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Our take on the Sony MEX-BT3000P

by Ken Nail
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® control for Android and Blackberry
Most people only think about hands-free calling when they hear "Bluetooth," but Sony's taking it a step further with their MEX-BT3000P CD receiver. You can access your phonebook, stream music, or control your Pandora® Internet radio stations on your compatible Android or Blackberry phone.

Sony MEX-BT3000P

When a call comes in on your phone, just press a button and talk to callers as if they're sitting next to you. The receiver's built-in microphone picks up your voice, as you hear your caller through your car's speakers. Making a call is easy too, since this receiver will store your phone book info. And when your phone is paired, you can control your Pandora® account from the receiver, without any wires cluttering up your console or dash.

More music options
The MEX-BT3000P plays all your store-bought or home-burned CDs, including discs packed with hours of digital music files. For other sources, plug into the front-panel auxiliary input — handy for connecting a game console or an iPod®. If you want some real radio variety, you can add a satellite radio tuner to enjoy the music, news, talk, and sports you'll find on SiriusXM stations.

Good sound included
Sony builds beefy capacitors into this receiver that help deliver extra-strong bass response, while a special processor limits distortion when you turn up the volume. You'll find a 3-band equalizer with eight preset EQ curves for adjusting the sound. Two pairs of preamp outputs make it easy to connect external amplifiers.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face (face case not included)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ 3 Stage 2 (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • control of Pandora® Internet radio via Bluetooth with compatible Android and Blackberry smartphones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    N/A
    Nano
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    N/A
    Touch
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    Mini
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    N/A
    iPhone
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    N/A
    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X221)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Face fixing screw note

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Pandora App (for Android/Blackberry)
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    Disc Playback
    Auxiliary Input
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-BT3000P is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the MEX-BT3000P (only one device can be used at a time). The unit can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-BT3000P.  Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Integrated Microphone: The Sony MEX-BT3000P features an integrated front-panel microphone for added convenience, so you don't have to mount an external microphone inside your vehicle. You can adjust the level of the mic gain from Low, Mid, or High. You can also activate an Echo/Noise Canceller to reduce echo and noise.

    Note: There is no mic input for adding an external microphone.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Sony MEX-BT3000P supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the MEX-BT3000P can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an integrated microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the MEX-BT3000P, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's control dial.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can store up to 300 contacts in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.

    SMS Indicator: The SMS indicator informs you of any incoming or unread SMS messages on your paired Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You will still need to view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send text messages from your phone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Sony MEX-BT3000P also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-BT3000P will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The MEX-BT3000P also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Volume Adjustment: You can adjust the volume level of your paired Bluetooth audio device from -8 to +18dB to match volume level output of other sources..

    Pandora App (for Android/Blackberry)

    Pandora App Compatible: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony MEX-BT3000P lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Sony head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles; and will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    Note: This unit does not support full control of the iTune's Pandora App for iPhone. You can only wirelessly stream the Pandora App from your iPhone to the head unit via Bluetooth, but there will be no music control and no song information display.

    Pandora Control: The Sony MEX-BT3000P will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry phone. 

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your Android or BlackBerry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Information Display: The Sony MEX-BT3000P will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony MEX-BT3000P is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Preset Stations: The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each in band (FM 1-3/AM 1-2), for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets.

    Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature automatically selects stations with the best signals within the selected band (FM 1-3), AM 1-2) & stores them in order of their frequency.

    Manual/Seek Tuning: The MEX-BT3000P allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations.

    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune & find your favorite radio stations one by one.
    • Seek Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available AM/FM stations.

    Local Mode: In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.

    Mono Mode: The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony MEX-BT3000P comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs (12cm only).

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Sony CDX-MEX-BT3000Pallows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3 or WMA songs (up to 320 kbps) recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The CDX-MEX-BT3000Pcan support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders & files on a disc. The head unit will also display song information for MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (Joliet: up to 32 characters, Romeo: up to 64 characters).

    Note: Copy-protected content not supported. Not compatible with AAC files.

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information - Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.

    Auto Reload: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0° (horizontal) and 45°.

