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Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

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Go digital without going broke

Ditching the discs and going digital doesn't have to break the bank. Sony's DSX-A40UI digital media receiver offers an impressive list of features for its price range, along with plenty of connections for all your devices.

Everything you need

Bells and whistles are nice, but you don't necessarily need them to go all-digital in your car. The DSX-A40UI has all the basics covered, starting with a sleek-looking removable faceplate that also offers the functionality you need to enjoy your digital music library.

A handy USB port gives you lots of options for enjoying your digital music. Plug in a flash drive that you've loaded up with music, or connect your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™ to listen to music and charge the device. You'll be able to use the receiver's controls to search through your music, and Sony's Quick-BrowZer® feature makes it easy to find music by artist, album, genre, song or playlist. You can also connect a satellite radio tuner or a portable music player to the front auxiliary input.

Adjust and expand

The built-in amp ensures that your music will come through loud and clear, even when you're really cranking it up. If you're the kind of person who likes to fiddle with the settings to suit your exact tastes, you'll be surprised at how much adjustability you get with the DSX-A40UI's 3-band equalizer. If you're thinking about adding an amplifier in the future, you'll find a set of 2-volt preamp outputs on the back panel.

Sony DSX-A40UI Digital Media Receiver

This receiver offers a simple control panel with USB and auxiliary inputs.

Complete controls

Whether you're listening to digital music or your favorite AM/FM radio station, you'll be able to see what's playing on the single-line LCD display, which shows you track info, station ID and a clock. The faceplate's red button illumination adds a touch of style. You also get a handy remote control that lets your passengers play DJ while you drive.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

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

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • detachable face with single-line display
    • USB port accommodates Apple devices, select Android phones, and thumb drives
    • MP3/WMA compatible
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • 3-band equalizer
    • remote control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    Perfect for USB and audio jack

    Written By Rob, Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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    I installed my radio the other day on my 2004 Kia Optima. Crutchfield made sure that the radio fit into my car, and a quick live chat with an associate helped me find an additional plastic housing for the radio for my car. He was also able to confirm that I didn't need to do any soddering, which was important given my low level of mechanical knowledge.

    If you are looking for an inexpensive but solidly made, great sounding, and easy to use radio, I would go with this Sony. All I wanted was a stereo with USB and an audio jack to replace my old stereo, which only had a CD player. The sound quality is extremely noticeable over the stock unit. Make Sure you connect the blue and white wires for "amplified sound" (which I assume most vehicles have) otherwise the sound only comes out of the rear speakers. Also make sure that all of the copper wiring is twisted together and the little plastic containers cover all of the exposed wire.

    I also recommend watching some how-to videos online to acquaint yourself with unplugging the car battery, removing the interior trim, and unplugging the other electrical units during the stereo swap. Be gentle with the plastic--on my Kia, I had to remove the entire center console including the horizontal part surrounding the hand break and gear shifter in addition to the vertical part surrounding the radio, vents, etc.

    Pros: - Great value for money - Great solution to replace a stereo without an audio jack or USB input - Simultaneously cool and congenial to the style of even my 2004 car

    Cons: - Only 4 radio presets (but 3 FM and 2 AM settings) - Lacks Bluetooth

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Rob in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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    Great for the value. Super easy install. Good quality. Easy to use.

    Pros: Basic head unit that gives you what you paid for. Super easy to install and use.

    Cons: None. Totally worth the price.

    Sony DSX A40UI for a 2000 Tacoma

    Written By Anonymous, CA on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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    I needed a simple unit with USB input. This was for my 2000 Tacoma 4x4 which is more of a offroad/beach vehicle. There was no need for blue tooth or CDs. The install was easy and the sound is great. Definitely sounds better than the ancient stock unit! I would recommend this unit.

    Pros: Good price and I was able to get all the additional hardware from Crutchfield.

    Cons: None so far.

    Volume control knob

    Written By Jay, Richmond, Virginia on Monday, May 18, 2015

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    Everything about this unit is fine, with one big exception: the volume control knob is used to access the settings menu when pressed, so every time I touch the thing I can't control the volume because it is constantly accessing the settings menu. Extremely annoying.

