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Kensington unveils LiquidAUX iPod car audio accessories

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, January 7, 2008
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Kensington has introduced its new LiquidAUX line of car audio accessories for the iPod, as well as a new car charger for the iPhone and iPod. The new LiquidAUX line was designed to deliver clean audio from the iPhone or iPod to the auxiliary-in ports found on many cars and aftermarket stereos. Features of the line include an auxiliary port connector, a wireless remote control designed to clip onto the car’s steering wheel, and the ability to function as a car charger. The line includes the Kensington LiquidAUX for iPhone and iPod, which offers all the features listed above and will sell for $80, the Kensington LiquidAUX Deluxe, which adds an adjustable cradle with a flexible arm to the standard AUX’s feature set and which will sell for $100, and the Kensington LiquidAUX Bluetooth Car Kit, which features Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, a built-in microphone with noise and echo-canceling technology, imageand a USB charging port. It will also sell for $100. Finally, the company’s Car Charger Deluxe features an adjustable dock with a flexible arm and iPhone and iPod compatibility, and will sell for $50. Kensington’s LiquidAUX line and Car Charger Deluxe will soon be available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Kensington’s website, and are expected to begin shipping in March.

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1

Finally a Aux out for car/iphone.  A little expensive, and I don’t need a remote control though.  Hopefully some other people will come out with these soon.

Posted by CptanPanic on January 8, 2008 at 7:48 AM (PDT)

2

will you need to turn on airplane mode on the iphone with product?

Posted by laura on January 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

3

I have the same concern… is airplane mode required?  Meaning without airplane mode: excessive GSM noise during playback and therefore iPhone cannot accept calls.  This seems to be the case with all other gooseneck dock/charger/AUX offerings.

Posted by Gooch on April 16, 2008 at 1:04 PM (PDT)

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Hi,

I am a Product Manager at Kensington responsible for this specific product.

To answer the question regarding Airplane Mode and TDMA noise:

1.  You will not be prompted with a “nag” screen on your iPhone when connected to our device requesting to go into Airplane Mode, allowing you to continue receiving phone calls.  This is because our product has been certified as a Work With iPhone product from Apple.

2.  Because LiquidAUX is a certified Works With iPhone product, it meets the standards set by Apple regarding TDMA noise (GSM noise/buzz).

I hope this helps answer your questions.  I would be more than happy to field any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you.

Kevin Ngo

Posted by Kevin Ngo (Product Manager - Kensington Computer P on June 30, 2008 at 3:03 PM (PDT)

5

I have a question for anyone who has actually seen the Kensignton car charger - does it have an additional dock/charge port on the bottom of the cradle? 

My old iPod car charger did, but it does not charge my iPhone.  I need this feature in order to plug my iPod integrated stereo’s cord into the iPhone.

If you know for a fact that this does not have the dock/charge port in the cradle, please let me know.  Or if you have any other recommendations for a similar car charger with the port.  Thanks for the help.

Posted by Peter on July 16, 2008 at 5:50 AM (PDT)

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