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Oxmoor Is Named Innovator of the Year for ZON Audio

Whole-House Audio System selected as the one innovation that had greatest impact on dealers'/integrators' business in 2003.

For Immediate Release (12 November 2003)

(Long Beach, CA) – EH Expo West kicked off in impressive fashion for Oxmoor Corporation when CE Pro announced that the company's flagship product, ZON (pronounced "ZONE") Audio, had been chosen as winner of a High Impact Award and then offered the icing on the cake by naming Oxmoor as its "2003 Innovator of the Year". Oxmoor was chosen from dozens of High Impact Award winners for the top honor – beating products from many of the nation's top technology companies that include marquee names such as Microsoft.

High impact award winners were selected from nominations submitted by dealers and installers responding to the magazine's call for entries. Specifically, CE Pro sought details on products, systems and technologies that made a significant difference in dealers' and/or integrators' business in the past year. According to CE Pro's panel, ZON Audio was judged to be a product that measurably benefited home systems dealers and the home-technology industry in general.

"This is a very exciting award for us because it comes from nominations submitted by retailers, dealers and installers in the consumer electronics industry," said Lynn McCroskey, Oxmoor's chairman and CEO. "The High Impact Awards are a bit different because they name their winners from the input of people working in the field with end-users. The endorsement of ZON Audio by these professionals tells me that their customers are happy and that's what it's all about. If the end user is satisfied, then we've all done something right. Being named Innovator of the Year is truly special."

Human interface research and industrial design studies were used to develop the unique ZON look to integrate easily into almost any residential environment and with its all-digital architecture, ZON provides systems integrators and end-users with new features and enhancements not available from other products on the market. ZON is the first 100% digital whole-house audio system on the market.

"It's gratifying enough to know that the ZON system is worthy of a High Impact Award," added McCroskey. "The fact that we also won Innovator of the Year is a tribute to the entire team that developed the ZON concept and the totally digital whole house audio system.

"I thank the dealers and installers that thought enough of ZON Audio to submit their nominations and we will continue to provide them with the best distributed audio products on the market," he said. "I also want to thank CE Pro for this award. It is indeed an honor for which we at Oxmoor are very proud."

For the integrator, ZON is easy to design and install and is well suited for structured wiring plans. For end users, ZON offers embedded capabilities that simplify user interface control and management of the home audio environment and unlike analog systems or hybrids that combine elements of analog and digital, there is no degradation of sound quality or volume levels, even at the most distant points in a home.

About Oxmoor Corporation

Internationally known for innovative high performance audio products, Oxmoor invented the industry's first digital remote volume control in 1982. In 1986 the company was the first to deliver digital audio for motion picture theaters. Oxmoor's other professional audio products include room-combining systems, paging hardware and other innovations used in hotels, theme parks, specialty venues, and IMAX Theaters worldwide. Oxmoor researchers also patented Personal Sound Environment® 3-D audio technology that premiered in 1994 at the Sony IMAX Theater in New York.

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Oxmoor Corporation, LLC is a leading manufacturer of digital remote volume controls, distribution and buffer amplifiers, mixing matrixes, infrared transmission hardware and room combining systems for commercial and residential audio applications. Oxmoor products are sold worldwide.

Julie Jacobson, CE Pro Magazine Editor-at-Large, presents the Innovator of the Year award to the ZON team at the High Impact Awards in Long Beach, California, on 11-Nov-2003.

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