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..

ClearOne Expands Installation Flexibility for Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile

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ClearOne expanded the installation flexibility for its Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile with a new, optional VESA Mount Bracket. The VESA Mount Bracket is designed to allow pole mount or projector mount options for the BMA CT and the Versa BMA CTH solutions. The VESA mounting options facilitate installation on non-drop, “hard” and angled ceilings […]

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Vanco International Intros New Line of Matrix Switches, 4K Receivers

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Vanco International today introduces a new family of matrix switches and 4K receivers under its Evolution line of pro audio and video distribution products. The new line uses HDBaseT technology. All four new models feature 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) and HDR and provides a variety of distribution products that work together to support various functions and price […]

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I Got the Pfizer Vaccine in September; Here’s What You Should Know

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Some of my closest #AVtweeps know that back last summer, I volunteered to be one of the 43,448 people within the global trial to get injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (aka: BNT162b2 0.3 ml). Yes, I received the actual vaccine rather than the placebo (21,720 people in the study received BNT162b2 and 21,728 received […]

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Arista Releases New E-Vocal Duo Audio-Over-IP Interfaces

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Arista Corporation, in conjunction with DMX Pro Sales, announced the availability of Arista’s E-Vocal Duo Audio-over-IP interfaces. The models (available on Amazon) include the ARS-0002-A00 Dante-to-analog audio interface and the ARS-0002-A01 interface, which facilitates lip-sync delay to enable sound and picture to be synchronized. Arista’s E-Vocal Duo ARS-0002-A00 converts a Dante stream into two channels […]

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Electro-Voice Launches EVOLVE 50M Column Loudspeaker System

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Electro-Voice is expanding its EVOLVE series with the launch of the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system. The EVOLVE 50M features Electro-Voice’s new QuickSmart Link digital audio and control technology, an onboard mixer, DSP and effects — all combined within the EVOLVE 50 format. The EVOLVE 50M is designed specifically for AV rental companies or other […]

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Pexip Partners With Logitech for Secure Videoconferencing in Meeting Rooms

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Pexip announced a partnership with Logitech to deliver a secure videoconferencing experience for meeting rooms. Pexip will natively integrate with Logitech’s new generation portfolio of videoconferencing solutions adding One-Touch Join. Thus, users can join Pexip Meetings from a Pexip Room, the Pexip app on a mobile device or laptop, or through any web browser that […]

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LG Business Solutions Releases New High-Brightness LED Signage Displays

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LG Business Solutions has introduced a new line of high-brightness outdoor LED Signage displays designed for arenas, stadiums, retail stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, transit centers, hotels and more. Featuring standard pixel pitches ranging from 3.9 millimeters to 16 millimeters, the six models in the GSCA Versatile Series, GSCC Essential Series and GSCD Ultra Light Series […]

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Logitech Intros All-in-One Speaker Bar, Mic and Camera Configurations for UCC

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Logitech just launched its next generation portfolio of appliance and PC-based solutions for UCC including the new Logitech Rally Bar, purpose-built for mid-sized rooms and the Logitech Rally Bar Mini for small rooms. Rounding out large meeting rooms, the new Logitech RoomMate is a computing appliance that allows customers to run videoconferencing services on Logitech […]

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Tascam Announces TM-70 Dynamic Microphone

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Tascam announced the TM-70 Dynamic Microphone designed as a hybrid of super-cardioid and dynamic elements. According to the company, TM-70 is resistant to ambient noise and is ideally voiced to handle the nuances of the human voice — making this microphone a choice for live broadcasting, podcasting, film dialog and audio streaming. The Tascam TM-70 […]

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Utelogy Releases Analytic Tiles Insights Tool for U-Manage Dashboard

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Utelogy Corporation has announced the release of Analytic Tiles, an insights tool for users of its U-Manage Dashboard Platform. Available on all existing and future dashboards, Utelogy says Analytic Tiles will improve the management of companies’ AV and UC estates by providing deep-level insights into device usage, space utilization, system performance, asset management, alert data […]

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Kramer Electronics Releases New Transmitter, Receiver Set

