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..

InfoComm Takes Aim at DSE with New Digital Signage Educational Series

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AVIXA will bring a comprehensive digital signage education program to InfoComm 2019, June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. The program features five sessions that explore entering new markets with digital signage, taking a close look at transportation and smart cities. The sessions also examine digital signage content strategies and the best approach to analytics. “Digital signage […]

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Vaddio to Use InfoComm for New HuddleSHOT Camera for UCC Applications

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Vaddio will debut the new HuddleSHOT Conferencing Camera at InfoComm in booth 2500. This all-in-one conferencing camera with integrated audio and a wide 125-degree field of view is Vaddio’s newest solution optimized for huddle spaces. It includes USB-C and Ethernet connectivity integrated stereo speakers, built-in microphones (that Vaddio says pick up participant voices from up […]

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Aurora Ships HDBaseT 2.0 HT​ Series​ ​Transmitters and Receiver

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Aurora has shipped three new HDBaseT 2.0 products — the HTW-2, a two gang Decora wall plate HDBaseT transmitter, the HTE- TX2, a box-style HDBaseT transmitter and the HTE-RX2 receiver designed to decode the HDBaseT back to HDMI and audio. All three are capable of transmitting 4K60 4:4:4 18Gbps HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2 up to 100m (330ft) […]

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Premier Mounts Debuts Two ADA Compliant LED Mount Systems for Unilumin and Samsung

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Premier Mounts just launched two ADA Compliant LED mounts for Unilumin’s Upanels (UNI-UPS ADA) display and the PFC-OMND Mount for Samsung’s dual-sided 46″ and 55″ OMN-D displays take on a functional approach to answering the current demands of the AV market. Premier Mounts says it’s currently the only AV industry manufacturer to make a more […]

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NEC Adds Entry-Level 6000 Lumen P Series Projector to Lineup

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the expansion of its P Series line of projectors to include a new 6,000-lumen entry-level installation laser projector equipped with Whisper Quiet technology and the only filter-free LCD, low-maintenance design in its class. NEC’s proprietary Whisper Quiet technology features a patented sealed cooling engine that almost eliminates fan […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 876: Barco Launches XT Series LEDs, Demos LED Module Replacement in Under 2-Minutes on rAVe RADIO

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On today’s pre-InfoComm podcast, Barco officially launched their new XT Series LED tiles into the North American market — with special pre-configured 1080p and 4K packages launching at InfoComm 2019 next week using the 27.5” LED cubes. At ISE, when the product was first launched, it also came with a guarantee from Barco’s XT Product Manager, Koen Werbrouck,  that if […]

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Premium+ PDU with RackLink Power Distribution Solution Debuts from Middle Atlantic

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Middle Atlantic Products, a brand of Legrand | AV, has announced the release of the Premium+ PDU with RackLink. This next-generation power distribution and management solution builds upon the innovation first introduced in the award-winning intelligent Premium and Select Series PDUs, unleashing the full potential of RackLink technology and leveraging Raritan’s XERUS platform. With individual […]

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BenQ Intros New Collaboration System and Interactive Monitors & ED Projector at UBTech 2019

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BenQ will launch the new WDC10C USB-C model of its InstaShow wireless presentation system in booth 801 at UBTech 2019, June 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. BenQ’s InstaShow is an all-hardware wireless presentation system that is designed to host up to 16 presenters at a time and is interoperable with any OS or hardware platform while […]

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Community Uses InfoComm 2019 to Launch Two New Speaker Lines

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is exhibiting at InfoComm 2019 (booth 6343) and showing two new major product lines. The new L SERIES LVH-900 Beamforming Venue Horn, combined with Community’s proprietary room prediction software and Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers, precisely tailors the directivity of each loudspeaker, or array of loudspeakers, to meet the sound requirements in any application. […]

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This Is Why You Can’t Trust Most AV Awards (Except Those From InAVate and rAVe)

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It’s called “pay-for-play” and it’s simply unethical — and even illegal in some industries. But in the 70+ year-old AV industry, it’s business as usual. Most of our industry’s awards are not real awards. Sure, manufacturers promote winning them as if they are. And, the magazines that dole them out pretend like they are, too. […]

