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Positives: The Sony MEX-BT2500 features a clean and easy-to-use faceplate design that is attractive to the eye and not at all displeasing as well as having intuitive programming controls for hands-free calling (perfect for those long journeys) and Bluetooth audio streaming. I also really like its bright yet still uncluttered display and its front-mounted auxiliary input jack, an extra feature that some people may make use of for their ipod, allowing you to ignore the radio and jam along to your favourite tunes.
Negatives (unfortunately) While it's easy initially to pair phones to, however my phone keeps unpairing itself and so I have to re-pair it almost every time that I get into the car. Once this is done, however, it is perfectly easy to receive calls, but the MEX BT-2500 cannot be used to dial outgoing calls, so you can't make calls, meaning that it's principal idea is to simply receive call. The sound quality via its built-in microphone is also sub par, which makes it slightly more difficult to use on the road, especially on the motorway surrounded by other cars and trucks and sounds very muddy.
Overall: The Sony MEX BT-2500 is a good option for those looking to spend no more than $200 on a Bluetooth-enabled in-car stereo, so is perfect if you can't afford an expensive one, but really need to invest. Its straightforward design and intuitive controls make it easy to use, but its limited calling capabilities and poor outgoing sound quality let it down.
The MEX-BT2500 is Sony's second Bluetooth-enabled in-car stereo, following in the footsteps of the MEX-BT5000, which we reviewed last year. Like the BT-5000, the MEX-BT2500 features Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming capabilities, however, its plainer display, and more-limited audio processing and output features make it the entry-level model for those looking for a wireless communications and entertainment device.
The Sony MEX-BT2500 features a simple, single-DIN-size faceplate with an open CD slot and a standard arrangement of hard buttons along the bottom of the bezel. To the left of the unit's white-on-black monochrome display, the rotary volume knob doubles as a start/end call control, while six hard buttons surrounding it constitute the main control selections. While it is a member of Sony's Xplod in-car audio range, the MEX-BT2500 does not have the prominent X-themed styling of its higher-end MEX-BT5000 sibling, and instead features a tasteful blue backlighting for the volume dial and the Source and Mode buttons.
The MEX-BT2500's intuitive design leads to straightforward music and call control when on the road. Pressing the Source button scrolls through the system's major functions (CD, auxiliary input, Bluetooth audio, Bluetooth phone, tuner), while the Mode button enables drivers to configure the display to show different categories of ID3 tag information when playing back digital audio discs.
As the Bluetooth functionality is the main selling point of the MEX-BT2500, ease of pairing and strength of Bluetooth connection are key factors in its performance. We had no difficulty in pairing our Nokia 5700 music phone to the system. To pair a phone, users have to set the MEX-BT2500 to Off mode with the digital clock showing, then hold down the Bluetooth button until the Bluetooth logo starts to flash on the stereo's LCD display. The rest of the pairing procedure is conducted using the phone itself by searching for the stereo. The system can be paired with as many as five cell phones simultaneously. One of the limitations of the MEX-BT2500's hands-free calling interface is that it cannot be used to place outgoing calls other than redialing a connected cell phone's last number. The principle purpose of the system, therefore, is to accept incoming calls. When a connected cell phone is called, the MEX-BT2500 sounds a trilling ringtone through the car's speakers.
I bought this stereo for my old car about 5 years ago for around £80. It was a relatively cheap costing car stereo at the time compared to the displayed alternatives. I bought it from Halfords and they kindly installed it for me for free which was really nice of them. Im not a massive sound enthusiast or really into my audio equipment but I definately wanted a good quality, reliable system that looked nice and was easy to use. This system took around 10 minutes to install and was very easy to set up. It came with a well written, clearly understandable and easy to follow set of instructions which I used to tube it in.
It plays CD/MP3 tracks and it has bluetooth which allows you to easily play songs from you phone etc through the unit. It comes with a built in microphone and hands free talking which makes things a lot easier.
The unit looks really nice and has quite a modern, sleek design. It has a nice central display unit with blue illuminating LED. It clearly displays the CD/track number, minutes played etc. The bluetooth function is great and I was really surprised how quickly it will connect to your ipod or phone. The sound quality of this system is really good and even at high volumes there is very little distortion of the sound.
For the money, bearing in mind this is a lower priced range stereo system then for me it represents very good value for money.
What we have here is a low/mid range in car stereo cd system. Whats that I hear you saying..?-Only low/mid range? WAIT- don't let my initial wording deceive you, Of course I wasn't lying when I made my judgement , but I wasn't exactly telling you the whole truth either. Let me explain...
What in fact we do have here with the Sony BT2500 is the Ford Focus of car stereos. The everyday, workhorse that does what it says on the tin- no messing-no ifs or buts- just plain old fashioned-put the disc in and go- car stereo.
No, it's never going to be your top end of the market Bose sound system but what do you want for your money....let's face it, if your already reading this review - it's highly unlikely you're going to own an Astin Martin or similar to stick this sound system in- but this is where my negativity ends.
Would I own this product? Of course I would- I do actually own one and have it fitted (quite easily by myself with little knowledge) in my ford focus.
I can't mention every feature without going into paragraph after paragraph rambling on and quoting technical specs- but I will mention a few of my favourite features.
1. Mp3 playback- make your own Mp3 disc on your home computer and have around 100 songs or more all on 1 disc, No more fiddling around trying to find the disc you want or having to fiddle around under seats or in the boot to change a cd.
2. Bluetooth- connects easily to my mobile phone for hands free phone calls with the built in microphone on the front of the unit and also comes through the car speakers.
3. Wireless mp3 connectivity- I connect my iphone to the unit via Bluetooth and can wirelessly stream music from my phone to the Sony unit for playback in the car
All in all great value for money, great sound quality for its class, and a great reliable name that won't look out of place whether in an old mini or a mid range sports car.
Very good hifi for the car. I was very suprised at its quality and the sound is awsome.The bluetooth feature is superb and the music streaming with the sony fm transmitter is top qualityOnly one problem, Make sure you got the r type alpine door speaker which are 100 watts each and the stereo will really blow you away and for even better sound quality use the sony mp3 player 8gb cant remember the model now and wind the graphic pure bass up and you have got a superb sound systemK Jones. Ludlow. Shropshire.