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Company Report on AVGuide.ch

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For the first time since longer, we had a journalist paying us a visit and spending some times with us in interviews and visit of our company.
Since last time the improvements are quite a lot, if I look back at the first one, published by Fairaudio.de back in 2010… well, we are completely different company.

If You wish to enjoy the reading, please, here You can find the article.

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Opening High End Audio Zimmermann Studio in Schaffausen, Switzerland

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This is the statement of Mr. Zimmermann, the owner of the shop. He seemed quite happy about the result and the visitors.

Es war ein grosser Erfolg! - Am Samstag und Sonntag den 05.+ 06.11.16 besuchten uns viele fachkundige High-End interessierte. Wir bedanken uns herzlich für Ihren Besuch.


Here You can see more pictures

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Audio Show Warsaw

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I do not want to say how good we were, and how I enjoyed the show. It was really hard work! They have been really long days and really rich of new experiences and lessons.
As usual we met several people and some friends came as well from my hometown. Really, I enjoyed every single bit of these days…

The first frightening thing was seeing the room of our distributor: full up to the roof with lots of material to be distributed in the 5 or 6 rooms he rented to present his several brands. You can see some pictures.
Then we got the room at 8:00 PM to start the show at 2:00 PM the next day. I tell You, it was a run!

But in the end, despite the problems that affected the setup, the system played.
During the show I had the chance to present the Foné LP and SACD collection, I tell You, great recordings, great philosophy behind them. And, most of all, a real music lover realizing them.
These are some of the titles of Foné that I presented:

  • 4 Seasons of Vivaldi, performed by Salvatore Accardo
  • Campanella of Paganini, performed by Salvatore Accardo on the Stradivari Vesuvio
  • Frescobaldi per Noi, Music of Frescobaldi interpreted by an Italian quartet
  • Vir Dei Benedictus, a fantastic recording which I chose by mistake and hit me for his musicality
  • Musica Nuda, well… there is nothing to say about this, absolutely a Must Have

We were not the best sound of the show, and we did not achieve the performance level of last year, but the people were satisfied and loved the sound of our system.
In the end, I've been able to grab the attention of the people with a fable for music and a common understanding of what does mean to listen to music.
Henk & Marja from 6moons.com spent a longer time listening to the music I was proposing them, taking pictures of each single cover.
Ken Kessler said that he would be interested to listen to our gears at his place… in case that we get a distributor in the UK ;-) - Stay tuned

And the most amazing thing… a friend whom I did not expect to meet, peered into my room during setup attracted by the tones and the musicality and was as surprised to meet me as I was surprised to meet him: Lorenzo Sanavio from MastersounD

All in all, I must say that it was a good show… and I'm really looking forward to be there again in one year time!

Curious about the setup we played? Curious about more pictures of this fantastic venue? Here You can find more information and pictures about Blumenhofer in Warsaw in 2016!

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Analog Audio Forum in Krefeld

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We participated to the Analog Audio Association Forum in Krefeld (Germany) with our Tempesta 20, presented by Thomas H. Diehl producer of the Holz-Akustik racks.
Here You can find more information about the show, and here You can download the official flyer.

Thomas H. Diehl was really surprised about the quality of the presentation. And this is his comment about the show (in German):

die Messe ist vorbei + die Resonanz im analog-Forum ist bzgl. Blumenhofer (in der Kombi mit ASR Emitter I) durchweg gut. War auch so die durchgehende Meinung während der Messe: Die Kombi spielte unter den Top 5 in Krefeld.
==> Hätte ich so im Vorfeld nicht erwartet. Aber Blumenhofer und Emitter I in der aktuellen Version 2016 können tatsächlich sehr gut miteinander.


Here You can see some more pictures from the setup.

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Sintonie Musicali - Lanciano

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That was amazing and I was really surprised by the show. And the concert of Paolo Fresu? I've loved to hear it!

I think that by now You know my way of thinking: always the smallest possible loudspeaker to play an astonishing setup in the room available.
Here they had me confirmed in a bigger room… and in the end for some kind of problems I just had a small room. With really big loudspeakers, the Genuin FS 1 MK 2.
I do not want to complain, but just to tell You, for my normal way of doing, I would have got a Tempesta 20, for example. Or maximum, a Genuin FS 3 MK 2… but a Genuin FS 1 MK 2 was promised and I accepted the challenge.

