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..

Extron Only ProAV Manufacturer to Pass Accreditations for New UL Standard

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Extron is among a select group of professional audio/video companies to have passed the UL DAP – Data Acceptance Program accreditations for the new UL 62368-1 standard. The new standard covers a broad range of products. It applies to all Information Technology Equipment and Audio Video products rated fewer than 600 volts, as well as […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 857: T1V Demos ThinkHub Connect and the Awesomeness of Its MultiSite Collaboration Feature

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I love doing video demos (or what we call videocasts (podcasts) as it helps me visualize the market for something. And collaboration-baed products are my favorites right now. Well, yesterday, I did a video demo with T1V’s EVP Sales + Marketing, Adam Loritsch, and CTO Jim Morris in real-time. So, what you’re about to watch […]

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Black Box Enters the 10G AV-over-IP Market with MCX Using SDVoE

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Black Box today announced the release of its new MCX, a 10G AV-over-IP system. Using what they say is a unique “enterprise level with use of the 10G SDVoE” platform, the MCX includes nine products — four decoders and five encoders that either handle copper, fiber or both. Some of the models add Dante Audio […]

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Amorphous Nano-Pixel Displays That Are Thinner Than Human Hair Are Coming — Seriously!

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Plasmonic metasurfaces are being developed for use in future flat panel displays. These are basically scalable electrochromic nanopixels using plasmonics and their color gamut and high spatial resolution blows away even the best OLEDs we have today — by a factor of between 400 and 1000. Right now, according to a research paper published in […]

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Miniature USB Mic Debuts from MXL Microphones

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MXL Microphones announced the MXL AC-44 USB Conferencing Microphone today as a product that will officially debut at InfoComm (booth 3725). With a compact footprint measuring only 2.5×3″ (and 1″ tall), the AC-44 is an ideal solution for any limited space application. It can easily be affixed to medical carts for telemedicine, placed in robotics […]

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My Friend (and Projection Shootout Partner) Steve Somers Named AVIXA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Winner

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Extron and AVIXA jointly announced that Steve Somers, recently retired vice president of engineering from Extron, the winner of the 2019 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year the trade association representing the commercial AV industry worldwide recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. The Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award […]

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Vidyo Acquired by Enghouse Systems Limited

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Enghouse Systems Limited announced today it has acquired Vidyo for around $40 million. Vidyo’s annual revenue is approximately $60 million. Headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey, Vidyo is a provider of video software solutions that support visual communications across diverse end-points, networks of varying bandwidth and geographically dispersed locations. The company’s infrastructure software platform leverages patented […]

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Unite Tour Guide System from beyerdynamic to Make InfoComm 2019 Debut

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beyerdynamic will officially debut Unite, a tour guide, interpretation, assisted listening and digital presentation wireless system, will make its U.S. debut in booth 5768 at InfoComm 2019. From tour guides, through voice transmission for speeches, to interpreter applications — Unite is marketed as a complete wireless solution. The silent public address provides support for people […]

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Marantz Debuts Two New AV Receivers for ProAV

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Marantz today announced the NR1510 and NR1710 slimline 4K Ultra HD AV receivers. Housed within the compact chassis, they include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:Xto create startlingly lifelike cinematic experiences.The NR1710’s Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology gives users a 3D listening experience without the need for dedicated height or […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 850: XTEN-AV is About to Make D-Tools Obsolete

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We are not kidding with that headline. D-Tools will not survive the capabilities of XTEN-AV — nor can they compete with their pricing model. Don’t believe me, watch this demo and you tell me what D-Tools does that this doesn’t do? And, then, compare what you’re paying for D-Tools to what you’d pay for this — […]

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More AV-Integrateable X-Series AV Receivers Debut from Denon

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This week Denon announced two new X-Series AV receivers. The Denon AVR-X2600H (95 watts per channel) and AVR-X1600H (80 watts per channel) support the latest surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, which adds virtualized height and surround effects on traditional stereo or surround content as well as Dolby Atmos content while using […]

