Wake up your boring commute with Sony's CDX-GT210 CD player. It brings MP3 and WMA music file playback to your drive time, so you can load up a couple of discs with your favorite tunes and enjoy the convenience of an in-dash jukebox. Song titles scroll across the display while the strong internal amp fires up your speakers.

When you don't have time to burn a disc, just jack your portable audio player into the front auxiliary input — it's great for listening to yesterday's downloaded podcasts. You can even adjust the level of the auxiliary source so that you don't have to turn up the volume when you switch from the radio or CD player.

Sony's acclaimed SSIR-EXA radio tuner does a great job of pulling in AM and FM stations, so your local news, sports, and weather reports will always be on hand. Detach the faceplate to protect your investment when you're parked.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • EQ Lite (six tone settings)
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • front-panel auxiliary input
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face security screws
    • Operating Instructions (English/French)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
    • Limited Warranty sheet
    • Note on installing face security screws

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    Features

    Drive S: The CDX-GT210 features the Drive S chassis platform. Drive S includes the CD mechanism, audio stages, 12 V power supply, and tuner section. The CD mechanism includes a suspension to resist shocks, a motor that draws less power, and a fast low-current pickup that improves durability and CD playback accuracy. The 50W Peak x 4-channel S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer, more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous designs.

    Detachable Face: The CDX-GT210 features a detachable face for theft prevention. The radio does not come with a protective face case.

    Disc Compatibility: The CD receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs.

    MP3/WMA Capability: The CD receiver will also play MP3 and WMA files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW. Below are the following requirements for MP3/WMA playback.

    • ISO: The unit is compatible with the ISO 9660 level 1 / level 2 format, Joliet/Romeo in the expansion format, and Multi Session.
    • The Maximum number of:
      • folders or albums is 150 including root and empty folders
      • MP3/WMA files or tracks and folders contained in a disc (300 if a folder/files names contain many characters, this number may become less than 300).
      • Displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64 (Romeo).
      • ID3 tag versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4 apply to MP3 only. ID3 tag is 15/30 characters (1.0 and 1.1) or 63/126 characters (2.2, 2.3. and 2.4). WMA tag is 63 characters.

    MP3/WMA Playback Functions: The CD receiver offers the following playback methods for MP3 and WMA files.

    • Track Repeat
    • Album Repeat
    • Album Shuffle
    • Disc Shuffle

    MP3/WMA Display Information: The CD receiver's display can display the following information - Track number/Elapsed playing time, Disc/Artist Name, Album Number, Album Name, Track Name, Text Information and Clock.

    Note: The Album number is displayed only when the album is changed.

    Tuning: The radio allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations.

    Local Seek Mode: This mode will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.

    Mono Mode: This feature allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.

    Preset Tuning: The CDX-GT210 features 3 modes to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each of the following bands - FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2.

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Auto Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available stations and then choose your own presets from these available stations.

    Sound Setting: The CD receiver allows you to adjust the balance, fade, and EQ settings.

    • Balance: adjust left to right from L10 to 0 to R10
    • Fade: adjust front to rear from F10 to 0 to R10
    • EQ Lite: You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Natural, Hard, Upbeat, Vocal or Custom. For the Custom mode, you can adjust the Low (Bass) and HI (Treble) frequencies between +10 dB to -10 dB in 1 dB increments.

    Loudness: This feature allows you to listen to your music clearly at love volume levels by reinforcing the bass and treble.

    Amplifier Section: The head-unit's amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 17 watts RMS x 4 channels at 4 Ohms.

    No Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT210 contains no RCA preamp outputs.

    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 cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Mounting Angle: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 44 degrees.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will turn off audio output, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain on. This makes the clock display and face/button illumination "Keyed" instead of "Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you must press the Off button for two seconds.

    Note: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you must turn the radio completely off (this defeats keyed operation), or you may wire the accessory power wire of this radio to an alternate source of accessory power to retain keyed clock and face/button illumination operation.

    Dimmer: The CDX-GT210 feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".

    Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns on the display when turned on.

    Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the unit powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if the disc is ejected and left on the lip opening of the player for several seconds.

