Pioneer develops in-car entertainment system for Isuzu Rodeo LE Sport

22 Jul 2008

Isuzu Rodeo LE
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It's press day at the British Motor Show in London's Docklands, and specialist hi-fi and AV companies are tripping over themselves to develop ever-more sophisticated in-car entertainment systems.

Our sleuths are at the show tracking down all the latest in-car developments, so keep checking the site for news updates.

We've already brought you an online review of the Bowers and Wilkins system in the new Jaguar XF, and now it's Pioneer's turn – the company has created the in-car music and DVD system for the Isuzu Rodeo LE Sport pick-up shown here.

The system is built around Pioneer's latest voice-command hard disk drive, touch-screen entertainment unit and is linked to a high-end Pioneer amp and Kevlar speaker cones, while the cabin is lined with acoustic Dynamat insulation to reduce noise from outside.

A 10GB hard disk drive can be used for recording music from CDs, and DVDs can be played on the system's 7in screen. What's more, owners also get a 3D sat-nav system, speed camera detection, Bluetooth connectivity and a reversing camera.

Isuzu is not the only car manufacturer to turn to a specialist AV company to tune its in-car systems. Audi now uses Bang & Olufsen, Lexus has teamed up with Mark Levinson, Volkswagen with Dynaudio, Chrysler uses Boston Acoustics and Mercedes super-luxury brand Maybach works with Bose.

We've tested many of these in-car systems in the new Ultimate Guide to High-End Entertainment, which goes on sale August 31st, so keep your eyes peeled for a copy if you want to find out more.

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