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Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

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Item #: 158GT640UI

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The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI CD receiver combines great sound quality and the ability to play all your favorite media. It plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, and features convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter.

Find your music files quickly
The CDX-GT640UI boasts an impressive set of controls for navigating your iPod's music. Sony's Quick BrowZer feature lets you search for songs by genre, artist, or album — you just rotate the knob to find the song you want, then push in on the knob to select. When you need to get through a lot of songs, the Jump control leaps through them in 10% increments. Switch to passenger control and your passengers can select tunes with the iPod's controls while you concentrate on your driving.

Shape the sound
Sony's DM+ Advanced circuitry restores the details lost when music files are compressed, so you enjoy the best possible sound from your MP3, WMA, or AAC files. The EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer includes eight preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer for adjusting the lows, mids, and highs. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer adds presence and life to your music by raising the soundstage up to ear level — the three levels of adjustment let you pick the setting that works best for your car.

Built in RDS
The CDX-GT640UI's tuner features built-in RDS (Radio Data System). When tuned into a compatible AM or FM station, it'll display radio broadcast station call letters, along with artist, title, and album for the song that's playing.

Ready for system building
You'll find three sets of preamp outputs for adding external amplifiers or a powered subwoofer. Built-in high- and low-pass filters ensure you send your speakers only the frequencies they're best equipped to handle.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this 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 player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable fold-down face with LCD display
    • switchable blue or green button and knob illumination
    • RDS (Radio Data System) built in
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (eight preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 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 HD Radio™ and satellite radio tuners, CD changer
    • front-panel USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    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 Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Anonymous, champaign, il on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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    great receiver that worked perfectly and looks very nice

    5 out of 5

    Written By BA, Tampa, FL on Monday, January 31, 2011

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    I bought this for my wife's 1997 Mercedes C-280; her factory stereo was on the fritz. I
    used the 'Outfit My Car' guide and read the reviews on this unit and it seemed like it
    would be a good unit. I purchased the PAC SOEM-4 as instructed but wasn't needed for
    this car/set up.

    I cannot believe how awesome this unit works and sounds with the Mercedes Bose
    system. Installation was very easy, the old unit came out just as described with the DIN
    tool, I wired the new one just as instructed, slid it in and turned it on. WOW!

    We thought her rear subs were blown because they buzzed a lot when the
    volume was turned up but after this installation they sounded perfect! Huge volume,
    range, etc. She can now use her Ipod and loves the stereo.

    Very satisfied.


    Written By JimN, Indiana on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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    Crutchfield sales suggested this receiver to me about a month ago. Now its
    discontinued. Doesn't do much for my opinion of Crutchfield. I'm sure they
    were trying to off load these things.
    The buttons on this receiver are way too small. I don't think they could have
    built the buttons any smaller. I am sure that a machine put it together as no
    way could someone's hand be able to apply those buttons.
    Also, this Sony receiver misses many of the folders on my Sony Walkman player.
    Not much else to say except I will not trust Crutchfields opinion anymore.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By John P, SLC, UT on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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    Deck was easy to install and works flawlessly. Great choice

    Sony quality

    Written By 2112, Mo on Monday, January 24, 2011

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    I bought this to replace my factory unit and i chose Sony because of the good radio
    reception and the aux port on the front so i could use my Zune. Not surprised at all at the
    improved sound and volume from the factory speakers. I think this is the fourth Sony i
    have gotten over the years and I'm never disappointed with them.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By DrewM, Western, MA on Monday, January 24, 2011

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    Very good head unit. Love the subwoofer output and subwoofer volume control. Easy to
    navigate iPod Touch for the most part.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By TedT, Binghamton, NY on Monday, January 24, 2011

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    Works amazing. I use a 4GB USB for all my music. The sound is much better than
    the stock corolla radio.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Jim, Palm Bay,Fl on Thursday, January 20, 2011

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    Installed in a '94 MB C220 to replace OEM that gave up. Installation was a snap with
    supplied adapters. Sound is great and I really like using a USB thumb drive for storing
    and playing my music. I am happy with the ability to contol the play.
    Great unit, easy install and I think the sound is better than the OEM ever was.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Mike, Flagstaff, AZ on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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    For the most part, I'm happy with it.
    The good:
    Reception is good, volume is plenty loud enough. In fact, it showed how bad my
    speakers are so new one are coming. Some of the features a plus. My dash has
    green lights and the radio has a choice of green or blue illumination. Also
    when listening to the radio, the call letters show up on the screen.
    The Bad:
    I do not care for the iPOD controls. I have about a thousand albums and over
    300 artists. This means scrolling through to find the album is not easy. When
    using the iPOD if you scroll fast enough, it begins scrolling through the
    alphabet. The radio doesn't. That means I usually need to set the album before
    I plug it into the radio. Also, I have had a few problems with the radio
    reading the iPOD. I will usually play the correct song, however the display
    often reads an error. I'm even wondering if there might be a problem with the

