EISA 2019-2020 Home Theater Video & Audio Products of the Year

EISA, or the Expert Imaging and Sound Association, is an organization representing 60 special interest magazines from 29 countries that cover Hi-Fi, Home Theater Video, Home Theater Audio, Photography, Mobile Devices, and In-Car Electronics. Each year, EISA expert group members, including editors from Sound & Vision and its sister publications Stereophile and Shutterbug, gather in Antwerp, Belgium to receive previews of the latest products, an extended process that culminates in a vote on which products are worthy of the prestigious EISA award. The following award-winning products, some of which have been previously reviewed by S&V such as LG’s OLED65E9 Ultra HDTV, and others that we are in the process of reviewing, represent the state-of-art for their respective categories. When a product receives an EISA award, you get the assurance that its excellence has been validated by a global network of experts.

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EISA Home Theatre Video Awards


EISA 8K TV 2019-2020
Samsung QE82Q950R

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Sporting a native 7680×4320 pixel display, this 8K TV offers four times the detail of Ultra HD 4K. Play an 8K source via its USB media player or HDMI input to witness images with astonishing depth, clarity and sense of realness, while AI upscaling converts any HD and 4K source to fit the 82in screen. And its picture quality is about more than just resolution. Samsung’s direct LED backlight and bespoke local dimming engine results in a precise HDR performance (including HDR10+) and its QLED panel ensures maximum color volume. The introduction of Ultra Viewing Angle technology brings huge improvements to off-axis viewing, too. The QE82Q950R is a TV that’s both ready for the future – and brilliant today.


EISA BEST BUY OLED TV 2019-2020
Philips 55OLED804

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Philips brings its OLED image expertise and design flair to an affordable price point with the 55OLED804. At its heart beats a new iteration of the brand’s P5 processor, now a dual-chip design delivering improvements to shadow detail and colour handling – this 55in model is a superb performer with native HDR sources (format support includes both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision), while Perfect Natural Reality introduces an HDR experience to any source. Add in Philips’ exclusive Ambilight illumination for a more immersive experience, Dolby Atmos audio decoding and the content-rich Android TV smart system, and you have a television that simply oozes value for money.


EISA BEST BUY PROJECTOR 2019-2020
BenQ CinePrime W2700

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This compact 4K HDR projector brings largescreen home entertainment to the living room without compromising on performance or emptying your wallet. Instead, BenQ’s CinePrime W2700 utilizes the latest DLP chip design for 4K detail and couples it with a bespoke color wheel and factory calibration to introduce DCI-P3 wide color capacity to the market for the first time. In short, it ensures images that perfectly capture the creator’s intent. User-friendly features include a 1.3x zoom and 12V trigger for installation flexibility, a powered USB port for firing up a streaming HDMI player, and intuitive on-screen menus giving control over its advanced image adjustments. Combine this with its sharp, color-rich pictures and punchy integrated stereo sound system, and you have a projector that’s the best in its class.


EISA HOME THEATRE PROJECTOR 2019-2020
BenQ CinePrime W5700

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Colour accuracy, image detail, HDR playback and install flexibility—BenQ’s W5700 flagship projector is an easy recommendation for a dedicated home theater. The 11-element all-glass lens is optimized for 4K and delivers crisp, sharp images. Similarly, BenQ’s customized color wheel and lamp system delivers a remarkable 100% of DCI-P3 color, making it an ideal match for HDR content. The projector is easy to install in your movie room too, with a large 1.6x zoom creating an expansive throw ratio, and horizontal and vertical lens shift to ensure accurate image alignment. Completing an impressive package is the attention to design–the anti-reflective matte chassis, and patterned lens ring to soak up stray light, leaving you focused on nothing but the pristine visuals.


