Winning Products to Be Previewed and Demonstrated During The Consumer Electronics Showcase

LEXINGTON, KY - - The International CES has honored ELAN Home Systems' products with two Innovations 2005 Design and Engineering Showcase Awards. Chosen from among more than 800 entries from 347 companies, the products honored are ELAN's new Multi -Room Audio / Video Controller, System12, and the company's new VIA!2 Home Theater Control System.

Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the International CES Innovations Awards highlight product advancements in technology design and engineering. Winning entries will be showcased at the 2005 International CES, the world`s largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology, January 6 -9, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

`It's been a spectacular year for ELAN,` said Bob Farinelli, ELAN's President and Chief Technical Officer. `The entire ELAN team is excited and honored with the many accolades we have received this year - chief among them being these two CES Innovations awards. These awards are additional validation of ELAN's leadership position in the Home Theater and Multi -Room Entertainment industries, both of which we are dedicated to serving by continually developing and providing unique new product offerings for their respective constituencies."

The following products are Innovations 2005 Design and Engineering Showcase honorees in the Integrated Home Systems and Home Theater categories:

The System12 (S12) offers more audio and video source inputs and outputs at a better price than any other A/V Multi -Room Controller available in the custom installation market today. This controller has an staggering array of features including plug -and -play video routing and a 16 X 16 video switcher which allows consumers to route up to 16 video feeds to any television, monitor or touch panel in their home. The S12 also allows users to distribute up to 12 A/V sources (plus four extra video sources) into eight zones, and has an additional 8 inputs for local sources - one for each zone. The unit is fully RS -232 controllable. Designed to be a flexible controller, the S12 can be easily configured to handle medium to large -scale projects. As an added highlight, the D1650 Digital Power Amplifier serves as a companion piece for the S12 and allows for even higher -quality, stereo audio to S12's eight zones.

The VIA!2 Home Theater Control System allows you to control every aspect of a home theater from a wireless, full -color, 10.4" touch panel. The "smarts" behind VIA!2 is a home theater control station that translates and executes 802.11g commands from the wireless panel. The slim -profile wireless 10.4" color touch panel features selectable 'motifs' to use as backgrounds for function buttons that can be arranged and labeled as desired. A recharge/docking station is included in each package.

The VIA!2 Home Theater Control System is the newest addition to ELAN's award -winning VIA! Touch Panel line of products, and has been designed to set a new bench mark for simple, yet powerful Home Theater control. The VIA!2 is programmed using the same easy -to -use Dealer setup software as the original ELAN VIA!®Touch Panel and all ELAN keypads, making it easy for Dealers to add a wireless touch panel offering to their product line without the huge learning curve usually associated with such specialty products.

"From the Dealer's design and installation perspective, the fact that VIA!2 is programmed with the same setup software that they have been using for years to program many ELAN products, including our original touch panel and all our keypads, gives them a high level of familiarity and confidence right out of the gate. This ultimately provides them with the means to deliver the best in Home Theater control to their clients, while obtaining increased profitability," added Paul Starkey, ELAN's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Honorees were chosen from a panel of prominent industry designers, engineers and journalists judged the Innovations 2005 Design and Engineering Awards. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) endorses the showcase and acts as advisers to it. Product evaluations are based on weighted criteria: user value, aesthetics, contributions to the quality of life and innovative qualities.

With its distinguished reputation as a top consumer technology awards program, the International CES Innovations 2005 showcases the best products in design and engineering in 27 categories. The products will be previewed and displayed in ELAN's suite on the 28th floor in the Las Vegas Hilton during the 2005 Consumer Electronics Showcase, as well as in the new Innovations Plus pavilion in the CES Central Plaza of the LVCC. During the show, additional information regarding ELAN's Suite room number can be obtained by visiting with an ELAN staff member at Booth (#26411) in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall (LVCC South).

About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award -winning distributed audio/video and home automation systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company's systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third -party products to create a seamless, easy -to -use "whole house" experience. The company's unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature -rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is a trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, KY. VIA!, D1200, D1650, and System12 are trademarks of ELAN Home Systems, LLC. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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