Whether you’re headed to Daytona Beach for spring break or to Yellowstone National Park for a family vacation, there’s usually someone complaining of boredom. If this sounds familiar, Sony Electronics’ expanded line of in-car TFT screens and DVD changers could be a picture-perfect solution.
For less than $1,000, road trippers can enjoy their favorite DVDs on Sony’s motorized overhead TFT display (XVM-R75) or 5.8-inch flush-mount monitor (XVM-H6). When passengers are finished viewing one DVD, Sony’s DVX-100 10-disc DVD changer allows them to quickly change from DVD to CD and back again. “Sony has been an innovator in the home and portable DVD categories, so bringing the same quality, technology and experience to the car is a natural progression,” said Steve Haber, vice president of marketing for mobile electronics at Sony Electronics. “With our expanded TFT and DVD lineup, passengers can now enjoy the same movies and entertainment in the car as they do in their living rooms.”
Sony’s 2002 TFT and DVD lineup offers a variety of options to entertain front and rear seat passengers. Three new TFT monitors provide the option to view DVDs from the car ceiling, the dash and the seat back.
Overhead Drop Down Display (XVM-R75)
The XVM-R75 overhead monitor is perfect for larger cars and mini-vans. A motorized 7-inch TFT screen allows passengers to adjust the angle for optimal viewing and hides away when not in use. The XVM-R75 is also equipped with an infrared transmitter and receiver to use with Sony cordless headphones and a wireless Remote Commander® control, so back seat passengers can enjoy their favorite movie without distracting the driver. Available in April, the XVM-R75 will sell for approximately $900.
In addition, Sony is offering six universal, console models for mounting the XVM-R75 overhead monitor. Consoles will be available in gray, tan and dark gray to complement the interior of any vehicle. A series of OEM replacement consoles will also be available. Pricing for the consoles has yet to be determined.
1 DIN A/V Center (XAV-7W)
The 1 DIN A/V in-dash display XAV-7W has a flip-out, adjustable, motorized seven-inch TFT screen that provides front-seat passengers viewing capabilities of on-screen graphics for system information right from the head unit. When the vehicle is parked, widescreen movies can be played on the display. Other features include an AM/FM tuner with 45 Watts of power, CD and MD changer controls and an optional TV tuner module. The A/V center is also XM-ready and will be available in March for about $1,000.
5.8 Inch Flush Monitor (XVM-H6)
Sony’s new 5.8-inch flush mount monitor is designed to fit into the back of almost any headrest with simple mounting. It features a 5.8-inch TFT screen that allows viewers to enjoy the movie without having to sit directly in front of the screen. The monitor will be available in April and is expected to sell for about $500.
DVX-100 DVD Changer
Passengers are less likely to be bored when any of their new LCD monitors and other car A/V components are combined with Sony’s DVD changer (DVX-100). The model offers playback and storage in the car for 10 DVDs and/or CDs, including CD-R/RW discs. Its RF modulator allows the changer to be added to any car audio system that has an FM tuner.
The DVD changer also offers the option of using a wired or wireless remote, allowing users to shuffle between DVDs and CDs. The unit has pre-amplifier outputs for auxiliary input use and for safety purposes it has two video outputs. The front output automatically disengages when the car is in motion to avoid driver distraction. The DVX-100 is currently available for about $1,000.