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Sony MEX-BT3100P

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Our take on the Sony MEX-BT3100P

Sony's MEX-BT3100P CD receiver makes it easier than ever to use a smartphone in your car. Its App Remote feature lets you launch smartphone apps from the receiver, while your smartphone acts as a remote control and a second display for apps and song info. Plus, the MEX-BT3100P will read incoming text messages on your Android phone aloud, so you can stay in the loop while keeping your eyes on the road.

Control your Sony receiver with your smartphone

Sony's MEX-BT3100P CD receiver makes it easier than ever to use a smartphone in your car. Its App Remote feature lets you launch smartphone apps from the receiver, while your smartphone acts as a remote control and a second display for apps and song info. Plus, the MEX-BT3100P will read incoming text messages on your Android phone aloud, so you can stay in the loop while keeping your eyes on the road.

Connecting your smartphone is easy — just plug your iPhone® into the USB input, or set up a Bluetooth® link with your Android™ to get started. Then use your phone's touchscreen to do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. And on the other side of the App Remote's two-way street, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source.

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Bluetooth convenience

Hands-free calling is a given with this receiver, but you'll enjoy wireless audio streaming from your mobile devices, too. And if you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you can control your stations from the receiver, plus give "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" ratings.

Serious sonic controls

Whether your music's on a smartphone, an iPod®, or CDs, the MEX-BT3100P has the chops to make it sound great. Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp kicks out realistic sound with excellent depth of field and soundstaging, and you can tweak it to match your car with a variety of tools, including a 7-band equalizer and digital time alignment. The two sets of preamp outputs come in handy when you expand the system with external amps or powered subs.


Your smartphone becomes an awesome remote control with Sony's App Remote feature.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use 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 receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

I love the fact that this radio does so much stuff. It can be a little complicated to use at times if you use all the possible connections. But overall a good radio. You cant even find a radio like this for the price I paid any more.

Rico, West Virginia

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone (with attached 12' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • Visor bracket
  • Two-sided tape
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
  • US Limited Warranty sheet
  • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
  • Face fixing screw note

Product 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
    • App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable face (face case not included)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • time alignment and DM+ soundstage enhancer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Average Customer Review(s):

    (110 Reviews)

    Does a lot

    Rico from West Virginia on 11/24/2014

    2006 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the fact that this radio does so much stuff. It can be a little complicated to use at times if you use all the possible connections. But overall a good radio. You cant even find a radio like this for the price I paid any more.




    Chely from New York on 3/18/2014

    1995 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a stereo that did it all and Crutchfield had it as usual, thanks for an all around great stereo at a great price!



    Extremely Frustrating (Possibly Defective)

    Matt from Daytona Beach on 11/29/2013

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are a lot of positive things that can be said for this unit. The sound quality is good, it is chocked full of features and the B/T handsfree calling is pretty grand. (Siri integration would be nice.) However, if you're going to use it for iPod features, be prepared to go bald trying. The iPod controls are clunky, glitchy and produce an overall terrible experience. Music stops and starts like a buffering internet radio station. Playlists randomly start over at the first song. Navigation controls work sometimes, but not all of the time, and tend to be inconsistent. I think that this unit may be defective and so I will attempt to have it exchanged. If it is simply a defective unit then I will update this review. For now, if you're an iPod, iPhone or iPad music listener, this is a no-go.



    Clunky bluetooth otherwise nice

    Ron K from Howard, OH on 11/20/2013

    2003 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was explaining the Bluetooth capabilities to my inlaws. I had put a JVC w/ blue tooth HU in my 2006 Civic. It was great! They went with this model. The JVC you can press the phone button on the JVC and activate voice commands. From the time I have spent with them you cannot do this with the Sony. The JVC will start Pandora automatically on your phone by pressing one button. When I was reading the manual on the sony I did not see this feature. All of us are using Andriod phones. I have a a Razr Maxx (older model with JB). They have a Pantech with ICS I think. All of us are also on Verizon. On their Sony you have to scroll through the phone book to make a call-pressing button to navigate-taking your eyes off the road. In the JVC I could press the phone button and voice command the phone to make a call. I have traded the Civic in on a 2012 Focus with Sync. Sync is not as good as the JVC.

    Pros: Looks nice. Sounds great!

    Cons: Bluetooth capabilities are a bit compared to another manufacturer I have experience with.

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    JimF from Wauseon Oh. on 11/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound, Good look, Good price, This is my second purchase of this model and when I need another sterio will buy another one

    Pros: Very good quality for the cost

    Cons: None

    Easy Install / Great Upgrade

    Frank from CT on 11/10/2013

    1992 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great upgrade for 92 Civic. Easy install with lit, harness and instructions from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth and multiple sources (usb, radio, bluetooth, aux) give us plenty of options.

    Cons: Still learning the buttons and shortcuts to the various functions.

    Great Stereo

    RobS from Memphis, TN on 11/5/2013

    2008 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little stereo. I bought for blue tooth capabilities and ability to add SiriusXM in the future. I did not install the satellite radio, but all features work flawlessly. Install in my Altima was a breeze.

    Pros: Bluetooth is very nice and easy to both receive and make calls while keeping your phone in your pocket.

    Cons: There are so many features, that it can be difficult to navigate them all.

    I like it!

    shwiggles from Buffalo NY on 10/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this as an upgrade to the 3000P, great choice for $20 more!

    Pros: Everything I need

    Cons: Some of the controls aren't very intuitive, but that's why the manual's there I suppose. Also, doesn't work with certain iPod cords, says "USB overload" even though it's the factory cord.


    JeffA from Coeur d'Alene, ID on 10/25/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little unit. I installed the unit with little issue into a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. I would recommend getting an adaptor that plugs directly into the factory wiring and attaches easily to the units wire harness, much cleaner, easier and affordable (about $5 with shipping) The instructions from Crutchfield were clear and concise. Sounds great, looks great and all of the functions work well. The display has many options but very simple to navigate and easy to see night or day. Price was great.

    Pros: Has all the functions needed Good looking Great sounding Great price

    Cons: None

    Great Deal

    Rex from Arkansas on 10/24/2013

    Installed this radio to replace a 10 year old pioneer because I couldn't get the sound right, even with infinity kappa highs and a 12 inch sub. The improvement was huge without even tuning it. As soon as I turned it on I played a familiar song and heard things I couldn't before. It somehow pushes much deeper bass from my sub without making it move more and it reduced sibilance from my metal tweeters. (this was comparing everything set at zero on both head units) It also sounds smoother and cleaner. For the price, this thing is packed with processing capability. The 7 band equalizer allows you to attenuate harshness or bring out deep bass pretty effectively. I even turned off the high and low pass crossovers on my amps and just used the radio because it sounded better. You can choose 50-120hz for the high and low pass and even adjust the slope of attenuation from 1-3 to blend your highs and lows. The bluetooth seems to work fine on my Galaxy S4. Streams spotify and receives calls no problem. You can't change the color or do anything super cool like watch movies, but you can watch movies on your phone and stream the audio.

