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JVC MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT INTEGRATES SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY WITH 2013 LINE OF CD RECEIVERS TO CREATE SEAMLESS DRIVING EXPERIENCE
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 – JVC Mobile Entertainment, the premier developer and manufacturer of sophisticated mobile, audio, and video products, today introduced five new CD receivers at the 2013 International CES that will be available January in the U.S. JVC Mobile’s sleek new line up of CD Receivers incorporates aesthetically pleasing elements with seamless mobile phone integration through its JVC Music Control and JVC Smart Music Control App functions, radio timer, and enhanced Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet Radio capabilities. SiriusXM-Ready™ models are capable of receiving SiriusXM’s expanded commercial-free music, sports and comedy channel lineup as well as SiriusXM Latino, a suite of Spanish-language programming, and include the SiriusXM Replay™ feature allowing users to pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of live SiriusXM content.
5-ZONE VARIABLE COLOR (KD-R840BT)
Allowing the user to create a more personalized and cool driving experience, JVC has incorporated an eye pleasing function called 5-Zone Variable Color. Built into the KD-R840BT, the user is able to manipulate through 30,000 different colors with variable brightness in each of five separate zones to create different light effects, which can be customized to individual tastes and moods. The zones change to Green (Accept Call) and Red (Reject Call) with incoming phone calls, allowing for quick and easy call acceptance. In addition, the volume level knob changes color from Blue to Red as the volume is increased, giving off an illumination that adds to the in-car ambiance.
PANDORA® INTERNET RADIO (KD-R540, KD-R640, KD-HDR52, KD-R740BT, KD-R840BT)
Available in all new 2013 Single-DIN models, the continuing Single-DIN models, KD-HDR71BT and KD-R80BT, as well as the four continuing Double-DIN Models, is integration with Pandora® Internet Radio that works with the iPhone via USB connection. With simple controls from the head unit to skip forward, Pause/Play, Search Station, Bookmark, choose Artist and Song Title, users are quickly able to identify key Pandora functions, which are all replicated on-screen. To further personalize the listening experience, thumb up and thumb down commands are built into the head unit control panel on new 2013 models.
Android users will be able to take advantage of Pandora® Internet Radio with the new KD-R740BT and KD-R840BT through a Bluetooth® connection while still taking advantage of main controls through the head unit.
SiriusXM-Ready™ (KD-R640, KDR840BT)
The KD-R640 and KD-R840BT models are SiriusXM-Ready™ and offer the capability of receiving SiriusXM’s commercial-free music, premier sports talk and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment, and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM programming is received through the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). New for JVC in 2013, these SiriusXM-Ready™ models include the SiriusXM Replay™ feature allowing users to pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of live SiriusXM content.
HD RADIO™ TECHNOLOGY (KD-HDR52, KD-HDR71BT)
The new Arsenal KD-HDR52 and continuing model KD-HDR71BT feature built-In HD Radio™ Tuners. HD Radio™ is a Digital technology that allows a radio broadcaster to digitally transmit additional data in the same radio wave enabling higher quality sound and the ability to transfer additional content and information. HD Radio™ technology produces FM-like sound quality for AM stations, while FM stations can be heard with CD-like sound quality. Unlike typical FM or AM transmission however, HD Radio™ has crystal clear reception with low noise and no audio distortion. Multicasting allows access to additional channels on HD radio on any JVC HD Radio™ receiver. These "stations in between the stations" contain exciting new programming that cannot be found on typical radio stations such as: new radio formats, additional music content, new music genre and talk radio formats, and experimental content.
JVC MUSIC CONTROL (KD-R840BT, KD-R740BT, KD-HDR52, KD-R640, KD-R540)
The 2013 models are all integrated with the JVC Music Control App that allow Android users to listen to their favorite songs through an iPod like browsing experience via USB Mass Storage Mode. Song selection and browsing through music by Artists, Albums, and Titles are also available through the head unit. To further enhance a more personalized driving experience, the JVC Music Control App is capable of selecting playlists based on a particular Mood, which acts like the driver’s personal DJ.
The JVC Smart Music Control App is a free download, which can be used with the KD-R740BT and KD-R840BT via a Bluetooth® SPP connection. Android users will be able to use their smartphone as a head unit remote control with 12 different gesture commands or use the same commands through stereo voice controls. With just a touch of a button or a simple voice command, the user is able to change EQ settings, read out text messages over the speakers, post or tweet preset messages on Facebook and Twitter, search music by name, change tracks using voice control through the Bluetooth Microphone as well as select songs by Mood through the Android phone.
BLUETOOTH® ENHANCEMENT (KD-R740BT and KD-R840BT)
New Bluetooth technology is built-in to the KD-R740BT and KD-R840BT for 2013 providing the user with hands-free access through the head unit to Bluetooth enabled devices. Users will be able to dial out by recent call activity for received, missed or outgoing calls. Manual echo-cancelling settings provide for better audio performance and help create a more natural conversation setting. The Siri functions for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users are further enhanced with automatic detection through Bluetooth® capabilities. Bluetooth® connection also connects the smartphone to the CD receiver at all times to provide users with the option to store dialed numbers using the six key presets on the head unit. New 2013 Models KD-R540, KD-R640, and KD-HDR52 are also Ready for Bluetooth® using the optional KS-BTA100 add-on Bluetooth® adapter.
RADIO TIMER (All new models)
An all-new radio timer function is included in each new model in the 2013 JVC line-up. The radio timer will automatically change the radio station to a preset radio program on a single, daily or weekly basis and work with FM/AM/HD or a Connected Sirius Tuner.
MADE FOR IPHONE®/IPOD®
All new models with USB ports continue compatibility with connected iPhone® and iPod® devices via Apple’s white USB dock connector. Connected devices play back audio with on-screen display of artist and title information. Users can also search for music by the same category layers as the iPhone® or iPod® structure, as well as change a setting to allow control of music track selection from the iPhone® or iPod® itself.
The KD-R840BT CD Receiver features two-rear USB ports, Front/Rear/Subwoofer 4.8 Volt Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready, and will be available in March at a Best Value of $179.95. The KD-R740BT also features front and rear USB ports, Front and Rear/Sub Selectable 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready, and is currently available at a Best Value of $139.95. JVC’s KD-HDR52 has a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, front USB port, Front and Rear/Sub Selectable 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready, and is available in January at a Best Value of $129.95. The KD-R640 features a front USB Port, Front and Rear/Selectable 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, and separated variable color. It will be available in January with a Best Value of $109.95. The KD-R540 in-dash receiver has a USB port, one set of Rear/Sub Selectable Line Outputs, and is currently available at a Best Value of $94.95.