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Our take on the Sony WX-GT80UI

by Ken Nail
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

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

App control and killer looks

Sony's App Remote feature lets your iPhone® and the WX-GT80UI CD receiver work together to control select apps. You can use your iPhone's touchscreen to select sources, pick radio stations, and launch apps. At the same time, you can select apps using the receiver's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source.

And this receiver will look awesome in your dash. The 4" tall front panel offers an expansive display area, with a prominent control knob and colorful backlighting. You can choose from over 35,000 colors to create the perfect look — while the Sound Synchronization feature pulses the illumination in sync with the music.

Sony WX-GT80UI

App Remote lets you select iPhone apps with this Sony's controls, and use your phone as a remote control.

Plenty of media options

The WX-GT80UI is ready for your mobile devices — you can plug your iPhone®, Android™, or Blackberry™ into the front USB input and access your stored music. Plus you can tune in your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations when your iPhone is connected. You can also connect SiriusXM's compact tuner (not included) to this receiver, and enjoy the exceptional news, talk, sports, and music programs offered on satellite radio. The aux input on the front panel will handle almost any other audio source.

Sound quality that matches the looks

What's the point of installing high-performance car audio equipment if your car stereo only has bass and treble controls? This Sony offers the tools you need to get the most out of your gear. Sony's Digital Music Plus (DM+) enhancer renergizes your compressed music. Then you can tweak your tone curve with the built-in 7-band EQ, while two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to get powerful, clean performance from your amps.

The digital time alignment features allows you to time your speakers to create a perfect stereo "sweet spot." The Rear Bass Enhancer eliminates mids and highs from your rear speakers, pulling the soundstage forward and reinforcing your bass. You can use the low-pass filters to adjust the bass coming from your subs, and the high-pass filters to trim low frequencies out of your full-range speakers so they play more efficiently.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: The App Remote feature only launches iPhone apps that have been registered with Sony.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • App Remote mode for iPhone
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • variable color illumination
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • Digital Music Plus (DM+) feature enhances the sound of compressed music
    • digital time alignment for creating a strong stereo image
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    No
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (RM-X211)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 6 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM+Pandaro+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs (12cm only). The Sony WX-GT80UI allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    USB Port: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony WX-GT80UI supports the following types of MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Multi-Session FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate up to 320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
     AAC:
    bit rate up to 320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders (combined 300 folders/files) 10,000 files
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, AAC tag

    Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information (Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label).

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD-R/RW or USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).

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

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your CD or connected USB device.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.

    Auto Reload: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

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

    iPod/Aux Integration

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The WX-GT80UI 's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 120dB.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast from the head unit. You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z). With the head unit's Zappin feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone. The unit also offers Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes for iPod/iPhone.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony WX-GT80UI and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen.

    • Receiver Sources: The App Remote on your iPhone lets you access the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux sources from your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist information from MP3/WMA/AAC and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
    • Compatible Apps (as of 12/5/2012): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses from the Sony WX-GT80UI 's source list. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, Livio Radio, Pandora, MOG, Spotify, Slacker Radio, Shoutcast, TuneIn, and more. The head unit offers full control & song/artist information for Pandora (see Pandora App description below). The head unit only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or Next Station) and no song/artist information for other music apps.
      • Movie Apps: Movie apps include; HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube and more. Video will be displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's speakers. You can control Play/Pause from the WX-GT80UI . Other playback functions will need to done on your smartphone. Subscription may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
      • Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include; Google Maps, Garmin (USA/N.America), INRIX Traffic, MotionX GPS Drive, Navfree GPS TeleNav (GPS/Navigation), NAVIGON, TomTom, and more. The map screen will display on your smartphone's touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music while navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps & functions.
    Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony WX-GT80UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/21/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App Remote Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 6.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony WX-GT80UI is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The WX-GT80UI allows you to manual tune, seek tune, or preset tune AM/FM stations. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in band (FM 1-3, AM 1-2). This feature automatically selects stations with the best signals within the selected band (FM 1-3), AM 1-2) & stores them in order of their frequency.

