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WHAT HI-FI? SHOW 2019 – MUMBAI (SHOW COVERAGE REPORT / PART 2)

14TH FLOOR

1401 – KEI

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

NAD

FYNE AUDIO

Fyne Audio’s F502 Speakers were paired with NAD’s M10, the new BluOS Streaming Amplifier that was launched internationally, a couple of months ago. The Alexa enabled M10 as a one box solution has a lot to offer, with the added advantage of being part of the Bluesound BluOS ecosystem. The gent conducting the demo had attached a hard drive to the M10 and was controlling the playlist via an iPad.  We enjoyed the simplistic setup and ease with which the music was played. Also interesting to note were the King & Queen showpieces that were placed on top of each speaker, were they just for show or were they doing something sonically??? We will leave this question to be answered by the good folks at KEI. The very fine Fyne Audio F502’s continue to impress us with their abilities and we look forward to hearing them more for a future review.

Pricing of the above equipment as follows:

Fyne Audio F502 – 1.9L

M10 – 2.8L

1402 – MONEE & DIVINE MUSIC

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

KLH AUDIO

PEACHTREE AUDIO

AUDIOART CABLES

KLH, the newly launched loudspeakers company was present in the form of their Kendall & Albany. Paired to them were Peachtree Audio Amplifiers Nova 300 & 150. We were advised that the KLH speakers were brand new out of the box and had arrived just in time for the show. We liked what we heard in the brief period that we were in the room and the synergy with the Peachtree Amps was good. Thanks to the new distributors – M/s. Root Note Audio, we shall be listening to the Peachtree gear in future. Hopefully, Monee the distributors of KLH will oblige as well.

Pricing as advised for the above equipment as follows:

KLH Kendall – 1.55L

KLH Albany – 56k

Peachtree Nova 300 – 1.85L

Peachtree Nova 150 – 1.37L

Peachtree Deep Blue 3 – 45k

Peachtree Deep Bluesky – 47k

Audio Art Cables used were as under:

IC3 1.0M – 9K

IC3 TECHFLEX 1.0M – 10.5K

SC5-GB 3M – 20.3K

SC5-SB – 21K

SC5-SP – 20.3K

POWER 1 2M – 18.5K

1403 – AVAAA

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

THONET & VANDER

TECHLY

SWEEX

PROFIGOLD

BANDRIDGE

Mostly all static equipment in the form of cables placed on racks. Thonet & Vander Kugel Bluetooth Powered Speakers(30k) and Dunn Soundbar with Sub(15k) were on demo. We liked the Thonet & Vander equipment for being value for money and serving the purpose very well.

1404 – KEI

BRANDS SHOWCASED

THORENS

ELAC

AUDIO TECHNICA

In this room, KEI showcased a few Thorens turntables, Elac’s well engineering Miracord 90 and an Audio Technica LP60BT, by means of a static display. We are not fans of static displays so post clicking the mandatory pics, we had nothing else to do here. What was noteworthy was that KEI had taken pains to display the prices alongside of each of the models on display, across all their rooms. We really appreciate this gesture as it makes it easy for all concerned, so kudos to KEI for doing the needful.

1411 – KEI

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

TOTEM

BLUESOUND NODE2i

What was going to be an active speakers with a turntable set up turned out to be an active speakers with digital source setup, due to certain technical issues in setting up a turntable. Nonetheless, we focused on the Totem Kin Play, which are getting very well reviewed internationally. Unfortunately, we could not hear them sufficiently to be able to write more about them but whatever little we heard, we liked. Hopefully, we shall be sent a pair for review in the near future.

1412 – M.Z. AUDIO

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

MARANTZ

Q ACOUSTICS

M.Z. Audio had taken a suite which had the inner area with equipment as under:

Marantz SA10 SACD Player – 5L

Marantz PM10 SACD Amplifer – 6.35L

Q Acoustics Concept 500 – 4.10L

The flagship Marantz Amplifier and SACD Player with Q Acoustics Flagship Concept 500 Speakers were showcased as a stereo set-up.

