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CD receiver plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files

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Item #: 158GT510
 

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by Robert Ferency-Viars
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

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

If you use iTunes® as your music software, Sony has some good news for you. The CDX-GT510 CD receiver will play the songs you've ripped from regular CDs and stored on your computer in the high-quality AAC format. Just burn them to a disc to leave in the car. The stereo also plays MP3, WMA, and Sony's own ATRAC3plus music files — it won't play rights-protected songs bought from iTunes music store.

This stereo's stylish flip-down faceplate has a large, easy-to-see display, and you can select either green or red button lighting to help make it look at home in your car. Customize the sound with Sony's EQ3 feature, which includes 7 preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer adds presence and life to your music by raising the soundstage up to ear level — especially effective if your front speakers are mounted near the floor.

Building a system? You'll find two sets of preamp outputs for adding external amplifiers or a powered subwoofer. Play music from your portable audio player by connecting it to the miniplug input on the stereo's faceplate. You can also add satellite radio or Sony's iPod® adapter to further expand your music selections. Use the remote control to make stereo adjustments without taking your eyes off the road.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, and ATRAC3plus music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • fold-down, detachable face
    • dot-matrix fluorescent display with green/red button lighting
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer — adds presence and life to your music
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Sony's iPod adapter and HD Radio™ tuner, and satellite radio-ready (tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: two sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Red or Green
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    No
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    No
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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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
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X151)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 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
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    Features

    Drive S: The CDX-GT510 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 52W 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-GT510 features a detachable face for theft prevention. The radio does not come with a protective face case.

    Compressed Audio File Capability: In addition to audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, the receiver will play MP3, WMA, AAC, and ATRAC (ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus) compressed audio files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW. Below are the following requirements and features for compressed audio file 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, AAC), 255 (ATRAC)
      • files or tracks and folders contained in a disc: 300 (or less if a folder/file names contain many characters) (MP3, WMA, AAC), 999 files or tracks (ATRAC)
      • displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64 (Romeo).
      • ID3 display characters: 30 or 126 characters (MP3), 63 characters (WMA), 126 characters (AAC)
    • Playback Functions:
      • Track Repeat
      • Album/Folder Repeat
      • Album/Folder Shuffle
      • Disc Shuffle

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

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

    Radio Tuning: The CDX-GT510 allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations. In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning. The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal. The radio features 5 memory bands 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. Other tuner features include:

    • 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.

    Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.

    EQ3 Stage 2: EQ3 Stage 2 offers 7 EQ presets, each of which has a preset value for 3 bands: Low (60Hz), Middle (1kHz), and High (10kHz). The EQ presets and the band values are as follows:

    • Xplod: Low: +10, Middle: +4, High: +4
    • Vocal: Low: +4, Middle: +8, High: +2
    • Edge: Low: +6, Middle: -2, High: +7
    • Cruise: Low: +3, Middle: +4, High: +2
    • Space: Low: +4, Middle: +5, High: +8
    • Gravity: Low: +8, Middle: 0, High: +2
    • Custom: Adjustable -10dB to +10dB for each band

    Amplifier Section: The head-unit's amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 17 watts RMS x 4 channels at 4 Ohms and 1% THD. The unit is also rated at 23.2 watts per channel minimum continuous average power into 4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more than 5% THD. Peak power is rated at 52 watts per channel.

    Switchable Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT510 contains two pairs of RCA preamp outputs, including one set that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation. When set to subwoofer, the output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 125Hz, 78Hz, or Off.

    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. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it doesn't appear as an available source.

    Mounting Angle: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 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.

    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.

    Dimmer: The CDX-GT510 features a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose between "Dim Auto", "Dim On" or Dim Off". When Dim Auto is selected, the display dims automatically when the vehicle's lights are turned on. The orange/white illumination wire in the supplied harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the automatic dimmer feature to work properly.

    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 15 seconds or more.

    Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional wired rotary commander (item 158RMX4S). Once the wired remote is connected, you can change the control direction of the remote, depending upon which side of the steering wheel you choose to mount the remote.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Ready: You can connect an iPod to this unit and control it via the front panel controls and remote. The optional XA-110IP iPod Control Interface (item #158XA110IP) is required.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMSON1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS SIR-SNY1 Satellite Tuner for Sony (item # 607SIRSNY1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or the Sony XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter--158XA300.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDX-GT510 is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Changer Controls: This unit is compatible with Sony UniLink CD/MP3 and MD changers. In addition, this unit can control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.

    Multiple Changer Control: A maximum of 5 CD changers, 5 CD/MP3 changers, or 5 MD changers may be connected to this receiver. When connecting CD, CD/MP3 and MD changers, you may connect up to a total of 7 changers (but there must not be more than 5 of one type of changer). When connecting more than one changer to this receiver, you must use the Sony XA-C40 source selector.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: You can connect an auxiliary audio device (such as a portable digital memory player, cassette, MiniDisc, or VCR) when used with the optional XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter. The XA-300 uses the UniLink and Bus Audio inputs on the back of the receiver, and allows you to connect an optional CD/MD changer in addition to the auxiliary audio source.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Manila, Disputanta, Va on Saturday, June 06, 2009
     
    The best head unit ever made. if your sayin this unit is crap.....you dont have a clue in workin with car audio. please people leave it to the pros. the unit is not made for just bass. its made for clear sound. if you want bass the best solution is to buy an amp and sub. it works great with a 12'' in sub an 500 watt amp. GREAT UNIT!!!! ( the 52 watts is just the max the RMS is the true wattage(17watts))
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    5 out of 5

    CDX-GT510

    Written By pilotpete, Warner, NH on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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    Super unit for the Price. I've has it for over a year and have had absolutely no problems; It's a Sony! Too bad it's a discontinued unit.
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    4 out of 5

    CDX-GT510 Review

    Written By Bruce, Flowery Branch, GA on Thursday, January 17, 2008
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    Given Sony's reputation, I expected great things from this receiver. The stereo performs very much as expected.

