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..

Origin Acoustics Reflects on Its History and Future Ahead of CEDIA Expo 2022

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Origin Acoustics plans to show how it has EVOLVED since its inception in 2014. While the brand’s heritage dates back to the first architectural speaker manufacturer, the Origin brand has only been around for eight years and claims to be one of the top brands used by today’s custom installers. Announced back in 2017, the […]

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Techology to Debut RouterBox at CEDIA Expo 2022

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A new company called Techology will debut at CEDIA along with its RouterBox; RouterBox will be featured in the expo’s “Launchpad” (Booth # 1034), an area exclusively for new companies and products. RouterBox was created to “provide a new solution for managing network installations.” Techology says it plans to work with custom integrators to provide […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1167: Use an Actual Networking Company to Network Homes — NETGEAR To Enter CEDIA Expo Seeking Dealers

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NETGEAR only does networking. And, whether you’re just connecting everything to the network, in a home or actually driving all your content across a network using AV-over-IP, NETGEAR has solutions to do it all. And, the company only does networking, so it does it well. NETGEAR’s own director of product marketing, John Henkel, joined me […]

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Optoma Adds a Short-Throw, Low-Latency, True 4K UHD Home and Gaming Projector

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Optoma introduced the Optoma UHD35STx Thursday, a short-throw, low-latency, true 4K UHD home entertainment and gaming projector. The Optoma UHD35STx claims to deliver a 0.5:1 short-throw alternative while integrating all the features of the UHD35 — including high-brightness, razor-sharp image quality, and ultra-low input lag. With the short-throw lens, consumers can enjoy up to 100-inch […]

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Savant Systems Adds New Smart Energy Resources for Homeowners

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Savant Systems is introducing new resources focused on educating homeowners on the benefits of smart energy, including two new virtual home tours on the all-new savantpower.com website. Homeowners who visit the site are taken through the options they have to help manage power in their home, including information on alternative energy sources, battery storage solutions, automatic […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1166: Do You Know DoorBird? If Not, You Should Visit Its Booth at CEDIA Expo

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DoorBird is most known for its creative door-entry systems. Did you know it not only creates a secure entry system but can also be used as an intercom? It can also record any activity to the cloud without any fees and can integrate your whole home into one entry system controlled via any third-party control […]

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Sony Electronics Announces AV Tech Expo 2022

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Sony Electronics’ B2B group will be live and in-person Tuesday, Oct. 11 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT) and Wednesday, Oct. 12 (9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT) in New York City at the company’s second AV Tech Expo. Attendees will have access to newly announced products, as well as a sampling of the company’s most popular AV products […]

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Sustainability in AV Organization Launches First SAVe Certification Program

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The Sustainability in AV (SAVe) nonprofit organization launched its first SAVe Certification Program on June 21, 2022, in partnership with Washington-based audiovisual integrator, Tempest Technologies. “Tempest Technologies has always recognized our responsibility to the community,” said owner of Tempest Technologies, Debbie Williamson. “Becoming SAVe Certified is part of our effort to take that commitment a step further. It […]

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QMS To Showcase Cinematic XDR LED Video Wall at CEDIA Expo 2022

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Quantum Media Systems (QMS) announced today that it will introduce its new Cinematic XDR LED Video Wall at CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Arts District #7 Demo Room. Quantum Media Systems has been designing, engineering and facilitating studio-grade digital cinema technology for pro screening rooms, commercial theaters, private theaters, and beyond […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1165: Planar Will Debut an Outdoor LED and New MicroLEDs at CEDIA Expo

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Adding a lifetime warranty for all customers, LED powerhouse Planar will be at CEDIA Expo in booth 15003 next week in Dallas for the annual high-end residential show. In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary was joined by Planar’s product manager, Jeremy Sternhagen, to talk about using CEDIA Expo as a launching platform […]

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Lightware Visual Engineering Hires Roger Takacs as Vice President of Education

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Lightware Visual Engineering just hired Roger Takacs as vice president of education. Takacs will play an instrumental role in developing and growing business in the education channel. Takacs has more than 20 years of success in sales and executing strategic initiatives across several key verticals, including education. Takacs has worked with many industry-leading manufacturers, including Crestron, […]

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VuWall’s PAK Series Now Proven Compatible With Samsung’s The Wall MicroLED Technology

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VuWall says it is expanding the benefits of its PAK Video Wall Node Series with proven compatibility with Samsung’s The Wall MicroLED video wall technology. The certification process tests critical functions and integration, providing peace of mind when selecting certified video wall processors with The Wall. Consultants and integrators will benefit from a simple integration […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1164: It’s CEDIA Expo Time! Have You Registered?

