The IFA 2012 show is approaching and EISA has found this year’s EISA winners. EISA has awarded the best products in a range of categories. See which TVs EISA has awarded for 2012-2013.
EISA Awards 2012-2013
EISA is short for European Imaging and Sound Association and each year EISA Awards are awarded just before the IFA 2012 show.
Below you can see which TVs EISA believes are the best in the respective categories. The awards have been neatly divided between the different TV manufacturers so no one feels left out. New categories have been created to make sure that everyone received some glory. Please note that these are EISA’s words not FlatpanelsHD’s words.
European Display Achievement 2012-2013 - LG 55EM970V/975V
After a long and demanding technological development, LG is now being ready to launch the large screen TV of the future. The 55EM970V (or 55EM975V as the wall-mount version) uses OLED organic light emitting diodes to deliver high-quality pictures with incredible contrast, a wide viewing angle and deep blacks. And, because this screen technology works without a backlighting system, LG’s 55in OLED TV is only 4mm thick, making it truly desirable. Crowning this revolutionary achievement is the ultra-compact receiver, amplifier and loudspeaker system built into the television’s stand. OLED may not be a new screen technology, but LG is the first manufacturer to bring its benefits to consumers at a screen size that’s perfect for the living room.
European Smart TV 2012-2013 - LG 55LM960V
For many manufacturers, 2012 is the year of Smart TV, yet LG has managed not only to integrate useful apps to get content from the internet it has made these features quickly accessible and easy to use via its improved Magic Remote with voice control. Of course, LG’s Nano Full LED panel also delivers excellent black levels, high contrast and a natural colour reproduction for outstanding picture quality. With Cinema 3D, LG offers a 3D solution for the whole family, including a box full of lightweight, comfortable glasses. On top of this, the 55LM960V is one of the most elegant TVs to look at even when it’s turned off.
European Plasma TV 2012-2013 - Panasonic VIERA TX-P50VT50
Put simply, Panasonic’s TX-P50VT50 is the best plasma TV you can buy, offering deep black levels, natural colours and a superb Full HD 3D performance. In addition, it’s packed with state-of-the-art features, including built-in Wi-Fi, a web browser, access to social networks, apps via VIERA Connect and an advanced calibration mode. Connectivity is excellent, with an SD card slot, four HDMI inputs and three USB ports provided, and the TV’s design is sleek and stylish. For consumers who like the picture quality that plasma technology delivers, the Panasonic TX-P50VT50 is the number one choice.
European LCD TV 2012-2013 - Philips 46PFL9707
Year after year we have on the market new Philips TV models with top specifications, and year after year they surprise with even better performance. The 46PFL9707 features an improved Moth Eye filter to drastically reduce screen reflections, and the direct LED backlight with local dimming allows for deep blacks and peak brightness. Motion compensation is excellent as well, while the new Flicker Free glasses technology means you can enjoy 3D movies without the discomfort often associated with the presence of ambient light. Finally, the new remote control incorporates a keyboard to simplify navigation of the TV’s Smart features.
European Future Proof TV 2012-2013 - Samsung UE46ES8000
In an age of fast-changing technical products customers will appreciate always having an up-to-date TV. With the Samsung UE46ES8000 this is now possible, thanks to the Evolution Kit that allows the hardware and software to be upgraded to the latest functions and capabilities. Of course, the UE46ES8000 already comes with modern features, including a Smart service offering a huge amount of apps, built-in Skype camera and innovative speech and gesture control. And Samsung’s stunning UE46ES8000 delivers not only a future proof solution but excellent picture quality, with sharp, high-contrast pictures and neutral and realistic colours.
European 3D TV 2012-2013 - Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX850
Sony’s KDL-55HX850 is the ideal television for 3D movie fans. The very fast response time of the panel and its ability to keep the two image channels separate means image quality is striking, with almost no crosstalk. Sony’s Cinema mode, meanwhile, ensures correctly-balanced colours straight out of the box, and black levels are excellent due to dimming technology that reduces the backlight in dark parts of the picture without a loss of shadow detail. As well as the superior 3D and 2D pictures, the unique lean-back stand provides a convenient, stylish viewing experience.
