By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
- Panasonic's first combination CD/MP3 player/receiver for cars, the CQ-DP171U, is set to debut from the company this month.
The unit combines a high-quality AM/FM receiver with a CD player that will accommodate both commercially produced CDs and home-recorded discs.
The CQ-DP171U can also play back MP3 music files that are recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R or CD-RW discs. Engineered with MOS-FET circuitry and Panasonic's one-chip LSI, the new unit delivers audiophile-grade sound at 45W x 4 watts. The receiver is set to ship this month at a suggested retail of $299.99.
"The CQ-DP171U lets you take all your music on the road, whether it's on commercially produced CDs or ones you've burned yourself," said Rob Lopez, national marketing manager for Panasonic car audio products.
The receiver can read and display text information, such as song titles, recording artists and the like on its large LCD panel, enabling users to scroll through and easily access selections. "MP3 players lend themselves perfectly to the car listening environment," Lopez noted. "Because a single MP3 recorded disc can hold about 10 times more music than a conventional music CD, there's no need to carry and switch between multiple discs."
Among the key features of the CQ-DP171U are a removable faceplate to help safeguard against theft, an IR remote control and a floating anti-shock suspension system to help ensure accurate signal reading and to diminish vibration.
The CD player features include 12-track direct access, track scan, search, track and disc repeat, and random play.
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