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

Joel Price and Dave Hepplewhite Join AV Cloud Company Called Leading Cloud Solutions


Leading Cloud Solutions, a company that focuses on UCaaS, CCaaS, Cyber Security and other technologies, says it has relationships with hundreds of cloud solution providers and plans to offer consulting services on cloud management. Leading Cloud Solutions specializes in integration between platforms such as UCaaS and CRM systems. The xx-ScanSource senior management duo of Joel […]

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BTX to Distribute Newline Interactive


BTX Technologies has been appointed by Newline Interactive to distribute its interactive touch screen displays, white-boarding software and wireless presentation solutions. “BTX is well known as a ‘grass-roots’ player in the distribution market,” said Chris Bradford, president of Newline Interactive. “Their broad reach within the AV community, strong technical knowledge and extensive offering of complementary […]

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Pixelart Is Now Fugo; This Is Why You Should Care


Need a creative software platform to drive your digital signage displays? Well, Fugo, formerly Pixelart, wants to be that company for you. Here’s a video explaining what Fugo is: COVID-19 has turbocharged digital signage as it’s helping everyone reopen. Things like touch-free experiences, facial recognition, proximity sensors, people counting and bridging the physical and online […]

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AudioControl X-Series Receivers, Processors Are Roon-Ready


AudioControl says its X-Series audio/video receivers (AVRs) and preamp processors are now Roon-Ready devices. The AudioControl X-Series models can now transparently discover and connect to Roon without any configuration, providing access to bit-perfect digital audio for Roon subscribers via the home network. Founded in 2015, Roon’s mission is to provide the richest possible experience for […]

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AVer Information Intros VB130 USB-Based Camera and Mic Combo


AVer Information just dropped might be the best work-from-home desktop USB-based camera/mic combo, ever; the VB130, a 4K resolution video bar with built-in “intelligent” lighting. Designed to upgrade your WFH meetings, the VB130 is engineered to literally be mounted on top of a desktop monitor. And, the VB130’s adjustable five-level fill lighting combined with an […]

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Verizon Business Introduces BlueJeans Telehealth


Verizon Business today announced BlueJeans Telehealth, a way for providers and patients to conduct data-driven virtual care conversations. As healthcare organizations look to advance their telehealth practices post-pandemic by extending personalized care into the home, BlueJeans Telehealth gives healthcare providers and their care teams a new way to simply and securely connect with patients remotely. […]

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Joining Google Meet Meetings With Pexip Just Got Easier


If you’ve already been using Google Meet, you know that it’s difficult to find SIP join information on Google Meet meeting invitations as the join information was hidden away under “More joining options.” Google has made it simpler to join Google Meet calls from third-party conferencing systems by giving admins the option to automatically add […]

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions Upgrades E Series Stand-Alone Large Format Displays


Sharp NEC Display Solutions announced its upgraded E Series stand-alone large format displays. Designed with corporate, education and indoor digital signage applications in mind, the improved E Series is native 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution with a slim bezel design, giving users the opportunity to share content, whether in small information installations or built-in […]

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BenQ Adds CS Series Smart Signage Displays


BenQ added the CS Series of high-end smart signage displays; available in 65″, 75″ and 86″ models, the native 4K UHD (3,840×2,160) CS Series includes built-in wireless screen-sharing, white boarding and collaboration tools. The CS Series features BenQ’s InstaShare 2 wireless presentation system that allows up to four participants to share their screen, with four […]

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BrightSign Hardware Now Compatible With Adobe Experience Manager Screens


BrightSign announced that its hardware is now fully compatible with Adobe Experience Manager Screens. Adobe is the latest in a growing list of the top content management system (CMS) platforms to build in native support for BrightSign media players. Adobe Experience Manager Screens is designed to help organizations connect online and in-venue experiences, transforming digital signage in public […]

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Atomos Updates AtomOS 10.63 for Ninja V


Atomos just released Apple ProRes RAW recording from the LUMIX BGH1 with the latest firmware update AtomOS 10.63 for the Ninja V. When combined with the Ninja V the LUMIX BGH1 Box camera is now capable of recording 4K DCI ProRes RAW. Panasonic LUMIX BGH1 is the new Cinema 4K Box style camera recently released, […]

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RH Consulting: 3,000+ Products Now Include Dante – That’s 91% of Network Audio Products on Market


Audinate’s Dante, basically the de facto standard for digital audio networking, recently reached a milestone with more than 3,000 different products now incorporating Dante for audio-over-IP connectivity. According to research from RH Consulting, 3,034 Dante-enabled devices are available from 361 different manufacturers as of January 2021. The data from RH Consulting indicates Dante is the […]

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Audio-Technica Announces AT-LP60XBT-USB Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable


Audio-Technica just announced the AT-LP60XBT-USB Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable (wireless, USB and analog) with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The new model expands the company’s AT-LP60X Series entry-level turntable lineup. The AT-LP60XBT-USB ($179.00, available March 2021) includes a pre-installed Audio-Technica phono cartridge and a built-in phono preamplifier, plus audio and USB cables, a 45 RPM adapter […]

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Listen Technologies Announces ListenTALK 2.0, Expanding Possibilities for Multi-Language Interpretation


Listen Technologies Corporation has announced ListenTALK 2.0, adding functionality to overcome the challenges that distance, background noise, hearing loss and face coverings pose to communications. The new functionality makes it easier for interpreters using ListenTALK to listen to audio in one language and speak the words in another language without having to carry additional equipment. […]

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LG Intros 15″ and 65″ Smart TVs with Built-In UCC for Hospitals


LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs in the form of a 65- and 15-inch (models 65US772M and 15LS766A respectively) as in-room smart TVs that also support the major UCC platforms. LG hospital TVs have been certified by UL and are compliant with the general UL 60065 Standard (for Audio, Video and […]

