Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 - What to expect

First chance for UK music fans to experience Sony’s 360 Reality Audio

by Andy Bassett - Updated:

Recognised as the UK’s largest gathering of its kind, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show is just around the corner and promises new products, showcases and demos in the world of two channel stereo and Hi-Fi audio.

Now settling into its recently revised role as a two channel audio trade show after dropping the Sound and Vision tag it held for so long, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show is ready to kick the new decade off with its 2020 exhibition running from Friday 21st Feb to Sunday 23rd Feb at the Marriott City Centre Hotel.

Related: Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019 Report

Organised by Audio T - a specialist retailer of stereo Hi-Fi, home cinema and multi-room streaming products with stores through England and Wales - and What HiFi? Magazine, the show is entering its 33rd annual outing and will feature exciting product launches, systems showcases and demos from 179 brands, including Acoustic Energy, Arcam, Bowers & Wilkins, Clearaudio, Dali, Denon, Dynaudio, Fyne Audio, JBL, KEF, Linn, Marantz, Monitor Audio, Naim, PMC, Rega, Sony, Technics, Wharfedale and Wilson Benesch.

This year will see US electrostatic speaker experts Martin Logan present for the first time now that it has UK distribution through PMC, and Franc Kuzma, the Slovenian turntable guru, will be making his debut too.

There’s also a competition with prizes totalling £10,000, so you’ll want to get involved with that and try your luck out.

The show is always popular and queues are inevitable so it’s recommended that you get your tickets early to save time and money. Advanced tickets are now available and a single day ticket will cost £12.50 compared to £14.00 on the day, while getting a two-day ticket at £22 will save even more when purchased in advance rather than on the door where it will cost £25. You can get tickets via the link below and sales of them will end at midnight on Thursday 20th Feb.

Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 tickets.

What Might Be on Show?

Well, the rise of Hi-Res streaming and multi-room audio systems from a host of manufacturers mean there could be some new streaming products being launched or demoed - Denon will have its new Home range on show. Plus, the 3D surround music formats such as Dolby Atmos Music and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio that were on show at CES a few weeks back are starting to come to the consumer market with the likes of the Amazon Echo Studio speaker, so there could be some interesting new product or service announcements based around those. Aside from that, expect plenty of speakers!

Related: What is Dolby Atmos Music?

So, come along to keep up to date, chat with experts about their latest products and possibly eye up your next Hi-Fi based purchase. With that in mind, we take a look at what’s on offer.


Acoustic Energy

Last year, Acoustic Energy bought the flagship 500 series, which includes the AE500 standmount and AE509 floorstanding speakers, both of which have been getting top marks in reviews around the globe.

Having made an impression at the show in 2017, this year the company brings back the AE1 Active loudspeaker (pictured) which is on demonstration and newly available in a high gloss walnut finish with matching stands. There will also be a selection of other speakers from their ranges on static display.

Acoustic Energy will be in Room 316 on the 3rd Floor.

AIAIAI

AIAIAI is an audio design company who has long had a reputation for producing high-end headphones for DJ's and music producers. With the introduction of its new TMA-2 HD Wireless on-ear headphones (pictured) at the show, the company is now aiming to introduce its high end product to discerning music consumers who can take advantage of the upgrade possibilities of its modular design.

AIAIAI will be in Room 422 on the 4th Floor.

AMP3

Advanced MP3 Players are one of the leading suppliers of personal audio products in the UK, providing a one stop shop for digital audio players, headphones, speakers and accessories. This year will see product launches including the Plenue R2 digital audio player from Cowon (pictured), the M11 Pro and M15 Flagship DAPs from FiiO and the DX160 DAP and AM05 Earphone from iBasso.

AMP3 will be in Room 310 on the 3rd Floor

ARCAM Electronics / JBL (Harman Luxury Audio Group)


Under the umbrella of the Harman Luxury Audio Group (which also includes Mark Levinson, Revel and Lexicon) ARCAM Electronics and JBL Synthesis will be combining for a 7.4.4 channel home theatre experience demonstrating ARCAM's latest AVRs, power amplifiers, and AV processor teamed with JBL's new HDI Series of premium loudspeakers. This will include the ARCAM AVR30 receiver (pictured), as well as the IMAX Enhanced-equipped AV40 processor along with full-range speakers featuring JBL's High-Definition Imaging waveguides and compression driver technology. The accompanying JBL HDI-1200P powered subwoofer benefits from the same engineering approach.

