roksponsmallWell November was a very busy month. Hifi Pig went to Poland for the first time to attend the amazing Warsaw Audio Video Show 2016 , we launched our new look Music section and we brought you all the latest Hifi news and Hifi reviews…check out what we covered below, just in case you missed anything!

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roksponsmallAlong with Bristol, the National Audio Show, which we covered extensively in 2016,  is amongst the longest running shows of its kind in the UK: and having spent 7 years in London then 7 years in Northamptonshire it’s now ready for another relocation. More »

The now famous Hifi Pig Loves You Award can be quite a tricky thing to actually choose. We thought it was difficult at Munich this year, but the Warsaw show was even harder to decide. The standard of the show was just incredible, the three venues each had a different feel and all the exhibitors had put a lot of effort into making it a spectacular success. One thing we definitely noticed was that all the non Polish brands that we know said that their Polish distributors worked very hard and were incredibly dedicated to promoting them in Poland. More »

Linette Smith takes a Bird’s Eye View of the recent Audio Visual Show in Warsaw.  More »

This is the first Warsaw that we at Hifi Pig have attended but we’re so happy we made the effort because it has been undoubtedly one of the best, if not THE best we’ve been to. The people of Warsaw have been wonderfully welcoming, the food and drink has been spectacularly good and the company we’ve enjoyed has been marvellous.

The show itself is over three venues, two hotels (The Radisson, The Golden Tulip) and also at the national stadium. The organisers have ensured that access to each is simple with a free coach service between the hotels and the stadium and turnout was colossal and very enthusiastic.

One of the things that really hit home was how diverse the make up of the crowds has been. This is not just middle aged men turning up and you have couples, families and lots of younger people which is really refreshing and great to see.

Thanks to everyone who stopped to say hello and a really big well done to the organisers of the show, particularly Adam Mokrzycki whose communication and advice has been absolutely spot on!

So without further ado here are our a few hundred photographs that we took at the Warsaw show. We hope you enjoy them! You’ll need to go right through to the end to find out who won our Hifi Pig Loves You award!

A couple of hundred or so photographs from this years Hifi Show at Windsor. Thanks to Boban Djurdjevic for the pics. More »

roksponsmallIf you’re attending The Hifi Show Live at the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor this weekend, make sure you drop by the room co-hosted by Luxman, the Japanese high-end audio manufacturer now in its 10th decade, and Danish loudspeaker maker DALI. More »

roksponsmallMola Mola’s Makua pre and Kaluga power amplifiers are personally introduced by their designer Bruno Putzeys at the show’s Lancaster 4 suite Hifi Show Live, Windsor, UK, 3pm Saturday 29th and 3pm Sunday 30th October 2016. More »

roksponsmallBryston will be exhibiting at this weekend’s TAVES Show in Canada. For the show, Bryston will be demonstrating the Model T active system featuring the new BAX-1 active crossover engineered specifically for the Model T loudspeakers. More »

The capital hasn’t had a proper Hifi show for a number of years and so Indulgence is a welcome addition to the audio calendar. Of course there were a few teething problems as there is always going to be when organising an event of this scope and scale, but, on the whole, we reckon it was a success.

The venue is good, well catered and the show organisers had ensured that signposting within the event was clear and plentiful, so there was no members of the audio public wandering around looking lost and perplexed as to where to go next. The show guide was also well laid out and nicely done.

What really impressed was the effort that the vast majority of the exhibitors had gone to in kitting out their rooms and exhibition spaces. They had clearly taken a great deal of time, money and trouble to ensure that rooms were as good sounding as they could be and they were also welcoming to the public. We attend a good few shows and the quality of the rooms at Indulgence was up with the very best!

There was an excellent line up of seminars throughout the weekend and live music too. Time constraints meant we didn’t see much of this live music, but what we did see was pretty amazing, particularly the pop up Marquee Club event on the Friday night – fabulously talented musicians and great classic rock tunes to boot!

The Indulgence Show was billed as a lifestyle event with a whole area given over to “Pure Pleasure”. Here visitors to the show had the opportunity to indulge in a spot of wine tasting, a look at a handful of rather nice vehicles, home cinema experiences, the chance to learn to play the blues in five minutes, excellent photography from Ross Halfin and some great drums and keyboards from Yamaha that you could get hands-on with. Personally I’d like to see this area of the show expanded upon to pull in people specifically for the “lifestyle” factor, but then take in the audio too.

