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 and rAVes — Episode 702: That Time an AV Guy at Amazon Messed with Our Industry’s Future

Did you know that the future of our industry could be determined by how well Jeff Bezos’ AV guy is? Listen. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

Rants and rAVes — Episode 702: That Time an AV Guy at Amazon Messed with Our Industry’s Future

Rants and rAVes — Episode 701: NEC Has Best Booth at DSE, Wins Best Signage Projector Award

NEC snagged two awards at DSE and demo’d projection-based signage, traditional display signage and a total System-on-a-chip (SoC) approach with their Raspberry-Pi solutions at the Digital Signage Expo last month. NEC is in a unique position as they are one of only two display companies that makes every kind of display technology so they have signage of any […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 701: NEC Has Best Booth at DSE, Wins Best Signage Projector Award

Rants and rAVes — Episode 699: Epson’s LightScene Stole the Show at DSE

I asked Epson’s Senior Product Manager of Visual Display Solutions, Remi Del Mar, to join me today on my podcast totally about their amazing LightScene projector – in a track-lighting form-factor. Using sealed optics, it’s designed as both a light aesthetic as well as a content device for signage and traditional projection. You can power multiple LightScenes from one track […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 699: Epson’s LightScene Stole the Show at DSE

Rants and rAVes — Episode 698: rAVe Readers’ Choice Award Nominations Are Now OPEN!

We just opened nominations for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards this week. Hurry, you only have a few more days to enter. But, in the meantime, please listen to my podcast about why nearly every other industry awards program is a big fat scam! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

Rants and rAVes — Episode 698: rAVe Readers’ Choice Award Nominations Are Now OPEN!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 697: LG’s DSE Wrap-Up with Dan Smith

Gary caught up with LG’s Director of Sales, Dan Smith, less than a week after the Digital Signage Expo show and they talked about which technology excited the signage crowds the most and how their unique position with OLED has upped their offerings. You can see all the videos we shot at DSE in the […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 697: LG’s DSE Wrap-Up with Dan Smith

Rants and rAVes — Episode 696: Why is Projector-only Epson Exhibiting at the Digital Signage Expo?

Laser projection is to the projector market as OLED is to the flat-panel display market — it’s truly a revolution in colorimetry and form-factor. So, Epson, known as the industry’s projector-only display company leading the market with 3LCD technology, will be at DSE with not only a family of laser projectors aimed at digital signage, but with a truly-revolutionary […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 696: Why is Projector-only Epson Exhibiting at the Digital Signage Expo?

Rants and rAVes — Episode 695: LG’s DSE Plans Include New Touch Displays

LG will head to next week’s DSE with a line of Touch-enabled monitors in sizes from 55” – 86”. In addition, LG will highlight embedded integration of both the Cisco Spark platform and Crestron control right into a line of monitors aimed at simplifying AV meeting room design. Gary was joined on today’s podcast by LG’s head of marketing, Garry Wicka  who also […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 695: LG’s DSE Plans Include New Touch Displays

Rants and rAVes — Episode 694: InFocus’ ISE Debuts Included New Laser Projectors and 4K Version of PixelNet

InFocus was at ISE with two giant launches — a new line of laser projector as well as a 4K resolution, and fiber-capable, version of their AV-over-IP-based PixelNet system dubbed PixelNet 2.0  The projector line include both short-throw and standard lensing and the 4K version of PixelNet added audio to the popular wall system. Please listen to […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 694: InFocus’ ISE Debuts Included New Laser Projectors and 4K Version of PixelNet

Rants and rAVes — Episode 693: Peerless-AV Will Bring Record Number of New Products to DSE

Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Peerless-AV VP of Sales Brian McClimans,  who not only talked about the company’s DSE launches but also gave us some great insight to the digital signage industry and where it’s heading. Obviously, the big-growth area is in LED, but the all-in-one kiosk market for digital signage is also huge and, Brian says, is […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 693: Peerless-AV Will Bring Record Number of New Products to DSE

Rants and rAVes — Episode 692: Here are Details on My Smart Building Webinar on Tuesday — Earn 1 AVIXA CTS RU!

