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CLARION now features SIRIUS direct connect on select mobile multimedia models


Cypress, Calif. – Clarion Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, announces that two of their key mobile multimedia source units now offer SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) direct connection.

Clarion’s MAX385VD double DIN multimedia center offers SIRIUS direct connect where no black box or adapter cable is required. Simply plug in the SIRIUS tuner (SCC1) into these Clarion source units and you’re good to go. The MAX385VD boasts a 6.5 inch monitor with touch panel control, MP3/ WMA playback, iPod audio control and iPod video playback with Clarion’s USB iPod cable (CUIPOD1).

The MAX385VD’s sleek 2-DIN design also features rear AUX input and 6 channel 2 volt RCA output to round off its already awesome system capabilities.

“We are very exicted to introduce this new feature in 2008,” says Ralf Engelbrecht, Senior Vice President of Retail Sales at Clarion Corporation of America. “The new Sirius direct connect feature increases the value of our products to customers by eliminating the need for for a translator box.”

The VRX485VD 1-DIN AV Center has stylish cosmetics with intuitive user-friendly controls. It features a 7 inch flip-out monitor with touch panel control, MP3/ WMA and DivX video playback. It is iPod audio and video ready with Clarion’s CUIPOD1 cable. The SIRIUS direct connect feature is achieved by simply connecting the SIRIUS SCC1 tuner and antenna with no additional cables or translator boxes required. It is that easy.

The MAX385VD and VRX485VD are both full-featured multimedia source units with similar cosmetic styling and comparable pricing, but the determining factor is single or double DIN preference.

A February 2008 consumer launch is planned for both the Clarion MAX385VD and VRX485VD multimedia systems.

Product features include:

MAX385VD (MSRP $599.99)

* 2DIN AV Center

* 6.5” Auto Sloping Motorized Touch Panel Control with Tilt Angle Adjustment

* MP3/WMA Playback

* SIRIUS Direct Connect

* iPod Audio Control/Video Playback (Via optional CCUIPOD1)

* Rear AUX Input

* 1-A/V Input

* CCD Camera RCA Input

* 45w x 4 Built-In Amplifier

* 6ch/2V RCA Output

VRX485VD (MSRP $599.99)

* 1DIN AV Center

* 7” Flip-Out Monitor with Touch Panel Control

* MP3/WMA Playback

* SIRIUS Direct Connect

* iPod Audio Control/Video Playback (Via optional CCUIPOD1)

* Rear AUX Input

* 1-A/V Input

* 45w x 4 Built In Amplifier (TBD)

* 6ch/2V RCA Output

About Clarion:

Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Co. Ltd., which joined the Hitachi-group companies as a consolidated subsidiary in 2006. Clarion Corporation of America ranks among the top 150 North American OEM Suppliers and is recognized by an independent research firm for the highest customer satisfaction for 6CD radios in new vehicle’s sold in the U.S. Clarion, an international leader in mobile electronics since 1940, conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, rear vision, communications and security products for the automotive, marine and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 10,000 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at

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SIRIUS, “The Best Radio on Radio,” delivers more than 130 channels of the best programming in all of radio. SIRIUS is the original and only home of 100% commercial free music channels in satellite radio, offering 69 music channels. SIRIUS also delivers 65 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NASCAR and NBA, and broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA, as well as live NASCAR races. All SIRIUS programming is available for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95.

SIRIUS Internet Radio (SIR) is a CD-quality, Internet-only version of the SIRIUS radio service, without the use of a radio, for the monthly subscription fee of $12.95. SIR delivers more than 80 channels of talk, entertainment, sports, and 100% commercial free music.

SIRIUS Backseat TV™ is the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring three channels of children’s TV programming, including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, for the subscription fee of $6.99 plus applicable audio subscription fee.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in more than 20,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, RadioShack and at

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