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Kramer’s New Audio Matrix Will Make U.S. Debut at InfoComm

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InfoComm 2019 will see Kramer Electronics debut its 20-port audio matrix with DSP and interchangeable inputs and outputs to the U.S. market. AFM‑20DSP has eight AEC channels, auto feedback suppression, Dante support, built-in Hi-Z and Lo-Z 120-watt power amplification and DSP functionality powered by Xilica Audio. The AFM-20DSP provides HDMI embedding and de-embedding at 4K@60 […]

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Williams Sound Debuts WaveCAST Dante Wi-Fi-Delivered Assistive Listening at InfoComm

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WaveCAST Dante is a Wi-Fi platform designed for pro-audio applications where high-quality sound is required for streaming audio in real time to smartphones and/or tablets. It is built on a hardware-based DSP audio system architecture, allowing system optimization to achieve the highest quality experience for the particular audio stream being delivered. Hearing assistance can be […]

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New EK-355U WUXGA LED Projector Debuts from Eiki

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Eiki International just announced a WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution LCD HLD LED portable projector dubbed the EK-355U. Using what they are calling ColorSpark HLD (High Lumen Density) LED projection technology, Eiki’s EK-355U combines multiple LEDs through a light tunnel into a very narrow beam that Eiki claims loses no light whatsoever — if this is true, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 875: FSR Debuts SymphonyLinx on rAVe RADIO

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FSR will be heading to InfoComm 2019 with an entirely new product line called SymphonyLinx and, if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to listen to today’s podcast with FSR’s Director of Global Sales, Chaz Porter. In addition, they’ll launch a family of UCC room kits, an add-on to their Digital Ribbon cable and a presentation […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 874: Meet the 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Winners; And, Hire Them!

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Here’s your chance to meet (and see) the 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Winners, Rachel Brown and Ryan DeMello (bios below). Both of them are college Juniors and will be attending InfoComm in Orlando later this month! The scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year college students, or those in their last year at a two-year school, who are dependents of employees […]

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ScreenBeam to Enter ProAV Market With New Wireless Sharing Product

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Actiontec is using InfoComm to launch its ScreenBeam division into the ProAV market, which includes a new 4K wireless display platform that uses Miracast and a dual-network infrastructure connectivity for wireless (BYOD) collaboration. Dubbed the ScreenBeam 1100, it allows for guest and enterprise networks simultaneously, with guest Internet connectivity for collaboration alongside employee access. Employee […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 873: SYNNEX Continues to Grow InfoComm Presence with Unique Opportunities for Education, Networking and Engagement

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Sandi Stambaugh, Vice President, VISUALSolv, SYNNEX Corporation, to talk about the company’s presence at InfoComm next week. Their booth, #1351, will include a record number of SYNNEX team members from the US and Canada ready to educate attendees about the company’s differentiated financial and services offerings specific to […]

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Here Are the Winners of the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards!

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  We are excited to announce the winners of our 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different than ANY other industry awards and the stats speak for themselves: We had over 88,000 votes for the final awards! The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you — the AV community. We have a system […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 872: LG Will Launch One Thing at InfoComm NO ONE Will be Expecting – Among 15+ Other New Products

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LG’s booth at InfoComm 2019 is literally 35% bigger than last years and, according to LG’s VP of Business Development, Dan Smith, EVERY product category will see new products — including OLED, LCD, Outdoor LCD, LED, Touch and a new UCC solution.  And, I will tell you that there is one thing LG will launch that […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 871: DEXON to Make USA Debut at InfoComm

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DEXON USA’s president, Drew Taylor, is heading to InfoComm for the first time wearing a DEXON USA badge. DEXON, well-known in the EMEA control room market, will debut a new version of its DIVIP lineup in booth 871. On this videocast you can see a real-time video demo of their HDBaseT-based DIVIP804KC (an 8 x 4 presentation […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 870: Leyard and Planar to use InfoComm for Transparent OLED Release and More

