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Sony MEX-GS610BT

CD receiver

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Our take on the Sony MEX-GS610BT

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.

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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 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.

I got this unit because of the 5v preamp outputs and it delivers tremendously everything work the way it should I have no complaints

justin, columbus, GA

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What's in the Box:

  • 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

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; front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:
    Reviews

    Sony MEX-GS610BT Reviews

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    59 Reviews

    Just what I wanted

    Written by: Sean from damascus, MD on March 14, 2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have an 05 Mini Cooper with the stock non-HK head unit and a portable Sirius Radio. What I wanted is a radio that would match the stock colors would give me hands free calling to my iPhone, would let me play music off of my iPhone and would charge the iPhone while it was hooked up. I guess after having the portable Sirius radio for so long I really just wanted a cleaner install without all the extra wires. I was just about to order this unit when the next one up the (mex-gs810bh) went on sale so I bought that one instead. It did all the new stuff I wanted just fine but the radio reception was bad. Stations that worked fine on the stock head went in and out constantly. I talked to Crutchfield and they agreed to send this one out as a replacement. The swap out was a 10 minute job since the harnesses are the same and the problem is fixed no HD radio - no problem. I have an iPhone 6s and the iPhone app isn't that useful. It's nice that it displays song information (which really should be shown on the head unit) and it makes adjusting the EQ a little easier but otherwise it's not that helpful. If you are using your phone for navigation and want to hear music interrupted by the directions you are limited to using the BT Audio input and playing music or pandora off of your phone. Not the end of the world but I like to listen to sports when I drive so I would prefer to use Sirius instead of data.

    Pros: The head unit sounds great even with the stock speakers. I'm using the setting that applies a filter to the back to make them act like a sub. I know it's not the same but it does a pretty good job of adding base and it sounds way better than the stock head unit. Display color can be set to match car nearly perfectly. Hands Free Calls in an 11 year old car. SiriusXM (with adapter works great and easily hidden) iPhone connection and charging 1 visible wire (iPhone cable)

    Cons: XM doesn't display helpful information unless you are using iPhone app Defaults to BT Pandora everytime I connect my phone which is NEVER what I want. Can't interrupt Sirius or Tuner inputs with directions from phone Can't reliably talk to Siri.

    Is OK

    Written by: MeanDude from Greensboro, NC on March 11, 2016

    2013 Smart fortwo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So - it works and sounds great! You can change the display colors to match whatever, set different colors for day/night, etc... Bluetooth setup as expected. The application is the neat part. I have an iPhone, and I'm fascinated with the fact that I can use the application to set the EQ. That and the fact that the app sets the clock without me having to do it was cool. Integration with the phone seems fine - no unexpected hiccups. The only "bummer" in this whole unit is that the unit sports the same "look and feel" that single din stereos have had for the last 20 years. In my case, I'm ok with it. Wasn't looking to alter the destiny of mankind with a car stereo at this price. Just wanted something reasonably priced that could rock the car. This does the trick!

    Pros: Predictability, functionality, smart phone app, sounds great!

    Cons: Predictability (yes, I know, it's a Pro too), price, while its not terribly complex, the menu could be made more simple.

    awesome

    Written by: justin from columbus, GA on February 25, 2016

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I got this unit because of the 5v preamp outputs and it delivers tremendously everything work the way it should I have no complaints

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Excellent head unit

    Written by: Andrew S from houston, TX on February 5, 2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have owned Kenwood & JVC head-units before, and this definitely has the best sound of the 3 brands by far. The phone app equalizer makes it easy to tune. Lots of great features!

    Pros: Looks good, amazing sound, phone app, detachable face-plate, bluetooth calls, multiple USB ports...

    Cons: When connecting my phone via bluetooth, I have to choose between using my phone for calls or as a music player. If I have my phone connected for calls, I have to disconnect it & re-connect as a music player. Very inconvenient. Also, if I plug in a USB drive with multiple music folders, I have to cycle through each folder one at a time. I wish that I could see all the folders on the phone app & just scroll through them to pick the one I want.

