The Hi Fi Show & AV Expo 2003 - A Resounding Success For Exhibitors!

The UK`s most important Home Theater & Hi Fi Event of the year was held recently at Le Meridien & Renaissance Hotels in London. Open to the public, the annual event was a showcase for the latest in new consumer electronics components.

London, England - Advance bookings for next year says it all: the Hi -Fi Show & AV Expo 2003 was a resounding success!!! By Sunday morning, show organiser Janet Belton had signed up Pioneer, Sony, Polk, REL, ProAc, Musical Fidelity and others for the 2004 Show who are eager to repeat the experience, most insisting on the same rooms! As John Bamford, Product Manager at Pioneer GB put it, `We had a tough decision to make, but our faith in this well -established event paid off with terrific public response.


John is no doubt glowing about the response to his company`s astounding new range of high -end plasma displays with digital inputs. Along with a range of award -winning universal DVD/SACD/DVD -A players, the Pioneer setting exemplified the marriage of high -end audio and home cinema.

Throughout the show, pure two -channel stereo nestled comfortably alongside multi -channel surround, with visitors having ample opportunity to audition the newest formats: DVD -Audio and SACD. Contrasting this were new turntables from Townshend, Roksan, Avid and others. With the 250 -plus brands spread over four floors in two venues, visitors were spoilt for choice with new speakers, DVD players, amplifiers, remote controllers, software, headphones - it was a home entertainment feast.

The Hi -Fi Show & AV Expo continues to function as an important source of information and contact for both trade and consumers as, Steve N Harris from BFA commented, `Attendance at this years BADA / BFA presentations and demonstrations was considerably higher than last year. It looks good for the season that so many consumers were interested in both high -end audio and video. The trade panel discussions were also well attended. Overall a very successful event.`

Well -attended, too, was the Hi -Fi News Industry Awards dinner, sponsored by Dolby, where 17 companies were honoured for their efforts.

THE HI -FI NEWS INDUSTRY AWARDS

BADA Award for Best Industry Technical Training Scheme
Meridian Audio Ltd

BADA Award for Best Industry Retailer Support Scheme
Naim Audio

BFA Award for Export Achievement
KEF Audio (UK)

Inside Hi -Fi & AV Company Representative of the Year
Paul Dall`occo, Sales Manager, KEF

Inside Hi -Fi & AV Retail Sales Person of the Year
Martin Twaites, Manager, Music Matters, Hatch End

Best New AV Source Technology
Pioneer `universal` DVD /SACD player range

Best Internet Audio Innovation
Apple iTunes Music Store

Most Innovative Audio/AV Distribution Product
Yamaha MusicCAST

Best New Loudspeaker Technology
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 5

Best New Amplifier Technology
Sony S -Master

Best AV Processor
Arcam AV8

Best New Analogue Component
Roksan Radius 5 turntable

Best Valve Amplifier Innovation
Audiopax Timbre Lock

Best Budget All -In -One System
Denon UD -M31 system

Best One -Brand Separates System
Quad 99 System/Quad 11L speakers

Most Stylish Complete System
Chord Choral

High -End Product of the Year
Wilson Audio System 7

We are now accepting bookings for next year's event, Hi -Fi Show & AV Expo 2004, which will take place on September 24 -26, 2004.

Please contact Janet Belton for further information on
0208 774 0847 or via email at: Janet_Belton@ipcmedia.com.

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