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With Sony's MEX-GS610BT CD receiver, you can take advantage of many of your smartphone's capabilities when you're behind the wheel. Sony's App Remote™ feature lets you put select music apps into a single list that you can control with the receiver or your phone — and it's easier to find the music you want with album art and other info appearing on your smartphone's screen.

If you like to keep your hands on the wheel, this Sony's got you covered. With select Android™ devices, you can control sources and respond to texts or emails with voice control. And you can use Siri through the receiver with compatible iPhones®. Just pair your device to the receiver with Bluetooth®, press a button, and ask your question — you'll hear the response over your car's speakers.

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You can choose from a variety of colors for this Sony's display and controls.

The beauty of Bluetooth

If you've used Bluetooth in the car, you know how awesome it is. If you haven't, it's time to start enjoying the benefits of hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from your mobile device. The MEX-GS610BT will connect to two devices at the same time — great if you share the car with your significant other. Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and even easier if your phone supports Near Field Communications (NFC) technology — just touch your device to the receiver and you're set.

When it's time for some tunes

The MEX-GS610BT plays CDs, of course, but it also offers a lot of other capabilities. Dual USB inputs let you connect both an iPod® or iPhone and a thumb drive. Sony's Quick-BrowZer search tool makes finding the right playlist, album, artist, or song an easy task. If you're a fan of streaming music, you'll have total access to your Pandora® account with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry.

And you can reach for the stars by adding a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription). Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, and your favorite channels will stay with you wherever you drive.

Tune up the sound

Sony's Digital Reality Amp puts out some serious power to your speakers, and you can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, plus high- and low-pass filters. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) improves the sound of compressed digital music files. Three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs send a high-powered, low-noise signal to your external amps.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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

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:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and WAV files
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
    • detachable face with variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • App Remote version 2 mode for iPhone and Android
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
    • Quick-BrowZer and Jump Mode search features
    Audio features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • Listening Position time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input; rear USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    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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    Beware of Sony Software App

    Written By AJ Mexico, Florida on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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    I've had the Sony MEX-GS610BT installed for a while now. I chose it to get some new digital media features into my car and because it has a brighter screen than some. It's installed in a convertible. Although the display is bright enough, there is a problem. The transparent plastic bezel over the display is curved. This guarantees that you will always get glare at every sun angle. You cannot read the display on a sunny day in the convertible. A flat bezel would be much, much better. I like the 2 USB ports. The unit is at its best for me playing from the 2nd USB port. I have it connected to a flash drive in the glove box. When I start the car and turn on the unit, it starts playing where it left off -- great. The worst feature is the really crappy Andriod app called "App Remote" that Sony uses for integration with your phone. It crashes a LOT. When you get in the car and want to play, say "Play Music" through Bluetooth, you have to unlock your phone before it will do anything. Then you have to select, either on the phone, or on the head unit, from the complete list of audio sources on your phone. Unlike some other systems, it does NOT just pick up where you left off when you and your phone get back in the car. It takes a great deal of fiddling.

    Pros: Sounds great, especially from CD. Two USB ports. You can turn the display off (all dark) when you're not using it.

    Cons: Terrible android app software "App Remote". Complex menus -- impossible to navigate without looking. No customization of buttons or menus. Curved bezel reflects sun glare.

    Nice Radio for the money

    Written By Cam, Natchez, Ms on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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    I like the radio, I've had one similar to it. But instead of bass, mid, treble, this one has the 10 band EQ, which I'm not fond of. When listening to a flash drive, it can be confusing if you're moving to another song or moving to another folder. It does come with the external mic for Bluetooth your phone for calls and that works pretty well. No complaints from the person on the other end.

    Pros: Good value for the money, sounds good, 2 sets of USB plugs, hands free for phone. 3 sets of pre amp outputs

    Cons: Some things are confusing to operate until you get used to it.

    Worth the Money

    Written By Anonymous, Arlington, WA on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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    Easy to use while driving and menu is easy to navigate.

    Pros: Lots of color choices for the display.

    Great value

    Written By Anonymous, Dallas on Monday, May 04, 2015

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    I have not purchased a head unit in 15 years. I am blown away at the features this thing has for the money I paid. LOVE the 10 band PEQ.

