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What Hi-Fi? Show 2018 - Mumbai Show Coverage (Part-2)

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What Hi-Fi Show 2018 – Report (Part 2)

12th Floor

Nucleus Audio

Launched in India during the show, Lyravox was the showcase product by Nucleus Audio. The 2 models on demo were Stereomaster SM3-150 and Stereomaster SM2-200. Both were magnificently mounted on a drywall erected specifically for the show and elegantly wrapped in a wallpaper in silver hue. We heard both the models and quite liked the presentation of what is essentially a uber high end sound bar with lots of connectivity. Lyravox intends to be super exclusive and truly bespoke in offering custom finishes in their models to the very well heeled and discerning elite individuals. A good concept should be well represented by Nucleus Audio.

Burmester India Pvt. Ltd.

The gear consisted of B100 Loudspeakers, 111 Music Center, 909 Mk5 Power Amplifier, 948 Power Conditioner Once again we had the same approach by the person handling Burmester in India. Play it loud and be impervious to the inconvenience caused to the other exhibitors or their sensibilities. Nothing new and nothing has changed either in equipment or in the mindset.


The team showcased how a dedicated room can be well managed by the automation software called academi created by casadigi. A product that is expensive but also worth for a project where no compromise is expected at a cost no object level.

Fairdeal Electronics

The two rooms had one with static display of Revel range of speakers and subwoofers along with electronics of Arcam and Synthesis. The other room had a JBL Synthesis home theatre set up that had been calibrated by the synthesis team of Harman.

TCST Building Solutions

Showcased state of the art door locking technology, switches, room controllers with OLED displays and motion detectors.


LG India

A couple of OLED panels were showcased with the spotlight being on the Signature OLED TV's


Studio19 London

This is a new company that have just launched their new range of Solo E500X bluetooth speaker, which also has HDMI & AUX connectivity. We heard it briefly but could not make much out of it due to too many visitors in the room. We look forward to reviewing it in the near future.

Nexus Audio (Room 1)

This was the one of the two rooms of Nexus Audio, having a pair of Graham Audio Chartwell LS3/5 with a Marantz Melody all in one providing the source and amplification. Unbelievable sound from such tiny monitors that truly defy logic. Our pick of the show for ‘Small is Potent” sound of the show.

Nexus Audio (Room 2)

This is the room that inspite of consciously not wanting to visit more than once, we simply could not do so. The reason was that the set up consisted of Kaiser Audio’s to be launched entry of speakers called the Furioso Mini, in absolute entry level price point of their range (sadly still highly unobtanium for the majority of us) paired with Octave V40SE integrated valve amplifier with Black Box and AVM CS8.2 used as a CD player. We heard this setup evolving from Friday onwards with Sunday being where it became quite apparent that we would have no choice but to give it the ‘Cost no Object’ Sound of The Show, grudgingly so but that’s how the cookie crumbles. Truly magnificent and jaw dropping resolution, attack, decay and timing. We were hoping that we could have some true competition to a Nexus Audio set-up but yet again the man behind Nexus Audio has come, seen and conquered the show.

Absolute Sound

Showcased yet again with the Kii Audio active speakers with Roon Nucleus, SOtM, Transparent Audio, Still Points and Emotion and Kraft as accompaniments. Team absolute sound went in for the whole hog and won our ‘Stellar Room Presentation’ and ‘Audiophile Sound 100%’ of the show. We just wish that team Absolute Sound should have had a similar approach as the next room showcasing Nordost products similar in principle, to demonstrate how much of a difference still points make in a given setup. Hopefully, next time we could experience the same.


The room where we were in charge of in terms of demos and playing vinyl jockeys for most of the show. We enjoyed our duties in the company of the Nordost sales and technical representative. He truly showcased how much of a difference a good distribution box, power cords, grounding device and resonance control devices can make in a given set up. Sadly, they are frightfully expensive and unobtanium for the majority of us. We are glad that atleast we could hear the difference all the Nordost product range makes as hearing is truly believing. The setup consisted of a Project Xtension 9 with a Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge(The weak link), Project Phono Box S Phono Pre Amp, Burmester 102 CD player, Balanced Audio Technology VK23SE Pre Amplifier, VK225SE Power Amplifier, Nordost Valhalla2, Frey2, Tyr2 Power Cords, Frey2 Interconnects, QKore6 Ground with QKore Wires, QB8 Distribution Box, Sort Kones AS, AC, BC, TC & SortLifts. Without sounding biased, we found that most of the visitors enjoyed the sound of the set up with the Nordost demonstration being the proverbial cherry on the cake.

