Hifi Pig US Correspondent David Blumenstein will be attending and covering AXPONA 2017, which takes place 21st to 23rd April at The Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, but before catching his plane he takes the time to interview Steve Davis and Liz Miller of AXPONA.  More »

Jay Garrett, of our partner tech site, Gadgety News, takes a trip to the London Headroom show for Hifi Pig. More »

Ian Ringstead visits the Stylus Show in Manchester. More »

The Hifi Pig Extra and GadgetyNews coverage of the recent Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show is ready for free download. More »

In Hifi Pig’s final round up of this year’s Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, Jay Garrett of Hifi Pig’s partner site GadgetyNews takes us around and gives his view on some of the key products and brands…not forgetting to stay hydrated along the way.  More »

Stuart Smith’s last report from the Sound And Vision, The Bristol Show 2017 including: Astintrew, ELAC, Hegel, Rega, Sound Fowndations, NuNu Distribution, ProAc, Michell Engineering, Nordost, Kudos, AudioQuest, Quadraspire, Karma AV, Decent Audio, BlueSound, Technics, Musical Fidelity, Chord Electronics, Esoteric, Puritan Audio Laboratories, Sony, Q Acoustics, Quad, Cyrus, KEF  More »

As well as the large amount of actual listening rooms on offer to delight the eyes and ears of Bristol Show visitors, there are plenty of static stands lining the corridors and the huge Bristol Suite area.

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Hifi Pig’s Ian Ringstead gives us his thoughts on Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show 2017 including Ophidian, Mission, Convert Technologies, SCV Distribution, Air Audio, Schiit, Astintrew, STS, SOTA, Russell K, Kog Audio, Tellurium Q, Exposure, Creek Audio, Epos, Harbeth, Spendor, Neat, Auralic, Dali, Wilson Benesch, PMC and more. More »

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Continuing on an outstanding level, the international leading trade fair in the audio industry is in the spotlight and has been on target for success for 36 years now. It’s still about three months before the HIGH END fair opens its gates. But already the international leading trade fair for quality consumer electronics is completely booked out. More »

For us here at Hifi Pig, Sound and Vision Bristol marks the start of the Hifi Show calendar. Even though we are out of the country, this is technically the closest show to Hifi Pig Towers, a mere stones throw over the channel and a nice relaxing ferry ride and pootle up by car from Plymouth. Or it usually is. We should have maybe taken it as a sign of impending doom when the Pig Mobile decided to take a hissy fit the day before departure and have to go to car hospital to await parts. More »

The Clarity Alliance presented the fifth annual “Best of Show” awards at Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, on 24 February and announced the fourth recipient of its Honorary Fellowship award. More »

This year I decided to leave home earlier to make the show in good time.  It was all in vain as it took as long to get from the Clifton Bridge on the A4 to the show venue itself as it did to get from Cornwall to the outskirts of Bristol.  I got within sight of the Marriott Hotel to find the road closed and a huge un-signposted detour through the city centre, with new pedestrianised areas, road works and new one way  streets enabled since my last visit.  It is getting as bad as central London, but without the congestion charge zone.  Hush up Dominic, don’t give the city council any more ideas to make motorist’s lives even more stressful. This was confounded by a piece of a building falling on an unwitting pedestrian and a major road being closed for the whole afternoon and night. More »

So, having had a relatively quick dash along the end of the top corridor at Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show 2017 before we had to go to a meeting we’re back up on the fourth floor and in the thick of it. The floor has filled up nicely with paying punters and there’s a really good buzz going on with plenty of folk making positive noises. More »

This is only my third visit to Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show but it’s fast becoming one of my favourites because of the sheer enthusiasm of pretty much all involved in putting it together and making it work. Signposting is excellent, the show guide is first-rate, the facilities are good, even if the bar can get pretty crowded at times and the people that turn up to support it with their presence are an animated and passionate lot. The show starts on Friday and despite this being a workday for most the show was packed…likewise Saturday and Sunday, though we sadly had a ferry to catch and so left late morning so couldn’t see the show out to the end. Previous years’ gripes have been that the lifts always seem to be occupied or not working properly but I’m pleased to report that this year things seemed to be running a whole lot better. More »

