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 »

Linette gives her perspective of this year’s North West Audio Show More »

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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Incredibly knowledgeable Dean Brissett was invited to present his Top Ten records of all time at this year’s North West Audio Show. The result was a highly entertaining presentation that included some really great snippets from some truly fabulous records, presented in a passionate and highly entertaining way.

At every show we visit we give the Hifi Pig Loves You award to the room or exhibitor we think captured the spirit of the show and entertained us the most. This year we chose not to give the award to an exhibitor but rather to Dean for his remarkable passion and knowledge that was clearly on show at this presentation. DEANCROPsmall

Read on to see and hear Dean’s selection.  More »

Regular Hifi Pig contributor Ian Ringstead picks out a few of his highlights from this year’s North West Audio Show.

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There will be more news and views from the North West Audio Show over the next couple of days culminating in a special e-magazine with loads of extra photos from the show. 

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Regular Hifi Pig contributor Ian Ringstead picks out a few of his highlights from this year’s North West Audio Show.  More »

Code Acoustics will be launching their brand new ‘SYSTEM-1’ at the North West Audio Show  – Sunday 26th June 2016, Cranage Hall AND Wychwood Park Cheshire.
. This consists of TOP-1 and BASS-1, which combine to create a high quality 3-way speaker, and CONTROL-1: A 6-channel amplifier, pre-amp and DSP crossover unit rolled into one box.Code-Acoustics-071
Just add a source of your choice (We’ll be displaying with the excellent Auralic Aries streamer) and you’ll have a highly competent and versatile system, available for a relatively modest £7k. Code-Acoustics-088
Code Acoustics are a British start-up firm, offering high end audio, at a reasonable price, by selling direct to the public. We combine high quality British craftsmanship, with the very latest technology and high quality components, to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within the ‘mid-price’ bracket.’
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Following the success of his talk about vinyl at last year’s show, Dean Brissett – record Guru – will be presenting his Top 10 records of all time at this year’s North West Audio Show taking place on the Sunday 26th June 2016 at Cranage Hall AND Wychwood Park Cheshire.


The presentation will take place in Baird 2 (Cranage Hall) at  2pm.

Definitely one not to miss.

Book your free tickets now! 

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Flamingo Audio have quite a line up for The North West Audio Show….take a look.

JK ACOUSTICS Reference CD Transport

The JK Reference is a high end CD Transport made in the Netherlands, priced just under £4K. It utilizes a Philips CDM12 Pro transport mechanism installed on a 15mm thick aluminium plate suspended on 4 massive legs

which form the chassis outer corners and is optimally decoupled by silicone rubbers of low resonance.

The power supply is a high quality stabilized unit and connections available are 1 xSPDIF (RCA) & 1xAES-EBU XLR).flam4



TULIP Hybrid Integrated Amplifier SRPP – 2x180W/8 Ohm – Built-in 24/192kHz Cirrus Logic & Burr-Brown DAC – VDF display by Noritake – Shunt Relay Volume Control by Takamishawa,

Mundorf M-CAP Supreme Silver/Gold/Oil and MLytic HC Caps used – Without caps & audio transformers in the signal path, or any type of feedback – 100% SRPP tube stage gain. Price £13,650.flam1


Zellaton is a specialist loudspeaker manufacturer using a unique diaphragm technology by Emil Podszus dating back to the 1930s: lightweight, torsionally stiff rigid-foam diaphragm with ideal unit pulse response.

They are painstankingly made in-house in Germany, from start to finish by a third-generation family member, Manuel Podszus. Each diaphragm takes several weeks to manufacture, in order to ensure optimum

cell structure integrity and maximum rigidity paired with minimal weight. The magnet systems are computer-optimized with a largely linear field along the entire height of the pole plate.

High temperature coils on titanium films are used to guarantee optimal unit pulse response. Every single driver is subjected to multiple control measurements and fine adjustments. Each frequency response

is logged and documented. Documentation of all drivers shipped guarantees years-long service. The crossovers are made with no compromise Dueland Coherent Audio components.

