|Headunit Buyer's Guide - 2009|
The iDA-X305 gives consumers a fully integrated iPod/iPhone experience in the car, and meets the specifications for “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” compatibility. As a dedicated iPod receiver, the iDA-X305 does not have CD/DVD playback. Its USB connection allows for high-quality iPod playback, as well as connectivity for USB memory devices and MTP portable MP3 players. Searching through files is quick and easy with access to all iPod navigation tools. Any iPod with a 30-PIN dock connector is compatible with the iDA-X305.The iDA-X305 can connect to and support a variety of digital media sources and playback formats, including HD Radio with multicasting and iTunes Tagging, satellite radio, MP3/WMA players and Bluetooth. The iDA-X305 features a 2.2-inch color TFT display that shows artist, album and track information. If the iPod displays album art, this also will be shown on the screen.
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Pioneer’s DEH-P7100BT flagship single CD player is designed for the tech savvy enthusiast who simply wants it all. In addition to playing different music files (CD, MP3, WMA and AAC), the unit features key technologies such as advanced Bluetooth 2.0 from Parrot (for hands-free phone calls with
a voice recognition control to initiate phone calls), dual USB inputs and the first iTunes tagging with RDS radio and HD Radio. For iPhone and iPod users, Pioneer’s DEH-P7100BT allows you to tag songs playing on your favorite radio and HD radio stations to preview and purchase later. The iTunes tagging feature also lets you share your tags with other iPod and iPhone devices that are connected with the dual USB inputs.
Sony’s new CDX-GT930UI head unit is the ultimate car stereo for enjoying digital music. Boasting features like iPod and iPhone (and other USB devices) direct connection via a rear USB-1 wire, connectivity to portable music players is simple and easy. With Quick-BrowZer and ZAPPIN technology, you can quickly find that perfect song while enjoying your drive. Its wide area “Extended FL” 4-line, full motion display allows users to see a song’s title, artist, genre, and playlist with just a quick glance. The receiver also has a motorized, detachable faceplate, a 4-volt front, rear and sub preamp output and a rear auxillary-input.
The JVC KD-R900 in-dash CD receiver features two full-speed USB 2.0 ports for connection of an iPod/iPhone, USB flash memory drives, digital audio players, and portable HDD devices. The KD-R900 features full Bluetooth functionality, including hands-free phone calling and wireless audio streaming capability via an included USB Bluetooth adapter. Convenient and Full-Speed iPod/iPhone song selection is made possible through a 2-way iPod control feature, allowing the option of using the in-dash receivers or the iPod/iPhone controls themselves to make music selections. The unit is equipped with a Flip-Down detachable faceplate and a Full Dot LCD display with variable-color illumination, capable of over 30,000 colors. The unit is also HD Radio Ready, Satellite Radio Ready, and MP3/WMA compatible. The KD-R900 features a 3-Band Parametric iEQ, wireless remote, MOS-FET 50W x 4, and 5V front, rear, and subwoofer pre-outputs with Subwoofer Control.
The FZ409 from Clarion represents one of the biggest changes to the industry in terms of the human machine interface. The front panel features Clarion’s new Capacitive Touch Interface – 14 ‘zones’ on the front panel that give you complete control over all functions, but with no moving parts. An OEL display makes seeing what you are listening to easier than ever. The FZ409 has a USB port for a memory stick with MP3/WMA or AAC files and is iPod Ready – just connect the USB cable that came with your iPod for full control over all your music. The optional CCA723 cable will let you output video from your iPod to an external screen with full control from the deck. Performance features include BBE MP Sound Restoration, a 3-band parametric equalizer, built-in electronic crossovers with sub level control, 6-channel preamp output and a rear auxiliary input. The FZ409 is Bluetooth Ready – just add the BLT370 and enjoy high quality audio streaming or hands-free phone conversations. For information on this, or any of the other new Clarion products, please visit you local authorized Clarion dealer.
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The only 4.3-inch widescreen thin-framed unit on the market with touch screen feather-touch slide volume, motorized and angling faceplate add-on navigation and digital TV tuner ready, iPod and Mini-USB inputs 4GB SD Card Reader 1GB internal memory for background and screen saver images. Plus,front, rear and sub outputs with sub crossover preset EQ settings reverse camera input A2DP for streaming MP3 via Bluetooth caller ID name and number contact list noise and echo cancellation.
