Get connected — Sony built the CDX-GT610Ui CD receiver with auxiliary, USB, and iPod inputs, so it's ready to play music from nearly any kind of portable source. The faceplate includes a USB input that lets you connect, and in many cases control, your thumb drive, portable music player, or other USB-capable device.

Best of all, Sony included a direct-connect cable that gives you full control over your iPod from the stereo — no need to purchase an additional adapter. You'll also find a minijack auxiliary input on the face for connecting a portable MP3 player or other audio gear.

For audio adjustments, Sony's EQ3 includes a bank of seven preset sound curves, along with a 3-band equalizer for customization. Adding bass? You can switch the preamp outputs to subwoofer mode, turning on a low-pass filter that sends the proper frequencies to your amplifier or powered subwoofer.

The blue illumination gives the glossy black faceplate a soft glow that will look good in your dash. The well-organized button layout makes it a snap to access all stereo functions, and you get a user-friendly wireless remote for easy, safe control while driving.

Product 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)
    • dot-matrix fluorescent display with blue button lighting
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • built-in iPod controls and connection — no other equipment needed
    • compatible with Sony HD Radio™ tuner and satellite radio (tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs, iPod connection
    • outputs: one set of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode)
    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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    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Zachary, Minnesota on Sunday, August 01, 2010

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    I have had this stereo since 2007, it works. I have had zero problems with it. Though I
    am giving it a lower rating since the ipod controls are horrible. You can not go to a artist
    and then skip by albums. You have to go by songs, also the display only shows one line
    of text. So you have to change the display to see what artist album title, or track number
    you are on. Maybe it is just my battery in my remote going but the buttons wear out after

    Also when I was looking at this I was thinking how I would use the usb port. You probably
    wont use it. Only reason I have for using it is to recharge my phone since my cig lighter is

    Not for use while driving

    Written By Robert, Washington DC on Saturday, March 14, 2009

    This unit came preinstalled with the Sirius receiver in a new vehicle.... sitting in the parking lot i was impressed with the sound and all the sources... ipod, usb, front panel aux... then i tried to use the ipod (160GB)... i'd have better luck finding the song i was looking for on the radio... then the sirius won't scroll the id number.... it does scroll the word sirius so i know the auto scroll setting is good but i can't get the 12 digit number to activate it. then i made the mistake of turning the key off... got a series of loud beeps. an hour and a full read of the manual with a hands on of every control and there is no way to turn it off.... i am here today to find a replacement for a brand new one in a brand new vehicle...

    Excellent unit!

    Written By Mike, Maitland, FL on Friday, August 22, 2008

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    Great sound and easy to use. I combined this unit with HD Radio and love it too.

    Renote Control

    Written By Jon, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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    Yes, even though I'm only 18" from my new Sony CDX-GT610Ui I still only use my remote control. Am I lazy? NOPE.. I'm leaning and it's KEWL!

    Great Performance - iPod Navigation Weak

    Written By Allen, Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 09, 2008

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    I am extremely pleased with the performance of this radio. Installation was not hard with the supplied parts and wiring harness. The sound from this unit is so much better than the factory installed "Monsoon" radio. I actually enjoy my commute again and find myself playing the music much too loud. My only complaint is that the navigation of the iPod music database leaves a lot to be desired. However, this unit is about the price of an iPod adapter for factory radios and you get great sound combined with native connectivity and control.

    great features and sound for price BUT

    Written By r@@r@@, stroudsburg, pa on Saturday, February 09, 2008

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    I really liked the look and performance of this stereo. User interface was also nicely designed. My problem was that the USB drive was extremely slow to read every time you would start the car or plug the usb drive in. I timed it at a little over a minute. MY JVC in another car reads the same drive in 5 seconds. Another problem was that the ipod connection would not play or even recognize that I had my ipod connected. Mine may have been defective but I didnt want to take the chance as Crutchfield said the drive compatability was rather limited. Not surprising as Sony has a history of trying to force people to use proprietary products. I sent it back for the pioneer peh4000. Very comparable as far as performance and it reads USB very quickly. Downside is it does not look as clean in my opinion and user interface is rather cumbersome. (i.e. there are no memory preset buttons nor a dedicated equalizer button. You are able to preset stations buts you then must hit the same button to cycle through) Crutchfield however was wonderful as usual. I don't know why any DIY people would go anywhere else.

    Previous Sony products

    Written By gilgut, Burlington, VT on Tuesday, February 05, 2008

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    I had an old MD head unit from Sony. I was looking to retrofit the unit with an iPod control but I was unable to find a reasonable and inexpensive solution.

    Looking trough Crutchfield I found a new head unit that controlled the iPod without any modification. It controls the iPod quite well but I do find the methods to control the playlists/artists/etc. to be a bit cumbersome.

    As for the install, nothing could have been easier. I just removed the old head unit from Sony and found the plug to be exactly the same. The installation took all of 5 minutes.

    Overall, I am quite happy with this product.

    Much better...

    Written By Tony, Apple Valley, CA on Saturday, February 02, 2008

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    Installed it into my '01 Mustang, where it replaced the factory head unit for a Mach 460. Lyle, w/ Crutchfield, made sure I got the right harnesses (one for the head unit and one for the amps), and everything went very fast and sounds great. It works my iPod very well and the USB and Aux jacks make everything even better. The sound is clear and super strong w/out getting distorted. Highly recommend.

    Nice Upgrade (recommended)

    Written By Benny, San Juan, PR on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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    I bought this to replace the stock head unit on my 2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i and was very pleased to find that it fits like a glove. The instructions provided made the install a breeze. It looks and sounds so much better than the stock radio. I use a 2GB USB flashdrive to hold my favorite music and hardly use CD's anymore. The FM radio sounds much better than the factory unit. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that when I plugged in my iPod Nano 3rd Gen, I noticed it was getting abnormally warm, like the battery was getting too much current, so I unplugged it and now use it via the front Aux jack to hear my Podcasts. Other than that the radio is perfect. If you don't plan to use your iPod plug then that's a non-issue.

    Great features for the $$$

    Written By Randy, Eastern NC on Sunday, January 27, 2008

    Really good features and stereo for the money. The IPOD and USB adapters both work great. The only thing I would have liked (for more $) would be to get these features in a HD Radio. The in-dash plastic adapter (separate part supplied for free) is really cheap, though and was broken when I got it. I glued it and used it - it looks OK installed but definitely would have liked an option for a better looking/sturdier kit.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Greg, Murphy, NC on Friday, January 25, 2008

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    Great reciver, Love the USB input on the front and the Ipod connector never really listen to the airwaves anymore 2 gig flashdrive and a 8 gig Ipod nano who needs to. Reception is poor in the mountains anyway. will soon get a sat. reciver to hook up to radio anyway.


