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Sony MEX-N5000BT

CD receiver

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Item #: 158N5000BT

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Sony MEX-N5000BT

Overview

Our take on the Sony MEX-N5000BT

Sony's understands that your smartphone is a big part of your life, so the MEX-N5000BT CD receiver offers plenty of ways to use it with in your car audio system. Sony's App Remote feature lets you take charge of selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps from your phone's touchscreen, while on the other side you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. Best of all, App Remote lets your phone work as a display for the receiver, so you can see album art, track info, caller information, and more on your phone, rather than reading it off the receiver's single line display.

Smartphone interactivity, Sony style

Sony's understands that your smartphone is a big part of your life, so the MEX-N5000BT CD receiver offers plenty of ways to use it with in your car audio system. Sony's App Remote feature lets you take charge of selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps from your phone's touchscreen, while on the other side you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. Best of all, App Remote lets your phone work as a display for the receiver, so you can see album art, track info, caller information, and more on your phone, rather than reading it off the receiver's single line display.

Connect to compatible iPhones® through Bluetooth® and you can activate voice commands and inquiries from the receiver. Speak your commands and you'll hear your iPhone response through your car audio speakers. And this receiver will notify you of any incoming text messages, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Bluetooth that's easy to use

The MEX-N5000BT's built-in Bluetooth adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver. Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and if your phone supports NFC, you can simply touch it to the receiver to pair the device.

Sony MEX-N5000BT CD Receiver

With over 35,00 colors available, you're sure to find the right hue for your dash.

The center of a great car audio system

The MEX-N5000BT includes Sony's impressive Advanced Sound Engine, featuring a 10-band EQ, digital time alignment to set up a perfect stereo "sweet spot," and frequency filters to make your speaker setup shine. Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp is noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction. If you're looking to expand your system with external amps, you'll find three sets of preamp outputs.

You've got great musical options too. Check out your latest CD, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls. You can plug your iPhone® or iPod® into the USB input — Sony's Quick-BrowZer® makes it easy to search for songs by artist, album, song, genre, or playlist. And you can add on a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required), if you want to experience an unparalleled variety of news, talk, sports, and music. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to make this receiver look right at home in your dash.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Easy to use, great sound quality, easy to install, flexible with system expansion. Sony definitely brings the quality with this one.

Quentin, Seneca, Mo

What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse)
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • Two-sided tape
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
  • US Limited Warranty sheet
  • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
  • Face fixing screw note
  • Important Notice

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    • App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
    • Siri and Android Eyes Free
    • variable color illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 10-band equalizer
    • Listener Position calibration digital time alignment
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) to improve digital music playback
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:
    Reviews

    Sony MEX-N5000BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    220 Reviews

    Broke fast, and no dedicated power button

    Written by: Highlander from California on November 23, 2015

    2003 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    There is no dedicated power button, so you cannot instantly turn it off. You have to press and hold the SRC button for a few seconds. That's annoying. What is worse, the thing just quit working when it was only fifteen months old.

    Pros: Decent sound, USB stick, Bluetooth works with Android phone,

    Cons: Broke fast (for a stereo) No dedicated Power button

    tiny buttons, hardly amplifies AUX input

    Written by: Tico from Texas on September 5, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Tiny buttons, and when I connect the output from my iphone to the AUX it will not amplify very well. You're not even to "loud" and it distorts a lot from the iphone max output.

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    Written by: Quentin from Seneca, Mo on May 13, 2015

    1998 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Easy to use, great sound quality, easy to install, flexible with system expansion. Sony definitely brings the quality with this one.

    Pros: see review.

    Cons: microphone cord needs to be longer for easier placement.

    Good radio

    Written by: Tom from Long Island, NY on May 11, 2015

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    This was a replacement for the factory radio for my Ford Expedition. I can say the radio works great, sound is great and was super easy to install. I recently added an external siriusxm tuner so I would use less data on my phone by not streaming audio from phone all the time. The USB port is difficult to get the hang of scrolling through looking for songs, but it is possible. The receiver works great but in my opinion the display leaves a lot to be desired and because of that I am looking to replace this receiver. I Hate the way the display limits the information. You can get one thing to display or another, but not everything.

    Pros: Sound is good, love the Bluetooth for streaming audio and talking on phone, I am told the sound is very clear on the other end. The front USB port is convenient if not easy to use (see cons). Added a sirusxm tuner and worked instantly.

    Cons: When listening to a radio station you can get the broadcast song info, or the preset number and clock - you cannot get the clock if you get broadcast info (song name etc) With siriusxm tuner you can get channel number or name or artist or song name or time, you cannot get it to scroll or alternate. Same with Bluetooth - display that say BTAudio & Time or artist or song With USB you can get folder number or song name or artist or time The display should offer an option to cycle through info

    Just what I wanted and expected.

    Written by: Mike from New Jersey on April 29, 2015

    1997 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I have 2 of this model and one of another older model. I bought it for the bluetooth and Iphone connectivity. Works flawlessly. I have music and recorded sermons etc on USB sticks which is another awesome feature on these newer radios. Made the old speakers sound great and the cost of these makes it a no brainer to add these features to an old car that has non of these hands free features.

    Pros: cost... feature set.

    Cons: I am not as savvy as younger folks will be with these new features so I find myself having to consult the book if I need to change something in the config. My son can just figure it out from the menus on the face plate.

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    Written by: Adrian G. from Jamaica, NY on April 26, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Not enamored with the sound or ease of programming it to sound to my liking.

    Pros: CD, Bluetooth, Aux, volume

    Cons: USB port doesn't charge your phone, and isn't compatible with android. Works excellent with Apple products, unfortunately, I'm an android guy. The clarity in sounds at top volume level leaves a bit to be desired. It probably could sound better if a pro installs and adjusts the settings. Didn't work out too well when I tried.

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    Written by: Justin from Pennsylvania on April 22, 2015

    1999 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Noticeable improvement in sound quality, despite the fact that I have yet to replace the 16 year old factory speakers in my 99 Chevy Malibu. Menus are a little difficult to get a handle on at first, like some others have said. After flipping through the menu and learning as I went, it became easier. Bluetooth calls sound good as well. No issues there. Good stereo for the price, so far so good and I'm happy with it.