Separately, the ARCNA SA30 G Class stereo integrated amplifier will be on show along with the first UK public outing of the JBL L82 Classic speakers, unveiled at CES a few weeks ago.

The Harman Luxury Audio Group featuring ARCAM / JBL will be at Empire 2, Ground Floor: Reception.

Audio -Technica

The world famous Japanese audio brand has an exciting lineup of products, some of which will be making their European or UK debuts. These include the new wooden headphones, Asada Zakura (ATH-AWAS) and Kokutan (ATH-AWKT). Also, after its launch at CES the new AT-LPW50PB turntable (pictured) will be on show for the first time in Europe along with the AT-LP5X turntable. Other highlights will include the Audio-Technica OC9 cartridge series plus launches for the latest ATH-CKS5TW and ATH-CK3TW wireless headphones.

Audio-Technica will be on Stand Bristol 8 on the Ground Floor.

AVID HiFi


AVID HiFi made its name with the Acutus turntable, and 2018 saw a limited edition run of the Acutus Dark (pictured). The company will have new products from tonearms and cartridges to amplifiers and loudspeakers on show.

AVID HiFi will be in Room 312 on the 3rd Floor.

Bowers & Wilkins

Worthing based Bowers & Wilkins had a busy 2019 which saw the launch of its 600 series speakers - winners of the AVForums Editor’s Choice Award for Best Home Cinema Speakers £1,000-2,000 2019 - along with its Formation Suite of wireless speakers (comprised of the Wedge, Flex, Duo, Bar, Bass and Audio), plus launches of its PX5 and PX7 Wireless ANC headphones and P13 and P14 wireless in-ear headphones.

Confirmed for an appearance are the speakers from the 600 Series, the PX7 headphones and the Formation speakers which could be demonstrated using the upgraded Formation Home app.  

Of course, Bowers & Wilkins has an established relationship with TP Vision and provides sound systems for the company’s top end Philips OLED TVs. 2019’s Philips OLED+984 TV walked away with our Editor’s Choice Award for Best TV Sound 2019 thanks to B&W’s custom designed and built sound system powered by 60W over three channels and featuring its distinctive ‘tweeter on top’ design.
TP Vision recently unveiled their 2020 lineup of TVs and once again B&W has furnished some of the models with its speakers set ups, with the LED-LCD 9435 featuring a 50W 2.1.2 arrangement and the 9235 a 40W 2.1 channel version. It's possible these might be on display too. 

Finally, B&W will be partnering a pair of its 800 D3 loudspeakers in a new Santos Rosewood finish with Rotel to demonstrate the latter's new Michi P5 pre-amp running with two Michi M8 Mono amplifiers.

Bowers & Wilkins will be in the Wallace Suite on the Lower Ground floor.

Chord Electronics

UPDATED: Chord Electronics’s reference range of ULTIMA mono power amps now incorporates two new affordable and practical stereo power amplifiers - the ULTIMA 5 and ULTIMA 6 - and both will feature in a global debut at the show.

Also joining them in a world debut will be the ULTIMA PRE 2 preamplifier the perfect accompaniment to the 2019-announced ULTIMA 2 and ULTIMA 3 mono power amplifiers.  

And following its world debut in New York, the brand new 2go streamer /server will make its European bow at Bristol. The 2go brings both Ethernet and wireless streaming, plus 4 TB of microSD card storage to the award-winning Hugo 2 DAC/pre/headphone amp.

Chord Electronics will be on Stand Bristol 5 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 6 on the Ground Floor and in the SS Great Britain 1 Suite on the Ground Floor.


Cyrus

English, specialist audio company Cyrus announced its ONE Cast last year - an audio device for streaming high-resolution audio directly from your music apps - you can even ask for specific tracks, albums or genres with all major voice assistants, and the company will be demonstrating this latest product at the show.

Cyrus will be in Room 106 on the 1st Floor.


Definitive Audio - Kuzma / Living Voice/Triode

Franc Kuzma, the Legendary Slovenian turntable designer, comes to Bristol for the first time courtesy of UK distributor Definitive Audio who are bringing an exciting portfolio of new and classic products to the show.

Along with Franc, Living Voice loudspeaker designer Kevin Scott will be present and using Kuzma Stabi S, R and M turntable models plus Triode Corporation TRX-M300 mono amplifiers, SJS phono and line preamplifiers to showcase the classic Living Voice OBX-RW3 loudspeakers.

Kuzma will be in Room 413 on the 4th Floor and in Room 415 on the 4th Floor.

