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Our take on the Sony MEX-GS600BT

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

Sony's App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. On the other side of the App Remote's two-way street, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. And, with your Android™ phone paired up, this receiver will read any incoming text messages out loud, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Sony CD receiver

Your Sony receiver will access apps on your phone, and your phone acts as a very cool remote control.

The foundation of a great car audio system

Interactivity is definitely fun, but you need a high-performance car stereo to create a great-sounding audio system. Not only does the CDX-GS600BT include an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, it also features a full complement of 5-volt preamp outputs that'll send a strong, clean signal to your external amps. Tweak the tonal parameters with the 7-band EQ, set up a perfect stereo "sweet spot" with digital time alignment, and use the frequency filters to make your speaker setup shine. And, if you're not using outboard amps, Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp, noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction, will drive your speakers very capably.

Bluetooth takes your system to another level

The CDX-GS600BT's built-in Bluetooth adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver.

App Remote in this Sony receiver

App Remote lets you choose your source from your smartphone (smartphone screen shown).

Your tunes, your look

Pop in a CD, plug your iPhone® or iPod® into the rear USB input, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls. And you can add on a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required), if you want to experience an unparalleled variety of news, talk, sports, and music. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to make this receiver look right at home in your dash. Sony backs this special receiver with an awesome 3-year warranty.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable face (face case not included) with variable illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • digital time alignment enhances stereo image
    • 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 auxiliary and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-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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    5 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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    3 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    3 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Rear
    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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    No
    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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    5S/5C/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)
    Disc Playback
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS600BT 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 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the MEX-GS600BT (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-GS600BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The MEX-GS600BT 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT, 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-GS600BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-GS600BT 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-GS600BT also supports audio streaming of music apps (control and metadata display depends on music app). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The receiver's rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to rear-chassis by a 59" cable) 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT's rear-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-GS600BT 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
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT'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-GS600BT. 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT 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 rear-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-GS600BT (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-GS600BT 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.

    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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders/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). 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 allow you to search for a track on a CD-R/RW 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% 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 or connected USB device.

    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°.

    Radio Functions

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony MEX-GS600BT 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 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 MEX-GS600BT 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony MEX-GS600BT 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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony MEX-GS600BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony MEX-GS600BT CD receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The MEX-GS600BT 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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    Three 5-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Sony MEX-GS600BT is equipped with 5-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-GS600BT 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-GS600BT 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 Unit

    Written By Eric R., Chatsworth, GA. on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    Got this for my 99 Silverado. Works great and no issues with instillation. Sounds amazing great buy and I love the Bluetooth feature and how great the music sounds from my android phone..
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    5 out of 5

    Tech Deck

    Written By someone older than you!, Castle Rock, CO on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    Long long ago in a Galaxy 500.we use to set the presets on our am/fm radios by pulling out one of six preset buttons and then push it in to lock it onto the wire inside the deck. After installing an 8-track on the floor we were all set to go cruisin'. The Sony MEX-GS600BT is not only an excellent sounding deck, (excuse me."head unit"), with COMPLETE control of your sound field but a technological wonder compared to the days of old. Hands free Bluetooth, App Remote, voice texting (if you're set up for it), USB, Ipod control, accessory jack and a remote control to list a few things. There are many options and settings. I recommend you write down your settings once you've tweeked them to perfection before you disconnect your battery again. I installed this deck using external amplifiers and component speakers. Happy, happy, happy..
    Pros:
    Once you have your sound field set up, it's incredible.... I like having the USB port on a nice long cable out of the back of the deck. With it routed to the glove box my Ipod is out of sight, out of mind and I have full control from the deck.
    Cons:
    None
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Price For Great Features

    Written By Chuck, Sacramento, Ca on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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    Haven't got around to testing all the features but everything this thing has is mind blowing and for the price can't be beat Bluetooth audio streaming and receiving phone calls is flawless the settings menu can be a bit intimidating but just like anything else after playing with it it will be a breeze I recommend this unit as a main head you unit or a hub to attach other devices through bluetooth or usb.
    Pros:
    Tons of features, bluetooth features (audio streaming, hands free calling external microphone included) all work great.
    Cons:
    menu can seem intimidating at times , finding the perfect spot for the external microphone
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    5 out of 5

