Frequently Asked Questions
Who decides upon the EISA Awards?
EISA Awards are chosen annually by Expert Groups representing nearly 50 prominent Photography, Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics and Mobile Devices magazines from up to 22 European countries. All Expert Groups work separately, but are under contract to the European Imaging & Sound Association.
How are products nominated for the EISA Awards?
EISA member magazines in each group make regular, detailed and objective test reports on Photography, Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics and Mobile Devices equipment. Every year, each member magazine nominates an initial short-list of products to be considered at the Expert Group’s Awards voting sessions, held during EISA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Prior to submission, every magazine’s short-list is approved by each title’s Editor-in-Chief. The short-list reflects each magazine’s findings during tests, as well as day to day use, and is based upon the results of each magazine’s standard test procedures.
The final shortlist of nominated products will be debated in detail, according to EISA’s rules, at the organization’s AGM, which is attended by Editors-in-Chief from all member magazines. All nominations are kept strictly confidential.
What makes a product eligible for nomination?
All products to be awarded – with the exception of those awarded in Innovation and Design categories – must have been available for detailed test evaluation for the magazines in each Expert Group in concern. Latest and brand new products will only be accepted if they have been available for detailed testing before the start of each year’s AGM by at least 5 members magazines from the Expert Group in concern.
Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries. Products sold under a pre-order basis should be delivered to the originator of the sale up to the 15th October of the year the award is conferred.
What marks out the EISA award winning products?
Every year, the EISA Awards applaud the new products that combine the most advanced technology, the most desirable features, the ultimate expression of design, the most satisfying ergonomics and, of course, the greatest value for money. In short, EISA recognizes the features most likely to be appreciated by an enthusiast public seeking high quality and creative facilities.
Due to the ever-changing nature of consumer markets, EISA’s Awards jury reserves the right to update and/or change the Awards selection criteria or Award titles during the selection period.
When are the winning products announced?
Winning companies will be informed by phone as soon as possible after the Annual General Meeting. The Awards confirmation will take the form of a telephone call and/or email to the President of the winning company, sent to the company’s global headquarters and/or European office. In two weeks this will be followed by an official letter and all further information, including an Award Agreement and an Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo. National importers will be informed by each country’s magazine representative.
May companies publish their winning products immediately after the Awards?
No. All EISA Awards announcements are solely for internal use of winning companies, and remain under strict embargo (see Rules).
When will the EISA Awards be presented?
Every year the EISA Awards will be presented during an official ceremony, attended by all Editors-in-Chief of EISA’s member magazines, and to which Presidents of all winning companies will be officially invited. The ceremony will be held to coincide with the most convenient world exhibition/fair/show of Photography, Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics and Mobile Devices products – the IFA in Berlin. At the Awards ceremony the official representative of every winning company will receive the corresponding Award trophy.
THE EISA AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY AT THE STARTING DAY OF IFA BERLIN.
When will EISA magazines report the winning products?
Each member magazine will publish the winning products from its own Expert Group’s Awards (Photography, Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics, Mobile Devices) in their September issues, at a minimum size of a third page for each award. However, each magazine is free to publish the winning products at a bigger size if it wishes. All Awards from the other Expert Groups will be reported by model name and title only. There will be no grading of other products or identification of individual magazine’s nominations.
Key dates of the EISA Awards
Middle of May
October 1st previous year until September 30th, final year of the Award
Period in between products must have been appeared on the market. However products to be awarded have to be available for detailed test before the start of each year’s AGM
End of June
Election of EISA Award winning products
August 15th, 00:00 CET
August 15th until August 15th next year
Validity EISA Award
October 1st in year of Award
Date products must be definitely on-sale in quantities to the public in at least 10 European countries, with the underlined exceptions
EISA Awards presentation ceremony
Starting day of IFA Berlin
RULES OF COPYRIGHT AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLICITY
- All products to be awarded – with the exception of those awarded in Innovation and Design categories – must have been available for detailed test evaluation for the magazines in each Expert Group concerned. Latest and brand new products will only be accepted if they have been available for detailed testing before the start of each year’s AGM by a least 5 member magazines of the concerned Expert Group. In addition, awarded products must also be for sale in quantities to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year of the EISA Awards in at least 10 European countries. Products sold under a pre-order basis should be delivered to the originator of the sale up to the 15th October of the year the award is conferred.
- The use of the EISA Award title and logo is bound by the rules of an Award Agreement and an Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo which must be signed by a responsible executive of the winning company. The winning companies are only allowed to use the specific EISA Awards title and logo after signing and returning the official EISA Award Agreement and EISA Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo within ten days by fax and mail to the EISA HQ.
A) AWARD AGREEMENT
The Award Agreement must confirm that the awarded products will be definitely for sale in quantities to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year of the Awards in at least 10 European countries. Breaking this rule will be punished with an official rectification in all EISA Magazines and on the EISA website, an official and complete stop on using the specific Award title and logo in any form and a penalty of Euro 60.000. The of-ficial trophy and certificate has to be returned/will not be given. Already paid fees will not be credited.
Exceptions to this rules are only accepted in the case of awards categories like Innovation, Design or High-End, even if these exceptions can only be accepted upon a clear and explicit information from the awarded company highlighting the reasons why the above requirements cannot be met in full.
Affected companies will be fully liable for any damages suffered by EISA as a consequence of its winning product availability criteria not being fulfilled.
B) AGREEMENT FOR GRANT OF USAGE OF THE AWARDS LOGO
- If the Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo has been signed in favour of the full use, the Awards title and logo can be used as often as possible world-wide, in magazine and newspaper advertising, television commercials, poster-exhibition displays, product packaging stickers etc. The corresponding invoice must be paid within 30 days to the EISA account.
- If the Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo has been signed in favour of use in special-interest of Photography, Hi- Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In Car Electronics and Mobile Devices magazines, winning companies must not use the logo and/or title in any other form, including the Internet.
- According to the rules of the Award Agreement and Agreement for Grant of Usage of the Awards Logo, companies may publicize their winning products after 15th August of the year the award was conferred.
- An Award is valid until 15th August of the following year. After this date has passed the winning company is obliged to cease promotional activities with its product’s Awards title in a striking way and to stop the use of the associated logo. The logo may only be used during the year of the Awards period; the title can be used in a not striking way for a maximum period of 5 years.
- The Award title must always be written out in full, e.g. “European TV 2015-2016”, “European Loudspeaker 2015-2016” and so on, always mentioning the year of the Award.
- While the specific EISA Awards logo can be printed without writing out the Award title, the title cannot be used without the logo during the Award year.
- The logo and/or the title can only be used in direct connection with promoting a winning product, and that product alone. The logo has to be printed at a minimum readable size of 30 mm. It is strictly forbidden for winning companies to change any typographical or graphical elements within the Awards logo artwork.
- The winning company is kindly requested to provide its national distributors with a copy of the Awards logo or other print material, and the rules of publicity concerning the Award.
- All publicity activity in support of a winning product, including use of the Awards logotype etc., is the sole responsibility of the user and EISA can accept no liability for any consequences arising howsoever caused.
- EISA can accept no liability for any consequences arising on the quality of an awarded product