    Pleased with Purchase and Crutchfiedl Support

    Written By ESO, Arizona on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    After installing another stereo I exchanged it for the Sony MEX-GS610B. I appreciate the layout, it is easy to navigate, I also like the brighter display, especially during the daytime. It makes it easier to read. This unit has all of the features I was looking for. I like the blue tooth for use with my iPhone. I also like the USB port on the front so I may plug in my iPod to play music. There are other features I need to lean how to use. Overall it is a stylish unit with great sound.

    Pros: Noted above. The Crutchfield team has always been very helpful and easy to work with. Great service!!! I have purchased several systems from them and have always been very satisfied. I recommend them to my friends and family.

    Cons: I wish the installation kit could have been nicer looking for my install in my Lincoln Town Car. Once I installed the stereo with the kit I found the kit did not securely hold my stereo in place in the opening. I tried making adjustments but it didn't seem to make a difference.

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    Written By Tony B, Florida on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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    Great sound love Bluetooth any color face

    Pros: great sound

    Cons: none

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    Written By H1, Wisconsin on Friday, March 06, 2015

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    So far I like it. Easy to use and sounds good.

    Works as described

    Written By M, Massachusetts on Friday, February 06, 2015

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    I bought this radio because it was suggested to me by the Crutchfield advisors. They got everything exactly right for what I was looking for in a radio. I have a 2010 Ford F150 XL. I took the stock radio out of my dash and I installed an Ipad mini where the radio goes. I was looking for a radio that I could control easily that was compatible with the Ipad and that I could retain control of the Ipad or use the radio. The remoteapp that you can get for this radio is exactly what I was looking for. IT is easy to use and all the ways you can adjust it are amazing. Each options (I.E. tuner, cd Aux etc..) has an equalizer option that you can adjust for that specific option. you want your FM stations to have more treble and less bass, you can do that. You want your cds to have more bass, you can do that to without interfering with you FM EQ preset. I was also looking that would not break the bank and this radio fit into that as well. The only negative with this is in the app not the radio. you cannot control the Ipad/Ipod music hardly at all. It only give you a shuffle option which you can just swipe right or left for the next song. or up and down for playlists. I ended up installing this in a no factory location at the bottom of my dash. it all works and fits perfectly. If you want a radio that you can use with your ipad/ipods this is the radio for you. it gives you the option to control everything from the ipad/ipod or the radio itself.

    Pros: Awesome integration of Ipad/Ipod products. the remote app is superb. Does not break the bank. easy customization. Can use all features of ipad/ipod without the app.

    Cons: The remorteapp leaves a lot to be wanted in the way to play music from your ipad/ipod making the only way to play your music and not go insane is to open up your music directly from itunes.

    Awesome

    Written By Elric, Colorado Springs, CO on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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    Never liked the old Sony xplod head units. This one however is pretty nice. Has Bluetooth, comes with a mic that is easy to mount and a second usb that has enough cable to route to an arm rest or wherever you need. Call quality over Bluetooth is pretty good, not great. Overall very happy with head unit.

    Pros: Two usb connections, comes with mic and a lot of cord to mount it almost anywhere, Bluetooth.

    Cons: Bluetooth call quality not the greatest.

    Great deck

    Written By Rob, Pleasant lake, MI on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    Installed in 30 min. Sounds superior to previous aftermarket cd deck by far. Great 12 ban eq adjusts everything you would want. Many different ways to connect your smart phone or MP3 device. Bluetooth works great with my iPhone 6+. Calls are clear and mic works great. Callers can hear my voice as if I was using my phone. Very nice upgrade. I've had most major brands of cd decks and I keep returning to Sony and am never disappointed.

    Pros: Great connectivity, eq, boost power. Bluetooth connects when I get in automatically.

    Cons: Not as iphone friendly (app) as it could be. Only can control most app settings when connected with usb cord and not when connected with bluetooth. But once eq is set, it remembers it. Can only hope for better app options for iPhones. When choosing which input to use, there are a lot of choices and you have to scroll through them instead of just pressing one button. ie: aux, bluetooth audio, usb 1, usb 2, cd, tuner, bluetooth phone, bluetooth pandora.

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    Written By Rob, Maryland on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    Let me start by saying that I am in my mid forties and it has been at least two decades since I had any experience with aftermarket stereos. The head unit was easy to install with the supplied adapter and wiring harness. This unit is a vast improvement over the factory head unit and sounds great. There is a bit of a learning curve (see my opening sentence) for the menu and the initial setup, but I found that I could follow along with the manual and get it done. I was initially diasappointed with the bluetooth setup since I have an Iphone. According to the manual you have to plug the Iphone in via usb to auto connect bluetooth, but I have found that once connected the phone will automatically reconnect as long as the phone bluetooth is on when I start the Jeep. The variable colors are a cool feature. I was able to match the display color to the factory gauges and displays.