    Sony Rocks

    Written By E28 Owner, Alabama on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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    Bought this radio as a replacement for the old Blaupunkt in My 87 BMW 528e its a solid radio with media capabilities I was not interested in a CD player since I have gone digital. I like the fact that it has iPhone Control as well a USB slot. 45 Watts are more than adequate for my needs and the unit clean. Installation was a breeze with ever thing needed in the box. I bought the installation kit due to the BWM having floating ground system similar to Ford but in the end I decided to just new wiring to the speakers and will be returning the unused hardware. I guess you could call me a fan of Sony products since most of my home electronics is of the Sony brand. But the reason for this has been the quality and features that they put into their products. I have been happy with their performance over the years and they are my go to brand. Because this unit does not have a CD player the price point is very affordable and delivers without compromise.

    Pros: Great product from a well established brand with excellent performance and build quality at an affordable price. What more could you ask for?

    Cons: None to date.

    Very Nice Product!

    Written By Dan, Iowa on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    Very good sound quality and that is always a priority for me. Good sound for a little money = happy person!

    OEM replacement

    Written By CAK, Kansas on Monday, May 04, 2015

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    Took longer to attache the wires to the harness than install this unit into my Accord. Great value and like the iPhone compatible features.

    Pros: IPhone compatible

    Cons: No bluetooth...my mistake however

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Sony DSX-A40UI Review, Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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    Installation with the purchased mounting bracket, wiring harness, and antenna adapter was quite easy, much less trouble than I had originally anticipated. I found a couple YouTube videos to help figure out out to remove the dash.

    Pros: Ease of installation with the provided mounting hardware.

    Cons: The unit's instructions could have provided more details information for navigating the various functions and controls. I should have to figure so much of it out through experimentation.

    Great Product

    Written By James, Florida on Monday, April 27, 2015

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    Great product for the price. No problems with connection. Sounds fantastic.

    Son loves the features while still simple to use

    Written By JimL, Somerville, AL on Monday, April 27, 2015

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    We wanted the Sony brand name for reputation and wanted the USB access port for easy connect to our Apple products. This receiver features both. We don't play CD's any more so not having a CD player is no issues for us. It is simple to set up and use, not overly complicated and not overly packed with other features that we will never use. I'd say this is an awesome receiver for the price and I was surprised how great is sounds.

    Pros: Easy to install, small body which takes up less space in dash. Nice color, matches the red exterior of our vehicle. USB port to play through and this port also charges the phone so no additional plug-in chargers into cigarette lighter sockets are needed. Allows us to play through his Apple i-phone, so we don't need one of those cheap radio frequency transmitter devices that you have to use otherwise.

    Cons: Only has four pre-set buttons per channel bank, so you can set 4 stations on FM1, then four more on FM2, etc. This makes it necessary to switch from FM1 to FM2 to pick more than 4 pre-set stations. This is only a problem if more than one person drives the car.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Anonymous, Huntington, New York on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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    Easy use and great features

    Awesome radio for the price

    Written By Anonymous, Commerce, Michigan on Friday, April 24, 2015

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    I installed this in my daughters car. Only took about 20 minutes!! Crutch field never disappoints. I love how they supply or suggest the gear you will need to get it done fast. The master sheets are a big help. I always get my car audio from crutch field. They are the best place to go for any of your car audio/video needs.

    Pros: Wireless remote Preset EQ's iPod and android compatible Front USB and aux inputs and it also charges your device

    Cons: The only cons I have is that I didn't upgrade the factory speakers .

    easy install

    Written By russ, Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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    Great for the$. Easy install. Fits/looks fine in my 94 bmw. For the money I'm not that worried about leaving the top down. If someone wants it I'm not replacing a high end unit.

    Pros: price

    Good, basic unit

    Written By Beaver, State of Jefferson on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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    Nice and simple. I like the controls. Easy to scan the radio with one push of scan button. Big volume knob is easy to use. Simple display for those of us who don't need lots of bells and whistles. Sound quality is adequate. Great price.

