Longstanding AV show Bristol Sound & Vision, organised by Audio T, has reported strong attendances this year and positive feedback from exhibitors.
The show organisers commented: “As always the Show was buzzing, and everyone seemed pleased with our customary busy weekend and the very positive atmosphere. Visitors came from all over the UK and numbers were well up on Friday which was great. Overall we noticed younger customers and more couples and families, a demographic we have been trying very hard to attract.
“While Bristol is not quite Munich, the show attracts an increasing number of foreign visitors, both trade and press. Overseas visitors came from 21 countries this year: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, U.A.E and the USA.”
Clarity again held its Awards ceremony on Friday and this year Audio T was given the Honorary Fellowship in recognition of its contribution to the UK Hi-Fi Industry in putting the Show on each year and giving exhibitors a platform to show their wares to both UK and foreign visitors and trade.
The other winners included:
Best Sounding Hi-Fi Room – Astin Trew
Best Home Cinema Room – Karma AV
Best Presented Room – Quad
Best Innovation – Roon Nucleus
Overall Best of Show – Dynaudio
Honorary Fellowship – Audio T
Many exhibitors contacted Audio T to confirm the success of the showcase.
Luke Milnes of Wilson Benesch said: “We just wanted to thank you both and all the Audio T team for delivering yet another fine edition of ‘Sound & Vision’. We were delighted with the attendance throughout the show. Furthermore, we would like to echo the sentiments of many other industry professionals by reflecting that the audience was increasingly populated by new faces, younger faces and many with a serious interest in what we were presenting.”
Steve Rowland of Michell Engineering commented: “It was a jam-packed show for us, Friday being possibly the busiest day since I have been involved. There was a definite positive, upbeat feel with everyone on Sunday.”
Mike Picanza from Spendor Audio Systems said: “I just wanted to thank you on our behalf for delivering a great show. The attendance for Friday and Saturday was excellent, and even on Sunday, there was a steady stream over the day. Maybe being on the ‘British Loudspeaker corridor’ helped? And no question in my mind keeping all corridors free of clutter and additional signage worked far better, looked much more professional and made people use the Show Guide – which is the whole point.”
Anne Duhig-Reader of Nu Nu Distribution added: “Thank you for putting on such a great Show again this year. Both our rooms were consistently busy, we saw a lot of new faces and generated a great deal of interest that will keep us busy during March at least. Whatever you are doing don’t stop as it is obviously working. Looking forward to next year!”
The Bristol Sound & Vision show will be held from Friday February 22 to Sunday February 24 in 2019.