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AVAD Forges Exclusive Relationship to Distribute Universal Electronics NevoSL

Only Nationwide AVAD Dealers Have Access to the most Intuitive Wireless Remote Control Connecting Every Device in the Home or Office

Van Nuys, CA — September 7, 2005 — AVAD, the preeminent distributor of custom home technology products, today announced an exclusive distribution relationship under a new agreement with Universal Electronics Inc., a world leader in wireless control technology. The new agreement is part of AVAD’s effort to offer its dealers only the best tools for designing complete and profitable home control systems.

Only AVAD dealers will be able to offer Universal Electronics’ highly acclaimed NevoSL control system to homeowners to access digital A/V files kept on their home’s digital storage devices, as well as control their TV, stereo, lights, and even air conditioning. As with all of the products sold through AVAD, product training courses for the NevoSL will be available at AVAD locations nationwide. In addition to gaining a new expertise through the training, dealers will have fast access to the product as well as the benefit of AVAD’s signature technical support and just-in-time delivery for improved inventory turns and higher profitability.

“We’re excited to be the only distributor offering custom installers across the country access to the top of the line control systems,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “AVAD’s goal is to support every aspect of a custom installer’s business so that they can achieve greater success. With the availability of Universal Electronics’ NevoSL, our dealers are armed to give their customers a fast and easy way to control every device in the home with a well designed product that is simply fun to use.”

“We chose AVAD as the sole U.S. distributor of NevoSL because of their proven track record for introducing high-end products and establishing high standards in the custom home integration channel,” said Robert Lilleness, president and chief operating officer for Universal Electronics. “AVAD is an ideal partner to help us launch NevoSL not only because of their solid reputation, but also because the scope of their national distribution channel is second to none. As more homeowners turn to electronic systems contractors for their home’s technologies, they need custom installers that are real authorities on each product they sell. With AVAD supporting us, we’re very confident that UEI products will be installed and programmed with expertise. AVAD dealers are thoroughly trained experts who achieve top performance from the products they sell and homeowners will get the best NevoSL experience possible.”

NevoSL is a universal controller that provides intuitive control to every device in a networked home. The unit features built-in IR control for A/V products, and complete wireless control for digital media content and multi-room functions. In addition, the NevoSL controller provides custom installers with great flexibility through its simple drag-and-drop programming software–NevoStudio. With efficiency and scalability being major keys to an ESC’s success, Nevo’s quick configuration saves time and adds new profitability to projects.

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About Universal Electronics Inc.

Universal Electronics Inc., based in Southern California, develops firmware and turnkey solutions as well as software designed to enable consumers to wirelessly connect, control and interact with an increasingly complex home environment. The company’s primary markets include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in consumer electronics and personal computing, as well as multiple system operators in the cable and satellite subscription broadcasting markets. Over the past 18 years, the company has developed a broad portfolio of patented technologies and the industry’s leading database of home connectivity software that it licenses to its customers, including many leading Fortune 500 companies. In addition, UEI sells its universal wireless control products and other audio/visual accessories through its European headquarters in The Netherlands, and to distributors and retailers in Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand under the One For All brand name. More information about UEI can be obtained at

About AVAD

AVAD is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in-depth technology offering of the most trusted names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just-in-time delivery from each of its 28 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I and Level II Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in-demand, cutting-edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: Acme Brackets, APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Gefen, Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Universal Electronics NevoSL, Universal Remote Control, and more.

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