Following the release of HD Radio-compatible products from Sony and Dual this week, JVC today released details of what it calls the industry's first plug-and-play HD Radio receiver. The KT-HDP1 is an transportable AM/FM/HD Radio multicast tuner that can be used as portable device or can be permanently installed in a car. The KT-HDP1 is the second HD Radio-capable device from JVC, following its in-dash KDR-HD1 car stereo that we saw earlier this year. The portable tuner is on its way to Best Buy stores now, where it will be on sale for around $130 excluding installation … Read more
HD Radio looks set to be the key feature for car-stereo makers this season. This week, Sony unveiled two budget stereo head units with HD Radio compatibility. The top-of-the-line Sony CDX-GT520 ($140) and entry-level CDX-GT320 ($100) are both HD Radio-ready, but require the addition of the Sony's clunky XT-100HD HD radio tuners module ($100) to pick up HD channels. Both systems can also be used to play satellite radio and iPods (via additional modules) and generic media players through their as-standard auxiliary-input jacks.
Meanwhile, Dual is launching its own bid for the aftermarket HD Radio crowd with the launch … Read more
While we continue to maintain that speakers for bikes and motorcycles are of dubious value if you ride amid the din of Manhattan or Tokyo traffic, we do agree that they're preferable to headphones for safety reasons. And while enjoying your music in the open air, you might as well look good too--that's where "Cy-fi" comes in.
Scheduled for release next year, Cy-fi looks more like a spaceship console affixed to the handlebars than a speaker designed specifically for the iPod Nano. And to prove it's not just a pretty face, it uses wireless Kleer technology … Read more
The "Victory Vision 2008" has iPod navigation controls built into the handlebars and a dashboard display, according to Chip Chick. That in and of itself is handy, but there are other bikes with similar features. What sets this one apart is a four-speaker system in higher-end models, with an option for XM Radio.
If the bike is anywhere near as fast as it looks, however, we'd suggest skipping the speakers. As we've … Read more
If you haven't watched MTV in awhile, your idea of luxury RVs may be a little outdated. And even if you have, there's a good chance that a lot of rock stars don't have it this good.
This mini-mansion on wheels is built by Newell Coach with the help of Porsche Engineering, a feat made possible by a C15 Caterpillar engine and a 10-speed transmission, according to Luxurylaunches. But it's the interior of the satellite-equipped P2000i that's most impressive, looking more like a seagoing luxury liner than anything that could fit on the road, with … Read more
It was bound to happen eventually and, in fact, it's surprising that we haven't seen this sooner.
Blaupunkt's "Melbourne SD27" is the first car stereo that shuns CDs, according to SCI FI Tech, instead playing MP3 and WMA files with a front-loading SD card. To make things even easier, there's an optional adapter that can be used for an iPod, mobile phone or GPS device.
The writing was already on the wall for car stereos to go this route, but the kicker that could accelerate the trend even faster is this gadget's price … Read more
From CNET News.com, automotive equipment maker Siemens VDO struck a deal with Microsoft to use its automotive platform. In other words, Siemens VDO has been building car infotainment systems and kludging together software for them. Along comes Microsoft, eager to get into the automotive market, and Siemens VDO doesn't have to hassle with software anymore. Actually, Microsoft is further along in its plans to take over the automotive world than you might realize, with its software being used in Honda, Acura, and, most recently, Ford cars, along with Pioneer car infotainment systems. Siemens VDO has been working on … Read more