News, Awards & Industry reviews

Our locally designed and engineered audio products are one of the most awarded and commended in Australia.  We are proud of our Acheivements to date and aim to keep out-performing our peers in the future.

Timeline

2017
September 5

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT
‘I’m not in the audiophile industry, I’m in the entertainment industry,’ Richter Audio’s founder Ralph Waters once said. It’s still true of the company today, as it embarks on a new journey.... Read the full story here, The Richter Story so far, Sept 2017
August 27

WAKE RR40 DIGITAL RADIO REVIEW MEDIA.INFO

A well-built unit that's the perfect bedside companion for the podcast listener...... Initial impressions are of a well built device. All the controls are on the top, so the unit doesn't slide backwards as you press buttons on it........For the full review click here
July 31

THE WIZARD LOUDSPEAKERS AWARDED AN ULTIMATE PRODUCT OF THE LAST 30 YEARS

THE WIZARD LOUDSPEAKERS AWARDED AN ULTIMATE PRODUCT OF THE LAST 30 YEARS
The Richter WIZARD Loudspeakers are true legend product of the Australian Audio industry and are regarded as the biggest selling Australian speaker of all time. It all started with the ground breaking WIZARD MK1 first launched around 1990 which are now in their 5th revision with the current WIZARD MKV and now the WIZARDS have been awarded an Ultimate product of the last 30 years by Sound & Image.
July 21

WAKE RR40 DIGITAL RADIO REVIEW AVHUB

WAKE RR40 DIGITAL RADIO REVIEW AVHUB
The Wake awakes We’ve spent a few weeks with the Wake bedside, and it pretty much gets everything right, from the compact footprint ideal for bedside use to its twin alarms, big snooze button, and a handy high-current USB charging socket on the back. The buttonry on top is clear and ergonomically impeccable (we only once needed the manual), with the ‘mode’ button switching between its four selections of DAB+, FM, its minijack auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming...... For the full review click here.
June 28

Richter does Digital Radio

Wake Digital Alarm Clock Radio Front View
Richter Audio will launch its Digital Essentials Radio range in July, followed by a Smart Audio Digital Radio range later in the year. Digital Essential Radios deliver quality, design and performance and provide an affordable entry into the Digital Radio DAB+ market segment. Radio is a big part of people’s lives and now that so many Digital-only radio services are catering for different genres, Richter is set to play an important role in this exciting audio category.
2016
October 28

BEST LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR (UNDER $1,000)

BEST LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR (UNDER $1,000)
We are very proud to announce that our Merlin Series 5 Bookshelf Speakers won a joint 'BEST LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR - UNDER $1000' at the The Sound+Image Awards. The Awards honour the best audio, incar and home entertainment prod-ucts judged from products and installations re-viewed during the previous year by Sound+Image, Australian Hi-Fi, Australian InCar, Audio Esoterica, Best Buys Audio & AV, and AVHub.com.au. They represent the very best and best value products available to the public going forward into 2017. Winners will also feature in the Special Awards Issue of Sound+Image magazine. For more information visit click here.
July 28

MERLIN V – Review

Merlin V Review 2016 "Richter’s new Merlin V speakers sound bigger, better and more beautiful than I ever imagined a pair of small two-way speakers could sound. I can only repeat what I said earlier: their sound quality really blew me away. Do yourself a favour and have a listen, because I know you’ll agree." Ed Miles -Australian HiFi Magazine 2016. To view the full Review click here.
2015
November 15

HOME THEATRE SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR (UNDER $5000)

HOME THEATRE SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR (UNDER $5000)
Our Legend Series V Home Entertainment pack comprising of (Wizard V/Griffin V/Merlin V/Thor) Speakers won 'BEST HOME THEATRE SPEAKER PACKAGE OF THE YEAR - UNDER $5000' at the The Sound+Image Awards. The Awards honour the best audio, incar and home entertainment prod-ucts judged from products and installations re-viewed during the previous year by Sound+Image, Australian Hi-Fi, Australian InCar, Audio Esoterica, Best Buys Audio & AV, and AVHub.com.au. They represent the very best and best value products available to the public going forward into 2016. Winners will also feature in the Special Awards Issue of Sound+Image magazine. For more information visit www.avhub.com.au.
November 10

HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000

HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000
We are very proud to announce that our Wizard V loudspeaker achieved a HIGHLY COMMENDED 'LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000' at the The Sound+Image Awards. The Awards honour the best audio, incar and home entertainment prod-ucts judged from products and installations re-viewed during the previous year by Sound+Image, Australian Hi-Fi, Australian InCar, Audio Esoterica, Best Buys Audio & AV, and AVHub.com.au. They represent the very best and best value products available to the public going forward into 2016. Winners will also feature in the Special Awards Issue of Sound+Image magazine. For more information visit www.avhub.com.au.
October 28