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CEDIA Expo happens to be next week (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) in Dallas, and most of the manufacturer training sessions have already been filled because show management is expecting 15,000 attendees! Jason McGraw, group VP of CEDIA Expo, joined Gary on his videocast today to detail more of what’s expected! Watch!  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Powersoft Adds AES67-Compatible Versions of Duecanali and Quattrocanali Amplifier Platforms

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Powersoft has enhanced its fixed-install product range by introducing AES67-compatible versions of its popular Duecanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms. The new models, called Duecanali DSP+ and Quattrocanali DSP+, are able to receive audio-over-IP (AoIP) streams compliant with the AES67 standard, which allows high-performance streaming AoIP interoperability across different networking systems. The new Powersoft DSP+ models […]

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Snap One Announces New Wi-Fi 6 Access Points from Araknis and Access Networks

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Snap One just announced multiple new WiFi 6 wireless access points from Araknis and Access Networks. The introduction of Access Networks Unleashed Wireless Access Points, which took place in early August, follows the acquisition of the company by Snap One in 2021, while the new Araknis AN-820 WAP combines Wi-Fi 6 with Snap One’s OvrC […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1163: Liberty Will Debut 10G AV-over-IP at CEDIA Expo 2022

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Gary got a scoop from Liberty AV’s own Kevin Peterman, director of product management, who explains that at CEDIA Expo next week, Liberty AV will introduce its SDVoE-based AV-over-IP lineup, dubbed the DigitalinxIP 6000 Series. However, the magic is in the software solution paired with it — watch this videocast and make sure you stop […]

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Avnu Alliance Opens TSN Test Tool Program to New Vendors

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Avnu Alliance announced expansion of its time sensitive networking (TSN) Test Tool program by opening the test tool ecosystem to new vendors. As part of this expansion, third party vendor test tools can be verified and validated through Avnu’s rigorous process, which is designed and maintained by experienced certification management professionals and TSN subject matter […]

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Here Is a List of Some Products You’ll See at Exertis Almo’s Fall 2022 E4 Shows

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Exertis Almo says it is expecting the showroom floor of this week’s Washington, D.C. E4 Experience to be buzzing with local-area resellers, integrators and their end users looking to see the newest in AV. The E4 Experience is heading to Washington, D.C. Sept. 23 and Boston Oct. 20. Both will feature dramatic showrooms packed with […]

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Séura To Show Solutions for Entire Home at CEDIA Expo 2022

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Séura wants to help integrators do more profitable projects by encouraging them to install its products in every room of a client’s home. Here’s the minimum: Vanity TV Mirrors for the bathrooms Lighted Mirrors for the bathrooms and walk-in closets Indoor Waterproof TVs for the kitchen and shower Entertainment TV Mirrors for the living room, […]

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LG Electronics USA Creates Network of Third-Party Sales Representatives for dvLED ‘Extreme Home Cinema’ Displays

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LG Electronics USA has formed a new national network of third-party sales representatives to bring the magic of the direct-view LED “Extreme Home Cinema” displays to resellers and luxury homeowners across the United States. The territories of the 13 rep firms cover the majority of the country. The Extreme Home Cinema displays will also be […]

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Barix Adds Upgrades to IP Audio Decoder and Amplifier Family

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Barix has announced new features for its IPAC (IP Audio Client) family of IP audio decoders and amplifiers. New functionality includes integrated scheduling for recurring announcements, rotational advertisements and background music playlists; a REST-based application programming interface (API) for integration with third-party solutions; a built-in parametric audio equalizer; and RTP stream forwarding. The new updates […]

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Quividi Partners With Plumerai, Integrates People Detection Into AVA Solution

