Electronista: Sony has made a surprise expansion of its Xplod head units through the XAV-W1 in the States.
Marking two firsts at once, the W1 is both the first in-dash SACD player from Sony as well as the company’s first large visual jukebox for cars.
Owners with both the special disc format and a compatible audio system can listen to music in 5.1 surround; stereo is also available for regular CDs as well as MP3/WMA tracks.
The same optical drive includes DVD support for movies (including DVD-R discs) viewed on the built-in 7-inch touchscreen, complete with either Dolby or DTS sound with surround audio systems. Optionally, owners can also attach and control an iPod or add tuners for HD Radio and satellite radio.