Along with audio clinics, hosted by show organiser, the Chester Group, this year’s event featured demonstrations by renowned recording engineer Tony Faulkner, who treated attendees to hi-def examples of his latest work. Highlighting the fact that this remains a show for enthusiasts, Keith Monks was also on hand to give vinyl owners the opportunity to have their favourite record professionally cleaned.
There were a number of highlights at the first show under the new banner, one of which was a world first as Roksan unveiled the latest additions to its Kandy range, the Kandy K2 AV integrated amplifier and matching CD-player. Designed to offer audio bliss at a low cost, both sport a distinctive new look, come with an LCD screen remote and carry a price tag of £750. Also presenting a new integrated amp was AstinTrew with the AT2000. Priced at £1295, features include CAT5 connections for multi-room installation and a Never Connected V2 power supply for the pre-amplifier.
Amongst a number of turntables on show was the Lumley Heliosphere, which is distributed in the UK by Metropolis Music and features two motors, an optional outboard power supply and a 75mm thick acrylic platter, all for £2750. Also part of Metropolis Music’s portfolio, YG Acoustics showcased the aluminium-encased Anat Reference loudspeaker system. Designed wholly by computer, the system comes in three sections: a mid/treble box that sits atop a bass box, and an optional case that sits under the speaker for bass amplification.
Turning to UK manufacturers, Sussex-based Proteus garnered attention with its superb hand-built, all-valve Diamond integrated amplifier. The first to utilise the ‘TechTube’, this stainless steel amp boasts Art Deco styling and point-to-point wiring throughout.
For further information contact: http://www.chestergroup.org