Newlaunches.com: JVC’s awesome showing at CES this year included the KW-NT30HD and KW-NT50HD navigation systems that come in handy in times of bad traffic. Well, besides a forewarning, it also dishes out some palatable music for those who walk right into the traffic trap. So, what’s special you’re wondering? Well, they both sport 6.1-inch displays with HD radios, USB iPhone connectivity and good integration with ClearChannel’s iheartradio app. The main difference between the two is that the KW-NT50HD offers lifetime free subscription to Total Traffic HD+ network. Now there are additional features that you can exploit from that, such as all-US, Canada and Puerto Rico maps.
Both systems are expected in March. The KW-NT30HD will cost $1,000, while the KW-NT50HD will come for $1,200.
Akihabara News: JVC today expanded its Procision series of premium-level products with the introduction of a new high-performance micro audio system. The new JVC UX-J51 is a three-piece system that combines class-leading performance with clean, elegant design.
The new JVC UX-J51 is a CD micro component system with a built-in dock for iPod, USB (2.0) input and an FM/AM tuner. It’s comprised of a single main unit and a pair of two-way, bass reflex speakers. Most functions are controlled using flush, top-mounted touch keys illuminated in blue, with the exception of volume, which is handled by a large, silver knob on the main unit’s front panel. A full function remote control is also included.
A key performance feature is the system’s separate left and right channel amplifiers, each rated at 40 watts. The two-way speakers feature a one-inch (2.5cm) soft-dome tweeter and a 4.3-inch (11cm) cone woofer. The audio performance is optimized using CONEQTM technology that matches amplifier and speaker performance to ensure equalized power levels across all frequencies, resulting in a clean, natural sound throughout the listening room.
For system expansion, the UX-J51 includes a digital optical input and output, analog input and output, aux input, and a subwoofer preout. There’s also a headphone jack, FM and AM antenna jacks and banana speaker jacks. The system also features a clock/timer.
The JVC UX-J51 will be available in October for $399.95.
iPodNN: JVC on Wednesday introduced a new iPod dock with built-in speakers that has a unique wraparound design and supports virtual Dolby surround sound.
The XS-SR3 can hold iPods and iPhones either horizontally or vertically, depending on whether the user wants to listen to music or watch videos.
Four clips are included to hold different models of iPods. The speakers output 5W of power through neodymium magnets.
The dock can also play music from other sources through both analog and optical input. A remote control is included. JVC ships the XS-SR3 later in December for $150 (€102).
Electronista: On Monday, JVC introduced two new soundbar surround sound speaker systems, including the first wireless system, the TH-BA3, along with the slim but wired TH-BS7.
The former is completely wireless between the subwoofer and rear speakers, and is rated at 280 watts across its 5.1 channels.
The sound bar has four speakers, with the two outboard ones acting as the front right and left channels, with the two in the middle being the center channel. It also houses the power amplifier, surround decoding, system controls and the transmitter for the wireless surround speakers.
The rear speakers include a wireless receiver, and the system has one analog and two optical digital audio inputs.
It supports Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II signals. The TH-BS7 is a 4.1-channel sound bar that can be mounted on a wall and is designed to be particularly unintrusive at 1.4 inches tall and 1.2 inches deep; the slim design is possible thanks to JVC’s Direct Drive speakers, four of which are in the sound bar.
Each gets 20W of power and are joined by a 6-inch, 100W wireless subwoofer as well. The TH-BS7 can play back Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II surround signals while offering one analog and two optical digital inputs.
The JVC systems will be available soon, with the TH-BA3 priced at $550 (€375) while the TH-BS7 will cost $600 (€410).
Bloomberg: Kenwood Holdings Inc., a Japanese maker of stereo and car electronics, has abandoned plans to sell its music business, company spokesman Takaaki Nose said today.JVC has also dropped any thought of acquiring Hoya Corp.’s Pentax camera business, Nose said. The Nikkei newspaper first reported JVC’s plan today, citing an interview with Chairman and President Haruo Kawahara.
The Yomiuri newspaper said on Nov. 4 JVC was in talks with Konami Corp. to sell its Victor Entertainment music unit and was considering a purchase of the Pentax camera brand. Yesterday, the company named a new head for its music division along with plans to rejuvenate the money-losing unit.
Engadget: We know, life’s tough. You want to buy the latest ultraslim HDTV, but find that your home theater speakers will look monstrously bulky sitting alongside it. JVC wouldn’t want to cause you such headaches, which is why it’s trotted out the above pair of 31mm thin speaker satelittes — known as the SP-FT1 in black and SP-FT2 in their white garb — and the AX-FT amplifier squeezed in between them.
While you should probably not expect Telos 5000-like output, the amp will deliver 80W of total output over 4 independent channels, and has support for Dolby Digital, DTS and AAC formats.
Prices are expected to be around ¥24,000 (€178) for the amp and ¥20,000 (€149) for the speakers when their black iterations hit Japan later this month, with the willowy white option showing up in November.
AkihabaraNews: The RA-P50 is JVC-Victor’s latest iPod and iPhone friendly dock that’s also an alarm clock, plays tunes stored on your iPod / iPhone and includes a an FM/AM tuner.
The RA-P50 works with batteries or an AC adapter, and will be released in Japan in August for around 15,000 Yen (€112).
NewLaunches: JVC Japan has announced the Urban sweet range of chic earphones. Targeting 20 – 30 year old females the ear plug earphones will come in two versions HP-FXP3 (pictured) and HP-FXP5 which has a floral design and is encrusted with a Swarovski crystal.
Both the earphones come with a gold plated stereo mini plug, deliver an output of 200mW and have frequency zone of 10Hz – 23kHz. The JVC Urban sweet earphones go on sale in Japan by late July.
iGIZMO: It’s not enough for a TV to be just flat anymore. Now they’ve got to be the AV equivalent of pancakes before they grab anyone’s attention. Which is why the new range of AV gear JVC has just unveiled in Prague features two ultra-thin TV ranges.
The most complete of these ranges is the DV1 series. Due to launch in 37in and 42in screen sizes in March, with a 47in version emerging a month later, the DV1 range is even slimmer than JVC’s groundbreaking SuperSlim debutante, last year’s LT-42DS9, coming in at under 70mm even at its widest point.
Claimed contrast ratios of 1,000,000:1 for all three DV1 models caught our eye as well, but we’ve saved their best feature for last: the HandClap function. JVC has made it so that you can turn your DV1 on or off by clapping three times, or mute/unmute the sound by clapping twice.
The other flat TV ‘range’ from JVC is the WX70 series. Well, actually ‘series’ is a bit of an overstatement, as for the time being there’s only one model: the 42in LT-42WX70, due in March. This glamourpuss is just 43mm deep.