Oh how we wish it were all just a horrific dream, but somehow, the engineers behind Clarion
's flashy new MAX9700DT in-car navigation unit still felt
it necessary to include support for a format that just refuses to die. Granted, the system is loaded to the hilt with features and supported formats, but we have a hard time believing that even the Japanese really still find MiniDisc
all that attractive. Nevertheless, the unit also boasts a seven-inch touchscreen display, built-in 1Seg
TV tuner, DVD player, a 40GB hard drive, iPod
compatibility, 50-watt x 4 amplifier, AM / FM radio, and support for a whole host of audio formats including WMA and MP3. Getting around shouldn't be too difficult given the expansive screen and "3D maps," and just in case that 40GB of internal storage isn't quite enough, you can cram an SD card or Memory Stick into it for a bit more space. As nice as all this sounds, few from crowds other than the elite will be pondering a purchase, as ¥341,250 ($2,868) isn't exactly bargain basement (or even "good deal") territory.