    Pros: Great sound. Variable display color.

    Cons: Menu system.

    Little confusing to navigate but good solid device

    Written By Robert C, California on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    Good solid knobs, very customizable color and display. Greatd sound. Works o.k. with iPhone 6. Pressing the volume knob activates Siri sometimes but not consistantly. However, if you press the home button on the phone Siri always works through the receiver. BT audio is great. Navigating the USB music folders can be a bit tedious.

    Pros: Great sound, solid feel, cusomizable display

    Cons: Navigation of music folders is a little confusing or tedious. Also, the phone button answers an in-coming call and hangs up a call on connection with an iPhone 6, but pressing it does not activate Siri or any dialing functions to make a call. The instruction shows a method to dial calls or numbers using the receiver but that does not seem to work with iPhone 6. You have to dial via your phone or use Siri on your phone.

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    Written By Anonymous, Williamsport,Pa on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    Great receiver, lots of options to tune the sound and display the way you want it. 2 usb ports allows you to charge and connect multiple devices at once, and bluetooth allows wireless calling and controlling your reciever through your smart phone. works great, lots of functions, and received everything needed to install it for free, but to include the steering wheel adapter was $40 which is half priced. easy installation and sounds great. And great customer service at crutchfield

    Pros: Functional, sounds great, free installation gear

    Cons: price

    excellent!

    Written By Anonymous, Hixson Tn on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    Made my stock speakers sound like a custom sound system! I was shocked how well everything sounds now.

    Pros: Well built, lots of function, front USB is great also and you have a back USB with a long cable to run any where you need. Also a mic for phone.

    Cons: Small buttons/slightly difficult to see but no problem once you learn where everything is.

    Thanks

    Written By Chuck, Macon, ga 31210 on Friday, November 07, 2014

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    Overall, I was very satisfied with this product

    Pros: All componats WORKED!!!!! as advertised

    Cons: Needs full time clock display on every selection . Although This is not a crutchfield problem changing my xm account (with xm/Sirius) was not as smooth as it should have been.

    GREAT

    Written By Jen, fl on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    good price fast delivery good quality

    Pros: Easy install cool graphics

    Cons: none

    greak deck

    Written By Glen, Klamath Falls, Or. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    I have had other brands but Sony stands out. I have been with sony for about eight years. This is only my third deck, they last. This deck sounds great but my phone will not stay connected on blue tooth. The scan controls are close together which makes it hard to change while driving. This is a real good deck with alot of features. I hope the problem with th blue tooth is my phone.

    Pros: Good sound, great color options. Real good sound shaping.

    Cons: Controls close together.

    Great Single DIN Radio

    Written By Frank, Chino, CA on Friday, October 24, 2014

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    Easy installation. BT works great with IPHONE 6 Plus. Great upgrade from OEM radio.

    Great stereo!

    Written By Woodman, Duluth, MN on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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    This is an excellent unit. Bluetooth connects quickly every time, day/night display choices are excellent, excellent sound, just an overall great unit.

    Pros: Bluetooth, built in pandora function, rear and front usb ports, able to have different display color for daytime and nighttime is excellent, very easy on the eyes.

    Cons: Convex display makes it difficult to read in bright sunlight. Not really a fault with the device, but the app remote is not very intuitive.

    Yaris upgrade

    Written By Rcb, Milwaukee on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    Great replacement for the stock unit in my 2007 Yaris.

    Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth and NFC for Android is great.

    Cons: Messages option is a little confusing even with download of Sony App remote.

    Ridiculous

    Written By Tim, Queen Anne, MD on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    This otherwise pretty good receiver has ridiculous controls, with the usual tiny and cheap buttons. Just trying to select the button to skip to the next song, often results in nothing happening, or it may go to the next song, or it may select some other function that I don't even know what the cryptic message is saying. I can tell you that once there, the only way to get out, is to power off and back on. I could be pressing the wrong button, who knows. They are so small and stacked on top of each other. For Pete's sake, this is a car receiver and people are normally driving when using it. I guess I'm supposed to bring along a passenger so they can read the manual and operate it. I say read the manual, because it is NOT intuitive. Everything about controlling the thing is hit or miss. Sometimes when I have my iPhone connected to the USB 2 port it will work as expected, and other times it won't. Sometimes it will connect via Bluetooth and you can use the phone, and other times you have to go into the phones to tell it to connect. I don't know why it can not do the phone functions (placing and receiving calls) through the USB port, but it does not seem to. You can change the display to a billion different colors and there are menus to do all sort of things. Who needs all this crap, I'm driving for God's sake.

