Yamaha shines in multiple categories at 2017 Sound+Image Awards.

Serving as a showcase for the Audio Visual industry for more than 25 years, the 2018 Sound+Image Awards returned to the Grace Hotel in Sydney to acknowledge excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of Audio, Home Entertainment and In-car equipment. Hosted in the evening of the 30th November 2017, the black-tie event was well-attended by prominent figures from throughout the industry including media, retailers, distributors and manufacturers.

Award-winners were chosen based on reviews in the previous 12 months from Next Media titles: Sound+Image, Australian Hi-Fi, Australian Incar, Audio Esoterica, and Best Buys Audio & AV magazines.

Yamaha’s flagship NS-5000 Speakers, which had just missed the cut-off period for last year’s awards, took honours for a newly-introduced Special Award as the Judges’ Choice.

“We’re extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of the engineers and designers who have poured their heart and soul into this Speaker,” explains Simon Goldsworthy – General Manager, Yamaha Music Australia. “The NS-5000 epitomises Yamaha’s dedication to high-fidelity audio and demonstrates the company’s prowess when it comes to continually resetting the benchmark in sound.”

Continuing Yamaha’s stranglehold on the award for AV Receiver of the Year above $2,000, the RX-A3070 extended the company’s claim on the title dating back to the inception of the AVENTAGE range. Now in its 8th series, Yamaha has carved out a niche at the apex of the Home Theatre market with its top-of-the-line integrated AV Receivers – making the AVENTAGE brand synonymous with cutting-edge technology and peerless construction quality.

Adding to the credentials of the AVENTAGE Series, the 11-channel MX-A5000 was awarded the AV Power Amplifier of the Year award. The achievement marks the first time Yamaha has won the award with its return to Separate Components dedicated to Home Theatre.

In the hotly-contested Sound Bar category, Yamaha claimed the Sound Bar of the Year over $2,000 award for the 2nd year in a row with the YSP-5600BMK2. This was supplemented by the YAS-207 with a Highly Commended award for the Sound Bar of the Year Under $1,000.

Yamaha’s new entry-level Streamer, the NP-S303, was named the Network Music Player of the Year Under $1,000. In addition to DLNA support and music streaming services built-in, the NP-S303 boasts support for Yamaha’s award-winning MusicCast technology.

For those looking to add MusicCast to their existing setup however, the WXAD-10 MusicCast Adapter provides access to Deezer, Tidal and Spotify music streaming services as well as Bluetooth and AirPlay. With a Recommended Retail Price of $229 (RRP), the WXAD-10 bested the sub-$1,000 field in the Multi-room category – being named the Multi-room Component of the Year Under $1,000.


SPECIAL AWARD: Judges Choice

NS-5000 Loudspeakers

AV Receiver of the Year Over $2,000

RX-A3070 AVENTAGE Receiver

AV Power Amplifier of the Year


Sound Bar of the Year Over $2,000

YSP-5600BMK2 Sound Bar

Network Music Player of the Year Under $1,000

NP-S303 Network Player

Multi-room Component of the Year Under $1,000

WXAD-10 MusicCast Adapter

Sound Bar of the Year Under $1,000 (Highly Commended)

YAS-207 Sound Bar

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