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AVAD Augments Loudspeaker Selection through Partnership with MartinLogan

Van Nuys, Calif. – March 24, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced that the company has entered into a distribution agreement with MartinLogan, the world leader in high-performance electrostatic loudspeaker technology.

The MartinLogan line offers custom installation professionals a high-quality audio solution for virtually any application, ranging from multi-room audio, 5.1 theater systems or simple 2-channel system. AVAD will distribute the following MartinLogan lines to authorized dealers at each of its 38 North American locations:

• Select models from the ESL Series, MartinLogan’s most sophisticated engineering and design;
Design Series, a line aimed at not sacrificing sound quality for size and affordability; and
Custom Installation, designed to provide MartinLogan sound solution for every application;

“MartinLogan lives up to its name as one of the great American loudspeaker companies because of its passion in quality control and by-hand assembly,? said Rick Wigen, vice president of merchandising for AVAD. “We’re happy to offer it as part of our home audio selection.?

By partnering with AVAD, MartinLogan will have access to AVAD’s extensive network of over 10,000 dealers, enabling the company to broaden its reach within the custom installation market. AVAD will also provide MartinLogan dealers with the best and most frequent training, technical and application support, as well as next day delivery for more responsive customer service, improved turns and higher profits.

“MartinLogan is excited to be working with the nation’s leading custom install distributor,? says Dean Tassio, MartinLogan senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We will be working closely with them to augment our current distribution and expand into regions that have traditionally lacked access to the MartinLogan experience.?

Dealers must be authorized to be an AVAD MartinLogan Dealer and are encouraged to contact their local AVAD branch for details on how to become approved.

For more information on AVAD or MartinLogan visit www.avad.com or www.martinlogan.com, respectively.

Talking Points:
• AVAD LLC announced that the company has entered into a distribution agreement with MartinLogan, the world leader in high-performance electrostatic loudspeaker technology.
• The MartinLogan line offers custom installation professionals a high-quality audio solution for virtually any application.
• Dealers must be authorized to be an AVAD MartinLogan Dealer and are encouraged to contact their local AVAD branch for details on how to become approved.

About MartinLogan Ltd.
MartinLogan, the great American speaker company, is located in Lawrence, Kansas, where 70 employees handcraft the company’s ultimate loudspeaker products. The speaker systems, incorporating MartinLogan’s patented CLS (Curvilinear Line Source) high-resolution electrostatic technology and ATF (Advanced Thin Film) transducers, range in price from $299 to $30,000 (US Retail). The subwoofer systems range in price from $649 to $3,495 (US Retail).

About AVAD LLC
AVAD LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., is the most complete home integration solutions provider in North America. Offering customers the most trusted brands, AVAD stocks complete systems solutions for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum and more. Further, the company is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University’s over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year. AVAD ensures just-in-time delivery from each of its 36 US and two Canadian facilities.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, H-P Products/Dirt Devil, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Escient, Exceptional Innovation/Life|ware, Gefen, Global Cache, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, ITC, JDSU, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Onkyo, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Panasonic Professional, Pantel, Peerless, Philips Pronto, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RepairMaster, RTI, Rockustics, Samsung, Satellite USA, Sharp, SharpVision, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control, Velodyne and more.

In July 2005, AVAD was acquired by Ingram Micro Inc., making its parent company the leading distributor for solution providers and custom integrators serving the fast-growing consumer electronics and home automation markets in the United States.

For more information about AVAD, visit www.avad.com.

Company Contact: Wally Whinna, Executive Vice President of Marketing
AVAD, Tel: 847-434-0888 x1101, Email: wally.whinna@avad.com

Media Contact: Coleen Sterns Leith, President, Marketing Matters, Tel: 954-925-1511, Email: coleen@marketingmatters.net

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