As I entered the room the system was already playing and warming up… holy s**t, the bass was long like an aircraft carrier, the 3D feeling was blurred like a gray cat in a foggy day.
Let's try to set up differently and use the short side of the room… nonononononono: the rack was to wide to fit on that side with the whole components.
Back to the long side and let's start work.
I pulled all registers and I tried to use all the strangest solutions that fell into my mind to get the sound I liked. Lots of "tools" found there to get the right sound were hidden behind curtains and couches and inside cabinet… in the end it worked ;-)

In the end I've been able to achieve a sound that satisfied me… in both rooms!!! Given the boundary conditions, the limitation of room and system and the fact that I've not been allowed to use my toys, I think I got the best out of what was available… with lots of headroom for the joy of the customers, when they will get the loudspeakers at their home ;-)

I'm talking about 2 rooms:
Setup Room 184 - my room:
- Marantz SA-10 SACD Player for the first time in Italy
- EAT C-Sharp Turntable with Ortofon Cadenza Red cartridge
- EAR Yoshino MC Phono Preamplifier
- MastersounD Spettro Line Preamplifier
- MastersounD 845 Monoblocks Plus
- Genuin FS 1 MK 2 Loudspeakers

Setup Room 136 - MastersounD's room:
- Marantz SACD Player
- M2Tech DAC and Streamer
- MastersounD Compact 300B integrated stereo amplifier
- Genuin FS 3 MK 2

My feedback to the show? I was happy. It was a huge amount of work to setup and perform.
The public participating to the event was really highly interested and expert in terms of listening and music loving. Some of them have really impressive systems at home and invited me to meet them there, the next time.
And we played a lot of music without any kind of limitation in terms of what to play and volume. The system and the room in the end permitted it.

Giulio Cesare Ricci from Fonè presented some LPs:
- Musica Nuda with Magoni and Spinetti
- 5 LPs remastered from the original tape of Vaso Rossi (one leading Italian Rocker)
And we played together some of the tracks of his last productions, as example the remastered live album of Vasco Rossi at concert decibel level: people were rocking with closed eyes in the chairs and it was really involving and… like being there!!

Well… lot of music, lot of emotion, lot of talks and lots of amazing moments. Thank You Marco for the great show and the great organization.
If You are curious, here there are more pictures I shot at the event.

Small anticipation? I think in a Theater in March… not far from Lanciano… we will make a Mini-Sintonie with something big paired… stay tuned!!

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Best sound of the Show awarded from tooloud.co for the performance in Ljubljana

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In they reportage from the HiFi Show in Ljubljana (here) tooloud.co awarded our room from the show in Ljubljana with the best sound of the show… and our hostess as the most beautiful one ;-)

Röhrentage at MuSiCa NoVa - Schweig bei Nürnberg

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Harald Pensel, from MuSiCa NoVa started his regular RöhrenTage events with our Genuin FS 3 MK 2.
It is an impressive studio, what he presents to the customers and the choices are maybe even too much!

His statement of the day was:

War toll, viel mehr Besucher als erwartet


That means that it was good and he enjoyed the day and he had more people than expected.

Here You can see some more pictures

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HiFi and Multimedia Show in Ljubljana - Slovenia

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It was not the biggest room in the show, but is was for sure one of the best positioned and worst to reach ;-)
In the entrance… not everyone noted it but I think that everyone did hear as and then came to visit our room and listen to our system.
I think that this was one of the most expensive setups I've ever done in a show. Let's start from the source:
- 35 years old Linn Sondek LP 12 turntable
- Ortofon Windfeld cartridge
- Trafomatic Luna Phono Preamplifier
- Rockna Wavedream DA Converter
- Trafomatic Lara line preamplifier
- Trafomatic Elysium power amps
- Genuin FS 1 MK 2 loudspeakers
- 2x Cammino Power Harmonizer H3.1
- complete Cammino cabling

…I think that the loudspeakers were the cheapest part of the whole system ;-)

At first we had a surprise, the room was smaller than we all remembered and we started wondering how to set up all the things and where to put the loudspeakers. Mapping, that was the first thing to do, to have a rough estimation on the available space.
Then the most difficult part: moving the power amps to the right position. 80kg amps plus another 35 kg of marble plate where they were set… can You imagine?
Setting up was more difficult than expected, because our expectations were really high and the products presented are top products that deserve to be exposed in the best possible way. It is a 200.000€ system, it MUST play like a 200.000€ system to be honest to our guests. It is useless to have a top system playing bad and then arguing about the room qualities, or that the time was to short, or that the logistic was not good, or whatever other thing. IT MUST PLAY. Without excuses. Only in this way we have the chance to convince the people that to enjoy music they need our system and not one of the other.

