This spring Sony is introducing two new in-car multimedia AV receivers, the Xplod™ XAV-70BT and XAV-60, and a new digital media player, the DSX-S100, bringing to you innovative in-car entertainment solutions that match your digital lifestyle.
XAV-70BT and XAV-60
The double-DIN AV head unit XAV-70BT and XAV-60 boast a 7” and 6.1” widescreen WVGA touch screen respectively, which allows a wealth of visual entertainment and intuitive user experience right at your fingertip. The ultra-bright WVGA offers high resolution pictures of 800 x 480 pixels, a resolution five times higher than mainstream QVGA AV centre displays. Renowned for excellent picture quality in many of its products, Sony equally applies its expertise in quality video to car entertainment. Detailed care is taken in the creation such as completely separating the signal circuit and power supply for video and those for audio so that there is no signal interference.
Both models feature a CD/DVD/VCD player that supports MP3/AAC/WMA audio files, DivX/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 (Simple Profile) video files and JPEG picture files. They also sport a full-speed USB port, which gives you the convenience and freedom to connect with almost any digital music player whether it’s an iPod, iPhone, WALKMAN® or a USB memory drive. Not only does it allow you to easily connect to a variety of devices, but it also allows you to charge and control the stored music files from the head unit. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) is intuitive to make selections from the AV centre’s touch screen. When connected to an iPod/iPhone, you can search by artist, album or song title directly on the display.
The layout of the playback screen is simple showing a large album artwork image with the name of song, album and artist – no need for a busy screen while driving and enjoying the music. At a touch of the screen, virtual buttons pop up for functions such as skip, shuffle, pause, etc. You can also change the track or album by simply sliding your finger across the screen right, left, up or down.
Making your music selection even easier are the ZAPPIN™ and SensMe™ features exclusively from Sony. Sometimes you may not be sure of what you want to listen to. One touch of the “ZAP” button begins scanning and playing highlight clips of your music collection so you can catch the song that feels just right.
Another way to play music for the right mood is by making a selection in the “SensMe channels” or the “SensMe mood”. Also used in WALKMAN digital media players and VAIO computers, proprietary 12 TONE ANALYSIS technology by Sony automatically sorts music into different types of mood (e.g. Dance/ Relax/ Emotional) allowing a choice of ‘mood channels’ from your music library. Channels such as Freeway, Morning Commute, Midnight Cruise, etc. – specific moods to driving have been added to the Xplod car stereo range. With the XAV-70BT and XAV-60, you can simply choose from a total 21 different moods in the SensMe channels. In addition, you can customise your play list by selecting a zone or area in the SensMe mood interface where your music tracks are interspersed graphically in an axis of selectable combinations of mood, type, style and time.
For mobile phone wireless music stream and hands-free phone calls, the XAV-70BT has an integrated Bluetooth® feature.
A completely new car audio concept born to match the growing tendency of the digital listening style is the Xplod DSX-S100. This model was created just for digital media players, tackling the daily hassles using them in the car and coming up with a solution that makes a big difference in the total listening experience. Nowadays, MP3 players are carried in place of CDs and connected to a system wherever you go. The nuisance when it came to in-car audio experience was the messiness of the cable hanging from the head unit or the rattling of the loose player when connected in the glove compartment. Now the DSX-S100 makes these problems something of the past with the “Tune Tray” – a unique system to easily connect and neatly store away your portable player.
The front panel flips down to reveal the Tune Tray. You can neatly tuck away a USB drive, WALKMAN and any iPod or iTouch. For added convenience of connectivity, the unit comes with a USB adaptor for iPod.
The detachable faceplate is sleek in design and has a 2-line LCD display. It supports MP3/AAC/WMA files and features the easy music search ZAPPIN. In addition, Quick BrowZer™ helps you quickly find tracks stored on your digital music players or MP3 encoded CDs. You can search by artist, album, genre, playlist, file or folder by simply rotating the volume dial and pressing to select.
Experience a new style and way to enjoy your music on the road with the new car stereos from Sony. The XAV-70BT and XAV-60 are available from March, and the DSX-S100 is available from May 2010.