Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 report: all the news and highlights

The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 used to be a predictable luck with three busy days of impressive hi-fi and AV demonstrations.

It was the thirty third incarnation of the UK’s biggest and longest working hi-fi show and it was as soon as once more the position to be to peer all of your favorite audio brands in one place, showcasing their latest and biggest products.

If you made your solution to the What Hi-Fi? stand and demo room you may have been handled to an 8K deal with, due to a 2020 LG 8K OLED TV, alongside a Wharfedale Evo 4.4, 7.2-channel encompass sound gadget, Denon AVR and Pioneer Blu-ray participant. We additionally had a 120fps 4K Blu-ray clip of Gemini Man to provide your eyes something else to think about. There was the show competition, too – look out for the announcement of the winners – and after all a chance to subscribe to this very magazine at a distinct discounted worth! 

Scroll down to peer our news from the show – there are indubitably some merchandise to look out for in the coming months...

Bristol Hi-Fi Show highlights

Neat Acoustics debuts Ministra speakers at Bristol Hi-Fi Show

Klipsch wants to replace your soundbar with its 'The Fives' active speakers

ProAc reveals K1 bookshelf and K10 flagship floorstanding speaker

Save up to £1500 on B&W, Marantz, Naim and more at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show

Fyne Audio expands F700 and F1 series at Bristol Hi-Fi Show

Chord Company revives English Electric, debuts network switch

Monitor Audio's acclaimed Bronze speaker series enters sixth generation

Chord Company makes its XLPE tech more affordable with new LeylineX cable

Chord Company’s ChordOhmic fluid promises improved cable signal transfer

PMC launches 'improved' Twenty5i series speaker family

Musical Fidelity M8xi amplifier detailed ahead of Bristol Hi-Fi Show unveil

Bristol Hi-Fi Show preview

So what’s in retailer for visitors this year? Here’s a sneak peak at a few of what you can be expecting from the show ground…

Astell & Kern
The show naturally exhibits many five-star merchandise, and one of them this 12 months will probably be Astell & Kern’s flagship A&ultima SP2000 transportable music participant, which we recently stated “feels like no other PMP we’ve heard”.

Members decrease down in the corporate’s range can be making an appearance: the Kann Kube will also be available for demo-ing, and guests can even have one in all the first chances to see the all-new SA700 transportable player that used to be announced in November.

Arcam (and JBL)
Harman Luxury Audio Group, the firm in the back of Arcam, JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel, has a cinematic deal with in store for attendees. In the Empire 2 house, there shall be live demonstrations with the 16-channel AVR30 obtain and the IMAX Enhanced-equipped AV40 processor, using a 7.4.4 speaker device made up of JBL's new HDI line of audio system.

The show can even mark the first UK public day trip of the L82 Classic speakers that JBL introduced at CES 2020.

Likely to be paired with an Astell & Kern player or two, Audeze headphones will have a keen presence at the Bristol 2020 show. More particularly, there’ll be the brand-new and, for Audeze kit, reasonably priced LCD-1 planar magnetic headphones, the £849 LCD-GX audiophile gaming headphones, and the higher-end LCD-i3 aptX HD wi-fi earbuds.

Audiolab & Wharfedale
Audiolab is teaming up with Wharfedale for what’s bound to be a effective audio demonstration in The Old Vic Suite on the lower flooring floor. Audiolab’s complete 6000 Series, which compromises the Award-winning 6000N Play streamer, five-star 6000A integrated amp and the 6000CDT CD delivery, might be on demo, partnered with Wharfedale’s five-star EVO4.4 floorstanders (each morning) and the Linton audio system from Wharfedale’s Heritage Series (every afternoon). 

Incidentally, a Wharfedale EVO4.4-based speaker package deal will likely be a vital participant in What Hi-Fi?’s 8K demos in the Bristol Suite.

Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers had a large 2019, and because of that it isn't short of merchandise to show off at Bristol. Visitors to the B&W room in the Wallace Suite may not know where to seem first. There'll be the newest PX7 headphones, the five-star 600 Series and the 700-series audio system, the bold Formation wi-fi fluctuate, and the latest OLED TV from B&W's highly acclaimed partnership with Philips, the OLED+984 TV.

Naturally, that show off is finished by means of high-end hi-fi demo heralded via – cameras out – its iconic 800 D3 loudspeakers in a gorgeous new Santos Rosewood finish. The new Rotel Michi Series of top of the range, hi-fi electronics shall be one among the megastar shows in the Wallace Suite, too.

Chord Company
British cable specialist Chord Company is making ready for its biggest Bristol ever! While it is keeping explicit details under wraps, it's going to be launching plenty of new AV cables at Bristol, in addition to demo-ing its new Epic X speaker cable and Epic DIN cables in room 112. The award-winning Clearway Analogue interconnect (price £90) could also be being given away to visitors who subscribe to the What Hi-Fi? mag at the show. 

Chord Electronics
As for the hi-fi trade’s other favourite Chord, Bristol will see the UK debut of a brand-new Chord Electronics product that’s “set to grow to be the capacity of one in all its most well liked products”. There can be new products from the high-end ULTIMA series of amplifiers. Chord Electronics could have a vast presence: guests can see them on Stand Bristol Five on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 6 on the Ground Floor and in the SS Great Britain 1 Suite on the Ground Floor.

Among store Advanced MP3 Players' Bristol show off will probably be the latest moveable tune participant from Cowon. The Plenue R2 is the latest type in what is been a a hit differ, with the Plenue D2 and its predecessor having scooped What Hi-Fi? Awards. The R2 has a promising spec checklist that includes 32-bit/384kHz playback and a dual next-generation premium DAC design that "merely sips battery power while delivering the best audio output". Room 310.

In room 106, Cyrus will likely be treating guests' ears to the fourth member of its One fluctuate, the One Cast just-add-speakers streaming gadget. Its community streaming experience is in accordance with Google Cast, that means that tune streaming apps – Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Qobuz, Tidal and BBC Sounds, to call a handful – can be easily streamed via One Cast.

On a project to rub shoulders with Sonos, Denon will likely be showcasing its not too long ago announced Home multi-room wireless audio system. The Home 150, 250 and 350 are all constructed on the established HEOS streaming platform. Voice keep watch over may be on the menu, with Denon Home regulate imaginable by the use of third-party Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa units. Each of the audio system has an built-in microphone, too, with native voice assistant make stronger to be added by means of a firmware replace in 2020. With that, they'll also fall into the 'smart speaker' class.

Bristol will mark the UK debut of the flagship from its new Legacy Series, the 3230 floorstanders. Also in room 208 will probably be the latest speaker in the French model's spherical Planet Series, the October-announced W35, which we not too long ago mentioned “is one in all the most stylish, house decor-friendly wi-fi speakers round, and [has] got enough welly to fill all however the greatest rooms”.

In the Advanced MP3 Players room (310) will probably be FiiO's new virtual song player, the M15, which utilises many top-of-the-line elements, similar to AKM's flagship AK4499EQ 1/3 era DAC, in a position to decoding as much as 768kHz sampling price and native DSD512. There's 64GB of garage (expandable up to 2TB), a built-in Bluetooth receiver and 15 hours of playback time.

Fyne Audio
Fyne Audio could have the first culmination of its newly opened Glasgow production facility on show at Bristol. There might be 3 new additions to the top rate F700 speaker range, the F700 (£2499), F701 (£3999) and range-topping F704 according to a 30cm IsoFlare driving force and 30cm bass unit. Visitors will have the ability to spy a choice of Fyne’s speakers in the Bristol Suite downstairs, whilst two demo rooms upstairs will be offering listening alternatives.

