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Our take on the Sony MEX-BT4100P

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.

Your smartphone and this Sony working together

The MEX-BT4100P CD receiver offers Sony's latest take on smartphone integration. Its App Remote feature displays your smartphone apps along with your audio sources, so you can launch apps with the receiver's controls. Even cooler, you can use your Smartphone as a remote control, choosing sources, changing radio stations, and viewing song and artist info. If your Android's paired up, it'll even read incoming text messages aloud, so you can keep your focus on the road. And connecting your smartphone is easy — just download a free app, then plug your iPhone® to the USB input, or establish a Bluetooth® link with your Android™ to get started.

Sony MEX-BT4100P

Match the color to your car

If you crave style as well as substance, the '4100 is right up your alley. Sony's Dynamic Color Illuminator technology gives you 35,000 display and button colors to choose from, so you can match the receiver's colors to your dash or to your own sense of style.

Hands-free phone calls and music streaming

You can make and take hands-free calls with this receiver and your compatible Bluetooth phone, so you can keep your attention on the road — an important safety feature. And you'll also enjoy wireless audio streaming from your mobile devices. You can even control your Pandora® Internet radio stations from this receiver, and give "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" ratings.

Sonic satisfaction at your fingertips

No matter what the source, the MEX-BT4100P has the tools to make your music sound great. You can adjust the sound with a 7-band equalizer, digital time alignment, frequency filters, and other sonic tools, while this receiver's built-in amp offers impressive power. If you're building a full system, the three sets of preamp outputs really come in handy.

Sony MEX-BT4100P CD receiver with App Remote

Access your apps with this Sony, and use your smartphone as a remote control.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with variable color illumination
    • 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: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P (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-BT4100P.  Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The MEX-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P, 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-BT4100P also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-BT4100P to engage Siri and use the included 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-BT4100P ; 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P'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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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 12/5/2012): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses from the Sony MEX-BT4100P'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-BT4100P. 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P (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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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-BT4100P 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/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Sony MEX-BT4100P is equipped with 2-volt Front, Rear, & Sub pre-amp outputs giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system.

    Subwoofer Controls: The unit's subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter 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 even 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 w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-BT4100P features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 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-BT4100P 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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    5 out of 5

    Great product!

    Written By Luke, Lansing, MI on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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    Wish I had bought two for the price!
    Pros:
    Has everything.
    Cons:
    None I can think of.
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the money.

    Written By OahuB, Oahu, HI on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    I have had this receiver a couple months now and it is great. I mostly use it for the blue tooth phone (excellent) and the radio (very clear). I had to knock off one star because it completely resets itself if you disconnect the battery (ugggh).
    Pros:
    All around great receiver, and with Crutchfield's free extra install parts it was a breeze.
    Cons:
    It takes about 20 minutes of dedicated attention to do a basic set up for this device, all of which is lost if the battery gets disconnected.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy swap great sound

    Written By Bill P, Mt Airy , MD on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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    I installers this unit in a 2001 Tahoe it was easy because of the tech support from crutchfield . Main body and wiring harness were easy to install but when I finished there was no sound one call to the tech line fixed this the guy new exactly what the problem was . Sound is good and I like the Bluetooth interface also the tuner works well
    Pros:
    USB. And Bluetooth includes mic so you can make calls through it
    Cons:
    No scan feature and with so many features it takes a long time to scroll through sources
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By HollisterJohn, Hollister, CA on Friday, January 31, 2014
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    Good value, good sound. But the instruction manual is so long. Why is everything so complicated? Fancy lights, tiny controls, when all I really need is a radio & CD player. Who the heck cares about "coolness factor?"
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By Todd, Texas on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    This stereo has a really good sound, it looks nice, and after adjusting to the menu setup, is easy to program.
    Pros:
    Great quality sound
    Cons:
    Setup is a little cumbersome until you ge used to it
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Brian, Navarre, FL on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    Rhonda was very knowledgeable and helpful choosing the right unit for my 2004 F150. I wanted Front USB and Bluetooth connectivity for my I Phone 5. I also wanted to be able to upgrade the the unit with additional amps and subs if I choose. This unit provided all of that and for only $20.00 more than a unit with no CD Player and no RCA jacks in the back and this unit has multiple RCA jacks in the back for upgrades. Excellent Bluetooth Connectivity for my I Phone 5. I have not asked my callers how it sounds on their end but on my end bluetooth calls are excellent. The multiple color settings are perfect for my truck and the advanced EQ adjustability allows you to tune the music just how you like it. The Bluetooth syncs right up every time I start the truck. The Sony also has 3 more watts of power than the Pioneer I was considering. I am a complete novice and it was very easy to wire up and install with the Kits included by Crutchfield. I also called with a couple of stupid questions and they answered right away and helped me out.
    Pros:
    Connectivity with I Phone 5, 17 watts of power, color choices, EQ Settings and ease of install.
    Cons:
    My vision is not great and the Single Din size vs. the Factory Double Din size makes the buttons small and harder for me to read. I have that problem with most electronics though.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    Be sure to connect power antenna wire for newer vehicles to improve reception, but still not as good as factory stereo reception. Very cool that bt automatically connects and light color can be customized.
    Pros:
    Cool phone features. Excellent value.
    Cons:
    iPhone requires USB cable to stream Pandora (while android phone can stream thru bt).
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    5 out of 5