    Mex gs600bt

    Written By Mike d., Willow grove, pa on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    What an awesome head unit. I use the rear bass enhancer to fill out my sound. I have new speakers in the front doors and use the rbe in the back doors. The sound is great for just a couple hundred bucks.
    Pros:
    I made a green color to match my dash. Rear bass enhancer. high power, sound enhance functions,Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    Buttons are small and I am very big Nuffield said.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Efraín, Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    Excelent audio system
    Pros:
    Nace sound
    Cons:
    Price
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    5 out of 5

    sony mex-gs600bt

    Written By danielle, fountain,co on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    My boyfriend bought me this stereo from here and its the best I have ever had! Service, shipment and quality were top notch! I will definitely recommend this to everyone I know!!
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    4 out of 5

    Sony winner

    Written By JD, Danbury, CT on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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    Have bought a couple of these head units from this Sony line. All quality sets easy to use and set up. I mostly run Pandora through it and having my phone go through the car is great. The mic works great for hands free calling.
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    5 out of 5

    MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Jack, Palos Verdes,CA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    This Sony is so much better than the Bose-Delco that came with my 93 Camaro that it is almost unbelievable. Doing business with Crutchfield is the absolute best, especially when compared to the "uninvolved" attitude of retail stores in our area.
    Pros:
    Great sound . Vast ajustability of the sound with the equalizer, loudness, and position controls. Also it is a wonderful value for the cost. I would buy this Sony again without hesitastion.
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By Jericho.Hill, Columbia, MD on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    Great stereo. Crutchfield included all the wiring harnesses and installation kits for free. Sounds great, blue tooth work well, the only issue I have is that it's been really cold here and the stereo won't turn on until the temp comes up inside the cabin, with in my crappy, old civic is about 10-12 mins. I assume this is a safety type feature. Other than that, it's great.

    Pros:
    Bluetooth, easy install with the kit Crutchfield included. Remote control. Aux and USB input. I can play music and audio books straight from a thumbdrive.
    Cons:
    Needs to warm up if it's extremely cold out before it powers on.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Hayzee, Maple Valley, Washignton on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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    I was blown away by the level of service, help, communication and exceptional follow-up from Crutchfield. These guys do it RIGHT! I have shopped on-line exclusively for years and never before have I had an experience like this one. The last time I purchased equipment from Crutchfield was in the '90's. I used to go to them for everything. After being in the car audio business for many years, I started shopping price and ease of access to the equipment. I went away from Crutchfield and shopped mnay other sites over the years. Recently though, I noticed their level of details about the products they offered and the fitment guide for vehicles is bar-none the best in the industry. Pricing? It was the best I found ANYWHERE on the internet (for the product I was purchasing)! Now, for the product: Simply, it is amazing. I hardly ever read the manuals, but i took the time to this time. Took me about 15 minutes and it all is intuitive. Sony's operating system is great, simple and easy to navigate. I simply wanted 5V pre-outs; MP3; BT audio, Pandora control; BT phone; a 7 band EQ; and a good warranty. Sony's is the best. 3 years parts and labor! Wow! For car audio, that's great! All the install parts and pieces, install guide and such that Crutchfield supplies is top notch. This works great with my Android phone! One pairing and the two remember each other and pair automatically. Pandora is one button press away. Phone calls are clear and loud. Super product!
    Pros:
    Crutchfield support, installation supplies, fast shipping. Sony is clear and very adjustable to my needs. I am particular about my sound and so far, I love it.
    Cons:
    The surrounding buttons to the display to seem to stay brighter and are a bit harsh at night. None other!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Anonymous, Sulphur, LA on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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    Nice compliment for my titan
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT Review

    Written By Pappy, Point Pleasant, WV on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    The head unit paired easily with my Samsung Galaxy S3 for hands free calls. The sound quality seems good and like the illumination options. It has many features and promises to meet all my audio needs but at a price. There are so many features that you have to scroll through to get to where you may want to go. I plan on keeping the manual in the vehicle for reference until I get the hang of it. Overall a good value. I caught it on special for $129 which makes it even a better deal as I thought for all the features $199 was a fair price. Crutchfield comes through again.
    Pros:
    Numerous features, sound quality, good build quality
    Cons:
    Complicated menu and no real short cuts to get to particular areas.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Anonymous, lake tahoe, ca on Friday, February 28, 2014
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    This stereo is awesome. Sounds great. A great unit for the price.
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    3 out of 5