Portable tune player purveyor iBasso will probably be showing off its newest DAP. The DX160 is a midrange fashion with twin CS43198 DACs, 32GB of inner garage (optionally expandable by way of SDXC and SDHC Micro SD playing cards), Android Oreo OS, 13-hour playback time and a 5in Full HD display.  

AV demonstrations are few and a long way between at Bristol Show, but there are all the time a few take a seat in on – and one this year will be in KEF's room. The British company will likely be appearing simply what a R Series 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos AV device can deliver. The set-up will include its flagship R11 audio system, the extra compact R5 floorstanders and the R2c centre speaker.

Klipsch will come armed with the latest updates to its Heritage speaker range. The Heresy IV and Cornwall IV, the originals of which have been introduced in 1957 and 1959, keep their vintage look but characteristic bang-up-to-date generation including an all-new crossover and interior cabling from Audioquest. You can undercover agent the made over classics in room 418.

Leema Acoustics
Leema Acoustics has showed it'll be demoing a variety of the corporate's UK made stereo merchandise. The Bristol Hi-Fi Show will see a demo of the Pulse IV and Stream IV, the newest incarnation of Leema's supply and amplifier combination, which in combination delivers  CD playback, hi-res audio streaming, an MM/MC phono degree, high quality DAC, wireless Bluetooth and that all-important amplification. The Welsh company will also be appearing its complex tune streaming server, Sirius, the five-star Tucana II Anniversary Edition integrated amplifier, and the Elements Ultra phono stage, an update to the five-star Elements. You can find Leema Acoustics in room 412 on the 4th ground.

Want to listen to the best-sounding wireless speaker we now have ever heard? Good news: if you'll Bristol you can get to. Linn will ceaselessly run two forms of ticketed, 25-minute demonstrations over the three-day show, the first of which is its new Series 3, which we recently praised in its five-star review for its excellent combination of sonic articulacy and luxurious design. That identical demo can even give Linn's Selekt DSM modular, upgradeable community tune streamer a run out. The 2d demo, meanwhile, will centre round Linn's legendary Sondek LP12 turntable. 

You can get your arms on a ten per cent off Linn Products Voucher while you book and join one of the demos.

Living Voice, Kuzma and Triode Corporation
As the newly appointed UK distributor for KUZMA and Triode Corporation Japan, Definitive Audio might be showcasing numerous merchandise – both new and outdated – from the two manufacturers at Bristol. What’s extra, we’re advised Franc Kuzma himself will likely be making his debut at the show, while Living Voice speaker fashion designer Kevin Scott Kevin Scott will probably be DJing the usage of the Kuzma Stabi S,R and M fashions and a variety of Kuzma tone hands and cartridges.

These demos might be bringing the heat too (!) with an all-valve gadget that incorporates the Triode Corporation TRX-M300 mono amplifiers, SJS phono and line preamplifiers and Living Voice OBX-RW3 loudspeakers.

Martin Logan
Big news: In light of the company gaining a brand new UK distributor (PMC Distribution UK) in July 2019, US speaker outfit Martin Logan is making its Bristol Show debut. Its presence will give the UK’s audiophiles their first alternative to peer all the company’s ranges in one place. Why now? 

“What is little identified in the UK is that Martin Logan has an extensive vary of speakers that have inherited the DNA of the flagship products, but at a much more inexpensive price making the Martin Logan magic to be had to everybody… For this explanation why we're making a special effort to convey the entire vary to the Bristol Show, so the UKs hi-fi lovers can see what theyve been lacking and how accessible Martin Logan is,” says PMC Distribution UK director Ian Sutton.

Martin Logan has lately expanded its famend electrostatic loudspeaker offering with the new Motion Series, which will be on show along the brand’s flagship Masterpiece series electrostatic speakers and different merchandise in the floor ground Bristol Suite. PMC may also be conducting timed demonstrations of select products in the SS Great Britain 1 & 2 suites, too.