    sony stereo

    Written By Ben W, Enfield, CT on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    Radio performs great, much better than stock. Bluetooth works better than any uconnect I've ever used.
    Pros:
    Easy too install, sony name, good construction
    Cons:
    Menu buttons a little confusing at first.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Anonymous, valdosta, ga on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    I bought this unit for my truck and ended up using it in my golf cart. I had a older Alpine and this thing just blew it away.
    Pros:
    great sound and price
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, LA on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    Awesome radio; Awesome price
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    4 out of 5

    Sony mex bt4100p

    Written By DH, Granbury tx on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    I love the radio. It sounds and looks great. The display is a little "busy", and it is a little cumbersome to use at first. I wired up the amp wire and was able to leave the "beep" feature on with no security reminder. I have an iPhone 4S and have noticed that if I go to truck to start it and stay in truck it will automatically connect via blue tooth, however if I go to truck, start it and go back in house to let it warm up, I have to go to settings and click on sony in my phone to connect when I go back out to leave. I think the 2 biggest drawbacks if this unit is the fact that it will not display the clock and rds at same time. And scrolling through the menu to get to the one I want seems time consuming. The app feature is Absolutly useless, it doesn't work very well and it doesn't do anything the supplied remote won't do
    Pros:
    Sound and looks awsome. Bluetooth is very clear on other end. ( others have told me it sounds like I'm in my house with phone to my head, and I drive a dodge diesel ( very loud in cab). Radio display works great
    Cons:
    Can't see clock. Or if u have click in display u won't see song title and artist. Can be a little complicated to use
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By DaveG, Colorado Springs, CO on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    I bought this for my 94 Ranger which had an aftermarket Kenwood that was also bought back in 94. I was looking for something with Bluetooth connectivity and a front facing USB port. When I found the Sony MEX-BT4100 it had just had a big price drop, which is just fine with me as it has everything I was looking for, which makes for a great investment. So far i've had no problems with the unit. The only problem I did have was during installation. The last installer left a real rats' nest for me, but one call to the help line and the pro had me back on track in no time. I will definitely recommend Crutchfield to everyone.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy pairing to my cell phone, Looks great, easy to install
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great stereo for the money

    Written By Greg L, Memphis,TN on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    I had gotten use to the Bluetooth connectivity in my previous car (2012 Mazda 3) and when I started driving my 2003 Lancer, I really missed the hands free calling and Bluetooth audio so I had to get rid of the stock stereo and get something that would be comparable, or better, than what I had in the Mazda. For the price, the Sony MEX-BT4100 CD is a great unit. The installation was pretty easy, though routing the antennae wire for the optional SiriusXM tuner was a bit time consuming. Overall it was a pretty easy job. The only complaint I have is that the first unit I received did not play the radio evenly across left and right channels, everything else seemed to be ok, like the CD and Bluetooth audio, so The folks at Crutchfield sent me a new unit. While I was waiting for it to arrive, I did some more testing and it turned out that only one FM station had the issue with the uneven volume across left and right channels, and I didn't care much about that station, so I went ahead and activated the SiriusXM tuner, but when I tried to access the SAT stations, there was no option for it! So when the new unit arrived, I hooked it up and was able to access the SiriusXM. I still have the problem with the one radio station, but since I don't listen to that station I really don't care. Over all this stereo is excellent, the hands free phone sound quality is great, and the stereo sounds awesome!
    Pros:
    Lots of configurability in the controls, great value, excellent sound quality
    Cons:
    First unit I received was defective.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony w/ Bluetooth in Honda ELement - Sweet!