    Auxiliary Input

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Volume Level: The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device.

    Aux Deactivation: The aux input can be deactivated in the menu, so it does not appear as an available source.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony MEX-BT3000P CD receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The MEX-BT3000P is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3 dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-BT3000P are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the MEX-BT3000P are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony MEX-BT3000P features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), and High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT3000P contains two pair of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs; a front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels (fading) or for subwoofer (non-fading) operation.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/Sub preamp output is set to subwoofer, the output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control (-10 to +10 in 1dB increments). In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The MEX-BT3000P features a detachable face for theft prevention. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    13-Segment, 1-Line LCD Display: The Sony MEX-BT3000P features a 13-Segment, 1-line LCD display with white backlit text and a black background for viewing station and song information.

    Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    Dimmer: The MEX-BT3000P feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X221) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    Comment by Ken Nail Staff Writer - Creative,

    A simple, easy-to-use CD receiver with Bluetooth

    Written by Ken Nail, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/2/2012 11:13:00 AM

    Sony's MEX-BT3000P CD receiver isn't going to turn heads with the number of features it has. In fact, it's about as minimalist as you can get these days. For example, there's no USB input for thumb drives or iPod® control, and the display sports only a single line of text, with no options for changing the color.

    But if you want Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming and you're not worried about bells and whistles, it may be just what you want. The Bluetooth interface is easy to use and even supports Pandora® Internet radio streamed from Android and Blackberry devices. And I found the audio controls very intuitive. Couple that with a front aux input and you've got a receiver that covers the needs of many people.

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    5 out of 5

    Great product and a great price!

    Written By Mark C., Wapakoneta, OH on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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    Receiver works great with my iPhone! Just wish I would've gotten this sooner.
    Pros:
    Great price. No more wires to stream music. Hands free calling. Sounds great
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    Great Buy

    Written By Edwin, Eugene, OR on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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    I purchased this stereo for my daughters older Toyota car. The installation took about 2hrs including removing the stock stereo. The set up was very easy we connected it to her android phone with no problems. Music streaming worked great we could change songs or albums with the deck controls. We connected Pandora with no problems. Changing stations or songs works from the deck controls. The thumbs up and thumbs down does not work from the deck at all. Receiving phone calls works good my daughters car is noisy and so it is not practical to talk while driving but she doesn't need to do that anyway.
    Pros:
    Simple installation Quick and easy Bluetooth setup Great Bluetooth controls for music streaming and Pandora Looks Great
    Cons:
    Pandora Thumbs up and down doesn't work
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    5 out of 5

    Sony Mex BT300P

    Written By John S, Eden NC on Monday, November 18, 2013
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    This Radio works great I replaced the OEM Radio with this one.
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    4 out of 5

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    Written By Anonymous, South East Idaho on Thursday, November 14, 2013
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    Overall I love the bluetooth ability of this stereo. It was easy to set up and everytime I get in my car and turn it on, my phone hooks up. Press play and I'm streaming music/ radio or playing music off my phone. The Pandora feature is suprisingly nice. Also, the call features, being able to access my address book is very nice.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, pandora, affordable, easy to install in a Ford Ranger.
    Cons:
    Warning alarm when I turn off my car without removing the face unit. I'll never remove the face plate. Wiring didn't hook up to my vehicles dimmer, but unit has a dimmer in the sub menu.
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    5 out of 5

    Very good Headunit for the Price

    Written By Michael C, Florida on Sunday, November 03, 2013
     
    I bought this head unit for my Mother in laws 02 Mitsubishi gallant. I was pretty sure at the time that the speakers were blown in the car but I was very wrong, This new unit really woke up the factory speakers and this unit sounds great. Bluetooth pairing is fairly easy not the best I have used but works pretty good. The Microphone for the Bluetooth is built into the unit and is pretty good, again not the best but pretty good. If you are looking for a good priced unit that has good sound quality this just might be the unit for you.
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    Bluetooth, Sound Quality
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    5 out of 5

    Too Easy!

