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altThe Sound+Image Awards celebrated their 25th year on Saturday 19 October by NextMedia before an audience of Australian and international guests.

The Awards recognise excellence in the consumer audio-visual industry, with more than 90 awards presented in 43 categories including bigscreen TVs, high-end stereo hi-fi, headphones, wireless speakers and mobile entertainment.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stephen Lee of Audio Trends for a lifetime of enthusiastic and successful work in audio retail and through the Australian Hi-Fi Association and StarAV, while a special Judges’ Choice was won by Avation for the remarkable Vivid Audio GIYA G3 speaker.

Other major winners included Australian company Krix in the Stereo Loudspeaker category, Denon, Pioneer and Yamaha in the AV receiver categories, custom installers Len Wallis Audio and OzHiFi for home cinema and stereo installations respectively, and opther major awards for Sony, Bose, Humax Australia, Marantz, Jamo, Naim Audio and Kaleidescape.

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The event was hosted by Jez Ford, Editor of Sound+Image magazine, at the remarkable venue of Bobby McGee’s in Melbourne (supported by Rydges Hotel), with the evening’s Gold Sponsors being The Chester Group, organisers of the successful Australian Audio & AV Show, where rooms across three floors of the prestigious Intercontinental Rialto were emptied of furniture for the weekend to make space for sensational hi-fi and AV demonstrations, including many systems valued upwards of $200,000.

“The Show is a unique chance to hear the kind of exclusive hi-fi that only a lucky few can enjoy at home, while also hearing the latest audio and AV tech at all prices,” says Jez Ford. “As NextMedia is media partnersfor the Show, we time our big Awards night to take place on the Saturday night.”

The complete details of Award-winners will be celebrated in a Special Awards Issue of Sound+Image magazine in print and tablet editions, publishing at the end of November.

And the 2014 winners are...

Stereo Categories

STEREO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $5000
Creek Evolution 50A

Highly Commended
- Unison Research Simply Italy

STEREO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $5000
Yamaha A-S3000

Highly Commended
- Bryston B135 SST2

STEREO SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
Krix Phoenix mk2

Highly Commended
- GoldenEar Technology Aon 3
- Xavian Bonbonus

STEREO SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $2000-$10,000
Sony SS-NA2ES

Highly Commended
- Bowers & Wilkins CM10
- Sonus faber Venere 2.5

STEREO SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR OVER $10,000
Wilson Audio Alexia

Highly Commended
- TAD Reference One

DAC UNDER $2000
NAD M51

Highly Commended
- Arcam rBlink
- Astell & Kern AK120

DAC OVER $2000
Bricasti Design M1

Highly Commended
- Musical Fidelity M6DAC

HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR
Harman Kardon BT

Highly Commended
- KEF M500
- Sennheiser Momentum

NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR
Bose QC20

Highly Commended
- AKG K495 NC

WIRELESS SPEAKER OF THE YEAR
Bowers & Wilkins A7

Highly Commended
- Accent Digital Muse
- Bose SoundLink Mini

USB SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR
KEF X300A

Highly Commended
- AktiMate Micro with Bluetooth

SYSTEM SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
Naim Audio UnitiLite

Highly Commended
- AktiMate Blue
- Cabasse Stream 3

DIGITAL RADIO OF THE YEAR
Pure Evoke F4 with Bluetooth

(NO Highly Commended)

SOUNDBAR OF THE YEAR
ZVOX Z-Base 580

Highly Commended
- Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2
- Yamaha YAS-101

Sources

BLU-RAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Oppo BDP-105AU

Highly Commended
- Pioneer BDP-160

PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER OF THE YEAR
Humax HDR-7510T

Highly Commended
- Panasonic DMR-HW220

CD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marantz CD5004

Highly Commended
- Cambridge Audio 851C

TVs/Displays

AV PROJECTOR OF THE YEAR
Sony VPL-VW1000ES

Highly Commended
- BenQ W1080ST

PLASMA TELEVISION OF THE YEAR
Panasonic TH-P65VT60A

Highly Commended
- Panasonic TH-P65ST60A

LCD TELEVISION OF THE YEAR
Sony Bravia KD-65X9004A

Highly Commended
- LG 55LA8600

Custom Installation

HOME CINEMA INSTALLATION OF THE YEAR
Len Wallis Audio

Highly Commended
- Ultimation

INSTALLATION OF THE YEAR
OzHifi

Highly Commended
- Surround Sounds

CUSTOM INSTALLATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Kaleidescape Cinema One

Highly Commended
- RTI SURFiR iPad companion remote

Multichannel

AV RECEIVER OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
Denon AVR-X2000

Highly Commended
- Harman Kardon AVR 151
- Harman Kardon AVR 171

AV RECEIVER OF THE YEAR $1000-$2000
Pioneer VSX-923

Highly Commended
- Marantz NR1604
- Yamaha RX-A730

AV RECEIVER OF THE YEAR OVER $2000
Yamaha RX-A3030

Highly Commended
- Pioneer SC-LX87
- Yamaha CX-A5000 / MX-A5000

SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
PSB Speakers Imagine

Highly Commended
- Pioneer FS52PACK

SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR – SUB/SAT
Jamo 360 S35HCS8

Highly Commended
- Q Acoustics 2000i Series 5.1 Cinema Pack

Special Awards

APP OF THE YEAR
Naim n-Stream

Highly Commended
- Foxtel Go

STAR OF THE SHOW
recognising exceptional room presentation
at the Australian audio & AV show 2013
TAD (Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc.)

JUDGES' CHOICE
Vivid Audio GIYA G3

Incar Amplifiers

AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
Fusion PF-8001D

Highly Commended
- Massive Audio NX5
- Alpine PDX-V9

AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $1000
Hertz HP 6001

Highly Commended
- Mosconi Gladen AS200.4
- Clarion ADP6000

Incar Loudspeakers

SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000
Focal PS 165 FX

Highly Commended
- DB Drive S9-6C
- MTX Audio T8652

SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR over $1000
Morel Supremo 602

Highly Commended
- Dynaudio Esotar2
- Alpine DLX-Z17PRO

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR - SQ
DB Drive K9-12D2

HIGHLY COMMENDED
- MTX Audio T812-44
- Dynaudio Esotar2 E1200

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR - SPL
MTX Audio T9922-22

Highly Commended
- Massive Audio Hippo 122
- Hertz MG12

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR - ACTIVE
Pioneer TS-WX610A

Highly Commended
- Axis XT-1110A
- Option Audio OA12ACTVSP

Incar Head Units

HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR under $500
Clarion CZ603AU

Highly Commended
- Blaupunkt Toronto 420BT
- Sony MEX-BT4150U

HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR over $500
Pioneer DEX-P99RS

Highly Commended
- Alpine CDA-137EBT

MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR 
UNDER $1000
Alpine ICS-X7

Highly Commended
- Clarion VX603AU
- Pioneer AVH-X3500DAB

MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR 
OVER $1000
Pioneer AVIC-F950DAB

Highly Commended
- Alpine INE-Z928Ei
- Zenec ZE-NC620D

Full details and reviews of all the winners will be available in the Awards issue of Sound+Image, publishing at the end of November.

Winners from previous years can be seen here:

2013 AWARDS WINNERS
2012 AWARDS WINNERS
2011 AWARDS WINNERS
2010 AWARDS WINNERS

2009 AWARDS WINNERS
2008 AWARDS WINNERS

2007 AWARDS WINNERS