Live Design named its 2013-2014 Projection and Sound Products Of The Year, chosen by panels of prestigious designers and programmers in the disciplines of projection and sound. Awards were presented at NYU Tisch in New York during the Broadway Master Classes.
For the Projection Product Of The Year: Server, Geoffrey Platt of TMB accepted the award for Green Hippo Hippotizer Chipmunk, which "is an incredibly powerful server," says a judge. Mark Ouwerkerk accepted the Projector award for Christie Digital D4K35 3-chip DLP 4K, "featuring unbelievable brightness, coupled with stunning resolution," according to one judge. VER Revolution, which "was the thing premiering at LDI that blew away everybody,” says one judge, won for Display, but could not attend the event. For Effect or Accessory, there was a tie between Panasonic ET-DLE030 0.38:1 Ultra Short Throw Lens and Airflex5D. Dave Brown accepted the award for the Panasonic Ultra Short Throw Lens that vertically redirects light cast from projectors at a distance of just 370mm from the projector. The representatives of Airflex5D, a 2D/3D projector-stacking system that precisely aligns the images of multiple projectors into one single picture with amplified brightness, also could not attend the awards ceremony.
For the Sound Product Of The Year Awards, John Taylor accepted the award in the Amps category for d&b audiotechnik's D80, which "is a beast," says one judge. For the Software category, Matt Larson and Zac Duax accepted the award for DiGiCo SD9T and SD10T Theatre Software, which "has officially rocked my world," admits a judge. In the Wireless System category, Brian Dougherty accepted the award for Sennheiser Digital 9000 and its "unparalleled sound quality," comments a judge. The SSL Live Console and its "undeniable legacy," says a judge, won for Console category. Jay Easley accepted the award.