The venue was huge and there were lots of rooms to see so it never seemed crowded, and, from speaking to a good number of exhibitors, the people that were there were keen to be involved and talk about the products on show. Talking to one of the organisers they said they’d pre-sold over 2000 tickets for the weekend and one exhibitor had 400, 600 and 300 people on each of the days respectively.

Next year we’ll make sure we have a full two days at The Indulgence Show as we simply did not have time to see all the exhibitors, specifically in the headroom area…so if you are going next year, book a two or three day pass to ensure you get to see everything!

So, all in all a very worthwhile event that will hopefully grow and flourish in the coming years!

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roksponsmallDue to the increasing demand for Hi-Res music, which requires more storage space, Innuos decided to launch a new version of the Zenith which they say is “ideal for Audiophiles who don’t want to compromise sound quality for larger storage”.
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roksponsmallNoble Audio, the Californian in-ear monitor manufacturer, will be showing its entire in-ear monitor range, principally designed by audiologist Dr. John Moulton AuD CCC-A, at headroom at The Indulgence Show (prices from £275-£1,350). Noble will be represented at headroom by its UK audiologist partner Gisele Flower of Aid2Hearing who in addition to retailing all models, provides ear impression-taking services for Noble’s custom models from her Harley Street consultancy. Gisele will be offering impression-taking services at the show, plus advice and support on the entire Noble Audio product range.
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roksponsmallLeema Acoustics is launching three new products at The Indulgence Show. Hand-made in Wales, the trio will include a production-ready version of the new Quasar streaming amp/DAC, plus the new Tucana II Anniversary Edition amplifier. Leema will also be launching a significant new product – more on that soon.
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roksponsmallThe world famous Marquee Club London, which helped launch the careers of artists including The Who; The Rolling Stones; The Small Faces; The Yardbirds; Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie, will be opening its doors again by presenting the Marquee Experience on Friday 14 October at The Indulgence Show (14-16 October 2016, Novotel Conference Centre, Hammersmith) at 7:30pm, bringing the iconic venue back to life for one night only.
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roksponsmallCanJam Global got in touch to let us know about their shows for 2017. Part One of their line-up features CanJams in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore.
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roksponsmallGary Langan, one of the world’s leading recording engineers, producers and musicians, will be sharing his insights into what it takes to make some of the biggest musical works ever released, including Bohemian Rhapsody, with live Q&A sessions at The Indulgence Show, the new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith from 14-16 October 2016.
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roksponsmallGIK Acoustics will display several items from their Alpha Series which they say ‘has changed the face of acoustic panels and bass traps by beautifully combining absorption with diffusion’. GIK Acoustics will be showing their new two-dimensional Alpha Series panels which will be available in Europe in the weeks ahead. The 2D option uses a sequence of columns and rows with variable spacing that provides horizontal and vertical scattering of sound. Both the one-dimensional and two-dimensional options start to diffuse at 1000Hz.
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roksponsmallRMAF, the Denver-based audio show held on 7-9 October, marks the largest-ever public showcase of MQA-ready products, supported by hundreds of MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) albums available to download. In addition to demonstrations from MQA-enabled products already on the market, showgoers can also witness further MQA-ready unveilings, including the Bluesound launch of the world’s first MQA-ready soundbar. The PULSE SOUNDBAR joins Bluesound’s family of MQA-ready wireless Pulse speakers and Node players, enabling wireless hi-resolution music streaming to any room in the home.
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roksponsmallVertere Acoustics reveals a star-studded line-up for The Indulgence Show 2016. The London event hosts the debut release from Vertere’s record label, featuring three new tracks from CAEZAR – the band fronted by two former members of The Silencers, who also wrote the tracks – the release was mastered by Miles Showell of Abbey Road Studios, using his innovative ½ speed cutting technique.
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roksponsmallMartin Dew, the ex-director of international sales and marketing at Lucasfilm THX, will be opening the gates to the Lucasfilm estate to provide visitors with a first-hand perspective of what goes on behind the silver screen during his live seminars. These will be taking place in the Epernay Suite at The Indulgence Show, the new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith from 14-16 October 2016.
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roksponsmallVisitors to CanJam Europe on Sept. 24th and 25th have picked their favourite products in six categories of the Best of Show Award. They had to choose between over 1,000 headphones, audio players, amps and accessories that more than 100 brands exhibited at the headphone show at the Congress Centrum West in Essen, Germany.
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roksponsmallCabasse distributor, Connected Distribution, will use The Indulgence Show to unveil the latest version of the Cabasse flagship loudspeakers, the £125,000 La Sphère.
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Janine Elliot (pictured below between Hifi Pig’s Stuart and Graham Audio’s Paul Graham) rounds up Hifi Pig’s coverage of this year’s National Audio Show. 