    The Dynamic Soundstage Orgainzer (DSO) works very well in my van. It compensates well for the speakers being mounted low in the doors.

    My only complaint is a minor static sound which comes thru the speakers when switching on the tuner. I have not found a source for this. It only lasts for about 1 sec. The tuner reception is very good otherwise.

    Installation was a breeze with the supplied installation kit. Installed into 1995 Toyota Previa Van. The fold-down face prevents dust from entering the CD port. Given the slope of the dash in my vehicle, this was a critical feature in a new receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    EZ install with Sirius receiver

    Written By DANIEL, Louisiana on Monday, November 12, 2007
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    Very easy install in a 2004 Dodge 1500. All the necessary components were provided, and the dash adapter looks great. Worked the first time with no hassles, to include the Sirius reciever.
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    1 out of 5

    Sound is painful

    Written By Rick, Easton, Pa on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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    I bought this receiver since it had so many great reviews. This receiver has horrible sound. WAYYYYYYY too tinny. There's no bass, and none of the preset EQs will give me the bass I'd like. I'm not talking like I want a lot of bass - but how about SOME??
    If you look at some of the other reviews, you'll see mention of lack of bass as well - even though they were still rated it a 5. I can honestly say listening to music on this is painful. I can't say that about any other aftermarket radio I've ever installed, which includes Panasonic, Pioneer, Kenwood, Clarion. This is not to flame Sony. I have a Sony WEGA tv that is great, and Sony stereo components at home - but this is a huge disappointment.

    I can't overlook it. I'm sending this unit back.
    3 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Don't Hesitate to Pick One Up For Yourself

    Written By Andrew, Shreveport, LA on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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    My 2001 Ford Expedition XLT (without Mach audio system) is rockin' and rollin'! The shipment arrived on time as scheduled (at no cost to me) with everything that I ordered in perfect condition. Having never ordered anything from Crutchfield, I was extremely pleased with the site's ease of use and the excellent selection of products they have on hand. After reading every review I could get my hands on (at other sites as well) I decided that the Sony CDX-GT510 was the very best receiver I could ask for, considering the different needs I wanted met. I wanted something that blended well with my dash, nothing too flashy, so the display and illumination was important. Also, I wanted a receiver that was easy to operate but offered plenty of simple options to enhance my listening experience. Of course I wanted it to have plenty of power, but I definitely wanted a high quality product that would put my factory speakers to good use. Lastly, the Sony iPOD Adapter was a must have, as I rarely listen to my cds anymore after acquiring a 20GB iPod.

    So how did it all turn out? Fantastic. I've never installed a receiver before but felt encouraged by the wealth of data found here and knowing that detailed instructions for installation would be provided. Did I mention that everything needed to install the receiver including dash kit and the wiring harness was completely free? Big plus when you compare the money you spend having a big box chain install it for you. Taking my time and enjoying every minute of it, I installed the receiver and iPod adapter in about 2 hours. The hardest part was getting my old crusty battery cable disconnected before I pulled my factory stereo! I found the Posi-Products (16 piece) Connector Kit worth the $5 bucks since I didn't have a crimping tool or a soldering iron. After connecting the wires (which may take some patience) I wrapped each connection with electrical tape and was ready to install. At this point, I followed the simple instructions provided for removing the dash panel with ease, removed the factory head-unit with the DIN clips and hooked the Sony up. It took me a second to decide where to place the iPod Adapter but found plenty of room behind and underneath the receiver space to attach it and run the cable for the iPod down through the bottom of the dash. It tucks away quite neatly and most will never know it's even there as the player sits in the left-sided slot-pocket on the center console. Everything powered up on the first try and blew me away with how wonderful it actually looked completely installed. The option for the red or green button illumination and blue display looks perfect in my Ford.

    The sound? For a guy that is not interested in replacing his factory speakers just yet, it's amazing. Everything that I wanted. Really makes my speakers come to life. Furthermore, having the ability to listen to my iPod for the first time in my truck without that annoying hiss from the cassette adapter and hearing the s
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    5 out of 5

    Easy, Easy, Easy

    Written By Clyde, Atlanta, Ga on Sunday, October 07, 2007
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    I got this unit last week and installed the same day. The included wiring harness made life much simpler. I installed it in a 2005 Grand Caravan ads I can tell the difference already in the sound quality. Crutchfield makes it so easy to get it right the first time. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I will!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Paul, Michigan on Monday, September 24, 2007
     
    Great stereo and installed quickly. No problems whatsoever. Crutchfield's installation guide and accessories made this project easy with no hassle.
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    4 out of 5

    Lots of features for $129.

    Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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    I chose a Sony unit because I have a Sony walkman cd player and it sounds great and plays everything. It's replacing an old Kenwood KRC-2006 cassette deck, which I purchased from Crutchfield in 1994. It still works great but wanted a cd unit for my truck. Like other reveiwers said, it lacks a little in the bass department. Of course I'm still using the factory speakers, (1993 pickup truck) that might have a lot to do with it. Will probably buy some speakers with tax refund next year. There are a lot of settings for the EQ, so try the different settings for your taste. There's also a custom EQ setting where you can adjust the bass, middle and treble manually. After setting the bass up to max and backing off the treble it sounds better. Like I said earlier new speakers would make a big difference.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Chris, columbia S.C. on Saturday, August 25, 2007
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    great cd player no problems installing it. crutchfeild is the best place to buy from by far.
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    2 out of 5

    Poor substitute for my Jeep Wrangler factory radio

    Written By Rich, Newbury Park, CA on Friday, August 24, 2007
     
    Purchased this Sony to replace my factory radio in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler as I wanted an AUX or iPod interface. Im sorry I picked Sony.
    Install went okay--not as easy as advertised in other reviews. Had to remove factory radio brace since this unit is deeper. Instructions werent clear on how to wire up my factory sub woofer, but 2 calls to Crutchfield fixed that. Great service.
    Sound quality is good, but I long for the ease of my 3-band equalizer which I can adjust by feel without taking my eyes off the road: clicking through 7 EQ presets to find the one I want is dangerous but necessary when switching sources between podcasts and music. The DSQ feature is pretty worthless. The "Off" button is very tiny. You turn the unit on by hitting the "Source" button. Not intuitive and Im not sure my wife will ever figure it out. 9 tiny buttons across the bottom include the 6 channel buttons--very hard to figure out whats what. Lettering on buttons is unreadable in daylight.
    Annoying tuning beeps can be turned off along with VERY annoying Demo, but they default back to On after a battery disconnect. Seek/Tune/Search completely confusing after a week of use.
    I also bought the iPod interface which REALLY is a disappointment. Near impossible to use while driving. Extremely slow response trying to search through Artists, Playlists, etc. I guess this is a problem with external iPod interfaces. Wish Id known ahead of time. Sound is good with iPod.
    Radio reception not as good as my factory radio.
    Nested controls for bass, mid, treble, illumination color, and 8-10 other settings are a pain and dangerous while driving.
    Bottom Line: Sound is good. Co
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    5 out of 5

    EZ installation

    Written By dano7331, Sparta, TN on Thursday, August 23, 2007
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    Once again Crutchfield has come through with just the right installation kit and supurb instructions. The Hyundai is one of the more complicated cars to install a radio in, but with Crutchfields instructions it went smooth as silk. With their instructions and installation kit it's just as easy for a novice as it is for a seasoned pro. Thanks once again to the Crutchfield team. - Dan
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    4 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By David, Lakeland, FL on Thursday, August 23, 2007
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    I bought this unit as a replacement for my Jeep Wrangler, the prior Sony unit I had finally died after years of hard use in this enviorment. I thought this unit was just a cheap replacement as I didn't want to spend a fortune on a higher end unit.
    Boy what a plesant surpise, it works great, the features are outstanding for this price and installation was a literal 10 minute job due to wiring was an unplug and replug from my prior Sony. The XM Direct unit I had plugged right up and my portable Sirius unit plug right into the front Aux input.
    The only thing I wish it had and doesn't is a loudness feature.
    If your looking for a great economical unit, this Sony is great!
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    4 out of 5

    Quick and Easy

    Written By ken, san francisco, CA on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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    This is by far the easist installation I ever done. Crutchfield made it so easy. Only thing I had to buy is the wire connectors. Had the old radio and the new radio installed in less than an hour.

    The sony radio is very nice. Sounds good. Looks good too. Lots of settings for you to play with.

    Ken
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds good and looks great

    Written By Howard, Wheelersburg, OH on Friday, August 17, 2007
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    I purchased this for my daughters Ford Ranger pickup and I have to say that it really sounds nice and completely out-classes the truck in the looks department. I am not real fond of the flip down front to access the CD player but then my daughters doesn't seem to mind and actually thinks it is neat. It has an aux. input for her iPod which is THE important thing. The price is right and it sounds much better than the factory AM/FM radio. It even picks up stations we never heard before. A great value for the money. Installation was simple and all the brackets and wiring adapters I needed included. Crutchfield really makes things simple and easy.
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    1 out of 5

    Wish I had listened to my son

    Written By Chills, North Kingstown RI on Sunday, August 05, 2007
     
    I regret purchasing this unit and wished I had listened to the voice of reason. I bought it mainly for the aux input for my mp3 player. I swapped my factory unit in my 2002 GMC truck for this and could not believe how bad it sounded compared to the factory radio. No bass at all and the Ep3 and DSO techno is totally useless in trying to improve the sound. What I wouldn't give to have the simple bass, treble and balance settings back. My speakers which once sounded good now sound like tin cans with this unit (52 watts? no way). I actually have to turn the volume up to 30 to hear the music the way I like it. Now I will have to purchase a sub and amp.
    My 19 year old son told me the Sony explodes were bad but I figured it would be at least as good as the original radio. Boy was he spot on and I dead wrong.
    I hope this saves someone else some pain.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy way to spend part of an afternoon