    Works... But not well

    Written By Anonymous, Moreno Valley, CA on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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    Like mentioned in the title, it works but not well. As for features it has it all except navigation. The audio quality is good when it doesn't skip via USB or bluetooth streaming (no problems with am/fm tuner, sat, or aux cable so I know it's not my wiring). I have stopped using the usb cable because the audio cuts in and out at random which became unbearable. I've found the bluetooth to be the best solution even though it still periodically cuts in and out but not nearly as bad as the usb. Overall a good product, but I'm sure there are better ones out there.
    Pros:
    Audio quality, features, and AppRemote.
    Cons:
    Audio cuts in and out at random (only usb and bluetooth). The anti-theft beeps when vehicle is turned off are annoying.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best Receiver I've Owned!

    Written By Daniel C, Rio Rancho, NM on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    This is really an amazing piece of equipment. The only things I didnt like about it was that it is quite distracting to change any sound settings while driving, and that there is no front USB port. Really, these issues are minor in comparison to the good qualities of the receiver. Every setting I could think to ask for, it has.

    P.S. The App Remote app is not all that bad, except for that it doesn't transfer the album art instantaneously, you need a 3G connection to do it. Since I'm using an iPod, that isn't an option for me. Simply browsing through music is also a hassle, so the app really never gets used.
    Pros:
    Very detailed sound settings, color selections are awesome, the buttons click nice, dial moves with ease, all of the components are high quality, Bluetooth and calling through the receiver is a breeze.
    Cons:
    The markings for the secondary functions of each of the number buttons are impossible to read at night, sometimes even during the day in weird lighting. No front USB port. Seriously though, I'm just nitpicking, this thing is the bomb.
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    4 out of 5

    Good but not excellent choice for head unit

    Written By SuperDave, Chula Vista, CA on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    I have enjoyed many Sony products over the years and the brand has always provided excellent value for the price but I am bit disappointed with this head unit. The App Remote software seems a bit dated and is not available on other smart phone besides Apple iPhone. The interface to the equalizer could not be found anywhere in the application. The remote control included with the unit is functional but not much more of and improvement to the buttons located on the head unit. There a lot of options built into the setup menus and takes some time to adjust the system upon initial setup.

    I paired this unit with Kicker speakers (6 1/2" front, 6 x 9 rear), no amplifier, and the system is a definite improvement over the factory Dodge Infinity Premium Audio it replaced. Cell phone pairing via Blue Tooth works well along with the USB and Auxiliary inputs.

    Overall, I am pleased with my new system, but not thrilled.
    Pros:
    Good audio performance. Blue Tooth pairing with cell phone works well, LED display is visible in daylight and the color is easily customized. Installation was straight forward.
    Cons:
    App Remote software is a bit dated and lacks functionality; installation required bypassing the factory amp and instructions for doing so were NOT included on the Master Sheet for my car. No front USB connector. Case for detachable faceplate is not included.
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    4 out of 5

    Great buy for the money

    Written By Dru610, Clarksville, TN on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    Love everything about this unit except for the fact that there is no pause button/feature for CD or Bluetooth streaming. Great value otherwise.
    Pros:
    Features, sound quality, customization
    Cons:
    No pause function
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo. Nice price.

    Written By DaveA, Houston, TX on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    I bought this for my stepson's car and installed it with him. I used to be heavily into car audio. So, I'm not a noob, however head units have a lot more features than they did 10 years ago. So, I had to do some research. I decided that, for the price, this stereo was hard to beat.
    Pros:
    Tons of features for a good price. Bluetooth, usb, iPod compatible, handsfree, etc. Sounds great. removable faceplate
    Cons:
    single din (not a con if the car is older). no case for the removable faceplate.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sweet little unit

    Written By DanMc, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, January 06, 2014
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    Great looking radio, has all the features I needed when upgrading my daughter's Nissan Frontier. Sound quality is very good and the feature set; from Blue Tooth to customizable EQs is great. My only complaint is the hassle of navigating the settings menus to make changes, very tedious.
    Pros:
    Feature set Looks Sound clarity
    Cons:
    Multi-level settings menu
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    awesome deck!

