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— Companies also form strategic alliance to develop future monitoring products —

STOW, OH, February 3, 2004 — Leading microphone manufacturer and innovator
Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. has been named exclusive U.S. and Canadian distributor for Garwood Communications, manufacturer of critically acclaimed personal monitoring systems. Garwood Communications Founder and Managing Director Chrys Lindop and Audio-Technica U.S. President/CEO Philip Cajka have also agreed to form an alliance in which Audio-Technica U.S. and Garwood Communications will work together to develop future monitoring products.

Philip Cajka announced the alliance and exclusive distribution agreement: “We are pleased to offer Garwood Communications monitoring solutions for performing musicians, and for installed-sound and broadcast applications. Through both the distribution and product-development agreements, Audio-Technica has proven its commitment to offering its customers a wide range of products that keep pace with the latest audio technologies and practices.” Cajka added that the alliance with industry pioneer Garwood Communications is a sign of continued growth of Audio-Technica, due in part to the widespread success of recent product launches.

Founded in 1992, Garwood Communications manufactures internationally recognized in-ear monitoring systems from its headquarters in London, England. The majority of Garwood’s customers have been drawn from the ranks of top touring professional rock musicians, an impressive lineup that includes the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Adams, The Eagles, and REM. Garwood personal monitoring systems are also used to monitor sound on film/motion picture shoots, on stage productions, and in a multitude of broadcast applications.

Lindop pioneered the concept of in-ear monitoring in 1987 while working as chief engineer for Stevie Wonder. He teamed up with another British engineer, Martin Noar, whose extensive RF expertise resulted in the first Garwood systems. Now a vital part of the sound reinforcement market, Garwood systems deliver precise high-quality stereo monitor mixes directly to the artist’s ears, allowing the level of sound to be controlled by the artist, thereby helping safeguard hearing and protecting against voice fatigue.

The benefits of Garwood’s monitoring systems include:
• control of volume, helping to safeguard hearing and reducing voice fatigue
• a clear and uncluttered stage, improving audience sightlines
• improved front-of-house sound
• overall improvement in monitoring sound quality — more precise, more consistent.

Photo Caption: Audio-Technica U.S. President/CEO Philip Cajka (left) and Garwood Communications Founder/Managing Director Chrys Lindop are shown celebrating the new alliance between these two pioneering companies.

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Celebrating over 40 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact
Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224.
Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com

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