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Our take on the Sony MEX-BT3100P

by Ken Nail
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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.

Sony MEX-BT3100P

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.

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

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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.

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
    Expandability:
    • 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:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    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
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    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/
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 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

    Our Product Research Team

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    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, Last.fm, 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 SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

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

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

    Disc Playback

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

    MP3/WMA/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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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Chely, New York on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    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!
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    2 out of 5

    Extremely Frustrating (Possibly Defective)

    Written By Matt, Daytona Beach on Friday, November 29, 2013
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    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.
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    3 out of 5

    Clunky bluetooth otherwise nice

    Written By Ron K, Howard, OH on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By JimF, Wauseon Oh. on Monday, November 18, 2013
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Easy Install / Great Upgrade

    Written By Frank, CT on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By RobS, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    I like it!

    Written By shwiggles, Buffalo NY on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By JeffA, Coeur d'Alene, ID on Friday, October 25, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deal

    Written By Rex, Arkansas on Thursday, October 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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Anonymous, Omaha, Ne on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    Easy install, works great with iPhone!
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    5 out of 5

    Very good unit

    Written By jsvo, Northwest Florida on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony radio

    Written By Anonymous, Churchville Pa on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    Radio sounds good worth every penny
    Pros:
    Easy to put in
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great so far!

    Written By MShee, San Luis Obispo, Ca on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Great Buy!

    Written By Mike T., Kansas City, MO on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Anonymous, Dorado PR on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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    It sound nice and bluetooth call are like if the car come with it integrated.
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    4 out of 5

    great product

    Written By ReneeS, Crofton, MD on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Patsomotso, Glastonbury CT on Monday, October 14, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Awsome sound

    Written By Jgohel, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Joe, Melbourne FL on Friday, October 11, 2013
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    Great product & easy to install.
    Pros:
    great sound and easy to install.
    Cons:
    small buttoms
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    5 out of 5

    Love This Product

    Written By Loren, Stewartsville, New Jersey on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    We love it!

    Written By Pam, GA on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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    Sounds great, it's cool having the phone come through in stereo, too.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Brad, Modesto, CA on Monday, October 07, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Feature Packed

    Written By HKM, New Albany, IN on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By Jesse, Milan, MI on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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    I'm loving this receiver.
    Pros:
    Blutooth integration, eq presets
    Cons:
    Styling a little ugly
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    5 out of 5

    Worth every penny

    Written By PeterW, NYC Metro on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony stereo

    Written By Chad, Columbus, OH on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    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!!!
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    4 out of 5

    First time using Sony coming from Alpine..

    Written By EH, CALIPATRIA, CA on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Anonymous, sperry, iowa on Friday, September 20, 2013
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    Great stereo , easy install, love the bluetooth.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By RR, TEXAS on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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    Fits like a glove, I'm completely satisfied with this purchase.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Anonymous, United States on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Alex, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Massive upgrade

    Written By A Guy With A Toyota, Santa Monica, CA 90404 on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the money!

    Written By RogerG, Washington state on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Hogan, Westlake, LA on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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    Love the hands free and audio streaming.
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By JasonB, Manassas, VA on Thursday, August 29, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT3100P

    Written By Anonymous, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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    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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    4 out of 5