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Holophone Announces 5.1 channel Holophone-MINI Surround Microphone & Pocket PME Pre-Amp/Monitor/Encoder for Professional Applications

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Ross Hering
818-929-8210
rh@holophone.com

Holophone Announces 5.1 channel Holophone-MINI Surround Microphone & Pocket PME Pre-Amp/Monitor/Encoder for Professional Applications

Portable version of the successful H2-PRO is world's first camera-mountable surround microphone to enable recording of 5.1 channels of discrete surround sound for Broadcast ENG and other applications

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA April 12, 2005 - Holophone, a division of Rising Sun Productions, Ltd., today formally announced the introduction of the Holophone-MINI Surround Sound Microphone and Pocket PME. Based upon the successful and patented H2-PRO, the Holophone-MINI includes a 5.1 Surround recording head that connects to a portable, battery-operated Pocket PME that contains multi-channel microphone pre-amps, virtual surround headphone monitoring, a 5.1 Circle Surround encoder from SRS Labs, and an audio "zoom" feature.

The Pocket PME is specifically designed for the Professional Broadcast Camera market to enable instantaneous, professional quality, 5.1 surround sound capture on any camera for broadcast ENG and field applications. This new product will be launched at next week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Holophone is once again partnering with SRS Labs at NAB, booth #N2026 (located in the North Hall off the main concourse of the LVCC) where Holophone representatives will showcase a prototype Holophone-MINI and Pocket PME April 18 –21.

"We are thrilled to be launching this exciting new professional product at this year's NAB," stated Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone. "The Holophone-MINI and Pocket PME have been designed specifically in response to the broadcast community's stated desire for a portable, 5.1 surround sound recoding device for ENG and field applications." Mr. Godfrey further commented, "The Holophone-MINI along with the feature-loaded Pocket PME has a bright future with many possible market applications for these technologies, including consumer camcorders, web cams, military, security and law enforcement, cell phones, PDA's, teleconferencing, and hearing aids/enhancement."

Essentially two products that work together as one, the Holophone-MINI 5.1 surround sound recording head and the Pocket PME are portable, easy to use, and provide an intelligent array of features for broadcast professionals. The MINI can be mounted onto any camera, while the Pocket PME can accompany the MINI or be placed in a belt pack or even upon a table-top for other applications. Together, they record 5.1 channels of discrete surround sound from a single point source on the camera via internal microphone pre-amps with unity gain control. The PME encodes the discrete, 5.1 Surround sound audio streams real-time into Circle Surround from SRS Labs and outputs a matrix-encoded, two-channel, stereo signal that can be recorded onto tape via standard, L/R stereo input jacks on all cameras. The Circle Surround 5.1 encoded signal is entirely compatible with all surround playback systems, including Circle Surround (CS and CSII), Dolby Pro-Logic and Pro-Logic II. A discrete digital version of the PME is also in the works.

Other features of the PME include an instantaneous Virtual Surround Headphone output for direct surround field monitoring with volume control and an Audio "Zoom" feature which increases the forward bias of the recording. A provision for an external "center channel" or dialogue microphone line-in for ENG applications is also included as are a discrete 5.1 channel USB output and a visual LED indicator of surround sound sources.

The Holophone-MINI and Pocket PME are one-of-a-kind products based upon patented Holophone technologies. The Pocket PME, as well as being a prototype for the professional broadcast camera market, has also been designed as a test-bed for the unit's
internal scaleable technologies. Holophone plans to manufacture both products in-house and sell them directly and through their worldwide dealer network. The target for product availability is late 2005. Holophone's technologies are also available for license to consumer OEM's and others who wish to develop portable, miniature, 5.1 surround sound recording products.

About Holophone
The Holophone™ surround sound microphone system is a patented audio recording system designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face today with recording and broadcasting multichannel surround sound. Developed by Rising Sun Productions in Toronto, Canada, the Holophone system effortlessly captures discrete, surround sound signals that are ultra-realistic and provide the most accurate spatiality, audio imaging and directionality of any recording device. Entirely compatible with all audio mixing, encoding, and playback systems, Holophone also enhances mono and stereo mixes. It is the perfect front-end for all professional audio applications - HDTV broadcasting, standard broadcasting of live sporting and music events, feature film location recording, and studio recording for music and films. As a scalable system, the Holophone technology is also available for license to the consumer electronics industry.

Rising Sun Productions, Ltd., is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with a US satellite office located in Southern California. www.holophone.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Hering
Holophone
818-929-8210
rh@holophone.com