OXNARD, CA – Smartphone integration is a concept many mobile electronics companies tout, but how it’s accomplished varies widely, especially with the iPhone. For instance, many products require the user to continuously plug an iPhone into a cable and place it in a hidden location, such as the glove box or center console. Not only is this cumbersome, but the user may forget the phone when he or she leaves the vehicle: Out of sight, out of mind.
During the Consumer Electronics Show, Boss Audio introduced a different idea. The 810DBI is a single-DIN head unit that comes with a detachable cradle for the iPhone. The 810DBI makes the driver’s iPhone—which is, in most cases, the main source for entertainment—the star.
Rather than treat the phone as an accessory, the 810DBI makes the iPhone an integral part of the audio system. The driver simply plugs the iPhone into the dock in a landscape configuration, and all of the phone’s installed music and video, as well as internet streaming applications, are at the driver’s fingertips.
“With the design of the 810DBI, we were looking for a practical solution that wasn’t just about accessing an iPhone’s features, but also about making it easy for the driver,” said Doug Kern, executive director of sales and marketing. “Our innovative dock puts the iPhone right where most drivers want it, securely connected to the audio system without any loose wires or cables.”
At the heart of the 810DBI is a control module that is interchangeable with the iPhone cradle. When installed, the module enables playback of AM/FM radio with 30 presets (18 FM, 12 AM) as well as a front-mounted auxiliary port and a full-size USB connector. The central display shows station information plus settings for the unit’s built-in equalizer. A release button allows the control module to slide out, and the iPhone cradle to snap in.
The 810DBI comes with a cradle that fits iPhone 4 and 4S (3G/3GS cradle can be ordered separately), charging the phone while playing its content though a built-in, 4-channel amplifier rated at 80 watts max. It includes a set of RCA audio outputs in addition to a composite (RCA) video output to connect a separate monitor and/or power amplifier. Power, volume and mute work in both modes through the buttons to the side of the detachable section or through the included infrared remote control.
Also featured in the 810DBI is the ability to stream music via Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP). This can be done from any phone that has Bluetooth streaming capability.
The head unit features a matte black finish with blue illumination, and ergonomically designed buttons for ease of operation while driving. The 810DBI sells for $229, not including installation.
For more information on the 810DBI or any of Boss Audio’s products, visit www.bossaudio.com.
SOURCE: Boss Audio