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.