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Jensen In-Dash Nav Gets HDMI

LAS VEGAS — Voxx Electronics is unveiling its first two Jensen-brand head units with HDMI/MHL ports, enabling the heads’ touchscreens to mirror the displays of HDMI-connected Android and Apple smartphones.

The touchscreens also control the navigation and music-library apps of an HDMI-connected iPhone via Bluetooth SPP (serial port profile), and they will control most Android phone apps via Bluetooth HID (human interface device) profile.

The two in-dash multimedia/navigation receivers are priced at a suggested $399 and ship in mid-April. They are the single-DIN VX7012, which features 7-inch motorized touchscreen that slides out of the dash, and the double-DIN VX7022 with fixed 6.2-inch screen.

Both have built-in iGo Primo Navigation with ability to add maps of other countries, POIs and other value features. Both also feature front iPhone/iPod USB with 2.1-amp charging, SD card slot, front 3.5mm audio/video input, rear audio/video inputs, and 6-volt front, rear and subwoofer line outputs.

They also feature learning steering-wheel interface, RGB illumination to select thousands of colors for front-panel lighting, five selectable UI color themes, five selectable wallpaper backgrounds, and ability to upload 12 user wallpapers. Both are also SiriusXM-ready, display SiriusXM channel art, and feature rear-view camera input with instant-on technology.

Both also play AAC files on discs and USB sticks, and they feature Bluetooth hands-free calling with phone-book accessibility, Bluetooth stereo, and Bluetooth AVRCP 1.4 control of phone-stored music, enabling users to control music playback via up/down and play/pause commands from the head unit.

Users can connect an iPhone via a jLinkUSB cable to control Pandora from the touchscreen. Android, iPhone and BlackBerry users use Bluetooth to stream internet-music apps, with AVRCP 1.4 control of song selection.