Company Earns Four Awards During Custom Install Trade Show

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (October 9, 2003) - - Achieving high praise from its peers and trade groups alike, Sonance®, the leading developer and manufacturer of high -fidelity, home theater and whole -house architectural audio products, has been honored with four consumer electronics -based industry awards at the recently held Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo in Indianapolis. Highest among the honors was CEDIA's coveted 2003 Manufacturers' Excellence Award, which was awarded to Sonance for its new Symphony Extreme XT speaker. The speaker, designed to survive temperatures ranging from minus 30 degrees up to 220 degrees, yet maintain a superior sound quality, won in the category of Best Custom Installation Product. CEDIA is the leading global trade association of companies that specialize in planning and installing electronic systems for the home, and is a key partner in the growth of this industry.

In addition to the above, Sonance also received additional awards from leading industry magazines, including a Product of the Year Award from Electronic House Magazine and two ExC!te Awards from CustomRetailer magazine. The magazine's awards are based upon technical innovation, features and value, product reviews, as well as input from installers and end users. Electronic House, a magazine dedicated to integrated home electronics and home automation with high -technology products, recognized the Sonance Navigator K2 in -wall controller keypad as one of the best hard button and high -resolution LCD touch panel available.

CustomRetailer, a trade magazine that offers technology and strategy for the specialty consumer electronics retailer, presented Sonance with two ExC!te Awards: one for its Navigator K2 keypad, a unique hard button and high -resolution LCD touch panel, and one for its Ellipse line of loudspeakers, elliptically -shaped in -ceiling speakers second to none. The award, so name for Excellence in Custom Installed Technologies and Electronics, honor products that fuel consumer enthusiasm in the consumer electronics sector.

"These are the kind of results you get when people are passionate about their work and care deeply about what they do," said Chip Brown, chief executive office of Sonance. "Our goal is to always put out the best product we can and serve our dealers and customers in the best way possible. These awards lend validity and are tremendously gratifying to win."

Product awards are not the only recognition Sonance has received this year. The company has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Orange County, Calif., no small feat considering Orange County's reputation as a virtually hotbed of entrepreneurial companies. And in June, Sonance was presented with an Ethics in America Award, for its ongoing commitment to ethical integrity in the marketplace.

Company Information

Founded in 1984, Sonance of San Clemente, Calif., is a pioneer and leading developer and manufacturer of high -fidelity, whole -home architectural audio products, including in -wall and in -ceiling speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, whole -house multi -source control systems, cables and other products for distributed audio and home theater applications.

The company is among the leaders in home audio sales, and offers four brands to serve all segments of the market. Through its Sonance brand, the company is a leader among designers and custom installers of home electronics systems, while it also manufactures products sold under the Architectural AudioÔ by Sonance brand for professional homebuilders and home contractors. At the retail level, HomeTechâ by Sonance, sold at Best Buy stores and online at, and HiFi WorksÔ by Sonance, found at Lowe's and online at, can be found in -store or on -line.

Sonance credits its success to listening to their customers to provide solutions to their custom install needs and delivering superior value product. Further information can be obtained by contacting the company at 212 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672 by calling 1 - 800 -582 -0771, or by visiting

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