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..

LG Amazes the TV Industry with New Rollable Display Out of CES

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The applications are truly endless for what you’re about to read about — and see. At CES last week, LG launched a “rollable” TV technology — yes, using OLED — that allows displays to be placed nearly anywhere. Sure, it’s aimed at homeowners that want their TVs completely hidden but don’t want to use projection […]

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2019: The Year of AV-Over-IP — But Don’t Believe the Hype!

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There’s no doubt in my mind that 2019 will be the year we look back on that the industry transitioned from signal routing and distribution via HDMI and so-called “digital-media” to AV-over-IP. Certainly not the entire industry — just most of it. But buyer, specifier, installer and designer beware. Not all AV-over-IP is the same, […]

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Bose Corporation Buys Cloud-Based Service ZiipRoom

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Today, Bose announced the acquisition of ZiipRoom, a developer of productivity and connectivity software for meeting rooms, conferences and devices. ZiipRoom will integrate into Bose Professional, the dedicated group within the company that focuses on the needs of professional audio designers, consultants and system integrators. The announcement was made by Akira Mochimaru, general manager for […]

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IDK Adds AV-Over-IP Encoder with 3G/HD/SD-SDI INPUT to IP-NINJAR Lineup

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IDK just introduced a new 3G/HD/SD-SDI input-capable model of AV-over-IP product, the NJR-T01SDI. It is designed to transport SDI input signals up to 1080p for local and long-haul extension over fiber optic cables. The new IP-NINJAR product converts SDI input signals into HDMI signals and enables SDI signal management within the IP-NINJAR system domain. The […]

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Bart Kresa’s Sviatovid Projection Sculpture to Debut at ISE

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Panasonic Business and Integrated Systems Europe are joining forces to bring Bart Kresa’s newest projection mapping showpiece to ISE 2019. It will provide a unique visual experience and an Opening Address from the master projection designer. Sviatovid, a faceted, five metre tall projection sculpture, is the successor to the iconic Shogyo Mujo, which debuted at […]

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Home Automation to Experience a Boom to 2025 – But Potentially at the Expense of the CI Market

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The global home automation systems market will reach $68.1 billion, annually, during by 2025 owing to growing adoption of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) automated devices in global households. Highlighted with 50 tables and 63 figures, this 135-page GMD report,“Global DIY Home Automation Systems Market by Offerings, Product, Technology, and Region 2014-2025: Growth Opportunity and Business Strategy” is […]

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Atlona Adds Dolby Vision Capability for OmniStream AV-over-IP Platform

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Atlona has announced the availability of its Dolby Vision feature option for the OmniStream AV-over-IP platform. This feature enables 4K Dolby Vision-enhanced video, at 60Hz with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling and 12-bit color resolution, to be distributed over 1 Gigabit Ethernet data networks. OmniStream with full Dolby Vision support will be showcased alongside other Atlona innovations […]

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Mackie Has New Flagship Loudspeaker Series

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Mackie says its new DRM Professional Powered Loudspeakers are its top-of-the-line loudspeaker products. With up to 2,300 watts of power, built-in DSP and full color displays, the DRM Loudspeakers offer what Mackie says is its best quality and reliability for a wide range of applications, including bands, install, houses of worship, rental systems and live […]

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Samsung Just Blew Everyone’s Mind with Its MicroLED Displays

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Remember when Samsung launched The Wall (a giant display made-up of MicroLEDs) a couple of years ago to all that fanfare? But then Sony blew them away with their version — called Crystal LED? Well, Samsung just took all the thunder back with what they showed at CES using MicroLEDs. You see, MicroLED walls — […]

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How NEC Built Two Quieter Than Whisper-Quiet 5,000-Lumen Projectors With the P525WL and P525UL

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If you guessed laser-LCD, you guessed right. The new NEC 3LCD P525WL and P525UL projectors are WXGA (1280×800)and WUXGA (1920×1200), respectively, which are virtually silent at 22dB — this is like 10dB less than nearly every other projectors in their class. How quiet is that? Well, technically, a whisper is like 28dB. So, yes, these are quiet than […]

