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Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

CD receiver

Item #: 158GT930UI

31 Reviews

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Original Price: $229.99

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The Sony CDX-GT930Ui CD receiver offers quick, convenient access to all your digital music files, so you can get to your music fast. Connect your iPod® to the rear USB input for direct iPod control — you'll be able to navigate through your playlists with the Sony's controls while the 4-line display gives you detailed track information at a glance. The "rotate and push" button finds songs intuitively so you don't have to push multiple buttons while you're driving. Or, you can switch control over to your passengers so they can select tunes with the iPod's controls.

Find your digital music files fast
Sony's Zappin™ mode plays short music clips until you find the tune you want, while Jump Mode lets you fast forward rapidly through your playlists. Of course, the CDX-GT930Ui will also play music from a thumb drive, portable hard drive, or any other USB-equipped source, and a rear auxiliary input lets you connect other compatible audio sources. Load up a CD with your favorite MP3, WMA, and AAC files, and you've got tunes to spare for your next journey.

Custom sound-shaping
Sony's Digital Music Plus circuitry restores the details lost to compression, so you'll enjoy the full range of frequencies and dynamics from your digital music. You can also customize your sound with the 3-band parametric equalizer and seven preset tone curves.

Building a system
You can add a satellite radio tuner to get the fine programming and commercial-free music available from SIRIUS or XM. If you prefer AM/FM radio, connect an HD Radio® tuner for static-free reception and expanded programming from participating stations. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add external amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, while built-in high- and low-pass filters ensure you send your speakers and subs 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

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, AAC, and ATRAC3plus music files
    • detachable face with 4-line color display
    • built-in iPod control
    • Quick-BrowZer feature searches playlists by genre, artist, or album — Jump function skips through all files in 10% steps
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 Stage 2 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • Digital Music Plus circuitry restores musical details lost to compression
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer 2 — adds presence and life to your music
    • 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 optional Sony HD Radio tuner, satellite radio
    • inputs: rear USB input, rear auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, and 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.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    31 Reviews

    Hadn't gave Sony a chance in a while... Glad I did!

    Written by: ShortyFON from Richmond Va. on December 19, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The USB/Ipod interface is great, Love the fact that I can put up to 65000 songs on a flash drive and have my music set for months! The multiple lines of text is great and the Ipod interface is killer too. Also great sound and adjustability. I would recommend this head unit to anyone! Great unit for the price, This is coming from a previous installer.

    Pros: USB and Ipod Interface, Sound Quality, Screen Text, Amount of songs it will read, Rear Mount USB and Aux is great

    Cons: Getting into some of the setting menus is a pain unless your stopped and messing with it.

    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: Stylensky from Blue Ridge GA on November 19, 2011

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    4.75 out of 5. This is the third unit of this model that I have purchased. After buying a new Alpine, Pioneer and a Kenwood I finally found what I wanted/ needed in this Sony. Others either were dangerously bright at night (Alpine) or they didnt have the functions needed to operate a small system (internal HP/LP filters). The Sony does it all and sounds great. Just adjust the filters and add a small amp and woofer and you have a very clean sound for very little money.

    Pros: REAR USB outputs. It looks so tacky to have a big cable plugged into the front of a car stereo. Internal HP/LP adjustable crossovers. Good dimmer and changeable colors dont blind you like the comparable Alpine does (yes, I've owned them also). Knob volume for quick adjustments. Large screen looks awesome and is easy to read at a glance.

    Cons: The ONLY thing I would change is that the menu must be entered throught he multi encoder and when moving on the road it's almost impossible to hold the button steady enough to enter the menu (it's VERY sensitive).


    Written by: Mark from Oswego NY on August 31, 2011

    2010 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Used this radio for over a year and was very very happy with it...



    Perfect choice for my Chevy Tahoe

    Written by: AlexL from Hopewell, NJ on June 23, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all in my opinion go have an expert install this receiver. If you have a vehicle where the factory sound system is a Bose like in my Chevy Tahoe it gets complicated. For this ole Dad the installation was not easy.

