ELKHART, IN - May 31, 2005 -- Crown International announced today that their new Commercial Audio Series has been nominated for a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the Amplifier Technology category. Larry Baker, Crown's Director of Marketing for Installed Sound had this comment: “It’s great to see our Commercial Audio Series recognized in this way. We feel it’s an innovative line of products, and our customers and partners seem to agree as we are receiving an excellent response and very rapid acceptance into the market.” The winners of the 21th Annual TEC Awards will be announced at a ceremony Saturday, October 8, at the New York Marriott Marquis, on the second night of the AES Convention. Crown has won the award six times overall and three of the past four years, most recently in 2004 for their I-Tech Series amplifiers.

The Crown Commercial Audio Series are high-value mixer and amplifier products for commercial and industrial audio. The line is targeted toward applications including schools, hospitals, factories, restaurant/retail, houses of worship, fitness facilities, A/V boardrooms, prisons, and small offices. Typical uses are paging, background music, security and evacuation instructions.

The TEC Awards was established by Mix magazine in 1985 to honor outstanding achievement in the professional recording and sound production industry. The nominations are made by a panel of approximately 100 audio industry professionals. Qualified Mix subscribers will make the final determination via a ballot in the August issue.

Crown International manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at www.crownaudio.com. Crown is a member of the Harman Professional (HPro) group of Harman International companies. Other HPro audio brands include AKG, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Lexicon Pro, JBL Professional, Soundcraft, and Studer. Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR; www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.