    Pros: Cheap, 7 band equalizer, bluetooth, processing is impressive for the price

    Cons: only 2 pre-outs, only lights up blue, probably gonna go deaf because music sounds incredible

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    Anonymous from Omaha, Ne on 10/21/2013

    1991 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, works great with iPhone!



    Very good unit

    jsvo from Northwest Florida on 10/21/2013

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this can't be beat. Works well. was very easy to install with kit supplied from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Easy to install and works geat

    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from Churchville Pa on 10/19/2013

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio sounds good worth every penny

    Pros: Easy to put in

    Cons: None

    Great so far!

    MShee from San Luis Obispo, Ca on 10/19/2013

    2001 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was a breeze to install, and just as easy to use. There are some minor bumps when it comes to using the USB cable and playing Spoitfy radio with an iPhone. It sometimes has trouble connecting, and you have to stop Spotify, play something in iTunes, and then return to Spotify and it will play. Not every time, but sometimes. I don't believe it to be the radio at fault, but more of the iPhone trying to sort things out. A bump none the less.

    Pros: Improves stereo quality, allows for aux input, and USB input AND bluetooth, handsfree quality is great

    Cons: Connection to Spotify can be a little frustrating at times

    Great Buy!

    Mike T. from Kansas City, MO on 10/18/2013

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for all the options you get. Very easy to install with the instructions that come with it

    Pros: sounds awesome great price

    Cons: It was diffcult to sync to my phone.

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    Anonymous from Dorado PR on 10/16/2013

    2002 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It sound nice and bluetooth call are like if the car come with it integrated.



    great product

    ReneeS from Crofton, MD on 10/16/2013

    2002 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My car is 10 years old and had the original radio/CD player in it, It finally died and I bought this to replace it. Great sound, and easy to use once I read the instructions a few times. I am so happy to have good music again.



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    Patsomotso from Glastonbury CT on 10/14/2013

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice system. Crutchfield provided all the instructions and it was a cinch to install. The sound is pretty good, even with the 14 year old factory speakers. Will be upgrading those soon also.

    Pros: Bluetooth was an easy setup. Works great with my iPhone.

    Cons: Glare on the screen makes it a little hard to read in the bright daylight.

    Awsome sound

    Jgohel from Phoenix, AZ on 10/13/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my 2004 malibu factory stereo. This has been major upgrade to what I have been listening to . My factory speaker never sound so good and best connectivity feature . Like to be in car again . :)

    Pros: Good sound quality . Many connectivity options.

    Cons: Menu options are not intutive and not easy to configure. Low range of remote. Bright display.

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    Joe from Melbourne FL on 10/11/2013

    2009 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product & easy to install.

    Pros: great sound and easy to install.

    Cons: small buttoms

    Love This Product

    Loren from Stewartsville, New Jersey on 10/10/2013

    1998 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this item to replace my factory stereo. I drive an old 1998 Dodge Durango and the sound system was limping along on two speakers; one in the rear driver's door and one in the front passenger door. The little directional selector knob had a mind of its own. So, I researched on this site for two months. The Crutchfield "does it fit your car" feature was very helpful when I was considering the right system for my vehicle. This product is great. I can use Bluetooth calling, so it's completely hands free. The remote works well and helps me keep my eyes focused on the road. I ADORE the Pandora. I haven't listened to the radio. Don't need to. And don't want to. Great item.

    Pros: The Bluetooth is amazing. Haven't used the app remote feature because I don't need to. Seems extraneous to me.

    Cons: Setting the highs, mid range and bass on the equalizer was a little challenging. The manual doesn't give you a description of the 7 channels. But played with it and was able to tweak it to my liking.

    We love it!

    Pam from GA on 10/9/2013

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great, it's cool having the phone come through in stereo, too.



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    Brad from Modesto, CA on 10/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Took a while to dial in the EQ but when you do it sounds great. Easy to install for a non mechanical guy

    Pros: Great options and Bluetooth a great plus

    Cons: Read the manual when setting up A Must

    Feature Packed

    HKM from New Albany, IN on 9/28/2013

    2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value. This is a feature-packed unit that delivers high-quality sound.

    Pros: Bluetooth Phone call quality Feature-packed

    Cons: Not-so-intuitive user interface


    Jesse from Milan, MI on 9/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm loving this receiver.

    Pros: Blutooth integration, eq presets

    Cons: Styling a little ugly

    Worth every penny

    PeterW from NYC Metro on 9/23/2013

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better sound and more functionality than a previous JVC that I paid $30 more for. Imagine having preset buttons?! BT audio is fantastic to stream from my iPhone!

    Pros: Preset buttons. Bluetooth connections for phone and audio. A large clock that is legible.

    Cons: I haven't found one yet!

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    Chad from Columbus, OH on 9/23/2013

    2001 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Having bought and installed many stereos throughout the years I was really satisfied with this stereo. It seems to have great sound with the built in eq settings and looks pretty easy to operate. What I was really impressed with was the sound during a phone call. I called the person in the car and it sounded like a speaker phone...not like you're in a tunnel talking. I was very impressed with that. Install was easy with the GM adapter for the Grand Am and the finished product looked very nice in the car. I have been buying Crutchfield for many years and will continue as their service and customer service tech's are top notch!!!



    First time using Sony coming from Alpine..

    EH from CALIPATRIA, CA on 9/21/2013

    1998 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am used to the quality and build of Alpine. The faceplate on the Sony is a little light and has some portions that have a cheap feel to it. But regarding the sound quality it's great. The 7-band equalizer and digital time alignment is well worth the price and effort to learn how to use it. It even has a feature that will allow you to enhance the bass to your rear speakers, or use the rear speaker outputs to directly connect a subwoofer, how cool is that! Great Job Sony!

    Pros: Sound enhancements Microphone adjustments

    Cons: Faceplate feels a little on the cheap side

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    Anonymous from sperry, iowa on 9/20/2013

    2002 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo , easy install, love the bluetooth.



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    RR from TEXAS on 9/19/2013

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits like a glove, I'm completely satisfied with this purchase.


    Cons: none

    Great Value

    Anonymous from United States on 9/16/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased a diesel pickup, and being a 6-speed manual I really wanted to have wireless bluetooth calling capability. I did quite a bit of research on this product and others, but ended up going with this one. Once this was installed I have definitely been impressed with this stereo. The bluetooth works as if it was a factory install and the people on the other line thought I was still talking on my phone like regular. I was slightly concerned with the noise pollution released from my truck, but it has not been a complication at all. This stereo was easy to use and very easy to set up. I also installed the App on my galaxy and it works very well. I have not spent much time experimenting with it so I am sure there are many more things it is capable of that I have yet to discover. My next step will be speakers to compliment the capability of this new stereo.