    Pros: Sounds quality (despite the factory speakers still being in my car) 10 band EQ, variable color display, power output, Sub Preamp Outputs Bang for buck value. I feel like this stereo has everything.

    Cons: Menus are difficult to navigate at first.

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Ray from Marion Ky on April 20, 2015

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    It's great I haven't had a single problem with the unit

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    Descent Budget Bluetooth Radio

    Written by: Johnny from Tennessee on April 15, 2015

    2005 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Crutchfield swapped this radio with the Clarion model which in my opinion is so much better. This model is so hard to set the settings, even with the manual. It doesn't auto connect with my devices even though the setting is enabled. The colors are vague, and the mic is so big. The Clarion has a built in mic, multiple colors, is a lot easier to use (may still need instructions) usb is in the rear (more professional cleaner look this way if you want to charge your devices from the A-Piller and mount them there so they are out of your field of vision if under your rear view mirror), Aux port is still there for friends who have older phones, and you can thumb up and down, pause, play, and skip all from the Clarion receiver. This model doesn't do any of that.

    Pros: Good sound quality Descent for the price if you use Aux or USB

    Cons: Bluetooth is poor always disconnects and you have to manually pair it each time on the iPhone Not many color variations Large Bluetooth mic, noticeable everywhere Settings are hard to access

    GREAT RECEIVER!

    Written by: Jeff N. from South Dakota on April 14, 2015

    1990 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This is an excellent receiver. Plus the Crutchfield team also gives you everything you need for a smooth trouble free installation. Still have trouble? They are a phone call away. It didn't take me long to set it up. A quick read of the instructions and anyone should be able to master the controls. It has a rainbow of colors to choose from or let it scroll through, it looks great. I was considering buying an amp, but at 55W x4, this blows my doors off. Yes, I'm very happy with this system.

    Pros: You buy the receiver. As long as you spend $100 or more on the receiver, Crutchfield will give you, for free, everything needed for the install, including step by step instructions with photos. Great sound! Great looks!

    Cons: They didn't fly one of their guys out to my house to install this for me. Just kidding, I can't think of one single con for my install.

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    Written by: stanley from Georgia on April 13, 2015

    2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    enjoyong my new Sony love the Bluetooth

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: Papa Smurf from Colorado on April 8, 2015

    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Amazing Sony car stereo for the price. Bluetooth, Pandora, USB, CD that plays MP3's - bought one for my granddaughters car, thinking of buying another for my newer vehicle!

    Pros: About every function you could want.

    Cons: none

    Awesome System

    Written by: JoshB from Augusta, GA on April 7, 2015

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I love this deck. It has all the features that you could need in a deck at an affordable price. The BT calling and answering works great and setup was really easy. It is different from other decks that I've used so I had to learn how to do a couple things, but the manual is really good for it so it wasn't too difficult.

    Pros: Integrated Bluetooth, Variety of modes with Aux, USB, and BT, great sound quality, and easy setup features to make it sound awesome

    Cons: Learning some of the features took a little while.

    Very Nice Stereo

    Written by: Gary from Midlothian, TX on April 6, 2015

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Stereo was easy to install and love the way it sounds. It took a little time getting it set up with my phone. Sounds great.

    Pros: Very nice looking stereo for the price. Great sound quality.

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Anonymous from Lakeport calif. on April 5, 2015

    2012 Volkswagen Beetle
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    Nice desk and a great price.

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    Excellent

    Written by: Matt from Nevada on April 5, 2015

    1996 BMW 318I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    after my car was broken into and my radio was stolen, I didn't hesitate to come right back to crutchfield and pick up a new one. I love how they include everything you could need to properly install the radio in your vehicle and on top of it this radio is awesome and it has abutton that makes removing the faceplate very simple, which was definitely a factor in purchasing this one.i love how easy it is to match the color of the display to the color of the rest of my dash board too. If it gets stolen I would, without a doubt buy this one again.

    Pros: Easy to install Looks awesome

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    Awesome head unit

    Written by: Nick R from South hadley, ma on April 2, 2015

    2001 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    This is an awesome head unit for the money. You don't have to break the bank and you get an awesome stereo with a lot of modern features and slick design. If your looking for a great upgrade to your factory hu then this stereo is for you.

    Pros: Usb port Customizable color illumination Excellent build quality Sleek design Bluetooth connectivity with mic Nfc capability android supported/iPhone/ipod supported

    Cons: Since there are a lot of features on this head unit, it does take some time getting used to it, and customizing it. But after you read through its pretty straight forward

    Sony works Great

    Written by: Gtraxler from Minnesota on April 2, 2015

    1995 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Pretty easy install. they gave me a pigtail to connect to the Jeepster.... nicely done! lowest price i could find...

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    Excellent Value

    Written by: Chris from Billings,MT on April 2, 2015

    2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This is a great deck for the money. It has all the features I wanted in order to utilize my iPhone to play music, podcasts, etc. the Bluetooth quality was a pleasant surprise. For the price, I expected it to be just ok. The ease of use and features like voice recognition dialing work excellent. The quality of the included microphone is awesome. People on the other end of the call have all said the sound is clear. Add to all this a cool look with the carbon fiber finishing and you get a great deck and an awesome value.

    Pros: Great features for the price

    Cons: Some set up functions take a while to figure out

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    Written by: Anonymous from Mississippi on April 2, 2015

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very happy with the quality and features for the price. Sounds and looks great.

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    Works fne

    Written by: BigAloha from Washington on March 29, 2015

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Install went well. I recommend going slow in connecting the wires to make up the harness that connects your new receiver to the vehicle. Consider soldering the wires rather than relying on the mechanical connection inside a crimp cap. If there is a loose connection, your receiver will shut off unexpectedly. Finding the loose connection among 12 or so wires will take time. This was a good experience, better than the alternative of taking my vehicle to someone to charge much more to do the job.

    Pros: I found a youtube video showing how to remove the OEM receiver from my vehicle. Once I was sure I could get the old receiver out, I was confident I could get the new one in.

