This year's finalists are said to encompass everything from "penthouses in St Pancras to 19th century Belgium castles". The CEDIA Awards 2010 - held in association with AWE Europe, KEF Audio UK, Philips Pronto and Sonos - will take place at the UnderGlobe on London's Bankside on 16 April.
As of midday on 18 March, IE Residential was informed that fewer than 50 tickets were left for the black-tie evening, which includes a sit-down dinner and entertainment. Tickets are priced at £99 per person, or £895 for a table of 10, excluding VAT, and can be purchased at the website listed at the end of this article.
CEDIA chairman and chair of judges, Robert Hallam, commented: "The shortlist for the CEDIA Awards 2010 is a showcase of technical expertise, design creativity and professional installation. With competition high, all entries were judged against a stringent set of best-practice guidelines and technical criteria; those in the final should be duly proud of their achievement. We are also delighted that, with representation from no fewer than eight countries, the CEDIA Awards shortlist continues to reflect the true international spread of our membership. All in all we are looking forward to an exceptional night."
Hallam's fellow judges are: Dave Mitchell from the Home Builders Federation (HBF); the assistant editor of idFX Magazine, Rebecca Hoh; RIBA Journal assistant editor Jan Carlos Kucharek; president of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), Iris Dunbar; Home Cinema Choice Magazine editor Steve May, and industry journalist Chris Price.
The shortlist for the CEDIA Awards 2010, by category, is as follows:
- Best Media Room under £15,000: Olive AV, Kensington Apartments; Smart Business, Loft Red Madrid
- Best Media Room over £15,000: MR Domotica, Rural Media; Projecting & Sounding ART, Sun Deck; Sensory International, Cheshire Media Lounge; Sensory International, Games Den
- Best Home Cinema under £40,000: AV Custom Install, House Pouliart; FAB AV, Subterranean; Projecting & Sounding ART, La Vie en Rose
- Best Home Cinema £40,000 - £100,000: Audio 7, Essex Cinema @ Home; Dark Side of the Room, Dream Come True; FAB AV, The Grey Room; Imagine This, Keston Home Theatre
- Best Home Cinema over £100,000: CSO, Brinken Home Cinema; FAB AV, Gentleman's Club; Imagine This, Kingston Home Theatre; SMC, Cotswold Screening Room
- Best Integrated Home under £100,000: Prestige Audio, The White House; SMC, London Apartment; SMC, Notting Hill Home
- Best Integrated Home £100,000 - £250,000: Laird King, Velinji; MR Domotica, Farmhouse; Prestige Audio, St Pancras Penthouse;
- Best Integrated Home over £250,000: Censys Residential Control, Kasteel Domein Amerloo; Hometech Integration, Aberdeenshire Family Home; Smart Home, Buckinghamshire Luxury Home; SMC, Notting Hill Family House
- Best Innovative Solution: Grahams Hi-Fi, Where did the projector go?; T&T Automation, West London Gated Community; The Pleasure Home, Smart Wall AV
- Best Multi-dwelling: Finite Solutions, Greenhouse; SMC, Bakers Row; SMC, Heathwest
- Best Marine: Sensory International, Slipstream
- Best Dressed: Hometech Integration, Aberdeenshire Family House; Sensory International, Uber Interiors; T&T Automation, West London Family Mansion