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Kramer Electronics’ PT-2UT/R-KIT is a transmitter and receiver set for USB 2.0, RS-232 and audio signals over twisted pair with two-way power over cable. The PT-2UT transmitter converts the USB input signal for transmission over category cable. The PT-2UR receiver converts the transmitted signal back to a USB signal. A wide variety of USB peripheral […]

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Meyer Takes Steps to Patent Audio Solution for Using LEDs in Movie Theaters; It’s Called Ultra Reflex

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Meyer Sound has introduced Ultra Reflex, a patent-pending solution for optimum reproduction of discrete screen channel audio on large-scale direct view (“emissive”) video displays. The complete system for each screen channel comprises a high frequency component reflecting off the screen that is coupled with a direct radiating low frequency component. The result is full bandwidth […]

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New G100 Series From Barco Debuts as Entry-Level Projector Lineup

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Barco has announced the launch of its new budget-friendly G100 series of three laser projectors aimed at media-based attractions, like planetariums, theme parks and smaller events. The G100 is a single-chip projector with native WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and includes three brightness variants: 16,000, 19,000 and 22,000 lumens. This high-brightness power enables advanced image quality to […]

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Visix Now Shipping Four-Output Media Player

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Visix is now shipping its new four-output media player, appropriately called the “Four-Output Media Player,” that gives users the flexibility to show two, three or four video streams for scalable digital signage and video wall applications. And, all four outputs are native 1080p. The new model standardizes their multi-output player lineup on Nvidia Pascal GPUs, […]

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ClearOne Releases New USB Cameras for UCC — Including Most Affordable Camera Ever

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ClearOne announced two new USB cameras for UCC applications; the ClearOne UNITE 10, the company’s most affordable camera ever, and the UNITE 50 4K AF that includes Auto-Framing technology for automatic single or multiperson capture. For users who want to upgrade from the basic camera included in their laptop or PC, ClearOne says the company […]

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Integrated Systems Events’ next RISE Spotlight Is Tuesday 12 January; The Subject: ‘Harness the Power of Digital Learning’

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The pandemic has accelerated a remote learning revolution – it’s no longer an optional extra but an immediate necessity for business and academia. With remote learning becoming more established in our daily lives, this timely RISE Spotlight will examine the technologies that are boosting digital learning experiences and find out where investment opportunities lie. Top […]

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22Miles Will Be Natively Integrated Into Cisco Webex Rooms and Devices Allowing for Digital Signage Content

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If you are a Cisco Webex user, you will love this as 22Miles has announced a partnership with Cisco to provide integration of 22Miles’ version 6 of its PublisherPro.AIoT software platform, with Cisco’s suite of UCC tools. With this comes the introduction of the 22Miles bot, a virtual publishing manager that empowers Webex teams with […]

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MSE Audio Wins Prize for Shortest News Story of 2021, So Far

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MSE Audio announced cosmetic upgrades to its SoundTube BGM (background music) in-ceiling loudspeakers with upgraded flangeless magnetic grilles. SoundTube’s CM-BGM background music in-ceiling loudspeakers are designed specifically for low and suspended ceilings. The CM-BGM speakers dramatically reduce installation time with SpeedWing constant-tension mounting systems. The CM series incorporates low profile styling and seamless coverage in […]

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LG’s New Transparent Color LED Film Now Comes in 14-Millimeter Pixel Pitch

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LG Business Solutions USA has introduced the LAT140 Transparent Color LED Film digital signage display. First introduced as a 24-millimeter pixel pitch model, the new 14-millimeter version nearly quadruples the number of pixels in the same space and doubles the brightness generating a viewing experience that attracts the attention of passersby, while also displaying a […]

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RTI Debuts AV-over-IP System Aimed at the HomeAV Market

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RTI announced an AV-over-IP system to distribute 4K UHD video over a 1-gigabit network switch. Dubbed VIP, the key is the VIP-UHD-CTRL Control Module, which combines APEX integration with IR, RS-232, or TCP/IP control and a wizard-based interface for system configuration. Signal management provides independent routing of IR, RS-232, USB/KVM, audio, and video signals, while […]