     

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    Good Receiver for the money

    Written By TT, Texas on Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is pretty basic. It works as advertised.
    The installation kit and wiring harness were included w/o charge so it was a good deal.
    But the best deal is the support from Crutchfield.
    Before this unit arrived, I removed the old factory unit to see what the wirings looked like. Then I emailed my wiring questions to Crutchfield tech support and each time it was answered within hours.
    When it was time to install, there was no surprise. The whole installation starting from unpacking the box was done in less than 45 minutes and the unit worked immediately.
    Crutchfield support is top notch.

    Sony CDX-GT210

    Written By ofcourseiwould, sanford, fl on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its a good receiver for the price...pretty basic, but does have good sound. That annoying alarm everyone is talking about isnt so annoying. It only chirps three times then goes silent, so its just a quick reminder that if you want to remove it go ahead and do it. The installation was a bit tricky(at least for my S10). It took me about 2-3hrs to install but i had no confusion as to how to do it. Good as a replacement for your factory receiver but if your looking for performance I'd look into some of sony's higher priced models.....peace....

    unit great but install a drag

    Written By clyde, cottageville,wv on Saturday, July 21, 2007

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    i rate the player a 5 but the install was a 1. the player was installed in a 94 ford f150 pickup. the cables that came with the player did not help at all. made repeated trips to local shops to get right patch cords to work. could never find the right cord for the patch around old factory amp. had to use some old phone wire i had to make that final connection. stripped the wire and inserted into the factory plug then butt spliced the other end to speaker wires. total time was all day plus gas. other than that system sounds great.

    Good sound, great value!

    Written By Robert, Rehoboth Beach, DE on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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    A definite step up from the factory head that came in my 2004 Subaru. Like other reviewers, I also find the warning signal that beeps every time you shut off the ignition as a reminder to remove the face-plate extremley annoying and wish that the dimmer were connected to the vehicle's dash lighting dimmer, rather than as a function on the faceplace. However, the unit sounds great, the controls are easy to navigate while driving and the ability to plug my iPod or XM into the 1/8 jack on the front is terrific!

    Sony CDX-GT210

    Written By Eugene, Griffin GA on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    This deck for me works fine. It was installed in a 94' Honda Accord. Nothing fancy but it sounds better than the factory deck. Good unit for the money. The beeping at shut off is different but all is well......

    Sony CDX-GT210

    Written By Jeremy, Frostburg, MD on Sunday, February 25, 2007

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    Not bad for it's price however the display is plain and boring.

    Irritating functionality

    Written By Jim, The Dalles, OR on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    I really wanted to like this cute stereo, but I just can't tolerate it in my vehicle.

    It has a very annoying "caution alarm" that beeps through the car speakers a few seconds after turning the ignition off - to warn the driver that he or she needs to detach the front panel to prevent theft. There is no way to turn this non-feature off. I contacted Sony technical support and they said that it cannot be disabled. I almost never remove my faceplate so as to prevent it from being lost, damaged, or broken. If it gets stolen (unlikely) - I'll just buy another one.

    Furthermore, there is no lead for the dimmer. You can manually dim the display in a menu, but why didn't they use one of those extra unused pins in the back for the dimmer wire?"

    Sony CDX-GT210

    Written By Daniel, Durham, NC on Saturday, January 27, 2007

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    I had to be able to listen to mp3s in my new 2007 Corolla. The CDX-GT210 does the trick - it plays mp3s on a CD-R or CD-RW (my preferred method), or you can plug your mp3 player right into the front. Very convenient.

    I had never installed a car stereo before, but once I had the right tools, installation was easy.

    Sony CDX-GT210

    Written By Jeff, Northern Illinois on Friday, January 26, 2007

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    The install was easy. It went in to a 2001 Mercury Mountaneer. The stereo sounds great, better then the stock unit. I highly recomned this unit. My bigest issue are the buttons are small and not lit up very well. After I get used the unit I am sure that will not be an issue. All in all I rate this very good.

    Just installed the CDX-GT210 in my 2001 Subaru Outback

    Written By Robert, Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Painless (2 hour) self-install in my 2001 Outback ... the instructions where perfect ... and the wiring harness was precise. The CDX-GT210 has great sound (much better than the stock radio / 6 CD changer I've been listening to for the past 6 years). Easy to program, flashy display, intuitive controls. I have burned a ton of MP3 CDs (internet radio programs, time delayed FM off-air broadcasts, CD's, etc.) and all that I have tried worked in the unit. Next I'll try the AUX-IN with my MP3 player ... but with MP3/WMA CD support, I'll probably leave the MP3 player at home.

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