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Xantechs MRAUDIO8X8CTL Wins Audioholics 2007 Consumer Excellence Award

Eight-source, Eight-Zone Audio Distribution Amplifier and Controller Wins Top Honor in Audio Systems/Distribution Category

Sylmar, Calif. — January 7, 2008– Xantech Corporation, a leading producer of innovative, reliable and problem-solving custom installation distribution and control systems, has announced its MRAUDIO8X8CTL, an eight-source, eight-zone audio distribution amplifier and controller, has been selected as the winner of the Audioholics 2007 Consumer Excellence Award in the Audio Systems/Distribution category.

The Audioholics Consumer Excellence Awards recognize the most advanced and forward-thinking products in crucial consumer electronics categories. Awards are given to products which serve consumers directly and also those products which serve to improve the business and success of the custom installer.

“We are thrilled to see Audioholics recognize the MRAUDIO8X8 in the prestigious Consumer Excellence (CE) Awards program,” said Graham Hallett, Xantech president. “The flexibility and features of the MRAUDIO8X8 greatly improve the business opportunities and probable success of the custom installer by paving a path towards upgrades and system integration with popular lighting and security controllers. As a stand-alone piece, the design of the audio circuit is based on premium parts, such as gold-plated PCB’s and custom wound transformers, which makes the MRAUDIO8X8 a great sounding amplifier.”

The MRAUDIO8X8CTL allows the control and distribution of eight separate source components to eight different zones and has the capacity to expand to up to sixteen zones of control and distribution. It allows control of source components through both RS232 and IR. Additional control features such as Intelligent Power Management ensures the source components are always in an active state and ready to receive commands. Routable IR ports and macro functions are easily programmed using the new Universal Dragon 2.1 software.

A wide variety of keypad choices make it easy to personalize the MRAUDIO8X8CTL system to suit the needs of end users: SPLCD 3.9″ and 6.4″ touch-screens for the ultimate in customizable control and presentation, the standard MRC88 keypads provides common control and information on an LCD screen while housed in an attractive, dual-gang friendly housing, and an option to use a basic LC8 keypads for control at an affordable price.

MRAUDIO8X8CTL installation is now even easier with the new Quick Start manual. The Quick Start manual will answer wiring questions and provide the basic steps to get the MRAUDIO8X8CTL setup and running. Rather than showing a large diagram with multiple ‘spaghetti’ cables lines, the Quick Start manual breaks down the diagrams into easier to understand steps and offers tips for a hassle-free installation.

In Brief: Release Summary
• The Xantech MRAUDIO8X8CTL has been selected as the winner of the Audioholics 2007 Consumer Excellence Award in the Audio Systems/Distribution category.
• The Audioholics Consumer Excellence Awards recognize the most advanced and forward-thinking products in crucial consumer electronics categories.
• The MRAUDIO8X8CTL is an eight-source, eight-zone audio distribution amplifier and controller that facilitates the control and distribution of eight separate source components to eight different zones.
• The MRAUDIO8X8CTL and MRC88CTL will ship with a new Quick Start manual.

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.

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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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