EISA Awards 2018-2019: Incar Electronics

EISA, freshly re-christened as the Expert Imaging & Sound Association, reveals the winners of its 2018-2019 Awards. Technical experts from 55 member magazines and websites in 27 countries across the world have recognised and awarded the following products as the best in their categories.

For 36 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. 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, expanding from its European roots to include new members in India,  the USA and Australia (that's us!).   

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 on August 31st at a gala event during IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair, held in Berlin. But why wait! We've got all the winners below -  starting, natch, with the Incar categories.

IN-CAR ELECTRONICS EXPERT GROUP 

EISA IN-CAR HEAD UNIT 2018-2019
Pioneer AVIC-Z910DAB
As the flagship model in Pioneer’s range, this top-of-the-line head unit comes fully equipped with all the features that the more discerning user could possibly desire. Key among these is Apple CarPlay’s wireless and wired functionality, alongside the wired Android Auto, providing the convenience of smartphone operation. Fully equipped with navigation, dual camera input, DAB+ tuner, USB and HDMI hook-ups, the AVIC-Z910DAB also offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth as well as boasting built-in Wi-Fi for fuss-free smartphone connection. A wealth of entertainment options is opened up to the user thanks to the inclusion of AppRadio Mode +, while the AVIC-Z910DAB’s stunning sonic prowess makes it a force to be reckoned with.

 

EISA IN-CAR PROCESSOR 2018-2019
Helix DSP MINI
This entry-level in-car sound processor offers way more features than you might expect for the money. Designed to be ready for any innovations on the horizon, it can be upgraded to meet the demands of future vehicles and to accept any interface updates to Wi-Fi and vehicle integration. Its ultra-flexible and supremely powerful PC software ensures perfect handling of all sources along with personally tailored processing for the ultimate in in-car entertainment. With a new feature set that includes algorithms for bass and centre channel processing along with soundstage and musical clarity enhancement, it is compatible with hi-res – handling music files up 96kHz/24-bit. If you are running a six-channel system, the Helix DSP Mini ticks all the boxes.

 

EISA IN-CAR AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
Ground Zero GZPA 4SQ
At first glance this might appear to be a straightforward four-channel power amplifier, but a quick listen makes it clear that the Ground Zero GZPA 4SQ is capable of so much more. Key to its success is the ‘tube-like’ sound provided by its user-adjustable Class AB to Class A bias control. Each of the four channels boasts two pairs of high-power MOSFET output devices while its power supply, with super-sized transformer, has the capacity to support very high power outputs under dynamic conditions. The result is an amplifier that’s overflowing with cutting-edge technologies, components and top-class engineering, including German-made, low-loss MCAP-MKP capacitors, Burr-Brown op-amps and Japanese Nichicon capacitors.

 

EISA IN-CAR DSP AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
JL Audio VX800/8i
When it comes to US-designed DSP amplifiers, JL Audio takes some beating. With its direct digital signal routing, from input to output, the VX800/8i is capable of pumping out astonishing sound. A full-range Class D eight-channel amplifier, it boasts integrated DSP for a wide range of installation-specific settings. High-speed, second-generation NexD2 switching technology is on hand to deliver crystal-clear audio via its RCA analogue and digital pre-outs (these at up to 96kHz/24-bit), while the high efficiency/cool-running amps fire out a rated 75W/4ohm per channel. Finally, the VXi-BTC Bluetooth communicator and VXi-HUB network hub are available for fine-tuning and connection, offering control of up to five VXi amplifiers at once.

 

EISA IN-CAR SUBWOOFER 2018-2019
Audison APBX 10 AS
The combination of its compact design and carefully thought-out technologies makes this subwoofer the perfect solution for upgrading OEM systems in modern cars. The use of a high-performance amplifier with HE-LI (High Efficiency – Low Impedance) technology together with a specially developed driver delivers high dynamics from an impressively small enclosure. Meanwhile, the ease of configuration and adaptability means that installation should be a simple process. The presence of high-level RCA inputs in combination with the SSP (Sub Smart Plug) connector also makes it possible to use the subwoofer as a quick detachable device. The Audison APBX 10 AS effortlessly proves that market-leading low-end rumble needn’t cost the earth.

