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..

Listen Buys AudioConexus

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Listen Technologies Corporation has acquired AudioConexus. AudioConexus helps sightseeing tour operators engage visitors with technology and services that complement Listen Technologies’ portfolio of assistive listening and tour guide products. AudioConexus will transition to Listen Technologies Canada over the next few months. Estimates project the global tours and activities market as a $183 billion industry by 2020. Providing engaging, […]

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AVIXA Research Shows Merger-Mania Isn’t Affecting ProAV Market Like We Think

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Extensive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is taking place economy-wide, headlined by deals like the mega-merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. ProAV shares in this evolution. Twenty-seven percent of AV providers reported that the company they currently work for had acquired, merged with or been acquired by another company in the previous five years, according to […]

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ONELAN Parent Buys Tripleplay

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Tripleplay has been acquired by Uniguest, the parent company of ONELAN. As part of Uniguest, this new division will be a key component of a global organization that enables Tripleplay and ONELAN to leverage the group’s financial and support infrastructure to drive significant global expansion and service plans. The acquisition presents the strategic opportunity for […]

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AVIXA Just Launched the BEST THING EVER – the AV Experience Awards

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AVIXA just announced the launch of the AV Experience Awards program to recognize the innovative integration of content, space and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. The AV Experience Awards program celebrates the ability of AV technology to expand human capabilities, or to excite, inspire or enhance an experience across diverse markets and industries. The program’s […]

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1 Beyond Debuts AutoTracker 3 Camera with NDI Connectivity

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1 Beyond has announced the 1 Beyond AutoTracker 3 camera with NDI to allow for automatic presenter tracking in AV-over-IP workflows. NewTek’s NDI technology is an IP technology that allows the camera to provide video streams that can be viewed by NDI compatible software or hardware devices anywhere on the same network. Only a single […]

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Harbinger Drops M100-BT and M200-BT Portable PAs

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Harbinger Pro Audio’s new M100-BT and M200-BT portable PA systems are complete transportable sound systems. Both PA systems feature powered mixers with a variety of inputs, including stereo Bluetooth input, channel EQ and 800 watt (peak) stereo power amplifiers that deliver a big, clear, full-range, best-in-class sound and plenty of power for large spaces. Custom […]

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Stealth and Harman Partner, Deliver Hidden JBL Conceal Series Loudspeakers

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Invisible loudspeaker developer Stealth Acoustics has announced a partnership with HARMAN Luxury Audio to co-develop and launch a new series of concealed loudspeakers for residential custom audio applications. The new JBL Conceal Series loudspeakers combine patented Stealth Acoustics invisible loudspeaker innovations with JBL acoustic design. The JBL Conceal Series loudspeakers utilize Stealth’s patented transducer implementation […]

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The TRC-1480 from URC Just Became the Best Handheld Remote Control Ever

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URC just debuted the TRC-1480 Handheld Remote with a push-to-talk voice control feature, a 2.4-inch touchscreen LCD including two-way metadata, hard buttons and an ergonomic design. The TRC-1480 features an integrated microphone for easy voice communication with Alexa or Siri (for Apple TV). The new TRC-1480, aimed at both HomeAV and ProAV applications, provides full […]

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QMotion Shows New QIS Power and Comm Panel

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Legrand | AV Residential Solutions has updated its QMotion Qadvanced Intelligence System (QIS) Power and Communication Panel, the control system for its QIS Hardwired Shades. The QIS Power and Communication Panel comes with its own power supply and delivers power to wired wall-mounted switches. The updated system measures 6.9 inches by 4.4 inches by 1.7 […]

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Dynaudio Debuts On-Wall Subwoofer

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Danish loudspeaker company Dynaudio today debuted the Sub RCC (Reaction Cancelling Configuration) custom-installation subwoofer. The discreet subwoofer is designed to offer additional low-frequency extension to any audio system while facilitating high-performance 2.1 or surround setups without the issues commonly associated with many in-wall subs. It achieves extreme bass performance within a compact form factor, which […]

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CEDIA Opens Voting for 2020-2021 Board

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The ballot featuring nine elected director candidates for the 2020-2021 CEDIA Board of Directors is now live. CEDIA is urging all global member companies to cast their vote for four open elected director positions. The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association’s activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for […]

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Helios from Metra Home Theater Group Debuts at 2019 CEDIA Expo

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Metra Home Theater Group just launched the Helios line of retail AV products at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. The AS-AVKIT1 provides a 6-foot micro-USB-to-USB cable and a 6-foot USB-C-to-USB cable for data transfer and charging. The AS-AVKIT2 provides a 9-foot optical digital audio cable for high-fidelity Toslink systems. Both kits include a 9-foot 4K HDMI […]

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Vantage Shows EasyTouch Glass Keypad at CEDIA 2019

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Vantage Controls today announced that it will be exhibiting its new EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station for the first time at CEDIA Expo 2019. EasyTouch Glass offers a highly reflective, glass-like look with a smooth touch surface. Available with up to five programmable buttons for different scenes — such as “welcome,” “away” or “party” — […]

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Is Barco Buying Unilumin? I Believe It’s Just a Matter of Time 

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Barco just announced a strategic collaboration with Unilumin, a listed Chinese company that’s an LED manufacturer. Barco says it’s engaged in a wide-ranging partnership with Unilumin to secure a supply of LED display components, which allows broader penetration in its core markets with differentiated Barco LED visualization hardware and software solutions. But, isn’t it logical they will […]

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Tripleplay Has New UIs

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Tripleplay today announced a major revamp and relaunch of its IPTV and video streaming solution, focusing on enhancing user experience and creating a unified, professional platform for delivery of enterprise video. The revamp brings a brand-new interface for the Tripleplay Enterprise IPTV Portal, Mobile Media App (MMA) and Media Portal for its MVP desktop app, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 906: Take Advantage of the High-growth Collaboration Space with SYNNEX VISUALSolv and Financial Services

