Professional Power Amplifiers Poised for Long-Term Profitability

By Grant Youngman Futuresource Consulting Professional power amplifiers continue to gain momentum after a pandemic-induced poor performance in 2020. The market achieved a global value of $668 million in 2022, according to Futuresource Consulting’s latest industry report, and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels this year, with a projected market value of $753 million. […]

Professional Power Amplifiers Poised for Long-Term Profitability

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 3 Thoughts

For the last Daily Raff of CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo, I don’t have a ton of new products to show you. I always find it hard to just wander a show floor. What am I supposed to look at? I receive so many press releases before a show that sometimes it’s overwhelming to just walk […]

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 3 Thoughts

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 2 Thoughts

I don’t know what it is about trade shows. You’re so tired at the end of the day no matter what! I could be doing a million interviews one after the other or just walking around and seeing all the products for myself. Either way, I’m spent by the time the show floor closes. Let’s […]

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 2 Thoughts

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 1 Thoughts

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to provide you with my thoughts on Day One of CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023! What a first day it’s been! I have only a few things to leave you with today because it was my day I haven’t had the most time to walk the show floor, but I […]

The Daily Raff: CEDIA Expo/Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Day 1 Thoughts

August Temperature Check Results: The Resimercial Market

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when home offices became more popular than ever, we started to hear more and more about resimercial technologies. Resimercial solutions are those that blend residential and commercial aesthetics and technologies in order to cultivate workspaces that support both productivity and well-being. For our August Temperature Check, we wanted […]

August Temperature Check Results: The Resimercial Market

Backpacks and Shiny New Sneakers

Late August to early September is the time when students flood back onto college campuses, many of them bringing with them their shiny new sneakers and their brand-new backpacks. They have had a summer filled with fun (hopefully) and are ready to dive into another year of learning. For the tech managers in higher education, […]

Backpacks and Shiny New Sneakers

AI-Powered Cables! Don’t Laugh as CEDIA Expo Will See AI Everywhere

CEDIA Expo 2023 will be filled with new HomeAV gear; no doubt about it. And, although I can’t predict what product will impress all the attendees the most, I can — without doubt — predict what trend will dominate in nearly every booth: AI. AI will be everywhere, thanks to some of the most unimaginative […]

AI-Powered Cables! Don’t Laugh as CEDIA Expo Will See AI Everywhere

Why Your Meetings Are Still Bad — Part 3: What to Do About It

If you’ve been following along with this series, I appreciate your continued interest in the topic of fixing our meetings.  If you’re new to the series, welcome! Here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2 so you can catch up. In the last blog, I asserted that we are having the wrong types […]

Why Your Meetings Are Still Bad — Part 3: What to Do About It

rAVe’s Guide to Commercial Integrator Expo 2023

With the upcoming Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 right around the corner, we’re thrilled to showcase some exciting educational sessions ahead! Once you’ve immersed yourself in the show floor, these sessions provide the perfect opportunity to both learn and recharge. Take a look at rAVe’s top picks for a rewarding event. “Future of Work: Home and […]

rAVe’s Guide to Commercial Integrator Expo 2023

rAVe’s Guide to CEDIA Expo 2023

With CEDIA Expo 2023 a little over a week away, we’re excited to highlight educational sessions we think you’re going to enjoy! After exploring the show floor, these sessions will give you a chance to learn and recharge. Check out rAVe’s picks for a rewarding event.  “The Unstoppable AI Revolution That’s Coming to the Home” […]

rAVe’s Guide to CEDIA Expo 2023

Why Your Meetings Are Still Bad — Part 2: The World has Changed

If you missed “Part 1: New Tools, Old Mindset,” feel free to go back and read the anecdote I posted there. Our meetings have become bad over time because the world has changed significantly, but I’d argue that our meetings haven’t. You may be thinking, “Well Mark, you’re wrong because today we have new tools […]

