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Aug 19, 2012

Pioneer Presents 2013 Single CD Receivers Line-Up

Pioneer FH-X700BT

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced six new single CD receiver models for 2013, the FH-X700BT, DEH-X6500BT, DEH-X5500HD, DEH-X3500UI, DEH-2500UI and DEH-150MP, that fulfill the consumer’s in-car entertainment needs with new cosmetics, expanded smartphone integration and features developed to match today’s music-listening trends. The new line-up is integrated with a mix of features and technologies including larger multi-line displays, iPhone® certified connectivity, Bluetooth® hands-free and audio streaming, App Mode®, MIXTRAX™, Pandora® internet radio and HD Radio® technology…

Aug 14, 2012

Sony Fulfills Demand For Advanced Smartphone Connectivity In The Car With New Entertainment Systems

Sony MEX-GS600BT

Sony today introduced new in-dash CD receivers featuring Sony-exclusive App Remote technology, combining consumers’ car audio music assets and smartphone apps into a single source list that can be controlled from the car audio system or smartphone. With App Remote, it is no longer necessary to go back-and-forth between the car audio system and smartphone to access a favorite tune. Music information such as album artwork is displayed on the smartphone screen, while incoming text messages can be read aloud through the car’s speakers for superior driving convenience…

Aug 7, 2012

New "Toronto 420 BT" and "San Francisco 320" 1-DIN Car Radios From Blaupunkt

Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT

With its new "Toronto 420 BT" model, Blaupunkt provides for seamless and straightforward connectivity of all mobile devices to a car radio. iPhone and iPod certified, the unit is particularly connectively-friendly, offering Bluetooth, a USB slot, an audio input on the front of the unit, the SD card reader behind the detachable front panel, and a CD player. There is an additional USB slot on the rear of the radio. External devices – such as smartphones, mass storage devices or MP3 players – can be quickly and easily connected to the radio…

Aug 1, 2012

Alpine's 8-Inch INE-Z928HD AVN System Now Available

Alpine INE-Z928HD

Alpine is setting a new course in the aftermarket with the arrival of the INE-Z928HD Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) system with 8-inch WVGA screen. Perfect Factory Integration Technology (F.I.T.) kits complement the INE-Z928HD’s 8-inch screen, for a seamless factory look in the dash.

“We know that new cars are coming with larger screens, which are popular not just for the size, but also because they offer great performance for features like navigation and rear-view cameras,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine “Our INE-Z928HD and Perfect F.I.T…

Jul 30, 2012

Clarion Next Gate, An In-Vehicle Intelligent Controller For iPhone, Now Available

Clarion Next GATE

Clarion (CCA) announces the availability of the Next GATE that first debuted at a recent CTIA conference press event. Clarion’s Next GATE presents a smarter way to stay connected in your vehicle with a smartphone controller for iPhone and is now widely available through Amazon, Crutchfield and at select Best Buy stores and online.

Next GATE enhances the way the iPhone will be used through integration, interface and intelligence. “Clarion is proud to launch such an innovative product that enables consumers to conveniently access their information and communicate while on-the-road,” states Frank Pierce, Vice President, Clarion…

Jul 22, 2012

"Blue Magic" - The Legendary Speaker Series From Blaupunkt

Blaupunkt TL 170

Back in the 1980s, Blaupunkt launched its first car audio speakers under the name "Blue Magic", a line that was further developed and produced into the 1990s. This widely-acclaimed series stands for innovation, quality and good sound. Now the successor of this legendary speaker series is coming onto the market. The new "Blue Magic" design stands out with high-quality magnet covers, additional vent openings for the voice coil, striking 6-head screws and inlaid metal grills as speaker covers. What's more, Blaupunkt is launching a new range of active subwoofers with Class D amplifiers…

Jun 20, 2012

Alpine Now Shipping INE-S920HD Audio/Video/Navigation System

Alpine INE-S920HD

Alpine has announced the shipping of the INE-S920HD Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) system. This new AVN system features a 6.1-inch WVGA screen and built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology…

May 6, 2012

Clarion Debuts The "Next Gate" In-Vehicle Controller For iPhone

Clarion Next GATE

Clarion announced today a smarter way to stay connected in your vehicle with Next GATE, a smartphone controller for iPhone. This device is easily connected and controls applications residing on the smartphone, allowing for advanced functionality in any vehicle. Key vehicle-friendly app partners include: TuneIn®, Pandora®, Vlingo©, INRIX Traffic, and InfoGation® with more to come. Likewise Clarion is currently working with multiple app partners to greatly expand the functionality of Next GATE. The functions of the applications are running on, and leveraging the power of, the smartphone and its wireless connectivity…

May 1, 2012

Pioneer Introduces AppRadio 2 with Android Support

Pioneer AppRadio 2

According to a recent online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Pioneer, an astounding 79% of smartphone owners use apps while in the car, with the top three most used apps being maps and navigation at 56%, music at 31% and social networking at 24%. Pioneer’s new AppRadio™ 2 (SPH-DA100) addresses the in-car needs of smartphone users by bringing car centric apps such as navigation and music into the dash where they are safer and more practical to access and manage…

Mar 27, 2012

Alpine's New 1-DIN CD Receivers Now Available

Alpine CDE-HD138BT

Alpine announced that all of its new 2012 single DIN CD receivers are now shipping. Although some of the new receivers began shipping in February, the remaining models have now become available.

The receivers offer various connectivity options for popular digital audio sources. Three of the new models have built-in HD Radio™ receivers, allowing access to over 2,000 stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology. Four models offer full Pandora® internet radio control, which includes thumbs-up, thumbs-down, track skip, bookmarking, and new station creation…