The outer area had 2 set ups of Marantz + Q Acoustic + Morel in home theatre configurations.

Set-up one had:

Morel CW525LCR – 3.15L

Morel CW600 – 85k

Morel MSP10 – 60K

Marantz SR7013 – 2.15L

Set-up two had:

Q Acoustics Concept 40 Tower – 1.23L

Q Acoustics Concept Centre – 34K

Q Acoustics Concept 20 – 48K

Q Acoustics 2070Si – 49K

Marantz SR5013 – 1.10L

Source used for both was a Marantz UD7007 – 85K

We were glad to see that the clutter of static display was non-existent in the room, save for a set of Q Acoustics 7000 LRi(36K) & Ci(19K) placed at the entrance of the room. Q Acoustics Rock Speaker – QI65LW(27K) was also on static display.

1413 – VIEWSONIC

MODELS SHOWCASED:

X10 4K

LS800HD

M1+

We Started off with the M1+, an ultra compact and portable projector that features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, along with built in Harman Kardon speakers. Ideal for sharing multimedia anywhere, even outdoors thanks to a built in battery power supply. The form factor is really small, making it a breeze to carry around in its own pouch that is part of the M1+ which also has 16GB inbuilt memory.  The M1+ makes it easy to share and view a variety of multimedia content, as it comes with multiple connectivity options including HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB Type C, Audio Out and a MicroSD card reader. We look forward to reviewing the M1+ in the near future.

 The next projector we saw was the X10-4K LED portable projector with LED technology, the projector offers up to 30,000 hours of operational life. The X10-4K projector includes Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, and an integrated Smart TV interface for easy streaming of TV shows and movies from popular content services, while a built-in OS provides access to popular apps via the Android Aptoide store. The X10-4K features 125% of Rec.709 color accuracy and Frame Interpolation technology, which reduces motion blur and ensures fluid multimedia content projection. The connectivity options include HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2, USB 2.0 Type-A, Type-C, Audio In/Out, and RJ45. This too has speakers from Harman Kardon, a lightweight design, easy carry handle, and short throw lens, the X10-4K can be conveniently moved from room to room, indoors to outdoors. The projector features 2,400 LED lumens of brightness, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

1414 – MILAN SALES CORPORATION

MILAN SCREENS

Milan Art Screen with Leather Finish

Size:-92″ Diagonal

Surface:- Micro Perforated Silver 3D

Mrp:- Rs.2,00,000

Milan Motorized Tab Tensioned

Size:-92″ Diagonal

Surface:-Grey

Mrp:- Rs.60,000

Milan Zero Edged Screen

Size:-92″ Diagonal

Surface:-Optical (Ambient Light Rejection)

Mrp:- Rs.90,000

As always, Milan Sales Corporation was fronted by the bossman Milan himself, who kept us entertained with the demonstration of the 3 types of screens on demo and their attributes. For the pricing, Milan Sales Corporation always provide value for money and that is precisely why they sell a lot of screens year on year. We were particularly impressed with the Art Screen with Leather finish, that not only looked beautiful with the now customiseable leather wrapped border in a variety of colors, but also with any type of picture/artwork that one can custom design to their liking.

1415 – VINSHEK MARKETING

ELAN HOME AUTOMATION

Vinshek Marketing focused on providing a hands on demo of Elan based home automation to one and all, thereby educating not only an end user but also those who are part of the automation installation industry. We couldn’t sit through one of their sessions as had other rooms to cover as well.

1416 – LITTLE NAP RECLINERS

Little Nap had a few new models of recliners to showcase, one which we have shared the video of was very comforting to sit on and attractive to look as well, what with a pleasant red textured leather used to wrap the same. We spent a good 5 minutes relaxing in the same post which it was time to hit the next room.

