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..

Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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SYNNEX Corporation Adds Cisco Offerings to CLOUDSolv Platform

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SYNNEX Corporation today announced the availability of several Cisco solutions on its North American CLOUDSolv platform including Cisco Umbrella; Cisco CMX, location-based analystics for mobile experiences; and the Cisco Webex Teams collaboration tool. The completion comes in addition to the recent integration of Westcon-Comstor Americas, which is now a SYNNEX Corporation company. The Cisco offerings […]

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Basalte Deseo Line of Room Controllers Is Now Crestron Connected

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Crestron announced today that through its partnership with Basalte, the Deseo line of room controllers are now Crestron Connected devices. That means Crestron residential dealers can now integrate them in their system designs to control lights, temperature, shades, and more in luxury homes, condos and yachts. Discrete and minimalistic, the handmade Deseo line provides an […]

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Kramers New DAs Are 4K and HDBaseT Capable

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Kramer Electronics’ newest HDBaseT distribution amplifiers, VM-218DT and VM-218DTxr, offer one HDMI or HDBaseT input (selectable) to eight HDBaseT outputs. The VM-218DT sends a 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) signal up to 130 feet (40 meters) and the VM-218DTxr sends a 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) signal up to 330 feet (100 meters). Both HDBaseT distribution amplifiers are HDCP compliant and […]

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Global Home Audio Market Breaks the $13 Billion Barrier

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The global home audio market continues to climb, with hardware shipments increasing by 23 percent in 2017, according to a comprehensive new report from Futuresource Consulting However, you guessed it, consumer product companies are stealing away the high-end audio market. “It’s not just shipments that are performing well,” says Rasika D’Souza, senior market analyst at […]

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Update to Crestron Pyng OS Adds Support for Video

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Crestron announced the upcoming release of Crestron Pyng OS 2. Built into the new CP3-R 3-Series Control System, a enterprise-grade control system for residential applications that’s shipping in September, Crestron Pyng OS 2 supports full integration of video control and distribution including Crestron DigitalMedia products, AVRs, local sources, set-top boxes, remote controls and more. The […]

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Extron Ships Compact Modular 4K Videowall Processor

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Extron has announced the availability of the Quantum Ultra 305, a 3U, 5-slot card frame that supports any combination of Quantum Ultra input and output cards. The Quantum Ultra 305 features a high-speed video bus with the same Extron HyperLane technology and real-time performance as the 6U, 10-slot Quantum Ultra 610. A single card frame […]

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Simply Reliable Releases New smartOFFICE Features for CEDIA 2018

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Simply Reliable announces three new, key features in smartOFFICE designed to help online business process workflow. The new features include proposal sharing, automated zero setup and data exporting. smartOFFICE, created specifically for the custom integration industry, offers simple proposal generation and approval with e-commerce for client payment collection, project management, logistic support and business intelligence […]

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New Moverio BT-35E HDMI and USB-C Smart Glasses Use Si-OLED Wearable Display Technology

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Designed for use with existing hardware devices, Epson today launched the new Moverio BT-35E AR (augmented reality) Smart Glasses. Featuring an interface unit with HDMI and USB Type-C ports, Moverio now functions as a wearable display for any standard HDMI (HDMI1.4) output device, as well as any USB Type-C output device supporting DisplayPort Alt Mode, […]

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Channel Vision’s AmpServant Serves as Multi-Room Switcher

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Channel Vision announced its new Amp-Servant to the custom installation marketplace. Channel Vision’s new ARIA “Amp-Servant” features a built-in, three-source auto switcher that allows switching to the audio source (Tos-link, Cat5, and RCA), in that room based on priority levels set by the installer. This brings the capability of listening to any manufacturers multi-room audio […]

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Somfy Introduces SDN Power over Ethernet Gateway

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Somfy Systems is launching the SDN Power over Ethernet (PoE) Gateway. The SDN PoE Gateway is a low-voltage power distribution and network-connected module that utilizes 60-watt PoE technology to power and control the Somfy 24V RS485 motorization offer for interior shades and draperies. The compact SDN PoE Gateway is capable of powering single or multiple […]

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New Amazon Echo Dot Wall-Mount for Origin Acoustics Valet System Debuts

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Origin Acoustics is adding a wall-mount for the Amazon Echo Dot to its Valet system — the Dot Wall Mount. It will debut at CEDIA Expo. This is a simple way to integrate the Dot for music distribution and automation. In this offering is a clever mounting system that hides the Dot behind a speaker […]

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Extron Debuts Larger 4K/60 HDMI Switchers with Ethernet Monitoring and Control

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Extron has introduced two new high-performance HDMI switchers that support data rates up to 18 Gbps and signals up to 4K/60 with 4:4:4 color sampling. The six-input SW6 HD 4K PLUS and the eight-input SW8 HD 4K PLUS are HDCP 2.2 compliant and support HDR, 12‑bit Deep Color, 3D and HD lossless audio formats. The […]

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According to New AVIXA Research, ProAV Market Still Growing

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The corporate market continues to account for the largest segment of ProAV revenue. According to AVIXA’s Industry Outlook Trends and Analysis (IOTA), ProAV solutions for corporate office environments are expected to generate nearly $15 billion in revenue in the Americas in 2018. Growth is expected to be somewhat slower than the overall industry, at 1.5 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 760: Synnex Talks Cloud Offering for ProAV

