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..

Bryston Intros Streaming DAC in BDA-3.14

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Bryston has introduced the BDA-3.14 multi-function DAC (digital to analog converter) that adds an array of features to the BDA-3 DAC platform. The BDA-3.14 will be available from Bryston dealers beginning Q4 2019 and carry an MSRP of $4,195 USD. The BDA-3.14 offers streaming capability via a built-in music player that delivers access to network-connected […]

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The First of the 8K Performance Specs Debuts from the 8K Association

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The 8K Association (8KA), the cross-industry group focused on facilitating the growth of the 8K ecosystem, has announced that key performance attributes for 8K televisions have been defined as part of the 8KA technical program. Performance criteria were created in concert with the association’s membership which include leading consumer electronics brands, panel manufacturers and other […]

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Templates App Debuts from Enplug for Signage Content Creation

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Enplug has announced the addition of the Templates app to its app market. Available as a free add-on to the Enplug platform, the Templates App gives users a library of drag-and-drop templates to create custom announcements that automatically update on user-defined triggers and suit virtually any digital signage application. The new Templates App gives users […]

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Simply Reliable Claims Ci4C4 Saves Control4 Dealers Two Days of Work on Project Control

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Simply Reliable will announce a new feature for its smartOFFICE and designMACHINE in booth 3020 at CEDIA 2019 in September. The Ci4C4 Process (Control Integration for Control4) claims to eliminate days of work and opens opportunities to double or triple the efficiency of the integrator, which can translate into dramatic sales increases and reduced labor […]

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L-Acoustics Certifies Encompass Event Group as a Rental Network Partner

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Denver-based Encompass Event Group, a full-line production rental provider based in Colorado, has now been certified as an L-Acoustics Rental Network Partner. Shortly after receiving that certification, the sound reinforcement company deployed a large L-Acoustics K2 system at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, which saw President Donald Trump […]

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Parasound Adds Best Looking Rack and Stand Line Ever

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Parasound announced today that it is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for NorStone, a French manufacturer of what is says is “high quality and reasonably priced” audio/video equipment racks and speaker stands. NorStone’s products will be displayed and demonstrated with Parasound high-end electronics and Tekton Design speakers at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, in Denver, Sept. […]

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NEC Display Details 2019 Showcase Plans with Stops in Chicago, Toronto, NY and California

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NEC Display Solutions of America is taking its annual NEC Showcase on the road, bringing the latest in visual technology and solutions directly to its partners and end users across North America. This year, in addition to the New York technology showcase being held during Digital Signage Week, NEC Display will hold a showcase in […]

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Now You Can Have Voice-Activated Wayfinding, Thanks to Visix

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Visix has announced the immediate availability of its voice-activated wayfinding applications, a digital signage software innovation that captured imaginations and real-world interest at InfoComm 2019 in June. The application comes alive through its built-in voice user interface (VUI) and provides audiences with a hands-free way to interact with screens. Here’s a video we shot of […]

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How Will the U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Imports Affect the LED Market?

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The global LED videowall market achieved revenues of $5.7 billion last year, with year-on-year double digit growth expected out to 2023, according to a new worldwide industry report from Futuresource Consulting. As the U.S.-China trade war intensifies and political indications suggest a continuing period of punitive tariffs, Chinese companies are exploring ways to accelerate their […]

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Marshall Electronics Debuts New CV503-WP

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Marshall Electronics has just released the new CV503-WP All-Weather HD Miniature Camera, a successor to the Marshall CV502-WPM. Designed for use in any outdoor environments where dust, dirt and moisture become factors, the new CV503-WP utilizes a larger sensor and more powerful processors. The CV503-WP features interchangeable prime lenses, remote adjustable settings and protection from […]

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It’s Official: QSC Ships Q-SYS NV, Entering the AV-Over-IP 1G Market and Competing Head-On with Crestron

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QSC says the Q-SYS NV Series (NV-32-H) 1G-based AV-over-IP system (AES-128 encryption) is shipping. As a native peripheral to the Q-SYS Ecosystem, NV Series allows integrators to add HDMI video distribution to an existing Q-SYS system without any control programming. The NV Series video endpoint is software-definable as either a video encoder or decoder. The […]

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New Extron TouchLink Pro Touchpanels Are Integrated with a Built-In Control Processor

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Extron has announced it’s shipping the new TouchLink Pro Control Systems. These are complete AV control solutions that combine a TouchLink Pro touchpanel with an integrated IP Link Pro control processor. This all‑in‑one approach streamlines system designs by consolidating essential control system components, freeing up space and easing integration. Multiple devices can be controlled directly […]

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DPA Takes Aim at Live Events Market with DPA 2028 Vocal Mic

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DPA Microphones added to its live events microphone lineup with the 2028 vocal microphone. The 2028 is designed for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications. The 2028 needs no (or very little) EQ to sound just like you are standing next to the singer listening to their performance. This allows the artist to […]

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Registration Opens for Fall Almo Pro AV E4 Experiences

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Almo Pro AV today officially announced that registration is open for the Fall 2019 E4 Experiences, coming to the New York Metro Area on September 25 and Atlanta on October 15. Almo to offer AV courses and certifications worth CTS Renewal Units (RUs) to E4 Experience attendees thanks to their longstanding partnership with AVIXA. This […]

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Elo Says It Has World’s First Interactive Display Line Certified by Google

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Elo today announced upgrades to its Android-based I-Series, PayPoint, PayPoint Plus and Backpack products, with the availability of Google Play Services across its full line of 10- to 70-inch interactive solutions. Elo’s new third generation series of Android products enable access to the latest Google Mobile Services apps, including Google Chrome, YouTube, Play Store access […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 904: Digital Projection Will Set the Display Bar at CEDIA, Again

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Digital Projection has always blown CEDIA attendees away with image quality — this year’s show will not disappoint. In addition to a 0.9mm LED wall with a protective clear-laminate, reflective coating greeting attendees, inside the booth they’ll have a “projector gallery” showing their three most popular projector configurations for high-end imaging. But, the show-stealer will […]

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SDVoE Academy Goes Mobile — App, That Is!

