Remember that classic look of radios from the late 80s and 90s? Relive the past in three colors along with the ability to stream from your Bluetooth device. That’s right, the Geneva WorldRadio lets you listen to FM, wakes you up, belts out Pandora via your smartphone, and even supports DAB+ if you are in Europe. It’s a bit on the pricey side at $300 but it sure is versatile and stylish.
Grace Digital Audio, a leading brand of Wi-Fi internet radios and home audio solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System. Grace’s micro-system is the world’s first internet radio system to incorporate two bookshelf speakers and 802.11n connectivity. Grace’s micro-system is available now at www.GraceDigitalAudio.com for $249.99.
Ideal for your apartment, den, or office, Grace Digital’s Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System is the perfect solution for someone looking for a powerful concert feel without the hassle, set up, and cost of a full home audio system. Grace’s micro-system includes two large bookshelf speakers featuring 3.5” full range drivers, 1” tweeters, and a 16 watt RMS Class D digital amplifier. The compact micro-system delivers a superior audio quality unmatched by smaller tabletop units, providing an inexpensive way to bring a home stereo experience to your internet radio.
The Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System provides access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts. Compatible with Pandora, Sirius XM Internet Radio, CBS Radio, iheartradio, Live365.com, MP3Tunes, NPR, National Weather Service, and new for 2011, WeatherBug and Rhapsody the number-one premium on-demand music service that provides access to 11 million songs for less that the price of an average CD. With RCA inputs and a USB connection, users can connect their iPod, CD player, PC or any additional audio source giving you access to all your music files.
Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System features include:
• Two speakers equipped with 3.5” woofers and 1” tweeters
• Class D digital amplifier and rear ported full range speaker provides superior audio quality
• 10 station presets, up to 100 saved favorites, displays song/artist info, alarm clock radio, and remote control with Pandora controls
• Wirelessly stream music and stored audio files from your PC or Mac
• Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n card connects directly to any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router
• RCA input/output, headphone connection, and USB port
Now shipping, the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System is available for $249.99 at GraceDigitalAudio.com, Amazon.com, and various retailers throughout the U.S.
“We’ve had many request from our customers that don’t have space for a home stereo, but want a little more sound than a tabletop,” says Grace Digital Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Fadul. “We are pleased to offer them the new Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System. The micro-system provides a home stereo experience at a fraction of the size and cost!”
Ford Motor Company is preparing to debut a new version of its breakthrough MyKey® technology that – for the first time – will allow parents to block explicit satellite radio content in the vehicle, much like parents are able to prevent children from viewing certain types of television and Internet content.
The new feature will debut next year as standard equipment on the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, and will eventually be available across a variety of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. MyKey – designed to help parents encourage safe teen driving habits – is an easily programmable key that can limit a vehicle’s top speed, limit radio volume and encourage safety-belt usage by muting the radio until front occupants buckle up.
The radio-blocking feature works by screening out all programs labeled by Sirius® Satellite Radio as “explicit.” While similar technology is used for blocking inappropriate content on televisions and computers, never before has such an option been available for radio programming in vehicles.
Among the 16 stations MyKey will be able to block: Howard Stern stations, Playboy Radio, Liquid Metal, Hip Hop Nation, Hardcore Sports Radio, Maxim Radio, Blue Collar Radio, Raw Dog Comedy and VIRUS.
Ford’s current MyKey system – standard on most North American vehicles after launching in summer 2009 – allows owners to program a key that can limit the vehicle’s top speed to 80 mph, with chimes sounding at 45, 55 and 65 mph. The upgraded MyKey technology will now allow parents to limit a vehicle’s top speed at any of four different settings – 65, 70, 75 or 80 mph.
“Ford wants to give parents peace of mind that their kids are following practical household rules in the car,” says Graydon Reitz, director, Ford Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering. “Parents obviously like this type of feature, and many teens are okay with it when they hear parents may give them the keys more often if the car comes with a technology such as Ford’s MyKey.”
In a poll conducted for Ford by Penn, Schoen & Berland, nearly 60 percent of parents of teen drivers said the new MyKey feature that allows for blocking explicit radio content is an important technology. The survey also indicated that 85 percent of parents with teen drivers find the speed-limiting feature important.
The additional top-speed limits available in the next generation of MyKey will help parents set appropriate limits as their teens transition from driving in town to traveling on the highway. Additional features already available on MyKey limit audio volume, encourage safety-belt usage by muting the radio until front occupants buckle up, and provide earlier low-fuel warnings.
In the poll, more than half of parents also said they would allow their teens to use the family vehicle more often if it were equipped with MyKey. Meanwhile, 45 percent of teens surveyed would approve of MyKey restrictions if it meant the possibility of additional driving privileges.
Tuning into teen safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens are more likely to take risks such as speeding – a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes. Teens also are less likely to wear safety belts than older drivers.
