ANDREA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION EXTENDS ITS RETAIL PRESENCE INTO

ffice Max 
                        Superstores Nationwide 
Staples, Inc. Adds New Products To Its Andrea Electronics Retail Line Offering 
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrea Electronics
Corporation (Amex: AND) announced today that under a newly signed sales
agreement with Office Max, Inc. (NYSE: OMX), three of Andrea Electronics' core
retail products will be offered at Office Max's more than 700 retail office
supply superstores nationwide.  In addition, Andrea Electronics announced that
it has expanded its product line offering at Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS)
retail superstores to include the same three core products that will be sold
at Office Max stores. 
Andrea Electronics' presence in Office Max superstores and its extended
product line in Staples superstores across the United States are important
contributions to the Company's aggressive direct retail agenda, which began in
the fourth quarter of 1997.  During the fourth quarter of 1997, Andrea
Electronics announced it would sell four product lines through CompUSA, the
largest computer retailer in the United States.  Shortly thereafter, in the
first quarter of 1998, Andrea Electronics announced signing an agreement to
sell two product lines in Staples, followed in the second quarter of 1998 by
an announcement that Micro Center and Computer City stores across the United
States would carry Andrea Electronics' retail products. 
"At the end of 1997, we announced that one of our goals was to establish a
direct retail presence in the top office and computer superstores nationwide
by the end of 1998," said John N. Andrea, Co-president of Andrea Electronics
Corporation.  "Our retail penetration is a very important part of our business
strategy, not only to increase our revenue base, but also as a key means of
branding.  Now, at the midpoint of the year, we are very pleased to have
launched our retail product lines in five of the top superstores -- CompUSA,
Staples, Computer City, Micro Center, and now, Office Max.  The Andrea name is
becoming associated with exceptional voice clarity and audio performance by
consumers and end-users, in addition to the OEMs and software publishers that
have selected and endorsed our patented Active Noise Cancellation technology." 
In addition to entering new retail channels, Andrea Electronics has
succeeded in broadening its product offering in existing channels.  This
month, Staples will add to the two Andrea Electronics products it currently
offers nationwide a new product, the Andrea ANC-550 VoiceSolutions(TM)
Headset. 
The retail products that will be available going forward on the shelves at
Office Max and Staples include: 


    * The Andrea ANC-550 VoiceSolutions headset -- a high-quality binaural
      headset using Andrea Electronics' patented Active Noise Cancellation
      (ANC) microphone technology, bundled with a CD of free software,
      including Andrea AudioCOMMANDER(TM) 1.0 audio utility software; Kurzweil
      VoicePad(TM), Special Edition; Microsoft NetMeeting 2.0(TM); Internet
      Explorer 4.0(TM); and MCI Internet Service Provider(R).
    * The Andrea NC-65 GameWare(TM) -- a pro-stereo, PC gamer's headset with
      pre-equalized, CD-quality sound and noise canceling (NC) microphone,
      bundled with a CD of free software, including:  Andrea AudioCOMMANDER
      1.0; and Mplayer(TM) Internet Game Play interactive gaming platform.
    * The Andrea NC-50 NetSet(TM) -- a lightweight monaural headset with noise
      canceling (NC) microphone, bundled with Andrea AudioCOMMANDER 1.0 audio
      utility software; Microsoft NetMeeting 2.0; Internet Explorer 4.0; and
      MCI Internet Service Provider.


Andrea Electronics Corporation designs, develops and manufactures audio
technologies and equipment for applications incorporating natural language
interfaces.  The Company's patented Active Noise Reduction (ANR) earphone,
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) near-field and Digital Super Directional Array
DSDA far-field microphone technologies are incorporated into a wide range of
audio products to eliminate background noise and ensure the optimum
performance of voice applications.  Applications for the Company's
technologies include:  speech recognition programs, Internet telephony,
video/audio conferencing, automobile PCs, home automation systems, hand-held
devices and multiplayer online games, among others.  Key OEM and software
publisher customers and strategic partners who have endorsed Andrea
Electronics' technologies and products include:  Microsoft Corporation, IBM
Corporation, Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Lotus Development Corporation,
Dragon Systems, NEC, Mpath, Multitude, IDT, HyperGraphics, ILINC and ViA Inc.,
among others. 
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or
other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of
the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Factors
that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those
discussed under the heading "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking
Statements" included in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations in the Company's Annual Report on
Form 10-K and in the Company's Annual Report to Stockholders, and in documents
subsequently filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
"Andrea Anti-Noise" is a registered trademark, and "AndreaVoiceSolutions,"
"Andrea QuietWare" and "Andrea NetSet" are trademarks of Andrea Electronics
Corporation. 
"DSDA" is a trademark of Andrea Electronics
 

SOURCE  Andrea Electronics Corporation 
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(AND OMX SPLS) 
CO:  Andrea Electronics Corporation; Office Max, Inc.; Staples, Inc.
ST:  New York
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