Melco What Hi-Fi? in the Bristol Suite will have a pleasant neighbour in Melco. The virtual track library specialist will show the new S100 data switch, in addition to the newly introduced EX Series of libraries, which feature complex search and browse functionality following the integration of Melco Intelligent Music Library (MIML) software.

Monitor Audio
Monitor Audio has introduced the next generation of its renowned Bronze Series of budget speakers, and we will be able to't wait to hear them after they get their official launch at the Bristol Show. The new differ accommodates 8 fashions: there are two standmounts (Bronze 50 and Bronze 100) and two floorstanders (Bronze 200 and Bronze 500), with a centre speaker (Bronze C150), rear speaker (Bronze FX), Dolby Atmos speaker (Bronze AMS) and subwoofer (Bronze W10) rounding out the range for AV use. Monitor Audio will likely be previewing them at the February show in the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel's Empire 1 Suite.

Musical Fidelity
Fresh off a five-star assessment for its M2sCD player, Musical Fidelity can be unveiling its newest integrated amplifier. The M8xi accommodates a DAC, pre-amplifier and two monobloc energy amps housed inside of one large chassis, and is capable of delivering a generous 550-watt power output. You can revel in it in The Bristol Suite this weekend.

Neat Acoustics
Pretty neat news: Neat Acoustics can be revealing its latest speaker, the Ministra. A compact bookshelf version of the Ekstra speaker that launched ultimately yr’s Bristol Show, it also options iso-baric bass loading and a true-ribbon tweeter. And borrowing too from the company’s Ultimatum fashions, its sub-baffle, which properties the power units, is coupled to the major cabinet by means of a polyethylene membrane. 

Completely ready and ready to be demoed at the Bristol Show, it guarantees to ship a “room-filling and innately musical presentation” that belies its modest measurement.

ProAC is launching now not one however two new speakers at Bristol. The K1 standmounts and flagship K10 floorstander extend the corporate’s Ok Series range, which already includes the likes of the K3, K6 and K6 Signature. The former is a two-way stand mount design that includes ProAc's proven 6.5in Kevlar mid-bass motive force and ribbon tweeter, which might be integrated through a “prime quality” crossover and housed in a ported cupboard designed fist utilised in the K6. 

The floorstander, in the meantime, is supposedly the fruits of Stewart Tyler's 40 yr speaker design experience. It contains two 8in Kevlar skilled quality bass drivers, two midrange units and a ribbon tweeter, housed in a narrow cabinet that still uses a porting association.

REL Acoustics
Show attendees will be the first in the UK to have the alternative to enjoy Rel Acoustics' famend S/510 line array, a vertical stack of 3 units designed to lift replica from standard stereo or theatre to a floor to ceiling panoramic presentation. Rel says 'the proper perspective and top of sonic occasions are illuminated' with this design. So why no longer hear for yourself? At Bristol, the line array can be demonstrated paired with the extremely acclaimed KEF Reference 1.

British hi-fi outfit Rogers has created the AB3a energetic stereo subwoofer system particularly designed to be used with the legendary LS3/5a – and in room 420 at Bristol guests will be able to pay attention it.

The AB3a's configuration is the identical as Rogers' unique AB1 the place each and every subwoofer doubles as a stand for the partnering LS3/5a. They use two LS3/5a bass devices, each mass loaded to lower the resonant frequency and stiffen the bextrene cone for greater low-end definition. And every properties a 50-watt mono amplifier that may be adjusted for gain, frequency and segment response.

Wilson Benesch
In the 1st Floor Conservatory, its standard spot, British high-end model Wilson Benesch has confirmed it'll be displaying its five-star, £5995 audio system, the Precision P1.0 – which you'll want to pay attention, through the way – along other fashions from its different speaker traces.

Von Gaylord Audio
US hi-fi model Von Gaylord Audio is again at Bristol for its 0.33 12 months operating, too, this time armed with each its entry-level and reference programs. Among the package being demonstrated in room 404 is the Harmony preamplifier, and the VG-Eight displays powered by way of Triode Valve mono amps.

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