    Written By MikeSr., New Berlin, Wi. on Friday, October 25, 2013
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    Great value and easy to install in my 2001 Silverado thanks to Crutchfield including everything I needed.
    Pros:
    Price, Sound, Display
    Cons:
    Didn't install it sooner!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By J. A, Pueblo, CO. on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    This is a great radio. Installation was a breeze and I love the Bluetooth, paired up to my iPhone with no complications, I would recommend this radio to anyone looking for a affordable upgrade....
    Pros:
    Ease of use...
    Cons:
    Can't find much negative to say about this unit...
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    5 out of 5

    All the necessary bells and whistles

    Written By R, San Antonio Tx on Sunday, October 20, 2013
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    After reading the Crutchfield tech review, I have to disagree, with the fact that it doesn't have usb connection. This radio is full function with the Bluetooth and these days that's all you need, if you're not crazy over apple products. ugh!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth audio, phone, can access my phone book. & the aux connection a big plus Couldn't beat the price and all the components needed to make installation a breeze.......
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo from a Great Company

    Written By MikeH, Seattle, WA on Sunday, October 20, 2013
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    This is the 4th car stereo I've bought from Crutchfield and I would never consider going anywhere else. It doesn't matter what vehicle I'm shopping for, Crutchfield already has a product that will fit any budget. Sure, there are lots of places to buy a car stereo but you only get totally reliable support from Crutchfield. It doesn't matter what your application is, Crutchfield's installation kit will make the finished product look like factory original. And, if you need it, their tech support will answer any question you can dream up.
    Pros:
    Great installation kit - everything you need in one step Great technical support when you have a question Simple intuitive Bluetooth interface Looks like a factory original Great price
    Cons:
    No cons. This transaction, like all the others I've had with Crutchfield from start to finish was flawless.
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    5 out of 5

    PRICED RIGHT

    Written By B Y, Honolulu, HI on Sunday, October 20, 2013
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    Installation was easier than the first stereo I ordered back in 1976 (?) from Crutchfield (you've come a long way!). For the price it is hard to complain. Once you spend the time to read and understand the instructions it exceeds expectations, the remote came in more handy than expected as the preset buttons are quite tiny if you have 10 thumbs like me, let alone trying to see what button you are pressing while driving can be a visual challenge. Read instructions, set it up correctly and you will be a happy camper!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth is the best feature hands down, once I understood the Mic settings I have not had a problems since, more Preset stations settings than I could ever use.
    Cons:
    Preset buttons and labeling smaller than I would like to see but the remote is available to overcome that. Have not been able to down load phone list, but that is not a major issue.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Solid for the money...

    Written By JerryB, Amelia, Va on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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    Install was a breeze. Very easy, any average DIY'er can install this deck. The install kit and wiring harness fit like gloves. Crutchfield advisor was super helpful. Unboxed the deck, harness and kit and was listening to my iphone over the bluetooth connection less than an hour later. Thanks Crutchfield!!!!
    Pros:
    Could have only been easier if Crutchfield had sent someone to install it themselves. Super happy...........
    Cons:
    Absolutely none. Beginning to end professionals.
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    5 out of 5

    Very good

    Written By KellenW, St. Louis, MO on Friday, October 11, 2013
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    Everything was an easy install, and the product sounds great.
    Pros:
    Easy
    Cons:
    -
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Mark, San antonio tx on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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    Installed well so far so good
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    5 out of 5

    Great features for a great price!

    Written By erickr19, Chino Valley, AZ on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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    I'm very happy with the Sony. I looked at JVC and Alpine, but decided on the Sony due to its features, Pandora, Bluetooth, and preamp outputs. Installation was a breeze with instructions and adapter from Crutchfield. I would recommend this unit to anyone who needs media connectivity at a solid price.
    Pros:
    Price Bluetooth Pandora Front/Rear Preamps Remote Power
    Cons:
    Connection to Pandora app is sometimes glitchy, otherwise, none!
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    5 out of 5

    Terrific stereo

    Written By Vince's mom, Olive Branch, MS on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    It's a fantastic radio!
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    5 out of 5

