TVs from LG, Samsung, and TCL, a Sennheiser headset, and an LG soundbox were awarded the best in the world in their categories for the biennium 2020-2021, according to EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association). The award is announced shortly before IFA and indicates the products that are benchmarks in the categories of best 8K TV, OLED, best buy, best speakers, soundbar, and wireless headphones.
EISA’s annual award is considered one of the industry’s most important awards. Experts linked to the association judge electronics from around the world and, in general, the seal is taken as a guarantee of high quality and technology. Here are some of the winners of the year 2020.
Best 8K TV: LG Nano99 75″
LG’s 75″ version of Nano99 was chosen as the best 8K TV option by EISA. The award recognizes the TV’s ability to perform upscaling at resolutions lower than 8K and also praises the image quality provided by the NanoCell IPS screen used in the device.
Another important TV highlight is the presence of the HDMI 2.1 ports, which should prolong the life of the television. The interface supports 8K to 60 FPS and 4K to 120 FPS and should become a reference in the coming years. The model chosen as the best 8K TV in the world by EISA is available for $2,899.
- Buy LG Nano99 75″
Best OLED Premium TV: LG OLED65X
Praising the design and quality of the screen, the award values the support that allows mounting the TV on the wall without taking up so much space. In terms of technology, LG’s OLED65X does not disappoint: the panel is OLED type, the resolution is 4K, there is support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, it also has HDR, Dolby Vision, and α9 Gen3 processor from LG that should reinforce the upscaling and media playback capacity of the device.
Also, the device makes use of the ThinQ artificial intelligence platform, as well as much of LG’s TV catalog. With HDMI 2.1 and 1ms response time, the TV has good gamer credentials and it is available for prices starting at $2445.
Best Big-screen TV: Samsung QE75Q950TS
The Samsung QE75Q950TS 75″ is the world’s best big-screen TV, according to EISA. The Samsung QLED panel offers 8K resolution and differs from the competitors by the modern design offer – the edges are only 2 mm. It is also possible to connect the TV using only one cable and the One Connect box, which redistributes the connections to the TV in a more organized way.
The device stands out for a high-performance upscaling system, a high-quality image, with the right to contrast and colors more intense than in common LED panels. Another important feature is the positional sound: with four speakers and eight drivers, the TV can trigger sound from different directions, contributing to more immersive user experience. Samsung sells Q950TS for $2,997.
Best Buy TV: TCL 65C815
TCL’s 65″ model was chosen as the best TV option in the mid-market. The choice is justified by the richness in features and specifications of the TV that uses a 4K resolution QLED screen with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support. In terms of audio, TCL’s device has a Dolby Atmos subscription sound system. The 65C815 runs Android TV and accepts voice commands through assistants.
Also available in 55 and 75-inch options, the 65C815 can be found at $769.
Best Soundbar: LG SN8YG
The best soundbar choice for the 2020 edition of IFA was LG’s SN8YG. The sound system goes beyond the conventional soundbar and offers a wireless subwoofer. In terms of technology, the product offers support for DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, which has built-in Chromecast and compatibility with Google Assistant.
The system, divided into 3.1.2 channel sound, delivers 440 Watts of RMS power and promises quality 3D sound reproduction. LG’s SN8YG can be found abroad at prices from $646.99.
Best Buy Soundbar: TCL TS9030 Ray-Danz
The TCL wireless subwoofer soundbar was chosen as the best cost-benefit option. EISA justified the award for the good set of resources gathered by the product that counts with Dolby Atmos sound, Google Home support, and the brand’s Ray-Danz sound. The promise is of a balanced reproduction, ideal for environments such as rooms, with the creation of an immersive sound stage and a central channel for dialog.
TCL’s product has a passthrough function for HDMI, with HDR right, besides allowing wireless streaming to work as a Chromecast for sound. The soundbar can be found in Europe starting from $400.
Best Portable Sound Box: LG PL7 XBoom
Developed by LG in partnership with Meridian, PL7 XBoom won the title of the best portable soundbox because of its balanced sound with a wealth of details, highlighted vocals, and highlighted bass. LG’s soundbox delivers battery for 24 hours of use and can work as an external battery for USB devices.
The XBoom has an LED lighting system that can vibrate according to the music and has IPX5 certified construction, something that makes it water-resistant. With Bluetooth or P2 interfaces, the box allows us to create a network with up to another 100 units for a party sound. Outside, LG’s box has prices that come out of $176.25.
- Buy LG PL7 XBoom
Best True Wireless Headphone: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
German brand option to Apple’s AirPods, Momentum TWS 2 was chosen as the best all-wireless headset of 2020. In terms of sound, the highlights were Sennheiser’s drivers that deliver audio rich in bass and details, all with the possibility of fine adjustments made through the official app.
Equipped with active noise cancellation, the new Sennheiser headphones promise autonomy of up to 7 hours out of the case. The earphones have a design that allows the exchange of the tips for a better fit and is officially sold for $299.95.