Smart Building Technology (SBT) has been around for over a dozen years now but AV hasn’t been part of it until recently. And, the advantage of being a Smart Building integrator is that you get to spec the AV gear BEFORE the building is built. But, although this isn’t a simple process, it is a […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 692: Here are Details on My Smart Building Webinar on Tuesday —  Earn 1 AVIXA CTS RU!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 691: Almo Pro AV Partners with Samsung and Harman to Offer Huddle Room Packages

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST BY Almo Pro AV On today’s podcast, Almo Pro AV debuted a new partnership with Samsung that bring four pre-packaged Huddle Room solutions to the AV integration channel. Each package includes either an HD or UHD (4K) Samsung commercial-grade LCD and an AMX huddle room camera system and range from small spaces […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 691: Almo Pro AV Partners with Samsung and Harman to Offer Huddle Room Packages

Rants and rAVes — Episode 690: Absen is Dominating LED

Gary was joined on his podcast today by Paul Johnston of ABSEN following their double-win of our 2018 Best of ISE Awards.  ABSEN has gone from nowhere to everywhere in just a few years and their new CoB (chip-on-board) technology will allow for 0.25 (eventually) pixel-pitch LEDs. Yep, 0.25! Listen and see how.    Podcast: Play in new window […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 690: Absen is Dominating LED

Rants and rAVes — Episode 689: Christie Demos and Explains Terra Controller Software on rAVe RADIO

Gary was joined for a follow-up of last month’s ISE show by Christie Senior Product Manager Karl Johnson on a special videocast. Today rAVe RADIO listeners (and viewers) will learn about Christie’s build-out of simplifying AV-over-IP infrastructure. In this videocast, Karl shows us Christie Terra software, which enables the transport, processing and control of audiovisual […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 689: Christie Demos and Explains Terra Controller Software on rAVe RADIO

Rants and rAVes — Episode 688: Where is AVIXA Now?

It’s been 6-months since InfoComm (the association) became AVIXA  (the association). Of course, InfoComm (the show) is still the InfoComm Show and is quickly approaching — just four months away! But, there’s no association (or arguably, no group in the entire ProAV market) more important to all of us in the commercial AV market as AVIXA. They’ve helped steer […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 688: Where is AVIXA Now?

Rants and rAVes — Episode 687: The 2018 Almo E4 AV Tour Starts Next Week in Washington DC and Then Heads to Dallas

We’ve got the scoop and all the details on the 2018 edition of the Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour — its 9th year! This year’s tour includes two educational tracks — all AVIXA CTS RU approved — and a GAME you can play right there on the show floor. Today’s podcast is with Almo’s VP of Marketing, Melody Craigmyle, […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 687: The 2018 Almo E4 AV Tour Starts Next Week in Washington DC and Then Heads to Dallas

Rants and rAVes — Episode 686: Aurora’s Paul Harris Accepts Crestron’s Challenge

At ISE, Crestron did a head-to-head shoot-out between their 1G NVX system and the 10G SDVoE systems out there. Paul Harris, founder of Aurora Multimedia, says his company was called out either at the ISE shoot-out or on a pre-ISE video shared by Crestron on LinkedIn as under-performing. In today’s podcast, he’s clearly on a mission to […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 686: Aurora’s Paul Harris Accepts Crestron’s Challenge

Rants and rAVes — Episode 685: Crestron Shows Us the Actual ISE Shoot-Out on a Special Videocast

There’s been a lot of talk about what Crestron did at ISE — a shoot-out between 1G and 10G AV-over-IP systems at ISE a couple of weeks ago in Amsterdam. So, here it is — an actual live video version of it. But, with all the talk about them comparing their 1G NVX product line to the SDVoE 10G […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 685: Crestron Shows Us the Actual ISE Shoot-Out on a Special Videocast

Rants and rAVes — Episode 684: The Nureva Post-ISE Debrief Podcast is Here!

