Russound shows new products at Electronic House Expo

Company booth underscores event theme: "Enter the new era in custom electronics"

ORLANDO, Fla., March 30, 2006 - At the Electronic House Expo (EHX) Spring 2006, Russound today showcased five new products that illustrate the company's commitment to incorporating the latest audio and video technologies - from iPods® to HDTV - into whole -house entertainment systems. EHX takes place March 30 - April 1, 2006 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


Products featured at EHX Booth #300 include:
• iBridge Dock and RNET® A/V Decoder, a system that allows homeowners to enjoy their favorite music stored on their iPods anywhere in the house. The iBridge Dock uses Russound's RNET technology for allowing all Russound products to communicate.

• ComPoint™ intercom system provides home owners with a full -featured communications system. It can be integrated with most multiroom audio -video systems or used as a stand alone system (speakers required).

• VM1 Video Matrix Video Distribution System allows homeowners to seamlessly switch HD -quality video sources in unison with their audio through a Russound RNET -enabled multiroom audio system.

• VBHD and VBC Video Baluns allow for high quality audio and video over CAT -5 cable covering greater distances and providing better results than traditional methods.

• A -OM, a dedicated A -BUS Line -Level Output Module made specifically for A -BUS multiroom audio systems. The A -OM converts A -BUS signals to a fixed line -level output enabling installers to power large zones with an external amplifier and volume control, or to add A -BUS audio as a source to a separate receiver.


"EHX shines a spotlight on emerging technologies that will change how we enjoy home entertainment in the near future," said Russound Product Manager Roger Soucy. "The products we're showcasing are at the forefront of delivering more A/V system options and control to homeowners."

Product details
The iBridge Dock and RNET A/V Decoder system brings the convenience and power of the iPod to whole -house entertainment. When plugged into an iBridge Dock, the iPod becomes another source in a multisource/multiroom system, communicating with other components via Russound's RNET platform while charging the iPod. The RNET A/V Decoder works in the background to enable a controller in an RNET system to receive artist, title and other metadata feedback, while allowing the Dock to be remotely located. iBridge Dock and RNET A/V Decoder will be available in May as a kit at a US MAP of $599.

The ComPoint intercom system enables users to converse with one another or to screen visitors to a home via point -to -point intercom and global paging through existing in -wall or in -ceiling speakers. It changes the paradigm of intercoms with speakers embedded in their keypads. Instead, homeowners can capitalize on the clarity and distribution of their multiroom audio speakers without sacrificing sound quality for home communications and security. ComPoint will be available in May. Complete kits start at a US MAP of $1736.

The Video Matrix Video Distribution System allows homeowners to have the same flexible control of their distributed video as they do for their distributed audio. Homeowners can now select up to eight video sources and seamlessly send Component HD -quality video to play in up to any of eight outputs. Connecting with industry standard CAT -5 wiring, the Video Matrix also provides up -conversion for older Composite and S -video electronics. Integrating with Russound's RNET multiroom audio systems, it tracks user selections and sends the video signal in conjunction with the distributed audio. Available in five configurations to suit a variety of needs, the VM1 Video Matrix Video Distribution System will be shipping in the summer of 2006.

VBHD and VBC Video Baluns allow homeowners to enjoy high -quality video and audio over a wider area in and around their homes over affordable standard CAT -5 cable. Competing products rely on passive frameworks that suffer from signal loss, resulting in lower brightness, and poor picture and audio quality. Russound's VBHD and VBC Video Baluns solve these problems because they are built with active circuitry that maintains consistent signal throughput. The VBHD and VBC Video Baluns will be available in April at a US MAP of $250 and $199 respectively.

A -OM solves the problems of volume level conflicts and excessive noise that can occur when variable line level outputs are connected to systems with volume controls. This can affect audio quality for home theater systems and installations with large zones. A -OM provides a steady signal throughput. A -OM will be available in April 2006 at a US MAP of $70.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. The company pairs powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high -performance, easy -to -use solutions. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.russound.com.

About RNET
Designed from the ground up by Russound Engineers, RNET is a two way technology that allows Russound Smart components (controllers, source equipment, user interfaces) to communicate with each other. RNET provides intelligent audio features; metadata delivered to keypads, pre -programmed components and fully tested products.

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