    Great aftermarket replacement

    Written By Anonymous, Johnston, RI on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    Everything I could have expected from the stereo, easy to install and use! Looks great with the blue lighting scrolling display.
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    4 out of 5

    Super easy install

    Written By Brian, Poulsbo, WA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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    It was very easy to install. Sound quality is good. It's a bit awkward to move from one feature to another, but I'm getting the hang of it. Overall an excellent unit for price. Concern: It refuses to "pair" with my Samsung Galaxy S-2 android phone. Guess I'll call the Crutchfield Tech guys.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, instructions are clear and pics are spot on. Sound is great (for price)
    Cons:
    No USB port. Problem with pairing Bluetooth
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    5 out of 5

    Love it so far

    Written By DougW, Illinois on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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    I really like it and it installed pretty easy in a few hours.
    Pros:
    Easy install, much better sound than the original equipment, Bluetooth phone connect for calls and music works great
    Cons:
    I wish the text notification worked with my phone and a larger number of phones. I have not got the Bluetooth Pandora to work yet.
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    5 out of 5

    great deal

    Written By g s, clayton nc on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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    if your looking for a lot of radio for a little money this is it works with my I phone blue tooth and is great. more am and fm presets than you could ever use great deal
    Pros:
    easy on the wallet and free shipping
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    5 out of 5

    Good bluetooth radio!

    Written By Janet, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, September 09, 2013
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    This little gem was easy to install. It's easy to use and sounds good.
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    4 out of 5

    good deck amplifies well

    Written By unohu, san jacinto, ca on Sunday, September 08, 2013
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    Excellent for the price, glad I bought it.
    Pros:
    Aux in, amplifier on another level, Bluetooth connectivity
    Cons:
    No usb connection, did not work with my Sirius xm radio as advertised.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Fort stewart on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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    Sounds great. Not very expensive and was easy to install. Love listening to my music with out having to connect cables.
    Pros:
    Price. Functionality. Sound.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Anonymous, Worcester on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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    Love Bluetooth feature.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Anonymous, Warren, Ohio on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    Very nice stereo
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Choice

    Written By Mr. Rich, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    I wanted something affordable that I could play my phone audio through using bluetooth. This was the perfect choice. It was easy to install with all the included hardware, sounds great and is pretty easy to figure out.
    Pros:
    Great sound, ease of use and bluetooth connectivity.
    Cons:
    Mic location for bluetooth phone is in face of radio making it hard for people on the other end to hear.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Buy

    Written By John G, High Point , NC on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    You won't be disappointed with this unit. I can't believe all the features for the money. Build quality is also phenomenal. The controls are fairly easy to get used to. The bluetooth operates extremely well with the built in microphone. The displays are awesome. I really can't think of anything I don't like about this unit, especially for the price.
    Pros:
    Value, features, cool looks, bluetooth quality
    Cons:
    The sound quality is very good but could be better if you are a serious audiophile but it may be my speakers and not the unit itself. I gave it a 4/5 on ease of use but that was due to the Crutchfield instructions not being as clear as they might have been and this necessitated a couple of calls to tech service for clarification but the people on the tech line are GREAT!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Anonymous, Orlando, FL on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    I love this deck!! It's awesome and if you have the money definitely worth the price! Installation was quick and easy.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    None
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    1 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By TJ, Montgomery, AL on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    Went through 2 brand new units and our of the 2 neither one worked CD player broken and wouldn't play, the other wouldn't even power on.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By rmd, el paso tx on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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    replacement for 2002 jeep good fit nice sound
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    5 out of 5

    Everything and more

    Written By Anonymous, Tampa, fl on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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    Crutchfield sent everything for an easy install. Radio plays great and the Bluetooth hooked right up and works well
    Pros:
    Easy install, great sound, Bluetooth
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Mike H, Ohio on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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    Great product for the price. I have been told by everyone i talk to through the bluetooth that I sound like I am in a tunnel or far away.
    Pros:
    -Price
    Cons:
    -Mic is not the best
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P CD receiver

    Written By Anonymous, San diego, ca 92105 on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    This receiver has all the features that i wanted in a receiver. Easy to use, easy to install especially with all the freebies that crutchfield gives away with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By vickie, diamond springs on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    So far great customer service also
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver!

