CES Gear- Mobile Products
In the world of mobile electronics, 2002 can definitely be described as the year MP3 penetrated the mainstream. MP3-enabled players are now becoming part of the norm and are not reserved to a few esoteric products by small manufacturers. But the big news for 2002 is the ability of certain units to house entire music libraries in a DIN-sized cavity in the dashboard—head units with hard drives are the future of customized music entertainment. Expect more satellite radio buzz. Sirius Satellite radio is announcing its full 100 channel line-up in preparation for its February launch as well as offering 60 of those channels free on its Web site at www.siriusradio.com. XM Satellite Radio, now nationally available, will be running training seminars for dealers, sharing customer demographics and top-selling products information.
Kenwood Excelon Music Keg KHD-CX910 powered by PhatNoise. Shipping in January, $950 SRP. Comprised of an in-vehicle player with 10GB data cartridge and USB computer docking station for loading music onto the cartridge, the KHD-CX910 can hold up to 2,500 MP3 songs, more if WMA. Compatible with 2002 and 2001 Kenwood head units with CD changer control and CD text. Call (800) KENWOOD or visit www.kenwoodUSA.com.
AIWA CDC-MA01 MP3/WMA compatible car stereo. Shipping now at $349.95 SRP. Selling points: Consumers can transfer MP3 and Windows Media Audio files onto CD-R or CD-RW disks and play them back on the CDC-MA01. A motorized Magic Flap front panel tucks away to expose the CD slot. Call (201) 512-3600 or visit www.aiwa.com.