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CAR AUDIO: Sony MEX-BT5000 - Bluetooth car kit  and streaming enabled car radio
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 21.03.06 - 00:15:01 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 36906x
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Is this the answer to my desperate search for an integrated Bluetooth car kit and audio-solution? The recently announced Sony MEX-BT5000 car audio head unit is designed for the truly mobile lifestyle. The first Sony head unit with Bluetooth wireless technology, it automatically links to any Bluetooth mobile phone and provides handsfree calls with crystal clear sound. Phone book data from the handset also appears on the BT5000's high-visibility screen, so you can make and receive calls during a journey without even taking your phone out of your pocket. Support for the Bluetooth OPP (Object Push Protocol) also allows the wireless transfer of up to fifty phone book contacts to the head unit itself. An integrated microphone in the unit picks up the user's voice and removes the need for any further wiring within the car, greatly simplifying installation. Stylishly minimal design and a full motion fluorescent (FL) display give the BT5000 a highly distinctive look very different to previous Sony head units.

"The BT5000 is all about making the mobile life simpler," says Patrick Naltet, Marketing Director Sony e-Vehicle Europe. "No more third-party car phone kits, no more fiddling about when you get in and out of the vehicle. Just seamless, smart connectivity whenever you drive. This is how it's going to be from now on."

Smart handsfree isn't all the BT5000 can do. Show it a mobile phone or music player that supports Bluetooth audio streaming and it will retrieve and play music too. The head unit offers essential playback control (Play/Pause, Skip, fast forward/back) over the remote source, placing your music collection right at your fingertips. Next-generation music phones like the Sony Ericsson W950 Walkman phone already offer audio streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, and are compatible with the BT5000.

"Once you've used smart handsfree, you are going to want the same automatic connection to your music, be it on your phone or audio player," adds Tetsuya Ando, Vice President, Sony e-Vehicle Europe. "The BT5000 is already in place to provide this so long as you have something like the Sony Ericsson W950 Walkman phone. Again, this is the way things are going to go, and Sony is right there, one step ahead."

Features

  • The BT5000 features Sony's DRIVE-S HX technology for outstanding sound clarity and definition.
  • Exclusive Sony Dynamic Soundstage Organiser (DSO) II sound shaping raises the soundstage and fills the car with music.
  • Three-band parametric equalisation sculpts the tone exactly the way you want it.
  • Multiple codecs open up the BT5000's range to include MP3, WMA and ATRAC as well as audio CDs.
  • BBEâ„¢ MP signal processing restores the warmth and detail frequently lost from MP3 tracks.
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analogue conversion ensures optimum fidelity to all digital sources.
  • The S-MOSFET power stage delivers a massive 52W x 4 channels, so regardless of the road surface, the music will come through loud and clear.
  • The flip-down full-motion dot matrix fluorescent screen provides a bright, legible and spacious display for key information including station, artist, track, caller ID and phonebook entry.
  • An IR Remote Commander provides fingertip control over key features including remote playback and phone operation.
  • Phone calls are enhanced by integrated noise reduction and echo reduction signal processing.
  • 50 name phonebook with 6 speed-dial entries.
  • White LED key illumination.
  • 2 x pre-amp outputs (front/rear) plus subwoofer output.
  • Sony Bus Control for CD changer. (Walkman ready via optional adapter) Bluetooth, music streaming and the BT5000
    The BT5000 uses Bluetooth wireless technology to enable hands-free phone calls and accept streaming audio content from compatible devices. Bluetooth incorporates a number of specific standards, also known as protocols or profiles

For handsfree telephony, the BT5000 supports Bluetooth HSP (Head Set Profile), HFP (Handsfree Profile) and OPP (Object Push Profile), providing information such as caller ID and phonebook contents in addition to voice data.
For audio (music) streaming, the BT5000 supports Bluetooth A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). A2DP is used to manage the audio streaming itself, while AVRCP provides play control functions.

Neither a price nor a release date was given yet but I will keep it on my watch-list!

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Abbey on 11.04.06 - 11:04:07

What we need to know now is

1. When it will be released (Sony didn't say)
2. How much it will cost (Sony didn't say)
3. Will GPS/SatNav instructions interrupt phone calls?

What does the 50 phone book entries thing mean?
Does that mean that it will only display the names of the first 50 contacts in my phone book? All other contacts will only display the number?

Posted by Abbey on 11.04.06 - 11:50:50

I just emailed Sony.

I read about your MEX-BT5000 a few minutes ago and I must say that it looks like something great indeed.

However, I have some questions:

1. When it will be released (Sony didn't say)
2. How much it will cost (Sony didn't say)
3. What does the 50 phone book entries thing mean?
Does that mean that it will only display the names of the first 50 contacts in my phone book? All other contacts will only display the number?

I plan on buying one and using it with a Windows Mobile PDA phone. I'm sure this is an important market for Sony as these are the early adopters of such products at the bleeding edge of such consumer electronics.
Many of these phone books far exceed 50 entries, going into hundreds.

I'll let you know what they say.

Posted by Arne Hess on 12.04.06 - 12:19:35

Great thanks a lot. Hope to hear your/Sony's feedback soon.

Posted by Abbey on 19.04.06 - 13:22:31

Here's the reply

Hi Abbey,

Consumers can be directed to the Sony Customer Information Centre: 08705 111 999 and there is also a dealer locator on: www.sony.co.uk

Ruth
- Show quoted text -

    -----Original Message-----

    Ruth,
    I read about your MEX-BT5000 a few minutes ago and I must say that it looks like something great indeed.

    However, I have some questions:

    1. When it will be released (Sony didn't say)
    2. How much it will cost (Sony didn't say)
    3. What does the 50 phone book entries thing mean?
    Does that mean that it will only display the names of the first 50 contacts in my phone book? All other contacts will only display the number?

    I plan on buying one and using it with a Windows Mobile PDA phone. I'm sure this is an important market for Sony as these are the early adopters of such products at the bleeding edge of such consumer electronics.
    Many of these phone books far exceed 50 entries, going into hundreds.
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=888753
    http://www.theunwired.net/forum/viewtop … 2011#22011

    Thanks.

    --
    Abbey

    "It is better to eat a hen and live long, than to eat a cow and die a sudden death."

    Proverb of unknown origin.


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Not much of a reply if yo ask me.
However, one company seems to be selling it for £400.

http://www.incarexpress.co.uk/view_prod … =MEXBT5000

Posted by Abbey on 19.04.06 - 13:24:13

Abbey wrote:

However, one company seems to be selling it for £400.

http://www.incarexpress.co.uk/view_prod … =MEXBT5000

Actually, their site says 

Pre-launch Information - Final price and specification still to be confirmed
First stocks of this product are expected around July 2006

Posted by Abbey on 19.04.06 - 13:32:11

I just spoke with Ruth at Sony.

She says:

1. They're hoping to release it around July.
2. She doesn't know how much it will cost.
3. It'll definitely be released in Europe but she doesn't know if it'll be released elsewhere.

Posted by mll on 20.07.06 - 06:02:35

Well, I am using my PDA phone to steam online radio stations while I drive.  Can I do it with this?  Reason I ask is, I am not sure if software would support it.

Posted by Carsten on 21.08.06 - 14:50:15

I am going to use the BT5000 with my PDA phone. Does anyone know if the Bluetooth audio stream can be merged with the radio or CD audio stream? I want to hear the GPS navigation commands over the loudspeakers while listening to radio/CD.

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