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I'll be going on the Sunday. Still not sure whether to take little laddo with me. He'll be 2yrs 3mnth then. I don't know if it will hold his attention. If their showing Cars, Finding Nemo, Shaun The Sheep or Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs he'll be sorted.
 

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is this the same show that was in london last year or is the london show still to come
 

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No London show this year. The Manchester show is an evolution of the existing Practical Hi-fi show at the same location, but now with the same team behind it as the Bristol Show.

Loads more about the show in our dedicated blog.
 

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Just a reminder to everyone that it's the Manchester Show this weekend, and our van is heading up the M6 right now packed with our Award winners and all the hi-tech kit for our show demo. Come along and join us this weekend if you can at the Renaissance Hotel in the city centre. Full details in our Manchester Show blog.
 

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I'll be going but i have a few questions :-
1) can you pay by plastic at the door or will it be cash only.
2) anywhere to eat on or around the hotel.
3) if you leave the hotel, do you have to pay again to re-enter.
 

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You'll need to contact the organisers re payment and entry details (we don't run the show!); contact details - and info re local restaurants (of which there are plenty; plus in-hotel facilities) here

See you there!
 

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It's not the same sort of event, really - the Manchester Show will be far more like its Bristol Sound and Vision sibling; a hotel-based show crammed with demos of the latest hi-fi and AV. And run by a retailer, so lots to buy, too....

You can get a detailed look at who'll be showing what in our Manchester show preview
 
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I'll be there. Saturday late morning. Really looking forward to it. Never been to a hi-fi type show before. And nice to see a show on in the north without me having to travel darn sarf.
 

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I am attending this tomorrow with my brother, it should be good & can't wait :) Will PMC have the new F.A.C.T speakers on demo? I guess this a question for WHF team.
 

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I'm going too

ps - Any chance of a decent hi-fi show in the South - now we have Bristol and Manchester - the London one in Hammersmith seemed to die a death...
 

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Me too - just to gaze longingly at all the stuff I can't afford!

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Just got back from the show, saw some great stuff there, and nice to see the lovely Claire in person :D
 

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mwjdavies:Just got back from the show, saw some great stuff there, and nice to see the lovely Claire in person :D

What about the lovely Andys?
 

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I spent far too much time in the Kef room watching and listening to the Fender Guitar tribute concert. Joe Walsh, Gary Moore and in particular Dave Gilmour sounded stunning.

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Andy Clough:
mwjdavies:Just got back from the show, saw some great stuff there, and nice to see the lovely Claire in person :D

What about the lovely Andys?


I was at the show this afternoon for about an hour & a half to two hours, & saw the lovely clare & angelina & dominic dawes at the snax bar, but i didn't see anybody called andy.

BTW i went round the whole show & i still haven't got a clue who the award winners were.
 

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Hi,

Any news on the new cyrus product launch? Word on the street is it's a new 4 box CD player...

Rob.
 
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i was all set to go, had train tickets bought, on me ten days off perfect!!.was looking forward to get the awards mag. but ive gone and got the flu. tickets still on the side at £46 wasted. A couple of Qs : when is the next show and when can i get me hands on the awarwds mag.
 
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The award winners were in that huge glass case behind where they were selling the mag & the TV's were lining the wall where you queued up for the demo.

Hey arent those little diamond wharfedale 10.1's nice? They looked and sounded great. £200 is a steal
 

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barnsleydave:

Hey arent those little diamond wharfedale 10.1's nice? They looked and sounded great. £200 is a steal

Weren't they just. They looked sweet.

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bobbys:A couple of Qs : when is the next show and when can i get me hands on the awarwds mag.

Bristol, in February; October 20.
 

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At the show today. What stood out for me the most was the proac speakers, the naim suite & the sugden suite was absolutely awesome. Another one that stood out was the suite with Art speakers, playing some vinyl on the townsend turnable (wow...goose bumps). As fas as home cinema, JVC's projector demo was brilliant. Unfortunately, what hi fi demo was too short but what I did like about it was the professional presentation & how good the wizard of Oz looked on blu-ray. All in all it was a good show.
 