EISA HOME THEATRE TV 2019-2020
Philips 65OLED984

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With its 65in screen and show-stopping audio, Philips’ top-of-the-range OLED TV delivers an irresistible cinematic experience. Key to its impact is the Bowers & Wilkins-designed sound system, which utilizes the brand’s bespoke tweeter-on-top technology in conjunction with a left/center/right driver array to produce dynamic, full-range sonics expanded by Dolby Atmos processing. No other flatscreen TV sounds quite like it! Joining this groundbreaking sound performance is Philips’ refined picture quality, courtesy of its 3rd generation P5 processor, with support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, and the OLED984’s unique styling, which mounts the soundbar on a brushed aluminum stand to make a real design statement. In a word? Stunning.


EISA BEST PREMIUM OLED TV 2019-2020
LG OLED65E9

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LG’s Dolby Vision-enabled 65in OLED TV offers remarkable video performance combined with a captivating ‘picture on glass’ design. To get the best from 4K HDR sources, the set’s second-generation Alpha 9 processing engine deploys AI Brightness and Dynamic Tone Mapping features, which build upon the deep black levels, rich colors and precision illumination for which OLED technology is renowned. Joining these premium pictures is an immersive sound performance with extensive flexibility–Dolby Atmos playback, unique AI Sound processing and room optimisation guarantee an experience tailored to the user’s preference. Completing an impressive all-round package is the TV’s intuitive operation via LG’s WebOS platform and comprehensive smart talents.


EISA SMART HOME TV 2019-2020
LG 65SM9010

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Offering intelligent smart skills, a slim bezel design, bright 4K HDR images and advanced audio features, LG’s 65SM9010 meets the brief for an all-round entertainment solution. Forward-thinking specifications include HDMI 2.1 connectivity on all inputs, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support, and a NanoCell LCD panel with direct LED backlight and local dimming. Picture performance, boosted by AI processing and wide angle delivery, is suited to movies, streaming, gaming and sports. And then there’s the TV’s slick operation and usability. The new WebOS 4.5 user interface, integration of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus LG’s Home Dashboard smart home monitoring function, make this the perfect partner for a modern home.


EISA UNIVERSAL PLAYER 2019-2020 (combined award with Home Theater Audio group)
Pioneer UDP-LX500

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The UDP-LX500 is a machine of many talents. Both a state-of-the-art 4K Blu-ray spinner and a high-performance audio player, it will improve any home theater setup. On the video side, format support covers both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision dynamic HDR formats, with features including metadata information and display type selection to enable fine-tuned playback. For audiophiles, it offers compatibility with CD, SACD and DVD-Audio discs, plus hi-res files including DSD. Sound quality is precise and detailed, while UHD discs dazzle with sharpness and color rendering. Moreover, its premium nature extends to design and build – the LX500 is whisper quiet in operation, while its gorgeous chassis design means you won’t want to hide it away.


EISA PHOTO/VIDEO CAMERA 2019-2020 (combined award with Photo group)
Sony α6400

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For content creators who shoot as much video as stills photography, the α6400 packs an impressive array of tools into its compact, portable body. The highlight is undoubtedly Sony’s innovative Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, that keeps your subject sharp and in-focus no matter how it moves around the scene. Other advanced video options include 4K high dynamic range recording, S-Log profiles for pro-level color grading, a flip-up screen that can face forwards for vlogging and a microphone socket for high-quality sound recording. Meanwhile photographers will appreciate the excellent quality of its 24-megapixel image files.
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EISA Home Theatre Audio Awards


EISA AV RECEIVER 2019-2020
Denon AVR-X2600H

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Ease-of-use and sheer power come together in the affordable Denon AVR-X2600H. With support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and virtual height options, this 7.2-channel receiver is a modern update on a classic home theater design. Regular Denon features including HEOS multiroom streaming and the user-friendly Setup Assistant are joined by compatibility with AirPlay 2 and eARC in this model. There’s also Bluetooth headphone support and forward-looking features including HDCP 2.3 and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) for console gamers. Voice commands through Google Assistant and Siri are featured too. Most importantly of all, however, the AVR-X2600H is an accomplished sonic performer, offering an equally engaging experience whether you’re watching blockbuster movies or enjoying your favorite tunes.