    Written By Geoff, Gainesville, FL on Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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    I ordered the unit on Sunday. Called Crutchfield today from work to get my order number so I could check on the progress of the order. Tammy told me that UPS had already delivered it. This was TUESDAY! I left work at 2:00 p.m. and drove home and found the box on the front porch. I have a factory installed radio in my Ranger Pickup truck. I sat down with the kit, matched instructions and soldered all the wires together, test fit everything in the house. Went out to the truck and pulled the radio using the provided tools. Test fit the installed radio and had to do some cutting with my Dremel tool to get the lock tabs to engage properly. Finished up, cleaned up the stuff in the truck, came in the house and cleaned up the soldering stuff and looked at the clock - 5:00 p.m. It took me 3 hours to leave work, come home and install a radio in my truck. How easy can it be?? I went back out to the truck with a CD and my MP3 player and player cable I thought to order as well. FM reception on stations I couldn't get before was clear with NO static. CD sound was great and the MP3 player was AWESOME. I was in the truck with the engine running and the A/C on listening to music so I went for a ride. I pulled over and using the manual went through the unit setup. 5 minutes later I had everything set the way I wanted it and drove home. What a pleasure to hear good music in my truck!! Station selection for FM presets is easy and I'll need all of the FM pre-sets because I can pull previously unheard stations in now. This was just TOO easy!!
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit at a great price!

    Written By Ryan, Houston, TX on Sunday, July 15, 2007
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    Installed in a 1989 Toyota MR2

    This unit has a great deal of power and looks great in the dash. The total install took about 1 1/2 hours. I soldered my connections on the plug-in harness Crutchfield sent - had I not, it might have taken 1 hour tops. Unit has functioned very well and the sound is very clean.

    I selected this unit for many reasons: (1) It had an AUX jack in the front to plug in the MP3 player, (2) It had a removable face, (3) You can set illumination to green to match my 1989 MR2's interior lighting, and (4) It had some decent power and a sub pre-out ready to go. The remote is a bonus! If you are looking for a great unit at a reasonable price, then I would definitely recommend this one.

    Also, I can't say enough about the customer service. Had one very minor issue with wiring harness that Crutchfield sent and Jeremy walked me through the process with no problems.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent choice

    Written By Jamie, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 12, 2007
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    Typical install... in fact, my 15 year-old daughter did most of it.

    We got the CDX-GT510 and two pairs of Sony 5x7 speakers for our 2004 Expedition.

    The in-dash kit was nice... I was able to retrofit the old rear bracket on the back of the head unit to avoid the drooping problem that many mention with the kit that Crutchfield provides.

    DSO is great, but anything more than level 1 sounds very tinny to my ears. EQ is nice, but the bass control isn't low enough... sounds like about 100 Hz. We bought it with the iPod adapter, which works like a charm.

    All in all, a great sounding purchase for a smoking price.
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    4 out of 5

    2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport Install

    Written By Rob, Annandale, VA on Friday, June 22, 2007
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    Let's start with Crutchfield...I couldn't be more happier. Ease of purchase was outstanding. Two hours after ordering I called to add an additional item. My unit and speakers had already shipped! Crutchfield said "no problem, we'll send the new item separately with no additional shipping costs." I've been buying online for 10 years and this is the best experience I have ever had.

    Now for the Sony unit and install. This is my first install and so I was a bit apprehensive. However, the dedicated directions were outstanding and the process went without hitch. About one hour total. Like others, I recommend wiring the harness and the unit on the kitchen table before you begin the actual install. Also like others, I found the dash kit weak, asthetically as well as physically. I had to butress it with a piece of wood. That being said, it fit relatively well and looks fine. I'm pleased with the unit and was able to disable the annoying "demo." I wish I could disable the beep warnings to remove the face plate. Oh well. I love the DSO and EQ features and of course the AUX port on the front for my iPod. What a difference this makes versus using an FM modulator. The unit has an auto dimmer feature which is great and the buttons are well placed and easy to access. Volume control knob is wonderfully responsive and easy to manipulate.

    All in all...I'm extremely pleased and will most definitely buy from Crutchfield in the future. I've given this 4 stars instead of 5 due to the weak dash mount kit. That said, at least it was free.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio replacement for Jeep Wrangler

    Written By Joe, Austin, TX on Sunday, June 17, 2007
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    Didn't realize how awful the factory radio in my '00 Jeep Wrangler was until I replaced it with the Sony. The radio arrived in record time (sooner that the UPS traking info said it would) and the installation kit and instructions were perfect. Wiring was a snap and I had the whole thing installed in less than an hour. The only slightly difficult part was getting to the factory support at the rear of the radio. Just a little patience helped here. I did not upgrade the factory speakers in the beginning because the new radio made them sound 10 time better. I later decided that if the new radio made them sound THAT good, what would upgraded speakers sound like? So I have ordered the Infinity 6412cfp front and Sony GT1325A rear speakers. Really love the front auxillary iPod input jack. Most all of the other positive comments here about the radio performance are valid. The instructions say that the CD player will not play CD's burned using iTunes but I tried it and they play just fine - and this was a CD BURNED using iTunes and with tracks PURCHASED from iTunes. I also tried a CD burned with a mix of purchased and non-purchased tracks - again, no problem - Just make sure you set iTunes to burn using the "Audio CD" setting (not MP3). All around, a good choice for my needs and great service from Crutchfield. Will definately upgrade the factory radio in my other cars.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect!