    Written By Gregory, miami fl on Friday, January 25, 2008

    i ordered my sony receiver and i was i mpressed with both detailed instructions for installaton as well as ease of usage of the unit,your service from your technicians as well as your sales staff were excellent.the receiver came with everything necessary for the installation and it fit perfectly in the dash of my 3series bmw.thank you crutchfield,sincerely Gregory.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By themcadoos, South Eastern Washington State on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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    I really like the multi-input capability of this unit. I can control my Ipod using the supplied Ipod connector with the same ease a CD, I can plug in an MP3 player can advance the tracks like CD. Both of which display the title of the track with a simple push of the display button. I can even use the head phones jack of any audio player and listen to the music with a male to male (3.5mm or mini) head phone jack cable. All from the front of the unit. The installation instructions worked well and the free adapter let me use the existing factory connector so I didn't need to run new wires since I was only replacing the factory head unit in my 2008 Subaru.

    hard to use

    Written By Dennis, Gainesville Florida on Saturday, January 19, 2008

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    This unit sounds great. No problem there. It has several annoying features, some of which others have noted, and none of which can be turned off. The first is the noise made when you get out of the car and leave the control panel attached. The second is that the unit scrolls through various things like "Sony" and "Front" when the unit is off rather than just leaving the clock on. THe USB and IPOD controls were why I bought this unit, and they are rudimentary at best. It is not possible to scroll through your songs other than one at a time. I have over 1000 songs on my USB memory stick and it is not possible to find anything other than by hit and miss. The IPOD control is similar. Pretty poor software. The unit is ok but nothing to rave about. The remote is nice but if you accidentally hit the seek button it goes back to song number 1 and you have to start over finding where you were!!

    Great for the $

    Written By Bryan, Pittstown, NJ on Saturday, January 19, 2008

    Can't beat it for the prices, but navigating through mp3/aac/wma CD's, thumbdrives & iPods is still lacking speed & intuitiveness

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Fred, Vandalia,Oh on Friday, January 18, 2008

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    I replaced the factory radio out of my 1994 Honda Civic with this radio. What an improvment! I love the remote control. The installation information that Crutchfield sent was outstanding. The bracket and the wiring harness made the installation a snap.

    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written By Tim, Charlotte, NC on Friday, January 18, 2008

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    Main goal was to get a new receiver with USB input. This model is fully equipped for adding input via ipod (cable included), USB, and AUX. The ipod connection does work well, but can be frustrating due to the single line dislpay. Like most all-in-one type devices, it is not the best choice for any specific task - however the combination of options makes up for that. Especially, at the price this model is offered at. If I was going to use this primarily with an ipod, I would consider a model with at least a 2 line display and cleaner controls. All in all, I was quite happy with the ordering procedure.

    Fantastic stereo experience

    Written By Todd, Twain Harte, CA on Friday, January 18, 2008

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    This is one of the best CD head-unit's I've listened to! Easy intuitive controls, great looks (love the blue accent lighting), and one of the rare features on today's car stereos which is a manual radio tuner: it only "seeks" if you want it to! I haven't tried the front USB port yet, but the front auxiliary input is perfect for my needs. Combined with Infinity 6x8's and bass in the trunk, this unit produces rich full and crystal clear audio even at high volume levels. I love it and will probably buy the same model if this one ever dies. All this and Crutchfield's perfect customer service besides! Can't beat it! If you buy elsewhere you'll lose the customer service and also the free installation parts that come with it here ($47.50 of free stuff in my case). 5 Stars! Thank you Crutchfield!

    1999 Explorer replacement

    Written By Mark, Reno NV on Friday, January 18, 2008

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    Like another review states this DOES work with the Iphone. It gives the normal "switch to airplane mode" warning, but besides that it works fine. The control from the deck does take a little getting used to, but overall this is a great deck with great options.

    Decent Car Audio Player

    Written By Hyon, Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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    Audio-wise, this car stereo sounds great except whenever I use the auxillary port to play my non-ipod mp3 players. The sound then seems to shift more to the left and sounds "unbalanced". The iPod controls on the receiver are a little frustrating at times b/c they are hard to follow what the commands are for, this mainly being when driving at night. Something that bothers me is when you skip a song (when my iPod is attached) and as you press FF, sometimes the sound gets very loud for a second as it skips to the next song. This is a bit irritating. The usb port is a nice option but honestly, I have no use for it since I have 3 mp3 players.

    Overall, the sound on this receiver is GREAT when using the Tuner, CD, and iPOD connector. However, the frustrating controls (especially not being able to see what the buttons do in the dark), sound quality change with the AUX line, and the increasing volume when you FF are the only gripes I have with it.

    It's a hit.

    Written By Scott, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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    This is a really nice sounding stereo that I bought for my wife for Christmas. Installation was basically a breeze and I had it installed an running Christmas night. It could use more "user friendly" ipod controls, but for what we use it for it's great. We don't search through our music going down the road, or try to pick specific songs and artists. We mainly listen to audiobooks and it's perfect for that. I've seen negative reviews about the lack of dimming for the lights on the radio, but that really doesn't seem to be an issue. This is probably the perfect radio for my wife and her use.

    Sweet Unit, T-100 Install Notes

    Written By Michael, New Jersey on Friday, January 11, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Over the years my stock CD player got pretty gunked up and just didn't play that well, so I decided to replace it with a new head unit. After doing some research here and there on the net I decided on the CDX-GT610Ui for several reasons:

    1) Supports multiple file formats
    2) Integrated I-Pod cable
    3) USB input
    4) AUX input
    5) Sony Reputation

    After a little struggle installing the unit everything is working perfectly, though I have yet to try the I-Pod cable as I don't have one yet.

    Anyway, for those of you installing this in a Toyota T-100 Extended Cab (mine is a '97) don't freak out when the supplied wiring harness doesn't fit the stock harness in the dash. My truck has door mounted tweeters, so apparently Toyota installs an amp below the CD player. This is where the correct plugs are for the Sony install. There are two harness plugs. One large (all player functions and front speakers, and a small one for the rear speakers). Once you unearth these from the depths of the dash you should be good to go. A Crutchfield tech showed me the way in less than five minutes on the phone. A+ to him for that. The only reason why I have given this 4 stars is that it's too new to see if there are any bugs.

    I also have a Sirius Sportster that plugs directly into the AUX port on the front of the unit with a 3.5mm (1/8") cable that I bought here as well. No more transmitting through a fuzzy FM channel. Love this feature.

    I hope this unit continues to function as it has so far. Some new speakers and my system will jam. And it ain't to bad with the stock speakers. Enjoy.

    Great Head Unit for any car

    Written By Jeffrey, Cary, NC on Sunday, January 06, 2008

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    So overall...awesome headunit. The look of this thing is awesome with the blue lighting pattern. The functionality is great just like all the old versions of the XPLOD line. The only ding I will give this is the control of the ipod. While it is awesome that it plays the takes a little getting used to for controllling the ipod. Just read the manual on that a few times and skip around a bit when listenting to music to get used to it. Overall great deck...and I can't say enough about the service you get from Crutchfield. These guys rock!

    overall great product

    Written By haider, SD on Friday, January 04, 2008

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    I just installed the unit and i really like the USB and the IPOD options. The sound is great. My only complain about this unit is the bass/treble. I just can't seem to get the bass and treble tweaked correctly.

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Alex, High Point, NC on Tuesday, January 01, 2008

    I bought this receiver for my 97' Civic. It fits and looks great. I had already installed Polk 6.5''s in the front and Polk 6x9''s in the back. This reciever has brought these speakers to life. There's an ENORMOUS improvement over the factory stereo and in every aspect of sound after installing this receiver. The highs are very powerful and clean, the mids are decent, and the bass is great for just a receiver/speaker setup. I was very impressed with the amount of sound this thing could produce. I can only stand to turn the volume up to about 65-70% percent before i have to cover my ears. (With no additional amp installed) The USB port is really cool, I've loaded about 250 songs so far on to a 4GB flash drive and I'll no longer have to burn hundreds of cd's to be able to listen to the music I love. The quality is great and its very fast and easy to operate. I love how it picks up and plays the song you left off on. I dont have an iPod but due to the ease of use of the USB port, I see absolutely no need in buying one anymore. The install was very simple, I soldered the wires together and it only took me about an hour from start to finish, and this is the first receiver I have installed. I would reccomend this receiver to everyone. For what you get, quality, options, and looks, its probably the best deal out there.