EISA BEST BUY HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM 2019-2020
DALI OBERON Series

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DALI’s OBERON range proves that combining stunning Scandinavian design with an engaging sound experience is a winning proposition. From the ultra-compact OBERON 1 and small OBERON 3 bookshelf, to the slender OBERON 5 and the flagship OBERON 7 floorstanders, the series offers top-notch performance from very attractive enclosures. Add in the OBERON On-Wall and VOKAL center speaker options, and you have the flexibility to establish an impressive (and affordable) home theater. Borrowing driver technologies (including DALI’s SMC magnet system) from its high-end EPICON and RUBICON series reaps rewards—with music or movies these speakers have a wide dispersion and a clear, balanced and convincing presentation. They look great, and sound even better…


EISA HOME THEATRE HIGH-END 2019-2020
Focal Astral 16

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Mixing 12-channel power with 16-channel processing, the Astral 16 is a one-box solution for high-end theater systems offering comprehensive calibration possibilities and a reference-grade performance. A 200W-per-channel Class D amplifier stage provides the foundation for a muscular multichannel delivery, whether it’s an immersive Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro-3D mix or traditional surround format, while Dirac Live EQ tackles room/speaker optimization across the full audio range. And it is flexible to the extreme. System builders will appreciate its multizone capabilities, integration with smart home control systems, the peace of mind ‘Remote Monitoring’ tool, and 4K HDMI implementation. End users will just love its expressive, detailed and enveloping audio quality.


EISA HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2019-2020
Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor S THX 5.1

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Offering a powerful performance from easy to accommodate cabinets, Arendal Sound’s THX Ultra-certified multichannel package brings Hollywood to your home theater. The two-way 1723 Monitor S THX standmounts, with 6.5in midbass drivers and waveguided tweeters, showcase a transparent sound, with excellent dispersion and extreme dynamics. This standard of performance is replicated by the center channel enclosure, while Arendal Sound’s Tri-Axial Surround S THX models produce an expansive rear soundfield. Dramatic, deep bass comes courtesy of the 1723 Subwoofer 2, which maintains a tight grip on deep bass effects via a push-push dual 13.8in driver array and 1kW power plant. Design and build quality are exceptional for the price.


EISA HOME THEATRE SUBWOOFER 2019-2020
SVS SB-3000

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For its SB-3000 subwoofer, SVS takes the performance-first ethos of its higher-end models and brings it to a new, lower price point. Featuring a freshly designed 13.5in driver in a compact, sealed cabinet, allied to an 800W Sledge DSP amplifier, this dedicated bass-maker excels when it comes to depth, speed, control and slam. Movie soundtracks hit hard, while music playback benefits from nuanced, tight bass. It’s a tweaker’s delight too, with SVS’s Bluetooth control app offering parametric EQ to match its performance to your listening room, in addition to quick adjustments of level, and sound preset selection. For those seeking a sub offering both power and precision, the SB-3000 is difficult to resist.


EISA PREMIUM HOME THEATER RECEIVER 2019-2020
NAD T 758 V3

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For premium features without the premium price, look no further than NAD’s T 758 V3 AV receiver. A seven-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X design expandable to 7.1.4 via external amplification, it implements Dirac Live automatic room correction for best-in-class calibration, plus NAD’s Modular Design Construction (MDC) to offer a pathway to future specification upgrades, avoiding obsolescence. There’s BluOS integration, too, introducing access to streaming music platforms and multiroom compatibility with Bluesound products, not to mention MQA playback. But it’s how this receiver sounds in full flight that really impresses. Its performance is naturalistic and full of subtlety, yet blessed with a dynamic punch from its PowerDrive amplification. With both movies and music, this delivers.


