Sony's CDX-GT56UI CD receiver offers a front-panel USB input for iPod® connection and control, along with great sound and some pretty sophisticated audio controls.

Take charge of your iPod
You'll appreciate this receiver's ability to control your iPod in the car. The Quick BrowZer feature lets you search for a song by genre, artist, or album with a couple of quick flicks of the control knob. The Jump control leaps through your songs in 10% increments, while Zappin' plays short clips of your music files until you hear the song that suits your mood.

Audio controls to customize your sound
Sony's Advanced Sound Engine provides excellent dynamic range and fidelity, and throws in some extra features. A 7-band equalizer gives you lots of options for adjusting the sound to match your car. Automatic Level Optimizer continually balances the output of your sources so you don't have to keep a hand glued to the volume knob. Sony's DM+ Advanced circuitry restores the details that are lost when you compress your digital music, so you enjoy the best possible sound from your MP3, WMA, or AAC files. And you'll be able to dial in a stronger stereo image with the Listening Position time alignment feature.

Want a little more kick?
When you're ready to expand your system you'll find a set of preamp outputs for adding an external amplifier or a powered subwoofer. You can use the built-in high- and low-pass filters to trim the signal going to your speakers and subs so you get maximum efficiency from your system.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with black and white LCD display
    • red key illumination
    • built-in RDS (Radio Data System)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • plays CDs and USB devices (see Hands-on Research for full capabilities)
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer, Listener Position calibration, DM+ advanced sound restoration, Rear Bass Enhancer, and Dynamic Loudness
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • adjustable high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding an optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with satellite radio tuner (not included) — subscription required
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/sub)
    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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    Good Sound - Basic

    Written By Jamie, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, October 24, 2013

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    Overall, a good, basic unit. Great sound, seems to be durable, easy to install. The only downside is the ergonomics of the unit... but will give Sony somewhat of a pass as most of the other manufacturers seem tohave similar designs. I don't know why after-market sound decks are designed with such VERY SMALL controls, but they should remember that you are usually changing controls WHILE DRIVING - so maybe large, visible, easy to find controls might be more convenient for the user. In addition to very small controls, the volume does not turn the unit on/off, it takes you to the sound menu. The on/off button is actually the on the corner of the input control, so I often tend to switch to aux or CD when trying to turn off the unit. This is counter-intuitive, annoying, and takes some getting used to. I would prefer the on/off switch to be a push of the volume knob, like most other units I've had in the past.

    Pros: Good Sound, Durability

    Cons: Poor Ergonomics and design

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Anonymous, shreveport,la on Sunday, March 17, 2013

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    easy to install

    Great radio

    Written By Back in Colo, Loveland, Colorado on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    great inexpensive radio. I bought this to replace my wife's defective Blaupunkt. It was an easy install and setup. The free harness from Crutchfield made the swap easy and if it didn't work, I could swap the old bad in in about 4 minutes. It took about 30-45 minutes to install, but I got the solder/heatshrink route. It takes a bit more time/effort to hold 2 wires and get a nice connection.

    Pros: -inexpensive -good sound quality -nice easy to read display

    Cons: -location of USB port (it is in the common location, but not a good one for people with a stick shift)

    Good Unit for my needs

    Written By Anonymous, Easton PA on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    I needed to replace the Infinity Gold head unit in my Jeep. This worked well once I discovered that the power antenna output needed to connect to the amp (had to find that answer via Google). The other issue I had installing it was the mounting kit I ordered with it. It would not fit through to use the DIN sleeve, and the screws with the unit were to short before the flair to thread in. That was solved by shaving a taper in the slot to allow for the flared head of the screw. Overall I love the unit and have better audio from my iPod then the cassette adapter I was using on the original head unit. I'd recommend this for any one needing an inexpensive unit to play an iPod in the car.

    Cons: should be a note regarding some amps needing the power from the power antenna out to trigger the amp on.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Anonymous, Aurora Colorado on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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    Great features and price, most of all the customer service was fantastic. I had a couple of questions with the install and setting options and the customer service guys were extremely helpful and happy to do so. Thank you!

