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JVC Mobile Strengthens Ties To Internet

1/06/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
LAS VEGAS — JVC Mobile is making a lot of changes to this year’s mobile electronics lineup.

JVC is adding head-unit control of iPhone-stored Pandora and iHeart Internet radio apps for the first time and launching its first two HD Radio head units that display Artist Experience images transmitted by select stations.

In other changes, JVC is:

• launching a new entry-level amplifier, speaker and sub series called DRVN, with voicing and aggressive looks to compete better with entry-level models from U.S. companies.

• expanding its selection of head units with iPhone/iPod Touch external mode from four to 17 to deliver the sound of any iPhone/iPod app, including Internet radio apps, to a sound system via USB.

• launching its first DSP-equipped head unit with presents to tailor response to particular vehicle types, such as compacts and SUVs, without using test tones or mic.

The DSP head is the $269-suggested Arsenal-series KDA-925BT CD receiver with 10 response presets.

Internet radio: The company is launching its first four heads that control a Pandora Internet radio app residing on a USB-connected iPhone. They include two CD receivers in the regular series at a suggested $179 and $219 and two Arsenal-series CD-receivers, intended for 12-volt specialists at $189 and $269. All four control multiple Pandora functions, including thumbs up/down.

In addition, JVC is launching its first two heads that control Clear Channel’s iHeart Radio app on USB-connected iPhones. Both double- DIN A/V-nav units feature embedded HD Radio and HD Radio Artist Experience. They are the $1,199-suggested KW-NT50HDT and $999 KWNT30HD.

The iHeart app streams content from Clear Channel’s 750 terrestrial radio stations, plus select Internet-only channels, via cellular. For the top-end A/V-nav unit, the app also delivers Clear Channel’s Total Traffic and News (TTN) HD Radio data service via cellular in areas where the HD Radio-delivered version is unavailable.

HD Radio: Embedded HD Radio is turning up in six head units, up from four, starting with the KD-HDR70 CDreceiver at a suggested $179.

A/V receivers: Among five units without navigation, the company is upgrading the touchscreen displays of the four double-DIN models to WVGA.
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