European 3D Achievement 2012-2013 - Toshiba 55ZL2
Toshiba’s 55ZL2 represents the start of a new era in TV technology, because for the first time ever consumers can experience 3D at home without having to wear special glasses. 3D movies are displayed at a resolution of 720p to as many as nine viewers, thanks to the TV’s thousands of micro-lenses, built-in face-recognition system and powerful processor. To achieve this technological feat, the 55ZL2 employs a panel with more than 8 million pixels, making it possible to display still images at an ultra-sharp 3840 x 2160 resolution. And, of course, 2D viewing of 1080p material, upscaled to full panel resolution, is also offered. The 55ZL2 is a groundbreaking TV that needs to be seen to be believed.
European HT Solution 2012-2013 - Loewe Connect ID 46 + Home Cinema Set 5.1
This combined home theatre system provides a stylish, flexible solution that’s easily integrated into your living room, due to the fact that the Connect ID 46 offers 2,160 feature and design combinations, including different stands, colours and specifications. The TV’s picture quality is matched by the excellent audio performance of the Home Cinema Set 5.1, which includes the MediaVision 3D Blu-ray system with iPod/iPhone dock, five satellite speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Control is made simple via Loewe’s new iPad-compatible Assist Media app. This is a premium package that benefits from high-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.
European Green TV 2012-2013 - Philips 55PFL6007
While today’s TVs are being offered with ever-bigger screens, this doesn’t have to mean a bigger cost to the environment. With the 55PFL6007, Philips has created a set with increased functionality over its previous models while maintaining its standing as a brand with environmentally efficient products. Not only does the 55PFL6007 outperform its rivals when it comes to energy efficiency but it also boasts the efficient use of precious metals in its printed circuit boards. As such, a Philips TV set wins the EISA Green Award for the third year in succession.
Audio and players
See which audio systems, sound bars and receivers have won. Please note that these are EISA’s words not FlatpanelsHD’s words.
European Blu-ray Player 2012-2013 - Panasonic DMP-BDT500
Panasonic’s DMP-BDT500 has it all. Fast and reliable when reading CD/DVD/BD discs, this multi-purpose modern player offers additional applications to connect with internet services and allows DLNA file-streaming. Generous connections include two HDMIs, making it easy to integrate with the rest of your system. Besides an advanced video processor that provides picture calibration, the DMP-BDT500 has a very special audio processor that allows you to choose between the sonic characteristics of six different vacuum tubes. Digital-to-analogue conversion is based on four 192kHz/32-bit DACs, and the Panasonic is ready to read FLAC files up to 192kHz/24-bit. LAN and Wi-Fi connections, touchpad remote control and applications for Android and iOS complete this impressive package.
European Streaming Product 2012-2013 - Pioneer N-50
Network-enabled hi-fi separates are evolving at a fiercesome pace but Pioneer’s N-50 is sufficiently ahead of the pack that it sets the standard in its class. Its 2.4in colour LCD screen squeezes in a lot of information, including a thumbnail of the album cover and details of the file type and sampling frequency. The N-50 is also a lot heavier than its slim profile suggests thanks to its multiple power supplies and reinforced chassis. But most important of all, its DLNA-compliant Ethernet connection will handle the highest resolution 24-bit/192kHz media with other connections to support legacy digital products, USB audio and external Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapters. Musically, it serves up a soundstage you can walk into guitars sound slinky and cymbals positively sizzle as the N-50 weaves its digital magic.
