Features and Performance
The MEX-BT5100 doubles as a music player and a hands-free calling device. To make calls, users have to pair their Bluetooth phone with the stereo, which is a very straightforward process requiring them to search for a phone using the head unit itself. Once the phone is found and connected, drivers can then import up to 50 contacts from the phone into the stereo’s phonebook memory. It may just be that we have too many friends, but we found this limit to be unduly restrictive as it meant that we could not simply dump our entire contact list onto the stereo. With contacts copied to the MEX-BT5100, the easiest way of calling out is by using the Phonebook option. Navigating the call menu structure is pleasantly straightforward, and we are impressed with the speed at which the menu options appear and disappear once selected. We were less thrilled by the process of browsing through contacts once we got to the phonebook, which entailed a somewhat laborious process of notching through the contact names one at a time without the option for scrolling through by holding down the joystick.
In sumWith a price tag of around $330, the MEX-BT5100 is not cheap for a single-DIN car stereo. Its integrated Bluetooth hands-free calling interface, however, makes it more than a simple audio receiver, and for those looking for a good-looking, intuitive all-in-one entertainment and communications device, the MEX-BT5100 provides a compelling option.