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Parasound Adds Dedicated HDMI Switcher to its Zcustom Line

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Zhd allows high definition video display owners to add five-source HDMI switching capabilities to audio/video processors from Parasound and others.

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SAN FRANCISCO (2/21/06) — Parasound has introduced a five in/one out high-definition digital-video and -audio switching device that will add integrated HDMI source selection capabilities to the company’s current audio-video processors, as well as many other processors and AV receivers using the included remote control. The Parasound Zcustom Zhd is used as a source selector for up to five HDMI video sources, connecting any of the inputs to an HDMI video projector or other display device. It is the latest of the company’s many half-width rack-mountable custom installation problem solvers.

“This is a wonderful niche product for our Zcustom line,” said Parasound’s president and founder, Richard Schram. “We have many thousands of our audio video processors in use by consumers, and now they can enjoy state-of-the-art HDMI video quality that integrates seamlessly with their current system. We’ve included a remote control for use with processors and receivers that lack compatible RS-232 interface connections.”

The Zhd adds HDMI switching capabilities to Parasound’s Halo C 1, C 2 and NewClassic Model 7100 7.1 channel surround controllers, and operates seamlessly in the background taking command signals via the two-way RS-232C communications port with the supplied RS-232 cable. Any brand of house control system can also control the Zhd through the RS-232 port, and the included IR remote handset can be used with systems that do not employ RS-232.

The Zhd also includes an HDMI signal booster for the extra-long cable runs needed in large theaters, where the screen is far from the electronics rack. The Parasound Zhd is fully HDMI 1.3 certified and HDCP compliant. The Zhd is also completely compatible with DVI when used in conjunction with a readily-available DVI-HDMI adapter.

Other features include an external IR repeater input and loop output jacks, and HDMI input temporary muting. There are front-panel indicators for source and signal boost status.

The Parasound Zcustom Zhd is now available with a suggested retail price of $600.

Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio and home theater components to the critical listener. Parasound’s products are available from quality audio/video retailers, and select custom installation specialists. For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.

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