    Written By Dskseller, Lake Geneva, WI on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    2003 Element had flaky radio, no AM reception, various issues. Bought this unit. Install stuff made the install easy (less than one hour, local mechanic and I did it.) Ran Microphone to visor edge nearest driver. While folks can tell you are on hands free, no complaints RE ability to use,, understand and have a good two way communication, even at 75MPH in a very noisy car. Wiring Harness and instructions made first time install a snap. Put in unit, still no AM. Hmmmmmm. Checked online re Element, saw it had a roof mounted POWERED antennae (i.e. 12 volts to antennae, must have amplifier in base). antennae slightly loose on roof as well. Ordered new antennae and when it came in took to same local mechanic. Taking apart headliner too get to unit took 20 minutes (lots of plastic trim pieces to remove.) One large nut holds on antennae to body. removes, found some corrosion on antenna plug, checked 12 volts good to antenna with Volt meter, scuffed up where antenna grounds to body via the nut that holds on antennae to body, put it all back together after checking and now - all AM and FM reception perfect!

    Bought radio to fix AM and volume control issues with old radio, plus get hands free blue tooth for cell due to newly enacted Illinois law that requires hands free for cell use. Read manual and it will do whatever you want and then some. Pairs flawlessly with iPhone 4S. Downloaded their ap for iPhone, but haven't tried to use. Good sound, features, front USB/Aux
    Pros:
    Sound, Blue Tooth, Hands Free Pandora, nice look, loved the free install bits that work
    Cons:
    OK, you should read the manual, at it's core this device is a sophisticated computer with custom applications to create it's various operational features. Read the book, have less frustration and use more of the unit's capability
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By DanC., Bayport, NY on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    Great Receiver, very easy to install.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Darkwolf703, Peoria, AZ on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    Awesome deck, Love the 7 band EQ. The interface is a little confusing but able to figure it our quickly. The install was a bit tricky because of the lack of remote wire, had to tie in the car wire which made it a bit tough because of the wire length. Not a deal breaker at all because you can always just add some if you have issues. I had enough to not have to add any. Over all I'm super happy with this deck and it sounds great.
    Pros:
    7 band eq, looks nice, sounds great, easy to use features
    Cons:
    No Remote wire, not intuitive display
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    5 out of 5

    Prepare for the color show

    Written By Chris W, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    Took an hour to install in my Toyota Matrix. Easy! Ease to set up Bluetooth connection to iPhone ..no so much, but once connected..way cool. LED colors on deck are way cool!!!! Plays pandora, iTunes, I heart radio. CD, MP3. Bass, treble knobs hard to find to balance audio to the way you want it. But once there..BOOM sounds great.
    Pros:
    Looks really cool at night., easy install. Comes with microphone for hands free Bluetooth function.
    Cons:
    Take time to read manual to see all the unit will do, if not fumble around for a few hours to figure it out.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo for the money

    Written By Anonymous, Berthoud, CO on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    Definitely a good unit for the money. Plenty of features and it has enough line out jacks to connect additional amplifiers for a top notch car audio system. For the price I highly recommend it. I also love the built in bluetooth.
    Pros:
    Ability to add additional amps Built in bluetooth
    Cons:
    Hard to see the buttons in the dark
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Sheryl, Englewood, CO on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    This car stereo is awesome! Everything works perfectly. Was very easy to install with the instructions and installation items included from Crutchfield. The instructions manual is easy to understand and all the functions are user friendly. Love the phone pairing with the system. Great to be able to use my cell phone hands-free and the sound is great for both the person with whom I am talking and me. Love the pairing for the iPod. Sound is great for both the receiver, iPod and iPhone. All in all this system is wonderful! I would definitely recommend it and would purchase it again!
    Pros:
    Everything!
    Cons:
    None!
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo great features