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Sadly I didn't find the show to be all that good. ÿI was particularly disappointed with What Hi-Fi, who are advertising a 'Chord Company Super Screen mains cable' as a subscription gift in the actual Show Guide and online, but when I arrived at the stand there was no such offer. ÿSo I ended up with a HDMI cable that I don't need. ÿNot pleased at all.

There was plenty to see and many people on hand to answer questions, on all of the stands. ÿHowever, I would say to anybody seriously looking to invest in new equipment to visit a local specialist. ÿMany exhibitors confessed that they had not been able to correctly set up equipment and as such it was mostly on display, 'out-of-box'. ÿAlso unless it was already set up as the demo it was not possible to get to audition different products, which is important when choosing new equipment. ÿPlus with all of the background noise and activity it was not truly possible to gain useful insight into much at all. ÿIt is a good opportunity to see the different products and maybe work out a shortlist of what to audition at a dealer if your not sure.ÿ
 
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Um'd and ah'd last week whether to go as I live in Hampshire and it would be a day return
Decided at the last minute, and splashed the cash on a train ticket (got back about an hour ago).

It's the first time I have been to a show of this kind, but was a teeny bit disappointed as I didn't get to see the exact set-ups I wanted to. Other wise, it was a good experience................got to see Clare too.
Sorry Andy, didn't recognise you.

There was loads of other gear to see though, and I'm moving up on the learning curve.


Will try to make an effort to see the Bristol show now.
 

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Me too - thoroughly enjoyed it - perhaps a few less stands than Bristol but good non the less

I'd like Naim to demo shall we say real world kit like the 5i and XS rather than having 10k + 5k items !! - it sounds brilliant - but then again a lot of stands do the same because they want their kit to sound really amazing

I've said before one of the best reasons for going to a show is that you can listen to kit without feeling obliged to buy. At dealers of course they are really helpful but you know as well as they do that at the end of a demo they would "quite like" you to make a purchase

One other observation - have you noticed the ration of men to women at those shows - I'd say 95% of the people there were men + a few spouses and girlfriends - its a shame but hi-fi does appear to be quite a minority sport don't you think
 
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I agree with the observation regarding gents to ladies but what was interesting for me that the age group was middle aged and above. I felt a lot of the gents that attended were mostly older than 30 and quite a proporation in the 50+ age group. Came to conclusion it was them that had the disposable income to spend.
 
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gbhsi1:At the show today. What stood out for me the most was the proac speakers, the naim suite & the sugden suite was absolutely awesome. Another one that stood out was the suite with Art speakers, playing some vinyl on the townsend turnable (wow...goose bumps). As fas as home cinema, JVC's projector demo was brilliant. Unfortunately, what hi fi demo was too short but what I did like about it was the professional presentation & how good the wizard of Oz looked on blu-ray. All in all it was a good show.

I'd agree with you ref the pro-ac speakers. I'd never heard any before and I was really impressed with the sound. The marantz demo sounded amazing too. The two reference pieces of kit being fed through some mordaunt short performance speakers. Just beautiful. The JVC projector demo was great too, and I really liked the KEF demo (was it 3005 speakers?). For me the most impressive listen (for the money) was the £200 wharfedale diamonds. Thought they looked great too. The WHSV presentation was professional and yes didn't wizard of Oz look good on blu-ray?

I was however disappointed with the pioneer stand. They had a lot of space and really didn't make the most of it at all.

oh and did anyone actually get to go inside the the chord demo room (214?) it seemed to be locked every time I went past

As you say all in all, a good show and a good day out.
 

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I am quite interested to know which models of the Proac were on demonstration and sounded so good ?

Also the Art speakers mentioned get little coverage on this forum - which model did you hear ?
 