    Pros: Wireless bluetooth that works like a factory option. Stylish/clean look

    Cons: It beeps three times after you shut your vehicle off, you can get this turned off but I have been to busy to mess with it and it has not bothered me that much.

    Excellent receiver

    Alex from Brooklyn, NY on 9/15/2013

    2011 Ford Transit Connect
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I use it for hands free and streaming music from my phone. It works perfectly. I'm completely satisfied with this purchase.

    Pros: Bluetooth.

    Cons: None

    Massive upgrade

    A Guy With A Toyota from Santa Monica, CA 90404 on 9/14/2013

    1997 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow, this is such a massive upgrade from my factory stereo (with tape deck and no CD), that I think I'd be normally knocked over with appreciation for every little thing about this receiver. And for the most part, I'm very impressed. The sound quality is really good, the value is tremendous, and it was very easy to install in my 1997 Avalon. I've got to knock it down to 4 stars overall, however, due to the "Ease of Use" issue. It's not easy to figure out how to simply adjust the bass, treble, and midrange levels. I appreciate that Sony wants to provide a lot of sophistication with this thing, but at times, it's too much and too confusing. Eventually, you can figure it out, but it ain't easy when all you want to do is give the Black Keys a little more bass. Also, one thing I don't like is that if the stereo decides you should be on some other menu than the main one, you can't physically turn down the volume unless you hit the "Source" button first. Sometimes, you want to change the volume in a hurry, and you can't always do that on this unit. Bit of a drag. But overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.

    Pros: Ease of installation, value, sound quality

    Cons: Ease of use; weird ability to not adjust volume

    Good for the money!

    RogerG from Washington state on 9/6/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You get what you pay for, and maybe a little extra with this head unit. It's great for the price, but still leaves you wishing you just spent a bit more for something with better controls - the "App Remote" app on my iPhone is utter garbage.

    Pros: Great for the price

    Cons: USB and Bluetooth control of iPhone is terrible using the app.

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    Hogan from Westlake, LA on 9/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the hands free and audio streaming.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None

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    JasonB from Manassas, VA on 8/29/2013

    2006 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth was simple and works great! It sounds great and plays from ipods and iphones perfectly.

    Pros: Easy bluetooth, great sound.

    Cons: Can't change display color.

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    Anonymous from Richmond, VA on 8/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, it was better than factory Alpine in my MINI Cooper S. easy install as long as you follow Crutchfields instructions. Good people to work with. I will install the same unit in our RV next. Enjoying not having wires all over the car... Very happy overall.



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    KK from Colorado Springs, CO on 8/24/2013

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound quality.

    Pros: Outstanding in bringing in weak stations with great sound.

    Cons: Display is kind of stock. Doesn't jump out and catch your eye.

    Great Head Unit at a Great Price!

    Craig from Lebanon, PA on 8/23/2013

    2007 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is great! I tested the Pandora control a little and played with Sony's App Remote app for Android a little on my phone. The call quality is excellent and I love the way it pulls my phonebook data from my Android phone and lets me store numbers in the six preset buttons for speed dialing from the head unit. For the price you really can't beat it. It's hard to find a head unit for that price with Bluetooth, USB, and Aux in connectivity let alone one that comes with a remote, mic, as well as full Android and Pandora support. I have the mic installed where the ceiling meets the windshield right above the rear-view mirror. I only tested it a little last night but the sound during phone calls is loud and clear on both ends. The phone call audio out comes from the front speakers only but this is by design as I found in the manual and I may be happy for that when our 2 and 4 year old are asleep in the middle/back. I only got it installed in the last week and since I don't drive the van to work I haven't had much chance to use it other than testing. So far I am very happy with the head unit and would strongly recommend it!

    Pros: - The sound quality sounds great to me! - It has a "DM+" feature to upscale and/or improve the sound of digital audio - AppRemote for Android allows control from Android device and some control of Android device from the head unit - Plays audio from any device that support Bluetooth audio out, USB flash drives, or Aux in as well as CD's and Radio - Full Pandora control without even installing the Sony AppRemote - bright, easy-to-read display - includes mic for Bluetooth phone calling - lo

    Cons: - It's not too hard but I think it could be easier to use. - The default options have the "Demo Mode" and "Caution Alarm" enabled. The demo mode lists features on the display every 5 minutes if you haven't pushed a button for five minutes. The caution alarm beeps loudly three times every time you turn off your car without removing the faceplace. Thankfully, both of these very annoying things are easy to disable! - The display is not a dot matrix display so it's limited to one line of text.

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    Rick from bridgeport,tx on 8/20/2013

    2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy swap for factory unit. The conectivity of this unit to other devices is fantastic. Usb port, aux plug, blue tooth, ipod, iphone, andriod. Fantastic. Great sound quality. Clean.

    Pros: Conectivity.

    Cons: None so far

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    Pad from Oak park on 8/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It is a great radio. Especially coming from the standard stock tape deck that came with the car. My favorite feature is streaming content from my phone via bluetooth.

    Pros: Good sound, simple interface. Great calling feature.

    Cons: It would be nice to turn off the features not used or at least change the order.


    Angel from Crawfordville, fl on 8/17/2013

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was impressed with this system. Installed it within an hour in my 2005 Hyundai Elantra. My factory speakers sound amazing now! This system upgraded my old car and now makes me feel up to par with technology. It is a little confusing to figure out all of the features and how to change the sound quality, but I think that is because I'm so used to my dinosaur radio with a tape deck, LOL! I'm super impressed with everything I can do and was extremely impress with the value I have for the price! Thanks Crutchfield, you all Rock!

    Pros: Sound quality, easy to install, awesome features, value for the price

    Cons: Confusing to figure out

    Great with a minor flaw or two

    ClayH from Duluth, GA on 8/14/2013

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was quite impressed with the Sony MEX-BT3100P. It was just about the cheapest system I could find with the features I wanted (bluetooth controls, CD, aux, usb) from a brand I trusted, so I wasn't sure what to expect - but so far everything's working great.

    Pros: Sounds great, near flawless integration with my android phone, easy front-access usb and aux inputs.

    Cons: It sometimes forgets where it was on the USB drive, starting over at the beginning. When listening to audiobooks with long tracks, that can get rather annoying. My workaround - always turn the unit off before turning off the car. So far when I've done that, it's always picked up where it left off.

    Love the Bluetooth!

