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Meridian Wins Best of CES for High End Audio

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 12, 2004 — TechTV today announced that Meridian Audio Limited was awarded the Best in High End Audio award at TechTV’s ‘Best of CES’ for its G68 Surround Sound Processor.

The G68 Surround Controller from Meridian Audio is a unique, modular, and upgradeable THX Ultra2 component serving as a digital-and-analog A/V surround preamp-processor with RDS/RDBS tuner. It is also one of the first Dolby Pro Logic IIx processors on the market, and provides a variety of multichannel inputs including two 6-channel digital inputs, which accept Meridian MHR Smart Link signals from compatible Meridian disc players. By upsampling these signals, the G68 offers an improvement in sound quality from movie and music multichannel recordings. Numerous stereo digital and analog inputs are also present for audio and A/V sources, and balanced-out analog options are available. Flexible video configurations can include broadcast-grade switching incorporating multiple S- and component-video inputs and outputs. Its proprietary Meridian DSP room-correction system counteracts room resonances for outstanding real-world sound, eliminating “muddiness” and dramatically improving stereo and surround imaging.

TechTV, an established authority on the hottest new products and technology, chose the best and brightest from more than 5,000 new products making their debut at the 2004 International CES.

The TechTV appointed panel of technology journalists selected winners in each category according to their innovative appeal, usability, usefulness, and value. In addition to the 10 category winners, a single product was honored as Best of Show.

“Our judges were really impressed with this year’s submissions and the level of innovation and design,” commented Andrew Hawn, TechTV’s product lab director, and coordinator of the contest. “Each year the competition seems to get tougher and tougher, but we know consumers will really love these 10 new products.”

The winners were announced on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at an awards ceremony that took place in the Grand Lobby at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the show is taking place. CES attendees, show finalists, TechTV staff and talent, judges and a host of media outlets gathered at the event to witness the unveiling of this year’s finalists and winners. Additional information on each of the finalistst and winners can be found at www.techtv.com/ces.

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About Meridian:
Meridian Audio Limited is based in Cambridgeshire, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Allen Boothroyd and Robert Stuart. With a 25-year history of innovation and development of the highest quality consumer audio systems, the award-winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in digital and analog audio reproduction. Meridian developed the world’s first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, developed the MLP lossless packing systems mandated for use in DVD-Audio, and is the only UK audio manufacturer to be a member of the DVD Forum Working Group 4. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers and Digital Theatre systems are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital audio signal throughout the path from the source to the amplifier, and using digital signal processing to generate advanced crossover characteristics that would be impossible with conventional passive analog systems. For more information visit www.meridian-audio.com.

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