    Cons: the crimp caps were hard to find in the (rural) area where I live. Either enclose them with the installation kit, or provide instruction on ho to solder the wires, or another connector in lieu of the crimp cap.

    Who listens to AM anymore, anyway?

    Written by: Bill from Wayne, NJ on March 29, 2015

    2008 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    A lot of features in a well-priced unit. I put it in a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. The two things I was really looking for were a Bluetooth connection for my iPhone, mostly for the handsfree phone, and also the front USB so I could charge the phone if needed without tying up a lighter/power port with extra gear. All that was good. The thing I took for granted was AM radio, which I put on when I start my commutes twice a day. I live about 18 miles from New York City and have never had a problem with AM reception. In fact, the AM on the Ford OEM radio I replaced was crystal clear. The AM on this radio is very poor -- unusable at the bottom of the dial -- until I get closer to the city. Even right near the source there is still pop and scratch in the AM reception. So I am investigating some sort of filter that I assume the Ford radio had and this one does not. Also, the manual is not the greatest. It seems model specific, but it lists steps and options that I don't have. You learn how to work this unit mostly from using it -- hopefully not when driving. Still trying to figure why the initial volume is always so loud by USB, but fairly low by Bluetooth -- using the exact same device and regardless of the volume level of the device (matters for Bluetooth only). I've also had similar Sony radios where the faceplates developed problems and had to be replaced, but I stuck with them anyway and, after two weeks, this one is still working normally. I

    Pros: Lots of features. Fair price. The nearly infinite back-light color options are a neat touch. Front USB and aux jacks are a must-have.

    Cons: Poor AM reception. Takes some time to figure out how to use features best.

    Great Product, Great Price

    Written by: Pop from Alabama on March 27, 2015

    2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    So much better than factory unit. Great sound. The learning curve is a little steep for a tech savvy sexagenarian. Once I worked my way through the menus I realized that are only a few changes that are made on a regular basis.

    Pros: Fit, finish, sound quality, feature

    Cons: learning curve is a little steep for a tech savvy sexagenarian.

    Great radio for the price

    Written by: Bill from Columbus, Ohio on March 25, 2015

    1984 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great quality radio with lots of options for the price. Installation was made super easy thanks to Crutchfield's free installation kits!

    Pros: I like the radio a lot so far.  Bluetooth works great.  Love the USB and aux ports.  Buttons have a good firm feel not loose feeling.  It has great Sound quality.  Color changing is pretty cool.  Good amount of RCA hookups in the back.

    Cons: Was expecting a 10 band graphic equalizer or at least something on the screen, it's not (I should have read a little closer). You set the ranges in the menu system PITA. I'm not a big fan of the menu system. I tend to run into dead ends and can't get back where I started. Removing the face is not as smooth as it should be. It take three or four pushes of the button before it releases sometimes.

    Just what I expected.

    Written by: Sabaku from Mayaguez PR on March 25, 2015

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very good

    Pros: Very good sound, love the display, with Bluetooth is compatible with android. Contact list.

    Cons: Too much functions for too less buttons.

    Returned three radios - didn't work right.

    Written by: ACCP from Texas on March 23, 2015

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    The pro installer talked directly to Sony and Crutchfield. 1st radio would never go out of demo mode. Second one wouldn't operate at all, the third one worked great for months then started randomly changing FM, AM, and Sirius channels and modes. Removed remote batteries. No change. Tried everything when talking to Crutchfield and Sony. Videoed the grimlins at work on my I phone. Also, on USB the music changed to another tune whenever. Sounded great except for static on some Sirius radio channels. Apparently the rumors about Sony's quality decline are true. Never again!

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    Written by: pwit from san Francisco, ca on March 22, 2015

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Integration with my Android was key, and with the sony app works better than hoped for. I get into my car, turn on the key and it immediately connects to my phone and continues my song on Pandora where it left off when I turned off my key and opened the car door at the previous stop. Works great!

    Pros: Android integration works great

    Cons: Had to pay for the deck, not free.

    Keep Looking

    Written by: DionJ from California on March 21, 2015

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm trying to like this stereo but: Whenever my kid connects her phone with the usb port mine loses its bluetooth connection, maybe if I read the instructions more I can solve this. The call button is so bright when dimmed at night the glare on the windshield is horrible. Scrolling through unused pandora etc with the tiny source button is a major pain while driving. The stereo has also frozen once requiring ignition off reset. If I were to do it again I would not buy this unit.

    Pros: Price Features Sound

    Cons: complicated, small controls too bright at night poor pairing

    Crutchfield response on March 23, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Written by: xbox10801 from Maryland on March 11, 2015

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    This radio is a great radio. It has many colors to choose from and the install was very simple. I did have to modify the inside of the dash a little to make room for an accessory I bought for it. Overall I really like this radio, but I had had issues with it not turning on. Crutchfield happily replaced the unit with a new one, but the second unit is having the same problems. I am not sure if it is luck that I got two defective units in a row or there is a flaw in the design of the radio. However, I hate the idea of getting a different radio due to this one looking like it was meant for my car, but I do not want to end up with a third unit with the same problem.

    Pros: - Easy to install. - Many colors to choose from. - Looks great in my car.

    Cons: - Two defective units in a row. - Microphone does not always pick up my voice.

    I like the Xplod line but not this one.

    Written by: Ron from Helena, MT on March 10, 2015

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I have 4 other Sony Xplod stereos. The oldest being 6 years ago the newest 2 years ago. I like all of them so I naturally bough another. Can't say that I am a fan of this one. My first annoyance was the insistent app reminder telling me to Open App. By default this is on and you have to figure out how to disable it if you don't want to use their incredibly bad remote app on your phone. They also have included satellite radio and Pandora as source options and you cannot disable them as you can the alt input. So out of the box it bothers you to get and use their app that I found no use for and does not allow you to turn off input options you don't use. The ipod interface works as well as it has in the previous models and the sound and power are both still very good. The option to set the color display to just about any color also works well. With all that in mind, I would recommend this model if I could get rid of the app reminder or if they would have made it opt in instead of on by default. They didn't so I don't. I will try to find an older one and see if any of this is fixed in upcoming models.