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crusaderlord:I am quite interested to know which models of the Proac were on demonstration and sounded so good ? Also the Art speakers mentioned get little coverage on this forum - which model did you hear ?

Re ProAc - the ones I listened to were Studio 140s and D18s .... both very good indeed.

I am now considering a dem with the D18s, driven by Cyrus MonoXs.
 

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Sadly I didn't find the show to be all that good. I was particularly disappointed with What Hi-Fi, who are advertising a 'Chord Company Super Screen mains cable' as a subscription gift in the actual Show Guide and online, but when I arrived at the stand there was no such offer. So I ended up with a HDMI cable that I don't need. Not pleased at all.

Apologies again, but - as we clearly explained on the stand - that offer was not promoted by us, but by the shows' organisers, who mistakenly put the Chord Superscreen cable in as our subs gift when we are in fact giving away the Chord Active (sorry, all sold out yesterday!!) and Chord Silver Plus HDMI cables, or the Grado iGrado headphones.

Their error, not ours, but sorry it occurred all the same!
 

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Ok guys been reading what hi-fi for the last 15 years so i'm not a newbie but i've only just joined the foums so here goes...

Well I have to say i loved the show I stayed for about 4 and a half hours went in every room and got some good advice the systems were awsome i loved the Kef Room the kef eggs sounded awsome. The Yamaha had to be the best sounding system for me the amp and cd player along with the speakers sounded like the artist was singing right in front of you, i was shocked..

Got my what hi-fi subscription with my free IGrados awards mag and 3-d specs for £22.40 every 6 months its great value thanks alot for all the hard work guys....
 

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Did any of you hear the Yamaha room set up it was fantastic it was like the artist was playing right in front of you for me this was the best sound of the show which really surprised me...

The Kef Egg cinema room was really good the little eggs can go really loud...

Sony room was ok some good advice, as was the what hi-fi show i did think the projerctor was way to dark though when they switched the source on X-Men i couldnt tell the difference i was sat to the left right next to the amp and blu ray player though..

loved the show though every room had its own unique sound..
 

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crusaderlord:I am quite interested to know which models of the Proac were on demonstration and sounded so good ? Also the Art speakers mentioned get little coverage on this forum - which model did you hear ?

They were the ART deco 15's - a brand new speaker that bridges the gap between the 10 and the 20. We had the show pair in store for a couple of days beforehand and they are something special indeed. A lengthy demonstration at a clients with the ARTs and a few other sets of speakers confirmed to me just how capable the Deco 15's are. If you are in the market at £10k + I would urge a listen.

As for the show it was good to see it nice and busy on the Saturday.
 
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Too far for me to travel , so what was the Yamaha setup everyone enjoyed so much?

Did they have AV kit set up as well?
 

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The show today was superb. Well organised, with a good mixture of kit. Some demos were well set-up and others less so but it was such a great occasion.

Highlights for me were:

1. Marantz. The Pearl kit through the Performance 6s was excellent but what really hit me very hard was the astonishing sound of the 6003 CD and amp through the MS Aviano 2s. I listened to the combination for quite some time on two seperate visits to the room and, for me, it really stood out as the best affordable kit at the entire show. It sounded fabulous even after hearing all the esoteric and expensive kit upstairs and I think you would have to spend a huge amount more to really improve on it. It was an excellent demo, really well set up and the Marantz guys were an absolute credit to the brand.

2. UKD. Unison Research turntable, CD player and valve amps with a Thorens phono stage and some Opera floorstanding speakers, beautifully set up and demonstrated with a good range of music on CD and vinyl. It was the best hi-fi I have ever heard. Spine-tingling good. I'll never be able to justify the expense of such a system but it was a privilege to hear and see that kit making such glorious music.

3. Focal. A pair of Focal anniversary floorstanders, driven by Sugden's new Mystro CD and amp. Wonderfully dynamic with a superb sense of the recorded acoustic and great tonal reproduction.