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced that its SDVoE Academy learning platform is now available in the app store for iOS and via Google Play for Android. The SDVoE Academy app offers free self-paced courses for AV professionals to help them develop the skills they need to take advantage of the latest technologies for AV signal […]

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LRx85 from Stealth Acoustics

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The new LRx85 is the latest generation of invisible speakers from Stealth Acoustics. As the flagship in Stealth’s lineup, the LRx85 is available in both passive and active versions so they are marketing them for home theater, listening rooms and high-performance distributed audio. This two-panel system, which replaces a segment of a flat wall or […]

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Dynaudio Details CEDIA Expo 2019 Plans

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Danish loudspeaker legend Dynaudio will be showcasing a salvo of new products at this year’s CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver. The company is taking the wraps off its Performance range, a brand-new, slimline product family comprising high-end in-wall and in-ceiling custom-installation speakers, plus a special fire-resistant back-box. Dynaudio also announced two new outdoor loudspeaker models, […]

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Peerless-AV and Volta Partner for Digital Signage-Based EV Charging Stations

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Peerless-AV announced the newest generation of electric vehicle charging stations, created in partnership with Volta, which provides a free charging for electric vehicles. We first saw this product three years ago at the DSE Show in Las Vegas and were impressed. We shot a video of the product at this year’s InfoComm 2019 show you […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 903: TeamBoard Will Make Its Global Debut at Integrate in Australia; We Have the Scoop!

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TeamBoard President Jitu Patel picked rAVe RADIO for the one-and-only sneak-peek of the all-new TeamBoard line of Collaboration Boards — to be available in 55″, 65″, 75″ and 86″ sizes. And, their differentiation is unique as they will be the ONLY Interactive Flat Panel with a fully-functional Android OS embedded inside the 20-point IR touch-based system. […]

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Modulus Streaming DVR Ships Ahead of CEDIA Expo

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After what is rumored to be more than ten years in development, Modulus Media Systems’ DVR is now shipping. Interested integrators can see the updated Modulus for themselves at CEDIA 2019, then place an order for immediate delivery. Modulus allows for skipping commercials and has global search so users can find the content they want. […]

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Audio-Technica UniPoint Boundary Mics with Touch Switches Ship

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Audio-Technica is now shipping its updated UniPoint U891 Boundary Microphone models featuring a two-state RGB LED status indicator and a touch-sensitive capacitive-type user switch that can be set to three modes, replacing the previously available models. All new U891 models are equipped with an 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep filter to reduce pickup of low-frequency ambient […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 902: Technology Core Plans to Set-the-Record-Straight and Offer a Plethora of UCC Products at Integrate 2019

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Technology Core‘s National Sales Manager, Andy Penman, joined Gary on his podcast today to talk all-things-Integrate; Australia, that is. Technology Core will have their biggest show stand, ever, in two weeks at the opening of Integrate 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, and they’ll outfit stand D34 with a focus on collaboration and ProAV systems integration with […]

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BlueBOLT 2.0 Drops Ahead of CEDIA Expo

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Just a few weeks before CEDIA Expo, Nortek Security & Control announced that BlueBOLT 2.0 IP Power Management system is now shipping. BlueBOLT was one of the first IP power management platforms, enabling integrators to manage power in their installations from anywhere with an internet connection. BlueBOLT pairs with Panamax and Furman power conditioners for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 901: So, What Do You Think Extron Will Show at Integrate in Australia?

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You guessed it! Integrate will see the official worldwide trade show debut of the Extron NAV AV-over-IP family of products. NAV is unique as it’s an AV-over-IP ecosystem where their 1G and 10G transmitters and receivers work together in one system approach. Extron’s Australian National Sales Manager, Ben Fabien, joined Gary on today’s first pre-Integrate […]

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Crestron DM NVX AV-over-IP System is First to Receive JITC and FIPS 140-2 Certifications

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Crestron announced today that its DM NVX AV-over-IP product line has received Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) approval by the U.S. Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and FIPS 140-2 validation by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. DM NVX is the first and […]

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You Didn’t Know You Needed a 6K Camera Until Blackmagic Design Debuted One

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Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available immediately […]

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NEC Ships Quietest Laser Projector Ever

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NEC Display Solutions of America is already shipping the 6,000-lumen P605UL entry-level installation laser projector equipped with whisper quiet technology. NEC’s proprietary Whisper Quiet technology features a patented sealed cooling engine that almost eliminates fan noise, making the P605UL the quietest 6,000-lumen projector on the market. While typical projectors in its class generate an average […]

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QMotion’s Fabric Memo Samples Drop Right Before CEDIA

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QMotion, a brand of Legrand | AV Residential Solutions, today announced the availability of a new self-service portal on its website that allows dealers and integrators to easily browse a wide array of shade fabric styles — nearly 300 options from solar and eco screens to light-filtering decorative sheers and matching room-darkening blackout fabrics — […]

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