Lake Zurich, Ill. - Chinon has begun offering its first iPod-docking boombox with built-in video screen and ATSC digital TV tuner.
The $179-suggested AC/DC Chinon AVi features 7-inch LCD monitor to display movies, music videos and TV shows purchased from the Apple iTunes store as well as iTunes-purchased AAC-format music, iPod-stored MP3 music files, and iPod-stored pictures. The device also plays music stored on an iPhone, but it isn't certified as Works with iPhone to display iPhone-stored video or photos.
The TV tuner receives digital TV broadcasts when stationary. It is not equipped with an ATSC M/H (mobile handheld) tuner that receives TV stations while it's in motion.
The AVi can be powered by AC or alkaline batteries, but a rechargeable battery pack is in the works, a spokesman said. The AVi's frame features rubberized black finish, silver trim, and large controls.
It's already available at
and comes with wireless remote control, TV antenna, AC/DC adapter, A/V cables and aux-in cable.