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..

Digital Signage Expo Names 2020 Advisory Board

ATB-123019.jpg

Digital Signage Expo (DSE) announced its Advisory Board for 2020 today. The Advisory Board is comprised of more than 60 professionals representing advertising agencies, digital out-of-home networks, industry consultants, professional AV integrators and a variety of end-user verticals, including corporate communications, higher education, and hotels, as well as many others. A sampling of organizations represented […]

Read more

Misapplied Sciences Will Ship Parallel Reality Displays in 2020

81941742_746942882457616_5986969237057437696_n.jpg

With Delta Airlines as its first client, a start-up called Misapplied Sciences out of Redmond, Washington will build displays that up to 100 people can look at — all seeing different, personalized information including wayfinding, flight detail, boarding times and upgrade status. Here’s a video on how it works: Delta Airlines announced it at today’s […]

Read more

PreSonus’ Intros StudioLive ARc Series Audio Interface Mixers

StudioLive-AR-Series.jpg

PreSonus’ new StudioLive ARc series combines a multi-channel 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible, USB 2.0 audio interface with an analog mixer front-end, to create a hybrid design that simplifies recording and mixing using a single intuitive console. Featuring newly designed high-headroom analog circuits, along with the company’s high-gain XMAX Class A mic preamps, StudioLive ARc […]

Read more

HDMI Licensing Group: 8K Certification Isn’t Optional, It’s Mandatory

8kcable.jpg

To ensure quality Ultra High Speed HDMI cables reach the market and support 4K and 8K video, HDR, VRR, eARC and all other HDMI 2.1 features, HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced a mandatory certification program for all Ultra High Speed HDMI cables. Ultra High Speed HDMI cable certification includes testing to meet current EMI requirements to minimize wireless interference. […]

Read more

Samsung Sero Comes to US

samsungsero.jpg

Back in April, we published a story about a little-known launch (in Korea) of a Samsung TV that rotates from landscape to portrait modes, called Sero. Now it’s being debuted this week in the U.S. at CES! The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and […]

Read more

 Definitive Technology Announces the Demand Series of Tower Speakers

demandseries.jpg

At CES 2020, Definitive Technology is announcing the Demand Series of Tower Speakers and center channel, adding to its Demand Series speaker range. The Demand Series D15 and D17 tower speakers feature an annealed 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter, which is laterally offset and coupled with a 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens. According to the company, this allows for […]

Read more

Classé Audio Debuts Third Generation of Delta Series Amplifiers

classe-delta-stereo.jpg

Classé Audio has debuted the third generation of its Delta series amplifiers, the Delta MONO, STEREO and PRE. The heart of the Delta series amplifiers is a large toroidal transformer, wound by hand with over 540 meters (1,771 feet) of copper windings, which takes more than six hours to wind. Separate windings for left and […]

Read more

The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

2019_top_AV_stories.jpg

2019 was like no other year I can recall. While the AV-economy experienced explosive growth, at the same time, a few big brands nearly disappeared, namely InFocus and Polycom. How can the Kleenex of projectors, InFocus, literally divest themselves of projectors? Well, it happened and, that happened to be our biggest story of 2019. In […]

Read more

Rants & rAVes — Episode 923: Jay Denton of SYNNEX Corporation Talks Cisco Collaboration

synnex-923.jpg

Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Jay Denton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comstor North America, to discuss two important differentiators for SYNNEX Corporation – its extensive Cisco business and its targeted collaboration offerings. Learn how SYNNEX is uniquely positioned to help integrators capture their share of the $22B collaboration space with Cisco and […]

Read more

Extron Ships IN1804 DI/DO Scaler

extonrn804.jpg

Extron is shipping its IN1804 DI/DO, a new member of the IN1804 family of compact, four-input scalers that provide scaling, switching and integration features. It supports HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18 Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. To ensure best-in-class image quality, the switcher incorporates the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine with 4:4:4 […]

Read more

Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner

Metranewproducts.jpg

Metra Home Theater Group (MHTG) announced the release of its new Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner. This product includes a mobile app that allows users to control outlets on the surge protector remotely. App users can turn devices plugged into the surge protector on and off and create schedules for power usage. Additionally, […]

Read more

Zigbee Won! Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Legrand Form Standards Alliance to Simplify Smart Home Control

zigbyee.jpg

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance, this week, announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, […]

Read more

Almo Corporation Gives Back to Ronald McDonald House

almogivesback.jpg

To help create a warm, comfortable living space for families with children receiving hospital treatment, especially during the holidays, Almo Corporation (#AlmoGivesBack), a distributor of appliances, consumer electronics, proAV equipment and housewares, has provided a total of 23 major appliances to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Philadelphia. The appliances are part of a significant […]

Read more

Vivitek Previews Its ISE 2020 Plans

vivitek-ise2020.jpg

At ISE 2020, Vivitek, a brand of Delta, together with Delta Display Solutions, will exhibit under the banner ‘Beyond Visual Communication’ on its stand in Hall 5-S30. In addition to it showing its NovoConnect Solution ecosystem, Vivitek will also introduce three new additions to its existing visual display and collaboration solutions. Debuting at ISE 2020, […]

Read more

Rants & rAVes — Episode 922: Have You Registered for the 2020 Digital Signage Expo Yet?

daily-rant-922.jpg

Gary was joined by Exponation COO, Chris Gibbs, to talk about its Digital Signage Expo (DSE) show – coming March 31-April 3 in Las Vegas. Still the only exclusively signage show, DSE not only includes a trade show floor but also over 100 educational sessions and a digital signage certification, too. Listen to this podcast and, if you still aren’t […]

