The EISA awards for 2021-2022 have been published, and they confirm what we here at The Listening Post have known about some of our favorite products since we had our first play.
Sony's VPL-VW590ES has won best home theatre projector:
|Occupying the sweet-spot in the current Sony home theatre range, the VPL-VW590ES benefits from the action of a dynamic iris while retaining the affordability of lamp-based projection. Key to its premium status is the use of genuinely native 4K optics without recourse to mirror-switching – it employs a trio of 4096x2160-resolution SXRD panels, able to deliver both white and colour to the maximum available brightness of 1800 Lumens. Sony’s new ‘X1 For Projector’ processor, based upon technology from its Bravia TVs, delivers frame-by-frame HDR enhancement, 4K Motionflow, and Super Resolution upscaling. The result is largescreen projection images of truly cinematic quality, with spectacular detail and deep contrast.|
Yamaha's RX-A6A swept the Home Theatre Receiver category:
|Yamaha’s seven-channel networked AV receiver comes to your kit rack boasting a gorgeous all-new design philosophy and seven-input/one-output HDMI stage that’s ready for advanced gaming consoles and the 8K video sources of the future. And while implementing an array of smart features, including allowing its MusicCast multiroom speakers to be used as wireless surrounds, Yamaha hasn’t turned attention away from performance. Propelled by revised high slew-rate amplification and proprietary Cinema DSP, the RX-V6A crafts spacious, detailed and immersive soundfields with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sources, while applying upmixing polish to stereo and multichannel material. This is a brilliant, forward-thinking addition to the brand’s AVR fleet.|
SVS appears twice on the list, in the Best Buy Home Theatre Subwoofer for the SB-1000 Pro:
|Whether you pick up SVS’s keenly-priced SB-1000 Pro in its standard black ash finish or premium gloss white or black, the end result is the same – a performance that beguiles in terms of speed, slam and depth, from a cabinet that measures barely bigger than the subwoofer’s forward-facing 12in driver. Inside, a 325W-rated DSP amplifier provides ample power, giving explosive soundmix moments the scale and impact they deserve. And to cap off an excellent overhaul of SVS’s entry-level model, the company’s Bluetooth-based control and EQ app – once the preserve of its flagship 16 Ultra series – is on hand to fine tune in-room performance. Looking for a brilliant, bargain bass-maker? Look here.|
Best Compact Subwoofer for the 3000 Micro:
|Other models in SVS’s 3000 series use a single, large woofer in a sealed or ported enclosure. Here, however, the US bass specialist has introduced its smallest ever subwoofer driver (an 8in aluminium cone), and fitted two of them within a new, rock-solid cabinet measuring less than 30cm in all directions. The 3000 Micro is therefore destined for use in space-starved home theatres and living rooms, while still delivering the performance that brand fans will expect. Its onboard 800W-rated Sledge DSP amplifier keeps a tight rein on proceedings, allowing this sub to mix control and subtlety with brute force when needed. Factor in the affordable price tag and it’s a clear category winner.|
Check out these, and other awards on the EISA Awards Website.