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LG OLED Falls’ Demo Is THE ONE Everyone Is Talking About – Look Why

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A unique, immersive installation of commercial displays from LG Electronics (LG) is wowing attendees at CES 2019. The “LG OLED Falls” display features 260 LG OLED digital signage screens, in curved and flat configurations, giving tens of thousands of CES visitors an incredible experience. It is truly the one thing everyone at CES has been […]

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CEDIA Now Accepting Awards Entries for 2019 Competition

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CEDIA is now accepting award entries for the 2019 home technology professional awards program. “2019 marks CEDIA’s 30th anniversary as an association and with those year-long celebrations in mind there has never been a better time to enter the awards program,” said Giles Sutton, CEDIA senior vice president of industry engagement. “Year over year, we […]

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SDVoE Alliance Celebrates Second Anniversary with 40 Members, 158 Interoperable Shipping Products and 300 Certified Design Partners

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced its latest organizational milestones. Launched just two years ago at ISE 2017 with the goal of standardizing the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, the alliance has grown to 40 member companies shipping 158 products. In addition, more than 300 SDVoE Certified Design Partners have […]

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Riedel Details ISE Plans, With New Solutions for Broadcast, Live Performance and Real-Time Signal Distribution

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At this year’s ISE show, Riedel Communications will showcase its latest innovations in real-time signal distribution and networking solutions for broadcast and live performance. Riedel’s product line reflects the company’s continued support of standards and interoperability, ongoing development and expansion of software app-based solutions and unique concept of decentralized signal routing. Riedel will showcase its […]

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Vaddio Ships AV Bridge Mini for Conferencing and Live Streaming

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Vaddio finally shipped the AV Bridge Mini, first introduced at InfoComm. The AV Bridge Mini HD Audio/Video Encoder to encode, capture and stream content — Think Vaddio AV Bridge and AV Bridge Conference in a half-rack size. The AV Bridge Mini bridges any (up to 4K @ 30fps) HDMI and audio source into soft conferencing […]

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Extron Ships New Four-Input 12G‑SDI Switcher for 4K/60 Video

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Extron announced the immediately availability of the SW4 12G HD-SDI, a four-input, two-output 12G-SDI switcher. It switches multi-rate SDI video, embedded audio and other ancillary data between four source devices and delivers simultaneous output signals to a pair of SDI displays or sink devices. The SW4 12G HD‑SDI supports video resolutions up to 4K/60, HDR, […]

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Leon’s New Products Bring Art and Design to ISE 2019

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Leon Speakers will be showcasing a new collection of products that combine art with audio at ISE 2019, in stand 1-N80. Leon has been mixing design with technology since its inception in 1997 and the company’s latest innovations were created to elevate the modern technology experience, pushing integrators and consumers to expand their idea of […]

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Extron XPA Ultra Amplifiers Are Shipping

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Extron is shipping its new XPA Ultra line of power amplifiers, a breakthrough that provides them with the ability to put more amplifier channels in a smaller space, with less radiated heat than ever before. All XPA Ultra amplifiers run cooler than other Class D amplifiers, extending component life and eliminating the need for ventilation […]

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ClearOne Intros Ceiling Microphone Array with Built-In Dante Interface

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ClearOne today expanded its audio conferencing product line with the introduction of its Ceiling Microphone Array Dante, a tri-element ceiling microphone array with built-in Dante audio networking for conferencing and sound reinforcement applications. ClearOne’s Ceiling Microphone Array will make its official debut at ISE 2019 from February 5-8 at Stand #D-130 in Hall 11 at […]

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Luxul Details ISE 2019 Plans

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Luxul claims they will leave a major impact at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 from Feb. 5-8.  The company will be on stand 2-C50, where Luxul company officials say products never before seen in Europe will be shown and shipping. That includes managed Gigabit switches that bring […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 790: AV People #10: Meet Penny Sitler — a 37-Year Industry Veteran

