Sony DSXS310BTX Digital Media Receiver with Pandora Stream
A digital receiver such as the DSX-S310BTX does away with the CD player entirely to focus on more modern digital media. Sony has chosen to use this space previously held by the CD receiver to install a swing-out tray that can hold an iPod or other device. Called the 'Tune Tray', it also has an internal USB input, so everything is contained inside. There is also a front-panel USB input that can be used, and either method of connection allows you to use the display to control your device. The DSX-S310BTX has built-in Bluetooth for handsfree phone calls or wireless streaming, including Pandora Internet Radio (done from the app on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone). The built-in 24-bit DAC and 17 watt RMS 4-channel amplifier help ensure that sound quality is always up to par. This receiver is also a great starting point for expansion due to the 4-volt, 6-channel preamp outputs. If you listen primarily to digital music and don't need a CD player in your car anymore, the Sony DSX-S310BTX is worth a look.