Back when we bestowed our appreciation on our favorite iPod accessories of 2008, we gave a special “best idea” award to Fusion’s CA-IP500 , the first car stereo that lets you dock your iPod inside the head unit—an obvious approach that, quite frankly, we're surprised no one took before now. At the time, we worded that award name carefully because the product wasn't yet available, so we hadn't had a chance to test it.

The CA-IP500 is now available and in this week's video, I give you a hands-on tour of the system.

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  • Format: MPEG-4/H.264
  • Resolution: 432 x 320 (iPhone & iPod compatible)
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  • Length: 6 minutes, 35 seconds

Show Notes

The CA-IP500's MSRP is $250 and it's currently available from Best Buy here in the US. Here are the specs I wasn't able to include in the video:

  • Class A amplifier, 50 Watts per channel maximum output (4 channels)
  • Two auxiliary inputs
  • Two pairs of pre-outs
  • Subwoofer output
  • Adjustable subwoofer crossover
  • Radio Data System (RDS) support
  • Twelve tuner presets
  • Eight equalizer presets and three user-programmable equalizer settings
  • SRS WOW audio processing
  • Compatible with all fifth-generation (5G), classic, and touch iPod models, as well as second-generation and newer iPod nanos

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