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Our take on the Sony MEX-BT4000P

by Ken Nail
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

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

Built-in Bluetooth

Sony's MEX-BT4000P CD receiver employs Bluetooth® technology that gives you hands-free calls in your car with your compatible phone. You'll hear your callers through your car's speakers, and answer just like they're sitting next to you. The result? You'll drive more safely with your hands on the wheel and your phone stashed away. Plus, if you've got a smartphone or other device with Bluetooth, you can stream your music to the receiver without having to plug in.

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Front USB input

The front-panel USB input features Sony's 1-wire connection® — plug in your player and enjoy convenient control of the music on your iPod® or iPhone®. Sony's search tools whip through your files to find the tunes you want quickly and easily. You'll find Jump Mode particularly handy if you've got a large music library, as it allows you to jump through your playlist in 10% increments.

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Pandora®

You'll be able to cruise to your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations too. With your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry phone, you can browse through your favorite stations and rate songs from the receiver's controls.

Soundshaping tools

If you're into tweaking your sound, you'll find a host of tools in Sony's Advanced Sound Engine. You can adjust the overall tone with the EQ7 7-band equalizer, then use tools like Listener Position calibration, Dynamic Loudness, and Rear Bass Enhancer to customize your listening experience to your own tastes. And speaking of customization, you can choose from wide selection of colors for the display on this Sony.

More listening options

You can add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner to enjoy programming variety and commercial-free music. Use the handy front-panel auxiliary input to connect a portable satellite radio, MP3 player, or another audio source.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • Pandora® control for iPhone®, Android, and Blackberry
    • detachable faceplate with variable illumination and button colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer with 7 preset sound curves
    • Rear Bass Enhancer
    • Dynamic Loudness
    • DM+ sound restoration
    • listener position calibration
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod/iPhone controls with USB connection
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info

    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 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    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 Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-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 (Eng/Fre)
    • 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 Connectivity
    Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry)
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-BT4000P is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.

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

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

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the MEX-BT4000P (only one device can be used at a time). The unit can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-BT4000P.  Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The MEX-BT400P 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-BT4000P 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-BT4000P 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-BT4000P, 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-BT4000P also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-BT4000P 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-BT4000P also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

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

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB device. 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 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. The MEX-BT4000P 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-BT4000P's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via a single cable (iPod dock connector-to-USB cable; 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 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 120dB.
    • 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.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Quick-BrowZer: the Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast
      • Alphabetical Search: search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z)
      • Zappin: with the 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
      • Repeat & Shuffle Play: Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes
    • 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.

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-BT4000P is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    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 App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry)

    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-BT4000P 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. 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.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The Sony MEX-BT4000P provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
    • Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Sony MEX-BT4000P lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Sony head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.

    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.

    Pandora Control: The Sony MEX-BT4000P will provide 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.

    Information Display: The Sony MEX-BT4000P will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony MEX-BT4000P 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-BT4000P 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-BT4000P 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). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    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-BT4000P 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-BT4000P 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

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony MEX-BT4000P CD receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The MEX-BT4000P is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3 dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony MEX-BT4000U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-BT4000P 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-BT4000P 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)

    Three Pairs Of 2V Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT4000U contains three pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs; a front channel pair, rear channel pair, and subwoofer channel pair. The front and rear channel preamp outputs can be faded. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: The unit's subwoofer features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-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.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 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, and 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 even fine-tune the listening position from +/-3" of center. 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 and 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-BT4000P 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.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,936 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color, & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.

    • Day/Night Color Mode: You can register a customize color for the unit's display and buttons for day & night time driving.
    • Sound Synchronization: The color changes according to synchronization of playing music. When you select a preset pattern sound synchronization becomes effective.
    • White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
    • Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.

    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: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-BT4000P to one of three dimmer modes - Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).

