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LANCASTER, Pa. — Jan. 8, 2009 — In a move to help broadcasters prepare for the DTV transition, Linear Acoustic, acknowledged experts in loudness control and upmixing for digital television, today announced broadcasters will receive a LAMBDA™ Professional Digital Audio and Metadata Monitor for $100 when they purchase an AERO.air (5.1) Transmission Loudness Manager. The offer is valid until the February 17, 2009 DTV deadline.

Many broadcasters are feeling caught between needing new equipment to comply with the FCC-mandated DTV deadline and the current economic downturn. The Linear Acoustic offer will ensure broadcasters have the latest in loudness control and audio image stability, while being able to monitor audio and metadata quality throughout the entire broadcast chain, a feature unique to LAMBDA. Savings for broadcasters who purchase the AERO.air (5.1) will exceed $6,600.00.

"With the DTV transition quickly approaching, broadcasters are looking for cost-effective solutions that handle all key aspects of audio to provide viewers with an optimal viewing experience," said Christina Carroll, vice president of sales and marketing at Linear Acoustic. "By offering our LAMBDA for just $100 with the purchase of an AERO.air audio processor, we are providing broadcasters with the capabilities they need for the DTV transition, at a significant cost savings — when budgets are tighter than ever."

Engineered on the foundation of the company's overwhelmingly successful OCTiMAX 5.1 processors, the award-winning AERO.air (5.1) ten-channel DTV audio processor features air-proven dynamics loudness processing with state-of-the-art audio image stability. The AERO.air (5.1) includes the AutoMAXII auto-detection algorithm to smoothly upmix or automatically bypass 5.1 mixed content. The comprehensive AERO.air (5.1) also features a metadata manager as well as full-time, two-channel downmixing to support legacy analog paths. Dual, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies are standard. Options include HD-SDI input, internal Dolby® Digital (AC-3) encoding, Metadata output, and CrowdControl™.

Linear Acoustic's LAMBDA professional digital audio and metadata monitor allows audio and metadata monitoring throughout the broadcast chain. The following features are unique to LAMBDA:

• It shows the ITU loudness measurement which can be directly compared with dialnorm.

• It displays Dolby E and Dolby Digital metadata.

• It can apply Dolby metadata to the audio so you know what it will sound like in the home.

• Metadata can be used to change the audio program configuration to make sure the metadata and audio match.

• The user can quickly step through multiple audio programs for monitoring such as 5.1+2+5.1+2.

The system accepts audio metadata via 9-pin serial input or extracts it from the VANC space of an applied HD-SDI input. LAMBDA's powerful two-way, digitally amplified speaker system, a front-panel headphone connector, rear-panel balanced analog, or AES digital output can monitor any channel, channel pair, or downmix. Additionally, Ethernet connectivity provides access to all metering information for remote monitoring and "glass cockpit" applications.

"Linear Acoustic understands the challenges facing the broadcast industry right now," said Carroll. "We are here to offer support to broadcasters, large and small, seeking DTV audio solutions. From our well-received "Myth Busters Tour" (www.linearacoustic.com/mythbusters.htm) to this current offer, we want to ensure that broadcasters have the tools they need to make the transition on-time, within budget and correctly."

For more information, please contact Christina Carroll at Linear Acoustic directly at (717) 735.3611 or your regional Linear Acoustic representative.

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About Linear Acoustic

Linear Acoustic, a Telos company, is the leading authority in loudness control and upmixing solutions for digital television. The company designs and manufactures the AERO range of audio processing solutions, StreamStacker-HD™, and MetaMAX™ line of products and licenses key technologies to OEM partners. Linear Acoustic has been involved worldwide in projects with all major U.S. terrestrial networks, multiple local stations, and companies including Dolby® Laboratories, Sirius Satellite Radio, Microsoft, HBO, Viacom (Showtime, MTV, etc.), Disney (ABC, ESPN), Sony Studios, and others. The company is also actively involved in the ATSC and other industry organizations, is a member of the AES and IEEE, and is a sustaining member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Linear Acoustic is also proud to have provided its UPMAX:neo™ 5.1-channel upmixer for NBC's coverage of the Beijing Summer Games. More information is available at www.linearacoustic.com.

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