The 2020 Bristol Show was a great success for the brands we work with at Auden Distribution. Hegel had a room dedicated to demoing the differences between the H190, H390, and H590, and showing visitors just how much you can get out of a moderately priced pair of loudspeakers.
In the Auden Distribution room we showed a modest system in a friendly relatable setting. I have been asked many times about how to get improved sound from TV and movies without sacrificing music playback quality, but also from one system and without a room full of loudspeakers, the objective at this years event was to do just that.
We used Hegel H120 playing into a pair of Amphion Argon 1, which as usual sounded fabulous, set up on an inexpensive TV stand, a stand which also housed a Blu-ray player and a TV. Music was from a laptop running Roon and all fed digitally into the DAC in the Hegel amplifier. Using MusicWorks for power and isolation products, and Audiomica cables the system sounded excellent. I put this system together quite often and am always surprised how well it performs, the Bristol Show was no exception, in fact I lost count how many times I was asked if we were using a subwoofer.
Many visitors were not only impressed by the performance but also that it was possible without a dedicated audio rack, and often commented “it is just what I need at home”. Switching between music from the laptop, music via airplay, to live gigs on Blu-ray illustrated how versatile the Hegel/Amphion combo is.
It was pleasing that so many visitors understood what we were trying to achieve, and more than a few people left enlightened that it is possible to have superb performance for music and TV from one room friendly system.