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Parasound Adds Dedicated HDMI Switcher to its Zcustom Line

-- Allows high definition video display owners to add five-source HDMI
switching capabilities to audio/video processors from Parasound and

SAN FRANCISCO (2/21/06) -- Parasound has introduced a five-in/one-out
high-definition digital-video and -audio switching device that will add
integrated HDMI source selection capabilities to the company's current
audio-video processors, as well as many other processors and AV
receivers using the included remote control. The Parasound Zcustom Zhd
is used as a source selector for up to five HDMI video sources,
connecting any of the inputs to an HDMI video projector or other
display device. It is the latest of the company's many half-width
rack-mountable custom installation problem solvers.

"This is a wonderful niche product for our Zcustom line," said
Parasound's president and founder, Richard Schram. "We have many
thousands of our audio video processors in use by consumers, and now
they can enjoy state-of-the-art HDMI video quality that integrates
seamlessly with their current system. We've included a remote control
for use with processors and receivers that lack compatible RS-232
interface connections."

The Zhd adds HDMI switching capabilities to Parasound's Halo C 1, C 2
and NewClassic Model 7100 7.1 channel surround controllers, and
operates seamlessly in the background taking command signals via the
two-way RS-232C communications port with the supplied RS-232 cable. Any
brand of house control system can also control the Zhd through the
RS-232 port, and the included IR remote handset can be used with
systems that do not employ RS-232.

The Zhd also includes an HDMI signal booster for the extra-long cable
runs needed in large theaters, where the screen is far from the
electronics rack. The Parasound Zhd is fully HDMI 1.3 certified and
HDCP compliant. The Zhd is also completely compatible with DVI when
used in conjunction with a readily-available DVI-HDMI adapter.

Other features include an external IR repeater input and loop output
jacks, and HDMI input temporary muting. There are front-panel
indicators for source and signal boost status.

The Parasound Zcustom Zhd is now available with a suggested retail
price of $600.

David Bott
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