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MARANTZ ANNOUNCES A QUANTUM LEAP IN REMOTE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY: THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW RC-5000
-- Radical New Remote Features Touch-Screen Control Panel, Rechargeable Battery Power and Advanced Functionality --

ROSELLE, IL, May 12, 1999 – They said it couldn’t be done. The rave-reviewed Marantz RC 2000 Mark II has earned accolades the world over for its ability to easily control every component in a home entertainment system. It seemed impossible to improve upon…until now.

Presenting the Marantz RC5000 Programmable Universal Remote Control-the next evolution of Marantz remote control technology. Winner of an Innovations '99 Design and Engineering Award, the sleek, compact RC5000 features a radical new LCD touch-screen panel display with "virtual" buttons that re-configure and re-name themselves according to the audio or video component selected. In addition, the RC5000 includes a number of enhancements, including a more legible display and increased memory capacity, that make it the most advanced hand-held remote control ever created, with functionality exceeding far more expensive dedicated custom installation control systems.

Though it has just seven buttons plus its LCD panel, the Marantz RC5000 offers total control of every component in a home entertainment system-from video components including TVs, VCRs, A/V receivers, DVD players, cable TV boxes and DSS systems to audio components such as CD players and changers, cassette decks and AM/FM tuners. If desired, the RC5000 can even be configured to control multiple components from a single touch-screen. Its simple set up can be easily personalized right out of the box, or via its PC interface and downloadable Marantz RC5000 Setup software (available at www.marantzamerica.com). The control codes from virtually every brand of IR remote control can be transferred to the RC5000, and the RC5000 also comes pre-programmed to operate a wide variety of Marantz audio and video components, as well as some popular brands of DSS equipment and components that use Philips RC-5 remote control codes.

The RC5000 is a triumph of ergonomic design, with contours that fit comfortably into the hand. Most important, the large touch-screen LCD panel is self-illuminating, enabling easy operation even in totally darkened rooms. In addition to the touch-screen panel, the RC5000's seven buttons (five back-lit) provide instant access to most-used functions such as volume adjust and power on-off.

The Marantz RC5000 even eliminates the need for battery replacement. In addition to operating on AA batteries, the RC5000 contains a rechargeable battery and fits into a docking station/recharging unit. Just store the RC5000 in the docking station when not in use to keep it fully operational at all times.

The RC5000 contains an extensive complement of additional advanced features, including macro keys that can be programmed to transmit a series of commands at a single touch. An entire home theater system can be turned on and a movie started with less effort than it takes to make a phone call! The RC5000 is truly the ultimate remote control for the home theater enthusiast.

The Marantz RC5000 carries a suggested retail price of $499. The RC2000 Mark II will also remain in the Marantz line at a suggested retail price of $250.

Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of sonic excellence and technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz over forty-five years ago. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, Marantz audio and video components are carried only by the nation's premier independent audio/video specialty retailers.

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