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MUTEC got in touch with us to let us know that they are exhibiting at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 which is running from the 7th to 9th of October this year, in Denver, Colorado.

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MUTEC will be presenting their audiophile products like the MC-3+ Smart Clock USB, alongside YourFinalSystem and Sonic Distribution, in Room 7010 of the Denver Marriott Tech Centre. You can meet MUTEC CEO, Christian Peters, and get an exclusive preview of their yet-to-be-announced, brand new high-end product that they are going to release before Christmas, More news on that as soon as we get it!

 

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PMC’s recently launched twenty5 series will be given its first UK hifi show outing when then entire range is presented to the public at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October.pmc1

First making an  appearance at the High End Show, Munich, in May 2016, the twenty5 series, so named to celebrate the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary, has been well received. New technologies onboard include the Laminar™ vent design and latest Advanced Transmission Line.

Visitors can visit PMC’s presentation in the Mouton Cadet Suite, second floor, and will be able to audition the full complement of twenty5 series models, from the smallest, the twenty5.21 to the three-way flagship model, the twenty5.26.

PMC will be partnering the twenty.5 series with the new Bryston Cubed Series power amplifiers, Bryston BDP2 digital player and the DSD compatible Bryston BDA-3 DAC.

Many other exhibitors will further enhance the company’s presence at the show, through their selection of PMC products for use with their own equipment:
Leema Acoustics will be using the twenty5.21 and fact.12s in the Talbot Suite to partner with its Constellation range and to help launch a new range of exciting products. In the Cremant Suite, Townshend Audio will be demonstrating its Seismic Platforms with the fact.8s and Vertere Acoustics is using the three- way MB2se with its range of turntables

The MB2 XBD-A (Active), as used at Metropolis Mastering, Abbey Road and many other studios around the globe, will provide the aural backdrop to an exclusive exhibition that features the photographs of Ross Halfin, the world’s leading rock music photographer in the Chalon Room.

 

See PMC at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October, Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

High-end hifi distributor Decent Audio has announced a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Raidho’s speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hifi Show Live in Windsor.

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The Raidho journey began with the invention of the Raidho ribbon tweeter – a unique sealed ribbon tweeter that employs an array of neodymium magnets to create an extremely powerful force field in which an ultra thin membrane is suspended. Its performance was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game, and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. Raidho addressed the problem, by envisaging their own midrange and bass drivers that would be anything but conventional. Sounds simple, but it wasn’t. They since carried on with the innovations, from their Ceramix drivers to their recent diamond-coated cones, both of which have necessitated a reinvention of production processes with technological support from the state-of-the-art Tribology Centre of the Danish Technological Institute. All of the drivers and components in a Raidho loudspeaker are designed and manufactured by Raidho Acoustics themselves and every speaker is built buy hand. Not a single modified off-the-shelf drive unit is used, only genuine clean-sheet audio engineering solutions.

 

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Hifi Pig Loves You award for this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. mfasponsor

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In the third of Stuart’s reports from this year’s National Audio Show in Whittlebury he visits Kerr and Smith, Music First Audio, Woof Audio, Graham Audio, Audio Note, Hifi Hangar and The Right Note and Vertex AQ

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PMC will be providing the music at an exclusive exhibition that features the photographs of Ross Halfin, the world’s leading rock music photographer, during The Indulgence Show in London on 14-16 October.

