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JVC Mobile Strengthens Ties To Internet


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.