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by Ken Nail
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

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

The Sony CDX-GT700HD CD receiver combines the ability to play all your favorite media with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that'll take you to the cutting edge of radio. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter, and you'll even find convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables.

Built-in HD Radio tuner
Tune to an FM or AM station that's broadcasting digital HD Radio signals and you'll enjoy better sound than you've ever experienced on the airwaves, all without static or distortion. You'll also enjoy extra features like additional programming broadcast on secondary or tertiary channels — choices that aren't available to regular radio listeners.

Once you connect your iPod to the CDX-GT700HD, you'll appreciate the convenience of iTunes® tagging. When you hear a song you like on HD Radio, just press a button on the receiver to "tag" it. Song information is saved to your iPod — simply connect your iPod to your computer and go to the Apple iTunes store to buy the song whenever you want.

Find your music files quickly
The CDX-GT700HD boasts an impressive set of controls for navigating through your iPod's music or any MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've burned to disc. 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. The Jump control leaps through your playlist in 10% increments, great if you're dealing with a bunch of files. 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 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.

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 an adapter (not included) 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 receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

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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
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding an optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with satellite radio tuners
    • front-panel USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue or Green
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius or XM
    HD Radio
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch
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    Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X151)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Spa)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty sheet

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    Display Features
    HD Radio
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity
    Audio Section
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Flip-Down/Detachable Face: The CDX-GT700HD features a manual fold-down face which provides a larger display and greater protection for the player's CD-slot and your CD discs. In addition, the unit features a detachable face for theft prevention. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.  No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    2-Line LCD Display: The 2-line, black background and white backlit LCD display makes it easy to read song and station information.

    Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.

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

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

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the CDX-GT700HD to one of three dimmer modes - Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim). The wiring harness includes an orange/white lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Contrast: You can adjust the contrast level of the head unit's display for better day- and night-time viewing. The contrast level is adjustable in 7 steps.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

    Button Illumination: Illuminated keys help you find and select control functions in low light. You can change the heaudnit's button illumination to blue or green to better match your vehicle's interior dash lighting.

    HD Radio

    Built-in HD Radio Tuner: The integrated HD Radio tuner receives compatible AM and FM radio stations signals in digital format for improved sound quality while providing metadata information and iTunes Music Tagging so that you can find the songs you like later.

    HD Radio Technology: HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts.  Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    Metadata Information: HD Radio provides a variety of data; including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the CDX-GT700HD can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Preset Tuning: The radio features 6 memory bands to store and receive analog and digital AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tag button on this unit allows you to tag songs (up to 50) you like that are broadcast by HD Radio stations. Information about these tagged songs is stored by the receiver and transferred to your connected iPod. When you connect your iPod to your computer, iTunes automatically presents songs in a new "Tagged" playlist so you can preview, purchase, and download them.  This function can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4/4S/5).

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional  satellite radio receiver to this head unit:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner and the optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (package item number 700SIRSONY, sold separately).
    • XM Satellite: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMSON2, sold separately).

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

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony CDX-GT700HD allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs (up to 320 kbps) recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The CDX-GT700HD can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders and files on a disc. The head unit will also display song information for MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (Joliet: up to 32 characters, Romeo: up to 64 characters).

    Note: Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

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

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD, iPod, or from your connected USB Mass Storage Device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).

    Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent increments.

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 9, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your CD or connected USB device.

    Off Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the power off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 degrees.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it does not appear as an available source.

    USB Input: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB input can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). When playing a USB device, the display can indicate track/album/artist/genre number, track/artist/album/genre name, elapsed playing time, text information, or clock. The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. A sliding cover protects the USB input when it is not in use.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub.

    USB 1-Wire iPod Control: USB 1-Wire for iPod lets you directly connect, charge, and control select iPods via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display. The GT700HD has a front panel USB port which allows you to connect your iPod via a single cable (iPod dock connector-to-USB--cable, not included with the head unit). If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The head unit will allow audio playback, control, and charging of your connected iPod. The head unit allows you to search your iPod's music by category (album, song, genre, podcast, playlist, artist) and offers Repeat and Random playback functions. When the head unit is placed in the Passenger Control mode, you can control the iPod directly using the clickwheel or touchscreen on the iPod. The Sony GT700HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD FM/AM compact disc player features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony CDX-GT700HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the CDX-GT700HD are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 7 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off. The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), and High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.

    Digital Music Plus Advanced: The Sony CDX-GT700HD features Digital Music Plus Advanced which is an enhancer technology used to reproduce detail and high frequency sound from compressed audio.

