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2011 PRO AV Brand Leaders

For the third straight year, PRO AV asked its readers which brands they use, specify, and install the most. Here's what they said.

No, we never copy and paste a prior year's Brand Leader results. It just looks that way in some product categories (mounts, loudspeakers, and touch panels, for instance). You've got your favorites and you're sticking with them. But when we look closer at the latest numbers, we see other trends, such as Digital Projection's climb up the list of large-venue projector brands, Crestron's growing share of matrix-switcher voters (must be the DigitalMedia boost), and a narrowing of the gulf between the share of people who prefer Crown Audio's power amps and those who prefer QSC Audio's. Variety is the spice of life, and having several brands you can roll out, depending on the install, keeps you nimble.

Of course, to reveal even more about the products that AV pros use and specify, we throw in new categories every year. First-time Brand Leaders for 2011 include Extron for its videowall controllers, Sony for its pan-tilt-zoom cameras (many of which are made by runner-up Vaddio), Listen Technologies for its assistive listening systems, Yamaha for its audio consoles, and Middle Atlantic Products for its racks.

How did we arrive at the 2011 Brand Leaders? In April, Pro AV gave readers a link to an online survey and asked them to indicate which AV product brands they used, specified, or installed most. They were allowed to select more than one in 29 product categories (thus the percentages don't add up to 100). Overall, 303 people registered and 275 qualified AV pros completed the survey. We got so much good feedback, that we couldn't fit all the winners in our pages.

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