Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..

Emerson Takes Aim at Intel NUC with Ruggedized Tiny PC

February 21, 2024

Emerson announced the new PACSystems IPC 2010 Compact Industrial PC (IPC), a rugged computer designed to handle a wide range of “machine and discrete part manufacturing automation applications.” The new solution is designed to serve manufacturing sites and OEM machine builders who need a ruggedized, compact, durable IPC to cost-effectively support its Industrial Internet of […]

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CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo Co-Launch The Connectivity Pavilion for IoT Companies

February 21, 2024

CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo, will establish a new show floor exhibit and attendee education experience at the 2024 events in Denver Sept. 5-7, focusing on connected device technology in AV/IT, IoT, sensors and networking technologies for residential and commercial and application solutions. The development of this new education experience will expand on “attendee’s […]

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Cadac Console Unveiled Brand-New Product Portfolio at ISE 2024

February 21, 2024

Cadac Console’s return to ISE and the unveiling of an entire new product portfolio, in the form of its flagship CM-Series integrated audio mix and network system. Here’s a video we shot of it at ISE 2024: An initial milestone on day one was the signing, at the show, of a US distribution agreement with […]

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Middle Atlantic Products Adds Forum Lectern

February 21, 2024

Middle Atlantic Products announced the Forum Lectern, the latest solution in the company’s configurable AV furniture product line, Forum Collaboration Suite. Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the electrically height-adjustable Forum Lectern is perfectly suited for higher education and training or presentation spaces. It offers customization to fit any space, like logo panels, […]

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Extron Launches Third Edition of the Esports Systems Design Guide

February 20, 2024

Extron announced the immediate availability of the third edition of the Esports Systems Design Guide. Due to the diversity and customized nature of esports systems, designing them demands a tailored approach to meet the specific needs of each space. Whether you are well-versed in esports environment development or just exploring your options, starting with a […]

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Pasternack Announces Standard Gain Horn Antenna Radome Covers

February 20, 2024

Pasternack announced standard gain horn antenna radome covers designed to protect a wide array of waveguide horn antennas for functionality in outdoor settings. They are outdoor rated and weatherproof. The material’s low relative permittivity “ensures minimal reflection or attenuation of signals, maintaining pristine integrity and performance of the waveguide system.” Moreover, the covers are constructed […]

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Sennheiser and Q-SYS Solution Achieves Certification for Use With Cisco Collaboration Devices

February 20, 2024

Sennheiser announced that its combined solution with Q-SYS, a cloud-manageable audio, video, and control (AV&C) Platform, has achieved certification for use with Cisco’s Collaboration Devices. ​This certification represents “the integration of Cisco’s Collaboration Devices with Sennheiser’s TCC 2 and the Q-SYS Core Nano processor, delivering audio connectivity and control features for contemporary meeting and learning […]

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K-array USA Adds Joanna “Jojo” Mikucki as VP of Biz Dev

February 20, 2024

K-array USA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Joanna “Jojo” Mikucki as Vice President of Business Development, KSCAPE. With over 17 years of experience in the Audio-Visual industry, Joanna brings a wealth of expertise and achievements to her new role. Jojo’s professional journey began in the AV industry as an Event Producer specializing in […]

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Jetbuilt Intros Portal

February 20, 2024

Jetbuilt announced Portal, a resource for real-time communication and information sharing between integrators and clients. Portal, which was unveiled at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2024, will further ignite “industry-wide collaboration among every industry professional,” according to the company. Jetbuilt’s Portal enables integrators to share pertinent information, such as project status, drawings and designs, equipment manuals […]

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NADiV Audio Launches Dante-Enabled Audio Interfaces

February 20, 2024

NADiV Audio has launched its NADiV range of Dante-enabled audio interface and control devices for portable and installed AV and pro audio environments, including houses of worship, recording studios and live event venues. The NADiV family is anchored by two rack-mount interface products, 8 Squared and 16 Squared, that support multiple channels (8×8 and 16×16, […]

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C2G Reclassifies Its HDMI Cabled for Simplicity

February 20, 2024

C2G says they’ve designed a simplified purchasing experience for HDMI Cables as they are now organized into three product offerings: the Performance Series, for applications requiring premium reliability; the Plus Series, a broad selection of HDMI cables for a variety of applications; and the Core Series, which includes basic 4K HDMI cables at the most […]

