The Awards celebrate excellence in the consumer audio-visual industry, with more than 80 awards presented in categories including bigscreen TVs, high-end stereo hi-fi, headphones, wireless speakers and mobile entertainment.
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Marantz audio guru Ken Ishiwata (pictured right), while a special Award For Innovation was won by Foxtel for its Olympics iPad App, made available to subscribers during the London Games.
Other major winners included Denon, Marantz and Yamaha in the AV receiver categories, B&W for the $19,000 ‘802 Diamond’ loudspeaker, and Pioneer, which won three major awards for Incar audio.
Australian winners included South Australian speaker company Krix, and Victoria-based Kyron Audio.
The event was hosted by Jez Ford, Editor of Sound+Image magazine, at the prestigious Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and was timed to coincide with the successful Australian Audio & AV Show, where three floors of the Sheraton were emptied of furniture for the weekend to make space for 70+ rooms of sensational hi-fi and AV demonstrations, including many systems valued upwards of $200,000.
“It was an amazing weekend of music,” says Jez Ford, “and we continued the theme for our Awards night, including a magical performance by Sydney/Kiev-trained mandolin maestro Stephen Lalor with Ukraine-born cellist Anatoli Torjinski. They were superb — had the whole room on its feet.”
The complete list of Award-winners has been made available online at www.avhub.com.au
(full link below), and all the winners will be celebrated in a Special Awards Issue of Sound+Image magazine in print and digital editions, publishing at the end of November.