Yesterday I introduced a mid-range Alpine head unit, and it came with a very strong recommendation from me. Does my recommendation mean anything to anyone? Probably not, but fuck it.
Today I'm reviewing an entry level Sony head unit (the DSX-S100) which is basically your "standard" deck, catering to the needs of most consumers. By most consumers, I mean the people who just want to hook their iPod up to their car and aren't highly concerned with the quality of the music itself, as long as it's not radio. Why didn't I review the entry level unit first, you ask? Well, it's because you touch yourself at night.
Pros: This deck has Sony's Zappin' feature, which allows the user to cylce through clips of 5, 10, or 30 second clips of their songs until they find a song they like. This comes in handy if you have lots of music you haven't listened to before I suppose. It also has sub control (limited, i might add) which is a nice feature on an entry level deck. To top it off, you're pushing 52 watts to all 4 speakers.
Cons: The appearance. I've seen this in a vehicle in person, and I think it looks tacky. However, if you can get past the look (who knows, maybe your car looks like crap and this deck suits it) then there aren't many other drawbacks. It's hard to be critical of a $160 name-brand deck.
My conclusion: It doesn't have bluetooth, and it won't perform fellatio on you while you're driving, but if you're looking for a simplistic deck to replace your stock deck, and you don't want to spend much money, then this Sony deck might just be for you. After all, it's name brand, and it's cheap!