2013 Munich High End Show Introduction
Greetings from Munich!
My tailbone hurts a bit from 12 hours in an airplane seat, but I'm here in Munich safe and sound. I arrived Tuesday afternoon and was in my hotel room by five o'clock. Just a lovely little room. By six I had taken a quick jaunt across the street to a little grocery store. By seven I had polished off a couple of bottles of good German beer and a sleeping pill. By eight I was out like a light. So much for jet lag.
The next morning I arose early. I was excited to eat a real continental breakfast. Days Inn has no friggen idea.
The weather report looked quite sketchy when I left Bozeman, but my first full day here, Wednesday, turned out glorious. I walked downtown and took a few pix.
You have to be careful on the sidewalks here. There's the walking path, and then a parallel bike path. Lemme tell ya, you better know the difference or you get run over.
We Americans think a 100 year old structure is old. Around here the cobblestones are older.
Not much for religion, but I do love an old church.
Pretty sure this statue's not very old. But it sure was an interesting counterpoint.
Downtown. Man, I can't imagine how much time the stonemasons spent building this place.
Once in the maze of downtown I turned around to head back and found I could ignore the street and work my way back in the direction of the hotel zig-zagging through courtyard after courtyard.
What a lovely walk back. This big guy was in the university area. Must have been the art school.
Hit up the little grocery store again for beer, crackers, cheese, and some marinaded artichokes. Ate a lovely little meal watching some Swedish ice hockey narrated in German. Pretty weird, there are two English speaking channels, four in Arabic, and one in Thai.
Asleep by seven. Just crushing the jet lag!
Thursday is show day. A short ten minute cab ride to arrive at the MOC convention center, and I was greeted by six lovely Bavarian women with Alphorns.
Very cool! The tone was warm and organic. Here's a little video.
The MOC center is a wonderfully light and airy space, really an ideal place for an audio show. Display rooms ring the interior plazas, and are much better suited than stuffy hotel rooms for speaker acoustics.
But I don't want to get ahead of myself here, time to sign off for the day, tomorrow we'll start looking at some of the headphones from the show.
I'll leave you with a little video of the inside of the MOC.
Stay tuned...much more to come!