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Xantech Embraces Digi-5 Technology

New Multi-room solutions featuring CAT5 audio distribution to keypads with built-in digital amplifiers

Sylmar, Calif. — September 5, 2007 — Xantech Corporation, a leading producer of innovative, reliable and problem-solving custom installation signal processing and control systems, has introduced a solution that enables installers to distribute audio across a single CAT-5 cable, the company announced today. Digi-5 technology, a Linear Home Technology Group technology, will enable installers and developers to realize substantial savings in wiring and cable costs, while still allowing double-digit Wattage.

“The difference in installation costs between standard 16/4 speaker wire and CAT-5 cable is like night and day,” explains Graham Hallett, Xantech’s president. “CAT-5 is available at just a fraction of the cost, and frequently comes preinstalled in newer homes. And when used with advanced digital amplifiers built into our keypads, the CAT-5 based distribution still transmits CD-quality sound.

CAT-5 cable was recently selling for 11.9 cents per foot from Home Depot, compared to the 32.6 cents per foot charged for 16/4 speaker wire, according to Xantech’s internal market research. For a typical multi-room system, this cuts wire installation in half.

The central distribution location consists of a 4 source, 4 zone hub. Xantech offers the hub in both equipment rack style and wall mount style. Additional zones can be added with an expansion equipment rack style hub or daisy-chaining wall mount style hubs. Local source wall plates can also be used to remove the limitations of a central distribution location and are perfect for portable consumer electronics. The keypad was scrutinized by several focus groups and underwent several industrial design phases that resulted in a look that will fit into any environment.

In Brief:
• Xantech introduces product line using Digi-5 technology
• CAT-5 cable is available at just a fraction of the cost of 16/4 speaker wire.
• CAT-5 is frequently already installed in newer homes as a standard feature.
• The Xantech Digi-5 product line is versatile, yet easy to apply to many multi-room applications

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About Xantech Corporation

Established in 1969, Xantech Corporation (www.xantech.com) designs and manufactures an extensive range of state of the art A/V Distribution and Control Systems, and Component Products, many of which have become the de facto industry standards. Since 1969, over two million of these systems have been installed worldwide.

The Xantech product line includes LCD Touchpanel Controllers, Multi-Zone, Multi-Source Audio/Video Systems, Multi-Zone, Multi-Source Pre-amplifiers, Multi-Channel Audio Amplifiers, Infrared Receivers, Remote Control Switchers, Interface Modules, IR Connecting Blocks, IR Emitters, Volume Controls and IR Accessories. Products are sold to Professional Installers and
Distributors directly from Xantech.

Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Xantech is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (www.nortek-inc.com), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial markets. Nortek, established in 1967, is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com

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