    Great Little Stereo

    Written By Melvinhoot, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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    Great sound from this little unit. Put this in our son's jeep and it sounds
    great. lacks the bass he'd like, but has plenty for me. Extremely easy to use.
    Works great with his Ipod and my Droid X. Nice Purchase. Installation in
    Charlottesville was a snap. They even custom installed speakers in the back for
    us. Great to work with.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Shellrocker, San Marcos Tx on Monday, January 17, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent receiver if you like to hook up your ipod or usb device to the unit. The unit
    can keep up with your ipod scroll speed which is a good thing. The zap feature also is
    something I use all the time when I just want to Browse songs. The sound quality is
    excellent. The only negative i have is that the volume knob/scolling wheel sometimes is not
    very responsive. But besides that this is an excellent stereo and you get your moneys worth.

    Poor User Interface , espcially the most used items!

    Written By Duncan, Crawford, CO on Friday, December 17, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Don't buy it. In spite of Sony's good name, this unit has very poor usability. The worst is
    the fact that if you have an unsteady hand, or on a bumpy road, when reaching for
    the volume control, then an inadvertant light pressure will click it into "Select
    Preprogrammed Equalizer mode" and further knob turning simply alters the sound
    color - not the volume. And you have just "undone" any setup you may previoiusly done.
    In addition, they make very poor use of the display screen. Maybe they are infatuated by
    dancing bar graphs, or some how can't remember what source (AM/FM/XM, etc.) they are
    listening to, but this precludes useful infomation like a clock, or what XM channel/artist is
    being played. The "display" button toggles through the single line of display, but looks
    exactly like the channel preset button. Another difficult thing to change while driving.


    Written By daveh, Jacksonville, Fl on Saturday, December 11, 2010

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    Radio--- i love this radio 100% satisfied. I have owned pioneer and clarion head units before and both were good but i think that this sony may very well be my favorite. I just installed in my 2002 f150. Everything on this unit is great.such a huge improvement over the factory radio. I see new speakers coming soon maybe even an amp. I never had an amp before but crutchfield made this such a fun exprience that i want to put one in.--- crutchfied service is is the best- i place my order online on wednesday night at 8pm and recieved via ups on friday around 3pm. The free installation kit and wiring was a dead on fit. I did the wiring of the 2 connectors at the dining room table, which is so much easier than doing it in the vehicle then went outside to install in truck everything plugged in and worked just like it was supposed too. Total install time about 1 hour.---price--- i saved around $70 by buying at crutchfield over the cheapest place here in town.

    Good reciever

    Written By chris, pennsylvania on Saturday, December 04, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The features on this are really cool. You can always have your ipod in and just
    search for the songs through the headset. The crutchfield service is really good
    too, they'll help you get it set up easily.

    Sony GT640UI car stereo

    Written By Freelanceshots, Little Rock, AR on Saturday, December 04, 2010

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    I'm pretty hard on reviews so I'll try and losen up but so far I'm happy with
    this head unit. Have not had it long but I've made time to play with all the
    functions. I think it is a definite upgrade from the stock stereo where it was
    well worth spending the added money. Key features for me: analog to digital
    converter, 24 bit, Front/rear/sub outputs, change illumination colors,
    detachable face plate, flip down access to CD drive.

    I'm of the old school nature where I don't like a small, cramped button layout
    plus I don't like the way the stereo manufacturers are going for this super/spacey
    futuristic look. A lot of the stereos look over designed where I really like the
    basic Alpine design but they are way over priced verses the features that they
    Did not want to spend 300 dollars when Sony offered the features I wanted at a
    much lower price. This Sony unit still has small buttons and a sort of jagged
    look but I think its manageable and was the best option.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Stan P., Winchester VA on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this stereo two days after ordering installation time was about an hour and a
    half! Super easy to came with easy to read installation instructions.......the stereo
    has superior sound,it's easy to navigate and goes very well with my Civic's interior.......I'm
    thinking about getting another one for my wifes car! Thanks Crutchfield!!!!!!!!

    Perfect Choice

    Written By Paul, Jonesborough, TN on Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a stereo for my wife's 2007 Subaru Impreza. The factory unit from
    Clarion was OK as a radio and CD player, but I wanted to get her something with an
    iPod input. I've always been happy with Sony products, and the great reviews that this
    model had received made it an easy choice. As a Paul McCartney fan, I have to admit
    that the title "Another Day" showing on the display in the picture was an added attraction!

    As always when I order from Crutchfield, the unit arrived in record time and with
    everything one could need to install it properly. Actually, I got more than I really needed,
    as I was able to use the existing brackets from the Clarion unit, as well as the dash
    pocket that was already in the Subaru. I had no trouble whatsoever installing it, and
    finished the job much more quickly than I had expected. The only time-consuming part
    was soldering the wiring harness, because I took my time and covered each of the wire
    connections with heat-shrink tubing, which is something I strongly recommend to all of
    you amateur installers out there.

