Rants & rAVes — Episode 1269: Planar Returns to CEDIA Expo With 1.2mm Outdoor LED, New Fine-Pitch LEDs, 1.35:1 LCD and More!

August 31, 2023

Planar never disappoints at CEDIA Expo — the company consistently has one of the most popular booths on the show floor. Now that CEDIA Expo is co-located with Commercial Integrator Expo, Planar’s booth (1501) will be packed with people interested in all sorts of high-end residential and even “resimercial” applications. One of the most exciting […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1266: You Need to Check Out Savant Energy Systems at CEDIA Expo; Here’s Why …

August 25, 2023

On the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary invited Savant Systems President J.C Murphy to talk about the value of adding Savant Power Systems to your CEDIA Expo 2023 lineup. In fact, at this year’s show, Savant will show the new Savant Power Storage 20, including a scalable inverter and LFP battery system that […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1263: NETGEAR Details CEDIA Expo CIX 2023 Plans

August 10, 2023

On my latest episode of Rants & rAVes, NETGEAR’s director of product marketing, John Henkel, joins not only to detail what you can expect in its booth (#3547) at the upcoming CEDIA Expo and CIX show but also to offer information on educational classes for you to learn more. Register for the classes here and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1262: Here’s Everything You Can Expect from AtlasIED at Commercial Integrator Expo, CEDIA Expo 2023

August 8, 2023

Gary was joined by AtlasIED’s VP of sales, Michael Peveler, to talk about its (literally) award-winning AS Series and new Atlas + FYNE partnership. Atlas is well-propositioned to grow in both the high-end residential and commercial AV markets — especially in hospitality — thanks to both product lines. So, watch this interview with Michael — […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1176: Every Tech Who Crimps Cat Cable Will Love Untwisted Tech’s Tool

October 18, 2022

Gary was joined by the co-founder of Twisted Tech, the runner-up award winner for the “most innovative new product at CEDIA Expo 2022. Boris Braun became inspired to start the company by doing what every tech does — terminating Cat cable. And, he’s patented a way to make it faster, as you’ll see from this […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1171: The Runner-Up for the CEDIA Expo 2022 Innovation Award Makes a 180-Degree Security Camera

October 11, 2022

At the CEDIA Expo 2022 show, there was an all-new Innovation Hub — limited to all-new companies with all-new tech. The winner uses AI and it, literally, life-saving tech; Gary will interview that company in an upcoming show but, today, here’s one of two runner-ups: IDView. IDView makes the smallest outdoor 180-degree cameras for commercial […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1170: Only 140 Days Until ISE 2023 — Here’s What You Need to Know

October 6, 2022

I caught up with ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman while at CEDIA Expo last week; we couldn’t wait to talk everything ISE. ISE 2023, the AV megashow from AVIXA and CEDIA, is less than four months away and it’s likely to be the biggest event in four years for the global AV industry. Here’s everything […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1169: Clive Davis Has What Everyone Wants — a MicroLED Theater

October 5, 2022

Clive Davis is in the LED club, thanks to the most recent The Wall install from Samsung, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer now has one of only a handful of home cinemas driven by a microLED. This interview with Samsung’s business development sr. manager, Mike Bennett, and the integrator for the entire project, […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1167: Use an Actual Networking Company to Network Homes — NETGEAR To Enter CEDIA Expo Seeking Dealers

September 23, 2022

NETGEAR only does networking. And, whether you’re just connecting everything to the network, in a home or actually driving all your content across a network using AV-over-IP, NETGEAR has solutions to do it all. And, the company only does networking, so it does it well. NETGEAR’s own director of product marketing, John Henkel, joined me […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1166: Do You Know DoorBird? If Not, You Should Visit Its Booth at CEDIA Expo

September 22, 2022

DoorBird is most known for its creative door-entry systems. Did you know it not only creates a secure entry system but can also be used as an intercom? It can also record any activity to the cloud without any fees and can integrate your whole home into one entry system controlled via any third-party control […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1165: Planar Will Debut an Outdoor LED and New MicroLEDs at CEDIA Expo

September 22, 2022

Adding a lifetime warranty for all customers, LED powerhouse Planar will be at CEDIA Expo in booth 15003 next week in Dallas for the annual high-end residential show. In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary was joined by Planar’s product manager, Jeremy Sternhagen, to talk about using CEDIA Expo as a launching platform […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1164: It’s CEDIA Expo Time! Have You Registered?

