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 (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, 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

Telecine Multimedia Launches ‘LifeStyle’ Subscription-Based Content Service


Telecine Multimedia just launched its third subscription-based content service called LifeStyle. The company says this digital signage solution puts information in front of people and mashes up weather data to help decision-making for doing activities people love. Forecasts tuned to personal lifestyles and pursuits are the driver behind a fun, light-hearted new automated subscription content […]

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Blackmagic Design Releases New Family of Constellation HD Live Production Switchers


Blackmagic Design announced a new family of live production switchers that include broadcast features but are branded as “affordable.” The new models include a 1 M/E model with 10 x 3G-SDI inputs, 2 M/E model with 20 x 3G-SDI inputs and a 4 M/E model with 40 x 3G-SDI inputs. All include full standards conversion […]

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Sony Electronics Inc. and University of Southern California Partner to Enhance Cinematic Education


Sony Electronics Inc. and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (aka: USC Film School) announced a new partnership to help create the future of entertainment together by enhancing cinematic education. The USC School of Cinematic Arts and Sony Electronics Partner to Support the Next Generation of Filmmakers Beginning immediately, the USC […]

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PPDS Adds Valeriia Polovkova as Dedicated International Project Manager for Hospitality, Corporate, Retail Installs


PPDS announced the appointment of Valeriia Polovkova as its new dedicated international project manager for tailored installations in hospitality, corporate and retail. A self-proclaimed “problem solving specialist”, Valeriia joins PPDS with more than 10 years of AV industry experience — including specialist technical knowledge of Philips displays. Launched in 2020, PPDS’ IKAM network was created to […]

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Panasonic Connect North America To Develop Cloud-Based Solution for Video Production in KAIROS Ecosystem


Panasonic Connect North America announced plans to develop a cloud-based solution for video production within the KAIROS ecosystem for the U.S. market that allows crews to take advantage of the KAIROS IT/IP production platform’s video processing and distribution capabilities without confining them to an on-premise studio. The cloud-based solution works with the on-premise KAIROS IT/IP platform […]

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Barco’s Financial Reporting Indicates Market Recovery for Everyone


Barco’s sales and orders for the first quarter of 2022 represented the second best quarter, just behind its 2021 fourth quarter, since the pandemic began. Continued demand recovery drove order growth, fueled by strong uptakes in the Meeting Experience business unit, due to positive back-to-office dynamics in both EMEA and the Americas and in the […]

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Snap One Now Provides Commercial Integration Partners With Free Design Assistance


Snap One is expanding its Systems Design Team to provide commercial integration partners with free design assistance to design and even configure commercial systems. According to Scott Normand, Snap One Commercial Market Senior Director, the Systems Design Team allows commercial market Partners to bid on large or complex AV integration jobs they would otherwise be […]

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AVer Information Releases EZManager 2 Software for AVer USB Cameras


AVer Information announced the EZManager 2, a new system with an upgraded interface for managing AVer USB Cameras. EZManager 2 is a tool for centrally managing AVer USB video conferencing products in multiple locations. AVer EZManager 2 claims to support a comprehensive approach to IT management with a simplified user experience. This updated version features […]

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Denon Announces DHT-S217 Full-Range Dolby Atmos Sound Bar


Denon just announced the Denon DHT-S217 full-range Dolby Atmos sound bar. The DHT-S217 incorporates Dolby Atmos 3D audio technology and is 2 inches in height. The DHT-S217 connects to most TVs using HDMI or optical cables while the eARC feature enables audio playback on the sound bar from streaming apps built into a user’s smart […]

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Atlona and NETGEAR Partner to Bring Pre-Validated and Interoperable AV-over-IP and Network Switch Solutions


Atlona and NETGEAR have collaborated to offer pre-validated, interoperable solutions that bring Atlona OmniStream AV-over-IP products to the NETGEAR M4250 managed network switches. Atlona claims that setup and configuration times are reduced in large part because NETGEAR M4250 switches from Atlona are ready to go with OmniStream encoders and decoders. Users can power up the […]

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Planar Appoints Will Amos to NYC Metro Team as Business Development Manager


