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Audiovox goes wild at CES: digiframes, camcorders, remotes, iPod sound systems

Audiovox goes wild at CES: digiframes, camcorders, remotes, iPod sound systems
Darren Murph
Darren Murph|January 6, 2010 3:00 PM
Are you ready for this? No, we mean are you ready for this? We sure hope so, 'cause Audiovox is about to drop eight new products on you here in the desert. Kicking things off is the Acoustic Research brand with two new iPod / iPhone-friendly sound systems: the ARS1i (36-watts) and ARS2i (50-watts). Both of these guys arrive with twin 2.5-inch carbon fiber woofers, two dome tweeters, AM / FM radio functionality, a bundled remote, backlit LCD, soft touch front keys and an auxiliary input jack. The latter also touts a built-in rechargeable battery and portable handle, and while it will list for $199.99 this Spring, the lesser-specced sibling will sell for $50 less.

Moving on, there's the RC60i and RC66i iPod clock radios from RCA, with the latter running on standard alkaline batteries and designed for the on-the-go crowd. That one will sell for a penny under $100, while the AC-powered RC60i will be offered at $79.99 when they hit this Spring. Staying on the RCA beat, there's the new line of Small Wonder pocket camcorders. The EZ4000 is a rugged, waterproof version that can capture 1080p clips onto a microSD card for $169.99 (available this Spring), while the palm-sized EZ5000 ($169.99) and EZ5100 ($199.99) look entirely more like a conventional camcorder and offer up 720p / 1080p video recording, 8 megapixel still shots, a 2.4-inch flip-out LCD and a rechargeable battery. The smaller EZ1000, EZ2000 and EZ3000 models round things out on the low end, with full specifications of these in the press release after the break.

The outfit is also introducing the DPF8100 ($129.99) and DPF8300 ($129.99) digiframes, both of which are a part of the newly created Décor series; if those are just too classy for you, there's also a 7-inch DPF7407 ($129.99), which fits squarely in the cutely named Celebration series. Closing things out are the $39.99 RCA Voice Control Remote (which gladly listens to commands that you bark at it), a gaggle of new AR outdoor wireless speakers, a few new Jensen in-car head units and Zentral Home Command smartphone remotes. Feel free to dig in for more information on those just past the break.
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Acoustic Research Adds iPod/iPhone Docking Systems

High-performance models feature Carbon Fiber Woofers, Dome Tweeters

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). Acoustic Research, a recognized leader in speaker technology and high quality sound, today announced two high performance audio iPod/iPhone systems designed to take listening to a new level, while providing quality level sound for the iPhone and iPod. The ARS1i and ARS2i feature two carbon fiber 2.5" woofers, two dome tweeters and have 36 Watts and 50 Watts amplifiers, respectively.

With an emphasis on performance, the carbon fiber speaker diaphragm used in these systems combines stiffness and lighter weight to provide less energy loss and higher sound efficiency. The improved sound field ranges from 80 to 2500 kHz for 'real' vocal sound reproduction.

"Acoustic Research has emerged as our performance line for audio, which makes sense as it has a distinguished history of delivering quality and technology sound products. These new AR iPod/iPhone docks take the docking station to the next level by combining it with quality sound performance, soft touch control keys and a built-in carry handle for portability," said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronics Corporation.

High-efficiency, Neodymium magnet drivers provide excellent reproduction though the entire range of audible tones producing a smooth sound that performs well, especially on vocals. The dome tweeters are lightweight and made of a soft silk material with high surface stiffness and good damping.

Both systems work with iPhone and are "Made for iPod" and also perform as AM/FM radios with clock/alarm functionality, blue backlit LCD display, front panel soft touch keys and include a remote control. An audio line-in adds MP3 player connectivity.

The ARS2i features soft touch control keys, a built-in rechargeable battery and portable handle so you can take your music where ever you go. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): $199.99. (ARSli MSRP: $149.99.) Both models will be available in the spring of 2010.

"These systems deliver the highest-quality performance combined with a wide variety of state of the art features, and give dealers the opportunity to offer the audiophile an affordable, high performance iPod/iPhone audio system," Malone concluded.

For the latest news from the Acoustic Research, visit www.acoustic-research.com.