4. Sugden. The Masterclass set-up with the Sugden floorstanding speakers, playing Pink Floyd. I couldn't leave until I'd heard the whole of '...Crazy Diamond'. A fabulous demonstration of some seriously good kit and the Sugden representative was clearly a true music lover.

5. Naim. The Uniti with a pair of Naim floorstanders. This is another extremely musical piece of kit and, again, it was a well set-up demonstration.

6. Henley. Roksan Radius V turntable, Ortofon Bronze cart, Kandy K2 amp, Kandy K2 CD player the Roksan Kandy speakers. Superb.

I also enjoyed hearing the new Onkyo seperates with the MA RX2 speakers but it could have been set up much better to really demonstrate the abilities of the kit. Those RX2s sound very capable and I'd love to have heard them set further apart.

Dislikes?

The Cyrus set-up did absolutely nothing for me and I thought the Quad electronics with the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1s sounded terrible. The speakers were very boxy sounding and the treble very splashy.

The Denon hi-fi display was very poor. The kit wasn't connected together and the only way to listen to the CD players was by connected the headphones directly to them. The DCD510 and DCD710 both sounded very flat and uninvolving.

The Yamaha 2-channel set-up was CD-S2000, A-S2000, and Suavo speakers. It was very hi-fi, but not very involving. I actually enjoyed the Marantz 6003 combination far more.

Ultimately, for me, that 6003/Aviano 2 combination was the star of the whole show. It proved, unequivocally, that affordable hi-fi can make wonderfully vital, involving and enjoyable music and it proved very much that beyond its price point, the law of diminishing returns does indeed set in.

It was great to see some of our own suppliers there (Alphason, Off The Wall, and of course Sony). Off The Wall's new stands (which I first saw a few weeks ago when the rep bought them to our store) looked superb and the Alphason Fine Wood range stood out amongst the stand offerings.

Thanks to Audio T and WHFS&V for a superb day out.
 
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I was there today and really enjoyed it. Left the little laddo at home, good job it was a bit crowded. I was really impressed with the Kef Eggs. Amazing what they can do when given the right care and attention in setting up. I think I'll have another bash at teaking my set up.

Highlights for me were:-

Dynaudio playing some Nine Inch Nails. Much better than the drab jazzy, folky stuff that everyone else was playing. If your gonna give it some volume then give some Grrrr as well. Then I suppose that goes with the age group of the audience.

The Samsung / Panasonic TV's. I've never seen LCD/Plasma sets in their full glory only in major electrical stores and at friends houses who are just into plugging in and away you go. A major incentive to get my a** in gear and finish the back garden so I can decorate the lounge so we can get a new T.V.

The Epson projector - wow I was knocked back by the quality and how solid the picture was. Brilliant.

Special mention to the bloke from Chord who sold me a Superscreen mains cable. Great down to earth guy who gave me some good little tips and advice.
 
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Having read so mugh aout moniyor audio speskers needing to be paired with Wam amps I was pleasantly surprised to hear them (RX8's) WIth th onkyo receiver sounded prety good.the Kef atend was good too
 
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Digitaljunior:I agree with the observation regarding gents to ladies but what was interesting for me that the age group was middle aged and above. I felt a lot of the gents that attended were mostly older than 30 and quite a proporation in the 50+ age group. Came to conclusion it was them that had the disposable income to spend.

yep count me as one af the silver listeners
don't know about disposebsle ino cincome though I figure I deserve some luxuries at my age after spending out in the past on others (wife kids and grandkids etc}} don' brgrudge it tjough
 

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Well, a mate and I spent 3 hours in the show today.....

Saw Andy, Dom, but no Clare


Very impressed with the whole show, to be honest.....first one I have attended, but I reckon I'll be back for another one very soon....

The guys at Alphason were very helpful, and not pushy at all (makes for a pleasant surprise!!)

The Marantz room was playing the PM6003/CD6003 combo, and to be honest we were not overly impressed....to us the Quad and Wharfdale 10 combo was a major highlight. What a sound from £200 speakers!!

