ELKHART, IN - June 2004 -- Crown International announced today that the I-Tech Series, Crown's new flagship amplifier for the touring and corporate PA markets, has been recognized with a nomination for a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the Amplifier Technology category. Stephen Morris, Crown's Market Director for Tour Sound, Installed Sound and Cinema had this comment: "We are very proud and honored that I-Tech has been recognized with this nomination. Being the world's most advanced amplifier, I-Tech has truly raised the bar for high power, high performance pro amplifier technology." The winners for 2004 will be announced at the 20th Annual TEC Awards ceremony to be held October 30, 2004 in San Francisco. Crown has won the award five times, most recently in 2003 for their CTs 2-channel amplifier series with IQ Network control and digital audio transport.

I-Tech packs a lot of power and capability into a small, lightweight package. All models are 2RU, weigh less than 28 lbs. (12.7 kg.), and range in output power up to 8,000 watts. I-Tech is built upon Crown's patented Class-I switching output design. Global, regulated power supplies with Power Factor Correction (PFC) provide efficient operation worldwide. Unique features include integrated DSP with studio-grade 24 bit / 96kHz converters, standard AES/EBU and analog inputs, and integrated IQ Network for remote control and monitoring on industry-standard Ethernet networks.

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards honor the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, films, TV shows and live performances.

Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, please visit Crown online at www.crownaudio.com.