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Our take on the Sony MEX-GS610BT

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.

Sony smartphone synchronization

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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.

Sony MEX-GS610BT

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 a new car stereo. Check “Details” for more information, and the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters. If you're not sure if you need an adapter, call, chat, or email an Advisor for help determining what you'll need for your vehicle.

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.

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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 tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input; rear USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    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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    55 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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    10
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    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 (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

    Our Product Research Team

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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 with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S 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 4S/5/5C/5S. 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 4/1/2014):

    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 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    2 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    air 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu, so it does not appear as an available source.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each in band (FM 1-3/AM 1-2), for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. Presets can be stored automatically using the Best Tuning Memory (BTM) feature.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-GS610BT 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-GS610BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-GS610BT (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-GS610BT 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).
    • 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony MEX-GS610BT 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

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the MEX-GS610BT are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)

    Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-GS610BT 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.

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with 5-volt Front, Rear, & Sub pre-amp outputs giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system. 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.

    Note: 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: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.

    • EQ10 w/ ClearAudio+: R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).
    • 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
    • Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE): 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.
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.
    • Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Loudness: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    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-GS610BT 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 (R-G-B), & 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.
    Note: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-GS610BT 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 Scroll: The Auto Scroll 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.

    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

    App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-GS610BT and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.1-2.3 Froyo/Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0-4.2). 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 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 and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
    • Compatible Apps (as of 4/1/2014): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses from the Sony MEX-GS610BT's source list. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; Pandora, AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, MOG, and TuneIn. The head unit only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or Next Station) and no song/artist information for these music apps.
      • Movie Apps: Movie apps include Netflix and YouTube. 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-GS610BT. 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 Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and MotionX GPS Drive. 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.
    • Voice Communication + Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, App Remote technology for the MEX-GS610BT head unit adds a voice user interface for voice control of apps and functions such as navigation and music playback, notification readouts including RSS feeds, Twitter, and text message reply. Through voice operation, you can safely and comfortably operate your smartphone in the car from the Sony MEX-GS610BT CD receiver. Incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the MEX-GS610BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you in touch.
    • Custom Sound Settings: From your Android smartphone remote screen, you get access to audio & DSP settings (Equalizer, Volume Control, Fader/Balance/Subwoofer, and Listening Position).
    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.

    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.

    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.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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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    4 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written By Anonymous, Calgary Alberta Canada on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    installed in a commercial vehicle
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    5 out of 5

    Sony Car Stereo

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    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
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    5 out of 5

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written By Anonymous, SLC, Utah on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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...
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    3 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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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    3 questions already asked

    The receiver resets every time I crank up my jeep. I have to manually pair it every time. What am I doing wrong? How can I get it to automatically pair when I get in the car like my other sony receiver?? [ Destin  Jul 05, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    What's the difference between the Sony mex-gs610bt and Sony mex-n5000bt? [ Sony  May 29, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  May 30, 2014 ]
    Does this unit have a rain cap option? Wiring harness needs to be be for a 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic screaming Eagle. With factory amp. [ James  May 14, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It doesn't come with any type of cover, but we do offer a universal marine cover that would fit over it. You can find that here: http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/Prodview.asp?i=120999005B If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  May 16, 2014 ]

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