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FrontRunners: Car Audio

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Ferrari has teamed with Meridian Audio to produce the Ferrari Meridian F80 Home Entertainment Center (www­.thef80.com), a rare example of a compact, all-in-one audio system that delivers top quality. The $3,000 F80’s graceful shell contains the same sophisticated circuitry that makes Meridian’s full-size systems so popular among audiophiles. A DVD/CD player, AM/FM radio, and optional iPod port provide ample entertainment options. Meanwhile, the Porsche Design Group, which has been creating luxury items since the 1970s, is making its first foray into the world of cell phones. The $1,600 P’9521 Porsche Design cell phone (www­.porsche-design.com), manufactured by French-based Sagem Communication, currently is available overseas and will come to the United States early next year. The handset, which is milled out of a solid aluminum block, activates by recognizing your fingerprint. It incorporates mineral glass, a scratch-resistant material used in watch faces.

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