Next year’s dates for the Bristol Show are Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th February 2019. The show is the UK’s largest consumer Hi-Fi and Home Cinema Exhibition and UK’s largest AV Industry Trade Show which is celebrating its 32nd Year in 2019.
The shows organisers have sent the following information about the show including the Clarity Alliance Awards.

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Tivoli Audio announces 2018 limited edition PAL color series. This spring/summer series consists of Anise Flower, Lucite Green, and Deep Ocean Teal. More »

The Nomadic Audio Speakase is a brand new Kickstarter campaign by Morel featuring a fully featured open baffle Bluetooth loudspeaker system but pop it into its dedicated carry-on suitcase and you have a fully fledged loudspeaker system. Price is dependent on the package you take but for the case and speaker expect to pay around $400 on Kickstarter More »

Kostas Metaxas is the creative powerhouse behind high-end brand Metaxas & Sins. As well as his wonderfully inventive “High-end audio sculptures”, he has an extensive collection of concert recordings from some of the top names in the music world. Not limiting his imagination to the audio world, Kostas also designs for some of the most well-known luxury brands in the world. More »

Hifi Pig review of the Audiovector SR3 Avantgarde loudspeakers costing £6500. More »

Hifi Pig review of the latest cable from innovative UK company Wire On Wire. This time it is their 660 speaker cable that has, to say the least, an interesting, and configurable, geometry. Contains a video of the owner of Wire On Wire explaining the concept behind his cables.  More »

David Blumestein take a listen to the iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Headphone Amp/DAC costing £199. More »

Leema Acoustics, based in Wales have launched an Anniversary edition of their well received Tucana II integrated amplifier. Hifi Pig takes a listen.  More »

John Scott pops along to The Caves in Edinburgh to see Paul Draper.  More »

Show report part 3 from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 featuring: Acoustic Energy, Creek and Epos, Michell, Elac, Mitchell and Johnson, Canton, Mission, Elipson, Tangent, Audioengine, REL, Bluesound, Nordost, Proac, XTZ, Totem, Q Acoustics, Monitor Audio, Roksan, Audio Note, focal, Naim, Dynaudio, Isotek, KEF, AKG, JBL, Schiit, Audio Quest, NuNu Distribution, Quadral, TAD, Ammonite Audio, Bowers and Wilkins and IAG and Quad.  More »

Hifi Pig’s second report from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 including Musical Fidelity, Chord Electronics, Cyrus, Hegel, Prism Sound, Decent Audio, eclipse, Kronos, Scansonic, Eclipse, Iso Acoustics, Astin Trew, Air Audio, Graham Audio, Sota Acoustics, Cary Audio. More »

Hifi Pig’s first report from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show 2018 including Chord Company, Origin Live, Von Gaylord, Leema, Ophidian, Timestep, Technics, PMC/AVM, Pro-Ject, Jamo, Klipsch, Unison research, Harbeth, Rega and Malvern Audio research.  More »

See the words New York, Drugs and Andy Warhol and you’re likely to come up with just one name, Lou Reed.

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Dale Jonathan Perkins “Voice Without Words Parts 1-3 (Ishikawa) review and interview.  More »

So You want to launch your own record label but don’t have the funds, don’t have the know how and frankly haven’t a clue where to start?  Hifi Pig has a chat with Serial Bowl Records, a label collective based in Sunderland in the North East of England to get the low down. More »

In the rush towards the new-fangled format of CD I, many moons ago, sold all my vinyl. At that time I owned a record shop and was DJing on the radio, at clubs and at parties pretty much fulltime and as such I was getting promotional records sent almost every day. As a result of this we had a room that was dedicated to my turntables and of course my records. There was a good few thousand and they were stacked in long rows against the wall with no particular filing system at all. Once I decided to move on from DJing and sold the record shop the logical thing to do, or so I thought at the time, was to sell all the records. Top tip, kids…DON’T DO IT!! As soon as I’d got the cheque I realised I’d done a very stupid thing and years later I would look on Hard To Find Records and more recently Discogs only to find any of the promos and 12” records I owned were now worth a small fortune – we’re talking being able to pop out and splurge on a relatively luxurious car, but I digress.

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I think I may well have just discovered my most favourite place in the world. Edit is a small bar/kitchen/diner based in Bristol, but what it lacks in overall size it makes up for by the bucketload in coolness and an unforced but incredibly hip attitude. More »

Based around Auralic’s Lightning DS Streaming Platform, which is one of the most intuitive and responsive software systems around for devices of this type, Polaris incorporates a wired/wireless streamer, a music server – via additional HDD/SSD, a DAC, a moving magnet phonostage, a preamplifier and a stereo power amplifier. Dan Worth tries out this £2875 box of tricks. More »

Integrating a subwoofer into a 2-Channel Hifi system is often far more difficult than adding one in a Home Cinema setup. Both require fine tuning in order to convey a cohesive response and unilateral load of the room, but in order to achieve the speed, poise and polish needed for convincing musical playback, the task of joining the lower frequencies of a subwoofer to the main speakers can be extremely frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding. Dan Worth integrates the £1000 REL T9i Subwoofer into his system. More »

Having been suitably warmed up by support act Bright Light Bright Light, whose synth pop torch songs from his album Choreography are enthusiastically received by tonight’s sell out audience, there is a tangible thrill of anticipation as the lights dim and Erasure take to the stage. More »

London Astrobeat Orchestra are bringing their spectacular live show to venues across the UK over the next few months.  Band leader and bassist Edd Bateman has brought together West Africa’s finest session musicians to form a group that fuses rhythmic influences from Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon and Congo with the music of legendary new wave pioneers Talking Heads.

The band put their dizzying spin on Talking Heads classics from albums such as Remain In Light, Speaking In Tongues and Fear Of Music to produce a simply unforgettable live experience.

As Hifi Pig’s John Scott said in his review of last year’s Edinburgh show , if London  Astrobeat Orchestra are playing within a hundred miles of you, just go.


Dates announced so far:


1 March – The Prince Of Wales, Brixton, London


2 March – Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport


15 and 16 March – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh


14 April – Colston Hall, Bristol


11 May – Colchester Arts Centre


22 June – Oran Mor, Glasgow

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