Sony brings three new in-dash CD receivers with Sony’s App Remote technology and integrated Bluetooth connectivity, including MEX-GS600BT, MEX-BT4100P and MEX-BT3100P. The App Remote intends to combine car audio music asset and smartphone apps into one single source, allowing users to see music information such as album artwork on the smartphone screen, and hear incoming text messages through the car’s speakers.
With Bluetooth, all three head units can stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled smartphones or media players. They also have USB port for connecting compatible USB devices such as iPhone, iPod, Android phones, Blackberry, Walkman players. The MEX-GS600BT offers two USB 3.0 ports and has five-volt front/rear/sub RCA preamp outputs. Sony’s new receivers are Pandora-ready, allwing users to listen to and control Pandora streaming content through connected iPhone, Android, and Blackberry phones. You can also add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit to receive SiriusXM channels.
Sony will also release the CDX-GS500R with App Remote and the CDX-GT710HD with HD audio technology and dynamic color illuminator for different light effects. They support Pandora on the iPhone and are SiriusXM Ready. The CDX-GS500R has two USB ports and five-volt front/rear/sub RCA preamp outputs.
The MEX-GS600BT, MEX-BT4100P and MEX-BT3100P come with Sony Advanced Sound Engine to deliver richer sound. They are priced at $249, $189 and $159, respectively, and will be released in November. The CDX-GS500R and CDX-GT710HD will be available in October for $199 and in November for $149, respectively.