A lot of Sony products, most notably their range of Bravia TV’s, Vaio PC’s and Sony Ericsson Phones get a lot of press coverage. People sometimes forget some of their less famous trademark ranges such as this particular example, the Sony Xplod car audio range.
Car audio is not especially something that does attract a lot of media attention apart from the odd improvement such as iPod compatibility, but none the less, Sony have just expanded the Xplod range with new in-car digital music systems named the DSX-S200X and DSX-S300BTX.
The predecessor to these 2 new models, the DSX-S100, was announced at CES and has since become a great triumph for the company. The unique portable player and storage system has proved extremely popular, and the 2 latest editions plan simply to enhance the product and expect to flourish in the coming months.
The concept of the devices is something unique to the company, allowing drivers to access music through a range of digital music players like the iPod, their own Sony Walkmans or even a USB drive. Any which can be neatly, yet prominently positioned in the centre console of the car and hidden away for neatness and safety purposes.
Other features which add to the simplicity of selection are the ZAPPIN and the Quick-BrowZer also from Sony. ZAPPIN allows you to quickly ‘zap’ from song to song in order to find the one that hits the right spots at the current time. To access this feature the driver must only hit a single button. Lastly, the Quick-BrowZer allows you to use the traditional access methods of sorting by artist, album, genre, playlists or specific files and folders on your USB drive. The menu’s can be navigated using a single rotating dial and select button.
In terms of audio quality, the system uses the ‘Advanced Sound Engine’, the original digital signal processing from Sony. They have an abundance of high tech features such as Dynamic Loudness which automatically adjusts volume according to the outside noises of the car and environment. There is Rear Bass Enhancement, EQ7, DM+ advanced and several other qualities in their possession.
Other user features are the built in phone book which can be conveniently accessed and filled via Bluetooth to your mobile phone, storing up to 500 contacts in the system. The Bluetooth connectivity goes a step further than that though, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a connected device as well as talking ‘hands-free’ on your phone whilst in car.
It all sounds extremely impressive, it’s products and technology likes this which makes me wish I could drive more than the cars themselves sometimes. Anyway, for those of you (of which there are many) who are proud car owners and enjoy your music on the road, the systems will be available from September this year and promise the take the market by storm by Christmas.