Gary’s Rants & rAVes

Listen to Gary Kayye’s exclusive podcast – Rants & rAVes. Every episode, Gary talks with some of the biggest names in the AV industry and covers all the latest trends. Tune in, #AVTweeps!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1059: The Newline FLEX Enters the Corporate ProAV Market

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After launching the FLEX into the educational market in the first half of 2021, Newline Interactive aims to get the ProAV integrator channel excited about all the WFO potential for the personal, interactive UCC product. Newline’s own Tim Garber joined Gary on this episode of Rants & rAVes to talk about why FLEX is perfect […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1057: The Pete Putman Is Retiring Interview

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No one covered the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out better and more thoroughly than Pete Putman. He set the standard for evaluating projectors for nearly a decade. And, if he didn’t like what he saw, sales declined for that brand. Pete created an analytical way to compare projectors that made him into one of the most prolific […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1056: How’s the AV Market Doing? We Asked the Experts

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Gary was joined on today’s Rants and rAVes podcast by AVIXA’s economic analyst, Peter Hansen, and its senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo. If you’re wondering when COVID will end, this is NOT the episode to watch. But, if you care about how the chip shortage will affect your business, when the AV economy will turn […]

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

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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

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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 1052: Interested in the State of AV-over-IP? Here’s Why You Should Join My Next Webinar With Almo and NETGEAR

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Get ready for my next webinar, “The State of the AV-over-IP Market,” presented by Almo Professional A/V on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at 2 p.m. EDT. NETGEAR’s Cody Kleven sat down with me earlier to chat about the growing AV-over-IP market, the future of the technology in the ProAV space and the numerous opportunities AV integrators can […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1051: The Diversified and HB Communications Video Interview

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Diversified’s CEO, Fred D’Alessandro, picked our own Gary Kayye to break the industry’s biggest acquisition story of 2021 so far — on video, too; it’s the buyout of New England-based HB Communications. He was also joined by HB’s own CEO, Dana Baron, on this episode of Rants & rAVes. The two discuss the reasons behind the two companies […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1050: Here’s Why Newline’s Flex Works for K-12 In-Person and Hybrid Teaching

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Newline’s own Marie Totten joined Gary to discuss how and why the new Newline Flex works for K-12 education as a tool for both in-person and hybrid learning applications. The Flex is a personal collaboration touch screen that’s an all-in-one solution for everything UCC. But, in K-12, it may be the secret sauce for helping […]

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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

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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 & rAVes — Episode 1048: Want to See a Camera Built Into the Middle of an LED Display? Jupiter’s Done It!

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In Gary’s 2021 Kayye’s Krystal Ball of annual predictions about new tech, he predicted that we’d see monitors with built-in cameras (think Zoom Video meetings but not appearing as though you’re looking above or below your monitor). Well, you’ll get to see it, for the first time ever, on today’s Rants & rAVes videocast! Jupiter has done it and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1047: Here’s the Scoop on the Almo Pro A/V HoloPod From ARHT Media

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Gary was joined by Almo Pro A/V and ARHT Media today to talk about the new all-in-one HoloPod — a $55,000 3D HoloPresence Display solution for business. This is truly game-changing, and every AV integrator should sell this to corporate AV, any judicial branch of the government or any coworking space provider. Watch, and you’ll see why — then […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1046: rAVe’s Exclusive Video Interview With ISE Managing Director, Mike Blackman — All About ISE Barcelona and London

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Gary Kayye caught up with ISE‘s managing director, Mike Blackman, today to review the first big AV event in Europe since the pandemic, ISE 2021 in Barcelona, and talk about the upcoming ISE London in fewer than 10 days. Our comprehensive ISE Barcelona coverage is all wrapped up here but watch for even more content — including videos […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1045: Easescreen CEO Gerhard Pichler Talks Digital Signage and His Impressions of ISE 2021

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If you haven’t heard of easescreen, you might want to take a look. Easescreen has a totally cloud-based creative content platform for digital signage that is compatible with any media player AND is OS-agnostic. joins Gary Kayye on today’s videocast to not only talk about the easescreen platform but also about what it was like to finally […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1044: How SYNNEX COLLABSolv Is Helping Partners in the Current Market

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In today’s episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary Kayye sits down with TJ Trojan, senior vice president of product management for SYNNEX, to talk about SYNNEX’s collaboration business and how it’s helping partners in today’s evolving market. This past year highlighted the crucial role connectivity plays for customers in all verticals, a trend that is […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1042: AVer Debuts CAM130 and VB130 4K USB Cameras with Built-In Lighting and Mics

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AVer used the Rants & rAVes videocast today to release details of its newest 4K USB cameras — the CAM130 and the VB130. But these are not just simple webcams designed for working from home. The CAM130 includes dynamic professional lighting (aka built-in lighting) that allows you to add and adjust, or auto-adjust, the amount of […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1041: Get Ready for In-Person Trade Shows: We’ll See You at TEC 2021!

