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What Hi-Fi? Show Mumbai 2023 – Part 1

The 2023 edition of the What Hi-Fi? Show took place at Hotel St. Regis, Mumbai between 25th & 27th May and we were present to cover the show, the details of which follows as under:

As is now customary with this show, the exhibitors are divided between the 8th floor & the 14th floor of the hotel, the 8th floor mainly having large staterooms whilst the 14th floor has small rooms & 2 suites.

We start our coverage on the 8th floor, which comprises of registration space, followed by a small room that was taken by Headphone Zone, that was pretty much in a corner that most wouldn’t even know of, had the door not been open.

8th Floor:

Headphone Zone:

A variety of headphones, amplifiers and digital audio players were at hand for the visitors to listen to. Well managed by the HPZ staff and owner.


BenQ launched a couple of projectors at the show along with the existing range of models were showcased by the personnel. For more details contact us at –

AK International:

Pretty much the entire range of Focal was showcased mainly via Static displays, alongside live demos of Naim’s Muso, Littora Outdoor Speakers, Focal AVR powered home theater as well as Maestro Utopia Speakers powered by Naim Pre/Power Electronics. A large room was well packed with the above, though a lot left to be desired when one is showcasing the flagship series of Focal Speakers & Naim Amplifiers! The pictures should speak for themselves. A solo display of Monster cables was also part of this room. For more details contact us at –

MZ Audio Distributions India + Viewsonic:

A bazaar setting of static displays consisting of Marantz, Q Acoustics, Mission, Heco, Magnat, Loewe, Velodyne, Episode with a sprinkling of Viewsonic Projectors covered the entire room. For more details contact us at –


A corridor setting was chosen to static display models from Onkyo, Integra & Pioneer AV Receivers, alongside a pair of Klipsch & Jamo Speakers. For more details contact us at –

Audio Nirvana:

Rotel, Sonus Faber, McIntosh electronics and speakers were static displayed alongside a live set up consisting of all 3 brands. For more details contact us at –

Sound & Vision:

Live demonstrations of Sim2 Projectors on Screen Research Screens, plus Artcoustic speakers on static display as well as live demo were part of this room. Sim2 projectors definitely were some of the best one can buy but then at a steep price so definitely for the chosen few only. The owner of Sound & Vision was giving the demos of all the brands and did so happily.

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What HiFi Show 2020 – Mumbai (Part 1)

In light of the current scenario of Covid 19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc all over the world, it was still astonishing to see that the show took place to begin with. The organisers, hotel and exhibitors must have all collectively sighed a huge relief that they could all continue to carry on ‘business as usual’ as things quickly got out of hand in the days that followed.

Was it right to continue with the show, what with so many international shows which are much larger & reputable in nature cancelling one after the other is something that did play in the minds of a lot of people who are part of the circuit as well as that of the target audience that definitely had the resulting impact on the show in more ways than one.

Firstly, the number of exhibitors was very small and to be honest laughable to have a show to begin with.

Secondly, the turnout of the visitors was also low, but then that was to be expected keeping the nature of the beast we are all grappling with, in mind.

The show did go on and remarkably all that were part of it be it via organising, exhibiting or attending have not been exposed to the dreaded virus or we hope so!

Plenty of things to ponder on and for sure would have been discussed behind closed doors but anyhow, this is all in the past now, so let’s get to the show coverage itself.

This year the show was split into 2 floors only, the 8th & 16th.

8th Floor :


Using the large stateroom to show case as many models as they could Benq Showcased every model worth their salt in all angles possible. Plenty to see (all in the dark that is) but nothing that really stood out worth talking about. Thankfully no crowding otherwise it would definitely be avoided at all costs!


Having taken two state rooms, one of them had a static display largely consisting of Monitor Audio Speakers, from their various ranges.

The new Bronze Series(not yet officially launched) was occupying the lion’s share of the room, by means of static display, though we can’t write anything further or show pics as per instructions of PTC.

The Platinum Series speakers of Monitor Audio, along with Accuphase E480 Integrated Amplifier with Denon DCD1600 NE were to be on demo, though when we visited the same wasn’t connected which was a shame.

The adjoining stateroom had a Dolby Atmos enabled Home Theatre demonstration that was consisting of Ascendo loudspeakers, powered by a Storm Audio processor and Powersoft amplifiers. Very loud and lots of bang bang!

That ends the coverage of the 8th floor.