NEWS: At last, an in-car SACD system

Almost five years since it showed a concept system at its DreamWorld showcase in Yokohama, Japan, Sony has launched its first in-car SACD players in the States. One model is a combined DVD-V/SACD machine, and fits in a double-DIN dashboard slot, while the other is a simpler single-DIN head unit designed for more universal appeal.

At the DreamWorld show in 2002, as part of a large-scale exhibition of everything Sony, the company had a car kitted out with a complete system playing SACD. Clearly aimed at the very high-end market, the system sounded extremely impressive. And then everything went quiet...

Now the company is launching two systems into the US in-car market. The XAV-W1, which sells for around $800, is also Sony's first double-DIN audio/video entertainment unit, and comes complete with a 7in widescreen display (above) with touchscreen control.

For those wanting a simpler, less expensive option, there's also the MEX-DV2000 player (below), at around $280. This, like the bigger unit, will also play DVDs, CDs, and MP3/WMA, and has an input for a personal MP3 player or iPod. It has Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, and delivers 52W across four channels.

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.