    Awesome

    Written By Ian, Newport News on Sunday, March 03, 2013

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    Absolute great radio. Lots of features and easy to use. Sounds great as well.

    Pros: To many to list

    Cons: None

    good product

    Written By rob, brentwood on Sunday, March 03, 2013

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    Nice simple easy to use.

    Good Radio for the money

    Written By DeLaun, Norman, OK on Saturday, March 02, 2013

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    It is a simple sony radio that does what you want it to do. To play the music off your ipod or mp3 player by USB or AUX. And play cds and listen to the radio. Just a great deal with all the things you get with it. Plus sounds great in a car with the normal speakers.

    Pros: The deal for 89.99. With the free installation gear. Is the best. Plus a radio that will cost you that alone.

    Cons: Unknown to start. cause I have only had it in my car for a week. but no problems for a simple radio under 100 dollars.

    sony in car cd player

    Written By ED K, Wexford,pa on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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    From the beginning I have fully enjoyed it

    Pros: none

    Cons: none

    Great deal

    Written By Happy guy, Ferrysburg, MI on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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    Very nice unit easy to install and sounds great

    Pros: Easy to install the programming is simple and easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Great radio - budget price

    Written By RobbieH, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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    I have had this radio for a few weeks. I've been impressed at how good it sounds and how easy it is to use, while still not costing a fortune. I really just needed a basic radio for my run-around second vehicle, but have gotten much more than expected. The iPhone integration works great, even with my iPhone 5. Although I prefer to use the phone itself to set up shuffle, navigating through music on the iPhone is easier on this radio than any other head unit I have used, including my $500 Sony in my main vehicle. Since this is a 2nd vehicle, I opted to try to keep the factory installed speakers. These speakers are now 11 years old, and the speakers in an XJ Cherokee (not Grand Cherokee) have never been known to be too great. The 5 band EQ and other features in the radio have allowed me to tune the system to get better sound out of those speakers than I ever thought possible, certainly good enough to leave it as-is for now, and possibly good enough to leave those factory units for good if I were to add a powered sub.

    Pros: Easy to use, and the features of the radio allow even factory speakers to sound good.

    Cons: It is a small con, but I do wish the radio would tie to the dimmer circuit.

    A great bargain on a fine stereo.

    Written By Blind Hog, Alabaster, AL on Saturday, February 02, 2013

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    This replaced the old car stereo in my 2003 Camry. I'm still using the factory speakers for now. It makes the most of them, sounds much more dynamic, and a lot better high frequencies that show up on plucking or tapping sounds. The DM+ function is really good. Being able to play MP3's is good -- I ripped one MP3 of an entire Michael Crichton novel and copied it to one disk. I'll be able to get a lot of music onto a small set of disks -- maybe even onto one thumbdrive. I recommend getting a micro thumb drive so that it doesn't stick far out of the dash. The menus are complicated, and some options don't show up depending on whether you are playing the tuner, or a CD, or whatnot. Seems to work better with the remote control. My speakers are powered by this unit. It was great to be able to use the low-pass to turn my rear speakers into sub (sort of) woofers, and the high pass to direct the high frequencies to my front speakers. I set it to use its DSP for the driver. Fantastic! I run the equalizer flat, but one day maybe I can run an audio analyzer and tweak those 7 bands to make up for the aubomobile, which is a pretty hostile environment for great stereo listening. The DSP does sound very processed to me -- but I like my music to have spaces where the spaces are supposed to be.

    Pros: A high-featured great stereo. Lots of features.

    Cons: Have to do a lot of fiddling with the menu to get to the features you are trying to set. To get to the attenuator (ATT) easily you have to use the remote.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Shawn, Wenatchee ,WA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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    Typical Sony head unit, great quality at a great price.

    Pros: ease of operation

    Cons: rotary volume knob ,prefer rocker style ..

    Great stereo, unreal for the price!