    Pros: Yes it sounds good, as long as you don't mind the ridiculous interface, it's great. This seems to be the case with most of these aftermarket radios for cars. Some marine equipment is much better, like Fusion.

    Cons: The user interface is horrible, the worst I've ever used. The app had wonderful potential, but failed in most every respect. Is this the best Sony could do. They need to take the engineers and stick them in a car and have them operate the receiver and try the app. It seems obvious they have never done that. FM reception poor, as are almost all aftermarket radios. This one is not the worst but still can't pull stations that the cheap factory radio could.

    Great Sound!

    Written By gearmesh, Laguna CA on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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    I highly recommend this unit if you don't use FM radio reception. Bluetooth, Pandora and the the Sony app are all A++. FM radio scores a 4 or 5. Extremely poor reception. Stock radio will pull stations better than this one. I don't the radio anymore so it is not a factor for me.

    Pros: If you play off of Pandora or BT audio off your cell device the sound is great.

    Cons: Very poor radio reception. Do not buy this if you live off FM radio.

    Great product

    Written By Kevin, Harrisonburg va on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    Very niceunit

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    Written By Hdcage, West Chester, PA on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    Excellent stereo. Replaced a Bose system that was the original stereo in my 1999 Mazda Miata. I left the stock Bose speakers and was amazed at how much better the speakers sounded with the new Sony. It's much louder and clearer. Easy to install and easy to use. Very happy with this purchase.

    Pros: Excellent sound, easy installation and easy to use.

    Cons: No case included with the detachable face.

    Sony rocks

    Written By Lou, ft. myers, FL on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    Installation was super easy. All the adapters needed fit perfectly. Had to make one support phone call which took all of 60 seconds. I am super happy with the radio. Love the Bluetooth access to music and phone. Sound quality is way better. Crutchfield told me what I needed and it worked great.

    Pros: great equalizer presets. Bluetooth. excellent display. remote control. detachable faceplate. 2 usb ports. works with onstar.

    good radio

    Written By Little river Guy, Lake Sinclair, GA on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    Really good sound. Easy to install with Crutchfield's instructions and adapters.

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    Written By Anonymous, Calgary Alberta Canada on Monday, August 11, 2014

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    installed in a commercial vehicle

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    Written By Rick, Dallas, PA on Monday, August 11, 2014

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    The stereo was easy to install with little or no problems

    Nice and loud

    Written By ruffNstuff, Denver, CO on Monday, August 04, 2014

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    Works great the 5v out was really nice for my Bose amp.

    Pros: 5v out app radio

    Cons: No typing on the keyboard when connected, no maps, texts, etc. A problem if someone else is navigating using your phone.

    adaptable and well worth it

    Written By HenryT, Sugarland, Tx on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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    Over all very easy to use and easily to match the color to your interior lights. I like the connection possibilities and they work great. Only down fall is the EQ setting that is tough to set up to a custom setting other than their preloaded "rock, hip hop, country, etc.." but over all very good product. This is my second Sony head unit over the years with different vehicles.

    Pros: Connects easily to devices Color is easily adjusted to match the vehicles interior lights Looks great Blue tooth works flawlessly Mainly pros

    Cons: Only con I have is the toughness to set up a true custom EQ setting

    nice sound

    Written By Michael, Maine on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Bought this to replace an older 'super tuner' just to make sure I still could use my XM radio [lifetime subscription], but the rear connection has changed. The old radio has been re-installed. This will go in my wife's Mustang

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    Written By EddieG, Ontario,Ca on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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    Very Easy Installation, I was done in less than one hour,thanks to the install kit included from Crutchfield. Paired my Iphone instantly. Bluetooth works great for both outgoing and incoming calls.Great making calls with the voice recognition feature.Very Good sounding unit for the price.

    Pros: The bluetooth features work great for hands free talking. Having a radio with R.D.S. feature is nice to see the song and artist shown on the screen.I can change to a different color of lighting on the screen whenever i want .I can easily change the sound adjustments to my liking. Great overall unit. Good job Sony

    Cons: None at all.

