This years Rental & Staging Systems InfoComm Product Awards were submitted by companies starting in March. Finalists were chosen and the awards were voted on by readers by logging onto an online voting site to pick their favorite for each category.
This years winners are:
Best Loudspeaker for the Staging Market
JBLs Venue Performance (VP) Series of powered loudspeakers
Designed for use where high output, low distortion and premium sound are required. Ideal for use in performance audio applications, the loudspeakers are designed to work well in staging environments and venues of all types.
Best Audio Control or Mixing Product
Interspace Industries (i2), CiO for audio technicians at live events
Allows individual operators and engineers to plug an additional audio feed into their comms headset. See page 26 for more
Best Video Projection Product/High-Lumen
Christie Roadie HD+30K
A powerful, versatile 3-Chip DLP HD resolution projector, the Roadie HD+30K is part of a comprehensive line-up of HD presentation solutions from Christie that generates 30,000 ANSI lumens of brightness at 2K resolution (2048 x 1080), with a 1600-2000:1 full field contrast ratio.
Best Video Projection Product/10K Lumen or Less
The Panasonic PT-D10000U projector
The projector is now among the worlds smallest DLP projectors with at least 10,000 lumens. 3D Color Management feature helps optimize color saturation, hue and brightness levels for approximately 1,070,000,000 colors.
Best Plasma or LCD Display
The 60XM5 PlasmaSync Professional Plasma Display from NEC
The 60XM5 features 1365x768 WideXGA native resolution and boasts an increase in contrast ratio of more than 350 percent over the previous model. Its Crystal Clear Panel and Drive improves both brightness and contrast and also removes false contouring.
Best LED Product
MiSTRIP from Barco
High brightness and tight pixel pitch in a slim, lightweight yet rugged package make MiSTRIP a true all-round performer. See page 21 for more details.
Best Lighting Product
The LDS-610 dimmer stick from Leprecon
The LDS-610 dimmer stick from Leprecon is the ideal piece for any application where space and available power are an issue. Each dimmer can be discretely located throughout various venues, and is easily powered by as little as a 20 amp 3-phase circuit.
Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product
The Extron ISS 506 six input seamless switcher
The Extron ISS 506 six input seamless switcher accepts a wide variety of video signals including RGB computer-video, HDTV, and standard definition video. With two integrated, high performance scaling engines, the ISS 506 offers smooth, glitch-free switching between sources.
Best Video/Broadcast or Video/Streaming Product
Avitech: The Rainier Series of Multiviewers
The Rainier Series of Multiviewers is a low-cost option for entry-level broadcast and professional audiovisual applications. The Rainier series provides VGA / DVI & Video processing and visual monitoring for a variety of applications
Best Projection Screen
Da-Lite, Heavy Duty Fast-Fold Deluxe portable screen
Features a sturdy aluminum frame with snap latch hinges for simple, quick set up and tear down. See page 22 for more details.
Best General AV Product
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. Presentation Technology Carts for streamlined mobility and display of AV equipment.
For Rental & Staging applications, the TC12 Series, TC15 Series, and TC35 Series carts allow users to cost-effectively incorporate the latest technology tools for teaching, training, signage, and event applications.
Best HD Production Product
Christie Roadster HD18K projector
Christie Roadster HD18K projector delivers 17,500 ANSI lumens of power, the highest ANSI lumens offered in a native HD product in a compact design. Powered by proven 3-chip DLP technology and Xenon illumination, the projector features a true HD 1920 x 1080 engine and 1600-2000:1 full field contrast ratio that provides razor-sharp resolution, crisp images, exceptional color and brightness uniformity.
Best Rental Management Software
Sirius Pro, from Orion Software
Sirius Pro, from Orion Software, is a Windows-based rental and inventory management software that tracks your inventory and staff, manages all customer operations. For more details, see page 24.
Best Show Control Product
The Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer from Thomson
The Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer incorporates a scaler and standards converter, seamless switcher and audio mixer plus a lot more. The Indigo switcher brings broadcast-style video control to the multi-format professional arena for the first time.
Best Digital Signage Product
Peerless SmartMount Pull-Out Swivel Wall Mount
Peerless SmartMount Pull-Out Swivel Wall Mount (SP850), for 26-inch to 50-inch flat panel screens enables easy creation of impressive and unique video walls for digital signage applications, or can also be used for single-screen applications.