1417 – CINEBELS

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

KLIPSCH

Klipsch Forte III Speakers

Balanced Audio Technologies (BAT) Pre/Power Amplifiers

Klipsch Debut Carbon Turntable

Cinebels showcased the above models as their demo set up, which sounded great when they played a record, which was rare as they mostly played music via Bluetooth, which was quite a turn off for us. We were atleast glad to hear some music on vinyl for a few minutes to note that the Balanced Audio Technologies Pre/Power indeed drove the Klipsch Forte III Speakers rather beautifully. We wish we could hear this set up more, sadly not! The turntable looked familiar as it is none other than the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with Klipsch badge engineering. Anyway, as per the Klipsch website, this is now a discontinued model.

Pricing of the above models as under:

Klipsch Forte III – 4.95L

Static Display Models:

Klipsch Heresy – 2.68L

Klipsch Sixes – 89.8K

Klipsch Three – 46.8K

Klispch One – 28.8K

Theatre Bar – 1.5L (Fully cusomiseable as it is made to order and delivery schedule is 12 weeks)

1418 +1419 – VU TECHNOLOGIES

BRAND SHOWCASED – VU TV

VU Technologes showcased their new range of TV’s, ranging from sizes 75, 86 to 100 inches from their pixelight & quantum pixelight series.

Unfortunately, no one was made aware of them being offered at special prices if booked during the show! The star of the TV’s on display was the 100” 4K TV that retails at 20L, but was available for a very special price of 13.5L!!! This is the world’s first 100” 4K LED TV and does it look good or what? Fantastic we say and worth buying if you have the real estate and financial ability to buy the same. VU Technologies are truly showcasing quality and value for money at the moment. We certainly believe in their products as we also happen to use their TV’s and have been very satisfied with their quality and price to performance abilities.

1420 – AUDIOVISION INDIA

BRANDS SHOWCASED:

BOWERS & WILKINS (B&W)

VIVID AUDIO

JEFF ROWLAND

ROTEL

ARTISANIA AUDIO

KIMBER KABLE

MELCO

SOUNDCAST

As is customary with Audiovision India, this year too they had lined up their room with products from the brands named above by means of static displays, except for Soundcast portable speaker models, which they played intermittently inside and outside their room. Most of the visitors were disappointed, including us for not being able to have a chance to hear their great line of brands, such as B&W, Jeff Rowland, Melco, Vivid Audio, to name a few. We hope that next year they will change the system and get active from static!

1423 – AERO

BRAND SHOWCASED: AERO

Aero showcased their range of water proof Mirror TV’s, LED display video walls, LCD monitors, digital posters, along with their flagship product called Aeroscape, a 176” smart LED TV, which is the world’s largest LED TV.

All in all, the products on display were well displayed and their functionality was perfectly explained by the team at hand for doing so. We were surprised to see a few digital posters used in the marketing of the show this year, at the hotel venue, which is a good sign and hopefully will be used in a full fledged way for the ones to follow. We look forward to learning more about Aero’s product range in the near future.

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VIEWSONIC RANGE SHOWCASED AT WHAT HI-FI? SHOW 2019 – MUMBAI

The following Viewsonic Projector models will be showcased at the What Hi-Fi? Show 2019 – Mumbai, at the St.Regis, from the 1st-3rd of March 2019 from 11AM to 7PM. Viewsonic India Marketing & Communications Manager has just sent us the under noted info and models that they will be having on demo for the benefit of the attendees. For more details, please await for our show coverage post completion of the show, stay tuned!

Viewsonic M1+

ViewSonic India Technologies Pvt Ltd. announces a new ultra-portable LED-based projector featuring Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The M1+ has built-in premium dual Harman Kardon® speakers and is ideal for sharing instant multimedia anywhere and at any time.

The ViewSonic® M1+ ultra-portable projector makes entertainment super convenient. Users can use it in just about any room at home, or even take it outdoors for a movie night. For on-the-go professionals, share multimedia confidently with a built-in battery that provides up to six hours* of power, 16GB of built-in memory, and LED technology that offers up to 30,000* hours of usage.