And I think that we reached our goal. Lots of people came and stayed in the room for longer time. They were impressed by the power and the energy flowing in the room. They appreciated the quality of the music reproduction.
Saša Čokiċ from Trafomatic stated that he had never heard a turntable playing that well before and his goosebumps during The Wall of the Pink Floyd were the demonstration of this - well, these are satisfactions ;-)

If You are curious to see more pictures of the event and of our system there, You can find them here

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We discontinue the big Fun 17

This was the first loudspeaker we realized with a real bass horn. With bass compression chamber.
Introduced back in 2009, now it is time to discontinue it.
It is a small loudspeaker with astonishing sound qualities. I know several people, who would not even think about changing it, not even for the bigger ones: they have become addicted to the bass horn!
Should You wish to have more information about it, You can find them here in Blumenhofer History.

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The painted big Fun 17 - a unique piece of art

HiFi Nationaal Leeuwarden

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In Leeuwarden, Holland, there the Nationaal HiFi Multimedia Event. Our distributor Music2.nl participated.
Here You can access the Facebook page event for the more up to date information.

Small set-up this time, but very nice sound!
Also introduction of the new Octave V110 SE with adjustable damping factor!
The most beautiful part is to have a turntable matching the loudspeakers. It is something that only the cooperation between us and Dr. Feickert can deliver! Playing it is a Woodpecker.

Here You can have a few more pictures

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Westdeutsche HiFi Tage

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Thinking out of the box, the event is happening on Sunday Monday instead of Saturday Sunday. Well.
Armin Kern, our Representative North of the WeißWurst-Equator will present our products together with the products of Supra, Nottingham Analog and Synthesis. A quite good promising setup. Enjoy and book a personal presentation directly with him.
It was a really crowded event, lots of people talking and getting in contact eager to know and understand the news on the music reproduction.
This time our loudspeakers were just as static display. Next time… probably…
Here You can enjoy more pictures

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X-Fi Veldhoven - a crowded event

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The easiest thing is to quote our distributor, Marco, the owner of Music2.nl

The Setup? Feickert Blackbird, Jelco, Zyx, Octave Jubilees, BH Gran Gioia's... More or less my idea of the best possible set-up you can imagine...
Statements? We were told about 100 times:
- "absolutely the best sound if the show"
- "finally a set-up that sounds as it should be"
We had about 4000 visitors in total, think they all came to our room and, well, it was SO crowded in the room that it became almost impossible to do a demo at all!!
It is true... 105m2 and sometimes having over 100 people in...


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This was 10 minutes after the show started...

Göteborg HiFi Show

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We were in room Björkö, in the boot of OldSchoolHiFi at the Scandic Opalen Hotel.
The Setup was impressive, pure analog sources:
- Pluto Turntable with Pluto Tonearm and Ikeda 9TT cartridge
- Audiomat Phono Preamplifier
- Reed Turntable with Reed Tonearm and Van den Hul Condor Cartridge
- Octave Phono Preamplifier
- Audiomat integrated Amplifier
- Cammino cabling
- Cammino Power Harmonizer
- Loudspeakers Genuin FS 3 MK 2.

The biggest problem we had was the electricity quality. The room had very old unearthed sockets. Fact is that we had quite some grounding problems and an enormous hmm during setup…
…and these problems have been solved: we got our power from the corridor with a 15m long power cable brought in the local warehouse.

Despite these problems, we have been able to reach a quite satisfactory level of sound reproduction quality with that impressive analogue setup and the people were pleased by the sound that put the Music in focus…

This event has been possible thanks to our Dutch distributor, Marco de Wilde: he took over were Jan could not be part of the event. We are getting a nice Blumenhofer family that support each other, when for any personal reason some of us can’t, the other jump in. This is friendship!!

Here You can enjoy more pictures

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SI Works is our new distributor for Korea

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I do not know whether we already met or not, and if yes, then where. SI Works, is our new distributor for Korea. We are looking forward for the cooperation.

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SI-Works co.
Royal Bldg. B1F
23 Dogok-ro 46-gil
05574 Songpa-gu
Seoul

Tel.: 02-400-9988
Mobile: 010-6315-9971
E-mail: jungknah@gmail.com
Website: http://siworks.co.kr

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Things change in the UK

Sometimes it is better to go for new opportunities. Tim and us, therefore we decided together not to continue anymore. Jordan Acoustics is not more our distributor for the United Kingdom. We will see what will come up in the future in the UK.
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