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Blitz Safe of Engelwood, N.J., is launching a series of cables that allow an aftermarket XM tuner to work with most OEM radios, without an FM modulator.
The company will offer specific cables for leading car makes so that an XM tuner can plug into the CD section of OEM radios to maintain a digital signal. This results in 25 percent better sound quality than using an FM modulator and it also cuts down installation time, said Blitz Safe president Ira Marlowe.
At CES, cables will be available to support BMW, Honda, Acura, Toyota, Isuzu, Ford, Jaguar S, Volkswagon and Audi makes, with more companies to follow, he said.
In the future, Blitz Safe will also offer cables that will allow a factory radio, even if it is "Sirius-ready" to interface with an XM tuner through the CD and to use the factory controls of the radio for XM tuning, said Marlowe.
Also at CES the company will show cables that allow an aftermarket XM tuner pack to interface with any aftermarket radio that has auxiliary inputs. The cables will be available after January at prices ranging from $29.99 for the universal cables to $99 for car specific cables.
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