    It looks great in the Impreza, like it belonged there all along. My wife is thrilled to be able
    to listen to her iPod without using an FM adapter. It's really an incredible value for the
    price, and the service and support from Crutchfield is the icing on the cake. I've been
    buying all of my car stereo equipment from them for years, and I always will in future.


    Written By Tommy W., Burns Flat,OK. on Thursday, November 25, 2010

    This is a great value for the money.
    User friendly.
    The folks @ Crutchfields are nothing short of professional.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Allen, Hemet, CA on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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    Great radio. Of course, any radio would be an improvement over stock. The only
    feature that I will miss, is the automatic volume adjustment. As the car speeds up the
    stock radio would slightly increase it's volume to compensate. My two previous
    Suburban's had this feature, my brother's MINI Cooper has this feature, my '00 Volvo
    V70 had this feature, and I am sure there are MANY car manufactures are putting this
    into their stock radios. At least this Sony gives you the option to auto dim the
    Alpha/Numeric display when you turn on the headlights, that is a nice feature.

    i made a mistake

    Written By User, Arkansas on Friday, November 19, 2010

    I just wrote a review saying how terrible this unit was, but I decided to go
    back and re-check my installation of the unit, and although I couldn't find
    anything wrong, when I put it all back it sounded MUCH better. I still have
    issues with the USB not picking up the music from my device (although it
    recognizes it as a Nokia product, weird), but the sound is pretty good. It has
    considerable power but the sound isn't very clean. I'm still messing with
    settings but I wanted to amend my review since it seems to have been for a large
    part, my error. I also want to add that the sound stage function works very well.

    Very Satisfied 1997 Dakota

    Written By Steve M, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    HU is Very easy to interface with. Super easy to install. Plenty of power for what I need. I
    have 2 Alpine 600s 2-ways in front, 2 in Back and Infinity t31 tweeters. Pushing it all with
    factory Amp. I totally forgot my truck had one but the Crutchfield rep was very quick to get
    my problem solved with one wire I didn't connect. Is acceptble and way better than
    factory gear, but will be buying a new amplifier soon.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By NissMax, Long Island, NY on Friday, November 05, 2010

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    Excellent sound and features.

    Great Sound!

    Written By Jerry, Arvada, CO on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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    I am really happy so far with this unit. I wanted a cheaper stereo since I put it in my Jeep
    I did not want to worry if it was stolen. I did not expect to get such a geat sound from this
    unit, and it has the USB in front for easy plug-n-play with my 16gb stick. I don't have to
    carry cd's any more and that save room and thieves can't still them if they are in my
    pocket. I would highly recomend this to anyone looking for great sound at a great price.
    Oh the free instalation kit was perfect! Thank you Sony, and Crutchfield.

    very nice deck

    Written By jetta boy, la crosse wi on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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    This is a very good deck for the price or even a very good deck for a more
    expensive price. I bought this to replace a older alpine unit and this blows
    the alpine out of the water so far. sounds cleaner and thumps sub harder for
    some reason. Graphics and remote a big plus. I use the aux to my droid and run
    xiialive through there works great sounds great. no need for cds anymore. but
    its nice to have it there.

    Fits great in a YJ wrangler

    Written By Alden J, Clayton NC on Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am a first time crutchfield customer and have to say what a great experience its been,
    shipped the same day I placed order AND I got it the very next day, when I called for a
    quick question I didnt have to sit and wait even 2 minutes or talk to any "bot", I got a
    person on the second ring and my question answered quickly A+++++ crutchfield
    reputation seems well earned.

    Anyhow so far I am loving my new stereo, put it in a YJ wrangler, took about an hour and
    half to replace the old one and put in the new(new at this so it took a bit longer). Fairly
    easy to put in and seems to work great. All my music sounds wonderful, the iphone and
    ipod controls are great(I use a 3g iphone) and the sound quality is pretty good, the
    controls are a bit annoying as you can use the spin wheel to change volume and
    settings but you have to manually click a button to change the radeo channel and or
    track. The colorscheme is nice and it looks like a expensive stereo.
    It will even play apps from your ipod such as the "police radio" app, now I have a
    Emergency Scanner without actually having one!

    My only problems are how annoying the controls are, the fact that it does not switch back
    to "clock" while playing a sound track(most stereos do this, I hate having to press a
    button each time I want to find the time) and taking on and pulling off faceplate could
    have been made a bit easier.

    Overall a good unit especially if you have a USB device.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Robert, Brooklyn NY on Saturday, October 16, 2010

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    This Sony cdx-gt640ui is AAA radio its the greatest radio i have ever bought that gives me the right sound and easy to use...

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Casey, WA on Friday, October 15, 2010

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    The stereo rocks. Controls the Ipod with ease. I would recommend to anyone. The only
    note is that it won't display time with the display settings showing the song name. This
    wouldn't keep me from buying it agian. Easy to install with the included install kit.

