It's that time of year again: the annual Sound+Image Awards are coming soon, and we're inviting readers to have a say by picking their favourite hi-fi retailer!
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all those who voted; the headphone winner will be posted here once contacted directly.
Sound+Image magazine’s prestigious awards have been running for 32 years, and while the global pandemic has again put a halt to the physical event, we’ll still be pitting the finest companies and products in the industry against each other for the ultimate prize in their category.
But one category is decided by public vote, where we ask you to help us discover Australia’s favourite hi-fi retailer!
Vote for your favourite hi-fi specialist store, and you’ll have a chance to win a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 - the latest wireless version of these classic studio monitor headphones! You can check out more on these exceptional wireless headphones on the company's Australian site (opens in new tab).
Just click below to cast your vote, then for your chance to win the prize, tell us in 25 words or less why you chose this hi-fi store.
The Hi-Fi Retailer of the Year will be announced in the Sound+Image Special Awards Issue publishing in December 2021.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 wireless headphones, valued at AU$379.
The latest wireless version of Audio-Technica’s classic M50 studio monitoring headphones feature 45 mm large aperture drivers, improved vocal pickup for better call quality, an updated USB-C connection, and multipoint pairing mode. With battery life of more than 50 hours from a full charge, these Bluetooth headphones let you enjoy the classic M50x studio-quality sound in a wireless package.
AND NOW... THE RATHER EXTRAORDINARY TERMS & CONDITIONS SMALL PRINT:
1. The Promoter is Future Publishing (Overseas) Limited, Level 10, 89 York St, Sydney NSW 2000. ABN: 96734906323 Ph: 02 9955 2677 (Future Australia).
HOW TO ENTER
2. The competition is open to all Australian residents except employees and immediate families of the Promoter and their associated companies and agencies and participating outlets. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, defacto spouse, child or step child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step parent, grandparent, step grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step brother, step sister or first cousin.
3. The winners must be Australian citizens and provide full contact information. Opt-in entries will be included to receive newsletters and special offers from Future Australia. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time.
4. All entrants under the age of 18 must obtain the prior permission of their legal parent or guardian over the age of 18 to enter. The parent or guardian of the entrant must read and consent to all Terms and Conditions. The parent or guardian may be called to verify consent and may be required to sign a release at the discretion of the Promoter. The release will require the winner’s parent or guardian to accept responsibility for the acts and forbearances of the winner. The release will include the full name, address and telephone number of the winner's legal guardian. Failure to provide such proof, particulars or releases will immediately invalidate the winner's entitlement, subject to State and Territory legislation.
5. The Promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address and/or proof of entry validity or proof of registration ownership in order to claim a prize. Proof of identification, residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
6. The time of entry will in each case be the time the voting form is received by the Promoter, not at the time of transmission by the entrant.
7. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries not received by the Promoter or delays in the delivery due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
8. To vote, open this link in your web browser, make your vote, then answer the specified question in 25 words or less, and then register details including (but not limited to) full name, address, post code, telephone number and e-mail address. The cost of accessing the promotional website will be dependent on the entrant's individual Internet Service Provider.
9. Entrants are required to take full responsibility for the content of their entry and for ensuring that their entry complies with these Conditions of Entry. Entries must be the entrant's original work. The Promoter reserves the right to verify, or to require the entrant to verify, that the entry is the entrant's original work. If an entry cannot be verified to the Promoter's satisfaction, the entry will be deemed invalid. The Promoter may, in its absolute discretion, edit, modify, delete, remove or take down any part of an entrant's entry.
10. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms & Conditions of Entry, or who has, in the opinion of the Promoter, engaged in conduct in entering the Promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the Promotion and/or Promoter.
11. Entrants can cast their vote once only.
DETERMINATION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS
12. Anyone who completes the specified question will be considered to have entered the competition.
13. Votes close at 11:59pm (AEDST) on Sunday 14 November, 2021.
14. The winners will be announced through Sound+Image magazine and on this website by December 10th 2021.
DECIDING THE WINNER
15. The winners will be the valid entries submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions that are judged by the Sound+Image editorial team. The decision is final. Winners will be notified by e-mail and phone.
16. This competition is a Game of Skill under Australian consumer law.
17. The Promoter's decision is final and the Promoter will not enter into correspondence regarding the competition result or any other decisions the Promoter makes in connection with the Promotion.
