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AVAD Inks Distribution Deal with iPort

Nation’s Premier Distributor Offers Solutions from
The Maker of the First In-Wall Music System for iPod

Van Nuys, Calif. — Feb. 13, 2006 — AVAD, LLC, the preeminent U.S. distributor of custom home entertainment technology, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement to begin immediate shipping of iPort’s in-wall and free standing docking stations, as well as other iPort accessories. Bursting onto the consumer electronics market as an innovative way for any audio/video system to become an iPod system, the iPort empowers dealers with the competitive advantage of cutting edge technology designed specifically for the most popular consumer craze.

“This latest addition to the AVAD catalog is a fine example of a product that maximizes convenience for everyone,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “As the iPod becomes a more pervasive pop culture phenomenon, we’re excited to offer the products that not only deliver superior results, but also feature inspired design to complement inspired lifestyles.”

“The demand for iPort has been very strong, and our strategy is to be readily available where installers shop,” said Peter Brown, iPort vice president of sales and marketing. “AVAD is well respected as more than just a place to buy product. They support their dealers with service and training at a very high level, which is consistent with the iPort commitment to superior installer service and satisfaction.”

With iPort, installers can offer their customers the versatility in a product that accommodates every iPod hard drive player on the market. The expandable iPort line gives users the freedom to experience their unique sound selections comfortably and conveniently. With integrated IR remote control, two-way RS232 communication, the iPort goes the extra mile with its ability to pass video over long distances.

With its simplified two part component design, installers are guaranteed short installation times. The iPort also features an upgradeable modular motherboard through which future applications of the iPod player can be incorporated into the system through feature cards.

iPort models and accessories are available immediately to AVAD dealers through any of its 28 distribution centers throughout the United States.

About iPort

iPort, the first in-wall music system for iPod, provides freedom from the constraints of headphones and the obtrusiveness of wires. iPort makes it possible to easily share music and photos through any home stereo or entertainment system. Using innovative technology and unique design iPort is committed to producing products that are stylish, inventive, and as simple to use as the iPod.

iPort is the innovation of Scott Struthers, co-founder of Sonance, developer of the first high fidelity in-wall speaker, and a founding member of CEDIA. For more information, contact iPort at 212 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-492-7777 or


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AVAD, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, Inc., 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 8000+ 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, iPort, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Universal Remote Control, and more.

In July 2005, AVAD was acquired by Ingram Micro, Inc., making its parent company the leading distributor for solution providers and custom installers serving the fast-growing consumer electronics and home automation markets in the United States.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at

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iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computers Inc. iPort is a trademark of iPort. iPod is certified to FCC, U.L, CE, SMA standards.

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