THOR V – Review

Richter Thor Review 2015"Is bigger better. Of Course it is. We all need to get away from this ‘let’s hide the subwoofer’ mentality. It would be better to embrace the concept of subwoofers… even to evangelise them." Ernest Croft - Australian HiFi Magazine 2015. To read the full review - click here.
September 28

WIZARD V – Review

rev_thor-apr15"How on earth has Richter been able to produce a speaker that sounds so good for such a low price? Richter would no doubt invoke the Wizard’s incantation, and say ‘it’s magic’, but I tend to think that it’s the new ‘dream team’ of designers that should be congratulated on a job very well done. As the saying goes... love your work!" Greg Barrowman - Australian HiFi Magazine 2015 To view the full review wizard_v_review-ahf-2015.
August 28

MEDUSA – Review

rev_medusa-bb-15"The Richter Medusa integrated valve amplifier is a lovely unit to hear and would be a delightful product to own. It will surely find a place in the homes of many who enjoy true hi-fi music." - Best Buys Audio & AV 2015

To view the full review - click here.

2011
November 14

BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000

WIZARD Mk 1V’ – SOUND AND IMAGE AWARDS “BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000”
October 28

WIZARD Mk 1V – BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000

We're proud to announce that the ‘WIZARD Mk 1V’ – Picked up “BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000” at the Sound & Image Awards 2011.
2008
November 14

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

RICHTER’S PROPRIETOR – JOHN FAHEY – RECEIVES INAUGURAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD “ FOR SERVICE TO THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ”
January 14

HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM OF THE YEAR $2000-$4000

DRAGON / THOR Mk1V / LEGEND CENTRE & REARS - SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD “HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”  
2006
November 14

RECOMMENDED SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

KRAKATOA, PM-SW101 – SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD – “RECOMMENDED SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”
2005
November 14

EDITOR’S CHOICE – PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

EDITOR’S CHOICE – PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
THOR Mk 1V – AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE – “EDITOR’S CHOICE – PRODUCT OF THE YEAR”
November 14

BEST BUY – SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

BEST BUY – SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
THOR Mk1V - AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE – “BEST BUY – SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
2004
November 14

THOR MK IV, PERFECT 100% REVIEW

THOR MK IV – FIRST SUBWOOFER (AND ONLY THE THIRD EVER PRODUCT) IN THE HISTORY OF AUDIO VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT 100% REVIEW.
November 14

HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM OF THE YEAR

HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM OF THE YEAR
PRECIOUS METAL, PM401 - SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD – “WINNER - HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM OF THE YEAR.” Judges' Comment: For a home theatre system that looks as good as it sounds, you can't go past Richter's stylish aluminium tower system.
November 14

HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER, UP TO $999

HARLEQUIN - SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD –  “HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER, UP TO $999.”
November 14

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE - "MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR"
November 14

HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR

HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR
AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE “HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”.
2003
November 14

RECOMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR

“WIZARD” SOUND AND IMAGE MAGAZINE – “RECOMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”
2001
November 14

HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR

SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”.
November 14

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

“SON OF THOR” – SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE - “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
2000
November 13

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

“THOR’ SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – "SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
1999
November 13

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
THOR” -  AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE - “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
1997
November 13

HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR

SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE - “HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”.
November 13

LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR

“HARLEQUIN MK11” - SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE - “LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”
1996
November 13

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR” (SECOND YEAR RUNNING)

“EVOKATOR” SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR” (SECOND YEAR RUNNING).
November 13

EXPORTS COMMENCE

RICHTER EXHIBITS AT PRO AUDIO & MUSIC EXHIBITION - BEIJING CHINA (EXPORTS COMMENCE)
November 13

BEST BUY – LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR

“EXCALIBUR” - AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE – “BEST BUY – LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”.
1995
November 13

GOLDEN PALM AWARD

CANNES INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING FESTIVAL – ” GOLDEN PALM AWARD”
November 13

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR

“EVOKATOR” SOUND AND IMAGE MAGAZINE – “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
1992
November 13

LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR

“HARLEQUIN” – Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association – “LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”.
1991
November 13

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

NSW SMALL BUSINESS AWARD. – “MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR"
November 13

NSW SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

NSW SMALL BUSINESS AWARD. –“SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR”.
November 13

LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR

“PALADIN” – Consumer Electronic Suppliers Association - “LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”.
November 13

BEST BUY

“ORACLE” – AUDIO & VIDEO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE – “BEST BUY”.
1986
November 13

RICHTER ACOUSTICS FOUNDED

In 1986 Richter Acoustics was founded in Sydney Australia, by passionate Speaker Designer Ralph Waters.