By Lisa Johnston
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JVC put its name for the first time on home and portable audio products that dock with and recharge Apple's iPods.
The devices' dedicated iPod connectors recharge iPods and enable control of an iPod's play, stop, skip and volume functions from front panel controls or from included remotes. They also display song titles on their front panel displays, but not iPod menus.
Like other JVC home audio products unveiled earlier this year, the new products feature USB Host ports to connect USB drives and MP3 flash-memory headphone stereos. The JVC products will play MP3 or unprotected Windows Media Audio (WMA) files stored on the USB devices, display song titles, and control the play, stop, skip and volume functions of USB devices. The JVC products will also recharge many USB-equipped MP3 flash-memory players, including all JVC flash-memory players.
The company's Made for iPod line consists of the $249-suggested NX-PS1 desktop sub/sat system, which lacks embedded music sources and is shipping; the $199-suggested UX-EP25 three-piece CD micro system with AM/FM tuner and CD player; and the $129 RA-P10 CD boombox with FM tuner and availability this month.
Also new: the $99-suggested RC-EZ38 CD boombox, which lacks an iPod dock but features USB Host to and displays song metadata from attached devices.
Here's what select productx deliver:
The NX-PS1 desktop system consists of three small cubes — a control unit and two speakers — each measuring about 4 inches on all sides. A powered subwoofer packs a 6-inch driver into a 9-inch cube. Amplification is rated at 2x10 watts plus 1x30 watts. All components are white and black.
An iPod stand offers charging and control of play, stop, skip and volume from the system's front panel or from the included remote.
USB Host allows playback of MP3 and WMA files from many flash audio players and flash-memory drives (WMA and MP3 files). It also offers the company's USB Audio function for direct USB connection to a Windows or Mac computer to play the computer's music files. An aux input allows for an analog connection to other playback devices.
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