Ah, Bristol. Famous for Banksy, Trip-hop, very strong cider and – most importantly for the team at Starscream – the Bristol Hi-Fi Show!

Back after a break of three years due to COVID, the UK’s largest and longest running showcase of all-things audio hit the ground running on 24th – 26th February.  Along with the thousands of punters, hundreds of brands, and numerous key members of international tech press, Starscream were itching to get back to tread the hallowed halls and, of course, have a listen to some of the incredible products on display!

Now in its 34th year, held at the Delta Hotels Marriott in the centre of the city, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show is a hugely important event in the audio calendar for both Starscream and the wider industry; not least of all as it’s an opportunity for us to meet personally with brands, consumers, and journalists.  With this year’s show featuring more than 150 exhibitors displaying everything from loudspeakers, amplifiers, streamers, turntables, headphones and much more, what else could music-lovers such as ourselves ask for?

With audio products galore on multiple floors, and with so many brands out in force, we spotted many highlights as we walked around: Yamaha impressed us with their new YH-5000SE over-ear balanced cans and Stereo Network Receiver, the R-N2000A. The latter adorned with beautiful level-meters, brass speaker terminals, an understated OLED display, and the ability to stream lossless audio from a host of services.  This was hi-fi kit that sounded as good as it looked!  Rega – with a show exclusive – showed off their upcoming (truly gorgeous) high-end Naia turntable; Fyne Audio debuted its range of Vintage loudspeakers (which were impressive in both size and sound!); and Linn were celebrating their 50th anniversary in style with demonstrations of their Selekt DSM Network Music Player and Selekt LP12 turntable.

On the first evening of the show, Starscream were invited to attend the annual What Hi-Fi? Industry Dinner (below) – hosted by new editor-in-chief, Alastair Stevenson – at AQUA restaurant  by the Bristol riverside, followed by a few drinks at the local BrewDog bar.  As the only PR company in attendance, it was great to be able to spend time socialising, discussing industry trends and enjoy some rather lovely grub with the team from What Hi-Fi? and those brands in attendance, including Dali, Chord Company, Vertere Acoustics, Exertis, Qobuz, and Cambridge Audio.

After three years away – aside from getting to listen to the numerous products on show – one of the things we realised we missed about Bristol was the ability to catch up with some old friends from the press whilst at the event.  Starscream met up with several journalists – including tech guru’s, Simon Lucas and Kob Monney – who joined us for a pit stop over lunch on one of the days.  Whilst giving our feet as well-earned break from walking around (and discussing what had piqued our respective interests from the show floor) we spoke about the latest product innovations from Starscream clients, SIVGA, Sendy, FiiO and Revival Audio.

We really enjoyed being back at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show – we’re looking forward to next year already!  As the show calendar begins to fill for the rest of the year, find out how to make the best of them check out our Top Convention Tips for Audio Brands to Win Trade Show Media Coverage.

Like some more information? Get in touch with us at hi@starscreamcommunications.com to find out how we can support you at your next show, drop by our London office or catch us at Axpona 2023.

Here’s some selected snaps from the show including the youngest ever attendee having a Focal demo!