Heading into its 30th year, the The Bristol Sound & Vision exhibition showcases all the latest in hi-fi and AV technology - from amplifiers to vinyl, headphones to home cinema - and we'll be keeping you up to date with all the best of the show.

Once again, the Marriott City Centre Hotel becomes a hub for hi-fi. 172 exhibitors have already been confirmed for the event, including big names like Sony, Sennheiser, Rega, Audio Technica and Q Acoustics - and the list is growing by the day.

While manufacturers are keen to keep their cards close to their chests in terms of product announcements - at least until the event officially starts - we can expect some new surprises, a smattering of Award-winners, and many of the top products brought to the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas.

We'll keep this page up to date with information as we receive it, but this is what we know so far…

Bristol Show 2017 preview

Q Acoustic Concept 500 speakers

Arcam

One of the highlights of the Arcam room will be its new rPlay audio streamer and DAC with DTS Play-Fi that we awarded a Stars of CES accolade.

It can turn your existing hi-fi into a multi-room streaming system and includes AirPlay and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) connectivity, as well as the ability to handle hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz through wired and wireless networks.

Also new from Arcam will be its £4000 AV860 AV preamp/processor with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding, Class G amplification and full 4K HDCP2.2 and HDMI 2.0a compliance.

 

Acoustic Energy

Acoustic Energy is going to be launching new models of its AE1 loudspeaker; the first of which is the domestic AE1 Active speaker.

It is also bringing the BT2 Bluetooth speaker, and a redesigned and updated AE109 speaker which will be available later in the spring.

 

Bluesound

We recently reported that Tidal has updated its subscription service to include high-quality MQA streaming, and Bluesound will have a multi-room system at the Bristol Show to demonstrate how it integrates with Tidal's MQA audio.

 

Bowers & Wilkins 

Just as it did last year, Bowers & Wilkins will be bringing its 800 Series Diamond speakers, but this time "in a variety of configurations for the first time in the UK".

No specifics yet on what that means, but we do know that there will also be a new subwoofer featured as part of the system.

Hugo 2

Chord Electronics

Chord is going to be in two ground-floor areas this year, with three new products which we first saw at CES 2017: there's the Hugo 2 DAC, a revamped version of the original Hugo, and Poly, a dedicated network module for Chord's portable Mojo DAC.

Chord will also be showing its new Blu MkII upscaling CD transport, which is designed to work with the company's high-end DAC, DAVE.

 

Exposure Electronics

New from Exposure will be its half-width-size XM series of amplifiers, namely the XM5 integrated with built-in phono stage and DAC, and the X3, a standalone phono stage.

The latter has separate MM (Moving Magnet) and MC (Moving Coil) inputs as well as adjustable loading and gain.

 

KEF LS50A wireless music system

Harbeth 

Happy 40th anniversary to Harbeth! To celebrate, the company is launching two limited-edition versions of its SuperHL5plus speaker and brand flagship, the M40.2.

Both will be given a walnut veneer, a new "super-tweeter" with protection bar and new audio-grade poly capacitors - as well as limited-edition badges on the front and back.

 

KEF

The British speaker specialist will be showing off its LS50A Wireless music system in the Concorde Suites 1 and 2. With 200W of built-in Class D amplification, a 24-bit/192kHz DAC and Bluetooth, this has all your hi-fi needs in a plug and play system.

 

Kudos

Exclusively showing at Bristol will be a prototype of the new Titan 707, a smaller, single-box version of the company's flagship Titan 808. It will incorporate drive units crafted exclusively for Kudos by Norwegian specialists SEAS.

And like the Titan 808, the new 707 will be able to run in active mode with high-end systems from the likes of Linn and Devialet. Chief designer Derek Gilligan and his team have been putting the Titan 707 through its paces. Come and hear it for yourself in Bristol.

More after the break

The Platinum II range

Monitor Audio

Taking up two rooms at the exhibition, Monitor Audio will have a 5.1 channel setup of its Platinum II speakers, including the 300, 100, C350 and W15 subwoofer - that will be in Room 1008.

In Room 208, you can see the Platinum II 100 and 200 loudspeakers paired with Roksan’s Blak amplifier and CD player. There will also be the Roksan Radius and Xerxes turntables on display.

Plus, if you're looking to get your hands on some cheaper audio equipment, the company has a 10 per cent show special discount across its Silver loudspeakers.

