Audio Junkies: The 2008 El Kameleon KD-AVX44 is probably one of the best looking new head units we have seen this year. The DVD receiver retains its roots with the oldschool blackout faceplate to keep thieves at bay, but the faceplate is still detachable for those who feel better removing it completely. That faceplate looks like it has no buttons for reason, it utilizes “electrostatic technology” to sense touch and even a proximity sensor to illuminate the face panel when you put your hand near it.
The Kameleon comes prepared for HD radio and satellite radio, with built-in controls for a CD changer and rear-view camera. The 3.5″ (9cm) monitor is a decent size for a single-DIN unit, and the receiver also comes Bluetooth equipped and iPod ready. JVC slathered on the iPod functionality with this unit. The KS-U20 cable used for the iPod USB 2.0 connection charges the iPod while displaying album artwork on the headunit.
- Animated 3D Graphic User Interface
- Headphone surround sound in Dolby 5.1
- MOSFET 50W x 4
- 7-Band iEQ
- 5V line and subwoofer preouts
- Gold-plated A/V input and output RCAs
- Multilingual display
The El Kameleon KD-AVX44 is expected to be available this Summer.