    The Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI is one of the most incredible additions to my music loving life. I am a musician, younger years, and still jam yet wow if you love the ability to move sound around in your vehicle this Sony Unit is mind blowing. I have had it for over a year and believe me, I have yet to ride in a car w/ a sound delivery that wows me more.

    The Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI is incredible in a Chevy Tahoe.



    Nearly Perfect. Few Shortcomings But Worthy Investment Nonetheless

    Written by: SHK from Chicago, IL on June 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted something that would do justice to my Polk Audio db651 speakers, and the painstakingly time consuming conversion that I've done to over 300 CDs at 320 kbits/second MP3s using EAC & Lame.

    Pros: Sound: Great sound quality. Bass, Mid range, and high end all sound great. I tested a lot of music genres and this deck really delivers in all areas. Pretty much all equalizer settings except Xplod were pretty lame. But I use my own settings which seem to work for every genre. I also very much liked the sound stage option (DSO?) and have set that to +1 since my front speakers are in the front doors at the bottom.

    Folder/File Navigation: Fast. It takes a few seconds (7-10 secs) once you turn it on to start playing a song but it loads up the folders and files pretty quickly after that.

    Cons: Controls: I wish that Sony had created dedicated buttons to skip tracks or folders as it Is difficult to navigate with it on roads that are not smooth.

    Display: In direct sunlight it gets washed out and on very sunny days is a bit hard to read (which deck doesn't have this issue?). The track/artist/album name are displayed in 2 lines (2nd and 3rd).

    Navigation: Whenever you hit the search button to search for a folder/track it always starts from the very first folder of your root directory regardless of what track you are on is beyond me.

    Dimmer: ONLY the main text display is the one that gets dimmed. The controls DO NOT get dimmed with the headlights nor through the menu.



    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: Anonymous from Corinth, ME on March 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product. i love the ability to control my ipod from the head unit. lots of ''in
    dash'' control over crossover points and equalizer settings to get the best sound
    possible out every song. my only gripe is the multi function switch/knob is touchy.
    (winter roads in maine are notorious for frost heaves that will launch a car into the
    air, and potholes so big they'll swallow a toyota prius.)



    Very Suprised!

    Written by: Gregg from Newport, Oregon on February 18, 2011

    2001 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was very suprised with this Head unit. I had Sony car stereo's in the past and have been pleased with their performance but NOT their longevity. After reading the reviews on this site about this head unit and seeing everything it had to offer I took a chance. So far it has been fantastic. The FM tuner is strong and pulls in signals very well! I like the Mono feature that clears up the static in a poor quality radio signal! It has really helped out here. I also really like the ease of use. The quick search button works on ALL of the sources to really help you get to what you want faster!! I do feel that in direct sunlight the display is very hard to read but for the most part its not a problem. I would however NOT recommend this head unit in a convertable top car. The sunlight would make it almost impossible to read.

    I love the Ipod controls! they are very easy to use and work VERY well with the joystick.

    I have had the head unit installed for 2 days now and so far everything is working perfectly and up to par! I would really recommend giving this unit a try!!



    Great sound with a few minor flaws

    Written by: Lee J from Boston, MA on January 18, 2011

    I bought this receiver to replace an Alpine unit that was giving me problems. I was a
    little apprehensive as I haven't had the best luck with Sony in the past. But I figured I'd
    try 'em again, and I'm happy I did.
    The first thing I noticed was how much better the Sony sounds than the Alpine.
    Everything sounds sharper, clearer, and just plain improved over the Alpine. The tuning
    controls are excellent and allow you to dial in the sound exactly as you'd like. I like that
    the ipod control wire connects at the rear of this unit, which was another major factor in
    my decision to choose this model. It seems most new receivers have the connection in
    the front, which would require you to unplug the wire every time you remove the face
    plate, which I do when I leave the car. Not my idea of convenient. Also, I have a steering
    wheel control adapter hooked up to this, and it's lightning fast- just like stock. The
    Alpine was a press-hold-wait for the action to happen sequence before. Now it's tap
    and done.
    Gripes- the display washes out in direct sunlight. I think all units do, though. The
    display will read 1 or 2 lines of info, user selectable. Unless you remove the face plate-
    then it reverts to a single line display every time. Slightly annoying. And I'd prefer
    dedicated FF/RWD buttons rather than a joystick. But that's it.
    If you're looking for great sound with plenty of expandability, you'll be happy with this unit.
    I am.



