Amherst, N.Y. - Stampede's 2012 Big Book of AV Tour will hit 13 cities, and the distributor said it will double the length of each day's exhibit hours and increase the number of on-site training programs.
"Our 2011 Big Book of AV Tour was the biggest, most successful tour in the three year history of the program," Stampede president and COO Kevin Kelly said. "Frankly, given the fact that we hit nine cities and educated several thousand attendees during the 2011 tour, it's going to be a challenge to make the 2012 tour even bigger and better -- but we have the programs underway that will do just that."
According to Kelly, increasing the number of cities visited, doubling the length of each day's exhibit hours, increasing the number and variety of on-site training programs, opening up the tour to more end users, and making affordable video conferencing a centerpiece of every tour stop will help strengthen the tour as the largest event of its kind in North America.
"We're thrilled that the Big Book of AV Tour continues to grow and reach more dealers each year," Kelly said. "This tour provides dealers across the country a chance to experience the latest AV technologies and equipment and learn not only how to use them, but also which ones to use for each unique job. When coupled with our Stampede University live training events on topics such as 3D technology, touch technology and digital signage, The Big Book of AV Tour is a dealer's one-stop event for staying up-to-date on everything AV."
The Big Book of AV Tour supports and extends the reach of the company's "The Big Book of AV, The Ultimate Audio/Video Resource Book." The 2011 tour offered a chance for dealers to see live projector and display demonstrations and take part in Stampede University live training events on topics such as 3D technology, touch technology and digital signage.
Published each year by Stampede, The Big Book of AV contains more than 800 pages and features thousands of products that are ideal for home theaters, schools, houses of worship and just about any venue, Stampede said. The book offers buyer tips for selecting the right AV equipment and recommends products to enhance the performance of displays and projectors. The book also includes a Manufacturer Resource Section with contact info for every featured brand and a glossary of commonly used AV industry terms to help dealers understand the latest technology language. The Big Book of AV is also available for free online at
and is now compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices.
Attendees of the 2011 tour saw the latest solutions from a variety of vendors, including Atlas Sound, Avteq, BenQ, Casio, Chief, Epson, Gefen, Hall Research, Hitachi Solutions, Kramer, Lumens, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, ProSales, TechGlobal, Samsung, Severtson Screens, Sharp and Sony.
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