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Bidding Adieu to 2008

The sports world is calling last year its best ever. What might AV pros call it? Labels aside, we've mined our archives for the best stories, installations, interviews, and more from a year that enjoyed the highs of a record InfoComm, and the lows of an economic recession. Here's the best (and one worst) of PRO AV for the year gone by. Enjoy.

The sports world is calling last year its best ever. What might AV pros call it? Labels aside, we've mined our archives for the best stories, installations, interviews, and more from a year that enjoyed the highs of a record InfoComm, and the lows of an economic recession.

The Real "Best" in Sports
Clearly it's the enormous HD screens going into new stadiums. Or the awesome sound systems. Seriously, who are the lucky dogs who work on these projects? And how can you get a slice of the pie? Read more.

Best AV Installations…Period
2008 heralded the inaugural PRO AV Spotlight Awards, which recognized 11 projects around the country. From a Marine command center to a DC museum; from an airport lounge at LAX to a hospital suite in Minneapolis, this installs impressed our judges. Read more.

Best Example That Ignorance is Bliss
When 2008 dawned, we could only imagine what the coming recession might look like. But according to InfoComm's research at the time, the vast majority of AV pros were expecting business to grow. A mere 2.4 percent of AV integrators said 2008 business would be down. Read more.

The Real "Best" In Sports

The Real "Best" In Sports

Best Sign the AV Industry Will Be OK
Still, PRO AV surveyed its readers after the financial industry imploded and it was clear the economy was black and blue. Surprisingly, the majority remained optimistic about the coming year and was already eyeing the various ways they were going to weather the downturn and eventually thrive. Read more.

Best Indication AV Really is Changing
Two words: Cisco Systems. They've got a digital signage platform; they're huge in telepresence (two of the biggest emerging AV technologies); and yes, they're even starting to sell their own displays. What's going on here? Read more.

Best Technology Victory That Hasn't Amounted to Much
Parallax View columnist Pete Putman chronicled the victory of Blu-ray over HD DVD. But as 2008 wore in, it became clear that the spoils didn't necessarily flow to the victor…and that regular DVD still had a place in an HD world. Read more.

Best Explanation of a Critical Project
Conference rooms are a staple of the AV professional. They span vertical markets and, especially these days, are ripe for AV/IT overhauls (think telepresence, wireless control, etc.). PRO AV contributor Tim Cape, CTS-D, arguably wrote the book on conference design in his lucid description on how AV integration requires careful planning. Read more.

Best Advice for AV Programmers
Protect your intellectual property. Don't necessarily over-protect it, but Consultant's Connection columnist Thom Mullins explains how successfully navigating intellectual property rights will be more important going forward. In his words, "The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller." Read more.



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