Noir & Blanc Brussels hifi show 2022

November 2022 | SHOWS, 2022 Belgium

On November 5 and 6, 2022, the Brussels Noir & Blanc auditorium organized a very beautiful show with 22 very high quality listening rooms. Moreover, it is this notion of quality that prevails thanks to the particularly well-organized demonstrations due to the expertise and professionalism of the exhibitors. A welcome initiative that we hope to see again next year.

The Grimm LS1v2 is a monitor that integrates top quality digital signal processing, converters and amplifiers in one of the speakers’ legs. As a consequence, the LS1 is not just a loudspeaker, but a complete audio system that only needs an analog or digital line source to perform.

Vivid audio loudspeakers look, and sound, unlike any you’ve ever experienced before. From a blank sheet of paper to a finished product, every Vivid Audio loudspeaker is created for a single purpose – to bring you perfectly transparent, natural sound, free from colour, resonance and reflection.

PMC Fenestria are matching elegant design and advanced engineering to produce involving musical listening experience. The top-of-the-range fact model combines new materials, innovative aerodynamic engineering, groundbreaking vibration-cancelling design, cutting-edge cabinets and drivers, PMC’s patented Advanced Transmission Line.

Yamaha C-5000 preamp and M-5000 power amp were matched by a Lumin server. But you could also listen to the fantastic one box R-N2000A receiver.

IsoAcoustics is a Canadian brand specializing in speaker stands for both hi-fi and pro audio. They are making the Gaia isolators which consist of acoustic isolators contained within an elegant machined dark chrome metal housing. Incorporating IsoAcoustics patented design principles, these devices provides a high degree of isolation while resisting lateral movement and oscillations to maintain alignment with the listening position.

The Violectric DHA V590² PRO is the new top device in the Violectric range and is delivered from the factory with the 256 step relay. It offers a state-of-the-art D/A converter and a headphone amplifier. The D/A converter is a new development and includes a 32-bit resampler / reclocker and two 32-bit D/A converters per channel.

The Feliks Audio Envy Standard tube headphone amp is designed to power any headphone or pair of headphones as efficiently as possible. It benefits from an Electro Harmonix Gold 300B tube amplification capable of delivering a power of 5 watts under 16 ohms. Coupled with XLR and ¼-inch jack outputs, the Feliks Audio Envy Standard can drive any headphone or pair of headphones up to 600 ohms impedance.

The excellent French manufacturer Audionec presented a monumental server like no other. To power his excellent loudspeakers, he used electronics from Riviera Labs.

Very large room with several listening booths to present the entire KEF and Hegel ranges. You could listen to a KEF Reference set-up and also a KEF Blade 2 with new pre/power set up from Hegel : P30A + H30A.

Martial Hernandez in his works. Our national demonstrator had set up a very nice system composed of Musical Fidelity Nu Vista electronics and large Fyne audio speakers. Wiring, optimization, fight against vibrations, everything had been implemented for the best possible demonstration. But Martial it’s also an impeccable playlist where all styles are mixed with pleasure and inspiration…

A particular effort of decoration had been made to present almost the whole range of Pro-ject turntables with in particular the superb Yellow Submarine and the incredible Metallica.

This small Opticon 1 mk2 Monitor speaker, one of the most affordable of the Danish manufacturer’s range, managed to offer a quite eloquent performance in a very large listening room. Decidedly, Dali is always at the forefront to propose products with an excellent quality-price ratio.

Two beautiful vintage speakers from Fyne that perfectly fit their name. The Scottish manufacturer never stops revisiting its repertoire or more precisely the one from which its engineers have come…

The huge speakers Fyne audio was associated in a large room to the tiny electronics Heed. The Hungarian manufacturer has an enviable reputation, earned in part by the astonishing performance that its amplifiers are capable of delivering.

The very small Spendor Classic 4/5 are a free adaptation of the LS3/5a myth. They use a very modern technology in a box that respects the traditional side of this mythical product.

A complete rack of small Silent Angel electronics: network drive, switch, separate power supply, server, everything you need to create a high-end digital source.

A brand new model from a very big name in analog: the Atessa model signs the return of Roksan on the field of turntables.

In the Noir&Blanc listening room, demonstrations were made using the IBW Living Voice columns.

A very beautiful system had been implemented with in particular a Brinkmann turntable a DS audio cartridge associated with its specific preamp, a complete digital source of the Greek manufacturer Ideon Audio and an hybrid amplification of the brand Trilogy. The cabling was overwhelmingly entrusted to the American brand Analysis Plus.

What most of the world’s reviewers agree is the best headphone system in the world, the dCS Lina set, was listened to with various high quality headphones from the catalogs of Focal, Hifiman, Audeze etc.

In the listening room of Musikae, we found the excellent Living Voice columns together with the Scandinavian electronics of the Engström brand. Mono blocks, preamp with separate power supply, superlative integrated amplifier, only beautiful products, driven by a Brinkmann turntable and a French Eera digital source.

A world premiere discovery from Canada: the new Totem Bison Twin Towers were powered by Chord electronics. According to our information, the Canadian manufacturer launches its Bison range at the end of the year it will include a Monitor, a column with a woofer, and this last column with two woofers.