RCA Clock Radio Line Moves Into iPhone/iPod Dock Market

Leader in Clock Radio adds iPod and iPhone Docking as Newest Offering

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced that its new 2010 Clock Radio line marketed under the RCA brand, will feature several models that add iPod and iPhone docking capability in addition to clock radio functionality. The units are "Made for iPod" and compatible with the iPhone (3G and 3GS).

The RC60i and RC66i offer a sleek high-end cosmetic look in compact units that don't take up much room on a nightstand. In addition to iPod and iPhone connectivity, these radios feature AM/FM tuners and full clock radio functionality with a retractable docking draw.

"RCA is a leading brand in clock radios because we continue to bring up-to-the-minute consumer preferred functionality to the category. The iPod docking capability brings a whole new level of versatility to the category and that brings a whole new level of profit opportunities to our retail distribution partners," said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronics Corporation.

The RC66i is RCA's first portable iPod dock and clock radio combination. It runs on alkaline batteries and the convenient carrying handle lets the user take their docking station with them where ever they go. Two dome tweeters plus two dynamic range 2.5" speakers deliver quality sound in all vocal ranges. Full clock radio functionality, including automatic time-set and dual-wake with remote control, complete this system offering. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): $99.99.

The RC60i is an AC powered iPod and iPhone dock and clock radio combination. MSRP: $79.99.

Both units will be available in the spring of 2010.

For the latest news from RCA visit www.rcaaudiovideo.com.


New "Small Wonders" Strengthen RCA Camcorder Line

New Form Factors: Palm, Pocket and Active-Lifestyle, Most Models in HD

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced additions to its already successful Small Wonder camcorder line by adding several new form factors, including palm-style and active-lifestyle/sports models. There will be six new models; five offering HD video recording, two with a newly designed palm-style form factor for the traditionalist and a rugged/waterproof model for the outdoor enthusiast.

Screen sizes range from 1.5 to 2.4-inches and connections include USB, AV, and/or HDMI. Small Wonder camcorders feature RCA Memory Manager software allowing consumers to view, edit, save and share videos via YouTube, Box.net, Facebook and Vimeo. They work hand-in-hand on any PC (Windows XP or Vista), so users can make the most of the Small Wonder.

"Small Wonder camcorders are one of our strongest lines with feature-packed models at all the right price points," said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronics Corporation. "Now we are adding some of the most popular consumer preferences with the palm-style models and a water-proof camcorder that is rugged enough for any outdoor activity."

Wherever, whenever, the EZ4000 active-lifestyle camcorder is always there. This water-proof Small Wonder has been designed for the person who likes their activities wet or dry. The slim design fits perfectly in a shirt pocket or fanny pack. It offers HD video recording in (1080p) H.264 as well as a sports recording mode (WVGA@60fps). The micro SD card expansion slot can expand up to 16GB and the two-inch screen size allows for clear video and still-photo playback. There's also a built-in rechargeable battery and Memory Manager software. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): 169.99. Available Spring 2010.

The EZ5000 and EZ5100 palm-style Small Wonders offer consumers the traditional 'cosmetics' of a camcorder with point and shot simplicity. Each shoots in 720p and 1080p, offer optical zoom up to 5x, auto focus, stereo microphone, eight megapixel still-photo capabilities, and a 2.4-inch LCD color flip-out screen. They both come with a built-in rechargeable battery and Memory Manager software. MSRP: $169.99 (EZ5000); $199.99 (EZ5100). Available Spring 2010.

Rounding-out the 2010 Small Wonder line are three "point and shoot" models including the EZ1000, EZ2000 and EZ3000. The EZ1000 has a 1.5-inch LCD flip-out display, MJPEG video recording (HQ or WebQ), micro SD card expansion slot (up to 16GB), is Mac and PC compatible, and powered by four AAA batteries. The EZ2000 and EZ3000 both feature a slim design, HD recording in 720p

(EZ2000) and 1080p (EZ3000), as well as HQ and WebQ recording modes, a two-inch LCD display, built-in rechargeable battery, HDMI connection, micro SD card expansion slot (up to 16GB), still-photo capture and two GB micro SD card included (EZ3000). MSRP: $99.99 (EZ1000); $129.99 (EZ2000); $149.99 (EZ3000).

For the latest news about the RCA Small Wonder, visit www.mysmallwonder.com.


