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..

Amber Solutions Intros New Solid-State Two-Wire Dimmer Solution

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Amber Solutions introduced a solid-state two-wire dimmer solution that works without a neutral wire, is compatible with most types of LED lighting, offers flicker-free performance with a wider range of LED bulbs and fixtures, and provides smooth, precise dimming from zero percent to max power. Combining Amber’s patented solid-state AC/DC Enabler and AC Switch for […]

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Renkus-Heinz Announces S Series Subwoofer

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Renkus-Heinz has announced the latest product in its S Series Subwoofer line: the SX/SA28 — a compact, low profile subwoofer suitable for applications that require deep, powerful bass. Available in both passive (SX28) and powered (SA28) models, the compact dimensions and low profile allow the new subwoofer to be positioned under seating, under low stages, […]

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Extron NAV Series Meets Cryptographic Requirements from US Government

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Extron says its NAV Series integrates the Extron cryptographic module that meets NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) guidelines for FIPS 140-2 certification. FIPS 140-2 is an information technology security accreditation program that validates cryptographic modules meet well-defined security standards required by federal government agencies. “We are excited to announce that our NAV Pro […]

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Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work Safely

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST This year has forced innovation globally. Throughout 2020, much of the creativity has appeared in problem-solving and in the interest of human interactions returning to “normal.” For example, a handful of companies are rapidly developing one of the world’s first totally synthetic vaccines to fight COVID-19. But, the innovation didn’t […]

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Extron Adds Windows 10 Miracast Support to ShareLink Pro 1100

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In the Extron ShareLink Pro 1100, a 4K Wired and Wireless Presentation System that enables anyone to present content from computers, tablets or smartphones, the company added support for Windows 10 sharing via Miracast, using an optional adapter. Miracast enables users with Windows 10 computers to share content without the need to download software. ShareLink […]

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Viking Electronics Adds Door Entry Speaker Phone

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The Viking E-10-WHA is a telephone line powered speaker phone designed to provide quick and reliable two-way hands-free communication. When the “Call” button is pressed, the E-10-WHA will come off-hook and will remain off-hook allowing personnel to identify who is at the speaker phone. For additional security, the E-10-WHA will automatically answer inbound calls for […]

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From Facebook and Beyond

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Let’s face it, in March and April of this year, the best we could expect to deliver was very reactive. Unless you were already streaming services each weekend, it’s unlikely you had time to respond proactively to COVID. And, this summer, as states and countries started partially reopening, adding streaming via consumer platforms like Facebook, […]

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QSC Intros New Two-Way Loudspeaker System

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QSC introduces the AD-S5T, a 5.25ʺ two-way loudspeaker system that offers integrators an option for a variety of foreground and background sound reinforcement applications. The AcousticDesign Series includes a variety of sizes and enclosure types (surface-mount, pendant-mount, ceiling-mount, columnar and SUB/SAT) and provides sonic characteristics across the entire line, allowing the ability to mix-and-match enclosures […]

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SpinetiX and Almo Pro A/V Announce Distribution Partnership for US Market

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SpinetiX and Almo Professional A/V announced a new distribution partnership in the USA effective immediately. As part of the agreement, Almo is offering SpinetiX’s complete solution, ranging from award-winning HMP media players, DSOS operating system, SpinetiX ARYA cloud, Elementi digital signage software with its 250+ widgets to a series of professional services. “The appointment of […]

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Business Transformation Company Publicis Sapient Picks BrightSign for Signage Premise Platform

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BrightSign announced that digital transformation consultancy Publicis Sapient has fully optimized “Premise”, its digital in-venue platform, on BrightSign’s XD and XT media players. Premise is Publicis Sapient’s fully adaptable, in-venue experience enablement platform, delivering digital signage management capabilities with real-time analytics and A/B testing capabilities. For more than a decade, Premise has been enabling data-driven, […]

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Newline One-Ups (No, Blows Away) DTEN ME With New At-Home UCC Appliance Called FLEX

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Newline Interactive entered a new market category today with its first desktop collaboration solution called FLEX. The Newline FLEX is an all-in-one 27-inch touch monitor designed for desktop UCC for small office, home office and school office settings. The 27” desktop monitor is literally an all-in-one collaboration (UCC) appliance with capacitive touch, full device touchback […]