 

EISA IN-CAR SMART UPGRADE 2018-2019
Match UP 7BMW
Specifically designed for BMWs and compatible with all ‘Hi-Fi System’ equipment, the Match Up 7BMW comes with a mounting plate and plug-and-play harness so that it can be installed in just a few minutes. It’s an invaluable upgrade, boasting seamless integration, which delivers more power and dynamics to your in-car performance. A seven-channel amp, it includes proprietary ‘Class HD’ amplification that routes extra power to the woofers, resulting in a highly dynamic sound that has to be heard to be believed. The powerful 64-bit DSP runs proprietary algorithms to get the best out of factory speakers, including the centre channel, resulting in a powerful bass response and vastly improved soundstage no matter where you are sitting in the car.

 

EISA IN-CAR INTEGRATION 2018-2019
MOSCONI Gladen Pico 8|12 DSP
Designed to be as small as possible for a complete audio system, the Gladen Pico 8|12 offers impeccable control of input signals and includes a universal interface to connect with OEM head units. It boasts a 3x9 band parametric equaliser, the option to deal with any delays and differences in level (gain) on its inputs plus a flexible mixer for signal routing. The high-speed PWM stages process 96kHz/24-bit audio streams directly, with 12 channels of DSP feeding eight Class G/H amplifiers. As the first Mosconi Gladen device to work directly with the Gladen Aures in-car measuring system, it makes integration easier than ever. It provides automatic DSP setup and centre channel management, with mixing, straight summation or special algorithm matrix options all possible.

 

EISA IN-CAR HIGH-END COMPONENT 2018-2019
Audison TH K2 II A Coro
Audison’s no-nonsense approach means that the TH K2 II A Coro eschews fripperies and instead employs the very best materials for the job at hand. This two-way kit comprises a 165mm cone woofer and 38mm dome tweeter, both featuring over-sized neodymium magnet assemblies to extend response and dynamics as far as possible. All design and engineering parameters are pushed to the very max, and with a 24-month development period for each drive unit, Audison’s efforts have clearly borne fruit. These spectacular drivers are perfectly equipped for partnering with modern DSP technology, and ready to action the smallest adjustment to any setting.

 

EISA IN-CAR INNOVATION 2018-2019
Gladen Aures
The first and only in-car measuring system to employ binaural in-ear sensors, Gladen’s Aures uses high-quality microphones to provide extremely accurate measurements. This in-depth analysis adopts psychoacoustic principles to achieve impressively precise sound tuning. The Aures can be used as a standalone measuring system or in combination with MOSCONI Gladen DSP products for even more fine-tuning. With the latter option, the system suggests variables for semi-automatic measuring and DSP adjustment, making for quick and efficient system tuning. Manual time alignment and frequency response adjustment is retained to suit personal listening preferences.

 

COMBINED AWARD - INCAR & HT AUDIO GROUPS

EISA SLIM INSTALLATION COMPONENT 2018-2019
Morel Virtus Nano Integra 602 & SoundWall PowerSlim PMC600
Designed for easy installation where space is limited, this Morel Integra driver is used for both in-car audio and in-wall products under different names. Thanks to its limited depth, it can be installed in-wall using proper frames with almost no space behind as well as in shallow places in the car, as the mounting depth is a mere 0.67in (17mm). An ‘Endumax’ multilayer sandwich cone, with convex geometry, and ‘Acuflex’ soft dome with 2.1in and 1.1in voice coils, respectively, provide precision and control. The speaker cleverly uses the same magnet for woofer and tweeter voice coil, which not only saves space but also provides an almost perfect phase alignment. This ‘Zero-Point’ dual-concentric technology assures that limited space need not affect the speaker’s sonic prowess.

 

 

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 Video & Audio winners


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

 

 

HI-FI EXPERT GROUP                    

EISA ANALOGUE MUSIC SYSTEM 2018-2019
Pro-Ject Juke Box S2

EISA COMPACT MUSIC SYSTEM 2018-2019
Denon CEOL N10

EISA ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM 2018-2019
Naim Audio Uniti Atom

EISA WIRELESS SYSTEM 2018-2019
DALI Callisto 6C & Sound Hub

EISA STEREO SYSTEM 2018-2019
Marantz ND8006/PM8006

EISA STEREO RECEIVER 2018-2019
Yamaha R-N803D

EISA AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
Primare I15 Prisma

EISA BEST BUY AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
Pioneer A-40AE

EISA HIGH-END AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
NAD M32

EISA STREAMER 2018-2019
Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra

EISA DAC 2018-2019
Chord Electronics Hugo 2

EISA TURNTABLE 2018-2019
Technics SL-1200GR

EISA LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019
ELAC Adante AS-61

EISA BEST BUY LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019
Q Acoustics 3050i

EISA SMART LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019
Harman Kardon Citation 500

