Out With the Old, In With the New
On the stereo front, Eclipse showed off its new CD7200 mkII, which delivers 8 volts output, and is Bluetooth enabled, iPod and satellite radio ready and includes six different illuminated patterns to suit the car’s interior. The CD7200 (MSRP of $549.99) can also register five cell phones at one time and includes a phonebook that can hold up to 500 numbers.
Eclipse also showed off its AVN6620 DVD Navigation System and Dual DVD Multi-Source Receiver. Sporting a 7” screen, the AVN6620 provides full iPod controls and options for both XM and Sirius satellite radio. Alpine stepped up to the plate this year its eX-10 (MSRP $230, now shipping), a plug-and-play iPod device that allows users to pick one of 10 equalizer presets for custom sound. The combination of iPod and Bluetooth capabilities in one plug-and-play unit eliminates the need for users to buy separate iPod and hands-free Bluetooth device. The eX-10 has an MSRP of $230 and is currently shipping.
Tom Galanis of 6th Avenue Electronics