    Excellent Unit - Have three of these

    Written By Volcane, Cary, NC on Friday, October 08, 2010

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    Excellent unit for the price. I have three of them, one in a Porsche Boxster, one in a 944 and another in my boat. Excellent sound system, great interface to the iPod and iPhone, easy installation.

    Receiver perfect for 2003 Ford Explorer 4wd

    Written By TomT, WA on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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    Works perfectly, very small buttons compared to the huge Ford stereo buttons but
    both flash drive and iPod work great. Much better sound even from the original
    factory speakers too.

    thanks Crutchfield!

    Great Deck

    Written By Brian H, Dallas, WI on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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    I replaced the factory deck with this one. I had the Infinity system, but blew a tweeter &
    replaced all the speakers with Alpine Type Rs. The factory deck wasn't driving these
    speakers very well, so I figured I would try this Sony. What a difference!! The sound
    shaping in this deck is awesome!! I finally have a great sounding system & I'm still
    running it through the factory amp!! Install was super easy. I wired up the included
    harness in the house & had the deck in after a little over an hour total. Looks great in the
    dash & fits perfect!!


    Written By Paul L, Fresno, CA on Thursday, September 09, 2010

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    This deck is really nice. I love the fact that you can change the display to green as our dash
    lights are green. The iPod connection is great! I like how you can work through the playlists,
    the artists, or the song titles. This stereo has a lot of features for the price, and was a
    worthwhile upgrade.

    Great value, great service, but USB not compatible w/iPhone 3GS

    Written By healthnut, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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    Stock unit for my 4Runner needed to be replaced. Looking for the best value, I ran into
    this Sony unit. It had everything I was looking for and more. The more comes from the
    value added with everything included: vehicle specific harness, compartment pocket and
    installation guide. All were included at no extra cost! In addition, shipping was free! And it
    took less than 2 days, (VA to MD). Installation was just as easy.

    Please be aware, although the Sony unit has ipod controls, when an iPhone is
    connected to the unit via USB, it was never compatible. Possible conflict with OS4 (new
    software for iPhone). The alternative was using the AUX port provided in the front of the
    unit. It works fine, but I just wasn't expecting it.


    Written By Jake, Ohio on Monday, September 06, 2010

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    Great product. Very simple to install and very easy to use (once you skim the
    owners manual once or twice which covers all the function controls for the iPod
    hookup via USB. The display is easy to read on a bright day and the multiple
    color option provides softer light at night so it isn't too blinding (green).
    Would definitely recommend!

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Decklund, Bradenton, FL on Sunday, September 05, 2010

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    I installed this in my 2004 Chrysler Town & Country, replacing the standard factory radio/CD player. It works exactly as it should, sounds great, and I couldn't be happier with the receiver. One of the really nice things about buying from Crutchfield is that they present a lot of information in a way that lets you easily compare a wide range of receivers that fit your car. In the process I discovered that smart shoppers will take these reviews with a grain of salt. Often people make much ado about nothing. For example, based in the reviews, I expected to be bombarded by eardrum piercing beeps from the radio after the car is turned off. Turns out you get a teeny little "eep, eep, eep," which my wife, the technology hater thinks is "cute." Crutchfield included everything I needed to make the installation and it was a breeze. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield, but you can be sure I'll be back for more.

    Reasonable and affordable media player solution

    Written By Kevin, Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, September 03, 2010

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    Easy install (98 Subaru Legacy) aside from having to splice all the wires. Excellent
    volume knob for those who like to fine tune. Nice sliding cover over the USB slot. Sound
    quality is nice. Excellent resume features -meaning it picks up where you're either current
    playing or where you left off.

    The unit doesn't default to "Playlist" style playing. Instead, at each startup, it defaults to
    "Artist" (?). It's unfortunately that it doesn't lock-in the user's preference. The
    accompanying remote is by far the easiest, if not only, means of navigating. If you plug in
    an iPhone it locks the "iPod" areas and requires users to use the stereo. Meaning you
    can't thumb to an artist, playlist, etc., hit "play," and hear it through the stereo. The
    processor is slow to fulfill a request. Not painfully slow. It's just won't be as fast as your
    media player -which you're likely use to. Honestly, my only issue is with how Sony
    handled navigation. They resorted to buttons when we're all use to touch, slide, or dial

    If's a nice stereo for the price. The only reason I would turn to another unit is if I learned I
    could navigate my iPhone from both the phone itself AND the stereo.

    great stereo

    Written By Joshua, glastonbury ct on Thursday, September 02, 2010

    i bought this head unit to replace my old pioneer prmeer i dont use the built in amp i use a 200x4 and a 140x4 amp for my 8 speakers in the cab 2 200 watt boss 2 200 watt vr and 2 200 watt duel and 2 350 watt infiniti all 8 speakers are for mide and highs and 2 6000 watt duel coil 1ohm rockford fosgage speakers with 4 3000 watt mono rockford fosgage amps 2 per speaker and a jenson crossover and 2 300 watt 15" subs and a 600 watt amp and i have 7 4 farad caps and 3 jell batterys and wireing in my 1989 vw jetta this head unit makes my equipment sound much more better than my pioneer

    Sony CDX-GT640UI rocks in my boat

    Written By RandyH, Burnsville, MN on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Sony CDX-GT640UI replaced an older discontinued Sony CDX CD Receiver in my
    fishing boat. The old receiver just stopped working...wouldn't power on.

