Las Vegas - Stillwater's Kicker division is going to the SEMA show this week with an amplifier/controller that turns an iPod or iPhone into the source unit for vehicles not usually equipped with a sound system.
The $249-suggested weather-resistant PXi50.2, shipping around the end of December, consists of an amplifier rated at 2x25 watts into 2 ohms, 66-inch connection cable to connect and charge an Apple mobile device, and a wired remote that handles volume, basic track control and on/off.
The device connects to speakers such as Kicker's PS5250 Powersports coaxial speakers, which are designed as lightweight, weather-proof drop-ins for bikes and other rides.
The device is suited for installation in such vehicles as motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, boats, snowmobiles, hot rods, golf carts, farm tractors or riding lawnmowers, the company said. It comes with mounting hardware for handlebars or flush-style for vehicle dashes.
Other features include full differential audio circuit to protect against engine noise, line-level outputs for use with higher powered amplifiers, and a 3.5mm auxiliary-input jack to connect other audio devices.
The PXi50.2 is made for the iPod Touch (first through fourth generations), iPod Classic, iPod with video, iPod Nano (first through sixth generations), iPhone 4, iPhone 3G S, iPhone 3G and iPhone.