    Pros: Sound, Power, Volume and Function Controls, Bluetooth Phone Connection and Use, External Microphone, Color Options for the Lighting

    Cons: The App is useless and poorly done in my opinion. Sony decided to make the stereo demand that you open it every time your phone connects till you figure out how to turn off the annoying feature.

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Eric from Valparaiso, in on March 9, 2015

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very easy to install; directions were a little vague but wiring diagram spot on; radio bracket was cracked when I opened it. I called Crutchfield and they sent another bracket without any hassle. I appreciated that service. Sound is great. Bluetooth and streaming music outstanding. I also purchased door and headlight chime. I highly recommend that purchase its a plug install. Super easy.

    Pros: Wire diagram simple, plug in door/headlight chime, great sound, Bluetooth and music stream sound outstanding, great customer service from Crutchfield

    Cons: Vague directions, bright display at night

    great radio

    Written by: Anonymous from conway, sc on March 9, 2015

    2001 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I like this radio. Love the Bluetooth.

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth capabilities.

    Cons: The app remote is buggy so I quit using it.

    Sony CD Bluetooth player

    Written by: Jim from Louisiana on March 8, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My Crutchfield sales lady recommended this unit over a Pioneer 7600. She told me it was the best when it came to bluetooth connectivity. Sadly, she was very wrong. The buttons to press to get anything connected is ridiculous. I had to go to troubleshooting to find out the extra step to pair my phone completely. It is very slow at connecting upon starting, and the sound quality is nothing compared to the pioneer. And you better not try pressing the radio button for voice control, that rarely works. Sorry, Crutchfield, you missed the mark on this one.

    Pros: The red led almost matches my BMW colors.

    Cons: Horrible bluetooth connection steps. Bad voice command or siri capability..

    Loved this CD player

    Written by: GeorgiaLina from Georgia on March 2, 2015

    2001 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is exactly what I was looking for.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great radio!

    Written by: Rockhound from Arizona on March 2, 2015

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A terrific radio - easy to install & Crutchfield supplied everything needed for the easy installation. Has all the features I wanted at a reasonable price & the sound is very good. Now I just need to get some better speakers!

    Pros: Easy install, good price.

    Cons:

    WOW AND WOW

    Written by: Obby from West Sacramento California on February 24, 2015

    1993 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was a bit skeptical upon receipt of the unit. Do I really need all of these features? Complicated? Take your time installing the unit, read and re-read the manual because it is definitely a well thought out unit with great features and a user interface that is easy to work with. The build quality is great and the functions are well thought out and user friendly.

    Pros: Great build quality, awesome relevant useful features!! AWESOME CRUTCHFIELD STAFF!!!!!!!

    Cons: Absolutely NONE!!

    Excellent!

    Written by: Chris from Iowa on February 24, 2015

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Really good product

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Mislead by Crutchfield...

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on February 22, 2015

    1968 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I contacted two different Crutchfield support technicians telling them that I wanted a head unit that could be controlled 100% via Iphone5. They assured me that this unit is capable of that but they were both wrong. The head unit works fine from a sound standpoint but the Remote App made by Sony is woefully inadequate. The APP allows you to choose between youtube, spotify and a couple other websites (like IMDB which baffles me) but DOES NOT allow you to control volume, change the source to tuner/cd/aux/etc or any of the equalizer controls. If you purchase this head unit, plan on using it as a normal bluetooth receiver. DO NOT pay for the remote app function as it's worthless.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Wow. Fun and successful project w/ son

    Written by: Gary from Olathe ks on February 18, 2015

    2007 Buick Rainier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I wanted a radio for my son's first vehicle with streaming and most importantly hands free calling. Radio and all aspects worked great. Best part was Crutchfields system and assistance! Ordering was a snap, instructions were great, and we were not only able to save over $200 by doing it ourself....it was a great project and learning experience for both my son and I. Even the steering wheel controls work and the sound quality of both the radio and hands free calling are excellent.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Quality Product

    Written by: mb from Texas on February 15, 2015

    2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This product is easy to install and instruction coupled with Crutchfield master sheets make the install simple. I gave the ease of use 4 stars due to a couple of minor issues. 1. access to the EQ without the app on the phone is cumbersome to access and change. 2. I use an android device and the speaking integration is not as simple as shown in the video. 3. When the app is paired, i can't use the keyboard on my Samsung Note 3. But in general, it is a quality sounding system and the bluetooth hands free works great. All in all a nice system. Using the app to control the device make use and configuration of the system much easier.

    Pros: Nice sound Good hands free

    Cons: Changing EQ settings without the app are cumbersome.

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: ChrisA from Wisconsin on February 11, 2015

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent stock replacement, really improved the sound quality plus the bluetooth works excellent..

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    Cons:

    Excellent Technology and Price

    Written by: JucasD from Nevada on February 5, 2015

    1997 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    After reading several reviews of this other similarly priced products I opted for this one as it offered the best bang for the buck. I was very pleased at how easy the install was and I was fumbling through the limited user manual and the plethora of features offered by this unit. The other reviews were spot on as it offers great technology and features for a low price. The unit is quality and in keeping with Sony tradition, robust and reliable. For a self-proclaimed techie, I did have to revert to the user manual to decipher many of the cryptic display messages while moving through the set up menus. After a little bit though I was off and running making hands free phone calls, listening to music from my iPhone and wishing I had ordered the Sirius module. My '97 Ford still has factory original speakers so I can't comment on sound quality in all fairness.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: jr from Tennessee on February 2, 2015

    2009 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    if they made it easier to install they have to put it in for you . it came with everthing that was need ed to install i put it in a 2009 kia optima and it was very easy the stero is very nice looking sound better then the factory that i took out.i only had one thing they sended a 10.00 part that i didnt need and it would cost me to much to send it back so i just trash it under the bed it was for a equiler or something that my car never had anyway. but it all good.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    fit perfectly

    Written by: j n from California on January 23, 2015

    2006 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    fit great, everything came in the order and it was simple to follow the instructions and install. total install took about 1 hour with completing the mount and wiring harness.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Eagle Pass, TX on January 23, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Radio

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Jeff from Virginia on January 22, 2015

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product, thank you for the free install kit

