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..

New Dante-Enabled IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier from MSE to Debut at InfoComm 2019

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MSE Audio told rAVe today that it intends to launch the SoundTube Entertainment IPD-Hub 2 DSP Amplifier featuring Dante-enabled audio distribution. The IPD-Hub 2 will debut in booth 6069 at InfoComm 2019. SoundTube Entertainment’s IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier creates an IP-based audio distribution alternative to traditional 70v or 100v audio systems. Designed for small to medium […]

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Magewell New HDMI and SDI AV-over-IP Encoders Use NewTek’s NDI Technology

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Magewell has introduced what it’s calling an “affordable” Pro Convert HDMI TX and Pro Convert SDI TX dedicated NDI encoders — both models are encoding-only configurations and will be highlighted in Magewell’s booth (number 2407) at InfoComm 2019. Magewell’s Pro Convert family of hardware converters enables users and systems integrators bring HDMI or SDI video […]

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Fiber Optic Hybrid HDMI Cables from ProCo Sound at InfoComm 2019

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ProCo Sound will present its new HDMI Fiber Optic Cable at InfoComm 2019 (Booth 5260). The hybrid cables are designed for commercial, studio and residential applications, and provide seamless connection to source devices like computers, projectors, set-top boxes, televisions, monitors, DVD players, gaming consoles and more. Available in five variations, 100-, 125-, 150-, 175- and […]

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Got Christie? Almo ProAV Does — And It’s the Entire Lineup

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Almo Professional A/V and Christie have expanded their Latin American distribution partnership into the U.S. As a result, Christie’s high lumen and laser projectors, LCD panels and Christie MicroTiles LED are now available to Almo resellers and integrators nationwide. Christie has also joined the fall 2019 Almo E4 Experience, which takes place in the New […]

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Sony Ships Edge Analytics AI Video Solution

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Sony’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Edge Analytics solution, the REA-C1000, is now shipping. The new technology allows users to create video content in real time, without the need for specialized training, additional staff or equipment. rAVe gave this product the Best Overall New Product Award for ISE 2019, by the way. Here’s the video […]

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4K Wall Plate Switcher Debuts from Key Digital at InfoComm 2019

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Key Digital will use InfoComm to introduce the KD-X2x1WDTx, an HDBaseT wall-plate transmitter and presentation switcher with one HDMI and one display port input — aimed at conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms and meeting rooms. The KD-X2x1WDTx has two native Rx integration options. For point-to-point extension KD-X2x1WDTx can be received by KD-X40MRx black box HDBaseT […]

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AVIXA Recognizes First-Ever India-Based APEx Company

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AVIXA this week recognized Aesthetix Technologies India Pvt Ltd. as the first AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) company in India. APEx is AVIXA’s recognition program for companies that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients’ needs by delivering integrated experiences. With the APEx designation, Aesthetix joins an elite group of […]

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Yamaha Adds Wireless Mic Extension to the CS-700 Video Sound Bar

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced today a new wireless extension microphone for the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms. The new XW-CS-700 wireless extension mic uses a proprietary connection between the CS-700 connector and an HD Dual microphone receiver, which allows for a greater distance between the CS-700 unit and the microphone. A […]

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New AC-360 From MXL Aims to Become the Only UCC Microphone You Need

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At InfoComm 2019 next month, MXL Microphones will debut its new universal USB-powered, table-top Web conferencing microphone, the MXL AC-360 in booth 3725. The AC-360 is a step-up from its predecessor, the AC-360-Z, which MXL says was co-designed with engineers from Zoom Video Communications to be a preferred hardware selection for Zoom Rooms and Zoom […]

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Send HDMI via Cat6 with New Ocean Matrix Converters

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Ocean Matrix just introduced two new HDMI over Cat6 AV extenders aimed at both digital signage and live event applications. The OMX-01HMET0001 claims to be able to send 4K (at 30 Hz) HDMI signals up to 164 feet and 1080P@60Hz up to 196 feet over a single Cat6 cable. Features include HDMI audio pass-through, Power […]

