Munich 2018, show report
High-End - Hifideluxe 2018 - JMF Audio
". Again this year we selected a
few words from the kind visitors' comments as title and introduction to this
JMF Audio 2018 Munich show review. Being in the same room as the previous
years, numerous visitors were seen heading straight for JMF Audio. To the long time audiophiles, musicians, sound engineers,
editors, music lovers, we say thank you for your passion and quest for the best instruments to play and feel the
music. We are thankful to the organization
and to the increasing number of exhibitors for enlivening this event.
(Marriott Hotel), for the world renowned High-End Munich, the new JMF
Audio 2018 collection was presented in the same black and white atmosphere.
Results of over 33 years
of research and development... From the disc drive mechanism to the woofer,
with the same philosophy, for the music...
It was an honor to unveil exclusives
for Munich 2018:
- Intensive research and developments have lead to new versions of the DAC, preamplifier, power amplifiers...
- Two albums recorded with the JMF Audio PCD302 were nominated for the Grammy Awards last January...
- A press conference about the new Pure Audio Blu-ray format was held on Friday in our room...
loudspeakers with massive ash wood grain visible through the black finish.
New versions of the DXC 2.2
MII converter, PRS 1.5 preamplifier and HQS 9001 flagship mono amplifier were
presented. Refining the references is a constant process at JMF Audio. It is
about details that have taken years of research and development and
countless hours of validation in JMF Audio's studios for the most natural
rendering and emotional feeling of music. Our latest fundamental researches
covering as diverse aspects as isolations, shieldings, grounding, EMI / RF /
electrostatic energy rejection or AC and DC power supplies concepts found
application... JMF Audio is proud to offer products that feature relevant and
homogeneous designs from the cables (application in 2017) to the electronics
(application in 2018). Thus we can only agree with the returning visitors
praising that the best sound got even better this year.
JMF Audio products owners'
satisfication gets total as they learn that thanks to the modular designs
introduced in 2008, their equipment can be upgraded to take advantage of these
advancements. An ever lasting pleasure of listening, renewed...
This year's highlight at JMF
Audio : Pure Audio Blu-ray.
The new audio-only high-definition
disc format developed by the msm-studios of Munich in cooperation with label 2L
(over 30 nominations for the Grammy Awards to date) and for which JMF Audio
developed the DMT 3.7 transport, could not have been presented at a more
Chritoph Diekmann of
Pure Audio Recordings holding the 2018 catalog,
Stefan Bock of the
msm-studios of Munich holding the new Blu-ray Pure Audio of Alessandro
Laurent Fusilier of
JMF Audio holding the 2017 Grammy nominated Blu-ray Pure Audio of Ensemble96
produced by 2L using JMF Audio PCD 302.
Pure Audio Blu-ray: German
standardized concept, Norwegian leading productions, French first
Christoph Diekmann of Pure Audio
Recordings, pointed out the interests for record companies in a new physical
media for high definition audio. Stefan Bock of the msm-studios of Munich,
explained the Blu-ray Pure Audio package concept that includes a CD for
versatility and the mShuttle technology that allows access to files such as
96kHz / 24 bit FLAC, MP3, MQA, residing on the disc (guaranteed source, no
internet download). At last Laurent Fusilier of JMF Audio explained the
motivations from the audiophile's perspective (the pleasure of holding a disc,
browsing a collection, getting the artwork signed by the artists...) and the
inherent potential of spinning discs on which samples are EFM encoded as opposed
to the direct clock paced computers/servers. An unprecedented point of view on
jitter considerations... (See updated DMT 3.7 page).
Never revealed before: views
of manufacturing steps of the DMT 3.7 disc transports in the JMF Audio workshops
were screened. For the first time, people were able to see BDPM1 machined
pecision optical mechanisms being finalized, the cone-ball decoupling feet being
mounted, the carbon fiber disc clamp being machined, chassis being fitted with
the exclusive MCLK3 signal processing and clocking boards, all printed circuit
boards' components mounted and soldered by hand...
Finally the proof by listening. Two
albums were selected, a major audiophile jazz reference and the latest 2L
- Patricia Barber "Modern
cool" CD (1998 Grammy Award) vs Blu-ray Pure Audio version (2012 Grammy
- Jan Gunnar Hoff
"Polarity" SACD vs Blu-ray Pure Audio, jazz trio recorded in a church,
purist techniques, 2018.
The audience was amazed. Although
the CD or SACD versions already sounded excellent, the Blu-ray versions were
just mesmerizing. A few seconds were enough to be charmed... Subtlety, nuances,
air, ease, ambiance, endless notes...
