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Sony And Stampede Make Bold Move To Drive Market Adoption Of Affordable HD Quality Video Conferencing

Moving decisively to expand the market for affordably priced HD quality video conferencing solutions, Stampede Presentation Products Inc. (www.stampedeglobal.com) today opened its INFOCOMM 2012 sales and marketing program with the announcement that, effective immediately, it was reducing the list price on three Sony Video Conferencing Systems by as much as 44%.

Stampede, the industry’s oldest and largest distributor of ProAV solutions is also the exclusive North American distributor of Sony Video Conferencing equipment. Over the last year, the company has been driving the market for affordably priced video conferencing through a groundbreaking lease program that makes Sony Video Conferencing available for under $100 per-month. The announcement of new lower list prices on the Sony PCS-XA80, Sony PCS-XA55 and Sony PCS-XL55 is expected to accelerate demand for system sales.

According to Eric Murphy, Vice President of the Visual Communications Group at Stampede, the list price on the Sony PCS-XA80 HD Video Conferencing Package has been reduced from $8,999 to $4,999 — representing a reduction of 44%. The list price on the Sony PCS-XA55 HD Video Conferencing Package has been reduced from $5,999 to $3,999 — representing a 33% price reduction. Finally, the Sony PCS-XL55 All-in-One HD Desktop Codec has been reduced in price 33% from $5,999 to $3,999.

“Dealers can immediately begin to benefit from these new list prices,” Murphy said today. “We expect that this new pricing program will have a huge impact on sales in both the education and SMB channels. Educators, in particular, are now making critically important purchase decisions for the start of the new school year in September and we wanted to be ahead of that decision-making curve with this new program.”

The Sony PCS-XA55 is a powerful, compact and stylish HD desktop videoconferencing system that features 720p HD quality images, dual stream data transfer, a HD 8-Megapixel CMOS camera and a high quality microphone with echo cancellation. The PCS-XA55 connects to any HD display including flat screen TVs and features one-touch dialing with the RF Remote Commander Unit. Like all Sony products, it can record a videoconference directly to the unit without the requirement of additional equipment.

The Sony PCS-XA80 takes the power and capabilities of the PCS-XA55 to the next level by adding an embedded MCU for Multi-point Calls, allowing communication with up to two remote videoconferencing sites (three sites in total) simultaneously. It features the same powerful hardware, HD video capabilities, and a microphone with echo cancellation.

The Sony PCS-XL55 is an all-in-one visual communication system that combines a built-in 720p HD camera, a 16:9 widescreen 21.6-inch WXGA LCD display, stereo speakers and a high-quality microphone with echo cancellation in one compact and sleek body that can even double as a PC display. The PCS-XL55 also has a convenient Kiosk mode that can be used to provide unattended services for applications such as remote consulting or customized distance learning.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, NY-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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