Sony has released a raft on new in-car stereos that together make up the Xplod range and exploit the company's new 'seamless music connectivity technology.
Sporting USB, Bluetooth and iPod 1-wire hook-up, the new stereos promise 'the convenience and freedom to connect with almost any digital music player all from one port'. No matter whether it's USB stick, iPod or Sony Walkman you want to pay your music from, all can be plugged into the same USB-1 port, in other words.
Model wise, the CD/MP3/WMA/AAC playing CDX-GT930UI tops the GT range and sports a detachable faceplate and four-line fluorescent display. Other models padding out the GT line-up include the CDX-GT730UI, CDX-GT630UI and CDX-GT530UI.
Sporting both USB-1 and Bluetooth for wireless music streaming and hands-free calling comes the MEX range, consisting the MEX-BT5700U, MEX-BT4700U and MEX-BT3700U. The 4700U also has a 'Phonebook Profile Access' option which transfers phonebook info to its display and houses an external mic.
The new Xplod models sports Sony's original technologies - DM+ Advanced, ZAPPIN and Quick-BrowZer.
DM+ Advanced augments information lost in compression to 'revitalise' MP3 tracks, while Quick BrowZer helps you find tracks through artist, album, genre and playlist search and if you just can't decide what to listen to, ZAPPIN will play clips from your entire music collection until you come across something to fit your mood.
Info on availability and price is yet to be announced, but we're expecting them very soon.