    Quality build, but clunky interface

    Written by: Chris from Nebraska on January 28, 2016

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    After putting up with the stock (non-Infinity) stereo in my Jeep for almost 7 years, I finally bought an aftermarket unit. The first thing I noticed about the Sony was the build quality. It just feels... solid. Buttons didn't feel like they might break every time you pushed one. The display is very easy to read. Ability to change from several different colors was pretty cool also. My two biggest gripes about the display are: 1-You can't set it to show the time AND another piece of info, such as track name, artist, station, etc.. You're stuck with one item only. 2-The display wouldn't scroll to show the entire track/artist name. The user interface is clunky. Yes, you can read the manual and figure things out, but it just isn't intuitive at all. Sound quality seemed, meh. Nothing spectacular. It seemed to have more power than my stock unit, but sounded somewhat muddled to me. All things considered, I ended up exchanging it for a different radio. Between the muddled sound, and the lack of information in the display, I just couldn't see myself enjoying it much.

    Pros: Vibrant display Easy to pair/use Bluetooth phone Can read incoming texts to you Good build quality

    Cons: Lack of information on the display Clunky menu interface

    Sony Sweetness

    Written by: Joseph from Waynesboro,Virginia on December 23, 2015

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

    I haven't bought an after market stereo receiver in years, I mean I was still pimping the 10 disc changer joint! Got this new Sony w/ the USB capability and BOOM! got at least 500+ tracks at my finger tips. Bluetooth capability for my iPhone getting calls through my Jeep speakers What! let me find out! Units pushing 55 watts x 4 into my speakers got me sounding Nice nuff said! Will be upgrading my speakers soon to get that full feel of that no doubt. Bought me a 12 in Rockford sub w/ built in amp, going to be setting up install after the holidays to bump that. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee sounding like All That! Crutchfield is on Point! Don't sleep on this people! The peeps at the Harrisonburg store know their professions and they helped me 110%! Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Every feature this stereo receiver offers is awesome. Like a home theater system in your car.

    Cons: Controls take some getting use to but a minor adjustment compared to all the many features attached to this unit. Awesome!

    Sound Quality Issues '04 Sienna w/JBL woofer

    Written by: Jake from South Dakota on December 15, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have 2 older Sony units in other Toyota's I own that work great. I like the Bluetooth and overall sound from these units and figured I'd stay with Sony for my 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited AWD. It may be that the issues I am having with sound quality would be there with any after-market unit in this vehicle. The factory pre-amp should perhaps be bypassed. When using the Crux (SWRTY-61J) interface, which keeps steering wheel control function - I was getting a weird pulsing and wave to the volume from all sources. After a few calls to tech support they offered me the Scosche SLC4 Line Output Converter to control this. This eliminated the pulse but no matter how I tweak the input/output levels on the converter, it sounds awful. I will continue working with Crutchfield to resolve this. I have heard that bypassing the factory amp is one solution, but then you will need further installs to amp the JBL subwoofer...Ugh! I guess you could leave the factory preamp for the sub and direct wire all the other speakers, what a hassle. May as well replace all the factory speakers as well, if you go that route! More than I bargained for in a vehicle this old. The install kit to convert to single DIN looks great and is easy to work with.

    Pros: Sony quality, looks cool, fairly easy to install with Crutchfield parts

    Cons: Sound in my vehicle, all the interfaces and extra gadgets needed, Bluetooth won't automatically connect (frustrating) like it did with the older Sony units I have. Factory pre-amp should probably be bypassed.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Alabama on November 24, 2015

    2007 Honda Accord VP
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Wow what a great sounding car stereo. A little difficult to use and the Bluetooth is a bit tricky. Beside that it blows my old JVC with time alignment away.

