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..

Marantz Introduces NR1200 High Performance Stereo Receiver

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  Marantz today announced the NR1200, a 75-watt-per-channel (8-ohm, 20Hz — 20kHz, 0.08% THD) HDMI and stereo receiver. The amplifier circuit design of the NR1200 features separate, symmetrical left and right power amplifier blocks. The power transformer is wired independently to the circuits of the amplifier, preamplifier, tuner and front display, which, Marantz says, improves […]

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TableMIC Mics from Vaddio Are Aimed at UCC Applications

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Vaddio is now shipping its new TableMIC microphone, which we see as perfectly positioned for UCC spaces. TableMIC’s solid metal base construction, acoustical fabric wrap and padded rubber feet diminish table vibration noise that other table microphones sometimes experience. And, the top of the TableMIC features a capacitive touch control surface for button-free operation (no […]

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Maxell’s New 3LCD Interactive Projector Series Brings Learning to Life

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Maxell expanded its laser projector line with two new 3LCD laser interactive projectors, the MP-TW3011 and MP-TW4011 — both native WXGA 1280×800 resolution. Both projectors are aimed at K-12, higher education and corporate and the MP-TW3011 is spec’d at 3,300 ANSI lumens, while the MP-TW4011 claims 4,200 ANSI lumens. Both laser projectors include what Maxell […]

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New Three-Input 4K/60 4:4:4 Switcher with DTP2 Transmitter Ships from Extron

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Extron just announced it’s shipping the DTP2 T 203, a three-input switcher with integrated DTP2 transmitter for sending DisplayPort, HDMI, audio and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable to an Extron DTP-enabled product. It supports video signals at resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 chroma sampling. This HDCP 2.2-compliant […]

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Seymour-Screen Excellence Debuts Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) Motorized Masking System

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Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) is what the company calls a “luxury,” reference-grade, acoustically-transparent, motorized masking system which, at its largest, spans 20-feet tall and 30-feet wide with 350-inches of viewable image width. Available with either two- or four-way masking, the system is built on-the-wall rather than the traditional method of assembling, lifting and […]

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Epson Delivers 9K Lumen Pro L Laser Projector

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Epson announced today it is already shipping its 9,000-lumen Pro L laser projectors aimed at conference rooms, auditoriums and Rental applications. The new white Epson Pro L1490U and black Epson Pro L1495U join the Pro L large-venue laser projector lineup offering every possible input (including 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, 5-BNC and stereo mini 10), […]

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Legrand Nuvo Adds Line of 8-Inch Passive Subwoofers and Digital Amplifiers

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Legrand today introduced a new family of Nuvo 8-inch in-ceiling and in-wall passive subwoofers and matching digital amplifiers. Designed for small, medium and large home theaters and audio installations, the three compact single and dual subwoofers deliver low-frequency impact, while the wall- and rack-mount amplifiers are designed specifically for use with them. For smaller installations, […]

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OSD Black Drops TreVoce Powered Subwoofers Ahead of CEDIA Expo

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OSD Black just introduced two powered stand-alone subwoofers, the 800-watt TreVoce 12 and the 500-watt TreVoce, which are aimed at in-home theaters, media rooms and high-end listening spaces. Designed for the custom integration market, these stand-alone subwoofers include an active woofer and two symmetrically-built passive woofers. According to OSD, the active subwoofer is self-contained and […]

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LMS206 from Amate Audio Debuts

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Amate Audio has introduced the new LMS206 loudspeaker management processor, making the advanced system configuration capabilities of its NÍTID active loudspeaker series available for use with passive audio systems. The LMS206 is the first of a series of next generation loudspeaker management processors, providing continuous ‘round the clock’ uncompromising operation, employing a 64-bit DSP architecture. […]

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Primacoustic Paintables Are Now Available in 48″ Square Acoustic Panels

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Primacoustic has expanded its Paintables line of acoustic panels with the introduction of the new Broadway 48” x 48” Broadband absorptive wall panel. Primacoustic Paintables is a line of acoustic panels that gives architects and interior/room designers the ability to integrate matched color or printed graphics into the acoustic design spec for a room or […]

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In An Effort to Stop the Bleeding, Eiki Appoints Schippers as COO

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Eiki International just told rAVe they’ve hired John Schippers to the position of chief operating officer. As an Eiki employee for over 11 years, Schippers is well-versed in the company’s operations, making him well-suited to assume his new responsibilities. As the company’s chief operating officer, Schippers has oversight of Eiki’s operations in the U.S., Canada, […]

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Updated: Eiki’s Survival Is Questionable

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Update: Please see below a response from Eiki to this story. Things took a turn for the worse on Friday as Eiki laid off another round of greatness, including their 15-year general manager, Steve Rubery, and, according to one source, 50% of their tech and sales support teams. In addition, their dealer network was notified […]

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Philips Details GoBright Partnership for Room Management

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Philips Professional Display Solutions has announced a partnership with meeting room management platform provider GoBright BV. The agreement between the two Amsterdam-based companies sees the Philips 10BDL3051T multi-touch 10″ T-Line display become fully certified and fully compatible with the GoBright platform for the first time. More Philips models are to be added shortly. The GoBright […]

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NSCA’s Growth Stats Are Wrong, But, Here’s What They Say

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NSCA’s Electronic Systems Outlook report has been updated for Summer 2019 and includes construction outlook information based on actual data from Q1 and Q2 of 2019, as well as a forecasted outlook for the remainder of 2019 and beyond. This report was initially created as a response to integrators asking about market conditions and trends […]

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AVI-SPL Buys Digital Video Networks

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AVI-SPL today announced the acquisition of Digital Video Networks (DVN) in the southwestern United States. A continuation of the company’s strategic growth plan, the merger will further strengthen AVI-SPL’s market leadership with additional talent and resources in a growing region while expanding the company’s leading global support and services delivery capabilities to current and prospective […]

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DMP 128 FlexPlus DSP for Dante Systems Ships from Extron

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Extron announced the availability of the DMP 128 FlexPlus series of compact Dante Digital Matrix Processors, featuring twelve FlexInput channels with full DSP, including AEC and Dante connectivity, in only a half rack space. With an extensive mix matrix, a USB audio interface and analog compatibility, the DMP 128 FlexPlus provides the ability to easily […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 900: SnapAV’s OvrC Platform is Aimed at Commercial AV Market

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POSTLongtime HomeAV distributor and manufacturer, SnapAV, is now aiming its sights on the Commercial AV market. And, their plan includes using their OvrC support platform to do it. What’s OvrC and how does it work? Well, watch this video cast with SnapAV’s Scott Normand, Director of Commercial, who demo’s OvrC live […]

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Jeremy Burkhardt Finally Gets CEDIA Fellow Designated, Better Late Than Never

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CEDIA says that, finally, Jeremy Burkhardt will be inducted to the CEDIA Fellows program at CEDIA Expo 2019. The CEDIA Fellows program honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association’s success. Burkhardt is well known throughout the industry, currently as chairman of Origin Acoustics, as well as former CEO, architect […]

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Powersoft Mezzo Will See CEDIA Debut of Newest Amplifier Platform

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Powersoft (CEDIA EXPO booth 335) will demonstrate its newest amplifier platform at CEDIA EXPO. Integrated into a half-rack enclosure with lots of connectivity options, Mezzo is designed for the AV/IT markets, commercial and residential installations. The new line consists of eight amplifier models in all, each offering different power and connectivity options. We short a […]

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Audinate Releases Dante AV Reference Design

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Audinate has partnered with NXP Semiconductors to release a reference design kit for the NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite SoC — providing Dante audio-over-IP to OEMs as on-chip software. Solutions developed for standard computing hardware platforms such as ARM are increasingly becoming the most cost-effective and flexible way to design and deliver AV products, shifting […]

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DSS Europe Was Awesome – We Shot Videos There, Too!