    Pros: Fast shipping

    Cons:

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: climbingthefence from Boiling Sprins PA on January 21, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My wife loves the new radio

    Pros: Ease of installation

    Cons: None

    great radio for Android phones

    Written by: Anonymous from Georgetown, KY on January 18, 2015

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It is easy to install. Thanks to the free installation kit I saved alot of money. Great sound and cool color display.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Amazing

    Written by: khanikun from Twin Falls, ID on January 17, 2015

    2000 Subaru Impreza RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Amazed at the sound quality compared to my 1 year old JVC digital media receiver. Provides me with USB, CD, AUX, and bluetooth. I don't really care about the CD so much, as I don't use them anymore. It took a little while to figure out how to use the Android app on my phone to get it to play music, instead of it constantly giving me the option to make phone calls instead. I like the fact that pressing the volume button (while the phone is connected) brings up the voice controls on the phone. So I can swap between different inputs. Too bad it doesn't provide voice controls for pause, stop, next, play, etc.

    Pros: Lots of inputs for audio, good sound quality.

    Cons: Confusing menu system for setting up the stereo. Also Android app on phone is a little confusing too. Doesn't take a long time to figure out. Wish stereo manufacturers would up the amount of power these things put out. What's wrong with 100w per channel instead? That or just have no built-in amp, so the stereo can be more shallow and I can simply use my own amp.

    Awesome radio!!!

    Written by: 4105 from North Las Vegas, NV on January 16, 2015

    1996 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this radio along with Sirius satellite tuner and front and rear speakers for my daughter's car as a Christmas present; it came with all the necessary harnesses and wiring free which amazed me. She has a 1996 Honda Civic that still had the factory radio in it. The order came quickly from Crutchfield...I was super impressed. We installed it Christmas Day for her as she was extremely excited to have it. We used the Crutchfield instructions and 2 hours later she was hooked up and ready to go. The sound is amazingly clear and the amount of options you have with the radio from the colors to Bluetooth, a USB and Aux ports makes you feel like you have everything you need in terms of music. There's nothing you can't access with this radio and I'm one happy and satisfied Crutchfield customer. I'll definitely continue to shop here. Thank you Sony and more importantly thank you Crutchfield! My daughter is a happy camper!

    Pros: Sound quality Bluetooth, AUX features Satellite radio compatible Sound quality

    Cons:

    Great sound, great value.

    Written by: Anonymous from Abilene, tx on January 12, 2015

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very great value. Very nice sound and lots of options to tweak the sound to your liking. a nice 10-band eq, rear bass enhancement, high pass filter, positioning adjustements and more. Awesome fully customizeable colors for day and night. Presets and full rgb style color picker. Simple menu systems. Grwat bluetooth support once you know how to use it. Read the manual a few times. I'm never impressed with the faceplate build quality nowadays. It's definitely standard quality like most decks. The jog wheel feels great, and the buttons are nice enough. But nothing feels hardcore durable. Then again most faceplates don't. Would definitely recommend this unit though and I would only buy it from crutchfield. Awesome service and support and great prices with all the model specific wires and harnesses you need!

    Pros: Low price, customizeable options.

    Cons: Typical faceplate quality

    Great factory replacement option

    Written by: Randy from Washington on January 11, 2015

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great head unit for great price. Lots of flexibility and options with HPF/LPF and custom EQ to tune in sound I like.

    Pros: Features, features, features

    Cons: Menu not super intuitive... took a few reads of guide to learn the navigation.

    Nice head unit

    Written by: DanP from Pennsylvania on January 6, 2015

    1996 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a nice stereo with a lot of sweet features to fine tune your music. The multi-color display is pretty cool and it's easy to navigate your way thru the different settings. One thing I really like is how easy it is to set the clock. I always hated when my car lost power for one reason or another and I had to play with the radio for 20 minutes to figure out how to reset the time(either that or it's just me getting old).

    Pros: Easy to navigate,nice features

    Cons: None

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on January 5, 2015

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A great unit at a great price. Installation with the instructions from Crutchfield was a breeze. I've only had it for a week but so far so good. Like some other reviews, it seems to lose Bluetooth connection and I have to re-connect every time I start the car, but maybe I just haven't read the instructions enough... :) Lots of features but reading the manual is a MUST. I had 1 question about the installation, 1 call to Tech Support and I was on my way in 2 minutes. Thanks Crutchfield for the support.

    Pros: Great sound LOTS of features Easy to install

    Cons: Operating instructions not intuitive. Seems to lose Bluetooth connection when car is shut off.

    Way better than dated stock

    Written by: Anonymous from Lehi, UT on January 5, 2015

    2005 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great price and options, well thought out displays and options

    Pros: Good looks and sound

    Cons: Little pricey

    Works like a charm

    Written by: lukeceu from Glen Ellyn, IL on January 4, 2015

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed the receiver in my sons car (2002 Camry) by following the straightforward instructions from Crutchfield. The sound quality is very good and the radio has many more features than the factory equipment. The Bluetooth handsfree and streaming work surprisingly well.

    Pros: Price Bluetooth handsfree and streaming Ease of installation

    Cons: None so far

    Great Sound Confusing Menus

    Written by: ben617 from Illinois on January 3, 2015

    2005 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I mainly use this Stereo with bluetooth streaming and the sound quality is excellent. I used the tuner for a bit and it works well and also sounds good. It has 3 preamp outputs, which is a really nice feature. I have 2 of them connected to an amp and I am really impressed with the sound quality. I haven't even messed with the EQ settings. The display dims when the headlights are on, which is a great feature, but it is a bit hard to see in bright daylight because of the sunlight reflecting off of it. It has a lot of different colors to choose from, which is a nice feature. It only has one line of text, which is kind of a bummer. The menus and controls are complicated. You HAVE to read the manual to figure out how to get it to do certain things. The menu button is shared with the display button and you hold it in to change the display. I finally figured out how to get it to display track info, but this feature does not work when using the AppRemote Android App. It also does not auto connect over bluetooth. You have to hold in the select button to get it to connect. I tried to use the Sony Smart Connect app to get my phone to automatically connect and play music on Spotify, but it does not seem to work. Once it connects, the only way I can find to get it to play music without touching the phone is to press the next button to skip to the next song and then it will start playing. Overall, I'm happy with it and am impressed with the sound quality.

