The sights and sounds of Munich


munich_2016Munich High-End runs each May and is almost certainly the best audio show in the world right now. Technically, it’s a four day event with the first day restricted to trade and press only. For this audio journeyman however, Munich High-End is always a five day event.

The first day – let’s call it Day Zero – is reserved for walking the 7kms south from Schwabing to Marienplatz (and back again).

In between, it’s a time for staring up at the sun as the bells ring out from the New Town Hall across the city centre; for dodging the cyclists that whizz in and out of Ludwig Maximilian University; for sipping on espresso and Grappa under warming midday sun at Odeonsplatz; for a flat white proper at the Aussie-run Man Versus Maschine coffee shop; for record shopping at Public Possession, Ludwig Beck, Optimal and Best; for instantly forgetting that a Silicon Valley firm just acquired Bowers and Wilkins; for (almost) tip-toe-ing through the tulips; for big beers in the Englischer Garten with AudioStream’s Michael Lavorgna; for pork knuckles at Wirtshaus Zur Brez´n on Leopoldstrasse; for pretending that jet lag isn’t gonna hit as hard this year (wrong); for soaking up the cultural depth that makes Munich is such a glorious city in which to spend time time.

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Vegas anymore.


Further information: Munich High-End


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Written by John H. Darko

John lives in the NOW + HERE = NOWHERE. He derives an income from the ad revenues of DAR. John is also an occasional staff writer for Stereophile, 6moons and TONEAudio.

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  1. I was living in Munich for roughly 2 years and really enjoyed my time there. Reading your post made me quite nostalgic. Need to visit again some time soon….

  2. Very nice impressions from Munich, John!
    Enjoy the rest of your stay here!

    Greetings from Bavaria