updated 06:45 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2006
Clarion today announced new products for 2006, including enhancements to their newest multimedia units, featuring iPod control and integration. iPod integration is a main feature of both products, highlighting the trend towards iPod-friendly media everywhere. The MAX675VD features touch screen control, DVD playback and voice recognition control of the optional HDD navigation system, has the only true 2-DIN iPod controller in the industry with 5.1-channel surround processing capabilities, Satellite Radio connectivity and additional component connectivity for CD/DVD changers, TV tuner and additional video monitors, and iPod integration that displays the iTunes library.
The VRX765VD includes a 24-bit Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) and 5.1 surround processing capabilities, XM Satellite Radio, fully integrated iPod connectivity and the ability to manage media playback in 2 independent zones. The VRX765VD allows complete, on screen viewing and control of all third-generation and newer iPod units (including Photo, Nano, Mini, and iPod video). The embedded interface in the VRX765VD provides a touch sensitive control interface, full preamp level audio integration and iPod charging directly from the unit.
The VRX765VD retails for $1100 (MAX675VD pricing was unavailable).