Sony expands Tune Tray car audio offerings

Sony has announced that it's adding two more Tune Tray models to its Xplod line of car stereos: the DSX-S200X and the DSX-S300BT.

Sony Xplod DSX-S100 with Tune Tray
We got our first glimpse of the DSX-S100's Tune Tray at CES 2010. Sony

Back at CES 2010, we got a look at the Sony DSX-S100 , a car stereo that distinguished itself with a feature called the Tune Tray--a sort of tiny, built-in glove compartment for stashing your portable media player of choice. Sony announced Thursday that it's adding two more Tune Tray models to its Xplod line of car stereos: the DSX-S200X and the DSX-S300BT.

The DSX-S200X inherits all the features of the DSX-S100, including a monochromatic OLED display, the all-important Tune Tray with its internal USB connection, and the omission of a CD player. The S200X then adds a second USB port on the faceplate for connecting a second digital audio source; Sony's SensMe technology, which analyzes a connected music library to create custom playlists and channels; and an Advanced Sound Engine (ASE) to optimize sound for the car environment. Stepping up to the DSX-S300BT nets you all of that with the addition of built-in Bluetooth wireless for hands-free calling and A2DP music streaming.

All Tune Tray models feature iPod connectivity, MP3 and WMA playback over USB, and Sony's Zappin and Quick-BrowZer technologies for searching your media. Power output is rated at 17 watts by 4 channels RMS (52W x 4 max).

The Sony DSX-S300BT and DSX-S200X head units will be available this September at authorized retailers nationwide for about $280 and $200, respectively. Meanwhile, the previously announced DSX-S100 is still listed as "coming soon" on Sony's Web site with an estimated suggested retail price of $150.

 

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