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Audiovox Product Allows Both Blue-ray and Regular DVDs for Your Car - 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

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January 7, 2011

"There are more than 1,600 Blu-ray titles available in the United States...and Blu-ray content will continue to grow every year," said Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics. In the meantime, we're all driving around with old-school DVD players in our cars and minivans.

Instead of buying the same movie on Blu-ray for the home and the dear, quaint DVD for the car, there is an alternative: the Audiovox AVDBR1, the first-ever automotive Blu-ray disc player. It fits under the seat, or could go in the trunk, and connects to any rear-seat entertainment system via its HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface), composite or component outputs. The unit is powered by a connector to a 12-volt accessory socket and can be controlled by a remote. There's even a little blue light by the disc slot.

"We developed the AVDBR1 in response to the consumer preference for Blu-ray discs in their home entertainment systems," said Malone. "This mobile solution will allow them to maintain a single video collection that works both in the vehicle and at home." It goes on sale in the spring and Audiovox is already planning an upgrade to Wi-fi capability for media streaming. MSRP is $349.99. The AVDBR1 has already been honored for its innovation at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, accompanied by another plaudit for its multi-view back-up camera with pedestrian detection. For more information, visit the Audiovox website.

author photoCOLIN RYAN has driven hundreds of cars thousands of miles while writing for BBC Top Gear magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Los Angeles Times, European Car, Import Tuner and many other publications, websites, TV shows, etc.

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