This year's crop of Sound Products of the Year represents five of the best for theatre sound as chosen by our panel of judges. Why five and not the usual four? Because the judges split on an award for software, which was broken down by party lines, sort of: the old Mac versus PC conundrum. Those in the former camp were big fans of QLab, while those in the latter camp opted for SFX 6. But before fisticuffs ensued, both sides agreed that each product brought something new to the tech table.