Munich 2016, show report
Munich High-End - Hifideluxe 2016
- JMF Audio
most natural sound of Munich…
This is the best compliment that visitors
could make us. When such words
come from distributors of competitors' equipment, audiophiles' wives
and musicians, it touches us deeply. Thank you very much.
Some comments have been quoted
At Hifideluxe, Marriott Hotel,
during the high-end audio week where the most prestigious products in
the world are showcased, JMF
Audio presented a full system: digital source, converter, preamplifier, power
amplifiers, speakers, power supply conditioning, all the specific cables
and the decoupling stands; all developed with the same philosophy. This is absolutely unique! This is the culmination of over 30 years of
opposed to the presentations in our studios in France, where the room acoustics
is highly controlled, we presented at Hifideluxe with limited room treatment,
for our followers to be able to balance the impressions.
always we played all types of music, of all eras, on different formats; recordings
ranging from 1964 with The Oscar Peterson Trio "We get requests" for jazz
on CD, the timeless church choral of Cantate Domino (1976, Proprius) on SACD,
the recent and artistically original SPES (2L, 2016 Grammy Award nominated) on
Blu-ray Pure Audio disc (a format for which JMF Audio is world leader). Of
course, to express our gratitude to our host country, we often placed one of
our favorite disc in the player: the Tchaïkovski Violin Concertos performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by André Previn (DG 2004)
on SACD ; such a wonderful artistic performance, such a subtlety and
sweetness that delight music lovers' ears and soul.
visitors were therefore able to appreciate the great universality of the
playback system which our philosophy of high precision allows. Anouar Brahem/John
Surman/Dave Holland's trio album named Thimar (arabic jazz), Eric Bibb (blues), Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Francis
Cabrel, China Moses, Marcus Miller, Mark Knopfler, Hugh Masekela, Michael Bublé are examples for the diversity of the
music that was played, mostly on regular CDs... On over 50 year old recordings in small venues,
such as Dave Brubeck quartet live at Carnegie Hall (CD), the listeners confirmed
they had the feeling to have travelled back in time and sit before the
artists. On Magnificat (2L, 2014), the listeners had the true sensation of
being immersed in the cathedral and ported by this magnificent choral
performance. The fact that numerous people asked for the reference of this particular disc attests
to the spectacular rendering...
our demos, we play well known reference recordings and also wish to share
discoveries with our visitors. This year our favorite was solo effort Piano
Improvisations (2L, 2012) from wonderful classical music composer and
pianist Ola Gjeilo. In our opinion, this artist's exceptional talent was
very well translated on the recording.
a few of our Asian customers and followers made the travel and visited the
French company JMF Audio in Germany. Therefore we chose to enlighten this
meeting with the dynamic Offenbach
(Rosenthal) "Gaité Parisienne - Vivo" (Telarc 1992)! It was
played once everyday.
JMF Audio started with the
development of power amplifiers for the most prestigious recording studios
worldwide. They were first introduced in Nashville USA in 1989 by famous
acoustician Tom Hidley who selected them for their high output power and
truly exceptional sound quality. As a
remembering of that time, we pleasantly ended each day with Aaron Neville's
Warm Your Heart.
Bock (MSM Studios), Morten Lindberg (2L), Arnaud and Laurent Fusilier (JMF
Saturday we had the pleasure and honor to welcome in our room Mr. Morten
Lindberg of 2L, the multi Grammy Award nominated producer and sound
engineer, along with Mr. Stefan Bock of Munich based MSM Studios. The three
European companies 2L, MSM Studios, JMF Audio represent the pioneers
for the Blu-ray Pure Audio disc format respectively for recording,
authoring/developing and playback. Please see JMF Audio's DMT3.7
transport page. (>
Brochure Blu-ray Pure Audio)
wish to thank the numerous journalists from all around the world for coming.
Some of them spent over two hours in the JMF Audio room although there were
so many other exhibitors to visit in a limited time frame. So we believe JMF
Audio's music was definitely seducing...
year again when too many visitors entered the room we were unable to propose a
convenient listening position for everyone. We apologize and invite music lovers to contact us for an
appointment to listen in calm in our two studios, next to Germany, located in a
cultural and touristic area. Please refer to the contact page.