Acoustic Research Accessories Announces
Zentral Home Command Smartphone Remotes

Four Models that will turn a Blackberry or iPhone into a Universal Remote Control

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced that it has initiated a new Acoustic Research branding strategy that is promoting its Smartphone Remote Control products into a new sub-brand called ZENTRAL Home Command. The new brand strategy, which includes new marketing collateral, packaging, and a Web site, reinforces Audiovox's leadership in Remote Control technology.

Audiovox is showcasing four Zentral products at CES: the Smartphone AV Remote for the Blackberry and the iPhone, the Smartphone Control Dock for iPod, and Smartphone Garage Control.

"Our new Zentral Home Command products will turn your Blackberry or iPhone into so much more. With Zentral, you will have useful solutions for controlling and navigating home audio and video equipment, iPod and Home Control through your Blackberry or iPhone," said David Geise, president, Audiovox Accessories Corporation.

The Smartphone AV Remote for Blackberry or iPhone allows a consumer's phone to "talk" with an AV remote bridge via Bluetooth®, and the bridge will relay commands via infrared blasts to their entertainment components. Once the bridge and remote APP are linked, the user will be able to have a full remote control interface on the Smartphone and will be able to control up to sixteen devices, execute one-touch activities, and manage television viewing and recordings through an interactive guide. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Zentral Smartphone AV remote is $49.99 for the Blackberry version and $69.99 for the iPhone version.

Zentral Smartphone Control Dock for iPod will help iPod owners listen and control their music. This solution provides easy navigation and control of an iPod through the Blackberry Smartphone. MSRP: $69.99.

The Zentral Smartphone Garage Remote will be the first product in true Home Automation. It will provide a seamless and secure solution – so a Smartphone can be used to operate a garage door. MSRP: $39.99.

All four Zentral Home Command models will be available this spring at retail.

The new Acoustic Research Zentral products will be on display in the Audiovox Accessories section of booth 11006-10506 in the Central Hall, as well as in the partner technology section of Research in Motion's booth 30851 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on Audiovox Accessories, visit www.araccessories.com.


Jensen Adds Voice Recognition to 2010 Multimedia Head-Unit Line

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced that its industry leading Jensen mobile multimedia line would be adding voice recognition to its 2010 models. The two models, VM9314 and VM9324, will offer the latest in HD Radio technology incorporating iTunes tagging and voice control for the iPod and iPhone. Consumers will have the ability to access his or her music library by simply speaking to their iPod and requesting a song title, artist or genre.

"Our 2009 line of Jensen head-units represents the best of what's available in the multimedia category. The VM9314 and VM9324 are designed around a WinCE Platform, which enables the head units to recognize voice controls for the iPod or iPhone, allowing the user to use natural speech to pick songs, artists or genre without being confined to a preset word library," said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronic Corporation.

The VM9324 Voice Control Multimedia double din system features a built-in HD Radio tuner, has iTunes tagging, plus voice control for the iPod and iPhone. It's navigation and Bluetooth ready so all formats are quickly and easily installed. A 6.2" Hi-Def TFT touch screen delivers information to the driver with easy-to-understand icons from iTunes tagging to iPod operation and everything in between. New hardware platform supports animated graphics for enhanced user experience. Two interfaces – USB and SD – give the driver options to use flash drives and other media up to 8GB. The rearview camera input gives the driver visual information on obstacles that might be behind the vehicle when backing up. The steering wheel control interface helps access the user media library without moving their hands from the steering wheel. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): $549.99. This unit will be available in the spring of 2010. (A single din version w/ 7" Hi-Def TFT motorized touch screen – VM9314 will also be available, spring of 2010 with an MSRP: $549.99.) (Note: optional camera for dashboard or sun visor required.)

"The Jensen brand has led this category for four years because we continue to provide our retail partners a line of multimedia head units that answer the needs of the mobile audiophile. Voice is the next big thing for aftermarket systems and it is here today with this new Jensen line," Malone concluded.

Additional features for the 2010 Jensen Multi-Media Head Units line includes, Voice Control for iPod/iPhone, Works with iPod, HD Radio Tuner w/ iTunes Tagging, Front Panel USB, SD Card and Aux In, Navigation and Bluetooth Ready, XM Ready, Hi-Def TFT Panels, Rear Camera-in and Steering Wheel Control Interface.

For the latest news from Jensen visit www.mobile.jensen.com.


