Clarity Alliance picks five winners at Bristol Hi-Fi Show

There were plenty of exciting new products to see at the annual Bristol Hi-Fi Show, and now that the dust has settled we can reveal the winners of the Best of Show awards as chosen by AV industry trade body the Clarity Alliance.

Best sounding hi-fi room: Linn for its modular Selekt DSM network music player and Space Optimisation technology

Best sounding home cinema room: PMC, for its Dolby Atmos music demo

Best presented room: Henley Audio (Pro-Ject, Ortofon, Klipsch, Jamo, Musical Fidelity)

Best innovation: Sony, for its acoustic surface technology which turns a TV screen into a speaker

Best of show: Dali, which showcased its Oberon range of loudspeakers, including the five-star Oberon 1 standmounters and Oberon 5 floorstanders

PMC impressed the judges with its Dolby Atmos music demo

PMC impressed the judges with its Dolby Atmos music demo

There was also a posthumous Honorary Fellowship for the late hi-fi journalist, and former Pioneer and Meridian product manager, John Bamford.

Presenting the award, Clarity’s chairman, Tom Barron, said: “John was one of hi-fi’s great guys, with a love of music, hi-fi and a true gentleman. His warm smile, passion and enthusiasm and his huge contribution to the British hi-fi industry make him a very worthy recipient of the Clarity Honorary Fellowship. He will be very sadly missed.”

Simon Byles, former chairman of the British Audio Dealers Association (BADA) which he helped relaunch as the Clarity Alliance, received an Honorary Life Membership Award.


Bristol Show 2019 highlights

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.