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Xantech HD16D Named CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award Honoree

Xantech’s Single-Source Distribution Amp Recognized by Consumer Electronics Association

Sylmar, Calif. — January 7, 2008– Xantech Corporation has announced its HD16D, a one-in, six-out distribution amplifier featured in Xantech’s complete line of video distribution products, has been named a Consumer Electronics Association Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the Multi-Room Audio/Video product category.

Judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press, the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize the most innovative consumer electronic products in the industry. All honorees will be featured in a special display at the 2008 International CES held January 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are thankful to the Consumer Electronics Association for honoring us with an award for the HD16D,” said Graham Hallett, Xantech president. “The HD16D is the latest expression of Xantech’s commitment to design excellence. We know custom installers can achieve greater success when they are provided with superior products. The premium quality of the HD16D’s audio and video distribution design gives our customers the extra edge.”

The HD16D drives up to six A/V components from a single source. Each output is active buffered with its own high-bandwidth operational amplifier circuit. This ensures every distributed signal maintains accuracy with zero-tolerance signal degradation. The internal circuit also compensates for signal in-compatibility that often occurs between different brand A/V source components and displays. Proper DC blocking maintains signal level that would otherwise result in bleeding and variable color intensity over time. In addition, the HD16D features an Active Expansion Output capable of daisy-chaining multiple devices for larger installations. The Active Expansion Output uses active circuitry, not a passive simple loop-thru, ensuring that the same great picture quality is maintained at each output stage.

The HD16D is built with heavy gauge sheet metal that protects the critical audio and video signals from radio-wave interference and EMI. Also, with proper grounding, the metal case protects against ESD and static shock. Using gold-plated RCA terminals and a gold plated printed circuit board (PCB), the HD16D is the ultimate in reliability and consistent performance.

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In Brief: Release Summary
• Xantech’s HD16D has been selected as a CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honoree.
• The HD16D was honored in the Multi-Room Audio/Video product category.
• All honorees will be featured in a special display at the 2008 International CES held January 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
• The HD16D drives up to six A/V components from a single source and features an Active Expansion Output.

About Xantech Corporation

Established in 1969, Xantech Corporation ( 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. (, a multinational manufacture 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

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