The Polaris MSX was recently recognized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design as a winner in the annual "GOOD DESIGN" competition. Founded in 1950, the GOOD DESIGN award "publicly acknowledges and elevates" the best and finest new design and design innovation for products and graphics designed and manufactured between 2000 and 2002, according to a Museum spokesperson. The awards focus on products that advance new and innovative product concepts and originality and "stretch the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design." The GOOD DESIGN awards are the world's oldest design competition.
"We set out to design a personal watercraft that would revolutionize the industry," said Polaris General Manager for Watercraft Ron Bills. "We accomplished that with the MSX and are very proud that our thorough attention to detail, styling and finish has been recognized by worldwide experts in design and keeps company with brands highly renowned for first-class styling and luxury."
The diverse list of products recognized in addition to the MSX included the Mini Cooper and BMW 7 Series automobiles, along with Apple Computers iMac personal computer. Award recipients can be viewed at the museums website, www.chi-athenaeum.org.
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Looking to add a stereo to your PWC but finding that most models on the market fall short? Look no further than Shoreline International's PWC Tunes. Unlike permanently installed stereos, PWC Tunes is fully portable and requires no drilling or difficult wiring. The unit consists of a 200-watt mini amplifier and a pair of 5-inch, full-range, coaxial speakers packed within soft foam and bundled inside a 16" x 9" x 2" carrying case. Simply attach the unit to the front of your PWC’s seat with rubber-coated "J" hooks, connect your personal stereo (like a Sony Sports Walkman), and you're ready to go.
PWC Tunes promises to be waterproof and secure in its position, with nylon webbing straps at each end that are fully adjustable. It also features a front-mounted rocker switch to power on the speakers, and a velcro-secured flap that provides easy access to the Walkman's controls. The sound quality is clear and impressive, and the unit is designed to withstand aggressive riding maneuvers and even brief submersion in water.
One thing to note is that the volume control seems to favor the high side of the sound spectrum, so it's important to exercise personal responsibility when operating the stereo at louder volumes. Also, positioning the unit as far forward as possible may help prevent interference with your knees while riding.
PWC Tunes retails for $299.95 and is compatible with a Sony Sports Walkman or comparable personal stereo (which adds about another $50 to the total cost). To learn more, contact Shoreline International at 860/673-4975. Say goodbye to boring rides and hello to your favorite tunes with PWC Tunes.
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