Read more

Barco Partners With Kaltura to Bring Video Platform to Classrooms

Ubarco-parter.jpg

Barco has parnered with Kaltura in a strategic partnership focused on the education and corporate training sectors. Under the partnership, Barco and Kaltura will focus on delivering Barco’s weConnect with Kaltura’s video platform in classrooms. By opening APIs between the two companies adaptable systems, educational institutes and business schools around the world will now have […]

Read more

MuxLab Ships AV-Over-IP PoE Transmitter

muxlub-prodigital.jpg

MuxLab just started shipping its 1Gbps AV-over-IP PoE Transmitter integrated with Dante conversion (model 500759-TX-Dante), which is specified to deliver HDMI at up to 4K@30Hz (4:4:4) together with Dante audio signals with HDR. It uses JPEG 2000 compression, which is specified to only use up to 5000Mbps. Installation requires a connection to a 1G Ethernet […]

Read more

Whatever Happened to Polycom? And Is Adobe the Next Zoom?

telepresence-1219.png

Remember when Polycom and Cisco were always mentioned in the same sentence? Seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, huh? Do you remember when we were all saying, “Why don’t Polycom and Cisco just make their stuff interoperable?” Well, that was what led to their ultimate demise — in […]

Read more

At 90 Years Young, Renkus-Heinz Founder Harro Heinz Is Still a Futurist

heinz.jpg

Harro Heinz, the co-founder of Renkus-Heinz, celebrated a significant milestone on the weekend: his 90th birthday — an event that sits synchronously within the 40th year of the company that bears his name. Heinz founded the cutting-edge speaker company with Algis Renkus in 1979. A few years later, Heinz bought his partner out of the […]

Read more

A LIVE Demo of Teleportivity Deployed in a UNC Classroom

Teleportivity-1.jpg

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM TELEPORTIVITY Last month, I wrote about Teleportivity, a scalable and fully integrated help desk solution. Here is a takeaway from that article from a University campus help-desk perspective: “We need to fix this stat: On university campuses, fewer than 10% of Level 1 support inquiries and service calls are […]

Read more

Barco Announces Critical Security Update to ClickShare, Addressing Vulnerability Discovered by “Ethical Hackers”

barcosecurity.jpg

Barco announced this week that a security vulnerability was discovered within its ClickShare product, which is fixed with an update available immediately, ClickShare update 1.9.1. This vulnerability was discovered by security consultants F-Secure through a process known as “ethical hacking.” “In October of this year, consultants from reached out and shared that they had managed […]

Read more

Happy 40th Birthday, Middle Atlantic!

middle-atlantic-products.png

Middle Atlantic Products is celebrating 40 years of engineering professional AV solutions that deliver greater system reliability, efficiency and flexibility to commercial and residential applications. To mark the occasion, the company held a full week of activities last month. These included opportunities for its manufacturing and office employees to come together to reminisce about Middle […]

Read more

Just Add Power Now Shipping 1G AV-over-IP Solution

Just-Add-Power-Transmitter.jpg

Just Add Power (J+P) has started to ship its 1G AV-over-IP accessory called Warp Engine. It’s a 1RU transmitter/receiver explicitly designed for video walls to allow the content to be displayed at any imaginable angle — thus, allowing you to use varying display configurations to create “shapes” or “galleries” of monitors making up one wall. […]

Read more

Rants and rAVes — Episode 921: Wayne Borg and His 4000 Lumen Casio XJS400UN Projector Is LED/Laser Leader

79541168_802882160135526_7704749812343635968_n.jpg

Casio’s Marketing Manager, Wayne Borg, joined Gary via video today to show us how small his new 4000-lumen XJS400UN projector really is. It’s an LED/laser projector that’s spec’d to last 20,000 hours, and with 10 years of LED-based projection behind them, Casio’s specs are backed up with literally millions of solid-state projection installs. This native WUXGA (1920 […]

Read more

PSA Opens Registration for TEC 2020, rAVe Will Be There to Cover

80116895_1672057109591411_7117902424664178688_n-scaled-1.jpg

PSA announced Wednesday that general registration has opened for PSA TEC 2020. Discounted early bird pricing is available until Jan. 12, 2020, for all attendees. Attendees are encouraged to register promptly to secure their seats. Waitlists will be utilized for sessions and certifications that reach capacity. Register for PSA TEC 2020 by clicking here. “Our […]

Read more

Here’s a List of All the Keynotes, Conferences and Workshops at ISE 2020

47076540061_7a4039a6a0_c.jpg

Integrated Systems Europe 2020’s professional development program will feature over 200 leading experts (from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas) across five days of keynotes, conferences, masterclasses, workshops and presentations. Presented under the slogan, “Learn. Discover. Be Inspired,” the program has been produced by Integrated Systems Events working in close co-operation with AV […]

Read more

Denon Announces Suite of Wireless Multiroom Speakers

Screen-Shot-2019-12-11-at-2.07.26-PM.png

Denon today announced a new suite of wireless multi-room speakers dubbed Denon Home. Comprised of three models, the Denon Home 350, 250 and 150, includes built-in HEOS and on-board touch controls. Capable of streaming from Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL, USB drives, phones or networks via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth, the […]

Read more

Panasonic Laser Projectors Featured in New Disney World Star Wars Ride

star_wars_battle_escape.jpg

Panasonic’s laser projectors are all over the place inside the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. And we want to show you! So, here’s the footage we took riding the ride earlier today — it includes story spoilers so, if you’re going to experience the ride totally for […]

Read more

Rants and rAVes — Episode 920: Let’s Talk About [STORYTELLING] and Why We Do It

920d.jpg

As you may know, rAVe [PUBS] is now part of THE rAVe Agency — a full-service creative agency that serves the AV and UCC markets exclusively. We just launched a new service called [STORYTELLING] that helps you tell your brand, product or service story using words, video or voice. No, it’s not PR — there […]

Read more