    Pandora App: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony WX-GT80UI provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The WX-GT80UI will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony WX-GT80UI comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The WX-GT80UI is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony WX-GT80UI are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the WX-GT80UI are as follows:

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

    2V/4Ch Preamp Outputs: The WX-GT80UI contains two pair of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs. A front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Subwoofer Direct Connection: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.

    High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.

    Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ7, Listening Position, DM+ Advanced, Rear Bass Enhancer, & Dynamic Loudness.

    • EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types - Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows  you to make  your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands - Band1 (63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).
    • Listening Position: This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
    • Dynamic Loudness: Dynamic Loudness refers to compensating for volume level & signal gain.
    • DM+ Advanced: DM+ Advanced improves digitally compressed sound by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process (works only for USB).

    Automatic Level Optimizer: Automatic Level Optimizer analyzes each track's playback level & adjusts the output level to optimize transitions between tracks & sources.

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

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Sony WX-GT80UI has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is no mounting sleeve included. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color, & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.

    • Day/Night Color Mode: You can register a customize color for the unit's display and buttons for day & night time driving.
    • Sound Synchronization: The color changes according to synchronization of playing music. When you select a preset pattern sound synchronization becomes effective.
    • White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
    • Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.

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

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

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the WX-GT80UI to one of three dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).

    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.

    Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

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

     
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    Written By tom d, mt carmel pa on Saturday, February 22, 2014
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    nice fit -easy insyall
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    good quality
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    controls are not user friendly takes getting used to
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    Written By Frank, Ohio on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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    Installed easily and an excellent upgrade over factory system.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Anonymous, Centerport ny 11721 on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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    Sony product excellent. Quality
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    Fits great a great valve
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    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Chip C, Asheville, NC on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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    I had it professionally installed so I can't comment on ease or difficulty. Only 4 stars for sound quality because of a slight background hi frequency whistle only while playing the radio. Ease of use is downgraded but is not really a problem if one tries to learn a little more each day. The upside of this is the great flexibility in adjustments available. Build quality appears fine but time will tell.
    Pros:
    adjustability
    Cons:
    requires patience to learn how to fine tune
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    3 out of 5

    A little bit better than the factory radio, but not much.

    Written By Riverguy, Forestville, CA on Monday, November 11, 2013
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    It's a little bit better than the stock radio.

    I installed this in a 2004 Ford Ranger. The original radio was actually fine, had four decent speakers and sounded pretty good. The reasons I went for the Sony were several: The lighting on the factory radio was so dim I could not read the panel in any other light but a dark night with the dash lights on. Also, the Sony has a USB and MP3 player front-panel inputs, plus the description promised a setting where the rear speakers could be programmed as (kind of) subwoofers. Oh, and the Sony definitely looked better than the drab, black factory radio.

    So how does it all work? The lighting on the Sony is just OK. The one-line read-out is fairly dim and although I didn't want the light green as my color, it's the only one that is bright enough to see in daytime. Night time lighting is also just OK. If I dim the display so that the lighted ring around the volume control knob isn't obnoxiously bright, then the rest of the display is hard to read. Also, the plastic face over the display is so shiny that any light in the cab at all makes so many reflections on the face that the dim display is gone. C'mon, Sony engineers, you can certainly do better than that. Or maybe not.

    The tuner is nowhere near as good as the factory radio. We live in a fringe FM area but the factory radio pulled in all of the FM stations I want very well. The Sony is scritchy on all of them. It works great for our local FM stations, but the not-so-local
    Pros:
    Lighting and the equalizer are slightly better than the stock radio.
    Cons:
    Lighting is poor, hard to read in daytime. Amplifier and tuner not as good as the factory radio. Too narrow for opening, so it looks tacky.
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    5 out of 5

    Great upgrade

    Written By Wes, Los Angeles, Ca on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    I installed in a '06 Mustang GT that had the shaker system. It fit perfectly and I like the style. Great for road trips if you want to find a pacific genre radio station. Had for a month no and no issues at all. The price was the same with all retailers but the difference is that Crutchfield provided all the extra parts for free so that installing it would have no issues. It sounds awesome with the presets but once you get used to using the menu, tuning it yourself makes it perfect.
    Pros:
    menu options, sound quality, customization
    Cons:
    takes a little time to tune it to your preferences
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    3 out of 5

    It's a little bit better than the factory radio.

