DENON INTRODUCES FIRMWARE UPGRADE TO ENHANCE FUNCTIONALITY OF ITS AVR-5805 & AVR-4806 A/V RECEIVERS

September 08, 2005
For Immediate Release. Contact: Adam Weissman/Sara Trujillo at Dobbin/Bolgla Associates.
Tel. 1.212.388.1400 or E-mail: aweissman@dba-pr.com or strujillo@dba-pr.com

-- Feature Upgrades Will Allow Music Streaming and Full Control Capabilities; Will Be Demonstrated at Denon CEDIA Booth #380 –

Pine Brook, NJ. (September 9, 2005) - DENON ELECTRONICS, A WORLD LEADER IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO/VIDEO COMPONENTS, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IT IS PROVIDING A KEY FIRMWARE UPGRADE THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL CURRENT OWNERS OF THE COMPANY’S POPULAR AWARD-WINNING AVR-5805 AND AVR-4806 A/V RECEIVERS. The upgrade reflects Denon’s continuing commitment to providing advanced convergence products that allow users to expand and connect their home entertainment experience throughout the home.

Customers will be able to purchase the upgrade and install it themselves via the built-in RS232 or Ethernet ports on their Denon components. The upgrade will permit audio streaming from either an Escient FireBall or a Windows Media Player equipped PC. Once connected, the Denon receivers will have complete ‘Command and Control’ over either the FireBall or PC, via the on-screen display and Denon remote control. Users can even connect both an Escient FireBall system and a PC at the same time, with individual control functions. Additional features and functionality included in the firmware upgrade will be Internet radio access and control, as well as a web browser interface. At CEDIA (Booth #380), Denon will demonstrate the upgrade and its lifestyle benefits in the AVR-5805 receiver.

“One of the main reasons Denon engineers included the Ethernet port on these high-end receivers was to be able to offer our customers upgrades whenever possible,” said Jeff Talmadge, Denon’s Marketing Manager. “This firmware upgrade will let consumers enjoy the benefits of added interoperability and networking capability, enabling them not only listen to music stored on a PC and/or Escient FireBall system, but also to control the playback options via their Denon remote


control and on-screen menu. The addition of Internet radio access, a web browser setup and control function, as well as 3rd party controller connectivity, are all part of our goal to provide the most advanced, easy-to-use options in home entertainment networking, and they also reflect the close relationship we enjoy with our fellow D&M company Escient, with whom we work to create technology-sharing products to benefit our mutual customers.”

More details will be available on Denon’s new website, www.usa.denon.com, in late-September.

About Denon Electronics
Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and first commercialization of PCM digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D&M Holdings Inc.

About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and owns the Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell, D&M Professional, ReplayTVâ, Rioâ and Escientâ brands. Denon, Marantz, McIntosh and D&M Professional are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics or professional audio markets, with a strong and long-standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high-performance audio and video components. Boston Acoustics, with its signature Boston Sound,™ is a leader in premium loudspeakers for home and audio markets. Snell is a super premium speaker brand. The ReplayTV, Rio and Escient brands represent award-winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at www.dm-holdings.com.

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