Clarity Alliance reveals Bristol Best of Show 2016 winners

If you're coming down to the Bristol Show and need a pointer on what to check out, then Clarity Alliance's Best of Show winners list is a decent place to start (as well as our own recommendations, naturally).

As is now customary, Laurence Armstrong, Clarity Alliance chairman, announced the winners to a packed house in the Naim Audio demo room. And the winners are...

Best sounding hi-fi room: PMC

The PMC room is showing-off the BB5 SE loudspeakers, the Bryston BDP-2 digital player and the Bryston BDA-3 DAC. Vinyl is being played on the the Vertere RG-1 turntable.

The company is also demonstrating the Twenty series, while unveiling additions to its Fact speaker range, in the SS Great Britain 2 and 3 rooms.

Best sounding cinema room: Arcam

Arcam is demonstrating Atmos in the Empire 2 suite using the company's new AVR850 AV receiver.

MORE: Arcam provides first glimpse of 2016 AV receivers

Best presented room: Audioquest

Audioquest is offering you the chance to "experience the Beetle effect" in room 202, the latest addition to the company's range of USB DACs.

MORE: Audioquest's new DragonFly USB DACs work with phones and tablets

Most innovative room: Musical Fidelity

Musical Fidelity is showing-off its new Encore 225 all-in-one streaming system, alongside some of the company's electronics and B&W speakers. Hear for yourself at room 312.

Best open stand: Sennheiser

You can listen to a range of headphones on the Sennheiser stand, including the flagship HD 800S headphones and models from the Momentum and Urbanite range. And the Clarity Alliance judges voted it the best-looking area. And it's the Bristol 10B stand.

Honorary fellowship: Eric Kingdon

Last but far from least, Clarity Alliance gave special recognition to an industry stalwart, Eric Kingdon, now senior technical marketing manager at Sony. Kingdon is still going strong and heavily involved in Sony's latest audio products, as you can see for yourself: we caught-up with him to hear all about the new Sony PS-HX500 Bluetooth turntable...

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).