    Rick from Benicia, CA on 8/14/2013

    2002 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy so far. I even installed it myself. I have a tumor in my ear and had a lot of trouble hearing with my cell phone blue tooth and having the Radio, it comes through the car speakers and it's fantastic to be able to make/take calls in the car. The minute I plug the faceplate in the BT connects automatically. Great sound and handles my old iPod classic perfectly. I can toggle between albums and everything. I commute and have some audiobooks that I wanted to listen to and didn't really like headphones. Plus, when I'm on the phone, it automatically stops the music/story and picks up when I'm done. I hope it lasts a good, long time! Price was great, free shipping, free wiring harness and free dash mount.

    Pros: Installation directions, Bluetooth and sound quality

    Cons: none yet

    Great for the money

    Anonymous from Orlando on 8/9/2013

    2006 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, sounds great! Bluetooth is easy to connect and sound quality is great.

    Pros: Easy to install, Bluetooth, and display

    Cons: None at this time

    Awesome Head Unit!

    Kevin from Kerrville, TX on 8/9/2013

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had all the features I was looking for like bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM expandability, Preamp outputs, etc. I did lots of research on other sites and through friends and decided on this one and let me tell you what, I'm glad I chose it. The sound quality is fantastic. This unit replaced a factory Ford unit and the difference was night and day.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, very expandable

    Cons: Menu can be difficult to navigate if you're not used to it.

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    MDH from Seattle, WA on 8/5/2013

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Especially for the money this stereo is packed with all of the goodies one needs. Love it! Even my teenage kids are impressed.

    Pros: Tons of features

    Cons: Trying to figure out how to use all of them.

    Super Value

    JeffGoetz1 from Cincinnati Ohio on 8/4/2013

    2000 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seriously fantastic for less than 125$ A dramatic improvement in sound over the Alpine unit it replaced.

    Pros: Cost, value, features, easy install

    Cons: NONE!

    Feature rich LOW PRICE

    Vulpine from Ukiah on 8/4/2013

    2002 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Sony Mex- BT3100P is amazing. Once set up the Bluetooth phone feature just works flawlessly without any button pushing or repairing. I leave my phones Bluetooth on constantly jump into the car, start the engine and I am hooked up before I put it in gear! I listen to my MLB at bat, my own downloaded music or Pandora and forget I also have an awesome radio and CD player! I bought this as a necessity because my old factory car stereo stopped lighting up. I've bought a few systems in my life but never from Crutchfield, I'm completely satisfied and amazed at how well they know their stuff. With one toll free call this guy helped my go from hating life to elation on a simple push harder on those pins, its ok! Great customer service!

    Pros: Awesome features, great customer service.

    Cons: Not really a con. Installation instructions from Sony are always vague. If you're a novice youtube and research installation of other Sony head units and you will be fine.

    1999 Suburban

    Howard from Gloucester, Va on 8/3/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Step up on the factory system. Enjoy the BT functions

    Pros: great sound, pandora, BT phone, great value


    1999 Toyota Corolla

    Anonymous from Wolfeboro, NH on 7/31/2013

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation and sounds great with the stock speakers! Unbelievable sound!

    Pros: Great instructions and fit perfectly

    Cons: None

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 7/28/2013

    1995 BMW 525I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good replacement for stock 525i BMW 1995...fits. Sounds better. Also replaced kick panel speakers.



    Good Stereo

    Donny from Clarksville, Tn. on 7/23/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good stereo, especially for the cost. Very happy with the sound quality. Links up with my android phone via Bluetooth with no issues.



    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    DougL from SoCA on 7/22/2013

    2006 Audi A3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value.

    Pros: Lots of features for price.

    Cons: Takes a bit of time to set up preferences, but once set , the unit is great.

    New stereo for my minivan

    Pete from Kansas City, MO on 7/22/2013

    2002 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice stereo with great sound! I really love the Bluetooth streaming music and calls via my iPhone! I have ordered stereos from Crutchfield twice before. Very professional service and excellent value. They gave me everything I needed to install the stereo- as they always have.



    Wonderful Value

    WillW from Tacoma, WA on 7/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo was easy to install, sounds great and immediately made a difference in the sound quality. The App Remote application could use some work, but it's still functional. I recommend this device.




    CD from Barnegat, NJ on 7/20/2013

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great instructions. Easy install. Having all the extras made it a snap.

    Pros: The extra parts free

    Cons: None

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    DaveF from Higganum CT on 7/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great product Very easy to use and sounds great

    Pros: Fit right in my Volvo 940


    Great step up

    Vinny from Indiana on 7/15/2013

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit for the Blue Tooth capabilities. I upgrades from a Pioneer that had faceplate contact issues in cold weather. The Sony works great and I am very happy with the Blue tooth connection with my IPhone 4. I do not like the app for the IPhone which helps control the deck when the IPhone is plugged into the USB. Also, I have chose not to use the Pandora application on the Sony as a source. It is much easier to just us the Bluetooth audio source. The sound quality of the Sony is not quite up to the Pioneer, although I am still learning how to adjust the bass and treble, and I can't seem to find a preset on the amp that I really like. Overall not bad for the price, I like to be able to charge my phone and use it with the USB port.

    Pros: Good Bluetooth, fairly easy to set up.

    Cons: Phone sound quality is not great, Pandora controls are awkward. Not certain about sound quality.

    Worth every penny

    Enno from Wilkesboro NC on 7/13/2013

    1997 Toyota T100
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely love this head unit. It helps that I was coming from a 1997 factory one to this but it is still amazing. The Bluetooth hooks up with my phone every time. (I don't have to go in and manually pair) I live in the country and this stereo picks up stations I didn't know were out there. Easy to install... Easy to use... Great radio!

    Pros: Bluetooth to radio rocks, FM ability rocks!

    Cons: Haven't found any yet...

    Great value, great sound

    Dan M. from Kalamazoo, MI on 7/10/2013

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product. Shopped the site for awhile before settling on this head unit. Everything as advertised. Menu is a little tricky but now that I am used it, no problem. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield support. Couldn't be happier with the unit for input selection, sound, and ease of use. Bluetooth works flawlessly for calls and music.

    Pros: Value, easy to install, sound quality

    Cons: Only slight con is the menu until you leait.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    charles from gaston sc on 7/10/2013

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this receiver great for the price

    Pros: Really easy to use

    Cons: remote don't work and hasn't worked since day one

    Sony stereo

    David G from Cincinnati Ohio on 7/9/2013

    1994 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like this stereo as it turns my 94 f150 into a modern machine (well almost!). Love the Bluetooth functions including hands free speaker phone and app control from Pandora. Way more functions than I anticipated and will probably use, but it is better to have them available and unused than needed and not available.

