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..

Best Buy Enters ProAV Integration Market

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You think the economy was bad for business, wait til you have to compete with Best Buy in the ProAV integration space. That’s right! Best Buy has officially launched themselves into commercial AV design and integration and is actively seeking employees who want to get on the ground floor of their new ProAV strategy. Don’t believe me? Check it out for […]

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MCSi’s Alleged Mastermind, Mike Peppel, To Begin Trial Soon

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One of the ProAV industry’s first “national” dealers was MCSi. After buying up more than 20 AV dealerships including Technical Industries of Atlanta, Fairview AFX from Tulsa, OK and DuoCom based in Canada,MCSi racked up sales of $686 million and was even a high-flying with a Fortune Magazine 100-Fastest-Growing-Company ranking in 2000. They had more than 150 offices and 2000 or so employees. MCSi went […]

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The iAd Network: Personal Digital Signage

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We are about to witness the largest deployment of digital signage in history. That’s right – the largest deployment of digital signage technology, ever. How big? Well, well over 100 million (yes, million) people (translation: sets of eyeballs) will instantly be part of the world’s largest digital signage network tomorrow (July 1st) when Apple launches iAd on the […]

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To Catch an HD Thief

In this month’s rAVe HomeAV Edition issue, there’s an article about CEDIA and HDMI, LLC (basically, the HDMI police) partnering to educateHomeAV integrators about the upcoming, impending analog sunset issues – when we turn off component video for good. Believe it or not, that happens sooner rather than later. In fact, many Blu-ray disc players will totally turn of the HD output of their component video […]

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The Sony Blu-ray Conundrum

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…LOADING….. I’ve always been a HUGE Blu-ray fan! I even touted the benefits of Blu-ray during the heat of the HD-DVD v.Blu-ray format wars, something that drew great criticism from many readers who clearly though HD-DVD was a better format. …LOADING… So, I think I am justified and, to be totally frank, maybe in the best possible position to now say: […]

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Crestron hires for new markets

I don’t ever really pay attention to new hire press releases except if (1) the person is a big name making a move in the industry, or (2) I know the person. However, I’d been hearing how Crestron hired a “buildings guy” also known as David Wilts, Crestron’s new director of integrated building technology (see the announcement here.) This buildings […]

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Reminder about EPA’s lead paint rules

rAVe readers, especially home AV installers, are reminded that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule goes into effect April 22, 2010. The deadline is coming fast, especially for anyone who has not completed the certification. To quote the EPA’s requirements: “Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous […]

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Behringer moves into installation products

Installers, hold onto your hats because Behringer is the new name in town for installed products. According to Audio Pro International, the line includes “microphones to speakers and everything in between,” as well as the creation of a new department within Behringer, the Behringer Install Group (BIG). (The line is so new that there is no mention of the new product […]

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Walmart jumps into hi-def streaming

Some of you may remember back in 2005 when retail giant Walmart stopped its struggling effort in online DVD rentals with the excuse that they wanted to concentrate on DVD sales. Rival and category creator NetFlix absorbed its operations and both went on their merry ways. Fast forward five years and now comes news that Wal-Mart has purchased Vudu , an online high […]

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Comments due **NOW** on FCC ruling

If there’s anything I know about rAVe readers, it’s that you all have opinions – and strong ones. Now is your chance to exercise those opinions and add comments to the FCC ruling that bans wireless microphone systems that operate in the 700 MHz band after June 12, 2010. The comment period is open until March 1, 2010.  Microphone manufacturer Shure recently petitioned […]

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Making the case for social media

There were lots of happenings this weekend that garnered attention – the Olympics, bad weather in the South, and school vacation week activities to do with your kids. The national and local news were focused on these subjects and reporting from every angle. But in theTwitterverse, Southwest Airlines and actor/director Kevin Smith were in a […]

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Projection Differentiation Decade

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NEC, Christie, Sanyo and Digital Projection all took bold steps to become more than just also-ran “projector manufacturers” in 2009. NEC, in fact, created a totally new market segment for the ProAV Integrator with VUKUNET by allowing us to tap into the huge revenue streams created by digital signage.  Instead of simply sitting back trying to figure out how to make their […]

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End of an era?

A post on the Live Audio Board (LAB) was brought to my attention today, and I hope its contents aren’t true. In it, it says that Harman has announced that manufacturing will cease at the Northridge, CA facility in June. I’m working on confirmation of this from their PR agency as I type this blog post. But […]

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Biamp adds Vocia

DSP company Biamp Systems made a global launch of their new networked media system called Vocia (pronounced vo-chia) via several webinars today. Launched in conjunction with trade show Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), Vocia is aimed at the paging and voice evacuation market. Instead of centralized processing, the Vocia system takes a modular approach that (according to them) makes it easy to expand […]

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HD Over Component Video is Dead (Almost)

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Everyone’s used component video for HD.  Everyone.  In fact, some surveys find that as many of 85 percent of ProAV installations using HD are still being integrated over component video. Who cares? Well, did you know that as of December 31, 2010 analog outputs decrypted (AACS) content will be limited to 480i and 480p (maximum resolution)? The date is referred to […]

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Is the Projector Dying a Slow Death?

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In light of the rapid evolution of the large-format LCD monitor, LED-backlit LCD TVs and the rise of the giant-sized LCDs, it’s time to ask the question no one in the ProAV market really wants answered:  Is the projector dying? Since the dawn of the video projection market in the late 1970s, it’s dominated, albeit in different iterations, the presentation landscape […]

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A Personal Note to Total Marketing’s CEO, Ron DeVoe, Upon His Retirement

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By Gary Kayye, CTS First things, first: Thanks, Ron!  Thanks for all the ways you supported me and your dealers!!! In the ProAV market, I am perceived as a manufacturer’s rep-hater.  Interestingly enough, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I am, in fact, a manufacturer’s rep supporter – at least of the good ones! […]

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