    Written By Gregory, Virginia on Friday, June 15, 2007
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    I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota that had a cassette deck in it. I got this Sony CD player to replace it. The price is great. Installation was easy thanks to Crutchfield's supplied instructions, and the song is awesome. No complaints at all.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stock replacement

    Written By PATRICIA, Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, June 02, 2007
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    My husband replaced our '94 4Runner's stock CD player in just a matter of hours. He ran into one problem, but a quick phone call to John in Tech Support cleared up the issue in no time. This was our first after-market head unit (and self-installation) and Crutchfield made it a great experience. Much to my husband's delight, I'm sure we'll be repeat customers. Thank you Bill Crutchfield for a wonderful and friendly company. Aloha!
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    5 out of 5

    07 sport trac

    Written By dave, rockhill furnace pa on Sunday, May 27, 2007
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    fast shipping,easy intallation, superior upgrade from the factory unit. i purchased this unit and 2 sets of the sony XS-V680HP 6x8-2way speakers. AWESOME SOUNDING COMBINATION.
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    5 out of 5

    Jeep install

    Written By Jeff, Lewisville,TX on Friday, May 25, 2007
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    Took out the stock radio and put in a new one in an '04 Jeep Wrangler. The night i received them we wired the connectors just like instructions said. next day, i followed instructions and in 30 min. had it in the jeep. It was very easy! it looks and works great. The instructions they sent were perfect. Great upgrade for jeep owners with a 4 speaker set up.
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    1 out of 5

    No bass unless you have a subwoofer

    Written By Ian, California on Friday, May 18, 2007
     
    My car is a '93 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, still in showroom condition, and I like it that way. But it came with a factory casette player and I wanted CD. So I had this model installed, because I liked the front AUX input, and it didn't look too flashy, like it was made for the dashboard of Flash Gordon's space cruiser.

    What nobody seems to say about a lot of aftermarket radios these days is that many of them don't produce any bass at all through the conventional speakers in the dash, doors, rear, etc. If you want any real bass with these units, you have to be willing to hack up your car and consume trunk space with a subwoofer or two. Great if you're willing to do that, but I'm not, so I'm SOL.

    Sony has a cheaper model that has a "loudness" feature which sounds great without a subwoofer, but then that model can't interface with a CD changer. Would it have been so hard for Sony to make a CD head unit with both a "loudness" feature, a front AUX input, and CD changer control?

    I am no expert, so if anyone has any advice, I'd be glad to hear it.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Gary, Cleveland, TN on Sunday, May 13, 2007
     
    Very nice, front auxilary is great. Station buttons are small. Good info. from Crutchfield. Had a minor problem with wiring harness, but tech support made it right.
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    1 out of 5

    Bad Only if You're Marrying it to a Fac. Ins. Bose Sys. w/Subwoofer

    Written By ROCFELA, Phila., Pa. on Friday, May 11, 2007
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    I own a "01" Maxima w/ Fac. Ins. Bose Sys. w/Subwoofer ... Not knowing much about after market radios I bought this one because it was modestly priced, and the green lights matched closer to the others in the car ...

    First off if you're interfacing with Bose do yourself a favor and go to a higher end Sony ... This unit will not allow you to control the sub-woofer, which became a BOOMER like I'd never heard with the old Bose reciever ... It'll drive you bonkers, and no one except a teen-ager could sit in the back seat when it's on ... Bass is cool as a bottom to music, but I don't want it rattling my ride ... Had I not already had the harness wired up for Sony I would have switched over to the higher end ($200.) Kenwood that my co-worker has (interfaced also with the same Bose Sys. as mine) which as opposed to this 17W per channel Sony, Kenwood is 22W"s, and it makes (in my opinion) a major difference in the sound output, and the taming of the subwoofer ... I eventually got the Sony CDX-GT710, which is a far nicer unit, with a feature called BPE (read up on it) that makes a huge difference w/ the EQ's in custom settings ... I'll leave my review of it on it's page ...

    Finale: This unit would probably be fine sans a Bose subwoofer, but my suggestion even without one is to treat yourself and go higher end ($200. range) ... Sony if you like, Kenwood suggested.

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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo for Money

    Written By David, Howell, NJ on Friday, May 04, 2007
     
    Although I had this professionally installed (so I will not comment on the ease of installation), this is a great stereo. Bought it for the Aux input in the front, and I have to say that the ease of operation is great. First time "wheel" knob user, but it is quite intuitive. Nice EQ options, nice that it has 2 color options, etc. Had this hooked up with an amp and pair of 10" woofers and this sytsem punches nicely. My last stereo skipped frequently while driving on a bumby road, I have not had this CD player skip yet driving on the same roads. Highly recommended for a nice stereo at a lower cost.. Sony Quality!
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    5 out of 5

    Easy installation and great sound in 2002 Prizm!

    Written By Sara, College Park, MD on Sunday, April 22, 2007
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    My factory installed cassette radio was dying, and I wanted something that would easily interface with an external media player (iPod, Sansa, Walkman, etc.). I wish more stereos had a front auxillary input!

    After reading all of the excellent reviews here at Crutchfield, I purchased the Sony CDX-GT510. Crutchfield included all of the necessary bits -- instructions, adapters, harnesses, etc. The stereo was fairly easy to install in my 2002 Chevrolet Prizm in an afternoon. The only issue we had was with the trim of the adapter, which had to be cut down to fit the car.