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Quividi — an audience and campaign intelligence platform for DOOH and retail media — has integrated Plumerai’s people detection AI into its latest Anonymous Video Analytics (AVA) solution. With this partnership, Quividi now offers real-time, long-distance impression counting in its Audience Measurement Platform on entry-level CPUs, which commonly power smart machines or retail shelf screens. […]

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D-Tools Announces Plans for CEDIA Expo 2022

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D-Tools will demonstrate updates to its D-Tools Cloud platform at CEDIA Expo 2022 in booth #22046. D-Tools is extending its web-based software to include a complete service management suite, which enables residential systems integrators to create, sell, and manage service plans. Service plans create recurring revenue opportunities for integrators while at the same time often […]

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Proto Receives US Patent for Hologram Device

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Proto was issued a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Invented in 2018, Proto has made global headlines for beaming executives, athletes, entertainers, educators, and artists around the world to make deeper connections, while saving time and money, and reducing carbon damage. Proto is the first self-contained, plug & play, human-sized, portable […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1162: While Inflation Goes Up, MicroLED Prices Are Going Down (at Planar)

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Adam Schmidt, Planar’s executive vice president; sales, marketing & service, and Steve Seminario, vice president product marketing, joined my latest episode of Rants & rAVes today. We talk about how, in today’s world, there are supply chain issues and inflation, yet, Planar lowered the price of its microLED lineup. Yep, as of Sept. 1, Planar […]

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New MS Teams Certified Headsets From Jabra Give Integrators a Way Into Call Centers

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Jabra expanded the Engage line with two new products set to empower digital contact centers to enhance customer experience. The Jabra Engage 50 II promises to be the best headset for clear customer calls and claims that no calls will ever be missed with its SmartRinger feature. Meanwhile, the Jabra Engage 40 delivers innovative speech […]

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Here’s Everything Crestron Is Doing at CEDIA Expo 2022

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At CEDIA Expo 2022, Crestron Electronics will demo its new Home OS platform, a premier smart home operating system. Since its debut, the Crestron Home OS has expanded with hundreds of updates, interoperability with industry-leading partners and is continuing to provide market-leading solutions that curate unique and bespoke environments to maximize how we live, work, […]

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Hiperwall Releases Version 8.0 of Hardware-Agnostic Video Wall Control Software

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Hiperwal announced version 8.0 of its powerful, hardware-agnostic video wall control software. One of the most value-adding upgrades to the company’s software to date, Hiperwall 8.0 unlocks extremely powerful features that improve content integrity, system performance and content sharing. Aimed at control rooms, HiperZones, a new feature of Version 8.0, allows video wall administrators to […]

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Domotz Adds New Features to Netgear Managed Switches

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Domotz today announced a partnership with Netgear to add new features to Netgear managed switches, Insight-based access points and Orbi Pro wireless systems. Domotz provides “unparalleled visibility of digital assets and data flows, empowering users with mission critical knowledge and actionable insights.” The company works closely with partners to ensure integration of its Domotz Agent software is seamless […]

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Alcons Audio Releases LR24/120 Mid-Size Line Speaker Array

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The latest Alcons Audio LR24/120 mid-size line speaker array is aimed at medium to larger live applications. The LR28 larger format line array module, designed for arenas, stadiums and major outdoor events is based around the company’s pro-ribbon transducer technology. The three-way, bi-amped LR24/120 features the bespoke RBN1202rs 12-inch pro-ribbon transducer with acoustically and electronically […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1161: Avocor Conquers Teams, Zoom and Even Google Meet

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Avocor’s senior VP and general manager, Dana Corey, joined me on my latest videocast to talk all about the company. Avocor recently signed an exclusive deal with Google that will allow the AV integrator community to service the Meet video platform as well as MS Teams and Zoom. In fact, Avocor is doing it creatively […]

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Planar Launches New Venue Pro VX Series for Virtual Production and XR

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Planar announced the launch of the Planar Venue Pro VX Series, a family of indoor fine-pixel-pitch LED video wall displays delivering in-camera visual performance for virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR), as well as on-camera visual performance for broadcasters. The series combines high-performing scan and refresh rates with high brightness and narrow pixel pitches, […]

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