EISA PREMIUM SOUNDBAR 2019-2020
Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

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With its debut soundbar, Sennheiser has effectively rewritten the immersive audio rulebook. Handling Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and introducing proprietary AMBEO 3D upmixing for stereo and 5.1 content, this large-scale one-box system ensures an enveloping, cinematic performance from any source. Its 13 drivers, including six 4in woofers and twin upfiring units, work to create an astonishingly realistic soundstage with crisp highs and room-shaking bass, while Sennheiser’s microphone-assisted room calibration results in a precise presentation. Three HDMI inputs, an eARC-enabled output, plus Bluetooth, Chromecast and networking talents allow the AMBEO Soundbar to become your system hub, and the companion smartphone app make it easy to use. Most importantly, once heard it’s never forgotten…


EISA SOUNDBAR 2019-2020
LG SL8Y (SL8YG)

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Designed for TVs of 49in and above, LG’s SL8YG aims to bring a cinematic experience to your living room–and succeeds. A 3.1.2-channel design partnering a smart-looking soundbar with a wireless subwoofer, it employs upfiring drivers and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding to add tangible height, depth and scale to movie/TV soundmixes, in conjunction with DSP developed by Meridian Audio. It’s a dynamic, large-scale performer (and its soundstage can be expanded to 5.1.2 via LG’s optional wireless rear speakers), and ready for music playback too–just use Bluetooth 4.2 or Chromecast to start the party. Other features include HDMI connectivity allowing passthrough of 4K HDR sources, Google Assistant (where available) for smart home integration, and dedicated sound modes. It’s a superior all-rounder.


EISA TV SOUND SYSTEM 2019-2020
DALI KATCH ONE

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How to improve on DALI’s KATCH wireless speaker? By expanding the form factor and functionality to target both TV addicts and music fans. Mirroring the design of its smaller stablemate, but introducing an innovative wall-mount solution and optional desktop feet, the KATCH ONE tucks a 10-driver speaker array, 4x50W amplifier and DSP engine into a stylish cabinet. Fed either TV audio or music (through HDMI ARC, digital optical audio or aptX Bluetooth), this soundbar conjures a full-range performance with powerful but nuanced bass, wide stereo imaging and excellent dialogue/vocal clarity. It’s easy to use too, with DALI’s compact remote offering quick control over source and Wide/Focused EQ modes, or operation via a TV handset. This is an elegant, refined two-channel audio solution.


EISA AV ACCESSORY 2019-2020 (combined award with Video and Hi-Fi groups)
IsoTek SMART Delta

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Every AV system needs power – and lots of it – but only clean power will let all of your components, audio and video, deliver their very best performance. IsoTek’s SMART Power range takes things even further, for as well as cleaning the power line, removing extraneous noise, and protecting against power surges and spikes, it offers fully programmable system power-up and shutdown. Using control over LAN or Wi-Fi, you can sequence the order of power on/off, assign names to each of the unit’s outlets, and even set it all up and ‘drive’ it from an app on your phone. They don’t call it ‘SMART’ for nothing – and its effect on your system’s performance will be just as impressive.

More EISA Awards 2019-2020

HI-FI EXPERT GROUP

EISA ACTIVE STEREO LOUDSPEAKER 2019-2020
ELAC Navis ARB-51

EISA ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM 2019-2020
Naim Audio Mu-so 2nd Generation

EISA BEST BUY AMPLIFIER 2019-2020
Rotel A11

EISA BEST BUY TURNTABLE 2019-2020
Pro-Ject X1

EISA BOOKSHELF LOUDSPEAKER 2019-2020
Monitor Audio Gold 100

EISA COMPACT STEREO SYSTEM 2019-2020
Marantz Melody X (M-CR612)

EISA DAC 2019-2020
Chord Electronics Qutest

EISA DIGITAL SOURCE 2019-2020
Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T/Pre Box RS2 Digital

