Sharp Electronics have launched two iPod docking stereos.
The DK-A1H and the DK-A10H include AM/FM radio with RDS and the ability to play a wide variety of digital formats while the DK-A10H model also has a built-in CD-player.
Both models offer two-way bass reflex speakers with built-in subwoofers and E-Sound technology with a digital signal processor (DSP) which enhances the sound quality of the highly compressed audio files and claims to generate a dynamic 3D surround sound.
The technology also expands the sound frequencies, increasing the sound pressure level which enables the highly compressed audio files to achieve the necessary tone differences for a clear sound. The electronic 6-step equaliser customises the sound to the music genre ensuring that all tunes are played at an optimum level, whether rock, jazz or classical.
iPods are charged when connected to the station, and the iPod display is clearly visible while music is playing. The docking stations feature a dot matrix display using fluorescent technology to ensure that functionality information is clearly legible from a distance.
Users who do not want to select their songs from the iPod or from the operating controls on the docking station, can use the miniature remote control which matches the sleek, rounded design of the stereo.
The line-in function at the back of the stereo allows users to connect other MP3 devices to the station, while the AUX input and video output enables connection to other home entertainment devices such as TVs, DVD-Player or notebooks, allowing the user to view iPod images and video content on television screens, transforming the system into a home cinema station.
In addition to the iPod AAC-files, both models are able to recognise CDA MP3 and WMA format. The DK-A10H model is also capable of playing both standard CDs and rewritable CD-RWs.
Both models are available with either pure white or piano lacquer-black finishes.
£150 and £200, available in June.