rAVe 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. To be frank, this doesn’t need much written about it as the stats prove its importance. And, here are some stats in case you are doubting the validity of these awards:

1. We had over 86,000 voters for the final awards!
2. The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you – the AV community.
3. We have a system that GUARANTEES that if anyone voted twice, we didn’t count it.
4. We don’t charge entry fees – we do not allow for entrants to pay fees to enter their products nor do we charge them to win an award. ALL but one other AV awards program in the industry charges an entry fee or is pay-for-play.

“I am proud of the work our team does to put this together,” commented rAVe’s founder, Gary Kayye. “I will NEVER allow anyone to pay to enter these. I want our awards to be free of biases so even our nominations come from the AV community of beloved-AVtweeps from all over the world. The winners should be bragging about these wins more than any other as these are truly representative of the best-of-the-best in AV products, companies and technologies.”

Each winning company will be presented with a trophy, at InfoComm, that cost us over $300 each to produce, as they are handcrafted – one by one. And, no, we don’t charge for the trophies or allow sponsorships of them or these awards, either.

So, here are the companies and products YOU chose as the best in AV for 2017:

Favorite Overall New Product of 2017: Extron TLP Pro
Favorite Manufacturer-Based Training Program (tie): Extron & Crestron
**There was a three-vote difference between the two. So, we gave it to both of them**
Favorite Manufacturer Sales Support Team: NEC Display Solutions
Favorite Manufacturer Technical Support Team: Epson
Favorite Manufacturer Social Media Presence: Barco
Favorite Control / Signal Processing Manufacturer: Crestron
Favorite Display Manufacturer: Samsung
Favorite Audio Manufacturer: Bose Professional
Favorite Video Manufacturer: Sony
Favorite Projection Screen Manufacturer: Da-Lite
Favorite Mount Manufacturer: Chief
Favorite Conferencing / Collaboration Manufacturer: Cisco
Favorite Cable / Connectivity Manufacturer: Belden
Favorite Distributor: Almo Pro/AV
Favorite AV Website: InfoComm.org
Favorite Overall Systems Product: Crestron DM
Favorite Conferencing / Collaboration Product: Barco ClickShare
Favorite Audio Product (tie): JBL Contractor Series & Sennheiser TeamConnect
**There was a seven-vote difference between the two. So, we gave it to both of them**
Favorite Video Product: LG OLED
Favorite Projector: Barco F90
Favorite Flat-Panel Display: LG OLED
Favorite Video Wall Product: Samsung IF Series
Favorite Digital Signage Product: Visix AxisTV One
Favorite Rental or Staging Product: Barco R-Series LED

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..