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First Look: Sony XNV-770BT AV/GPS receiver

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First Look: Sony XNV-770BT AV/GPS receiver

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Rather than reinvent the wheel, Sony's newest all-in-one car audio receiver pairs a brilliant 7-inch display with GPS navigation powered by TomTom.

-Sony XNV-770BT is an all-in-one receiver for your car's dashboard that rolls AV playback, bluetooth hands-free calling, and turn-by-turn navigation into two really neat packages. You'll see why two in a moment. The unit features a huge 7-inch LCD with a very high resolution. I mean, this thing is gorgeous. The screen is touch sensitive and the place where you have most of your interactions, but there are also a couple of physical buttons for volume and source selection along the bottom here. The front panel is motorized then it rotates down to reveal the DVD player slot. The unit also supports playback of audio CDs, USB and iPod devices, bluetooth-streamed audio, and AM/FM radio. Additionally, there is an array of A/V inputs and outputs that can be connected through the back panel. Bluetooth hands-free calling is also supported out of the box with full address downloading for access through a menu or with the voice command. The third piece of this puzzle is navigation which is made possible by this module from TomTom. This little pod installs separately from the main chassis and docks into its own cradle with its own external GPS antenna. On the screen, you'll just get a standard TomTom interface that functions nearly identically to the standard TomTom PND. Now, if you've never seen a TomTom in action, check out our video first look of the TomTom XL 550 for an idea of what to expect. When the time comes for an update for the maps or software, you just can simply remove the TomTom module and connect it to a computer in your house. Most all-in-one view of an SD card for this function, but this works just as well we think. So, how does all of this work out on the road, check out our full review of the 770BT to find out. Until then. This has been Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com taking the first look at the Sony XNV-770BT.

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