    Pros: Great Sound

    Cons: Confusing and complicated menus. One line display.

    Superb

    Written by: Jeff D. from Loveland, colorado on January 2, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is hands down the best product I found for the price. 3 pre outs, Bluetooth, variable color display, remote control, detachable face........ the list could go on and on. It has great power, sound quality, and looks great. I have this in a 2008 Saturn Astra XR 3 door and it sounds great. I replaced the door and rear speakers but left the tweeters for later when I do the sub woofer. Definitely a great buy and worth every penny. Buying it through Crutchfield I saved about $70 - $80 in installation accessories. Thanks Cruthchfield. Definitely a return customer.

    Pros: Looks, sound quality, features, power and price.

    Cons: The deck Definitely has lots of sound features but I found it a bit overwhelming at first trying to get it set to my specific desired sound. Going through the user guide helped a lot but still took a while to get use to all the extra features.

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Anonymous from United States on December 31, 2014

    2007 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Got this for my daughter's Ford Escape. She loves it. The installation was super easy with the kits supplied by Crutchfield. Her iPhone connects easily. She loves the ability to change the colors on the display. Sounds great and the tuner is so much better than the factory stereo.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Everything I Wanted

    Written by: Trent from California on December 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It is a great stereo and I really like the sound. The directions are fairly straight forward but I did have to call to find out about a trigger wire. I have noticed that if it is not turned off completely, every time, it drains the batterry.

    Pros:

    Cons: Drains the battery if the clock is not turned off.

    Great stereo. Color looks wonderful.

    Written by: GraySun from Massachusetts on December 29, 2014

    2006 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great stereo. Lots of options so make sure to read the manual. Great color, many functions and has awesome voice commands.

    Pros: Many functions. Color options. Easy to attach amp and subs.

    Cons: Many functions, read up :)

    good value for the money

    Written by: Anonymous from Albuquerque, nm on December 28, 2014

    2003 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very good car stereo for the money, easy to use and install.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    I needed hands free calling

    Written by: DaveS from Southern WI on December 22, 2014

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm 75 and not a car installer but thought I'd give it a shot to get Blue Tooth in my 2000 GMC sierra. I felt this pruchase from Crutchfield was a good buy. Crutchfield provided everything I needed to do the installation except the trim removal tool which I purchased. The instructions provided were very good and didn't need to call them. It took me awhile to read through the instructions but once I did it went very smoothly. I was worried about how the din radio would look in a one and a half din opening but the install kit looked fine in the opening with a nice textured black surround around the radio covering the opening.

    Pros: Good value and sounds good.

    Cons: It takes awhile to understand all the features this unit is capable of. Quite a learning process.

    Great value.perfect single din head unit

    Written by: Kicker loco 95 from New Orleans,La on December 22, 2014

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

    Great head unit for the price. Great capabilities. Enough wattage even for some comp aftermarket speakers.

    Pros: It's Compatible with Android phones, not just iPhone's

    Cons: Some options are a little tricky to get used to

    great radio

    Written by: Anonymous from Vails Gate, NY on December 20, 2014

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio for the price

    Pros: price and function

    Cons: the application for the phone is useless. Easier to use the radio. Can't use Pandora when the application is open

    work truck

    Written by: balou from Texas on December 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Really nice unit. Everything works extremely well. Only problem I have is that it wont connect automatically and I have to manually connect everytime I power up head unit

    Pros:

    Cons: does not connect on its own

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: mike from anaheim, CA on December 15, 2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So far it works like advertised , still learning, I'm from the older generation

    Pros: love the hands free bluetooth

    Cons: none

    Sony MEX-N5000BT is Awesome

    Written by: CamS from Schoharie, NY on December 13, 2014

    2007 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    One of the easiest installs I've ever done. Been in for a few weeks and it's easy to use, looks very nice and sounds great!

    Pros: Improvement in sound quality from factory radio. Good options for playing music.

    Cons: none

    Very Cool Stereo

    Written by: TS from Oregon on December 11, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I picked this head unit with three things in mind: sound, hands free calling, and price. I have now had it installed for a couple months, and I am very happy with it. I replaced my base model am/fm unit with this and some new Kicker speakers, and it is like I'm driving a new truck! My sons and I go driving just to take turns teaching each other what "real" music is, because everything sounds better on this rig. I'm no audiophile, I just like to rock a little, and this fits the bill. The installation gear made it simple. It is solid, and it looks good in the truck. The handsfree calling is excellent. My truck isn't very soundproof, so there's lots of road noise, but I can hear very well, and those that I speak to say I come across nice and clear. It's a little tough for passengers to be heard though. One gripe I have is that the instructions are not detailed enough. I know there is more I can get out of this thing, and I'll get to work on that one day, but it would be nice to have some instruction from the manual. But, it's a great unit. You won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Great sound, especially when you tune it yourself. And, the handsfree phone works very well.

    Cons: Insufficient instructions from Sony. (The Crutchfield installation instructions were excellent)

    stopped working twice

    Written by: dave from Florida on December 9, 2014

    2006 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    after a month unit stopped working. started to work all by itself, and one month later it does not work again. contacted sony and was advised to reset, still not working. now stuck with no head unit until factory repairs or replaces unit. advice to Crutchfield, stop selling this unit.

    Pros: good price

    Cons: Wonky

    Excellent receiver, excellent value

    Written by: John from Connecticut on December 3, 2014

    1994 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm still smiling after putting this into a 1994 Nissan maxima with the Bose system. Each of the challenges was surmounted by the homework the people at Crutchfield did. Double din taken care of with Metra kit, power antenna and independently amped speakers both powered by the single blue wire out of the receiver at the advice of a Crutchfield advisor (which totally worked, even though it contradicts the Scosche adapter suggestion not to do it...it doesn't work if you don't), non standard antenna interface adapter included free from Crutchfield, etc. The original Bose system (made by Clarion) lasted 10 years. I then had a refubed one installed for something like $500 about 10 years ago. This time, I did it myself and spent a fraction of that while adding huge amounts of functionality. All thanks to Crutchfield. The receiver is excellent and works perfectly as a retrofit. Colors are infinitely adjustable to match the other gauges on the car and the Bluetooth synched and works great. Call comes in, music goes off, name of caller on display. Call ends, music back on automatically. Only downside is the complexity of the sub menus. Lots and lots of tweaking available is the positive aspect, lack of simplicity is the negative. All in, extremely happy with the receiver and help/support from the people of Crutchfield. Highly recommend and almost sorry my stock radio didn't die sooner.