Definitive Technology

A recent announcement at CES 2020 unveiled D15 and D17 floor standing additions to the company’s Demand speaker series alongside a centre channel speaker, the D5C, so it’s possible these might be on show as the latest additions to the range. The company also recently released its Studio Slim 3.1 channel soundbar and subwoofer combo which it may bring out in an attempt to encourage the same kind of success over here that it enjoys in the US soundbar market.

Definitive Technology will be in Room 424 on the 4th Floor and in Room 426 on the 4th Floor.

Denon

In December last year, Denon announced its Home series of wireless multi-room speakers which were due for release in Jan 2020, and the Home 150, Home 250 and Home 350 will all be on show here. Based around the HEOS wireless ecosystem, a fledgeling audio system of one or two Home speakers can be expanded through the addition of compatible soundbars, subwoofers and further speakers. There’s a host of wireless connectivity options including Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth to enable connection to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer and more, along with the ability to handle ALAC, FLAC and WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks.

Denon will be in Room 426 on the 4th Floor.

NEW: Eclipse

Eclipse, the Japanese high-performance loudspeaker specialist, will be demonstrating its TD510ZMK2 loudspeaker which features the eye catching ovoid cabinet, a 10cm custom full-range driver, plus several internal vibration-eliminating engineering solutions. 

The speakers will be in a setup driven by Ayre Acoustics, with music supplied from an enormous digital library courtesy of fellow Japanese artisans, Melco Audio.

Eclipse will be in Room 320 on the 3rd Floor.

Elipson

France’s most experienced audio company, Elipson will use this year's Bristol Show to launch two of their most eagerly anticipated products. First is Elipson’s latest addition to its spherical Planet Series, the W35. This 350W wireless multi-room loudspeaker boasts the latest wireless technology housed within a unique design. Also receiving its UK debut is the floor standing flagship from their new Legacy Series, the 3230.

Elipson will be in Room 208 on the 2nd Floor.

NEW: Emotiva

Making its UK show debut, the XMC-2 home cinema processor delivers the audio performance you’d expect from audiophile separates, together with bit-perfect video switching of the latest HDR and Dolby Vision 4K UHD video content. Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 and DTS:X up to 7.1.4 are supported) and the XMC-2 also offers two-channel options for native DSD audio and pure analogue playback in Reference Stereo mode.

Its companion XPA-11 modular power amplifier features three 300W single channel modules and four 65W two-channel modules for a total of three channels at 300W/channel and eight channels at 65W/channel

Emotiva will be in the KArma AV showroom,  332 on the 3rd floor.

Falcon Acoustics

In a first for the Bristol show, Falcon Acoustics will be demonstrating the new Falcon SAC65 2-way stand mount loudspeaker, and its new Gold Badge Classic BBC Licenced 15 ohm LS3/5a (pictured), the only authentic LS3/5a, now made using 100% UK/EU sourced parts, faithfully following the 1976 BBC LS3/5a Specification.

Falcon Acoustics in Room 332 on the 3rd Floor and in Room 430 on the 4th Floor


Focal

French audio specialists celebrates its 40 years of audio expertise in a range of ways and locations at this year's show. There will be the  Utopia and Stellia headphones, plus the Scala Utopia Evo demo powered by Naim's Statement amplifier. 

The newly announced affordable Chora speaker range will get their UK showing with the Dolby Atmos enabled 826-D floorstanders (pictured) on demonstration too.

Focal will be in the The Matthew Suite Suite on the Lower Ground floor, at Brunel Suite on the Terrace/Conservatory floor and at Executive Lounge on the Terrace/Conservatory floor.

Fyne Audio

Fyne Audio is showcasing a raft of its UK designed and built loudspeakers and so expand from a single room in 2019 to twin demo rooms and a large static display area in 2020. On show will be three new models to the premium F700 range, including the stand-mount F700 and F701 along with the new F704 (pictured), a range-topping model based on a 12in (300mm) IsoFlare driver and 12in auxiliary bass unit.

There will also be two further additions to the F1 Series - the F1-5 and F1-8 - on show.

Fyne Audio will be in Room 304 on the 3rd Floor, in Room 306 on the 3rd Floor, on Stand Bristol 1 on the Ground Floor and on Stand Bristol 2 on the Ground Floor.

KEF

KEF will be putting on a fully immersive showcase with a KEF's 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos system comprised of the KEF R Series speakers. Featuring the flagship R11 loudspeaker, the more compact R5 model and the R2c centre, the system will also include KEFs R8a Dolby Atmos surround speaker and two KF92 subwoofers to demonstrate the possibilities for home cinema audio.