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Planar Updates Venue Pro Series, Venue Pro VX Series, Luminate Pro Series With Built-in Curving Blocks and More

February 19, 2024

Planar announced new additions to three of its LED video wall solutions designed for indoor and outdoor and on-camera applications such as virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR). The next-generation LED video wall families are the Planar Venue Pro Series, Planar Venue Pro VX Series and Planar Luminate Pro Series, which feature “updated designs […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

February 19, 2024

Welcome to my 24th annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! It’s been an honor to have written this for 24 straight years and even more of an honor for it to have so many thousands of readers annually — it’s almost always our most-read article of the year on rAVe [PUBS]. So, if you’re reading this right […]

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Sharp Corporation of Australia Unifies Product Lines With NEC Display Solutions

February 19, 2024

Sharp Corporation of Australia announced the unification of its product lines with NEC Display Solutions, a move that “was expected as it follows the global merger of the two companies that started in Japan, moved to the USA, then Europe and now the APAC and ANZ regions.” This strategic integration will see a “comprehensive alignment […]

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AVer Information Announces VC520 Pro3 Pro-Grade Videoconferencing Solution

February 18, 2024

AVer Information announced the VC520 Pro3, a pro-grade videoconferencing solution combining a high-quality camera and speakerphone. Designed for medium-to-large meeting rooms, the VC520 Pro3 features a pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) design to elevate videoconferencing experiences. AVer’s VC520 Pro3 features a 12X optical lens and a 36X total zoom, including 24X lossless zoom for exceptional […]

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FOR-A Announces Plans for NAB Show 2024

February 18, 2024

FOR-A Corporation will unveil a series of innovations during the upcoming 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas that advance the company’s “Software-Defined IP Solution” theme, first announced in 2022. Among the significant innovations on the FOR-A stand will be the introduction of a SMPTE ST 2110 broadcast suite that enables flexible IP resource sharing and […]

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My 2024 E4 Keynote Includes 9 Cool New Products and 4 Cool New Technologies That Will Change AV Forever

February 16, 2024

I love opening up the Exertis Almo E4 Experience with a keynote presentation — and, I always give attendees the opportunity to see and hear the products and tech I talk about following my speech when they walk on to the E4 show floor. And this year, more than any other in the past, I […]

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Snap One Disses D-Tools in Favor of Portal.io

February 15, 2024

Snap One announced a partnership with Portal.io to give its partners access to the web-based product catalog and proposal tool. Through the partnership, Snap One says it will offer partners a customized Portal subscription plan, a $600 annual value, at no cost to partners. The company says the plan mirrors Portal’s ‘Lite’ Plan functionality with […]

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Questex’s Digital Signage Experience (DSE) Announces the DSE 2024 Advisory Board

February 15, 2024

Questex’s Digital Signage Experience (DSE) announced the DSE 2024 Advisory Board. DSE takes place Dec. 7-10, 2024, in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall. Questex says the Advisory Board is a mix of industry veterans and influencers in digital signage, digital-out-of-home and digital media experiences whose insight and perspectives will shape […]

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Extron Debuts HDMI Splitter Amplifier for MS Teams and It Can Do 8K Signals

February 15, 2024

Extron announced the DA2 HD 8K L, an HDCP 2.3-compliant distribution amplifier for HDMI 2.1 signals. The company says it supports resolutions up to 8K/30 @ 4:4:4, including 5K applications such as for Microsoft Teams 21:9 in Front Row installations. The dual-output distribution amplifier supports data rates up to 40.1 Gbps, HDR, Deep Color up […]

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Von Braun Center Selects Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) for New Audio System

February 14, 2024

When officials at the Von Braun Center, located in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville, Alabama, approved a transformative renovation project at the multi-purpose facility, the task of installing a new audio system was awarded to Verta Technologies, a pioneering force in audiovisual solutions. Spearheaded by Christian Tuttle, Principal and CEO of Verta Technologies, the […]

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Russound Details New AVA-Series Mini Audio Receivers

February 14, 2024

Russound announced the AVA-Series Mini Audio Receivers (Mini-AVRs). The AVA2.1 and AVA3.1 Mini-AVRs are designed for custom installation specialists, providing them with compact, plug-and-play amplification for 2.1 and 3.1 audio systems with Audio Return Channel (ARC) HDMI. Both models include a fully integrated, highly efficient Class-D amplifier with digital inputs, 100-240V 50/60Hz universal power supply […]