EISA HEADPHONE 2018-2019
Sennheiser HD 660 S

EISA HIGH-END HEADPHONE 2018-2019 
Focal Clear

EISA HI-FI INNOVATION 2018-2019
Micromega M-One M-150

COMBINED WITH MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP          

EISA PORTABLE DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
iFi Audio xDSD

 

HOME THEATRE VIDEO & DISPLAY EXPERT GROUP                         

EISA HOME THEATRE TV 2018-2019
Philips 65OLED903

EISA BEST BUY OLED TV 2018-2019
Philips 55OLED803

EISA BEST BUY LCD TV 2018-2019
TCL 55DC760

EISA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TV 2018-2019
LG 65SK9500

EISA PREMIUM OLED TV 2018-2019
LG OLED65E8

EISA PREMIUM LCD TV 2018-2019
Samsung 65Q9FN

EISA MONITOR INNOVATION 2018-2019
Sharp Aquos LV-70X500E

EISA BEST BUY PROJECTOR 2018-2019
BenQ W1700
BenQ HT2550 (in the USA)

EISA PREMIUM PROJECTOR 2018-2019
Sony VPL-VW760ES

COMBINED WITH HOME THEATRE AUDIO EXPERT GROUP                             

EISA HIGH-END UHD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2018-2019
Panasonic DP-UB9000 series

EISA BEST BUY UHD BLU-RAY PLAYER 2018-2019
Sony UBP-X700

COMBINED WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP             

EISA PHOTO VIDEO CAMERA 2018-2019
Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5S

 

HOME THEATRE AUDIO EXPERT GROUP               

EISA HOME THEATRE AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
Denon AVC-X8500H

EISA HOME THEATRE RECEIVER 2018-2019
Pioneer VSX-933

EISA HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2018-2019
KEF Q Series

EISA BEST BUY HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2018-2019
Jamo S 809 HCS / S 810 SUB / S 8 ATM

EISA HOME THEATRE IN-WALL SPEAKER 2018-2019
Focal 300IWLRC6 / 300IW6

EISA SOUNDBAR 2018-2019
LG SK10Y

EISA BEST BUY SOUNDBAR 2018-2019
Polk Audio MagniFi MAX

EISA HOME THEATRE SUBWOOFER 2018-2019
SVS SB-4000

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP               

EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2018-2019
Sony α7 III

EISA PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2018-2019
Nikon D850

EISA DSLR CAMERA 2018-2019
Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EISA BEST BUY CAMERA 2018-2019
Canon EOS M50

EISA SUPERZOOM CAMERA 2018-2019
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

EISA MIRRORLESS CAMERA 2018-2019
Fujifilm X-H1

EISA PROFESSIONAL MIRRORLESS CAMERA 2018-2019
Sony α7R III

EISA DSLR ZOOM LENS 2018-2019
SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art

EISA DSLR TELEZOOM LENS 2018-2019
Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD

EISA DSLR PRIME LENS 2018-2019
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

EISA PROFESSIONAL LENS 2018-2019
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

EISA MIRRORLESS WIDEANGLE ZOOM LENS 2018-2019
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

EISA MIRRORLESS STANDARD ZOOM LENS 2018-2019
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD

EISA MIRRORLESS TELEZOOM LENS 2018-2019
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS

EISA PHOTO INNOVATION 2018-2019
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

EISA PHOTO SERVICE 2018-2019
CEWE Photobook Pure

COMBINED WITH HOME THEATRE VIDEO & DISPLAY EXPERT GROUP         

EISA PHOTO VIDEO CAMERA 2018-2019
Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5S

COMBINED AWARDS WITH MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP                       

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2018-2019
Huawei P20 Pro

 

MOBILE DEVICES EXPERT GROUP                           

EISA CONSUMER SMARTPHONE 2018-2019
Nokia 7 Plus

EISA LIFESTYLE SMARTPHONE 2018-2019
Honor 10

EISA BEST BUY SMARTPHONE 2018-2019
NOA Element N10

EISA NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES 2018-2019
AKG N700NC

EISA MOBILE LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019
JBL Xtreme 2

EISA WIRELESS IN-EAR HEADPHONES 2018-2019
JBL Endurance DIVE

EISA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019
LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7
LG ThinQ Speaker WK7 (in the USA)

EISA MOBILE AUDIO PLAYER 2018-2019
Pioneer XDP-02U

COMBINED AWARDS WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT GROUP                          

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2018-2019
Huawei P20 Pro

COMBINED WITH HI-FI EXPERT GROUP   

EISA PORTABLE DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2018-2019
iFi Audio xDSD