JVC is making it easier to hook-up an iPod to a flat-panel TV with new sets that contain a dock for the popular music player.
The four new models feature the dock at the base of the set and will display an iPod control menu when a device is connected. Through the menu users can use the TV's remote control to call up songs, music shuffle or videos. The remote control has a circular keypad with a control scheme that mimics the iPod's control wheel. The set can also display photos or regular TV during music playback.
Two of the sets, the 32-inch and 42-inch screen-size models, will be available from March with a 47-inch model available in April and a 52-inch model available in the middle of 2008, JVC said. Pricing for the TV sets was not announced.
The new TVs are among a range of new products JVC is launching at CES that include docks for the iPod.
The PN7 is an iPod docking station that can accept two iPods. Sitting side-by-side in the dock the iPods can be simultaneously charged while music can be selected from either device and played back through the built-in speaker system. There's also an AM/FM tuner and an analog audio input for connecting other audio sources for playback. The PN7 will be launched in April and will cost US$150.
JVC also announced two new mini systems and a micro stereo-system that includes an iPod dock.
The MX-KC68 system has a 400-watt speaker system with subwoofer while the MX-KC38 has a 220-watt speaker system. The former of the two will be available in March for US$200 and the latter will be launched a month later for US$180. The UX-GP5 is a three-piece micro system that has a flip-down iPod dock that is normally concealed when not in use. The system will be launched in March and will cost US$150.