KEF will be in the Concorde Suite on the Lower Ground floor.


Klipsch

Looking at the extensive number of rooms given over to the US audio company, it’s safe to assume it’ll be showing off more than just its new McLaren badged T10 True Wireless, T5 Sport earbuds and HP1 over-ear headphones.

The newly updated Heritage speaker range features additions in the form of the Heresy IV and Cornwall IV speakers, both of which will be present, and Klipsch may also bring over its Bar 44, Bar 48 and Bar 54 soundbars that were announced at CES 2020. All come with a subwoofer to cover the bass end of home cinema viewing and the flagship Bar 54 brings together Dolby Atmos along with DTS: Virtual X for a 5.1.4 channel surround experience. Not due until autumn 2020, a sneak preview at Bristol would be nice.

UPDATED 20-Feb-2020:
On demo in the UK for the first time will be Klipsch's The Fives - powered stereo speakers with inputs for turntables and televisions, along with wireless connectivity for smartphones and computers. They feature 1-inch titanium tweeters on tractrix horns plus a 4.5-inch woofer.

The company will also be partnering its Reference Premiere system with  a Musical Fidelity MS2i for a comparative demonstration between the X1 and X2 turntables from Pro-Ject Audio Systems.

Klipsch will be in Room 416 on the 4th Floor, in Room 418 on the 4th Floor, on Stand Bristol 11 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 12 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 13a on the Ground Floor and on Stand Bristol 13b on the Ground Floor.

Kudos Audio

A Bristol Show exclusive will see Kudos Titan 707 speakers being driven by an integrated active system which will include Naim's NDX 2 network player, Supernait 3 integrated amplifier and SNAXO active crossover along with an Innuos Zenith Mk3 music server - all designed to showcase a slightly more accessible solution if you're thinking of going active.

In addition, the Titan 505 standmounts will be on show with their new VXN active analogue crossover.

Kudos Audio will be in Room 206 on the 2nd Floor.

Linn Products

Linn will be presenting its Series 3 wireless speaker which offers room-filling sound belying its size. Also on show will be the Selekt DSM - Linn’s modular, expandable and upgradable network music player - and staff will be on hand to explain about all the latest upgrades. Plus the iconic Sondek LP12 turntable, still going strong after almost 50 years of continuous production, will be putting in an appearance.

Linn Products will be in Room 104 on the 1st Floor.

Marantz

Marantz will be bringing its first fully discrete integrated Hi-Fi amplifier with high resolution music streaming capabilities - the PM7000N (pictured). Featuring high-grade audio components, Hi-Res audio support, a phono stage and HEOS Built-in, listeners can stream music from Amazon Music (HD), Spotify Free and Premium, Tidal, Deezer and more, or local music file libraries. 

Marantz will be in Room 424 on the 4th Floor.


Martin Logan

Making its Bristol Hi-Fi Show debut, US electrostatic speaker legend MartinLogan will be showing off all of its speaker ranges in one place giving audio fans a fantastic opportunity to familiarise themselves with the company’s products at both the premium and affordable ends of the spectrum.

The recent Motion Series with its 15i and 35TXi bookshelf speakers, 30i and 50TXi centre channel designs and 20i, 40i and 60TXi floor standers will be of particular interest to show-goers due to the fast-transient response and distortion-free output from its Folded Motion tweeters.

Key staff from MartinLogan will be on hand to answer visitors questions about the brand and its products.

The Martin Logan ranges will be on show in Bristol Suite, stand no. 7b and in action in SS Great Britain Suites 1&2 from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Melco

The Japanese brand offers discerning audiophiles high quality networked audio components and they recently announced a significant upgrade programme for their EX series of components with the rollout of the new Melco Intelligent Music Library software which provides a powerful browse and search software suite with automated metadata corrections.

The firm will be debuting the production versions of these new EX Series digital music libraries, and the senior team will be available to offer advice and answer questions.

Melco Audio will be in Room 204 on the 2nd Floor and at Bay 1 on the Ground Floor.

Monitor Audio

Monitor Audio will be affording show attendees a sneak peak at its new 6th generation Bronze speakers (pictured) before their official launch later in the year. The updated speakers feature a new cabinet design and contrasting baffle, and the new drivers have been intricately engineered to optimise the audio experience.

Monitor Audio will be partnering the new Bronze 100 and 500 with a Roksan K3 Integrated Amplifier, K3 CD Di player and Radius 7 turntable.