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

    Loudness: This feature reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Three Pairs Of 2V Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT700HD contains three pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs - front and rear pairs plus another pair on a 10" pigtail for subwoofer operation. The subwoofer output is non-fading with a low pass filter and a selectable cut-off frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off.

    Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony Xplod head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Jack, Jackson, TN on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    I bought this item to replace the factory installed radio/cassette deck in my 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup. The price was right for me. I wanted to be able to play my personal selection of music off of a USB flashdrive, which this item offered. Although I've never done it before, installation was much easier than I anticipated, thanks to Crutchfield analyzing what I would need and supplying the proper wiring harness. I called the 800 number tech support and talked to a man who promptly answered my questions clearly. It's not always clear in the printed instructions, so being able to immediately call and talk to a knowledgeable person during the installation was great. I have been enjoying my music every day for several weeks without any problems. Basically you have to learn the many features by trial and error, but it is not difficult to find where things are and which settings I prefer. I will probably upgrade my old speakers at some point, but for now I am very happy with the overall sound I'm getting. Five years from now I hope I can be equally pleased with longevity.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By mike, Yuma AZ on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    This is a great head unit that works well with the synsc1 sirius connect.
    Pros:
    3 DSO levels, sat ready, high power
    Cons:
    Confusing on how to change some of the settings.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Product

    Written By Mickey, Olympia, WA on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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    The radio has good sound. I have an Infinity system in an 2001 Dodge Intrepid. People would say that it was a good system, however, it didn't sound any different than any other radio to me. (factory radio) With the Sony I hear a big different. If you are installing yourself, read and understand the directions and don't match color for color on the wiring. I did and had to re-wire.
    Pros:
    Good sound.
    Cons:
    A litte hard to understand the instructions.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Will, St. Petersburg, FL on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    Great head unit. Tons of features with a low price. Can't beat it
    Pros:
    HD Radio, USB, AUX, Simple
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    SONY CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Brian, Moore, OK on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Puchased this unit and installation kit from crutchfield to upgrade my sons 1999 Chevy Lumina stock factory head unit. He's only 17 years old and thinks this is the coolest birthday present I ever bought for him. Now, we ride around in his car because his stereo is no much cooler than mine. I was amazed at how easy it was to install using the kit and instructions provided by crutchfield for free. I did have to buy a few extra pieces for the install though such as heat shrink butt connectors, a roll of electrical tape, a heavy duty crimper, and a heat gun. I'm looking forward to purchasing another of this same head unit for my 1999 suburban.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, HD radio tuner, IPOD/IPhone interface, available factory connected sub preamp output and 4 mosfet output ports
    Cons:
    Only two color illumination choices, flip down face takes a little practice to figure out how to put it on after removing it
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    5 out of 5

    Excellant tuner - good value

    Written By Jon, Cary, NC on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    I picked the Sony over similar units from Pioneer, JVC, etc. because of the tuner specs and I have not been disappointed. The number of stations it brings in clearly on AM, FM, HD is amazing. The rest of the unit is fine. I like the main control knob but the buttons on the left are pretty small. More input and output options than available on most units in this price range. I'm happy with it.
    Pros:
    Tuner, input and output options
    Cons:
    display doesn't do anything for me but that is not why I bought it some controls a little small and hard to see
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    5 out of 5

    SONY CDX-GT700HD

    Written By markw, Reston, VA on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    Really nice radio. It was easy to install and has great features and sound.
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Renee, Reading, PA on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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    picks up a whole lot more stations than I knew existed. Never listen to strictly Radio till now.
    Pros:
    Sounds Great Looks Good Remote
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent product for the price

    Written By Phil, Minnesota on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    I purchased this Sony unit to replace my factory radio/cd player in my 2003 Ford Taurus. The sound quality of this unit blows away the factory unit. The menus are very easy to use and the unit was very easy to program. For under $125, this is an amazing car stereo.
    Pros:
    Ease of use, sound quality, visual appearance.
    Cons:
    Cannot display radio station name and clock at the same time. I feel I need to be extra careful not to break the removable flip down face plate to insert CDs.
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    3 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Floyd, Rockwood, Tn on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    very nice stereo,and ease of installation
    Cons:
    hard to see dial during daylight, and cant find adjustment to help any. off switch is difficult to get to.
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    4 out of 5

    Good receiver

    Written By goldeng, roseau, mn on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    I was looking at dual din until I found this unit. For the price, it has all the features I need.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality and features for the price.
    Cons:
    USB limitations. Although a con I've worked around it. Through the USB port, device is limited to 128 albums/folders and 500 tracks per album/folder (64000 tracks total). The track total isn't the issue, its mainly the limited album/folder limit. You have to get creative if you want your entire library to play through the USB port.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony FM/AM Digital Radio CD Player

