Clarity Alliance announces award winners at the National Audio Show

A team of anonymous, independent judges visited every room at the show to pick winners from a shortlist of three in each of the five categories.

Laurence Armstrong, chairman of the Clarity Alliance, says: "We are very proud to have once again been able to recognise the hard work put in by the exhibitors through our 'Best of Show' awards."

The winners and nominations were as follows:

Best demonstration

Winner: Mike Valentine

Nominated: Queen demo

Nominated: Entotem

Most innovative room

Winner: Townshend Audio

Nominated: Devialet

Nominated: Kog Audio - Melco

Best presented room

Winner: Devialet

Nominated: Queen demo

Nominated: Audio Emotion

Best stand in open areas

Winner: Harman Audio

Nominated: High End Headphones

Nominated: Snugs

Overall Best of Show

Winner: dCS

Nominated: Hi-Fi Hangar

Nominated: Queen demo

Nominated: Devialet

Members of Clarity Alliance also took the opportunity to display their latest products in the special Clarity Showcase, with companies such as Entotem, GIK Acoustics, Mitchell and Johnson, Cabasse, Heed Audio, Kleio and Parasound taking part.

And the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the exclusive UK preview of Queen: The Studio Collection on vinyl, involving playback of the 18-disc vinyl box set on a pair of PMC MB2 XBD-A speakers as used at Abbey Road Studios.

Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.