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..

Chief Adds New Fusion Pull Out Accessories for Extra-large Displays

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Chief has added to its product line of Fusion Pull Out Accessories to accommodate extra-large displays. The latest Chief design allows users to extend displays 11.54 inches from the wall while maintaining the same depth as previous Fusion pull-out mounts. The Fusion Extra-Large Pull Out Accessory is compatible with Fusion XSM1U and XTM1U, Extra-Large Micro-Adjustable […]

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Neutrik USA Releases NPS-30W PoE Injector for Harsh Stage Conditions

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Neutrik USA just announced the NPS-30W PoE injector. The NPS-30W is a PoE injector made for harsh stage conditions, featuring a lockable powerCON TRUE1 TOP power connector and etherCON network connectors. Neutrik’s new NPS-30W PoE injector is a companion for the company’s NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE Dante interfaces and, indeed, any network device that requires a […]

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Neumann.Berlin Intros Mic Preamp With Industry’s Best Product Photography, Ever!

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Neumann.Berlin (a division of Sennheiser) just introduced the V 402, a microphone preamplifier with integrated headphone monitoring. The V 402 is Neumann’s first stand-alone microphone preamp — although the company has created several generations of preamp modules for its mixing consoles (such as the V 476 B of the 1980s). The V 402 is a […]

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Savant Systems Completes Acquisition of GE Lighting

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It’s official; Savant Systems announced today that it has completed the acquisition of GE Lighting from GE, creating GE Lighting, a Savant company. Financial details were not disclosed. Bill Lacey, president and CEO of GE Lighting, a Savant company, said, “For more than a century we’ve been bringing the future to light as part of […]

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L-Acoustics Picks Head of Americas Division, and Other New Positions

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L-Acoustics just picked Alan Macpherson to head its newly formed Americas division, including sales, application, support, fulfillment and finance activities for all countries in North, Central and South America. Alan will report to Laurent Vaissié, CEO L-Acoustics, and Hervé Guillaume, CEO L-Acoustics Group. L-Acoustics also moved B.J. Shaver to business development director for the installation […]

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New AmpliVox Maestro Adjustable Presentation Center Includes Reading Table and Other Features

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The new AmpliVox Maestro Adjustable Presentation Center (lectern) not only adjusts to presenters of different height (via touch) but includes 31” wide reading table that comfortably accommodates a laptop and other paperwork. Other features include: Cable pass-through grommets from the reading table to inside the cabinet’s lower storage compartment and the bottom of the lectern […]

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ClickShare Conference Is As If the Barco UCC Engineers Saw COVID-19 Coming

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Like many of you, we’ve decided to keep THE rAVe Agency’s physical offices closed at least through the end of the summer, but I think it’s unlikely that we will actually gather our team together, physically, fall. In fact, nearly every business will face the significant hurdle of dealing with people who are creeped out […]

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NTT Ltd. Reflects on Year of Business

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NTT Ltd., marks one year since bringing together over 40,000 employees and 31 companies, each an expert in specific areas of technology, to create a global leading provider of end-to-end technology services for businesses around the world. An extraordinary year to launch a company In a year that has seen economies across the world impacted […]

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Extron Offers Special Pricing to Customers for its Online Learning Solutions

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Extron is offering education customers special pricing and grants for its online learning solutions, including the SMP Series. SMP Series high-performance recording and streaming products extend the power of live and on-demand video for lessons and training far beyond traditional walls. The SMP Series makes it easy for instructors to quickly and inexpensively record and […]

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Planar Announces Advancements to Planar TVF Series of Video Wall Displays

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Planar announced the latest advancements to the Planar TVF Series family of fine pitch LED video wall displays Tuesday. By introducing a new 0.9-millimeter pixel pitch model, improved power design and new models to Planar TVF Complete, the enhanced Planar TVF Series incorporates feedback from customers and preserves visual performance and simplified installation maintenance. The […]

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UC Workspace Announces US Distribution of Quicklaunch Will Now Include SYNNEX Corporation

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UC Workspace has announced an expansion of its U.S. distribution of all versions of Quicklaunch to include SYNNEX Corporation. Quicklaunch is a secure and straightforward meeting room application that transforms a PC into a one-touch meeting space. The fastest and most secure way to launch and control any meeting regardless of conferencing provider prevents users […]

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Dnp Denmark Introduces the Supernova One 2.0 ALR Screen

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In my opinion, dnp Denmark basically invented the Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen category when the company launched the original Supernova One in 2005. Now, it has released a new version: the Supernova One 2.0. This new version comes with a 20-millimeter or 30-millimeter frame that is up to 66% narrower than the original screen. […]

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Cavlo Enters the AV Trade Show Game — for Casinos and Entertainment

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Miss AV trade shows? Well, enter Cavlo, a new AV-based trade show aimed at the casino and entertainment industry. As Las Vegas’ hotels, casinos and restaurants continue to reopen their doors and resume business, the convention and trade show market is waking up as well. Cavlo will debut at the Ahern Hotel on September 14 […]

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Hypersign, Crestron and Planar Partner for The Arena: a Pre-Packaged Virtual Live Events & HyFlex Delivery System

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The new “Arena” from Hypersign, a collaboration with Planar and Crestron, is a product that nearly every higher-education facility is literally looking for to install this summer for what’s well-documented as HyFlex teaching. And it has a lot of potential in delivering virtual live events, as well. Hypersign has provided a tool that gives individuals […]

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Extron Introduces Three New Series of Touch Panels