Regarding the Patricia Barber album,
both versions were made from the analog master tapes. Of course the CD was
produced with the analog to digital converters available at the time of release
whereas the Blu-ray was a modern transfer. With the Jan Gunnar Hoff album, it
was the absolute same extreme definition digital source, the DXD master. In all
cases, Blu-ray wins!
Over 300 Pure Audio Blu-ray discs
have been released to date, with multiple Grammy Awards for labels, producers
and artists. (See our links
to Pure Audio Blu-ray)
Several summarized presentations
were later made to audiophiles and journalists who could not attend the first.
Following the demand, a video of the original presentation will possibly be made
Barber: the reference CD, the Blu-ray version.
lead with the DMT 3.7 for the first time at Hifideluxe.
"Pure Audio" package: a Blu-ray disc with 192/96kHz audio, plus
a CD or SA-CD for versatility, a superb booklet, easy access to FLAC, MP3
file versions residing on the disc. What else?
course, during the show many types of musics, of
all periods, on different formats
were played to
enlighten the desirable ability of the JMF Audio products to offer
genuine and universal listening with Grandeur.
ranging from 1964
Dave Bruebeck Quartet "Live at Carnagie Hall, New York" (regular CD,
original release), to
the epic Ensemble 96 "So is My Love" (2017, Blu-ray Pure Audio, recorded
with JMF Audio PCD302 by Norwegian label 2L, Grammy Nominated album),
a summit both in composition, interpreting, emotion and technique... We had to
celebrate the 2017 Grammy Award winner jazz: Jane Ira Bloom "Early
Americans" (Blu-ray Pure Audio) produced by famous engineer Jim Anderson.
It was a pleasure to introduce the audience to the breath-taking "HD Audio
trip" teaser of French label Architekt of Sound and to discoveries such as
the surprising intense and dynamic interpretations of Astor Piazzola's classics
by Italian violonist Alessandro Quarta for Living Immersive (Blu-ray exclusive
German production) and the delightful jazz of Jan Gunnar Hoff in trio with
friends on "Polarity", the most recent album recorded with JMF Audio
equipment, released on Blu-ray Pure Audio as well. The composition "The
Elder" was one of our favorites this year. People always closed their eyes
and we played it until the end. Needless to say it was a surprise and a pleasure
when a Norwegian journalist entered the room and said "So nice to hear
music from a friend of mine in this room".
As filmed and posted
by American reviewer Peter Breuninger in our room last year, the outstanding live performance
of Italian duet Musica Nuda, cover of french singer Jacques
Brel, was requested by the audience. People surely wanted to experience for
themselves. "This is incredibly live as if we were with the
musicians.", said one of the JMF Audio partners' from Indonesia as we
were beginning the first day of show.
Two notable challenges were
presented to JMF Audio this year:
A person, serious
and visibly focused, insisted for his CD to be played. We heard a female voice
on blues music. The voice was seducing and the music was good. It turns out this
visitor was a musician and occasional producer. The singer actually was his
wife. This gentleman, a returning visitor from the past years, wanted to listen
on the JMF Audio system as the absolute truth test for the quality of mixing for
his album. This is a compliment that touches us. His comments are listed below.
Entering the room
with some attitude, accompanied by a group a sales persons, a tall man ordered
us to play his CD, to play it loud, and bet it would blow our speakers away...
This statement obviously made quite a few visitors run away. After making sure
the door was shut, of course the challenge was taken up, loud. It was electro
music. The woofers were not even seen moving. Music was pleasing to
listen to because the amplifiers and speakers still played in the linear zone,
without intermodulation. And the linearity is
extreme with JMF Audio solutions, from silence to maximum sound pressure. We
just wonder how many other exhibitors were challenged... Before leaving our
challenger revealed he was a famous cables manufacturer. Part of his comments
are listed below.
JMF Audio's Indonesian representatives
with clients honored us with their visit.
they walked out of the room, quite a few visitors asked whether the electronics
were tube design. Others felt that the music sounded like we played analog
master tapes. We take these words as compliments. JMF
Audio has been renowned for developing the most natural sounding electronics
since 1985, solid state and precise... (see history
JMF Audio is certainly the only
company to present an absolute complete ensemble including mains conditioning.
It has been a several decade journey. The completion is our gift to our clients.
To those who have always pushed us to develop our technologies and explore new
areas. The sound engineers and audiophiles who wanted the best everywhere.
First, only power amplifiers were available, then cables, later the DAC... Most
of the clients followed the JMF Audio evolution as they were fulfilled with the
products. We are thankful.
Although JMF Audio proposes all elements now,
clients still enter the JMF Audio family by acquiring a single product, insert
it in their current setup and enjoy the musical benefit. The road to the dream
has just been made clearer, even touchable...
