Thousands of AV professionals weigh in
St. Louis, MO – For the third year in a row, AVNation has hosted their annual readers’ choice awards. The process involves several rounds of nomination and voting across a wide spectrum of the audiovisual industry.
The first step in the process is an open nomination period. In the month of December 2018, the AVNation audience nominated hundreds of companies, products, and AV professionals. The categories open for nomination were: Best Audio DSP, Best AV Control, Best Video Wall product, Best Projector, Best Audiovisual Signal Distribution, Best AV-Over-IP Technology, Best Technical Support Team, Best AV Education Program, and the AVNation AV Professional of the year.
The top eight nominations were put into a bracket system with three rounds of voting. The month of January 2019 the AVNation audience voted in the three rounds. Each round eliminated half of the field to come down to the final two. For two weeks the AVNation Audience voted around the globe for their favorite products and companies. After thousands of votes, we have come to our winners.
Congratulations to our winners. This year our audience voted by the thousands to give us their pick of the best products, services, and professionals in the audiovisual industry. We are so very thankful for their enthusiasm, politicking, and promotion of their favorites. It is you, our AVNation audience, who has continued to make these awards so rewarding to put on every year. Below you will find the list of this year’s award winners.
Best Audio DSP of 2018
Extron DMP 128 Plus
The Extron DMP 128 is an 12×8 audio mixer with fixed architecture DSP technology. AEC (auto echo cancellation), automixing, and Dante are available in the product line. “The DMP 128 is ideal for presentation and conferencing applications in boardrooms, courtrooms, and conference centers”
Best AV Control of 2018
Utelogy is “software defined AV platform”. Their products and services run on a server; either physical or virtual. The software allows facilities to control, monitor, and maintain the audiovisual equipment in boardrooms, classrooms, and huddle spaces.
Best Video Wall Product of 2018
Extron Quantum Ultra
Extron’s Quantum Ultra provides commercial integrators with the ability to process up to 4K video for use in a video wall application.
Best Projector of 2018
The Panasonic PT_MZ670U is a 6,500 lumens projector. The WUXGA boasts a 3 million to 1 contrast ratio. The installed projector would be at home in a corporate board room as well as an education facility’s lecture hall.
Best AV Signal Distribution of 2018
Extron’s IN series of presentation switchers have been mainstays in corporate, education, and houses of worship commercial AV installations The IN1804 provides commercial integrators with the ability to bring in four 4K video signals and seamlessly scale and switch between the sources to the two outputs.
Best AV Over IP Technology of 2018
Extron SMP 111
An H.264 streaming device, the Extron SMP 111 allows facilities to stream presentation content while simultaneously recording the session. This device has been used in education, corporate, and houses of worship AV installations.
Best Technical Support of 2018
Best AV Education Program of 2018
Extron’s award-winning training program spans the globe. The company has regional offices where they hold trainings throughout the year. AV professionals can learn about DSP, control, signal distribution, system design and more. To find out more about Extron training go here.
AVNation AV Professional of 2018
Justin Dawson, University College Dublin
Justin is a supervisor in audiovisual technology for the University College Dublin. holds a CTS from AVIXA, and is a podcaster. You can find out more about Justin at his website JustinDawson.com.
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