Acoustic Research Expands Outdoor Wireless Collection

New Models Add Style, Sound and Lighting to Your Outdoor Living Spaces

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). With an eye on design, technology and convenience, Audiovox Accessories Corporation today announced four new wireless products developed to enhance the outdoor entertainment experience. The new Acoustic Research Outdoor Living collection offers a variety of wall lanterns and wireless speakers that provide a compelling combination of design, quality, and value.

Homeowners are turning their attention to outdoor living spaces with upscale landscaping, patios, decks, courtyards and gazebos, which have become an extension of the family living room. They want built-in grills, attractive fireplaces, big outdoor kitchens, and good-looking sound systems. "You could say Out-is-In," said David Geise, president, Audiovox Accessories Corporation.

"With the success of our award winning Mission-Style Outdoor Wall Lantern with Wireless Speaker (AW850), and the Portable Outdoor Speaker (AW825) introductions this past fall, we are expanding our collection with four new models," said Geise.

Unique Designs – Compliment the Outdoor Living Decor
"Most outdoor speakers on the market today are either alternative versions of indoor speaker designs or they take the form of natural objects such as rocks. We decided to take a different approach to outdoor speakers by looking at common design styles and materials used for outdoor products such as lighting, planters, and furniture. And we saw a great opportunity to add some style, sound and vision to the backyard in one easy to use product," said David Benedetti, manager of industrial design, Audiovox Accessories Corporation.

The new Acoustic Research "Main Street" series has three models that blend into the outdoor décor of most homes. The design elements compliment most popular outdoor lighting fixtures and environments. Each of the products provide weather resistant features – so the consumer is able to use the product at different times of the year, and for year-round, outdoor, entertaining. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new Outdoor Wireless Speaker or Outdoor Lamp/ Wireless Speaker model ranges from $99 to $129.

For a unique portable speaker solution, the "Acoustic Research Rock-Pot" offers a planter and wireless speaker combination. This portable solution can be used indoors or outdoors. The planter can separate from the wireless speaker if needed. MSRP: $129.99.

All four models will be available in the spring of 2010.

Effortless Installation – Send Music from the Inside to the Outdoors
The Acoustic Research Outdoor Wireless Collection is compatible with any audio device that has a stereo output including an iPod, MP3 player, computer, home theater devices, DIRECTV® or cable device. From the compact 900MHz transmitter, which is connected to the audio device, the audio content is transferred seamlessly to the wireless speaker. Place a speaker anywhere outdoors or indoors for great wireless sound.

All of the new Acoustic Research Outdoor Wireless products will be on display in the Audiovox Accessories section of booth 11006-10506 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on Audiovox Accessories, visit www.araccessories.com.


Audiovox Announces Universal Remote Controls
Featuring Voice, One-Touch and SMARTCONTROL™ Technology

RCA, Acoustic Research and One-For-All® Universal Remotes Lead the Way with Advance Remote Technologies for Brick & Mortar Retailers

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) is introducing several innovative universal remote products at 2010 CES, including the award winning RCA Voice Control Universal Remote and One-For-All Smart Control™ Universal Remote.

"No other company in the marketplace knows universal remote controls as well as we do, and no other accessory company can compare when it comes to our brand portfolio of remote controls – RCA, Acoustic Research, and One-For-All brands," said David Geise, president, Audiovox Accessories Corporation. "We are ramping up to deliver innovate remote controls that will provide easy solutions to meet the consumers' needs in the ever-changing digital world while bringing new revenue and margin opportunity to our long list of retail customers."

The Company markets a broad range of remotes under the RCA and Acoustic Research brands and is the exclusive distributor of One-For-All brand remotes in North America.

RCA Voice Control Remote: All You Have to Do is Say the Word!
Not only will the RCA Voice Control Remote listen to you, it will do whatever you tell it to do. This remote enables consumers to control their home theater by using just their voice. By using just a few simple words and customized voice commands, a consumer can turn on all their electronic devices, change the volume, surf through their favorite channels, start a movie, or turn everything off when they're done. Consumers can do all this without ever touching a button, and in any language.

The Voice Control Universal Remote (RCRV06G) controls up to six devices and provides blue backlighting for easy of use. The ergonomic handset operates via hands-free voice control or traditional button press. It will perform up to twenty-five user programmable activities and provides a voice-guided help system for easy setup. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $39.99.

"Adding the RCA Voice Control to our assortment helps us to reach a very wide group of consumers. Our target market ranges from a young person who understands voice activation with today's cell phones, PDAs, and smart phones, to a group of consumers that may have special needs or the desire for something a little less complicated, and is also easy to use and reasonably priced," said Geise.