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SnapAV Buys Control4

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SnapAV and Control4 Corporation today announced that they have entered into a “merger” agreement whereby SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million. The Control4 stock last traded $17.12 per share so the shareholders are likely to take this buyout. Although […]

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Energy Star Award Given to NEC Display E and EA Lines of Desktop Displays

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NEC Display Solutions of America announced this week that three desktop displays, the MultiSync E271N, EA231WU and EA241F and the large-format E657Q, have received the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient of 2019 Award. The award recognizes products that deliver cutting-edge energy efficiency along with the latest technological innovation, representing the best of ENERGY STAR products. The […]

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Want a Closed-Loop Satellite System for Digital Signage? Well, Thank BrightSign, Convergent and KenCast for Delivering It

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BrightSign has joined forces with Convergent Media Systems Corporation and KenCast to debut a new platform for large organizations to distribute and manage media files with their existing satellite networks, including digital signage networks. Although terrestrial networks are used for a broad range of digital signage applications, bandwidth constraints and other inherent limitations have limited […]

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CEDIA Updates ESC-D Certification Exam

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CEDIA has released an updated ESC-D exam — the test to earn the global organization’s highest certification credential. The improvements follow a rigorous review and feedback process that involved more than 100 participants with heavy input from industry professionals from throughout the world. The ESC-D is targeted at industry veterans with at least five years […]

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Collaboration Squared Just Launched an ‘Always-On’ Video Conferencing Portal

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Collaboration Squared launched something called Video Window today, which the company is marketing as the world’s first immersive, always-on video conferencing portal for teams. Install and connect two or more Video Window devices in the common areas of your offices for up to 24 hours a day connectivity. The goal of Video Window is to […]

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Alcons Audio Enters Immersive Audio Space with CRS8

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The Alcons Audio CRS8 is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker for immersive surround sound formats. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRS8 HF section has an 800W peak power input, enabling a unique 1:16 […]

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We’re Impressed With the New Barix Paging Cloud

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In one of the most innovative product launches rAVe has seen in a few years, Barix today announced Paging Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that brings paging into the smartphone. Integrating easily with almost all existing paging and public address systems, Paging Cloud records paging messages and sends them directly to registered smartphones, enabling visitors […]

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PixelFLEX Debuts Gen-2 of Its CoB FLEXUltra Lineup

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PixelFLEX will use InfoComm to launch a new version of its FLEXUltra LED family in booth 248. FLEXUltra, it uses an impact and scratch-resistant CoB (chip-on-board) technology called PixelShield and its packaged in 16:9 aspect ratios (75mm thick x 342mm tall x 608mm wide) with a 160° horizontal and vertical viewing angle. With front-serviceable panels, […]

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Warren Chaiken Receives Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2019 Top Leadership Award for Almo

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Almo Corporation, the nation’s leading independent distributor of appliances, consumer electronics, Pro A/V equipment and housewares, today revealed that its president and CEO, Warren Chaiken has received a Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Top Leadership Award for Mid-Sized Companies. This follows a previous announcement about Almo earning a 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer Top Workplace award, marking the sixth […]

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DPA Microphones Will Launch What It Says Are World’s Smallest High-End Pro Audio Mic Capsule

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DPA Microphones will debut what it’s saying is the industry’s smallest-ever, high-end pro audio microphone capsule at InfoComm 2019 (Booth 6861). Incorporated into the d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones and d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone, DPA’s new subminiature microphone capsules measure in at just three millimeters (0.12 inches) in diameter. These new […]

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New UCC-Based Audio Ecosytem Called Stem Debuts from Phoenix Audio

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Today, Stem Audio announced the launch of their “conference room ecosystem” aimed at conference rooms and huddle rooms. It includes five networkable products that can be mixed and matched into any meeting room aiming to solve audio connectivity and quality problems in UCC rooms. The Stem ecosystem includes three audio devices: Table, Wall and Ceiling, […]

