Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/25/sony_bt3600u/

Sony rocks en route with Bluetooth car stereo

In-car audio

By James Sherwood

Posted in Broadband, 25th March 2008 12:48 GMT

If you’re thinking of driving Route 66 this summer, then you’ll need lots of travelling music. Sony has created an in-car stereo system that boasts more connectivity than you can shake a stack of truck-stop pancakes at, lashings of maple syrup and all.

The MEX-BT3600U is an in-car CD tuner at heart. However, under the hood hides Bluetooth compatibility allowing users to wirelessly stream music from an A2DP-enabled audio source. If you’re already part of the Sony clan you can stream music to the system from a Walkman handset.

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Sony's MEX-BT3600U: Music and calls over Bluetooth

The MEX-BT3600U also has a USB port, allowing truckers and road hogs to plug MP3 players directly into the unite.

You won’t have to pull over to have telephone conversations either. The MEX-BT3600U has an echo-cancellation microphone built into the front panel that, combined with the player’s Bluetooth connectivity, allows for wireless telephone calls from your mobile phone.

Music is automatically paused when a call is accepted and resumed when the call’s ended.

An infrared remote control is also supplied with the system.

Sony’s MEX-BT3600U will be available in Europe from May. A price hasn’t been transmitted yet.