    The stereo is great. The controls are a little small (both in button size and labels), and I definitely wish it wouldn't flash the demo labels whenever I turn it off or replace the faceplate. But the sound is nice, even with my little original speakers and the pre-programmed equalizer options. I am so excited to just plug my iPod in, instead of using a tape adapter or FM transmitter!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome head unit

    Written By Anonymous, Pocatello ID-83201 on Monday, April 09, 2007
     
    This Sony headset gave a new life to my OEM speakers. The sound is really great event with those paper cone speakers. I am waiting what will happen when I install the pioneer 4 way speakers that I have bought from crutchfield as well. Installation was a snap and customer support is awesome. I will definitely going to buy more stuff from crutchfield if the need arises.
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    4 out of 5

    98 Ford F-150 Extended Cab

    Written By Brian, Bellbrook OH on Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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    I got one of these for my 98 Ford F-150 extended cab. I really like the front auxiliary input jack. I use it with my Sirius receiver and the sound is great. I also like the DSO levels which "brighten" up the sound. The sound tends to be a bit muddy in due to the speaker locations in the doors and behind the seats. BTW, I installed this unit in conjunction with 2 sets of Pioneer TS-A6871R speakers and also submitted a review on those as well.

    Installation was easy with the always excellent instructions provided by Crutchfield, the only glitch I had was that there was no screw to go into the back of the unit for the support brace that slides on a support rail inside the dash...BTW, it's a 4mm x 6mm...

    The only issues I see with this unit are some of the usual complaints, small buttons which are hard to read during the daytime and the display button is located pretty close to the station preset buttons. The other thing I found out is that if you modify the equalizer settings on any of the presets, they stay that way. So, if you have the unit set to the Cruise setting, then change the bass setting to another value, and rotate back through all of the other preset equalizer settings, when you return to Cruise, it still has your change you made to the bass level. Pressing the reset button behind the removable face will take care of this, but you also lose you clock setting, station presets, etc. If you want a custom EQ, just make sure you set it to Custom first...

    All in all, a great unit at a great price...sounds good and my truck is rockin now !!!
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By manu, westmont, IL on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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    First of all kudos to crutchfield for fast shipping, and a great mastersheet. I used to use a FM transmitter for my ipod, but now I can use the auxillary input, and the music sounds so much better especially with this sony unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony Stereo

    Written By Lex, Mansfield, Tx on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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    I have had this stereo for about three to four months. Installation was easy (the crutchfied kit did help). Only main problem is switching between CD and the radio. Sometimes I have been "orally" shocked when I switched between the two inputs.

    I used the remote for about a month, but I found the controls easier to use and kept my eyes mostly on the road. I would have preferred a dash "Att" button (the remote has one).

    I also don't like the radio going to "demo" mode each time I reattach the radio, but one button shuts this mode off. The re-inserting of the radio was difficult at first, but with doing several times now, I can even do it in the dark :-).

    Overall, I have liked the sound quality and the DSO mode. Good radio for the money.
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    4 out of 5

    2000 Acura Integra - sounds fine

    Written By tamadwt, Baltimore, MD on Sunday, April 01, 2007
     
    First off - the installation instructions for my car were excellent. I don't think I would have started with the console screws behind the front seats to remove the stereo.
    Install was straight up. Kind of tight quarters but it's in there nice and snug and looks fine.
    Sounds great to me. I'm still fiddling around with the eq settings and can always adjust a little depending on what I'm listening to; but I would probably do that with the best car stereo ever built.
    Buttons are a little small but I'm used to those now.
    Overall, very pleased with the price, the service, the install instructions, and the stereo. Get yourself one.
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    2 out of 5

    Great features & display but horrible sound

    Written By sjc1204, San Jose, CA on Thursday, March 15, 2007
     
    Upgrading from an earlier Sony deck which played only mp3 and wma, the neew deck is such a disappointment in the fidelity area. Regardless of the multitude of EQ modes and settings, there's really no way to get this deck to achieve smooth sounding highs or musical midrange. Why did Sony feel they needed to take such a radical departure from the sound paradigm they have so successfully used in prior models.

    I love the AAC support and actually rely on it but I'm considering returning this deck.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Bill, Saint Peters, MO on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
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    This unit rocks. It was easy to install and looks great. I have a Sirius unit hooked up to it through the auxillary port and the quality is great. I did a bit of research and this is the best bang for the buck. Can't go wrong with a Sony!
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    5 out of 5

    An Excellent Car Head Unit for the Money

    Written By Benjamen, Minneapolis,MN on Sunday, March 04, 2007
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    I was looking at the CDX-GT310, but decided on purchasing this model (CDX-GT510) because it was actually cheaper with the free install kit on stereos over $129. If it was a straight up comparison between to two head units, I don't think it would be worth the extra money for the red backlighting.

    The unit sounds at least 3x better than my factory unit with the stock speakers. It sounds so good I see no reason to upgrade my stock speakers. It is relatively easy to use, even for somebody that prefers knobs to buttons. I can play MP3 CD's flawlessly. The Aux input in the front is great for my MP3 player. I love having 3 sets of FM and 2 sets of AM saved stations. I've never seen a car stereo that has so many.

    My first small beef is that Sony's install instructions did not distinguish between front and rear speakers; I had to depend on matching the wire colors. I think wire colors are pretty standard for car audio, but you can never be sure.

    My second small beef is that I couldn't find a reasonably priced head unit that supported RDS. That basically lets gives you the name of the song and radio station. If a $15 Chrysler minivan stereo has it, why can't a better aftermarket model unit have it?
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    4 out of 5

    Not For Metal or Big Hands

    Written By Joseph, Deep In The Woods,Pa on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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    I only gave this a 4 because a)buttons are so small I find myself struggling to push any buttons.Def.not something you want to do while driving.My remote broke after only 2 weeks.
    b)Even with all the eq settings,I can't seem to listen to my cds clearly.I mostly listen to death metal,grindcore,old punk and the like.

