During the Sound & Vision Show held in Bristol February 20 to 22, The Clarity Alliance presented its third annual ‘Best of Show’ awards and announced the second recipient of its Honorary Fellowship award.
The Clarity Alliance pledged to recognise those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UK hi-fi industry as one of its founding objectives. Following the Hon. Fellowship of John Dawson in 2014, this year the award went to journalist and editor Paul Messenger.
Clarity chairman Laurence Armstrong said: “We’ve all known Paul for many years and his smiling face and permanently happy demeanour are as much part of the UK hi-fi industry as any manufacturer or product. The board of directors of Clarity felt that in choosing Paul to be the recipient of this year’s Honorary Fellowship, they were recognising, on behalf of the whole industry, the tremendous contribution Paul has made to the promotion of UK hi-fi at home and across the world. His untiring efforts to promote better standards of journalism and impartiality in the UK media make this award very much deserved.”
Clarity also awarded prizes in its ‘Best of Show’ awards to five companies whose efforts in putting on the best displays and demonstrations were considered to be exceptional by the panel of judges that visited every room at the show. Awards went to Henley Designs for ‘Best Sounding Hi-Fi Room’, Yamaha for ‘Best Home Cinema Room’, Dynaudio for ‘Best Presented Room’, Entotem for ‘Most Innovative Room’ and Hi-Fi Racks for ‘Best Stand in Open Areas’.
Clarity also reported that the show enjoyed an increase in manufacturer presence and public attendance; brands on show were up year-on-year from 178 to 197 and visitor numbers were 7% up on 2014.