The Hi-Fi Show - Sunday 2nd March 2014
The Scalford Hall Hotel, Melton Mowbray


With excellent attendance figures, with a wider range of systems than ever before, and with some monumental custom-built equipment, the 2014 Hifi Wigwam show has already been widely hailed as a real triumph, immensely enjoyed by both exhibitors and guests.

The show is now an established event in the hi-fi calendar due to its unique format. The vast majority of rooms at the show (around 50 in total this year!) are hosted by enthusiasts, who bring their own systems, at their own expense, purely for the fun of it. For visitors, this is an unmatched opportunity to get to hear a vast range of systems and components, with a similarly vast range of sizes and costs.

And this year, the range was truly spectacular - from small standmount speakers to towering monsters and with sources ranging from notebook computers to incredibly large and complex turntables.

About the show

  • The show

    The Hifi Wigwam show started as a simple get together of enthusiasts in one place, with the sole purpose of listening to each other's systems. Since then, it has grown year on year and is now recognised as a very serious annual show. The basic format remains the same, but the number of rooms and variety of equipment is endless.

  • The forum

    The HiFi Wigwam forum has been around for many years and is one of the most lively, humorous, controversial and irreverent forums on the Internet today! Members have a seemingly infinite range of ages, occupations, backgrounds, other hobbies, and most of all, opinions.

    They may be different in many ways, but there is one thing all the forum members share: an abiding love of music and a desire to replay it to the highest possible standards. Some build their equipment from scratch; some modify it extensively; a few just measure it; and many simply buy it... but it is all of a standard that is absolutely outstanding.

  • The venue

    Located just a few miles from the picturesque Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, and with easy access, the Scalford Hall Hotel has been the show venue for a number of years. With attractive gardens and grounds, and ample parking it is ideal. The hotel has good facilities, including a decent restaurant and bar which will be open all day.

the raffle

In 2013, we very sadly lost a valued and greatly admired member of the forum. The show raffle has proved very popular in the past, and therefore this year, the entire proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Sue Ryder charity in fond memory of Roy Gilson.

The prizes this year were extremely generously donated by forum members and were spectacular: the first prize was a brand new, complete Acoustic Solid turntable with tone arm and cartridge, and with over 20 excellent prizes, ticket sales were brisk. At least one other forum member also held a charity sale in their room.

There are likely to be more donations, and some organisers who were not able to participate in the raffle also made individual donations. The final figures are yet to be confirmed and will be higher, but we are delighted to be able to say that so far, over £2000 has been raised.

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