The listening conditions
at the show were of course unsuitable for evaluating the full potential, the
micro details and being fully immersed in the artistic. Music lovers are invited to contact us
or our sales representatives for an
appointment to listen in calm. Please refer to the contact page.
thanks. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
In order to best
serve the increasing number of audiophiles looking for mature and natural
sounding elements, JMF Audio is in search for trustful sales representatives,
including in Europe.
|Presentation of the new versions of the DXC 2.2 MKII 768kHz converter, PRS1.5
preamplifier, HQS9001 mono amplifiers, as well as MBR1 remote control and
the PCD302 innovative power line conditioner.
The already legendary DMT 3.7
multiformat transport and the state of the art BDPM1 optical
mechanism were subject to many inquiries and photos.
Arnaud Fusilier with J.M. D.Mendoza of Hifi-live magazine Spain
Laurent and Arnaud Fusilier with
executive-editor and general-manager of Audiotechnique magazine Hong Kong
Mr. Сергей Поликов from Russia
contemplating the JMF Audio components.
The video interview by Mr. Сергей Поликов.
of the comments:
"Too good to be true...
You are somewhere outthere, over the top... The Magnificat [Kim Andre
Arnesen, 2L, Blu-ray Pure Audio] made me cry. It is the only system that can
do that. It is the biggest compliment I can give"
"It has always been very
good. And this year it is much better, beautiful!"
Uwe Kirbach. editor in chief, Image-Hifi, Germany.
"Please play this CD.
It is my wife singing." [very nice performance] "We hired a
recording studio in Belgium, I played the guitar and mixed the album. I
have played the disc on many systems, even here at Hifideluxe. None
actually could tell me about the actual sound and integration of the bass
guitar and other things. I knew only the JMF Audio ensemble could reveal
the truth. And yes, the rendering here confirms what I suspected. Now I am
sure about what I have to adjust in the studio. I'll send you an email
when the disc is finalized."
German musician and occasional
"Last year I took a
photo of all the discs you played... I'll do the same this year. The best
music played at the show. The best technique too."
"Wonderful sound with
every musical genre"
Luca D.N. Italy, who kindly left a written
Visitor: "Play this music. It is hard.
It will fuck your speakers! Play loud!"
we shut the door, made new visitors wait in the corridor. We played
loud (and could have played louder).
"Alright... very good... [...] Thank you far daring... You make good cables by the way"
visitor actually was a famous European cables manufacturer who came with
electro music. The woofers were not even seen moving. Music was pleasing
to listen to because the amplifiers and speakers still played in the
linear zone. And the linearity is extreme with JMF Audio solutions, from
silence to maximum sound pressure. We just wonder how many other
exhibitors were challenged...
"Can you play my disc?"
"It sounds perfect... Nothing else to say..."
A visitor from France, already owner of
JMF Audio power amplifier and cables.
my opinion, the only system that can compete with JMF Audio's sound is at
the MOC, but it is worth 1 million €..."
a french visitor. Similar comments have been heard this year and the past
"It was a big pleasure
this year and surely will it be next year"
Markus T., Germany (who spent one hour or more in
"Every year JMF Audio
is a highlight for me. The best sound in the area. It comes from the
heart. I am a big fan."
Thomas F. Germany, professional
Jose Manuel Delgado Mendoza, Hifi Live
"I have read about JMF
Audio many times. I travelled all over for this listening. I could
not miss the event this year"
Canada, former high-end audio equipment company owner
"The best sound at
Hifideluxe, by far. Wonderful. And I am picky. Right tone, no electronic
no horn sound, just natural."
Don. K., USA, professional
"The only system under
S.D. Pakistan, professional
sound. I come every year. Always better. The first room I visit here is JMF
Comment from a group of German visitor. A similar
comment was made by a group of returning Italian visitors
one of the two best systems in all Munich"
Visitor who wanted to remain anonymous.
"Here it is Champagne!
L. Cheng. executive editor,
"You should let people
know the show conditions prevent them from hearing the very subtle
details that make so much difference... Say that it is even better in my
home and in your showroom..."
Antonio. M., Luxembourg, owner of a JMF Audio
ensemble, with the first DMT 3.7 transport (serial number 001), who
had the privilege to be introduced to Stefan Bock of the msm-studios,
the designer of the Pure Audio disc concept including mShuttle
technology. Photo here.
"It was very nice meeting you. I am
very proud of owning your products. [I love]"
Comments and photo courtesy of Mr. S.W., Indonesia
Currently owner of JMF Audio mono power amplifiers, preamplifier,
power line conditioner, and full cable
set associated with source and speakers from renowned brands.
More comments will be added as they are received.
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