European Loudspeaker 2012-2013 - KEF LS50
To casual viewers the LS50 will look like a minimalist, single-driver loudspeaker but in reality it’s more sophisticated. In fact, this single driver is one of KEF’s famous two-way Uni-Q units with its tweeter mounted at the acoustic centre of the mid/woofer. This latest iteration, coloured rose gold, features a cone formed of a special magnesium/aluminium alloy and benefits from a longer ‘throw’ to improve bass performance. The cabinet is not only beautifully finished but is sturdily constructed with constrained layer damping between its walls, internal cross-brace and front baffle. As promised, the LS50 delivers a remarkably big sound with vivid imaging and a tremendous bass weight that belies its compact dimensions. Shut your eyes and you’ll believe you are listening to a far bigger loudspeaker.
European Wireless Hi-Fi 2012-2013 - Dynaudio Xeo
Hi-fi without cables? If this is your domestic dream then Dynaudio has the solution with its Xeo wireless audio system. If Wi-Fi is traditionally associated with lo-fi then Xeo looks to set a higher standard with its bespoke transmitter capable of streaming music, up to 16-bit/48kHz resolution, to its Xeo 3 standmount and Xeo 5 floorstanding loudspeakers. Both speakers include two 50W amplifiers for their bass and treble drivers while the partnering Xeo transmitter features analogue, USB and Toslink optical digital inputs for compatibility with a wide range of hi-fi sources. Not only does Xeo support multiple sources but it will also stream out to three independent speaker zones, spreading its lively and dynamic sound quality throughout your home.
European High-End Audio 2012-2013 - DALI EPICON 8
Danish loudspeaker brand DALI is no stranger to the high-end and this latest addition to the EPICON range is appropriately ‘epic’. The statuesque EPICON 8 stands 1.26m tall and features a dedicated wood-fibre coned midrange driver sited above a novel hybrid tweeter module and augmented by two bass drivers. Key innovations include the use of a non-conductive powder material in the magnet system, called soft magnetic compound (SMC), claimed to reduce distortion over a wide dynamic range. The EPICON 8’s enclosure is formed of six layers of MDF and is finished in a choice of gloss black and real wood veneers. Its sound is equally impressive, at once bold and intimate, its broad soundstage peppered with musical detail, filling the largest of rooms with ease.
European Two-Channel System 2012-2013 - Cambridge Audio Azur 851C + 851A
When is a CD player more than a CD player? When it’s designed to be an outboard D/A converter complete with integral CD drive. This is Cambridge Audio’s Azur 851C, its best player to date and one that combines its most sophisticated DAC design with USB and legacy digital audio inputs. The partnering 851A amplifier is just as slick, employing the latest version of the company’s proprietary Class XD technology to comfortably exceed its 120W specification. So while the 851C DAC/player brings a quiet composure to the party, the 851A is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a muscular amp that grips the speakers and serves up tight, powerful and extended bass. In the 851C and 851A you’re getting cutting-edge technology for substantially less than high-end prices. Add the best speakers you can afford and this two-channel system will deliver a taste of hi-fi heaven.
European HT Subwoofer 2012-2013 - Bowers & Wilkins PV1D
The B&W PV1D is no ordinary subwoofer, it’s bass done with style. Its curvaceous shell houses a pair of back-to-back drivers, mounted to cancel unwanted resonances, and powered by a new 400W-rated Class D amplifier. The drivers are equally special, the lightweight but very stiff diaphragms a sandwich of expanded polystyrene between an aluminium face and rear paper/Kevlar layer. Comprehensive onboard DSP prevents overload and audible distortion from this deceptively compact sub while B&W’s recommended low-pass filter and delay settings aids its integration into both 2.1 and fully-fledged 7.1 home theatre speaker systems. Action movie fans will be delighted to discover B&W’s four EQ presets, one of which will fill any room with a clean and deep, rib-tickling bass.
