Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020: a coolest things we saw


Into a 33rd year and a Bristol Hi-Fi Show is still abounding with a horde of new products and announcements during a march of this year’s show.

By a time we examination this, a UK’s biggest hi-fi uncover will be circuitous down and exhibitors will be make-up adult for another year. The weekend saw a series of new product launches, including Audio-Technica with a ATH-AWKT/ATH-AWAS headphones, Chord Electronics 2go pennon and Rega with their new System One hi-fi- system.

Plus, French song streaming use Qobuz suggested a skeleton for a destiny during a uncover as it looks to enhance a audience.

From a affordable to eye-wateringly expensive, here are some of a highlights that held a eye during a Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020.

Focal Chora 826-D – Dolby Atmos floorstanders

Formally announced during CES 2020, a 826-D’s Atmos speakers have been integrated into a unit, that glow upwards during a roof during an angle to emanate tallness channels.

Playing a few Dolby demos and Mad Max: Fury Road, a clarity of tallness was benefaction with sleet and rumble adult above, while a complement didn’t scrimp on energy and charge either, as Fury Road delivered a formally rough performance. They’re labelled during £1,699 a span and good value an try-out for home cinema fans.

Rega System One

Up on a second building of a Marriott, Rega was demonstrating a new System One.

Designed to be elementary to set-up, a System One is done adult of a Planar 1 turntable, io amplifier and Kyte loudspeaker. It sidesteps digital and streaming for an analogue vinyl-centred system, and a opening we listened was flattering well-spoken and refined.

The Rega System One is due to go on sale shortly for £999.

Elipson W35

French orator code Elipson were in attendance, rising a W35 speakers and Legacy 3230 flagship floorstanders.

The extensive looking 3230 speakers looked large and sounded great, and we’d adore to have in a home if we could means them (or find space). Also in assemblage were a W35 round speakers. Worth £799, a 350W multi-room orator can work on a possess or as a pair, and delivered an considerable stereo performance, plain drum and a atmospheric sound.

The W35 supports Wi-Fi, aptX Bluetooth, Alexa voice control, song streaming services (Spotify, Tidal), and can also be connected to a TV or games console around a analogue or digital visual connection.

ProAC K1

Last year ProAC came to Bristol armed with a Response D2R and K6 Signature speakers. This year it brought a K1 and K10 speakers.

We got a peek during a K1, with a 2-way standmount pattern featuring a 6.5inch Kevlar coned mid-bass motorist and classical badge tweeter. In a design we can see a dedicated stands (available separately) that have been designed to work with a K1 speakers. Like ProAC’s other speakers, a genuine timber finish looks positively spectacular.


Upon initial peek a L82 speakers make a L100 Classic demeanour positively huge.

While they’re no timorous violets themselves, a L82 Classic demeanour only as good as their bigger siblings, yet are done for smaller spaces. The L82 Classic was one of a nicer-looking speakers we saw during a show, with a Quadrex froth grille accessible in a choice of 3 colours (black, orange and blue).

While we didn’t get a possibility to hear them, we design they’ll have a same characteristics as a incomparable L100 in a some-more compress form.

Audio-Technica ATH-AWKT/ATH-AWAS

The ATH-AWKT (Kokutan) and ATH-AWAS (Asada Zakura) were both on arrangement from a Japanese audio brand, and both looked utterly spectacular.

Made out of hardwood – we spent a brief time with a ATH-AWKT listening to a bit of Jack White, and a audio was impressively clear, purify and neutral, with fact dug adult and copiousness of space afforded to vocals and instruments. They were also really gentle and light to wear.

At £1699, they’re a span of headphone with a audiophile in mind.

Chord Electronics 2go

Chord Electronics denounced a 2go song pennon (£995), that carries a signature Chord demeanour and can close on to a 2yu audio interface or Hugo 2 DAC to supplement a streaming member to an existent system.

Despite a compress size, a 2go has room for Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz), Ethernet; Bluetooth (A2DP) and dual MicroSD cards (up to 4TB). Audio is playback upheld adult to 768kHz and DSD 64 to 256.

The 2go can be tranquil by DLNA, AirPlay and Roon, as good as play song from Tidal and Qobuz around a GoFigure app. The 2go is serve explanation that large things can come in tiny packages, yet during £995 it’s utterly pricey.

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