Sony expands Xplod line of in-dash receivers

Sony is expanding its mobile audio lineup with eight new Xplod in-dash CD receivers.

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Sony CDX-GT930UI
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Sony is expanding its mobile-audio lineup with eight new Xplod in-dash CD receivers. Of these new models, three offer built-in Bluetooth connectivity and seven feature USB ports--five of which are iPod compatible. Also among these new models is Sony Xplod's first double DIN receiver in years.

Starting with top-tier model being added to Sony's GT line of car stereos, with the high-end CDX-GT930UI features a rear USB connection for iPod, iPhone, Walkman, and other USB devices, as well as a rear aux-in. Out back, you'll also find four-volt front, rear and sub preamp outputs. On the business end, the unit features a motorized, detachable faceplate that is home to a wide area "Extended FL" four-line display with switchable blue, green, and red key illumination.

Next in line, the CDX-GT730UI model features a four-line, full-motion display similar to that of the high-end model. This CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver moves the USB connection and aux-inputs to the front panel. The new CDX-GT530UI model steps down to a simpler display and drops a preamp output, making it the most affordable head unit in the lineup with connectivity for iPod, while the CDX-GT430U unit's USB port loses the ability to control the iPod.

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Three of Sony's new head units feature Bluetooth technology for simple hands-free phone calls and audio streaming (with a Bluetooth compatible phone).

The top-of-the-line MEX-BT5700U model features a front USB port for easy connection to all digital music players, including iPod and iPhone devices. New for 2009, this unit can automatically transfer all phone book contact information from a Bluetooth connected phone to the display. The unit also features A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming with metadata of a song, which means all album, artist, and track information appear on its large four-line display.

Stepping down to the MEX-BT3700U sacrifices the external microphone and "Extended FL" screen for a simpler display. The MEX-BT2700 drops the USB and iPod control altogether, as well as one of the three preamp outputs, in favor of a low price.

The CDX-GT77UI has an odd interface with a circular theme.

Finally, for the first time in years, Sony is adding a double DIN head unit to its lineup. Designed to be compatible with most new model cars, the larger sized CDX-GT77UI unit features a rear USB connection for iPod, iPhone, and other digital music players.

All models in the Xplod series feature 52 watts x 4 channels of max-power output and, where appropriate, each car stereo features ZAPPIN and Quick-BrowZer for quick navigation through music libraries, regardless of size. They are all HD Radio ready, and come with wireless card remotes.