    Written By Dennis, Nixa Missouri on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    You never go wrong with a Sony. Great t features super clear phone calls. I recommend this unit. Clear crisp sound. Makes my 30 year old Ford Bronco II sound a s good a s my 2013 Wrangled.
    Pros:
    I like the ability to change the color to match my vehicles dash lights. Usb and aux ports and Sirius FM give me lots of choices.
    Cons:
    Would like to be able to turn off some of its features and wish that it had HD radio
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Racin88, LL, New Mexico on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    So far so good. Seems like a pretty nice stereo. Has a lot of features that most other brands and places charge much more for. The Blue Tooth was easy to set up and the wiring instructions and all the connection equipment sent by CrutchField made the install painless. Only thing with this stereo is the USB interface does not work with the Nokia Lumia 928. Can't even use it to charge the phone.
    Pros:
    Nice Stereo and lots of features for the price.
    Cons:
    USB interface does not work with everything such as the Nokia Lumia 928.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By Dave D, Little Falls NY on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    I bought this for my daughter so she could have built in Bluetooth.I personally like the looks of the stereo and I've never bought a Sony before.My daughter loves it she likes the colors and she has no problem getting it to do what she wants,and her Iphone had no problem with syncing it and she loves the Bluetooth and she can stream off her phone and for the money the display is pretty sweet in my opinion. Shes happy with it and shes hands free talking.I couldn't be happier with the stereo for the money and she loves it was worth it
    Pros:
    Nice display,colors,Bluetooth is nice and sound quality of calls are great for the price I would recommend this stereo
    Cons:
    Shes hasn't told me any yet
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    5 out of 5

    sony

    Written By Colby, saratoga on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    Great price. Great product.
    Pros:
    Many features, phone quality is great.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    MEX-BT4100P

    Written By W.Brady, Inverness, Fl on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    Had my unit pro' installed. I love it , even with stock speakers. If I want to use all of It's power, I will have to get better speakers. The sound is so much better than the factory radio. Both FM and AM stations come in 10 time better( factory radio only received 3 stations). I am still learning how to use all of the functions. I admit l am no tech'ie learning through trial and error, but l am figuring it out. It dose work with my Samsung Galaxy blue tooth android. I heart and Pandora. Also added siriusxm tuner works great. Ease of use was the only thing that stopped me from giving 5 stars. Thanks to Jenny, at Crutchfield for her help for getting me what l needed
    Pros:
    ,Works with android, variety fo display colors, great reception.
    Cons:
    The instructions were a little hard for me to understand, but l am not a real tech. guy. I am figuring it out.
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    4 out of 5

    1st Bluetooth Radio

    Written By Hal_B, Marietta on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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    Just purchased and installed (Jan 2014) my 1st car stereo with Bluetooth. The installation in my 2005 Subaru Outback was a breeze with the instruction provided by Sony and Crutchfield. The Sony MEX-BT4100P was a great upgrade to my vehicle and I am loving the hands free interface with my Droid Razr M.
    Pros:
    The menus are highly intuitive and easy to navigate. I only had to look up a couple items in the owner's manual.
    Cons:
    The Sony owner's manual describes how to turn off the alarm tone that is supposed to remind you to remove the detachable face, but this menu option cannot be found or does not exist. This alarm is mildly annoying.
    Crutchfield response on Monday, January 20, 2014
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty Happy

    Written By Gary, Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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    I was very pleased with almost everything. I believe the only thing I was not thrilled by was the bluetooth microphone that came with the stereo. It was defective and had to be replaced. Because of the inconvenience, especially considering that I was not able to do the installation myself and did not want to pay to have the new microphone installed properly, I had to wind up running the wire over my dash and putting the microphone in a less than ideal location. Crutchfield is requiring me to send the first microphone back, which I guess I understand, but it is just more inconvenience for me. I did love that Crutchfield tech support provides the option to have them call you back instead of waiting on hold, and they called very quickly, and were very helpful and friendly. The only other potential problem is that the stereo cuts out when the volume gets too high. I'm not sure if that is a built in safety feature or if there is something wrong. It has to be pretty loud for this to happen, so I'm not overly concerned about it at this point.
    Pros:
    Price was much better than a local dealer; the option to have tech support call you rather than waiting on hold; fast call back from tech support, and friendly helpful employees
    Cons:
    Defective microphone, and the need to send back the old one, wait for the new one, and the final result of a less than professional installation of the microphone
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    2 out of 5

