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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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    What's in the box?

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    • digital media receiver (w/ 10A fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (RM-X211)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Face fixing screw note

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    USB/iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM Tuner
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port (Android Compliant): The Sony DSX-A40UI digital media receiver's front-panel USB (type-A)port can be used for plugging in a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) 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 or WMA formats (up to 320 kbps). The head unit can recognize up to 128 music folders and 512 music files per folder on a single USB Mass Storage Device. The DSX-A40UI 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
    • 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: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The DSX-A40UI's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the 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. 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 (1A) connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-A40UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 11/25/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    Air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Aux 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.

    AM/FM Tuner

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony DSX-A40UI is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology.  The Digital Clarity Tuner delivers industry leading signal to noise ratios, lower interference, better multipath rejection and better stereo separation

    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 each in band (FM 1-3, AM 1-2).

    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 DSX-A40UI 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.

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional receivers, delivering 55 watts x 4 channel (peak power) to your interior speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels and smooth frequency response. Your music isn't just louder, its clearer too. The power output specs for the DSX-A40UI are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)
    Note: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-A40UI are compliant with the CEA-2006 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.

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony DSX-A40UI features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off.  The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), & High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.

    Loudness: This features reinforces bass & treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    2V/2Ch Preamp Output: The Sony DSX-A40UI is equipped with a 2-volt preamp output for connecting an external amplifier. The preamp output is full-range and will fade with the rear speaker channels (it is not switchable).

    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 DSX-A40UI features a detachable face for theft prevention. 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. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    Single-Line LCD w/ Auto Scroll: The easy-to-read single line LCD shows source information, clock, station ID, and track data when playing back digital files from your external USB devices.  The Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a USB device.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.

    Dimmer: The DSX-A40UI feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either Dimmer On or Dimmer Off.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X211) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions 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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Bought this stereo for my son's car, he loves it and it looks like it is a stock stereo.

    Pros: Easy to install and looks great.

    As Usual...Sony Delivered

    Written By DoCro2.0, Caliornia on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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    This unit installed so easy into my 2011 Honda Element it was not even funny. Crutchfield provided the wiring harness and instructions. I soldered all connections and used heat shrink over the connections. I did not need to use the provided install kit or the provided antenna connector. After soldering, everything just fit together and within minutes I was listening to my iPod. Basic unit but great for hoping in the car, plugging in your iPod and off you go. Good enough control over EQ, either preset or make your own curves. Radio reception was stellar, I was really surprised because the OEM radio got almost nothing parked in my driveway and the Sony was picking up stations from far away nice and clear. No CD player but that is what I wanted and it puts out 17 Watts RMS X 4, more than enough power for the average listener. That is more power than you think. Overall a very good unit for the price and while not mind blowing in looks or performance it WORKS!

    Pros: Easy install. Easy to operate. Charges iPod while on the go. Good sound and excellent radio reception.

    Cons: None

    Should've been my first choice

    Written By Anonymous, Brownsburg, Indiana on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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    I purchased a different deck first. Giant piece of junk! I should've gone through Crutchfield like everyone suggested. The Sony is easy to use, sounds great, and was a snap to install.

    Pros: Easy install Great sound Removable face

    Cons: No dimmer

    Great Product

    Written By Mudito, Miami,Fl on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    awesome radio and easy to connect

    Sounds great

    Written By JL, GA on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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    Sounds great, my 19 year old son thought it was awesome.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Anonymous, so cal. on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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    it works great on my 2012 dyna

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Joe Y, Doylestown Pa. on Friday, June 27, 2014

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    Excellent choice for my Z. Nice fit and looks great. Highly recommend .

    Pros: Great sound easy install

    Cons: None so far

    Great Stereo for the money

    Written By MIKE E., Lebanon,PA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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    I got this radio in two days after ordering. I received all the necessary accessories to be conected to my minivan right away. I tried my galaxy phone to see how it works and did pretty good. Than I plug in my iphone and works very well for both apple and android. I recommended this radio.

    Sony Dsx-A40UI

    Written By Anonymous, Oxnard, Ca on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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    It is a really good piece of equipment for the price. I would highly recommend It to anyone that is looking for a good sounding "Radio."

    Pros: Pretty much everything.

    Cons: No sub out, you can't change the color. But hey for the price you can't complain.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By DJS, Lake Odessa, MI on Monday, June 09, 2014

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    I rarely use a cd anymore and with the limited depth of the original factory space, this player fit right in.

    great sound

    Written By mike g, clearwater,fl on Friday, June 06, 2014

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    Great sound for a small price, very easy to install, lots of sound options. I was looking for a stereo that I could plug a thumb drive into or use my phone both work great with this model.

    Pros: price, sound

    Cons: n/a

    Like what it does

    Written By dmac, LB,MS on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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    I wanted one without the CD player because I don't play CDs anymore. It does play all of my digital media well. I think it could've been built better though. The face feels/looks cheap. It's flimsy when you press certain buttons.

    Pros: Works well and does what it's supposed to do.

    Cons: Looks/feels cheaply made.

    Great mech-less media unit.

