Rants & rAVes — Episode 1097: Why You Should Attend the E4 Experience in Chicago May 3
Almo Corporation’s VP of marketing and communications, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary on his Rants & rAVes podcast to talk about (what is about to be) the biggest E4 ever. With over 60 brands, likely the largest collection of all-in-one LEDs ever assembled in one building and two hospitality robots that AV integrators can sell, the […]
Rants & rAVes — Episode 1091: Here’s Why Integrators Should Bring End Users to the E4 Experience
Next week in Anaheim, California, Almo Pro A/V will kick off the 2022 E4 Experience tour — an annual regional show with 50+ manufacturers of AV, UCC and Digital Signage gear. AV integrators in Southern California have always been big supporters of the E4 Experience (now in its 12th year). But don’t forget: The 2022 event also provides […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1076: The Almo E4 Experience: LIVE in Dallas Nov. 30 With a Hybrid Global Experience Using LAVNCH
We’re excited to be partnering with Almo to bring the first (ever) truly hybrid AV event to the market. Using the LAVNCH HYBRID Platform, Almo Pro A/V will hold its live, in-person E4 Experience as it does annually, in Dallas, and — in an exclusive partnership with HB LIVE — Almo will deliver curated content to a global […]
Rants & rAVes — Episode 1063: What’s Up With NanoLumens?
NanoLumens invented curved and flexible LEDs — that’s its unique differentiation, too. But, in a sea of different LED providers, how does NanoLumens stand out? What are its other strengths? In this Rants & rAVes episode, Kurt DeYoung from NanoLumens tells you why he thinks you should consider this company first as your LED vendor. […]
Rants & rAVes — Episode 1048: Want to See a Camera Built Into the Middle of an LED Display? Jupiter’s Done It!
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 […]
Rants & rAVes — Episode 1046: rAVe’s Exclusive Video Interview With ISE Managing Director, Mike Blackman — All About ISE Barcelona and London
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 […]
Rants & rAVes — Episode 1045: Easescreen CEO Gerhard Pichler Talks Digital Signage and His Impressions of ISE 2021
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1034: Why You Should Join NSCA, and Why the NSCA BLC Is the Perfect 2021 Event
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1033: AVIXA Shifts InfoComm 2021 to October — Here’s Why
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! […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1032: Learn How Jupiter Systems’ PANA Is Bringing the Hollywood Display Format to UCC
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 — […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1031: Get Ready for Kayye’s Krystal Ball Webinar Presented by Almo Pro A/V — With Some Help from LG!
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1030: The LED Install Gods — Ion Visual Solutions
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1029: The Sony REA-C1000 Is, Literally, the Best-Kept Secret in AV Right Now
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1028: Want to Know About Planar’s EverCare Lifetime Warranty Program? Watch This!
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1027: ViewSonic’s All-in-One LED Includes a 1.5-millimeter 135″ and a 1.8-millimeter 163″
Gary was joined on Tuesday’s videocast by ViewSonic’s director of business line management for commercial displays, David Naranjo, who talked about the benefits (and applications) of its new 1.5-millimeter pixel pitch 135″ and 1.8-millimeter pixel pitch 163″ all-in-one LED products. These are already shipping and have a unique refresh rate as well as a built-in digital signage platform — listen/watch […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1026: Study With Steph to Get Your CTS!
rAVe’s own Steph Beckett joined Gary on his latest videocast to talk about an all-new podcast logically titled: Study With Steph. Steph’s been in AV for a few years now, and Gary challenged her to get her AVIXA CTS certification. Well, challenge accepted. But, since Steph never does anything alone, she’s taking you along on her CTS journey — so any and all AV’ers (who want […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1025: VDO360’s AutoPilot Sees Price Drop
Gary was joined Thursday by VDO360’s founder, Dan Freeman, to talk about the $1,000 reduction on the company’s AutoPilot UCC system as well as the company’s line of SEE Series cameras. Since the pandemic, VDO360’s business has skyrocketed and all of it’s been through AV dealers — and they’re distributed by Almo Pro A/V. Watch! […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1024: The ‘State of the Display Market’ Webinar Will Be an Epic Battle Between Gary Kayye and Jonathan Brawn
For the first time ever, Gary Kayye and Jonathan Brawn will be presenting together. Both AVIXA Educator of the Year recipients, Gary and Jonathan are well-known and respected as some of the most knowledgeable display technologists in the AV market — Jonathan, a flat-panel display guru, and Gary, a projection and LED tech expert. Dec. 17 will mark the first […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1023: Why Is the ClearOne BMA 360 Dominating Beamforming Mic Installs?