    Great product

    Written By Johnson, AR on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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    After much research and comparison I found this unit to be the "cream of the crop" within this price range. I installed this in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with the OEM upgraded sound system and the difference in the output is overwhelming. I had already replaced/upgraded all the speakers and was still not satisfied. In hindsight, replacing the head unit with this Sony may have been all that was required. Installation was easy enough with one minor exception. With the steering wheel adapter control harness there is one step that I miss-wired that prevented me from hearing in coming calls. In the wiring instructions it tells you to match the colors of the wiring harness to the wires from the head unit which I did, the first time. HOWEVER, it also tells you (which should have been in bold print or underlined in my opinion) that if you are using an OEM amp, you are to attached the front speaker wires to the rear speaker wires of the Sony. This is something I figured out after talking to two Crutchfield reps and them sending me a replacement unit. Could have saved both of us some time and energy if this issue was identified in their technical notes. Kudo's to them for customer service in any event.

    Pros: I believe my review says it all. This is SO MUCH BETTER than my stock Jeep unit,.

    Cons: Not really a con but programming takes a bit to get used to but works with ease after a bit of trial and error.

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    Written By Anonymous, snow hill md on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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    If you read the manual and set it up correct its a very nice deck for the money

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written By Anonymous, SLC, Utah on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Night and Day

    Written By Don, Milwaukee on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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    Sorry, don't know much about "coolness factor". To me, it's an appliance. Having said that, the sound quality and performance through the Kicker speakers purchased with it, is nothing short of outstanding. I like my tunes at a fairly high volume level, and this unit did not disappoint. The upgrade over stock in my 1999 Silverado was incredible. Using primarily a flash drive as the music source, there truly were things heard in songs I've not heard before, and most of my library is 60's through 80's era rock, blues and country. I honestly don't know what use the included remote is, but people must want them for something. Mine's still in the plastic bag it came in, and will probably remain there forever. The color adjust was nice to match the other lighted controls and gauges in the dashboard so it didn't stick out. If, however, you want it to do that, there's quite a selection. Can't vouch for the radio performance as I never listen to it. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.

    Pros: Sound quality, easy menu for a non-tech guy like myself and dash fit does not look cheap.

    Cons: A small one, but in order to hook up microphone for blue tooth cell, had to remove instrument cluster to run cord behind dash and up left window pillar to attach to left visor. I don't like exposed wiring of any kind, so that's how I resolved it. Only took twenty minutes, but it would have been nice to possibly have a flush mounting surface right in the adapting bezel for the unit. Was going to drill my own, but didn't want to compromise any rigidity.

    Sony NO Baloney

    Written By Zaigoat, Northern NJ on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    I recently purchased the Sony MEX-GS610BT to replace my now dead stock 2004 E-250 Ford CD/Radio unit.

    I love the cool features but they're goon take time to get used to,... navigating isn't that easy for me,... had to refer back to the manual a couple of times...LOL!

    I love it though,..the colors and the SOUND is amazing, as well as all the customization that you can do to make it sound even better...

    Installation was a snap,... thanx to Crutchfield for including not only the dash kit, but the specific wiring harness for my vehicle...all free of charge.

    Pros: Can't say enough good things about this unit!

    Cons: I only wish that the manual was a little more "dumbed down" so that I could comprehend it easier... and experience the features quicker.

    Very happy!!!

    Written By Reynaldo C., Kingsland, GA on Monday, May 19, 2014

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    I was looking for a good unit capable to run my 5ch amp, without spending too much. After so many researches and reviews I decided to buy this model because it has everything I was looking for..

    Pros: Excellent sound, very easy to use, awesome for the price!!!

    Cons: I haven't found anything that I don't like about it...

    disappointing

    Written By MikeW, Portland, OR on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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    I was disappointed with the Sony MEX-GS610BT. Great sound but the display and menus are just plain crude. I really wasn't looking for anything exotic, just reliable and efficient. This unit delivers on reliability but is certainly a let down in operation.

    Pros: Nice sound. Easy installation.

    Cons: Crude menus. Primitive display. Unreliable bluetooth pairing.

    Impressed

    Written By ChuckB, Anthem, AZ on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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    I used to do Car Audio Competitions and never really liked Sony at all. However, with all the changes in the car audio industry only a few players left. I decided to give Sony a try since almost everything is made in China and being Sony thought it may be built elsewhere and it was Thailand. This HU is great has all the features you would need if you are a tuner but has the latest Technology regarding Bluetooth and NFC. The 5v Pre-outs where a requirement for me since I run amplifiers and this HU drives the Amplifiers great with super clean sound. You can control everything with the Sony App from Google Play. This make tuning really easy. If you listen to the Radio this unit has RDS and the radio is clean and loud.