    Pros: Full function. Hands free. App control. Power.

    Cons: Menus are a little confusing, and take some getting used to, but mainly because there is so much here.


    Dick from WA on 7/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed under rear seat of 63 Morris Cooper S (so interior would remain stock looking) Install was easy and result very good I intend to use my android phone for both stored music and Pandora, works well with both. As soon as I turn on it mates with the phone and starts my Poweramp app works great. can also control with remote. Can't believe what you get for so little money. Using Polk Dxi 651 Speakers which Cooper (Advisor) gave me the hole measurements for and they fit previous holes perfectly.

    Pros: Easy Install, Huge grouping of features,

    Cons: Mic included for Bluetooth Calls does not offer very good sound. Otherwise perfect for application.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Ed M. from Cocoa, Fl on 7/6/2013

    1993 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is great, except a lot of the bluetooth features do not work with my smart phone.

    Pros: Great sound quality, easy install, lots of features.

    Cons: Not all bluetooth functions work with all smart phones

    Sony MEX-BT3100Y

    Traveler 1 from North Dakota on 7/6/2013

    1997 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is compact and light in weight so vibration should be minimal and that will be great in a 4X4 truck.. Install was simple and quick. There are a lot of options built into the unit and it will take some time to get to learn them all.

    Pros: Great sound over the factory radio.

    Cons: None

    Works great in my truck

    Greg C from Winthrop MA on 7/5/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great radio. I purchased it to replace the factory unit in my 1999 silverado 2500, it is a big upgrade. The part I like best is the bluetooth phone, a big safety upgrade, hands free. I don't even need to get take the phone out of my pocket when I get into my truck (no more doing the wiggle schmiggle when it rings and I'm driving and forgot to take it out). This truck has poor storage built into the dash, and since the radio is a single din, I decided to make a custom bracket which left me room for a good size(8 in x 1 1/4 in) pocket on top. I hacked the OEM radio sheet metal and spot welded it to the Sony bracket, just took me 10 mins(I have a workshop, not for everyone) and presto slide in and pocket on top!. The bracket and faceplate that came with the radio were serviceable, but this let me improve on Chevy's poor interior design and make it my own. The wiring harness that came with it was very easy to hook up, thank you Crutchfield. I have installed three or four radios in the past and this was by far the least hassle, I would say easy. I think that if I hadn't wanted to make my own mounting, and just used what came in the kit including the brackets, I could have done it in less than an hour. Few products impress me as making my life better, but being able to have a cell phone conversation while driving and finding it no worse than if the person was right there is a big deal to me.

    Pros: The bluetooth is great, paired with my Iphone 4s on the first try, the mic has good sound and noise cancelation in my truck ( I put it on the top of the window pillar trim piece) and it pairs with the radio to make or answer calls automatically when I get in the truck, radio on of course. Music sounds great, also plays from the songs on my phone over bluetooth. Radio has great reception.

    Cons: I still haven't figured out all of the features, it should be able to control my music on the phone, but I think I will need to read the manual to figure that out. It has more features than I could use, but a simple balance (left right) control might be nice also. It is such a big upgrade though that it might take me a while to get around to figuring it out, I so happy with the unit....

    Sounds great!

    Mr Z from Boudler, CO on 7/3/2013

    1999 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product was straight forward to hook up and sounded great once installed. I really like that it has a 7-band equalizer so I can tweak the sound. It also does a great job with the listener position settings. Only drawback for me was that I bought it to use with my phone for streaming pandora over bluetooth, but it will not recognize my older android model. I will be getting a new phone in a few months anyway though.

    Pros: Easy to instal, sounds great, great programability for tweaking sound.

    Cons: does not work with all bluetooth phones. A list is available through the sony website.

    Basically good, but poor documentation

    master619 from Staten Island, NY on 6/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a superb head unit with lots of features. The only problem is that the documentation is minimal and bot alwats clearly written..Install was a breeze, but I'll be working on how to use the features for months. The Sirius tuner and antenna work perfectly; they've talked a bad rap in these reviews.

    Pros: Installation, number of features

    Cons: minimal documentation on how to operate the many useful features.

    Works great with samsung galaxy S4

    John B from long beach, ny on 6/18/2013

    1998 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I Purchased this radio to stream bluetooth audio from my new samsung S4. I compared this with radios from pioneer, jvc and others. This radio had the best app and most compatibility with android phones. It works great, the streaming audio and bluetooth capabilities work well. To reconnect your phone,you just push in the volume knob for 2 seconds. I use Rhapsody on my phone. I can download songs to my S4, then stream them without using my cell carrier. Pandora works well too,but uses your cell carrier air time. The usb and aux input make it so flexible.

    Pros: Compatibility,sound quality,features

    Cons: None

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Anonymous from Kutztown, PA on 6/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is awesome. My husband installed it for me in under an hour and it works great.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use

    Cons: None

    Just installed

    lcrib from Crystal Lake, IL on 6/13/2013

    2013 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed and I would like to get more bass. The OEM had more, so it may just take a little more messing around with the unit. From the time UPS delivered to the time I walked out of the garage, it took 2 1/2 hours. A lot of reading directions was involved. The wiring part of the directions could have been clearer. I like the way Crutchfield does business. I did have to call for help on installing the radio in the faceplate, and it seems bolts holding the radio would be better, but it will probably hold for now.

    Pros: Looks nice

    Cons: Would like more bass

    Works for me...

    Ps from Omaha, NE on 6/11/2013

    2013 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is...uh...the fourth Sony I've bought (all at Crutchfield, thank you!) and the third different model. I buy them for work vehicles that come stock with just AM/FM. I've progressed through the years from needing the AUX input and ability to play MP3 and WMA formats to relying on the USB input a LOT to now...Bluetooth! I know BT isn't new, but I only have to buy a new stereo every three or so years. As always, install kit from Crutchfield and instructions were great. It's another really good inexpensive stereo from Sony that has a lot of functionality. See my pros and cons below.

    Pros: Has all the input/options you really need.

    Cons: While the list of cons is longer than the pros...this doesn't mean it's not worth buying. What I don't like about this Sony compared to previous models is the use of the buttons and the way the menus work. The menus are hard to navigate. I don't like that the "off" and "source" button are the same (you have to hole the button down to turn off). And when you ARE cycling through the sources, it'd be nice to disable the ones you don't use...

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Rp from Schuylkill Haven, Pa on 6/10/2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very please with this unit,I have always purchased Sony head units, so functionality from unit to unit remains about the same. I did not install the steering wheel adapter, the remote has more functionality that I am used to.I am one for Not reading ALL the instructions, only when I need a little help. Set up was easy, Bluetooth pairing with multiple phones was easy, the 7 band EQ was very good, Bluetooth with Droid Razr M and I-phone 4 works very well, sound quality was very good, I installed the microphone on my visor. Also Installed Fosgate 1683 Punch series speakers front and rear and a Sound Ordinance M-4050 amp.

