LAS VEGAS — VOXX is coming to International CES with
new 12-volt products under the Audiovox, Jensen and Advent
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
The Camry system is the only 2012 Camry application
on the market, the company said.
The new systems join 14 previously available OE-style
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
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
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
In the models, Bluetooth has been upgraded to use Parrot’s
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
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.