The Bri­tish Sound & Vi­sion Show 2017

The Bris­tol Sound & Vi­sion Show turns 30 this year. Here’s what to look out for at the UK’S long­est-run­ning hi-fi ex­trav­a­ganza ”Since it was first held in 1988, the Bris­tol show has been a cel­e­bra­tion of the very best that the hi-fi in­dus­try has to of­fer

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The Bris­tol Sound and Vi­sion show is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th year, mak­ing it the UK’S largest and long­est run­ning hi-fi show. Since 1988, the show has been a cel­e­bra­tion of the very best the hi- in­dus­try has to oer.

This year, 182 ex­hibitors will make their way to the Mar­riott City Cen­tre Ho­tel for the show, which is spread over eight floors. Get your hands on the lat­est tech, from am­pli­fiers to vinyl, head­phones to home cin­ema, and chat to the man­u­fac­tur­ers about their prod­ucts. There are a few bar­gains to be had as well.

Here’s a taste of what to ex­pect at the Bris­tol Sound and Vi­sion show 2017.

Ar­cam

One of the high­lights of the Ar­cam room will be its rplay au­dio streamer and DAC with DTS Play-fi to which we awarded a Stars of CES ac­co­lade.

Ar­cam will also show its £4000 AV860 AV preamp/pro­ces­sor with Dolby At­mos and DTS:X 7.1.4 de­cod­ing, Class G am­pli­fi­ca­tion and full 4K HDCP2.2 and HDMI 2.0a com­pli­ance.

Acous­tic En­ergy

Acous­tic En­ergy is launch­ing new ver­sions of its AE1 loud­speaker, the first of which is the do­mes­tic AE1 Ac­tive speaker. It is also bring­ing the BT2 Blue­tooth speaker, and a re­designed and up­dated AE109 speaker, which will be avail­able in the spring.

Bow­ers & Wilkins

Bow­ers & Wilkins will show its 800 Se­ries Di­a­mond speak­ers “in a va­ri­ety of con­fig­u­ra­tions” for the first time in the UK. No specifics yet, but we do know that there will also be a new sub­woofer fea­tured as part of the sys­tem.

Chord Elec­tron­ics

Chord is in two ground-floor ar­eas this year, with three new prod­ucts: the Hugo 2 DAC and Poly, a ded­i­cated net­work mod­ule for Chord’s por­ta­ble Mojo DAC. It will also show the new Blu MKII up­scal­ing CD trans­port, de­signed to work with the high-end DAC, DAVE.

Ex­po­sure Elec­tron­ics

New from Ex­po­sure will be its half-width XM se­ries of am­pli­fiers: the XM5 in­te­grated with built-in phono stage and DAC, and the X3, a stand­alone phono stage with sep­a­rate mov­ing mag­net and mov­ing coil in­puts as well as ad­justable load­ing and gain.

Har­beth

To cel­e­brate its 40th an­niver­sary, Har­beth is launch­ing two lim­ited-edi­tion ver­sions of its Su­perhl5­plus speaker and brand flag­ship, the M40.2. Both have a wal­nut ve­neer, a new ‘su­per-tweeter’ with pro­tec­tion bar and new au­dio-grade poly ca­pac­i­tors – and lim­ited-edi­tion badges front and back.

Isoa­cous­tics

Mak­ing their Bris­tol de­but will be the Isop­ucks – small discs placed un­der your speak­ers to iso­late them from the sur­face. The Isop­ucks fea­ture flange suc­tion cups on the top and bot­tom.

KEF

The Bri­tish speaker spe­cial­ist will show off its LS50A Wire­less mu­sic sys­tem in Con­corde Suites 1 and 2. With 200W of built-in Class D am­pli­fi­ca­tion, Blue­tooth

and a 24-bit/192khz DAC, it has all your hi-fi needs in a plug-and-play sys­tem.