    Written By Riverguy, Forestville, CA on Thursday, November 07, 2013
     
    It's a little bit better than the stock radio.

    I installed this in a 2004 Ford Ranger. The original radio was actually fine, had four decent speakers and sounded pretty good. The reasons I went for the Sony were several: The lighting on the factory radio was so dim I could not read the panel in any other light but a dark night with the dash lights on. Also, the Sony has a USB and MP3 player front-panel inputs, plus the description promised a setting where the rear speakers could be programmed as (kind of) subwoofers. Oh, and the Sony definitely looked better than the drab, black factory radio.

    So how does it all work? The lighting on the Sony is just OK. The one-line read-out is fairly dim and although I didn't want the light green as my color, it's the only one that is bright enough to see in daytime. Night time lighting is also just OK. If I dim the display so that the lighted ring around the volume control knob isn't obnoxiously bright, then the rest of the display is hard to read. Also, the plastic face over the display is so shiny that any light in the cab at all makes so many reflections on the face that the dim display is gone. C'mon, Sony engineers, you can certainly do better than that. Or maybe not.

    The tuner is nowhere near as good as the factory radio. We live in a fringe FM area but the factory radio pulled in all of the FM stations I want very well. The Sony is scritchy on all of them. It works great for our local FM stations, but the not-so-local
    Pros:
    Looks better than the factory radio in my 2004 Ranger, Equalizer is better than the factory radio. Lighting is slightly better.
    Cons:
    Lighting is actually pretty bad, amplifier not as good a stock radio, FM tuner is weak, unit is nearly an inch narrower than the stock radio so the install kit comes with cheesy-looking fillers to take up the space.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Receiver for the money!

    Written By L Tony, Bowie, Md. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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    This radio has improved my listening experience. The 7 band equalizer, loudness selection, ability to store multiple stations and multiple lighting colors, to name a few, are excellent options.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By Matt, Colorado on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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    Great so far, sounds good and easy to install.
    Pros:
    Nice upgrade and the pink display option is great.
    Cons:
    None so far
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    4 out of 5

    love the unit but...

    Written By Barry, Bloomington, IN on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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    like the unit but wish I could use the USB input to play my tunes on my Android phone
    Pros:
    good sound and great p0rice
    Cons:
    only usable with Apple devices. No Android support
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet

    Written By Vincent, Chicago IL on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    Everything I needed without the heavy price tag. USB port along with Aux means I can play all my music on my 16GB USB and I also can play my music from my cell phone (Pandora radio, You Tube). Cool colors to choose and a remote control really sweetens the deal.
    Pros:
    Cost, appearance, USB, Aux, Colors, remote control
    Cons:
    Must get use to working the controls
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By John A., East TX on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    As other have mentioned in the reviews I read prior to purchasing, the adjustments have a bit of a learning curve, but after you learn the variety of settings, the sound quality is well worth it. The stereo totally blows away my stock Nissan 370Z sound system. With the included install kit, the stereo looks like it came standard in my car. I was able to adjust the color and shade qualities to match my interior lighting.....ie, it looks and sounds terrific!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony Double-DIN Stereo

    Written By JustinW, New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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    Installed in about 1.5 hours using the included kit and install instructions from Crutchfield. These made the install super easy. I am very impressed with the sound quality and tuner over the stock head unit. I found several new FM stations that I did not even know existed. Bought with the XM tuner. Love the built in aspect of having the XM tuner in the head unit. Very clean installation. Great sound quality and typical great Sony quality. Hard to beat this system for the price. I would highly recommend this stereo. Wish there were a little more detail on how to use the XM tuner functions with this unit. Also, as some have said before the setup menus take a little getting used to, but don't let that keep you from getting this stereo.
    Pros:
    All the different sound settings that are built in to the unit. Especially the location settings and sub-woofer emulation you can do with the unit.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    I really like it

    Written By Anonymous, Waterford, MI on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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    Read the instructions for options...very important.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Luis G, Bronx ny on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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    Great radio for the price. The install was a breeze. Installed in a 2003 Honda civic hybrid.
    Pros:
    Great value for the price.
    Cons:
    The controls take a lil getting used to.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice!

