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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 38705x
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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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