Clarion to Launch "Semiconductor Car Stereo" with No Moving Parts in April

Jan 11, 2007
Mamoru Harada, Tech-On!
The FB275BT car stereo
The FB275BT car stereo
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Auxiliary input and other features are provided.
Auxiliary input and other features are provided.
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Insert an SD memory card after the front panel is opened.
Insert an SD memory card after the front panel is opened.
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Clarion Co., Ltd. plans to launch FB275BT, a car stereo with no moving parts, namely an optical disk or hard disk drive, which can play back music data stored in an SD memory card in the US in April 2007 at an expected retail price of $249.99 (USD). The stereo is being showcased in Clarion's booth at the 2007 International CES event. Most portable audio devices use semiconductor memory media instead of using disks recently, but this is rare for a car stereo.

The product has an SD card slot behind the front panel. It is also equipped with an FM tuner and a Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling. Four large, vertically oblong buttons are provided on each side of the central rotary volume control. "We have revamped the user interface and decided to use fewer, larger buttons," says a spokesperson. The product features 50 W x 4-channel output.