We also thought the Proac speakers were exceptional........

Loved the KEF eggs, and it was interesting for my mate to hear them, as he has the 2005.2's. And it was also interesting to hear 'high end' stereo equipment including all the valve amps on show..

On a negative note, I felt the cable companies missed a trick at the show! With such a divided opinion about cables, would it have been a good idea to be demostrating the improvements certain cables can give, rather than just having them for sale?

All in all, it was a fantastic day out, which I highly recommend to any hifi/av enthusiast.
 

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Pistol Pete1:
Well, a mate and I spent 3 hours in the show today.....

Saw Andy, Dom, but no Clare


Very impressed with the whole show, to be honest.....first one I have attended, but I reckon I'll be back for another one very soon....

The guys at Alphason were very helpful, and not pushy at all (makes for a pleasant surprise!!)

The Marantz room was playing the PM6003/CD6003 combo, and to be honest we were not overly impressed....to us the Quad and Wharfdale 10 combo was a major highlight. What a sound from £200 speakers!!

Just goes to show how personal all this hi-fi lark is. I was the other way round. To me, the CD6003/PM6003/Aviano 2 set-up stood out as being very very special, whilst I found the Wharfedale 10.1s boxy and splashy sounding. I thought the Marantz set-up gave a great account of itself and wasn't as far off the performance of the more expensive kit as it should have been, and I just thought the Aviano 2s were much cleaner and more dynamic sounding than the Wharfedales. Of course, the Wharfedales might have sounded much better driven by the Marantz kit than they did with the Quad electronics - would be interesting to hear that combination.
 

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forgot to say....

went back to Marantz on way out and it did sound better...think the cd they were using on the way in was a poor one which made things sound a little dull and muddled.....

Different music on the way out, and we did wonder if the bigger speakers were being used till we got up close and found out it was the same system playing.....it's not all doom and gloom for Marantz!!!
 
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I went to the show on saturday out of curiosity mainly. But to be honest, having worked in speaker design abroad, I am still appalled by the quality of audio reproduction available in this country. The only room that was bearable was the Wharfdale one with those little award winning speakers. It's not that we don't have the technical competences here, but we lack the philosophy and passion to make good audio. There's probably also a blockage by some of the elitist "30+" fools some other posters mentioned. I noticed a few european and Japanese rooms, and only had to stand at the door to hear they hadn't even made an effort and had brought along very compromised set-ups.

Now back to healing my ears, ouch


edit: to add a plus note there were some very good cables at the show, but I feel sorry for consumers... the best they can do is buy a decent cable, stick it on a shelf, wait for some decent hifis (probably a looong time) and save their ears.
 

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cacophonix, did you not go into the UKD room with those stupendous Opera floorstanders powered up by that wonderful Unison Research amplifier?

That was the best hi-fi I've ever heard and I just can't imagine anything else getting closer to real live music.

What appealed about the Wharfedales in particular? I was bitterly disappointed with them.
 
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matthewpiano:cacophonix, did you not go into the UKD room with those stupendous Opera floorstanders powered up by that wonderful Unison Research amplifier?

That was the best hi-fi I've ever heard and I just can't imagine anything else getting closer to real live music.

What appealed about the Wharfedales in particular? I was bitterly disappointed with them.

Yes, I spoke to the UKD guy, but I'm a bit sickened that opera would have gone in for this. The philosophical stand point of "getting close" is nowhere near what you need to be in the business of sound REPRODUCTION. I think that with wharfdale, they're a big name and have a much wider range than most... so they could afford to get all the parts of the system right on the day. They also seemed very open with their designs (not as proud as others).

matthewpiano: I just noticed you work with sony, and for me they usually get a lot right. Probably for similar reasons to wharfedale - they're a broad ranging company. Unfortunately all I saw was one of their TVs sitting silently on a stand. I was focusing on hifi
 

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Living in Cornwall, a bit far to come and generally when the Bristol show is on I seem to be at work. Anyone any news on what the new Cyrus product launch was? It's not even updated on their website and surprisingly that they seem to have won numerous awards this year, no one has updated any details
 

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What do I think of the show?

