INDUSTRY APPLAUDS THIS YEAR’S EISA WINNERS

The Expert Imaging & Sound Association (EISA) announced the winners of its annual awards on Friday night

Judged by representatives of 61 specialist magazines and websites from 29 countries, the EISA awards represent the expert views of the world’s largest combined editorial force in the eld of consumer electronics.

The awards are decided by specialist judging panels, covering the full spectrum of consumer electronics and photographic products, including Hi-Fi, Home Theatre, In-Car Electronics, Photo, Video and Mobile Devices. The success and relevance of the annual EISA Awards lies in the evolution of its categories, always reflecting the industry’s changing trends and technologies.

EISA has been selecting the most innovative, cutting-edge products for its prestigious Awards for nearly 40 years. It all began when the editors-in-chief from five European specialist magazines came together to select the camera of the year for the first time. Since then it – like the industry it serves – has grown exponentially.

Addressing the audience of media and industry executives to this year’s gala at Berlin’s Kempinski Hotel Bristol, EISA president Paul Miller welcomed the new EISA members, including publications from USA, Poland, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Norway – and, for the first time, specialist bloggers. “This expansion allows EISA to achieve even better brand awareness among a broader community,” he said. “This is not just progressive thinking, it is essential thinking in today’s world.”

In 2018 EISA welcomed new members from India, Japan and Hong Kong/China and the old EISA acronym (European Imaging and Sound Association) became the Expert Sound and Imaging Association.

To win an EISA award all products undergo a comprehensive multi- step judging process. Products are intensively tested at the facilities of individual EISA member magazines and were also presented at the association’s annual convention in Antwerp in May.

The final deliberations took place at EISA’s annual general meeting in June where a voting process established a consensus of excellence and determined the winning products. Miller told guests at the gala dinner: “The collaboration of some 61 specialist magazines and websites from across the greater European continent, Australia and the US, brings with it a unique pool of experience that informs each and every EISA Award.”

Several well-known players scored big at the awards, with LG picking up prizes in the Premium OLED TV, Smart Home TV, Sound Bar and Mobile EISA Awards winners and judges Speaker categories, and Philips’ haul included a Best Buy OLED TV award for the 55OLED804, and Best Home Theatre TV 2019 award for the 65OLED984.

Samsung won the award for the 8K TV of the year for the QE82Q950R. Sony’s Cyber-Shot rx100 fivi was named Compact Camera of the year and the manufacturer also won in the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphone category for the WH-1000XM3.

Sennheiser took the award for Premium Sound Bar for its Ambeo model.

Dali, the prestigious Danish audio brand, took two awards on its IFA debut.