Why Your Meetings Are Still Bad — Part 2: The World has Changed

Automation and AI Are Powering the Next Generation of Pro PTZ Upgrades

By Shubham Kumar and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting After a spell of limited innovation during the pandemic, professional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are entering a new technological era. Futuresource Consulting’s brand-new report reveals that AI and automation are the powerhouses behind many of the new-generation products entering the market, with auto-tracking, facial recognition, and automated camera […]

Automation and AI Are Powering the Next Generation of Pro PTZ Upgrades

Successful Digital Signage Experiences in Corporate and Hotel Lobbies

Since joining the AV industry in 2008, I have attended many trade shows, events, on-site meetings and more. In my travels, I have noticed a significant increase in digital signage applications in corporate and hotel lobbies, including upgrades from standard definition displays to 4K (and higher resolution) video walls. As everyone knows, lobby signs are […]

Successful Digital Signage Experiences in Corporate and Hotel Lobbies

Why Your Meetings are Still Bad — Part 1: New Tools, Old Mindset

When I was 18 years old, I went to visit my grandpa. We sat in his living room and talked about his favorite subject, his grandkids. He took pride in updating me, the family, his waitress at the local Greek restaurant — and anyone else who would listen for that matter — on their accomplishments. […]

Why Your Meetings are Still Bad — Part 1: New Tools, Old Mindset

Designing for Climate Change

As we enter 2024, managing the effects of our changing climate continues to become a hot topic among leading architects and engineers worldwide. These experts have to grapple with our new reality of worrying extremes in temperature in climate zones around the world, from snow in Texas to flooding in India. So, what does this […]

Designing for Climate Change

Going Above and Beyond

I’ve talked before about how frequently I receive queries from end users. It’s because when people Google one of the brands we distribute our website comes up, and my name, phone number and email are right there. I don’t sell to end users. I have dealers for that. But I always take the time to […]

Going Above and Beyond

Technical Debt in Higher Ed

In the IT world the phrase “technical debt” is a well-known phrase and it is used effectively to describe problems and why they are so difficult (expensive) to fix. The term first came about in 1992 and was coined by Ward Cunningham. Cunningham was particularly referring to software coding, and that is a common way […]

Technical Debt in Higher Ed

Zoom Now Thinks WFH Doesn’t Work As Well As The Company Originally Thought

I am sure, by now, you’ve likely read all the stories about Zoom demanding all its employees — living within 50 miles of any Zoom office — start working in the office at least two days a week, some three days a week. This, to me, is a bit ironic as, in 2022, Zoom published […]

Zoom Now Thinks WFH Doesn’t Work As Well As The Company Originally Thought

Ynvisible Signs First Large Commercial Order for Outdoor Signage Product

The global digital signage market may be projected to reach US$29 billion by 2027 (with an anticipated growth rate of 8%, according to The Business Research Company’s “Digital Signage Global Market Report 2023”), but we all know it isn’t easy dough (DOOH). Even so, newcomer Ynvisible announced a deal with a prominent European customer specializing […]

Ynvisible Signs First Large Commercial Order for Outdoor Signage Product

How Can Offices Prioritize the Needs of the Future Workforce?

By Chris Pennell and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting Amid the physical changes to office design over the last seventy-odd years, the role of offices has remained static. But COVID-19 turned the world as we knew it upside down, taking the workplace along with it. Remote working has become ubiquitous, and in the post-pandemic landscape, the […]

How Can Offices Prioritize the Needs of the Future Workforce?

rePLAY InfoComm 2023 Day 3 — The Wrap-Up

Welcome to the final day of rePLAY InfoComm 2023, during which our hosts, Megan A. Dutta and Steph Beckett, highlight some of their favorite moments on the show floor at this year’s InfoComm. On the final day of rePLAY, Megan and Steph highlighted product categories that are just beginning to become integrated into the ProAV […]

rePLAY InfoComm 2023 Day 3 — The Wrap-Up

The Sphere and the AV Industry

On July 4, The Sphere lit up on the Vegas Strip for the first time, and the buzz about it went viral. I doubt there is a single person in the AV/IT industry who has not seen or heard about the Sphere, but even if you have it is worth taking a few minutes and […]