Using its studio reference loudspeakers, the MB2 XBD-A (Active), as used at Metropolis Mastering, Abbey Road and many other studios around the globe, PMC will provide the aural backdrop to the exhibition. Music from the legends of rock, whose images will be gracing the walls, will be played on a Bryston BDP2 digital player, connected to the BDA3 digital to analogue converter and a BP26 pre-amplifier.

Taking place in the 120m2 Chalon Room, part of the Champagne Suite on the main show level, the exhibition will feature many never-before-seen photographs by Ross, including those from his time on the road with Iron Maiden, Metallica, Def Leppard, Kiss, and Motley Crüe. Also featured will be photographs from his stints as tour photographer for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Who and many others.

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Ross will be in attendance for a period of time each day and will be presenting a talk about his life on the road with the world’s biggest rock acts. Keith Tonge, PMC’s creative director, says, “The number of major artists who have recorded, mixed or mastered classic albums using our MB2 XBD speakers and who have also been photographed by Ross Halfin is staggering. It is fitting therefore that PMC has been chosen as the company to provide the musical accompaniment to this major exhibition.” He continues, “We are looking forward to introducing the show visitors to the amazing sounds of the artists and bands as they look around the stunning collection of photographs.”

 

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Ian Ringstead gives us his views on this years National Audio Show at Whittlebury.

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Hifi Pig is delighted to announce that we will be at the inaugural Indulgence Show which takes place at the Novotel London West on the 14th -16th October and we will have a rather special prize to give away to one lucky visitor to the show.Indulgence_Show_logotrans-1-e1468426599916

The Indulgence Show is an exciting new lifestyle experience featuring the world’s best home and portable audio entertainment alongside a host of complementary luxury indulgences.

Hifi Pig will be there on Saturday and will be running a competition to win the fantastic Lab 12 pre1 Class A tube preamplifier worth over £1200.pre1_0

The Lab 12 pre1 offers five analogue inputs and two preamplifier outputs so you can easily drive a bi-amping system or a power amplifier and active subwoofer(s) with no problem. Input selection can be performed by the on face’s rotary switch or by the remote control.

All you have to do is pop along to the Hifi Pig stand in the media village, pick up a postcard, follow the instructions and wait to hear if you are the lucky winner of this great prize.

We look forward to seeing you at The Indulgence Show

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At Hifi Pig we know that readers don’t want to be kept waiting for reports and photographs from the Hifi shows we visit and so without further ado here is part 2 of Stuart’s show report, with his final report following tomorrow.national_audio_show_2016_roksan_2_online

In part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury we focus on Choice Hifi and Analog Domain, Roksan Audio, Henley Designs #1,  Henley Designs #2, The Audio Consultants & German Physics, Audio Emotion, Chasing The Dragon, CODE, Russ Andrews, Arendal Sound, Teddy Pardo, Fanthorpes.

Read the full report here.

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At Hifi Pig we know that readers don’t want to be kept waiting for reports and photographs from the Hifi shows we visit and so without further ado here is part 2 of Stuart’s show report, with his final report following tomorrow.

In part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the National Audio Show 2016 at Whittlebury we focus on Choice Hifi and Analog Domain, Roksan Audio, Henley Designs #1,  Henley Designs #2, The Audio Consultants & German Physics, Audio Emotion, Chasing The Dragon, CODE, Russ Andrews, Arendal Sound, Teddy Pardo, Fanthorpes.mfasponsor

 

 

 

 

 

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The first of many Hifi Pig show reports from this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. The first report from Whittlebury includes Vivid Audio, Sound Fowndations, Onkk and Vinyl House, Divine Audio, Zouch Audio, Wall Of Music, Xclusive AV, Concerto Audio and Analog Domain, Longdog Audio and Air Audio.national_audio_show_2016_ld_1_online
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The first of many Hifi Pig show reports from this year’s National Audio Show at Whittlebury. Vivid Audio, Sound Fowndations, Onkk and Vinyl House, Divine Audio, Zouch Audio, Wall Of Music, Xclusive AV, Concerto Audio and Analog Domain, Longdog Audio, Air Audio

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The flagship product of ONKK Limited UK, the Cue turntable fuses “ultra modern design, innovative engineering and contemporary aesthetics to deliver superlative, mastertape-like sound reproduction” says the company’s recent press release. We’ve been speaking with the guys at ONKK for some time now and whilst the turntable will make its debut at the National Audio Show this coming weekend, the company are not releasing photographs other than this we found on Twitter. onkk_turntable

This brand new direct-drive turntable employs high precision DSP speed control, a bespoke resonance-damped aluminium plinth, unique pistonic suspension system and a silent ceramic bearing.