    Great sound for the money

    Written By Rick, Piedmont, Oklahoma on Friday, December 28, 2007

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    I purchased this item for my wife for Christmas to replace the old factory (cassette) radio in her mini-van. It had been many years since I had replaced a stereo system in a car, but with the installation kit that came with it, it couldn't have been easier.

    The van still has factory speakers (not for long though), but even so it sounds SO much better than it did before. The layout of the buttons and controls is very logical and easy to memorize and the iPod connection is very handy. My favorite is the USB connection that she and I use with a 4GB memory stick. There's nothing like hours and hours of music that I already know I like.

    Bottom line, I got a great receiver for a fair price, simple, easy to handle installation, and a very happy wife. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Bang for the Buck!

    Written By Christopher, Dallas on Thursday, December 06, 2007

    I installed this great radio when my girlfriend got me one last xmas. I have purchased all of my stereo equipment from Crutchfield and had no problems installing this radio. I like it so much I am getting one for her this xmas!!

    USB is the best thing ever!

    Written By Ronald, Enterprise, Alabama on Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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    I bought this unit for two reasons, IPOD cable was included and MP3 capability for USB. I installed the stereo without problem in a 2000 Chevy Astro. The included instructions and gear worked perfectly. After install I hooked up my IPOD and it worked flawlessly, a little hard to navigate with the small display. A day later I tried a USB drive (2 Gig Cruzer). I dont think I will ever use the IPOD again. The USB drive is so easy to use and the navigation is so simple. I could not be happier! Thanks Crutchfield for another perfect deal.

    As for the annoying beep... There really needs to be a way to turn that off but I can deal with it. I also wish you could dim the buttons at night but they are not too bright.

    Works great

    Written By Dennis, Chicago, IL on Monday, November 26, 2007

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    I almost didn't buy this one because other reviews mentioned the annoying beep that happens every time you turn off the car. But it only lasts about 3 seconds, and I got used to it quickly. The USB input is awesome! I had intended to create a bunch of CDs with MP3s on them. That works great, but I mostly just copy a bunch of my MP3s to a flash drive, and it just plays and plays. The controls are kind of tiny for my taste, but I use the remote most of the time anyway. I would not hesitate to recommend this unit.

    Am I dreaming??

    Written By Mike, East Hampton, CT on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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    First of all, you guys absolutely rock with customer service. THANK YOU.

    I ordered this stereo for a 2006 Sonata. Arrived in two days. I followed the instructions for install and like with most things was 99% good. The last 1% was resolved by James in Virginia. True customer support and on the eve of Thanksgiving. I had power, but no sound. You will likely not need the universal wiring harness sold separately for the amp powered stereo. James had me splice two wires in addition to the connection made with the harness Crutchfield provides for free. One for the the amp signal to power the speakers (hence why I had no sound) and also had me splice in the antennae wire. Get this info for your installs.

    BAM!!! Unreal sound from stock speakers. I never thought this would sound so good. I am very pleased, to say the very least. On top of that, I went to my computer to log in to write this letter and James sent me a return authorization (postage paid by Crutchfield) for the harness I did not use. Somebody pinch me, am I dreaming???On top of that, am I reading this correctly...LIFETIME CUSTOMER SUPPORT?? Wow.

    The only downside I see is I will have to likely create playlists that are easier to get to alphabetically because it appears you have to manually scroll through each album/artist, etc. Other than that minor deal, the sound is fantastic. I am NEVER getting AV equipment anywhere else.

    I am SOOOO impressed with you guys. Best of all, customer support wasnt "James" in India. I could understand him because he was in Virginia. Truly the best customer service experience I have EVER had. All that for a measly $175 stereo. I know where I am Chrismas shopping this year. Crutchfield for everyone.....

    Nice Features, Very Good Value

    Written By japo, Houston, TX on Monday, November 12, 2007

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    I have installed this unit in a Nissan Pathfinder as a replacement for the Bose OEM unit after its CD changer quit working. Good experience so far with the Sony unit and a definite improvement over the Bose equipment. The Sony was basically the only car stereo I found with this kind of features (built in USB and iPod control) in this price range. I have always been satisfied with the Sony products I have owned over the years and I was not convinced that the Pioneer DEH-P6900UB was worth the extra money. My only complaints about the CDX-GT610UI are the excessive brightness of the display at night (the dimmer function is only working with part of the display and is basically useless) and I do miss the steering wheel controls. Ordering from Crutchfield was a no-brainer: The unit was shipped promptly with all the required parts and their competent technical support team was available when needed. I would not hesitate to recommend the Sony CDX-GT610UI / Crutchfield combination to anyone.

    Great Radio

    Written By Guillermo, Miami Fl on Friday, November 09, 2007

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    This radio is great it was an amazing upgrade from my factory radio.
    It is a nice looking radio and the blue lights look nice in my car the only problem with the lights is they are bright and the dim function is barley noticeable. The radio does not come with a case which is a little annoying when you are trying to hid it so it wont get stolen.( You don't want it to get scratched)
    The integrated iPod controller saves you money and is a wonderful feature. I have a lot of music and I have put it all on my iPod I love putting it on shuffle and just listing to my music it's like satellite radio.
    The EQ is wonder full and very easy to customize and change the lows mids and highs. The radio is loud and sounds amazing with then pioneer speakers I put in it. The radio does not distort till it hits about 28 out of 30 on the volume.
    The remote that comes with it is nice and it works well but does not reach very far. It comes in handy when you are out side the car pumping gas or washing the car. Or when you want to show off your system and close your car up and turn it all the way up.
    The biggest problem I now have with the radio is that it only has one pre amp out put. This would be a problem if you want to use more than one amp.
    This is an overall great radio and I would have given it a 5/5 if it had all the preamp out puts I wanted.

    Good Quality of sound and price but not user friendly

    Written By jes, graves county, ky on Friday, November 09, 2007

    i bought this item last night and had a terriable time instaling it and figure out witch remote wire went to what mainly my alero has really short speakers cables so there gettin smaller and smaller ever cd play i put in and this is the 5th cd player to be put into this car since my brother owned it. but i had a pioneer deh 7700 befor this one its still perfect condition i had no ipod hook up for it so i bought this one the custom eq is a pain to set once i figure it out im sure it be a sinch but my pioneer deh 7700 was easy and very simple to use right when i got it but the cd player it self is good for the price if your not trying to impress anyone with your thunderous sound but with a custom box and fosgate -3 12" and fosgate amp 5500 amp it sounds really good but it comes from the box me and my friend custom made for this speaker its sounds distenct and not just a empty sound like most home made boxes but i would recomend this cd player if you know what your doing and got a budget


    Written By VAKintons, Richmond, VA on Friday, November 09, 2007

    The best bang for the $$$. Has front Aux in for non-iPod MP3 players or other device such as a satelite radio. Has a front USB connection and comes w/ a free 1 Gb micro drive USB and best of all, it is pre-wired for iPods.

    Power is good, sound is great, features and functionality are great. I researched all other major brands and this one is the best by far! If you don't need the front USB, you can get the CDX-GT420ip for less money.

    Best product on the market by a far margin!

    Excellent Value!