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The KDC-X993 is the flagship CD-receiver in the Kenwood eXcelon lineup and when it comes to connectivity this unit is in a class by itself. For starters the KDC-X993 has the distinction of being the first Kenwood eXcelon receiver with built in Bluetooth technology designed by industry leader, Parrot. An expanded 5-line LCD text display caters to the convenience and safety of the driver, by displaying not only a full ten-digit phone number but multiple, scrolling phone book entries. In addition this CD-receiver features a USB port, so high speed control of your iPod or iPhone music content is just one connection away. The KDC-X993 is also equipped with an advanced digital sound processor called “Sound Excellence,” 4-volt preamp outputs and built in high pass and low pass crossovers, which make this CD-receiver a true audio performer.
The Parrot RK8200 is a full-featured made for iPod FM/AM RDS car stereo featuring a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone kit. Boasting sophisticated telephony functions, the Parrot RK8200 stands out with powerful performance, a user-friendly design and the broadest set of features available on the market. Powered by a 4 x 45-watt amplifier, the Parrot RK8200 offers an iPod-specific connector, a USB port for flash drives and MP3 players, a line-in socket for analog sources, an SD card reader, streaming audio via Bluetooth A2DP wireless technology and an internal memory that can store over 300 MP3 tracks. Hidden behind the removable faceplate is a handy storage compartment in which to keep an iPod, cell phone, MP3 player or USB flash drive.
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The Eclipse CD5030 is a multi-source receiver designed to maximize the potential of any music library, whether it is CD, iPod or other USB device based. The unit produces 50 watts of output into 4 channels from MOSFET power amplification and a 5V preamp output to ensure the best dynamics with the least noise when used with any additional power amplifier. Its sleek design contains advanced audio features such as auto time alignment for speakers, which can also be manually tweaked, a 7-band parametric equalizer that allows each of the different music sources to be heard to the best advantage and flexible crossover settings for the speaker system used. An Auto EQ function used with a microphone in the desired listening position automatically adjusts for flat frequency response. Bluetooth wireless technology is built-in as standard and the CD5030 additionally connects to Eclipse’s optional Sirius and XM tuners and HD Radio tuner (with iTunes Tagging) as well as dedicated CD changers. The front panel is detachable for security and Eclipse’s popular ESN anti-theft feature is included.
The Jensen VM8013HD is a single DIN multimedia system with a 3.5-inch screen and a built-in HD Radio Tuner. This head unit offers out-of-the-box iPod connectivity and other personal media devices via the jLink2 Cable, 3.5mm front panel A/V input, plus DVD, MP3, SD and USB. Other features include a detachable faceplate, SAT Radio ready, rear camera input and steering wheel controls.
Oxygen Audio MP503
The Oxygen Audio MP503 offers unique styling and plenty of features in a well-designed touch sensative in-dash reciever. The MP503 plays DVD/DIVX/CD/AM/FM/MP3/ESP/USB and features 50 Watts X 4, 3 RCA Preouts, detachable front panel, SD/USB HC slot with up to 32GB capacity, infared card remote, front auxilary inputs and an impressive touch screen with circular volume control
The MB Quart WR1-CD is a 4 x 40 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA marine receiver. Premium features include 12 AM/18 FM presets, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and iPod ready, 5 preset EQ settings, 2 RCA pre-outs, 2-line dot matrix full-text display, anti-shock CD buffer, power-down memory to retain presets and subwoofer/CD changer control. Also, includes iPod control and front panel 3.5mm input for iPod or other portable MP3 players. MB Quart WR1-CD is salt and UV resistant with conformal coated PCB and J1171 marine ignition protection making it ideal for marine applications.
Concept International proudly annouces the arrival of the SD-1000 in dash-single DIN removable face AM/FM/DVD head unit. This high powered (4 X 45 watts) unit is loaded with features including a 4 preamp / 1 sub output, video ouputs, SD, USB and aux input.
The Konaki DVD9988 is a full featured single DIN in-dash DVD player with a flip down detachable face delivering the absolute in security and functionality. The audio and DVD capacity is complete including DVD-R, MP3, VC-D, CD-RW, DIVX and MPEG4. There are virtually no forms of video storage that the Konaki DVD 9988 will not play back. For the truly advanced consumer there are front face accessible USB, SD and MMc card capabilities. The high power 4 channel x 45 watts internal power amplifier indicates that the Konaki DVD9988 DVD player is ready to be dropped into a beginner’s system design but it is versatile enough to be built into the center piece of a truly high-end audio video system for the most demanding of consumers.