Plus points:

Good advice about my future setup from the Sonos stand.

WHF demo suite - as I don't have a HD enabled av amp I have never heard the difference between 5.1 and HD audio. Stunning. So much so that I'm going to buy the Sony Bluray player with analogue outputs next. Brilliant stuff.

Still haven't bought those new speakers yet (probably the EB acoustics eb1's), but also had a good look at each of the speaker rooms. Checked out the Cyrus room first and noted they were using dynaudio 110's. For some reason, I wasn't really impressed with their setup on show. There was a lack of standmounts on display (all floorstanders and AV), but I did like the Roksan Kandys and the Monitor Audios and the proac floorstanders were impressive.

Negatives:

Choice of music being played. Jazz club was constantly in session. All acoustic with female vocals. All very test disky and bland. An old guy even offered up a test disk to the Cyrus boys and guess what, jazz club/woman singer....Everywhere I went the cd of choice seemed to be have a blue cover with a car wing mirror on it. Should have written the artist's name down to avoid it in the future. Does anybody actually listen to this music other than to show off their systems?

Too many turntables being used as a source - not my thing sorry...

Too much Av. Too much James Bond and Pixar's Cars on display

Very bland stands from all of the TV boys, particularly pioneer. Never saw the Sony stand as I was too AV'd out to wait in line for the next demo...Kef had a good setup, although one room was playing HD jazz again...

Waited around for a while twice at the Chord stand to buy some interconnects, but gave up. Two guys working there looked very helpful and were really busy, more staff next time chord...you missed out on a £200 sale from me.

Audio T organised the show well, but when I have been to other format shows you have been able to buy discontinued/surplus gear at a good price at the show. Only one room upstairs, with what looked like the Audio T sale rack from their Manchester shop. Surely the company have more on offer...

Overall

Brilliant day out - wife and kids call it dad's nerd day out. It looks like the list above has more negatives than positives but the positives far outweighted the negatives. Roll on next year.

Just say no to the jazz next time.
 
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I must admit it would have been nice to hear some music that I actually liked. I did take a couple of CD's along but its a bit rude to walk into a room where a dozen people are apparently enjoying their folk/jazz/acoustic/female lead on ballads stuff. I kept dropping back in to various rooms to see if they had quietened down so I could perhaps hear my kings of leon/lady gaga/guns and roses/eminem/beatles/elvis/bon jovi type stuff. Still I appreciate you cant put music on that everyone likes. It wet my appetite and gave me a very good idea of what the products sounded like. I suppose the next logical step would be to go to dealer with my CD's in hand.
 

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I agree totally with you barnsleydave. I'm becoming a bit of an addict to the WHF forums and when the Beatles remasters were released, there was a massive interest in them. I expected to hear them somewhere at the show.

Also if you go to the what I've been listening to this week thread, very little jazzy music to slit your wrists to is mentioned.

Probably the majority of active forum posters are sub 50.

Saw a lot of 30 the 40 somethings on Saturday, but also many (no doubt affluent) fleeced up seniors with their matching fleeced up wives (who tended to carry the monitor audio carrier bag brimming with the sales literature for everything on show on the day and also the big handbag with jazz club cd demo disks in).

Now I think about it seems to me that those "noisy" AV suites were set up for the youngsters (with children still at home), whilst the Hifi rooms were set up for the more affluent oldsters. At 44, I have a foot in both camps. I prefer the hifi side, but my siblings always want to watch a movie or play Beatles Rock Band (Which I incidently love).

I sat there at one demo thinkin to myself, should have brought in some sex pistols or the clash. Not favourites of mine, but the response would have been interesting.
 

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In the Curvi demo room we were asked to fill in a brief questionnaire about our thoughts on the speakers. They were playing some repetitive electronic stuff so I asked them to play something more dynamically challenging so that I could judge the speakers properly.

