JVC announced two MirrorLink enabled Multimedia Car Receivers that work with Android and Symbian smartphones. MirrorLink technology enables the driver seamless integrated control right from their dashboard by syncing operation with Samsung’s Galaxy S III Android Smartphone and Samsung Drive Link Application or Nokia Symbian phones utilizing their Car Mode Application. This car-connectivity standard duplicates the phone/app display screens onto the head unit’s monitor and allows the user to access their phone apps that have been optimized for in-car use, creating a safer and more streamlined driving experience. The technology provides a user-friendly gateway to access apps for music playback, car navigation, and hands-free telephone communication.
The new KW-NSX600 and KW-NSX700 will join existing model KW-NSX1 that was released this past December. For 2013, Bluetooth connectivity is built-in to MirrorLink receivers for a safer and more in-sync driving experience. An on-screen voice command button allows for voice dialing activation with the ability to automatically detect smart phone voice recognition. In addition, manual echo cancellation and microphone level adjustments provide the user with more control over variable situations. Android devices will also be able to control Pandora Internet Radio through wireless commands such as play/pause, fast forward, rewind, etc. Similarly, Bluetooth connectivity with all Bluetooth supported models will allow for simple pairing of up to five compatible devices, voice dialing and audio streaming with play/pause, fast forward, and rewind features.
The KW-NSX700 MirrorLink enabled receiver features a 7-inch WVGA motorized widescreen touch panel display while the KW-NSX600 features a 6.1-inch WVGA screen. Both units include built-in Bluetooth wireless technology including phonebook transfer, hands-free, audio streaming, voice recognition dialing and alphabetical search for phonebook. The receivers also include a 1A current capable USB power supply with drive-change mode for smartphones as well as dual play features. Both units are WAV/MP3/WMA compatible, and feature a 3-band parametric iEQ, MOS-FET 50 watts x 4, three sets of 4V pre-outs, line input terminals, and are steering wheel remote control ready.
The KW-NSX1 receiver includes DVD/CD/USB capabilities and features a fully detachable 6.1-inch WVGA, display, a 1A power supply USB port including drive change mode, and compatibility with App-Link Mode for iPhone connection. The unit also features MOS-FET 50 watts x 4, Front/Rear/Subwoofer 4 Volt Line Outputs, and is WAV/MP3/WMA compatible.
Available now in the Samsung App as well as the Nokia Store, key features of the Drive Link and Car Mode MirrorLink applications enable the user to easily access playback and control of music and music apps, voice-calling functions, car navigation and various Google location options such as Maps and Street View.
The Samsung Car Mode application, “Drive Link,” groups individual apps into three easily accessible categories –“Music”, “Location”, and “Phone.” Selecting a particular category places car navigation, entertainment and hands-free phone communication quickly within reach. Similarly, the Nokia “Car Mode with MirrorLink” applications are grouped in three categories –“Call”, “Drive”, and “Music.”
Both the KW-NSX700 and KW-NSX600 include Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), an industry standard for a mobile audio/video interface for directly connecting mobile phones and other portable consumer electronics (CE) devices in-dash vehicle receivers and in-home CE display devices. The MHL standard features a Micro-USB cable to support – high-definition (HD) video and digital audio while simultaneously charging the connected device. Each is enabled for video playback from cell phones.
Price and Availability
- JVC KW-NSX700 → $699.95 (January 2013)
- JVC KW-NSX600 → $649.95 (March 2013)
- JVC KW-NSX1 → $599.95 (Available now, released December 2012)