High End Munich 2020 Hi-Fi Show cancelled

Virus affects audio industry

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

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High End Munich 2020 Hi-Fi Show cancelled

Reported across numerous online tech and Hi-Fi sites is that the High End Munich 2020 show has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Due to take place from May 14th - 17th at the MOC in Munich, the organisers have taken the decision in light of a growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases appearing throughout Europe and indeed across the globe.

A highly regarded Hi-Fi exhibition, the Munich High End show draws large international crowds and is exactly the kind of large gathering where the public and exhibitors will be put at risk from infection. Its cancellation will be seen as disappointing but sensible by Hi-Fi fans and the audio industry.

There’s no official statement yet, though organising body The High End Society’s Facebook page has the following announcement.

“+++++ The HIGH END 2020, planned for May 14th to 17th, has been cancelled due to the current intensified development regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus. We will keep you in the loop. +++++”

The online ticket shop at the show’s website is now inactive.

The coronavirus has already had a significant impact on the global tech sector with several companies pulling out of the Integrated System Europe show earlier in February and the complete cancellation of the Mobile World Congress event due to take place this week. LCD display manufacturing in China has been impacted, with factories in affected areas yet to get back to full capacity after protracted shutdowns, and the automotive and smartphone industries are predicting significant financial shortfalls against business forecasts which took place before the outbreak took hold.  

As the impact of the Covid 19 outbreak worsens, thoughts will be turning to the future of other significant global events such as the Tokyo Olympics, which is planned to be an opportunity for Japan’s NHK company to broadcast in 8K as a technical showcase.

Do you think the decision to cancel High End Munich was taken too soon or does the early notification give the industry a chance to make alternative arrangements?

Source: Stereonet.co.uk
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