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Arista Corporation Intros New HDMI Audio, Dante Audio Stream Converters

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ARISTA Corporation announced the ARS-200-HD HDMI Audio to Dante Audio converter and the ARS-200-DH Dante Audio Stream to HDMI Audio converter. Both are designed for presentation environments where audio needs to be converted from one format to the other where long-distance transmission is involved. The ARS-200-HD is a tool for extracting audio from, for example, […]

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Better Late Than Never: ClearOne Finally Sells Prepackaged Home UCC Solution

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To meet the home office market demand for professional-quality audio and video UCC solutions ClearOne just launched Aura, a set of “good, better, best” packages of enterprise quality audio, video, audio-video options with a free COLLABORATE Space lifetime subscription. ClearOne says its data indicated that 88% of employers globally have encouraged or required employees to […]

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ClearOne’s CONVERGENCE Software Now Supports BMA 360 Ceiling Tile Mic Array

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CONVERGENCE AV Network Manager software from ClearOne now supports its new Ceiling Tile Beamforming Microphone Array, the BMA 360. In addition, CONVERGENCE has been upgraded to increase its database connection pool to an effectively unlimited number of ClearOne devices and users on a single network. CONVERGENCE software is a unified AV network management platform to […]

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Utelogy Corporation Releases High Availability Software Component

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Utelogy Corporation has announced the release of High Availability, a new component of its software system that works in the background to eliminate single points of failure by utilizing the N+1 architecture providing redundancy across geolocated data centers. According to Utelogy, High Availability (HA) was developed as a direct response to customer demand and to […]

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Portrait Displays Announces Release of Calman 2020 R2

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Portrait Displays announced the anticipated release of Calman 2020 R2. Calman color calibration software is recognized across the content creation industry as the foremost software for color accuracy, designed to make the jobs of color professionals easier by streamlining calibration methods, providing verification tools and supporting new developments in display technology. The latest release of […]

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Avaya Upgrades UCC App With More Zoom- and Teams-Like Features — But One-Ups Them With 61-Person View

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Avaya announced that Avaya Spaces, the all-in-one video collaboration app for the digital workplace, has added new capabilities including an industry-best 61-participant “concert” view. Avaya Spaces is changing the way work gets done, enabling “work from anywhere” by centralizing voice, video, messaging, chat and task management in one app to improve productivity and increase employee […]

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iRoom iO Announces New Docking Station for Apple iPad Air 4

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iRoom iO just launched a five-ways-to-mount docking station options for the New Apple iPad Air 4 (2020). The iRoom iO store-charge-control-connect features enable secure and instant access to information and content in residential and commercial venues and applications. The iTop USB-C Tabletop, iTop USB-C OnWall, touchDock motorized InWall dock, fixDock and surDock fixed InWall and […]

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Extron Just Became the First Full-Bandwidth, Uncompressed 8K Switcher Company

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Extron just announced (and says it is ready to ship) the XTP II CP HD 8K I/O Boards — yes, 8K resolution (up to 7680×4320). The XTP II CP HD 8K I/O Boards accept HDMI 2.1 data rates up to 40.1 gigabits per second, enabling support of uncompressed 8K video with HDR. These HDCP 2.3-compliant […]

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Epson Intros Its Brightest Projector — the Pro L30000UNL

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Epson today announced its brightest projector — the Pro L30000UNL — is now available. Delivering 30,000 lumens of color and white brightness, it is apparently one of Epson’s most technologically advanced projectors. The Pro L30000UNL offers native WUXGA resolution with 4K Enhancement technology. It is designed for events, rental and staging, auditoriums, lecture halls and […]

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Extron Ships Its Most Powerful NetPA Ultra Amplifier With 2×200 Watts, Dante and DSP

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Extron is now shipping its most powerful and flexible NetPA Ultra amplifier, the new NetPA U 2002 SB with bridgeable outputs that can deliver two 200-watt channels into low impedance systems or one 400-watt channel into low or high impedance systems. It is an ENERGY STAR qualified, Dante-enabled audio power amplifier in a half rack, […]