    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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    4 out of 5

    Great controls, great stereo

    Written By Valshnar, Mercer Island, WA on Friday, August 01, 2014
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    Love the way this stereo works. Great to have Pandora streaming and map instructions on my Android working seamlessly...and still be able to take a phone call. Very good controls...do wish it had a CD button and a RADIO button, but hey. Very good. Several years ago I bought a JVC for my wife...controls on that drive me crazy to this day. Sony was a great choice...moving it to my new car!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4000P

    Written By Anonymous, Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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    Awesome!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Stereo

    Written By Jensen K., Washington, VA on Monday, December 17, 2012
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    I drive 600 miles a week , and the reason I bought a new stereo was to be able to listen to my iPhone and ipod throught the car stereo. It has Bluetooth usb and audio input. It works great! I love using Bluetooth with the iphone. What really makes me the happiest however is the Bluetooth phone connection. It is seamless. I tlak on the phone alot when I am on the road and used my earbods. The phone fidelity and mic are great. I can set up one touch dialing, and if I am on the phone when I get into the car, it automatically switches to the Sony. When I plug in my earbuds before turning the car off, it automatically switches back. I also use XM radio and it works great with the optional XM receiver. I have used this stero for a month, so I can't tell you how durable it is, but so far I am a very haooy driver!!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4000P

    Written By kennyk, pa on Saturday, December 15, 2012
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    great radio for the money, lots of bells and wistles for anyone
    Pros:
    front usb, front input, mic for cell call, plenty of power
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible Value!! Highly recommend.

    Written By cgerald1, Nashua, NH on Sunday, December 09, 2012
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    Overall, you can't beat the value this unit offers. Its packed with features including Bluetooth, Sat Radio, SWC capable and the list goes on and on. Many units costing twice this much don't come with these features. My wife wanted all these features in her new car. I got her a new stereo for Christmas and this unit saved me a lot of cash!!
    Pros:
    Tons of feature at very reasonable price.
    Cons:
    The SWC connector isn't very secure. When you plug in the 1/8 jack make sure its in all the way and tape it up so it doesn't fall out.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By Tommy W, Western oklahoma on Friday, December 07, 2012
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    I wanted a good tuner with Bluetooth phone option CD player. I got all I wanted and more. Great system for the money.
    Pros:
    Priced right. Sony quality. Very user friendly.
    Cons:
    Needed more information on which harness to order for infinity system.
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    5 out of 5

    Great sounding main unit, Wife Loves It.

    Written By Biker Jeff, Benton City, WA on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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    Got this for the wife as an early christmas present. She loves it. Installation was straight forward. Sound quality is excellent. Is not compatable with OEM sirriusXM radio, so be sure and order an aftermarket receiver for that if you are expecting to keep that feature.
    Pros:
    Set up was easy, including the Bluetooth sync with her phone. Display color choices are really cool.
    Cons:
    Did not work with OEM sirriusXM radio, had to go out to a big-box electronics store to get an aftermarket tuner. AM radio receiver doesn't work well with OEM in-the-back-window antenna. Works fine with an aftermarket one.
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    5 out of 5

    So far so good, all the features I wanted

    Written By AD, Exton, PA on Sunday, November 25, 2012
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    This unit replaced the stock CD/tuner in the family van (2005 Honda). Only installed a week ago, but so far so good. Crutchfield provided all required parts, tools, harnesses, instructions. Installation was easy. The only minor hitch was that I had to call tech help to confirm harness wiring (which wires get capped off). But the tech help was knowledgeable and things were sorted out quickly. Blue tooth audio, phone, and Pandora works great from my HTC Rezound. No issues.
    Pros:
    All the features you need (USB, coaxial, bluetooth, Pandora). Fits well. Call me old school, but I like having a knob to turn for volume control.
    Cons:
    I prefer a simpler, more classic look. It's a bit out of place in a minivan, but it was relatively inexpensive and gets the job done. 3 stars for coolness from me. Most 16 year olds would probably give it a 5.
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    5 out of 5

    Options!

    Written By FlameJet, Kansas on Friday, November 23, 2012
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    With the full color spectrum, it is easy to match the deck to the rest of your interior lights, which is always a bonus. or, you can create your own color (yes, you can tweek the colors and create your own, they have some presets like 'Sunset', which is an orange/amber color). The Bluetooth pairing system works great with my Droid3, hands free calls. the EQ has 7 settings, and a separate Sub volume control, which i love the most. When i wanna listen to a bass-heavy song, i crank up the sub volume, if i want to listen to some Rock/Metal, i turn it down. I drive a truck, with 1200 watts of stereo crammed into a standard cab. Driving over railroad tracks with Bass way up, it has never skipped.
    Pros:
    -Customizeable colors -Bluetooth for Handsfree / Pandora (who needs XM with pandora?) -7chan EQ + Sub Volume
    Cons:
    So many options it can be a little overwhelming at first setup, but with time, you can get your perfect sound/light setup.
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    5 out of 5

    great item easy to install had just the right plug ins for 4 speakers

    Written By billy, riverside ca on Friday, November 23, 2012
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    great radio
    Pros:
    works very nice
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent head unit with minor drawbacks

    Written By Semvhu, Cullman, AL on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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    I bought this head unit to replace the stock unit in my 2005 Honda Civic LX sedan. It works just fine in my car and looks good installed (Crutchfield's excellent freebies helped with that).