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Leyard and Planar always have a wow-factor booth. And, this year will be no different. In addition to launching an all-new LookThru Transparent OLED display (here’s our story on it), they will have a giant immersive LED flanking booth 3143 at InfoComm 2019. Leyard and Planar’s VP of Product Marketing, Steve Seminario joined Gary on this pre-InfoComm 2019 podcast to explain […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 869: Blackmagic Will Debut a Family of 8K Products at InfoComm

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Just when we all thought 4K was going to be the standard resolution in AV for a while, here comes 8K — primarily driven by large, high-resolution LED displays. And, Blackmagic Design’s Director of North American Sales, Bob Caniglia , joined Gary on today’s pre-InfoComm podcast to talk about 8K adoption, the applications and the products that Blackmagic […]

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InfoComm 2019 Education Spaces Follow Design Practices They Teach and Preach

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AVIXA will host more than 200 education sessions at InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, Fla., in classrooms that they say are designed to exemplify how content, space and technology work together to create integrated experiences. To achieve this, AVIXA’s education program developers worked closely with the its standards conformance officers to ensure the rooms […]

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Leon Ente Series Might Be Best Looking Speakers Ever

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Leon Speakers has launched the Ente Series is comprised of three products: the Ente Sound Sculpture, the Ente SoundTile and the Ente Soundbar — all featuring power by the SONOS AMP and audio by Leon. They don’t look like any other speaker on the market so kudos to Leon for doing something innovative and fun! […]

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Epson Intros Pro L30000U, Its Brightest LV Laser Projector Ever, Plus Compact Pro L10-Series

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Epson today announced it will be showcasing its newest laser projector technology at InfoComm 2019. Its new range of compact, interchangeable-lens Pro L10-Series laser projectors, the new Pro L30000U (now available in white and black) and the ELPLX01 and ELPLX02 ultra short-throw lenses on display at InfoComm 2019 in booth, #2129. The Pro L10-Series are […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 868: WyreStorm Heads to InfoComm with Thunder

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On today’s pre-InfoComm podcast, Gary talked to WyreStorm’s CTO, David Silberstein about their NetworkHD 10G-based 600 Series of HD and 4K AV-over-IP products that use SDVoE. WyreStorm is one of the original SDVoE adopters — and they’ve not only added a bunch of new video wall, multi-view and control features to them but also how they […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 867: Casio Will Bring a 4000 Lumen WUXGA Projector and New Wireless Collaboration Tech to InfoComm

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Gary was joined by Casio’s Senior Director of Marketing at Casio, Joe Gillio, on his podcast today to talk about the 10+ year history that Casio has building LampFree projectors — starting with the LED/Laser/Phosphor-based technology and now, at InfoComm 2019, introducing a new R-Hybrid technology that’s allowing Casio to get 4000 lumens in a 1920 x […]

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Extron’s New TouchLink Pro Touch Panels Have a Built-In Control Processor

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Extron has launched a new line of TouchLink Pro control systems that combine a TouchLink Pro touchpanel with an integrated IP Link Pro control processor. This all‑in‑one approach streamlines system designs by consolidating essential control system components, freeing up space and easing integration. Multiple devices can be controlled directly from the Ethernet port and the […]

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RTMP Protocol Support Added to ZeeVee ZyPer H.264 Encoders

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ZeeVee announced it has upgraded its ZyPerMX2 and ZyperMX4 multi-source H.264 encoders by adding support for RTMP, the most commonly used protocol for live streaming on sites such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live and other popular content distribution networks. Additionally, the company said the encoders, which can stream two sources or four sources simultaneously over […]

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Singular.live Library Added to TVU Networks Cloud-Based Live Production Workflow

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TVU Networks has partnered with Singular.live, providers of an advanced digital overlay platform, to give users of TVU Network’s TVU Producer, a cloud-based live production tool, access to Singular’s template-based graphic overlays directly from the TVU Producer interface. With TVU Producer, video producers can create multi-camera live events for social media and web streaming platforms […]

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