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HDMI/MHL Comes To Axxera Heads

HEATHROW, FLA. — Dual plans first-quarter shipments of six head units under its Axxera brand, including the brand’s first three DVD receivers with MHL-enabled HDMI inputs to mirror the display of a connected iPhone 5, 5s and 5c and MHL-enabled Android phones.

The lineup, targeted to 12-volt specialists, also includes Axxera’s first multimedia receiver with a detachable 10.1-inch LCD and the brand’s first two CD receivers with Motion Control technology. Motion Control lets users control most-often-used functions by waving a hand in front of the radios. Controlled functions include play/pause, tune/track, and volume up/down.

The head-unit introductions consist of four DVD receivers priced from a suggested $279 to $479 and two CD receivers at $139 and $159. All ship in the first quarter.

The DVD receivers from $299 to $479 feature HDMI/MHL connectivity for Android and Apple devices. Called DualMirror by the company, the feature lets users mirror the screen of an HDMI-connected Android or Apple smartphone onto the receiver’s larger screen. The smartphones’ apps, however, can’t be controlled from the mirrored displays.

“This universal solution is ideal for displaying turnby- turn navigation, for showcasing album art and track info, and for use with many other apps,” a spokesperson said. “You can view the smartphone’s display on the head unit while the car is in motion. This is ideal for navigation, among many other apps,” the spokesperson added.

The heads display a warning when they enter HDMI mode to remind users that that it is illegal to view fullmotion video when the car is in motion.

The flagship $479 AV1014BH DVD multimedia receiver features the 10.1-inch display, which is an LEDbacklit high-definition display. DualMirror technology also appears in the $299 AV614BH and $299 multimedia receivers.

All four new multimedia units, including the $279 AV604Bi, have built-in hands-free and stereo Bluetooth technology. All models also boast new colorful GUIs with large icons for the most-used functions.

The two new CD receivers are the $159 AC504BiM and $139 AC404iM with Motion Control technology. Both also control the Pandora app on USB-connected iPhones. The top model also features hands-free and stereo Bluetooth.

The introductions are part of a 2014 line expansion that includes 14 amplifiers, seven subwoofers and speakers, a wireless smart EQ processor for Android and Apple smartphones, and three rear-seat entertainment monitors.