“Like graduated licensing laws, MyKey helps parents set reasonable limits for teens as they’re building driving skills,” Reitz said. “We developed MyKey’s functions in such a way as to quickly spread it across multiple vehicle lines, giving us the ability to go mass market in the spirit of other Ford innovations such as SYNC®.”
Holding the key
MyKey allows the parent to program any key through the intuitive MyFord Touch™ interface. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the system reads the transponder chip in the key and immediately identifies the MyKey code, which enables certain default driving modes, including:
· Persistent Ford Belt-Minder® with audio mute. Ford’s Belt-Minder system typically provides a six-second reminder chime every minute for five minutes. With MyKey, the Belt-Minder chime continues at the regular interval and the audio system is muted until the safety belt is buckled. A message center display, “Buckle Up to Unmute Radio,” also appears on the instrument cluster
· Earlier low-fuel warning. Rather than a warning at 50 miles to empty, MyKey provides a warning at 75 miles to empty
· If MyKey is in the ignition, features such as park aid and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert cannot be deactivated
Additional MyKey features that can be programmed through the vehicle’s MyFord Touch menu:
· Parental control of explicit radio programming
· Limited top speed of 65, 70, 75 or 80 mph
· Traction control system, which limits tire spin, cannot be deactivated
· Limited audio volume to 44 percent of maximum
· A speed alert chime at 45, 55 or 65 mph
Using MyKey to encourage teens to avoid speeding can provide an added benefit – improved fuel economy. Ford research shows that driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph consumes 15 percent less fuel, and mastering other eco-driving habits, such as avoiding jackrabbit starts and excessive idling, can help improve fuel economy by more than 50 percent.
iSimple offers true hardwired interface solutions that allow car owners to directly interface their iPod or other portable audio source directly into their vehicle’s factory-installed entertainment system, providing crystal clear, static-free sound and unparalleled ease of use.
The IS75 is designed for the busy music enthusiast, and offers an iPod docking cable and a 3.5mm headphone-style audio input for other portable audio devices like handheld GPS, portable satellite tuners or other MP3 players. The IS76 does not offer the additional audio input, but it does give consumers the option of enjoying both music and video from any iPod through their in-car entertainment systems. Both the IS75 and IS76 also provide battery charging for all iPod and iPhone models, including the iPhone 3G, and new versions of the iPod nano and iPod touch.
iSimple offers true hardwired interface solutions that allow car owners to directly interface their iPod or other portable audio source directly into their vehicle’s factory-installed entertainment system, providing crystal clear, static-free sound and unparalleled ease of use. The product provides real integration between today’s popular portable audio devices and the advanced sound systems in most late-model cars, trucks and SUVs. iSimple gives drivers the opportunity to interface their iPod or iPhone directly to their vehicle – as well as input audio from a GPS or a satellite radio receiver– while maintaining the look, feel and functionality of the original factory system. The iSimple kit can also be upgraded with an optional iSimple HD Radio tuner, to provide even more in-vehicle listening options.
According to Ron Freeman, CEO of AAMP of America, “We are thrilled to deliver iSimple to drivers of late-model Nissan and Hyundai vehicles. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and in the world of car audio that ‘weak link’ is usually the bridge between an iPod or other portable device and the factory-installed sound system. The iSimple approach is based on overcoming this fatal flaw by providing a true hardwired integration that allows users to take full advantage of their high-quality digital sound files. And when you add in the ability to expand the iSimple interface with our HD Radio tuner, you get a system that is far superior to any other on the market today.
The newest iSimple-compatible vehicles include: Hyundai’s Accent (08), Azera (08), Elantra (08), Entourage (08), SantaFe (08) and Veracruz (08), and Nissan’s 350Z (07-08), Altima (05-08), Armada (08), Frontier (07-08), Maxima (05-08), Pathfinder (08), Quest (07-08), Rogue (08), Sentra (07-08), Titan (04-08), Versa (07-08) and Xterra (07-08).
Resco, one of the leading companies in software development of applications for mobile devices, announced today the availability of a brand new version of its award winning Resco Pocket Radio application for the Pocket PC platform. Version 1.90 now fully supports Bluetooth stereo head-sets and thus allows users to listen and tune into thousands of internet radio stations cable free.
Moreover, with the new version it is possible to install a touch-optimized player to the Today Plugin and operate the radio directly from there. Easy radio importing, scheduled recording and a very friendly user interface are some of the many other features that made Resco Pocket Radio a sought-after application.
Features in Resco Pocket Radio v1.90
* Support of Bluetooth stereo head-sets (A2DP, AVRCP)
* Today Plugin player
* List of thousands internet radios
* Easy radio import
* Scheduled recording
* Support of MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats
Ever since I had my first iPod four years ago, I’ve been looking for that perfect stereo for my vehicle that would give me all the great features and control of my digital music player right from the radios controls. With a few bumps in the road, I think I may have found something pretty close.
