High End Munich 2018 is the key global exhibition for the consumer audio industry and is getting better and larger every year. From May 10 to 13, 2018, the High End show will once again open its doors at Munich’s MOC Event Center. This year, the internationally acclaimed exhibition will already mark its 37th consecutive staging, making it Europe’s oldest trade fair of its kind.
In 2017, the Munich show was also the strongest ever. High End 2017 reinforced its international focus, trade features and high caliber of visitors. The official figures from the High End Society, the event's promoter, confirmed it: 538 exhibitors from 44 countries (+4%), increasing visitor numbers, totaling 21,412 visitors (+10%), 8,002 trade visitors from 78 countries (+13%) and a vast media presence from the whole world. Significantly, the number of technology solution providers also increased, from amplification to speaker drivers and integrated digital processing, streaming and wireless platforms, making the Munich event a crucial meeting point for anyone focused also on product development.
The Munich event sets new standards and is the most important sector rendezvous of the audio industry. This is where all the key manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers from around the world come together. Over 500 exhibitors showcase their highlights and innovations in four exhibition halls and two atriums, with 138 prominent conference rooms. It is a feature found nowhere else in the world at a trade fair of this kind.
In addition to the large, leading global players in the industry, however, there are always the smaller audio specialists who display their passion for innovation and find just the right setting at the High End in Munich’s MOC. The entire industry shows its range of products and services, and the exhibition allows a unique insight into the market, with systems for those just getting started, centrally-controlled multi-room systems, headphones, turntables and, of course, the ultimate peak of technical perfection.
The High End show combines elegant, traditional hi-fi with state-of-the-art digital trends. For many people, audio is still the most important companion throughout the day, and listening to music remains consistently popular. The ways in which people listen to music are as different and multifaceted as the users themselves. Music “flows” out of more sources than ever before. From mobile to networked audio devices, music is enjoyed in new ways and the industry offers a variety of solutions that was virtually unimaginable across the sector a few years ago. Users now have a vast library in their pocket and can retrieve the perfect song at any time for each situation.
Topics such as streaming and multi-room are becoming ever more popular, yet even vinyl records are experiencing a comeback. In the modern, more and more hectic and sophisticated world, the LP seeks to be an oasis of tranquility, where the focus is on traditional and lasting values.
The 2018 edition of High End Munich will be also the first in partnership with CanJam Munich 2018. On the public days of High End 2018 (and not on the trade visitor day), the CanJam headphone show will be staged concurrently in a location next to the MOC. This exhibition caters to consumers having a special interest in headphones and mobile audio devices. That is why the admission tickets and trade visitor passes for the High End 2018 are also valid for the CanJam Munich 2018. The venue for this special trade show is the so-called “Kohlebunker” (coal bunker) diagonally across from the MOC.
In addition to the wide array of innovative products, the event will naturally once again feature an abundantly diverse special events program consisting of live music, workshops, lectures and music presentations.
On May 10, 2018 (Corpus Christi holiday in Germany), the exhibition will only be open to registered trade visitors and media after completed pre-registration. The High End exhibition is organized by the High End Society, the Interest Society for High Quality Consumer Electronics and an industry association involving the confederation of leading companies in the EE industry.
High End 2018
10 – 13 May 2018
Trade visitors day: Thursday, 10 May 2018
(with prior registration only)
MOC Munich - Lilienthalallee 40