Best Standalone Speaker
The Smart Building Awards 2019 is a 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, meaning none of the members on the judging panel will know the winner until it is announced on the evening of the event.
There is a qualifying period which will define which entries will be valid. This period will be between September 2017 and March 2019. That means any product launched, or project completed, before or after these dates will not be eligible to enter.
Each category will have a 600-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 22 February 2019.
25.02.19: GREAT NEWS! DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Due to unprecedented demand and requests, we have extended the entry deadline by two weeks. So you now have until 11.30pm on Friday 8 March 2019 to put pen to paper (in a digital sense) and submit your entries!
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 March 8.
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 three criteria. The judge will give a weighted score based on the overall quality of the standalone speaker, based on the words provided. Additional scores will be given for both design and functionality.
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.