    Written By justin158, Hopkins, MN on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Excellent radio for not much cash, very easy to install thanks to customer service!
    Pros:
    The Bluetooth an app remote are great, I love not having wires show. Fully shapable soundstage, my truck sounds great!
    Cons:
    I haven't found any yet!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony 600

    Written By glensta, Klamath Falls,Or. on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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    I have been putting good car radios in my car for a long time and this is my best set-up. Installing it took me a little longer to get what I wanted but it was worth it. Having bluethooth makes it better. I have MTX components in the front and two 12 inch woofers in the back and this unit brings everything together. the sound of this deck can be shaped to whatever you like. I like all types of music and this makes them all sound great at any volume. It did take a while to find out how to set the sound but it was worth it. There are only two kinds of music, good and bad.
    Pros:
    Bluethooth. USB and AUX in. any color you want including custom colors
    Cons:
    none yet
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    5 out of 5

    very cool

    Written By tduba2, ann arbor, michigan on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    Very nice. As advertised
    Pros:
    All good
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Robbie420, Cowtown, CA on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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    Nice deck. I upgraded from an older aftermarket Sony, circa 2004. This was a big step up! I also upgraded the stock door speakers, which was also a major improvement, to say the least. The receiver is easy to use, easy to install on my 99 Civic, and looks and performs great. Great value! I have used the bluetooth only a few times so far, but it definitely works well on my end (easy to set up, use, and receive/place calls); the other end of the call says that it sounds like I stepped a couple feet away from the phone, but this is bluetooth for you. I might look into getting a different mic eventually, but it works for now.
    Pros:
    Good sound. Easy to install (thanks to the harness provided by Crutchfield). Good sound, good bargain.
    Cons:
    None yet.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver for the price

    Written By MarkS, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    Bought this receiver for my son's car. It has a lot of great features. It was easy to set up and install, fitting easily into a 96 Isuzu Rodeo.
    Pros:
    Multiple features including Bluetooth and an app for your smartphone
    Cons:
    Haven't found any yet
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By JD, Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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    Solid deck for the money.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality. nice eq. functions
    Cons:
    Too many input modes for Bluetooth. does not support windows phone
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    5 out of 5

    Bought Another One

    Written By TLH, Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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    Easy installation in 2006 Subaru WRX.

    Bought another one for my 2004 Ford F150
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    5 out of 5

    sony head unit

    Written By vikig, Marietta, GA on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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    This was a great head unit for my miata. It's bluetooth function makes it convenient and works with all of my music apps.
    Pros:
    The bluetooth function is great and works with all of my devices.
    Cons:
    The buttons are slightly confusing but not a problem after messing around with them for a few minutes.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By XMOJOX, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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    I was pleasantly surprised to see all the features that this unit provides. The sound quality is also impressive. It's one of those "bang for your buck" receivers. I
    Pros:
    Great value for the price. Loaded with features.
    Cons:
    The faceplate is a little more difficult to attach and sticks when trying to remove. This issue may fade as the unit ages.
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    5 out of 5

    Performs to expectations

    Written By Willibill, Apple Valley, MN on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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    My son and I installed the Sony MEX-GS600BT in a 1995 Mercury Gran Marquis that my two sons (18 and 16 yrs) use for travel to swimming and diving, band practice, etc. My personal car has the capabilities of hands-off phone and Bluetooth built in, and after experiencing this I made sure to get a receiver with those same capabilities so the boys can keep their hands on the wheel when I need to talk to them. Everything works just as well as in my car, so I am totally satisfied (5 stars). My wife came by as we were checking out the sound and colors for the first time. She commented to me on the side that he actually looked excited. This factored into my high "cool factor" rating. Called the Crutchfield tech twice with great response.
    Pros:
    No muss, no fuss.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony GS600BT

    Written By Marcmann, Auburn WA on Sunday, October 06, 2013
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    This HU sounds better than the OEM radio in a 2002 CRV. Easy install after taking time to study the instructions. Had a question about the wiring harness but the Crutchfield tech answered it.
    Pros:
    Very good sound with stock speakers. Easy install.
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX GS600BT

    Written By Joe Joe, Mechanicsburg,PA on Saturday, October 05, 2013
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    A bit complicate at first, but an excellent head unit. Very high cool factor an sounds great. It's a keeper for sure.
    Pros:
    Too many to list.
    Cons:
    A bit complicated.
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    5 out of 5

    Loaded with Features!

