The Monza 7882 comes with a drive reading CD-R music as well as CD-RW data. The "R“ stands for Recordable and is used for CDs that cannot be rewritten. "RW“, on the other hand, stands for ReWriteable. Data saved on data carriers containing these letters can be erased and overwritten on a PC. In addition to conventional audio CDs also "Long Play Samplers“ can be played that have been burnt on home PCs and contain low-cost music files in MP3 format.
You can now enjoy a 12-hour drive without annoying - and hazardous - CD changes. The Monza also happily accepts multi-session CDs, i.e. CDs that have been recorded over several sessions. Also CDs containing audio and MP3 tracks, produced in "Mix Mode“, can be played.
The playback quality of MP3-encoded audio data mainly depends on the chosen recording parameters. The Monza consequently supports all current MP3 formats with fixed and variable bit rates from 8 to 280 kbit per second and plays MP3 music in CD quality with sampling rates of 8 to 48 kHz. At the same time, the display shows what is currently being played on one text line. By pressing the volume button, the singer and title names saved in the ID3 tags of version 1 and 2 are displayed.
Where MP3 files are recorded on a CD, the tracks are best clearly organised in several folders. The Monza can therefore manage up to 200 titles in 20 folders that can be easily selected, using the softkeys. Each file is used like a CD in a CD changer on which the individual tracks can be activated via multi-function keys. Other options, such as Scan Search, Random Play or Track Repeat are available for MP3 and CD playback - even if a CD changer is connected.
With the Monza 7882, Becker has produced the world's first MP3 player with a sophisticated RDS Twin Tuner. The tuner concept is based on the Frequency Diversity Tuner developed by Becker, which received the "Golden Ear" award of the trade journal "Audio" for the first time in 1993, as part of the then Mexico model. In subsequent years, the tuner, which by then had been developed further to a RDS twin tuner, was regularly commended in the trade press and is even regarded as a tuner technology standard by competitors.
The principle: The Monza first of all consists of two sophisticated RDS tuners. One tuner continuously collects stations and the respective RDS data in the background, in order to organise them in the central memory after evaluating them for program relevance and quality. Consequently, also stations not listing RDS programs as an alternative but that have a definite program relevance, are also taken into consideration. Complex computing processes constantly compare the signal strength of the found frequency alternatives, check whether multi-path signals are present - i.e.- signals that are for instance reflected by buildings and arrive at the vehicle area after some time delay - and check whether the reception signals are interfering with each other. As a result, the frequency of a program that transmits the set radio station in the best quality will only be available to the second tuner at all times. For the frequency change-over, the Twin Tuner achieves maximum speeds of up to less than one hundredth of a second - completely inaudible and without any "interruptions". As a result, the Becker Monza also offers a fascinatingly lively and full sound even in areas with changing reception quality. Another advantage: traffic news can be received irrespective of the selected frequency and received program. And as the Becker Monza only requires one aerial, the unit allows an easier installation than units with aerial diversity, requiring two or more aerials.
It is obvious that such a tuner system can provide clear operating structures with comfortable functions. With its dynamic autostore function (DAS), all receivable programs can be selected via the ten keys of the Monza unit. At the same time, the phonematics model developed by Becker generates meaningful letter combinations from the program names. The computer can easily manage up to 36 programs with a maximum of 8 stations. With the aid of a filter function and the RDS PTY feature, the offered range of programs can be adapted to personal listening preferences. The list of features also includes standard functions such as Scanning and Automatic Station Search or RDS Radio Text, displaying program-relevant information.
Apart from VHF, the Monza offers MW, LW and SW reception. In addition, the menu and sound key offer numerous settings for the display and functions - such as Station Store and Autostore as well as traffic news options. Sound settings can be controlled for each source separately. With its Loudness function, the Monza offers a bass boosting of over 30 db, so that the 4x30W high-power output stages provide a rich bass sound even at a low volume. 4 line-out outputs and 1 subwoofer output are available at the rear of the unit. The Monza can also be used to control the Becker CD changers Silverstone 7860, 2660 and 2630 - and last but not least, offers easy connection for in-car phones.
• MP3/CD player • Play audio CDs and CD-ROMs • CD-RW compatible • Mixed mode CDs • Multisession CDs • Display lists • Display ID3 tags (details of artist, album, song, track and genre) • Bitrate 8 - 280 kbit • Supports variable bitrates • 2-RDS tuner diversity technology • Radiotext • Dot matrix display • D.A.S. Dynamic autostore • ETC ‘easy to control’ • Softkey menu control
7882 - White Display 7885 - Blue Display 7886 - Yellow Display 7887 - Red Display 7889 - Green Display
With its new Monza 7882, Becker is entering the already popular market segment for MP3 tuners. The new Karlsbad model is offered in a classic black design including a dot-matrix display. The high-quality design houses a RDS Twin Tuner technology system and a sturdy state-of-the-art CD/MP3 player.