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You might call it a Clarion call. A slew of announcements from this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas make it clear that car audio maker Clarion is focusing plenty of attention on Apple’s iPod. The iPod figures heavily into Clarion’s auto stereo line for 2006, with options starting at $229.99.

The VRX765VD is a new in-dash DVD multimedia system for automobiles. The single DIN-sized device features a motorized flip-out seven-inch touch screen, 200 watts of power, and a three-band parametric equalizer. It plays DVD Video, CD audio and Video CD, as well as a host of other formats, including MP3-encoded CDs. It can also connect to an iPod, and features an improved iPod interface over previous Clarion head units. Coming in February, the VRX765VD will cost $1,099.99.

The MAX675VD is another system for automobiles that’s set in a double DIN chassis. It likewise features a seven-inch LCD panel. It’s satellite radio-ready and navigation ready through Clarion’s CeNET Navigation system. Like the VRX765VD, it features improved iPod navigation. It’s coming in mid-2006.

The two-din DFZ675MC features a front-panel Secure Digital (SD) card slot and Clarion’s own digital music recorder. It plays CDs, can play MP3 and WMA audio, and has a high-contrast LCD. Through its CeNET control, users can interface with satellite radio or listen to their iPods. It’s coming this Spring and will cost $549.99.

iPod support is also available in Clarion’s 2006 line of DXZ multimedia head units, which range in price from $229.99 to $649.99 depending on features.

Clarion’s Web site was not updated with information about the new units as Playlist posted this article.

For more on iPod accessories, please visit the Accessories Product Guide.

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