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..

Rants and rAVes – Episode 53: AVI-SPL Buys Duocom Canada

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So, we scooped the market today with the announcement that AVI-SPL will announce they’ve acquired Duocom Canada. The announcement will be made public on Tuesday, but if you don’t want to wait, listen for the details. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 51: The Consumer Electronics Show Stuff

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Some cool new home AV toys will debut starting this weekend at the annual CES Show in Vegas. But, the big news won’t be 4K TVs and more Smart Gear. What will it be? Listen and find out! Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 50: The Year That Was 2012 And the Year That Will Be 2013

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2012 brought changes in the industry – some good, some bad — and 2013 is sure to bring even more. Today’s Daily covers the big news stories of 2012 and what we think will happen in 2013. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App   Podcast: Play in […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 49: Size Does Matter in LCDs

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In 2013, the trend will continue away from small-format LCD displays and move toward larger displays. Gone are the 37″ and 38″ — we’ll see more 43″ plus. Show Link: Big Change in 2013 LCD TV Panel Supply Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App   Podcast: Play in […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 43: The Kaleidescape Podcast

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I don’t think the recent Warner Bros. and Kaleidescape partnership matters. Sorry! Oh, and don’t forget to go to your local AV Holiday Party tomorrow. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Kaleidescape Promotes Warner Bros Deal as “Game Changer;” I Say “NOT”

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Yesterday, Kaleidescape announced it signed a multi-year agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to offer films for purchase. In addition, the company will upgrade all Warner Bros. titles purchased through the Kaleidescape Store to UltraViolet in March 2013. The company went as far as saying that the UltraViolet deal is, “giving users a powerful way to enjoy their collection across their various devices.” […]

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Arizona Powerball Jackpot Winner is AV Industry’s Matt Good

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According to Yahoo News, the winner of half of the $587 Million jackpot from last week’s Powerball lottery was Matthew Good of Arizona. So, why care? Well, he’s the same Matt Good who works for D&M Holdings, parent company for Denon andMarantz. Here’s the Yahoo Story:  http://news.yahoo.com/ariz-powerball-jackpot-winners-name-released-171448048.html

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We’re Under Attack By… The Electrical Unions

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In states all over the country, electrical unions are trying to convince state and local governments that low-voltage installs need to be handled by them. That’s right — to keep people safe from the 5-, 7-, 11- and 12-volt signals (and, of course 70-volt audio systems too) running down speaker wire, Ethernet cables, RS232 cabling and through HDMI ports, […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 39: Imagine Using an Electrician to Connect an HDMI Cable?!?

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That’s what’s going to happen if the electrical unions in a bunch of U.S. states get their way. Listen to find out why this is a big deal that you need to pay attention to. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 37: The 2013 Trade Shows You Need to Attend

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No spoilers here, as we’re sure you already plan on attending InfoComm, but why aren’t you planning on attending the DSE – the Digital Signage Expo – this coming March in Vegas? It’s the show you NEED to make sure you attend if you are interested in the digital signage industry or in getting into the digital signage […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 36: Two Must-Read Blogs

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Today I talk about two blogs written by two women in the AV market who provide some great insight to help you and how you can help yourself. Story Links: The Power of AV Good by Jennifer Willard: https://www.ravepubs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9196:the-power-of-av-good&catid=217:jennifer-h-willard&Itemid=364 My First Blog! (Stand Out: Event Marketing for AV Dealers, Part 1) by Melinda Foster: https://www.ravepubs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9233:my-first-blog&catid=282:melinda-foster&Itemid=764 Having trouble […]

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Big Day for HomeAV Stuff — Did You Even Notice?

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There are two stories that caught my eye today, and both have implications in the HomeAV market. The first: Biscotti 2.0 Biscotti Inc., the company that created the Biscotti TV Camera, released new MyBiscotti Cloud Services, making the product much more than just a home-based videoconferencing system. Biscotti’s MyBiscotti Cloud Service is aimed at extending the smart TV cam experience, transforming […]

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