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INOGENI Selects Van Domburg Partners as Benelux Distributor

February 14, 2024

INOGENI will use Van Domburg Partners (part of Midwich Ltd.) as its distributor in the Benelux region. INOGENI offers a wide range of smart pro AV devices including camera mixers, switchers and converters, which are designed to be compatible with products from Logitech, Poly, Crestron, Barco, Jabra, Aver, and Huddly, and with soft codecs such […]

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Avocor Introduces X Series All-in-One LED for High-End Corporate and Retail Spaces

February 14, 2024

Avocor introduced the X Series, an all-in-one large-format LED. The X Series designed for high-end corporate environments as well as retail spaces. With two size options available, 132” (21:9) and 138” (16:9), the Avocor X Series is powered by a built-in processor, the same used in Avocor’s commercial collaboration displays. Here’s a video we shot […]

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Yes, the Las Vegas Sphere is AV-over-IP – Here’s How They Did It

February 14, 2024

Matrox Video detailed that multimedia system designer and integrator Fuse Technical Group chose Matrox Video’s technology to drive SMPTE ST 2110 routing, orchestration, conversion, and control inside Sphere in Las Vegas, where U2 is performing the venue’s first-ever shows. Show and event producers rely on the technology to feed and manage SMPTE ST 2110 signals […]

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PPDS Philips Sells Half-a-Million Hotel TVs Already

February 14, 2024

PPDS (aka: Philips Professional Displays) says it just sold its 500,000th Philips MediaSuite TV to a leading hotel group. With Chromecast built-in and Netflix-ready entertainment solution reached the half-a-million milestone during ISE 2024 in Barcelona this month, less than five years since the series was first introduced. Said to have exceeded PPDS’ own internal targets, […]

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Visionary PacketAV Matrix Series Simplifies AV In Colorado School District

February 14, 2024

Founded in 1957, Academy School District 20 is the largest school district in the Pikes Peak Region. With over 50 traditional schools across 130 square miles, the district serves over 26,000 students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Academy School District 20 houses additional facilities, including a preschool program, summer enrichment program and two charter schools […]

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NETGEAR is Now Plug & Play with Panasonic Connect KAIROS

February 14, 2024

NETGEAR announced an interoperability partnership with Panasonic Connect for the KAIROS IT/IP Platform for live production. The M4350 series ST 2110-capable switches are part of NETGEAR’s ongoing initiative to develop AV-over-IP solutions for the broadcast and Pro AV industries. KAIROS is an IT/IP Platform for live production that gives professionals unlimited control to deliver content […]

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Legrand Adds Pam Hoppel as President of Legrand AV

February 14, 2024

Legrand just named Pam Hoppel as president of Legrand AV. As part of the LNCA CEO Executive Committee, Pam will drive all aspects of the AV business, including increasing customer satisfaction, operational excellence, sales and market share growth. Prior to joining Legrand, Pam held various leadership positions at Delta Faucet Company where, most recently as […]

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Golf Pro Delivered Transforms Plain Spaces Into Immersive Golf Simulator Experiences with Epson Projectors

February 13, 2024

Golf Pro Delivered has built a business around creating impactful and impressive custom golf simulators across residential, corporate and hospitality locations. As one of the top golf simulator installers in the country, Golf Pro Delivered constructs immersive displays that envelop users in a realistic golf experience. In need of commercial-grade projectors that seamlessly integrate with […]

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Powersoft and Ferrari Partner for Better Audio

February 13, 2024

Powersoft announced a technology partnership with Ferrari to develop solutions enhancing the audio experience from the Ferrari brand while minimizing energy consumption. Powersoft is certainly known for its reduction in heat dissipation, the recycling of reactive energy from speakers, installation flexibility and a weight/power ratio. These features have played a “pivotal role in paving the […]

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SAVI Controls Adds Two Dozen LG Createboard Digital Whiteboards to New Distribution Center and Systems Testing Lab

February 13, 2024

SAVI Controls outfitted its new 80,000-square-foot distribution center and systems testing laboratory near Dallas with nearly two dozen of LG’s CreateBoard digital whiteboards to upgrade and simplify meeting and presentation experiences. According to SAVI CEO John Dorsey, the LG CreateBoards’ intuitive controls, wireless capabilities, live annotations and instant file exports improve the flow and productivity […]

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