    Written By Curtis W, Chicago IL on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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    I really like the radio overall, the menus are a bit difficult, but once you get past the learning curve, it really is a great unit!
    Pros:
    USB connectivity
    Cons:
    difficult menus
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    5 out of 5

    What a difference

    Written By citysliker71, Odessa, TX on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    Just finished installing this stereo in my 2009 Kia Sorento. Looks right at home in the dash and is a great improvement over the stock unit. Sound is good and was easy to install. I did not need the Pac Soem 4 that Crutchfield recommended so wasted my money on that but otherwise very pleased
    Pros:
    Good sound, variable colors for the display, easy to use.
    Cons:
    none so far
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Desmond, Jefferson City,MO on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    It does have everything you want for this price. 149 $ is dead cheap for a double din model car stereo. If you don't want Bluetooth model, this is the best you can get.
    Pros:
    Ease of Use, Aux, USB, MP3
    Cons:
    Equalizer could have been improved.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By David, Grayslake, il on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    I found the radio easy to install and good sound.
    Pros:
    Good strong sound, easy to use
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    great after 6 months

    Written By BigSounder, Columbus, OH on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    Improvement over stock. USB - 32 GB of my favorite songs are now in my car on a kingston small form factor stick every day. We don't have an iphone and the USB option is perfect for us.
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    4 out of 5

    Value over stock

    Written By Ce, California on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
     
    Significantly improved sound over stock 2007 Sonata stereo with stock speakers. USB to iPhone sounds better than aux. input. App for iPhone5 lacks the control one would expect. Overall a great stereo.
    Pros:
    Low cost with great looks, quality material and amazing sound. IPhone compatibility.
    Cons:
    App not very functional at this time. Needs a significant update to make worth while. Unfortunately I feel compelled to use app because sound from USB much better than from auxiliary input.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Buy

    Written By Anonymous, Corydon, IN on Sunday, May 19, 2013
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    I thought the receiver was a very good product for the price. The menus are a little overwhelming, and the sound is good, but I think it is a very good buy overall.
    Pros:
    Price, Remote Control, Easy Operation
    Cons:
    Difficult Setup Menus
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    5 out of 5

    Sony review

    Written By Larry, Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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    The installation and set up went very well. The sound is great
    Pros:
    Installation was straight forward and fit was very good. Sound is much improved over OEM.
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    5 out of 5

    Best stereo I have owned

    Written By Anonymous, Austin, TX on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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    This stereo blew my factory unit out of the water.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice!!

    Written By Anonymous, Lake Stevens WA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    Wow! I put this in my Sonata myself using the free install kit and instructions. Very easy to do yourself. The stero has tons of colors to fit any mood. Sounds so much better then the stock unit even with stock speakers. There are tons of options for playback so it will take a while to fully master its capabilities. I love it!
    Pros:
    Plug & play iPod jack and playback using stereo's controls. Lots of colors to choose from. Sounds great!
    Cons:
    Lots of settings and controls may distract you from driving until you figure them out.
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    5 out of 5

    Fits and looks great

    Written By Corkeyk, Emporia,VA on Sunday, May 05, 2013
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    Thought that this would be a pain to setup and install but the specs were right on and the color matching was almost right on, just a little brighter than I liked, otherwise matched.
    Pros:
    Size, remote, ease of setup
    Cons:
    brightness of display
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    5 out of 5