September 21, 2022

CEDIA Expo happens to be next week (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) in Dallas, and most of the manufacturer training sessions have already been filled because show management is expecting 15,000 attendees! Jason McGraw, group VP of CEDIA Expo, joined Gary on his videocast today to detail more of what’s expected! Watch!  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1163: Liberty Will Debut 10G AV-over-IP at CEDIA Expo 2022

September 20, 2022

Gary got a scoop from Liberty AV’s own Kevin Peterman, director of product management, who explains that at CEDIA Expo next week, Liberty AV will introduce its SDVoE-based AV-over-IP lineup, dubbed the DigitalinxIP 6000 Series. However, the magic is in the software solution paired with it — watch this videocast and make sure you stop […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1158: If You’re in HomeAV, You Should Be a Member of HTSN

September 12, 2022

HTSN (Home Technology Specialists Nationwide) just announced that all its members get every bit of CEDIA’s online education for free. But, that’s not the only reason to join the organization. HTSN’s Director, Hank Alexander, joined Gary Kayye on the latest episode of Rants & rAVes to talk about this benefit, why HTSN pays each of […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1141: CEDIA Is Exactly 100 Days Away — Here’s What’s Happening

June 20, 2022

Gary caught up with CEDIA’s Jason McGraw to talk all about this year’s expo. The 2022 show will take place Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. By the way, it’s no longer just a home tech conference. Since being acquired by Emerald Expositions, CEDIA Expo has added work-from-home and resimercial and wellness categories — plus it signed a […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1055: For CEDIA, the Education Must Go On!

August 24, 2021

Even if there were no in-person CEDIA Expo (Sept. 1-3, 2021), the education and certification department at CEDIA (the association) would still be delivering education. Show or no show, thanks to CEDIA’s Samantha Ventura, CI education and training is alive and well in the residential AV market with CEDIA hosting classes for live attendees, live virtual attendees and prerecorded on-demand sessions. […]

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The No-BS Video Interview with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw — And, a Kind (and Perfect) Message to Exhibitors and Attendees

August 19, 2021

There’s probably no one fielding more complaints, confusing calls or questions in the market today than Emerald’s CEDIA Expo VP Jason McGraw. Is CEDIA happening? Can we get a refund if we pull out? Are masks required? Do I need to bring proof of vaccination if I attend? Will anyone show up? Why isn’t Emerald canceling CEDIA? […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1049: CEDIA Expo Is One Month Away, and Here’s Why You Should Be Excited to Go in Person

July 28, 2021

Gary spoke with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw to get all the details on the upcoming show — Sept. 1-3 2021 — in Indianapolis. This will be the largest tech show since February 2020 and includes an all-new category of products: Resimercial AV tech for the home. This is a huge growth opportunity for both residential […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 905: The Best Projection at CEDIA Will Absolutely Be in the Barco Booth

September 6, 2019

Barco is using CEDIA Expo 2019 to officially launch its Bragi Cinemascope native 4K LED-based cinema projector. This is a stunning box that got to see at the ISE Show. Gary was joined on today’s special video-edition of his pre-CEDIA podcast with Barco Residential GM, Tim Sinnaeve, to talk about the Bragi, the theater they’ll have […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 904: Digital Projection Will Set the Display Bar at CEDIA, Again

August 19, 2019

Digital Projection has always blown CEDIA attendees away with image quality — this year’s show will not disappoint. In addition to a 0.9mm LED wall with a protective clear-laminate, reflective coating greeting attendees, inside the booth they’ll have a “projector gallery” showing their three most popular projector configurations for high-end imaging. But, the show-stealer will […]

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AV Insider — Episode 151: Simplify Your Home, Office, Business, & World with RTI; A Pioneer In Control & Automation Technology.

