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Russound Announces Availability of High-Definition Video Matrix Lineup

DENVER, CO, September 4, 2007 — Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio, extends its industry-leading expertise in multiroom entertainment to the video realm now that the Video Matrix VM1 is available through Russound dealers.

“Russound is answering a market need for high quality video distribution,” said Product Manager Roger Soucy. “The VM1 centrally locates all video sources for distribution throughout the home in a way that makes it practical and accessible for any custom installation to include high-definition multiroom video.”

Capable of handling resolutions up to 1080p, the VM1 uses state-of-the-art circuitry to distribute video signals to zones up to 300 feet over a single CAT-5e cable. Distributed video is routed from the VM1 to Russound’s VMR1, a single gang, in-wall receiver that converts the signal back to analog component video, making it available at RGB RCA terminals on the front panel. The slim, in-wall design of the VMR1 is suited for concealed mounting behind flat-panel displays.

The Video Matrix VM1 is available in five configurations to suit any installation. The base, VM1 4, is a four-source to four-zone video matrix designed for component video sources only. For larger installations, the VM1 8 is a high-quality matrix for eight component video sources to eight zones. For installations where video format up-conversion for both composite and S-Video is desired, the VM1 4UC provides this capability on two sources and four zones. When the VM1 4UC isn’t enough, the VM1 8UC will up-convert two source formats for eight zones, while the VM1 8UC2 provides the up-conversion capability on four video sources. The Video Matrix’s format up-converting capabilities provide a simple and intuitive solution for integrating a variety of legacy, lower resolution sources. The VM1 provides convenience to the end user — customers won’t have to select a different video input on the display to watch a source with a different video signal format.

The VM1 is compatible with Russound RNET systems (E-Series, CAV, CAM) and the CAA66 Controller Amplifier. It can also distribute video for third party systems through serial data (DB9 and USB, both using the current RS-232 protocol). US MAP pricing ranges from $2,190 for the VM1 4 to $4,590 for the 8UC2.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio*, offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. As the company celebrates its 40th anniversary, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.russound.com.

*According to June 2005, 2006 and 2007 studies by EH Research

About RNET
Designed from the ground up by Russound Engineers, RNET technology delivers Sound Intelligence to multiroom audio. RNET provides intelligent audio features; metadata delivered to keypads, pre-programmed components and fully tested products. The result is unsurpassed performance, faster installation and exceptional end-user satisfaction. From controllers, keypads and touchscreens to source equipment, RNET offers everything you need.

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