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This just in #AVtweeps: TEC 2021 will be held LIVE at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colorado, May 3-5, 2021, and virtually May 3-6, 2021. Gary and the rAVe team will cover the show, recording product videos and interviews just like always! TEC 2021 will be one of the first industry shows to take place in […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1040: How Can SYNNEX VISUALSolv Support Your Business in 2021?

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SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi Stambaugh catches up with Gary Kayye to share the latest highlights and updates for the SYNNEX VISUALSolv business unit, as well as AV trends they’re seeing in 2021 and beyond. Hear how SYNNEX is expanding its team and ramping up training and enablement to best support partners in the […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1038: Need to Understand Audio Tech? There’s Only One Place to Go: SynAudCon

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If there were a “University of Audio Technology,” it would be called SynAudCon; why reinvent the wheel? Synergetic Audio Concepts, known fondly as SynAudCon by the thousands of AV professionals who’ve taken its courses over the past 48 years, offers the ultimate audio “degree” program through a college-like track of classes. Pat and Brenda Brown, who run […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1037: A Look Back on Len Dozier’s 56-year Career in AV As He Retires

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When Len Dozier entered the AV market, Lyndon B. Johnson was the president, pro video was still black and white and Sony wasn’t a player yet. But, that was before Len sold Sony into every Nissan dealer in the U.S. Len went on to eventually create what is, arguably, the first mount company in AV — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1036: Luke Jordan Failed the AVIXA CTS Exam — Now He Runs Its Certification Steering Committee

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If you failed the AVIXA CTS test the first time you took it, you’re not alone. In fact, the guy who now heads the AVIXA CTS Certification Steering Committee, Luke Jordan, did too. It’s almost predictable, as Luke, vice president and co-steward at Electro Acoustics explains in this candid interview with rAVe’s Gary Kayye, if you plan to pass your CTS […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1035: The Spring Almo Pro A/V E4v Opens Registration — and Adds LAVNCH NETWORKING!

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Gary caught up with Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle, today to talk E4v — the E4 Evolution show, a virtual version of the E4 Experience. If you attended either of the 2020 E4vs, you know that it wasn’t like any other virtual event as it exclusively used the LAVNCH VTS platform. Now with the 2021 event, Almo […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1034: Why You Should Join NSCA, and Why the NSCA BLC Is the Perfect 2021 Event

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NSCA’s membership is at an all-time high, as is engagement. Why? Well, according to this videocast with NSCA’s executive director, Chuck Wilson, and rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, when the economy is tough, communication, collaboration and transparent dialogue from within the industry community is critical. NSCA has built its reputation on providing systems integrators with business […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1033: AVIXA Shifts InfoComm 2021 to October — Here’s Why

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Gary talked to AVIXA’s CEO, Dave Labuskes, today so Dave could explain — in great detail — the move of InfoComm from June to October. Remaining in Orlando, the show will now take place Oct. 27-29. This decision was very strategic and, in Gary’s opinion, a phenomenal move. Why? Hint: It’s not all about COVID-19! […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1032: Learn How Jupiter Systems’ PANA Is Bringing the Hollywood Display Format to UCC

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It’s no secret that within Rants & rAVes, I focus a lot on new products and new technologies. Without them, I’d have nothing to rAVe about! It makes sense that Jupiter Systems is featured on this episode because the company entered a new display category in November with its 21:9 aspect ratio UCC display — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1031: Get Ready for Kayye’s Krystal Ball Webinar Presented by Almo Pro A/V — With Some Help from LG!

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Get ready for Gary’s annual Krystal Ball webinar presented by Almo Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. EST. LG’s Adam Coleman and Dan Baker joined Gary in the latest Rants & rAVes videocast and gave a sneak peek of what to expect in 2021 from LG, related explicitly to microLED and webOS technologies. Register […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1030: The LED Install Gods — Ion Visual Solutions

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When Samsung has a touch LED install, they turn to a Texas-based startup called Ion Visual Solutions. Started by former AMX’er Chas Thornhill and former Reflect Project Manager Jay Seng, the two are the Ghostbusters of LED installs. When a wall isn’t flat but Samsung still needs a flat LED wall, who are they gonna call? Ion. When they […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1029: The Sony REA-C1000 Is, Literally, the Best-Kept Secret in AV Right Now

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The Sony REA-C1000 has won four industry awards — including two from rAVe — and you’d never know it. Dubbed the “Edge Analytics Appliance,” the REA-C1000 is really four separate products in one: a chroma-key-less CG Overlay (meaning it can generate a virtual background anywhere at any time without a green screen), a PTZ auto-tracking system, a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1028: Want to Know About Planar’s EverCare Lifetime Warranty Program? Watch This!

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Few companies ever offer a lifetime warranty. And fewer ever offer them on display products. But, Planar just one-upped the entire LED market with its EverCare program — offering a limited lifetime warranty on the entire TVF Series of LED wall displays! Yep, a LIFETIME warranty. Why and how can the company do this? Well, Gary Kayye was joined by Planar’s […]

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