Chord Electronics will have the UK debut of the new Poly streaming/SD module for Mojo, the new Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp and the Blu MkII upscaling digital transport. More »

Leema Acoustics are at Bristol Sound And Vision 2017 and will be demonstrating its new Sirius audiophile-grade ripping music server developed with Innuos, the production-ready Quasar, a DLNA- and Bluetooth-enabled streaming amplifier with 24-bit/192kHz DAC and the 5-star Tucana MkII Anniversary Edition integrated amplifier. More »

Arcam of Cambridge are reinforcing their “performance is all” message with their Reference High End Home Cinema at Sound and Vision Bristol 2017. More »

Karma-AV got in touch to tell us about what they are demonstrating at the 30th Bristol Sound And Vision hifi Show this week. More »

Quad will be giving visitors to Bristol Sound And Vision 2017 the chance to hear the new Artera One, a single-box CD player/DAC/amp/hi-res streamer with extensive wireless connectivity including UPnP Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. More »

Air Audio got in touch to tell us about a new company called Cove Audio who they will be distributing in the UK.They will be starting with their first range of signal cables, RCA’s and XLR’s initially, with a comprehensive  range of audio cable options to be launched over the coming months. More »

Loewe, the German manufacturer will be demonstrating their flagship OLED TV and wireless speaker system at the Bristol hifi and home cinema show on 24th to 26th February. More »

PMC is using Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, to launch the AVM high-end electronics brand, which it is adding to its distribution portfolio, making this high-end brand available to UK audiophiles. More »

The now famous Hifi Pig Loves You Award can be quite a tricky thing to actually choose. We thought it was difficult at Munich this year, but the Warsaw show was even harder to decide. The standard of the show was just incredible, the three venues each had a different feel and all the exhibitors had put a lot of effort into making it a spectacular success. One thing we definitely noticed was that all the non Polish brands that we know said that their Polish distributors worked very hard and were incredibly dedicated to promoting them in Poland. More »

Linette Smith takes a Bird’s Eye View of the recent Audio Visual Show in Warsaw.  More »

This is the first Warsaw that we at Hifi Pig have attended but we’re so happy we made the effort because it has been undoubtedly one of the best, if not THE best we’ve been to. The people of Warsaw have been wonderfully welcoming, the food and drink has been spectacularly good and the company we’ve enjoyed has been marvellous.

The show itself is over three venues, two hotels (The Radisson, The Golden Tulip) and also at the national stadium. The organisers have ensured that access to each is simple with a free coach service between the hotels and the stadium and turnout was colossal and very enthusiastic.

One of the things that really hit home was how diverse the make up of the crowds has been. This is not just middle aged men turning up and you have couples, families and lots of younger people which is really refreshing and great to see.

Thanks to everyone who stopped to say hello and a really big well done to the organisers of the show, particularly Adam Mokrzycki whose communication and advice has been absolutely spot on!

So without further ado here are our a few hundred photographs that we took at the Warsaw show. We hope you enjoy them! You’ll need to go right through to the end to find out who won our Hifi Pig Loves You award!

A couple of hundred or so photographs from this years Hifi Show at Windsor. Thanks to Boban Djurdjevic for the pics. More »

The capital hasn’t had a proper Hifi show for a number of years and so Indulgence is a welcome addition to the audio calendar. Of course there were a few teething problems as there is always going to be when organising an event of this scope and scale, but, on the whole, we reckon it was a success.

The venue is good, well catered and the show organisers had ensured that signposting within the event was clear and plentiful, so there was no members of the audio public wandering around looking lost and perplexed as to where to go next. The show guide was also well laid out and nicely done.

What really impressed was the effort that the vast majority of the exhibitors had gone to in kitting out their rooms and exhibition spaces. They had clearly taken a great deal of time, money and trouble to ensure that rooms were as good sounding as they could be and they were also welcoming to the public. We attend a good few shows and the quality of the rooms at Indulgence was up with the very best!

There was an excellent line up of seminars throughout the weekend and live music too. Time constraints meant we didn’t see much of this live music, but what we did see was pretty amazing, particularly the pop up Marquee Club event on the Friday night – fabulously talented musicians and great classic rock tunes to boot!

