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Sony brings digital audio to the high seas

Sony launches the CDX-HS70MW marine head unit at SEMA 2006

You know when you're in your boat, and you want to listen to MP3s without the ocean spray interfering with the electronics of your built-in, seafaring audio system?

What's that? You don't have a boat? Well, when you get one, the first thing that you'll want to install is Sony's CDX-HS70MW waterproof head unit. We know it's waterproof because we spent a good deal of time today at the 2006 SEMA show here in Las Vegas squirting water at the unit, courtesy of a demonstration exhibit at the Sony booth.

The CDX-HS70MW is the latest in Sony's oceangoing-stereo lineup, and it follows on the heels of the company's line of Marine head units, amps, and speakers. As well as being able to weather a tempest and remain unscathed, the unit supports MP3-encoded discs, is prewired for satellite radio inputs and iPods, has a 52Wx4 output, and is resistant to UV rays and salt exposure. Perfect for streaming audio, surfing channels, and docking an iPod--just watch out for pirate radio stations.

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