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EISA AwardsEISA, the European Imaging & Sound Association reveals the winners of its 2017-2018 Awards. Technical experts from over 50 leading specialist magazines in 25 countries across the world have recognised and awarded no fewer than 66 products as the best in their categories.

For 35 years EISA has been selecting the most innovative, cutting-edge products for its prestigious EISA Awards. The Awards are debated and voted upon by groups of 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 full list of awards follows at end of this press release). Key to the success and relevance of the annual EISA Awards lies in the evolution of its categories, always reflecting the changing trends and technologies of the consumer electronics world. Moreover, the Association itself continues to evolve, as 2017 was also the year that EISA announced its global expansion with a total of 5 new member magazines and websites from Australia (that's us!) and the USA.   

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 are also presented at the Association’s annual Convention in Antwerp in May. Products that pass this stage already rank among the best in the world. The final deliberations take place at EISA’s annual General Meeting in June where a democratic voting process establishes a consensus of excellence and determines the winning products.

The EISA Awards will be officially presented during IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair, held in Berlin 1-6 September 2017. But why wait! We've got all the winners below -  starting, natch, with the Incar Electronics categories.

 

EISA IN-CAR HEAD UNIT 2017-2018
KENWOOD DMX7017DABS
Offering way more features than it has any right to at the price, this head unit boasts Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio streaming and handsfree calls alongside Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for easy smartphone operation. Your choice of music comes via either the DAB+ digital radio receiver or streaming using Spotify Connect. It can play your own hi-res FLAC files too. Voice control ensures the driver can keep their hands on the wheel while flicking through their favourite tracks, and with additional upgrade options including a compatible dashcam and rear camera the DMX7017DABS has all bases covered.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR HD PLAYER 2017-2018
Clarion NX807E
Taking pride of place at the top of Clarion’s range, this HD player is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to in-car entertainment. Compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay enables integration with your phone, so you can make calls, get directions, send and receive messages and access music. It boasts a 15-band graphic equaliser and provides a 96kHz/24-bit optical digital output to feed an offboard digital audio processor of your choice. You can also partner those sounds with pictures thanks to the NX807E’s compatibility with an optional digital tuner for TV.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR SMART UPGRADE 2017-2018
Mosconi GLADEN RC-CAN
When it comes to being in control, few systems can compare to this – putting operation of your Mosconi GLADEN DSP with the original OEM system controls at your fingertips. Thanks to its CAN-BUS integration, the volume of different DSP sources is accessible via the original headunit knob and steering wheel controls, while the original Aux button is also on hand for switching sources. The result is that there’s no need for any additional external controls if the music needs to be reduced or muted before receiving incoming calls, or if audible parking sensors need to be heard.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR SUBWOOFER 2017-2018
GLADEN PRO 10
The fact that it’s specially designed for compact cabinets does little to deter this excellent subwoofer when it comes to delivering that all-important low-frequency performance. The newly developed, high-tech composite cone comes with a special coating to maintain high rigidity while keeping weight low. Combined with its large-diameter long-throw voice coil, for high power handling, and powerful magnet assembly, the result is a very pure, low distortion sound. The protection grille that seamlessly fits through specially designed slots in the basket flange delivers a final touch of elegance.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR ACTIVE SUBWOOFER 2017-2018
Pioneer TS-WX70DA
It’s easy to produce a subwoofer that shakes a car to its core, but ensuring it retains the purity of your music is an art, and one at which Pioneer excels. The fact this active sub achieves such performance from an ultra-slim chassis (just 97mm high) is impressive, and it can be slotted in the car boot with minimal loss of space. This is all possible thanks to its two 6.5in speakers and Class D amplifier with Digital Bass Control. Sound modes include the rich bass of ‘Deep’ for modern music and accurate, clear ‘Dynamic’ bass for jazz and classical.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR PROCESSOR 2017-2018
Helix DSP.2
Beating at the heart of this processor, Helix’s latest core boasts a cutting-edge 32-bit audio DSP with breath-taking processing power. The result is a beast that’s capable of controlling an eight-channel system without breaking into a sweat, while its wide input voltage range ensures excellent flexibility for integration into even the most complex of OEM systems. But the fun doesn’t stop there, for the DSP.2 also accommodates optional extension cards supporting Bluetooth audio, hi-res music streaming via USB and real-time frequency analysis with an external microphone.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
Mosconi GLADEN PRO 5|30
This debut amp from Mosconi’s new PRO series suggests more good things are still to come from the brand. Boasting five independent channels of power – the first stereo pair provides 85W, the second pair 170W while the final channel uses a Class D amp to pipe a substantial 600W to the subwoofer. Maximum flexibility is ensured thanks to the inclusion of separate active crossovers in all channels or, alternatively, all crossovers can be bypassed to adapt the input parameter for use with Mosconi’s DSP.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR INTEGRATION 2017-2018
Hertz H8 DSP
The DSP to beat all rivals, the H8 will automatically re-equalise any OEM system to transform the in-car audio experience from the mundane to the fabulous, creating the most highly-spec’d and flexible entertainment system, with single high-level inputs, that money can buy. The H8 DSP includes a logic-switched User Control Set that allows for a highly personalised entertainment setup – it can even be automated using the seat belt sensors if desired. The processor accepts hi-res audio files up to 96kHz/24-bit via its optical digital input and is also perfectly suited for integration with OEM systems fitted with high-level inputs.

