This years What HiFi? Show 2017, held at Hotel St. Regis - Mumbai was one of the best shows organised by the What HiFi? publication. Kudos to them for learning from their past shows and taking constructive criticism on board which resulted in the show being lauded by the AV industry exhibitors as well as the visitors. We will be covering the entire show in parts, which we will keep updating as we go along.
8th Floor Coverage:
The Main venue for visitors registration was on this floor and as soon as people entered the floor from the lifts they were greeted with the B&W Nautilus regally displayed, one piece only though sadly only as a static display in the passage. More on the static B&W's display here>>>
The five staterooms on the floor were taken by M/s.KEI(Elac, Denon), M/s.Cinebels(Jamo, Klipsch, Roksan), M/s.Harman India represented by Fairdeal Electronics(JBL Synthesis, Revel, Lexicon, Mark Levinson), M/s.Cadence Audio(Nagra, Spendor, YG Acoustics, Siltech, Crystal Cables, SME) and lastly M/s.PTC(Focal, Monster, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Konig, Origin Acoustics, ATI)
We started with the KEI room, which had a couple of Denon Amps/Receivers on static display along with an Atmos demo set up with Elac Speakers and Denon Electronics
The demo was strictly okay, though showcasing of the static display was decent.
We next visited the Cinebels room, which had a lot of equipment on display in a rather haphazard manner. Everything from home theatre set ups to 2 channel set up to static displays were managed in the room. We wanted to hear the Klipsch Cornwalls paired with a Prima Luna Amp & Roksan CD Player. We were informed that the tube amp needs to be kept on for 45 mins to an hour and hence could not be demo'ed as it was currently switched off. We nonetheless requested them to switch it on so that we could hear the set-up once we came back in an hour or so. Sadly, time constraints did not allow us to return to hear them as we had to rush through to cover the rest of the rooms.
The Next room was Harman India's, which was entirely having only static displays of various models of Revel Loudspeakers, JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Mark Levinson Electronics. Though well represented, the idea of having static display of everything under 1 room was kind of a let down as most visitors would have loved to hear the Mark Levinson Electronics paired with JBL Everest Speakers or Revel flagship speakers. Sadly, this was not the case. Harman India did have a JBL synthesis home theatre demo on the 15th floor though, which we will cover subsequently.
We now entered the Cadence Audio room where yet again the room consisted of 2 demo set-ups, one having the YG Acoustics Sonja paired with Nagra Mono Block Power amps, Nagra Pre, an SME Turntable and an old Philips RTR Player. The other set up consisted of a pair of Spendor D9 Speakers with Nagra 300B Tube Power Amp, Nagra Pre and Nagra CD Player. All cabling was by siltech. A couple of Spendor speakers were also on static display which am told were played intermittently. We met Mr. Kerry St. James of YG Acoustics, who gave us a whirlwind tour of what YG Acoustics was all about by means of a ipad pictorial presentation, explaining the processes and technology used to manufacture their speakers. We enjoyed the same post which we briefly heard the 2 demo set-ups as described above. We rather enjoyed both and would specially like to hear the Spendor D9's again as they have an engaging sound. Sadly, we had to rush as time was running out.
The last room on the 8th floor was the PTC room which was like an explosion waiting to happen. Every bit of space was used up to plonk various items, right from Monster Audio cabling, portable speakers, Focal and Sonus Faber speakers, McIntosh Amp/CD Player on static display, to a full blown atmos home theatre done right in the middle of the room. We were thoroughly confused as we did not know where to start and subsequently finish. A complete mish mash which made us leave as soon as we could.