Sound & Vision, The Manchester Show 2009

The weekend of the 17th and 18th of October will see the cream of the AV industry making its way to Manchester for the biggest consumer electronics show this year. The Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars Street, Manchester city centre, will be the place to be...

October 2009 will see the debut of the newly relaunched Manchester Sound & Vision Show. The team that has made the Bristol Show so successful for 22 years will be working its magic in Manchester on the weekend of the 17th and 18th October. The annual Home Entertainment Show is getting a major facelift under the banner of the new expanded Audio T group, and we'll be there to join in the fun.

There's a brand new website – – packed with all the latest information. You'll also be able to buy the Awards issue before anyone else - and see the winners! What's more, there's more than £4000 worth of fabulous hi-fi and home cinema kit up for grabs in the exclusive show competition.

Why Manchester?
* The show is on the edge of Manchester's extensive shopping and entertainment district, with Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and many more shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance nearby
* Car parking is easy, with many local spaces, again within easy walking distance
* A great day out for all the family
* See the very first announcement of the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Award winners for 2009 – and pick-up the magazine
*Visit the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision stand at the Manchester Show to enjoy our unique AV demonstration and to pick the brains of the magazine's review team (below).

Awards and Advice
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine is delighted to have teamed up with the Show. As we do at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show, we will add a huge new interactive element to the event.

The What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision team will all be at the Show and will be available for advice on all things hi-fi and home cinema. We will also have a large demonstration room, featuring new and exclusive kit.

We will be announcing the results of the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2009 at the Show. That means you can be the first to see our 2009 winners – and you'll be able to buy an early copy of the Awards issue before anyone else. Subscribe on the day and you'll also get a special gift!

The Details
* Saturday 17th October: 9.30am - 5pm
* Saturday 18th October: 10am - 5pm
* Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ
* The hotel is located in city centre Manchester
* Admissions: Adults £6, students/senior citizens (over 65) £3, accompanied children (under 16) free
* Tickets are only available on the day

PLEASE NOTE: there is no dedicated trade day. Trade and press visitors can pre-register for the show by visiting the show website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Travel details
The Renaissance Hotel (above) can be contacted on 0161 831 6000

BY ROAD From the north: take the M56 motorway to the City Centre. At the first roundabout, take the St Peter's Square exit. Follow the signs for Deansgate. The hotel is located at the end of Deansgate on Blackfriars St.

From the south: take the M6 towards Manchester and exit onto the M56 to A5130 Princess Parkway at the roundabout, straight over onto Medlock Street, left onto Whitworth Street, right onto Deansgate, second left for Blackfriars Street. The hotel is on the right.

PARKING Easy local parking next to the hotel. Further car parking is available nearby.

BY TRAIN There are two stations providing easy access. Victoria Station is only a five-minute walk, while Piccadilly Station is around a five-minute taxi ride, or an easy 10-minute walk.

BY AIR Manchester has its own international airport. It is well served by both the major and budget airlines.


Alphason Designs

Anatek Acoustics

Anthem AV Solutions
Anthem AV Solutions will be showing a range of multi award-winning products from Canadian brands Anthem and Paradigm, including the acclaimed Statement D2v pre-amp/AV processor from Anthem, and a range of stunning products from Paradigm, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-quality speakers. The full range is now available in the UK for the first time.

Anthem D2v AV preamp/AV processor


There's a UK first for Arcam with the unveiling of the firm's new AVR500 multichannel receiver, the more affordable version of its flagship AVR600 model. It's due on sale by the end of this year for around £2500 and will pump out 100W across all seven channels, as well as decode all the latest high-definition audo formats. Full details in our news story.

And you'll be able to catch a first glimpse of Arcam's new iPod irDock with remote control at Manchester too.

Arcam AVR500 makes its UK debut

Armour Home

Star of the Armour stand will be the Q-TV2 from Q Acoustics – visitors to Manchester will be the first to see it. This slim, 2.1 speaker system for flatscreen TVs boasts 100 watts of amplification and a 38mm-deep subwoofer. You'll also be able to see Q Acoustics new 2000 Series of conventional loudspeakers in exciting new designs and finishes, including 'piano white'.

What's more, there'll be fantastic 'show deals' on QED cables, plus the launch of new speaker cables and the company's new flagship 'Signature' interconnects. And check out the latest models from NAD, Myryad, Goldring and Grado,, plus stylish new iPod docks from danish company Scandyna.

Also on the Armour Home stand will be a 'Fun technology' section with new models from Kicker, Chumby, iDapt, uPlay, mi Football, Chumby and the Outcast Junior.

Q Acoustics Q-TV2

Audio Technica

Bowers & Wilkins

Star of the B&W stand will be its CM9 loudspeakers, which will be demonstrated in both stereo and surround systems, and will be powered by components from the new Rotel 15 Series. Other products from the brand's large range of hi-fi, home theatre, and new media speakers will also be on show.