    Value: The head unit was a good price for what I was looking for, though a little more than I wanted to spend; ultimately its value is equal to that of others I considered.

    Sound Quality: It sounds great from every source I've tried; Bluetooth calls are clear, radio reception is excellent, USB with my iPhone tunes or Pandora sounds great, etc. I'm even using my stock speakers for now and it sounds just fine.

    Ease of Use: Swapping between modes is easy with just pressing a single button to swap around. If you want to listen to your Apple device, just plug it in and it starts playing where you left off; occasionally it has forgotten where it was at on audio books, but I chalk that up to my iPhone instead of the head unit. Pandora use works great. Pair your phone via Bluetooth and you can make voice-activated calls with a press of a couple of buttons. Setting radio stations and changing them is a breeze, though the radio buttons are a bit small for my big fat American fingers.

    Coolness Factor: The radio does look great and the ever changing light colors are slick. The color changes can be disabled if you don't care for it.

    Build Quality: Typically well built Sony product. My biggest gripe is here as the radio is tough to see in daylight. It's glossy and not as bright as it could be.
    Pros:
    Excellent head unit and I'd recommend it to anyone that wants built-in iPhone controls, Bluetooth, Pandora, and the works.
    Cons:
    The glossy screen makes it tough for me to see in daylight. If it wasn't quite so reflective and the screen was more brightly lit, it would be easy to see. It's just fine at night, though, even with the illumination function working (it dims when you turn your headlights on).
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product and Service

    Written By Scott, Annapolis, MD on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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    Excellent service Crutchfield, as usual. Had a question before ordering and it was promptly answered by a chat advisor online. Ordered the radio Friday and it shipped the same day, free. Got it Monday. Had everything needed to install in a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. All instructions were exact. I wanted to have one thing clarified and called an advisor. He knew the answer off the top of his head. Total install time start to finish 2 hours. As for the radio, excellent product for the money. Wanted an inexpensive (relatively) BT radio with XM. Sound quality is great on the Phone. Typical Sony, a little complicated menu, but that is easily overcome. Too many "features". Crutchfield always comes through. Thanks.
    Pros:
    Everything needed to install. SImple, easy to use instructions. Great value radio with great phone clarity.
    Cons:
    Little complicated menu.
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    5 out of 5

    Solid Quality Product

    Written By Stephanie B., San Diego, CA on Monday, November 05, 2012
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    I've had this product for about a month now. Everything works perfectly. I have had two previous decks (not Sony) with Bluetooth that would glitch from time to time or have trouble pairing. This product pairs smoothly to my phone every time and it hasn't glitched once. The only complaint I have is I wish it would store my phone as the primary phone to automatically pair with every time I get in - BUT it automatically pairs with the phone it was most recently paired with. (e.g. So if my husband's phone was the last phone to be paired to the Bluetooth, the next time I get in my car I have to manually pair my phone to connect to Bluetooth.) It would only become an issue if we actually shared the car on a daily basis, but I just wanted to through it out there in case someone looking at this deck does share a vehicle. Over-all I am very happy with this deck and would recommend it!
    Pros:
    Everything works smoothly, no glitches with Bluetooth & it's easy to program and navigate through the controls.
    Cons:
    It doesn't store a primary device to automatically pair the Bluetooth. When my phone was not the last device to be paired with the deck, I have to manually connect it - even if it's the only device in the car that can be paired.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio for the price!

