Audiovox, Jensen, Advent Roll Out Products

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 10 2012 - 6:01am




LAS VEGAS — VOXX is coming to International CES with new 12-volt products under the Audiovox, Jensen and Advent brands.

The company is adding new features to Jensen multimedia head units such as control of a Pandora Internet radio app on a USB-connected iPhone, and it is stepping up the performance of Audiovox-branded headrests by adding high-definition high-contrast LED-backlit LCD monitors in a smaller footprint.

At the show, VOXX is also expanding the options in Advent- branded mobile video to include seatback solutions, not just overhead and headrest solutions.

It is also expanding its Advent-branded OEM-fit multimedia/ navigation selections to include models designed for the 2012 Toyota Camry, three 2012 Mazdas, the 2012 Subaru Forester and 2012 Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge vehicles. All will be the company’s first OEM-fit systems with control of a Pandora app on a USB-connected iPhone.

Here are the details:

Advent OEM-Style multimedia/nav heads: The brand is increasing its selection of OE-styled touchscreen multimedia/navigations systems with the launch of systems for the 2012 versions of the Toyota Camry, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-7 and Subaru Forester. All will be the brand’s first with control of a Pandora app on a USBconnected iPhone. Like previous models, they feature stereo Bluetooth.

The Camry system is the only 2012 Camry application on the market, the company said.

The new systems join 14 previously available OE-style systems.

All systems, targeted to the expediter market, let new car buyers upgrade to a multimedia/navigation system without having to purchase other options as part of a package or step up to a higher trim level.

The systems also feature built-in Parrot Bluetooth with included external microphone and call management features such as caller ID and push-to-talk voice dialing from the steering-wheel controls, if supported by the phone.

The systems also connect to an optional XMDirect2 satellite- radio tuner, feature rearview camera with “instant-on” technology, and feature vehicle-specific interface module to stream iPod/iPhone video to the display.

Advent seatback video: The expediter brand has offered a seatback video solution for Mercedes vehicles with factory-installed, active-headrest restraint systems, and now the company is launching a full line of systems for 139 vehicle applications to cover almost all activeheadrest vehicles.

The solutions, available at a suggested $1,549, comply with federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and ensure seamless integration into the interiors of specific vehicles and their electrical systems.

Jensen multimedia-navigation heads: The value-focused brand adds additional connectivity and a new user interface in a bid to take the brand in a new direction, the company said.

Five new models add easier-to-use user interfaces with animation, RGB backlighting and, in three of the models, control of Pandora Internet radio on a USB-connected iPhone.

In the models, Bluetooth has been upgraded to use Parrot’s Bluetooth technology.

Other features include iGo Primo navigation software featuring lane assist, Teleatlas U.S./Canada maps with 3D landmarks, stereo Bluetooth streaming, and push-totalk voice dialing from a car’s steering-wheel controls if the phone supports voice control. All models also feature iPod/iPhone USB.

The three models with Pandora control are the top-end VM9725BT and the VM9225BT and VM9215BT, all of which are SXM-ready to so that an optional SXM vehicleconnect tuner can be added.

The VM9725B, due in the spring at a suggested $649, also features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, optional rearview camera with “instant-on” technology, and MediaLink interface module that delivers iPod/iPhone video via a 3.5mm video output with optional cable.

Audiovox mobile video: The HR7012 series of display- equipped headrests adds such step-up features as LED-backlit monitors with 800 by 480 resolution, 100-channel FM-band wireless transmitter instead of 16-channel transmitter, and a doubling of 32-bit dual-player games to 50.

The new model features dual 7-inch screens and ability to accommodate a wider variety of vehicles thanks to a thinner footprint. The new screens also let users tilt the panels for optimum viewing angles. In another change, the company loaded the games into a separate plug-in module to give dealers a step up option, which includes two wireless game controllers.

Prices were unavailable.

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