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Sony Unveils Multi-Zone Distribution and Control System for A/V Specialty and Custom Installation Market

LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2004 — Sony Electronics today introduced a robust, multi-room, multi-zone distribution system with a powerful controller, which was designed to control and deliver an extraordinary audio/video experience in virtually every room— all at the touch of a button.
The new CAV-M1000ES system is a single box solution that works seamlessly as an entertainment/distribution center and can accommodate even the most elaborate home theater entertainment set-up. With its numerous inputs and outputs, it can connect to and control most audio and video components throughout the house, including CD and DVD players, VCRs, cable or satellite boxes, and high-definition receivers, as well as multiple televisions, enabling complete management of multiple components.
“The new multi-zone control system is the result of innovative technology and our push for unique products that benefit our customers as well as the industry,” said Bill Fox, senior vice president of Sony’s Consumer Systems and Applications division. “It reflects the best of both worlds by not only simplifying multi-room, multi-zone A/V distribution, but also empowering the installers and users with simple installation, ease of use and, most importantly, complete control over their entertainment components throughout the home.”

Advanced Home Entertainment Control and Distribution
The CAV-M1000ES control system’s broad array of advanced features includes:
• Advanced wireless 5.1-inch LCD touch-screen main controller with full two-way RF communication for total control of home media devices;
• Four RS-232 ports (three rear and one front for PC setup) and one Control A1 II port for two way device control;
• Independent IR (infrared) control for each source selection;
• Six-zone control amplifier with 30 watts per channel with line level audio and video outputs;
• Eight sources of audio and video with pass through capabilities;
• Standard wiring configuration (speaker wire and CAT5) to each room;
• PC set-up software for simple integration — requires no additional low-level programming;
• Six 12-volt triggers for advanced automation of additional components;
• Full feedback auto-programming LCD keypads for each zone (up to 12 keypads, two for each zone); and
• Content navigation for browsing through CD and DVD titles with delivery to touch-screen main controller and LCD keypads.
Custom installers will benefit from the system’s easy installation; it is a single box with standard wiring and does not require additional line-level programming. The CAV-M1000ES multi-zone control system and the touch screen main controller will be available exclusively for the custom installation channel in June for about $4,400 and $400, respectively. Please visit for dealer listing and product information.
Editor’s Note: News releases and digital images with captions are available at For information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or service location, your readers can call 1-800-222-SONY. For additional information about Sony Electronics products, consumers can visit Sony’s website at Specifications are subject to change.
Jose Cardona
(212) 614-4623

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