    Money well Spent

    Written By Jason S., Jena, LA on Saturday, May 04, 2013
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    For $150 what more do you really expect. Has 2 sets of preamps, high and low pass crossover, 7 band EQ, front USB and AUX input. It's not going to wow anybody over like a touch screen navi will, but this will do everything musically that a touch screen will for less than half the price.
    Pros:
    Price, quality, sound, EQ, inputs
    Cons:
    none
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    2 out of 5

    ok for a small budget

    Written By Mark, Brookville,IN on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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    The lights are cool to look at, but thats about the only cool thing about it. Unless you live next door to a radio station, the tuner is pretty much useless. Sound quality/power for the CD player is awesome! However, the Aux seems to lack the same punch. For the money I guess it is worth it. Way better than the factory unit.
    Pros:
    Looks cool
    Cons:
    FM tuner sucks! Getting the levels (EQ) and other features set up isn't the easiest thing. Aux port lacks the power that the CD player puts out.
    Crutchfield response on Monday, April 29, 2013
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    2 out of 5

    Bummer

    Written By 69Z, NY on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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    Poor AM reception , Will not work with all advertised AUX Inputs.
    Crutchfield response on Monday, April 29, 2013
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for building new system so far!

    Written By Paula F., Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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    I bought this to replace my stock radio on my Ford Escape. I've only installed aftermarket speakers so far (powered sub and 4 channel amp for the speakers coming), and this unit already added some much needed power to my speakers and they sound GREAT. I can't wait to see what the amp does next. Installing the unit was easy except for having to hook up a wire harness adapter for Ford vehicles (Ford problem, not Sony). Also there are pre amp outputs on the back of the unit for when I add my sub and amp.

    I love having EVERYTHING in one unit. Satellite/AMFM/CD/AUX/USB. I bought the siriusXM tuner box to keep my satellite radio. The tuner plugs right into the back of this unit, and tucks away, no hassle. 3 sets of 6 presets (can store 18 favorite SXM stations).

    Now for the girly part- the COLORS are great. The pics on here show the individual colors you can choose for backlight, but the unit also can cycle through all the colors as you play music, and it's a good looking double DIN that doesn't seem out of place in my dash.

    I definitely recommend this unit. It's got great sound controls, good power, lots of source options, and it's good looking. The only con is the controls are weird AT FIRST. After you read the instructions once it is super easy to navigate the options with the large dial.

    TIP- Sun glare can make things a little hard to read. I took a MATTE smartphone screen protector and cut it to the size of the display. No more glare issue, still looks great
    Pros:
    Sound,Many Options, Powerful, Pretty, Many source options
    Cons:
    Lack of a number pad 1-9 (only pain when using satellite radio)
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Stereo for the Price

    Written By KenR, Sacramento,CA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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    Installed in a 2011 Nissan Versa and Stereo looks and sounds great! Only complaint is that menu navagation is confusing, but will be easier once I use stereo more. I recommend this to anyone who wants to upgrade without breaking the bank.
    Pros:
    Looks great, great bang for the buck.
    Cons:
    awkward menu navagation
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    5 out of 5

    Best none bluetooth head unit available

    Written By Ben_, Portland, Or. on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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    I put this In a 2006 Chevy Colo.(a perfect Fit) Very easy Install. The wiring harness matched color for color. It does take some practice using it initially. There are alot of features for sound adjustment and the rear bass enhancer is great. It has the best fm sensitivity of all the radios I looked at and it does pick up every fm station around. The display has all the color options you would need. The cd player goes right back to where you left off when you switch to radio or turn the radio off.(last position Memory)I'm glad it came with a good user manual.
    Pros:
    stock fit-real good sound-many features -and a good user manual
    Cons:
    Initially had trouble getting the rear bass enhancer option to appear in the sound menu. I called sony support and they worked me through it. I needed to use the remote control to get it to work.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio for the money

    Written By JonathanG, College Station,TX on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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    I bought this and put this in my girlfriends 01 mustang. Very straightforward install and very clean looking radio. She LOVES how interactive and easy it is to use with her iphone, using pandora. So many features in this radio, that we are both still trying to find out how everything works a week later.
    Pros:
    Many features for a small price. Easy install. Great compatibility with iphone
    Cons:
    Trickier to set things compared to my Pioneer equivalent radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Fit Like a Glove

    Written By MikeM, Fremont, CA on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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    Sony makes the best products hands down
    Pros:
    None
    Cons:
    Have it installed professionally
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Value!