    On a positive note,If Ur into disco,hip-hop etc it's nice and clear.
    B4 anyone sez anything,I've gone through a truckload of speakers in all sizes.Can't get rid of that crackle & buzz at high volumes.

    Installation was a breeze.Took less time to get unit in my jeep than it took to get factory unit out.
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    5 out of 5

    ExcellentSound

    Written By ebrownohio1, Denver, Colorado on Monday, February 26, 2007
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    The Sony CDX-GT510 has a lot of features and power. I like it's ability to integrate external amplifiers, CD changers and subwoofers. The DSO feature really takes the speakers and steteo to a new level. The AUX connection allows you to connect an iPod and the sound is just like a home stereo.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Patti, Oakfield, GA on Sunday, February 25, 2007
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    It is unbeleivable the difference in the quality of sound that I now have with this new Sony! My husband installed it (with new rear deck speakers) in my '06 Kia Spectra, and love the DSO and the EQ settings. We are hearing new parts in familiar songs that we never knew existed. Highly recommended!
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic!

    Written By Jason, Alton, IL on Sunday, February 25, 2007
     
    I got this for my 07 Subaru Impreza to replace the poor factory unit. I didn't want to spend a lot of money but still wanted good sound quality and plenty of features and the GT510 does all of that and then some. The factory speakers are low in the doors and the DSO feature is great for improving the imaging. The rear pre-out can be used as a fadable sub-out, which is very nice, and there is also a low-pass filter for the front/rear speakers. I have factory door speakers and one 10" Visonik sub/amp package and I'm very impressed with the sound quality for the little money I've spent.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo For The Money

    Written By Douglas, State College, PA on Saturday, February 24, 2007
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    It is exactly what I was looking for in a car stereo. I purchased it so I could directly connect my mp3 player to it. I especially like the separate volume for the Aux Input. The sound is crystal clear and it looks great.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent bang for the buck!

    Written By Gary, Florida Keys on Thursday, February 22, 2007
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    Great unit I only wish it had rear aux inputs and a 5-7 band Eq. Remote works great.
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    5 out of 5

    Matt

    Written By Matt, Centerville, OH on Thursday, February 08, 2007
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    I just installed this in my 2006 Jeep Liberty. Initially my dashboard lights didn't work. After calling tech support I disconnected the illumination wire and replaced a blown fuse. This worked and now every it as it should be. The unit looks great and the parts Crutchfield sent fit great. I am impressed with the sound and all of the features. The factory speakers are more crisp and seem much fuller. I also impressed with Crutchfield for the good tech support and speedy shipping. The overall experience warrants a five star rating!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Car Stereo

    Written By steve, Los Angeles on Monday, January 22, 2007
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    I installed this unit in my Volkswagen Jetta and could not be more pleased with it. The Auxilary input feature on the front of the unit makes plugging my ipod in a breeze and the sound is amazing. The detailed instruction manual from Crutchfield, specially designed for my car, made installation very easy. This unit is well worth the price. The only negative thing is that it doesn't come with a case for the faceplate but luckily Crutchfield sells those for $10. If you're looking for a reasonably priced cd player that can also play your ipod, get this one!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Quality!

    Written By Zac, Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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    Great buy! I was skeptical of the DSO at first, but what a difference it makes when you switch from DSO to Off. It has 3 DSO levels, each increasing the effect to your liking. Running the system without DSO, requires you to turn the sound up louder. With DSO on, it really does make it sound fuller, and more to your ear level than on the floor.

    The two-color system is great. All personal preference, I really don't care which color during the day, but at night I prefer the color on Green, which that is all personal preference, at least you have the option to change it! When you turn your headlights on, the display automatically dims down.

    Has a nice feature that beeps a few times when you turn your key off, to remind you to take off the faceplate (if you so choose... has no box that comes with it to store it in, but the display is dark enough you cannot tell it is in the vehicle, so I don't worry about it).

    Has separate sub woofer level if you have one, and several outputs in the back. Love the front Aux input for an MP3 player. Remembers different EQ settings for each input as well.

    FM1-FM3 gives you about 18 radio channels you can save as well, or you have have it automatically save the strongest in the area.

    Great receiver, highly recommend! I have yet to find a negative for this unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Good unit, but faceplate is not ideal.

    Written By Cody, Rome, GA on Monday, January 08, 2007
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    Stereo went in fine, but the opening faceplate made installation a hassle. To insert a CD, you have to rotate the faceplate 90 degrees like a drawbridge (you also have to rotate it down to remove the faceplate for security). The faceplate would not rotate within the confines of the new plate Crutchfield supplied to go with the unit.

    Bought this as a gift for my sister-in-law, and she's enjoyed being able to plug in her ipod. The installation difficulties gave us something to do after Christmas.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT510

    Written By Dan, Shippensburg, PA on Thursday, January 04, 2007
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    Easy to install. Fantastic sound. Does a whole lot for the price. Bought it for my Son for Christmas. Installed in a 2002 Ford Focus with stock low end speakers. I'm amazed at the clarity!
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    5 out of 5

    Buy It!!!

