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..

Shure Fights Back — Files Suit Against ClearOne Alleging False Statements

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Shure, Inc. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against ClearOne in the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware. The lawsuit alleges ClearOne’s BMA CT product, launched in February of 2019, infringes Shure’s U.S. Patent No. 9,565,493 (“‘493 Patent”). The ‘493 patent, which protects the architecture of Shure’s ceiling array microphone offering powerful acoustic benefits with flexible mounting options and minimal aesthetic […]

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Audinate Dante AV Is a Thing

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Audinate today announced that the new Dante AV Module and the Dante AV Product Design Suite are now commercially available for order by manufacturers. Patton Electronics has announced that they will adopt the platform into a new generation of AV-Over-IP products. Dante AV is an integrated audio and video networking solution, bringing to video all the benefits that have […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 899: If You Integrate Control Rooms or Digital Signage, You Should Know Who Monitors Anywhere Is!

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Monitors Anywhere basically makes the ClickShare of monitor walls. Using USB to HDMI adapters or thin-client Android computers, you can build network-based digital signage systems or fill video walls with content – in any configuration. So, no digital or analog signal processing – all network-based. If you don’t know Monitors Anywhere, this is the podcast for […]

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CEDIA Lifetime Award Winner Spent a Lifetime in CEDIA

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CEDIA announced that Mitchell Klein was chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Klein will be honored at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 898: The Post Visix InfoComm 2019 Videocast

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In this episode of Rants and rAVes, Gary is joined by Visix founder Sean Matthews. They discuss (and shows) viewers all six new products Visix launched at this years InfoComm, including explaining VUI voice activated wayfinding, and a four output video player. Watch as Sean shows everything that Visix brought to InfoComm 2019. You can […]

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V5 of Martin’s P3 Controller Software Drops

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Martin P3 System Controller Software version 5.0.0 brings significant new functionalities to Martin’s range of P3 System Controllers, consisting of the P3-050, P3-100, P3-150, P3-200, P3-300 and P3-PC. Moving heads and lighting fixtures such as the Martin MAC Allure and VDO Atomic Dot families can now be driven via the P3 System Controller. With the […]

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CEDIA Home Cinema Masterclass to Be Led By Three Home Theater Gods

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Three of the biggest names in home theater integration will offer an unparalleled learning opportunity. The CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass — featuring Imaging Science Foundation founder Joel Silver, Grimani Systems President Anthony Grimani and TK Theatres and RAYVA founder Theo Kalomirakis — will provide an in-depth examination of several key topics. The CEDIA Home […]

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Why in the Heck Would Biamp Buy Community and Apart Audio? Hint: QSC

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By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Rashid Skaf-led Biamp is buying Audioprof Group International, which is the parent company of Community Loudspeakers (based in Philadelphia) and Apart Audio (based in Antwerp, Belgium) from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium. Bruce Howze founded the company in 1968, which was first named Community Light and Sound. […]

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Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 Gets Pexip CVI

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Pexip has announced it will offer free Cloud Video Interop (CVI) services for customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 systems. The offer is available directly via Pexip and participating partners and is valid for new customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 solutions. Cloud Video Interop enables third-party video conferencing […]

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Z-Wave Rolls Out Z-Wave Plus v2 Certification

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The Z-Wave Alliance is unveiling details about the Z-Wave Plus v2 certification designed for devices built on the new Z-Wave 700 platform. The updated certification will deliver a significantly improved consumer experience by mandating the inclusion of SmartStart, a setup feature that will truly bring plug and play to the consumer smart home. Removing the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 897: Why AV-over-IP Should Be On a Separate Network

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With all the talk about the industry moving AV-over-IP now, should you really be putting all this video (and data) traffic on the same network as everything else? Justin Kennington of the SDVoE Alliance thinks not. Listen to this podcast to understand why now (and here’s the article from NETGEAR — yes, the same NETGEAR who makes network […]

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PixelFLEX VisionPro HD Is Pre-Packaged LED Wall (on Wheels)

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PixelFLEX LED just launched VisionPro HD, a giant LED-based Smart TV of sorts. VisionPro HD is constructed with a reflection-free surface, to reduce any room or light interference, is bezel-less, since it’s LED and is available in four models; a 110-inch display at 1.2mm pixel pitch, a 138-inch display at 1.5mm pixel pitch, a 165-inch […]

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Upstage Video Debuts 8-Foot Wide LED Package for Rental Applications

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Upstage Video today debuted the EZ LED, aimed at rental LED applications. The self-contained LED features a 5×8-foot, 2.6-millimeter pixel pitch LED screen that can be elevated up to 11 feet in the air. The screen is mounted inside a steel-constructed container on wheel thus, set-up takes about 15 minutes and it’s preconfigured with an […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 896: When Will LEDs Truly Replace LCDs and Projectors? Not As Soon As You Think!