Nureva used ISE 2018 as an opportunity to launch three product updates as well as solidify their channel relationships. But, one surprising aspect of ISE for Nureva was how many channel partners bought their clients to see the new products and talk about how their using SPAN and the HDL-300. Gary sat down with Nureva’s founder, […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 684: The Nureva Post-ISE Debrief Podcast is Here!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 683: NEC’s ISE Debrief with Thomas Walter is Exactly Why NEC Won the Best Booth Award at ISE

NEC’s stand was awarded the best XL both at ISE because it was applications focused – and looked stunning! Gary was joined by NEC Europe’s Strategic Product Marketing, Thomas Walter, on today’s podcast to not only talk about their award but how the applications-focused booth was a stand-out at ISE and made a difference in record […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 683: NEC’s ISE Debrief with Thomas Walter is Exactly Why NEC Won the Best Booth Award at ISE

Rants and rAVes — Episode 682: NETGEAR Talks the Future of AV-over-IP and Their New AV-Aimed Network Switch

Gary was, again, joined by NETGEAR’s Laurent Masia, NETGEAR’s Senior Product Line Manager for Smart & Managed Switches, on today’s podcast to understand NETGEAR’s vision of AV-over-IP. They feel that if you’re aiming for perfect-imaging, you need to focus on SDVoE and their new M4300-96X is a 96-port (approx. $100 per port) switch is 100% […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 682: NETGEAR Talks the Future of AV-over-IP and Their New AV-Aimed Network Switch

Rants and rAVes — Episode 681: Want to See a 128 x 128 AV-over-IP System Work? IDK Has One!

Certainly a debrief about how IDK felt about exhibiting at their first ISE Show in Amsterdam — with their SDVoE-based AV-over-IP solution NINJAR — was required on this podcast with IDK’s Chris Miller and Ryohei Iwasaki, but the best part wasn’t even podcast-related. While preparing for the podcast, they let me see a top-secret IDK […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 681: Want to See a 128 x 128 AV-over-IP System Work? IDK Has One!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 680: A Wyrestorm Post-ISE Debrief with James Meredith

Wyrestorm’s EMEA Sales Manager, James Meredith, joined Gary on today’s edition of his podcast to talk all about ISE and their new product launches from last week’s show. Their AV-over-IP line was popular but so were their new fiber optic distribution systems. You can hear about all the new products on this podcast and you […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 680: A Wyrestorm Post-ISE Debrief with James Meredith

Rants and rAVes — Episode 679: Vivitek’s Holger Graeff Gives Gary a Post-ISE Show Debrief

Vivitek went to ISE in a combined presence with their parent company, Delta Displays. And they literally had a booth with every display technology represented at every single resolution. From LCD to LED. From DLP to to BYOD. This is a great show wrap-up videocast with Vivitek’s General Manager, Holger Graeff. 

Rants and rAVes — Episode 679: Vivitek’s Holger Graeff Gives Gary a Post-ISE Show Debrief

Rants and rAVes — Episode 678: Epson Gives Gary a Debrief of ISE — Including New Laser Projectors for Education

Epson had a huge ISE last week – both in size and product portfolio. As you’ll see from the videos we shot at ISE – including the booth tour video – visitors to the Epson stand were greeted with a giant 25’ wide curved ceiling to floor screen built by mapping six laser projectors together. And, inside the […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 678: Epson Gives Gary a Debrief of ISE — Including New Laser Projectors for Education

Rants and rAVes — Episode 677: ISE Special Videocast: Logitech Heads to ISE with New SmartDock Flex

Logitech’s SmartDock  a touch-enabled meeting room console designed for Skype Room Systems, debuted in late 2016 and they’ll head to ISE 2018 with the new SmartDock Flex. If you use ANY cloud-based videoconferencing solution, you’ll want to watch this video cast as their new SmartDock Flex not only allows the SmartDock to be integrated into Zoom but also […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 677: ISE Special Videocast: Logitech Heads to ISE with New SmartDock Flex