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    Great until the rattling started

    Written by: JL from New Hampshire on November 2, 2015

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

    I have had three Sony MEX stereos. This one has nice feature improvements over the previous comparable models. I like that they all function similarly so I don't have to relearn how to operate. The only drawback I have at this time is the horrendous rattle that the faceplate makes. It rattles all the time. I thought it was the housing so I padded that. But it's not. It's the faceplate. Very disappointing. I had hoped to find a solution here, but now I can only hope to find a solution on the web.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons: Rattle.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT Reciever

    Written by: Steve from Pennsylvania on October 29, 2015

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

    Good valued purchase. The unit was easy to install with the purchased MFG harness. I used wire nuts and matched colors per the directions. 1 hour looking at directions, 15 minutes on wire nuts and 15 minutes installing it at the truck cab. Running the mic and USB wire was easy. The user interface was the hardest part because I did not read the instructions. If you can read, this is easy too. The head unit works great. It was easy to set radio stations (analog and digital). Its easy to switch from 3 fm sets and 2 am sets (in memory). Switching audio sources are easy too. Yes, a learning curve is needed to memorize USB play lists options, and everything else. I like it alot. I would have given it 5 stars, but the interface is clunky. Its probably as clunky as any other traditional unit. There are many features included that never existed when car radios were originally designed. There is only one "CUSTOM" equalizer setting. That's all I need. There are the "country, talk,etc/" equalizer settings too. I am thinking of buying another one for my other work truck.

    Pros: Most buttons on the face manage all simple tasks. BT Phone stops tuner and passes the call thru the speakers. The mic works great. Mine is on my visor. In-call sound on both ends of the call is clear as a bell. I needed a blue tooth unit and wanted a USB feature. Crutchfield support answered my questions and their kit made my installation a snap. Its a good head unit.

    Cons: Clunky interface. It is not intuitive, but not a reason not to buy it. When using Android BT (ex:Maps, Youtube, other sound/videos ) app on the phone, the receiver needs to be on BT Audio. I did not see if running my music thru the phone and GpS simultaneously would allow the GPS turns (verbal commands) to pass thru while I listen to music. That is what I would consider to be a Android issue, not the receiver. This like most every other unit does not play any lossless codecs.

    Im happy

    Written by: Mike from Carmichael CA on October 22, 2015

    1991 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Was shopping around and I narrowed it between this Sony model and a jvc. The display, button lay out, and 5 volt pre outs pushed me for the Sony. Pretty easy to install. Sounds great. Controls take a bit to figure out, read the manual. But over all I'm happy.

    Pros: Doesn't feel cheap Pandora controls Bluetooth Two usb connections Good display in sunlight

    Cons: Not very easy to figure out the controls and menus without reading manual.

    No Regrets!!

    Written by: Duracell from Central Tx on September 12, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought Sony mex-gs610bt. Customer service guys where great and turned my first time to install a car stereo into a great experience vs. a returned product. In my mid 40s and drive my 01 Accord out of love for the car but was wanting more out of the listening experience so upgraded the factory radio. Sound is the same (read: no worse) but I think it's the 14 yr old speakers. I'll look into an upgrade on those. The stereo head, though, I think is great. A little overboard with the fin button stuff and beeps, but the blue tooth connection with my iPhone 5c is flawless. The sound over the Sony mic is great. I hit a button on the radio and Siri indicates she's listening and I just tell her to call someone on my list and she's off and calling. Tuner is great and the usb jack in the back is a great benefit. I have it outlet ting under my steering panel just above the pedals and have a 64Gb compact memory stick with a ton of music just waiting to be summoned. Still exploring and no regrets. Look forward to a speaker upgrade to see what it can do. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but it's a great toy on my commute.

    Pros: Tuner is great. 3 yr warranty vs the 1 yr on several other stereos including the HD tuner version of this same product. Usb in front and back. Ease and clarity of the blue tooth hands-free phone calling through the stereo; much better than my 2015 accord factory hands free system.

    Cons: More elegant style would be great; not as racy, but that's just me. Not a big deal. Software app does suck, though. Really.

    Does not have 5-volt pre-outs!

