49 BEST Products of 2014

Published: 2014-06-18

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards program recognizes superlative solutions for an integration business.

The awards highlight the most noteworthy new products and services that can impact commercial integrators’ businesses in 2014. Categories included Audio/Video, Control and Automation, Networking and Communications, Security, Building Enhancements, and Dealer-Installer Aids.

The winners of the BEST Awards were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of CI and sister publication TechDecisions.

“The goal of CI BEST Awards, as with all of CI’s content, is to offer information that can help integrators become more efficient and more profitable, and we think these innovative products do just that,” says Tom LeBlanc, editor-in-chief. “Thank you to the panel of judges, integrators and CI and TechDecisions staff for their time-consuming efforts toward evaluating these products.”


Criteria included innovation, functionality, competitive advantages and benefits to the installer. Check out this slideshow of all the winners for a closer look at this year’s winning products.

The Commercial Integrator 2014 BEST award winners are:


Audio Components & Processors: Crestron Electronics HD-XSPA 7.1 High-Definition Surround Sound AV Receiver
Audio Conferencing Solutions: Revolabs Executive Elite 4- and 8-Channel Wireless Microphone Systems
Audio Distribution Systems: Vaddio EasyUSB Audio Bridge
Collaboration: Mersive Solstice Software
Conference/Classroom Projectors: Epson BrightLink 595Wi Interactive WXGA 3LCD Projector
Digital Signage Hardware: BrightSign 4K Digital Signage Media Player
Digital Signage Software: TIE! CastNET Content Management System Software AND Dataton AB WATCHNET
Display Mounts: Peerless-AV Full-Service Video Wall Mount with Quick Release
Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers: Martin Audio MLA Mini
Interactive/Video Whiteboards: Epson BrightLink Pro 1410Wi Meeting Room Productivity Tool
Large Venue Projectors: Digital Projection International HIGHlite LASER WUXGA 3D
Matrix Switchers: AMX Enova DGX 64 Digital Media Switcher Enclosure
Media Servers: AMX Enzo Content Sharing Platform
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras: Vaddio RoboSHOT PTZ
Projector Mounts: OmniMount PJT40
Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders: SunBriteTV SB-HDWT
TVs/Video Monitors: LG Electronics 98-inch Edge-Lit LED Widescreen Ultra HD display (98LS95A)
Venue/Line Array Loudspeakers: Meyer Sound LYON Linear Sound Reinforcement System
Video Components & Processors: RGB Spectrum OmniWall Display Processor
Video Conferencing/Telepresence Solutions: Vaddio BaseSTATION
Video Distribution Systems: Crestron Electronics DM-MD32X32 DigitalMedia Switcher
Video Projection Screens: Screen Innovations FlexGlass
Video Scalers: TIE! Barco ImagePRO-II Jr. AND Extron Electronics IN1608 IPCP
Video Wall Solutions: Prysm TD2 Tile
Wireless Microphones: Revolabs Executive Elite Wireless Microphones

Control and Automation

Large-Scale Control Systems: ANC Sports Enterprises vSOFT
Touchscreens: AMX 19.4” Modero X Series G5 Panoramic Tabletop Touch Panel
Lighting Controllers: Crestron Electronics GL-IPAC-SW8 Green Light Integrated Switching System

Networking and Communications

Fiber-optic Transport: Extron Electronics FOX II DP
IP Enabling Devices: ATX Networks UCrypt
Network Management Solutions: ihiji invision 2014
Networking (Wireless, Powerline, & Coax) & Storage: Black Box ClimateCab Cabinets
Structured Cabling Systems: Quest Technology Int’l LocJack Cat-6 Locking Keystone Jack


Access Control Solutions: Assa Abloy IN120 Wi-Fi Lock
Surveillance Solutions: Smartvue Corporation S9M

Building Enhancements

Cell Signal Booster Technology: SureCall Force5 Cell Signal Booster
Lighting Fixtures/LED/Fiber Optic: LumaStream Trinity 6 DMX
Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression & Energy: LynTec RPCR Relay Panel
Accessories: Middle Atlantic Products Universal Mounting Drawer
Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases: Middle Atlantic Products TechPed Technology Pedestal
Installation Tools & Testers: DVDO AVLab TPG

Dealer/Installer Aids

Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions: AMX Resource Management Suite (RMS) Enterprise Hosted Cloud Service
Project Management & Design/Web Software: AMX Rapid Project Maker Version 2.0
Training, Consulting & Publications/Business Service: Almo Professional A/V E4 AV Tour
Warranty Service Companies: Bankers Warranty Group Removal and Reinstallation Benefit
Best Integrator Communication Video: AVI-SPL Highlight Reel: Collaborating with AVI-SPL
Best Whitepaper/Educational Document or Resource: Crestron Electronics, “Challenges of Distributing 4K Ultra HD Video”

View the slideshow to get a closer look at the BEST products of 2014.

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