Dual Building Up Marine Presence

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Dual is expanding its marine audio selection and offering such new features as direct USB control for iPods/iPhones and SiriusXM-ready capability.

Other new features include 7-channel NOAA weather band tuner, stereo Bluetooth with AVRCP, and basic control of select Internet radio apps on iPhones and other smartphones is also new. The latter feature is available for iPhones connected via USB and for iPhones and other smartphones connected to the heads via Bluetooth AVRCP.

In all, the company has launched two CD receivers, six receiver/speaker packages and five speaker pairs. All head units feature detachable face.

All Dual-brand marine receivers are designed for use in harsh marine environments and include features such as PET-wrapped chassis, conformal coating of interior circuit boards, EDP chassis, positive LCD displays, UVresistant construction and removable silicone covers for front-panel inputs.

Among the two stand-alone CD receivers, the $179 AMB600W features direct USB control for iPod/ iPhone, stereo Bluetooth with AVRCP, connection to the optional SirusXM universal tuner, seven-channel NOAA weatherband tuner, MP3/WMA playback, front 3.5mm aux input, front SD card slot and 240-watt MOSFET power.

At $119, the AM400W features direct USB iPod/ iPhone control but no Bluetooth and no connection to the SiriusXM universal tuner.

The six marine receiver/speaker combos include one $89-suggested package with mech-less head unit that plays MP3/WMA music files on USB sticks and SD cards. The $159 AMCP400W package features direct USB control of an iPod/iPhone, MP3/WMA playback from a USB stick, seven-channel NOAA weatherband tuner, detachable front panel and 6.5-inch dual-cone speakers.

Four others packages feature front USB charging port and front 3.5mm audio aux in, and three of those add an SD card slot to play MP3/WMA files.


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