Bristol Show 2018: Clarity Alliance announces Best of Show winners

Karma AV receives the ‘Best Home Cinema Room’ accolade for its demo of its forthcoming flagship Emotiva RMC-1 AV processor (which supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DSD), partnered with the XPA-11 Gen3 11-channel power amplifier. At the helm: SVS' Ultra Tower floorstanders (£2200), backed by its Prime Elevation speakers (£480) for the rear channels, the range's centre channel and the new SB-4000 sub.

The ‘Best Display’ has been awarded to Quad, which is showing off the new £1500 Artera Solus all-in-one system with the brand's most affordable S-1 standmounts and flagship ESL speakers.

Astin Trew takes home the ‘Best Sounding Hi-Fi Demonstration’ for its demo, centred on its new AT2-2100 90W integrated amplifier, while ‘Best Innovation’ fittingly went to the Roon Nucleus, a dedicated music server for the Roon player that was announced at the Munich High End Show last May.

With Dynaudio taking home the ‘Best Display’ award last year, the Danish speaker brand has one-upped itself in 2018, winning the overall ‘Best of Show’ award thanks to its Special Fortys demo. The Bristol Show is also the first public outing for its new Xeo speakers, and the contrasting Music wireless speakers (due in the coming months) are also loud and proud on Dynaudio’s showfloor.

Last but not least is the ‘Honorary Fellowship’ award, which has been won previously by a recognized member of the industry. This year, however, the honour was awarded to UK retailer Audio T.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.