JVC Debuts KW-NSX600 And KW-NSX700 Mirrorlink-Enabled Multimedia Receivers
JVC announced today the debut of two MirrorLink enabled Multimedia Receivers for Android and Symbian smartphones. The KW-NSX600 and KW-NSX700 will join existing model KW-NSX1 that was released this past December.
MirrorLink technology enables the driver seamless integrated control right from their dashboard by syncing operation with Samsung’s Galaxy S III Android Smartphone and Samsung Drive Link** Application or Nokia Symbian phones utilizing their Car Mode Application.
This car-connectivity standard duplicates the phone/app display screens onto the head unit’s monitor and allows the user to access their phone apps that have been optimized for in-car use, creating a safer and more streamlined driving experience. The technology provides a user-friendly gateway to access apps for music playback, car navigation, and hands-free telephone communication.
Available now in the Samsung App** as well as the Nokia Store, key features of the Drive Link** and Car Mode MirrorLink applications enable the user to easily access playback and control of music and music apps, voice-calling functions, car navigation and various Google location options such as Maps and Street View.
Mirrorlink With “Drive Link”** And “Car Mode”
The Samsung Car Mode application, “Drive Link,” groups individual apps into three easily accessible categories –“Music”, “Location”, and “Phone.” Selecting a particular category places car navigation, entertainment and hands-free phone communication quickly within reach. Similarly, the Nokia “Car Mode with MirrorLink” applications are grouped in three categories –“Call”, “Drive”, and “Music.”
MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is an industry standard for a mobile audio/video interface for directly connecting mobile phones and other portable consumer electronics (CE) devices in-dash vehicle receivers and in-home CE display devices. The MHL standard features a Micro-USB cable to support – high-definition (HD) video and digital audio while simultaneously charging the connected device. Both the KW-NSX700 and KW-NSX600 allow inputs from MHL enabled cell phones for video playback.
App Link Mode
Continuing from the 2012 line, receivers in the MirrorLink Lineup include App Link Mode, a feature which enhances the user experience of certain iPhone apps with live on-screen graphic display and music/audio playback through the vehicle’s speakers. Available for download in the Apple App store, a variety of 18 compatible apps have been hand selected to enhance the driving experience including Navigation, Music Streaming, and Text-to-Speech apps. For 2013, JVC will be introducing even more compatible apps that work with App Link including Navigation with POI Search, Music Streaming, Drive Recording and Vehicle information Alerts, etc.
The new 2013 MirrorLink receivers will be upgrading the App Link Mode feature to App Link Mode with Extended Control for iPhone devices connected via USB.
App Link Mode With Extended Control
The new 2013 MirrorLink receivers will be upgrading the App Link Mode feature to App Link Mode with Extended Control for iPhone devices connected via USB. This will enable the user to take advantage of additional functionality and control of their iPhone apps directly from the entire app interface shown the unit’s touch-screen display. Both App Link Mode and App-Link Mode with Extended control use the optional JVC KS-U30 video cable for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and 4th Generation iPod Touch.
Expanded Bluetooth Function
For 2013, Bluetooth connectivity is built-in to MirrorLink receivers for a safer and more in-sync driving experience. An on-screen voice command button allows for voice dialing activation with the ability to automatically detect smart phone voice recognition. In addition, manual echo cancellation and microphone level adjustments provide the user with more control over variable situations. Android devices will also be able to control Pandora Internet Radio through wireless commands such as play/pause, fast forward, rewind, etc. Similarly, Bluetooth connectivity with all Bluetooth supported models will allow for simple pairing of up to five compatible devices, voice dialing and audio streaming with play/pause, fast forward, and rewind features.
Pandora Internet Radio
Available in all new 2013 models are integrated with Pandora Internet Radio, which works with the iPhone via USB connection. With simple controls from the head unit to allow the user to forward skip, Pause/Play, Search Station, Artist and Song Title are all shown on-screen to replicate key Pandora functions. Android users will be able to take advantage of Pandora Internet Radio in the two new MirrorLink models, KW-NSX700 and KW-NSX600 through a Bluetooth connection while still being able to utilize the main controls on the head unit. Full functionality is available when the phone is connected, as well as on-screen album art and song/artist information display.
All models are compatible with JVC’s existing KS-U30 add on video playback adapter for iPod/iPhone which allows iPod video content to be displayed on screen. The KS-U30 also displays content on-screen from some other iPhone applications such as YouTube and Netflix. This cable is currently available and carries an MSRP of $49.95. This cable is required to utilize the App Link Mode function.
The KW-NSX700 MirrorLink enabled receiver features a 7-inch WVGA motorized widescreen touch panel display while the KW-NSX600 features a 6.1-inch WVGA screen. Both units include built-in Bluetooth wireless technology including phonebook transfer, hands-free, audio streaming, voice recognition dialing and alphabetical search for phonebook. The receivers also include a 1A current capable USB power supply with drive-change mode for smartphones as well as dual play features. Both units are WAV/MP3/WMA compatible, and feature a 3-band parametric iEQ, MOS-FET 50 watts x 4, three sets of 4V pre-outs, line input terminals, and are steering wheel remote control ready. The KW-NSX700 will carry a Best Value of $699.95 and will be available for shipping in January while the KW-NSX600 will carry a Best Value of $649.95 and be available in March.
The KW-NSX1 receiver includes DVD/CD/USB capabilities and features a fully detachable 6.1-inch WVGA, display, a 1A power supply USB port including drive change mode, and compatibility with App-Link Mode for iPhone connection. An optional KS-U30 iPod/iPhone video adapter is required to use App Link Mode, but also allows video playback on the head unit screen from those devices*.The unit also features MOS-FET 50 watts x 4, Front/Rear/Subwoofer 4 Volt Line Outputs, and is WAV/MP3/WMA compatible. The JVC KW-NSX1 receiver has a Best Value price of $599.95 through select JVC Online and Independent Car Audio Retailers.
*Excludes iPhone 5
**Samsung Drive Link Application for USA market is going to be available in early January
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