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We Want to Hear From You! In Less Than 1 Minute, You Could Win a $500 Gift Card

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We are all excited 2021 is here! 🌅🎆🎇 We’ve got some big plans. But we need your direction to help us plan accordingly. Simply put, if you’ll take this 60-second survey, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $500 Amazon or Apple (you choose) gift card AND, we’ll do you one better; if you […]

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Luxul Intros 5-Port PoE Switch

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Luxul introduced a new five-port PoE+ powered Gigabit switch with PoE pass-through. For installation flexibility, the SW-100-05PD is powered by a PoE+ switch or injector — eliminating the need for a power supply — and offers multiple mounting options. The SW-100-05PD features a dedicated PoE+ input port, a pass-through Gigabit PoE port capable of powering […]

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Sony Debuts New C-Series, B-Series Crystal LEDs

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Sony Electronics just debuted two new Crystal LEDs in the form of the C-series (ZRD-C12A/C15A) with high contrast and B-series (ZRD-B12A/B15A) with high brightness. Both new displays are available in two pixel pitch sizes (P1.26-millimeter and P1.58-millimeter) for different installation needs and expand the lineup of Sony’s Crystal LED for various applications including corporate showrooms, […]

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The Top 10 Stories of 2020

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2020 sucked! So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s review the top 10 AV, UCC and Digital Signage stories, according to data, in 2020! The top story of 2020 was the the acquisition of Whitlock by AVI-SPL. Marketed as a merger, this didn’t appear to be one in hindsight. Whitlock is now […]

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Carousel Digital Signage Helps TriOak Foods Create New Communications Program

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Carousel Digital Signage has introduced a Midwest food and grain production company to the benefits of digital signage as a reliable and efficient corporate communications platform, helping TriOak Foods create a consistent and compelling communications program that has captivated employees company-wide. The Iowa-based pork producer, feed manufacturer and grain marketer deployed its Carousel Cloud network […]

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Ideum’s Interactive Tables Get a Significant Upgrade With Zytronic’s ZyBrid Sensor

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Zytronic announced its patented multitouch projected capacitive technology (MPCT) has been selected by the designer of creative public installations, Ideum, for its next-generation Pano Duo 49” interactive touch table. One of the first deployments is at the Röntgen Museum in Remscheid, Germany, where visitors can view and interact with both terrestrial and celestial objects and […]

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Who Doesn’t Want This in Their Home? The Ultimate At-Home Golf Simulator Is Now in a Packaged Solution From AV Planners

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AV Planners has partnered with a golf simulation solution Golfzon. With more than two million online members, Golfzon hosts an average of 300 amateur tournaments daily. Golfzon is available in 62 countries with 30,000 simulators in operation around the globe. Recognized by Golf Digest as the best golf simulator for four consecutive years, Golfzon is […]

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EAW and dB Technologies Form Unique Distribution Alliance — Could This Be More Than a Trend?

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) and dB Technologies say they plan to better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021. “The dB Technology and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally,” said Arturo […]

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8K Association Updates Performance Spec for Mark Program

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The 8K Association (8KA) has published an updated performance specification for the 8K Association Certified mark program. TV shoppers looking for televisions that offer four times the resolution available from 4K TVs and that meet the high-performance standards of the 8K Association Certified program will benefit from the new broader performance requirements applied to 8K […]

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Lightware Has a Big Announcement Coming Your Way During LAVNCH WEEK 3.0!

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During the week of Feb. 8, the industry’s flagship virtual event returns: LAVNCH WEEK 3.0. And, Lightware sent this teaser video as a pre-launch (pre-LAVNCH?) piece. I must say: It’s clear Lightware is about to launch itself into a totally new space in UCC — and AV for that matter. From this teaser, it appears […]

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The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

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As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

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ISE Research Shows AV Industry Eager to Return to In-Person Events

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In October 2020, Integrated Systems Europe commissioned research, targeting AV professionals to evaluate visitor appetites for conferences and events following COVID-19. The research, completed before news of a COVID-19 vaccine, gauged interest in face-to-face, digital and hybrid event formats. The results show that 98% of the audience missed attending in-person AV industry events. ISE was […]

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