    Written By Jimbo 2002 chevy silverado crewcab, Ca. on Monday, October 29, 2012
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    Great radio for the price, easy install with wiring harness, antenna adaptor, and radio adaptor that Crutchfield supplied. Bluetooth works great!!
    Pros:
    30 min. to install radio, sounds great Bluetooth works great
    Cons:
    Takes a little of time to learn all the controls, but nothing major.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice aftermarket radio

    Written By Tom H, Melb, FL on Friday, October 26, 2012
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    Just received this and installed last month. Easy installation with Crutchfield support material. I really like that they included everything you need to install the unit. I will definitely consider Crutchfield on future purchases.
    Pros:
    Nice radio. Ease of installation. Great sound.
    Cons:
    None at this time.
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    4 out of 5

    Happy with MEX-BT4000P

    Written By Dennist, Aurora, OR on Friday, October 19, 2012
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    I needed to replace factory unit as it had died. this unit meets all the needs I have and more. As mentioned in other posts the user interface is rather frustrating at first. However once you get the hang of it, it is not too bad. Another reason I like this is that I was able to setup hands free phone support for my Android via blue tooth. Works very well, in addition Pandora is also a nice plus.
    Pros:
    Very good sound on factory speakers, display easy to read, may good features for the price
    Cons:
    Instructions for install not real clear, user interface a bit of a learning curve.
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    4 out of 5

    Poor tuner - had to return and replace

    Written By MarkP, Seattle, WA on Friday, October 19, 2012
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    Nice radio. Had the problem where the original unit didn't have any radio reception. Crutchfield had to send out another unit. Other than this I have been happy with my unit so far. The preset buttons could be a little bigger
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4000P

    Written By Anonymous, HEMET, CA on Thursday, October 04, 2012
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    EXCELLENT UNIT, HAS EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED.
    Pros:
    SAT READY, BLUETOOTH WORKS WELL.
    Cons:
    NONE
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    4 out of 5

    Happy with this product

    Written By Harley, Hartford, CT on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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    I bought this receiver mainly because I wanted to add Bluetooth capability to my car...the Bluetooth works great, I love the Pandora support with the ability to control your stations right from the head unit, I rarely listen to the old FM radio anymore. Very happy with the sound quality; I have 6 speakers and 4 tweeters being powered by this stereo without a problem, also have 2 12" kickers in the back which are powered by a separate amp. Overall very happy with this product, just wish it was a tad bit easier to operate and had HD Radio, but a great and fairly cost effective, especially if you are looking to add Bluetooth media streaming and hands-free calling
    Pros:
    Bluetooth capability, sound quality, display
    Cons:
    A little difficult to figure out, no HD radio
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    3 out of 5

    The Physical Layout

    Written By Chex, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, September 23, 2012
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    I bought this unit primarily for three reasons: 1. I wanted a unit to play back from my Android device via Blue Tooth 2. I wanted a unit with more than a 3-band EQ 3. I wanted a unit with numerical buttons to easily select a radio station

    Using my Samsung s3 with the Blue Tooth connection works perfectly. I am able to skip tracks, fast forward, pause, etc without touching the phone. Incoming calls are a breeze to answer, it displays the contact information, and pairing it up was simple.

    The EQ on the device is great in terms of sound and poor in terms of user interface. If you need to change the EQ, you're going to need to pull over and do it, the menu is buried within other menus. A graphical band EQ would have been a great feature.

    The numerical buttons work great for selecting a radio station, but not so great for other functions such as selecting pause. The buttons are freaking tiny and really close together. You're bound to accidentally press the wrong button. The number 6 pauses a track, and the number 5 is for a ZAP feature for CDs, I have pressed 5 instead of 6 so many times already and the ZAP feature is used to skip songs... very annoying.

    This was the only radio that didn't have a large touch screen that met my criteria. It is an okay radio. Not great, not too bad. If you don't need a radio with numeric buttons, consider another one.
    Pros:
    Easy to use Blue Tooth feature. Works great with m Samsung s3 Andriod device. Cool colors.
    Cons:
    The physical layout of the device is counter intuitive. For example: the pause button is the button labeled with a "6" which is a small button that also happens to be next to a "ZAP" button designed to skip through songs in a CD.... several times already I have hit ZAP instead of Pause. You cannot see the display at all in direct sunlight.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony radio

    Written By Nitro Jim, Montgomery, PA on Friday, September 14, 2012
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    This Sony radio is what my car has been missing! The sound is great, and the adjustable display looks cool. Easy to read display helps.
    Pros:
    Adjustable multi-color display. Awesome sound.
    Cons:
    Just a bit difficult to use. It takes some "getting used to".
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    5 out of 5

