JVC has announced a new range of 'Made for iPod' audio systems, which will ship in the US next month.

The new line includes a pair of stylish compact desktop systems and a portable unit.

Desktop system

Products include: the NX-PS1, a compact desktop system with a matching subwoofer; the UX-EP25, a CD micro system; and the RA-P10, a low-profile boombox for home or portable use with a full complement of clock radio functions.

The JVC NX-PS1 is a desktop audio system for playing back music files from portable players. It includes three diminutive cubes – a centre unit and two matching speakers, each measuring about four inches all around. There’s a powered subwoofer – a nine-inch cube with a six-inch (16cm) driver.

Power output is 10 watts per channel for the main system, while a 30-watt amplifier powers the subwoofer.

It features an iPod connection that offers iPod charging and control of play, stop, skip and volume. It also features USB Host, allowing playback of files from many flash audio players or flash memory drives and a USB Audio function for direct connection to a personal computer.

Other features include an auxiliary input for connecting other playback devices, clock/timer, wake-up volume, electronic bass and treble controls, headphone jack and four preset equalisation settings. The system will cost $249.95 when it ships this month.

Compact and multi-functional

The UX-EP25 is a low-profile CD system with two speakers that offers an iPod connection with charging and control of play, stop, skip and volume, plus USB Host and USB Audio. The system is just a few inches tall, is white with a black aluminum-finish top and comes with matching black and white speakers driven by a 7.5 watts-per-channel amplifier. Additional features include an AM/FM tuner and an auxiliary input for connecting other devices. There’s also a headphone jack, clock, a sleep timer with wake volume and a remote control. The system will cost $199.95 and ships in the US this month.

The RA-P10 combines an iPod dock, FM tuner and built-in stereo speakers powered by a four-watts-per-channel amplifier. It can be AC or battery powered (six AA batteries) and includes a blue backlit display, alarm clock, room thermometer, auxiliary input and a remote control. Coloured white, the system measures just over one foot long, stands less than three inches tall and weighs 1.6 lbs. (without batteries). This system will ship in October and cost $129.95.

No European launch plans have been revealed.