    Replacing the old receiver was a breeze since they had a common bracket or
    mounting plate. Plugged it in using existing wire harness and it powered up just

    This new receiver sounds great with lots of extras. CD player is
    good...haven't had a chance yet to try on rough water. Seems to pickup a lot
    more FM stations than the old one. I haven't tried the USB or AUX in yet, but
    they are pretty common nowadays since I have them on my new truck.

    I'll need to watch the volume...otherwise I'll scare the fish.

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By Bill, Sedalia, Missouri on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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    This is a really awesome stereo i replaced what i thought was a great stereo put the
    Sony is hands down a better sounding and more controlled sound than my prior radio.
    Take the time to install it right and it will work wonderfully.
    No problems installing it was quick and easy.
    Great product very satisfied.

    Sony CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Warren, Riverside, CA on Saturday, August 28, 2010

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    This receiver is amazing. I installed it in my 1997 F250 and when I was was done
    it made my stock speakers sound a little bit better. It has many features and
    the usb input in the front is perfect to connect an ipod or music stored on a
    thumb drive.


    Written By Rick, San Luis, AZ on Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Installed it in my 06' sentra and it sounds great. Easy to use, I mostly use the
    USB port because of the capacity of the music and able to search music with the
    receiver. Looks great in my car.


    Written By Tom, Smyrna, GA on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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    This is a kickin' stereo!! I had a factory system w/factory speakers in my car. The speakers sounded pretty good so I decided to just buy a new stereo. Well, this Sony unit made those speakers sound unbelievable! This unit has so many different options to bring out the highs and the bass. And it all sounds so incredibly crisp and clear. The USB port for my iPod is great; this stereo does exactly what it says in the product description. I am completely and totally satisfied!

    Nice unit with lots of features.

    Written By Tiburon, Pacific Northwest on Monday, August 23, 2010

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    A nice head unit for the price. An amazing difference between the stock Infinity system
    that came in my Tiburon. One thing I am not thrilled with - when turning the car off and
    turning it back on, the song restarts from the beginning when connected to my Sony
    Walkman. Not sure if this is a Walkman issue or something in the head unit that makes
    it do this. Overall, I have no complaints with the quality of sound, functionality or
    visibility. Some reviews I read stated that there was a bad glare on the screen - I have
    not had a problem with this at all.

    2004 Jeep Wrangler OEM Stereo Replacement

    Written By Bill, Lafayette, IN on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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    The stereo works very well with my factory speakers including the center console factory
    Subwoofer. Just follow the guidelines for how to connect the Chrysler Harness to the
    Sony Harness and you will do great. Installation was easy and Crutchfield included all
    of the components needed for the job.

    The options on this unit are very good. It puts out fantastic sound and with the USB and
    Auxilary ports, my Ipod Nano is now my Jukebox. The menus/keys/buttons are easy to
    use. The remote is handy but not really needed. This is a good buy

    Great job Sony

    Written By KidKnowsBest, Victorville,Ca on Sunday, August 15, 2010

    just got it for my Toyota Echo. Made stock speakers sound new and after-market speakers sound great. Great head unit.


    Written By ken, Milwaukee on Saturday, August 14, 2010

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    This is a replacement for a Sony GT-520 that was stolen. This unit apppears to be much improved over my last unit. The AM band is more sensitive,I am picking up Chicago stations in Milwaukee which didn't happen b4, the FM appears better than b4 relating to sound and richness w/o any speaker changes. I have always thought the CD player was exceptional. So go buy one. I even have the Sirius hooked up to this unit since I drive within 10 states.

    Works Great, as expected

    Written By nevadarn, Nevada on Friday, August 13, 2010

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    Just recently installed this in a 2006 Subaru Imprezza. Works great for my iphone and thumb drive. Installation was easy with the wiring harness, just had to call with one question specific to my car.
    Sound is great - sounds better via usb hookup than auxillary. Control can get a little confusing and loose your place in the story [I do audio books mostly] and I have to unhook phone and find my place again with the phone itself. Iphone 3GS - I have not downloaded 4.0 yet.
    I also hook up via auxi as I can use it as a "bluetooth" type set up for actual phone calls. Just need to quickly change it to aux and answer the phone, works great.
    I still want to play with it some more, but I am usually driving alone and can only play and change things so much. Have not yet tried the cd player, but I have no doubts it works fine. The beeps heard when vehicle turned off are fairly mild and easily ignored.
    I hope this helps people looking, I know that I scoured the reviews before buying! Gave it a four because the controls are a bit confusing and I loose my place alot when I am just trying to change the sound itself.

