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Sony dips into HD Radio for in-car, tabletop

updated 08:20 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2007

Sony HD Radios

Sony on Tuesday ventured into HD Radio with its first two units, alternately aimed at desks and cars. The XDR-S3HD (pictured) is meant to blend into most desk or bookshelp layouts with a cherry wood finish and a covered grill, but draws on modern technology for its features. The use of the digital radio standard lets the S3HD put song information on its main LCD and also enables virtual surround for the more advanced stations; AM and FM tuning are available as fallbacks, and an aux-in jack will pipe audio from any portable music player with a headphone port. The radio further adds an alarm clock and should be available in July for $200.

For vehicles, Sony has also rolled out the XT-100HD, a tuner that adds HD radio to most of Sony's Xplod head-end units through its data bus. The device hides away within the car and relays its track information to the stereo's own display; it can also display genres and station IDs when the channel and the LCD allow. The 100HD will arrive at the same time as the tabletop unit but will sell for half the price at $100.



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  1. MrVent

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    Nice kit!!

    I think I wanna get one for my Mazda RX7 GX.I paid $1500 for this car. After the test drive, I thought I was getting a real bargain, but the more I worked on it, the more I found wrong. However, I bought it with the intention to be a project car, although it is my daily driver as well.

    Anyways, this car is equipped with a 1.3L 13B Fuel injected rotary engine, putting out 146hp. I bought it with a complete 2.5" exhaust system and added a K&N air filter. This car is stupidly fast!

    I like it because mazda rx 7 performance parts is a base model with no power options, therefore making it not only lighter, but also much more simplistic than the loaded and turbo models.

    Handling is very good for stock form, but could be stiffened up a little bit with stiffer sway bars and front and rear strut bars, as well as a decent set of adjustable coil overs.

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