News, Awards & Industry reviews
For more than 30 years our Australian 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.
HARLEQUIN S6 FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER FULL REVIEWS
The Full Reviews on the fantastic New Harlequin S6 Floorstanding Loudspeakers are now available;
Review Conclusions; Richter’s Harlequin S6’s are outstandingly good speakers. I liked everything about them: their sound quality, their appearance, their power handling ability, and their efficiency. I particularly liked their price which, given their high level of performance, came as a particularly nice surprise, These are speakers you should most definitely audition.
Awarding Winning Review from Sound & Image; here
Full Review from Australia HiFi; here
HARLEQUIN S6 AWARDED FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR 2021 under $2000
We’re very excited to announce that our latest Australian designed Series 6 release the HARLEQUIN S6 has taken out the 2021 Sound & Image Floorstanding Loudspeaker of the year Award under $2000. Their final comment was “Richter’s Series 6 Harlequins are simply outstandingly good floorstanders at the price.” Read the judges summary here
HARLEQUIN S6 RECEIVES “APPLAUSE AWARD” FROM STEREONET
STEREONET APPLAUSE AWARD FOR OUR LATEST LOUDSPEAKER RELEASE.
THE VERDICT: I tried hard to find flaws in this affordably priced loudspeaker, but it pretty much stumped me. What’s not to like about a sub-$2,000 speaker that’s designed in Australia, with an engaging and detailed sound and superb imaging to match? Factor in the fine walnut finish, proprietary drivers and excellent accessories, and Richter Audio’s Harlequin S6 makes an incredibly strong case for itself in value for money terms. Some may find its balance a little too bass-light, but this tonality will suit other people – especially with smaller listening rooms – and you can always add a subwoofer should you so wish. I tried to play “spot the compromise”, but it looks like I lost the game this time. To read the Full StereoNet Review click here
MERLIN S6 2020 SPEAKER OF THE YEAR REVIEWS
WIZARD S6 SOUND & IMAGE REVIEW
Conclusion: On this performance, it seems highly likely that the Richter Wizard will continue to wear the crown of being the best-selling Australian loudspeaker. This latest S6 version takes a proven award-winning design to its highest level yet in terms of sound quality, visual appearance, cabinet stability and amplifier-friendliness. It’s a magic combination.
To read the Full Sound & Image Review click here
While disappointing the postponement of Aprils HiFi2020 show was inevitable for the obvious reasons under the current circumstances, including the duty of care for you our visitors as well as everyone involved with the show. We look forward to seeing you under better conditions in September, for the new show dates click here
HEAR US AT HiFi2020
Hear us at Sydney HiFi2020 from 3th-5th April. We willl have available the complete Series 6 lineup. This new Award winning Series 6 range has been Re-imagined and Re-engineered to deliver an Exciting Entertainment Experience so come along and experience them for yourself. for more details click here.
WIZARD S6 BEST BUYS REVIEW 2020
This latest S6 version of the Richter Wizard takes a proven award-winning design to its highest level yet in terms of sound quality, visual appearance, cabinet stability and amplifier friendliness, so it seems certain that the Richter Wizard will continue to wear the crown of being the best-selling Australian loudspeaker.
To read the Full Best Buys Review click here
MERLIN S6 AWARDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR 2020 $500-$1000
RICHTER MERLIN S6 are making their mark taking out 2020 Loudspeaker of the year $500 – $1000. Being an Australian Brand taking out this gong with an Australian designed and engineered Loudspeaker against an International field is a very exciting thing, just like listening to a pair of MERLIN S6. There’s no better reason to own the best $1000 speaker in Australia.
SERIES 6 READY TO EXCITE @ MELBOURNE HiFi SHOW
Richter will have the latest additions to the Series 6 range on demonstration at the StereoNet Melbourne HiFi Show from 18th-20th October. The newest models to join the range are the WIZARD S6 & MERLIN S6 which will be on demo with the Award-Winning THOR 10.6 Subwoofer. These new models have been Re-imagined and Re-engineered to deliver an Exciting Entertainment Experience so come along and experience them for yourself.
MORE SERIES 6 EXCITEMENT coming soon
The next models in the Series 6 range, the long-awaited MERLIN S6 and WIZARD S6 will launch next month.
With MERLIN being one of the first loudspeakers Richter produced and the WIZARD being regarded as the biggest selling Australian Loudspeaker of all time not to mention the 2017 Award “Ultimate Product of the Last 30 years” delivering the next in the Series meant we needed to raise the bar from a visual and entertainment perspective. The Series 6 project has focused on delivering a new range of Loudspeakers that meet today’s customer’s expectations and equipment choices. Improved Efficiency makes them easier to drive even when powered by more modest Amplifiers or Digital Streaming solutions like the popular SONOS Amp. Staying true to the comment of the brands founder ‘I’m not in the audiophile industry, I’m in the entertainment industry,’ Series 6 has been designed to be an Exciting, Engaging, Entertainment Experience. The MERLIN S6 & WIZARD S6 will be available later in August 2019 with an RRP of $999 & $2,299 respectively and both will be available in a Matt Black or a New Walnut look finish.