    Pros: simple, easy to use, USB connection

    Cons: can't dim the display. Clock is off when unit is off.

    Sony car stereo

    Written By Scott, Dresden, Ohio on Monday, March 30, 2015

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    Sounds great! Easy to install. Love the USB and aux ports. Even looks cool in the dark.

    Pros: Great value. Put in an old Honda Accord for my son to drive for college.

    Cons: None yet.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Romar G, Florida on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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    Nice and aesy to use ..Nice Sound

    So simple and works/looks great

    Written By Allie, North Carolina on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    My boyfriend bought me this stereo for my Oldsmobile Alero beacuse my factory stereo was on its last leg. I have very few modern features in my '04 so this was a huge upgrade for me! I was afraid I wouldn't like the red color as the rest of the lights on my center and dash are greenish but the red on this stereo is very subtle and not bright. You can see it great during the day but it also has a dimmer so you can turn it down at night, if needed. I love the sound quality. I also was under the impression that the clock would only display for a few seconds before changing back. But I was pleased to discover that if you click the display button, the clock will stay on for as long as you please. I am able to save 12 preset stations which is way more than I need. I can VERY easily plug up my phone via auxillary or USB and listen to music. I also love the little door that closes over the ports. The stereo looks great in my car. I was worried it'd look a bit odd in my old car but it looks like it belongs there. I love having the little slot of space underneath too, to hold my phone. The install was so simple. My boyfriend did it, but I watched and it was a breeze. Everything hooked up easily with no issues along the way. And it worked on the very first try. Overall I am beyond satisfied. It looks great, sounds great, is easy to use and is everything I neeed. I am very pleased with it.

    Pros: Easy to install, even with no electrical background. Looks natural. Sounds great. Lights are not distracting. Dimmer included. Clock stays on for as long as I want. Easy access to AUX and USB. Lots of preset options. Great price.

    Cons: I only wish I could change the button illumination color from red. But for this price, I don't expect to have that much customization. And, the red is subtle and not overwhelming.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Christopher, Chicago, il on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    I was a little worried about not having a CD player but then I remembered it's 2015 and I haven't bought a CD in years. One USB cord to charge my iPhone and to play and control the music. Brilliant. After connecting the wiring harness, installation in my Dodge Stratus took no longer than five minutes and the fit was perfect. I was worried it would stick out like an obvious aftermarket stereo but I couldn't be happier and the price was ridiculously inexpensive for the quality. Would reccomend.

    Excellent Value

    Written By Devin, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2015

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    The radio was very easy to install with the appropriate Metra harness for my F150 and doesn't look too bad in the dash. The overall quality of the device is excellent for its price point and beats devices twice its cost. The FM sensitivity of the unit is nice. The major downside is the USB connection is essentially worthless for any Android device of the last couple years since MSC is a terrible connection method for phones and hasn't been used since Gingerbread Android. So if you have an Android device you are likely stuck with the Aux input.

    The sound quality of the unit is good, but would likely be better if I replaced the factory speakers.

    Pros: 1. Nice Build quality 2. Good sound 3. Good FM sensitivity 4. Easy installation

    Cons: 1. Doesn't charge higher powered smartphones well. 2. Severely outdated USB connection method (MSC) which will only work with flash drives or old Android devices.

    Another great product from Crutchfield

    Written By TerryinFL, Central Florida on Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    Only took a couple hours to have it up and running since the old unit was already removed. Did the necessary wiring, except for speakers, on my desk then to the garage to complete the installation. Radio setup went quickly, too. Didn't take long at all to have my favorite stations memorized and enjoy some of my digitized '50s and '60s tunes on a 32Gb USB thumb drive.

    Pros: 1. Easy to install. 2. Lots of options and features 3. Great sound. 4. Super fast delivery and excellent service.

    Cons: None.

