THE 2016 SOUND+IMAGE AWARDS
 
The 2016 Sound+Image Awards were announced at our Presentation Dinner on November 25th at the Grace hotel in Sydney. Our great thanks to all who attended to collect their Awards, which are celebrated in full detail in our Special Awards Issue on sale now (digital issue available on Zinio here, also through the Apple App Store and Googleplay).
 
Our congratulation to all the winners on a fine year of audio and AV equipment, bringing music and movies to our homes in the highest quality at every price level. Thanks also to our Platinum Partner for the evening, The Chester Group, organisers of the Hi-FI > AV Show 2016 to be held in Melbourne from October 21-23rd 2016
 
Sound+Image Awards
 
Meanwhile, below is the full Winners List for the 2016 Sound+Image Awards...
 
 
STEREO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
Cambridge Audio CXA80
Highly Commended: Marantz PM6005 
 
STEREO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR $2000-$10,000
Hegel H160
 
STEREO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $10,000  
Gryphon Diablo 300
 
PRE/POWER AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $20,000  
NAD M12 / M22
 
PRE/POWER AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $20,000  
McIntosh C2500 / MC452 
 
INCAR AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000 
Alpine PDX-F6GC 
Highly Commended: 
DB Drive A8-2000.5 
Rockford Fosgate Power T400X4AD
 
INCAR AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $1000
Audison Prima AP4.9 bit
Highly Commended: Mosconi Gladen Zero 3
 
 
 
NETWORK MUSIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denon DNP-730AE 
Highly Commended: Cambridge Audio CXN
 
TURNTABLE OF THE YEAR UNDER $3000 
Thorens TD 203 
 
TURNTABLE OF THE YEAR OVER $3000 
Avid Sequel S
 
CD PLAYER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
NAD C 546BEE 
Highly Commended: Marantz CD6005
 
CD PLAYER OF THE YEAR OVER $2000
Gold Note CD 1000 
 
DAC OF THE YEAR
Chord Hugo TT DAC 
Highly Commended: Benchmark DAC2 HGC
 
BLU-RAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Panasonic DMP-BDT460 
 
BLU-RAY RECORDER OF THE YEAR
Panasonic DMR-BWT955GL 
 
PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER OF THE YEAR (two tuner)
Humax 2tune HDR-3000T 
Highly Commended: Topfield TRF-5310
 
PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER OF THE YEAR (quad tuner)
Beyonwiz T4 
 
 
INCAR SINGLE-DIN HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR
Sony MEX-XB100BT 
Highly Commended:
Fusion CA-CD850 
Pioneer DEH-X8700DAB
 
INCAR MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
Alpine iLX-007E 
Highly Commended:
Clarion VX506AU
Sony XAV68BT
 
INCAR MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR $1000-$1500
Blaupunkt Capetown 940 
Highly Commended:
Clarion NX606AU 
Pioneer AVH-X8750BT
 
INCAR MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR OVER $1500
Pioneer AVIC-F70DAB 
Highly Commended: Alpine X009E-U
 
 
LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
Triangle Elara LN05 
Highly Commended: 
Q Acoustics Concept 40 
Richter Wizard V
 
LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $2000-$10,000
GoldenEar Technology Triton One Towers 
 
LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $10,000-$20,000
Focal Sopra N°2 
 
LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR OVER $20,000 
Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 
Highly Commended: 
KEF Reference 3
Vivid Audio GIYA G4 
 
SMALL SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR
Axis VoiceBox S 
Highly Commended: 
Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2 
Marten Heritage Duke 2
 
ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR
Dynaudio Focus 600 XD 
 
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
Sumiko S.5 
 
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR $1000-$3000
Velodyne SPL-1200 Ultra 
 
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR OVER $3000 
Bowers & Wilkins DB1 
 
WIRELESS SPEAKER OF THE YEAR 
Definitive Technology W9 
Highly Commended: Naim Mu-so
 
PORTABLE SPEAKER OF THE YEAR
Joint Winners: 
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II
Denon Envaya DSB-200
 
 
INCAR SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
DB Drive Euphoria ES9 6C 
Highly Commended: 
Fusion EN-CM652
Polk Audio DXi 6501
 
INCAR SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR OVER $1000
Hertz MLK 1650.3 Legend 
 
INCAR SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR - SQ
Focal P20F 
Highly Commended: 
DB Drive EW9 12D4 
MTX 9512-22 
 
INCAR SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR - SPL
Orion HCCA 122 
Highly Commended: 
Rockford Fosgate T1D212 
 
ENCLOSURED INCAR SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
Vibe Audio CVENC8-V4  
Highly Commended: 
Digital Designs LE-M08 
Rockford Fosgate PS8 
 
 
HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR UNDER $500
Sennheiser HD 471 
 
HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR OVER $500
Definitive Technology Symphony 1 
 
BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless  
Highly Commended: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless 
 
NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR
Bose QuietComfort 25 
 
SPECIAL HEADPHONE AWARD
Sennheiser RS 175 / RS 185  
 
 
SYSTEM SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
Musical Fidelity Merlin 
 
STANDALONE SYSTEM SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
Bush Heritage II Connect 
 
 
 
TELEVISION OF THE YEAR UNDER $4000   
TCL U55H8800CDS
 
TELEVISION OF THE YEAR OVER $4000
LG Electronics 55EG960T 
Highly Commended: Panasonic TH-65CX800A 
 
SOUNDBAR OF THE YEAR UNDER $800
Cambridge Audio TV5 
 
SOUNDBAR OF THE YEAR $800-$1500
Yamaha YSP-1600 
 
SOUNDBAR OF THE YEAR OVER $1500
Focal Dimension with Dimension Sub 
 
 
 
 AV PROJECTOR OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000   
Epson EH-TW5300
 
AV PROJECTOR OF THE YEAR $2000-$5000  
BenQ W2000
 
AV PROJECTOR OF THE YEAR OVER $5000  
Sony VPL-VW520ES 
Highly Commended: Epson EH-LS10000
 
AV RECEIVER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
Marantz NR1606 
Highly Commended: Denon AVR-X3200WA
 
AV RECEIVER OF THE YEAR OVER $2000
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 
Highly Commended: Denon AVR-7200W
 
MULTICHANNEL AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR
Parasound ZoneMaster Model 1250 
 
SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR UNDER $5000
Richter Legend Series V (Wizard/Griffin/Merlin/Thor)
Highly Commended: Q Acoustics 3050 package 
 
SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR OVER $5000
Bowers & Wilkins CM9 Theatre S2 
 
CUSTOM INSTALLATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Krix Series SX 
 
HOME CINEMA INSTALLATION OF THE YEAR
Instinct Electrical / Wavetrain Cinemas
 

MULTIROOM SYSTEM OF THE YEAR   
Yamaha MusicCast

MULTIROOM SOUNDBAR OF THE YEAR
Yamaha YSP-1600 

Highly Commended:
HEOS HomeCinema
LG LAS950M

MULTIROOM PORTABLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
HEOS 1 with Go Pack 

MULTIROOM COMPONENT OF THE YEAR
Yamaha NX-N500 STUDIO 

 

MOST DOWNLOADED
1: TCL U55E5691FDS 

2: B&W 685 S2 loudspeakers
3: Beyonwiz T3 PVR
4: Yamaha YSP-2500 Digital Sound Projector
5: Humax HMS-1000T 4tune PVR

 

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
OpenLIVE MasterBuilder 

 

 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jacki Pugh 

For last year's (2015) Award winners, and lists of Award winners for the previous eight years, please follow the links here.

 

 

 

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