SONANCE INTRODUCES POWERFUL, EXPANDABLE LINE OF AUDIO/VIDEO CONTROL PRODUCTS

Sonance expands its Navigator line of custom installation control products, with five new remote controls.

Springboarding on the popularity its in -wall touchscreen control product, Sonance, the leader in architectural audio, is expanding its Navigator line of custom installation control products here at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show. The company announced five new remote controls, including two with RF/IR capabilities, two new eight -source/eight zone audio and video matrixes, an expansion hub for daisy -chaining matrixes to expand capacities up to 32 -source/32 -zone, and a Systems Controller that acts as the brains of the Navigator System. All programming is done through an easy to use Windows CE -based operating system.


"Having had great success in the multi -room audio arena, we now want to turn our focus on creating powerful new system control and distribution electronics," said Hal Hufford, Sonance vice president of sales and marketing. "Designed for easy installation and programming, we believe both the dealer and customer will find the new products are a great solution."

Moving into the realm of Ethernet, RS -232, RJ -45 and RS -485 based devices, Sonance's Navigator Controller acts as the brains of the Navigator system, connecting with in -wall keypads and touch screens, as well as connecting the company's new Audio Matrix and separate Video Matrix, which are designed to distribute audio and video throughout the house.

Audio and Video Distribution
The Audio Matrix provides switching and selection of up to eight audio sources for distribution to up to eight independent zones. With the use of Sonance's expansion hub, distribution can be increased up to 32 -source/32 -zone configuration. The Audio Matrix features preamp level control of volume, bass, treble and balance.
Sonance's new Video Matrix represents the company's first foray into video switching products. The Video Matrix provides switching and selection of video signals of up to eight sources to eight zones, and is also expandable to a 32 -source/32 -zone configuration. It accepts all video inputs (composite, S, and component), transcodes composite -video to S -video, and will transmit 480i and 480p video through up to 500 feet of CAT -5 cable.

A Remote For Every Location
Leading the way in Sonance's new remote controls are two remotes with color touch screens, the in -wall Navigator K4 and its tabletop cousin, the TS4. Both
feature active matrix 6.4 -inch VGA screens capable of displaying up to 65,000 colors. Each controller has built -in speakers and a microphone, and both have the ability to display full -motion video (optional).

The K4 in -wall remote connects to the Navigator controller via CAT -5 wiring, and also features an RJ -45 and RJ -SR485 port for connecting it to 3rd -party control systems. Video is streamed either through the Ethernet connection or via an optional composite video card.

The Navigator TS4 is a portable, wireless touchscreen (tabletop charger included) that accepts a 802.11b CompactFlash card to transmit commands via RF to the Navigator Controller. This 802.11b capability makes it possible to display Ethernet -streamed video.

Sonance will also offer two IR/RF hand -held remotes: The Navigator TS2 and the Navigator Extreme. The TS2 combines hard keys with a black & white touch screen, similar to those found on its in -wall cousin, the Navigator K2. The TS2 comes with a charging stand and with an RF -IR converter.

The Navigator Extreme is the outdoor member of the line. As its name implies, the Extreme is perfect for use in systems serving an area where there is a pool or a sauna, as it is not only waterproof, but it floats, as well.

While most of Sonance's line expansion has been focused upward from its aware -winning Navigator K2, the company has also expanded to offer the Navigator K -1, a basic 1 -gang, shallow -depth, in -wall keypad to meet basic control needs in an Ethernet -based system.

Pricing and Availability
Model Price Available
Navigator K1 $ 350 January
Navigator TS2 $ 600 April
Navigator Extreme $ 350 April
Navigator K4 $ 2400 April
Navigator TS4 $ 2600 April
Navigator System Controller $ 1200 April
Navigator Audio Matrix $ 1200 April
Navigator Video Matrix $ 2600 April
Navigator Expansion Hub $ 600 April

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.

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 installers of home electronics systems, while it also manufactures products sold under the Architectural Audio brand for professional homebuilders and home contractors. Additional Sonance products can be purchased at retail, including HomeTech by Sonance sold at Best Buy stores, and HiFi Works by Sonance, found at Lowe's and other home center stores.

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 www.sonance.com.

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