Recognizing the surging popularity of satellite radio, Thomson today announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show that it has joined with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to deliver its extensive programming lineup on three RCA and GE home audio devices. Planned for sale in second half of 2006 are an RCA Bookshelf Audio System, an RCA Home Theater System, and a GE under-cabinet Spacemaker CD System - each with SiriusConnect(TM) Home capability to receive and navigate SIRIUS satellite radio programming.
To receive SIRIUS programming on the RCA and GE audio products, consumers need to purchase a SIRIUS Satellite Radio antenna/receiver (suggested retail price $49.99) that easily connects to the specialized audio products along with a SIRIUS subscription.
The new line of RCA and GE audio products with SiriusConnect(TM) Home are:
-- RCA RS2100 Bookshelf Audio System with "Rip & Go" Functionality: This 160-Watt bookshelf audio system with 5-CD changer features easy "Rip&Go" functionality to transfer CD audio at 2X "ripping" speed to a 256MB RCA flash mp3 player (included with the system) via USB port. SIRIUS Satellite Radio and FM Radio broadcasts can also be recorded on the mp3 player. This new system also enables wireless streaming of digital music from a user's PC to the bookshelf audio system using a USB accessory transmitter that comes with the system. The RS2100 will be available this summer with a suggested retail price of $299.
-- RCA RTD260 Home Theater System: This 1000-Watt system features a 5-DVD/CD changer, HDMI output with high-definition up conversion, and USB port that allows the consumer to enjoy digital media such as music and photos. The RTD260 will be available this summer and has a suggested retail price of $299.
-- GE 75400 Spacemaker: This under-cabinet kitchen audio system includes CD player, an audio line input for expanded portable device entertainment playback options, and a counter light. The GE 75300 will be available this summer and has a suggested retail price of $119.