The double screen Soundstream radio unveiled at CES in January will be featured on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI-TV as one of the “Best of CES”products on Sunday, February 26. Other TV stations are also interested in reporting on the product said Soundstream.
The Soundstream VRN-DD7HB radio will also be featured in an upcoming “Best of CES” roundup from The Huffington Post.
Soundstream is now taking orders on the patent-pending radio, a first of its kind, it said. One of the radio’s 7-inch screens may be used for navigation and the second screen for the radio and other functions.
“We have had an overwhelming response to this first-of-its-kind unit,” said Paul Goldberg, VP Sales and Marketing for Epsilon Electronics, Soundstream’s parent.
Soundstream was shocked at the amount of attention the deck attracted at CES. Its Facebook page received ½ million views. As a result it will produce three times the number of units originally planned.
“It obviously hit a nerve,” said Goldberg. “What we’re hearing is that a lot of people thought it was great because you can run your navigation on one screen and have access to your radio and controls on the other…It’s multi-tasking or more than one application at the same time that people seem to want.”
The prototype head unit at CES was so popular it was stolen from its display, and has not been retrieved.
The radio has a double DIN chassis and dual glass panel touchscreens. It runs two operating systems at the same time so you can view two different platforms. It will begin shipping in March at a suggested retail price of $449.99.
The VRN-DD7HB comes with iGO navigation on the upper display and Android Phonelink, which mirrors the screen of an Android smartphone. The second operating system runs a DVD player, Bluetooth 4.o, USB media, FM receiver and rear view camera.