Electronic House Magazine Names ELAN™ Home Systems' VIA!®dj Product of the Year

Latest Honor Represents Fifth Major Award for ELAN's Popular Digital Audio Storage and Music Management System

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #228 - ELAN™ Home Systems today announced that the company's VIA!dj Digital Music Server has secured its fifth, consecutive award, by being named one of Electronic House Magazine's Products of the Year for 2003.


The ELAN VIA!dj™ Digital Music Server features a 160 -gigabyte hard drive that enables homeowners to view and play their CD and MP3 collections from any ELAN VIA!® Touch Panel or TV in the house. Navigation is easy and intuitive, with large, full -color graphics displayed on the ELAN Touch Panels and TVs. Users can view album cover art for each CD, select music they want to listen to by CD title, artist, song name, playlist, and more.

A highly unique digital music server, ELAN's VIA!dj not only works well as a single room or home theater solution using its digital output, but it can also seamlessly integrate into a whole house system, providing digital music throughout the home. With it's four discrete audio outputs, the VIA!dj allows independent listening in multiple rooms, and music can easily be selected using VIA! Touch Panels from any location. The VIA!dj retails for $3,600.

Electronic House Magazine's Product of the Year Awards are presented annually by EH Publishing and honor the best in home automation and home entertainment products. The editors of EH Publishing's four magazines that are dedicated to the electronic house all choose their favorite products through a democratic voting process. Award recipients were chosen based on reviews that ran throughout the year, product demos, and surveys conducted with the installers and users of the products. Topping the list of criteria is technological innovation, overall value, and outstanding features.

The winners of this year's awards will be featured in the September issue of Electronic House magazine, which will have bonus distribution to thousands of CEDIA Expo attendees.

The Electronic House Product of the Year Award represents the fifth award bestowed upon VIA!dj in the span of less than one year. The other awards are: 2003 CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) Mark of Excellence - Product of the Year Award, 2003 CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) Mark of Excellence - Best Audio Component Award, 2002 EHX (Electronic House Expo) Distributed Audio Award - Best Digital Audio Storage & Music Management System Award, and 2003 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Innovations Design & Engineering Showcase Award.


"We are honored that EH Publishing has chosen ELAN Home Systems' VIA!dj as one of its Electronic House Magazine's Products of the Year for 2003," stated Paul Starkey, ELAN's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We continually focus on creating and delivering innovative products that can be configured to meet the highly customized and ever -evolving needs of our Dealers and their clients. Given that music servers are becoming quite a major product category in our industry, it is particularly exciting for us to consistently have the VIA!dj place in such high regard by industry influentials."

According to Electronic House's Editor -In -Chief Cindy Davis, "It was particularly hard to choose our favorites this year given that we received hundreds more entries than last year. We all had our opinions as to why each product was deserving of an award. I am happy to say that in the end it was unanimous, ELAN's VIA!dj Digtial Music Server made it into the final round."

The Award will be presented at an exclusive invitation -only breakfast event to be held during CEDIA on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 -9 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN

ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award -winning distributed audio/video and home automation systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company's systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third -party products to create a seamless, easy -to -use "whole house" experience. The company's unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature -rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 28 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

VIA!®, VIA!®Music Management, and VIA!®dj are registered trademarks of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, KY. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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