Xantech Corporation Revolutionizes In -Wall TouchPad Stand Alone Technology

The Line of SmartPad LCD™ Color Controllers is now shipping and available

Sylmar, Calif. - - (Xantech Wire) - July 13, 2004 - Xantech Corporation, a 35 year -old worldwide leader in high quality, residential, A/V distribution and control systems and component products, continues a ten -year commitment to pioneering in -wall SmartPad Controllers with today's introduction of its new line of SmartPad LCD™ Color Controllers.


Due to increased end -user interest in the home A/V industry, Xantech has developed a new family of next generation SmartPad products in The Wave Product Line (Whole House Audio / Video Entertainment) to provide enhanced entertainment to meet lifestyle needs for ease of use and performance of their WAVE system. Xantech is able to tap into their client -driven expertise dedicating its research and development leadership for quickly responding to the growing need for self contained controllers.

An ideal solution for authorized Xantech dealers, the line of SmartPad LCD Color Controllers and it's innovative service model is dedicated to professional installers and high quality home audio and video entertainment end -users. They deliver new value in overall flexibility, ease of programming and installation to the dealer and installer, while providing the simple touch automation desired by the end user.

As with the previous models of the SmartPad keypads, these touch screen panel keypads are designed to be stand alone controllers with the ability to output IR commands onto the standard Xantech four -wire bus as well as receive (and pass -through) IR commands via the built -in IR receiver. These new touch screen panels also have the ability to receive and transmit RS232 commands for a wide range of control options. This keypad is also directly compatible with Xantech's MRC88 products for seamless integration with Whole House Audio Video Entertainment systems.

All functionality and screen graphics are fully programmable using Xantech's intuitive and easy to use Dragon Drop IR programming software using either the RS232 or USB ports located behind the detachable faceplate. Each keypad comes with an extensive library of built -in IR codes via the Learning Eye or from Dragon Drop IR software. The line of SmartPad LCD™ Color Controllers is the next generation of in -wall touchpad controllers.

Now shipping, The Line of SmartPad LCD Color Controllers is available in three interactive touchpad sizes, a 3.9", a 5.7" and a 6.4" diagonal color graphic controller. Each device has the ability to control Xantech and all other brands of A/V equipment, including interior and exterior security, lighting and HVAC systems. And, importantly, each stand -alone touchpad has an extensive built -in Xantech IR code library.

"The Xantech Corporation listened, said Morris Bekas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. We engaged in conversations with domestic and international dealers and professional installers to address and support their product needs and technology requirements. These proved to be emerging drivers of the next generation family of SmartPad LCD Color Controller products. Our stand alone technology goal was to out -perform the gold -standard level of product reputation and performance that Xantech is known for and to significantly increase the return on end -user investment, while reducing the total cost of ownership. Our hope is to allow dealers and installers, and home entertainment end -users, across the United States and worldwide, to use and become familiar with their WAVE system's technology, so that they can grow with it and take advantage of it in the future."

Our leadership continues the legacy of market heritage of pioneering and innovation for setting industry best management practices from a commitment of diversely talented team of professionals who enjoy meeting next generation standards of the future in home automation and control and audio/video marketplace.

Experience the future of in -wall TouchPad stand alone technology at CEDIA, Booth #215. To request a catalog or a live presentation, call Xantech to place your free order at 1 -800 -843 -5465.

About Xantech Corporation
Established in 1969, Xantech Corporation (www.xantech.com) designs and manufactures high quality Residential and Commercial A/V Distribution and Control Systems and Component Products. Since 1969, over one million of these systems have been installed worldwide.

The Xantech product line includes Multi -Zone, Multi -Source Audio/Video Systems, Multi -Zone, Multi -Source Pre -amplifiers, Multi -Channel Audio Amplifiers, Infrared Receivers, Remote Control Switchers, Interface Modules, IR Connecting Blocks, IR Emitters, Volume Controls and IR Accessories. All products are sold to Professional Installers through Distributors or directly from Xantech.
Xantech products are marketed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Holland, the UK, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador. Xantech is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (www.nortek -inc.com), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial markets. Nortek, established in 1967, is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island and has an annual gross revenue exceeding $1.8 billion.

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