Visual Grand Prix was launched to promote the home entertainment industry, which primarily involves sound and images. The selections made serve as guidelines for users, helping them to select excellent products. Major shops and makers consider Visual Grand Prix to be highly influential at the actual point of sale.

Among the domestically-marketed digital AV products manufactured in Japan and abroad, Visual Grand Prix focuses on those designed for home entertainment purposes and selects products that embody superior performance, technologies, and concepts.
Any products that satisfy each of the following requirements are included in the screening process:
1. Audiovisual home theater-related consumer products sold in Japan by the manufacturer or distributor
2. All products self-appointed by the manufacturer or distributor
3. All products that go on sale on or after the date of the Visual Grand Prix 2005 screening, which have not been selected previously in the Visual Grand-Prix 2005 (except for the Golden Long-Run Prize)
œ Display
CRT type TVs, projection TVs, flat TVs(plasma, liquid crystal)
œ Hometheater
Projectors,screen,hometheater systems
œ Digital players
DVD players,HD players
œ Digital recorders
digital Hi-Vision video decks,DVD recorders(including HDD or VHS hybrid models),HDD recorders,digital video cameras,digital still cameras
œ Media
tapes,discs
œ Sound
speakers systems and subwoofers,multi-channel sound systems(AV amplifiers & processors, multichannel amplifiers etc.)
œ Hometheater accessories
cables,insulator,boards,racks,speaker stands,antennas etc.
After the winner of Grand Prix is selected from each of the above genres, products qualified for the following prizes will also be selected:
œ Visual Grand Prix Gold Prize/Silver Prize/Bronze Prize
œ Home Theater Prize
œ Special Jury Prize
œ Golden Longrun Prize
Chairman/Tomohiro Kaiyama
Judges/Chitake Inoue,Hirotsugu Saito,Masanori Hayashi,Ryoichi Matsuyama, Takaya Murase,Tadashi Yamabiychi,Shintaro Ohashi,Mitsuharu Nagai
Three major prizes, special prizes and other prizes will be selected on the basis of evaluation by leading distributors nationwide and the consensus or poll of judges.
End of May, 2006
June 17,2006
the July issue of"AV Review" issued on June 17,2006
"Hometheater phile Vol.36"issued on June 20,2006
the July issue of "Senka 21" issued on June 25,2006
and "Phile-web","yodobashi.co.jp","avac.co.jp" etc.
Visual Grand Prix SUMMER is the first half of the yearfs equivalent to Visual Grand Prix 2007. Consequently, all products selected are included in the screening process for Visual Grand Prix 2007.