Rants and rAVes — Episode 676: ISE Special Videocast: iMAG Systems Heads to ISE with New iPress Button Solution for AV-over-IP

iMAG used rAVe RADIO today to launch a product no one else has ever seen! It’s a single-button approach to controlling an AV-over-IP function – literally any function. Gary was joined by iMAG founder, Gerry Raffaut, today on his Rant’s and rAVe podcast on a special video-version to demo their iPress and show him how their new analytics […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 676: ISE Special Videocast: iMAG Systems Heads to ISE with New iPress Button Solution for AV-over-IP

Rants and rAVes — Episode 675: ISE Special Podcast: Barco is All About Collaboration and Meeting Experiences at ISE with Focus on ClickShare and WePresent

In addition to their obvious array of new display gear – and the first time most AV people will see UniSee – Barco will use Hall 12 Stand F100 at the ISE Show to demo their new ClickShare products, software vision 1.5 and the family of WePresent products – now branded as Barco. Version 1.5 includes new audio lip-syncing timing, 30fps video for […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 675: ISE Special Podcast: Barco is All About Collaboration and Meeting Experiences at ISE with Focus on ClickShare and WePresent

Rants and rAVes — Episode 674: ISE Special Podcast: BrightSign Heads to ISE with New Series 4 HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Digital Signage Players

Gary was joined by BrightSign‘s CEO, Jeff Hastings, today who explained what they will show in their booth in Hall 8 Stand G240 at next week’s ISE Show in Amsterdam. There are two focuses (new 4K players and software compatibility) — so listen to today’s podcast and check them out at www.brightsign.biz  Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 674: ISE Special Podcast: BrightSign Heads to ISE with New Series 4 HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Digital Signage Players

Rants and rAVes — Episode 673: ISE Special Podcast: ZeeVee Will Bring H.264, 1Gig and 10Gig AV-over-IP Solutions to ISE

Most AV-over-IP companies have embraced one technology over the others. But, ZeeVee can send AV over an IP network in all three flavors – H.264, over a 1Gig and over a 10Gig network. So, depending on the application, the client chooses — the NFL, for example, chose H.264 for the Super Bowl. Listen to today’s podcast with […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 673: ISE Special Podcast: ZeeVee Will Bring H.264, 1Gig and 10Gig AV-over-IP Solutions to ISE

Rants and rAVes — Episode 672: ISE Special Videocast: Mike Blackman Shares Details on Next Week’s ISE Show in Amsterdam

ISE Managing Director, Mike Blackman, joined Gary on a special video edition of his Rants and rAVe’s podcast today to share details on the two new ISE Halls, how to register for exclusive Projection Mapping Shows and on every special event at the show. This year’s show will be the biggest AV show ever- he even […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 672: ISE Special Videocast: Mike Blackman Shares Details on Next Week’s ISE Show in Amsterdam

Rants and rAVes — Episode 671: ISE Special Podcast: InFocus Will be at ISE With New Jupiter PixelNet 2.0

InFocus will not only focus their ISE stand on the family of Mondopad collaboration boards but they’ll use the annual mega-AV-show to highlight they new Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 distributed display wall system – an AV-over-IP video wall system including 4K, audio and fiber support. And, InFocus’ CMO, Brady Bruce, joined Gary on today’s podcast and hinted at new projectors for InFocus […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 671: ISE Special Podcast: InFocus Will be at ISE With New Jupiter PixelNet 2.0

Rants and rAVes — Episode 670: ISE Special Podcast: HDMI 2.1 Means Cleerline Fiber Could Explode in Growth

In case you haven’t heard, the HDMI Alliance’s new 2.1 standard passed and it means that, unless you take HDMI over the network, you’ll likely be distributing it via fiber. Cleerline Fiber not only has a family of fiber cable, but also a test kit designed specifically for AV integrators, the SSF-TKITE-100  and a new super-thin, fishing-line-like fiber (SSF-CLEER900UM) cable […]

Rants and rAVes — Episode 670: ISE Special Podcast: HDMI 2.1 Means Cleerline Fiber Could Explode in Growth