Sony used its annual Open House product showcase in Las Vegas today to unveil its MEX-BT2500 Bluetooth in-car stereo. The MEX-BT2500 is the second of Sony's Bluetooth-enabled head units and will slot in below the MEX-BT5000 in its Xplod car stereo lineup.
Like the MEX-BT5000, the new entry-level unit doubles as a CD/MP3/WMA player as well as a Bluetooth receiver for hands-free calls and for wireless Bluetooth audio streaming via the advanced A2DP profile. The MEX-BT2500 features a built-in microphone and can be paired with as many as five cell phones simultaneously.
Portable devices that support Bluetooth audio streaming can also be paired with the unit. Unlike the MEX-BT5000, the MEX-BT2500 also features an auxiliary-input jack on the faceplate, enabling non-A2DP devices--such as the iPod--to be connected and played via the car's speakers.
The MEX-BT2500 delivers 52 watts of output across four channels. Look for it to hit the shelves in March with a price tag of around $180.