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Car Electronics Briefs

Kenwood Gets Flac

Kenwood brought new features to a pair of entry-level in-dash CD-receivers, including 44.1kHz/16- bit FLAC playback and switching among USB drives connected to a multiport USB adapter.

The two dingle-DIN detachable-face head units are the $100-suggested KDC-125U and $110 KDC- 165U. They are the first 2016 models to ship in the company’s 2016 CD-receiver lineup.

Both feature motorized CD slot, flip-open cover, USB port and eighth-inch audio input. Via the USB port, consumers plug in USB drives to play MP3, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files. The new Drive Change feature lets users select from multiple USB drives on a connected multiport USB adapter.

The USB input is also works with Kenwood’s Music Play App for Android, which enables the head unit to manage the onboard music library of select Android-based smartphones.

The KDC-165U steps up to an iPod/iPhone-certified USB port, enabling the head to select iPhone/iPodstored music by title, artist and album. The heads also control the Pandora and iHeartRadio apps on a USBconnected iPhone.

MTX Adds Square Subs, Pod Speakers

MTX audio went to the SEMA Show with its new S65 series of square-cone subwoofers and roll-cage-mounted speakers.

The subwoofers’ square drivers allow for lower distortion, higher SPLs, and “exceptional performance and value,” said national sales manager Dan McLeod.

The S65 Series is available in 12- and 10-inch sizes in dual 4-ohm configurations. Each handles up to 500 watts RMS power. Pricing was unavailable.

The MUD65P roll-cage-mount speakers, at less than $250/pair, can be mounted in vehicles with tube frames, including Jeeps, UTVs, sand rails, or other vehicles with roll cages or accessible bars. Their enclosures are designed to withstand dirt, mud, rain and snow.

JL Audio Aids OEM Integration

JL Audio’s $329-suggested Fix 82 OEM-integration processor lets installers upgrade factory sound systems with better amps and speakers while leaving OEM head units in the dash to preserve factory cosmetics and factory functions.

FiX 82 addresses “the most complex audio signal interfacing challenges,” said marketing VP Manville Smith. “FiX 82’s ability to correct delays in factory signals is a real game-changer with today’s complex OEM systems.”

The DSP processor features active line-output converter, time-delay synchronization, a signal-summing interface and EQ correction. It accepts up to eight channels of OEM analog audio signals, including low-voltage line-level signals and high-power amplified speaker-level outputs up to 30 volts RMS. It synchronizes any time-delayed factory audio signals before summing them to ensure a time- and phase-coherent summed result, the company said.