Designed to be compact and lightweight, the ViewSonic M1+ weighs about one and a half pounds, making it easy to carry from room-to-room, in an office environment, or take on the road. Featuring 300 lumens of brightness, the M1+ projector is engineered with a 120,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as a short-throw lens that can display large images in small spaces. The M1+ makes it easy to share and view a variety of multimedia content, as it comes with multiple connectivity options including HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB Type C, Audio Out and a MicroSD card reader.

The M1+ projector utilizes the latest solid-state LED technology, making the projector mercury and lamp free. With support for Full HD (1080p) resolution, the M1+ is also 3D compatible with optional ViewSonic 3D glasses (PGD-350). The integrated, patent-pending Smart Stand ensures simple setup, allowing the projector to be placed in different positions at nearly any angle, while also doubling as a lens cover. When the lens is uncovered, the M1+ automatically powers on with full brightness for instant use. A built-in safety feature temporarily turns off the lens when objects are detected too close to the projector.

Viewsonic X10-4K

The ViewSonic® X10-4K LED portable projector is engineered with a DLP® 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) chip with XPR technology. With the long-lasting LED technology, the projector offers up to 30,000 hours of operational life. The X10-4K projector includes Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, and an integrated Smart TV interface for easy streaming of TV shows and movies from popular content services, while a built-in OS provides access to popular apps via the Android Aptoide store.

The X10-4K features 125% of Rec.709 color accuracy and Frame Interpolation technology, which reduces motion blur and ensures fluid multimedia content projection. With HDR content support, the X10-4K delivers incredibly detailed video playback, contrast, and vivid colors. The connectivity options include HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2, USB 2.0 Type-A, Type-C, Audio In/Out, and RJ45.

“The new 4K Ultra HD Lamp Free Smart Theatre X10-4K LED Portable Projector delivers impressive display and intelligent performance,” said Eric Wei, Senior Sales Director. “In addition to amazing image reproduction, we’ve packed the X10-4K with the latest smart technologies from Amazon and Google and included Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as speakers from Harman Kardon, ViewSonic is giving users an incredible and truly immersive visual and audio experience.”

Combining stunning 4K resolution with smart streaming functionality and a portable design, the ViewSonic X10-4K LED portable projector delivers a theater-like experience in just about any room. With a lightweight design, easy carry handle, and short throw lens, the X10-4K can be conveniently moved from room to room, indoors to outdoors. Furthermore, the projector features 2,400 LED lumens of brightness, and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing users to stream content from their favorite providers such as YouTube. In sum, the X10-4K delivers big pictures in a small package.

Viewsonic LS800HD

The LS800HD shines bright in virtually any environment with 5,000 ANSI Lumens of high-brightness projection and 1080p resolution clarity. The projector comes equipped with a laser phosphor technology capable of achieving up to 30,000 hours of maintenance free projection and is capable of 24/7 continuous operation to provide a dramatically durable solution for public use. H/V lens shift and 1.65X optical zoom offers additional flexibility and makes the projectors adaptable to a wide array of installation settings. The projector’s built-in HDBaseT receiver is able to transmit uncompressed high resolution audio and video at a lengthy distance (100 meters for 1080p and 70 meters for 4K/2K) when combined with a cat5e/cat6 cable and is compatible with any certified HDBaseT transmitter. Addition features such as portrait mode and 360-degree projection allow users to deliver a fresh visual perspective for creative applications such as staging and advertising.

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VIEWSONIC AT WHAT HI-FI? SHOW 2019 – MUMBAI

Viewsonic India, have sent us the information of launching the X10-4K Lamp Free Smart Theater Portable Projector at the What Hi-Fi? Show 2019 – Mumbai, to be held at the St.Regis, from the 1st-3rd of March 2019. We look forward to checking the above out and report about it in our post show coverage subsequently, stay tuned!