    Written By GeneM, Lawrence, KS on Monday, September 30, 2013
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    For the price, this stereo is loaded with features and is an excellent replacement for stock stereos.
    Pros:
    Price. Loaded with features. Easy to install. Built in future expansion.
    Cons:
    No dot matrix display
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, September 30, 2013
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    Great receiver. Love the wireless bluetooth connection
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    4 out of 5

    Fits the bill

    Written By konz, D/FW Metroplex on Monday, September 30, 2013
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    I like the unit, but it's difficult for my wife to go through all the sources to get to the one she wants to use. Once you turn the unit on, it comes up with Tuner, and if you turn the dial to adjust the volume like you normally would, it changes the source. Simple, yes, but difficult for her to get used to. We're making progress though. It sounds way better than our OEM 2004 Honda base radio, plus the RDS and Bluetooth for phone/audio were mandatory. These are the features we wanted most. About the RDS - it's nice, but get a unit that doesn't scroll. I could see someone getting into an accident because they were waiting for a song name or artist to scroll by. Still a good solid unit.
    Pros:
    RDS, Bluetooth with phone/audio, USB and Aux connectors, great radio and sound.
    Cons:
    Waiting for RDS to scroll; (relatively) complicated menu navigation.
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    3 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Anonymous, Hammond, IN on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    The radio is great in all respects and the sound is very good, but I thoroughly dislike the operation. The controls are very confusing and the buttons are tiny. Whatever happened to the good old two knob radios! I had a Kenwood that this radio replaced and although it had a lot of buttons it was very logical. It had a separate rocker for seek up or down. Apparently everyone likes the present light displays that seem to be prevelent with the present generation of radios. I personally would have preferred a more simple operation. I only replaced the Kenwood because it quit operating and I couldn't find anyone to repair it.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Choice, easy install

    Written By Ken, Asheville, NC on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    Replaced the stock radio in my 2000 Porsche Boxster. Wanted aux input and Bluetooth so I'm happy
    Pros:
    Easy install. Powerful sound with stock speakers. Plenty of features for the money. The mic for the phone works well even with the top down. That is huge to me.
    Cons:
    Small buttons. And the rear USB connection is worthless to me unless I'm willing drill an escape route for it. I'll just rely on the aux and BT for my iPhone instead.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX

    Written By Dan, Enfield, CT on Friday, September 20, 2013
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    Neat unit. Menu's and Acronyms take some getting use to, definitely need the owner's manual.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony mex ga600bt

    Written By Leonn NY, Brooklyn NY on Friday, September 20, 2013
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    There is one thing only that take one star off! The Bluetooth set up is a little bit confuse and hard to get connect!
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By CameronD, houston texas on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
     
    Best in class. I gave this product a try and it delivers all across the board. from picking favorite color to adding phone numbers to blue tooth. it is great.
    Pros:
    great feel, great features, sony out did itself with this one. I didn't know how I would feel about the size of the screen but im glad I went for it. I love it!
    Cons:
    cant take off face plate when leaving my car parked somewhere. and do your self a favor sit down for 30-45 minutes and read the manual, its worth it!
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    4 out of 5

    Great color menu

    Written By JorgeC., Baldwin NY on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    Happy with quality of the sony receiver, great sound, I was able to match the color of the receiver display to the color of my dash lights.
    Pros:
    I can connect every item to this unit. steering wheel control, satellite ready, I-phone, usb, aux, Pandora, Bluetooth, etc
    Cons:
    the USB connection is not on the front. Most receivers have it on the front. this model has a cable in the back that I had I hard time finding a place to install somewhere in the dash or near the receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    SONY MEX-GS600BT

    Written By John A, Jersey Shore, NJ on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    I bought this radio upon a recommendation of a friend. It was very easy to install and sounds much better than my factory radio. The tuner is very good and picks up stations that my factory radio could not. The Bluetooth feature works well, is easy to understand and is the reason for me changing out the stock head unit in the first place. I had a conversation with a Crutchfield rep before purchase to verify the fitment and his counsel was very helpful I have already told another friend that saw it that he should buy one and I will install it for him.
    Pros:
    Good Fitment, easy to install, sounds great!
    Cons:
    The Menu's could be a little easier to follow.
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    5 out of 5