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Synnex‘s Crystal Hale and Tim Acker today to talk about both their Cloud and Mobility options for the ProAV market. How can a distributor help ProAV integrators make money with cloud-based serves? Well, listen and find out! Check out all the InfoComm 2018 videos here.  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Powersoft and Crestron Announce Partnership on Vector Loudspeaker Series

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Powersoft announced that its Duecanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms are now available as an option to power Crestron’s new Vector Performance loudspeaker series. Crestron’s Vector Performance loudspeakers, which launched at InfoComm 2017, are for large performance spaces such as auditoriums, lecture halls and divisible rooms. Both Duecanali and Quattrocanali are one rack unit, two and […]

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Digital Signage Summit Wrap-up

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The Digital Signage Summit Europe 2018 provided invaluable takeaways into the evolving digital signage and digital out of home (DooH) industries during the comprehensive two-day conference. Attendees gathered at the new venue for 2018, the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport, Germany, July 4-5 to benefit from over 40 leading digital signage and DooH individuals exploring market […]

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Extron Introduces Its First 5″ Tabletop TouchLink Pro Touchpanel

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Extron just introduced the TLP Pro 525T 5″ tabletop TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. The new 5″ tabletop model features a high-performance·quad-core processor and eight times more memory, an 800×480 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and a new enclosure design. The TLP Pro 525T accepts PoE — Power over Ethernet, which allows […]

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MSE Audio to Feature Phase Technology HV Subwoofer at CEDIA 2018

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MSE Audio is now shipping the HV101-LP, HV101-II and HV121-II subwoofers from Phase Technology. The HV subwoofer line features treated pulp drivers with high-excursion rubber surrounds. Each sub includes on-board DSP smart limiting to monitor and adjust output for dynamic, undistorted bass, along with a gain control, phase switch, variable crossover, left and right inputs […]

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Opus Brilliance Unveils the OpusCube Fine Pixel LED Video Wall at CEDIA

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Opus Brilliance will debut at CEDIA with a fine pixel pitch LED video wall called the OpusCube. The OpusCube panels have a flat back and are two inches thick when installed on the wall, as there are no external cables. Notable features of the OpusCube include, according to the company, seamless panel integration, low/no heat, […]

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Telestream Announces Version 8 of ScreenFlow Video Editing and Screen Recording Software

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Telestream today announced ScreenFlow 8.0 video editing and screen recording software for the Mac. ScreenFlow version 8.0 adds a variety of new features including new Styles and Templates to increase editing productivity and streamline editing workflows, as well as an all new integrated Stock Media Library. The new Templates allow users to pre-create ScreenFlow projects […]

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Optoma Introduces New Line of Projectors for Small Classrooms, Meeting Rooms and Corporate Spaces

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Optoma today announced three new projectors designed for small-to-medium classrooms, training spaces and corporate environments. The Optoma S343, X343 and W335 all feature a 22,000:1 contrast ratio spec and a 15,000 hour lamp. With a 1.1x zoom and vertical keystone correction, this affordable line of projectors is equipped with built-in assistance for easy positioning and […]

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Portrait Displays Announces CalMAN Ready for 2018 MASTER Series BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs

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Portrait Displays has developed CalMAN auto calibration capability for Sony’s 2018 MASTER Series A9F and Z9F BRAVIA 4K HDR televisions. Calibration is the process of fine-tuning a display to ensure that it closely matches an industry standard. Manual calibration can require an hour’s work by a trained professional. The auto calibration provided by Portrait Displays’ […]

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NEC Display Unveils New Headquarters and Briefing Center

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NEC Display Solutions of America will unveil its new state-of-the-art headquarters and Briefing Center today during an open house inviting the business community, clients, and partners to tour the space. The new facility features 6,000 square feet of showroom space to demonstrate the latest solutions offerings, while accommodating an expanding workforce with a bright, open-concept […]

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Dynaudio Intros Its First All-In-One Wireless Multiroom Audio System

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Dynaudio today announced the North American release of Dynaudio Music, a wireless all-in-one music system with multiroom capability that adapts both sound and music selection to the user’s tastes. With a so-called Music Now algorithm, the Dynaudio Music system automatically generates personalized playlists and makes them available on-the-fly. Using digital signal processing (DSP), the Dynaudio […]

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Construction Monitor Debuts Real-Time Building Permit Mapping Application

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Construction Monitor announced that it has released a nationwide real-time building permit mapping application. The application, called Permit Insights, maps millions of building and solar permits nationwide in the United States. It is accessible to Construction Monitor clients that choose to add-on the new product through their website and also via mobile phones and tablets. […]

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Screen Innovations Adds Screen for Tall Ceilings

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SI’s new Zero-G offers an “extended maximum drop” to solve the problem that integrators often have when specifying a motorized screen where extremely tall ceilings make it all but impossible. Zero-G has no black mask above the viewing surface. Instead, the Zero-G screen is housed in a two-piece tube that is suspended from Ultra-High Molecular […]

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Attero Tech Introduces Synapse DM1

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Attero Tech is now shipping the latest addition to the Synapse family of networked audio rackmount interfaces, the Synapse DM1. The DM1 is a networked audio monitor for confidence monitoring of networked audio and local sources at the rack. Audio monitoring is provided via front panel headphone connectivity or through the integrated speakers on the […]

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Symetrix Introduces Composer 7.0

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Symetrix has released the latest version of its Composer programming software for Edge, Radius, Prism and Solus NX DSPs. With Composer 7.0 integrators can program a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application. Composer 7.0 integrates support for the next generation of Symetrix hardware, Radius NX, as well as full integration with SymVue […]

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