 

Musical Fidelity

If you're looking for somewhere to store your music, then the M6 Encore Connect that Musical Fidelity is demonstrating might interest you -  1TB of internal storage that can connect with a number of network speakers and an analogue preamp providing fixed and variable outputs.

The company will also be showing the £5000 Nuvista 600 integrated amplifier.

Naim Uniti

Naim Audio

One of the highlights of the Naim room, and almost certainly the show as a whole, will be the company's all-new Uniti range of wireless streaming products. You can read about this elsewhere on whathifi.com, but this could be the first chance for many UK visitors to see and hear Naim's impressive new line-up in action.

 

NuNu Distribution 

Making their debut in the UK are the Micro Evolution One TAD-ME1-K bookshelf speakers. 

They feature a 16cm woofer and 9cm CST1 driver with beryllium tweeter. The speakers are tuned to give a "natural deep bass sound" thanks in part to a bi-directional ADS2 port.

TAD-ME1-K bookshelf speakers

Q Acoustics

Last year it had the Media 7000i 2.1 Audio System, but for 2017 Q Acoustics is showing off the finalised Concept 500 loudspeakers.

The speakers are £3600 per pair, and weigh 42kg each.

The prototypes were announced at the 2016 Munich show; the finished products have bespoke driver units, and "more advanced speaker technology than you can shake a stick at".

This includes 'Helmholtz Pressure Equalisers' and a unique 'Dual Gelcore' cabinets.

 

Quadral

Quadral is bringing the Galan 9 desktop speaker to Bristol with the bold claim that "it is the best product that we have ever made". It's the smallest of the Aurum range, with a 16cm woofer and a tweeter on top, but Quadral says it can still deliver a big sound.

 

 

Rega Brio

Rega

Launching a new version of its Brio 50W/channel stereo amplifier, Rega's latest model has been given a sleek, minimal body - but of course, it's not all about looks.

There's also a redesigned circuit board and two separate power supplies: a larger one for the main power amplifier section, and a smaller unit for the phono stage and preamp. Topping it off is a dedicated headphone jack and moving magnet (MM) phono stage designed to work with the company's own Planar turntable.

If you want to find it, Rega will be on the 2nd Floor, Room 224.

 

Sennheiser

On the Sennheiser stand you'll be able to see a number of headphones including the PXC 550s, which are wireless and noise cancelling, the HD 800 S, as well as the new HD 5 series.

The company will also be exhibiting the recently announced Momentum in-ear wireless headphones, which can connect to two Bluetooth devices at once. As the wireless version of the Award-winning wired versions, it will be interesting to see how these cans fare at the show.

 

Sony

For the first time in the UK Sony is revealing its new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBP-X800. The company showed it off at CES, and while we managed to get a hands-on with the player, we're still yet to see it in action.

There's also an appearance from the new STR-DN1080 AV receiver, which supports Dolby Atmos (a first for Sony) and DTS: X along with 4K HDR pass-through and upscaling.

And it can apparently recreate two virtual rear speakers using the Phantom Surround Back setting with a 5.2.1 set up. For wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Spotify Connect and wireless multi-room is all built-in.

 

What Hi-Fi?

The entire What Hi-Fi? team will be on hand throughout the weekend to help answer your hi-fi and AV conundrums. And in our legendary demonstration we'll have a state-of-the-art 4K Blu-ray/Dolby Atmos projector and surround sound system in full swing, so be sure not to miss us!

Plus there's £10,000-worth of fabulous kit to be won in the show competition.

 

Wilson Benesch

Wilson Benesch is going to be showing off the fifth iteration of its A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker straight from Las Vegas. This is a speaker that employs carbon fibre in an effort to achieve maximum stiffness and dampen any sound coloration.

At £21,500 this is a touch of genuine high-end engineering and well worth a listen.

Essential Information

Where?

Marriott City Centre Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol BS1 3AD. 

When?

Friday 24th February to Sunday 26th February 2017. Open from 10am-5pm each day. 

How much?

One-day ticket £12 online (£12.50 on the door)

Two-day ticket £21.25 online only

Three-day ticket £32 online only

Students and seniors (over 65)

One-day ticket £10.45 online (£11 on the door)

Two-day ticket £18.25 online only

Three-day ticket £27.50 online only

Accompanied children under 16 FREE

Buy tickets online now

 

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