Acoustic Research Xsight™ Remote Controls Now Available Nationwide

Universal Remotes Simplify Home Entertainment with Quick Device Setup, One-Button Control, Personal Profiles for Everyone in the Family and RF Control of Hidden Components

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INDIANAPOLIS--()--Acoustic Research announced today that its Xsight™ Touch and Xsight™ Color advanced remote controls are available nationwide at ABC Warehouse, Best Buy, Crutchfield, Electronics Expo, Fry’s Electronics, hhgregg, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Ultimate Electronics.

“The Acoustic Research Xsight remote is ideal for anyone who is tired of using three or four remotes to operate a home entertainment system—and best of all, it can be set up to control your TV, cable/satellite box, audio receiver and other A/V components in just minutes,” said David Geise, president of Audiovox Accessories Corporation, which markets AR and RCA brand remote controls and is the exclusive distributor of ONE FOR ALL® branded remotes. “These remotes are comfortable to hold and have a color LCD screen and simple button layout so everyone in the family can control the system and easily find their favorite TV channels.”

Quick Out-of-Box Setup

Unlike other advanced remote controls, codes for the most popular brands of TVs and A/V devices are stored right in the AR Xsight remote, allowing basic device setup to be done quickly without having to wade through an instruction manual or connect the remote to a computer. Intuitive menus appear on the remote’s LCD screen and guide you through the setup.

One-Touch, Personalized Entertainment

Unlocking the full potential of the Acoustic Research Xsight remote is a simple matter of connecting the remote to a Windows XP or Vista PC so you can use the EZ-RC™ website to:

  • Create one-touch activities such as “Watch TV” or “Listen to Music” (the activity key executes a string of commands—like turning on a DVD player, A/V receiver and TV).
  • Create favorite-channel lists with colorful logos that appear in the LCD screen.
  • Create up to six personal profiles—defined by person (Mom, Dad, etc.) or genre (Movie, Sports, News, etc.)—that provide instant access to favorite channels.
  • Add new devices, change existing settings, set up advanced features like Lock Volume.

Easy RF Control of Hidden Components

In addition to an interactive LCD touch screen for fast access to favorite TV channels and one-touch activities, the flagship AR Xsight Touch (ARRX18G) can control up to 18 devices and boasts built-in RF for controlling RF-enabled components with 433.92 MHz capability, such as a DIRECTV® RF receiver that is hidden in an entertainment cabinet. The remote sends both RF and IR signals when you press a key, which means it will also control IR components that are hidden away when it is paired with the optional Acoustic Research ARRE433B RF-Extender Kit (MSRP: $99.99). The easy-to-install kit accommodates up to six devices and has a range of about 100 feet.

More Acoustic Research Xsight-ing Features

Features common to the AR Xsight Touch and AR Xsight Color, include:

  • Intuitive button groupings with dedicated keys for DVR/satellite/cable box control, including the familiar red, green, yellow and blue “quick menu” keys
  • Ergonomic handset with common keys centrally located for easy thumb control
  • Learning feature lets you capture functions from your original remote
  • Blue backlighting

Acoustic Research Xsight Touch (model: ARRX18G) highlights:

  • 2.2-inch color touch screen and slider control for navigation
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charging cradle/stand
  • IR (infrared) and RF (433 MHz radio frequency) operation
  • Controls up to 18 devices
  • $249.99 suggested retail price ($349.98 with optional RF Extender Kit)

Acoustic Research Xsight Color (model: ARRX15G) highlights:

  • 2.2-inch color LCD screen with hard keys and toggle bar navigation
  • Runs on three AA batteries (included)
  • IR operation
  • Controls up to 15 devices
  • $179.99 suggested retail price

For more information on the Acoustic Research Xsight remote controls, visit www.araccessories.com.

Audiovox (NASDAQ:VOXX) is a recognized leader in the marketing of automotive entertainment, vehicle security and remote start systems, consumer electronics products and consumer electronics accessories. The company is number one in mobile video and places in the top ten of almost every category that it sells. Among the lines marketed by Audiovox are its mobile electronics products including mobile video systems, auto sound systems including satellite radio, vehicle security and remote start systems; consumer electronics products such as MP3 players, digital camcorders, DVRs, clock radios, portable DVD players, portable GPS, flat-panel TVs, extended range two-way radios, multimedia products like digital picture frames and home and portable stereos; consumer electronics accessories such as indoor/outdoor antennas, connectivity products, headphones, speakers, wireless solutions, remote controls, power & surge protectors and media cleaning & storage devices; Energizer®-branded products for rechargeable batteries and battery packs for camcorders, cordless phones, digital cameras and DVD players, as well as for power supply systems, automatic voltage regulators and surge protectors. The company markets its products through an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, 12-volt specialists, mass merchandisers and an OE sales group. The company markets products under the Audiovox, RCA, Jensen, Acoustic Research, Energizer®, Advent, Code Alarm, TERK, Prestige and SURFACE™ brands. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.audiovox.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, statements made in this release that would constitute forward- looking statements may involve certain risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements made in this release are based on currently available information and the Company assumes no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statement. The following factors, among others, may cause actual results to differ materially from the results suggested in the forward-looking statements. The factors include, but are not limited to, risks that may result from changes in the Company's business operations; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; significant competition in the mobile and consumer electronics businesses as well as the wireless business; our relationships with key suppliers and customers; quality and consumer acceptance of newly introduced products; market volatility; non-availability of product; excess inventory; price and product competition; new product introductions; the possibility that the review of our prior filings by the SEC may result in changes to our financial statements; and the possibility that stockholders or regulatory authorities may initiate proceedings against Audiovox and/or our officers and directors as a result of any restatements. Risk factors associated with our business, including some of the facts set forth herein, are detailed in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2008 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal second quarter ended August 31, 2008.

Xsight™ and EZ-RC™ are trademarks of Universal Electronics Inc.

ONE FOR ALL® is the worldwide registered trademark of Universal Electronics Inc.

DIRECTV® is a registered trademark of DIRECTV, Inc.

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Bob Ankosko, 732-651-2385
bob@glapr.com

Contacts

GLA Communications
Bob Ankosko, 732-651-2385
bob@glapr.com