19 Aug 2004
Car Audio(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 04,2004)
Vol 4, 2004
Loud and Clear
Edton Precision Technologies Ltd manufactures car DVD receivers and monitors using chip sets and electronic components sourced from Japan
Car audio has travelled a long way from the days when listeners had to contend with annoying static, flat-sounding music and incessant station drop-out.
Nowadays, Hong Kong AV and digital car radio manufacturers use the very latest technology to produce sophisticated equipment that offers top quality sound on the move.
One company dedicated to providing mobile music lovers with an excellent listening experience is 14-year-old Edton Precision Technologies Ltd, whose products include high-end car DVD receivers.
"Our DV-200 and DV-100/108 series play CD, MP3, CD-R and DVD-R," explains general manager Edward Li. "There is also a built-in AM/FM radio with high powered 25Wx4 to 40Wx4 amplifiers."
The QS 9000- and ISO 9001-certified company offers OEM services and also manufactures car audio equipment under its own FORYOU brand name.
"We provide full OEM development services from industrial design to hardware and software," Li explains, adding that this includes exclusive cosmetic front panel design, which OEM clients prefer for exclusive worldwide marketing.
He adds that the company is fully licensed to use technology developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, Dolby, CSS, FDA, FCC and E-mark. "Access to state-of-the-art technology allows us to keep pace with the latest trends," he maintains.
Li cites the DV-700, which contains an all-in-one Din Head Unit, DVD player, seven-inch TFT monitor, RGB connector that links to a NV325 20G hard disk drive navigation system (which can be used to navigate to multiple destinations), radio with 40Wx4 amplifier and a 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound system. "We combine high precision technologies with innovation to produce new products," Li claims.
Edton has also developed a Dual-Zone system that allows passengers in the rear to watch DVDs via a wireless headset while the driver listens to the radio through the speakers. Major markets include Japan, Korea, the Middle East, Europe and the US.
Production is carried out by 1,000 workers at a 1,300-square-metre factory in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. Minimum orders depend on the model but start from 2,000 units for the DV-200/DV-108 range, rising to 5,000 pieces for the mobile DVD DV-001 model.
FOB Hong Kong prices for the DV-200/DV-108 range are equally flexible, but can reach US$500 a unit depending on the finish and extras. Normal delivery time is 30-45 days following order confirmation.
Equally committed to manufacturing high quality car audio and video equipment is ISO 9002-certified Digitmax Electronics Group Ltd, which produces detachable and fold-down units that appeal to markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the US.
"We apply the same attention to detail and quality that you would expect to receive with high-end branded audio and video units," claims marketing manager Terence Tai, who says his firm's distinctive finishing and TFT LCD screens have become trendsetters in Europe.
"Clients in Europe and the US are beginning to develop similar tastes, allowing the same product to be offered to both markets."
In-house designs include the 385DVD fold-down, detachable car audio unit that features an AM/FM-MPX PLL radio with slot-in DVD, MP3, VCD, CDR, and CD mechanism, 30 preset memory scan, illumination and remote control.
Similarly, the company's 902 front-detachable CD player boasts AM/FM-MPX manual tuning with slot-in CD mechanism, an LCD display, power, LO/DX selector and electronic audio control.
Digitmax manufactures some 100,000 units per month at its 1,600-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland, using raw materials sourced from Japan, Korea and the mainland. Minimum order is 500 pieces, FOB Hong Kong prices are available on request and delivery is approximately 45 days following order confirmation.
Pull-out and anti-theft car radios with CD and MP3 functions are a specialty of 12-year-old South Star Electronic Ltd, whose SCD9192 car radio and CD/MP3 player, SS4435 radio cassette player and SCD3335 car radio CD player feature metal and plastic finishing.
General manager David Lai says the company is a specialist designer and manufacturer of a complete range of car stereo equipment that is sold worldwide. "Whether designing our own models or developing OEM products, we have built a reputation for quality and reliability," Lai insists. "Our commitment to customer satisfaction is backed by our strong engineering team and tight quality control."
He says the ISO 9001-certified company implements new technologies that help advance sound quality and signal reception performance. "We collect information from our clients and distributors and attend trade fairs to produce in-house designs that meet the needs of cost-conscious markets," Lai adds.
South Star employs 600 workers, who manufacture 100,000 units a month at a 40,000-square-foot factory in Guangdong Province.
FOB Hong Kong prices are available on request, minimum orders range from 500-1,000 pieces depending on the model and delivery time is normally 45 days following order confirmation.
Demonstrating conclusively that when it comes to understanding the latest digital car audio trends Hong Kong's manufacturers are certainly tuned into the future.
WRITTEN BY CHRIS DAVIS
Digitmax Electronics Group Ltd
Kwong Sang Hong Centre
151-153 Hoi Bun Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
South Star Electronic Ltd
Flats L-P, 15/F
Haribest Ind Bldg
45 Au Pui Wan St
Fo Tan, New Territories