Press Release Summary:
Built on NMEA 2000Â® Audio Entertainment protocol, SonicHubÂ®2 gives users complete control of songs, radio stations, as well as video from HDS Gen3 multifunction displays (MFDs). Black-box solution, compatible with iOS and Android platforms, provides independent dual-zone control and features built-in BluetoothÂ® audio streaming, dual stereo AUX-IN connections, compatibility with WM-3 SiriusXMÂ® satellite radio/marine weather module, USB ports, and built-in AM/FM antenna.
Original Press Release:
Lowrance® Launches New Sonichub®2 Marine Audio Entertainment System
Built-In Bluetooth® Design Simplifies Installation and Operation
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of the Lowrance SonicHub®2 marine audio server and entertainment system. SonicHub2 gives users complete control of songs, radio stations as well as video from Lowrance HDS Gen3 multifunction displays and is also the first marine audio system built on the newly implemented NMEA 2000® Audio Entertainment protocol.
A newly released, drop-in replacement for the original SonicHub entertainment system, the enhanced, black-box solution provides independent dual-zone control and features built-in Bluetooth audio streaming, dual stereo AUX-IN connections, integrated support for Pandora® internet radio via smartphone or tablet without the need for additional hardware (U.S. only), and compatibility with the WM-3 SiriusXM® satellite radio/marine weather module (U.S. only, subscription required). SonicHub2 is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms, comes equipped with a video output for USB video playback, has dual USB ports for connecting/charging multiple devices, and includes a built-in AM/FM antenna.
“Helping anglers enjoy their time on the water has always been our top priority,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico. “Our multifunction displays offer an efficient and user-friendly interface for navigation, radar and sonar information. With SonicHub2, we offer boaters an integrated, high-quality audio entertainment solution for the complete boating experience.”
Navico research and development was instrumental in developing the NMEA 2000® Entertainment protocol for marine accessory manufacturers. The protocol will be used to connect, control and monitor any audio-visual source with any controlling device such as a multifunction display, personal computer, smartphone or tablet. In addition to playing songs, radio stations and video, the protocol allows for standardization of other entertainment functions such as: file status queries, independent sound zone control, system configuration status, pre-defined and user-defined equalizer pre-sets, access to playable files library, USB access and organization, Sirius® XM radio sourcing, personal playlist recall and editing, audio-video library search, saving of favorites, and Bluetooth device connection and source status.
The Lowrance SonicHub2 blackbox is priced at $329 USD and includes two Lowrance-branded 200-Watt, two-way, 6.5-inch marine-grade speakers. SonicHub2 is available from authorized distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For more information on the Lowrance SonicHub2, the HDS line of products or the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.
About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com