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For years, industry pundits have predicted the immediate demise of the projector, due to flat panels. Now, there’s a cry that the flat panels will disappear, any day now, due to LEDs. Do you believe the hype? Well, here’s what Absen’s Director of Sales, Mitch Rosenburg, thinks — and this matters as, not only is Absen the […]

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AV Junction Gives It Another Try – This Time with Free Online Platform

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If you’re looking for either contract and full time AVtweeps, AV Junction now has a free web platform. AV Junction provides companies with access to “pre-vetted” (this is their term and not verified or validated as to what exactly this means) AV professionals. This is a dedicated online marketplace for AV people. AV Junction says […]

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The Third-Best Looking Handheld Remote (from RTI) Ships

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RTI today announced that its flagship T4x handheld remote control is now shipping. Designed for any contemporary environment, its ergonomic and has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, that includes programmable soft-touch buttons. The best looking remote is still this one from Crestron followed closely by the Savant Pro. The RTI is a massive improvement over the […]

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The Truth About the New TechLogix “Gaming Market” Fiber Optic Cables

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TechLogix Networx has launched HDMI and DisplayPort video cables that they claim are specifically designed for electronic gaming and esports competition. Huh? The press announcement said, “Unlike traditional video cables which are limited in length and video-processing speed, TechLogix cables leverage a fiber optic core that supports true, real-time 8K and 4K120 video with bandwidths […]

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Key Digital’s Re-do of the KD-Pro8x8D Includes Audio Pre-Amp and ARC

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Key Digital just debuted a new version of their KD-Pro8x8D a UHD/4K, HDCP 2.2 and ARC supporting digital video matrix with audio de-embedding on analog and digital audio connectors. Video outputs feature simultaneously active HDMI and HDBaseT ports for simplistic single-wire integration with displays throughout the distributed video system. Six short range (model KD-X88SHRx) and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 895: Nureva Divulges New Product Development Plan Exclusively on rAVe RADIO

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Normally, Nureva is tight-lipped with future product development plans but, on today’s Post-InfoComm 2019 podcast with Nureva’s VP of Products, Rob Abbott , he clearly outlines what new products we will see launched at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam. And, it’s a logical transition into a new market category fro them. So, listen to see why it’s likely that, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 894: The Peerless-AV Post-InfoComm Podcast

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Peerless-AV’s Nick Belcore joined Gary for a post-InfoComm Podcast and, we here around rAVe, this it’s the best podcast Gary’s every recorded. Seriously. Listen. Nick wraps up their presence at the show and explains the logic of their booth. And, as you may know, rAVe partnered with Peerless-AV and actually integrated the rAVe RADIO podcast […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Gary Kayye’s Favorite InfoComm Booth Tours — and His LinkedIn LIVE Show Floor Tour, Too!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing booth tours at trade shows. And, I try to do as many of them as possible at trade shows. I enjoy understanding the design and “flow” of the booth — and, a lot of manufacturers are now theming booths pretty creatively. But, MOST OF ALL, I love seeing all the […]

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The Ultimate InfoComm 2019 Wrap-Up Video – Three Days of Awesomeness & Music

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Every year, we produce a video-story that shows the spectacle that is the InfoComm event. Our InfoComm wrap-up video has become one of the most popular things we do each year and, in the lead-up to today’s release, we teased it via social media and the teaser-videos alone garnered over 6,200 views. Again, that’s just […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 892: The Shure Post-InfoComm Podcast

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Gary was joined with Shure’s Chris Lyons to talk about all they did at InfoComm 2019. Shure, the dominant mic company in the ProAV market for over 50-years, focussed their InfoComm presence on both the UCC market as well as the traditional ProAV presentation market. With Shure’s new “Make Connections Feel Effortless” initiative, Shure has […]

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New elektraLite 200-watt COB Paint Can Fixture Debuts

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elektraLite just launched a new Paint Can COB fixture that’s available in regular and pendant body styles, as well as Warm White (WW) and RGBW formats for a total of four model variants. Basically, it’s a new spot/wash hybrid utilizing a 200-watt Japanese COB LED with a CRI of 95. The fixture also boasts a […]

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Almo ProAV Turned 10 Year at InfoComm 2019

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Earlier this month at the AVIXA 2019 InfoComm Show, Almo Professional A/V celebrated its decade-long milestone of providing value-added distribution services to the AV industry with an in-booth celebration, an epic anniversary cake featuring life-like AV equipment, and a donation check for the AVIXA Michael Vergauwen Scholarship program. During InfoComm, Almo Professional A/V was named […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 891: The Kramer Post-InfoComm Podcast

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InfoComm 2019 was apparently Kramer‘s best InfoComm in many years — in addition to launching a plethora of new products. On today’s post-InfoComm 2019 podcast, Kramers VP of Marketing, David Margolin, talks with Gary about his show impressions, Kramer’s new cloud and software offerings, wireless and AV-over-IP strategy as well as their new partnerships – including […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 890: Leyard and Planar’s Post-InfoComm Podcast is All About Being Transparent and .7

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If you didn’t to go by Leyard‘s booth at InfoComm 2019, you missed the industry’s only commercially available 0.7mm LED – that’s a pixel pitch that’s good enough to go in nearly any meeting room or classroom in the world. In fact, 0.7mm is arguably right at the perceived pixel pitch of a direct-view LCD […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 889: BlackMagic Demos ATEM Constellation 8K in Real-Time

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On today’s post-InfoComm 2019 podcast, BlackMagic Designs demos their new ATEM Constellation 8K – a 10 input and 6 output 8K SDI-based production switcher. That means you get 4 M/Es, 40 x 12G‑SDI inputs, 24 x 12G‑SDI aux outputs, 4 DVEs, 16 Keyers, 4 media players, 4 multi viewers, 2 SuperSource and standards conversion on […]

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