    Pros: Crutchfield support is always amazing. As for the receiver, it is excellent value, seems well made and sounds very good. Bluetooth calls are so clean, no one has been able to tell I am in a car. Even though a $10 ATT Z222 go phone wasn't on the approved/supported list, the Sony easily synched to it's Bluetooth for handsfree, read the phone book off the phone and even did voice dial. Add USB, AUX and Radio Data system and this is a winner.

    Cons: There are a lot of features and options. Almost, too many. While that is great for customization, it also adds complexity.

    Very Pleased!!!

    Written by: Nateo from Oklahoma on December 2, 2014

    2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this unit after my less than one year old Sony decks bluetooth wouldn't work with my new Samsung Note 4. Well it works as well as being an easy install, :), happy happy joy joy!!! My old Samsung Galaxy S3 did work with my old stereo. A ten min install was nice thanks to having the same connectors as the last stereo. Plus I like the color changing face!!!

    Pros: Bluetooth works w/ Note 4 Screen Changing Color Aux and USB jacks Sony Quality

    Cons: USB connection doesn't control my Samsung Player very well No Slot for Memory Card

    Many Features for the Price

    Written by: Chuck from New Jersey on November 30, 2014

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit has many features considering its low price. Bluetooth works great. Preamp outputs for expansion.

    Pros: Lots of inputs and source choices.

    Cons: None so far

    super fast ship

    Written by: Huffy from Columbia MD on November 30, 2014

    1997 BMW 328I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Best sound quality as always

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Cool and Great

    Written by: BobF from Schenectady, New York on November 24, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed the Sony MEX-N5000BT in a 1995 Volvo wagon when the factory CD player quit working. This was the second factory unit I had installed in the Volvo and I decided rather than take a chance on another used factory unit that probably wouldn't work any better, I would buy a new unit and as it turned out I'm glad I did get this Sony unit. The rep I talked to after looking at various choices on the website was very helpful and narrowing the selection down to this unit. It seemed to me like it had everything I needed at a price that I was prepared to pay and included the associated mounting pieces and wiring harness. I thought the rep had told me that I would not need to connect wires to make the unit work with the existing harness and connectors, but when I got the unit I could see that I was in for some wiring and my son who is an auto mechanic emphatically insisted you always had to do some wiring when installing an aftermarket audio system. I elected to solder these connections and shrink wrap them rather than use plastic connectors or crimp style connectors because I consider connections to be the worst enemy of electronics and the best way to do this with solder. I talked to a second rep who alerted me to 2 wiring color match ups anomalies that aren't mentioned in the insulation material. With that help I was able to connect up to harness and after that the insulation was straightforward and easy even for an 85-year-old.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds infinitely better than what I had and has way more features than I'll ever use. That said, it seems to have all the features an audio nut would need in what looks like a well-designed product.

    Cons: It'll be a while before I'll be able to master all the features having to do with the three main functions that I need; listening to a CD, listening to the radio and making hand free telephone calls.

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    Written by: Brian Mc from Illinois on November 24, 2014

    1999 BMW 3 Series
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I love this deck. I put it in my BMW 328i and it works fantastically. The Bluetooth phone functionality is superb. It doesn't matter if I am listening to my iPod on the sub port, using the Aux port or listening to a CD, as soon as the phone rings it jumps on the call and when I'm done goes right back to the music I was listening to. Sony's equalizer is good and I love the position function. Getting it from Crutchfield makes it so easy to install with the great instructions, the specific wire harness I needed and dashboard faceplate. A great bargin since the extras are free. I also bought an ASWC-1 harness so I could keep the steering wheel functions for the radio. Works like a charm. Next up are new speakers and I'll get those from Crutchfield too

    Pros: Solid unit, easy install, great multi function head unit. Good sound easy controls and easy to set up to your desires Have had a Sony head unit in all my vehicles. They have always been reliable and create great sound. This one follows suit

    Cons: Haven't found any

    Excellent and Simple

    Written by: CGalyon from Tennessee on November 24, 2014

    2006 Scion xB
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this receiver for my wife, who does not like "hassle." I was looking for a receiver with good sound quality, good connectivity options, easy Bluetooth pairing for phone and music streaming, and that could pick up radio stations well. This receiver easily does all of that. The menu system can be a little overly complex at times and doesn't seem to provide all of the options that she wanted (e.g., ability to stream music but still use just the phone handset for phone calls), and the plastic of the unit can flex a little, but these are easy to overlook with the price. It's inexpensive and has excellent features for the price. We're very happy with it.

    Pros: Good features and sound quality, easy to install and setup. Excellent value for the money.

    Cons: Menus can still be a little overly complicated and buttons aren't straightforward. Plastic material flexes a little, but makes sense for the price.

    Great Buy, Very Happy With Purchase

    Written by: Cam from College Station, TX on November 17, 2014

    2005 Toyota Corolla
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    First, I have to say thanks to "Buddy" - the Crutchfield rep who helped me with my purchase and convinced me to install it myself. I'd planned to pay a professional $100+ to install it. He convinced me that it was doable and he was right! I think it's a great radio for the price, the sound quality in my 2005 Corolla has definitely improved. It's clearer and cleaner. This is most noticeable on highway driving where the interior of the car can get pretty noisy. Initially all I wanted was to install an auxiliary port in my car so I could listen to my phone but this is so much better. After the first few times of having to manually pair my phone's Bluetooth to the cars, it's started doing it automatically. Aesthetically, it looks great and I love the myriad source options. I wish there was a better way to navigate to the various settings - I have not played around with many radios like this so I don't know if this is an anomaly, but you do have to dig far down into menus to get to certain settings and some of them have incomprehensible acronyms. I hope to never lose the guide, though things might improve after I get used to the radio. Though this isn't an indictment on the actual radio, the Android app is severely in need of an update. It does what it's supposed to do, however it prevents my phone's keyboard and certain other apps from working if it's on and connected to the radio, as a result I've uninstalled it and use just the Bluetooth function.