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Need to Convert Toslink Audio to Analog or Vice-Versa? Sescom Has It

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Sescom announced the availability of two new compact audio converters with low power consumption. The SES-DAC1 converts digital coax or optical Toslink to stereo analog signals providing electromagnetic noise-free transmission. It supports S/PDIF 24-bit incoming bit stream on left and right channels and uncompressed two-channel LPCM stereo digital audio input. The SES-ADDA1 features bi-directional digital […]

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Extron Ships IN1806 and IN1808 Series 4K/60 Presentation Switchers

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Extron just announced it’s already shipping its IN1806 and IN1808 Series, seamless presentation switchers with 18 Gbps support integrated with 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 video scaling. They feature the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine with 30-bit internal video processing for best-in-class image upscaling and downscaling. These feature-rich switchers include Extron ProDSP audio processing, seamless video transition […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 847: Deploying K-12 and Higher Ed Classroom Collaboration Technologies with SYNNEX Corporation

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Eddie Franklin, SYNNEX’s Vice President, Sales, Westcon-Comstor and Public Sector, to talk about how integrators can benefit from the company’s robust education business and dedicated subject matter experts, combined with leading offerings and support through SYNNEX VISUALSolv. Listen to understand how you can lean […]

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ENCO to Demo Automated Translation with AI at InfoComm – And We Have a LIVE Demo

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AV professionals in all types of organizations — from educational institutions and corporations to government agencies and churches — are constantly striving to make their content accessible and understandable to more viewers, whether in-person or online. Extending the company’s rich history of innovation in automated media captioning to multi-language translation, ENCO‘s new AI-powered enTranslate system […]

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My Favorite Holographic Projection Company Was Just Purchased by Magic Leap

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I suspect most of you reading this will have never heard of MIMESYS — but, I certainly have. When I first saw their technology in person, I immediately thought of how Cisco would have loved to have this back when they were pitching their telepresence systems. Imagine being able to “teleport” someone into a meeting […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 844: Peerless-AV’s InfoComm 2019 Will Include Torture Chambers, MiLB and the rAVe RADIO HQ

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Nick Belcore, the EVP of Peerless-AV, refers to their in-booth dunking station and debris box, that demo the rigidity of their Xtreme Outdoor Displays, as ‘torture chambers’ — and, that’s basically what they are. No other manufacturer has ever shot a paint gun or submersed a monitor totally underwater just to prove they can literally withstand anything, and […]

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New KD-X4x1WUTx Wall Plate from Key Digital Takes Aim at UCC Rooms

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Key Digital just introduced KD-X4x1WUTx, an HDBaseT wall-plate transmitter with two HDMI, one display port and one USB-C input (and USB-A, USB-B and LAN) aimed at the UCC market. The KD-X4x1WUTX includes audio de-embedding of the selected video source at the Rx unit, power, volume and muting buttons and LAN connectivity at the Tx or […]

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Broadcast Pix Will Be All-About-IP with New Production Switcher & PTZ Camera Controller at InfoComm 2019

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Broadcast Pix will emphasize its IP-based solutions next month at InfoComm 2019 (Booth 2091) by demonstrating its newest integrated production switcher, BPswitch IX, as well as its new Version 7.5 software with expanded IP control capabilities and its new RCC IP camera control panel. BPswitch IX is designed for auditoriums, stadiums, conference rooms and other […]

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Exertis Buys COMM-TEC

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DCC Technology (aka: Exertis) announced today the acquisition of COMM-TEC GmbH, one of the biggest pro AV distributors in Europe. Headquartered east of Stuttgart, the company generated over €90 million revenue in its last financial year. It employs over 150 staff across Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Spain and with sales operations in Eastern Europe. […]

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Screen Innovations’ HQ Grows