    Great with Android phone

    Written By awg, Oceanside, CA on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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    I needed a stereo that worked well with Bluetooth, and my Samsung Galaxy S3. Crutchfield recommended this Sony because it plays well with the Android operating system. No more wires! I get into my car, hit play on google play music, and i'm ready for the road. Voice call ring through, and i've heard the voice quality on the other end is great. This is exactly what i was looking for. In case anybody was wondering, my mp3's sound great streaming through this Sony unit, i can't even tell this difference compared to running it through an Aux cable. Crutchfield walked me through some of the install which was pretty ease. My only gripe with this unit would be that the faceplate sits really deep in the dash making it difficult to remove, and put back in.
    Pros:
    Great Bluetooth phone, and streaming! Great sound
    Cons:
    Not a perfect fit for the face plate. It looks great, just tough to remove.
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    5 out of 5

    Happy with the Sony MEX-BT4000P

    Written By B., San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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    Got it installed last week and have been working on the setup. The tuner is a much better than the original OEM tuner. The I Pod controls are easy enough, as is the Bluetooth. The unit sounds great with the OEM speakers. Overall, I am very satisfied with the unit.
    Pros:
    Tuner, sound and once set up, controls are just as easy as the OEM unit.
    Cons:
    Set up learning curve. Finding a color that works when wearing polarized sun glasses
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By John S, Pewaukee, WI. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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    I am by no means a audio expert - but I find that the stereo looks and sounds very nice. The positive reviews that I read here were accurate - I am happy with the purchase.
    Pros:
    Great set of features. The Bluetooth works very well with my iPhone The USB connection charges my devices
    Cons:
    None related to the stereo that I've come across yet.......but the enclosure that was recommended isn't quite what I had hoped for. It's adequate and fit the car fine, but I don't care for how far recessed the stereo ends up being in the enclosure.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony

    Written By Brian, Florida on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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    This unit replaced my factory unit in my Jeep Wrangler. I had no problems installing it and it fit perfectly using the supplied install kit. The unit is relatively easy to use and has a good display. The screen is easy on the eyes and not too complex. I was able to match the color to the same as my gauges. The supplied microphone works well and I have it installed on my visor, which initially concerned me since I have a soft top and thought there would be too much wind noise. The Bluetooth streaming abilities work great with no problems streaming music from my phone. I would recommend this unit highly.
    Pros:
    Price point Ease of installation Full of functions to fine tune the sound
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver, excellent value

    Written By LT, Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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    I purchased this receiver and one set of speakers to replace the factory CD changer that finally broke after 9 years. Upon urging of my technology-savy daughter to get the latest technology, I splurged on bluetooth connectivity, Pandora, and Sirius ready capabilites. The unit was fairly easy to install - we had some trouble with replacing the front speakers, but a quick call to Crutchfield - on a Sunday mind you!! - made it easy to figure out. If we had bought this unit elsewhere with no customer support, we would have spent many extra hours needlessly with the install - good job Crutchfield.

    We installed the microphone on the bottom edge of the rear view mirror and ran the wire around the edges of the windshield so that you cannot see the wires at all. The microphone works great - others can hear me quite well in noisy conditions. The included adapter trim made the unit fit seamlessly into my Jeep Liberty. My iPhone paired up via Bluetooth very easily and stays connected. Making calls and listening to the iPhone music is now a breeze. I like having the pre-set radio buttons for the few radio stations I do listen to; the buttons also double as pre-set phone numbers for easy dialing. The receiver has lots of capabilites and definitely requires you read the manual to figure them out. While not particularly intuitive, once you check the manual, it is farily easy to remember specific functions.
    Pros:
    Easy bluetooth connectivity. Hard-wired microphone works very well and is easy to install. Excellent support from Crutchfield both in choosing a system and during installation.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4000P great product

    Written By Garry611, Phila PA on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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    Easy install. Great sound. Honestly can say that I was very satisfied with radio. I installed it myself and I did have to call for help from Crutchfield but they were very helpful and really seem to know the products. I was impressed by how quickly they could help resolve the one wire that was not connected. Hats off to the tech group. I can also report that this radio sounds vastly better than the OEM Subaru radio that it replaced. I haven't had a chance to set up the bluetooth but I assume that will be good too.
    Pros:
    great sound nice remote control
    Cons:
    display is different from OEM so it has to tried to find your way around
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    4 out of 5

    good stuff

    Written By Tim, North Dakota on Thursday, August 23, 2012
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    All good. Love bluetooth. Has front, rear and sub preamp outputs. Nice large volume knob. Front goes off and on easily. The reason I'm writing this is because I couldn't tell from the pictures that the plastic over the display is convex, not flat. In my application, the stereo is overhead and light from the passenger window reflects on the convex plastic and makes it hard to read the display. At night there's no problem. I wish I'd known about the clear plastic cover being this way, in my application it is a disadvantage.
    Pros:
    Everything works as advertised. Oh, and I like how it has three bands of FM and two of AM to store your stations.
    Cons:
    Just the clear plastic over the display. That's the reason for one star off. My previous stereo was flat over the display and didn't have this problem.
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    4 out of 5