18. In any dispute, the Promoter’s decision is final.
19. Should an entrant's contact details change during the promotional period, it is the entrant's responsibility to notify the Promoter. A request to access or modify any information provided in an entry should be directed to the Promoter.
20. In the event the Promoter does not receive a reply from a notified winner within two-weeks confirming a) acknowledgement of winning a prize, and b) a business hours delivery address, the Prize will revert to an alternate winner without further notification.
21. The prize is a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 headphones supplied by TAG Australia, valued at AU$379.
22. The prize cannot be transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash.
23. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner must comply with all the conditions of use and the prize suppliers’ requirements.
24. It is a condition of accepting the Award that the winner may be required to sign a legal release in a form determined by the Promoter in its absolute discretion. If an entrant under 18 years of age wins an Award then their parent or guardian must sign the legal release referred to in this clause on the minor's behalf.
25. The winners and any companions under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian over the age of 18 at all times.
FURTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS
26. The Promoter (subject to State and Territory Legislation) reserves the right to amend, cancel or suspend this competition if an event beyond the control of the Promoter corrupts or affect the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition. The Promoter will disqualify any individual who has tampered with the entry process or any other aspect of this competition.
27. Future Australia and its associated agencies and companies assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries, and reserves the right to take any action that may be available.
28. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, subject to any direction given under State Regulation.
29. Any cost associated with accessing the promotional website is the entrant's responsibility and is dependent on the Internet service provider used.
30. Any entrant found to be entering incorrect contact details, including incorrect email contact details, will have all entries invalidated and any claim to the prize will be invalidated. If such an entrant is awarded an Award and then found to have breached this clause, the entrant must immediately return any item awarded to the Promoter. The Promoter has sole discretion to determine if this clause has been breached by any entrant. The Promoter reserves the right to request whatever documentation it deems necessary to confirm if the entrant has breached this clause. An entrant must provide any requested documentation to the Promoter upon request.
31. If the Prize is unavailable, for whatever reason, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for a prize of equal or greater value, subject to State Regulation. It is a condition of accepting the Award that the winner must comply with all the conditions of use of the Award and Award supplier's requirements. The Prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if a winner is unable to use the prize as stated.
32. The Promoter highly recommends a current residential street address be provided when requested for ease of correspondence and potential Award delivery. The Promoter makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the prize to the addresses provided by competition entrants. The Promoter cannot guarantee that the prize returned to the Promoter due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to the winner. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any damage to or delay in transit of the prize.
33. The Promoter reserves the right to re-determine the winner in the event of an entrant, claiming to be a winner, being unable to satisfy these Terms and Conditions.
WAIVERS AND LIABILITIES
34. In consideration for the Promoter awarding the prize to the winner, the winner hereby permits the winner's submission, image and/or voice, as recorded, photographed or filmed during the winner's participation in the prize to appear in connection with Future Australia or the advertising or marketing thereof, in any media whatsoever throughout the world and the winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
35. In consideration for the Promoter awarding the prize to the winner, the winner hereby assigns to the Promoter all right, title and interest in and to all copyright and all moral rights in any material created pursuant to the winner's submission or participation in any aspect of the competition. The winner acknowledges that the Promoter is free to use the Works (including modifying, adapting or publishing the entry, whether in original or modified form, in whole or in part or not at all) and to exercise its rights in relation thereto and the winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
36. In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders the Promoter's ability to proceed with the competition on the dates and in the manner described in these terms and conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the competition and recommence it from the start on the same conditions, subject to any directions given under State Regulation.
37. The Promoter does not exclude any rights and remedies in respect of goods or services under the Australian Consumer Law in the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) (Australian Consumer Law) which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified. However, the Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any prize except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. The Promoter is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by entrant or for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this competition, or for any technical error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line or telephone, mobile or satellite network failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alteration of entries.
38. The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter's legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
39. All entries become the property of The Promoter. All opt-in entries will be entered into a database and The Promoter may use the entrants’ names, addresses and telephone numbers for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice and without any fee being paid unless otherwise advised by the entrant. By opting-in, entrants confirm that they allow their details to be used for this purpose. Any request to update, modify or delete the entrant's details should be directed to The Promoter.
40. Entrants' personal information may be disclosed to State and Territory lottery departments and winners' names published as required under the relevant lottery legislation. A request to access, update or correct any information should be directed to the Promoter.