Ku­dos

Ex­clu­sively show­ing at Bris­tol will be a pro­to­type of the new Ti­tan 707 speaker, a smaller, sin­gle-box ver­sion of the flag­ship Ti­tan 808. The 707 will run in ac­tive mode with high-end sys­tems from the likes of Linn and De­vialet. Come and hear it for your­self in Bris­tol.

Mon­i­tor Au­dio

Tak­ing up two rooms at the ex­hi­bi­tion, Mon­i­tor Au­dio will have a 5.1 channel set-up of its Plat­inum II speak­ers, in­clud­ing the 300, 100, C350 and W15 sub­woofer, in Room 1008.

In Room 208, the Plat­inum II 100 and 200 loud­speak­ers will be paired with Rok­san’s Blak am­pli­fier and CD player. There will also be the Rok­san Ra­dius and Xerxes turnta­bles on dis­play.

Mu­si­cal Fidelity

Look­ing for some­where to store your mu­sic? The M6 En­core Con­nect might in­ter­est you: it has 1TB of in­ter­nal stor­age that con­nects with net­work speak­ers and an ana­logue preamp pro­vid­ing fixed and vari­able out­puts.

Naim Au­dio

One of the high­lights of the Naim room will be the com­pany’s all-new Uniti range of wire­less stream­ing prod­ucts. This could be the first chance for many UK visi­tors to see and hear Naim’s im­pres­sive new line-up in ac­tion.

Nunu Dis­tri­bu­tion

Mak­ing their UK de­but are the Mi­cro Evo­lu­tion One TADME1K book­shelf speak­ers. They fea­ture a 16cm woofer and 9cm CST1 driver with beryl­lium tweeter. The speak­ers are tuned to give a ‘nat­u­ral deep bass sound’, thanks in part to a bi-di­rec­tional ADS2 port.

Q Acous­tics

For 2017, Q Acous­tics is show­ing off the fi­nalised Con­cept 500 loud­speak­ers – they’re £3600 per pair, and weigh 42kg each. The pro­to­types were an­nounced at the 2016 Mu­nich show – the fin­ished prod­ucts have be­spoke driver units, and “more ad­vanced speaker tech­nol­ogy than you can shake a stick at”.

Quadral

Quadral is bring­ing the Galan 9 desk­top speaker to the Bris­tol show with the bold claim that “it is the best prod­uct we have ever made”. It’s the small­est of the range, with a 16cm woofer and a tweeter on top, but Quadral says it de­liv­ers a big sound.

Rega

In Room 224 on the sec­ond floor, Rega will launch a new ver­sion of its Brio 50W per channel stereo am­pli­fier. It has been given a re­designed cir­cuit board and two sep­a­rate power sup­plies: one for the main power amp sec­tion, a smaller unit for the phono stage and preamp, a ded­i­cated head­phone jack and mov­ing mag­net phono stage.

Sennheiser

On the Sennheiser stand you’ll be able to see a num­ber of head­phones, in­clud­ing the wire­less and noise­can­celling PXC 550s, the HD 800 S, the new HD 5 se­ries, and the new Mo­men­tum in-ear wire­less head­phones.

Sony

For the first time in the UK, Sony is re­veal­ing its new 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray player, the UBPX800. We man­aged to get a hands-on with the player at CES in Jan­uary, but are yet to see it in ac­tion.

There’s also an ap­pear­ance from the new STRDN1080 AV re­ceiver, which sup­ports Dolby At­mos (a first for Sony) and DTS: X along with 4K HDR passthrough and up­scal­ing.

Wil­son Be­nesch

Wil­son Be­nesch is show­ing off the fifth it­er­a­tion of its A.C.T. One Evo­lu­tion P1 loud­speaker straight from Las Ve­gas. Us­ing car­bon fi­bre to dampen any sound coloura­tion, it’s a touch of gen­uine high-end (£21,500) en­gi­neer­ing.

Watch a demo of the lat­est home cin­ema tech and meet our ex­perts in the Bris­tol 3 room, on the ground floor of the Mar­riott Ho­tel

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