Forget CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin, or the High End Show in Munich - the most important showcase of hi-fi and AV technology the UK has is on its way. Manufacturers on every continent are gearing up to bring their best products to the Sound & Vision show in Bristol, brought to you in association with Audio-T.
Now in its 31st year, the Bristol Sound & Vision Show is your best opportunity to see - and, more importantly, listen to - many of our five-star Award-winning products for yourselves. 181 brands have already confirmed their attendance, including Arcam, Bluesound, Bowers & WIlkins, Cyrus, Dali, KEF, Monitor Audio, Naim, Onkyo, Pioneer, PMC, Rega, Sennheiser, Sony, and Wharfedale.
The entire What Hi-Fi? team will be on hand throughout the weekend too, complete with a demo room that will no doubt dazzle you with some of the best kit you can buy right now.
We're also running our famous Bristol Show competition, giving everyone who comes to the show the chance to win a piece of kit from more than £10,000-worth of hi-fi products.
Bristol Show 2018 preview
Following up on the 100 Series, Acoustic Energy is launching its 300 Series of loudspeakers. The company says it's raising the bar, with bespoke new drive units and an aluminium dome tweeter - we look forward to hearing it in action.
Arcam will be showing off its new three-strong HDA range of hi-fi separates that we recently spotted at CES. The new line-up features the CDS50 network streamer-cum-CD player and SA10 and SA20 integrated amplifiers.
Arcam will be partnering its electronics with Revel loudspeakers, including the Award-winning M16 standmounters, while you'll also be able to see Mark Levinson's first ever turntable, the No.515, in action.
ATC's CDA2 Mk2 CD/DAC preamplifier (pictured above) is coming to the show this year.
According to the company, the Mk2 improves on the original with an upgraded CD transport and DAC board, expanded input choices and redesigned analogue circuits to provide a flat frequency response.
Chord is showing a What Hi-Fi? Star of CES 2018, the Chord Qutest (pictured above) - it replaces the Qute2. It will be a part of a compact main system alongside the company's CPM3350 integrated amp - although Chord will also be showing off other products too, including the Hugo 2 and Mojo/Poly.
Dynaudio will be showing off its Special Forty standmounters, alongside its upcoming Music range of smart wireless speakers. It will also be demonstrating a new piece of kit, which is apparently an "incredible update of a much-vaunted product".
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Following the recent launch of the Prestige Facet loudspeakers, Elipson will be showing off its new bookshelf Prestige Facet 6BT and floorstanding Facet 14BT speakers (pictured above). These both will come with Chromecast Audio dongles in the box for wireless streaming, as well as aptX HD Bluetooth.
Fyne Audio will have its first public showing at Bristol, its new loudspeaker ranges on display. The F300 entry level range (£180 - £600 per pair) will be there, as well as models from the company's mid-price (£600 - £1,600) F500 line up.
And for the serious high-end enthusiast, Fyne's F1-10 speakers (£19,500 pair) will be there too.
The company will be showing some limited-edition products, including the P3ESR speaker and its M40.2 brand flagship.
Each speaker has the 'Harbeth 40th Anniversary limited edition' front and rear badges, as well as a metallic black and gold anniversary grille badge.
The Pro iDSD, due on sale in February, will be on display at Bristol. While the company is keeping its cards close to its chest, it's promising a product "packed full of iFi wizardry". The latest addition to its portable range, called the xDSD, will also be demonstrated. We'll let you know more as we get the details.
What would Batman's favourite subwoofer be? Easy - the Gotham v2 from JL Audio. The company says it's a "devastating" piece of kit, delivering 4500 watts of power to twin 4in drivers.
The company will also be bringing the new Fathom IWS-SYS-108 and 208 in-wall subwoofers, as well as the IWSv2-SYS-113 and 213 models (if you'd prefer something a little more discreet).
Leema Acoustics' range will include its new Pulse IV amp/DAC as well as the Hydra II Anniversary Edition power amp.
The company is also planning to reveal two further brand new products, making their worldwide debuts at Bristol. We await them with bated breath...
Musical Fidelity will be taking the M6 SDAC to Bristol this year, a DAC that's comfortable with hi-res audio files up to 32bit/768kHz resolution as well as DSD 64/128. There are three coaxial and three optical ports, and even a USB slot too.
Accompanying it is the M8 Encore 500, the bigger sibling of the M6 Encore 225 - features include an integrated CD player, 2TB of storage and 500 watts of power per channel.
Finally, the Nu-Vista Vinyl will also be making an appearance - it's a phono stage with five inputs, each of which can be set for either moving magnet or moving coil cartridges.
Optoma will be showing off its new 4K UHD laser projector – the UHZ65.
A new "all-in-one" turntable, called Juke Box E (pictured above), will be making its UK debut in Bristol this year.
Containing a moving magnet phono stage, Bluetooth receiver, pre-amp and power amp all in one box, all you need is a pair of speakers to turn it into a complete hi-fi setup.
Prices start at £370, while a combination of the turntable and Speaker Box 5 loudspeaker starts at £500.
Sennheiser is coming to the show armed with its HDV 820 headphone amplifier (featuring a ESS SABRE32 DAC capable of playing 32bit/384kHZ hi-res files).
Sonoro will be presenting three all-in-one systems this year: the Stream, the Relax, and its Meisterstück (pictured above) flagship model. This is the first time the range will be hitting UK shores, all of which support internet radio with Bluetooth and wi-fi built in, with the added bonus of Spotify Connect.
Townshend will be unveiling its new Enigma Preamplifier at The Bristol Show 2018. The new model will have six phono inputs and two XLRs, as well as a 3.5mm stereo socket on the front panel - as for outputs, there are two sets of Phono sockets and one pair of XLRs.
Taking a pair of Resolution loudspeakers that it showed during the Munich Show, it will be the first time they're shown at a British exhibition. Made from a carbon fibre composite and metal alloy, Wilson Benesch says that the Resolution "exhibits one of the stiffest, highly damped and advanced enclosures in the industry."
Marriott City Centre Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol BS1 3AD.
Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th February 2018. Open from 10am-5pm each day.
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