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Sony breaks out a new line of car stereos

Sony breaks out a new line of car stereos

The Sony CDX-GT820IP Sony

Sony refreshed its car stereo lineup for 2008 here at CES with the debut of six new models in Xplod lineup including two with as-standard iPod connectivity, and two new Bluetooth-equipped head units. At the top of the range, the CDX-GT820IP comes with a 30-pin iPod connector enabling drivers to control their music libraries directly via the stereo itself. The system features Sony's Quick BrowZer technology and "Jump mode", which make it easier for drivers to navigate large digital audio libraries on connected players. The CDX-GT820IP also features a multi-line fluorescent display, a front-panel aux-input jack, 4-volt front, rear and sub preamp outputs, and is compatible with Sony's add-on HD Radio tuner. It comes with a price tag of $230.

Next down the lineup, the CDX-GT720 ($200) features the same faceplate and display design as the GT820IP, but without the as-standard iPod connector. It is also HD- and satellite-radio ready and can be hooked up to an iPod via an add-on cable. Those who want iPod connectivity and can live without a fluorescent display can consider the CDX-GT620IP, which comes without the Jump mode feature and has two fewer preouts than the CDX-GT820IP, but retails at $160. Propping up the new releases, the CDX-GT420U ($130) comes without iPod compatibility, but does feature an as-standard USB port for playing audio tracks from flash drives and other generic digital sources.

Two new Bluetooth-enabled stereos--the iPod compatible MEX-BT5100 ($330) and the entry-level MEX-BT2600 ($170)--are refreshed versions of the current MEX-BT5000 and MEX-BT2500 respectively. All of the new systems are available now.