    Had bad luck with this one

    Written By Cap'n Dave, Emmett, ID on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    I bought this unit to replace the factory unit. Installation was easy and quick and the sound is fine for the price range. Bluetooth streaming and phone pairing are great. However, I noticed that the unit would "forget" which preset station I was last on for satellite radio (only - regular FM seems ok). Also, about 10-15% of the time! it would display "CHK TUNER" when powered up on XM, and the only way I could get the XM to work would be to completely shut off the car and restart.

    Crutchfield service was great - they sent me a replacement XM tuner module. Unfortunately, that was not the problem. Same symptoms with the new module. So, they sent me a replacement Sony head unit. That head unit completely refused to acknowledge the XM module at all - XM doesn't even show up as an available source. Put the first Sony unit back in, since at least it sees the tuner module.

    I will be returning the Sony and probably get a different make of head unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice Unit for a very decent price

    Written By DodgeCaravan, Florida,USA on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    I purchased this as a replacement for my factory stereo on my '99 Dodge Caravan. I found Crutchfield while browsing online where they had sponsored links at the bottom. I almost bought it there but I'm glad I bought it directly from Crutchfield instead. The unit installed easily and it was easy to use the wireing conection adapters supplied FREE by Crutchfield. It took me about 20 minutes to solder the harness connectors up properly. The antenna connected perfectly and everything went very smoothly. The FREE Caravan install kit made the job super easy. It looks really clean and neat after installation. The one thing you may have to work out is the grounding. The factory radio has a woven metal strap bolted to the back for grounding and a seperate male spade on the back for grounding the speaker amp. The Sony radio only has a black ground wire. I had to make a special wire that was 4 inches long and had a ring terminal on one end and a male spade connector on the other. Then I was able to use a small bolt with washers to bolt all 3 ground wres together. There may be a small screw hole on the back of the Sony radio but no bolt came with it so I rigged my own grounding. Overall the radio is great but the sound i not quite as "rich" as the factory radio. But still pleasing. Would I recommend this radio? Yes. And, Crutchfield was there every step of the way and answered all my questions. Overall great experience.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Worked perfectly with factory speakers. Looks clean and neat. Pairs nicely with my Android cellphone. Microphone seems to be very clear for phone conversations. USB works great. Plays MP3's off a thumb drive nicely.
    Cons:
    The face of the radio seems miniturized. Everythng seems slightly undersized. When you push any control on the left side of the radio, it gives about 1/8 inch. That feels a bit cheesy. But I suppose thats because it has a removable face plate. Sound quality is not quite as rich and full as the factory stereo. But it is not a big difference and I would still recommend it. Clarity is very good. Radio reception can vary.
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet Deck

    Written By MDEEZE, Vancouver, WA on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    Love this Deck!~! Has great interface and very simple to install. Color Illumination is awesome as well as the Sony App that you can use on your smartphone/Ipad. Definitely a great piece of technology right here. Not disappointed by any means.
    Pros:
    Color Illumination 3 Pre Outs Easy Install SONY
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo at a bargain price.

    Written By Ron, Elk Grove, CA on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    I bought this stereo for my daughter because of both my and her previous experience with Sony stereos. I installed the stero in her 2005 Malibu. Installation was relatively easy. I used the Metra 99-3303 Factory Integration Adapter in order to keep all the factory whistles and bells. Although a lot of pieces of the dash have to be removed in order to get the old stereo out and the new stereo in, I managed to do the entire job in about an hour. Sound quality is great and so far everything is working and my daughter is ecstatic.
    Pros:
    Great sound and using the Metra 99-3303 Factory Integration Adapter everything looks factory.
    Cons:
    No carrying case for the faceplate of the receiver but no complaints so far with the stereo itself.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By DrewB, Texas on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    always like the sony car audio units
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    5 out of 5

    Sony BT4100P

    Written By CL, Columbia SC on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    Love the features and how easy it was to install. Everything worked as promised and the diagrams were great reference.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality and features for a great price.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-BT4100P

    Written By abikike, San sebastian PR on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    excellent product
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