Monitor Audio will be in the Empire 1 Suite on the Ground Floor.

Musical Fidelity

The company will be adding one of its M2si integrated amplifier to a Klipsch Reference Premiere system in order to demonstrate the latest X-Line turntables from Pro-Ject Audio Systems. They will also be taking the opportunity to introduce the M8xi super integrated amp (pictured) which uses new circuitry for its two monobloc power amps that share the common chassis.

Musical Fidelity will be in Room 416 on the 4th Floor, in Room 418 on the 4th Floor, on Stand Bristol 11 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 12 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 13a on the Ground Floor and on Stand Bristol 13b on the Ground Floor.

Naim Audio

Naim has been on an upgrade crusade recently and some of the latest iterations of its popular products are sure to be on show. Extensive hardware and software upgrades begat Second Generation versions of the Mu-So and Mu-So QB wireless speakers both of which saw the inclusion of Naim’s bespoke streaming platform from its flagship ND555 which adds up to 32bit/384kHz Hi-Res audio support and multi-room capabilities.

The Uniti Atom, Star and Nova devices plus ND 555, NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 network streamers also got (or will soon get) AirPlay 2 and native Qobuz support.

The NAIT XS and SUPERNAIT integrated amps saw their first upgrade since 2013 which resulted in them both being fitted with phono stages that added extended RIAA equalisation. Bristol Hi-Fi 2020 would be the ideal place to show off the resulting NAIT XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3’s new features.

Naim Audio will be in The Matthew Suite Suite on the Lower Ground floor, at Brunel Suite on the Terrace/Conservatory floor, at Executive Lounge on the Terrace/Conservatory floor, on Stand Terrace 1a on the Terrace/Conservatory floor and on Stand Terrace 1b on the Terrace/Conservatory floor.

Neat Acoustics

Last year, Neat Acoustics launched the Ekstra loudspeaker which has led on to the development of 2020’s compact bookshelf version, the Ministra, and the final production version makes its first UK appearance at the show.

Like the Ekstra, the Ministra features iso-baric bass loading and a true-ribbon tweeter. The sub-baffle housing the drive units is coupled to the main cabinet via a polyethylene membrane, similar to the technique used in Neat's prestige Ultimatum models.

Neat Acoustics will be in Room 116 on the 1st Floor.

NEW: Peachtree Audio / JL Audio / AV-Tech Solutions

AV-Tech Solutions will be presenting the latest Peachtree integrated amplifiers, the Nova150, Nov300 and Novas500 which are officially launched alongside the JL Audio Fathom F110v2 subwoofer and which will be demoed side by side in a setup that uses RBH Sound SV-61R Signature Reference speakers.

Peachtree / JL Audio can be seen in room 328 on the 3rd floor.

ProAc

ProAc has an internationally recognised array of speakers including the Response range and the recently introduced K6 and K8 (pictured), while at the more affordable end, the Tablette and Studio models have introduced the unique ProAc sound to a wider global audience.

This year sees the launch of two more speakers from the company, the 2-way stand mount K1 and the K10 flagship floor stander.

The K1 features a 6.5-inch Kevlar coned mid-bass driver and classic ribbon tweeter. The two drivers are seamlessly integrated via a high quality crossover network to deliver reference level stand mount sound quality and are housed in a rigid, highly damped cabinet that retains the porting design first utilised in the K6. ProAc has produced a pair of dedicated stands designed exclusively for use with the K1.

The K10 incorporates two Kevlar coned 8-inch professional quality bass drivers, two midrange units and classic ribbon tweeter. These are all housed in a slim elegant and rigidly damped cabinet utilising the proven K Series porting arrangement and are designed to partner only the highest quality electronics.

ProAc will be showcasing the K1 in Room 216 on the 2nd Floor and the K10 in the Empire 3 Suite on the Ground Floor.

Pro-Ject Systems

Pro-Ject pair a range of its latest additions with Klipsch speakers and there will be the opportunity to compare Pro-Ject's latest X-Line turntables, the X1 (pictured) and X2, which mark a great step forward for the company with thick wooden plinths, newly machined acrylic platters and premium tonearm designs.

Additionally, using Roon's Nucleus server plus a Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T CD transport, Xtension turntable and hybrid RS Series amplifiers, Klipsch's latest Heresy IV 3-way, horn-loaded speaker will be put to the test.

