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..

Just Add Power Announces Release of 3G 708POE Transmitter

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Just Add Power has announced the release of its 3G 708POE transmitter. Like its predecessor, the 708POE distributes video resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD with low latency over a single Cat5e cable. The unit supports HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0, HDR, HDR10 and all lossless audio formats, including Dolby Atmos. Video wall functionality is built-in […]

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ISE and The Next Web Partner for ISE in Barcelona

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Integrated Systems Europe and global media brand TNW (The Next Web) today announced a multi-year strategic relationship aimed at bringing the best of tech and innovation to ISE 2021 and its new Barcelona home. Formed in 2006 and now one of the world’s largest online media brands, TNW is primarily known for its news outlet thenextweb.com and […]

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AVI-SPL Intros Symphony Adapter Marketplace at ISE 2020

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AVI-SPL will introduce its Symphony Adapter Marketplace at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 today. The marketplace will enable additional audiovisual (AV) and unified communication (UC) devices within an organization’s collaboration technology estate to be proactively monitored and controlled through Symphony. AVI-SPL’s Symphony Adapter Marketplace will expand accessibility to the catalog of Symphony certified devices, combining […]

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Extron Intros TLI Pro 201 TouchLink Interface

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Extron has introduced the TLI Pro 201 TouchLink Interface. The TLI Pro 201 allows a third-party 4K touchscreen display to be used as a point of control within an Extron Pro Series control system. This unique interface includes a scaled HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI input for video preview, supporting resolutions up to 4K/30. The scaled output […]

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TASCAM Shows Line-Up at ISE 2020, Issues New System Design Guide

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Tascam showed a line-up of install products at ISE 2020 this month and has issued a new System Design Guide (Tascam booth X226 in Hall 7). Alongside the brand new Model 12, an all-in-one audio mixer, interface, recorder and controller, Tascam will be showing its live video streamers, a range of Dante/AES67-equipped products such as […]

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rAVe Scoop: Biamp to Acquire Wireless Sharing Company HRT

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Oregon-based Biamp will announce at ISE 2020 here in Amsterdam, that it has purchased Huddle Room Technology (HRT). In case you haven’t heard of HRT, it makes a wireless sharing and collaboration product (think Barco ClickShare) but its version includes wireless USB, as well (think Barco ClickShare Conference). However, the HRT HuddleHub has one wireless sharing […]

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CTOUCH Intros New Collaboration Solutions for IFPD Market

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During ISE 2020, CTOUCH is introducing a plethora of new collaboration solutions for the IFPD market. Presenting its ‘BRIX’ concept, a family of modular products, CTOUCH provides companies with a future proof collaboration experience. On top of that, CTOUCH reveals two brand new touchscreen platforms, the CTOUCH Riva and CTOUCH Canvas, which seamlessly integrate with […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 959: So, Where Can You Find Da-Lite and Projecta Screens at ISE 2020? 

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Gary was joined via video with Rhen Taylor of Da-Lite to talk about both Projecta and Da-Lite at the ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam next week. Both companies are the screen leaders in AV and will be integrated, again, into the Legrand booth in Hall 2 stand C50, along with Chief, Luxul, Middle Atlantic and Vaddio. Watch this ISE preview and make sure you plan […]

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CEDIA Accepting Entries for 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards and Product Hall of Fame programs. The honors, open to CEDIA member manufacturing companies and trade suppliers, include hardware and software categories. The Best New Products Awards recognize hardware and software technology that offer exceptional innovation and installation value for the industry, enhancing the lifestyle of […]

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Mike Blackman of ISE Endorses Ashton Bentley Collaboration Products

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Ashton Bentley is launching new 43” and 98” kitted Collaboration Spaces (includes table, monitor, stand, speakers, mic and camera). And, they’ve been endorsed by ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman too — apparently, ISE has two new meeting rooms using the all-in-one Ashton Bentley systems. The modularity of the Ashton Bentley systems made it simple to […]

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Z-Wave Alliance Hosts Pavilion at ISE 2020

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The Z-Wave Alliance will host the Z-Wave Pavilion at ISE 2020. ISE attendees will have the opportunity to learn about new member products for the pro channel and speak with Z-Wave Alliance representatives and spokespeople on-site to learn more about recent Z-Wave initiatives and ecosystem updates, including the decision to open up the Z-Wave specification as a ratified, multi-source wireless […]