The Indulgence Show was billed as a lifestyle event with a whole area given over to “Pure Pleasure”. Here visitors to the show had the opportunity to indulge in a spot of wine tasting, a look at a handful of rather nice vehicles, home cinema experiences, the chance to learn to play the blues in five minutes, excellent photography from Ross Halfin and some great drums and keyboards from Yamaha that you could get hands-on with. Personally I’d like to see this area of the show expanded upon to pull in people specifically for the “lifestyle” factor, but then take in the audio too.

The venue was huge and there were lots of rooms to see so it never seemed crowded, and, from speaking to a good number of exhibitors, the people that were there were keen to be involved and talk about the products on show. Talking to one of the organisers they said they’d pre-sold over 2000 tickets for the weekend and one exhibitor had 400, 600 and 300 people on each of the days respectively.

Next year we’ll make sure we have a full two days at The Indulgence Show as we simply did not have time to see all the exhibitors, specifically in the headroom area…so if you are going next year, book a two or three day pass to ensure you get to see everything!

So, all in all a very worthwhile event that will hopefully grow and flourish in the coming years!

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Janine Elliot (pictured below between Hifi Pig’s Stuart and Graham Audio’s Paul Graham) rounds up Hifi Pig’s coverage of this year’s National Audio Show. 

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Hifi Pig Loves You award for this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. mfasponsor

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In the third of Stuart’s reports from this year’s National Audio Show in Whittlebury he visits Kerr and Smith, Music First Audio, Woof Audio, Graham Audio, Audio Note, Hifi Hangar and The Right Note and Vertex AQ

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Ian Ringstead gives us his views on this years National Audio Show at Whittlebury.

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At Hifi Pig we know that readers don’t want to be kept waiting for reports and photographs from the Hifi shows we visit and so without further ado here is part 2 of Stuart’s show report, with his final report following tomorrow.

In part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury we focus on Choice Hifi and Analog Domain, Roksan Audio, Henley Designs #1,  Henley Designs #2, The Audio Consultants & German Physics, Audio Emotion, Chasing The Dragon, CODE, Russ Andrews, Arendal Sound, Teddy Pardo, Fanthorpes.mfasponsor

 

 

 

 

 

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Linette gives readers a Bird’s Eye View of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury.mfasponsor More »

The first of many Hifi Pig show reports from this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. Vivid Audio, Sound Fowndations, Onkk and Vinyl House, Divine Audio, Zouch Audio, Wall Of Music, Xclusive AV, Concerto Audio and Analog Domain, Longdog Audio, Air Audio

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Download your free copy of Hifi Pig’s FREE 66 page special supplement for the last months North West Audio Show. There’s loads of reports from the show, photos and more…  More »

Stuart Smith rounds up the North West Audio Show 2016 with his final article from the show.  More »

Stuart Smith takes int he sights and sounds of this year’s North West Audio Show …part 1  More »

Linette gives her perspective of this year’s North West Audio Show More »

Hifi Pig reader Ken Stokes rather enjoys his first audio show.  More »

David Robson has been reviewing for Hifi Pig for a while now and attended last year’s North West Audio Show. He gives us his thoughts on this years show. 
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Hifi Pig reader Simon Hill has been looking forward to North West Audio Show for all year and was keen to tell others about his experience at the event. More »

Incredibly knowledgeable Dean Brissett was invited to present his Top Ten records of all time at this year’s North West Audio Show. The result was a highly entertaining presentation that included some really great snippets from some truly fabulous records, presented in a passionate and highly entertaining way.

At every show we visit we give the Hifi Pig Loves You award to the room or exhibitor we think captured the spirit of the show and entertained us the most. This year we chose not to give the award to an exhibitor but rather to Dean for his remarkable passion and knowledge that was clearly on show at this presentation. DEANCROPsmall

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Regular Hifi Pig contributor Ian Ringstead picks out a few of his highlights from this year’s North West Audio Show.  More »

Hifi Pig’s coverage of the Munich High End show is now available for FREE download. There’s over 140 pages of comment, photographs, inerviews and reports in this bumper edition that has been sponsored by Tellurium Q.
As well as all the great content one lucky reader will have the chance to win a Hifi Pig Special Edition pair of loudspeakers kindly given by Kralk Audio and a pair of Tellurium Q speaker cables to connect the speakers to your rig.
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