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Polycom Announces Award Winning SoundStructure Now Shipping - Delivers High Definition Sound For Installed Conference Rooms

Nov 28, 2007 (08:11 AM EST)
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PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Polycom, Inc. , the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced that the new award winning SoundStructure(TM) series, the first installed audio solutions for voice and video conferencing applications delivering truly immersive sound quality, are now available to customers in North America, Europe and parts of Asia.

Leveraging Polycom's proven technology and market leadership in installed audio solutions, SoundStructure solutions are flexible and comprehensive room systems that deliver state-of-the-art performance and audio processing capabilities. The series provides breakthrough sound quality for conference rooms, classrooms, customized meeting rooms, and telepresence environments.

"We are pleased with the early recognition our industry has given the SoundStructure series," said Craig H. Richardson, vice president and general manager of installed voice solutions at Polycom. "The solutions have clear advantages for installed voice systems in any size facility. Whether used on their own or combined with Polycom's industry-leading high definition HDX video conferencing solutions, SoundStructure will provide a completely immersive collaboration experience that can't be implemented with other installed audio solutions."

"The SoundStructure will provide us with the missing link we need in broadcasting our music performances and Master Classes in a video conference setting," said James Sizemore, Audio Engineer/Sound Designer at the Manhattan School of Music. "With its individual input channel acoustic echo cancellation, microphone preamps, dynamic processors, and robust routing and wiring features, the SoundStructure provides us with all the audio tools necessary for a professional mixing and broadcasting system."

SoundStructure, which was introduced at the InfoComm convention in June 2007, has been recognized by three audio/visual (AV) industry publications as one of the best products of InfoComm:

-- Gary Kayye's rAVe, a prominent AV consultant's biweekly online newsletter, named SoundStructure the "Best New Conferencing System Product" at InfoComm. In announcing the award, Kayye stated "It's an HD audio system (22 kHz) that truly sounds like you're all in the same room when you're talking on it -- you can't even tell you're in an audio conference." -- Pro AV magazine included SoundStructure in its "InfoComm Hot Products" list, stating "Full-frequency sound and full-stereo echo cancellation contribute to what Polycom calls an 'immersive audio experience,' which will provide superior audio to any voice-only teleconference and is the perfect audio complement to a high-definition videoconference." -- Sound & Video Contractor magazine named SoundStructure a "Pick Hit" of InfoComm. To be named a Pick Hit, the magazine said, a product "must be technologically innovative, designed to help systems contractors offer more to their clients, while making their own jobs easier."

Designed for installed room environments, systems integrators and AV professionals, the SoundStructure series are comprehensive systems featuring multiple input and output options and submix processing capabilities that simplify installation and provide flexibility for any room configuration. Several design features have been implemented to support integrator needs, including 22 kHz stereo acoustic echo cancellation on all input channels; feedback elimination and advanced ambient noise cancellation on all input channels; flexible telephony options; and direct digital connection to Polycom HDX(TM) high definition video systems.

The Polycom SoundStructure products are available in 8, 12 and 16 input/output "C" (conferencing) models with two plug-in cards for single and dual line telephony options.

Pricing and Availability

The SoundStructure line is available in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia through Polycom certified channel partners for a manufacturer's suggested retail price in North America of U.S. $4,995 for an eight-channel system, $6,495 for a 12-channel system and $7,995 for a 16-channel system. Regional pricing may vary. Polycom's existing Vortex line of installed audio solutions will continue to be available and supported.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at http://www.polycom.com .

Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and Polycom SoundStructure, Vortex and HDX are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (C)2007, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

CONTACT: Robin Raulf-Sager of Polycom, +1-303-583-5342, robin.raulf-sager@polycom.com; or Elaine Jones of Elaine Jones Associates,+1-801-883-0388, , for Polycom

Web site: http://www.polycom.com/