About The 2008 Awards
The winners of the CEDIA Awards 2008 were announced at a spectacular black-tie ceremony on Friday 9th May, which took place at Vinopolis, London.
For the first time since they began, the CEDIA EMEA Awards were held separately to CEDIA Expo in order to give them a dedicated focus and a higher profile. Suzi Perry, from Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, presented the Awards in front of an audience of 250 individuals from the custom installation industry.
More members than ever before entered this year’s Awards, with installers from across the region participating, including those from Portugal, Spain and France.
In order to maintain the integrity of the Awards, this year’s judging was conducted on an anonymous basis and, for the first time since they began, the judges decided to award highly commended accolades to some of the entrants, in recognition of the quality of their submissions.
About The 2008 Awards Winners
About the About The 2008 Awards
Amongst the winners were some great examples of impressive installs, French company, Dark Side of the Room, won with their ‘Home Cinema Lyon’ in the Best Home Cinema Installation from £20K-£100K. This was a project which the judges believed would offer an unrivalled cinema experience.
Best Integrated Home under £100K was a very popular category, which was reflected in the higher than average number of finalists, making it especially hard to judge. But, worthy winners were Smartcomm for the aesthetically-stunning ‘Darlands’ install.
It was a house that’s quite literally to die for (it’s located in a cemetery!) that won over the judges in the Best Integrated Home over £250,000 category, with the award going to SMC for their incredible ‘Cemetery House’ install.
The Best Dressed Installation category took a look behind the scenes to find the install that had been done the most carefully; particular attention was paid to the racking and cabling, but the judges were also looking for neatly installed projectors, screens and other equipment. For this reason, T&T Communications took the prize for the ‘Danish House’ and a rack that even the homeowner described as a ‘work of art’.
Alongside these project winners, a CEDIA Award was also presented to the Best Trade Supplier – a category decided via an online vote of HTP members hosted on the CEDIA website. Voters were asked to select the company who has provided the best quality products, services and support throughout the year. This year, the accolade went to internationally renowned speaker manufacturer Bowers and Wilkins.