SHOW NEWS: WHFSV demo update

This just in from WHFSV Deputy Editor Andy Kerr:

It's nearly time for the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision demo bus to get under way, straining under the weight of its precious cargo of Award-winning kit, all of which you'll be able to see 'in the metal' on our stand in the Chablis Suite.

You'll also be able to take a closer look at this year's Award-winning TVs, from 26in Panasonic to 50in Pioneer – they'll be in action, fed with high-def, in our HD Gallery – plus we'll all be on site to answer your questions throughout the show.

And as for our demo – well, hold on to your hats. We're planning to deliver a truly spectacular home cinema demo, designed to show you both the current state of the DVD art, and just how fabulous the high-definition sound and vision is on both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.

Our system totals over £68,000: for vision, we've SIM2's latest three-chip Full HD projector, the C3X 1080, complete with its optional ISCO anamorphic lens and a 130in Cinemascope screen from Screen Research (that's £25,000 for that little lot).

Then there's Arcam's finest processor, the AV9, plus ten (that's ten) Arcam P1 monobloc power amplifiers, giving us the small matter of 2350 watts of power. And to round things off, there's a top-quality speaker system from Dali, based on its floorstanding Helicon 800 speakers (£4000 a pair) and no less than three active subwoofers.

We've also got high-quality cabling from the Chord Company, racks from Atacama and video distribution from Gefen. Like we said, it's going to be spectacular, so see you there!

The show's open 9am-6pm on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, and 9am-5pm on Sunday 4th. See the show website for full details.

Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.