    Very clean, powerfull sound

    Written By LTANDA, Clinton Twp, MI on Monday, June 28, 2010

    Just installed in my 1999 Tahoe. Hands down, way WAY better than the stock radio and the aftermarket Pioneer 1.5DIN, neither of which supported MP3 playback. Three main reasons for my purchase: 1) MP3 playback 2) the front USB port and 3) the front AUXILLARY port. Not too crazy about iPods yet so I really like the fact that I can just plug a thumb drive with pre-loaded songs into the USB port. And the sound is so crisp and clean. Well worth the money spent. I highly recommend this unit. This unit is paired with a Sony Xplode 600w amp that drives all the component speakers. My two 10" Kicker Competition subs are driven by a 1200W SPL amp.

    Great Sound

    Written By Charles, Tappahannock, VA on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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    I just recently installed this headunit into my 97 Grand Caravan. It made my factory Infintiy speakers sound great. The radio reception comes in crystal clear. I love this deck it was the best deal for my buck. Its style also looks good in the van too. I also have to admit it makes a great addittion with my 2 12" JBLs too. I can adjust the subs right from the deck. The shipping was fast too and the free extras also helped out a lot too. Especially since who ever had the van cut the wires for the radio when they installed the kenwood that was already in it. Thanks Crutchfield great product maybe looking into buy a Amp from yall here soon.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Josh, Pittsburgh PA on Monday, June 21, 2010

    Works great, very easy to install. Crutchfield provided me with everything that I needed. It was a great experience, I would recommend this unit as well as Crutchfield to anyone who is looking to upgrade.

    Mostly a great Deck

    Written By Jim, Irvine, Ca on Friday, June 18, 2010

    Great sound and best of all easy to use functions. My only complaint is the illumination of the dial is to faint to read if it is a sunny day-I mean really bad. Sony should be ashamed of themselves for not engineering the ability to turn up brightness/contrast to show even in sunny environment.
    Previous radio a Kenwood KDC-X494 which was terrible due to difficulity accessing complicated functions, I had to pull over and re-read manual to just change stations,etc.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

    Written By Anonymous, Paterson, NJ on Monday, June 07, 2010

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    Love this receiver. Sounds great and does all that it's supposed to.

    Sony is Great

    Written By Anonymous, NY State on Saturday, May 29, 2010

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    This is my first car receiver I ever bought & installed myself.
    My stock cd player/radio died. The thought of installing it myself made me nervous to say the least.
    But Cructhfield came through like a champ, all of the instructions were on the money !
    The adapter kit for my 2001 Ford Focus fit perfectly.
    The sound quality and fm reception is great.

    Thank you Cructhfield & Sony....

    Love this receiver!!

    Written By Johnny, Gainesville, GA on Saturday, May 29, 2010

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    With the detailed instructions and supplies provided by Crutchfield, installing this new receiver was easy!! I put this receiver in my daughter's 2001 Civic because it provided easy control of her iPhone/iPod. She had been using a cassette adapter. This Sony receiver works like a charm and the sound is incredible. Needless to say, she is quite happy. Thanks Crutchfield for making dad look like a stereo genius!!

    Simply awesome

    Written By John, Baltimore MD on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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    This is probably the best car stereo I've ever had. Easy to operate, nice style, great sound. It had all the features I wanted including the RDS. The best part is the USB input that I use for both my ipod and a geek stick. I don't know why I waited so long to get it.

    Amazing sound and pleasing aesthetic

    Written By TheMerryPup, Ossining, NY on Saturday, May 22, 2010

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    I have a 2002 Honda Accord and I was primarily looking for a stereo head unit with a front USB port to replace my factory installed 6 CD in-dash AM/FM radio, (with cassette deck!!), so that I can listen to the songs on my iPhone. I'd been using a charger that plays thorugh an 'available' FM frequency and thought that that was OK, but boy! what I've been missing!

    This unit is a lot more powerful than my factory installed unit ever was and it teases layers of sound out of my tracks that I'm not even hearing though my Bose headset. It put a smile on my face. What can I say. . .great aural.

    Note: As I'm so off the scale bad with manual things I got mine professionally installed.

    Extremely Pleased

    Written By Carl K., Hillsborough, NJ on Friday, May 14, 2010

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    Install was very easy and all adapters and master sheets Crutchfield gave me worked perfectly. This product is very intuitive to use and much more powerful than my factory stereo. It has everything I was looking for in a stereo (Ipod control, RDS for tuner, front USB input, subwoofer output and control, CD player, and reasonable price). The product video for this on Crutchfield's website also helped make my decision to buy it. The radio also looks good in the console aesthetically (chrome finish looking volume control, large display,and even though my interior lighting is greenish, I prefer the radio's blue lighting over it's green lighting). I did a lot of comparing of different stereos and I kept returning to this one. Extremely pleased with my decision.

