BRISTOL SHOW 2010: £10,000 of kit up for grabs in the show competition!

26 Feb 2010

Philips 40PFL9704
£10,000 of goodies to be won!

We've got £10,000 worth of fantastic hi-fi and home cinema kit to give away in the Bristol Sound & Vision Show competition, run in conjunction with show organiser Audio-T.

Join us at the Marriott Hotel this weekend and you could win one of our 18 fabulous prizes. There'll be competition entry forms dotted all around the show, and we'll have them on the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision stand in the Bristol Suite too.

Pop along to see us and you'll be able to fill in the form on our stand, and drop it in the competition post box. Do so, and you could be the recipient of one of these amazing prizes:

Philips 40PFL9704 LCD/LED Ambilight TV worth £1800 (5 stars, February 2010)

Naim CD5 XS CD player worth £1750 (5 stars, January 2010)

Naim Nait XS amplifier worth £1250 (5 stars, January 2010)

Neat Motive 2 speakers worth £985 (5 stars January 2010)

B&W Zeppelin iPod dock worth £400 (Best dock system £300+, Awards 2009)

B&W Zeppelin Mini iPod dock worth £300 (5 stars, January 2010)

Yamaha YSP-4100 soundbar worth £1100 (5 stars, February 2010)

Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12 5.1 speaker system in oak worth £2220 (Group Test winner, March 2010)

10 x Chord Company Active HDMI cables, each worth £115 (Best HDMI cable £50+, Awards 2009)

For full details of the Bristol Show, see our special blog.

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I think Andy made it very clear that the competition was only running at the show. It has now closed.

OK Andy Smile  If you say so. In that case, please enter me into the competition. I won't be visiting the show but as you say, I don't have to pay to enter the draw anyway. You can't make it a precondition of paying to enter the show for me to enter the draw, or that would constitute a payment to enter the draw! This is why companies like McDonalds let you enter their draws by post even if you haven't bought anything from one of their outlets. "No purchase necessary" is the guiding rule here - so I won't have to purchase a ticket to be able to enter your draw, so please enter me into it. Thanks. Kind regards, Keith.

enter me in the comp - thats all

I am assured by our marketing manager, who has run numerous competitions of this type at exhibitions all over the country, and the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), whom we have consulted and who write the rules for these types of promotion, that it is legal. They should know.

And to be crystal clear, I've just spoken to a legal adviser at CAP who told me categorically that "the cost of the entry ticket to the show does not relate in any way to the prize draw under current legislation. Provided there is no charge to enter the competition from within the show [which there is not] then the promotion is legal."

If we were charging for people to enter the competition on our own stand [which again, we are not], then yes, that would be illegal. But the cost of the entry ticket to the show does NOT constitute a payment to enter the competition.

Come on guys, wherever the show ends up there will always be some that feel left out.  If I am also not mistaken there always appear to be competitions offering lots of kit in the magazine?  I for one am having to drag my butt out from Guildford for the day but am glad it's not in London.

Andy Clough:

Oh yes it is illegal. Yes, it's a PRIZE DRAW (ie a lottery) but you cannot make a charge for someone to enter a prize draw. If you do, it is illegal under the Act I refer to. Because the only way you can enter this PD is to buy a ticket to the show, that constitutes a payment to enter. Check it with your lawyers.

The link you sent me says this:

"A �free entry� route or �no purchase necessary� (NPN) route allows consumers to enter a promotion without paying or by paying no more than the minimum unavoidable cost of entering a promotion (for example the standard rate of postage, the cost of a telephone call or the minimum, unavoidable cost of sending an e-mail or SMS text message)"

See the words 'no purchase necessary' other than then 'minimum unavoidable cost'?  �8 to get into the show does NOT fall into that category and that is what makes the PD you are running illegal. Personally, I don't care one way or the other, but it's still illegal as your lawyers would confirm if you ask them.

Kind regards,


We've run a London show for a number of years in conjunction with our colleagues at Stuff, Bogleg, but there are no plans for a London event this year AFAIK.

Really need this type of show in/near London

is there any plans to hold a venue anywhere near london/kent area in the future? as i would love to visit an event like this, many thanks


The competition is not illegal. It falls under the Gambling Act of 2005, which came into force after the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1974.

This kind of promotion is classified as a prize draw.

Further information is available here:

Shame I live too far north to attend, oh well look forward to more comps online!

And the comp is illegal anyway. It's an illegal lottery, in that there is no 'skill and judgement' involved as far as I can see. In that case, to be legal, there can be no price of entry to the comp. Having to pay to get into the show constitutes a price for entry to the competition (you can't enter unless you're at the stand - you can't get to the stand without paying). So if you really want to put the cat among the pigeons for the people in the North, report it to the Trading Standards Office!  Tell them it is an illegal lottery under the terms of Section 14 of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1974. Job done Smile  The result would likely be that they would have to make a free postal or internet entry available to all.

You missed the equivalent Manchester Show - and competition - back in October then? We'll be there again this year....

So sad  that the icy regions of the North never get a realistic chance to get involved in such nice rewarding competitions such as that in Bristol( attendance being necessary) .No wonder Scots  and other northerners feel "left out"