Rivera International (Room 1)

Audiovector SR3 Avantgarde Arrete loudspeakers were paired with a McIntosh MA8000 integrated amplifier and MCD550 CD Player. The overall sound of this setup was fantastic and well appreciated by most visitors at the show. We picked this pairing as the ‘Ideal Synergy Stereo’ setup of the show. They also had a German Physics Borderland MKIV on static display.


Rivera International (Room 2)

Audiovector QR series multichannel set up Full of impact and gusto, however we could not spend much time due to the crowds that kept coming to their room.

Audiovision India

The room was filled with static displays of the new 7 series of B&W, 8032D3, CI Series, multimedia speakers, head phones along with Soundcast bluetooth speakers which ironically were the only ones available for demo. Most of us were disappointed by not being able to hear the new 7 series of speakers but we certainly were not surprised by what was in store at the room as over the years we have expected nothing more.


Apart from a fancy static display of Denon AVR’s, they had a few Polk Soundbars on demo along with KEF LS50 active monitors. Not much action happening when we popped in hence we clicked a few pics and moved on.

What Hi-Fi? Show 2018 - Mumbai Show Coverage (Part-1)

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What Hi-Fi Show 2018 – Report

8th Floor

Sahil International

Focal range of loudspeakers were on static display right from the entry level sub/sats to the flagship Utopia series. The only products on demo were the Muso & Muso QB from the Naim stables in the large stateroom. Whilst it was good to see the new focal distributor showing the intent to take things forward, we truly wished that they had taken more trouble to atleast set-up a couple of demos of the top flight models from the Focal & Naim product range . We were quite disappointed at not having an experience of them and also conveyed our displeasure to the concerned personnel at Sahil International. All we can do is hope that their next showing will have addressed this aspect.


The title sponsors of the what hi-fi show pulled out all the stops and showcased their entire portfolio of brands and products, with almost all the popular model ranges covered from each of the brands represented by them. They had two large staterooms with each being dedicated to stereo and home theatre demonstrations. For home theatre, they had Ascendo Immersive Audio paired with McIntosh Amplifiers and Processor/Source, whilst for stereo, they had Dynaudio/Accuphase, Sonus Faber/Accuphase pairings with their show stopper set up having a pairing of McIntosh monoblock power amplifiers, an integrated amp used as a pre amplifier and a dedicated phono pre amplifier connected to a McIntosh Turntable, all hooked up to the behemoth Monitor Audio PL500II speakers. The entire cabling for the show stopper system was Nordost. Yes, this was quite a feat being pulled off but sadly, in our humble opinion not managed or set up in the manner befitting the stature and cost of the entire setup. Out of the entire smorgasbord of exquisite equipment on demo, we particularly enjoyed the Sonus Faber Serafino Tradition which not only looked gorgeous in a wenge finish but also sounded dreamy and melodious, paired with the Accuphase E470 integrated amplifier. We selected this pairing as the ‘Beautiful in Sound & Looks’ set-up of the show. We also look forward to hearing this set-up in depth in the future. To say that PTC went on to make a huge statement goes without saying. We just hope that our constructive criticism/feedback given to the PTC management was taken in the right spirit as we mean well and hope to see such top flight equipment being showcased in the manner it truly deserves.

BenQ India

They had taken another huge stateroom, which was filled with demos of various projectors being run simultaneously at different positions and angles. What BenQ managed to do was quite simple and it was managed beautifully – they completely confused the life out of a visitor entering the room as it was having multiple images being bombarded onto the viewer from all sides and angles thereby making it very difficult to understand or comprehend what was really happening. We quickly were in and out as what we saw was not our cup of tea and to be honest disorienting! A classic example of what happens when one becomes overzealous and tries to cover every square inch of a huge room to maximise the value proposition.

What Hi-Fi? Show 2018 - Mumbai Update!

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We have just received the details of what some of the exhibitors taking part in the What Hi-Fi? Show 2018, will be showcasing in their rooms.



Music Wireless System

Sonus Faber

To be announced

Monitor Audio

Platinum PL500II LoudSpeaker

McIntosh Labs

To be Announced

Studio Nineteen Bluetooth Speaker


Sun Group:

Devialet Phantom



Sound S150II THX Certified Speaker System




Storm Audio ISP 3D.16 Elite Processor

PSB Imagine X2T Loudspeaker

NAD T758V3

Audio Excellence:


Entire Range


Halo & Z Series Amplifiers

Absolute Sound:


Transparent Audio

Emotion & Kraft

Still Points

Innovative Information Technology:


Babbler Group:

Q Acoustics

To be announced

Rivera International:


SR3 Avantgarde Arrete

QR Series Home Theatre

Amina Invisible Speakers

To be announced

MZ Audio:

Boston Acoustics

To be announced


To be announced

Taga Harmony

To be announced


To be announced 



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