Head Unit Wins Innovation Award

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Dual Electronics was named a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree for the first car head unit that allows playback of lossless music files streamed over WiFi from a smartphone.

The new DWF916L  is a Hi-Res Audio player that supports FLAC, ALAC, APE and WAV Hi-Res Audio files, up to 24bit/192 kHz. It also supports DLNA, allowing it to stream audio from other DLNA compatible devices including tablets and laptops. In addition, the DWF916L features a proprietary up-sampling algorithm to convert 16-bit audio streamed from a smartphone over WiFi to 24bit audio.

“We are happy to be able to bring mastering quality audio to the car in an elegant and user friendly solution, and at a price that won’t break the bank,” said Dual CEO Jim Braun.

The deck is expected to ship in the spring at a $499 suggested retail price.

Other features of the DWF916L include built-in Bluetooth, and a 3-inch full color LCD screen.  It also has direct USB control for iPod/iPhone devices, MTP for Android devices connected via USB, control for the Pandora app on an iPhone connected via USB, 3 pairs of 4V preamp outputs and 7 preset EQs. It will be on display at CES at booth 2818 in Las Vegas, January 6-9.

Innovation award winners are selected by a panel of independent judges for innovative design and engineering.




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  1. Revised from our previous reply.

    The data connection will be disconnected once the unit is paired with receiver via WiFi. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Does the users phone still have data connectivity to the cell network when paired to the radio via Wi-fi?

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