updated 01:40 pm EST, Tue February 27, 2007
New Sony Bluetooth stereos
The flood is unstopped with the news of four new Bluetooth stereos by Sony. The first three are shelf systems, with the bare model being the CM-BX5BT. Aside from supporting any A2DP audio source, it also decodes MP3s natively, displaying the ID3 tags on its LCD. Wooden speaker cabinets produce 15W of sound. The CMT-HX7BT improves power to 50W, and is further equipped with a digital amplifier, as well as satellite radio support. The top-end CMT-DH7BT (pictured) swaps the CD player for a DVD player, which can be used for movie playback on a connected TV.
The ZS-BT1 is a portable stereo, and for that reason can be controlled remotely through Bluetooth using AVRCP, in addition to handling wireless audio signals. The system is otherwise fairly conventional, coming with a standard remote and a line-in jack for secondary sources. The BT1 should ship in August for $150; the CMT stereos will come in April at prices ranging from $150 to $300.