When we visit a show we give out an award to the exhibitor that we think is the most deserving. This award is not for the best sound in the show (although that is an element of it) it is much more than that. We celebrate and exhibitor who has obviously taken a lot of care in setting up their system, making the room look and feel good and who treats the general public really well and makes them very welcome. Recent winners have included AVID Hifi at High End Munich 2016, Sound Fowndations at Bristol Sound and Vision 2016 and Dean Brissett for his Top 10 Album presentation at the North West Audio Show 2016.
Our winners for NAS 2016 are Hifi Hangar. These guys specialise in vintage, second hand and classic Hifi with a selection of new components also available. They have a shop with both modern and retro listening rooms in Bordon, Hampshire. Steve and Sarah Ansell had put together an excellent room at NAS 2016. They were in one of the smaller rooms, which can be a challenge, but they made their room funky and enjoyable. They obviously care passionately about the Hifi that they sell and this was evident in the sound that they achieved in there. They were very friendly and welcoming and they played an excellent mix of music…we were drawn in by some great electronic music and I have seen several mentions of their room being one of the best sounding in the show, on social media.
Steve Ansell was over the moon when we told him about the award, he says:
“We love doing Whittelbury, it’s always got a great vibe, we also get to play a wide variety of music, which is really what it’s all about for us. We decided to go with basically the same system as last year, as we strongly believe in the Eminent Technology LFT8b ribbons and the Acoustic imagery Atsah 500 class D amps as they work so well together. The more people that get to hear them, the better!! Also, at £4,100 for the speaker and amp combo, it’s incredible value for money… especially when you get 400w monos and 5ft speakers… it’s almost too cheap…We kept the front end super simple, using a basic passive pre and Squeezebox music server, coupled with a Beresford DAC, to really let the power amp and speakers show what they can do.
It means a huge amount to win this award, along with Sarah Ansell, Joint Director of the Hifi Hangar, Darren Hatcher, the importer of the speakers, and John Young and Hillary Russ from Acoustic Imagery who all worked very hard during the show, answering all the technical questions and generally coping with my stress levels!
Thank you so much!”
Hifi Hangar, Hifi Pig Loves You!
The Hifi Hangar NAS 2016 System:
Logitech Squeezebox v3 Classic
Hifi Hangar passive pre
Beresford Caimen DAC
Acoustic Imagery Atsah 500 class D monos
Eminent Technology LFT- 8B Hybrid Ribbon Speakers