    Written By Filip, Owings Mills, MD on Wednesday, November 07, 2007

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    This is a great receiver that solved my main problem which was a direct ipod connection. The ipod connection sounds great and the installation process was easy. I haven't had a chance to test out the USB or AUX connection yet but so far every aspect of the unit has been great. The shutdown beeping is a bit annoying (as other folks have noted) but I knew about it going in thanks to the other reviews. Crutchfield's service from start to finish was phenomenal. When my first order wasn't compatible they took care of it right away and helped me find something that worked. Plus free shipping at every transaction and some of the most knowledgable and friendly reps I've ever dealt with. I wish every company treated their customers this way.

    iPod Connector works with iPhone

    Written By Avril, LA, CA on Monday, November 05, 2007

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    Whether this is supposed to work with my iPhone, I don't know, but it does. Yes, you have to say 'no' to going to airplane mode, but once passed that screen, the iPod connector that comes with this works like a charm.

    What is not to love about this: front USB, front AUX, free iPod connector and fantastic sound.

    I replaced my factory stereo in my '99 Pontiac Montana and can finally hear what the factory speakers are capable of. Sitting in LA traffic, you just have to have good music, and now I have. The only downside I can think of is that the installer decided against running the iPod cable to the glove box in my van; but this isn't much of a downside to such a great product.

    This is the only car stereo I could find with all the connectivity this comes with, and the price is right. Since Crutchfield throw in the mounting hardware and shipping, I got a great bargain. The free thumb drive was just icing on the cake. And delivery was super fast, not just free.

    This looks the best solution for plugging in the iPhone to your car stereo; and it charges the phone while it plays to boot.

    Great price from Crutchfield on a fantastic car stereo; would buy more had I more vehicles in need of new equipment.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Steve, Greenville, SC on Saturday, November 03, 2007

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    Just installed in the 2005 Ford Escape. Installation was easy after about 45min of connecting wiring harness. I like that it is smaller than OEM so I now have an extra storage area. The down side is the stock radio included a built-in 6 CD changer, and this Sony holds a single CD.

    Here is what is great about this system:
    1.) Sound quality is great
    2.) The AUX input on the front allows me to plug in my separate XM receiver for perfect sound (vs. FM modulator built-in with my XM unit). This was a key reason I bought this unit, and couldn't be happier with this feature.
    3.) iPod connection and function is very convenient and works perfectly, even with my first generation video iPod.
    4.) USB port is fantastic, plus received a free 1GB "MicroVault" thumb drive that is unbelievably tiny (I hope I don't loose it!). Playing music off of the USB port is very cool and works great.

    This is a great unit. I don't think you will be disappointed. My only complaint: I am still driving an Escape!

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Mike, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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    Just installed the Sony CDX-GT610Ui in my 2004 ram quad cab. Installation took approximately 45 minutes with 2/3 of the time devoted to electrical taping in-line splices between factory harness and Crutchfield adapter. Installation was very straight forward. I was able to route the iPod jack easily into my glove compartment. This stereo is a huge improvement over the factory stereo. I did not have a pry tool but found the job simple without one provided you are careful. I bought this receiver mainly for the included iPod functionality and think it would be hard to beat for the price.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Mark, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, October 15, 2007

    I have to rate it a 5 out of 5 because my 1st mp3 head unit, an AIWA, just was plain worn out.

    I will be able to cut down on burned CDs now that I have a USB port.

    The fact that this SONY player remembers were the mp3 track left off, the AIWA didn't, it restarted the track every time the car was turned off or switched to radio and back.

    Love the blue, I have a thumb drive that has the same briliant blue light that matches.

    Even though I don't have an Ipod, I have a port for one in the glove box.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By fitz, wilmington,de. on Thursday, October 11, 2007

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    I ordered this unit at 5:00pm on Tues. it showed up at 11:00am Wed. How do you do that? Had one ? for tech service @ 9:00 pm your rep question without hesitation. I'm very happy with the unit and the way you run your business,you should market your business model,to other companies.Bye the way I'm a 60 year Grandfather,even I put my unit in.

    Great Product

    Written By Josh, Abilene, TX on Sunday, September 30, 2007

    I replaced a stock CD player in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse. It took me longer to tape up the connections then to remove and install this deck...15mins total in the car. The free kit that crutchfiled included was not even needed. I simply screwed the deck into the stock hardware and was on my way.

    The deck sounds fantastic and the iPod connector is awesome. My only gripe is that my iPhone won't connect and play through the stereo but I had no problems with my 8GB iPod syncing up and playing.

    I recommend this deck to someone who wants a great sound for a good price.

    Great replacement for 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

    Written By michael, NY on Sunday, September 23, 2007

    Replaced the Monsoon Radio with this Sony unit. Kept the Hyundai amp and speakers.

    The improvement is not to be believed. It's like driving a new car. The iPod adaptor works great with my Nano. My daughter plugs here portable DVD player into the auxillary imput on long trips and we get the audio in the car speakers. The USB connection is good with a thumb drive.

    The control buttons on the unit were easy to learn.

    If you are putting this in a Santa Fe be prepared to spend a lot of time modifying the receiver kit as the opening is to small.

    Intuitive controls and easy to install in VW Jetta

    Written By George, Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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    I originally ordered this receiver when I discovered the adapter to hook up my new Sirius radio to the VW factory receiver was too expensive. I decided to just upgrade the stereo which had an AUX input. I also purchased the HD radio kit with it. Installation was time consuming (due to the HD kit) but relatively easy overall. Contrary to some other reviews, I had no problem with the stereo remembering HD presets on the primary channels. IF you buy the HD radio kit, the only AUX input left for a satellite radio is the one on the front panel. The aux input on the HD box won't work for a satellite radio unless it has the Sony Bus cable.

    Fairly Painless Install

    Written By Doug, Alma, MI on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    I ordered this radio w/speakers on a Tuesday and had them by Thrusday. The install went well, had to take apart the center console and the face of the dash in my '93 Miata, but the included instructions showed how to do this in great detail, easy to understand. The longest job was soldering the wiring harness connections together, but much better to do that on my workbench than in the car! Once connected the harness just hooks to the factory harness, great!

    Can't say for sure how great the sound is on this unit, the '93 Miata convertable is VERY noisy inside, but I can hear this radio much better than the factory installed unit, new speakers helped too. Being able to use my IPod and and USB thumb drive is one of the main reasons I got this unit, and it does both well. The only complaint is that with the included faceplate, I lost my little stoarage compartment under the radio.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Katrel, North Jersey, NJ on Sunday, September 16, 2007

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    I've enjoyed this head unit a lot since i installed it into my Subaru WRX, with Crutchfield's service and included Din Pocket, Harness and MasterSheets installation was a cakewalk. The unit complements my dash and blue/black interior well.It also has good visibility during the day and is clear and visible at night with the display's black Fluorescent display. The sound difference over factory is immediate, this deck adds a new dimension of sound to my factory upgraded speakers and the EQ setting offer good listening options, i prefer EDGE, Gravity and EXPLOD.You'll notice the clarity in your highs and the boost from your booming low notes.
    The included USB is a convenient feature but i would limit using thumb drives over 4GB since the read time could be discouraging, my 1st Gen Ipod 1GB Shuffle and Sony 1GB Tiny Vault fit excellent and audio is plenty loud with range that doesn't sound compressed at all. CD quality has to heard to be believed, this deck has one of the highest/cleanest CD Signal To Noise Ratios (120 db) out there making every musical instrument and nuance come alive. My only gripe is with navigating USB devices and IPOD as it can take some time to reach the artist or album you're seeking, i'm sure with more than a few day's experience i'll be able to navigate around this though. All around an awesome unit, with a full feature set, there are others on the market that offer more features but at a significantly higher price and most don't include the IPOD connector like the GT610UI. A solid performer which i've already recommended to a handful of friends.

    What happened Sony?

