Posted on 16th November, 2017


The annual International HiFi Show in Melbourne has drawn to a close for another year, but not before impressing thousands of attendees across the three days in early November.

As has been said elsewhere, “there were young, they were eager, and they came in droves,” and that's the best way to describe this year's attendance that was made up of a predominantly 38-45 year old demographic.

HiFi is alive and well and arguably thanks in part to the “vinyl revival” with traditional stereo listening is enjoying a resurgence once more.

The International HiFi Show returns to Melbourne once more, October 12th-14th and plans are well underway already for next year's show. A Blues Bar with Live Music, Guest Speakers and Seminars, new format Record Fair, an additional level of exhibitors, and an Industry Gala Dinner on the Saturday night to host the new and expanded StereoNET awards are all just part of the show's ongoing improvements.

Judges for this years StereoNET Awards included our own review team as well as members of the Australian hi-fi and tech press.

You can read the full Show Report here, or view the Gallery here.

Without further ado ...

Best Sound in Show (Overall)

Winner - Hulgich Audio

Best Sound in Show - Hulgich Audio

Highly Commended - SGR Audio
Highly Commended - Pure Music Group


Winner - Krix 'Wall of Sound' MX-30

Krix- Wall of Sound- MX-30 - Winner

Highly Commended - BenQ (GS-1 Portable Projector)


Winner - REDGUM Audio / Legend Loudspeakers

Redgum Audio- Legend Speakers - Outstanding Value

Best Newcomer

Winner - Hulgich Audio

Best Newcomer - Hulgich Audio

Highly Commended - Java HiFi / Holton Audio / SGR Audio
Highly Commended - Purasound (Grandinote)

Best Presented Space (Appearance)

Winner - VAF Research

VAF - Best Presented Space

Highly Commended - Melody
Highly Commended - Sennheiser HE-1 Listening Suite

Best Retailer Exhibition

Winner - Jaben Audio

Jaben Audio - Best Retailer

Best System Demonstration / Presentation

Winner - Mcleans Smarter Home Entertainment (Bill Mclean)

Best Presenter - Mcleans (Bill Mclean)

Highly Commended - SGR Audio (Aaron Reynolds)
Highly Commended - Pure Music Group (Warwick Freemantle)

Best Headphones

Winner - Sennheiser HE-1

Sennheiser HS-1 - Best Headphones

Best Innovation (HiFI)

Winner - Kii Audio Three

Best HiFi Innovation - Kii Audio

Highly Commended - VAF Research Soundwall
Highly Commended - Triangle LN-01A Active Speakers & Turntable Package

Best Innovation (Lifestyle)

Winner - Studio19 Solo Bluetooth Speaker

Best Innovation - Solo Studio19

Highly Commended - Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless Headphones

Best Innovation (Tech)

Winner - Devialet Gold Phantom (5.5 Channel Surround Sound)

Devialet Gold Phantom - Best Tech Innovation

Highly Commended - BenQ GS-1 Portable Projector

Congratulations to all exhibitors for their efforts at the 2017 Melbourne International HiFi Show. 2018 will bring with it expanded awards, more categories, People's Choice, and much more via an industry Gala Dinner.

And this concludes our show coverage for this year. For more information on any of the exhibitors, please visit this page.

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    Marc Rushton

    StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.

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