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May 1. Rob Putman, president of Soundgate, adds, "We are also developing a new piece specifically for satellite radio customers that will allow the user to select satellite radio stations via the buttons on their current radio systems. Look for these interfaces mid-summer."
P.I.E., or Precision Interface Electronics also works to add aftermarket sound to OEM stereo systems without the use of the "dreaded" FM modulator. Eddie Lucero, manager of technical services for P.I.E., said, "Right now, we have developed and are shipping four units designed with satellite radio or additional sources (such as mobile video or video game systems) in mind. The first product, an FRDN-AUX, works with 1998-2002 Ford/Lincoln/Mercury head units and allows a secondary source to be added. The second product is a VWR-AUX that does the same thing for Volkswagen vehicles. To address the popular XM tuner modules that are currently being sold, we have a PIO/P-RCA that converts the Pioneer P-Bus to an RCA connector. We also sell a product—the 3.5-RCA6MM—to convert the Sony XM Radio unit to RCA-style inputs. So for example, if you have a new Taurus and wish to have XM Radio without a loss in fidelity, you would use a FRDN-AUX to give the factory head unit RCA-style inputs. Then the PIO/P-RCA will give you RCA-style outputs, simplifying the installation and giving the end user crystal clear sound." P.I.E. is developing products for GM, Chrysler and Honda applications.
AAMP of America's Peripheral Electronics (a division of Recoton) has four current solutions to add satellite radio or another source without a drop in fidelity. The TIPL works with Toyota and Isuzu models, the BMWPILA works with BMW radios, the MITPIL works with Mitsubishi radios, and finally the FDPILX works with Ford radios. Gordie Kay, technical director for Peripheral, said, "We are working on Ford, GM and Chrysler applications to offer a direct audio input WITH or without a CD changer."