    1994 BMW 325i

    Written By Cory, California on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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    This receiver is a great replacement or OEM alternative. My car's OEM radio was removed by a previous owner along with the amp and all the wiring, so I chose to just install this receiver since the color matches and it looks era specific. I was glad to find a plain looking receiver such as this. Wish it had bluetooth...

    Pros: no CD Player, looks old

    Cons: no bluetooth

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By federico f., Puerto Rico on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    easy to install

    Great receiver for the price

    Written By Dale, Sardinia Ohio on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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    Great receiver for the money. Easy to use right out of the box.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons: Only 4 preset buttons for tuner

    good product but not a true fit

    Written By bulowski, United States on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    I bought 2 of these stereos as xmas gifts and did the installations myself, one for an 01 Subaru legacy outback and another for an 05 Subaru impreza wagon. In both cases the stereo was about 1/8 of an inch wider and taller than the OEM stereo, and as a result it was tough to get it to actually fit and the end result was not as clean as I'd hoped for. I used the suggested dash kit which also did not line up flush with the panel. Crutchfield says the stereo fits in both cars, but if i could do it again I would look for one that has smaller dimensions. Anyway these were my 4th and 5th stereo installations so Im by no means a professional, but if you are looking to replace an older model subaru stereo you may want to look for something shorter and skinnier.

    Pros: the sound quality was improved and the ipod control with charging is great

    Cons: see above

    Good Deal

    Written By jajajo40, United States on Friday, January 02, 2015

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    Works great pulls in stations from long ways out. Good buy for cost.

    great product

    Written By Mike S, Washington on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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    great product, no more cd's to get stuck or scratched, can load my playlist and go, perfect for road trips

    Pros: simple to install, harness was a snap, price was great

    Super value!

    Written By Justin A., Sanger, TX on Friday, December 26, 2014

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    For less than $75, this is a fabulous stereo. Very simple, no-frills unit with good power and functionality.

    Pros: Simple, inexpensive, easy to use and install.

    Cons: For the money, I can't think of a single "con".

    Sony

    Written By Dana, United States on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    Great radio!

    Pros: Easy to install! Awesome radio!!

    Cons: nothing

    Excellent Digital Media Player

    Written By avellone5, Utica, NY on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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    This is a great, budget digital media player, perfect to replace an factory radio. My factory radio was more than a decade old and needed an upgrade; while this doesn't have a CD player, it does have a USB port, which can play music straight from a USB drive. The sound is great, and installation was fairly easy, however the faceplate specified for my car doesn't fit it perfectly. It still looks good and is secured in place, but I would have liked to see it fit in a little better. It is fairly easy to use, and has an auxiliary port and USB port, so you can play music from a phone while charging it. Overall, it is a great product to help the user step into the digital age.

    Pros: Great sound, looks great, has USB port, plenty of functions and settings.

    Cons: Menu system can be a little confusing.

    Awesome!!

    Written By Anonymous, Miami , FL on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    Great product!

    Great sound

    Written By Jim T, Dubuque, Ia on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    This is a great sounding receiver for the price

    Son loved it!

    Written By Anonymous, Largo, FL on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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    Replaced another radio in my son's truck. Sounds great!

    Nice Unit

    Written By dp, Kansas on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    Nice unit for the price. Needed something to replace the factory stereo in my wife's van and this was a good, cost effective option. No problems with the install and all features are easy to use. The ability to connect and/or charge an iPhone is a nice extra feature for the price.

    Great!!

    Written By Gabriel, La Vega, DR on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    Awesome item at low price

    Sony DXS-A40UI

    Written By Steve, Ohio on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    I received the system very fast and the install kit. Every thing went together great and fit was great. All and all very pleased !

    Pros: Easy to use and sounds good even with factory speakers !

    Cons: None so far !

    Great little tuner

    Written By Anonymous, Brokenarrow Ok on Monday, November 10, 2014

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    Works great pulls in stations from long ways out. Good buy for cost.

    Pros: Big Bang little $

    Cons: None

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By koswald, Riverview Fl on Friday, November 07, 2014

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    Its a great product and works sufficiently and sounds great.

    good for the price. i enjoy it.