European HT Loudspeaker 2012-2013 - Canton Vento 800.2 System
Showing that great speakers can always be made better, Canton’s latest generation of its successful Vento series is proving a real hit with home theatre fans. Our choice includes the 870.2 floorstanders partnered with the 820.2 surrounds and 856.2 centre channel all benefiting from Canton’s ceramic dome tweeter, a technology originally developed for its top-of-the-line ‘Reference’ series. The crossovers and six-layer laminated cabinets have also been fine-tuned so that the new Vento 800.2 series delivers a lively performance with both music and movie soundtracks. The speaker combination provides a delicious amount of detail without sounding aggressive, its spacious soundfield providing a host of home cinema fun.
European HT Soundbar 2012-2013 - Harman Kardon SB30
With its SB30, Harman Kardon takes a big stride towards a grand home cinema experience. Key to the success of this soundbar and sub combination is its ‘Harman Wave Surround’ technology, a marriage of no fewer than six small midrange drivers, seven metal/ceramic tweeters and eleven channels of power. For realistic bass extension, the system includes a wireless subwoofer with an 8in driver and powerful 100W Class D amplifier. Installation is easy, just hook the SB30 to your TV or BD player through analogue or digital connections and you’re good to go. Dolby Volume ensures you’ll not fall off the sofa when the adverts start while sound quality with movies and concert BDs benefits from a realistic tonal balance, good focus and a great sense of acoustic space.
European HT Receiver 2012-2013 - Pioneer VSX-922
Success in the competitive AV field is hard won, so Pioneer has worked harder than most to take our Receiver Award for the second year in a row, this time for its fine-sounding VSX-922. Casual inspection reveals little change from Pioneer’s previous generation, but there are key improvements including six 3D-compatible HDMI inputs, 7.2 channel outputs and a host of new video processing options to improve picture quality. The VSX-922 supports both DLNA and AirPlay, has a digital connection for iPod, iPhone or iPad and plays WAV or FLAC music files up to 192kHz/24-bit via its wired network or USB connections. Functional and fun, interactive control is also offered in the form of Pioneer’s iControlAV2012 app for smartphones and tablets.
European HT System 2012-2013 - Samsung HT-E6750
Tubes fight back in this novel home theatre system from Samsung, bridging the generations between thermionic valves and modern Class D amplification. The HT-E6750W incorporates two 3D-compatible HDMI inputs and one output, this ‘Smart Hub’ extending the world of social networking, apps, services and on-line entertainment to any HD TV. Other media may be connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB while the 5.1 channel loudspeakers are supplemented by a further two channels of ‘virtual front surround’. Although the HT-E6750W is designed for home cinema use, its sound quality is both subtle and powerful enough for music reproduction as well. All this plus a wide selection of decoders for the latest audio and video standards ensures your enjoyment will run and run.
European HT High-End 2012-2013 - Sony VPL-VW1000ES
Home theatre diehards have keenly anticipated a true 4K projector and Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES is that dream given form. This inaugural native 4K home theatre projector offers a full 4096х2160 pixel resolution and is based on Sony’s professional cinema solution. At its core are three new SXRD matrix panels capable of delivering a claimed 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio through its specially developed 2.1x zoom lens. As you would expect for a projector of this resolution, its picture processing is exceptional, upscaling Full HD input to fill its 4K capacity with seamless efficiency. Your favourite movies have never looked so vivid, detailed and realistic this is the projector of the future, available today.
European Projector 2012-2013 - Epson EH-TW9000W
The Epson EH-TW9000W is one of the first home cinema projectors to include technology for the wireless transmission of Full HD 3D images making long HDMI cable runs a thing of the past. The high power E-TORL lamp, combined with a 480Hz refresh rate, creates bright, smooth 3D pictures. The optical engine includes a large zoom range and horizontal/vertical lens shift, making set-up very easy, while excellent video processing and movement compensation also ensure the Epson’s performance is first rate. This is one of the best solutions that can be found on the market today use it to build the home cinema set-up of your dreams!
EISA Awards 2012-2013
EISA also awarded products in the categories such as In-car Electronics, Photo, Mobile Devices and Green.