Pro-Ject will be in Room 416 on the 4th Floor, in Room 418 on the 4th Floor, on Stand Bristol 11 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 12 on the Ground Floor, on Stand Bristol 13a on the Ground Floor and on Stand Bristol 13b on the Ground Floor.


NEW: REL Acoustics


Experience the unique setup of the REL Acoustics S/510 in a REL Line Array configuration paired with the  KEF Reference 1. Since bass occurs with width, depth and height, by vertically stacking three units per side (stereo or theatre main L-R speakers) the proper perspective and height of sonic events are perceived with this array. Come along to the demo and hear for yourself.

REL Acoustics will be in rooms 308 and 309 on the 3rd floor.

Rotel

Debuting in a setup that includes Bowers & Wilkin's 800 D3 speakers, Japanese firm Michi will showcase some 3,600 watts of power with its new Michi P5 pre-amp running with two Michi M8 Mono amplifiers.

Rotel will be in the Wallace Suite on the Lower Ground floor.

NEW: Rupert Neve Designs

Famous in recording studios the world over, the company has recently released the Fidelice product range which initially includes the Precision Headphone Amplifier, Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier, and Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter and all three will be shown at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020.

The flagship Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter is built around pure Class-A topologies and the DAC can operate highest available standard of DSD512 (22.4MHz) in DSD mode, while in PCM mode it can handle 32-bit, 384 kHz files.

The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier uses purpose-designed low-noise discrete Class-A amplifiers which are implemented throughout the signal path for both MM and MC gain stages, while the Precision Headphone Amplifier is an updated version of Rupert Neve Designs’ award-winning RNHP, a 24V reference-quality headphone amplifier.

Rupert Neve Designs will be in room 324 on the 3rd floor.

Sony

In a UK exclusive, Sony brings what could be one of the more interesting showcases of the show - Reality Audio 360. 

360 Reality Audio is a new music experience using Sony's object based spatial audio technology. Individual sounds such as vocals, chorus, piano, guitar, bass, and even sounds of the live audience can be placed in a 360 spherical sound field, giving artists and creators a new way to express their creativity. Listeners can be immersed in a field of sound exactly as intended by artists and creators.

After successful demos at the last two CES shows, the first chance for UK music fans to experience Sony's new way to listen to music could be worth the trip Bristol alone.

Sony will be in Room 314 on the 3rd Floor.

SVS

UPDATED: 2019 saw SVS announce the launch of its 2000 Pro series of subwoofers which replaced the 2000 models. Consisting of the SB-2000 Pro sealed cabinet, the PB-2000 Pro ported cabinet and the PC-2000 Pro ported cylinder, all bring elements of SVS’ flagship ‘Ultra’ bass design for under £1K. There’s a new 12-inch high-excursion SVS driver across the range as well as the addition of the onboard Sledge STA-550D amplifier.

It’s confirmed that the SB-2000 Pro will be making its UK Show debut deployed as a pair delivering room-filling output and low frequency extension below 20 Hz.

SVS will be in Room 332 on the 3rd Floor.

Totem Acoustic


Totem Acoustic has spent decades proving that a small speaker is capable of producing a big and open sound, as shown by its previous Model One and Arro. Now the company is launching two new additions to its portfolio at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show, the Tribe Tower and the 'Pint Sized' Skylight that continue this tradition of delivering a powerful and spacious sound from a bijou speaker.

Totem Acoustic will be in Room 218 on the 2nd Floor.

Wharfedale


A regular exhibitor at Bristol, Wharfedale returns with a range of demos and showcases starting with the newly launched flagship Elysian speaker range (Elysian 2 pictured). 

The company will also be demonstrating an EVO4.4-based 7.2 AV system in the Bristol Suite as well as teaming Audiolabs's complete 6000 Series system (compromising 6000N Play streamer, 6000CDT CD transport and 6000A integrated amp) with EVO4.4 floorstanders in the morning and Linton speakers from the company's Heritage Series in the afternoon. 

Wharfedale will be in The Old Vic Suite on the Lower Ground floor.

Wilson Benesch

Wilson Benesch is an award-winning British audio company and respected designer and manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers and turntables. This year it will be bringing the Precision Series entry-level P1.0 speaker (pictured) alongside other products from its portfolio.

Wilson Benesch will be on Stand Conservatory 1 on the Terrace/Conservatory floor.


So that’s a rundown of product launches that have been confirmed, along with some speculation about what might be on show from companies who have either had recent launches during 2019 or have yet to announce anything.

Why not drop us a line in the discussion thread and let us know what you’d like to see being unveiled at this year’s show.
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