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Russound Debuts New E-Series Product Line With Introduction of Advanced Multizone Controller Amplifier and Click Wheel Keypad

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DENVER, C.O., September 4, 2007– Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio, is following up its roll-out of the Sphere Certified Integrator Program with two products available exclusively through Sphere Certified Integrators.

Set to be featured at the 2007 CEDIA Expo in Denver, CO, is the ACA-E5 Multizone Controller Amplifier and KLK-E5 Click Wheel Keypad. Both of these products are compatible with Russound’s line of RNET Smart Source components.

“The E-Series sets a whole new standard for advanced multiroom home entertainment products,” said Andy Lewis, Russound’s Senior Product Manager. “These two new products are indicative of how we’re working to incorporate new technologies into components that offer demonstrable benefits with enhanced usability.”

ACA-E5 Multizone Controller Amplifier

Russound’s ACA-E5 is an eight-zone/twelve-source controller amplifier that ups the ante on whole-house distribution by offering a myriad of improvements over the current flagship model, CAV6.6. Specifically, the ACA-E5 offers more distribution zones, twice as many source inputs, a built-in AM/FM tuner, a Smart Module slot for the addition of an internal source satellite or AM/FM radio tuners, support for up to two doorbells (including internal chime options), IP integration with an included webserver for expanded control, interface and programming options, and much more.

The ACA-E5 is Russound’s most powerful multizone controller amplifier to date, featuring 40 watts per channel for detailed, high-performance sonic output. All Russound RNET Smart Source components are compatible with the ACA-E5

KLK-E5 Click Wheel Keypad

With a nod to the touchring design recognized and favored by millions of end-users, the KLK-E5 keypad is a multi-line, menu-driven, advanced keypad that offers intuitive control with access to all metadata and relevant information. The KLK-E5 makes it easy to control the ACA-E5 controller amplifier with a wide selection of options, presented in an easy-to-understand design. Installation is easy as the KLK-E5 employs Russound’s “Standard Fit” double-gang box layout.

Sphere Certification Ensures Best Knowledge and Know-How

Both the ACA-E5 and KLK-E5 are part of the new E-Series that is available exclusively through Russound’s growing network of Sphere Certified Integrators. By formalizing a certification process, Russound is making sure that its team of Sphere professionals stays up to date on the latest product developments.

To participate in the program, dealers must belong to a recognized trade association in the consumer electronics, computer, telecom, electrical, or security industries. Additionally, they must commit to never selling Russound products via the Internet or mail order, and demonstrate proficiencies in all areas of custom audio/video installation. After eligibility is established, dealers are tested on a variety of relevant subjects that pertain both to the RNET product line and the custom installation industry as a whole.

Both the ACA-E5 and the KLK-E5 will ship in Q4 2007, at $5650.00 and $599.00 MAP, respectively.

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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.

About the Sphere Certified Integrator Program
The Russound Sphere Certified Integrator Program is a premium service program focused on a platform of professional achievement. Designed for the installation professional at the top of his game, this program rewards integrators with comprehensive training; access to exclusive products, sales tools and preferred customer leads that complement technical knowledge and experience.

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