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ITASCA, IL, November 18, 2004 — As part of its ongoing expansion and commitment to address new markets, Marantz Professional (Booth #562), a division of D&M Professional, is exhibiting at this year’s ASHA Convention with its full line of digital recording solutions. The company’s decision to exhibit at ASHA is a direct result of a dedicated new marketing initiative for the renowned Marantz Professional brand, which will help to further increase brand recognition and market penetration to speech-language pathologists as well as language, hearing and speech scientists. Marantz Professional seeks to revolutionize not only the technology standard, but also the methods by which this critical category of work is accomplished, increasing both efficiency and accuracy.

Training its focus on the range of challenges facing speech pathologists, Marantz Professional implemented a K-8 pilot program to demonstrate and study specific applications of its advanced equipment in this field. The extraordinary results achieved through the use of Marantz Professional products in one of the largest school districts in Illinois introduce opportunities for speech pathologists in K-12, higher education and clinical settings to dramatically improve productivity through streamlined processes and cutting-edge, yet straightforward, technology. Marantz Professional solutions have been recognized as particularly useful tools in language sessions; also noteworthy is their ability to record multiple students or clients with ease, to facilitate tracking progress.

Marantz Professional is highlighting three key products on display: the CDR420, the world’s first standalone CD/MP3 Recorder; the portable PMD670 Solid State Recorder with one-touch digital recording to Compact Flash cards; and the forthcoming, breakthrough “hand-held” PMD660 Compact Digital Recorder.

The CDR420 CD/MP3 Recorder is a complete tabletop digital recording solution suitable for virtually any application. The CDR420 features easy one-touch digital recording in MP3 or WAV formats, and eliminates the need for a computer, CD recording or post-production. With an internal storage capacity to archive up to 1,400 hours of recordings, the CDR420 can burn up to 45 hours of audio on a single MP3-CD or on multiple traditional CDs. Its portability makes the CDR420 perfect for recording meetings, professional sessions and other events where a traditional recording device will not suffice. In addition, the CDR420 is USB 2.0 capable.

The PMD670 Solid State Recorder employs easy one-touch digital recording to Compact Flash cards or microdrives, and has non-stop recording with up to 6 hours of battery life (AA batteries). The PMD670 also features a built-in microphone with Automatic Level Control (ALC), over 40 assignable quality settings, menu-driven remote operation, and an EDL marking system for creating new files on-the-fly during the recording process for easy file selection during playback. To ensure the ultimate in reliability, the PMD670 has no moving parts and is compatible with MP3, MP2, WAV and BWF formats. Users are able to transfer files directly to a computer in minutes and are assured a high-quality recording due to the built-in lock down panels that secure the recording setting switches and media door from accidental changes in the field.

For the first time ever, Marantz Professional is showcasing the soon to be released, revolutionary “hand-held” PMD660 Compact Digital Recorder. Based on the PMD670 Solid State Recorder, the PMD660 offers the same feature set in a “hand-held” compact format. The PMD660 has stereo built-in condenser microphones with Automatic Level Control (ALC), easy one-touch digital recording to Compact Flash cards, Virtual Track playback for instant audio access and can record for hours running on standard AA batteries.

Tony DiLollo, an assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Wichita State University, will be present at the Marantz Professional ASHA booth to relate his experience using the PMD670 in his research. “The PMD670 allows me to record an interview, download it to the computer and listen as I transcribe,” DiLollo remarks. “I work with people who stutter, and if a section is hard to understand, it’s very easy to play it over and over. Clinicians are always recording clients’ speech to analyze use of language, but they also record responses to do voice or acoustic analysis,” notes DiLollo. “With this unit they’ll be able to collect samples digitally anywhere and then open them up in an analysis program.”

Commenting on its participation in this year’s ASHA Convention, Peter Papageorge, Director of Sales and Marketing for D&M Professional, stated, “Marantz Professional has always had a rich history in the development and manufacture of high-quality, market driven digital recording solutions. We have been studying the market, watching it evolve and seeing more and more speech-language pathologists and professors, as well as students, embracing our digital technology — simply because it makes sense. What Marantz Professional offers these end users is the most comprehensive line of product solutions, allowing them to do their jobs without getting bogged down operating equipment. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

The complete line of Marantz Professional digital recording solutions is on display during the 2004 ASHA Convention, November 18 – November 20, 2004, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

About ASHA
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 114,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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About Marantz Professional
A division of D&M Professional, which is also the parent company of Denon Professional and Denon DJ, Marantz Professional manufactures and distributes a reliable line of professional audio and video equipment for the broadcast, commercial, corporate, education, government, audio/visual, education, houses of worship, security, and related industries.

Visit Marantz Professional at www.d-mpro.com.

About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and is the parent company of wholly owned subsidiaries Denon Ltd., Marantz Japan, Inc. and McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. Denon, Marantz and McIntosh are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics and professional audio markets, with a strong and long-standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high-performance audio and video components. A wholly owned subsidiary of D&M Holdings U.S., Inc., Digital Networks North America, Inc. (DNNA), owns the ReplayTV®, Rio® and Escient brands—all representing award-winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at www.dm-holdings.com.

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