The Best of the Best in Mobile Home Theater. These are the newest receivers from the most popular manufacturers of car stereo systems. Most models are available now and others will be available soon.
Alpine offers the IVA-W505 Multimedia Station, an AV control center for multiple media sources and formats, including DVD-Video/Audio, XM or Sirius Satellite Radio, HD Radio with multicasting, Bluetooth devices, portable or fixed navigation systems, MP3/WMA players and mass storage devices via USB connection. The IVA-W505 also features iTunes Tagging when an HD Radio Tuner is connected. When users hear a song they like from an HD Radio station, the song can be stored and optionally transferred to an iPod after preview and purchase. The IVA-W505 has a 7-inch WVGA touch-screen monitor with two display options, 'Professional and Stylish', which determines how much information is displayed. The IVA-W505 will be $1,100, available April, 2008.
Kenwood's Excelon DNX-8120 is their newest Multimedia DVD receiver, featuring a new customizable Graphic User Interface (GUI), new cosmetics, built-in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel decoders, Bluetooth wireless using Parrot technology and a built-in Garmin navigation system. The DNX-8120 uses internal flash memory for storing navigation software so there is no need to swap map discs. Optional devices, such as HD Radio and Satellite Radio tuners can be added and the receiver includes two switches for controlling garage doors, security gates or home lighting systems. The DNX-8120 is also XM Traffic/Weather Ready for real-time updates when used with an optional XM module. The DNX-8120 will be available in March, 2008 for $1,600.
Pioneer's AVH-P7800DVD In-Dash Multimedia AV Receiver features a 7-inch WVGA display (480p resolution), a multichannel audio processor with DVD-Audio playback capability and will play CDs, DVDs and MP3, WMA, AAC, JPEG photo and DivX discs. The AVH-P7800DVD is Pioneer's first 6.1 channel receiver compatible with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX programs. The receiver has built-in Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free cell phone use with enabled phones, and is iPod Ready with an enhanced touch-panel interface. A rear-view safety camera can also be added. The receiver's 96/24 digital to analog converters are accompanied by eight MOSFET amplifiers each with 50-watts of output. The AVH-P7800DVD has a suggested retail price of $2,200.