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Creative X-Fi to Go into Your Automobile

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JC Hyun Systems has developed the world’s first automobile infotainment system using Creative’s highly popular Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) technology to enhance the overall in-car/truck audio experience for the user.

The RUNZ CI-7100 features the MMSP2 MPEG video hardware engine, SiRF III GPS chipset and Creative’s X-Fi audio processor all backed by an Intel Dual-core 360/300 MHz processor. The user interface features an intuitive 7-inch digital LCD touch screen capable of displaying 800 x 480 pixels resolution which provides a large and clear display of interface controls, images and video playback.

Audio quality is digitally restored and improved using both Creative X-Fi Crystalizer and Creative X-Fi CMSS-3D processing. Additional features of the RUNZ CI-7100 include two AV in/out ports, USB 2.0, SD memory card interfaces and Bluetooth 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate(EDR) support.

Quoting Senior Sales Director of JC Hyun Systems :

“I believe all motorists seek to enjoy music and videos of the highest quality when traveling in their cars. They expect the same high standards of entertainment experience they enjoy at home, something which most car audio or car infotainment systems in the market have been unable to match so far. By integrating the state-of-the-art Creative X-Fi audio technology to the RUNZ CI-7100, I am confident that we can propel car infotainment enjoyment to the next level and set the standard for next generation systems to come in the near future.”

The use of Creative’s Crystalizer and CMSS-3D technology restores vibrancy typically lost in compressed music and movies. All highs and lows in the frequency spectrum are also intelligently enhanced to ensure that users hear everything in the best possible quality. CMSS-3D technology expands stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multi-channel speaker systems within the vehicle adding a much more immersive experience for the passengers.

The RUNZ CI-7100 Infotainment System is currently available in Singapore through its authorized dealer, Navigator Systems Pte Ltd at a suggested retail price of $1,999.00 which is roughly US$1300.00. As of current there is no word on where, where, or even IF the RUNZ CI-7100 will be available in North America.

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    liemfukliang , February 23, 2009 11:16 PM
    Come on Creative, where is the X-Fi 2 with state of the art feature for sound card?
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    Blessedman , February 23, 2009 11:43 PM
    So after you pause a song do you have reset the system to get it work again? How often do you have to take it back to the dealership to have the latest beta drivers installed? Creative Labs is one of the worst companies out there when it comes to supporting a product.
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    Evil_Overlord , February 24, 2009 12:51 AM
    A Creative X-Fi component hooked up to an internal amplifier that features 10% THD? That's awful!
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    hellscook , February 24, 2009 8:09 AM
    Maybe the drivers will come from Auzen.
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    Parrdacc , February 24, 2009 12:39 PM
    I used to love Creative's products, ever since the old 486 days, especially when EAX first came out, however their support, among other things, has drastically declined over the years. Seems they are more flash then anything else now a days or it takes forever just to get their stuff to work right and then it only seems to work in certain circumstances. At least that's been my exp.
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    waffle911 , February 24, 2009 12:53 PM
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    I believe all motorists seek to enjoy music and videos of the highest quality when traveling in their cars.

    I certainly hope not. The "motorist" (read, driver) should not be attempting to enjoy video content unless the car is parked, ergo, not whilst traveling, in the literal sense.
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    Parrdacc , February 24, 2009 1:07 PM
    "I certainly hope not. The "motorist" (read, driver) should not be attempting to enjoy video content unless the car is parked, ergo, not whilst traveling, in the literal sense."

    Good news. They don't, or I hope not. Basically the driver and the front passenger are incapable of watching any video. The way those LCD display are setup, the ones that can do video, there are a one or two wires, one goes to the ignition and the other to the emergency brake. The video will not play unless the ignition switch is turned to the proper position and the emergency brake is engaged. The ones you probably see are the ones in all the vans and SUV's in which it is for the backseat passengers only. Okay, Okay! Before anyone says anything, yes for the driver and front passenger, you can bypass the ignition and emergency brake safety feature so can watch video regardless, I am just saying that is not how they are installed at a dealer.
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    manquelm , February 24, 2009 3:30 PM
    To Evil_Overlord:
    10% THD is not bad for a Car audio system at 45W max... In this type of systems the power amplifier sacrifices some quality in order to obtain the max available power, but at average power the THD should be less than 0.5 . But spects don't publish that info.
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2009 7:22 PM
    George Orville
    This seems rather pointless.
    1. The iPod touch is an easy to use, touch screen audio player
    2. it is illegal to watch DVD's while driving - why put DVD capability
    into our cars?
    3. Since the iPod touch already could do most of what this system is
    proposing... why pay $1,300.

    Perhaps someone should make/design an in-dash unit which docks the iPod touch/iPhone. An in-dash unit with built-in amplifier and charger would not require any additional software or firmware, other than what currently exists. Also, this same unit could combine Bluetooth for iPhone users.

    Am I just crazy? Or is that simply too sensible of an idea?