By Lisa Johnston
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Panasonic recently unveiled its first hybrid audio system with iPod dock and digital photo frame.
Panasonic's MW-10 digital frame is shipping in December at a $299 suggested retail and is being positioned by the company as “the ultimate multimedia solution for den, office, bedroom, dorm room or living room.”
It features a built-in CD player and FM/AM radio tuner with a 45-station (30 FM/15 AM) preset memory. The speaker is made with low-density bamboo cones for high quality sound reproduction, and special diffusers are installed in front of the speaker units to disperse sound over a wide listening area.
Bass frequencies are handled with a D.Bass function that enhances lower tones in conjunction with the volume level.
The universal dock for iPod plays music and video downloads on the frame's LCD screen.
A remote control is included to operate the multimedia features, including the iPod, from a distance.
The frame features a 9-inch WVGA LCD screen and will accept photos from a CD, SD card and internal memory.
An additional 4GB of internal memory stores image data for up to 6,000 photos and will also store music and video files.
A built-in slideshow feature displays images simultaneously with music from the CD player.
Other onscreen features include a clock and iPod track menu, calendar and photos, clock and photos, and audio and calendar.
An SD slot and USB connectivity enable transferring data from a PC or CD-R/RW.
The MW-10 is Energy Star qualified, and its UniPhier LSI integrates all video signal processing circuits onto a single chip, which lowers power consumption and reduces the number of components.
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