    Written By Brown Ave Guy, Amesbury, MA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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    I bought this unit to replace a tired and worn out factory deck. My reason for picking a unit with no CD player was I found myself using only my I-pod in my car and it is I-pod compatible. It had all of the features that I wanted and it a simple plug and play type of unit. Hook up and install was very easy and install instructions are clear. I am not a fan of set EQ levels so I do not use them. I do use the loudness feature and it works well without being boomy. My only real complaint is that the part of the user manual regarding I-pod could be more clear. It does not give good instruction on how to scan and play songs. Power is good and would make the best match with high efficiency speakers above 91 or 92. AM reception is excellent and I have no issues listening to NYC channels. FM is excellent as well and there are plenty of presets for both AM and FM.

    Pros: Excellent performance at a great price. Easy hook up, Great reception on both bands. Good build quality. Easy install. Plenty of EQ choices. Low key look is not flashy and will not attract theft.

    Cons: User manual in regards to I-Pod.

    Budget car stereo

    Written By WLovejoy, Birmingham, AL on Monday, May 19, 2014

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    For the price this a good car stereo. It's not the best one ever but you can't beat it if your on a budget.

    Pros: Cheap, easy to install, decent quality

    Cons: The feeling of the front panel is "cheap" plastic

    Sony dsx-a40ui

    Written By BillK, Grand Haven, MI on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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    Product installed easily and works great.

    Pros: Easy installation in my BMW, sounds very good with the premium speakers and amp.

    Cons: None - so far so good.

    Sony again

    Written By Swazzie, Rapid city, mi. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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    Another brilliant Sony product with familiar attributes only found in the engineering prowess of a sony stereo. Clean sound and a precision built product. The design , of course, goes without saying. A remarkable entry level digital media head with an equally remarkable price point. Well worth a look !

    Pros: Digital savvy for the Nubian.

    Cons: For the Sony experienced, a little more was expected.

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Sal, Lindenhurst NY on Monday, May 05, 2014

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    Only thing I would change is to stop the "streaming" on the unit telling me all of the features of it. Would just like to see the clock only. Otherwise, this unit does the job in a very big way :)

    Pros: Ease of installation and use

    Cons: None at all

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Don, Owenton,ky on Sunday, May 04, 2014

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    Like the way it works

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Scott, Whiteford Maryland on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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    Great radio for a great price. Works perfect with my iphone 5.

    GREAT PRODUCT

    Written By RetiredTech, Western PA on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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    Easy to install and great sound at a reasonable (actually quite low) price. I would definitely recommend this radio.

    Pros: It is easy to use.

    Cons: Small buttons with small text. A little hard to see in low light but not a big problem.

    Goodbye CD's!

    Written By J. Smith, Durham, NC on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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    I was originally just looking to add an auxiliary input to my factory system so I could play music from my smartphone through the car's speakers. After researching I determined it would be easier to just replace the factory radio with this one. Could not have made a better decision. Auxiliary input AND USB input makes this receiver way more than what I was expecting. Loaded up an 8gb USB with music and haven't looked back. Great sound and really strong reception on the radio, pulling in stations my factory receiver could not. Very pleased with my purchase.

    Pros: Ease of installation (thanks to Crutchfield of course) and quality at a reasonable price

    Johns Radio

    Written By JKS, Yuma, AZ on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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    I really like the radio and features, working out really well. The only problem I am having is the AM reception

    Pros: Sleek design and works great

    Cons: The AM reception is very bad. The FM is great, the MP3 is great but AM is really bad

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Bo$$, Mesa,az on Sunday, March 30, 2014

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    Great stereo easy to use

    Pros: Aux/USB easy to install gets very loud with new speakers I put in up to 50

    Cons: None

    "SPOT ON"

    Written By Cashjr, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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    much more than I expected

    Pros: This unit is very compact, light weight...I will never use CD's again...this unit will fit into any vehicle's dash...very loud, does not require an amp but has the input jacks if needed...the Crutchfield instructions and equipment which shipped with the unit were "spot on"...I am glad I took this rout and did it myself which saved me hundreds of dollars.

    Cons: none

    Media player

    Written By Honda Driver, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, March 03, 2014

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    this is a great product for the price. sounds great, works great with all media & its easy to install.

    Pros: price

    Sony DSX-A40UI

    Written By Anonymous, ohio on Monday, March 03, 2014

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    I always buy Sony because I like the small display and easy to use but this I just got I really don't like it because of the big letters display' so I put it in my wife car

    Pros: should have a choice between a big display or a small display

    Cons: no full reading of flashdrive and display could be better like before

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-xl0WFcCvwGW/?omnews=11349361

    Written By Rob, Diamondhead, MS on Sunday, February 23, 2014

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    Great receiver for the money. Easy to install. Pulls in distant radio stations that the stock unit couldn't.

    Pros: Price, USB, sound quality. Great little receiver.

    Cons: Controls took a little bit to figure out but wasn't bad.

    Great product!

    Written By Nate, Valley center, Ca on Friday, February 21, 2014

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    Truly outstanding product for the price. I started out just looking around, and I just couldn't pass it up. Crutchfield has a great website. It was easy to find. I'll definitely be back for more!

    Pros: