Sony Unveils Its First Car Stereo With Unique Zappin(TM) Technology and Direct USB Connection to iPod(R)

Aug 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Sony Electronics, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony today announced four new
 Xplod(R) in-dash head units that are able to connect directly to compatible
 iPod(R) music players, allowing users to charge and control their iPod
 devices on the road.
     The top-of-the-line unit (model CDX-GT630UI) is Sony's first car stereo
 that can connect directly to iPod players, other digital music players and
 USB thumb drives via a USB connection. It also includes Sony's unique
 ZAPPIN(TM) function, which offers a way of searching and listening to
     Providing several options for connectivity in the car, the CDX-GT630UI
 head unit connects to compatible iPod or other digital music players via
 USB, allowing users to control and charge their devices and enjoy
 exceptional sound quality. CDX-GT630UI also supports iPhone.
     Sony's unique ZAPPIN(TM) technology operates similarly to most car
 stereos' scan buttons. It continues to play a series of short music clips
 from your own music library until you can find your favorite song to match
 your mood.
     This head unit's Quick-BrowZer(TM) feature allows users to control and
 select music via the "rotate and push" button. It also has the Jump Mode
 feature that helps users quickly search through even the largest music
 libraries and quickly find the tracks they are looking for, and Passenger
 Control which allows passengers to control the connected iPod itself while
 being charged. Additionally, the head unit's DM+ technology enhances the
 sound quality of compressed audio files.
     The receiver supports MP3 and non-DRM WMA and non-DRM AAC codecs and is
 satellite radio ready and HD Radio(R) ready (tuner module required). Plus,
 it features front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs; has a flip-down
 detachable faceplate; and a 13-segment, LCD with black LED display; and
 blue and green switchable key illumination. Satellite radio requires a
 tuner and service subscription (both sold separately).
     The CDX-GT430IP CD receiver comes with an interface that allows for
 control of most iPod players. The included 1.5-meter cable has a 30-pin
 connector provides full menu control and allows the head unit to charge
 compatible iPod devices. The unit's selectable front and rear/sub preamp
 outputs can be used to control the frequency and output level of an
 external amplifier. Other features include Quick-BrowZer, Passenger Control
 and Jump Mode technologies, satellite radio and HD Radio ready
 compatibility, and MP3 and non-DRM WMA playback, with black LED screen and
 blue key illumination.
     The CDX-GT330 unit provides versatility, through compatibility with
 most iPod players, and HD Radio and satellite radio ready functionality. It
 offers MP3 and non-DRM WMA playback support and two preouts. The CDX-GT130
 CD receiver has one preout and a detachable faceplate with a black
 13-segment LED screen.
     Each new unit supports HPF/LPF sound quality enhancements and features
 an auxiliary input on the faceplate, facilitating the use of compatible
 iPod and other portable music players in a vehicle with a standard 1/8-inch
 mini jack cord (sold separately). They also feature 52 watts X 4 peak
     The CDX-GT630UI, CDX-GT430IP and CDX-GT330 head units come with the
 supplied wireless card remote (model RM-X151), so it's easy to control the
 music from the front or back seat. Users can increase the CDX-GT330 unit's
 connectivity by purchasing an adapter (model XA-120IP for about $50) that
 charges a compatible iPod device and controls it from the head unit.
     The new CDX-GT630UI, CDX-GT430IP, CDX-GT330 and CDX-GT130 stereos will
 cost about $160, $130, $100 and $80 respectively. The GT series head units
 will be available this September at retailers across the country and
 military base exchanges.
     iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
     (C) 2008 Sony Electronics, Inc.
     Xplod and the Xplod logo are trademarks of Sony.
     52 watts X 4 peak output (23.2 watts per channel minimum continuous
 average power into 4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no
 more than 5% total harmonic distortion.

SOURCE Sony Electronics, Inc.