    Awesome Radio!

    Written by: Grady138 from Norfolk VA on September 30, 2010

    2005 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in the ol ladys' 05 Sportage. What really made the choice for me was free
    adapters and harnesses & shipping! Great radio! everything top notch esp for the price.
    You can even dump music files onto a thumbdrive and play off that! excellant, quick
    shipping and great support Thanks Crutchfield!



    Another homerun for sony!

    Written by: Roger from Sinclairville, NY on July 12, 2010

    2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a Sony CDX-GT620IP in my 2008 F250 and now I have this 930UI in my 2010 F250 and they both fit PERFECT and look great in the dash!

    Sony hit it out of the ballpark giving me the power to fine tune my music and make it sound perfect! The IPOD/IPHONE controls are PERFECT and so much easier to use than in the past (which were still good for the time!) DSO is a MUST for a head unit in my opinion - Sony really stands out for the DSO. Made my extended cab truck sound like it had Subs - and they were still outside on the ground - lol. HUGE difference.

    Give Sony a chance! This is like the 10th Sony unit Ive purchased for me or my friends and probably the 50th Ive installed.... SOny makes a GREAT head unit and Ive converted my friends that insisted on spending $800 for a terrible sounding head unit!



    Nice unit, not sure what Sony could to to make it better...

    Written by: Getwired from Manassas, VA on June 4, 2010

    1997 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sorry, but I'm really not a Sony "fan" any more; HOWEVER this unit really is great! It's replaced my well-used CDX-M8805X (which died too early, IMO), and I stuck with Sony certainly not because of longevity or reliability, but because they've engineered me into it with their proprietary accessories (which are cool, yes), and the price is just too darn good to pass up on my tight budget. This was the only unit that would work with my outboard Bus/Multi-AUX unit, modular XM, and steering column remote. I'm happy to say though that this really is a great unit with some nice new features over my old CDX-M8805X.

    The USB input works excellently with my MP3 players, NONE of which are iPods; in fact now I can charge my HTC Droid Eris and play music stored on it via USB, using my steering column remote to navigate and control it all -- VERY cool.

    Unit sounds fantastic, has tons of features, would be 5 stars if it played FLAC files (or didn't wear a Sony badge). First Sony product in a while I haven't been embarrassed to say I've owned...(this and my trusty MDR-7506's with Beyerdynamic pads but that's totally another story.) ;-)



    This unit is all you'll ever need.

    Written by: draconocturne from Orlando, FL. on May 18, 2010

    2003 Toyota Echo
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    I've been an avid Sony user for years now, some may even call me a fanboy. This unit is awesome. It looks great, sounds better and has all the features I would want in an Ipod compatible unit. No frustrating file hierarchy that is limited to a certain amount of folders. Controlling the Ipod from the unit is just like controlling it from the Ipod itself. My one beef, and it's one I noticed immediately after installing it, the 'enter' feature. I don't want to rag on the whole joystick, because for the most part it's functional, just the pressing in of it to make a selection. Often times I think I press it 'in', when in actuality, the unit responded as if I pushed 'up'. Really, and I mean really, frustrating. With all the tiny buttons Sony was able to fit on there, including a 'back' button, I would have much more preferred an actual 'enter' button.
    Aside from that though, you can't ask for a better unit with as many features as this one has for such a fair price.