    Written By Dave B., New town, Pa. on Friday, January 18, 2013

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    Nice stereo, a lot of features, sounds so much better, even with old factory speakers.

    friggin love it

    Written By Elijah G, Friendswood, TX on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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    This is the first radio I've bought for a vehicle and so far its awesome. It does everything it said it would and the install was easy. Took all of 30 minutes. Overall great radio.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Anonymous, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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    Really great reciever at an excellent price.

    Pros: Great price. Great sound. Really cool sound features. Much needed improvement to my old factory stereo.

    Cons: The volume/select knob is chrome and tend to reflect sun light back into the drivers eyes. It's not really a safety issue but is really annoying. Perhaps Sony could make that knob black or lose it altogether. Also the face does not come off easily. Once the detach button is pushed, it still takes a little force to remove it.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Alana, MS on Thursday, January 03, 2013

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    Gave this to my husband as a Christmas gift. So far he's loving it. No complaints.

    "love it"

    Written By jay31, bloomfield,NM on Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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    i love it.. easy to install...great sound quality..

    Pros: awesome..

    Cons: none..

    Awesome Unit

    Written By JimL, Herndon, VA on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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    I was looking for an inexpensive iPod ready unit to put in my son's 2002 Civic EX. This unit was a perfect fit and does everything and more. It has a great iPod interface, awesome power and sound, and safe detachable face. You can't beat it for under $100.

    Pros: Easy installation. Great Sound. Price.

    Cons: None that I see at this time!

    Excellent unit, excellent value

    Written By CPS, Memphis, TN on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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    Bought this for my daughter's Explorer for Christmas and thanks to the fantastic Crutchfield mounting kit & harness adapter (all included in the special they had running), had it installed and cranking out the tunes in under an hour. Everything went together perfectly, as always with car systems I've bought here. Honestly, will never buy anywhere else. This unit has a great selection of features, especially for such a low price. Happy to report that it works seamlessly with her iPhone 5 - outstanding! Highly recommend this product.

    Pros: Great feature set, easy to install, works with new iPhones

    Cons: Only negative I can think of is these new receivers have such tiny buttons for my eyes...

    Good Radio, Good Deal

    Written By ThomD2053, Augusta, GA on Thursday, December 20, 2012

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    The radio is all I need and probably more than I wanted. My OEM in my 2000 had hiccups with the CD player, literally. The remote should prove good with my fat fingers and small buttons on the unit. I have also bought one for my mother in law so that will show the tale of the tape. That one is going in a 1986 MB 300E.

    Pros: The wiring harness was not as easy as it could have been but not that painful either. Ten wire nuts and it was done.

    Cons: I will have to see if I can get the trim ring on. I forgot it and now I will have to basically pull the radio out put it on and see if it will go back in with the dash trim. Instructions were not worth the effort.

    Great replacement radio!

    Written By eps, New Haven, CT on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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    Bought this to replace my wife's OEM double din factory radio in her Honda CR-V. A really nice, inexpensive radio, fit perfectly, sounds great.

    Pros: - Can't beat the price - most brick and mortars had this for $30-40 more - sounds great - no complaints

    Cons: The controls are a little confusing at first - a lot of click and hold vs click on the buttons

    Crutchfield

    Written By Scott, Lake Charles la on Monday, December 17, 2012

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    It's a Sony. That should sum it up

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By MDA, Arlington, TX on Monday, December 10, 2012

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    Easy install and pretty easy controls considering today's technology.

    Pros: Simple to use. Remote. Easy installation.

    Cons: Red color lights.

    girlfriend lives her CD player

    Written By Dave, Waterloo, IA on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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    For the price it's a nice deck. Great features pretty ready to use. Super quick shipping and awesome that it came with the install gear.

    You get what you pay for and it works.

    Written By Untitled, Portland Or on Sunday, December 02, 2012

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    If you are looking for something to get the tunes running in your car on the cheap then this is the radio for you. If you are looking at serious the 6 programmable buttons are great for getting to your favorite stations. This isn't the flashiest radio and it does have its flaws, but if you want a cheap way to listen to serious it is a slick deal.

