Sin­gle-DIN head units

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As one of the world’s largest elec­tron­ics com­pa­nies Sony con­sis­tently suc­ceeds in de­liv­er­ing the in­car mar­ket with head units that bal­ance high level of fea­tures with at­trac­tive prices, while also keep­ing the qual­ity at a steady high point.

And here Sony has pro­vided oo­dles of power above the stan­dard fare at this price point. Our sis­ter mag­a­zine

Aus­tralian In­car En­ter­tain­ment cur­rently has its own ded­i­cated Awards is­sue on sale with full de­tails of all our in­car cat­e­gories, and they high­light the Sony’s wide file han­dling via disc, high-speed USB 2.0, or via the 3.5mm ana­logue aux­il­iary in­put. It’s also equipped with a version 3.0 Blue­tooth chipset which not only han­dles tele­phonic du­ties but ex­pands sig­nif­i­cantly upon this via Sony’s down­load­able app called SongPal.

On the test bench the Sony’s pre-outs proved them­selves, go­ing to near full vol­ume with­out so much as a mur­mur of ex­ter­nal hiss or noise. Run­ning with sep­a­rate am­pli­fiers, th­ese out­puts pro­vide clean, pre­cise sig­nal at a high volt­age, while the XB100BT’s own speaker-level out­puts also im­pressed at the price, par­tic­u­larly when joined by a sub­woofer up the rear chan­nels and run­ning the whole she­bang with the pro­cess­ing — “things start to be­come a whole lot more im­pres­sive”, said In­car’s re­view, “with sound bang­ing out well placed, and with su­perb ac­cu­racy and vol­ume.” The MEX-XB100BT could even be con­sid­ered a game changer for its abil­ity to run an en­tire sys­tem just on its own with­out strug­gling. Con­trols are in­tu­itive, you can pick your colour scheme, and set-up pro­ceeded trou­ble-free on what is a re­mark­able unit for $449. More info:

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