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University of North Carolina Department of Music Performs Hybrid, Socially Distant Concert With Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) is a public research institution educating more than 20,000 students on a 729-acre campus. The university offers more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in varying fields taught by 3,887 faculty members. UNC-Chapel Hill is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant arts […]

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The Zigbee Alliance Has a Plan to Bring the Wireless Standard to the Commercial Construction Market

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The Zigbee Alliance today announced an important movement within the Project Connected Home over IP initiative, forming a team dedicated to the development and promotion of the standard for commercial markets. This move is in alignment with the overall vision for the initiative, which is to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free […]

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Atomos Offers Apple ProRes RAW Recording Support for Sony FX6

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Atomos just announced Apple ProRes RAW recording support for Sony’s new FX6 professional camera with full-frame sensor; which natively outputs RAW over SDI. This is all made possible with the Atomos Shogun 7 which will record pristine ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4Kp60. Recording over SDI from the FX6 to the Shogun 7 […]

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Atlantic Technology Adds 68x14x15-Inch Center Channel Speaker

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Atlantic Technology has added a new center channel speaker in the form of the 8600eC — measuring 68x14x15 inches — yes, it’s giant-sized. It integrates a D’Appolito/M-T-M array consisting of four 6.5-inch fiberglass woofers with two 5.25-inch fiberglass mid-drivers and a 1-inch aluminum/magnesium dome tweeter internally isolated within their own airtight sub-enclosure. Like the company’s […]

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JAM Industries Purchases The Music People

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JAM Industries just purchased The Music People (TMP), parent company of the On-Stage and TMP-Pro divisions. Founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey, TMP will operate as a division of JAM, managed by TMP’s Co-Presidents John and Sharon Hennessey, who now report directly to JAM Industries President & CEO Martin Szpiro. “Since being acquired by DCC […]

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Jason McGraw to Run CEDIA and KBIS

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Emerald today announced the appointment of Jason C. McGraw, CTS, CAE as vice president responsible for the oversight of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association) and CEDIA Expo, the leading event serving the residential integrated technology marketplace. Additionally, Emerald announced the newly created position of director, key […]

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ClearOne Reports 40% Growth in Q1, Q2 and Q3 Sales in 2020 Over 2019

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There are very few publicly traded companies in the commercial AV market who report exclusively ProAV product sales. For example, Sony is a public company but, when they report sales, its residential sales are mixed in with commercial sales so you don’t really have a feeling of which division is driving revenue. But, ClearOne exclusively […]

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Eastern Acoustic Works Intros MKD1200 Series Full Range Loudspeakers

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Eastern Acoustic Works unveils the MKD1200 Series, the newest additions to the MKD Series of full range loudspeakers created for installation applications. The MKD1294 and MKD1264 are three-way designs engineered to produce high output levels and outstanding fidelity while maintaining broadband pattern control for use in applications ranging from stadiums to small music venues. Both […]

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Atlona Launches AT-OME-MH21 Switcher Aimed at UCC

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Atlona just launched the AT-OME-MH21 switcher with both HDMI and USB-C inputs as well as a built-in USB 3.0 hub aimed at UCC installs. The two-input OME-MH21 includes built-in display control, audio de-embedding, 4K to 1080p down-scaling and automatic input selection switches between inputs when sources are added or removed. The OME-MH21’s HDMI input and […]

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#PositAVity: Gary Kayye, Tim Albright, Megan Dutta and Alesia Hendley Are Bringing It!

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Yes, we compete professionally. But, together, we BELIEVE in #AV. We know that, due to COVID, many of you have been laid off, but 2020 will NOT define you, and it will not define us. Even though we may compete for your eyes and ears, we are joining forces to bring #PositAVity to the AV […]

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An AV Integrator Just Created a Driver to Allow Control4 to Steer Yamaha MTX DSPs for Commercial Installs

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The new MTX Universal Driver by Blackwire allows integrators to use Control4 systems and Yamaha MTX DSPs together in their commercial projects. The two-way driver allows for audio matrix and zone volume control while providing the ability to mix in microphones into a zone. Blackwire has been distributing the Yamaha Commercial Installed Solutions (CIS) product […]

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