Reflections on Lange Nacht der Ohren 2015

 Although we have a lot of photo and video material published on Facebook, Google and YouTube from Lange Nacht der Ohren 2015, we still haven't given you a classic update in written gleanings from the annual event.

For us it all started actually already on Friday: In the morning the tents were delivered, which should provide protection from rain our waiting guests, when appropriate – although the weather forecast sounded slightly optimistic. In addition, we were able to greet our AV Consultant Raphael Vogt who immediately began to calibrate an arsenal of projectors, which was gathered as part of our action. Around noon, the eagerly awaited Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 were finally delivered, which Ulf Soldan would present the next day in our hi-fi gallery.

In addition, some new products from reaching us from the headphone segment be unpacked on Friday and we wanted to test and record them, so set it apart from the normal daily business work to do AK T1p and AK T8ie from Astell & Kern and the Audeze LCD 4 and was hired at us slowly but surely already in the Lange Nacht der Ohren mood.

On Saturday next to the evening program were also daytime more dates. The workshop of Matthias Böde, which celebrated its 20th anniversary workshop with us as well as the demonstration of Ulf Soldan began already at noon, where we have put on video. Raphael Vogt worked meanwhile from another battery projectors before he finally went to his evening program. After all the other guest presenters arrived and last conversion measures were completed, it was then time by 5pm to officially begin.

Large crowds prevailed as expected in our hi-fi gallery. There was, incidentally, not only to hear the B&W 802 D3, but on top of that to learn a lot of interesting information about the construction, the new 800 series.

The Audiochain consisted of the following components:

Windows Laptop
Aurelic Aries
Accuphase DC-37
Accuphase C-2120
Accuphase A-46
Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

On the opposite side of the street Matthias Böde conjured with crystal plugs, which can be stuck on any pair of free RCA jacks, spaciousness and brilliance in the perceived sound impression and also played a selection of high-converted vinyl recordings, which will appear in Stereo magazine.

The Audiochain consisted of the following components:

Apple iPad
Aurelic Aries Mini
Musical Fidelity M3sCD
Musical Fidelity M3si
Bowers & Wilkins CM10 S2

Stefan Rodau presented alongside the current streaming precursor Naim NACN 272 in combination with the new Naim NAP 250 DR power amplifier and took the opportunity to clarify once again increased performance of the amplifier compared to its predecessor model in the direct A/B comparison.

The Audiochain consisted of the following components:

Apple iPad
Naim NAC-N 272
Naim NAP 250 DR
Dali Epicon 6

Armin Kern delighted meanwhile friends fine vinyl sounds with three different pickups from manufacturer Ortofon. He succeeded the subtle differences of these highly sensitive systems for its numerous and interesting listening audience to make very well understood.

The Audiochain consisted of the following components:

Pro-Ject Xtension 10
Ortfoton MC Quintet Black
Ortofon MC Cadenza Black
Ortofon MC Windfeld
Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
Mark Levinson No. 585
KEF Reference 1

For interested demands also attended the presentation of AudioQuest that compared both various digital cables together as well as the effectiveness of the new USB filter Jitterbug presented proof.

The Audiochain consisted of the following components:

Apple MacBook
Cambridge Audio CX N
Cambridge Audio CX A80
Dali Opticon 6

A welcome change to the other rooms, was where often listened very concentrated, Raphael Vogt offered in our great cinema with his selection of premium live and studio recordings in surround, which is definitely ensured a good atmosphere. It was the same in the other home cinema studios where Frank let it rip with Dolby Atmos and Co. and was in need of extensive tech Talk available.

In contrast, went to more quietly in our studio headphones. While the colleagues of NT Global had the whole range including the all-new Player FiiO FiiO X7 in the luggage, Daniel and Robert supplied all interested parties with all the highlights from our extensive Headphones program.

In our TV studios especially the Yamaha YSP-5600 is a crowd-puller, but also the current TV highlights in our demonstration were taken and discussed extensively under the microscope.

Although the rain stayed away ultimately, our tents were used repeatedly talking and one thing or another soft drink and otherwise prevailed bustling with activity.

Then pulled Negative 0.00 clock the last guests in the Berlin mild night. Overall, we felt the atmosphere that night was very pleasant. We hope you felt the same way and you have a musical and inspiring evening. Thanks to all visitors and all contributors!

Gegen 0.00 Uhr zogen dann auch die letzten Gäste in die milde Berliner Nacht

Update: Our Impressions video has only just been finished!

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