Planar announced it has added Will Amos to the company’s NYC Metro Team as a business development manager. Will will support and educate end users on deploying display technology across various vertical markets. Will joins Planar with more than 15 years of experience in the digital signage and AV industry, most recently developing opportunities in […]

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LG Releases UltraFine OLED Pro Monitors for Content Creators, Producers


LG Electronics introduced a new line of professional OLED monitors developed for content creators and producers. The new “LG UltraFine OLED Pro” series of reference monitors features what LG says are “capabilities specifically for production studios and digital video pros.” Headlined by the new 65-inch display (model 65EP5G), the LG OLED Pro line also includes […]

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Crestron Releases Version 7 of DM NVX AV-Over-IP Platform


Crestron announced a firmware upgrade (version 7) to the DM NVX AV-over-IP platform. The newest DM NVX features include: Refresh rates up to 240 Hz at 1080p allow for real-time control of peripherals, such as a mouse, joystick or game controller. Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding optimizes network bandwidth consumption across a multitude of spaces. […]

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ADI to Unify ProAV Product Distribution Under ‘ADI Global Distribution’ Brand, Will No Longer Distribute Under ‘Herman AV’


ADI Global Distribution announced it will unify its ProAV products distribution offering under the ADI Global Distribution brand (aka no more Herman AV). Following the integration of its newly acquired Shoreview Distribution business, ADI will integrate its Herman ProAV business this spring. Herman Integration Services (HIS) will retain its brand and continue to serve as […]

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Studio Technologies Will Debut the New Model 354 Talk Station at NAB Show 2022


Studio Technologies announced the new Model 354 Talk Station at NAB 2022 in booth C2625. The unit is designed for use in various permanent installation and live event settings, supporting applications including voice paging, music, audio-file playback, intercom and broadcast talent cueing. The desktop unit is Dante-compatible and uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology. AES67-compliant, the unit […]

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InfoComm Adds Back Emerging Tech Track of Education, LAVNCH [CODE] Will Headline Session


The Emerging Trends track is back on the agency for InfoComm 2022. These sessions will examine the digitization of our physical world and what that means for AV technology moving forward. Get a look at the following sessions and learn what to expect from each! Next Generation Meeting Spaces  Tuesday, June 7, 2022: 8 a.m. […]

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The How Market Likely Wins Award for Fastest to Pivot To Streaming Video During Pandemic


“Adapt or Die.” That was everyone’s mantra over the past two years, but it’s likely that no segment of the market adapted faster than Houses of Worship (HOW). Though generally not considered the most tech-heavy in application, HOWs took to Facebook Live faster than any other segment of the market took to any other messaging […]

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Matrox Video Releases Extio 3 Series Software Update with Display Layout Options and Full HD Support


Matrox Video expanded display layout options and Full HD display support with its Extio 3 IP KVM extenders’ Tile View feature to provide users with new emote workspace configurations. Available via the latest Extio 3 software release, Tile View facilitates monitoring and controlling up to four systems simultaneously across a variety of layouts now on […]

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Almo Professional A/V Rebrands as Exertis Almo


Almo Professional A/V announced it has rebranded to become Exertis Almo following Exertis’ acquisition of Almo Corporation last December. The rebranding process will continue through the beginning of May. Exertis Almo is being led by Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO, who brings 35 years of ProAV leadership to the newly unified division. Exertis Almo includes […]

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Extron Launches Free Esports System Design Guide


Extron launched the Esports Systems Design Guide. The company said, “unique performance needs of esports facilities require particular AV system design knowledge and expertise to ensure an excellent experience for both players and spectators alike. With an overview of the market potential, important design considerations and a selection of Extron high performance products, this guide […]

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Nice/Nortek Control Welcomes Phil Hardaway as EMEA Sales Manager


Nice/Nortek Control announced it has hired Phil Hardaway as the newest Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales manager. Hardaway comes to Nice/Nortek Control from Snap One, where he has spent the last seven years of his career. Prior to then, he worked primarily with Savant Systems Europe at a European AV distributor. Overall, Hardaway […]