AUSSIEHELPERS PROMO HELPING OUR FARMERS!
We were really pleased to be able to do our bit supporting our Drought affected Aussie Farmers with our Christmas Digital Radio Promotion. With the help of all our fantastic supporting customers and retailers including, Harvey Norman and Officeworks we raised and paid $5,120 to AussieHelpers. Feels good to be an Aussie Brand doing what we can.
THOR 10.6 SUBWOOFER AWARDED 2019 SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR BELOW $5000!
It’s Black & White, it’s a WINNER!
Our Richter THOR 10.6 was Awarded Subwoofer of the Year under $5000! at the Annual Sound & Image Awards which took place during the October 2018 Australian HiFi show in Melbourne. Back in 1999 the first Richter THOR MK1 took out Best Buy Subwoofer of the Year, that’s nearly 20 years of delivering Great Value for money Subwoofers that punch well above their weight, we’re pretty happy with that! For more infomation click here
RICHTER, AN AUSSIE BRAND DOING WHAT IT CAN, TO HELP OUR FARMERS!
Richter Audio, a family owned Australian business, wanted to find a way to help our Aussie Farmers. We’ve decided to make a $2 donation to Aussie Helpers for every Richter Digital Radio we deliver between September 1st to December 31st 2018!
To read the full Press Release click here
THOR 10.6 SUBWOOFER REVIEW
“When I say that the Thor 10.6 sounded amazing, a large part of my amazement was that I simply wasn’t expecting such a small subwoofer—and one with a relatively small bass driver—to deliver such prodigious levels of deep bass. This thing really kicks arse. And it’s not only kick-arse bass, the bass it produces is as tight as a fishes… “ Samuel White – Australian HiFi Magazine May-June issue 2018.
To read the full Review click here
POCKET RR10 DIGITAL RADIO REVIEW MEDIA.INFO
“There’s no escaping the fact that this is a budget portable digital radio: but it’s perfect if you’re looking for something cheap and decent to take to the match, or into the garden for the match call or race call. For a portable DAB+ radio, it’s hard to beat at this price” For the full review click here
DIGITAL RADIO IN YOUR POCKET
The New Richter “POCKET” DAB+ Digital radio is a palm sized Rechargeable Digital Radio that delivers up to 9 hours continuous playback from the built in micro speaker or even longer from the supplied Stereo Earphones when fully charged. Radio is a big part of people’s lives and this Ultra Compact Digital Radio allows customers to put the world of DAB+ Digital Radio in their pocket. With so many DAB+ Digital-only radio services catering for different genres the Richter POCKET is the perfect addition to the Richter Digital Radio range.
From the moment you turn it on you know you have an Australian brand in the palm of your hand when you’re greeted with “G’day” on the LCD screen.
THOR SERIES 6 SUBWOOFER
For many years Richter has delivered award winning Subwoofers, but this time the challenge for the new Thor series 6 was to deliver an all new Subwoofer that not only delivered the full Home Theatre experience but would also excel in 2 Channel Hi Fi systems. Size does matter so the designers were tasked with packaging this new Subwoofer into a smaller more versatile package, yet still being Faster and more Powerful than any previous THOR Subwoofers and so the first series 6 model the THOR 10.6 was born and now being unleashed Early December.
‘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
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
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.
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.
Richter does Digital Radio
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.
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.
MERLIN V – Review
“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.
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.
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.
THOR V – Review
“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.
WIZARD V – Review
“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.
MEDUSA – Review
“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.
BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000
WIZARD Mk 1V’ – SOUND AND IMAGE AWARDS “BEST STEREO SPEAKERS UNDER $4000”
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.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RICHTER’S PROPRIETOR – JOHN FAHEY – RECEIVES INAUGURAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD “ FOR SERVICE TO THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ”
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”
RECOMMENDED SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
KRAKATOA, PM-SW101 – SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD – “RECOMMENDED SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”
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.
HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER, UP TO $999
HARLEQUIN – SOUND AND IMAGE AWARD – “HIGHLY COMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER, UP TO $999.”
RECOMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR
“WIZARD” SOUND AND IMAGE MAGAZINE – “RECOMMENDED LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”
HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR
SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”.
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
“SON OF THOR” – SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR
“THOR’ SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR”.
HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR
SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “HOME THEATRE SYSTEM OF THE YEAR”.
LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR
“HARLEQUIN MK11” – SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE – “LOUDSPEAKER OF THE YEAR”
SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR” (SECOND YEAR RUNNING)
“EVOKATOR” SOUND & IMAGE MAGAZINE “SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR” (SECOND YEAR RUNNING).