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News   August 28, 2007   by Auto Service World

Go Ahead Punk, Honk My Horn

Announced today, the Horntones FX-550 System is a mobile audio system that supplements the sound of a vehicle’s horn function by sounding any MP3 audio clip.
The FX-550 introduces a new dimension to the automotive customization aftermarket.
According to the manufacturer, “Go Ahead Punk … Make My Day!” is just one familiar voice that could be heard from under the hood of your ride; or you pull up in front of your girlfriend’s house and announce your arrival with “I Got You Babe,” or you are out on your boat and you press a button on your FX-550 – and all around you can hear the theme song from “Jaws.”
According to Horntones President Mike Kosco, “The brain-seed for this invention occurred at a coffee shop back in the summer of 2005, when a group of teenagers were heckling me about the Incredible Hulk that is airbrushed on the hood of my H1 Hummer.
“I thought to myself … I wish I had a button I could push that would make my car growl!” Kosco continues, “Well, the Hummer now growls and makes hundreds of other sounds too, from simple voice clips to entire theme songs.”
The FX-550 Horntones System is a three-piece system which includes the FX-550 Player, the AP-150 audio amplifier and the rugged SR-100 speaker.
The Horntones FX-550 Player can store 256 mega-bytes of tones and is simple to use. It has 9 preset buttons and 2 negative-trigger inputs for interfacing with other vehicle functions.
Tones are organized into “themes.”
Each theme allows new tones to be assigned to the 9 buttons.
Themes can be as varied as Horns, Tailgate Party, Concert, Car Show, Soccer, Carpool, Movies, Politics, Advertisements or whatever you like.
Adding new tones to the system is simple using a standard USB flash drive.
Kosco added, “We first previewed Horntones at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year and were overwhelmed by the positive response.”
The Horntones FX-550 System will debut in October at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas

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