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Sony Caters to iPod with Tune Tray Car Stereos

by June 10, 2010
Sonys Tune Tray Car Stereos

Sony's Tune Tray Car Stereos

You know the iPod has hit critical mainstream when Sony integrates complete player compatibility into its vehicular head units. Sony recently introduced two new stereo head units, the DSX-S300BT and DSX-S200X, with built-in trays designed to fit iPods or other USB-attached media players. Rather than integrating a CD slot or external dock, the faceplate of each stereo flips down and ejects what Sony refers to as the "TuneTray" compartment capable of holding an iPod.

Once the user connects the device to the stereo via the short adapter cable (which supports iPod directly), the entire compartment shifts back insode the unit, completely protected and conealed. The faceplate then flips back up and the head unit provides standard stereo functionality. The faceplate also offers an external USB connector for simultaneously attaching a second device, with support for both WMA and MP3.

The DSX-S300BT features built-in Bluetooth components for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. Users can also use the company's SensMe technology to automatically build playlists, including local content and radio stations, based on an analysis of the media player library.

The DSX-S200X also provides the SensMe system and Advanced Sound Engine processing designed specifically for the listening environment inside a vehicle. The S200X lacks the Bluetooth functionality of its S300BT counterpart.

The DSX-S300BT and DSX-S200X will be available in September for $280 and $200, respectively. These two join the existing DSX-S100, which incidentally sells for around $150.

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pzaur posts on June 22, 2010 18:12
lsiberian, post: 727630
Time to get up with the times. I don't see the usefulness in this anyway.

I am up with the times! I'm actually ahead! The Fuse plays many more formats and isn't locked like the iPod. Brainwashed fools they are (iPod fanatics)!

Oh well, I guess the only use for this is to be able to see what you're picking to play. Then again, why are you messing with the dash and searching a database if you're driving!

-pat
lsiberian posts on June 21, 2010 15:34
pzaur, post: 724910
I actually find this very troublesome. What about all the other portable devices out there? Not everyone uses an iPod. I myself have a Fuse and would like to see some deck control for those and not just the iPod.

-pat

Time to get up with the times. I don't see the usefulness in this anyway.
pzaur posts on June 11, 2010 14:59
I actually find this very troublesome. What about all the other portable devices out there? Not everyone uses an iPod. I myself have a Fuse and would like to see some deck control for those and not just the iPod.

-pat
JohnA posts on June 11, 2010 08:59
It is all fun and games until the plastic gears fail on the tray and your iPod is stuck inside.
Sugarbear posts on June 11, 2010 08:41
Clint DeBoer, post: 724136
I wouldn't mind a docking system that reminded me of an old 8-track, except that you fed it your iPod or iPhone instead. Would involve a fairly sophisticated set of guides so as to not damage the docking pins.

Man, that'd be super cool!
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