    Written By GeneL, Aberdeen, Md. on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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    Purchased for older vehicle, therefore didn't want to spend to much. More interested in good quality in sound and reception than other options, i.e. chose HD over Bluetooth. Buying from Crutchfield was helpful since the price was good and they supplied almost everything needed for installation, with piece of mind should I have any problems with product or install. Have only had the Radio for a week now but very happy with it. Thought about buying new speakers with the Radio order, then decided to wait and see how it sounded with the OEM speakers. Glad I waited, adjusting the LPF and the HPF along with the LPF REV have given me the sound quality I was hoping to gain without the cost and hassle of putting in new speakers. Also found the DSO adjustments work very well with the convertible, raising same when I put the top down. CD's and HD radio sound great and receive several HD stations in my area. Hence, have not needed to try the USB or AUX functions yet, but nice to have these options when we leave the area. Do not usually take the time to submit reviews, so the fact that I have now shows how pleased I'am with the product and Crutchfield, highly recommend both.
    Pros:
    Sound quality with enough adjustments to customize the sound and look of the unit. Favorite options are the Low and High Pass Filters, LPF Reverse, Dynamic Soundstage Organizer, Auto Scroll, Contrast and Dimmer adjustments
    Cons:
    Wiring instructions were not very helpful to me, called the Tech number to verify a couple of things prior to actually placing the unit in the vehicle. Would have liked a few more color options but the blue for day and the green for nights works well. Reading the small controls is difficult for me but becoming familiar with the unit will take care of that problem.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Dave C, Chase City, VA on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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    Easy to use user interface, great sound, great product for the money. CD player doesn't skip like the factory unit would on my country gravel/dirt road. Crutchfield tech support makes DIY install very easy.
    Pros:
    Sound quality. Easy of use.
    Cons:
    None thus far.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sony Receiver

    Written By TomT, Charlottesville, Va. on Sunday, June 02, 2013
     
    The Sony receiver was a real improvement to my factory sound system. The sound quality is great, ability to pick up weak FM stations is very good, and the CD player and Ipod touch USB connection is great.
    Pros:
    Great product and worth the investment. I installed the receiver myself and it was very easy following the instructions and the posi-connectors made the electrical connections easy to hook up.
    Cons:
    The small selector switches are hard to see and use, but only because my eyesight is not what it used to be based on my age (69). I have found the remote is easier to see and use.
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT UNIT

    Written By Anonymous, ST. PETERS,MO on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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    EXCELLENT SOUND AND EASY TO USE FOR THE PRICE.
    Pros:
    DOES WHAT IT SAYS
    Cons:
    NONE
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    4 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Nuke950, Diamondhead,MS on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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    Overall a great buy. The HD radio doses seemto fade out based on signal obstructions but maybe that's normal for HD radio. Love the USB contol for a thumb drive. I no longer have to carry my CDs!
    Pros:
    USB control. Good power output. Sub-woofer control.
    Cons:
    Weak HD reception at times
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    5 out of 5

    Great Buy

    Written By Cliff, Red House, VA on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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    Great unit. Does what is says. all features worked as listed.
    Pros:
    Great sound, ease of use
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Sony

    Written By RobbA, Wofford Heights, CA on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    I needed a replacement cd player for my '91 F250 chore truck. Let me say for the price, performance, and installation ease, It can't be beat. I'm in the process of changing my mobile music to a hand held device so the external 2.0 usb port is a great convenience for on the go tunes. Thanks again to all of the staff from purchase to installation help for being patient, funny, knowledgeable, and above all professional.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-GT700HD

    Written By Richard, Columbus, OH on Thursday, May 09, 2013
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    I have used Sony equipment for 30 years or more and have had generally positive experiences with their gear. This radio builds on the car audio head units I have had over the years.

    This is my first foray into HD radio and I find that the features and sound quality from this Sony deck is as good as some of the more expensive gear I have bought from Sony before. Since I am fairly well used to the control placement and function on Sony car radios, this one is as easy to use as my others. I really like the option of being able to plug a flash drive directly into the front of the unit and have the deck itself handle the mp3 files. The front mounted aux input is also a welcomed upgrade.

    Installation was as easy as any other stereo head unit, especially with the Crutchfield installation parts and instructions. The Sony installation documentation is well written and easy to understand. Wiring drawings are concise.
    Pros:
    Front mounted USB port. Front mounted AUX input. HD radio tuner built in and ready to play.
    Cons:
    They can lose that infernal beeping that tells you that the faceplate has been left on after turning the key off. It has been on all the Sony head units I've bought in the last 6 or 8 years and while it may be a security feature, it's an annoyance I can do without on my next Sony head unit.
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