    Written by: Mark C. from Texas on August 4, 2015

    I bought this head unit with the idea of making it the "brains" of my sound system. It advertised to have all of the features I wanted, and at a reasonable price. I had been a Sony product fan for over two decades, so I bought this unit with confidence that it would serve my needs. Much to my dismay, I never could get it to sound right after installation. I have after-market amplifiers, one 4-channel for my front four speakers, and a separate amp for my subwoofers. I never could get enough mmmph on the bass, nor could I get good clean volume on the stereo portion of the sound stage. I changed the RCAs, wires, checked the amps, etc., and couldn't figure out why I was getting so little out of a system I worked on, and thought out so well. I finally decided to take it to an installer friend to try and figure out if I was overlooking something. He checked everything I had, and it came down to the head unit itself. He tested the pre-outs on the unit, and I was disappointed that the outputs were only putting out 1.9 volts at full load. The unit advertises that it has 5-VOLT pre-outs! I am sorely disappointed in this product as I was duped, and it was already too late to return the product. I am stuck with a unit that I won't use, and out money I'll never get back. Do ratings even matter anymore? If it is CEA compliant, who checks to make sure they are truthful in advertising their product?

    Pros: Lots of great features, looks very cool.

    Cons: Does NOT have 5-volt pre-outs as advertised!

    Crutchfield response on August 10, 2015 Due to the feedback we received on this review, our research crew tested one of these Sony receivers. Using a multi-meter, the voltage on the preamp outputs was similar to what the customer experienced. However, when we used an oscilloscope and test tone discs, the preamp outputs tested at 5-volts with no clipping at the various test tone frequencies.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Steve from Illinois on July 16, 2015

    2009 Pontiac G5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Getting sound just right takes a little practice. Takes a little time to figure out how to operate everything. But after awhile you get the hang of it. Overall it works great. Sony app. not very good. Better off not using it.

    Pros: Alot of adjustment. Sounds great, and looks great.

    Cons: A little learning curve, Sony app. not worth using.

    Beware of Sony Software App

    Written by: AJ Mexico from Florida on June 24, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Natchez, Ms on June 3, 2015

    2008 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Arlington, WA on May 17, 2015

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros: Lots of color choices for the display.

    Cons:

    Great value

    Written by: Anonymous from Dallas on May 4, 2015

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

    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.

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    Pleased with Purchase and Crutchfiedl Support

    Written by: ESO from Arizona on April 10, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Tony B from Florida on April 5, 2015

    2006 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sound love Bluetooth any color face

    Pros: great sound

    Cons: none

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: H1 from Wisconsin on March 6, 2015

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Works as described

    Written by: M from Massachusetts on February 6, 2015

    2010 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Colorado Springs, CO on January 25, 2015

    2002 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Pleasant lake, MI on January 6, 2015

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Rob from Maryland on December 20, 2014

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from California on December 7, 2014

    1999 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Williamsport,Pa on December 7, 2014

    2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Hixson Tn on November 24, 2014

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Macon, ga 31210 on November 7, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from fl on November 3, 2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    good price fast delivery good quality

    Pros: Easy install cool graphics

    Cons: none

    greak deck

    Written by: Glen from Klamath Falls, Or. on October 28, 2014

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Chino, CA on October 24, 2014

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great stereo!

    Written by: Woodman from Duluth, MN on October 14, 2014

    1997 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Milwaukee on October 5, 2014

    2007 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Queen Anne, MD on October 3, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Laguna CA on September 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Harrisonburg va on September 18, 2014

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

    Very niceunit

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Hdcage from West Chester, PA on August 23, 2014

    1999 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from ft. myers, FL on August 21, 2014

    2012 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Cons:

    good radio

    Written by: Little river Guy from Lake Sinclair, GA on August 15, 2014

    2008 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Calgary Alberta Canada on August 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    installed in a commercial vehicle

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony Car Stereo

    Written by: Rick from Dallas, PA on August 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The stereo was easy to install with little or no problems

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Nice and loud

    Written by: ruffNstuff from Denver, CO on August 4, 2014

    2005 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Sugarland, Tx on July 24, 2014

    2005 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Maine on July 22, 2014

    1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: EddieG from Ontario,Ca on July 16, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from AR on July 13, 2014

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Anonymous from snow hill md on July 9, 2014

    2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-GS610BT

    Written by: Anonymous from SLC, Utah on July 2, 2014

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Night and Day

    Written by: Don from Milwaukee on July 2, 2014

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Northern NJ on July 1, 2014

    2004 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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. from Kingsland, GA on May 19, 2014

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Portland, OR on May 13, 2014