    Pros: -Great sound -Great aesthetics -Easy install

    Cons: -Menus are tedious to navigate. -Android app needs to be improved

    Looks great, works even better!

    Written by: RDD from North Wales, PA on November 16, 2014

    1999 BMW M3
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install, great features, sounds way better than the factory unit I removed.

    Pros: Ease of installation and easy to use on day to day basis. The built in blue tooth and remote microphone was a nice upgrade in a 15 year old car.

    Cons: Constantly having to reconnect my smart phone via blue tooth. If it's supposed to automatically reconnect each time I drive the car I haven't figured that out yet.

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: Nikki from Honolulu, HI on November 15, 2014

    2001 Ford Focus
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an excellent priced receiver. All the parts were included to make the install very fast; less than 1 hour. Just need to get the wire crimp nut locally. One great thing is that the instructions state that you have to connect your iPhone to the USB to stream music; once my iPhone 5s synced, I was able to stream Pandora BT without using the USB connection. Also bass enhancement is top notch. Very happy with this unit.

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    Written by: Venice Gene from Florida on November 13, 2014

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

    The moment that I powered up my new head unit I was blown away by the improved sound quality over the stock radio in my'03 Boxster. I wanted to up grade to Bluetooth and have Sirius XM capability. The front USB port is also cool factor and it works well. I am very happy with the performance of this Sony unit as well as the value.

    Pros: Color options on the display. Sound quality

    Cons: None so far

    Sony MEX-N5000BT

    Written by: George from Highland,NY on November 12, 2014

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

    This stereo is a good Sony product which is easy to install and has great sound and tuner. The Bluetooth functionality leaves a lot to be desired. You have to install the app then it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. It isn't intuitive to use. Answering calls is easy, and making them using voice dialing is convenient, but getting the Bluetooth to connect seems random.

    Pros: Great sound and tuner. Answering calls is easy and voice dialing is easy, when it works. Installation was easy.

    Cons: Bluetooth is difficult to set up and use. It is supposed to connect automatically, but doesn't. Some of the Bluetooth functions are difficult to access and use and only work sometimes.

    Great unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Pinehurst, NC on November 10, 2014

    2004 Nissan 350Z
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit. Love the bluetooth and the USB input. Nice remote comes with unit. I like using the iphone app. Does everything advertised. Installed in my 2004 350Z and it sounds and looks great. I thought it could be a little more intuitive in regards to ease of use. I had to resort to looking up how to do certain aspects (once looked up, it actually was fairly intuitive). Has MANY sound settings. I suggest spending some time with the different settings and learning the unit. Great buy.

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    One Week In

    Written by: SteveinTX from Texas on November 10, 2014

    2008 Chevrolet Malibu
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This deck was not my first choice, and if money were no object I'd have spent $100 more and got 4V preouts, a better display, and more features. I wanted more precise control than my LC6i and factory deck were providing and Bluetooth connectivity, as the cheap aux-in jack on the factory radio was prone to static, very unpleasant when amplified with 800 watts. I think I made the right choice of what was available in my price range. I see complaints about the App Remote on Android, but it works fantastic for streaming Spotify Premium and adjusting the sound. I use an LG G3 Vigor, which the Sony recognizes by name, and find it to be a great fit. It connects automatically if my phone has Bluetooth turned on and controls track fwd/rwd functions either on my phone or the stereo, which allows me to change the song when my phone screen has timed out. Still not sold on the DSP features, but I really haven't tweaked my amps and fine tuned the parameters. The EQ is great, the subwoofer level works, but the sweep is not as smooth as the ACR-1 achieved through the LC6i. I am able to drive my RF P1s much harder than before due to the HPF and LPF that is built-in to this deck. Installation was easy, the hardest part was moving the RCAs from under my seat to behind the dash. I used the LC GMOS-03 adaptor and it worked flawlessly, even includes a speaker that replaces the factory chimes without going through amplification as with the LC6i.

    Pros: Bluetooth streaming, App Remote features, Display colors/choices

    Cons: None that weren't clearly listed in the specs.

    Awesome product

    Written by: Joe from Burke, VA on November 9, 2014

    2003 Mazda B Series
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I got exactly what I was looking for.

    Pros: Easy to install Intuitive functions

    Cons: N/A

    Good unit overall, with some minor drawbacks

    Written by: WhatPlantsCrave from VA on November 6, 2014

    2000 Acura Integra
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I purchased the Sony MEX-N5000BT primarily because of its compatibility with Sony's smartphone apps that let you control the unit from your phone. My car's receiver location is very low and I have a smartphone mount on my dash - I figured the app would be easier to use than looking down at the unit itself. Unfortunately, Sony's Android App is really quite bad - so much so that I ended up deleting it. (The app automatically launches when you connect to the receiver, which is nice, but there is no option to disable that. That's a deal-killer as I sometimes want to use a different app for streaming) The receiver itself is good, though I still can't believe in 2014 that receivers are using similar displays to those used 20 years ago - why not a nice LED screen with clearer text? Sony isn't alone here, however. Last nitpick - the collar for some reason has metal clips that bend to the sides, rather than to the front/back. This makes securing it to the Metra plastic dash adapter difficult and not terribly secure. I can't imagine why they would do this. Perhaps I'm missing something. Other than those gripes, the unit sounds great, the bluetooth and NFC pairing work perfectly, and call quality with the microphone is excellent. Even at highway speeds, the mic picks up me saying "OK Google" to launch Google Now with no problem. I'm happy with the unit overall and would recommend it for the price - just keep in mind that the app is worthless.

    Pros: Microphone quality Bluetooth NFC Pairing

    Cons: Smartphone app is awful Collar does not secure tightly to dash adapter

    It's ok

    Written by: Ben from Phoenixville, PA on November 2, 2014

    2004 Honda Element
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