    Pros: The cost was the biggest pro for me. Being able to have a usb port and a audio port in the front is great for your mp3 players. SeriousXM + 6 programmable channels + Front USB & Audio + Cost = great alternative for that broken radio.

    Cons: The buttons to change stations on serious and the frequency for your fm stations are tiny. If you have big fingers like me then it will be hard to press those buttons without touching the source or mode buttons. When you first turn it on you get the message of failure. During the boot cycle the radio doesn't get the information in time and puts out the message of failure to the screen because the call command wasn't satisfied in time. Nothing impresses the ladies when the read failure.

    Thrilled

    Written By Terry, Moberly, MO on Thursday, November 29, 2012

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    I ordered this unit over Black Friday weekend, getting a free install kit and free 4 gig USB drive, all for 79.95. It arrived in 2 days via free shipping, as promised. Between the instructions provided with the unit, and the step-by-step guide from Crutchfield, I was able to install it myself in about an hour. It sounds much better that the factory system (2003 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Infinity CD/Cassette/AM/FM with 7 speakers) even using the same speakers. The USB & Line-In jack allow me to listen to my MP3's and my burned CD's play great. For the improvement in sound quality and ability to plug in my Android phone alone, this stereo was a steal!

    Pros: Great Sound, Easy to use, lots of features.

    Cons: I wish the display colors were changeable like on some more expensive stereos, but it's about the only thing I I can remotely find wrong with it.

    great item

    Written By jusAmy, Colorado on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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    this was easy to install, Crutchfield sends detailed DIY instructions comlete with pictures specific to your vehicle! Great Value

    Good product for the price

    Written By Jeff, Champaign, il on Monday, November 26, 2012

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    Great stereo for the money, Deffinately better than the stock stereo. I never had a stereo with the usb port. This is a real neat option if you have never had one. Overall Great product for the price.

    Great product

    Written By Jim, Concord, NC on Sunday, November 25, 2012

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    I needed a replacement for a faulty factory unit in my '02 Focus. The Sony was very simple to install and operate even for someone like me who is not very tech savy. About all I could ask for with excellent sound and clean looks.

    Pros: ease of use

    Cons: none

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Ron, Houston, TX on Sunday, November 25, 2012

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    I installed it as a stereo system in an RV camper trailer so four channel wasn't needed. I'm driving a pair of book shelf speakers. The sound is very very good. Since while we're camping I use the MP3/USB capabilities that was a choice driver. The automatic volume leveling is a great idea since I make up my own files from several sources and genres and the recorded volume levels are frequently different. I like the remote for the same reason; I can adjust the volume etc. without getting up. Also the sound restoration for MP3 files works well; not as good as a good CD on my home system but way better than any boom box I've ever heard.

    Cons: I wish they had left the rear connector un-assembled rather that using having pig tails of wire pre connected to the pins. It would have made a neater installation. Not a big deal unless you're a bit OCD...

    Read the reviews

    Written By crvradiodown, Raleigh NC on Thursday, November 08, 2012

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    I spent a lot of time researching stereos to replace a 2002 CRV factory 6 CD changer that finally died and came across this. All the reviews were great and very thorough. Knowing I would get the single DIN adapter kit, the wiring harness adapter (WHA) and great customer support from Crutchfield, is what sold me. I love my music, but I only have factory speakers cuz I'm cheap, so I just needed something I could hear my music on thumbdrive, ipod touch 4, or CD for under $100. I ordered all of it, & some Connect It wire connectors. Since I read the reviews, I was prepared to have to do some alteration to the adapter kit by cutting off tabs (for mine, it was to get rid of almost everything), so between pliers, a utility knife, and file, I got everything cut up & assembled within an hour. I'm from old school where we had to hard-wire the stereo into the car (13 years ago was the last time I did this), so the WHA was a godsend. Made sure all the wires matched the function diagram (mine were actually all the right colors), used the wire connectors to connect the WHA to the harness from the radio, and plugged everything in, mounted it to the dashboard, and turned it on. It sounds great, and I can use my ipod with it, as well as CDs and thumbdrive. The only negative is that for those of us who haven't had any cool tech toys in a while, it will take dragging out your degree to understand all the intricacies of finding your music, programming stations, etc. Worth it tho! Sounds great!