    Written By Anonymous, Charlotte NC on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    Excellent value and quality product.
    Pros:
    Price point and features comparable to much higher priced units
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Scott, Norfolk, NY on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    Installed in a 2004 Freestar. I wanted a double-din unit with USB, nothing fancy. Makes my factory speakers sound much better. I may upgrade the speakers later. Menu takes a little getting used to. Display shows good even in sunlight. Radio data system was a must for me. I wish the source/off button was a little bigger, but overall a good unit. Thank you Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Luke, Logan, OH on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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    This stereo sounds awesome. You can tell that it is a high quality item. It was very easy to install and fit almost exactly like the manufactures old radio. I definitely would recommend this radio.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Easy to use. Sounds great. Works great with my iPhone 5 iTunes library of music.
    Cons:
    The very nice high gloss screen makes it sometimes hard to read in the sunlight.
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    5 out of 5

    great radio

    Written By bob, dixon, ca on Saturday, March 09, 2013
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    no complaints, radio does everything i wanted, good reception and sound, fit perfectly into my f-150
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    5 out of 5

    Car stereo, Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Gypsygirl, Kingman, AZ. on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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    I am very happy with my purchase of the stereo. It has great sound and lots of cool features. And, the price was totally great.
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    5 out of 5

    Absolutely Awesome!

    Written By Surly Seabear, Fairfax Va on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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    I bought this to replace my stock Subaru 2006 Forester stereo. I never complained about the sound of the stock unit, just the fact that there was no AUX port. In this area the FM transmitter method is useless. I am not very skilled when it comes to working on cars, but in less than an hour I had the units swapped out. I also included the SIRUS/XM tuner. I was blown away by it when I turned it on. Super clear, the CD is great, the USB input is awesome for Ipods, and the XM is so wonderful. The remote grew on me, as my car doesn't have steering wheel controls.
    Pros:
    Clear, loud, USB input
    Cons:
    controls are less than intuitive...I really don't need super quick access to the display menu, which engages at least as fast as anything you would use on a regular basis.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent stereo

    Written By Scott S, Riverton, WY on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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    Excellent sound quality from a reasonably priced product. Replaced the head unit in my Shaker 1000 system and the change is instantly noticeable. Thank you Crutchfield for your excellent products and research tools. A happy customer, again. I always look here first for all my electronics needs.
    Pros:
    Great price, excellent sound, wife loves the custom colored display.
    Cons:
    Still not fond of Sony's menu navigation. Should have been buy 1, get 1 free... now I want another for my truck!
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Anonymous, Austin, Tx on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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    Great product for the price
    Pros:
    Lights, sound and easy install
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By DAN, Georgia on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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    Bought this for my 08 trailblazer and really like it. I've always been a fan of Sony stereos because they last. They might not have the fine tuning capabilities like some other brands but they last, and that's what's more important to me. Overall this is a great stereo. Looks good, sounds good, and has the features I want, plays CDs and has the auxiliary and USB ports. The menu is the only thing that could have been better, it took me a little while to figure it out but once you do, it's fairly simple to get through, not nearly as simple as some of the older Sony radios though. Overall I think it's a steal at the price, it sounds good, would be better if the menu wasn't so complicated, looks cool, lots of different color options, fits perfect and I feel like it will last. Can't go wrong with this stereo at this price.
    Pros:
    Looks good, sounds good, the price, Sony quality
    Cons:
    Menu is a little bit of a pain to use
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    5 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By Yajr, Tx on Friday, February 15, 2013
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    I like this product for the price I don't think you can beat it. After reading many reviews and doing some research I chose the Sony, in this price range I believe it the best unit for the money.Some of the features are a little confusing at first but you can quickly master this unit. I chose this Sony unit based on the fact that it had the most comprehensive EQ features and radio reception and better RMS than the Pioneer The only draw back is that it does NOT come with a trim ring.

    I hope this was helpful Yajr
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for me

    Written By George T, Mobile, Al on Friday, February 15, 2013
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    I bought this to replace the radio in my 02 Ranger. I'm an older guy so all the USB type stuff wasn't an option I was worried about so I can comment on it. What I was looking for was a decent radio to fill in the old double din space and what I got was a double din with a great radio/cd player.
    Pros:
    Sound quality is aces above the old stock unit. Installation was very easy with all of the supplied hardware and took less than an hour to complete. Couldn't be happier.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for the money!