    Written By Anonymous, Blue Springs, MO on Saturday, September 15, 2007

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    I ordered this unit because it had all the features I wanted and then some. Front panel USB and Aux in, CD, WMA, MP3 and more. I get the adaptor from Crutchfield and it is all good. I turn it on and it works great until.... I try to adjust balance and fader. They are wrong. Left is front and front is left. Crutchfield technical support is great. We go over the wiring, they send me a diagram of my car's wiring harness just to be sure. Looks like the goof is in the radio. Oh, and another thing... I turn off the key and the loudest "don't forget you have an aftermarket stereo" Beep goes off. What the heck! I go through the menu and turn off Beep. Nope, that is the key beep on the player. The obnoxious Beeping is not an option that you can turn off. Maybe this radio was built on Monday. Sony never should have let this one out the door. I'm going elsewhere.

    New HU in Nissan Maxima 96 w/Bose

    Written By Kevin, Yorktown, VA on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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    I first went locally to buy this particular HU and they said it could not be installed without total rewire and installing new speakers. I just needed a new HU because the old OEM display was shot and I also wanted to integrate iPod. Crutchfield website had all the information I needed. Stereo arrived with additional parts I needed to install. I did buy a Nissan Car Hood kit and didn't realize it came with the purchase. I did not need the antenna adapter either. The key component was the Scosche auxiliary adapter for Bose systems! There is a little bit of wiring to perform but it turned out pretty easy with clear instructions. Stereo sounds great and I have more capability with the extra source inputs. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Nice 1

    Written By Anthony, Ca. on Sunday, September 09, 2007

    I was running an Alpine CDA 9847 when my son picked up a Clarion with a front USB port. Hmmmmm what a concept. After researching Alpine`s solution to USB connectivity (the KDA 620 adapter) I decided it wasn`t for me, I mean why buy a USB adapter that doesn`t work for the price of a whole new head unit? So as much as I hated to do it I replaced my head unit with his Clarion to try it for a while. It worked great, the USB was practically instantaneous when anything was plugged in however the sound quality was less than great, there was no sub out, discs took forever to load and it wouldn`t recognize most of my data discs.....weird?!?!?!
    Anyways, that`s my long boring story on how my research led me to this unit.........
    There are a lot of music formats out there now a lot of us use, iPods, MP3 players, flash drives, portable satellite, discs and sd cards just to name a few and it`s hard to find an affordable head unit that supports them all.
    The Sony comes close.........
    The sound quality of the CDX-GT610Ui is awsome, the controls are laid out well and easy to understand. The settings are easily tweaked (the SUPER annoying BEEP was the first thing to go, WOW what were they thinking? Who would want that?) I have no problem with the radio reception and so far this thing has played every disc I`ve thrown at it just like my Alpine did.
    The iPod connection work pretty much like every other one out there and is a great feature and selling point of this unit.
    My Sandisk also plays through the USB port and it charges as well.
    The text display is tolerable and searching through folders on data discs or MP3 players is easy.

    Love it

    Written By Alison, Seattle WA on Friday, September 07, 2007

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    Love this. I installed myself, pretty easy it took me a few hours but I am a 42yo finance goon. Not exactly mechanical. The instructions from Crutchfield were great, easier to follow than those from the install kit or Sony.
    The integrated Ipod cabel is wonderful and the remote comes in very handy. I though the remote was stupid initially but it beats the heck out looking at the consol while driving.
    Pretty blue back lights too.
    Sounds great even with stock speakers in the Escort (98-bare bones model). I suspect the stock speakers will be blown soon, just can't keep the volume low. I am getting a respectible amount of thump from the bass (not stupid rupture your eardrums, but I did stop to think about my passsengers future hearing loss). Great buy.


    Written By Tony, PENSACOLA, FL on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

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    I love the flexibility of inputs (Ipod, Aux and USB), most especially the USB connect. I download my musics on a USB Thumb drive and don't have to carry a bulky MP3 player. It can also control the album and track of whatever songs/music that I want to play. The Ipod connectivity is also great 'cause not only I can control my Ipod with the unit and the remote, it also recharge the Ipod at the same time. Highly recommended as an aftermarket replacement for cheap factory installed system.

    Excellent value- Great unit

    Written By tmsco, Milltown,WI on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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    Installed to 05 Grandam GT with factory Monsoon using metra gmos-04 adapter to retain chimes/Rap feature and line level adapter to limit radio output to Monsoon inputs to protect from blowout. USB feature allowed my MP3 to work flawless. Quick index of mp3 and full control. Worked with Sony 10cd deck from 1999 with unibus connection again flawless. Highly recommend scosche 1523 install kit over default kit with cd holder and higher qualty fit. Ipod and aux port worked great. Nothing but good news with this product. Also supports rear sub output. Best value out there!

    Great Receiver at a Great Price

    Written By ace5720, Denver, Co. on Saturday, August 25, 2007

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    I called Crutchfield on Wednesday and the very helpful Advisor helped me select the Sony CDX-GT61OUi. I was looking to replace my factory receiver, and wanted to add Sirius and Ipod campatibility. This receiver had great sound, was Sirius compatible, and came with an Ipod cable (usually a separate purchase). The receiver arrived Friday with all of the installation information, brackets, and a Sirius tuner (separate). As usual, the service by Crutchfield was outstanding. I installed the receiver on Saturday into my Chevy Impala and am very happy with my purchase. The radio and CD sound is great, the Sirius works like a charm, and the Ipod works well. The improvement in sound from my factory unit is amazing, even with my factory speakers. I will probably upgrade those next. The only downside is that it takes a bit of time to work through the single line display for the Ipod, but once you get it down, its a snap. This is a great unit and has great value for the price. You will not go wrong with this receiver. Viva La Crutchfield!

    Very Good! I love the input flexibility!

    Written By Jim, Boston, MA on Friday, August 24, 2007

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    I replaced a stock Honda CD unit with this Sony to get iPod connectivity - Love the built-in iPod cable! I chose the Sony CDX-GT610Ui to get input flexibility. In addition to an iPod I can connect my portable satellite radio to the front-panel AUX input and play music from the front-panel USB port, too. iPod playback seems to work best when using moderate-sized playlists - selecting albums or artists is too tedious to do while driving. I haven't really used the CD-player - that was the whole point of the new stereo!

    There are some negatives - AM radio reception is worse than the factory radio I replaced, the blue-button lighting is too bright at night and the dimming function only dims the LED readout, not the buttons. As others have said the BEEP-BEEP-BEEP every time you turn off the car is annoying - just live with it, I guess. Also, to turn off the annoying "demo" mode you have to change the setting when the radio is "off" - took me a while to figure that out.

    Great receiver...

    Written By Eric, Washington, PA on Sunday, August 19, 2007

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    I was looking to replace the stereo in my wife's 2005 Matrix. She has an iPod and a Sirius radio, and had mentioned being interested in checking out HD radio, so I was looking for a unit that allowed a dedicated iPod connection, and HD tuner, and a front aux port for the Sirius so we didn't have to use the FM transmitter anymore. This unit had the built-in iPod cable and the front aux port, and the XT-100HD HD tuner is among the cheapest ones available. This was my first installation and other than me being picky about how I was running the wires, it was a breeze.

    The unit itself is great. Radio reception is pretty good; we are getting in more stations that we used to. The HD reception is hit and miss around our home, but we live in a rural area. As we get closer to town the HD channels are easy to get. The sound quality is way better than the factory one, and not having to use the FM transmitter for the iPod or Sirius makes a world of difference. Sure, the iPod controls arent as fast as the actual iPod, but they are manageable. The other controls are easy to use as well, though I would have preferred to be able to use the knob to jog up and down the radio dial instead of the Seek +/-. The only minor issue I have with it is that the display is hard to read in full sun, but I suppose that is true of many LEDs.