The Sphere and the AV Industry

MORE Things I Never Expected

My grandfather was fond of saying “If you live long enough, you get to see it all come around again.” It wasn’t until much later in life that I came to realize how true that is. Off-topic, his retirement hobby was going to the hardware store and telling anyone who would listen how much that […]

MORE Things I Never Expected

The Way the Ball Bounces: AV Style

For the very first time, the world governing body for basketball allowed a state-of-the-art court with an interactive video floor. In Madrid, the site of the FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2023, players dribbled over an innovative ASB GlassFloor. While fans didn’t “dribble” in the same way, their mouths were certainly left agape. The […]

The Way the Ball Bounces: AV Style

Measure Twice and Then Some

American mathematician Alfred Korzybski coined the phrase, “The map is not the territory.” He was talking about psychology and the human mind, but his analogy is just as apt for our businesses. Just when I feel like I’ve seen everything, something happens that proves me wrong. No indeed, it’s still possible for me to be […]

Measure Twice and Then Some

Could This Be Written by a Robot in a Chinese Room?

ChatGPT and AV Design — Part the First ChatGPT has been a major topic both in the world and in our corner of life in AV. How, exactly, does it fit into our world? Why don’t we start by asking the thing itself? Then we’ll talk among ourselves, while the robot isn’t listening to us […]

Could This Be Written by a Robot in a Chinese Room?

Creating an Innovative Mindset

Disclaimer: This is NOT a technology post. If you are looking for a post on AI cameras or the latest and greatest all-in-one sound bar, you should click the back button and surf the rest of the rAVe site. However, if you’re looking for a post on innovation, keep reading. For all the corporate real […]

Creating an Innovative Mindset

The Esports Opportunity for Professional AV

By Helen Matthews Futuresource Consulting Esports’ ascendance into the mainstream is presenting an ever-growing opportunity for manufacturers and resellers of professional audiovisual, IT and video equipment. Despite the pervasiveness of online-only events throughout 2021 and 2022, as well as the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the market saw a 76% rise in pro AV sell-in, when […]

The Esports Opportunity for Professional AV

Meet Your New Marketing Assistant: ChatGPT

You need to update your website. What’s that? You don’t have time? You don’t know how? No one on your staff has the skills? You can’t afford to hire a contractor to overhaul your copy? No more excuses: Find $20 per month, and hire ChatGPT or one of the many other Large Language Model (LLM) […]

Meet Your New Marketing Assistant: ChatGPT

Revenge-Concertgoing Boosts Europe’s Live Events

This is the summer of blockbuster music tours. Just as “revenge travel” saw tourists hellbent on traveling post-pandemic, “revenge concertgoing” is packing Europe’s outdoor live events, arenas and stadiums. It’s a post-pandemic boom for live events, boosted by some of the world’s biggest entertainers who have emerged with post-pandemic projects. And it’s not just the […]

Revenge-Concertgoing Boosts Europe’s Live Events

AI Day Wrap-Up

Sunday was Artificial Intelligence (AI) Appreciation Day, a day to honor AI technology’s positive contributions to humanity! The day also serves to raise awareness about AI ethics and foster a national conversation about AI. Since AI impacts nearly every aspect of emerging ProAV technology, rAVe [PUBS] and LAVNCH [CODE]  celebrated AI day by publishing AI-focused […]

AI Day Wrap-Up

5 Reasons Why We Love AI

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us on AI Appreciation Day! This is a subject we have often talked about here at rAVe, particularly as it relates to the way in which it will change the face of ProAV. While artificial intelligence is still relatively new, in that we don’t have a ton of regulations or […]

5 Reasons Why We Love AI