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.
There are currently 167 brands confirmed as exhibiting at the 2015 show and no doubt there will be a few more by next February. HIFICRITIC has supported this show from its inception and it is the largest UK audio show running, despite the western location.
We enjoy meeting thousands of visitors and hearing about their systems. Please come and see us, and we are happy to advise on audio topics whenever we can. There will be special show offers from HIFICRITIC, strongly discounted back issues, introductory issues, and the current issue at a special price. In addition there will be an offer for new and lapsed subscribers.
Marriott City Centre Hotel Bristol Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD
Show Opening Times 20th - 22nd February 10:00am - 5:00pm
Windsor, 1 - 2 November 2014
Smaller than last year but convivial and relaxed, this weekend show somehow continues and was enjoyable. Most rooms were well attended, this partly reflecting the modest number of rooms. HFICRITIC sold many back numbers, saw many friends and subscribers and dished out advice where appropriate. Download the full show report.
20-21st September, Whittlebury
The 2014 National Audio Show is back and hificritic.com will be exhibiting with special subscription and back issues offers. Editorial staff will be on hand as usual to answer queries.
Hosted by Signals at Trinity Events Centre, Ipswich 29th 30th August 2014
Last year Signals celebrated their 20th anniversary with a summer bash. The Signals hi-fi show seemed to go down very well with visitors and exhibitors alike.
Now Back again Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August. Same weekend and venue as last year, The Trinity Events Centre in the Suffolk Show-ground. Unlimited parking and a lovely peaceful rural setting.
The plan is for the 2014 Audio Show East to be bigger and better. We have more rooms (an adjoining building is being added to the mix), more brands will be there and we hope to make this the not-to-be-missed Hi Fi event in the region.
After the 33rd HIGH END exhibition in a row, one thing is clear: Munich is unsurpassed as the world’s most important location for high-quality consumer electronics with this leading exhibition.
Here's our full report to download.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.