Polk Audio Announces I-Sonic(TM) Entertainment System

The First Product to Combine iBiquity's HD Radio(TM) Technology, XM Satellite

Radio Capability and DVD/CD Player

Apr 19, 2005, 01:00 ET from Polk Audio from ,iBiquity Digital Corporation

    LAS VEGAS, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- National Association of Broadcasters
 Show -- Today audio manufacturer Polk Audio announced the introduction of
 their I-Sonic entertainment system, a compact, easy to use stereo audio system
 that includes an AM/FM and digital HD Radio(TM) tuner, a DVD/CD player and XM
 Satellite Radio capability. Exclusive 4-speaker I-Sonic and Power Port
 technologies produce sound quality so big and lifelike that for many, the I-
 Sonic is capable of being the primary home entertainment system.
     The Polk Audio I-Sonic entertainment system measures only 14.5" x 9.75" x
 4.75", making it the perfect system to use on a kitchen countertop, on a
 nightstand, in a TV stand or on the coffee table in a living room. The I-Sonic
 can be used in homes, offices and small businesses to deliver rich, room
 filling 360-degree stereo sound that rivals or betters that of much larger and
 costlier audio systems. The I-Sonic entertainment system will be available in
 September 2005 for $599.
     HD Radio is digital radio technology that offers static-free, crystal-
 clear reception with CD-quality sound from FM stations and the richness of FM-
 analog stereo sound quality from AM stations. HD Radio also allows the ability
 to multicast program streams over a single FM frequency (e.g. 97.7-1, 97.7-2,
 etc.) so that broadcasters can offer additional content to serve multiple
 audiences. A variety of data services that range from text-based information -
 - artist name, weather alerts, school closings, traffic alerts, etc. -- can be
 scrolled across the receiver display.  In addition to receiving standard
 analog AM and FM broadcasts, the Polk Audio I-Sonic entertainment system
 incorporates all the digital HD Radio features listed above.  2500 AM and FM
 stations nationwide have begun rolling out digital HD Radio technology.
     "We are excited to be among the first to deliver an HD Radio product,"
 said Polk Audio Chairman and co-founder Matthew Polk. "We believe consumers
 will embrace HD Radio's superior sound quality, new content choices through
 multicasting and rich data services. HD Radio combined with satellite radio
 ushers in a new Golden Age for radio broadcasting. We're also thrilled to
 bring to market a truly high performance home entertainment solution to serve
 consumers for whom traditional audio systems are too costly, large and hard to
 use. The I-Sonic entertainment system marks the first time that HD Radio
 technology has been combined with advanced audio technologies to produce a
 truly high performance complete home entertainment solution."
     Polk Audio's I-Sonic(TM) entertainment system is also the first product of
 its type to incorporate a DVD player. When connected to a TV or monitor, it is
 a complete, compact, high performance audio/video entertainment system. The
 single disc DVD player plays DVD video discs, CDs, Picture CD, Video CD, MP3
 CD and many other formats. It features S-Video and composite video outputs to
 facilitate hookup to video displays.
     The I-Sonic entertainment system becomes an XM Satellite Radio receiver
 with the addition of an XM Connect & Play Antenna, a $49 item. XM Satellite
 Radio is the nation's leading satellite radio provider with well over 3.7
 million subscribers and provides listeners with 150 digital channels,
 including 100% commercial-free music, over 30 channels of news, sports, talk
 and entertainment, and over 20 dedicated channels of XM Instant Traffic. All
 XM metadata is displayed on the I-Sonic's front panel display, including full
 song title and artist name as well as information extras such as stock and
 sports score tickers.
     The Polk Audio I-Sonic is simply the best sounding and most advanced
 compact home entertainment system. Powerful 4-speaker I-Sonic technology
 delivers a rich, room-filling stereo soundstage 360 degrees around the
 entertainment center. Listeners will enjoy a big-life-like stereo image
 wherever they are in the room. Patented Power Port venting technology belts
 out the kind of rich powerful bass you'd expect from much larger stereo
     Mr. Polk continued, "We have worked hard to deliver a product consistent
 with the premium performance our customers have come to expect from Polk
 Audio. Products with similar form factors have been out for some time but
 customers with a discriminating taste for audio performance would generally
 not consider them. With the arrival of HD radio technology and the
 breakthroughs we were able to make in the audio delivery system, the I-Sonic
 system is capable of delighting everyone from casual radio listeners to
 serious audiophiles for a myriad of uses."
     Two sets of auxiliary inputs allow hook up of any stereo audio device such
 as an iPod or other portable MP3 player or cassette deck. The I-Sonic
 entertainment system is also a full function dual-alarm clock radio that can
 use the radio or DVD/CD player as the alarm. It also features a headphone jack
 for private listening at any hour, 30 radio presets and a wireless remote
 control.  On-product controls and an on-display menu system allow the unit to
 be used should the remote be lost or disabled.
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     About Polk Audio
     Polk Audio is an international manufacturer of premium home and car audio
 products, with headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded by Matthew Polk
 and George Klopfer in 1972, Polk Audio holds over 50 patents for advances in
 loudspeaker design and technology. Polk products are distributed in the US and
 Canada and in over 50 countries. Consumers can reach Polk Audio by phone (800)
 377-7655, by email polkcs@polkaudio.com and on the web
     About iBiquity Digital
     iBiquity Digital is the sole developer and licenser of HD Radio(TM)
 technology in the U.S., which is transforming today's AM and FM radio stations
 to digital, enabling radically upgraded sound, crystal-clear reception and new
 wireless data services. The company's investors include 15 of the nation's top
 radio broadcasters, including ABC, Clear Channel and Viacom; leading financial
 institutions, such as Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, New Venture
 Partners, Pequot Capital and J&W Seligman; and strategic partners Ford Motor
 Company, Harris, Texas Instruments and Visteon. iBiquity, named one of
 Deloitte's Fast 500 Companies, is a privately held company with operations in
 Columbia, MD, Detroit, MI, Belmont, CA and Warren, NJ. For more information
 please visit: http://www.ibiquity.com.
     About XM Satellite Radio
     XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 3.77
 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC,
 New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005
 lineup includes 152 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67
 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to
 country, bluegrass to blues; 64 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy,
 children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced
 traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM
 Satellite Radio is the satellite radio leader in sports programming, offering
 thousands of live sporting events every year. XM is the official satellite
 radio network for Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, the
 PGA TOUR, and the college sports conferences ACC, Pac-10, and Big Ten. XM was
 named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.
     XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for
 the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota,
 Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different
 vehicle models for 2005. XM also is available in Avis, National, and Alamo
 rental cars. XM is the exclusive in-flight entertainment service for AirTran
 Airways, and will soon be available on JetBlue flights. Consumers can
 experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at
 http://listen.xmradio.com. For more information about XM hardware, programming
 and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.

SOURCE Polk Audio; iBiquity Digital Corporation