Sony is reporting that its second audio-streaming AM/FM CD receiver equipped with Bluetooth technology will go on sale later this month. The MEX-BT2500 allows up to five different mobile phones to be linked to the unit, meaning that the whole family can talk hands-free when it’s their turn to drive (filling up the gas tank is not included.)
Additionally, if you own a phone equipped with A2DP you can stream direct from the handset to the receiver. The MEX also supports both wired and wireless playback for Bluetooth-enabled digital music players, and for non-Bluetooth devices you can connect direct into the unit via an audio cable jack that’s available separately. New noise cancellation and echo reduction technology makes your hands-free calls clearer on both ends. The faceplate portion is also detachable.
Stylistically, the unit has a sexy blue illumination for the keys and backlighting features. Technically, the device delivers 52 watts across four separate channels and plays MP3, WMA and a few other codecs so you’re assured that you will enjoy decent CD thumpage while cruising down the highway. The company is pricing the MEX-BT2500 at about $180.