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Macnica Adopts SMPTE 2110 Standard for AV-over-IP to Deliver 1G, 10G and 25G Options

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Macnica is emphasizing support for AV-over-IP open standards at ISE 2020. Macnica’s message will be supported through three demos that communicate its value proposition around quality, systems management and latency. Macnica is a creator of IP, hardware and software APIs that implement SMPTE ST 2110and AMWA NMOS, a suite of open standards and specifications that […]

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Crestron Shows New and Updated Products at ISE 2020

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At ISE 2020, Crestron will showcase an array of new and enhanced products that help organizations drive greater communication, collaboration and productivity at scale, including: Crestron Flex UC solutions, Crestron XiO Cloud provisioning and management software; AirMedia 2.0 wireless presentation technology; the Crestron advanced room scheduling platform and the Crestron digital signage platform. Crestron Flex: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 958: So, What’s the Difference in the Barco ClickShare CS vs CX Series?

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This is a promoted post Last week, Barco launched a totally new series of ClickShare products dubbed the ClickShare Conference (the CX series); and, of course, Barco still has the CS series – the original wireless sharing products for presentation rooms. The new CX series is aimed at UCC spaces — watch this videocast with Barco’s VP of Channel Sales, Kurt DeYoung, […]

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Midwich Buys Starin for About $50 Million

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In a deal that is incredibly strategic for Midwich, the UK-based company announced this week that it’s purchased ProAV distributor Starin, headquartered in Chesterton, Indiana. Starin had revenue of about $200 million in 2019. Although the official announcement didn’t say how much Midwich paid for Starin, rAVe has learned the deal is worth under $50 million. […]

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Crestron Leads Innovation at ISE 2020

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At ISE 2020, Crestron, a global leader in workplace and smart home technology, is providing a preview of what’s next for the AV industry, both in the near-term and beyond. New to the Crestron stand this year, the dedicated Future Innovation area focuses on technologies for the intelligent workplace. These include room-based AV solutions, Unified […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 956: Extron Talks DSPs, FOX3, NetPA Ultra and IPCP Pro xi Series Control Processors

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As the ProAV industry heads into Amsterdam for the ISE 2020 show, Extron is reminding AV integrators of their latest innovations. Gary was joined, today, on this videocast with Extron‘s VP of EMEA Sales, Jerome Gueras, to talk about its latest moves in control, DSP and Dante adoption, the new, small but powerful NetPA Ultra amplifiers and FOX3 fiber matrix switchers. Listen […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 955: Here’s Why You Need to Go to the ZeeVee Stand at ISE 2020

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There are only five companies in the entire world that do every flavor of AV-oveer-IP. There are 30+ that only do SDVoE, 11 that only make 1G AV-over-IP and 50+ that make H.264/H.265 streaming products – but, ZeeVee is one of those companies that makes a little bit of everything. So, as ZeeVee‘s EMEA sales director, Rob Muddiman, tells Gary on his videocast today, coming […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 954: Crestron Adds Future Vision Pavilion to ISE 2020 Along with New Versions of NVX and DMPS Products

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Gary was joined by Crestron’s EVP Products and Technology, Ranjan Singh, as well as Dan Jackson, Crestron’s Senior Director, Digital Workplace Products to talk all about their ISE 2020 stand in Amsterdam next month. Crestron has had the largest booth at ISE for years and, for the first time ever, Crestron will bring a future-concept section to their booth where […]

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Sony Takes on Shure, Sennheiser, ClearOne, Crestron and Biamp with New Beamforming Mic Array System

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Sony has announced the launch of a new beamforming microphone, dubbed the MAS-A100. Designed for meeting, lecture and presentation environments, the ceiling-mount microphone is for both speech reinforcement and recording with what they claim is a unique combination of beamforming technology and “intelligent feedback reducer” function. The microphone has a dual-channel output for simultaneous recordings […]

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Sony Launches a New Set of High-grade Monitors At ISE 2020

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Sony will launch a new set of high-grade picture monitors from its TRIMASTER range at the ISE 2020 Show. The PVM-X2400 (24’’) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4’’) monitors provide high picture quality and accurate color reproduction due to Sony’s specified and dedicated panels, which offer a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels and a brightness of all-white luminance […]