    All in all, I am very happy with this receiver. My wife is enjoying her birthday present. =)

    Easy Install Great Sound

    Written By Thomas, Bayonne, NJ on Monday, August 13, 2007

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    Well I must admit that at first when I decided to get a new CD player for my Saturn, the last thing I wanted to do was install it myself. The last car radio I installed had an 8 track tape player in it. However after seeing what the local stores charged for install (even the ones who claim free install charge for the wiring harness and install kits, which are free from Crutchfield) I decided to give it a shot since I could get a better rig for the money I was going to spend. Installed with no problems in about one and one half hours. Sound is great even with my stock speakers. Love the Ipod hookup and the USB connection. The wireless remote I use more then I thought I would. The only thing I would change about this receiver is the faceplate color is hard to read in direct sunlight. Crutchfield is the best, had the receiver in two days with free shipping, and their install directions were great and easy to follow, if I can install it with these directions anyone can.

    Very pleased with the unit, not so much with the Sony user's manual

    Written By Don, Daytona Beach, FL on Thursday, August 02, 2007

    I love this stereo, and my experience through Crutchfield. I was originally going to buy a cheap unit elsewhere until I realized I would have to pay for all the extras that were included here, so I just put it all towards a nicer deck. I selected this one for the USB, the deep blue-on-blue face (I love blue), and because my mom has a nice Sony stereo in her car which I like. I received the stereo in two days, much faster than expected, and installation was not hard at all, despite having never done anything like this before. The hardest thing was finding the tools I would need (I didn't have any in my new apartment) because there was no good, detailed list of what I would need (the Crutchfield list was a bit vague and failed to mention a couple, such as what I would need to disconnect my battery, etc.) Otherwise everything went smoothly in terms of ordering/receiving/installing.

    As for the unit, I like the sound, although I never had a problem with my sound before either. The Sony does give me a little more ability to play with the sound than my factory cassette did thanks to being able to adjust hi/mid/low rather than just treb and bass. I love the USB port, and the new look. I've only used the CD player to test it, and FM tuner reception has been fine although I haven't used it much. My biggest gripe with the unit is that some of the display options are confusing, and the user's manual is of very little help. It took me 6 days to figure out how to get the clock to display when the unit was turned off. It also would have been great if Sony included a case for the faceplate, but I found a Pioneer case that fits it like a glove, so it's cool now.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Kerrry, Plano, Texas on Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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    I was pleasanlty surprised with the Sony CDX-GT610Ui. I love the USB input that allows me to load up many CD's worth of music on a USB flash drive and easily page through the folders to select the album or track I want to listen too. Because of this I've hardly used the CD player. The USB drive is similar to having a 15 Disk changer but operates much faster than sorting through the various CD's on a changer. The equalizer presets have been very useful also and allows me to tailor the music to my taste and style of music. This unit along with Sony speakers was affordably priced and offers great sound and features. I'm very satisfied.


    Written By Steve, Wayne, NJ on Thursday, July 26, 2007

    I liked these so much, I bought two of them, one for each car. I replaced two older Sony cassette units with these... The connectivity and playability available on this deck is just great... between the Sony CD bus that hooked up to my +10 year old Sony changer, the front USB and AUX jacks, the built-in IPOD control, and the MP3CD ability... all allow me alot of flexibility. The sound is clear and the DSP EQ functions are well set up, especially when compared to my +10 year old cassette unit. Installation was about fifteen minutes, I was able to use my existing Jeep to Sony wiring harness.
    Well worth the money.

    Great features for price, annoying alarm beep, no pause on the remote

    Written By Rob, Arlington, VA on Monday, July 23, 2007

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    I bought this because I wanted a head unit for playing AAC/MP3 files, and it has lots of features for the price. Many other reviewers have covered its virtues - it sounds good, great features, decent interface, not overly complex. I have a couple complaints, though. It has an annoying beep every time you turn off the ignition if you don't remove the face plate. This is supposedly a security feature, but I wish it could be turned off, apparently all Sonys have this. My wife is very unhappy about it. :-) One other minor annoyance is that the remote doesn't have a pause button. I wanted a unit with a remote so my son in the back seat could pause the music when we are in the car together, but he has to kill the power to pause it, which means a long 20 second restart. In retrospect, I wish I bought one with a 2 line display since I play so many CDs with multiple AAC/MP3 folders. Decent unit, just not best choice for me.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Jim, Orlando, FL on Saturday, July 21, 2007

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    I have had this unit for about 3 weeks and am very impressed. Installation with the supplied pigtail into my 1995 Toyota Tercel took about an hour. I soldered the supplied pigtail to the Sony harness ahead of time which went without a hitch. I prefer to solder all connections. The hardest thing was locating a good ground on the Tercel near the unit.

    This unit replaced an older Sony unit that has done long service. I was not prepared for the advance in sound quality. It really surprised me how much better this unit made my car sound. This is with stock front speakers, a pair of cheap full range rear units and a Kenwood KSC-SW1 subwoofer. The Sony controls the subwoofer much better than with my previous unit, resulting in cleaner more accurate and louder bass.

    I went out an d purchased a 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer thumb drive and loaded it with MP3s which the Sony read and played with nary a problem, the sound at the higher bitrate was not far off the sound of the CD. I think the Sony unit can handle more folders and tracks than competing models that have a front USB port.

    I don't use the IPOD input, but it is there if I need it. I also have not used the 1/8 jack input.

    The remote I thought I would not use, but it is so intuitive and handy I find myself using it instead of the front panel controls.

    I do not think you can go wrong with this model.

    Very good, but could be even better

    Written By David, Austin, TX on Sunday, July 08, 2007

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    I have had this unit for 3 months and overall I'm pleased. Installation was very easy using the pigtail supplied by Crutchfield.

    I purchased this unit specifically to get the USB interface. I use the tuner and the USB; I haven't used the other sources. I have only used the USB interface with USB flash disks, not an iPod, and it works great for me. The sound is much better than my previous unit.

    However, the unit does have several annoying things which Sony could have done better.

    1. The "caution alarm" which sounds when the ignition is switched off is annoying and interferes with hearing other, more important car alarms, such as lights left on. Having an option to disable this alarm would be nice.

    2. The display of tumbling shapes as you select different sources is annoying and not appropriate for a vehicle, where you need as few distractions and delays as possible. The source selection should display immediately, with no delay.

    3. The "demo mode" is worthless and is distracting in a vehicle and should be eliminated. At least Sony lets you turn it off.

    4. A nice added feature would be to save all settings in flash so that they are not lost if the battery is disconnected.

    Interfaces nicely with Apple iphone

    Written By Mike, Petaluma, CA on Thursday, July 05, 2007

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    I really like this unit and agree with the comments on the previous reviews here.

    I had the 410 model with the ipod adaptor and then pruchased this one with the ipod adaptor built in. The main complaint with this unit (as is with the 410) is the operation of the ipod through the unit.

    When I installed this unit, I first tried it with my Apple iPhone. I got a screen that asked if I wanted to put the unit in airplane mode. I said no and went to the ipod part of the phone. I had a specific music list for the phone downloaded onto it and the unit stated playing that list right away.

    You are able to use other features of the iphone (except making and receiving calls) and you can't control the songs with the iPhone. But if you leave your car, turn it off and return, you are right where you left off with your music. So that's really nice. Since I don't talk all that much in the car the loss of the phone part doesn't bother me. If a want to make a call, I just unplug the phone, make the call and plug it back in.