    Pros: With Crutchfield wiring harness adapter, adapter kit, and great instructions, self-install went great! Sounds wonderful! Exceeded expectations for a basic, cheap stereo.

    Cons: Hard to nagivate or understand all the controls (no straightforward "play", "next song", "next album" sort of directions.

    Not Bad for the Price

    Written By Willie, SF Bay Area on Thursday, November 08, 2012

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    I've had this stereo for a couple of weeks. I got it to replace a 7 year old aftermarket stereo that had lost the connection between the faceplate and the body. I'm hoping that the detachable faceplate on this one won't be a problem. Installation was relatively easy in my 2005 Honda Civic. Soldering the wiring harness was a bit difficult because the wires on the plug that go to the receiver were thin and it was difficult to see the stripe on the wire on the darker colors. A magnifier didn't help.

    This stereo cost about half what the 7 year old stereo it replaced cost. The specs were the same. Performance is comparable. I love electronics for that reason. Until it reaches some kind of theoretical floor, the price for comparable performance always declines over time. The power is adequate for my car. I like having the 7 band equalizer with quasi-parametric features although I haven't had the time to tweak it yet. I love the USB input. I realize it's now standard on receivers in this price range. but I still like it. Another feature that I really like is the gain control on the Aux input. It makes things much simpler. Two problems: FM reception. The 8 dBF sensitivity rating was one reason I chose this unit. FM does not come in as well as it did on the previous one which wasn't as good as the OEM unit. The display isn't bright enough to be readable in daylight.

    Pros: USB input. Gain control on Aux input. Equalizer.

    Cons: FM reception. Display brightness

    Great radio... great price

    Written By JoeyW, Fitzgerald, GA on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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    Just bought the Sony CDX-GT56UI for my wife's Ford Escape. The sound is so much better even with the stock speakers, the radio reception is alot better than the stock radio, and it went in super easy. Using the crutchfield supplied install gear I was able to have the radio in and listening to music and playing with the features in about 35 minutes (with soldering the connections and using heat shrink to protect them). Money well spent!!! Now new speakers are on the to-do list.

    Pros: Front USB port, Remote control, Great sound, Easy to adjust

    Excellent bang for the $$$$$$ !!!

    Written By sharptapp, NC on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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    I've bought from Crutchfield before (several years ago).... still the same excent service, price & quality of merchandise.

    Pros: easy install ... great improvement over factory system even with original OEM speakers. (next buy!) User interface is good. (you can drive and switch functions with minimal distraction) Black and white display is very readable in sunlight. Usb input is a requirement on anything I buy now, so it's a given plus.

    Cons: Remote only works if you point it directly at the unit... realy only usefull for back seat passenger. (Could get you slapped! ... my rule: you drive, you control sound system.)

    Sony CDX-GT56Ui

    Written By pat, Charleston,S.C. on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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    I needed a new player to replace my unit in my astro van. The factory radio I had sounded like something in a 1962 Impala. The price was great and made to Sony specs. I also have trouble with the size of the buttons, but getting used to it. I got new speakers to go along with it, but still can't get the right sound yet. Still adjusting. Not enough bass. Overall ,not a bad unit for the money

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Jim, Sully,Ia on Friday, November 02, 2012

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    For the price it is a great radio. Alot of great features.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Dave I, Ohio on Saturday, October 27, 2012

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    As always, I found this install to be easy especially with Crutchfields' install guide. The stereo was everything I expected it to be and at a very reasonble price. All of the adapter kits were right on for a flawless install. I will always recommend Crutchfield as the best place to buy your electronic needs and always helpful every step of the way! I don't even shop anywhere else.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Warren, Palmyra, VA on Monday, October 22, 2012