    Written By Spencer, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, December 30, 2006
     
    You will not find a better stereo for your money than this sony. It looks awesome in my 2000 4Runner. Installation was a breeze with just a simple call to Crutchfield on bypassing a stock amplifier. I bought this mainly for its pre-amp outputs so I can hook up a sub in the future but was amazed at how much better it made my stock system sound. It has all the features of higher end models but at a fraction of the cost. It offers plenty of ways to adjust the sound to get it just how you want it. Dont let anything stop you from getting this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great cdplayer

    Written By Tony, NY on Friday, December 29, 2006
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    This is great cd player. it works very well and installation is breeze. the connectors that it comes with are so easy to install and it pumps some serious sound. I have installed this in my Honda Accord 2000 in less then an hour. Not bad for fist timer. Tip, connect the cables before you head to car. It will save you a lot of time. I installed this with swip control. (stearing wheel control). very easy integration.
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    4 out of 5

    Solid value for the $

    Written By CreigMac, North Pole, Alaska on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
     
    Installed on a 1997 Land Cruiser 80 Series
    Nice piece of equipment, came with all required items to ensure a complete install. Easy to do the wiring on the kitchen table then install the unit in one easy step. Crutchfields data base for the 1997 Land Cruiser is incomplete, if you want to install any receiver on one of these just indicate you are installing it on a 1996-1997 Lexus LX450. If you indicate a Land Cruiser you won't get the wiring adapter or the lower pocket for install. Also the instructions are very good except the part that shows where to connect the wiring harness. It show a location behind the passenger dash, and instructs you to use longer wires to reach the location. No need for all that, Toyota has conveniently provided the two plugs right next to the one that was installed in the factory head unit. Just connect as per the schematic and plug in. You might want to run the switched power source from a higher amperage location as the Sony unit draws much higher current than the factory head unit. You will lose the factory sub, and it's weak 15 watts of power...no worries, just use one of the RCA pre-outs and install the sub of your choice. Overall the Sony is as strong sounding as the factory unit with its stock amps. MP3's play very well with good access speeds, looks good installed with just a slight gap on the sides of the unit. If you have wood trim on the dash you will have to file it so the face can lower properly, still looks good though.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Choice for Price

    Written By Anthony, Suwanee, GA on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
     
    I have this unit installed in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It has exceeded expectations. Leaps and bounds over the factory radio. I also have just installed the Sony IPod adapter and I am very pleased with that as well in my Jeep.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value Unit

    Written By David, Southern California on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
     
    I bought this radio to install into my s10 blazer to replace the stock deck, and what a difference it made. The Unit produces great highs, mids and lows. I also like the AUX port on the front pannel so i can connect my XM radio to it. Also it accepts basically every type of MP3 or other format CD's. The installation was easy too. My Blazer needed an adaptor, but other then that it was very easy. Just Soder up the connections and away we went. The sound is 10X Louder then my 18 year old stocker, as it should. Now i just need New ^X('s for the rear. Overall a great Unit for the price. Would recomend this to anyone wanting to expand ther systems without breaking the bank. 5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5

    Great device

    Written By Robert, Gurnee, IL on Friday, December 15, 2006
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    This unit is fantastic. Easy to install with the Crutchfield connectors, face plate, and install guides.

    As far as the unit itself the features are everthing I expected. Great sound (combined with Sony speakers), ease of use, and great pre-programmed features. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer makes it sound like I am in a concert hall. Good work on this one Sony!

    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect mix of quality, function, & ease-of-use.

    Written By David, Visalia on Thursday, December 14, 2006
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    This CD player is perfect for someone who wants a quality stereo/CD player that is affordable, easy to use, without all the complicated features that come with the more expensive units. The buttons are user freindly, the display is easy to read, and you won't even need the owners manual to figure out how to adjust all the settings. But while this unit seems simple, it can still play just about any audio format, has a port that can accept your MP3 player, has multiple connections on the rear of the unit for amps and accessories, and with the proper accessory equipment can even play satelite radio. You won't find a better Stereo/CD player for your money. Oh, and it sounds a ton better than my factory stereo did.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great value!

    Written By App, Fremont, CA on Monday, December 04, 2006
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    Bought this unit for the extensive codec support - WMA, AAC, MP3 and ATRAC - covers all the formats I use. Was very happy with the quality of sound this pumps out through the factory speakers on my Subaru Outback. At some point in the future I plan to replace my rear speakers and add a sub but for now, this definitely delivers much better sound that the factory stereo.
    The system does a good job of playing CDs with MP3s and WMAs. Navigation is easy if you organize by folder/groups. Skipping through songs etc. is quick compared to an older Alpine unit we have in our other car.
    Red illumination matches my car interior but can be switched to green if desired. Radio reception is good. Removing and attaching the faceplate takes a bit of getting used to but there is an audible reminder when you switch off the car. I wish Sony had supplied a hard case for the faceplate. Overall, for what I paid, I think this is a great head unit.
    Crutchfield's shipping and support for installation were stellar.
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great product!!!

    Written By sinanan9, Far Rockaway N.Y. on Sunday, December 03, 2006
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    I just finished installing this stereo myself with a data buss harness (never did before but an excellent company like "Crutchfield"sent me free the step by step installion guide)and this product is won-der-ful!!! By the way I realize that the LED comes in different colors.Great sound easy to install With guide, features also great, such as the EQ. settings you can use the presets or custom ,radio etc.Remember to order a case for the face cause none comes with the stereo.
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