    With this little bug fixed the unit is an excellent value for the money and sounds great.

    Nice unit overall

    Written By Eric, S.F. Bay Area on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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    I am very happy with everything about this unit except the FM Reception which is average. The Pioneer this replaced had much better reception. The Sony is better in every other aspect. iPod connection was as easy as it gets. The iPod interface cable is connected to the back of the unit. Just plug it in and go! Would get the full 5 stars if FM reception was better.

    Great sound, somewhat difficult controls

    Written By jmw, Ferndale, MI on Friday, June 15, 2007

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    First, the sound is great. I have a 1996 Volvo with 6 speakers. I replaced a Volvo unit with the Sony and immediately noticed the improved sound with the radio and CDs. I had been using a cassette adapter for my iPod. I love the fact that the iPod charges and that I can control it from the unit (more on that later). I have had it for a week now and the better iPod sound is a pleasure, also good at high volume.

    The FM reception is decent, but not as good as my previous unit. It is acceptable.

    The iPod controls can be tricky. After a week, I am still getting used to them. I prefer to be able to move from one artist to the next rather than by album, and it takes me a bit to get the unit to do that.

    Next, it takes a while to scroll through. You cannot hit next repeatedly to quickly scroll. It takes a second or two to go past each artist. So if you are going from the Allman Brothers to the Moody Blues, it takes a while.

    As for dimming the unit, it does not bother me that much at full brightness and dimming it is not that difficult to do.

    The unit remembers what song was playing and where in the song when you turn it off, so it knows where to resume when you turn it back on.

    It would have been nice to have it scroll faster or on two lines, but the price of this unit is unbeatable for what it has.

    Local car stereo places wanted $100 or so to make an adapter pocket and wiring harness for my car. They wanted a lot more for this unit, so doing it myself with Crutchfields extras was about half price. That means getting a fancier unit installed would have been $400 or so.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Ronald, Eagle River on Sunday, June 03, 2007

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    This unit was easy to install and sounds pretty clear but is lacking bass.
    I am very disappointed that it will not support my Sandisk MP3 player via the USB port. Cruthfield advertises it will work with any USB MP3 player but it when we plug in the Sandisk we get an error message. This happens to both my unit and the unit my son just bought for his truck. Support people are not much help. Do not buy this unit if you want to connect a Sandisk MP3 player via the USB port because it will not work as advertised.

    Can't Beat this Unit for the Price!

    Written By Joseph, Manchester, CT on Sunday, June 03, 2007

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    Awesome... Great... Excellent...

    Other stores wanted over 160.00 for extras that came with thi Sony from Crutchfield.

    If you are contemplating this unit, STOP, just buy it! You won't be sorry!

    Not Sony's best

    Written By Tom, Disputanta, Va on Sunday, June 03, 2007

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    I bought this unit based on the reviews here and on past Sony heads. SONY missed the boat in several areas on the CDX-GT610Ui.

    1. Does all of the things it says it does (CD, iPOD, USB, etc).
    2. Sounds good

    Has a bunch of annoying "features".
    1. Doesnt display the files on the USB. Makes finding which file you want to play a pain. You just keep going from file to file listening to the first song to determine which file you are in.

    2. The display is incredibly annoying. It doesnt automatically dim when you turn the lights on which means the interior of the car/truck is flooded with blue light at night.
    Note: If youre installing this in an F-150, the radio is high on the dash putting this bright light right in your face. When you install the adapter kit, put the storage pocket on the installation kit above the radio and that helps a little.

    3. Worse of all, the display scrolls through all of its features iPOD, Boost, Satellite Radio, CD, USB, etc etc one word at a time. This takes about 50 seconds. Then it displays the time for about 5 seconds. And then does it all over again. The clock is displayed for the same amount of time as is every one of the other features. This means it is virtually guaranteed that the time will not be displayed when you glance down at the head.

    4. The time never displays when you are in satellite radio mode. Basically, if you buy this head, figure on also buying an aftermarket clock if you want a clock in your vehicle.

    E*A*S*Y to install!

    Written By Chris, Columbus, OH on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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    I've never put in a car stereo before and was a little hesitant about doing it. I sat down and read through the instructions. It took me about an hour and a half from start to finish. The instructions were very straight forward and easy to follow. It showed me how to take apart my dashboard step by step and put it back together.

    Next, the speakers!!

    Great unit for the Wrangler

    Written By Christian, New Orleans, LA on Monday, May 28, 2007

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    I got this unit to replace the factory unit in my 01 Wrangler Sahara. Removing the factory unit was a pain but the crutchfield instructions were very well detailed. The Sony slid in without any problems. The Auxilary jack is great for use with my Sirius Replay unit. The best aspect is the supplied iPod cable. It controls my Nano and Video exceptionally well. You cannot beat this unit especially for the price!

    great replacement for chyrsler cirrus factory radio

    Written By jeff, Jackson, Tn on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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    i bought this unit to replace the factory radio in my 2000 Chyrsler Cirrus. The car was a LXi model, yet, came with a cassette player. I was using a portable cd player to listen to my music and that was just a hassle.
    I ordered this unit from crutchfield on a Sunday morning and it arrived by Wednesday afternoon of the same week!
    I'm not that tech savvy so I would say the installation took me about an hour and 30 minutes, i looked over the instructions etc.. the biggest part being connecting the wires from the unit to the harnesses provided by crutchfield. crutchfield wiring directions need to be updated on this model as you have to connect the blue power antenna wire of the harness to the blue/wht wire of the unit in order for the pwr amp to work. it took a call to tech support to get this info, but after that, the unit worked perfectly.
    it sounded 10x better than the factory radio, i like being able to burn and listen to my own music and will probably buy some sort of memory stick or mp3 player so that eventually I won't have to worry about carrying cd's around anymore.
    it's easy to program and the remote makes operation easy while driving.
    i'm happy with the radio, great bang for the buck and crutchfield made it easy for me.

    biggest gripe: doesn't sort by file/folder name

    Written By Anonymous, Northridge, CA on Monday, May 14, 2007

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    I replaced the head unit in my 2007 Sonata LX.

    I am generally satisfied with this unit.

    -Every input necessary: USB, Line Input (works great with my Sirius radio), IPOD
    -Easy to use. I rarely have to consult the user manual
    -USB Resume playback
    -ID3v2 support

    - **MAJOR** - does not sort by by file/folder name. Rather, if you add new files/folders to your USB thumb drive, they will usually get listed last. I've discovered it sorts by modified file date attribute. This is VERY frustrating as I often copy large sets of files/albums onto my USB drive. When it comes to playback, they appear shuffled although they are sorted by file date, which completely unintuitive.
    - USB initial scanning could be faster though I'm not sure how fast this feature is on other units
    - Subjective: I'd love for the track info to auto scroll all the time. It scrolls twice and then stops.

    If not for the design flaw of sorting by file date rather than file name, I would have given this unit a 5/5

    Excellent Choice, a Happy Driver

    Written By Tony, Mount Airy, MD on Saturday, May 12, 2007

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    First of all, thanks to the many reviewers here. Your detailed comments helped me a lot. I replaced the factory stereo in my 2005 Toyota Matrix with this Sony - it's a major improvement in sound quality and features.

    + much improved sound quality over factory radio
    + easy to install, fits and looks great
    + USB and front panel AUX input are super - who needs CDs?

    + USB controls are minimal (scroll folders by sequential #'s)
    + It does take a lot of button pushes to cycle thru all of the input options.
    + I now realize that the factory speakers are mediocre - more shopping!