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    This is the 3rd Sony receiver I have purchased and am happy with all three. My suggestion for improvement would be to have an "off" button. The "source" button selects the source (CD, USB, tuner, etc) and also cuts the device off. If you push it quickly it advances to the next source, if you push and hold a little longer, it turns the receiver off, but leaves the time showing, if you hold it longer, it turns everything off, no clock. The problem with this is that it's easy to mis-push. For example, if I want to turn it off to take a phone call, it's easy to advance from CD to USB, because I didn't push hold the button just the right amount of time. One of my other Sony receivers has a specified "off" switch. This receiver would benefit greatly from that addition. My other complaint is that when I added this item to my cart, I was prompted with "To install this item, you need the following special part: PAC SOEM-4 Universal Interface Universal 4-channel line output converter." So I purchased this device. Despite the warnings that professional installation may be necessary for our old van (92 Ford), it installed easily. However it did not work. When calling tech support, we were informed that we should disconnect the PAC SOEM-4. We did and it worked perfectly. Time and money wasted.

    Update: to my surprise I got an email from Crutchfield Customer Service and a refund for the price of the Universal Interface. I had not requested the refund, but Customer Service had obviously read my review and responded within a couple of days. That is awesome service.

    Pros: Good quality at an affordable price.

    Cons: Needs an "off" button.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Johns, Saipan on Thursday, October 18, 2012

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    For me the buttons are very small and bundled too close together. Difficult to make selections while driving. Having trouble adjusing sound, seems the base (sound) is missing. I may need speakers, that's my next order. The number of selectioins is excellant for the low cost of the unit. The Chrysler kit was exceptional, easy to use, no trouble at all.. I was impressed receiving the unit so soon after ordering it! If new speakers increase the sound quality I wii be much happier.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Jim G., Mount Vernon, OH on Monday, October 15, 2012

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    I can't believe that you can get this much radio for under $100.00.

    Just what I was looking for.

    Written By KamranD, Blacklich, OH on Sunday, October 07, 2012

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    Looks good, sounds good and is very versitile

    Pros: USB and audio in front jacks

    Cons: Cant change light colors

    daughter's new car stereo

    Written By chef, beaverton oregon on Saturday, October 06, 2012

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    the install took about 20 minutes. The soldering and shrink wrapping of the adapter took a little while longer but it is the best way to do things.It works much better than crimp connections.

    Working fine in 91 Lexus LS400

    Written By David, Santa Barbara, CA on Monday, October 01, 2012

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    Unit is working very well. No issues to date. I like the fact that there are individual buttons that are associated with station presets. The USB connector on the front is great for flashh drive use.

    Pros: Documentation is well done to ease the installation.

    Cons: Can't think of any.

    Awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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    I had installed a similar Sony receiver in my last car and wanted to have the same thing in my new truck, but this thing is actually full of design improvements. The QuickBrowzer work backwards out of the USB folders instead of in from the directory top. The low-pass filter turns my rear speakers into subwoofers, the position choice and adjustment features allow ear-arrival customization, and the digital enhancer does whatever awesome sound-enhancing thing it does - all electronically! And it was easy to install! And it looks cool! And it was cheap! Buy it!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Miata wiring harness problems

    Written By Mike, Chico, CA on Sunday, September 02, 2012

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    The receiver is excellent, great sound, great accessories. The scoce wiring harness needs a major fix. The good and the bad of this installation for a Miata is this, the wiring harness adapter has a major flaw in one of the wires is not connected properly. I did the installation, had power but no sound - it was perplexing. I called Crutchfield tech and was instructed on a work around to make a proper connection. One of the factory wires (green with black stripe) needed to be cut and directly connected to the new wiring harness. It was impossible to know this without the Crutchfield tech support walking me through it. The tech was outstanding, but this should never have been a problem in the first place. I almost didn't call because everything in the connection looked perfect. Only when the tech identified the work around did I get the stero to work - thank you Techie, but the wiring harness should not have this kind of flaw. Needless frustration.