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Extron just introduced three new series of touchpanels with enhanced processing power and more memory. The TLP Pro 1225, TLP Pro 1525, and TLP Pro 1725 Series are designed to easily handle today’s AV control needs, but with their quad core processing and abundant memory, they are also ready for whatever AV demands lie ahead. […]

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C2G Introduces New Set of Adapter Rings

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C2G has just introduced a new set of HDMI Adapter Rings. These patent-pending HDMI Adapter Rings are designed to add flexibility by connecting a USB-C, DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort device to an in-room HDMI display to support collaboration in boardrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls or any other collaborative space. Key features of these new HDMI […]

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Extron Debuts New Series of Hybrid Optical-Copper Cables

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Extron just debuted the DP Pro Plenum Series of active, hybrid optical-copper cables for the ultra high-speed transmission of DisplayPort 1.4 signals. They support data rates up to 32.4 Gbps, video resolutions up to 8K@30Hz (4:4:4), HDR, EDID, HDCP, and CEC as well as 32 channels of audio. These active cables draw ultra-low power from […]

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Powersoft Amplifiers Now Certified for Use in PAVA Systems

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Powersoft today announced it has gained certification for its amplifiers to be used in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems according to the European EN 54-16 requirements. The EN 54-16 certification describes the required testing and performance criteria for a Voice Alarm Control and Indication Equipment (VACIE) for use in alarm systems installed in […]

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Bowers & Wilkins Releases 700 Series Floor-Standing and Stand-Mount Speakers

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Bowers & Wilkins has launched the 700 Series range of speakers. These include the stand-mount 705 Signature and floor-standing 702 Signature; both new Signature models include a Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top assembly, Continuum cone drivers and Aerofoil profile bass drivers. Both models claim to feature specially treated and upgraded bypass capacitors sourced from Mundorf, larger heatsink, […]

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ARISTA Corporation Announces New Dante-equipped Stage Boxes

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ARISTA Corporation has announced the E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 multiple channel analog input and analog output Dante-equipped stage boxes. These stand-alone units — the size of a 3U rackmount enclosure — are designed to connect as many as 16 analog microphones and other audio sources and then feed a mixing console via Dante using a […]

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LG Now Offering Hotels a Free “Clean Remote” With Every LG Hotel TV

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Addressing American travelers’ health concerns and confidence, LG Business Solutions USA is offering hotel operators a free “Clean Remote” with every new LG hotel TV. The particular remote control is designed to be safer thanks to a non-porous, sealed membrane surface that can reduce bacteria and germs by as much as 99 percent compared to […]

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Sony Hires Rich Ventura to Lead B2B Strategy

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Sony Electronics announced the appointment Monday of Rich Ventura as vice president of B2B for Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Professional Division. In this role, Ventura will provide insight, strategy and leadership to Sony’s display, remote camera and solutions product portfolio directly overseeing business and product management as well as all B2B marketing communications strategies. […]

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We Want ISE 2021 to Happen, Don’t You? An AV Debut in Barcelona

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Planning for Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2021 is well underway — the 17th year of ISE will take place at its new home at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía, Feb. 2-5, 2021. The exhibition center plans to reopen for business in September. This will follow the successful completion of a collaboration with risk-mitigation consultancy […]

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Mo-Sys Engineering Develops Tracking Kit to Add VR Experiences to Live Sports

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Mo-Sys Engineering has announced an interesting approach to bringing the atmosphere back to live sports amid COVID-19 restrictions. Providing precision, zero-latency tracking for any camera (including ultra-long box lenses for sport), the Mo-Sys camera tracking kit interfaces directly to the Unreal Engine or any broadcast render engine, allowing production companies to add virtual crowds to […]

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Eric Yuan and Zoom Deliver “Mic-Drop” to Cisco, MS Teams, BlueJeans and Google Meet

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Since releasing the draft design of Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) on May 22, the company says it has engaged with civil liberties organizations, our CISO council, child safety advocates, encryption experts, government representatives, its own users and others to gather their feedback on this feature. The company also says it has explored new technologies to […]

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Guess Who’s Entered the 4K Projector Market? LG, That’s Who! (Yes, Projectors)

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LG Business Solutions USA introduced two new 3840 x 2160 laser projectors designed for the commercial AV market. The LG ProBeam is a 5000-lumen projector aimed at corporate, hospital and education environments and a new ultra-short-throw LG CineBeam is a 4K projector that makes a 120-inch image from just 7.2 inches from the wall. Both […]

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Imagine If LG’s Transparent OLED Was Touch-Enabled; Well, Now It Is!

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LG Business Solutions has introduced a touch version of its transparent OLED displays Wednesday. The new 55-inch LG Transparent OLED Touch Display (model 55EW5TF) uses projected capacitive (P-Cap) film technology for a responsive touch experience while still allowing significantly greater transparency than conventional transparent LCD displays, according to LG. By the nature of OLED’s self-lighting […]

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BrightSign and 22MILES Partner to Create Campus Connectivity at Georgia Tech

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BrightSign announced its collaboration with 22MILES Tuesday. The partnership, according to BrightSign, is meant to improve campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University. Georgia Tech is a university of roughly 33,000 students, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The university tasked its newly created digital signage department with managing and implementing a campus-wide digital […]

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Panasonic Finally Decides to Compete With Barco’s ClickShare With PressIT; And, Adds New Projectors and an IFP, Too

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Panasonic announced several UCC-based solutions Tuesday, along with technology configurations to address the need for flexible remote work and learning environments. Addressing the migration challenge of classroom learning to distance learning, Panasonic is offering a solutions-based architecture that simplifies the process and encourages remote collaboration between educators and students while replicating the in-class experience. The […]

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