    Written By Juan M., San Juan, PR on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    Good for the money. Nice for my old brand like new mitsubishi montero 1998

    Pros: Look modern style radio. Fit perfect on my car.

    Cons: Load of song from a jump drive to search is not helpful.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Wally, Kennewick, wa on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    Has great AM/FM reception.

    Good features

    Written By Justin, Westminster, MD on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    Nice unit for the money.

    Love this Sony

    Written By TREX, OKC OK on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    I wanted an inexpensive unit for a daily driver. This one was perfect for my needs. It installed easily and the connector kit fit great. Took a while to connect all the wires but when that was done I was about done.

    Pros: Looks great works great sounds great. Easy to install. Remote works well. Love the usb and aux hookups right on the front under the door. It reminds you to remove the face when engine is shut off by beeping 3 times. This can be turned off, but I like the reminder.

    Cons: Don't have any yet.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Anonymous, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    Sounds great, the display isn't very intuitive though. Works great with iPhone.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By tony, Warm Springs, OR on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    Put in a 844 front end loader lots of dusts. Very nice perfect fit .very happy .

    The basics 101

    Written By M.Bales, Charleston, SC on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    What I expected for the price. That said, it's a nice sounding basic functioning media player. Does just what I need it to, Sends my music to an amp! It doesn't read my Samsung Note lll, little disappointed in that only. USB storage, no problem.

    Pros: Simple functions & install. Not paying for a bunch of bells and whistles.

    Cons: Want read my phone

    Reliable Sony Performance

    Written By gregd, Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I took the gamble that I would not need a CD player. It is an outdated tech and costs too much these days to make mp3 cds. In fact, I am quite pleased not having a cd player. I have a 32 gb usb stick that I use with this unit and it could not be easier to transition away from fumbling with cds.

    I reviewed a LOT of different units before selecting this one. The off brand stuff had flashier screens, but poor reviews on quality. The more expensive units did not appeal to me as I have sunk entirely too much money into repairing my Jeep to afford a more elaborate radio. The price on this unit is quite good considering it still packs a solid amplifier, delivering plenty of power to my speakers. The quality of the converters is excellent, revealing detail in my mp3's that other sources I own fail to deliver. It has a basic 3 band equalizer, which is good enough to tweak the sound to an appealing degree. The built in eq presets are not bad either.

    Installing it was easy enough. Had to remove the sleeve and black plastic frame for the Jeep Liberty kit. But it looks good, and is only slightly inset from an otherwise flush position with the install kit.

    The buttons are of a high quality, giving a good click when pressed. The solid nature of the materials used is typical for sony products, even their cheaper units like this one.

    Nice clear screen, reasonable expansion options.

    Pros: Compact Solid state - no moving parts Removable faceplate is compact, about 3/4 the width of the unit - easier to pocket. Clear buttons with logical functions. Easy to program presets, set clock, and search folders on USB drive. Very good quality amplifier and D/A converters. Much better than a stock radio. Radio reception is pretty good also. Display is bright and clear, and can be dimmed if too bright for driving - I find it fine at the default setting. Powerful amp drives speakers well

    Cons: Only one aux output. You can add an amp and sub, but only one. No CD player might be a problem for people that don't convert their CD's to mp3 or own an USB stick to store them on. But that is the point of this unit - it is cheaper to manufacture because it lacks moving parts. And Sony did not skimp on the quality just because it lacks a CD player. The screen has only a single line of text. As such, you have to toggle between showing the clock, track name, album name, etc. But this is easy to

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By PePe, San Diego, California on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    INstalled the Sony on a vintage 1986 Porsche Carrera. Faceplate resembles correct era. FM pulls station from Los Angeles like if stations where in San Diego. USB and Smart Phone compatibility is a plus.

    Pros: Price, Quality, Remote control

    Cons: none that i can think of.

    Bought for son

    Written By pipes, Jamestown ny on Tuesday, August 05, 2014