The cabinets are of very intricate design featuring proprietary, calibrated wooden materials with wall thicknesses up to 68mm. Handmade cabinet coating, painting and polishing process takes up to months –

to ensure a perfect finish. The Legacy is a 2-Way Reference Monitor System (on dedicated stands)which never fails to surprise with the very high level of performance is capable of delivering. Price £19,950.flam5


The THESEUS valve integrated amplifier is an exciting new model with many interesting features.

It is compatible with EL34, KT88/6550, KT120, KT150 valves and operates in Class A. Pentode, or Triode operation and normal, or Low Feedback can be selected by easily accessible toggle switches.

It provides 3xLine, MM, USB inputs and a transformer headphone output with high/low impedance selection. The volume is controlled by a  motorized blue Alps potensiometer.

Power output depending on the output valves chosen ranges from  2 x 10 – 22W. Price with EL34s is £1,480. During the Audioshow a limited number of Theseus amps will be offered at a very special price!flam6

Book your tickets now. 

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The North West Audio Show takes place on the Sunday 26th June 2016, Cranage Hall AND Wychwood Park Cheshire. Tickets are free and you can claim yours here . 

Free entry, free parking, a day surrounded by the best in audio and all in the beautiful settings of Cranage Hall and Wychwood Park, Cheshire. They’ll also be laying on a FREE shuttle bus between the venues. 9.30 til 7pm. Hifi Pig is the official and only media partner for this great event and will be there to bring you all the news and will be having a bit of a surprise event in the bar at Cranage Hall at noon. Be there…it’ll be flipping ace!

Midland Audio Exchange will have the following in their room at this year’s North West Audio Show:2

Audio Research


Constellation audio

Tech das


Transparent Audio

Metronome Technologies

ReQuest Audio


Emm Labs

Their main system will include the following, all of which are making their UK debut:

1st uk show unveiling Magico S5 mII £39k

1st uk unveiling of Emm lab DA2 £25k DAC!

1st uk unveiling of Fuuga MC cartridge £7.5k

They also suggest there will be more surprises to be announced on the day.

iQ Speakers and Nord Amplifiers at North West Audio Show.

Nord Hypex NCore NC500 amps will be on show at the North West Audio Show and the importers urge visitors to come and hear why USA Audio Shark members are replacing expensive high end amps with their (from) £999 Nord Hypex amplifiers complete with discrete Voltage regulators and Op Amps.b58b715c-5c5f-45ce-95c2-76b8c54f76ef

They also build beautiful IPL Acoustic Speakers and have the Norwegian Abrahamsen Audio range in the UK.

Soundkaos will present their latest speaker LIBéRATION at the North West Audio Show.LIB_shop_4

After launching it at this year Munich High End show in May it will be the first outing in the UK. “Libération eliminates the box and with it, box colourations, port issues, nonlinear pressurisation of the drivers and attempts at choking half the speaker’s output with internal damping materials. LIB_shop_5

Unlike many other open baffles, Libération also eliminates the messy derriere by covering both front and rear in attractive phosphor-bronze mesh covers. The driver array combines two bespoke 8-inch Enviée widebanders with a Raal ribbon super tweeter and a massive 15” woofer to add scale and spatiality with real authority.”

The very latest audiophile quality mains power lead from IsoTek Systems will launch at the Audio Show Cranage Hall in the MCRU room.
The EVO3 Initium features OFC conductors and is factory terminated with copper mains plugs and IEC, 1.5 metres long and already positively reviewed by HiFi+ magazine who have now adopted the Initium as their standard power cable.
Kralk Audio, headed up by Alan Clark and based in West Yorkshire, will have on display at the show (in the Faraday Room) their new updated Kralk Audio DTLPS-1 Elite speakers, BC-30 Black Cats, and the BC-30-3.