Hear the B&W CM9 in stereo and surround set-ups


Chord Company

Chord's brand-new Solstice cable range will on demonstration at the show, along with the opportunity to hear and compare the full Chord Co range, before discussing your needs with the company's expert staff.

There'll be a special offer on Chord's five-star HDMI Active & HDMI SuperShield, as well as great deals on the full range, including What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision's Product of the Year speaker cable 2008, the Carnival SilverScreen.

The Cable Doctor and team will be available for technical advice to help you get the optimum cable match and the best performance from your system, regardless of size or budget.


Curvi Hi-Fi

These distinctive looking speakers are the Curvi Model 1 Version 2 (£3995/pr), which is the product of a fresh look at loudspeaker design that aims to marry state of the art sound quality with stunning aesthetics. The speaker has been four years in development and has drawn on the combined skills of Christopher Liauw and Christien Ellis of CE Electroacoustics.

Curvi Model 1, version 2


The Manchester show will be the launch event for a still top-secret new model from Cyrus. More details will be released on the Cyrus website in early October, but we're assured it will be definitely be worth visiting the show to see.

The new model will be playing together with the latest XP amplifier models, and Cyrus is asking visitors to bring a favourite disc with them so they can demonstrate just how advanced the latest models have become. Intriguing stuff!


Catch a glimpse of the new Dali Fazon surround speakers at Manchester. The curved aluminium cabinets look resplendent in their gloss black lacquer finish, and the figure-hugging magnetic speaker grille peels away to reveal a two-way loudspeaker.

The satellites use 4.5in wood-fibre cone, mid-bass driver and 1.1in soft-dome tweeter. You can read our full review of them in the November issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, on sale now.

Dali Fazon 5.1 speaker package


Denon will be taking the opportunity to show many new products at this year's event. These will include new hi-fi stereo separates and a new two-piece mini system as well as a full line up of AV models for 2009-10.

Key among the new models this year are the £599.99 DBP-2010 Blu Ray/DVD Player and the £449.99 AVR-1910 AV receiver. Denon also invite you to experience surround sound with a new dimension using a new generation of top-line AV receivers with Audyssey DSX technology. Come and check out this new experience! We also expect other new Denon products to be unveiled at the show.

Denon AVR-1910 multichannel receiver


Dynaudio's Excite loudspeakers will be on display in a High Gloss Black finish and demonstrated in a 5.1 system to show off the pure musical fun that this range is capable of.

The What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Award-winning Excite X32 floor-standing speakers will be complemented by an X22 centre, X12 rear speakers and Sub300 and all driven by the highly acclaimed Arcam AVR600 receiver.



The revised Electra Be line from Focal will make its debut at Manchester. The range has been evolved to benefit from the advances achieved during the development of the new Utopia series. A new Beryllium dome profile allows the tweeter improved response in the lower spectrum, and, combined with new crossovers, better blending with the midrange and greater harmonic richness.

Two new finishes – Champagne and Basalt – join the traditional Slate Grey.

Focal Electra Be has been improved


Henley Designs

Turntable enthusiasts should check out the Henley stand, where the company will launch its Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge.

Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge

Hi End


JVC will be showcasing the new LT-32WX50 LED slim monitor, perfect for digital imaging enthusiasts using high-end digital SLR cameras. The company will also display its 'True Black' range of projectors, Blu-ray player systems and the new Everio X HD camcorder.


KEF will occupy both Bernini and El Greco suites at this year's Manchester Sound and Vision Show. The first suite will be dedicated to its iQ Series, with two-channel and multi-channel demonstrations set to impress all visitors throughout the weekend.

The second suite will feature the company's revised KHT speaker packages. And the company is promising " something completely new and exciting," but details remain under wraps for now. KEF's staff will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding KEF products, past and present.

KEF's new KHT2005.3 KI speaker package


Marantz will unveil its 'Pearls', for their first UK showing. Designed by legendary audio designer Ken Ishiwata, to celebrate his 30th anniversary with Marantz, the PM-KI amplifier and SA-KI SACD player will accompany a pair of Mordaunt-Short's new Performance 2 loudspeakers.

Also expect exclusive showings of the SR6004 receiver, along with its matching Blu-ray player. The much anticipated slim-line receiver and Blu-ray player pair also debut, while the stunning new budget stars, the CD6003 and PM6003, will be out in force. Further Marantz products on display will include the SA8003 SACD player.

Marantz Pearl SA-KI SACD player

Monitor Audio

Want to see Monitor Audio's brand-new, super-slim Silver RX range of mid-market speakers? Then pop along to the Manchester Show where all models in the range will be on display. They feature new RX drivers, a HiVeII (High Velocity) reflex port and bolt-through driver design. There are two standmounters, two floorstanders, a centre speaker, surround speaker and subwoofer.

You'll also be able to hear the Silver RX speakers in action - in a formidable 9.2 formation! - in the Onkyo room (see Onkyo entry below for more info).


