updated 05:05 pm EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
JVC NC-TX mini-systems
JVC has announced the upcoming release of two mini-systems, the NX-TC3 and NX-TC5. Both sport a 4.3-inch touchscreen, which can display photos or videos from a connected USB thumb drive. Each is also equipped with an iPod dock, a CD player and an AM/FM tuner, supplemented by 512MB of internal memory, to which music can be ripped. Only the TC5 can rip music to an external USB device however, or load MiniDiscs.
Other common features include 1Seg and WMV video playback, as well as compatibility with JPEG images and MP3, WMA and WAV music. A user's photos can be turned into slideshows or wallpaper.
On the TC5, a motion sensor opens the faceplate to reveal the optical drive slot. Included remotes can perform basic operation of connected iPods, including Nanos, Classics, Minis and Touches. The iPhone is not supported.
Ripped music can be saved in MP3 or WMA format, with options for high, medium, or low quality to preserve storage space. CDs are ripped at 4x speeds. A built-in amplifier provides 15W to each speaker.
Due to ship in Japan on July 27th, the NX-TC5 costs the equivalent of $655, while the NC-TC3 is priced at $550.
Either will be available in black or white. [via Impress Watch]