    Pros: Great stereo for the price.

    Cons: Wiring harness has a major flaw - there is no excuse for the problem. It was impossible to diagnose without the Tech help.

    Good, but not great

    Written By Coleman, Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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    I bought this deck for my 1997 Jeep Cherokee. I wanted to buy something under 100$ and have had good experiences with Sony car audio in the past. I like all the features it has, although I haven't used the USB yet. Navigation of the features is fairly easy, but I did have some trouble figuring out how to change some of the more smaller sound details. My biggest complaint is that it feels really cheap when handling the faceplate, the build quality definitely could be better.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Jack D., Cass City, MI on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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    I decided to replace my factory system and specifically chose a Sony head unit as they are notorious for their quality and all around good looks. Following the Crutchfield Master sheet made the install painless and extremely easy. The attention to detail is why I chose to buy from Crutchfield as they made sure I had everything I needed to do a proper install and maintain every bit of the vehicle integrity and safety functionality.

    Pros: The Sony Sony CDX-GT56UI is an amazing unit and is so versatile. I am even able to charge my cell phone while playing MP3s from the memory card without removing it from the phone.

    Cons: Would have been nice if Sony would have been able to incorporate face color changes to match the vehicle interior lighting. A cap over the USB port when not in use would have been a nice compliment as well.

    The Best Choice!

    Written By Walter J, Lakeland, Fl on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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    This unit is the best unit you will find for ease of use and sound enhancing options in the $0-100 price range HANDS DOWN! I am tempted to buy another one to keep on the shelf.

    Read the Details tab. If you want HD radio, blue and orange disco lights, or have to talk on your phone through your system then this one isn't for you. If you want clean sound and the ability to customize it to your own personal preference, a USB port on the front with an Excellent search menu for your flash drive and IPOD as well as the tuner, and SiriusXM ready, then you are going to love this Sony!

    I was instantly impressed with how fast this unit reads my flash drive and how easy it was for me to move around in it. I have a 16gb Lacie that is completely full of music and it's almost as easy to use on this as it is on the computer. I've strayed over the years away from radio but the RDS function and the ability to search radio stations by genre is something that I have never had in my vehicle (94 Chevy Z71) and I really like this option!

    Pros: Ease of use/USB/Aux port/RDS/Search functions in tuner, flash drive, and IPOD/SiriusXM ready/Exceptional sound!/Value

    Cons: Can only think of one Con. There is no door on the USB port to keep FOD out. I'll just keep my Lacie plugged into it.

    perfect fit!

    Written By Larry G, Louisiana on Monday, May 28, 2012

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    this purchase was a replacement for a 2001 sony system in a Caravelle Interceptor boat i recently bought. i was an exact fit and it mated up with the old wiring. that was a big plus in my decision to buy it. very fast shipping also. great sound quality and i like the USB port also!!!

    Pros: exact fit

    Cons: None

    Great deal

    Written By soundmandavedeal soundmandave, Spokane Valley, Wa on Saturday, May 26, 2012

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    Great value. Makes even the stock speakers sound decent. Will be buying another of the same model for my truck in another month. Cructhfield is the place to buy!

    Pros: Great value. Feature rich. Fantastic Sony sound.

    Cons: None

    The best!!

    Written By Tony, Lowell on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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    One the best radios I ever did buy.I`m going to buy another one for my son

    Sony CDX-GT56UI

    Written By Anonymous, Fairbanks, AK on Monday, May 21, 2012

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    We hate it and would never buy a sony again. I'm in the market for two more stereos and this will not be going in the other two vehicles. The sound is good, but is is not easy to use or control while driving. Constantly hitting the wrong buttons, or cant find the button's to use. the Remote is much easier to use than the controls on the stereo. Don't buy it unless you love to send a month with your owners manual figuring out how to do simple things.

    Sony CDX-GT56UI - Great bang for your buck!

    Written By Ryan, Overland Park, KS on Sunday, May 20, 2012

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