What Hi-Fi Show 2018 – Report (Part 2)
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.
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.
A couple of OLED panels were showcased with the spotlight being on the Signature OLED TV's
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.
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.
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.