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AVM brings German high-end hi-fi to the UK

It's not all about British brands at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show, as proved by the launch of German brand AVM.

The company, which has more than 30 years of hi-fi pedigree in its native country, has been launched in the UK by PMC, and was getting plenty of attention at the show for its stylish, single-box systems.

AVM, which stands for Audio Video Manufactory (despite not having any video products), will launch with three ranges: Inspiration, Evolution and Ovation.

AVM Inspiration CS 2.2

AVM Inspiration CS 2.2

The flagship Ovation range has a mix of products with solid-state and valve amplification. The Ovation SA 8.2 (£11,495) is a power amplifier, the Ovation SD 6.2 (£7490) is a solid-state streamer, DAC and headphone amp, while the Ovation MP 6.2 (£7490, pictured top) adds a CD player. The Ovation CS 8.2 (£10,995) is a class A/B valve-powered system, with streamer, CD receiver and DAC; a "true high end system in one box", according to AVM.

At the other end of the product range is the slightly more affordable Inspiration CS 2.2 (£3995, pictured above). This is an amp, streamer and phono amp, offering 130-watts of power per channel, and available with or without a CD drive. The step-up Evolution CS 5.2 (£5490) offers more power and is available as a solid-state or valve amp.

There are Android and iOS apps for AVM products, with all streamers having integrated Tidal and Qobuz for CD-quality streams. All the machines will come in a silver finish, with black to order. Find out more on the AVM UK website.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.