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Phase Technology To Show Digital Reference Theater System at CES 2005

JACKSONVILLE, FL — January 4, 2004 — Phase Technology, the leader in speaker design and engineering, will show its breakthrough Digital Reference Theater speaker system at the Consumer Electronics Show. This innovative system immerses listeners in the cinema experience to a degree that no conventional surround-sound system can achieve. It will be available in 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 configurations, and will feature complete digital control. Phase Technology will show the all-digital system, in addition to its home theater, custom in-wall/in-ceiling, outdoor speakers, and more, in Booth #20707 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall 1.

“Phase Technology’s Digital Reference Theater system takes expectations for audio realism to the next level,” notes Ken Hecht, president of Phase Technology. “By using fully digital amplifiers, crossovers, and processing, our digital theater system can be specifically calibrated to produce the best balance and most accurate frequency response possible for the particular room in which it’s installed. CES attendees will be able to see our highly stylized speaker and amplifier design, and actually hear the Custom Box version of the system in action. With the all-digital theater system, Phase Technology is advancing the engineering standards for audio entertainment technology.”

Phase Technology’s Custom Box version of the all-digital theater system was specifically created for custom home theater installers who design systems with speakers hidden in cabinets and behind projector screens. Phase Technology will offer the finalized all-digital theater system in quarter 2 of 2005.

The Digital Reference Theater system features:
• All-digital active electronics
• Discreet class-D digital amplification
o 16 channels for bi- and tri-amplification of speakers
o 125 watts per component (250 watts per speaker)
o 500 watts to subwoofer
• Digital Absolute Phase Crossover
o Phase & time correction
o Frequency correction
• Front speakers each use two 6-1/2″ woofers and one 1″ variable-axis, soft dome tweeter
o Speakers can be set to within ±1/4 dB of one another
• Center channel speaker has 2 x 6-1/2″ woofers and one 1″ soft dome tweeter
• Rear surrounds each use two 5-1/4″ woofers and two 1″ soft dome tweeter in a dipole/bipole switchable configuration
• Ultra long-throw subwoofer uses dual-10″ drivers

Phase Technology’s Digital Reference Theater system continues the company’s long-standing tradition of excellence through innovation. The system combines fully digital amplification, crossovers, and processing to maintain exceptionally precise frequency and phase between all speakers. By using the company’s proven driver technology and quality hand-crafted enclosures, the all-digital system breaks new ground in accurate soundtrack and music reproduction.

At the heart of the system is a digital signal processor that manages the incoming audio signal by passing each channel through an active digital crossover. Here the signal is divided into discrete frequency ranges that are delivered to each driver. The front speakers feature two 6-1/2″ woofers and a 1″ variable-axis soft dome tweeter, while the rear surrounds each use a pair of 5-1/4″ woofers and two 1″ tweeters in a dipole/bipole switchable configuration. The center channel has the same tweeter placed between two 6-1/2″ woofers. Low frequencies are delivered via a 500 watt, dual-10″ ultra long-throw subwoofer.

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With the digital Absolute Phase crossover, there is a wider on-axis frequency response window between each speaker’s woofer and tweeter, allowing the system to compensate for a room’s individual acoustics. This produces a more immersive listening experience within a greater range of listening environments.

About Phase Technology

Phase Technology Corporation (toll-free at 888-PHASE TK; website at www.phasetech.com) is one of the few fully-vertically integrated American speaker manufacturers. The company started as United Speaker Systems in 1955 as an original equipment manufacturer and still designs and produces its own sub-assemblies in-house. Phase Technology’s speaker lines incorporate many proprietary innovations like the soft-dome tweeter, the industry’s standard invented by Bill Hecht, founder of Phase Technology. Other patents cover the self-damping woofer voice coil, the manufacturing process for flat-piston midrange drivers and woofers, silicone-injected drivers for resonance damping, and the positive-clamping mounting system for the premier in-wall Model CI-110/II. The company also developed the Unicell Zero-Diffraction treatment that reduces acoustic reflections off cabinet and grille surfaces. Phase Technology manufactures its wood cabinets by hand and performs quality control tests at every step of the fabrication process.

Building on five decades of design and engineering innovation in the manufacture of high quality, yet affordable speakers, Phase Technology supports its products with a 10-year warranty on speakers, while amplifiers are backed by a 3-year warranty. Phase Technology’s digital home theater, audiophile, outdoor, in-wall/in-ceiling custom installation speakers, as well as powered and in-wall subwoofers are constructed at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida facility.

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