When it comes to off-road stereos, there are two distinct and opposite schools of thought: radios don't belong in 4x4s versus you gotta have tunes. For those in the gotta-have-tunes group, there is nothing more aggravating than hitting the dirt and having to turn off the stereo because the CD is skipping all over the place.?>
Along comes Panasonic with one of those why-didn't-we-think-of-that ideas. Its G-Tech All-Terrain Audio CD player has a 10-second memory built in so your ears have no idea when the CD is skipping-all you hear is continuous music.
We're known for being skeptical, so we ordered a G-Tech and installed it in a reasonably rough-riding 4x4 for off-road testing. It didn't skip. Not once. We weren't surprised when it handled rockcrawling and sand, but it took on rough washboard without a hiccup. It played on even over really rocky sections tackled at speeds greater than normal for a minute straight.
We were impressed, and we noticed several features that make the deck even more beneficial for an off-roader, such as larger-than-normal buttons, a remote, and a concealed CD load slot. If you gotta have tunes, then you gotta check out this deck.