Blues music was requested and we did not have enough. Next time we will bring more, such as Joe Bonamassa, we promised.
changes this year were:
DMT3.7 transport final hardware version (it was the first prototype last
DP5 AES-EBU cable (superseding DP3)
Revision C for PRS1.5 preamplifier and DXC2.2 MKII converter (new power
Revision F for PCD302 power line conditioner (it was revision E last year)
Revision B for CM8 line cables (it was original CM8 last year)
Decoupling stands for the electronic devices
transport, BDPM1 optical mechanism, hand built gold printed circuit board,
MKII converter, PRS1.5 pre-amplifier and HQS9001 amplifiers display. Aluminum finishes.
Ola Gjeilo's Blu-ray Audio disc (2L) and CD (DECCA), played with JMF Audio
DMT3.7 universal transport.
Representatives of the Indonesian
audiophile community honored us with their visit.
From Malaysia, a client and a representative of
the Analogue Fellowship community.
Excellent products catch attention. Excellent music is international...
were so impressed by your sound last year. And you surpassed it this year.
Congratulations!" (video interview)
and natural sound [...]
An attendee said, as he walked from the room, that it was the best sound
he heard at the show. I cannot disagree with his statement. JMF Audio
easily produces a sound I could listen to for hours."
(extract from web site)
Show Award Hifideluxe 2016 Best Sound JMF Audio"
Breuninger, reviewer, USA
Evaluation on Mr. Breuninger's brought CD, a Canadian artist singing in
French. We appreciated.
"At last, what I
consider as the best sound of Munich. Located at the Marriott Hotel,
the French brand JMF Audio proposed, in my opinion, the best
that could be heard on both sites, MOC and Marriott. And very certainly
the best that I have ever heard in my life, although there was no analog
source. Softness, punch, articulation, emotion, everything was here
to transport the listener to the recording venue, almost as if it were in
direct. Our very special congratulations go to this company that is able
to convert the dreams of the most discerning music lovers / audiophiles
into reality." (extract from the magazine)
"One of the two
clearly superior ultra high-end setups that I heard for the second year in
a row. JMF Audio, a pleasure that gives a great thrill."
(from Facebook, Hifi class group)
Jose Manuel Delgado Mendoza, Hifi Live Magazine, Spain (after
having commented Living Voice / Kondo)
you have heard this, there is no need to go to the other rooms... I
brought other people with me this year"
high-end audio products dealer, Estonia
"As always, the JMF Audio total system never fails to impress... [...] Grand sounding and wide landscape were my first impressions of JMF Audio...
Spectacular!" (from Facebook, Analogue Fellowship group)
Han Hong Den, Analogue Fellowship audiophiles community, Malaysia
"I have been a high-end audio products
distributor for 30 years. I have never listened to such a natural and full
did not think it was possible..."
This person did not wish to
leave his contact information. He left the JMF Audio room walking down the corridor without
entering the other rooms...
sound is so different from the usual *hifi* sound. JMF Audio
sounds very natural. It makes me think of analog master tapes although you
play digital discs... Which element makes your sound so good? I wish we could
distributor of competitors' products, South Korea
"As surprising as last year. Still
M.P., distributor of high-end products, New Zealand
"How have you been able to produce such
a natural music? My brother is a musician, I wish he were here, he would
love this. When we attend a demo in a shop it is usually deafening. Here
[in the JMF Audio room] the music is nice, detailed, clear and pure."
Stefanie. F. a lady who seemed to be a true music lover, Germany.
"No doubt the best
sound at the show. Congratulations!!!" (on
Alberto Pascual, Hifi Live
"It was a big pleasure to meet you there and have some time to spend with
the Most Musical System in Munich."
Jorge Castellano, High-end
audio dealer, Spain (via e-mail)
"I love the sound. Absolutely. [...] JMF
Audio is possibly the most aware company in the industry..."
Morten Lindberg, sound engineer and producer, 2L, Norway. (multi Grammy
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