    Great Stereo for iPod

    Written by: Matt from Johnson Creek, WI on March 31, 2010

    Got this deck for Christmas after researching for about 4 months on ipod radios. This stereo delivers everything that you could possibly need. it found its way home in a 2005 dodge neon. it sounds great, and the USB is a huge plus. All of the controls are intuitive and the fact that all of the connections are hidden in the back is a huge factor for me. Clean, Sounds Great, Easy to use, whats not to like?



    Tip Top!

    Written by: mrkarisma2 from Lancaster, PA on March 16, 2010

    I bought this unit a few months ago and it works perfectly with my iPod Classic & iPhone. The USB is in the back so that all connections are discrete and totally out of sight.

    Finding tracks on the iPod is pretty quick and the overall controls are pretty intuitive. The unit also has a CD player that plays Music & Mp3 discs and has a nice little credit card remote. The unit is a very good value for the price you pay.

    This is probably my 4th Sony Receiver, they make some of the best Head Units in the business.



    Great Reciever

    Written by: Kale from West Des Moines on December 24, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does everything well. Easy navigation through songs with the dial, easier to use even then the ipod itself, but of course u can navigate through that too. Will make your songs sound instantly better with the dynamic sound-stage imaging, you have to hear it too believe it but it actually raises the sound up to your ears. Easily controls my subwoofer volume, plus gives me control of every aspect of sound coming through my other speakers. Don't think just buy this receiver i researched everything on Crutchfields site to find the best one before hand and I can personally attest from 6 months of use that it does everything beautifully.



    Nice and sturdy construction

    Written by: Anonymous from Tampa FL on December 2, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As soon as I took this out of the box, I immediately noticed its hefty weight which I translate to a well-built unit using heavy duty components inside and sturdy construction all-around. Compared to the Kenwood KDC693 I sold a while back, that thing was like a feather and had that usual China-built plastic feel to it.

    The menus and animations are not overdone like on some other stereos (ehh hmmm.. KENWOOD) which would take FOREVER to get from one menu to another because of the SLOWW animation. I got impatient very quickly.

    What they left out:
    1. You can't get the display to show the actual file name of the MP3 files. It only shows what is in the MP3 tag itself. So if the tag was never filled out when the MP3 was created, the screen will simply say "No information" instead of the name of the file itself. Weird.

    2. You can't choose to repeat a single track without using the remote control. I"m not big on using the remote at all but if I want to hear a track several times in a row, I will have to dig that thing out.

    3. It has poor browsing capabilities. When I want to browse for another song that is in the same folder, I actually have to start the search from the root folder every single time. Very inconvenient and sometimes I don't remember the name of the folder.

    I just installed the stereo about 3 hours ago but so far I am impressed with everything else about it.



    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: Anonymous from Greensboro, NC on October 13, 2009

    1993 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, looks wonderful, Excellent sound, and all around one of the best stereos I've ever used.

    However, the menus to change the treble and bass settings is a little complex. I just the menu to say treb and press up for more and down for less and the same goes for the bass and for the left and right speaker, front and rear.

    I also like the fact that you can change the color on the display, but it only changes the color on the screen. The rest of the lite up displays stays blue and they dont fade with the screen display when you turn your lights on.

    Aside from that I think its a pretty good stereo. I just think that Sony could have put more thought into this product. I kinda seemed like they rushed it a little.



    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: Ron from Keedysville, Md on June 11, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one great head unit. Great features and the DM+ and DSO technology works great. The display is nice and easy to read. The sound quality is superb. I researched head units for about a month and based on sound quality, features and the iPod controls this was the hands down winner. The iPod controls are easy and the iPod load time on the 32GB touch version filled with about 10GB of music is very very fast. Great job Sony. I highly recommend this unit to anyone who wants a head unit to control there iPod.



    Great Unit, but beware MP3 lovers

    Written by: Dennis from Maryland on May 25, 2009

    2006 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If I only played CD's this would get a 5 hands down. Sound is great, looks
    good, interface is quick.