    Also, there was a small glitch in installation - the included mounting brackets did not have the right parts. Service advisor from Crutchfield was very helpful, friendly, and shipped new part overnight w/o hesitation. Wow! I'm hooked.

    Great connectivity, but not a great interface

    Written By Bret, Indianapolis, IN on Friday, May 11, 2007

    I purchased this unit primarily to control my iPod. Secondarily, I was excited about the USB support and line input, as those features pretty well cover any device I'd want to use in the car.

    All of these features work, but the iPod control was very disappointing. I have 250+ artists and thousands of albums on my iPod, and it is FAR too slow to individually advance through artists or albums. It takes over a second to advance a single artist, and you have to advance through them individually. Plus you cannot control the iPod directly when it is connected to this unit, so you really have to disconnect the iPod, jump to the artist/album of your choosing, and then reconnect the iPod for it to be usable.

    Bottom line is that unless you just want to let every track on your iPod play in shuffle mode, the iPod interface isn't very useful. I'll be using the line-in jack much more than the iPod interface.

    Horrible Radio Reception

    Written By Chris, Kennesaw, GA on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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    I recently bought 2 of these receivers, one for my 4Runner and one for my wife's RAV4. This receiver is awesome, if you don't value radio reception. I live in the Atlanta area, and we have some hilly areas. When I am in the just the right area of town, forget reception on any of the major stations (my factory receiver had absolutely NO problem with reception). All of the other features are great...CD quality, power output, USB socket and AUX jack on the front of the unit for convenience, and included IPOD cable sounded great, although the controls are very cumbersome. I will be returning both of these units to exchange for a Pioneer DEH-3900 for my wife (for the radio reception and front AUX jack), and a Pioneer DEH-P4900 for me (for the sleek, simple design).

    Very good, but several annoying features (or lack of)

    Written By Juan, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, May 02, 2007

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    Overall, a great unit for the price. However, there are enough annoying things in the unit that if there were a similar unit out there with the same connectivity options I would not buy this unit. (I think the Kenwood ones have similar options, but also have the same problems)

    - Connectivity options (USB, iPod, AUX)
    - Sound quality
    - Build quality
    - Design
    - Ability to use USB hard drive (up to 0.5 mA)
    - Resume mode for iPod (plays from where the iPod was left)
    - Resume mode for USB (plays from were last played, even if powered off and unplugged)

    *In general:
    - Dimming is almost useless. Not only has to be manually enabled, but it only dims the LCD, not the buttons. The result is an extremely bright unit which is not ideal for night driving.

    * In USB Mode
    - Folders don't have names. Only sequential numbers.
    - No support for playlists

    * In iPod Mode
    - Search mode is almost useless. It takes about a second for each entry to scroll by. It can be used for a small number of playlists, but not for other searches such as artist, or album.
    - It is not possible to change playlist when using "playlist shuffle" mode. One has to first disable "playlist shuffle" and then change playlist.
    - If the clock is displayed, no information about tracks is shown (in USB mode, if the clock is displayed, the information about the tracks is shown for a few seconds )

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Dan, Rochester, NY on Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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    I received the unit so quickly from Crutchfield that I was floored. Their instructions were perfect and I had to call support one time for a question on the antenna booster (don't forget to connect the blue wire) and the support team knew exactly what my problem was. You can not beat Crutchfield! The receiver does everything and then some. Popped in a USB drive and away she went. Nice stuff and not too expensive.

    Solid stereo with nice extra features, but no dimmer or face case.

    Written By Corbin, Colorado on Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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    My only complaints are that it does not come with any case for its detachable face. Because the rotary volume control sticks up from the face, your old face case won't likely work either. Additionally, the stereo has no dimmer lead for night driving. The display is too bright and distracting when driving after dusk. Other than those two, glaring omissions, it's a nice stereo and very adaptable to any additions and mediums you might have or might be invented in the near future. I love the USB port up front, the iPod controller plug in the back, the RCA input/output and it's even ready for a CD changer and Satellite Radio. Oh yeah, did I mention that it plays a variety of CD music file formats? Sony might be worth a second look with this radio.

    Great value, awesome preformance

    Written By Joe, Napa, California on Friday, April 27, 2007

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    I removed the factory system from my new 2007 Dodge Caliber and replaced it with the Sony CDX-GT610Ui. The factory speakers I replaced with the Sony GT6935A, front and rear doors. This was the first time I replaced a car stereo system and using the Clutchfield adapters, instructions, and guidance made the experience a breeze. My sincere thanks to the Clutchfield team.
    Installation was straight forward and the whole process took about 1 hour.
    I chose the Sony over other brands due to the expandability of the unit. The flexibility the Sony offers the user is great. The sound difference was astonishing, deep more robust lows and mid ranges from the speakers, a more clear separation of overall music tonal quality was immediately heard.
    I tested the Sony system with a Zen MP3 player through the built in AUX input. The music was exceptional and interface flawless. I tested the CD function with CDRs, commercial CDs, and MP3 burned CDs. Every format played beautifully. I was interested in how the USB connection would work and once again the sound and ease of operation was flawless. I like the "Shuffle" function on all the formats I play to break up the music. I don't have an IPOD, but I placed the built in connection in the glove compartment should I ever need it. My next addition to this unit will be the XM radio, which this unit has all the necessary connections to simply plug into. I can't say enough good things about this stereo system. I'm glad I bought it.

    Sony CDX-GT610Ui

    Written By Joseph, San Jose, CA on Friday, April 27, 2007

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    I purchased this reciever for a 1978 Cadillac Deville. I had no prior experience with installing any sort of car audio equipment. And let me tell you, this car was not exactly for the novice because panel disassemblment and cutting was invloved. But with Crutchfield's instructuions, I had this baby installed without issues. I know it saved over 100 dollars in custom installation parts/labor.

    As for the reciever, I could not ask for more. It's inexpensive, sleek, rather simple and easy to use yet it has tons of features. The USB function, and Ipod cable more than pay for the unit. I rarely find myself playing CD's. I simply plug in my $20 flashdrive toggle through albums and songs with the easy to use USB interface. I honestly cannot find any cons for this unit, (well except for the single line display). But definently worth the money.

    Highly recommended!!!Thanks Crutchfield!!!!

    Looks and sounds great!!

    Written By Oscar, Young, AZ on Thursday, April 26, 2007

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    I researched long and hard, read countless reviews and finally decided on this CD receiver. Crutchfield has a lot to choose from!!
    My son installed the receiver, probably took him about 35 minutes, if that long, your instructions were very easy to follow!
    Controls are easy, love the blue, love the USB port, kinda makes the CD's redundant though don't you think??, haven't used the Ipod yet, I've only had it for a week or so!!
    With the help of Crutchfield I ordered new speakers for my birthday, I'm sure they will be a snap to install too!!
    I'm a 55 year old Grandma going through her second childhood, thanks to Crutchfield I'm doing it in style!!

    100% Satisfied

    Written By Bret, Grand Forks, ND on Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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    While I am electronically savy, I was leary about installing this radio not knowing what kind of problems I could run into with the factory pre amps and such. Let me say the info from Crutchfield on the installation was 2nd to none, and it was a piece of cake.

    As for the radio. I love it. The sound is fantastic, and it'll play most anything. So far I've played WMA's, MP3's, and Atrac's via the USB and CD. All performed flawlessly. Have hooked up a DVD to the Auxillary in - again perfect. Haven't tried the IPod yet, but am looking forward to that too.

    Love the remote, only wish it had a pause on it.

    Buy it, you'll like it.