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