Best Standalone Speaker

The Smart Building Awards 2024 are trade-only awards, meaning consumers are not permitted to enter any category. Each award will be judged fairly by an expert panel based on the criteria set out for each category. The judges will individually score each entry,

There is a qualifying period which will define which entries will be valid. This period will be between January 2023 and June 2024. That means any product launched, or project completed, before or after these dates will not be eligible to enter.

Each category will have a 500-word limit, while a further 250 words will be available to explain why you think you deserve to win the award. There will be different criteria for each award category, and while it’s not mandatory to meet every criteria point, there will be a certain number of boxes you will have to check before your entry is eligible.

The awards are completely FREE to enter and there is no limit on the number of categories or number of submissions you can tender. Entries will close on 2 August 2024.

Best Standalone Speaker Criteria

Who can enter: The best standalone speaker category can be entered by either a distributor or manufacturer who has announced or released a standalone speaker during the qualifying period. This can be either an active or passive speaker, and can include a hi-fi system. A representative, such as a PR company, may also enter their client.

When entries close: Your entry should be submitted by 2 August 2024.

What we’re looking for: Audio is key to the modern smart home, and standalone speakers are often deployed in places where the end-user can sit, relax and enjoy the music. But given the competition, why is your standalone speaker the best?

  • Audio Quality: What makes the sound quality of your standalone speaker stand-out? Is it the size of the driver or a unique technology employed to maximise the speaker’s sound?
  • Ease of Install: Is your standalone speaker as easy as plug and play, or does it feature handy tools for installers to fine-tune the speaker to ensure it sounds the best that it can?
  • Design:What is special about your standalone speaker’s design?
  • Other: Does your standalone speaker represent good value for money? If it’s an active speaker, what kind of connections does it offer? Are there any other features that help your speaker stand out?

Entry Judging: This entry will be judged based on a rounded assessment of the product based on the words, images and other information provided.

Additional Materials Required: In order to judge on design, please supply up to three images of the product. We also require an image of the company’s logo. Entrants may also supply up to one page of supporting evidence, such as testimonials, press coverage, case studies, spec sheets.

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