulled it off! Being the new distributors for M&K sound, HSB AV showcased the new S150 Series of cinema speakers paired with dual X10 subwoofers that were hooked up to a Storm Audio Processor. The set up played music concerts as well as movie scenes with equal aplomb and we must say that the set up was certainly worth being awarded as the ‘Best HT Set Up of the Show’, cost no bar. An entry level set of M&K Speakers were also set up in the room outside along with a static display of inwall speaker models but we did not get an opportunity to spend time listening to this set up due to crowd gathering at the time of our visit.
The focus was on 3 new models that were on demo, namely the PX727-4K, PX747-4K & PX800HD projectors. Viewsonic has an aggressive plan for the above models and we shall soon be having more information on how they intend to get the target audience to experience these models. We also look forward to playing with these models and reviewing them in the near future.
The 2 rooms had the following on demo/static display. The first room just showcased an LCR set up consisting of Definitive Technologies BP9080X with built in Atmos Modules, CS9080 centre channel, SR9080 surrounds and Parasound A52 Power amplifier. This set up just played very loud music clips all day long which to be honest we did not appreciate as invariably the sound from this room interfered with not only the rooms around it but also the rooms on the 12th floor! Not good and something we are sure most of the exhibitors also did not appreciate. The second room was chock a block with static display of Legacy Speakers, Sub woofers, Definitive Technology Inwall/Ceiling Speakers & Sub woofers along with Parasound Amplifiers from their Zone Master & Halo Series. Thankfully, a pair of Legacy Audio Calibre Stand Mount Speakers and Definitive Technology Demand D11 Stand Mount Speakers were available for demonstration via Parasound Amplification. We have heard the Calibre’s earlier and know what they are capable of so took the opportunity to hear the Demand D11’s which to be honest are quite good and need to be heard more by stereo enthusiasts as they have what it takes to be as a good option for listening to music. We hope to hear more of them in the near future if and when we receive a pair as promised for a review.
Lakozy Impex & Services
Another bazaar like scenario with a ton of speakers and electronics from the PSB and NAD stables, with an illuminated display of a Bluesound wall of products. Supra cables & distribution boards were also showcased and on display. Besides a small chat with the Lakozy reps, we clicked pics and moved onto covering the next room as there was nothing new to hear nor talk about.
MZ Audio Distribution
This year the showcase was on Morel in wall home theatre speakers showcased with the new Marantz SR8012 receiver. We were given some demos of clips from you tube as well as blurays but to be very honest the set up sounded really bad and not worth talking much beyond. Highly disappointing is an understatement.
As soon as we walked in, we realised that this is going to be a good experience as immediately we felt involved in the ongoing demo that was underway. Inspite of standing and not being ideally positioned to enjoy the demo, what we felt was something special, which was confirmed by whomsoever we asked with regard to this very set up. Truly a commendable effort from team AV Nirvana as their entry was completely last minute and unplanned. We have no hesitation to state this set up as the ‘Best Home Theatre Experience’ in a defined budget. The equipment used were Phase Tech inwall speakers, with a Pioneer AVR.
That covers our report for the recently concluded What Hi-Fi? Show 2018 held in Mumbai. We hope that we have covered the entire show barring a few instances where we did not have the opportunity to visit/see & hear. Our coverage is very much so unbiased and relates to what we as AV enthusiasts first & foremost felt, saw and experienced. We now look forward to experiencing more during the next show that tentatively will be held in a few months from now, stay tuned!