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Not only has Penny Sitler paved the way for many women in the ProAV market by being one of the first females to do marketing for an AV manufacturer, but she just spent the last year as chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council. Penny has not only spent her entire professional career in Draper‘s hometown of Spiceland, Indiana, […]

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Trinnov Audio Now Supports DTS:X Pro Technology

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Trinnov Audio has told us that its range of high-end Altitude processors will be the first to support DTS:X Pro immersive audio technology in the home. Object-oriented audio liberates sound designers from the limitation of a small number of fixed loudspeaker channels, whether it be 5.1 or 7.1. Instead, “sound objects” can move freely about […]

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Atlona Unveils Dual-Output 4K/UHD HDMI to HDBaseT Distribution Amplifier

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Atlona today announced the AT-UHD-CAT-2, the latest addition to the company’s HDMI to HDBaseT distribution amplifiers. The new 1×2 UHD-CAT-2 is available immediately and will make its exhibition debut in stand 5-U120 at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 show (Feb. 5-8 in Amsterdam). The UHD-CAT-2 features one HDMI input, one HDMI pass-through output, […]

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Altia Systems Debuts PanaCast 3 Camera, Setting New Bar for UCC Cameras with 40 Megapixel Camera

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Altia Systems, known for the PanaCast 2 180° Panoramic-4K USB camera system, today announced the introduction of PanaCast 3, the world’s first UCC panoramic video system with 40 Megapixels capacity. PanaCast 3 integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100 percent video coverage, 100 percent audio capture and 100 percent data […]

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NSCA Education Foundation Announces Changes to Board of Directors for 2019

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The NSCA Education Foundation has announced the election of a new president to its executive committee, as well as many other leadership changes, including the addition of two new officers to its board of directors for 2019. Laurie Englert, vice president of customer experience at Legrand AV and current NSCA Education Foundation vice president, assumed […]

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Crestron and 2N Design New Security at Entry Doors

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2N is now a Crestron integration partner and the latest firmware update to 2N video intercom door stations makes them compliant with Crestron Rava SIP intercom and phone technology. As a result, they integrate with Crestron TSW-x60 Series touch screens for a video intercom solution that also integrates with third-party electronic door locks. For Crestron […]

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Extron Debuts XTP HDMI 4K/60 Board with Integrated Dante Audio Output

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Extron just launched the XTP II CP 4o HD AT 4K PLUS, an XTP output board with four HDMI and four Dante digital audio outputs. It is HDCP 2.2 compliant and accommodates data rates up to 18 Gbps for support of video resolutions up to 4K/60 with 4:4:4 color. The Dante output adds the capability […]

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Klipsch To Debut New Audio Solutions Next Week

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Klipsch announced today that it will debut a variety of premium sound solutions for consumer applications. New products include a family of small wireless in-ear headphone, wireless room or portable speakers with voice command functionality, sound bars and wireless home theater speakers. The Klipsch T5 family of in-ear headphones are small in size and weight. […]

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Extron Ships HDMI Optical Cables That Deliver 4K/60 Signals up to 300 Feet

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Extron has announced the availability of the HD Pro Plenum Series of active, hybrid optical-copper cables for high-speed transmission of HDMI digital video and audio signals. They support data rates up to 18 Gbps, video resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4, HDR, EDID, HDCP and CEC, as well as all HDMI audio formats. These active […]

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Extron Ships 12G-SDI Cable Equalizer for 4K Video

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Extron announced the availability of the 12G HD-SDI 101, a one-input, one-output cable equalizer for multi-rate SDI digital video signals. It offers an economical solution for sending multi-rate SDI digital video signals over long coaxial cable runs. The 12G HD-SDI 101 supports all common serial digital video data rates up to 11.88 Gbps, while passing […]

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Savant Adds Video Tiling Feature to AV-over-IP Product Line

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Savant has announced the video tiling to their AV-over-IP product line. IP Video Tiling (aka: making a digital canvas) is now built into Savant IP Video input and output modules (with video processing) and can be offered with no added costs or specialty equipment required. Integrators can now add video tiling to any IP Video […]

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