    Better than Bose

    Written By BobB, ATX on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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    I replaced the stock Bose unit in my car with this one. The sound was definitely better due to the additional adjsutments that could be made over tha basic "bass/treble" adjsutments. The bluetooth works great with my iPhone when making calls. No more untangling my headset wires to plug in to my phone to make a call. The USB/aux input are a great addition.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Bluetooth works flawlessly.
    Cons:
    The display doesnt get bright enough - hard to see during the day when its bright inside the car. The stock clock and a/c indicators remain very visible in the car during the day, but the illumination on the stereo are hard to see.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product and good price

    Written By Helen, Frederick, MD on Saturday, August 11, 2012
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    Excellent receiver - great sound even in a convertible. I had it installed and Crutchfield staff made the job easy for me- all required parts were purchased tbefore it was installedt. The hardest part was activating my satellite radio subscription and again, Crutchfield staff came through and got the job done.
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    5 out of 5

    Bluetooth!

    Written By Anonymous, Woodbridge, VA on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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    This receiver has everything I wanted in a car stereo. The install was quick, and the initial setup was easy. I did have to perform the Bluetooth init to get the radio to see my phone. After that, it saw the phone, but it still hasn't updated the phone book. There are some options that do not show up on the unit when you follow the instructions, and they loose one star for that. They also loose a star for the readability in bright sunlight.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, Ipod and aux ports, and the Sirius ready port.
    Cons:
    Menu options don't match the instruction book, and the display is hard to see in bright sunlight
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    5 out of 5

    everything to install this wonderfull radio was in the box., and it wa

    Written By Bill K, Williamstown, nj on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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    so nice my son in law is going to replace the radio in one of his vehicles.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome for the price

    Written By crbargo, state college pa on Monday, August 06, 2012
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    Not sure how anyone makes money on this player. It has a lot of bang for the buck. Not sure what else anyone could ask for for features. Installation was simple. Very impressed with the quality of this player.
    Pros:
    Features, cool factor, ease of installation
    Cons:
    Took a while to figure out things. Im not as intuitive as my kids are.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By David, Texas on Wednesday, August 01, 2012
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    I paired this head unit with 4 Polk Audio db 651s in my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer EXT . WOW WOW WOW is all I can say. The sound is amazing at low, med & hi levels. Love the USB port. Havent even begun to play with everything but based on sound alone I'm glad I bought this. BTW Thumbs up to crutchfield on directions, wiring harness etc. Way easy install.
    Pros:
    Sound, install was easy, Price, I could have bought this cheaper elsewhere but the wiring harness, install kit & directions more then makes up for a measly 20 bucks.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Nice upgrade from stock

    Written By Mike, Seattle on Monday, July 30, 2012
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    I wish I hadn't waited so long to upgrade the HU in my 96 explorer. I had no idea i could get so many features so cheaply. I think my friends who have been patching together mini-upgrades - like an Aux jack, or a seperate BT device - will be yanking their stock units for a new in dash solution.The free add-ons like the trim kit and wiring harnesses made this easy as pie. One call to CF tech support got me through a wiring question. Don't buy a new car to get the smartphone connections you're looking for - just upgrade the deck. Added bonus is that it can do a full charge on my ipad through the USB jack - something that doesn't work through the cigar lighter jack.
    Pros:
    Functionality, features, easy install, ease of use
    Cons:
    Tiny buttons can be tough for my sausage-like fingers. Sony still needs to take a design lesson from apple and simplify their interface. iPod does almost everything that this does with 2 buttons and a volume rocker.
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    1 out of 5