    The downside is their Ipod and flash drive functions. The unit only shows so
    many tracks because this stereo uses banks for memory. This will be short
    lived technology. Flipping thru folders on a flash drive is time consuming.
    They didnt create a "Back" button which is standard on higher end units.
    No back button means you start at the top of your menus everytime you
    want to select music. Also, this unit didnt play a lot of my content because
    Sony thought it was copy protected. Didnt have this issue on other stereos.

    If you have a small mp3 collection or primarily use CD's then buy this unit.
    But if you're like me and have a large digital music collection (5000+ mp3's)
    and want control of all your music then keep looking.

    I ended up stepping it up to a Pioneer AVH-P4100 just for Ipod
    functionality. Awesome stereo but is in another class and isnt a fair
    comparison to this unit as it's $300 more.



    Used in a Toyota Tacoma

    Written by: Doug from Lodi, Ohio on May 16, 2009

    2009 Toyota Tacoma

    I'm not so sure Sony would want my opinion on this stereo & I am a loyal Sony customer. They don't make junk... The PRO"S...If your a IPOD user, this stereo is great for that. The best I've seen so far, and it charges. I don't know about all the limitation problems with files & folders with memory cards that everybodys talking about. I have over 6000 songs & over 500 CD's loaded in my ipod & it flies through them all. I wish it remembered where I was in memory like my IPOD, but you can't have it all... The CON"S...where do I start. The wallpapers are very kiddie'ish. The illumination change is nice, but only half of it changes. The blue on the left is eye peircing at night because it doesn't dim with the rest of the stereo......What was Sony thinking? The joy stick is like everybody says, mega sensitive. I was not a fan of the DSO feature. It took too much mid range out to lift the music up. It put way too much drive to the tweeters, when you pulled the tweeters down to compensate, you defeated the DSO feature. The EQ, there should be several custom EQ settings. If you have amp power behind this stereo, the EQ is very sensitive from cd to cd, which means you have to constantly adjust the EQ setting, which brings you back to the joystick problems. I can go on & on but that's enough. ALL-IN-ALL, I got it for it's abillity to adapt to my IPOD, & I got that at least. I wish I'd stayed with my first picks of ALPINE & JVC.



    Sony Xplod CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: Mark from Minot, ND on May 10, 2009

    2008 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this receiver in my 2008 Honda Civic about 3 weeks ago and it has made my stock speakers sound amazing!! The interface of this unit, like mentioned before, does have some getting used to, but it doesn't at all make this a bad head unit at all. My only issue is the way you have to select things by pressing the knob. Especially while driving, I try to press the knob to make a selection and it will sometimes scroll up or down instead of making the selection. You kind of get used to it but it gets annoying sometimes. I use this mainly for the ipod interface and i have to say that is the greatest feature. This has many other great features also. I recommend this to anybody looking for a great receiver. You will not be disappointed with this product.



    5 Stars for Sound Quality

    Written by: Adam from Pittsburgh, PA on April 23, 2009

    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer

    I've searched long and hard for the perfect headunit to fit my budget of <$300 and this is the ticket! Haha i had the sony cdx-gt200, which is is a much older version, but still very respectable. When I connected this new reciever I couldnt stop smiling! My car didnt come with tweeter locations so I was prepared to have to do some modification but with the DSO function of this head unit i wont even be needing components!

    I have connected a 16gb flash drive about half way full to this reciever. There is around a 5 second load time everytime I turn on the reciever and go to play music from the USB drive. It will remember the exact location and play from there, but you still must wait the 5 seconds.

    It really did bring my speakers to life. I have the Infiniti Reference 6.5 inch slim mounts in the front and they scream when only being powered by this head unit! I had started saving my money for another amp and components but this headunits internal amp as well as the DSO function allowed me to forgo this extra step. I also have an Alpine MRP-M500 powering my two 10 inch subs and everything sounds amazing. It was a budget system costing me around $800 all together but it was all worth it! Haha driving is so much more a pleasure now because of this headunit. It allowed me to bring my entire music collection and reproduce it like i was sitting in my living room. Its a great buy!



    Great receiver

    Written by: Pat from Cleves, OH on April 13, 2009

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    All in all, I really like this receiver. Installation was very easy. After reading manual, operation is easy. Great sound.

