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Infinity Classia Series Loudspeakers Make Their Debut At CES 2007

8 January 2007


— Complete Lineup for Home Theater and Music Combines Elegant Contemporary Design With Exceptional Performance and Installation Flexibility —

WOODBURY, NY — Infinity Systems today announced the introduction of its Classia Series loudspeakers, four high-performance models that combine distinctively elegant styling with exceptional sonic accuracy and versatile installation options. Classia Series loudspeakers incorporate advanced technologies, including the company’s acclaimed Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) drivers, to deliver superlative sound quality in a wide range of home entertainment installations.

Successors to the company’s renowned Infinity Beta Series, Classia Series models have a refined visual appeal, with styling that blends slim, elegantly proportioned enclosures with curved and contoured design elements that are evocative of the company’s award-winning Infinity Cascade loudspeakers.

Models in the Infinity Classia Series include the following:

• C205 2-way bookshelf (1-inch tweeter, 5-1/4-inch woofer), SRP: $329 each
• CC225 2-way wall-mountable center channel speaker (1-inch tweeter, dual 5-1/4-inch woofers), SRP: $499 each
• C336 3-way floorstanding (1-inch tweeter, 4-inch midrange driver, three 6-1/2-inch woofers, bi-wirable), SRP: $899 each
• C255ES 2-way wall-mountable surround loudspeaker with selectable monopole/bipole/dipole/dual-speaker operation (dual 1-inch tweeters, dual 5-1/4-inch woofers), SRP: $499 each

Exceptional Sonic Accuracy and Installation Versatility

All the drivers — woofers, tweeters and midrange — in Classia Series loudspeakers incorporate Infinity’s proven CMMD driver technology to deliver a level of sonic accuracy and musicality far superior to that of conventional loudspeakers. CMMD drivers are manufactured by anodizing alumina, a ceramic compound, to both sides of an aluminum core. This technique produces driver diaphragms of ultralow mass and ultrahigh rigidity, yielding exceptional resolution and transient response, with the inherent resonant frequency “breakup mode” of the driver moved well outside its operating range.

All Classia Series loudspeakers feature a CMMD tweeter with frequency response that extends to beyond 40kHz, providing clear, open and detailed high-frequency reproduction, and extraordinary fidelity when reproducing even the most-demanding high-resolution program sources. The tweeter operates in conjunction with a proprietary Constant Acoustic Impedance (CAI) waveguide, which utilizes a series of computer-designed, graduated curves that flare from the inside to the outside of the waveguide to provide optimal on- and off-axis high-frequency dispersion and smoothness, in addition to higher sensitivity and a more seamless blend with the woofers and midrange drivers.

The exclusive use of CMMD drivers in Infinity Classia Series loudspeakers assures that all models sonically complement each other with a uniform sonic signature among all channels in any home theater and stereo configuration. Classia Series loudspeakers excel in every sonic respect, with natural vocal and instrumental reproduction, a smooth tonal balance on- and off-axis, wide dynamic range and precise imaging in an enveloping sound field.

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The Classia C255ES surround loudspeaker is a highly versatile surround-effects loudspeaker that features selectable monopole, dipole and bipole settings. In addition, the C255ES is capable of functioning as two independent loudspeakers from one enclosure. The C255ES features a new, highly compact enclosure that allows it to be inconspicuously installed in a wide variety of home entertainment applications. Its versatility enables it to be configured for optimum surround reproduction in any 5.1-, 6.1- or 7.1-channel home theater system, and with any movie soundtrack or music recording.

In common with all Infinity loudspeakers, Classia Series models incorporate the company’s room-friendly design principles; this ensures that they’ll provide sonically accurate performance in the widest variety of listening environments and placement positions. All models utilize premium-grade parts and construction, and feature substantial, rigidly braced enclosures designed to minimize cabinet colorations and preserve subtle musical detail. All models (except the C255ES) are magnetically shielded.

Depending on the model, Classia offers a host of placement options, including on a wall (models C225, C255ES), floor or shelf. The CC225 center channel is supplied with wall-mount brackets, and the C255ES surround-effects loudspeaker includes keyhole mounts to facilitate wall-mounting. The CC225 is also designed for shelf placement.

Infinity’s Classia Series loudspeakers are ideal for a wide variety of home entertainment requirements, from compact, high-quality home theater and music systems to larger installations where expansive, authoritative, large-scale playback of movie soundtracks and music is desired.

Classia Series loudspeakers will be available in late spring 2007 in two stunning finishes, high-gloss black and cherry-wood veneer, both accented by silver and black trim and complementing grille colors.

Infinity’s PSW12 Subwoofer: The Perfect Match to the Classia Series

At CES 2007, Infinity is also introducing its PSW12 powered subwoofer. The PSW12 (SRP: $799) is styled to match Infinity Classia Series loudspeakers, and employs a 12-inch CMMD woofer, built-in 400-watt amplifier and Infinity’s exclusive Bass Optimization System which overcomes low-frequency room resonances that can detract from the sonic accuracy of a home entertainment loudspeaker system. The PSW12 features a full complement of controls and connection options to deliver articulate, extended low-frequency response in any system and room.

The Harman Consumer Group (HCG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.

HCG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International ( is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”
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For additional information, contact:

Frank Doris
FM Public Relations
631-385-1304 ext. 402

Infinity, CMMD and Infinity Beta are registered trademarks, and Infinity Classia, Infinity Cascade, Constant Acoustic Impedance, CAI and Bass Optimization System are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

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