And this year's EISA goes to…


The EISA (European Imaging & Sound Association) awards are similar to the Eurovision Song Contest… but for technology instead of songs. Every year, fifty of the head honchos at the top European technology magazines gather to give their verdicts on the year’s gadgets. And, inevitably, Britain always gets Nil Point from the judges for its lacklustre efforts.

The results of this year’s awards are already in, but for some reason EISA hasn’t managed to update its website.

However, here are some of the winners we do know about.

Canon EOS-1D Mark II – European Professional Camera of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “professional digital SLR camera without a single compromise when it comes to performance, picture quality and resolution. In practically every area that counts, the EOS-1D Mark II is the best, or comes very close to being the best, professional digital camera on the market.”

Canon Bubble Jet i9950 – European Photo Printer of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “Delivers high quality photo prints in less than two minutes… a perfect and easy-to-handle tool for enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers.”

Jamo E 700PDD – Home Theatre Loudspeaker of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “The little E 700 satellite delivers a remarkably full-bodied sound and a new decoupled tweeter improves the subjective impression further in terms of speed and ultra-low colouration.”

Sony RDR-HX1000 – Digital Video Recorder of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “Finally it is possible to record in much better quality than the average DVD… an amazing piece of equipment for the home environment.”

Sony CDX-M9900 – Mobile Electronics Innovation of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “The front panel is graced by a high resolution, full colour LCD-TFT which is more than just a way of providing the user with data, graphics and animation.”

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1 – Digital Pocket Camera of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “a very appealing choice [with an] elegant look and sturdy metal exterior.”

Sony SCD-XA3000ES – Audio Player of the Year 2004-2005
Judge’s comment: “An all-rounder that plays all kinds of music equally well. A sturdy chassis and solid, mechanically stable transport. Impressive and well-constructed – the best available player in this price range”.

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