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Blaupunkt Ships USB-Ready Car System

10/09/2007 01:39:00 PM Eastern

Broadview, Ill. — Blaupunkt is now shipping two high-end CD/receivers with USB connectivity.

The Kingston MP47 and Hamburg MP57 have a rear-panel USB input and a cable for use with a USB drive. Blaupunkt HamburgThe radios will allow search access to songs stored on the drive and the Hamburg MP57 lets users download photos from the USB drive to the radio’s screen.

The Hamburg is also Blaupunkt’s first head unit with built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and the Kingston is Bluetooth ready with an optional module.

Both the Kingston and Hamburg include front-panel auxiliary inputs for use with portable devices such as an iPod. They offer four-channel pre-outs, subwoofer output and a second auxiliary input on the rear panel. The Hamburg has a black-on-while backlit dot-matrix display with three-line browsing of ID3 tag information and compatibility with JPEG files at a suggested retail of $319. The Kingston has a suggested retail of $209.