Bang a gong, we are on!

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It’s our equiv­a­lent of a ‘Great­est Hits’ com­pi­la­tion — cho­sen from a full year of re­view­ing, not only in Sound+Image mag­a­zine but in Aus­tralian Hi-Fi, Au­dio Eso­ter­ica and Best Buys & AV — plus on and a rush of late ar­rivals as we ap­proach the Awards cut-off date for judg­ing. Held ev­ery year since 1989, our Awards are judged on sound and/or image qual­ity, fea­ture sets, build qual­ity, ap­pear­ance, ease of use and er­gonomics, all rolled up into a val­ue­for-money equa­tion. Our grand pre­sen­ta­tion evening, famed for its in­dus­try-lead­ing lev­els of min­gle tin­gle, was held this year at the un­pithi­ly­named but beau­ti­fully-ap­pointed Como Mel­bourne South Yarra MGallery by Sof­i­tel, in a new cock­tail­style event hosted by our Ed­i­tor Jez (he on the left) and at­tended by the glit­terati of the au­dio and AV in­dus­try for a for­mal but in­for­mal evening. We were en­ter­tained also by the won­drous Mary Webb, per­form­ing songs from her al­bum ‘Love Like Plan­ets’ (it’s on Spo­tify, but best on 180g dou­ble-vinyl!).

The evening is for the in­dus­try, but the Awards them­selves are for our read­ers, our guide to the finest and best-value gear avail­able to­day and into 2019. This Spe­cial Is­sue brings them all to you — our ul­ti­mate buy­ing guide, and a cel­e­bra­tion of the joys that well-re­pro­duced mu­sic and movies can bring.

Mary Webb per­form­ing songs from her al­bum Love Like Plan­ets. AWARDS EVENING SPON­SOR: The Ch­ester Group AWARDS EVENING AV: AV Dy­nam­ics AWARDS EVENING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Jas­mine Fisher Pho­tog­ra­phy

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