    Couple of things that I don't like... 128 folder restriction on USB devices means it doesn't read 1/2 of my mp3 player. Also don't care for the feel of the rotate and push knob. With the removable face, the knob feels kind of flimsy. It also requires a certain "touch" to operate correctly, which I've yet to obtain.

    But don't are my only gripes and don't let them prevent you from getting a receiver with great features for the price!



    sony #1

    Written by: anthony from yorktown heights, ny on April 1, 2009

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

    i have been buying products from crutchfield for 25 years and the have always come through with amazing products. big fan of sony car stereo's. this has been my best purchase so far. i am a major fan of the ipod and this stereo has made my music life go to a new level. i can listen to my music and not be tied down to a program directors idea of what good music is. i have sirius radio connected to my sony a now have the best of a commercial free world. thumbs up to crutchfield and sony



    Sony quality I've come to expect, minus a few minor details.

    Written by: Jason from West Des Moines, IA on March 27, 2009

    I've only ever owned Sony head units. My parents and brothers have only ever owned Sony head units. In my experience, I've never come across a head unit that was easier to configure or control than those made by Sony.

    With my '04 Pontiac Grand Am, I thought I'd try out another brand name only because I was concerned about the affordability. I figure if I could save money, I could learn to use another brand's head unit. I proved myself very wrong.

    I purchased a Pioneer DEH-P4000UB at a large blue competitor and installed it. I then proceeded to play around with it for a week and couldn't get the sound configured just right (and I'm a geek... it has to be perfect). I decided to poke around online and read up on Sony's new units (the last one I owned was a CDX-M7810). I found the CDX-GT930UI and it seemed to have a similar (though updated) set of features.

    Wow. The menu system is very intuitive, the sound customization is detailed, and the iPod/USB device interface is icing on the cake.

    The only real negative I've noticed is that USB storage devices are limited to 128 folders including the root directory. Folders add up quickly when you categorize by artist and album like I do. I hit that ceiling real quick.

    And as an added bonus, the illumination circuit actually works with my car for the first time, meaning that when the headlights come one, the display automatically dims. Nice.

    Worth every penny I spent on it.



    Nice Stereo

    Written by: Stephen from Boston, MA on March 26, 2009

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is excellent. It has all the features to support system expansion at a reasonable price. The command knob is a little sensitive especially when driving I find some attempts to push the center actually push it side to side but you get used to it. I use the remote control for everything so not a big issue. Still 5 stars.



    Sony CDX-GT930UI

    Written by: James from Montpelier, VA on March 23, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent HU. I have had it installed in my 2004 F150 SuperCrew for over a
    week now and after reading the manual and tweaking the settings, it is
    great. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO) and DM+ Advanced
    features are really good, since my speakers are low on the doors. If you
    don't have a subwoofer - you don't need to mess with the HPF settings.
    There are plenty of preamp outputs for expandabilty as well.

    The wireless remote works great. The IPOD interface is top notch.
    Extremley easy!

    The display is clear and easy to read in sunlight.

    Crutchfield shipped it to me on a Monday and I recieved it the next day. All
    the free instructions and harnesses worked great.



    Awsome Sound, Very easy to use!

    Written by: Mike from Winnabow, NC on March 20, 2009

    2004 Dodge Neon
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    I replaced an aftermarket reciever with this awsome reciever. I had a DVD/USB/AUX CD player with a 3.6 inch screen. Almost a year having it installed in my car and both the FM tuner and the moving face plate stopped working. I bought the Sony CDX-GT930UI which arrived quickly and installed it myself all in about 2 hours. (Did not have wire strippers with me so took longer with a knife) The Sound is AWSOME! and the interface is easy and wonderful. I have had two Sony recievers before and their products are great! This is the best so far!




