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AVAD Links-up with Marantz to Distribute Award-Winning Line of Consumer Electronics

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — December 22, 2004 — AVAD LLC, the preeminent distributor of custom home technology products, announced it is partnering with Marantz America, a leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, to distribute its highly-acclaimed and award-winning lines of home entertainment products which include AV Receivers, Amplifiers, DLP Projectors and Plasma Monitors. This partnership will enhance the distribution of Marantz products within the custom installation market in North America, and affirm AVAD’s continuing expansion efforts and attention to the needs of its dealers.

AVAD will act as Marantz’s supply chain partner, providing local marketing programs, training, technical support and warehouse services to the brand’s dealers. AVAD distributors will locally stock Marantz’s products to offer installers fast and easy inventory access for better customer service, improved turns and higher profits.

“Teaming up with Marantz to provide custom installers with the latest home entertainment technologies is an exciting development for us,” stated Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD. “This partnership will enhance Marantz’s leading brand position and growth efforts through increased market penetration and improved dealer services.”

“Marantz has been a renowned home entertainment provider for over 50 years. Most recently, we’ve been seeking to expand our presence among the important builder and custom installation markets, and AVAD is an ideal partner to help us achieve this goal,” said Charles Boornazian, Vice President of Sales for Marantz America.

Established in 1953 as a premier audio equipment manufacturer, Marantz quickly found its place in the hearts of serious audiophiles. In the decades that followed, the company expanded quickly into one of the world’s preeminent manufacturers of audio and video equipment. In 1959, over 130,000 pieces of the Marantz model 7c were built, making it one of the most successful high-end audio units ever.

Over the years, the company’s technical innovations have earned Marantz numerous industry awards. The latest ones include the 2004 Excite Award from Custom Retailer and Electronic House’s 2004 Product of the Year for the ultra-luxurious VP-10S1 3-chip DLP projector. Not to be outdone, the single chip VP-12S4 DLP projector, garnered The Perfect Vision’s Golden Eye and the Editor’s Choice award as well as the prestigious Innovations 2005 Design and Engineering Showcase honoree.

About Marantz

Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, Marantz audio and video components are carried only by the nation’s premier independent audio/video specialty retailers. Additional information is available at www.marantz.com. Marantz America is a wholly owned subsidiary of D&M Holdings Inc.

About AVAD, LLC.

AVAD, LLC 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 26 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I
Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ businesses and profits.

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.

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Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Aprilaire, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, Samsung, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484-3221 or info@avad.com.

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