    Pros: 5V preouts NFC & Latest Bluetooth Mutlicolor display - Match your interior lighting Build Quaility Radio reception and Sound. 3 year Warranty Sony Application to control everything on Headunit. Microphone with Noise Canceling Technology 2 settings.

    Cons: None So far

    Great experiance

    Written By James, Ofallon mo on Monday, May 12, 2014

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    The website was easy to navigate and suggested every thing needed to install the unit in my car. Fast shipping, easy to read directions, great product. I called tech support to get an answer about the steering wheel control device I purchased also and they were very fast to answer and diagnosed the solution very quickly.

    Pros: Easy install. Fast shipping. Tech support.

    Cons: None

    Can't beat it

    Written By Chairdr, Ardmore, pa on Monday, May 05, 2014

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    For the price & 2 hours of my time I converted a tired old stock radio into a modern full featured "system" with blue tooth. As a bonus it blows away the sound from the factory. An absolute no brainer. Not to mention how great Crutchfield's tech service was on the phone. Anyone with an old Porsche factory radio should just make the call and update the POS that came with the care

    Pros: Easy cheap & descent

    Cons: I'm to old to learn all the functions

    Great stereo !!!

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Thursday, May 01, 2014

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    * Crutchfield has warranty as 1 year but this is Sony's premium GS series that comes with a 3 year parts/labor warranty. * Had this for bout 2 weeks now and enjoying every bit of it. All of the up to date features and fine audio tuning options are easy to navigate. I still have factory speakers (not paper cones) and they sound so much better now. I also have a 10' sub with monoblock amp so the 5V rca really provides a clean and powerful signal. The top of the line single din units from Pioneer and Kenwood might sound a little better but for all the features I get with this one, 3 year warranty, and the price it's hard to pass up. Also discovered that the AppRemote lets you fine tune the time alignment even more. My wife liked mine so much that I just installed the Sony MEX-N5000BT in her car this week (basically the same unit with a few features missing).

    Pros: Sound quality, AppRemote is very usefull, second usb port is 2 amps to charge and use my iPad at the same time.

    Cons: None at all

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written By Anonymous, Riverside California on Friday, April 25, 2014

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    ever thing works out great all the instructions Made it a good experience

    never sounded better

    Written By moe, chicago on Saturday, April 19, 2014

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    awesome head unit for the money . i love the friendly user app remote especially the eq settings on the fly

    Pros: excellent unit for the money.plenty of extra features to make any tech or gear head happy for days best part the wife loves it more than i do

    Cons: still getting use to some of the cool features

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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 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
    • Important Notice

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    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 6+/6/5S/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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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.1), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-GS610BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-GS610BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with the Sony head unit and keep two devices connected at all times (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the MEX-GS610BT will automatically re-connect to your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing for Android and iPhone smartphone to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.

    • Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on it rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones with OS 4.0 or lower, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
    • USB Pairing (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). 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-GS610BT 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-GS610BT, 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.
      • 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.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
    Note: 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 11' 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 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Sony MEX-GS610BT can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the MEX-GS610BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display device's stored music and music app song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title.

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

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-GS610BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-GS610BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the MEX-GS610BT ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports the playback of MP3/WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

    Dual USB Ports: The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a flip-out cover and one rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear chassis by a 58" cable. The receiver's front- and rear-panel USB ports can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (front: 1A; rear: 2.1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps
     WMA:
    bit rate up to 320kbps
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8-/16-bit
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 10,000 files
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

    Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD receiver offers a variety of unique playback & search functions.

    • Quick Browser: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD-R/RW disc or USB device 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 folder in 10% increments.
    • Repeat/Random: Repeat a single track or repeat an entire folder. Shuffle all tracks or a specific folder.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: 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. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-GS610BT'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. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).

    • Head Unit Control + Song/Artist Info: The MEX-GS610BT's 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's front-panel control; content in each category will be listed alphabetically. The unit also offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. During Head Unit Control mode, the MEX-GS610BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including track #, elapsed playing time, song title, artist name, and album label. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to navigate your stored music and access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Passenger App Control: In Passenger App Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. The Passenger App Control mode does not offer song/artist information display. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
    Note: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's front (1A) or rear (2.1A) USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone; the rear-panel USB port will also charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/11/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App App Remote Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N