LONG BEACH, CA, November 10, 2003 -Establishing the company's position as a premier supplier of high -performance custom installation solutions, U.K. -based Audio Partnership's groundbreaking OPUS multi -room/multi -source distributed audio -video system offers uncompromising performance, ease of use and exceptional installation flexibility.

Paul LaPlaca, OPUS Sales Manager pointed out: "When Audio Partnership set out to design OPUS, one of the major objectives was to bring the highest possible performance to the distributed audio category. Everyone at Opus Technologies and Marantz believes we have more than succeeded with OPUS. It combines the sonic advantages of high -end audio components with the convenience, flexibility and user benefits that whole -house multi -room installations provide -in an elegant system that integrates seamlessly into the home environment."

Highlights of the OPUS Technologies system include the following, which are being demonstrated at the Marantz Booth #1006:

·The system consists of the Master Control Unit (MCU500); OPUS Keypad/Display (WCU500); Learning Remote Control (LRC500), System Remote Control (SRC500); Digital Zone Module stereo amplifiers (DZM20, DZM50 and DZM100), various system accessories and options such as the Video Control Interface (VSU500) and the Serial Control Interface (SCU500).

·The unique OPUS Keypad/Display interface not only provides system control from each room location, it also provides users with text feedback regarding overall system status.

·OPUS is easy to install -components connect between rooms via a single CAT -5 -based cable, which carries all audio, data and power.

·The system is expandable. A single Master Control Unit can serve up to eight rooms -four main zones and four sub -zones. Up to six Master Control Units may be linked together, enabling the system to be expanded to 24 zones/24 sub -zones (48 rooms total) for more complex multi -room installations.

·System expansion capabilities include A -BUS architecture for sub -zone control, an optional video switching interface and serial interface via RS -232C, RS -422C and USB to link OPUS with various touch -panel controllers such as Crestron and AMX.

·Unlike many distributed audio systems, OPUS is designed for superlative sound quality, utilizing full -bandwidth amplifiers and audiophile -grade components.

·System benefits include a number of custom installation -friendly features such as global paging, global mute, telephone interface/mute, clock/alarm/sleep timer functions and more.

·OPUS is easy to program via its Learning Remote Control (LRC500).

·The text inputs are specifically designed for interfacing with the new Marantz DH9300 hard disc server, which provides the text feedback that is displayed on the WCU500 wall control panel.

Following are brief outlines of the OPUS components:

OPUS WCU500 Keypad/Display
The OPUS WCU500 Keypad/Display is the operational interface of the system. This compact, elegant keypad mounts into a wall (an optional table -top version will be available) and provides every zone with full system control. A large LCD panel display clearly indicates system status at all times, and an array of buttons provides ready access to most commonly used functions. For added versatility, the OPUS Keypad/Display can also receive commands from the system's remote control units.

OPUS MCU500 Master Control Unit
The MCU500 Master Control Unit is the heart of the OPUS system. Designed and engineered to uncompromising performance standards, the Master Control Unit can accommodate up to five audio/video sources such as a DVD player, CD changer, Music Server etc., in addition to its built -in precision tuner with RDS capability.

Styled as a high -end audio component, with an attractive metallic chassis available in black finish with convenient front -panel controls, the Master Control Unit can be placed alongside other audio/video components as well as hidden from view. Up to six Master Control Units can be linked together, to extend the system up to a maximum of 24 zones plus 24 sub -zones (48 rooms total).

Versatile Remote Control Units
The OPUS system offers the user a choice of two versatile remote controls: the Learning Remote Control (LRC500), an all -in -one touchscreen remote that can learn the control codes for every audio/video component in the home, providing total whole -house system control from a single easy to operate unit; and the System Remote Control (SRC500), a slim, ergonomically designed cast -aluminum remote. Both units allow full access to all the functions of the Keypad/Display units from a distance.

Digital Zone Module Amplifiers
Each OPUS Digital Zone Module amplifier contains a digital stereo amplifier and microprocessor -controlled preamplifier. Three models will be available: The DZM20, DZM50 and DZM100, delivering 20, 50 and 100 watts of power per channel respectively. These compact, highly efficient Class T digital amplifiers are designed for ready installation in a ceiling/wall space or other hidden location, and feature microprocessor -controlled volume, bass, treble and balance controls to customize sound to each environment.

Each Digital Zone Module amplifier also features a local source input, enabling an in -room source (such as the audio output from a TV, DVD player, CD player, VCR etc.) to be played through the speakers in that room (in addition to the audio sources connected to the MCU500 Master Control Unit).

OPUS Technologies systems are available in the U.S. from authorized OPUS resellers and custom installation specialists. Pricing is dependent on system configuration. Excluding speakers, a typical four -zone system will have a suggested retail price of $5,500.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2003, Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, only the nation's premier independent audio/video specialty retailers carry Marantz audio and video components.
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