    Very good stereo

    Written By Daryn, Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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    I ordered this head unit based on many positive reviews. It worked quite well with my iPhone 3G but I ultimately ended up exchanging it for an Alpine CDA-105 for the following reasons.

    1) The sound quality on the Sony was quite good, but like all Sony audio products it didn't fully agree with my ears. I prefer a "warmer" sound. This isn't a criticism on the Sony, just personal preference.

    2) The front USB plug was slightly annoying, I'd hit it with my hand and it felt like after a few months of this I'd either get used to it or break the port. I didn't like having to unplug the cable every time I removed the face. I can see how people would like having the jack on the front, but ultimately I decided on a head unit with a rear usb plug and routing the cable underneath the unit.

    3) This was the final reason for sending the unit back. When I plug the phone in for the first time I could hit the "Shuffle" button and cycle through different shuffle types. Then I'd arrive at my destination, turn off the vehicle and remove my phone. When I came back it would resume where I left off except that it was no longer in Shuffle mode and I had to back out of all the menus, start playing another song and THEN press "Shuffle" again. This was highly annoying after only 3 days of use.

    All in all I would not discourage anyone from buying this unit. The price is amazing, the looks are fantastic but if you think the above issues I had with it might concern you, give it some thought.

    Stereo for the daughter

    Written By Anonymous, Merritt Island, FL on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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    Read the reviews and bought this receiver for my 17 year old's 2002 Nissan that had a blown left channel. Not a bad color match on the trim piece we picked and the fit is good. Decent power and the amount of features for this price make it a best buy. The most used options are not buried in the menu and are accessed easily. The D/A converter in the unit is an audible upgrade. It sounds quite nice with he stock Panosonic speakers. The adapter cable and instructions were perfect. The quickest install ever! Very pleased.

    Great deck!

    Written By Jason, Seattle, WA on Thursday, April 29, 2010

    I bought this with my ipod in mind, which worked great. then I started using my Motorola Droid which was even better. Now I've cram packed a 4G flash drive with about 16 hrs of music, and just leave it plugged into the deck. The deck reads all mp3 tags, has a great search option so you can scroll through all your tags by artist and select a particular song. All my friends are impressed by this deck. This receiver provides plenty of options to get the desired sound for your system, I've always been happy with Sony's car audio decks.

    All in all, Awesome deck, especially for the going rate. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.

    Can't be beat for the money!

    Written By Anonymous, Mercer, PA on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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    I was totally shocked when I installed this unit! Although I am 47 and have kind of fell off the learning curve for electronics, it was very simple to install and sounds great!!! Just have to spend a half hour on the manual! lol Got to give it to MIke though! He is one heck of a salesman! I am very happy with this purchase.

    Very Satisfied

    Written By Dan, Turlock, CA on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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    Delivery was prompt and installation was easy. Unit was installed in our 97 Toyota Camry. I was easily able to remove my old stereo and install the new unit myself. I went on-line to get instruction to remove my old unit - basically involved popping out the trim kit surrounding the car stereo and temperature controls. Then it was just a matter of removing four bolts holding the stereo, sliding the unit out, and unplugging the antenna and wire connector. I then matched the color coded wiring on the harness kit with the colored wiring on the unit wiring plug - take the time to make solid wiring connections (solder and cover with black electrical tape). After the wiring connections were solid, I plugged the harness kit into the vehicles' plug connectors, plugged the unit connector into the unit, slid the unit in place, placed the bolts and trim piece, turned on the key - and --- a beautiful sound came out of my factory speakers. Worked perfect first time - no hitches. The DSO feature is really nice for getting a great sound out of your existing speakers. FM reception is great, and CD sound is also top quality as well. Unit is very easy to program after just a brief review of instruction manual. I like have the radio station preset buttons. I hope to be using the USB port soon, but for now I am enjoying the radio and CD's I haven' listened to for a while. It is a dramatic improvement from the factory stereo.

    Works great with iPod

    Written By Anonymous, Minnesota on Monday, April 05, 2010

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    My iPod to connect effortlessly to this unit. And, it charges. Not all car stereos will do both.

    This is a winner

    Decent for the Price

    Written By Anonymous, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, April 01, 2010

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    I bought the CDX-GT640UI with my iPod in mind. I have a first generation iPod and had to hardwire an adapter into my Honda's factory unit. Well, the factory receiver died, so I wanted a usb connection on a new receiver. I love the fact that this unit has a usb jack on the front, so I've not only loaded my iPod up with podcasts, but I have a couple usb flash drives full of music mp3's that I keep with me in the car all the time now. Check out Sony's website about the compatibility of usb drives, but the ones I have work great (4mb each). The sound quality of this unit is a little better than OK. I guess it's a trade off - my factory unit had a very impressive sound quality (and it was a base model at that...) so I was slightly disappointed in the sound quality, despite the 3-band EQ options. But given the ease of iPod interfacing and the convenience of using usb flash drives to access TONS of music in the car, I can live with a slightly less than perfect sound quality. Pros: easy to install in my Honda, customizable EQ, ease of navigating iPod and flash drive directories as well as direct plugin. Cons: could be better sound, hate the beep that reminds you to remove the faceplate when the ignition is shut off. Note: have to flip faceplate down to eject cd's. Passenger mode for iPod only works on 2nd generation iPod and later.