    Written By timmy11, Ruckersville, VA on Saturday, July 27, 2013
     
    I'm able to control a WHOLE LOT of audio options within my car. It improved the quality of the sound coming from my speakers by a lot!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent replacement for VW Blaupunkt

    Written By 1zapz, Pacific NW on Friday, July 26, 2013
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    Easily replaced non-operative deck in-dash and easier to operate than the Blaupunkt that was originally installed.
    Pros:
    Easy to operate.
    Cons:
    LOTS of plastic.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Tim, Mankato MN on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Wish it worked with IPhone Have to use adapter. Other than it sounds good
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    4 out of 5

    Sony Does it again

    Written By OneJollyFriar, Great Neck, NY on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    I was warned that there would be limited functionality with my iPhone4s because it was made for use with other phones but it seems to work fine. BT connection works great, sound is awesome, calls come in and you can put a button on the radio or on the remote to receive the call. seamless and connects evertime.
    Pros:
    bt works with any phone in the car so anyone with bt can connect and play their music. phone connects quick and calls are extremely clear... radio also has great reception
    Cons:
    sometimes the on screen display cannot display what the iPhone is sending or playing but it works better with other phones. not a big deal.
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    5 out of 5

    Great and Easy product for DIY project

    Written By pTholand, Culpeper, Va on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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    This radio console is a great unit to buy for a DIY project. It's simple to install (especially if you get the free adapter wiring connectors) and use. Matched with new speakers (I bought two Sony speakers for my front doors and two Sound Ordnance kickers for the rear) pumps out great sound. I'm looking to add a sub-woofer to complete the system soon.
    Pros:
    Cheap, Easy to use and install, Simple design, and in-system tuning of sound quality is quick and easy.
    Cons:
    Built-in microphone can be a little weak at times and cause garbled sound for caller on the other end of the line when using BT Phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Bluetooth receiver

    Written By JDB, Royal Oak, MI on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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    Does everything it's supposed to do. Easy install, thanks to Crutchfield's wiring harness and installation kit. Bluetooth pairing works perfectly, automatically pairs with my phone when I turn the car on. Bluetooth streaming is easy to operate also.
    Pros:
    inexpensive, handsfree Bluetooth
    Cons:
    menu settings are somewhat complex to operate.
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    5 out of 5

    Good product

    Written By MarkS, Maynard, Ma on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    I am very pleased with the radio!
    Pros:
    Good sound quality.
    Cons:
    Hands free microphone for cell phone picks up too much noise in the background.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value and Friendly

    Written By Bruce, Fairmont, WV on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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    Was just what I was looking for, easy installation. Bluetooth application works great. All around pleased with the product .
    Pros:
    Good value.
    Cons:
    No cons
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Value

    Written By Joe, Indiana on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    A really great car stereo with modern convenience features that does not break the bank. I love this car stereo. Call feature works and works well. It beats my Plantronics Bluetooth adapter for quality on both ends of the call. I also really like the ability to end the call by hitting the big volume button.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Connectivity. Value. Call Quality. Sound Quality -- Lots of tweaking options. Lots of preset options for additional Satellite Radio Tuner.
    Cons:
    Dimmer option is not that useful as the Call Button is VERY bright and blows everything else out. Screen is useful but limited. Would prefer an option to keep the time on every display mode. It is fairly easy to wreck your pairing with your phone, would prefer an option to lock the interface.
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    5 out of 5

    Good radio for the price !!!!!

