The XSP-N1BT is a cradle / double DIN receiver for your smartphone, allowing you to control your in-car entertainment experience with a touchscreen interface. Bluetooth connectivity means you have full control over the functions of your head unit, including the source (USB, CD, Aux input or radio), Volume, Balance and Equalizer settings.
As with many of Sony’s recent mobile products, it’s nice to see that they’re not practicing ecosystem lock-in – the cradle will work with Sony’s own, and non-Sony, Android devices (via bluetooth) and iPhones (via USB).
The obligatory charging capabilities – a market expectation – are included in the mount, as well as a host of outputs that interface with other in car systems such as LCD screens and navigation. Sony has also hinted that there’s more to come in the near future from them on the in-car entertainment side.
Bear in mind that as a commercially available product (which means it’s “mounted” as per the laws in various states), this won’t excuse you from any fines you might incur for using your mobile device while driving.
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