Cue offers a choice of three speeds (33, 45 and 78RPM), which can be adjusted in 1/100 RPM steps, memorised and recalled at the touch of a button. This is done by a simple, intuitive and ergonomic user interface.

Meticulous attention has been paid to mechanical vibration isolation, with the specially designed mass-damped cast aluminium plinth and the previously mentioned pistonic suspension system providing immunity from external resonance.

The silent, wearless ceramic bearing is designed to last for generations. Its special material allows a minute contact point which  is said to significantly reduce drag and permits instantaneous motor response to changing load conditions. Speed fluctuations are sensed and adjusted in milliseconds.

Cue is handmade in the United Kingdom and comes with a five year parts guarantee.

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This year’s Art and Hifi show takes place at the four star NH Hotel in Lyon on the 15th and 16th October. salon-hifi-de-lyon-nh-hotel-octobre-2016

Brands include:

Amare Musica
Audio Research
Ayon
Bergmann Audio
B&W
Esoteric
Esprit Audio
Franc Audio
Hifi Man
Karan Acoustics
Métronome Technologie
Mola Mola
Mc Intosh
Nagra Audio
REL
Sonus Faber
Torus Power
Totem
Verity Audio
Wilson Audio
Wilson Benesch
Woodlink
YBA
Zesto Audio

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Download your free copy of Hifi Pig’s FREE 66 page special supplement for the last months North West Audio Show. There’s loads of reports from the show, photos and more…  More »

Stuart Smith rounds up the North West Audio Show 2016 with his final article from the show.  More »

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The dates, yes that’s right dates, for the 2017 edition of the North West Audio Show have been announced as the 24th and 25th of June 2017. cranage_front_2016_small

Having listened closely to feedback of both exhibitors and members of the public attending the show, organisers have decided to concentrate efforts on just the one venue (Cranage Hall) but to hold the event over two days.

This year’s show was a huge success and we’re sure that 2017 will be bigger, better and even more fun than this.

You can read about this years show here 

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David Robson has been reviewing for Hifi Pig for a while now and attended last year’s North West Audio Show. He gives us his thoughts on this years show. 
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Essential Install Live! South next week, the 6th and 7th July at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey is the show to go to if you are interested in high-quality audio visual equipment, Hi-Fi, home cinema and home automation. As well as product launches and demonstrations there will also be full home cinema demos and a competition where smart home installers compete against the clock to find faults in our the Essential Install Live! Integrator Challenge. Loads of free car parking and a rail station near by mean getting there is a doddle. Entry is free.

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Just some of the brands you can see include: Monitor Audio, HDL, Sky, Demopad, Blustream, Sonos, Triax, Atlantic Technology, Cabasse, Parasound, Pulse-Eight, Russound Lode Audio, ZeeVee, Arteor, Vantage, NuVo, Artcoustic, Basalte, Gira, Revox and Theben, SpeakerCraft, LG, Leviton, Dahua, Wyrestorm, Sonance, Ruckus, Vantage, Mode, Yamaha, JVC, Paradigm, Comelit, Just Add Power, KEF,Sanus, Gefen, Savant, Atlona, Amina, URC, Marantz and Loewe.

 

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Saturday 21st of May 2016 saw the seventh North East Bake Off (NEBO) up in the icy wastes of Co Durham (UK). The Chimneys Hotel in Blackhall proved to be an ideal venue for the day which began at 11am and ran until 11:30pm.NEBO7-300x248

As the early birds arrived one of the regulars speedily assembled a system so music could be enjoyed as others set up their systems and chatted about all things Hifi. Once the wink had been tipped, the chequered flag was lowered and the day was underway.

Read the full report of NEBO 7 here. 

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