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  1. CES 2009 - Focal Optical Input Amp

    by , 01-11-2009 at 06:24 PM

    We found two amplifiers here at CES that take an optical input. They both are very expensive but for audiophiles you can’t put a price tag on good sound. Here is Focal’s version.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:36 PM by optikalefx

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  2. CES 2009 - Giantec Single Din Car Computer

    by , 01-11-2009 at 11:58 AM

    A different version of Giantec’s hardware was also in the Intel booth. We take a closer look at this version and the double din version as well. The double din in a video coming soon.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:37 PM by optikalefx

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  3. CES 2009 - Interview with Xenarc

    by , 01-10-2009 at 12:37 PM

    We sit down with Xenarc to find out what happened in 2008 and what the future holds for 2009. Like other large companies, Xenarc has decided to opt out of buying a booth this year.

    Transcript of the interview is online here:

    Rob Wray: Hi, my name is Rob with MP3 Car. We’re here at CES 2009, and I’m sitting down with Jason Huang from Xenarc. We’re talking about new products, things that happened last year, things that are happening next year. So you’ve got a couple of new monitors coming out. You’ve got an 8” and a 10”. Give us some details about what’s happening.

    Jason Huang: Sure. Anyone who’s familiar with our 706 TSA, it’s a DVI 7” screen with a separate input box. We’re launching an 8” and a 10.2 that basically implements the same technologies, so you’re going to have separate input boxes and you’re going to have the DVI input along with your VGA composite video and USB. All on a separate input box.

    Rob Wray: We’re hoping to get both of those samples in February sometime where we can do some more video and writing about how will they compare to previous models, and things like that.

    Jason Huang: I’ve seen them firsthand, and the picture quality on these monitors are significantly better than the previous generation monitors.

    Rob Wray: That’s great. Yeah.

    Jason Huang: And we’ll still be offering those other monitors as well, so those will still be available. This is an addition to our line.

    Rob Wray: How much of a price increase do you expect over the newer?

    Jason Huang: Well, what we’re actually looking to do is a slight price increase over what you’re currently paying for those size screens, and then there’s going to be a slight price reduction actually in the current line, and that’s going to be helpful for everybody.

    Rob Wray: Oh, that’s great. So I’ve heard a bunch of things about orders being slow for you guys in the middle of the summer. You’ve got some factory things. What’s happening?

    Jason Huang: Yeah. Business was good but in terms of turnaround and getting product out the door, we had a factory go down in Asia that does the assembly for like three different models of our screens.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: And that held us up really bad.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: We were backordered for about three to four months.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: So now we’re back up and running. We’ve got all the parts in the new factory, and we’re at 100% right now.

    Rob Wray: Lots of new stuff on the way it sounds like, too.

    Jason Huang: Yeah. Definitely.

    Rob Wray: Alright, well thanks a lot for taking the time to chat with us today.

    Jason Huang: Thank you.

    [End of Audio]

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:40 PM by optikalefx

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  4. CES 2009 - Capacitive touch screens

    by , 01-10-2009 at 12:32 PM

    We take a quick look at when we might be able to get 7” capacitive touch screens in our cars.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:41 PM by optikalefx

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  5. CES 2009 - What’s new at Azentek

    by , 01-10-2009 at 12:30 PM

    After 2-3 years of never shipping the Azentek Atlas, Azentek is taking a more conservative approach to launching product. They were planning on showing their single din car computer here at CES, but have decided to hold off until it becomes available for sale. Azentek also got car computing some exposure on good morning America.

    Check out our video for more details.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:42 PM by optikalefx

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