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Panasonic CQ-RX400UAt CES 2008, Wayne Cunningham takes a look at the CQ-RX400U, a cd receiver from Panasonic.
[ music ] ^M00:00:04 [ background music ] >> Hi, I'm Wayne Cunningham, senior editor at CNET Car Tech. And I'm at 2008 CES, sitting in our Car Tech testing lab. And Panasonic has come over and installed a new CD receiver they have. This is the Panasonic CQRX400U. The U stands for this USB port here, which is right in the front of the unit. Now that can handle a USB thumb drive with songs on it, and it'll play those just from the USB thumb drive. But it'll also handle an iPod. This has built-in iPod integration right through the same port that you plug in your thumb drive. This is now reading the iPod. Suddenly the iPod screen changes to a connected screen, and you can't actually control the iPod any more. All the control is now through the head unit here. You can pick songs here, you can see which songs are playing, you can choose play lists, you can choose genres, all that sort of thing. That's all via the head unit here, and you can just kind of put this guy aside here. And it'll charge up while that's, while that's hooked up here. Now on our iPod here we don't actually have any songs on it right now, so pull this guy out. And we can go through our sources here. Push the source button, we go to auxiliary. This actually has a little auxiliary in the front here, so if you just have a simple, any kind of MP3 player with a, just an outlet, mini jack outlet, you can plug that into the AUX here, and you can play your music from the right, straight through your car stereo unit. You want to hit source again, we go to the radio. This actually can take satellite radio, they've got modules for satellite radio from XM or Sirius. So you've got your choice of that, and standard AM FM of course. And then we go to the final thing, the CD player. Of course it's got a single slot CD player. This plays standard CDs, MP3 CDs, WMA and AAC. Right now we've got an MP3 CD in here. You can set the display for different kinds of things, so I can move it to the file name, the folder, name, and I can scroll through the folders with these two buttons up top. We can scroll up or down one folder at a time. So you've got pretty good flexibility of navigating your MP3 discs. What really makes this nice is the price is really good. And you know, if you want to iPod your car, this is you know, a simple quick way to do it. You can get, you can get a single unit installed in your car. [ background music ] So that's the Panasonic CQRX400U. I'm Wayne Cunningham for CNET Car Tech at CES 2008. ^M00:02:24 [ music ]