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JVC Offers Plug-And-Play HD Radio

Cypress, Calif. — JVC Mobile announced the first plug-and-play HD Radio receiver that can shuffle between the home and car without requiring professional installation.

The JVC KT-HDP1 works with most existing radios to provide HD radio multicast reception. The AM/FM/HD Radio unit is shipping now to Best Buy and will carry a suggested retail of $129 plus $49 each for the do-it-yourself home and car kits. A $39 kit is also available for users who prefer professional installation.

Other features of the KT-HDP1 include a built-in FM modulator, 5five-way navigation keys, white backlight and blue key illumination and HD-Radio scan and seek.

Visteon also offers a transportable HD-Radio receiver but it requires professional installation.

Other retailers are expected to carry the KT-HDP1 in addition to Best Buy, said JVC.

JVC said it expects to offer several additional HD Radio products over the next 18 months including new models to be shown at International CES in January.