2019 Dealerscope IMPACT Awards: Audio
Dealerscope’s annual IMPACT Awards Program is designed to recognize products in the consumer electronics industry that are innovative, help drive sales on the show floor, and bring foot traffic into retailers’ stores.
What’s different about the IMPACT Awards though, is that Dealerscope puts the power in the hands of our audience. Sure, we pick a couple of “Editor’s Choice” awards that stand out to us. But we really want everyone in the industry—from manufacturers, to distributors, to retailers, and even consumers—to have a say in the nominating process and in helping us ultimately pick with products to honor.
It’s with that in mind that we proudly present your 2019 IMPACT Award winners in the Audio category.
The Denon AVR-X8500H is the industry's first 13.2-channel AV Receiver, extending Denon's legendary power amplifier line by offering unparalleled quality and performance. It boasts 13 channels of built-in amplification, enabling premium surround sound in a 7.1.6 configuration. With HEOS built-in, it is also one of the first products in the industry to enable consumers to use all four voice engines—including Google, Siri, Alexa, and Josh.AI—to seamlessly access wireless multiroom music.
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG WK7 ThinQ Speaker with Google Assistant Built-In
The LG WK7 ThinQ Google Assistant Speaker is designed for users who want premium-quality sound with AI-enabled capability. This award-winning smart speaker has the Google Assistant built-in and was developed in partnership with Meridian Audio, the industry’s leading innovator in crafting elegant, high performance audio solutions since 1977. LG teamed up with Google to ensure the WK7 delivers all the conveniences that come with having a digital assistant at your side.
The Marantz AV8805 is the industry’s first 13-channel multichannel AV processor and pre-amplifier, designed for use with high-quality external power amplification or active speakers. The AV8805 perfectly handles all high-resolution audio formats and produces exceptional surround sound quality, giving installers and consumers the flexibility and performance to bring the most delicate sounds to life. It also hosts Marantz’s unique Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) for all channels independently. With HEOS built-in, it is one of the first products in the industry to enable consumers to use all four voice engines—including Google, Siri, Alexa, and Josh.AI—to seamlessly access wireless multiroom music.
Everything is maximized with Paradigm’s Defiance X15 subwoofer. Output is massive, thanks to heavy-duty, internally-braced cabinets, 15-inch ART woofer surrounds for maximum driver-excursion, and a 1800W (dynamic peak) class-D amplifier. Massive SPL levels are achieved with precision control, intense detail, and vanishingly low distortion, for cinema-quality bass. Crafted in Canada, the X15 is the biggest subwoofer made on this continent. The X15 also features app control, Anthem Room Correction, and optional wireless connectivity.
BOLT BT 700
BOLT BT 700 are the first True Wireless earphones to feature balanced armature drivers and a portable charging case that doubles as a wireless speaker. Featuring Phiaton's Balanced Armature Technology, BOLT’s custom-made drivers deliver fine-tuned, high resolution audio and faster response with impressively detailed sound, making these the first of their kind in the true wireless market.
The Polk Audio Command Bar is the industry’s first sound bar with Amazon Alexa built directly into it. A superior home theater solution, it produces loud, rich audio ideal for movies, music and wireless music streaming while allowing utmost flexibility with Amazon Alexa voice control.
The Polk Assist smart speaker delivers the power and convenience of the Google Assistant in a superior home audio solution that produces loud, rich sound for the music enthusiast. With wireless streaming and multi-room playback via integrated Chromecast, users are empowered to enjoy their preferred music in the kitchen, bedroom, family room, and more using the power of their voice.
Spot for Dot
Spot for Dot from Vanco International is a high quality, digital in-wall amplifier engineered to hold an Amazon Echo Dot. When paired with speakers, Spot for Dot adds voice control of smart devices, scenes and other functionality to as many zones of audio that an installer desires without the need to run wires back to a central location.