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SnapAV Adds Ring Products, Including the Pro-Focused “X Line”


SnapAV announced it is now carrying Ring products, including the pro-focused “X Line.” While Ring is a well-known DIY brand, the company has also released the “X Line” of installer-only products with additional features, making them ideal for upselling in custom projects. X Line bundles include additional features like a Ring Protect Lifetime Basic Plan […]

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Extron Announces Availability of the SSP 200 Surround Sound Processor


Extron announced the availability of the SSP 200 Surround Sound Processor designed for pro AV applications in corporate and commercial environments. This new processor automatically decodes Dolby and DTS formats from HDMI sources to discrete audio outputs. Providing up to ten built-in outputs, plus additional outputs via an EXP port, the SSP 200 provides the […]

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Carousel Digital Signage Partners With Mobile Device Management Company Moki


Carousel Digital Signage and mobile device management company Moki have announced a new partnership that they say will simplify the deployment and management of media player software across multiple operating systems. To be integrated within Carousel Cloud’s CMS, Moki’s cloud-based mobile device platform (MDM) will establish a unified interface for digital signage networks with a mix of media players and attempt to remove the burden […]

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Optoma Releases New 4K UHD 1-Chip Projectors for Home and Ed


Optoma is aiming for the home or edu-based game with the new UHD35 and UHD38 projectors — both 4K UHD 1-chip DLP-based with 3,600 and 4,000 lumens of brightness, respectively. Both are Consumer Technology Association (CTA) certified True 4K UHD and include what the company is calling an “Enhanced Gaming Mode” with input lag of […]

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Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Various Assets of WAVE Electronics, Inc.


Last week, Altamont Capital Partners announced that it has acquired certain assets of WAVE Electronics, Inc. (“WAVE”), a HomeAV distributor with nine branches across the U.S. With a product portfolio spanning the entire home ecosystem, WAVE is trying to be a single-source solution provider to a base of independent integrators and national accounts. Altamont’s investment […]

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Squirrels Releases Reflector 4 Screen-Mirroring and Media Streaming Receiver App


Squirrels released Reflector 4, a screen mirroring and media streaming receiver application for Mac and Windows that wirelessly receives content from AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast devices. Reflector 4 is the first new iteration of the software receiver Reflector 3. Key improvements include better performance, new device frames for customizable content-sharing and a redesigned app […]

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SYNNEX Corp Purchases Tech Data — Creating a $57 Billion Tech Giant


SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which SYNNEX and Tech Data will combine in a transaction valued at approximately $7.2 billion, including net debt. The combined company, with approximately $57 billion in estimated pro forma annual revenues and a team of over 22,000 associates and […]

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iRoom Adds Eight Sales Representative Firms Within US


iRoom, the Apple-certified manufacturer of iPad docking and control solutions announced that it has added eight sales representative firms in the U.S., giving the company expanded coverage and support for both commercial and residential dealers. iRoom iO welcomes The New York Marketing Team, Fluxus Group, Phoenix Marketing Group, Performance Sales & Marketing, Bulldog Audiovisual Sales, […]

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SurgeX Now Shipping Squid Power Management Device


SurgeX is shipping its Squid power management device; a boxed network control, AC and DC analytics and front-end protection with patented Multi-Stage surge elimination, along with the remote analytics and monitoring features of the SurgeX enVision. Squid includes SurgeX Axess ELITE capabilities such as sequencing, scheduling, auto-ping, IP Control, and monitoring and features built-in diagnostic […]

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Elan Enters Commercial AV Market; Expands Home AV Presence, Too


Nortek Control announced an integrated set of System Controllers for ELAN control solutions. Driven by the new ELAN 8.6 Software, ELAN products now include control from a single room media system to a large, luxury estate or, according to Nortek, a commercial venue with multiple buildings. And now, the ELAN System is more flexible than […]

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Tightrope Media Systems Releases Cablecast VIO Stream


Tightrope Media Systems has unveiled Cablecast VIO Stream, an automated solution for bringing live event streams and on-demand video to the web, social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. Extending the “add once, publish everywhere” efficiency of Tightrope’s Cablecast broadcast automation solution to organizations that don’t have their own television channel, VIO Stream enables local governments, […]

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TRENDnet Debuts 2.5G Unmanaged Network Switches


TRENDnet just debuted a set of 2.5G unmanaged network switches. The 8-Port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch (TEG-S380) and the 5-Port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch (TEG-S350) are the latest additions to TRENDnet’s Multi-Gigabit Networking Solutions family. Both switches include 2.5GBASE-T RJ-45 ports to achieve up to 2.5Gbps over existing Cat5e (or better) cabling. These multi-gigabit switches also feature […]

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Extron Adds Wall-Plate Encoders for Its AV-over-IP NAV Line


Extron is pleased to introduce two new NAV encoders, which feature a decorator-style wallplate design and stream ultra-low latency, high quality video, audio and Ethernet signals over a 10 Gbps optical Ethernet interface. These encoders support streaming real-time, lossless video at resolutions up to 4K@60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. The Extron NAV Series features […]

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Audio-Technica Intros Two New Miniature Boundary Microphones


Audio-Technica has introduced two new miniature, space-saving boundary microphones: the ES945O/TB3 omnidirectional condenser boundary microphone and the ES947C/TB3 cardioid condenser boundary microphone. Like their larger counterparts (ES945O/XLR and ES947C/XLR, also recently introduced), these mics are suitable for conferencing, recording, monitoring and other demanding sound pickup applications, but the ultra-compact design enables highly inconspicuous tabletop, ceiling […]

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