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Bose Professional Ships ArenaMatch Loudspeakers

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Bose Professional’s new ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers for outdoor installations are now shipping. ArenaMatch loudspeaker systems offer a turnkey solution for entire outdoor sound installations and include both array and utility loudspeaker options. ArenaMatch arrays incorporate DeltaQ technology and make it easy to create durable and reliable outdoor loudspeaker arrays. Also now shipping, ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers […]

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AVIXA Awards 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarships

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The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the recipients of the 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship: Rachel Brown, an interior design major at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Ryan DeMello, a construction engineering major at Oregon State University. “We are thrilled to award Rachel and Ryan […]

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Samsung Launches Vertical (and Horizontal) TVs in New The Sero

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The Sero (yes, there is a “The” in front of it) is a TV aimed at Generation Z (and the Millennials) — so says Samsung, which announced it this week. The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and landscape) orientations — it’s 43” diagonal. Aiming […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 842: Let’s Talk Zoom Phone

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Zoom Video Communications used the Enterprise Connect show last month to launch Zoom Phone. Here’ s our story on it. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Zoom CIO, Harry Moseley, to understand the strategy being Zoom Phone, the zero-touch provisioning with 3rd-party products from companies like Poly, Crestron and Yealink and how it fulfilled Zoom’s vision for a […]

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Kramer Announces the VS-84UT Presentation System Matrix Switcher Using HDBaseT

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The Kramer VS-84UT is an 8 x 4 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) presentation system matrix switcher that switches the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal to both HDMI and HDBaseT 2.0 outputs. The HDBaseT input and output ports offer USB extension and selectable PoE. The VS-84UT includes a K-Config room controller that can operate over […]

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ATOM Producer Lab Debuts from PreSonus

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ATOM Producer Lab is a tightly integrated, all-PreSonus production kit that combines the company’s ATOM production pad controller with the bus-powered AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface, M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and Studio One Artist production software for Mac and Windows. The bundle also includes a bonus MVP Loop content library, the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, […]

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Signagelive Adds ArtPlayer’s Artwork System to Show, Well, Artwork

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Signagelive has announced a new strategic partner ArtPlayer enabling our customers to select from thousands of modern and classical artworks for playback on their Signagelive powered players and SoC Displays. Integrated with Signagelive, ArtPlayer users can create and publish art directly into Signagelive, without the need to update manually. All subsequent changes to content in […]

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Yet Another Wireless Presentation System Debuts – This One is (Mostly) Only Software

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  Little-known Squirrels LLC today released a product called Ditto, a wireless presentation system for macOS, Windows, Android, iOS and Chrome OS devices. A wireless-only presentation system using only software, it allows for any device to connect to a display via an AppleTV, Chromecast or their own Ditto recover (if you don’t have a wireless […]

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Marantz Just Launched the Best Universal Music Server We’ve Ever Seen in M-CR612

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Marantz today announced the Marantz M-CR612 compact network CD receiver, a small audio system for streaming via HEOS, Airplay 2 and Bluetooth alongside a built-in CD player. Powerful enough to drive two pairs of loudspeakers with independent volume control or a single pair with double the output power, the M-CR612 enables users to easily stream […]

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The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X from Key Digital Are New Entry-Priced 4K/18G HDMI DAs

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Key Digital Systems just introduced the KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X, two cost effective distribution amplifiers that offer resolution support up to UHD 4K60 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth). KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X provide one HDMI input to two or four HDMI outputs, respectively, and say they were designed for smaller cost-conscious installs. The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 841: Here’s a Real-Time Video Demo of the QuirkLogic Quilla

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The QuirkLogic Quilla is an eInk based virtual (and endless) flip chart that puts simple collaboration on steroids. The Quilla is a paper-like writing experience (no glass and weighs only 23 pounds), allows for simultaneous remote collaboration (with other Quillas or via iOS and Android devices) and you can save, share and manage content on-the-fly. QuirkLogic’s […]

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