    Pros: Excellent value, Had a Sony in my last truck for 12 years, didn't skip a beat!

    Cons: None so far

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Bill S. from Columbus , OH on 6/9/2013

    1999 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to replace a Mach 460 head unit in a 1999 Mustang GT convertible. I wanted MP3 capability but also bluetooth, which I'd never had before. I used the adapter kit that uses the Mach 460 factory amps and it sounds great. The factory head unit was very muddy but the Sony is nice and clear but can still deliver thump to the rear speakers in sub mode. It was very easy to install in my car. Bluetooth can't be beat! Streaming from my Galaxy S3 is awesome and bluetooth calling and receiving is a real treat. I placed the mic on the top of my steering column behind the steering wheel and was able to hide the wire from under the radio and under the dash to the column without taking anything apart. The mic works well, even with the top down, windows down and V8 humming loudly at 70 MPH! I agree with most reviewers that say the control layout could be better but it's usable and the features are very good. Crutchfield service was great as I received a DOA unit where the knob didn't work and they sent another one right away. I put the second one in the basket, plugged it in and it worked right away. I am likely going to order a second MEX-BT3100P for my SUV.

    Pros: Price, features, value.

    Cons: Interface takes some getting used to.

    Good buy

    Jeff from Long Island, NY on 6/3/2013

    1991 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation, easy to use, sounds good. Bluetooth actually usable!



    Worked for me

    jerrysalem from Philadelphia PA on 6/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed to do a lot of internet searching to get complete instructions to install the gear. But once I figured out all of details to take my car apart, everything worked like clockwork. I purchased the unit to add features to my car that I wanted (USB/iPod playback and bluetooth calling). However the unit actually made my stock speakers sound better! In the images presented, the buttons looked small. That made me nervous. However the buttons are perfectly serviceable, no complaints. Very pleased with the experience.

    Pros: The unit worked fine. No issues.

    Cons: Color selection for the trim would be nice.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    JimJ from Lancaster, CA on 5/30/2013

    2010 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this mostly for the Bluetooth connectivity for music and hands free calling, and it works great. Everything works as advertised. I replaced a stock 2010 Corolla stereo with stock speakers with this stereo and the sound quality is about the same. Crutchfield's support was great during the install.

    Pros: Inexpensive, works as advertised, Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: I would like the USB flash drive display to have more options to view by folder, and shuffle all tracks not just tracks for a specific album.

    sony bt3100p

    satisfied customer from west covina ca on 5/24/2013

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, it cant be beat. I love the blutooth feature. No old school disc cartridge, I can load tons of music on my memory stick

    Pros: Was the easiet thing to install my self. I never installed a radio before

    Cons: Take time to read instructions, so you dont get confused on how to operate.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Scott from Fort Scott, KS on 5/23/2013

    2006 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this receiver for my daughters car. I wanted her to have blue tooth for safety. It works great and the sound quality is excellent.

    Pros: Easy to use and the blue tooth works great

    Cons: None

    new sony radio

    jim from milam tx. on 5/21/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    im very impressed with overall features. a little over my head with all the great features, but i like the way radios have come to life a little hard to find installers. my 18 year old grandson did not have any problems on the install

    Pros: all good

    Cons: none

    love it

    Anonymous from woodbridge nj on 4/28/2013

    1994 Ford Bronco
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install , music and blue tooth very clear



    Great features at an even greater price.

    Madd M from PA on 4/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this stereo in a big rig. I wanted something I could use with my phone to play music and take phone calls while driving. The music end of it is wonderful and exceeds my expectations. The bluetooth phone feature works well,I love that I can make phone calls with the remote control. The factory microphone that came with the stereo works ok in the truck if I lean forward and speak loudly, I think it would work great in a car but doesn't quite have enough noise canceling for tractor trailer use. All in all I would still buy the stereo again if I need another one.

    Pros: Ease of connection with phone bluetooth. Phone app for android. Pandora bluetooth feature. The many sound adjustments.

    Cons: None that I've found. The microphone not working the greatest in the rig doesn't count as a con because it was meant for cars not rigs.

    Pleased with product

    Jmelau from Rhinelander, wi on 4/21/2013

    2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value for the dollar. Really like the added features such as blue tooth for the phone great feature!



    Upgraded Head Unit!

    Craig L. from Maineville, Ohio on 4/20/2013

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in my '99 Cherokee Sport. Over all, I lke this radio very much. I would like to have wireless hands free BT, but the microphone mounted easily to the visor. Great sound with aftermarket speakers; even stock speakers sound better!

    Pros: Ease of installation, connection of adapter wiring, great fit in stock location! Good sound.

    Cons: Going through menus on screen can be confusing.

    Sony BT3100P

    CharlesR from Abilene, TX on 4/16/2013

    1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product works wonderfully.

    Pros: Like the features.

    Cons: Can't figure out how to re-set the clock to correct time. Find no instructions in the manual.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    jack h from bailey michigan on 4/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I actually purchased this so I could put it in the cab of my farm tractor . I used your under dash mount and mounted it from the ceiling of the cab , it was perfect . The sound is great and it is simple to use .



    Sony Bluetooth Head Unit

    Mr.D. from Wyoming on 4/14/2013

    1999 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only real issue I have with it is that there is no way to easily mute the sound. When you push the volume knob, it brings you to a 'Set' menu - which is kinda dumb. It shouldn't be so easy to get into a settings menu, and so hard to mute. In fact, I cant find a mute function, the only thing I can do is turn it off, which requires you to hold the power/source button down for one second (not two or more seconds which does something else).

    Pros: Looks nice, sounds nice, love the BT

    Cons: No mute, too easy to get into settings menu by accident

    Great unit

    Chris F. from Wilmington, NC on 4/9/2013

    1995 Pontiac Bonneville
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed the unit about two weeks ago, and I like it a lot. The blue tooth was easy to set up and connects each time I get in the car. I didn't have pandora before, but downloaded it to my iPhone to try it on the unit and it works great. If you use a USB cord it shows tracks name on the unit display. The app you download works well also. The. Remote works well and keeps you from taking your eyes off the road. My only complaint is no clock when it's on.

    Pros: Easy install, lots of nice features, sounds good

    Cons: No clock when on.

    Many Sonies

    Larry M from Merrimack NH on 4/5/2013

    2010 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have many earlier versions this radio and like them all. Can you tell? Bought it especially for the Bluetooth and USB.

    Pros: Design.

