updated 08:55 am EDT, Mon July 30, 2007
Sony XAV-W1 Car Stereo
Sony has made a surprise expansion of its Xplod head units through the XAV-W1. Marking two firsts at once, the W1 is both the first in-dash SACD player from Sony as well as the company's first large visual jukebox for cars. Owners with both the special disc format and a compatible audio system can listen to music in 5.1 surround; stereo is also available for regular CDs as well as MP3/WMA tracks. The same optical drive includes DVD support for movies (including DVD-R discs) viewed on the built-in 7-inch touchscreen, complete with either Dolby or DTS sound with surround audio systems.
Optionally, owners can also attach and control an iPod or add tuners for HD Radio and Sirius/XM satellite radio. The system powers up to 52 watts across four satellites and should be available in August for $800.