My Thoughts on Manchester.......
Visited the show today....my third year in a row.
Again, it produced a great day out, but is it my imagination or are the number of visitors decreasing? If that is the case, it means more one on one conversations with the exhibitors....
Anyway, KEF created a great demo again. It was their demo of the 'Q' series last year that tempted me in buying some. This year we got to hear the Blade speakers. Wow....If I had £20K spare.....
The new 'R' series sounded excellent too, and it was nice to hear a current tune on a demo (Maroon 5). I realised that acoustic music has the ability to show off good systems, but it's nice to hear something different occasionally.
The WHF demo was fun.....and the guy that spoke was quite an amusing chap. Again, nice to have a relaxing demo, rather than the full on sale/plug.
Biggest shock of the day came in the Neat Acoustics room.....surely the sub was hidden in the bathroom, or something? lol Those tiny speakers are abolutely superb!! Amazing!
The Rega room demo sounded pretty good too, to my ears, but the B&W PM1's were in another league!
The Panasonic 3D demo was great. I find my eyes ache with 3D, literally straight away. But they were fine in that demo.
The Marantz PM/CD6004 combo sounded pretty good on the Castle 2's (half price....omg.....bargain!!) I was a little disappointed they had the M-CR603 on display, but didn't want to demo it. Why bring it then?
ProAc Response D40R....nice sound!
The final highlight was the Yamaha demo......that soundbar was quite impressive, until the KEF speakers were demo'ed. Yamaha receivers seem to be very good (first one I've heard), with good steering of effects on the new Transformers film.
I found the MA Gold speakers slightly dissapointing. Good detail, but no 'va va voom'.....
Tannoy DC6 T - great voacls and detail....no bass and excitement but maybe that's from the fact we had to stand up for the demo (no chairs in the room).
Naim demo....a little dull, but might be music choice.
New PMC speakers.....same as Naim. (model 22)
REL speakers and sub....wow from a distance, but bass was completely overblown when in the room, in my opinion
As I said above....it was another great day out, and we seemed to get the front row of most demo's.....
RE subscribed to WHF too......nice offer, and got some headphones to boot.....