    So Far it's great!

    Written By Anonymous, Kansas City, Mo on Sunday, March 28, 2010

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    I have had the Sony GT640 about 2 weeks and it meets/exceeds all of my expectations. This was my first self-car installation and with all of the help from Crutchfield, everything went smoothly. I have a Hyundai Elantra '06. The collar/frame that snaps in place around the stereo at the end wouldn't fit on my car behind the paneling, so I just left that piece off. It's there only for looks and you can't tell that the stereo is missing anything. The sound quality is several levels above my factory stereo. I am really enjoying this product.


    Written By Traci, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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    After a buddy of mine had this Radio for over two years with myself messing around with it repeatedly I finally bought one, and I got exactly what I expected.

    Fully functional with my iPhone and nicely priced, I recommend this to anyone who is looking for FRONT USB & AUX with the added Apple product compatibility.

    Reasonable price, exceptional value

    Written By javanek, Oklahoma City, OK on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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    I would like to start by saying that I am not an audiophile. I am not the type who gets fixated on what my car stereo looks like or what neat little techie features it has.

    I found the Crutchfield site while looking for a fitment guide for my truck. Boy, I certainly couldn't be happier that I did. The install kit was a breeze. Instructions and pictures were clear and concise.

    About the unit itself. I have absolutely no complaints about this unit. CD works and sounds great. Tuner is one of the best I've ever had. I love the front USB port. I don't have an Ipod but I use a flash drive to carry my MP3s with me and it works great. My Sansa plugs in to the front AUX port and sounds great. I mean no complaints.

    I really like the RDS feature the unit has. It doesn't necessarily work with all CDs, but for an MP3 cd or flash drive it really is nice. Navigating a large amount of files isn't the easiest thing to do as each folder is an album.But for just having a good playlist, set the shuffle feature to on and enjoy.

    If you are looking for a new unit for a vehicle and aren't really keen on the idea of spending $400 or so for a premium unit, I highly recommend this one. It may not have all the bells and whistles of some, but it's hard to beat. I'm very pleased with both the stereo and Crutchfield.

    Nice Unit for Smart Phones

    Written By Kevin, Asheville, NC on Saturday, March 06, 2010

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    I like the unit so far. It has good sound, makes my factory speakers sound much better, and I love the versatility of the aux and USB input.

    What actually drew me to the product was the iPod passenger mode, where one could control the iPod directly. I was disappointed to find out that if your iPod can play video, the passenger control will not work. What iPod doesn't play video at this point? The shuffle? What a major bummer. It's a stupid setting really because one could just use the Aux input and control it directly. The downside is you don't get to charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Had I read a bit more carefully, I would have discovered this before the purchase. It's not a deal breaker, but don't count on using a USB to directly control your iPod. You'll want to use the Aux input for this, unless you want to use the units media browser. Which is decent, but lets face it, the iPod user interface is second to none.

    Good buy. Good price. 4.5 stars overall.

    A great head unit

    Written By Jake, Dublin VA on Saturday, March 06, 2010

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    I bought this to replace the factory HU in my Chevy truck. The only real requirement I had
    when I was shopping was that the new deck had to be able to run/operate my I-pod. I
    chose this one because of the I've had great luck with Sony in the past and the price
    point was good. The install was no problem, thanks in part to the freebies the crutchfield
    throws in. The deck sounds great and has very flexible controls. I would recommend
    this deck to anyone.

    Great Deck!!

    Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

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    I wanted to purchase a deck that would play music from my Iphone 3GS (about 10 gigs worth of music on it). After researching different decks, I decided on this one after reading the various reviews and that it was Iphone 3GS friendly. I also wanted something that would be able to have connections for a Subwoofer. The deck is awesome and does everything I wanted it to do. While using the Iphone, the music will stop playing until the phone is done ringing or after your done talking on it. After you are done, it resumes playing where it left off. Took a bit to learn everthing about this deck, but works well with my 500 Watt Alpine Amp and 12" Alpine Type R in a custom ported box.
    Crutchfield service was great! I got a harness, face plate, and installation guide for my 2004 Honda Civic Coupe. Install took about 30 min and had no problems. I will be coming back to Crutchfield for my future car audio purchases. Crutchfield is to car audio as Newegg is to computer parts.
    Do your self a favor and purchase a case for the face if you don't already have one.