Las Vegas – Voxx is coming to International
CES with new 12-volt products under the Audiovox, Jensen and Advent brands.
With the launches, the company is
adding such new features to Jensen multimedia head units 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.
Voxx is also:
–expanding the options in
Advent-branded mobile video from overhead and headrest solutions to include seatback
–expanding its Advent-branded OEM-fit
multimedia/navigation head units to include models designed specifically for
the 2012 Toyota Camry, three 2012 Mazdas, the 2012 Subaru Forester and for 2012
Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge vehicles; all will be the first OEM-fit systems with
control of a Pandora app on a USB-connected iPhone; and
— launching four Audiovox-brand portable
DVD players with quick-connect/disconnect headrest mounting options.
Here are the details:
Advent OEM-Style multimedia/nav heads:
The brand is expanding 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 USB-connected iPhone. Like previous models, they feature
The Camry system is the only 2012
Camry application on the market, the company said.
The new systems join 14
previously available OE-style systems.
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 include Navteq U.S./Canada
maps with 11 million points of interest and 3D landmarks as well as turn-by-turn
voice guidance in 13 languages with spoken street names in English, French and
Spanish. The navigation system can also display 19 languages on screen.
The systems feature built-in
Parrot Bluetooth with included external Parrot microphone and such call-management
features 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 rear-view camera with
“instant-on” technology, and have vehicle-specific interface modules to stream
iPod/iPhone video to the display.
Advent seat-back 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 active-headrest vehicles.
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
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 company said.
The five new models being
introduced add easier-to-use user interface with animation, RGB backlighting
and, in three of the models, Pandora Internet radio on a USB-connected iPhone.
In the models, Bluetooth has been
upgraded to use Parrot’s Bluetooth technology.
Other features include iGo Primo
navigation software featuring lane assist, Teleatlas U.S./Canada maps with 3D
landmarks, upgradeable built-in Parrot Bluetooth with included external
microphone, stereo Bluetooth streaming, call management with caller ID, and
push-to-talk voice dialing from a car’s steering wheel controls if the phone
supports voice control.
All models also feature iPod/iPhone
The three models with Pandora
control are the top-end VM9725BT and the VM9225BT and VM9215BT, all of which
are SiriusXM-ready to so that an optional SiriusXM vehicle-connect tuner can be
The VM9725B, due in the spring at
a suggested $649, also features 6.2-inch touchscreen, optional rear-view camera
with Instant-On technology, and a MediaLink interface module that delivers
iPod/iPhone video via a 3.5mm video output with optional cable.
The model will feature
turn-by-turn voice guidance in 13 languages and spoken street names in English,
French and Spanish. The system can also display 19 languages on screen.
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 will include two
wireless game controllers.
They will be priced lower than
the models they replace. Prices were unavailable.
Other features include USB input
with charging, user-accessible A/V input, headphone output, dual-channel IR
fold-flat headphones, junction box with
aux A/V input and FM output for hardwiring an FM modulator, and two wireless
Audiovox DVD mounting systems:
Quick connect/disconnect headrest
mounting solutions for four portable DVD players are designed to offer a
professionally installed look while keeping a portable DVD player portable.
“Portable DVD players have always been part of
the competition to installed automotive rear-seat entertainment, but they have
had limitations,” said Audiovox Electronics president Tom Malone. The mounts
work in most vehicle interiors, including those with dramatic headrest shapes,
eliminating the need for straps and offering a variety of adjustable tilt
angles so that the DVD screen is always at the correct viewing angle, he said.
Three have just shipped, and one
is due in the spring.
The $249-suggested D9121ESK, due
in the spring, is a dual-screen 9-inch portable DVD player with internal
rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with two-hour playback, remote control,
built-in speakers, AC adapter, DC car adapter, DVD/CD/JPEG-disc playback,
zippered carry bag and two ear bud headphones.
The $179-suggested D7121ESK is a
dual-screen 7-inch portable DVD system with the same features.
The $159 DS9521PK is a 9-inch
swivel-screen portable DVD player that comes with 270-degree swivel screen,
internal rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with two-hour playback time,
USB/SD card playback (MP3/JPEG), remote control, built-in speakers, AC adapter,
DC car adapter, disc playback of DVD/CD/JPEG, zippered carry bag and two
The $129 DS7521PK is a 7-inch
swivel-screen portable with the same features as the 9-inch model.