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The Hello-Fi map of Europe: All of the manufacturers you need to find out about

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Let’s skip over the entire Brexit factor and rejoice the bonds that unite all of Europe, which on this case of this text, is nice hi-fi.

Whether or not you’re ardent hi-fi fan or somebody nonetheless taking their first few steps, or whether or not you’re buying on the high-end or sticking in the direction of the reasonably priced finish of the market, we’ve included an inventory of noteworthy manufacturers from the UK, Europe, and, ahem, one from the USA to broaden your tastes, and offer you extra consciousness of what else is on the market.

And this isn’t simply the ultimate record. We’ll be including extra manufacturers as they catch our eye, however for now, right here’s a shortlist of 11 hi-fi/audio manufacturers to take discover of.

Apple Music

Apple Music offers you entry to over 100 million songs and 30,000 playlists, ad-free. Hear on-line or off, throughout all of your gadgets, and listen to sound throughout in Spatial Audio with dynamic head monitoring. Now you can strive 1 month without spending a dime!

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Pylon Audio

The Hi-Fi map of Europe Pylon

We begin in Poland with Pylon Audio. Established in 2011, they’re a comparatively new to the hi-fi scene however they’re aim is very like the opposite manufacturers on this in creating a wonderful sound expertise.

Their philosophy relies on three phrases: sound, ear, and precision; with the intent to create an expertise for listeners that engages their senses.

They provide 9 speaker ranges (Jasper, Amber, Jade, Emerald, Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Opal, and Pearl), and inside these line-ups are stereo standmount, floorstanders, energetic audio system, and bookshelf pairs. And so they don’t solely do loudspeakers however produce AV gear rack too.

System Audio

The Hi-Fi map of Europe System Audio

Based by Ole Witthøft (then a musician) within the 12 months of 1984, System Audio places the onus on sound high quality above technical measurements.

They make a variety of loudspeaker designs, from centre audio system to wi-fi energetic fashions, floorstanders, wall-mounted audio system, compact cupboards and even equipment similar to wi-fi stereo hubs.


The Hi-Fi map of Europe Tannoy

Most UK readers shall be conversant in the identify of Tannoy, and conscious of their latest historical past which noticed the model disappear and, let’s say, its religious successor rise in its absence.

However don’t fairly name it a comeback as Tannoy has launched true wi-fi headphones and wi-fi audio system such because the moveable Dwell Mini. After all, their bread and butter is hi-fi, and after a number of years with no new providing on this area the corporate are bringing their Stirling III LZ Particular Version audio system to market this summer time.


The Hi-Fi map of Europe ELAC

ELAC shall be a well-recognized identify to some however their presence isn’t as widespread within the UK because it maybe should be for a corporation of their standing.

ELAC was established in 1926 and maths followers will realise that they’re centenary is due in 2026. Whereas identified now for its audio system, they weren’t making them again in Twenties, having been based to deal with the event of sonar know-how.

Their first client product arrived in 1948, a document participant by the identify of the PW1. By the Nineteen Eighties, the ELAC we’re extra conversant in as we speak started creating loudspeakers alongside AXIOM Electroacoustic Speaker Specialists.

Standout fashions that they at the moment make embody the Debut speaker sequence, Miracord turntables and the commanding Concentro loudspeaker, which must be seen to be believed.


Nubert NuPro

Nubert is one other German entry on this record however spreads its wings by specializing in hi-fi and residential cinema set-ups.

Their method is to provide the “absolute best, unadulterated sound replica for each software” by creating what they describe as ‘trustworthy’ loudspeakers. And this trustworthy method isn’t simply the way in which they describe their method to sound but additionally extends to their dealings with prospects.

Merchandise vary from reasonably priced bookshelf loudspeakers (nuBoxx) to dearer fashions with eye-catching designs (nuPyramide). They cowl a variety house cinema makes use of, from audio system, to cables, AV gear, and subwoofers. Additionally they act as a gross sales portal for equipment from different producers, similar to house cinema amplifiers from Denon and 4K Blu-ray gamers from Reavon, useful if you wish to purchase your private home cinema separates from one place.


Hi-Fi map Europe Meze

Meze is an audiophile model primarily based in Romania, and one we’ve encountered earlier than with the high-quality wired headphones within the Liric.

Like Pylon Audio, they started life in 2011, creating on their headphones in-house, creating headphones with their very own distinctive look that intend to supply long-lasting enchantment. And in the event that they do break, then Meze can substitute the elements to make sure you can proceed to maintain listening to their headphones.


Aretai Contra Collection

Based mostly in Latvia and based in 2018, Aretai‘s focus is on high-end, no compromise efficiency with their visually hanging Contra Assortment.

It’s a three-strong sequence that includes the Contra 100S bookshelf audio system, 200F floorstanders, and flagship 350F floorstanders. Visually they stand out from others with the white waveguide design for the high-frequency driver. Hanging and very costly pairs of audio system.


PMC Prodigy loudspeakers

PMC is one other model acquainted to UK readers, and just like one other British model in Bowers & Wilkins, PMC trades on its data and experience within the skilled sphere of audio, with their audio system used within the manufacturing of music and flicks all over the world.

Their perception is {that a} ‘good’ loudspeaker relays the purest intention of the artist with out colouration. Designed and hand-built within the UK, their most up-to-date launch is the Prodigy loudspeaker sequence, and alongside their hi-fi and residential cinema operations, in addition they have the customized set up enterprise for bespoke set up.


AVM turntable

AVM are one other German marque and one who develop a variety of hi-fi parts from loudspeakers, to CD gamers, turntables, phono phases, preamplifiers and extra.

Their perception is that hi-fi parts ought to transport the enjoyment of music into listening rooms, avoiding any colouration to make sure the very best high quality sound. Design and developed is carried out in-house of their manufacturing unit in southern Germany, with AVM pitching themselves as a model with audiophile sensibilities. The worth of their merchandise affirm that, costing anyplace from a number of thousand to the tens of of hundreds.


The Hi-Fi map of Europe Ultrasone

Ultrasone believes within the three Ps: ardour, precision and perfection. They’ve been working for effectively over thirty years specializing in the German market. They market their Ultrasone headphones as extra correct, clear and ‘transferring’ than pairs from different manufacturers.

Utilising their S-logic know-how, audio is angled in in the direction of the ear to create an authentically spacious and exact soundstage in entrance of the listener with out distortion. They provide wi-fi headphones, wired luxurious fashions, cans for skilled use and in-earphone displays.


The Hi-Fi map of Europe SVS

We’ve cheated and added an American model on this record. Till we create an American model, SVS shall be sticking on this record in the interim.

You’re unlikely to seek out a facet of hi-fi and residential cinema that SVS doesn’t function in. From pulse-pounding subwoofers (they declare they’re the highest model within the world for subwoofers), centre audio system, cables, energetic wi-fi fashions and encompass sound audio system, SVS produces a variety of loudspeakers with an onus on worth and efficiency.

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