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by SYNNEX Senior Vice President, Financial Operations, Alan Buttery, to talk about the plethora of SYNNEX Financial Services that are designed to support AV Integrators, specifically around collaborative meeting spaces. Typically, we think of distributors as suppliers of AV gear but, more and more they’re becoming service providers, too. It’s worth listening to […]

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Dante Virtual Soundcard Brings Networked Audio to Virtual Machines

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Audinate has announced the availability of Dante Virtual Soundcard for installation in virtual Windows environments using Type-1 hypervisors. This update is especially important for customers such as broadcasters, educators and corporate users that want to deploy Dante networked audio throughout data centers, studios, server clusters and campuses. Dante Virtual Soundcard interfaces directly with audio software […]

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Martin Audio Ships WPS

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Martin Audio is already shipping its WPS, the fourth model in the Wavefront Precision optimized line array series. The Wavefront Precision architecture delivers improved coverage, consistency and control compared with standard line arrays, making the product series uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible. The latest addition to the Wavefront Precision range can achieve a peak […]

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Brilliant and Schlage Bring Integrated Control and Home Access

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Brilliant and Schlage announced at CEDIA Expo 2019 a new collaboration designed to bring more convenience and simplicity to the smart home and home technology industry. Schlage’s newest smart lock, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, will integrate with Brilliant’s Smart Home Control to give end-users complete access control as well as the ability to […]

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Christie Claims It Has the World’s First 4K DCI RGB Laser Projector with HDR

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Christie just launched the Christie Eclipse, a 4K RGB pure laser projector featuring Christie RealLaser illumination with HDR — aimed at the ProAV market. According to Christie, the Eclipse is capable of a degree of detail and depth of color that has never been possible with any ProAV projection system. With true HDR, Christie Eclipse […]

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Vaddio Ships HuddleSHOT UCC Camera with Mic and Speaker Array (Plus, a Hilarious Video)

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Vaddio is now shipping its new HuddleSHOT Conferencing Camera. This all-in-one conferencing camera with integrated audio and an ultra-wide field of view(125-degree) is Vaddio’s newest solution optimized for huddle spaces and is clearly aimed directly at the Crestron Flex lineup. And, Vaddio has a creative video campaign — check it out here as it’s worth […]

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Amina Technologies to Demo Invisible Speaker Debuts at CEDIA Expo

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Amina Technologies is celebrating 20 years and demonstrating its new Mobius-i and EDGE-i Series which improve sound and installation processes. In 2009, Triad Speakers brought to market an invisible speaker line manufactured by Amina and in 2013 became the exclusive distributor for the Amina brand in North America. In 2017 Triad was acquired by Control4, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 905: The Best Projection at CEDIA Will Absolutely Be in the Barco Booth

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Barco is using CEDIA Expo 2019 to officially launch its Bragi Cinemascope native 4K LED-based cinema projector. This is a stunning box that got to see at the ISE Show. Gary was joined on today’s special video-edition of his pre-CEDIA podcast with Barco Residential GM, Tim Sinnaeve, to talk about the Bragi, the theater they’ll have […]

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Sonance to Debut Dual 10″ Subwoofer in Professional Series

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Sonance has announced that it’s adding a new Bandpass Subwoofer to its Professional Series range, delivering what Sonance is “best-in-class sonic performance in an extremely versatile form-factor.” The PS-S210SUBT utilizes all-new 2 x 10” (254mm) low profile, high excursion drivers, that were specifically engineered in-house by Sonance for this product. The polyurethane-coated, laminated-plywood enclosure features […]

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Origin Acoustics Launches Bollard Loudspeaker and Lighting Series

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Origin Acoustics will launch expansions to the Landscape Bollard Loudspeaker line-up, debuting at CEDIA 2019. The new Big Bollard features a 10″ burial subwoofer, which ports out of the loudspeaker’s sleeve, just before the acoustic lens. Above the lens is a 6.5″ two-way loudspeaker. They’ve been able to utilize our Director Collection technology to keep […]

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Mode-AL Debuts UCC-Focused Line from B-Tech

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Following its recent acquisition of Mode-AL Display Engineering Ltd., B-Tech AV Mounts announced the first in a range of Unified Collaboration solutions designed to make integration between technology and office space quick. Featuring a shallow profile, these solutions have a variety of wall or floor fixing options with a minimal footprint and provide hidden, easily […]

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AudioControl Intros RS 1000 and RS 500 Amplifiers with DSP

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AudioControl has introduced two RS Series single-channel subwoofer amplifiers ideally suited for home theater, two-channel music systems and multi-zone audio applications. Both amplifiers feature AudioControl’s popular DSP feature set, providing integrators with the ultimate resource for fine-tuning each system. The AudioControl RS 1000 and RS 500 are for home cinema, multi-zone audio or two-channel music […]

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Check Out the New Roland MC-707 and MC-101 GROOVEBOXES

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Roland has introduced the MC-707 and MC-101 GROOVEBOXES, two self-contained production tools designed for today’s electronic music creators. These powerful products reintroduce Roland’s iconic GROOVEBOX concept to a new generation of musicians, updated with the very latest sounds and a wide range of customization options. With the versatile MC-707 and MC-101, users can create complete, […]

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Diversified Just Became THE AV Giant Integrator by Buying Advanced

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Diversified has announced the acquisition of Advanced Presentation Products. As a top integrator in Canada for 24 years, Advanced specializes in audio visual communications solutions, service and support for enterprise, government and education clients across the country. “When we recently partnered with Advanced on a complex next-gen solution for a large Canadian organization, I was […]

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