 

 

EISA IN-CAR SPEAKER SYSTEM 2017-2018
Vibe Audio CVEN62C-V4
If the goal of a decent speaker system is to reproduce music with clarity and punch, then Vibe Audio ticks every box, providing a coherent and clear performance that comes into its own with vocals, pop and electronic music. The combination of high-quality materials and smart engineering starts with the 165mm woofer that includes a 90mm-diameter magnet, Conex spider and linear butyl rubber suspension. This driver blends beautifully with the high excursion tweeter whose response extends right down into the midrange. One further benefit is that a complex, power-sapping crossover is not required inside the CVEN62C-V4 which is supplied with a single Mundorf capacitor.

 

And there's more... our sister magazine Australian Hi-Fi has the full Hi-Fi Expert Group winners here...


Our sister magazine Sound+Image has the Home Theatre Expert Groups winners here...


But to save you on clickage, here's the list of all the rest of the winners in brief...

 

HI-FI EXPERT GROUP

EISA WIRELESS LOUDSPEAKER 2017-2018
KEF LS50 Wireless

EISA BEST VALUE LOUDSPEAKER 2017-2018
DALI SPEKTOR 6

EISA BOOKSHELF LOUDSPEAKER 2017-2018
Dynaudio Contour 20

EISA FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER 2017-2018
Q Acoustics Concept 500

EISA HEADPHONES 2017-2018
Denon AH-D7200

EISA DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital

EISA BEST VALUE TURNTABLE 2017-2018
Pro-Ject Essential III Flexi-Range

EISA HIGH-END TURNTABLE 2017-2018
ELAC Miracord 90

EISA INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
Hegel Röst

EISA BEST VALUE AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
NAD C 338

EISA HIGH-END STEREO SYSTEM 2017-2018
Marantz SA-10 & PM-10

EISA HI-FI INNOVATION 2017-2018
Devialet Gold Phantom

EISA MULTIROOM NETWORK PLAYER 2017-2018
Yamaha WXC-50

 

COMBINED WITH MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP

EISA PORTABLE DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
RHA Dacamp L1

 

HOME THEATRE AUDIO EXPERT GROUP

EISA HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2017-2018
Focal Sib Evo

EISA HOME THEATRE RECEIVER 2017-2018
Yamaha RX-V483

EISA SOUNDBAR 2017-2018
LG SJ9

EISA TV AUDIO UPGRADE 2017-2018
Sonos PLAYBASE

EISA HOME THEATRE HIGH-END 2017-2018
DALI PHANTOM S Series

EISA HOME THEATRE SOLUTION 2017-2018
Denon HEOS AVR

EISA HOME THEATRE SUBWOOFER 2017-2018
SVS PB16-Ultra

 

COMBINED WITH HOME THEATRE VIDEO & DISPLAY EXPERT GROUP

EISA UNIVERSAL ULTRA HD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2017-2018
OPPO UDP-203

EISA BEST BUY ULTRA HD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2017-2018
Panasonic DMP-UB300/UB400 Series

 

HOME THEATRE VIDEO & DISPLAY EXPERT GROUP

EISA HOME THEATRE TV 2017-2018
Sony KD-65ZD9

EISA LCD TV 2017-2018
LG 55SJ850T 

EISA SMART TV 2017-2018
Samsung QE55Q7F

EISA OLED TV 2017-2018
LG OLED65E7T 

EISA BEST BUY TV 2017-2018
TCL U55C7006

EISA BEST BUY OLED TV 2017-2018
Philips 55POS9002

EISA HOME THEATRE PROJECTOR 2017-2018
Epson EH-TW9300W

 

COMBINED WITH HOME THEATRE AUDIO EXPERT GROUP

EISA UNIVERSAL ULTRA HD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2017-2018
OPPO UDP-203

EISA BEST BUY ULTRA HD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2017-2018
Panasonic DMP-UB300/UB400 Series

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP

EISA CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018
Canon EOS 77D

EISA PROSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018
Nikon D7500

EISA PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

EISA CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2017-2018
Fujifilm X-T20

EISA PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2017-2018
Sony α6500

EISA CAMERA 2017-2018
Sony α9

EISA COMPACT CAMERA 2017-2018
Sony RX100 V

EISA SUPERZOOM CAMERA 2017-2018
Sony RX10 III

EISA PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2017-2018
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

EISA INSTANT CAMERA 2017-2018
Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ10

EISA DSLR LENS 2017-2018
SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art

EISA DSLR ZOOM LENS 2017-2018
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

EISA PROFESSIONAL DSLR LENS 2017-2018
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM

EISA COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA LENS 2017-2018
Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

EISA PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA LENS 2017-2018
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS

EISA COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA ZOOM LENS 2017-2018
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO

EISA PHOTO INNOVATION 2017-2018
Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

EISA PHOTO DISPLAY 2017-2018
EIZO ColorEdge CG2730

 

COMBINED WITH MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP

EISA SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2017-2018
Huawei P10

 

MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2017-2018
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

EISA CONSUMER SMARTPHONE 2017-2018
Honor 8 Pro

EISA BEST BUY SMARTPHONE 2017-2018
NOA Element H10le

EISA MOBILE HEADPHONES 2017-2018
JBL Everest Elite 750NC

EISA MOBILE SPEAKER 2017-2018
JBL Boombox

EISA WIRELESS IN-EAR HEADPHONES 2017-2018
Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless

EISA WEARABLE DEVICE 2017-2018
Huawei Watch 2

EISA MOBILE AUDIO PLAYER 2017-2018
FiiO X5 3rd gen

 

COMBINED WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP

EISA SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2017-2018
Huawei P10

 

COMBINED WITH Hi-FI EXPERT GROUP

EISA PORTABLE DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2017-2018
RHA Dacamp L1

EISA Awards

 

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