Day Three of the CES once again did not disappoint. We took the time to explore some of the more hands-on experiences and demos from various audio companies and were rewarded with insight on what to expect for 2008 in the aftermarket car-audio scene.
Pioneer stepped up to the plate, offering a surreal multimedia experience inside their customized vault – complete with realistic circular vault doors and walls. We saw and heard some of Pioneer’s new lineup, including their touch-screen AVIC-F500BT "LINC" navigational device, which combines portable navigation and in-dash functionality in a single unit.
Alpine made a huge splash, as well. They expanded their lineup of iDA digital media receivers to three units. The new units focus on iPod integration and are not CD-compatible. They utilize Alpine’s new tagging service to make buying your favorite songs easier than ever. We also couldn’t resist trying out Alpine’s V-Power Experience room, a sealed enclosure in which 160 dB of sound is pumped through your body. Even with ear protection, it was tough to hang on for more than 10 seconds – and some people didn’t last longer than the first bass note!
Kenwood also launched their ’08 lineup of head units. One of the most noteworthy new products was their digital TV receiver, which allows passengers to view local digital broadcasts while traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph! Kenwood also had what may have been the most impressive all-in-one device at the show. Their DNX8120 may be the most accurate in-dash routing unit ever, thanks to its built-in, full-memory Garmin navigation.
On the speaker side of things, the trend seemed to be smaller units this year. Companies such as Memphis Car Audio showcased several speakers in their lineup that, while small, delivered improved sound quality. This, of course, will be of interest to sport compact world, where space is limited.
Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming issue of Modified Mag, where we will highlight the most memorable products from the CES in greater detail!