CES: JVC pumps up sounds with Kaboom! boombox, sleek soundbars

Summary:LAS VEGAS -- JVC is updating its original 1998 boombox for modern times and trotting out a pair of new sleek soundbar systems at CES 2011 this week.

CES 2011

LAS VEGAS -- JVC is updating its original 1998 boombox for modern times and trotting out a pair of new sleek soundbar systems at CES 2011 this week. Starting with the Kaboom! (pictured above), this sound system retains a retro touch of style while getting some of the latest technology involved. Kaboom! uses 40 watts of power and sports multiple connectity options consising of an iPod/iPhone dock (hidden under a sealed door to prevent damage), a USB plug for other MP3 players, and AC/DC ports. For "old school" listening, there's an FM radio and a CD player.

A boombox wouldn't be a boombox without a portability option, thus there is an included shoulder strap plus a remote control for use everywhere. Kaboom! will be explode onto the retail markets this spring for $349.95.

JVC is also trotting out a pair of sleek soundbars with SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume 6.1-channel technology. The entry level of the two is the 60-watt, two-channel SRS StudioSound HD front surround TH-BC1 soundbar. Along with a built-in FM tuner, users can get audio using the analog input, dual digital audio inputs (optical and coaxial), and a subwoofer pre-out.

The TH-BC3 steps it up a bit with HDMI 1.4, a push-open 30-pin dock, 3D-ready video pass through, and composite video output for enjoying movies via iPod/iPhone.

The TH-BC1 will debut first this month for $149.95, and the TH-BC3 will follow in February for $249.95.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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