updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu September 21, 2006
JVC sound systems debut
JVC today unveiled four iPod-ready sound systems (site not updated) which include its ultra-compact desktop audio system, CD micro system, low-profile boombox with clock radio functions, and full-size CD boombox. The NX-PS1 desktop audio system plays music files from portable players via three diminutive cubes -- a center unit and two matching speakers -- each measuring roughly 4-inches on all sides. A 9-inch cube subwoofer includes a 16cm driver for bass, and an iPod connection charges the player while offering basic playback functionality such as play, stop, skip, and volume control. The device features a USB Host to play files from flash-based audio players, and connects directly to a computer using JVC's USB Audio function for playback of music files through the system. Power output is rated at 10 watts per channel for the main system, while a 30-watt amplifier powers the subwoofer. JVC's NX-PS1 is due to ship this month for $250, and will include an iPod stand as well as a remote control.
JVC's NX-PS1 features an auxiliary input for connecting other playback devices, a clock/timer with wake-up volume, electronic bass/treble controls, a headphone jack, and four preset equalization settings. The main unit is white with a black display area, complementing the white speakers with black grills. The matching subwoofer is black on all four sides with a white base and cap.
UX-EP25 low-profile CD system
The UX-EP25 offers two speakers with an iPod connection to charge the device as well as control playback. The system includes USB functionality like the NX-PS1, and includes an AM/FM tuner as well as an auxiliary input for connecting third-party audio devices. The UX-EP25 stands a few inches tall with white coloration and a black aluminum-finish top. The system ships with matching black and white speakers driven by an amplifier that provides 7.5-watts per channel. Additional features include a headphone jack, clock, sleep timer with wake volume, and a remote control. The UX-EP25 is due to ship this month for $200.
JVC's RA-P10 includes an iPod dock, an FM tuner, and built-in stereo speakers driven by a 4 watts-per-channel amplifier. The device is powered by either AC or six AA batteries, and includes a blue backlit display. Additional features include an alarm clock, room thermometer, auxiliary input, and a remote control. The RA-P10 stands less than three inches tall and weighs 1.6-pounds without batteries. The unit will ship in October for $130, according to JVC.
The new RC-EZ38 is a CD/cassette boombox with USB Host functionality that allows playback of MP3 as well as WMA files from flash memory digital players or other USB devices. The system displays both the track title and ID3 tag during playback, and features a digital AM/FM tuner with a clock/timer, headphone jack, and remote control. The RC-EZ38 is already available for $100.