PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PRODUCTS NAMED AS CES INNOVATIONS 2013 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

New York, New York, November 13, 2012 - PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PRODUCTS LLC ("PDP") today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Afterglow® Universal Wireless Headset and Afterglow® HDMI® Cable.  Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

PDP's Afterglow® Wireless Headset is optimized with the latest Avnera® wireless solution to provide rock-solid connectivity and crystal-clear gaming audio for both the Xbox 360® and PlayStation® 3 game systems -- and because the headsets are universal, they will work with all gaming platforms, as well as PC and mobile devices. The new wireless Afterglow® headset is powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable battery that provides 10 hours of worry-free gaming and includes a 10 foot charge-as-you-play cable to ensure zero downtime for marathon gaming sessions. A small USB transmitter dongle comes pre-paired to the powerful, extended range headset and does not need to be re-paired, guaranteeing ease-of-use and a constant connection throughout the entire home.  

The Afterglow® headsets feature a dual suspension headband that eliminates lateral pressure on the head, a retractable noise cancelling microphone, and cutting edge wireless technology that eliminates pops, hisses, and dropped signals. In addition, the headsets feature large, 50mm Neodymium® speakers that sit inside an angled acoustic cavity tuned by an award-winning Hollywood audio post-production facility. The custom designed speakers are calibrated for audio depth, sonic richness, and clarity of sound. Both versions of the Afterglow® headset feature three distinct audio modes:

  • Pure Audio: Enjoy your game audio content in its original form at the highest possible quality.
  • Bass Boost: If you appreciate earth-shaking explosions, Bass Boost will give low-end frequencies a boost without losing high-end clarity.
  • Immersive: Introducing PDP's proprietary 3D sound algorithm. With a capable DSP on board, a team of acoustic engineers and artists created this sound mode after extensive research and development. This mode expands the size of virtual environments without distorting the directionality, creating an immersive experience for the listener that's only one step short of being there. 

The Afterglow® Wireless Headsets are available now. For more information visit www.afterglowgaming.com

The Afterglow® 4X 6' HDMI Cable from PDP is the highest quality high-speed HDMI v1.4 with Ethernet on the market, combined with beautiful design, and simple innovations that make installation easy and your HDMI experience a joy.

To satisfy the many HDMI needs of the modern home, the Afterglow® 4X 6' HDMI includes 4 HDMI cables all neatly wrapped into one nylon cable, eliminating mess and cable clutter. For an even more seamless set-up, the Afterglow® 4X 6' HDMI Cable includes a patent pending cable management system. A sliding band tightens the cables slack creating a clean look, and secure connection.

The Afterglow® 4X 6' HDMI Cable also features light-up heads for easy system identification. The color-matched light-up heads allow you to know what system is plugged into your HD TV. With 7 beautiful colors and matching brushed aluminum heads, there is a color for everyone's individual style. The Afterglow® HDMI Cables launch in Spring 2013.

"Given the variety of gaming peripherals on the market, we challenged ourselves to design products that not only connect players to their games, but that also enhance the content to create a truly immersive experience," says Bill Otte, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PDP. "It is incredibly gratifying to see the hard work and innovation that went into creating the Afterglow® Wireless Headset and Afterglow® HDMI cable not only embraced by the consumers, but also to be recognized by our peers in the design industry."

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The Afterglow® Universal Wireless Headset and Afterglow® HDMI Cable will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2013 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 6 in the South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product's intended use/function and user value
  • Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace 

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on http://cesweb.org/Awards/CES-Innovations-Awards.aspx, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

© 2012 Performance Designed Products LLC. 

Contact:

Jean Mitchell

Company Representative

Phone: (323) 325-9560

Jean.mitchell@pdp.com

www.afterglowgaming.com

About Performance Designed Products LLC

Performance Designed Products LLC, a Lynn Tilton company, is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing products for all major video game platforms including the Sony PS3 and PS Vita, Nintendo DS and Wii, and Microsoft Xbox360, as well as a line of mobile accessories for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The company has been supplying video game accessories for more than a decade. PDP sells products under a variety of brands, with sales in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and throughout Europe and Australia & New Zealand. PDP and AFTERGLOW are trademarks of Performance Designed Products LLC, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corp, and PlayStation 3 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The Afterglow Universal Wireless Headset is not designed, manufactured, sponsored or endorsed by Microsoft or Sony. All of other trademarks referenced herein belong to their respective owners.

About Patriarch Partners

Patriarch Partners, LLC, is a private equity firm and holding company managing 75 companies across 14 industry sectors with revenues in excess of $8 billion. Founded by Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch was built upon a proprietary patented financial model designed to manage and monetize the distressed portfolios of financial institutions. For more information, please visit www.patriarchpartners.com

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