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Macnica Announces New Interoperable Approach at ISE 2020

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Macnica has announced a new innovation for ISE 2020 that brings its interoperable, open-standards approach to a broader customer base. To be introduced at ISE 2020, the new ME10 SoC is a 4K AV over 1Gb System on Chip provides a complete, interoperable AV-over-IP solution for high-volume product developers, or those requiring a more compact […]

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Medialon Will Demo Showmaster Go at ISE 2020

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Medialon will demo the Showmaster Go for the very first time at the ISE 2020 show next week. Designed specifically for attractions and theme parks, Showmaster Go is designed for ride vehicles and parade floats due to its size. It’s a show control and multi-channel audio playback solution combined into one product, and it comes […]

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UC Workspace Just Launched the Best New Product for UCC Since Zoom

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UC Workspace’s new UCC product is called WEAV; more information is near the bottom of this product announcement but read this first to understand its positioning. UC Workspace jumped on the scene a few years ago with a universal UX for all collaboration boards. Called Quicklaunch, it’s the maiden product of UC Workspace that allows […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 953: Here is What NEC Europe Will Do at ISE 2020

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NEC Europe’s Simon Jackson joined Gary on an exclusive videocast all about ISE 2020. NEC Europe has won the best booth/stand award for the past two years and they put a lot into telling a story with their products — not just showing them. Want to know this year’s theme? And, what about what new products and collaborations NEC will highlight at ISE 2020? […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 952: IDK to Launch New, Small, AV-over-IP IP-NINJAR 10G Platform at ISE 2020

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IDK Corporation will use ISE 2020 to launch an all-new IP-NINJAR series of AV-over-IP products – they will still be 10G SDVoE-based but they will be smaller, more efficient, fan-less and PoE capable! Both IDK‘s Chris Miller and Ryohei Iwasaki joined Gary on his podcast today to talk about this new line – and they gave quite a few details on it even […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 951: Kramer to Enter Microphones Market and Launch New VIA Line at ISE 2020

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We got the scoop on today’s pre-ISE 2020 videocast that — Kramer is entering the microphone market. The first family will be aimed at UCC spaces and will be integrated into Kramer@Work pre-designed meeting spaces. But, that’s not all, on today’s videocast with Kramer Vice President Marketing. David Margolin, he also teases that we’ll see at […]

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ClearOne Intros COLLABORATE Versa Room CT

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ClearOne just introduced COLLABORATE Versa Room CT, aimed at making cloud-based conferencing easier. At the heart of the system, is the USB audio-enabled Beamforming Mic Array Ceiling Tile (BMA CTH). The BMA CTH performs acoustic echo cancellation, noise cancellation and beam selection, so no external DSP mixer is required. The array’s adaptive steering (think of […]

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Barco Expands LED Portfolio at ISE 2020

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Barco is expanding its LED portfolio. Last year, Barco claimed a renewed focus in high-res LED technology with the launch of the premium XT series and the announcement of its strategic partnership with Chinese LED manufacturer Unilumin. Today the company is introducing an extended offering with five new models addressing a variety of indoor LED […]

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SDVoE Alliance Announces Module for Crestron Control Systems

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced the availability of an SDVoE module for Crestron control systems. This module makes it easy for system designers and integrators to deploy SDVoE systems of any size while providing a familiar user experience with Crestron control systems and interfaces. The SDVoE module works with any 3-series Crestron control processor to […]

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Epiphan Video Launches LiveScrypt at ISE 2020

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At ISE, Epiphan Video will be launching something it’s calling LiveScrypt, a live, real-time transcription solution for video. LiveScrypt is an AI-based speech-to-text transcription solution that enables everyone to engage with live events as they happen — regardless of any hearing impediment, native language or distraction. LiveScrypt combines dedicated hardware with an AI-driven transcription service […]

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Extron Introduces ShareLink Pro 500 Wired and Wireless Presentation Gateway

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Extron just announced the ShareLink Pro 500 Wired and Wireless Presentation Gateway for wireless collaboration and sharing. It features advanced technology that supports simultaneous display of up to four devices, including an HDMI-connected device (meaning, it has an HDMI input that can be switched through it, too). The HDMI input supports wired devices, such as […]

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