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            315 Exhibitors Cover More Than 200,000 Sq. Feet of Gross Exhibit Space

        Orlando, Fla., March 12, 2007 – The Electronic House Expo Spring 2007 concluded
Saturday, March 10, drawing thousands of industry professionals to the largest display of custom
electronics products in show history. EHX Spring 2007, produced by EH Events and sponsored by
the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA®) TechHome Division, is one of the fastest growing
tradeshows in the U.S. The show ran March 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center.

        ESPN and ABC sports commentator, Dick Vitale, kicked off the event with an inspiring and
energetic keynote, “Winning in the Game of Life.” He instructed exhibitors and attendees to be
“passionate about their craft,” and to live in the moment, work hard, and have dedication and
discipline to achieve personal and professional goals. He discussed his personal experiences with
home electronics and playfully concluded that “Man, you guys are expensive, BABY!”

        The EHX Spring 2007 show featured 315 companies introducing exciting new products in
the custom electronics market, including the latest in home networking, home theater and video,
multi-room audio, IP networking, lighting control, home automation and wireless networking. The
major focus of this year’s event was home networking technology, including wireless with central

        With a commitment to attendee education and training, the EHX conference program
launched Tuesday, March 6 with two full day boot camp sessions. Project Management focused on
the importance of defining project management phases and executing with mastery; with a specific
focus on handling budgets and purchasing. Home Networking provided information on the design,
installation and configuration of home networks, including both wired and wireless considerations.

        CEA researchers Steve Koenig and Shawn DeBruvac started the Friday event line up with
the EHX Wake-Up Call Breakfast where they presented CEA’s newest State of Builder Technology
research. Their presentation included round-table discussions with custom installers and addressed
the topics of how to maintain profitability, take advantage of growth trends, encourage home
builders to leverage their expertise, educate custom installers on differentiating themselves, and
inspire home builders to market technology features effectively.
       The conference schedule ran through Saturday and featured eight boot camps and more than
60 conference sessions, designed to educate attendees on the latest trends and cutting-edge
technologies in the connected home industry.

       EHX offered daily networking opportunities, and after hour events. The EHX After Hours
Party on March 8 set the scene for networking among industry professionals, and CE PRO Late
Night, March 9, featured Bruce Hornsby in an exclusive concert. The annual Mark of Excellence
Awards banquet, honoring industry leaders in the connected home market, was Friday, March 9 at
the Rosen Centre Hotel.

       EHX will bring its must-see lineup of home custom electronics to Long Beach for EHX Fall
2007, which runs from November 6-9. EHX returns to Orlando for EHX Spring 2008 next year from
March 11-15.

About EHX

          Electronic House Expo, a Tradeshow Week magazine Fastest 50 event for three years running, is the fastest
growing trade event of the $13 billion custom electronics industry. Held twice annually and sponsored by CEA’s
TechHome Division, EHX attracts a large and dynamic audience of custom electronics integrators, retailers and allied
trades to interact with leading suppliers of audio/video entertainment, digital convergence, networking and
communications, comfort and control, and security and electrical products.

About EH Events:
          EH Events, a division of EH Publishing, Inc., develops and produces world-class expositions and conferences
for the technology and construction industries. The EH Events portfolio includes: Electronic House Expos (EHX) Spring
and Fall, the TechHome Builder Conference and Expo (TBX), and Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX). EHX
Fall was named the fastest growing show in America by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2003, and both EHX Spring and
Fall were named among the fastest 50 growing tradeshows by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2004 and 2005.

About CEA:
          The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the
consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and
strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development,
manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications,
information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold
through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $125 billion in annual sales. CEA's
resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics
          CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Defining Tomorrow’s Technology. All profits from
CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering
standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

  CEA Washington Forum                                           May 13-15, 2007, Dubai, UAE
    March 26-28, 2007, Washington, DC                            SINOCES 2007
  Digital Patriots Dinner                                        July 6-9, 2007, Qingdao, China
    March 27, 2007, Washington, DC                               CEA Industry Forum
  CONNECTIONS TM: The Digital Home                               October 15 - 17, 2007, San Diego, CA
    Conference and Showcase                                      EHX Fall 2007
    May 1-3, 2007, Santa Clara, CA                                November 6-9, 2007, Long Beach, CA
  Hometech Middle East 2007
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