    Written By Marc B, Talbott, TN on Monday, February 11, 2013
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    At a low cost for a DOUBLE DIN!!!!!! , you simply cannot go wrong with this stereo. Easy Install. Variable color illuminations, easy menu layout, and many options including In-dash CD player and front panel USB with MP3/WMA/AAC playback, Pandora USB, Tune-In Radio USB (from my iphone app, not mentioned in Overview or Details page - found this out by accident.......awesome!) , RDS, SiriusXM Ready, EQ7 (7-Band Equalizer), and app remote control. The sound quality is a great improvement over the factory installed stereo. The Rear Bass Enhancer function is an interesting setting that puts a low pass filter onto the rear speakers making them work like mini Sub-Woofers to give you that little bit more low end if you don't have a Sub-Woofer installed. The Listening Position function is a great feature and I was impressed with the difference it made when I set the sound stage to be at the front seats.
    Pros:
    Its a DOUBLE DIN for $!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cons:
    quit your whining people!, its a double din for $.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Sounding "Bright" Receiver

    Written By Arnold S., Charlotte on Sunday, February 10, 2013
     
    This is a fairly good middle of the line radio with lots of good features, and pretty good sound. Probably the only factor that keeps this radio from receiving 5 stars from me is the unnecessarily complicated control menu. In fact, when I first installed the radio (which was made fairly easy with the extras Crutchfield provided) in my 2003 Chevy S10 pickup and turned it on, I was not really impressed. However, after pouring over the included owners manual, and sitting in front of the unit in the garage for about a half hour, I was able to get some very nice sounds out of it. Loud, and precise sound. I still don't think I've got the optimum fidelity from it, so I may update this review later. As far as the often noted display brightness is concerned, I used the dimmer for a couple of days but soon switched back to full brightness so the color would match the boldness of the sound! Love it!
    Pros:
    Good sounding unit. Extensive control over sound and color (albeit very complicated to adjust). Looks nice in the dash.
    Cons:
    Not very hefty. Sound and vision control menus way too deep in places.
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    3 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI in a 03 GMC Sierra

    Written By Scott, Lakeland FL on Friday, February 01, 2013
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    Overall a nice radio for the money, but was somewhat disappointed about the iPhone/iPod integration. The description makes you think the iPhone/iPod integration is awesome and that the controls are built in, but in fact you have to download an App for your iPhone/iPod for the controls. The App is horrible. its very simplistic and very difficult to find songs/albums. No choice for playlist. Looks great in my 03 GMC Sierra and fits like the factory radio did
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Sound Quality is great. Look nice. Lots of Display Choices
    Cons:
    iPhone/iPod integration is horrible. Not easy to use initially. Configuring the setups is a pain and the menus are not user friendly
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    5 out of 5

    sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Anonymous, Greeley, CO on Monday, January 28, 2013
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    Very nice stereo. Had a little trouble getting wiring correct but awesome staff at Crutchfield helped solve the issue in a matter of minutes. I will definitely purchase from Crutchfield again.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT80UI

    Written By Bob C., Gun Barrel City, TX on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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    Excellent receiver with lots of features. Could be a bit more user friendly, but most likely is not an issue for the younger crowd. The big knob is multi-function, including volume, but would be great if one of the functions was tuning. Much easier than finding and holding down the seek button while driving. Display is very nice. Looks like a factory unit in my Nissan Rogue.
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    5 out of 5

    Solid Unit

    Written By morgaj1, Alabama on Friday, January 11, 2013
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    Good solid head unit with great sound. The unit has the typical tough Sony build quality and it looks great in my truck. The sound quality is much better than stock. The FM reception is great, much better than stock. The settings menus are a bit cumbersome, and take some getting used to. Good solid unit and a great value.

