The hi-fi trade should wait till subsequent summer season to get its customary high-end present repair. Excessive Finish Munich 2021 has simply been cancelled following – you guessed it – the continuing influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In November, the organisers of Europe’s largest annual hi-fi present announced its plans to carry the occasion this 12 months – not in its typical Might timeslot however 4 months later – following its cancellation in 2020.
In an official assertion, Stefan Dreischärf, managing director of the occasion’s organisers, HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH, mentioned: “We have now ready for the occasion extraordinarily properly and had been assured that the HIGH END… would have the ability to happen this autumn regardless of the altering situations. That mentioned, we’ve to undertake a far-sighted strategy to take care of the belief of our exhibitors. Given the sluggish growth on a world scale, we imagine that the present scenario is just too unsure. The danger of getting to cancel the occasion at quick discover is just too excessive.”
The rescheduled dates, which you need to now put a giant thick line by in your diary, had been the ninth–12th September. The organisers at the moment are planning the present’s return to MOC Occasion Middle in Munich for the 19th–22nd Might 2022.
Certainly, the hi-fi trade’s 2021 calendar is, unsurprisingly, wanting fairly naked. The February-held Bristol Hello-Fi Present was one other 2021 sufferer of the pandemic’s continued backlash, whereas January’s CES was an online-only affair. Solely time will inform whether or not IFA will go forward as an in-person occasion in September as deliberate.
We do have some excellent news to proffer these aching for some hi-fi neighborhood motion, thoughts you. For the subsequent 30 days, you’ll be able to watch all the sessions from the weekend’s What Hi-Fi? Virtual Show, the place we talk about how we take a look at, what our favorite equipment is, and reply reader’s questions.