Picture Report – High End Munich 2016 – Pt 2

Technics probably has the most iconic turntable in the world

Technics 1

Their new EAH T700 headphone however failed to impress me at the show

Technics EAH-T700

The Abyss. I finally got the chance to listen to it! Connected to the speaker plugs of a 2 x 30W tube amp the Abyss performed extremely well and it is my top 3 of best headphones ever.

The Abyss

The RME ADI-2 Pro. Unfortunately I didn’t get to listen to it but it caught my eye right away. This is RME’s Anniversary reference AD/DA converter, I’m thinking Nathan can have a closer look.

Ultrasone AME ADI-2 Pro

Who ever said headphones aren’t for girls? Ultrasone even has a bordeaux colored headphone called “Edition 8 Julia”

Ultrasone Julia

All of the other Ultrasone headphones af course were at the show. We’re in Germany after all. The one that caught my attention most was this blue Tribute 7 PR04


Vinyl Cleaners. It’s no surprise to anyone anymore that vinyl is back. At the show you found all kind of accessories for your turntables, cartridges etc, but it were mostly the vinyl cleaners that stood out most. While I don’t doubt they work perfectly, it would be nice if they could make less noise.

Vinyl Cleaner 1

Vinyl Cleaner 2

Violectric is celebrating their 30th birthday and was showing a whole lof of (new) products. Of course there was the V800/850 DAC but also the newest V280 amplifier which is a trimmed down power version of the V281. Fried also explained they’ll be working on expanding the LakePeople product range and one of the first new products there is an AD convertor. Something I’ll be looking into myself. I seriously have to stop buying Violectric gear though

Violectric 1

Violectric 2

For those of you who have never met or Seen Fried, here he is 😀

Violectric 3

All of my speaker friends are in to the really high end stuff but one affordable brand I really like myself is Zu Audio from Utah, USA. The Omen MK2 costs about $1800 for a pair and it sounds sublime. David Scott, this one’s for you. I’ll probably be buying myself a pair as soon as my cats stop attacking my old B&W speakers.


Zu Audio

Well that’s it for this year’s High End Munich show for me. It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun at the same time. The after parties rock!

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.


  • Reply May 12, 2016

    Rasmus Horn

    Thanks for the pictures. I wish I had a job, that would take me to High End in Munich. It looks like a fun (and expensive) place to be.

  • Reply May 13, 2016

    Rob Senner

    “Phonitor is one of those brands you just can’t walk by without trying.”

    Should be SPL, Phonitor is the name of the amp.

  • Reply May 13, 2016


    That’s a lot of work, and a lot of lustworthy items to check out. Thanks!

  • Reply July 30, 2017

    Gianni Marcolli

    Please hear again Leben CS 300 (with NOS Mullard) with Sennheiser HD 800 and let me know the result.
    It seems that only you was not blown away for this combo.

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