EISA HEADPHONE 2019-2020
Focal Elegia

EISA HI-FI UPGRADE 2019-2020
IsoAcoustics GAIA

EISA HIGH-END AMPLIFIER 2019-2020
Hegel H390

EISA HIGH-END LOUDSPEAKER 2019-2020
KEF R11

EISA LOUDSPEAKER 2019-2020
Bowers & Wilkins 603

EISA SMART AMPLIFIER 2019-2020
NAD M10

EISA STEREO SYSTEM 2019-2020
Primare CD35/I35 Prisma

EISA STREAMING DAC 2019-2020
Mytek Brooklyn Bridge

EISA TURNTABLE 2019-2020
MoFi UltraDeck+M

EISA WIRELESS STEREO LOUDSPEAKER 2019-2020
KEF LSX

COMBINED WITH HT AUDIO/HT VIDEO EXPERT GROUP

EISA AV ACCESSORY 2019-2020
IsoTek SMART Delta

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP

EISA ADVANCED CAMERA 2019-2020
Fujifilm X-T3

EISA ADVANCED FULL-FRAME CAMERA 2019-2020
Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1R

EISA BEST BUY FULL-FRAME CAMERA 2019-2020
Canon EOS RP

EISA BEST BUY ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD

EISA CAMERA INNOVATION 2019-2020
Fujifilm GFX100

EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2019-2020
Nikon Z 6

EISA COMPACT CAMERA 2019-2020
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

EISA LENS INNOVATION 2019-2020
Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM

EISA PHOTO INNOVATION 2019-2020
Sony Real-time Eye AF

EISA PHOTO SOFTWARE 2019-2020
Skylum Luminar

EISA PORTRAIT PRIME LENS 2019-2020
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

EISA PROFESSIONAL STANDARD ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

EISA PROFESSIONAL TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

EISA STANDARD PRIME LENS 2019-2020
Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM

EISA STANDARD ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM

EISA SUPER-TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS 2019-2020
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

EISA TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS 2019-2020
Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

EISA TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

EISA WIDEANGLE PRIME LENS 2019-2020
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM

EISA WIDEANGLE ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD

COMBINED AWARDS WITH MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2019-2020
Huawei P30 Pro

COMBINED WITH HT VIDEO&DISPLAY EXPERT GROUP

EISA PHOTO/VIDEO CAMERA 2019-2020
Sony α6400

MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP

EISA ADVANCED SMARTPHONE 2019-2020
OnePlus 7 Pro

EISA BEST BUY SMARTPHONE 2019-2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

EISA BEST EARBUDS 2019-2020
JBL Reflect Flow

EISA BEST NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES 2019-2020
Sony WH-1000XM3

EISA CONSUMER NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES 2019-2020
JBL LIVE 650BTNC

EISA ELECTRIC VEHICLE 2019-2020
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro

EISA LIFESTYLE SMARTPHONE 2019-2020
Honor 20 Pro

EISA MOBILE SPEAKER 2019-2020
LG XBOOM Go PK7
in some markets (LG XBOOM Go PK7W, LG PK7, LG PK7W)

EISA PARTY SPEAKER 2019-2020
JBL PartyBox 100

EISA WIRELESS IN-EAR HEADPHONES 2019-2020
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2

COMBINED AWARDS WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2019-2020
Huawei P30 Pro
IN-CAR ELECTRONICS EXPERT GROUP

EISA IN-CAR HEAD UNIT 2019-2020
KENWOOD DMX8019DABS

EISA IN-CAR SOUND PROCESSOR 2019-2020
Brax DSP

EISA IN-CAR AMPLIFIER 2019-2020
ESX QE1200.4

EISA IN-CAR SPEAKER SYSTEM 2019-2020
Morel Elate Carbon 603

EISA IN-CAR SUBWOOFER 2019-2020
Ground Zero GZPW 10SQ

EISA IN-CAR SMART UPGRADE 2019-2020
Alpine PWD-X5

EISA IN-CAR DASHCAM 2019-2020
Alpine DVR-F800PRO

EISA IN-CAR HIGH-END COMPONENT 2019-2020
Eton Core S3

EISA IN-CAR INNOVATION 2019-2020
Zapco HDSP-Z16V