    Cons: None.

    solid unit

    Anonymous from midlothian, virginia on 4/4/2013

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my 2003 Jeep because I wanted Bluetooth for streaming music and hands-free talking for phone calls. It was a fairly easy install for someone with no tech savvy. The hardest part was running the microphone from the deck to my sun visor without showing the wire. The controls are my only complaint; they're a bit complicated and not intuitive. Once you mess with it for a while, adjusting EQ levels and picking preferences, it sounds great. The Bluetooth works wonderfully. Callers say I sound like I'm speaking into my phone and the streaming music sound quality is excellent.

    Pros: Price is reasonable. Great sound quality.

    Cons: Non-intuitive controls

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    EdU from Southampton, PA on 4/2/2013

    2004 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio has all of the features that I was looking for. There are so many things that I like about. I can talk on my cell phone, hands free. I love to listen to the music that I have on my I Phone and the music on Sirus. This is one great radio.



    Beyond My Expectations!

    Nick from Pittsburgh, PA on 3/23/2013

    1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had ordered this head unit a couple of months ago and finally got it I stalled just a few weeks ago. I wanted to wait on reviewing so I could really get the feel for it and all I can say is that I am very impressed. Sony did a great job on this and Steve, the man who picked this out for my needs, 2 thumb up. The Sony head unit exceeded my expectations and if you are looking for a good quality radio, here it is. The Bluetooth and app remote options included are awesome to have and makes driving more safe. Great radio!

    Pros: Display, easy to use, and the to be expected great sound quality.

    Cons: Not a thing!

    Great Radio

    Anonymous from Virginia Beach, VA on 3/19/2013

    2007 Chrysler Aspen
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think this Sony is great, my music sounds so much better than before with the factory head unit. I don't know how I lived without bluetooth hands free calls or audio streaming.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone and audio streaming

    Cons: wish I could change the colors to match my dash

    great sound

    thomas m from maryland on 3/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    love it, easy instal,l looks and sounds great, awsome features for the price.

    Pros: featurers

    Cons: no sub output

    sony mexbt3100

    Austin P from Wrightstown Nj on 3/16/2013

    2006 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio, love the hands free feature good sound quality as usual with sony. Wish this.unit came with the rear bass enhancer like my other receivers. But overall im happy with it.

    Pros: Looks good, great sound quality with the eq7 settings. Clear sound on phone call with bluetooth

    Cons: Couldnt find good spot for BT external mic. Has dim feature but unable to change illumination to dimmer green so im stuck with blue.

    Awesome stereo!

    Don K from Casa Grande, AZ on 3/13/2013

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price! Sound is crystal clear. I still have the stock speaker, but this stereo puts out amazing sound. It was super easy to install and set up. Only downfall was no pandora app control with I phone. But I used pandora through the BT Audio input. Golden.

    Pros: Easy. Sound quality. Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: No pandora app control with I phone.

    Works Great

    John from Alaska on 2/21/2013

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything works great and sounds great. Ofcorece you have to look at the manual but other than that pretty easy.

    Pros: Easy to use Hands free calling is great BT is easy to set up

    Cons: None

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    db from 20886 on 2/10/2013

    2000 Audi TT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfields are awsome friendly and fast tech support. I recommend to all .

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: Menu and settings navigation is not driver friendly.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Anonymous from Newberry, FL on 2/10/2013

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Range of the remote is not great - you have to hold it up and have it directly in front of the unit for the receiver to recognize the signal. Otherwise a great buy.



    Excellent choice for my Pontiac Grand Prix

    snobord38 from Souderton, PA on 2/7/2013

    2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Maybe I'm just behind the times, but I am still trying to figure out all the options I have with this unit. That's a good thing in my opinion. Always fun to find out 'this can do that'!!! Bluetooth is awesome. Very easy to install myself although the directions were very vague and I had to call the Crutchfield help line to clarify. However, less than 5 minutes on the phone and several very pointed questions answered thoroughly and I had 5 minutes wiring the harness to the head unit and another 5-10 minutes inside the car installing!!! Thank you Crutchfield for an awesome all around purchase experience. I also used the Chat while perusing different options to purchase. Andy was very helpful and patient with my questions. He went as far as sending me a link to a page he put together with the sony head unit and everything else I would need to install myself once the unit arrived. Just verified his info and proceded to checkout! Purchased on Monday afternoon and my unit arrived the NEXT day!!! Amazing. Couldn't be happier with the finished product!!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Ease of installation. Bluetooth/hands free operation is fabulous. No more ear piece to drive and talk.

    Cons: Directions are very vague. I needed to call the help line to get the job done.

    Excelent Sound and Features

    Luis A from Hatillo, Puerto Rico on 2/5/2013

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    ENGLISH: I'm very satisfied with all functions of this radio, specially the bluetooth feature. It's not just a radio, it's a whole sound system. Installation was very easy for me. ESPAÑOL: Estoy muy satisfecho con las funciones de este radio, especialmente con el sistema "bluetooth". No es un simple radio, es todo un sistema de sonido. Para mi, la instalación fué muy fácil.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Another excellent choice from Crutchfield

    Matt M from Wilton, IA on 2/5/2013

    2003 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a new CD receiver badly in my 2003 Maxima, its not a Bose system, so speaker and receiver upgrade(s) were necessary. This deck is legit, its got all the Bluetooth options and sound quality is good, not perfect, but a solid B. Install was easy and it fits perfect. There is slight distortion when streaming from my smartphone, but it may be some of my files are compressed a little too much, but otherwise, sound from CD's and AM/FM are stellar ... phone calls ... not so much. There are a lot of EQ options and sub options if I want to go that route. The EQ settings are almost endless, it really gives you fine touch control. The menus aren't difficult, but could be better. Power output to Polk 6.5's seems solid, a lot more responsive over factory deck. Dash kit fits perfect, another home run from Crutchfield!

    Pros: EQ options, Bluetooth capability, Easy install, price.

    Cons: Menus could be a little better. Slight digital noise from over-compressed files. Phone calls don't sound great through system.


    N from Rio Rancho, NM on 2/2/2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Sony MEX-BT3100P deck is great! The sound quality is very good and the installation was very easy. The hands-free bluetooth feature of this deck is why I purchased it and it works flawlessly.



    Should have got something else

    EdJ from San Jose, CA on 1/30/2013

    1996 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Chose this one despite the bad reviews about UI and app. Should have listened. I expected more from Sony.

    Pros: Cheap bluetooth, usb, ipod.

    Cons: No power antenna control line. UI is not intuitive. Audio pairing is buried in phone pairing, why not both? Can only tune radio with seek buttons, why not use dial? App is not nice enough to be worth using, disables native music app while it's running.

