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EISA announces its 2020-2021 awards

17 Aug 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

It is almost IFA time and EISA has announced its awards for 2020-2021. Philips and LG have both been awarded two TV awards.

EISA Awards 2020-2021

As per tradition EISA has removed some categories and introduced new ones. 'Best Smart Home TV' is gone, replaced by a new 'Large Screen TV' category. Brands must participate - and pay - to be taken into consideration, we hear from industry members. Still, naming LG's 75NANO99, which is a contrast-poor IPS LCD TV, the best 8K TV ahead of Samsung's 8K TVs may be viewed as a controversial choice. Also read: List: Best TVs (according to FlatpanelsHD) Philips and LG have both been awarded two TV awards, with Philips taking home 'Best Home Theatre TV' with 65OLED935, which is a yet-to-be-announced model with B&W speakers. 65OLED935 will most likely be formally unveiled at IFA 2020 early next month.

EISA Awards 2020-2021

The 'Best Home Theatre Media Player' award goes to the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR box, which is... questionable considering competing solutions like Apple TV 4K and Nvidia Shield. Apple is not a member of EISA - we are not sure if Nvidia is. EISA's full list of audio/video awards is included below. The IFA 2020 show has been cancelled in its usual form but there are still lots of new products to look forward to in late August / early September.

EISA Awards 2020-21 – Home Theatre Display & Video

Best 8K TV:LG 75NANO99
Best Buy OLED TV:Philips 55OLED805
Best Large Screen TVSamsung QE75Q950TS
Best Buy TVTCL 65C815
Best Home Theatre TV:Philips 65OLED935
Best Premium OLED TV:LG OLED65GX
Best ProjectorOptoma CinemaX UHZ65UST
Best Home Theatre Media PlayerZappiti Pro 4K HDR

EISA Awards 2020-21 – Home Theatre Audio

Best Buy Home Theatre Speaker System:Arendal Sound 1961 Series
Best Soundbar:LG SN8YG
Best Premium Soundbar:Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage
Best Buy Soundbar:TCL TS9030 Ray-Danz
Best Smart Soundbar:Harman Kardon Citation MultiBeam 700
Best Buy Home Theatre Speaker System:Triangle Borea Series
Home Theatre Receiver:Denon AVC-X4700H
Home Theatre High-end:Trinnov Altitude Platform
Home Theatre AmplifierEmotiva XPA Gen3
Home Theatre HeadphoneJVC Ecofield XP-EXT1
Home Theatre SubwooferSVS SB-2000 Pro

EISA Awards 2020-21 – Hi-Fi

Best Value Floorstanding LoudspeakerFocal Chora 826
Best LoudspeakerSVS Prime Pinnacle
Best Value Bookshelf LoudspeakerMonitor Audio Bronze 100
Best Wireless LoudspeakerSystem Audio Legend 5 Silverback
Best Smart AmplifierNAD Masters M33
Best AmplifierArcam SA30
Best High-end Integrated AmplifierMusical Fidelity M8xi
Best High-end Pre/Power AmplifierMichi P5/S5
Best TurntableThorens TD1601
Best Value DACiFi Audio ZEN DAC
Digital SourceVolumio Primo
Audio AccessoryPro-Ject VC-E
Best Phono PreampPrimare R15
Best HeadphonesDali IO-6
Best Portable DAC/Headphone AmplifierAudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt
- Source: EISA

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