    Written by: Anthony from Redding, Ca on March 20, 2009

    I decided to replace my CDXGT610ui with a rear USB -AND- rear AUX after finding out that front inputs probably weren`t the best idea if you have a moose of a dog that rides up front w/you on adventures. The one thing I was leery of was the background, I took a chance anyways and the menu has an option for Background Off, with this disabled you have no wallpapers or distracting movies, just track info(and the clock which try as I may cannot be turned off)The annoying beep can also easily be turned off
    Another great surprise I found out after unpacking it was that they put one Aux input on a three foot cable out the back of the unit which makes it very easy to remote mount alongside the USB cable. USB load times are much improved (very fast!)The display is very readable in bright sunlight and can be dimmed at night and the button colors can be changed which is a nice feature at night as well.Sound quality? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The DM+ and DSO make all the difference and once you get the filters set up right for whatever speakers/system you`re running I doubt you`ll find anything better even with an add on module that unlocks supersecret eq settings. Not a big fan of the volume knob controlling other features but so far not a big deal. The controls are well laid out and the "back" and "quick search" functions are great. The menu is a little intimidating at first but the more you use it the easier it gets.
    Did I mention it sounds AWSOME
    Great job Sony
    5 stars all the way



    Sony Xplod = Style & Quality

    Written by: NocturnalLife from Central Florida on February 28, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, exceptional service from Crutfield. Ordered on Tues evening and product arrived Thurs at 9:30 AM the same week with kit, harness & shipping all for free!

    Installed head unit (HU) in an Acura RSX Type-S with a Bose factory stereo.

    The fuctions of the HU are all intuitive and easy to use. I don't own an iPOD, so having a good menu system to browse through a usb drive full of MP3 files is what I was looking for. The menu system for this HU is amazing! The Quick-BrowZer fuction is top notch and I love the ZAP button for ZAPPIN mode. ZAPPIN lets you hear a snippet of a certain portion of a song, so you can find something you're in the mood for quickly. Works well in SHUFFLE mode too, so you can shuffle through the entire USB drive to find what you are wanting to put you in the right mood, then press ZAP button again and it will start the song from the beginning (works with CD player also).

    There is more to say about this HU, 1,500 character review is limiting me, but to sum it up, you can build your car audio dream system from this HU.

    Hope this helps someone because I have researched for about 2 months, before deciding on purchasing this HU.



    Great So Far

    Written by: PARISICC from Fairfield, NJ on February 13, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit yesterday (used the supplied instructions and was pretty easy) and I already like it a lot. I replaced the factory Monsoon head unit on my 2000 GTI with it and not only does it seemingly have more ouput, but the equalization and frequency cut-off options are great...especially for the price. The coolest thing to me so far is the USB input however. I was a little skeptical at first on how the receiver would interface with files on a USB drive, but this thing showed me the ropes. It found every single music file I put on there...even one that I purposely hid about 6 or 7 folders deep. The only small negative factors I can throw in (to make this fair) are the listed here, followed by reasoning: the main button is not the easiest to manipulate. Sometimes when you want to push it inward, you accidentally push it up or to the side or whatever. Luckily you can get used to this. Also, the supplied remote works the stereo really well if you can't get past that small issue. Lastly, the wallpaper/stock graphics on the receiver aren't that great. I found a couple that I like, but then again, the point of this item is not to have is to play sound and play it well. Besides, the overall look of the unit is awesome. I can't not give this unit a 5. If I find anything else down the road, I will repost. So far, this is a great product and I've had a great experience with Crutchfield.



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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X172)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face security screw
    • Operating Instructions (English/French)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
    • Limited Warranty sheet (US)
    • Canada Warranty sheet
    • Note on installing face security screws

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color 3D Blue FL
    Key Button Color Blue, Red, Green
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Sony CDX-GT930UI is an AM/FM, single CD receiver with a rear-mounted 3.5mm auxiliary input (on a 39" pigtail) and a rear-mounted USB port (on a 5' pigtail). The unit features a motorized face which detaches for theft prevention. It also comes with a protective face case.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Fluorescent Display: The unit features a large, 4-line full-motion fluorescent display. The dot-matrix text is blue with your choice of backgrounds: 3 spectrum analyzer displays, 3 static wallpapers, a full-motion movie, or combinations of displays that rotate through all categories. In addition, the button illumination can be changed from blue to red or green.

