This year, visitors to the High End can once again look forward to exciting talks, presentations, demonstrations and workshops, featuring high-calibre speakers, throughout the High End 2018 exhibition. Here is a small preview of the exciting topics…Music without limitsRoom K1b (opposite to Hall 1) | On all the exhibition days from 10:00am to 6:00pmIn what has now become quite a tradition, various accomplished experts in the audio industry, enlisted by Meik Wippermann* to participate, put on music demonstrations of exquisite quality. Music of all different styles and in all formats, stereo and multichannel, is made available for visitors’ listening pleasure in closed, 30-minute sessions. The internationally-renowned sound engineers, Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia), Bert van der Wolf (Northstar Recording) and Ronald Prent (Wisseloord Studios) present the results of their audiophile work. No expense was spared in acoustically preparing and equipping presentation room K1b, in order to guarantee enjoyment of the presentations, to the extent this is possible at an exhibition.Theory and practiceOn all the exhibition days from 2:00pm | Hall 2, Stand E04/F07The free workshop is held by Wally Malewicz (WAM Engineering, USA), an internationally acclaimed expert when it comes to the adjustment of drives, pick-up arms and pick-up heads. Seeking to achieve the optimal level of precision in music reproduction, this workshop, in addition to offering discussions on theory, will also involve practical demonstrations on exact adjustment of any vinyl playback system. The mystery, mathematics and magic of the perfect setup – Wally Malewicz will cover it all. He will explain and demonstrate with proper adjustment tools all the parameters of the settings to enable visitors to also apply this hands-on knowledge to their own system at home. The seminar will be conducted in English, and an interpreter service (German) will be provided.High End Lecture SeriesRoom K2A (opposite to Hall 1)The multi-faceted series of presentations on the so-called Technology Stage within the scope of the High End Lecture Series invites visitors to learn and emulate best practices, encompassing the following topics, among others: “Room acoustics and setting up a listening room”, “Music services & streaming in practice” or “The comeback of analog music media formats in the digital age”. The “headline” items already announced on the presentation agenda promise to deliver exciting content and invaluable tips for all trade fair visitors. An overview of all the topics is expected to be posted from mid-April on our website.Workshops with Matthias BödeSaturday, 12th May11:00am Room E1124, Atrium 4 Records as a luxury item – 45 RPMs, direct cut, one-step Extraordinary productions using super turntables and horns12:00pm Room D106, Atrium 3 Identical music, played in analog and digital formats Cross-check of high-end turntables and streamers2:00pm Room E125, Atrium 4 How sensitively do devices respond to their setup? The rack can have a dramatic effect on the sound3:00pm Room D105, Atrium 3 Weighing the music and sound benefits of high-res hi-fi Format checks of MP3s on up to 24 bits/192 Kilohertz4:00pm Room E102, Atrium 4 Exclusive: Virtually listen to turntables in all price categories The new “STEREO Phono Festival Vol. II” on a super systemVisit the High End 2018 website.