    Written By Kris, Bristol,Ct on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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    Easy radio to use , Bluetooth works good , easy to hook up ipod/iphone
    Pros:
    Cheap / easy to use / good sound
    Cons:
    no cons
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Paul, Charleston, Illinois on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    Overall, great value, easy installation and operation
    Pros:
    Value -- built-in mic quality is better than any I have had before
    Cons:
    Single Color display.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By leo n, Machesney park il on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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    All good
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    4 out of 5

    Does the job better than expected

    Written By BrekkenR, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
     
    I got this unit to replace the blown stock radio in my 96 m-edition miata. I went the route of mounting an ipad mini in my double din space, and mounting this unit just under my glove box. The included installation gear made it easy to wire in, and the customer service was outstanding. I have the ipad steaming bluetooth audio to the unit, and the sound quality is surprisingly good.
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    5 out of 5

    Smooth Operator

    Written By JimC, Islip, NY on Monday, June 24, 2013
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    Fast easy installation. Good on screen symbols for bluetooth connection. Connects fast with no delay. Lots of features.
    Pros:
    nice styling. Upfront aux is a plus. Expandable. Sub outs. Easier face removal over previous version. Easy FM programing and Pandora control.Good sounding. Plenty of power for my stock speakers. Excellent value.
    Cons:
    Missing that front USB.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Aftermarket Stereo!

    Written By 2002 Ford Ranger EDGE, Hibbing MN on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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    This is a wonderful stereo. Install went very smooth with all the free install gear from Crutchfield. Sound quality is really good. Had no problems syncing it with my Samsung Note II. Bluetooth works wonderful. No need to use the AUX input (but it's nice to know it's there). Calls are pretty decent. Tuner is good at finding stations, and the RDS display is also a nice feature. Comes with a nice remote that can control the unit.

    Note this is a 2012 model, and has since been replaced with a newer model with a few upgrades (USB support being the big upgrade).
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    4 out of 5

    Made even my factory speakers sound better

    Written By Brian, Millbrook, NY on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    Could not believe how the sound out of my factory speakers improved. Almost did not install my new speakers from Crutchfield but glad I did!
    Pros:
    Value for money, Sound quality, CD, AUX, hands free calling.
    Cons:
    Microphone quality for cell calls could be better.
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I was looking for

    Written By MitchK, Montgomery, AL on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    This Sony Bluetooth CD head unit had everything I was looking for including a built in mic. Now there is no place for an external mic, but all who have talked to me on it can't tell the difference. The controls for the Bluetooth work great and control my music forward and back. All in all, a great value for the money.
    Pros:
    Built in mic, Bluetooth, does everything I want it to do, inexpensive
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Everything as advertised. Want another one.

    Written By OWT, Newcastle, OK on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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    The Bluetooth on this unit is superb. I installed in 1999 Saturn which is not a quiet car, yet the built in microphone picks up the caller's voice with great clarity. I only rated the Ease of Use category a 4 because there are so many features packed into this unit it may be hard for someone not comfortable with the latest electronic gadgets to know where to start. I especially like the link to the phonebook on my IPhone. Scrolling through the phonebook is easy and the letters on the screen are big so make it easy to read. I also like the speed dial feature to set up 6 frequently called numbers that can be dialed by touching a "station" button. I recommend it to anyone.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield makes it so easy to install by providing instructions and the exact kits / adapters needed for anyone's specific vehicle. Crutchfield's instructions on how to remove the old unit eliminates the fear of doing something horribly wrong.
    Cons:
    I didn't have the compression connectors to connect the unit to the wiring harness adapter so I had to wait until the next day (stores were closed) to finish the implementation.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3000P

    Written By Anonymous, Vacaville, Ca on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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    I love this Sony! The only thing is the built-in Pandora Mode only works with an Android/Blackberry (which I read in the fine print after I ordered it) but my iPhone does work fine in Bluetooth Music mode for Pandora or any music app. BT phone works fine too. I had no problems installing it according to the instructions on my Ford Ranger, replaced the OEM which had lost the LCD display some time ago. Recommended!
    Pros:
    Good sound quality. Good price. Easy to install.
    Cons:
    Its built in Pandora App mode doesn't work with the iPhone, but I still can use Pandora from the iPhones controls via the BT Music mode.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio, good bluetooth, weak Mic

    Written By CurtJ, Chandler AZ on Monday, June 17, 2013
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    Great radio, good Bluetooth functions. The Mic for handsfree calls is under the faceplate and your voice is in a tunnel, so I often use the speaker function in the phone. The radio works well with the Galaxy Note 2.
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