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

    Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night, if desired. You can operate the display dimmer automatically, when the vehicle's lights are turned on, or manually. If the dimmer is set to automatic, the orange/white wire in the power harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order to properly work.

    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.

    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.

    Audio Section

    EQ 3 Parametric: You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom or Off (flat). For the Custom setting you can make your own equalizer settings. You can set the center frequency and bandwidth (Q) for the following bands: Low (60Hz or 100 Hz, Q: 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0), Mid (500 Hz or 1 kHz, Q: 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, or 1.5), and High (10 kHz or 12.5 kHz, Q: 0.75 or 1.25). The volume levels of each band is adjustable from +10 dB to -10 dB in 1 dB increments.

    DM+ Advanced: The unit features Digital Music Plus Advanced (DM+ Advanced) which uses sound enhancement technologies to improve the sound of digitally compressed audio, such as MP3, WMA, and AAC files from your iPod or USB device. You can turn the feature off/off in the menu as desired.

    Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): The GT930UI features the Dynamic Soundstage Organizer, which uses proprietary circuitry to virtually raise the soundstage and spread it wider across the dash. This is especially helpful if your vehicle has speakers mounted low in the door panels. There are three levels of DSO, each with an increasing amount of effect.

    Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT930UI contains three pairs of 4-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 with 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.

    High Pass Filter: The Sony CDX-GT930UI features a High Pass Filter which allows you to select the cutoff frequency for the front and rear speakers and preamp outputs from 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, or 160 Hz. You can set the cutoff frequency for the front and rear channels independently or all together.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The CDX-GT930UI features a built-in AM/FM digital tuner.

    Tuning Features: The built-in AM/FM tuner offers the following features: Auto/Manual tuning, Preset tuning (6 presets each in 5 bands), Best Tuning Memory, Local Seek Mode, and Mono Mode.

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

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (607SNYSC1) - package number 700SIRSONY, sold separately.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMSON2, sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or the Sony XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter (158XA300, sold separately).

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

    HD Radio Ready: The CDX-GT930UI is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD, sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The CD receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs. The head unit also supports CD Text. The receiver will also play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD or USB player/memory. When there are many items in one category, you can search for the desired track quickly by using the Jump function which skips in steps of 10% of the total tracks listed in the current folder. Note: When entering the Quick-BrowZer mode, the repeat/shuffle setting is canceled.

    Zappin': You can search for a track on a CD or USB player/memory through the Zappin' feature. When the Zappin' feature is engaged, the unit will play a short sample of the track (about 1 minute into the track), then skip to the next track. You can select the length of the sample: 6 seconds, 9 seconds, or 30 seconds.

    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 15 seconds or more.

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    USB Input: The receiver is equipped with a Type-A USB input for plugging in a USB Mass Storage Class device, or a compatible USB audio player. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with up to 512 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device.

    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 rear of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display. The GT930UI has a rear-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). The head unit will allow audio playback, control, and charging of your connected iPod. When the head unit is placed in the Passenger Control mode, you can control the iPod directly using the "click-wheel" or "touch-screen" on the iPod. The Sony GT930UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track  Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    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 revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Rear Panel Auxiliary Input: A rear panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The 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 doesn't appear as an available source.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: You can connect an auxiliary audio device (such as a portable digital memory player, cassette, MiniDisc, or VCR) when used with the optional XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter (158XA300, sold separately). The XA-300 uses the UniLink and Bus Audio inputs on the back of the receiver, and allows you to connect an optional CD/MD changer in addition to the auxiliary audio source.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X172) for easy operation. The unit also has a 3.5mm mini-jack on the back that will accommodate Sony's RM-X4S wired remote control. If the wired remote is connected, you can switch the operative direction of the controls on the Rotary Commander from normal to reverse.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility:The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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