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SMART AWARDS 2013 / SOUND
Best Portable Wireless Speakers: JBL Charge     Best Portable Wireless Speakers: JBL Charge
For solo listening to music stored on a smartphone, tablet or dedicated music device such as an iPod, headphones are the way to fly.

Best In Ceiling Speakers: Stealth Acoustics LR3     Best In Ceiling Speakers: Stealth Acoustics LR3
When the situation requires the very best audio - or indeed even voice via say a paging system - but it is necessary for the speaker system to be hidden, you need look no further than the Stealth Acoustics LR3.

Best Shelf Speaker: Q Acoustics Concept 20     Best Shelf Speaker: Q Acoustics Concept 20
The Smartsound winner of the Best Shelf Speaker is the Q Acoustics Concept 20, is built around a technology called Gelcore. This incorporates a dual cabinet design - one inside the other and bound by a special adhesive that never quite sets.

Best Speaker: Jamo C809     Best Speaker: Jamo C809
You have to not just hear, but also see these floor speakers to appreciate how good they are.

Best Value Sound Bar Samsung: HW F751     Best Value Sound Bar Samsung: HW F751
The stand-out feature of the Samsung HW F751 sound bar is the warm and rich tonal quality that is produced due to the use of vacuum tube technology in conjunction with state of the art electronics. The fascia of the HW F751 is also designed to match Samsung Series 7 and 8 Smart TV models.

Best Sound Bar: Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2     Best Sound Bar: Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2
The quality of something is not just one part; the sum of all parts should go into the final equation and in the case of the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 sound bar, this is certainly true.

Best Surround Home Theatre System: Q Acoustics Q7000     Best Surround Home Theatre System: Q Acoustics Q7000
Q Acoustics can be rightly proud of the Q7000, and I reckon you'll be hard pressed to find the same level of performance from any other designer 5.1 system at the price.

Best Dock: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air     Best Dock: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air
Shaped like its namesake, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air ticks all the boxes as a music dock if you own a Mac or an iPod, or other iOS device as it supports the lossless AirPlay.

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: Harman Kardon NC     Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: Harman Kardon NC
To make noise cancelling headphones that satisfied its engineers, Harman Kardon decided to create their own technology rather than borrow on existing systems, and created the proprietary Harman closed-loop, active digital noise-cancelling technology found in the their NC headphones.

Best Headphones: Monster Inspiration     Best Headphones: Monster Inspiration
The Monster Inspiration headphones are active noise cancelling over-ear headphones with precision drivers, high-definition sound, changeable headbands, and built in continuous play technology.

Distributor of the Year: Convoy     Distributor of the Year: Convoy
Convoy is one of those Companies that thrives from delivering for retailers the products that consumers want to own. The distributor behind the success of Beats by Dr Dre in Australia Convoy is today delivering products like Monster headphones, SOL REPUBLIC, Bowers & Wilkins Hi Fi gear, as well as cutting edge devices from the likes of JBL and Harman Kardon.

Focal's Maestro Utopia Deliver A Live Concert Experience     Focal's Maestro Utopia Deliver A Live Concert Experience
Listening to high quality speakers should create the illusion of a concert mosh pitt. Impressive sound should caress you with subtle vibrations while full bodied audio induces the zesty enthusiasm you get from a live performance. This year's winner had to be faithful to the artists, replicating optimal and pure sound at no expense.

We Pick The Best Sound Products of 2012     We Pick The Best Sound Products of 2012
Whether pounding out beats on the long work commute or perfecting the home cinema experience, sound is crucial to the entertainment sphere. Every smartphone and tablet is now its own music player and new content services are turning devices into portable TVs, so getting a good set of cans has never been more important. Apple-attach is the name of the game, and even the most prestiguous, audiophile brands are jumping on board this year.

We Pick The Best Sound Products For 2010     We Pick The Best Sound Products For 2010
Whether making the most out of the home cinema experience or rocking out on the train with your headphones, sound has become a huge part of our entertainment lives. This year, we saw the introduction of digital radio and Internet radio found its way to more devices. AV receivers also appeared that are smarter and better integrated with networking features.





LATEST REVIEWS
New LG 65   New LG 65" Ultra High Definition TV, Complete With Pop Down Speakers: REVIEW
LG Australia has finally rolled out their 65" Ultra High Definition TV offering in Australia and what you get is a TV that delivers a quantum leap in TV technology and surprisingly a significantly improved sound system that is delivered from pop down speakers but the big question is whether it is worth $6,999.
Product Rating 4.5

Westfield To Split   Westfield To Split
Shopping giant to separate ANZ, international operation
Product Rating 0

REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones   REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones
If you are one of those people who love technology but struggle to manage the hundreds of apps and the endless capabilities that today's smartphones are capable of delivering then the new Samsung Note 3 is not for you.
Product Rating 5




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