    BT Sony Head Unit

    Written By Jay Soro, Chicago, IL on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    First off I have had at least 10 after market stereos for my rides. Alpine , Kenwood , you name it. This Sony with Bluetooth rocks them all. Way to cool from color changes to bluetooth and everything in between. I couldn't believe it even has the 5V pre amp outs. Top Notch. The power coming out of this bad boy is amazing. Running a JL Audio amp on 2 Pioneer 10s is decent for now. With the infinity doors speakers front and back baffled makes it that much better. So many tuning options I just settled for a basic setting for now. Steaming music VIA bluetooth is awesome in your ride. No need for optional cords makes it that much cooler. If your looking to replace your factory unit this is definitely the technology to be using.
    Pros:
    Ease of Use Big Power multiple tuning options 5V pre amp outs Bluetooth audio & Phone calling Phone app controllable
    Cons:
    Blue Tooth Connectivity some times lags but thats about it
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice head unit for the price

    Written By DanR, Fort Lauderdale, FL on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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    I was amazed at all the features that is included on this head unit. I installed a tablet in my car but I didn't want to give up satellite radio and a cd player. I bought and installed this Sony knowing that I could control it through my tablet using the Sony "App Remote" Android app.

    This head unit sounds great and if you can get away with having a small LCD screen I would recommend this unit. The LED lights fade to different colors which looks very cool.

    The App Remote is a benefit but it does leave a lot to be desired. For instance, when playing songs through USB it will not display album art via ID3 tags or any other means except for downloading from the web. It would also be nice if I could pick my own custom wallpaper instead of the 3 included in the app. The iOS version of the app auto-connects to ipads and iphones when they are used with the cable, but no such luck for the Android app. You have to hit the 'source' button on the head unit to let it know to use the tablet's UI. I have to do this everytime I turn on the car. You'll notice that Sony advertises sound editing capability with the app (setting EQ, balance, and fader) but this is not true for the android version.

    The head unit itself without the App Remote is hard to use. It takes awhile to cycle through the different sources. For instance if I want to go from CD to Sat Radio, I have to keep pushing the 'source' button like 5 or 6 times. I don't like doing this while driving.
    Pros:
    sounds great; tons of features; App Remote; price
    Cons:
    small display; navigating the UI can be tedious
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Anonymous, Irons,Michigan on Friday, August 16, 2013
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    wonderful product with great sound easy to read display.
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    4 out of 5

    Good but awkward.

    Written By Ax42, Ky on Friday, August 16, 2013
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    Awkward because the USB is in the back. Very nice though. Only it says no device detected sometimes when I use my iPhone.
    Pros:
    Stylish. Build. Lots of extras.
    Cons:
    USB location.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS600BT

    Written By Scott H, The Woodlands, TX on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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    The radio works great, including the bluetooth and USB port. It plugged in the dash and looks great.
    Pros:
    The radio fit in the dash and worked immediately.
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    5 out of 5

    Great low profile deck

    Written By TRDmatrix, Thornton, CO on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    For the price of this unit it comes with a lot of features. I actually purchased it mainly for the appremote feature. The problem is that appremote only works when hardwired (can't control via bluetooth) and the app is pretty lacking in what you can control. If you are looking for a unit that has a lot of features for the price and don't really care for the appremote feature, this would be a great unit for you. If you need the appremote feature like I do, I would suggest waiting to see if sony comes out with an update.
    Pros:
    Feature packed
    Cons:
    Appremote needs an update
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    4 out of 5

    Sony car stereo/or how I learned to squint and love this stereo.

    Written By Mr.Maestro, Denham Springs, LA. on Monday, June 24, 2013
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    Excellent system. Sound and build quality exceptional. However the buttons and descriptions of them are very small and hard to read.
    Pros:
    Sound, build quality, cool colors. Voice spoken text messages [very nice]
    Cons:
    Buttons and descriptos are very small and hard to read.
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    5 out of 5

    Our son loves it.

    Written By dietfam5, Blue Springs, MO on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    We gave this to our son for his birthday - he loves it.
    Pros:
    Pretty easy to install and a cool product
    Cons:
    Don't have any yet, hope I don't get any.
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