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Integrated Systems Events today announced the successful return of the Digital Signage Summit Europe (DSS Europe) to the Hilton Munich Airport hotel. DSS Europe, which took place this year 3-4 July, is Europe’s leading strategy conference for the digital signage and digital-out-of-home (DooH) industry. In a packed two-day, two track conference programme nearly 500 attendees […]

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Updated: Shure Fights Back — Files Suit Against ClearOne Alleging False Statements

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Shure, Inc. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against ClearOne in the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware. The lawsuit alleges ClearOne’s BMA CT product, launched in February of 2019, infringes Shure’s U.S. Patent No. 9,565,493 (“‘493 Patent”). The ‘493 patent, which protects the architecture of Shure’s ceiling array microphone offering powerful acoustic benefits with flexible mounting options and minimal aesthetic […]

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Barco Books Over $560 Million in First Half of 2019, Net Income Is $45 Million

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There aren’t too many publicly traded companies in the pro AV market so when one announces earnings, it should be paid attention to as a bellwether of the market. Today Barco announced financial results for the six month period ended June 30, 2019. Orders and sales increased in each division resulting in a consolidated growth […]

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Audinate Dante AV Is a Thing

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Audinate today announced that the new Dante AV Module and the Dante AV Product Design Suite are now commercially available for order by manufacturers. Patton Electronics has announced that they will adopt the platform into a new generation of AV-Over-IP products. Dante AV is an integrated audio and video networking solution, bringing to video all the benefits that have […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 899: If You Integrate Control Rooms or Digital Signage, You Should Know Who Monitors Anywhere Is!

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Monitors Anywhere basically makes the ClickShare of monitor walls. Using USB to HDMI adapters or thin-client Android computers, you can build network-based digital signage systems or fill video walls with content – in any configuration. So, no digital or analog signal processing – all network-based. If you don’t know Monitors Anywhere, this is the podcast for […]

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CEDIA Lifetime Award Winner Spent a Lifetime in CEDIA

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CEDIA announced that Mitchell Klein was chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Klein will be honored at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 898: The Post Visix InfoComm 2019 Videocast

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In this episode of Rants and rAVes, Gary is joined by Visix founder Sean Matthews. They discuss (and shows) viewers all six new products Visix launched at this years InfoComm, including explaining VUI voice activated wayfinding, and a four output video player. Watch as Sean shows everything that Visix brought to InfoComm 2019. You can […]

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V5 of Martin’s P3 Controller Software Drops

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Martin P3 System Controller Software version 5.0.0 brings significant new functionalities to Martin’s range of P3 System Controllers, consisting of the P3-050, P3-100, P3-150, P3-200, P3-300 and P3-PC. Moving heads and lighting fixtures such as the Martin MAC Allure and VDO Atomic Dot families can now be driven via the P3 System Controller. With the […]

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CEDIA Home Cinema Masterclass to Be Led By Three Home Theater Gods

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Three of the biggest names in home theater integration will offer an unparalleled learning opportunity. The CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass — featuring Imaging Science Foundation founder Joel Silver, Grimani Systems President Anthony Grimani and TK Theatres and RAYVA founder Theo Kalomirakis — will provide an in-depth examination of several key topics. The CEDIA Home […]

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Why in the Heck Would Biamp Buy Community and Apart Audio? Hint: QSC

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By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Rashid Skaf-led Biamp is buying Audioprof Group International, which is the parent company of Community Loudspeakers (based in Philadelphia) and Apart Audio (based in Antwerp, Belgium) from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium. Bruce Howze founded the company in 1968, which was first named Community Light and Sound. […]

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Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 Gets Pexip CVI

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Pexip has announced it will offer free Cloud Video Interop (CVI) services for customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 systems. The offer is available directly via Pexip and participating partners and is valid for new customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 solutions. Cloud Video Interop enables third-party video conferencing […]

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Z-Wave Rolls Out Z-Wave Plus v2 Certification

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The Z-Wave Alliance is unveiling details about the Z-Wave Plus v2 certification designed for devices built on the new Z-Wave 700 platform. The updated certification will deliver a significantly improved consumer experience by mandating the inclusion of SmartStart, a setup feature that will truly bring plug and play to the consumer smart home. Removing the […]

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