    2014 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Anthem, AZ on May 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Ofallon mo on May 12, 2014

    2004 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Ardmore, pa on May 5, 2014

    2000 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Texas on May 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    * 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 from Riverside California on April 25, 2014

    1996 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Pros:

    Cons:

    never sounded better

    Written by: moe from chicago on April 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Details

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download the Sony MEX-GS610BT 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
    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
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    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
    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

    Product Research

    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 N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 8.0 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 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the 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 Play/Pause functions 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 streamed from your smartphone 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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    I had this receiver in another car and really liked it's features. [ Thomas  May 06, 2016 ]
    Trust Sony brand and it has the options I want. [ Robert  Jan 27, 2016 ]
    It has a lot of features and a good price! [ TOMY  Jan 07, 2016 ]
    I'd bought a similar Sony head unit for another vehicle and loved it but this one seems to have a slower processor that makes changing songs torture when listening to usb. I'd switch it out for the older model any day. [ Paul  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    Installed in my 1994 Ford Ranger, love it. This Sony face plate has equipped my truck with updated technologies in media trends, we are now hands free, Bluetooth, and voice activated. Haven't replaced a car stereo since cassettes came out, this was an easy task with the installation package from the Crutchfield team. Five stars for the stereo and Crutchfield. [ Gary  Dec 21, 2015 ]

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    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/. [ Kenny  Mar 05, 2016 ]  Staff
    It sort of works, but it is a little too low powered to fully charge some phones. I find that a Y cable using both the front and rear ports works very well though [ ZACHARY  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    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  Jan 21, 2015 ]  Staff
    Not through USB but you would be able to use the bluetooth and you could most definitely use the headphone jack on your phone to the audio port on the front. The advertising for Sirius radio on this stereo is for the Sirius/XM turner that is separate from your phone. But you can always send audio signal from any app on you phone. I use other audio apps like Spotify and Digital FM and they both play perfectly through my bluetooth to the stereo. You will need to install the Sony apps on your android device to communicate properly to the stereo. Once you have all of that setup you can play anything from you phone to the stereo via bluetooth. USB can only be used as a USB storage device. If you have have music on your phone it will see the audio tracks stored there and play them, but you would not use the USB to play from apps on your phone. You could even put mp3s on a USB flash drive and hook that up to the USB port if you wanted to. [ Recreation  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    Thanks for all of the replies [ Kieran Lavin  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    I haven't used the sub port much. I have an android phone and it has been my experience that any audio you have coming through the phone will broadcast to the unit through the Bluetooth audio setting. I watch espn on mineand I get the audio through my head unit. I would assume the usb would be just as cconvenient. I have enjoyed this radio since I installed it. [ william  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    I would think so, but I'm not positive as I only have a iphone [ kevin  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. [ scott  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure about USB but you should be able to to use it via the Bluetooth audio source on the radio. I know audio from YouTube will play via Bluetooth so I'm guessing any audio output from your phone will work through it. Hope this helps. sincerely, Tyler [ Tyler  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    I have never tried this. I do play Slacker and other music services via USB. Plus, you can always stream via Bluetooth, right? [ Adam  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    Well first I really like my stereo, I operate a iPhone with or without cord from stereo. But all items from the download to the phone work. It take a little playing around but I think you really will enjoy it. I hope this helps. [ KEITH  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    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  Jul 06, 2014 ]  Staff
    The 5000bt only has a front USB Port (it only supplies a 2V connection) and according to the Sony website it does not list the iPhone 5 (it might still work but without testing it yourself there really is no way of knowing unless someone else has one) The gs610bt has front and rear USB ports. Also this model gives you 5V through the USB ports. Which is possibly why the iPhone 5 is listed as being compatible. The reason for the increase in voltage through the USB ports is that you will be able to charge your phone through this USB port at a much faster rate. Some phones (like the iPhone 5) will not even charge properly or at all. A lot of the newer Android phones also have this issue if you do not use an adequate amount of voltage the phone will say it is charging but it will not really charge very fast it would take a whole day to charge. [ Recreation  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    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  May 30, 2014 ]  Staff
    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  May 16, 2014 ]  Staff
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