Some of the AV demo rooms were set too loud and I felt Onkyo did their new seperates (and the MA RX2s) no justice at all by setting them up as something of an after-thought in the same room as a very loud AV demo.
 

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Sad thing is, as the MA RX2's had some more guttsier music going through them, first impressions were that I thought that they were quite good and I would consider giving them an audition when I finally purchase my mission 751 replacements (the saga continues - expect another thread and another letter in the mag before I finally make the puchase...)

Hung around the Curvi room for a few minutes. Looked like they were well out of my price range. Thought the music made them sound a little lame, so I got my coat.....
 

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"Everywhere I went the cd of choice seemed to be have a blue cover with a car wing mirror on it. Should have written the artist's name down to avoid it in the future."

I'm curious now, what was the cd?

Somebody must own up to owning it out there
 

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Pete Shields:
Sad thing is, as the MA RX2's had some more guttsier music going through them, first impressions were that I thought that they were quite good and I would consider giving them an audition when I finally purchase my mission 751 replacements (the saga continues - expect another thread and another letter in the mag before I finally make the puchase...)

Hung around the Curvi room for a few minutes. Looked like they were well out of my price range. Thought the music made them sound a little lame, so I got my coat.....

They were peculiar, those Curvi speakers. Well out of my price range too, but interesting to listen to. At first they seemed to have a slightly nasal character to them tonally, but settling into an extract from Britten's 'War Requiem' showed them to be stunning at imaging, both left to right and front to back - probably a benefit of the point-source single driver approach. They were very revealing and I think you'd need a big room for them.

Never did find out how much they were but I reckon they cost serious money that I'd rather spend on those Focal floorstanders that sounded so good (IF I had that sort of money).
 

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Did Cyrus launch anything at the show. Couldn't see anything in the room. Problem is it all looks the same. Not so much of a problem when you need to upgrade without the wife knowing....
 

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Hi Pete,
Yes I was wondering what the new Cyrus equipment was myself. Google came up with this [edited by mods - house rules]

"Cyrus CDXT+ & DACX+ (£1,500 each)
Cyrus used the show to launch the first samples of its revised CDXT+ transport and DACX+ digital to analogue converter. The transport now has two mains transformers onboard which is said to make it equivalent to the regular CDXT and PSX-R power supply in one box. However, adding a PSX-R outboard supply to the + unit gives the servo control system its own supply. The DACX+ has a dedicated power supply for the re-clocking system. "

It's crazy that Cyrus still haven't updated their website front page with the info.

Mike
 
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Anonymous

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Thanks for the lovely comments on the 3005se system. The new wireless HTB2SE we were using was an absolute dream all weekend and attracted a lot of attention.
Interesting that someone commented about the Jazz discs being used in our big room on the XQ AV system. There are a couple of points I would like to make about that...

A) It is a fantastic Blu-ray demo disc (Legends of Jazz) which got many, many positive remarks throughout the weekend, but I agree not to everybody's taste (incl. me). It does, however get the point across of how musically diverse and capable the XQ system is.
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B) When we had a room full of people with standing room only we put on the Green Day live disc to really mix things up and the room emptied in about 15 seconds! What would that say to you, if you were me running the demos?
We did, however, refrain from ANY blockbuster Hollywood movies in that room and stuck to music demo material, leaving the crash bang WALLOP to our neighbours in the other KEF room :)

Hopefully our 'door open' approach left people happier after the negatives we received on this forum after Bristol. Your comments welcome.

Alex.
 

The_Lhc

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Alex Foxon:

Hopefully our 'door open' approach left people happier after the negatives we received on this forum after Bristol. Your comments welcome.

Alex.

Heh heh, that was me! I'll let you know after the next Bristol show!


I was only annoyed because I'm already a KEF owner and I was really hoping to hear to what I thought might be my next upgrade. I still haven't upgraded so there's hope yet!
 

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