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Sony goes rock-bottom with MP3 playback

Sony goes rock-bottom with MP3 playback

Wayne Cunningham Managing Editor / Roadshow
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Wayne Cunningham
All tech-savvy drivers want their car stereos to play MP3 CDs and have a hookup for an MP3 player. Sony shows that it gets this market with the launch of four new car-stereo head units. The bottom-end one, the CDX-GT110, sells for about $80 and has an auxiliary input on the faceplate. And of course, it plays MP3 CDs. The top of the line of the newly announced head units, the CDX-GT510, retails for about $140 and not only has the MP3 player jack on the faceplate, but plays CDs with MP3-, WMA-, and AAC- (iTunes-) formatted songs. It's also satellite ready, has dual preamp outputs, and can control a CD changer. The two middle units, the CDX-GT210 and CDX-GT310, have features in between the top and bottom units. While iPod integration would be a nice add-on, these head units should meet the needs of anyone with a hard drive full of MP3s.

Correction: The CDX-GT110 does not play MP3 CDs, just Redbook CDs. Sony makes an adaptor that adds iPod integration to some of these units.