One-For-All SmartControl™ Universal Remote: It Does the Thinking for You!
SmartControl makes it easy to control up to three activities and up to six devices. Quickly and easily the user will be ready to control all the home theater equipment to enjoy an activity like "Watch TV", "Watch a Movie" or "Listen to Music." It's that simple!

The sleek stylish design mirrors the trendy look of the popular iPhone or Blackberry phones. The remote also offers easy device set-up with SimpleSet™ in just three easy steps: press the set-up button, choose your device, and choose your brand. The remote is perfect for hi-definition TVs, cable or satellite boxes, DVD, DVR, iPod docks, Xbox 360, Wii games and many more.

The OARI06G will be available this spring with an MSRP of $29.99.

The new line of Audiovox remote controls are on display in the Audiovox Accessories section of booth 11006-10506 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on Audiovox remote controls, visit www.audiovox.com.


Audiovox Takes Digital Picture Frames to the Next Level

New Celebration Series, Décor Series and Virtual Matting Concepts Lead 2010 Offerings

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2010 – International CES, Booth 11006-10506 – Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced two unique applications to its digital picture frame line that expand functionality and provide dealers with new profit opportunities.

The Décor Series will match any décor right out of the box because consumers can "Build Their Own Frame!" It's designed with a removable wood frame that can be easily replaced with nearly any 8x10 inch standard photo frame. The Company conducted testing and found that the majority (roughly 85%) of standard 8x10 ready-made frames are compatible. The "Virtual Matting" concept allows consumers to either digitally customize the photo mat using pre-selected options right in the frame, or the ability to use any personal photo to create custom matting. The Décor Series should also make a great gift item, since worrying about matching a specific décor is no longer part of the equation.

The eight-inch, Décor Series, DPF8100 digital photo frame, utilizes a LCD display and comes with a unique adapter plate, built from strong molded plastic material that allows consumers to easily install virtually any 8x10 picture or metal sectional frame. The adapter contains an innovative auto catch-lock mechanism that will lock the two pieces together without the use of any tools and includes the necessary hardware. The DPF features high-resolution (Digital 800x600), a 4x3 aspect ratio, automatic video & slideshow creation via Muvee Reveal software, and includes a built-in clock and calendar, USB and a remote control. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): $129.99.

The other model in the Décor line is the DPF8300, an eight-inch digital picture frame with Virtual Matting capabilities that will provide consumers with infinite color, texture and image options. The DPF features high-resolution (Digital 800x600), 4x3 aspect ratio, and includes a built-in clock and calendar, USB and a remote control. MSRP: $129.99.

The Celebration Series is just what the name implies. These digital picture frames are not frames at all, but portable photo albums that bring pictures to life. Featuring leather covers, these frames look more like elegant books than photo frames. They have been designed to celebrate special moments like a wedding or birth, graduation or retirement. There's even a model that includes an embossed cover noting the occasion. The book-clasp doubles as a stand and the built-in rechargeable battery supports more than one hour of playing time.

"These two product lines bring true flexibility to digital photo frames. The Décor series allows consumers to change the frames and customize with Virtual Matting as tastes change without having to buy new electronics. The Celebration Series lets consumers remember the important dates in life by turning a DPF into a portable photo album. These new lines will illustrate how Audiovox, through innovative product development, give dealers another profit opportunity in the DPF market," said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronics Corporation.

The seven-inch, Celebration Series, DPF7407 photo frame utilizes a TFT LCD display and comes in black or white with an embossed cover. The DPF features high-resolution (Digital 480x234), a 16x9 aspect ratio, automatic video & slideshow creation via Muvee Reveal, and includes a built-in clock and calendar, USB and a remote control. MSRP: $129.99.

"And these lines are not just a pretty face. The models have full compatibility for your entire media card needs (SD/MMC/MS/MS pro), internal memory of 128MB and will support JPEG, MJPEG to playback videos, photos, or music. Even without the unique frame concepts they are quality offerings for consumers," said Malone.

Other models in the Celebration Series include the DPF7404 4.3-inch digital picture frame design dedicated to special occasions. The unit features automatic video and slide show creation via Muvee Reveal software, and a built-in battery with more than one hour of playback and built-in speakers.

For the latest news on our consumer products from Audiovox, visit www.audiovoxconsumer.com.