September 5, 2018

Ed McConaghy, CEO at RTI. speaks with me about all things automation from handheld remotes and single-room applications, to full fledge switching and controls of entire commercial and high-end residential applications. If you are unfamiliar with the terms home tech, home automation, automation in general, this episode of AV Insider is for you. As always, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 150: Former B&W President Creates New Life At JL Audio’s Home Audio Division

August 31, 2018

JL Audio is planning some big things in their home audio division, & I for one, am excited. Doug Henderson, Senior VP of Home Audio at JL Audio, speaks with me about the future of JL’s Audio’s past, current offerings, and it’s future. We cover everything from Doug’s past experience as the former President of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 766: Barco’s CEDIA Booth is Truly Whole-Home

August 31, 2018

For the past three years, Barco Residential has had one of the best home cinema demos on the CEDIA show floor — literally, award winning. And, this year, they are upping-the-ante by showing how the entire home can be outfitted with Barco technology — not just a theater. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Barco’s General […]

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AV Insider —Episode 148: SurgeX: The Only Technology That Eliminates Surge Energy To Safeguard AV Equipment

August 14, 2018

Rick Komendera, Vice President, Global Accounts at SurgeX, speaks with me about Surge elimination from AV systems, for the residential, & commercial spaces. We cover everything from prepping a job walk with their envision series product, so that we can understand what power issues may be waiting for your next install, and how to completely […]

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AV Insider — Episode 111: PK Audio Visual: An engineer & Technical Writer, Based in the San Francisco Bay Area

September 4, 2017

Paul Konikowski, Design Engineering Manager at PCD, speaks with me about past projects, large corporate projects, past experience working directly for Zoom as a consultant (PK Audio Visual), moving across country, and looking to connect with an Innovator rather than an integrator. He like challenges, excels at large scale projects & programming meetings with clients, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 636: Peerless-AV Talks CEDIA Debuts & Fundraiser Party

August 22, 2017

Peerless-AV will use CEDIA 2017 to debut some new outdoor TV’s, a new addition to their Peer-Air family of products and to raise a little money for charity. Gary was joined by Peerless-AV’s Managing Director, Earl Naegele  today on his podcast who not only talked about their participation in their Queen of Hearts fundraiser, but also their new UV492 49” 4K […]

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AV Insider — Episode 110: Atlona: Connecting Technology

August 4, 2017

Ken Eagle, Global Director, Training and Technical Sales with Atlona, speaks with me about the many layers of his role with the company, and how his experience in the AV industry helped create what he’s doing over there today. We discuss the upcoming CEDIA show in southern California, what they intend on announcing/shipping at CEDIA, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 109: Johnnie & Co: A Marketing Firm For Tech Businesses Still Hungry For The Sale

August 2, 2017

Johnnie Sanchez, founder & consultant at Johnnie & Co, speaks with me about the biz. We discuss everything from how being younger brings fresh, new, & innovative ideas & solutions to her company, which helps her clients stand out from the competition, to partnerships with dealers & manufacturers, and much more for future growth. There’s […]

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AV Insider — Episode 105: Absen LED: Signage Solutions From The Future

June 9, 2017

Alison Maxson, PR & marketing communications manager, & Paul Johnston, SR. director of customer service, at Absen America, both speak with me about some big new changes currently taking place at Absen, and their involvements, changes to infrastructure, Service programs/service locations, some trainings to attend, new products, and obviously an invitation to view them both […]

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AV Insider — Episode 94: DOMOTZ: Being Intelligent From The Comfort Of Your Office

December 12, 2016

Domenico Crapanzano, CEO & Founder of Domotz, speaks with me about his software based technology startup, and how it’s grown exponentially in the 6 months in being in the market. We cover the need for remote monitoring as a service, and as a convenience, We also talk about consumer vs pro services, the direction that […]

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AV Insider — Episode 93: Innovative low Voltage Lighting For The AV/LV Integrator

December 6, 2016

Mike Teolis, President/Co-Founder of Colorbeam North America, speaks with me about his brilliant full-rage/flicker free dimming & lighting solution. We cover topics such as full range dimming from 0-100, flicker free dimming, color shift, RGB/RBG-W, circadian rhythm, residential & commercial lighting applications and solutions. All this and more, on this episode of AV Insider. Podcast: […]

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AV Insider — Episode 92: Salamander Designs: AV Furniture Shaped By Your Needs

November 9, 2016

Salvatore Carraba, president of Salamander Designs, speaks with me about his made-in-America since day one, custom AV furniture (soft goods, and not so soft goods) company, and how its building fantastic custom made-to-order products in a short time frame. We cover built/made local processes, and how the first design is still implemented today (I have […]

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