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 (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, 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

PC Viruses Can Spread Via Microphones


OK, we’re not talking stage microphones here, but the dinky mics that are built into computers. Yet the concept is somewhat frightening: Did you know computer viruses can transmit high frequency communications… and spread? This is the WWZ scenario of AV/IT convergence. Researchers proved the “badBIOS” virus, found in October, is “transmitting itself by audio […]

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Mersive Takes on Crestron (and Barco)


In a challenge to Crestron’s AirMedia wireless room system and Barco’s ClickShare, Mersive has taken an aggressive approach to marketing its Solstice software-based solution. In calling the Crestron AirMedia a, “proprietary piece of hardware” and “difficult to update or maintain,” Mersive is pitting itself against a giant in room control and signal distribution. Mersive even […]

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BenQ Ships MX600 Projector with MHL


BenQ’s new MX600 is designated as its “mobile-friendly projector” since it integrates MHL technology. The MX600 is specified at 3,200 lumens and uses BenQ’s SmartEco technology that claims 10,000 hours of lamp life. We’re not going to give you the projector’s contrast ratio spec as it’s ridiculous. The MX600 features horizontal and vertical keystone calibration, […]

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10 Years Ago This Week: An Improving HomeAV Market in a Weak Economy


I found this article form 10 years ago — it was my wrap-up piece form attending CEDIA. I thought the observations about what was dominating the show were interesting, but what was more interesting were my comments about the economy. Ten years ago, we also had a bad economy, but HomeAV tech was interesting enough, […]

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Philips Partners with Desso for Digital Signage Carpet — Yes, You Read That Right!


Philips and Desso — leaders in lighting and carpets respectively — today announced a partnership agreement to develop solutions that combine LED lighting with light transmissive carpet. Effectively, the two companies will market carpet with built-in digital signage! This innovation will further unlock the potential of LED integration into surfaces and definitely adds an exciting […]

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Kramer Electronics and Calibre UK Partner


Kramer Electronics and Calibre UK have announced a global joint sales, supply, development and business co-operation agreement. Basically, Calibre’s proAV and broadcast products will be marketed and sold by Kramer sometime by the end of this year. That includes Calibre’s scalers, video processing products, warping, geometry correction and edge-blending with models for fixed installation and […]

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Almo Pro A/V Closes Year with 4th Record-Setting E4 AV Tour Stop


The New Jersey version of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour was held last week in the Meadowlands Exposition Center and not only did it set an attendance record for a New York area show, at over 600, but it was also an all-time attendance record for the four year AV Tour. If you’re […]

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Tripleplay Provides STB-less Solution on Philips Hospitality TVs


Tripleplay is one of the first hospitality TV solution developers to implement a hotel user portal solution without a set-top box (STB) onto Philips’ range of hospitality smart TVs. Functioning as an IP-only system, this solution combines Tripleplay’s user experience with Philips TVs to provide an STB-less environment without losing any quality of service. Tripleplay’s […]

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Almo Returns to NJ for E4 AV Tour: rAVe Founder to Keynote


Almo Professional A/V will host the final 2013 E4 AV Tour event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Expected to be the largest E4 of the year, the event includes the public debut of some of the newest AV products and educational sessions worth a total of 11 InfoComm CTS Renewal Units. […]

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Cheer Up! Things Could Be Worse: You Could Work for Time Warner


Last week’s announcement from Time Warner said that it had the largest loss of subscribers (users of Time Warner CableTV) in history in the last quarter, which is not surprising at all. What is surprising is what the company’s blaming the loss on and thus deceiving the investor community. In playing the blame-game, Time Warner […]

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The SmartPhone Market is Larger Than the Entire Consumer Electronics Market


Yes, you read that right. In a dramatic sign of how consumer tastes have shifted to new, more exciting wireless products, global factory revenue for smartphones and tablets this year will rise to become larger than revenue for the entire consumer electronics (CE) market—the first time this has ever occurred. Worldwide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory revenue for media and PC tablets and […]

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The First Worldwide ALMO E4 AV Tour


We just returned from the ALMO ProAV E4 AV Tour in Irvine, Calif. Friday and I can’t imagine that anyone went home disappointed. There were over 450 people who attended LIVE in person and about another 200 who “virtually” attended through our LIVE video streaming of the event’s Keynote and Brain Freeze panel discussion. We […]

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AmpliVox Debuts Boomboxes (Yes, Really)


AmpliVox Sound Systems has just launched the SL1010 Boombox and SL1014 Listening Center/Boombox combinations. These classic sound system easily adapt to different situations and supports a variety of audio formats, including an AM/FM radio, a top-loading CD player, an auto-stop cassette recorder/player, and SD card and USB ports for student or teacher-generated content. The AmpliVox […]

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rAVe RADIO: The AV Industry’s Top Podcast Network Turns Two


With over 8,000 listeners a week and nearly 350 total podcasts, rAVe RADIO is turning two next month and we’re celebrating with our biggest iPod Touch giveaway ever. Why? Well, our listeners love everything iOS. Sure, we have Android listeners and plenty of fans listening via their desktop and laptop computers, but iOS listeners top […]

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OK, Now Plasma Really Is Dead


Panasonic will be announcing the death of plasma later this month as it plans to wind down its plasma panel production in March of 2014. Panasonic, the world’s largest manufacturer of plasma displays, will cease production because the consumer group just can’t sell enough plasma to make it price competitive (or profitable enough) against LCD-based […]

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Sharp to Intro 32″ 4K Resolution IGZO Touch Screen Display


Sharp has launched a 32″ 4K resolution (3840×2160) touch-screen IGZO-based monitor. You may recall that IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a TFT LCD that uses much smaller transistors behind each pixel — thus allowing more light pass an  is also considered as one of the most promising TFTs to eventually drive organic light-emitting diode […]

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rAVe Scoop: Almo to Distribute Epson ProAV Line


This morning, rAVe Founder Gary Kayye, recorded a special edition of his Daily Rants and rAVes and we got a big scoop! It appears that Almo ProAV is about to announce that it’s the first ProAV distributor to distribute the entire Epson projection line, including the Epson BrightLink line. The details are in this video […]

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rAVe to LIVE Stream Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour Next Week


I am excited to announce that we will be streaming LIVE (in HD) both my Kayye’s Krystal Ball Keynote as well as the Tech Expert Brain Freeze Panel (sponsored by NEC Display) during both of the fall Almo ProAV E4 AV Tours; in Irvine, Calif. on Fri., Oct. 18th and in Seacaucus, NJ on Wed., […]

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Is CEDIA Irrelevant?


The annual CEDIA Expo is the industry’s premier HomeAV trade show, where every major manufacturer of home automation, whole-home audio and video distribution systems, HDMI gadgets, HDTVs, projectors and set-top boxes convene annually to show their new stuff. And, the 2013 edition opens this week in Denver, Colorado. We have a handful of reporters there […]

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WyreStorm Launches Enado Control System at CEDIA, Again


WyreStorm is re-launching Enado at CEDIA Expo this week in Denver. We say re-launching because the company launched it at last year’s CEDIA. So, a year after the original launch, it’s still not shipping. Enado is an a 1U, 19″ rack-mounted controller that features 16 assignable IR ports, 8x integrated IP ports and an array […]

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Is the Extron IN1608 the Perfect Classroom Box?


Without much fan fare, Extron just started shipping a product that may well be the best classroom system switcher ever. Yes, ever. Before you think this is a paid-for plug, read on (since it’s not): The IN1608 is an eight-input (plenty for ANY classroom application) HDCP-compliant switcher that includes: Four HDMI inputs Two DTP inputs […]

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