ClearOne just announced record sales and earnings, and some of its recent success points to the BMA 360 — a patented ceiling tile beamforming mic array. ClearOne’s VP of audio technologies, David Lambert, joined Gary on his videocast today to explain how the BMA 360 works and how it’s different from the other ceiling-tile-based mics on the market. […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1022: Join Us at the D=SIGN Happy Hour With Dave Haynes
The famed Sixteen:Nine Happy Hour is coming back — at the AVIXA and DSF D=SIGN Digital Signage Conference! In the meantime, check out this videocast with rAVe’s Gary Kayye and Sixteen:Nine’s own Dave Haynes, chatting about the state of the digital signage market, too! It’s worth the watch! Space for the happy hour is limited to 300. Don’t miss it — register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dsign-happy-hour-hosted-by-avixa-and-sixteennine-registration-128767987517 Podcast: […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1021: Why You Need to Register for Next Week’s AVIXA + DSF D=SIGN Event
Gary was joined by both D=SIGN opening keynote speakers, Laura Davis-Taylor and Beth Warren, today on his podcast along with AVIXA’s Sam Phenix and DSF’s Spencer Graham, to talk all about the industry’s new, premier digital signage event. D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference is coming Dec. 8-9 (aka next week). You need to register as this is going to THE event you will remember five […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1019: Here’s What the Sharp/NEC Joint Venture Means to AV
Gary was joined by both Sharp NEC Display Solutions’ President and CEO, Todd Bouman, and Sharp Imaging and Information Systems’ Mike Marusic, on his videocast today to better understand the impact of the joint venture that formed the new Sharp NEC DIsplay Solutions company. Nope, it’s not a merger — and yes, you can expect the synergy creating […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1018: If You Do Distributed Audio, You Will Love the Barix IP Former
BARIX CEO Reto Brader joined Gary on his videocast today to explain the simplest way to convert any distributed audio speaker into an IP speaker — using the company’s new IP Former. The IP Former simply has an Ethernet port on one side and 2-8-ohm speaker output on the other side; it allows you to put any speaker on an […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1017: What Does ADI + Herman ProAV Mean to AV?
As you may have read, security and home technology-focused Resideo (owner of ADI and Honeywell Home) acquired family-owned AV distributor Herman ProAV back in February. Now that the ink has dried and they are one company, Gary caught up with ADI’s global vice president of business development, Cynthia Menna, and Herman ProAV’s own Jeffrey Wolf, to talk about how they […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1016: Why Haven’t You Registered for the Almo E4v Yet?
Gary caught up with the leaders of one session of next week’s Almo Pro A/V E4v. If you’ve ever wanted to know anything about “The Future of Events: Hybrid, In-Person, VR & More” — check out this interview with Tom Kehr and Don Guzauckas. Then, tune into their E4v session Thursday, Oct. 29. You absolutely need to be there […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1015: The Dan Dugan Interview
Less than a handful of people in AV have ever won an Emmy Award. One of them is Dan Dugan — and he’ll receive his Emmy live during the 72nd Engineering Emmy Awards on Thursday, Oct. 29. Dan Dugan started in “AV” back in 1965. And his 55+ year career has included a handful of inventions used […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1014: Let’s Catch Up with AVIXA’s Sean Wargo on the State of AV, UCC and Digital Signage
You may recall that, in mid-August, Gary spoke to AVIXA’s Sean Wargo about the organization’s late-summer market intelligence report. Well — two months later, Gary grabbed Sean again to get his perspective on how things are going as we’re in Q4 2020 — and what new things we might see in AVIXA’s next report. Gary and Sean also discussed […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1013: Chris and Gary LIVE Debuts Oct. 22!
Mersive’s founder, Chris Jaynes, and rAVe’s founder, Gary Kayye, will be together in a show exclusive to the LAVNCH & Learn platform to talk about … well … watch this. Then, register here: https://theraveagency.com/lavnch/register/mersive. Make sure to join Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. — IT. IS. LIVE. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1012: So … You’re Still Not Doing 4K?
Gary’s doing an encore presentation of his famed “4K No Myths, No Exaggerations — Just the Facts” presentation, exclusively for Almo ProAV clients. Plus, he’s added all-about-4K in UCC, too! Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect when you register here for the webinar Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. EDT. P.S. Big thanks […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1011: Delivering a Secure AV Experience in Today’s New Hybrid World
Vice President of Business Development Jessica McDowell discusses how integrators can lean on SYNNEX to deliver secure AV to support customers in today’s new hybrid environments. SYNNEX offers an industry-leading product line card, certified design engineers, security assessments and extensive training opportunities. With increased levels of collaboration and almost everything being connected to the network today, now […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1010: Here’s a Live Video Demo of the New NETGEAR 1G AV-over-IP 4250 Series and Its Awesome UI
Gary was joined on this episode by NETGEAR’s Laurent Masia, who gave him a live video demo of how simple it is to configure the new NETGEAR M4250 Series of 1Gbps AV-over-IP switches. As you are probably aware, 1G is about 84% of the AV-over-IP market right now, so NETGEAR introduced the new M4250 Series to address […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1009: Watch This Videocast and Be Convinced to Join a Webinar I Host in Less than 2 Weeks!
I rarely record podcasts or videocasts to promote webinars. The principle seems too “meta” to me — and if you don’t know what that means, don’t fret: I work around Gen Zers and millennials all day, so ask your kids. Back to this webinar thing — I think that this webinar I am doing on Oct. […]