The Alpine iAD-X001 is one of the best iPod controller units for your car that I’ve come across. After you read the review, I think you’ll probably agree.
Peripheral Electronics®, AAMP of America’s innovative OEM Integration division, announced today its full line of radio replacement interfaces for thousands of vehicles. These comprehensive OEM Integration Add-a-Head Solutions allow owners to replace their factory stereo without impacting any network audio and car-safety features.
The solutions include the CHYAH05, CHYRAP, GMAHLAN, GMAHLANB, GMCOL11, GMCOL29, GMAHSC, GMAH24, GMAH24B, GMAH32, GMAHCM, GMCO, GMCO2, GMCO3, GMOS1, and GMOS21B interfaces.
Currently, the solutions cover select Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Hummer, Jeep, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles. Future plans for Audi, Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen interfaces are already in the works.
Removing the factory stereo in many new vehicles can disrupt important features controlled by the vehicle’s computerized network system. Depending on the vehicle make and model, these features can include warning chimes, audible turn signal indicators, and retained power to vehicle accessories. In some vehicles, removing the factory stereo also disables sophisticated cautionary features like rear-hazard assistance.
Peripheral Electronics’ add-a-head solutions keep all the network features intact when the factory radio is replaced. Certain interfaces even work seamlessly with the full line of Bose™ amplified and OnStar™ factory systems, automatically muting the aftermarket stereo when OnStar is being used. The interfaces also integrate with any aftermarket audio system, from simple CD players to more elaborate systems with DVD players, navigational capability, and flip-out video screens.
As vehicle networks and aftermarket audio systems become more complex, demand grows for a way to connect the two—without losing any vehicle functionality or advanced safety features. With its comprehensive OEM Integration Add-a-Head Solutions, Peripheral Electronics stakes its claim as the leader in radio replacement integration.
For more information, visit www.peripheralelectronics.com or call a Peripheral Electronics Sales Representative at 800-477-2267.
Peripheral Electronics®, AAMP of America’s innovative OEM Integration division, announced today its radio replacement interface for numerous late-model GM vehicles. The interface, GMAHLAN, seamlessly integrates aftermarket head units into 2006-2007 non-Bose vehicles with OnStar.
The interface works with late-model Buick Lucerne; Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Avalanche, Impala, Monte Carlo, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Sierra and Yukon vehicles.
In addition to keeping the OnStar features and functions, the GMAHLAN retains all entertainment and key vehicle-safety features controlled by the system. These features include Retained Accessory Power (RAP), Vehicle Parking Assist (VPA), audible turn signals, and all factory seatbelt, key-in, and headlight warning chimes.
The GMAHLAN is equipped with a Smart Sense Mute feature that automatically mutes aftermarket stereos when OnStar is being used. It also includes an antenna adaptor and works with Peripheral Electronics’ PESWI steering wheel control interfaces for aftermarket Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, and many other radios. These interfaces retain the convenience of factory steering wheel controls when upgrading the factory radio with an aftermarket radio.
In addition, owners of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Suburban can use Peripheral Electronics’ GMLRSE Rear Seat Retention Harness to retain their factory installed rear seat entertainment system and infrared headphones. The GMLRSE can also feed the audio/video signal from an aftermarket DVD player to the overhead LCD monitor.
Like the GMAHLAN, the GMLRSE delivers huge value by allowing vehicle owners to change their factory radio without disrupting the integrity of their factory installed entertainment system. Together, the two provide a single point of contact for dealers and an all-encompassing integration solution for some of GM’s most popular vehicles. Peripheral Electronics also offers its GMAHLANB for these same vehicles with Bose systems.
For more information about the GMAHLAN OEM Integration solution, visit www.peripheralelectronics.com or call a sales representative at 727-572-9255.
I’ve been an XM customer since day one way back in 2000. I’ve since left my subscription behind when I purchased a new vechicle and went with Sirius for the NFL programing. It’s tough being a Steelers fan in California. My wife still has her XM and I often do an audio comparison. I like XMs sound better, but prefer Sirius’ programming. Both ditched its Christian Alternative stations (another reason I left XM because at the time, Sirius DID have one,) which sucks, but Sirius still weighs better for my needs than XM.
When SvenOnTech received the press release on the proposed merger and we reported on it, I must say, I was bummed to read the release. I do not need a single satellite provider in my wife’s and my car. Nope. Don’t need higher bills and less choice. That’s what you get with a monopoly and that’s what you’ll get with this merger. Thankfully, there are some Democrats and Republicans in Congress that feel the same way. Finally! In fact, they have signed a letter and sent it to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin urging both to stop the merger, stating:
On its face, we believe that sanctioning the marriage of the only competitors in the satellite radio market would create a monopoly, which would be devastating to consumers.
This letter wasn’t just signed by a bunch of junior lawmakers either, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) where among the 72 names on the letter. Let’s hope the letter comes in loud and clear.