RUSSOUND UNVEILS SMART MEDIA SERVER

New SMS3 Provides Convenient Media Management for Multi-Room Systems

CES, Las Vegas, NV January 8, 2004 - Russound, a leading manufacturer of a/v products for the residential systems and connectivity markets, debuted their SMS3, a Smart Media Server. This innovative server stores and manages music and digital images providing easy retrieval from virtually anywhere in the home. The SMS3 can intuitively supply three different sources of music simultaneously, making it ideal for use in a high quality Multi -Source/Multi -Zone system. When used with a Russound CAV/UNO -S2 system, the artist, album, and song information is delivered directly to the user via the UNO display. SMS3 will be shipping this spring at a MAP of $2499.


The SMS3 Media Server comes complete with a CD -ROM drive, internal 160GB hard drive and an Ethernet connection that allows the user easy access to their music and digital media and to enjoy it conveniently throughout the home. Additionally, the on board CD ROM drive allows the server to be used as a CD player, whereby during play the server catalogs files automatically and at the conclusion of play, offers the listener the option of storing the session on the hard drive. This is a quick, convenient way for the listener to create an extensive collection of their favorite music. The SMS3 also features a composite video output with an innovative and attractive graphical user interface making the Russound Media Server easy to use, entertaining and informative.

According to Andy Lewis, Russound's Multi -Source/Multi -Zone Product Manager, "Among the many unique features of the SMS3 Media Server is the Personal Media Assistant (PMA) which organizes your music by theme, activity or playlist automatically according to your preferences! While listening, the user can easily rate their music within each group enabling the server to anticipate the user's musical interests. Not only that, the SMS3 utilizes Gracenote (aka CDDB) and MUZE an online database for automatic Metafile retrieval, which provides the user with useful information such as track, title, artist and even album art."
Mr. Lewis went on to add, "The integration of the RNET plug and play system provides seamless operation with Russound RNET enabled Multi -Source/Multi -Zone systems, making Russound the optimum system of choice."

Typical of Russound's meticulous engineering, the SMS3 is designed with a slim, stylish chassis that is only one rack space high, a unique space saving attribute not found in typical media servers. As many Russound Smart Media Servers will be partnered with other Russound components such as the CAV6.6 Controller amplifier and ST2 Dual Tuner, the SMS3 was designed to match them cosmetically providing an optimum complement visually as well as technically.

About Russound
Russound is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of state of the art audio, video and connectivity products for the residential systems and a/v connectivity markets. Founded in 1967, the company is based in Newmarket, New Hampshire and markets their products throughout the world. Additional information on Russound and its products can be readily obtained at www.russound.com. The company can also be reached by e -mail at sales@russound.com, by phone at 603/659 -5170 and by fax at 603/659 -5388.

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