JVC announces app mirroring receivers for iPhone 5, MHL-based Androids

Today, JVC Mobile Entertainment released a slew of in-dash multimedia receivers to its car audio product line-up, two of which will support display mirroring for both iPhone 5 and MHL-based Android smartphones.

MHL (or Mobile High Definition Link) allows users of 7-inch KW-V50BT and the 6.1-inch KW-V30BT multimedia receivers to connect one of more than 120 compatible Android smartphones and devices to mirror and control apps on the dashboard via these receivers' HDMI connections. Likewise, users of Apple's iPhone 5 can also mirror and control their apps via the Apple Lightning Digital AV adapter (which you'll have … Read more

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it delivers a clear, highly articulate sound, with a wide stereo image, and it's the most comfortable budget headphone I've tried in years. Comfort is crucial, because even if a headphone is a top performer, but hurts your ears after a while, you're … Read more

JVC reveals flagship BlackSapphire SL series

While mostly known for its camcorders, JVC made a comeback in 2011 with a new range of televisions with the help of Taiwanese company Amtran. Its newest SL series looks suitably up-to-the-minute with a slimline look, impossibly thin bezels, and a unique half-pipe stand.

Apart from the stand, another unusual thing is that JVC's flagship stops at a 47-inch size, but Amtran representatives said larger models will be available at a future date.

The TV features an edge-lit LED arrangement with an "adaptive backlight" and is backed by a 120Hz processing engine.

The company went to great … Read more

JVC fixes up its Adixxion POV cam

JVC is back for round two with its Adixxion action cam.

The GC-AX2 takes the same form as its predecessor, the GC-AX1, and makes some needed improvements to stay competitive in the POV category.

With an 8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, the new model can record in 1080p at 60 frames per second as well as 720p at 120fps for slow-motion playback. It gets a new f2.4 lens with a 137-degree angle of view when recording at 1080p, 720p, or WVGA resolutions and 152 degrees at 960p and for photos. Also, a gyro sensor has been added to improve the … Read more

JVC enters action cam market with rugged Adixxion camcorder

People must really want to record a lot of first-person videos while being active because there seems to be a new "action camera" every day.

A couple days ago it was the Liquid Image Ego, before that was Pivothead, and, today, it's JVC's turn to join in on the, um, action, with the GC-XA1 Adixxion.

Without the need for an additional housing, the XA1 is waterproof to 16.4 feet, shockproof to 6.5 feet, dustproof, and freezeproof. It records MP4 video in HD at 1080p30 and 720p60 resolutions (WVGA is available, too) and 5-megapixel photos. … Read more

The 404 1,042: Where the Enterprise has landed (podcast)

Steve Sphere Guttenberg returns to close out the week and he's calling on all our listeners to submit and vote for their favorite speakers, sound bars, headphones, subwoofers, and other home theater products for the first ever Stevie Awards for Excellence in Audio. So far, my personal top pick, the Koss PortaPros, are leading the headphones category!

Steve also tells Jeff and me about the leaps in technology that blew his mind growing up, the most prolific of which happens to be a head-shaped JVC binaural recording device that he used as a wingman in bars around New York … Read more

CNET readers' favorite GPS devices (roundup)

Let's get one thing straight: this is not a dictatorship. You may have noticed that just below every bright red CNET editors' rating is a cool blue user rating. And just below every review is a place where you, dear user, can make yourself heard by writing a short, sweet user review! Sometimes the editors and the users agree, sometimes we butt heads, but both views are important to the big picture.

Nowhere are user reviews more important than in the GPS category. The core function of the device and the accuracy of its map data relies heavily on the geography and topography of the area where it's operated. A GPS navigator that performs perfectly near the CNET offices in San Francisco may not be as accurate in another city with more tall buildings blocking the sky. On the other hand, maps that aren't 100 percent accurate for our testing area may be perfect near you. That's why it's so important that we hear from our readers.

With that in mind, I've rounded up a selection of the portable navigation devices with the highest average user ratings. If you've got a favorite GPS navigator, pop over to our GPS reviews list and leave a rating! … Read more

2012 JVC receivers feature App Link for iPhone

LAS VEGAS--At CES 2012, JVC presented an upgraded version of its previous-generation Advanced External mode and renamed the connection "App Link mode."

Those looking to take advantage of iPhone and iPod Touch apps in their car can make use of App Link mode, found in the 2012 line of JVC car audio and video receivers, to display and control supported applications using the stereo's color touch screen. Okay, so JVC's not the first manufacturer to claim this functionality, but what strikes me as interesting is the selection of app partners announced as part of the initial … Read more

RIP standard-def camcorders

LAS VEGAS--Standard-definition camcorders should have died a while ago, but the manufacturers kept them around because they were still selling. That changed this week at CES when all the major manufacturers--Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, and Samsung--announced nothing but high-def models and confirmed there would be no more SD models coming in the future.

Now, I know some of you out there have or had SD camcorders that produced great video, but manufacturers stopped making high-quality SD models a long time ago when HD took over.… Read more

Use gestures to control this aftermarket car stereo

JVC will unveil an aftermarket car stereo at CES that you can control with hand gestures.

Audio systems with CD slots are already going the way of the dodo bird, and buttons could be next. JVC will be introducing a CD-less aftermarket head unit that integrates USB-connected iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android smartphones next year. … Read more