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Chopper from Superior, Colorado on 1/30/2013

    1994 Chevrolet Astro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was bought for a business cargo Chevrolet Astro van. I was wanting an inexpensive radio that was Bluetooth equipped, I am always bothered by employees driving around talking on phones, searching for said phones, etc. Accident waiting to happen. This came with the microphone for the Bluetooth also which was a plus, (of course the beauty plate, antenna adapter and wiring harness was included also). Installation was easy. Very easy. EXTREMELY EASY! I was shocked when I turned it on and heard the old tired speakers sound like new. I ended up buying a pair of $50 speakers from Crutchfield and installed them in the back doors. Hey, I drive it sometimes and it sounds great! It was prewired for rear speakers which helped my decision. I'm 53 years old and I think it sounds perfect. It may not thump like the younger people want but it sounds great to me. 10 times better than the stock radio. The Bluetooth works like it should but has some echo. This can be adjusted by pressing 5 and turning knob but it doesn't bother me. The employees most likely know how to adjust for the echo noise cancellation. I ordered another Sony MEX-BT3100P a week ago and it is waiting to be installed in another Astro van. This time I ordered another set of $50 speakers with my initial order. That should be a testament to what I think about this radio.

    Pros: Easy installation Bluetooth ready with microphone

    Cons: Too many settings

    Welcome to the Digital Age!

    J@C from CT on 1/29/2013

    2009 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased the Stereo because we are a tech friendly family [Plus my wife wanted Bluetooth Hands-free] We have been using the stereo for a very short while and all love it. The stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux, Usb port, work seamlessly with all electronic devices we used: Android tablet, android phones with operating system ver. 4.0 or 4.1, Windows notebooks and phones all with operating systems of XP or later. All iPods we have & thumb drives all worked with out a blink. If I could have 1 wish that the CD player could read mp3 DVDs [Ha Ha]

    Pros: Love all the devices that connect with the stereo, Bluetooth works great even with the remote microphone

    Cons: Wiring harness and wires are not clearly marked for purpose. example [Green/White Strip = Left Front (+) Speaker]

    Great Unit, Better Tech Help

    sw1355 from Florida on 1/17/2013

    2001 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Unit, but even better customer service. Great experience all the way around. Thanks Crutchfield.



    new sony radio

    Doug H from charleston sc on 12/30/2012

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    way cool,infinate sound ajustments let me realy dial in sound quality

    Pros: alot of features for a low price

    Cons: alot of features means a lot of readind to understand product potential

    Lots of features, great price, good performance

    jl from St. Louis, MO on 12/28/2012

    2011 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value for the money




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1/
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Integration
    Pandora + Remote App (for iPhone & Android)
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-BT3100P 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. 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the MEX-BT3100P (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. 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-BT3100P.  Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The MEX-BT3100P includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.465" (diameter) x 1.425" (depth). There is no integrated front-panel mic.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Sony MEX-BT3100P 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-BT3100P can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external 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-BT3100P, 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 1,000 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-BT3100P also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-BT3100P 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-BT3100P also supports audio streaming of music apps, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-BT3100P has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and integrated microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-BT3100P to engage Siri and use the integrated microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the MEX-BT3100P ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). The head unit can recognize up to 10,000 music files on a single USB Mass Storage Device. The MEX-BT3100P offers the following USB search, playback, and display functions.

    • Search Modes:
      • Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist)
      • Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments
      • Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected USB device
    • Playback Modes:
      • Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire album
      • Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
    • Display Information:
      • Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
      • Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and album label

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The MEX-BT3100P's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 120dB.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast from the head unit. You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z). With the head unit's Zappin feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone. The unit also offers Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes for iPod/iPhone.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-BT3100P is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App Remote Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    Pandora + Remote App (for iPhone & Android)

    App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-BT3100P and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.1/2.2/2.3/4.0/4.1). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen.

    • Receiver Sources: The App Remote on your iPhone or Android smartphone lets you access the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux sources from your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist information from MP3/WMA/AAC and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
    • Compatible Apps (as of 12/4/2012): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses from the Sony MEX-BT3100P's source list. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; AUPEO!, iHeartRadio,, Livio Radio, Pandora, MOG, Spotify, Slacker Radio, Shoutcast, TuneIn, and more. The head unit offers full control & song/artist information for Pandora (see Pandora App description below). The head unit only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or Next Station) and no song/artist information for other music apps.
      • Movie Apps: Movie apps include; HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube and more. Video will be displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's speakers. You can control Play/Pause from the MEX-BT3100P. Other playback functions will need to done on your smartphone. Subscription may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
      • Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include; Google Maps, Garmin (USA/N.America), INRIX Traffic, MotionX GPS Drive, Navfree GPS TeleNav (GPS/Navigation), NAVIGON, TomTom, and more. The map screen will display on your smartphone's touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music while navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps & functions.
    • Bluetooth SMS (Android only): In addition to hands-free calling and music control using Bluetooth technology, App Remote enables the car receiver to automatically read text messages (SMS) when the feature is turned on (your Android smartphone must have TTS Engine installed).
    Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Pandora Internet Radio: 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-BT3100P CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. The Sony MEX-BT3100P will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-BT3100P (no hard-wired connection required). 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 also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone 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. The Sony MEX-BT3100P provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone. 

    • 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 iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony MEX-BT3100P 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-BT3100P 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-BT3100P 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 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/AAC Playback: The Sony MEX-BT3100P allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs (up to 320 kbps) recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The MEX-BT3100P can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders and 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: Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    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.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to search for a track on a MP3/WMA/AAC disc easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).

    Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent increments.

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your CD.

    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 degrees

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The MEX-BT3100P 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-BT3100P 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-BT3100P 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)

    2V/4Ch Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT3100P contains two pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs. A front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Subwoofer Direct Connection: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.

    High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.

    Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ7, Listening Position, DM+ Advanced, Rear Bass Enhancer, & Dynamic Loudness.

    • EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types - Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows  you to make  your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands - Band1 (63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).
    • Listening Position: This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
    • Dynamic Loudness: Dynamic Loudness refers to compensating for volume level & signal gain.
    • DM+ Advanced: DM+ Advanced improves digitally compressed sound by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process (works only for USB).

    Automatic Level Optimizer: Automatic Level Optimizer analyzes each track's playback level & adjusts the output level to optimize transitions between tracks & sources.

    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-BT3100P 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.

    1-Line LCD: The Sony MEX-BT3100P features a 1-line LCD for viewing radio & song information.

    Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.

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

    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.

    Dimmer: The MEX-BT3100P feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".

    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.

    Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) 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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    Thanks for your question David. To be able to use the factory steering wheel controls an adapter is needed. The radio will work without the adapter, but the steering wheel controls for it will not. [ Jeff  Nov 13, 2013 ]  Staff