Amplification will be by Yaqin in the form of the MS-845 Mono blocks.krqlk2

The Turntable will be the Classic Turntable Company’s CTC-301 with SME arm


Sound Damped Steel has launched a new brand to its portfolio which is dedicated to enhancing the hifi experience.  The hifi enhancing products will be distributed under the Soundeck brand.Soundeckwithfeet

The Isoplatmat is now coated with a vinyl finish which is washable, it is available in black or silver. Vinyl is very sympathetic to the record surface so it isn’t necessary to use a soft mat as an interface with the record. They are now called Soundeck DP295 or DP285 (sp12 etc.) for platters with a perimeter lip.

Isofeet are now called Soundeck DF they are black 75mm rectangles or disks.

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Superfi in Stockport are using the North West Audio Show 2016 to highlight the differences between sources. In three separate rooms they will be using identical systems but using different source components. PJ-Phono-RPM5Carbon-Red

The core system will be an Arcam SR250 along with KEF R700s. The unique difference in each room will be that in one room there will be the UDP 411 Streamer, in another the CDS27 CD player and in the final the RP>M3 turntable. 

This is a great opportunity for visitors to the North West Audio Show to discover the difference the source can make to a system.

Get your free tickets here

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The North West Audio Show is now in its third year and has proved itself to be a must for anyone interested in quality home audio and music.


This year the North West Audio Show takes place on Sunday 26th June over two fantastic venues, Cranage Hall and Wychwood Park. Both venues have been chosen for their wonderful facilities, ease of access and free parking. Wychwood_f_d_04


Unlike most other audio shows, the North West Audio Show does not charge visitors an entry fee to either venue and we’ve even gone as far as to provide a shuttle bus service between the two hotels so people attending the show need not miss any of the fabulous audio gear on demonstration. 


As well as high-end audio there’ll be plenty to suit all budgets at this years show, so whether you are just starting out on your audio journey, or are a seasoned audiophile, this is the show for you.


Visitors to this year’s North West Audio Show will have the opportunity to download a free app to their mobile device that will help them navigate the show and enable them to access special offers and deals on the day.


Of course the main attraction to this kind of show is the kit, but there’s much more to see and do at North West Audio Show with live music and special attractions on the day.

Hifi Pig are the exclusive media partner for this great event and will of course be there on the day.


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Following the success of the 2015 North West Audio Show we are pleased to announce The Show will be held over two great venues in 2016 – Hifi Pig is the official and exclusive media partner for this show.

The venues will be Wychwood Hall and Cranage Hall and once again the organisers have strived to keep everything free for visitors. This means FREE PARKING, FREE ENTRY and even a FREE SHUTTLE BUS between the two venues which will run hourly.

Visitors to last year’s show will know how great a venue Cranage Hall is but for those that don’t it is a superb hotel and conference venue, hidden away in 20 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens in the heart of Cheshire’s stunning countryside.

The hotel effortlessly combines a modern conference centre, training and events venue with an idyllic location for a wedding, family break or weekend away in Cheshire.CranageExteriorIG_1SML-2000x629

Wychwood Park offers light and airy accommodation with a vibrant atmosphere, all packaged in contemporary style.

The Park is surrounded by a beautiful PGA European-tour standard golf course with wonderful views of the undulating Cheshire countryside, enough to keep even the most traditional golfer beaming with pleasure. Wychwood Park is a short distance from junction 16 of the M6 and has fast rail links to Manchester, Birmingham and London.ZYCH1

Make a date for your diary now and book your FREE ticket  for 9.30am until 7pm  at Wychwood Hall & Cranage Hall on Sunday 26th June 2016.


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The 2016 edition of the North West Audio Show will be on Sunday 26th June, at Cranage Hall, Cheshire. The 2014 and 2015 events were a huge success and have immediately become a ashow2016must attend on the audio calendar.
2016 promises to bigger and better with more exhibitors in more rooms, but still free to enter and with loads of free parking.
Hifi Pig are once again extremely proud to be the exclusive media partner for this event.
You can register for your free tickets at this link.

You can read all about last years show in this free to download e magazine.


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