Naim Audio

This year's show will see Naim demonstrating it's one-box NaimUniti. With its impressive feature set including internet radio, UPnP streaming, CD and DAB/FM radio, music fans will be able to experience the latest in all-in-one audio.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience Naim's first ever stand-alone digital to analogue converter. The DAC is the world's first audiophile digital-to-analogue converter to feature Apple Authentication for digital output from iPod and iPhone devices. Moreover the DAC is a significant upgrade for high-end digital sources, such as Naim's CDX2 CD player and HDX hard disk player and Naim will be demonstrating this along with its new loudspeaker, the Ovator S-600.

Naim NaimUniti


Onkyo, the UK's No1 home cinema receiver brand, will be giving pride of place at Manchester to its new line of high-end AV receivers, the TX-NR5007, TX-NR3007 and TX-NR1007. Fully equipped with audio networking capabilities this trio of 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus-certified receivers represent the latest state in high definition home cinema audio.

Joining them will be the exciting new PR-SC5507 9.2-channel Network Controller plus the ND-S1 Digital Media Transport, a dock with a major difference. It lets you tap off the digital audio stream from an iPod/iTouch/iPhone and send it to a better quality standalone/receiver DAC.

Speaker partners will be Monitor Audio's new Silver RX range, used in a 9.2 configuration. We expect massive movie thrills from that combo!



Panasonic will show off its flagship 1080p Wireless Z1 series TV at Manchester, as well as displaying its 2009 V10 series, G15 and G10 series flatscreen TVs and the UK's first Blu Ray recorder. This will be Panasonic's debut at the Sound & Vision show, where it will display screens from 19 to 65in, many using next-generation Neo-PDP plasma display panels.

Panasonic TX-P46Z1 wireless plasma


One of the highlights on the Pioneer stand will be the UK debut of the recently announced iPod speaker system. With a 2.1-channel digital amplifier it provides precise sound reproduction and warm acoustics, while a down-firing subwoofer supplies dynamic and powerful bass, claims Pioneer.

Other exciting Pioneer products that will be shown include the new range of Blu-ray disc players, DVD and Blu-ray home cinema systems, the high-end SC-LX82 AV receiver and the company's new G-Clef line-up of audiophile stereo products.

Pioneer SC-LX82 AV receiver



ProAc will be demonstrating selected products from its extensive ranges at October's Manchester Show. The firm has recently launched its Response D1 standmount (£1395) and Response D18 floorstander (£1995) loudspeakers, and this autumn will see the launch of a new flagship model, the ProAc Carbon Pro Eight priced at £22,500.

Pure Sound

Q Acoustics

Star of the Q Acoustics stand will be the Q-TV2 clip-on speaker system and the new 2000 Series of hi-fi and home cinema speakers. See entry under Armour Home.


There'll be fantastic 'show deals' on QED cables, plus the launch of new speaker cables and the company's new flagship 'Signature' interconnects.


Russ Andrews Accessories

If you want to see and hear the rather splendid Meridian Sooloos system at Manchester, then head on over to Russ Andrews in room 206. The firm has just been appointed as an official retailer for the Sooloos system, and will also be demonstrating Meridian's stylish F80 system.

In room 204, you'll be able to buy selected RA products at a special show discount of 10 per cent, and enter a competition to win £350 worth of accessories. New products from Firestone Audio will also be on display.

Stuff magazine
van den Hul

Vita Audio

New from Vita Audio at Manchester will be its R1 MkII DAB/DAB+/FM table radio. Also on show will be the R4 music system along with the company's recently introduced R2i iPod docking system.

Vita Audio R2i iPod docking system


Check out the new, highly-acclaimed Wharfedale Diamond 10 speaker range at Manchester, with improved drive units, a more rigid enclosure, polymer-finished front baffle and high-gloss finish.


The entire editorial team will be on hand throughout the wekend to help with all your hi-fi and home cinema queries. And don't forget we'll have all our 2009 Award winners on display – plus you'll be able to buy the special Awards issue early, before it's even on sale in the shops!


WireFreeHiFi, part of DIP International in Cambridge, will use the Manchester Sound & Vision Show as the launchpad for Digifi's iPod-compatible version of its Digital Opera wireless earbuds.

The S5 joins the existing Opera S2 model, and is fitted with an iPod adaptor, plus volume and track control buttons. Using low power Kleer wireless audio technology, transmitting on the 2.4Ghz waveband, the S5 in-ear headphones have a range of up to 10m (32 feet) and a listening time of 10 hours. They cost £85.

Digifi's Digital Opera S5 wireless earphones


The latest Yamaha receivers will be on show, alongside iPod peripherals including the TSX Audio System and the PDX wireless dock. Yamaha's Air-Wired technology sends a lossless signal from the iPod to the speaker system, with no transmission delay.

Soavo1 speakers will be shown in their stunning new Piano Black finish, with the matching CDS2000 CD player and AS2000 amplifier. Component systems, including the MCS1330, will also be displayed.

Yamaha MCS1330 iPod/mini hi-fi system

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.