rAVe Announces 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winners


We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 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 81,000 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.

So, here are the companies and products YOU chose as the best in AV for 2016:

Favorite Manufacturer-Based Training Program
ClearOne University

Favorite Manufacturer Sales Support Team

Favorite Manufacturer Technical Support Team

Favorite AV Manufacturer Website

Favorite Manufacturer Social Media Presence
NEC Display

Favorite Control System Manufacturer

Favorite Systems Product
Biamp Tesira

Favorite Projector Manufacturer

Favorite Projector (Model)
Epson PowerLite Series

Favorite Display Manufacturer (Flat-Screen)

Favorite Indoor Video Wall Product
Christie MicroTiles

Favorite Outdoor Video Wall Product
Barco T Series

Favorite Video Wall Accessory
Chief ConnexSys

Favorite Projector Screen Manufacturer

Favorite Mount Manufacturer
Chief MFG

Favorite Conferencing/Collaboration Manufacturer

Favorite Conferencing/Collaboration Product
Barco ClickShare

Favorite Audio Manufacturer
BOSE Professional

Favorite Speaker Product
JBL Control Series

Favorite Audio Product
Crown DriveCore

Favorite Microphone Product
Shure MicroFlex

Favorite Assistive-Listening Product
Listen Technologies iDSP

Favorite Cable / Connectivity Manufacturer
AMX by Harman

Favorite Distributor
Almo Pro A/V

Favorite Networking Solutions Company

Favorite Rental Product
Martin MAC Series Lighting by Harman

Favorite New Product of 2016
Extron DTP 4K Series

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..