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One of sony's first newer Xplod head units, this stereo was one of the first to show sonys bold new styling and was the most affordable way to get the new Xplod processors and dynamic soundstage options. The Xplod engine is really just a rebranding of a bass heavy equaliser but appeals to the boy racer generations with its cool curved face and metallic finish. The most obvious feature of the unit is the slot loading CD drive. The unit deals with shock and has a short CD memory to cope with short rough periods. Information is displayed via a simple backlit LCD display, able to read CD information and Radio RDS. Radio stations can be stored on one of the available button for quick access and recception is always pretty good. For security the face of the unit can detach when not in use, leaving a dull and uninviting unit that should deter potential thieves. And now to the tech.. Dynamic sound stage, one of sony car audio's greatest inventions does a very good job of effectively moving the sound up the car. If you have door speakers it offers three stages which sound as if they are getting progressively higher. Its a very clever effect which is included in all current sony units. This unit is really cheap to pick up now, and it should be. Its basic and all it does is CD and radio but its well made and will last well.