Crowds of familiar attendees turned up for NAS 2015, not so many to form large queues, but sufficient to keep most demonstration rooms and stands well occupied. The industry trade group Clarity appointed judges to rate the quality of exhibits and demonstrations and DCS scored first prize for the second year.
Thursday 10th September, 10:30 am
The Violin Factory, 35a Cornwall Road, South Bank,
Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ
With press launches all over the place this week UK, USA and Berlin our journos had trouble keeping up. I hit the Linn do at the Violin Factory, and found upwards of eight new offerings.
MD Gilad Tiefenbrun introduced the new style friendly speakers.
We had already experienced Linn’s active linear phase digital version of the B&W
Nautilus flagship and now we had the KEF Reference 5, the digital drive system design supported by production tolerance data from Jack Oclee-Brown, head of research at KEF. Linn showed how at some cost such a loudspeaker could be reversibly modified to bypass the passive crossover and be driven actively.
HIFICRITIC will be exhibiting at the National Audio Show 2015. Please come and see us. Meet the editors, get your recent missing back numbers at 30% discount, and even more discount for older issues. Ask for advice on Hi Fi equipment and systems. Let us know what you would like to see covered in future issues.
Six years ago Linn stopped making CD players, seeing the streamer as the music source of the future, nailing this by calling their streamers ‘DS players’. Now Linn have announced that their preamplifier production will cease. Their ongoing DSM line also includes preamp facilities, namely analogue inputs and volume control and thus the stand alone preamp at Linn is rendered redundant.
During the Sound & Vision Show held in Bristol on 20-22 February, The Clarity Alliance presented the third annual “Best of Show” awards, at which it announced the second recipient of its Honorary Fellowship award.
As one of its founding objectives, The Clarity Alliance pledged to recognise those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UK hi-fi industry. The second such award, following the Honorary Fellowship of John Dawson in 2014, was awarded to the well-respected journalist, editor and all round good guy, Paul Messenger.
Dolby European HQ, Soho Square, London
This luxury venue was booked for the annual Clarity Conference and AGM. Clarity is the UK Hi Fi dealer and manufacturer trade association tasked with publicising our industry, communicating with purchasers and improving training for better informed sales, install and customer backup.
Industry presentations were led by Venkat Venkateshwaran of Dolby explaining and showcasing the Dolby Atmos higher performance multi-speaker Home Theatre standard, at their in-house 36 JBL speaker (26 dedicated to the surround channels) 68 seat movie theatre installation, and very loud and impressive it was. Forget Blumlien and phase, this is precision intensity pan potting directed from a sound effects control surface. The translation to the home theatre scene was outlined, noting compatibility with existing 7.1 multi-channel arrangements, bar the additional decoder function to the extra height feeds for the overhead effects. Venkat explained the success of the new format with 900 cinemas now equipped worldwide and some 250 films produced. Home speaker makers are finding new solutions to delivering the new height and directional information.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.