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Driven by their continuing national shade dealer onboarding, Screen Innovations (SI) announces a major facility expansion, adding 50,000 square feet, including warehouse and office space at their international headquarters in Austin, Tex. “Our dealers’ acceptance of our new product designs has been very rewarding. We invest in our company because we’re here to change dealers’ […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 843: Digital Projection is Going Even Bigger than 8K at InfoComm 2019

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Digital Projection has always pushed the resolution (and light output) envelope. The first company to demo native 4K at InfoComm was DPI. 8k; DPI. And, at InfoComm 2019, they will not only show mind-blowing 8K imagery, but you’ll see a special projector that can display three 4K images simultaneously using 360fps technology. We saw this at ISE and […]

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Eiki’s New EK-120U and EK-121W Projectors Are Aimed at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

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Eiki International just sent us details on its new EK-120U and EK-121W portable 3LCD laser projectors with a so-called Infinity Lamps with 20,000 hours of service in eco mode or 10,000 hours under normal operation. The company is targeting these for use in education and corporate meeting rooms. The Eiki EK-120U and EK-121W are both […]

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Adder Claims World’s First 4K IP KVM to InfoComm 2019

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The ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 Series (ALIF4000) from Adder Technology made its debut at ISE earlier this year but it will make its U.S. debut at InfoComm 2019. Writing that it’s the world’s first dual-head 4K IP KVM matrix over a single fiber, the ALIF4000 is aimed at large facility deployment and digital signage applications where […]

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BIS | Econocom Just Landed the Install Everyone in Europe Wanted

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Following the success of light-as-a-service, Royal Schiphol Group and BIS | Econocom will be partnering to arrange the use of over 3,000 digital information screens according to a similar construction. In the ‘as-a-service’ model, Schiphol will pay for use, while the supplier retains ownership of the product in question. In this way, Schiphol is encouraging […]

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Videon Details InfoComm 2019 Plans

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At InfoComm 2019, Videon will showcase its award-winning EdgeCaster Edge Compute Encoder that is ideal for applications and integration with solutions requiring low latency streaming. With EdgeCaster products, users can stream among buildings, between campuses or around the world using a single device. Videon’s EdgeCaster ultra-low latency, Edge Compute Encoder can simultaneously support point-to-point, low-latency […]

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Marshall’s CV420-CS Just Blew By Every Other Compact 4K Camera by Adding HDR

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Marshall Electronics has added High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for its CV420-CS, a compact native 4K60 camera. Integrated with a 12.4-Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch sensor, the Marshall CV420-CS uses a 4096×2160 chip. The CV420-CS is designed for use in live events, where large projection screens require true 4K resolution image capture and HDR capabilities, as well as […]

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The Entire Digital Signage Market Could be Pummeled by the Stupidity of San Francisco

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The city of San Francisco, via its board of supervisors voted yesterday to ban using facial-recognition technology. The actual ordinance deals specifically with city governmental organizations and divisions, but it will have long-lasting ramifications that could easily (and quickly) ben emulated all over the country. Designed to protect the average-guy/gal member of the community from […]

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Startup XTEN-AV Will Debut Cloud-Based AV Design System at InfoComm 2019

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Built for AV system integrators, XTEN-AV today announced the launch of its cloud-based platform to transform how AV system integrators design and execute their projects. The platform follows AVIXA’s published standards and guidelines to enable users to design for different spaces more accurately and efficiently. XTEN-AV offers an extensive library of audio-visual brands and products […]

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New Dante-Enabled IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier from MSE to Debut at InfoComm 2019

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MSE Audio told rAVe today that it intends to launch the SoundTube Entertainment IPD-Hub 2 DSP Amplifier featuring Dante-enabled audio distribution. The IPD-Hub 2 will debut in booth 6069 at InfoComm 2019. SoundTube Entertainment’s IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier creates an IP-based audio distribution alternative to traditional 70v or 100v audio systems. Designed for small to medium […]

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