    Crutchfield's tech support team was great. I had a couple of questions and was able to get someone on the phone very quickly. He was knowledgeable and answered questions quickly. I would strongly recommend taking the extra time to solder wiring connections. It makes for a tight, clean install.
    Pros:
    Build Quality, sound, FM reception
    Cons:
    Cumbersome settings menus
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect choice for me

    Written By MikeC, Richmond, VA on Friday, December 28, 2012
     
    Wanted to be able to play through an ipod and iphone on an older vehicle (2005 Toyota Corolla). The stock stereo sounds ok, even has 6x9 speakers in back. I first checked into adding an ipod/iphone connector only, but that costs almost as much as the new Sony, or any other basic double din unit. Plus, I got a more powerful amp and other great features. The sound improved with much more clarity- big improvement even with stock speakers. All the features on the Sony work as advertised- easy to navigate menus etc. Can operate with iphone or the head unit. The install instructions, wire harness and bracket included free from Crutchfield all worked excellent. I normally pay for installs but did this one myself- took my time and was done in about 1 1/2 hours. It fit perfect and looks fantastic. Very happy!
    Pros:
    Look, fit, features work great. Good power and clarity. Can stream Pandora and Spotify. The unit has Pandora controls.
    Cons:
    Not many. One nitpick- when contolling selections through the iphone/ipod, can't use all contols on unit. So, you have to pick how you want to make selections. I have another double din in another car that allows control through either head unit or iphone at the same time. With Sony, have to toggle either/or. If controlling through the iphone, the head unit will only allow up or down to next song.
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    4 out of 5

    A solid double din

    Written By Double J, Chicago on Sunday, December 23, 2012
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    a great value head unit with a ton of options for the price. works great with the iphone 5 and spotify among many other apps.

    when i purchased this unit, it listed it as detachable face. im sure crutchfield will soon be updating that info in the description. even though that was a bit of a let down, i decided to keep the unit still because of all the value i felt like i got with it. sound quality is really good, and even though my stock stereo sounded great, this was still an improvement.

    good options for a sub even with an 'entry level' head unit. you can adjust the level of the sub independently which comes in very handy at times.

    there are A TON of color options, almost too many of them if thats possible. the display looks really good in day and night. its almost too bright at night even with it dimmed down.

    all in all im very happy with it. charges and communicates great with the iphone, has a ton of options, and looks almost factory when installed. im sure once i get used to it even more and make slight adjustments ill be even happier with it.
    Pros:
    works well with the iphone, sounds great, almost too many settings and options, price
    Cons:
    not detachable face, a bit bright, confusing menus at first
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    4 out of 5

    Not too shabby

    Written By Madhotch, Kings Park, NY on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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    Arrived a day early and was easy to install. With my stock speakers it's a giant improvement over the oem head unit, but probably won't wow audiophiles. However it is one of the better looking double dins available that isn't a touch screen model, and the build quality of it is typical Sony tough. It has a ton of color variations but the dimmer is still a tad too bright and you can't have 2 different colors at once like some models. The equalizer options are all a pretty big pain to get to and lack simple options like treble it seems, the presets cover most styles well though. You can't remove the face as the description says, although I don't think many double dins allow this, plus it means no annoying Sony warning beep when you leave it on. Overall for $150 bucks, this thing is fine. I think it looks a hell of a lot better than the pioneer, so if Bluetooth isn't important this is a good buy.
    Pros:
    -Looks great -Plenty of colors -Good sound quality -Feels built to last
    Cons:
    -Plastic is too glossy in areas, but not all over -overly complicated menus -no Bluetooth
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    1 question already asked

    Anyone used this unit with an iPhone5? Do the control functions work? Will it charge the iPh5? [ Chris  Nov 16, 2013 ]
    4 answers
    • I have the Iphone 4S and it should work the same on the Iphone 5. Having connectivity with the USB should charge your phone as well as displaying the phone contents on the stereo screen. [ RENE   Nov 19, 2013 ]
    • Thanks. I appreciate the response. [ Chris   Nov 18, 2013 ]
    • Control functions work and it does charge [ MICAH J   Nov 18, 2013 ]
    • It works fine with the controls and does charge it. Of course you have to have the I5 cable [ LAWRENCE R   Nov 18, 2013 ]

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