    Really, really, really disappointed

    Written By Erik, New England on Monday, July 30, 2012
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    I had the Sony MEX-BT5000 prior to this, and sold it with my Tahoe when I got rid of it. With my new vechicle I thought - hey - that thing was good - I'll get something like it in that same product line. That was my first mistake. My second mistake was not doing my homework because it seems as if I didn't spend enough money, or my expectations were too high. It is astonishing to me how low tech this thing feels, compared to a product 5 years older than itself. The display is the kind that you might find on an old crappy printer. There is just no reason why the display couldn't be improved. I wanted to have a nice clean wiring job done with this project. But this thing has no rear aux input, so now I have a spaghetti array of garbage coming out of the front of my car. The worst part about a project like this is it is so much work to disassemble the dashboard innards of your car. Once the head unit is in, and you hate it, it is too late. I bough this thing, and I hate it. The USB port is almost useless because it doesn't charge. Pandora integration is weak. In fact I can't fathom why anyone would buy a head unit with supposed Pandora integration. I don't use Pandora, so I have to scroll past that stupid thing twice (Pandora BT and Pandora USB) every time I change inputs. Also, Pandora USB just simply does not work on my modern, updated phone (Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon). Constantly knocking the faceplate off because it is on a feather trigger and is next to the volume knob.
    Pros:
    Aux input in front works. Bluetooth integration (Android phone) is working. Subwoofer out works. Sound is good.
    Cons:
    Almost everything but the sound quality is a con. Who cares if it sounds good if it is a royal nightmare to use? The display is terrible at least 10 years behind its time (but I can change the color? who cares!?). The user interface is terrible - hard to understand and navigate with the huge, touchy volume knob Wiring diagram from Sony was not accurate. Unit disconnects from Bluetooth source occasionally and I have to shut the car off to get it to re-mount Shotty, plastic feel, breakable
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    4 out of 5

    Really nice, great value.

    Written By Dave, Columbia, MO on Monday, July 30, 2012
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    Overall this deck is a very good value and has a LOT of flexibility and function. I love the look and color options. The sound is really good with all stock speakers (2003 VW Jetta). The unit was fairly easy to install and presentd no real issues. There was a plastic bracket behind the original deck that needed to be cut out. It took a while since the plastic was very strong and there's not much room in there but I was prepared by support sinc they told me it was there.

    I was able to connect (bluetooth) my droid initially wih no issues at all. Subsequent bluetooth connections were hit or miss with no rhyme or reason. My wife's iPhone worked better with Bluetooth than the droid on reconnects. A few times the iPhone was connected via Bluetooth for phone functions but not for audio. The only fix seems to be to disable / re-enable BT and also shutting off / removing & reattaching the face. Not a big deal but a pain and rough if you're driving at the same time.

    Overall I really like this deck and would buy it again. It has lots of connection options (aux, BT and front USB). It sounds great and was easy to install. The only issues are the BT connection issues mentioned above which could be the device or the deck so who knows...
    Pros:
    See above.
    Cons:
    See above.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome HU

    Written By DougH, Saltillo, MS. on Sunday, July 29, 2012
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    This unit has been in my vehicle for about a week and gives what is advertised and much more! All the EQ options are great. This unit makes my factory speakers sound like different speakers. The sound is unreal, they just can't handle the low frequencies the HU puts out! The rear bass enhancer feature definitely makes a difference in the sound. The average individual if they have decent speakers in the rear may get all the lows they want in their sound! Again, with the 7 band EQ you get some punchy bass. The unit gives good clarity to the acoustical mixes and good definition to the kick drum and bass in any style of music! I listen to all types of music from contemporary Christian, jazz, southern rock/rock, blues/r&b and country. It all sounds great! You will not be dissatisfied if you purchase this unit. Also, I need to mention that I have an Android phone and it works seamlessly with all the Bluetooth functions this HU offers! Phone calls, BT audio and Pandora. Friends tell me that they can not tell that I am talking hands free! And by the way the colors are cool and you can set them to one color, random or just white! Ease of use is in the eyes of the beholder, with all these features you must expect traversing the menu is going to take just a little more effort! The only thing that is going to make me happier with this unit is when my Polk Audio DXi5250's and DXi525's, Alpine 10" sub and Sound Ordance amps get installed in my 2001 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab pickup!
    Pros:
    Everything!
    Cons:
    None!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4000P

    Written By Stan, Yuma, Az on Sunday, July 29, 2012
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    Was easy to install and works great
    Pros:
    Remote Mic for Bluetooth
    Cons:
    none
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