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Primeview Global Announces New FusionMAX 21:9 Pro LED and PanoLCD Series of Video Walls for Videoconferencing


Primeview Global announced two new lines of 21:9 aspect-ratio LED displays specifically aimed at meeting rooms. The new FusionMAX 21:9 Pro LED and PanoLCD series are 105-inch LEDs designed with the Microsoft Teams Rooms Front Row experience in mind. The FusionMAX 21:9 Pro LED models are all-in-one LED video wall bundles and are available in 1.2mm […]

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Sony Electronics Announces New URX-P41D Two-channel Portable Receiver


Sony Electronics announced a new URX-P41D two-channel portable receiver, supporting MI (Multi-Interface) shoe with a Digital Audio Interface. The URX-P41D claims to offer improved high sound quality from Digital Audio Processing, NFC Sync for quick and easy set up from Receiver to Transmitter and functions such as Auto Gain mode and Output level control. As […]

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Planar Welcomes Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as North American Regional Account Managers


Planar’s North American sales force recently welcomed Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as regional account managers. Adrian Bullock will manage the company’s sales efforts in Western Canada, including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He’ll also manage Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. He brings more than 20 years of progressive IT and AV experience. […]

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Crestron Takes Aim at QSC With New VC-4 Virtual Control System


Crestron announced the expansion of their room control portfolio with key enhancements to Crestron VC-4 Virtual Control. VC-4 is a scalable software control platform while maintaining support for existing hardware-based solutions. Capable of supporting up to 500 spaces on a single server, VC-4 enables mass deployment of customized or standardized configurations to save time and labor costs […]

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SDVoE Alliance Launches Japanese Version of Website


The SDVoE Alliance announces the launch of a Japanese version of its website. The site brings resources, specifications and membership benefits that have been fully translated to support the SDVoE Alliance’s growing presence in the Japanese market. The SDVoE Alliance’s Japanese website provides fully-translated resources, including industry articles, design studies and use cases, event information and […]

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Mechdyne Corporation and Scalable Display Technologies Combine Solutions to Create Immersive Environments in Multiple Projects


Mechdyne Corporation originated as specialists helping solve the world’s most complex research and development challenges with advanced virtual reality solutions. Mechdyne Corporation was founded in 1996 by Iowa State University (ISU) graduates, Dr. Chris Clover, Jim Gruening and Kurt Hoffmeister after honing their skills at ISU’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Today, Mechdyne has provided hundreds […]

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ISE Adds Retail Digital Signage Experience Center and Demo to 2022 Show Floor


Running alongside the Digital Signage Avenue in Hall 6, the ISE Retail Showcase, sponsored by Econocom, will be an experience-based journey through the retail experience. Focused on usability and real-world scenarios, this 1,722-square-foot booth recreates a series of retail environments to best highlight the latest technologies. Mock-ups of fashion and grocery stores will feature best-in-class […]

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Konftel’s Cam20 Video Conferencing Camera Receives Zoom Rooms Certification


Konftel announced its Cam20 video conferencing camera has been certified to work with Zoom Rooms. The plug-and-play device features 4K Ultra HD performance and a 123-degree field of view. The Konftel Cam20 also offers a boosted auto framing functionality. “The Konftel Cam20 is the second in our product range to be certified to work with […]

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Bogen Communications Adds New TPU600-G2 Paging Mixer-amp Model to TPU Series


Bogen Communications announced a new model to the TPU Series, the TPU600-G2 paging mixer-amp. The TPU600-G2 is a high-powered, Class D amplifier designed for telephone paging applications. Featuring a new hardware design, the TPU600-G2 boasts a small footprint and lightweight design with both wall-mount and rack-mount capabilities. The new TPU600-G2 new model incorporates next-generation technologies […]

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iMAG Delivers Cutting-Edge Automated HDR LED for Sky Glass Launch


iMAG was approached about Sky Glass’s launch event via industry leading, freelance production director and multi award winning creative agency INCA’s technical director for the project, Mark Connolly. With the key challenge of deploying a solution that would match Sky Glass’s advanced technology and Sky’s aspirations for the product, this global press launch was short, […]

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