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Our take on the Sony WX-GT90BT

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.

Bluetooth® is only one of the cool features in this receiver

Sony's WX-GT90BT CD receiver begins its impressive list of features with built-in Bluetooth. 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 — it adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system.  Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to customize the big display on this receiver. No matter the model or make of your car, it'll look right at home in the dash.

Sony WXGT90BT

You can choose from thousands of colors for the display.

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Cutting edge smartphone integration

If you've got a smartphone, you know it has a lot more going for it than just Bluetooth, and with the WX-GT90BT you can tap into some of your phone's many capabilities. Sony's App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. From your Sony receiver, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. And, with your Android™ phone paired up, this receiver will read any incoming text messages out loud, so you can keep your eyes on the road..

Great sound at the heart of it all

The features are fun, but you'll really appreciate this Sony if you care about sound quality. The WX-GT90BT features an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 7-band EQ, digital time alignment for a perfect stereo "sweet spot," and frequency filters that'll make your speaker setup shine. And Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp, noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction, will drive your speakers with crisp authority.

More ways to enjoy your tunes

Pop in a CD, plug your iPhone® or iPod® into the USB input, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls — you've got plenty of options. And you can add on a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required), if you want to experience an unparalleled variety of news, talk, sports, and music.

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

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • fixed face with Dynamic Color Illuminator variable color display
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • time alignment and DM+ soundstage enhancer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

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

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone (with attached 12' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 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.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony WX-GT90BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony WX-GT90BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the WX-GT90BT (only one device can be used at a time). The unit can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Sony WX-GT90BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the WX-GT90BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the WX-GT90BT , you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's control dial.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can store up to 1,000 contacts in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.

    External Microphone: The WX-GT90BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.465" (diameter) x 1.425" (depth). There is no integrated front-panel mic.

    SMS Indicator: The SMS indicator informs you of any incoming or unread SMS messages on your paired Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You will still need to view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send text messages from your phone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Meta Data Display): The Sony WX-GT90BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The WX-GT90BT will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The WX-GT90BT also supports audio streaming of music apps, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S/5 via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony WX-GT90BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the WX-GT90BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the WX-GT90BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT '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.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony WX-GT90BT 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 Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App Remote Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 6.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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 Internet Radio: 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-GT90BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. The Sony WX-GT90BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 3.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony WX-GT90BT (no hard-wired connection required). Your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony WX-GT90BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    • 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 phone 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 or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony WX-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The WX-GT90BT features front, rear and subwoofer 2-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Subwoofer Controls: The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter 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-GT90BT 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-GT90BT 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

    App Remote Technology (for iPhone & Android): Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony WX-GT90BT and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.1/2.2/2.3/4.0/4.1). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS and Android 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 or Android smartphone 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-GT90BT 's source list. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; Pandora, AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, MOG, and TuneIn. The head unit only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or Next Station) and no song/artist information for these 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-GT90BT . 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 Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and MotionX GPS Drive. 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.
    • Bluetooth SMS (Android only): In addition to hands-free calling and music control using Bluetooth technology, App Remote enables the car receiver to automatically read text messages (SMS) when the feature is turned on (your Android smartphone must have TTS Engine installed).
    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.

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X211) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions 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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    4 out of 5

    Good buy

    Written By PitBullPositive, Ottawa, Il on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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    Very happy with this unit. Other than major loss in radio signal, but didn't purchase it for that. Always have been a Sony guy, and so far very happy with the upgrade in sound. The stock speakers even sound better for now.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound
    Cons:
    Poor radio reception.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony my one and only!

    Written By scotty, Davidsville, PA on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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    Installed in a 2001 Acura CL Type S Coup, replacing the Bose unit but kept Bose speakers (for now)... Instant upgrade in sound quality!!! I ran all my pre-amp patch cords for main amp and sub so I wouldn't have to take half the dash apart once it is time install my new speakers and 1500W Sub (2 x 12" ported box) also bought at Crutchfield a few years ago now in my basement.
    Pros:
    Great receiver for the money....... Quality build......
    Cons:
    Controls can be confusing at first........ lot features I won't ever use. For some reason the siriusxm receiver I got with this unit, the connector would not fit...... ?????????
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I wanted

    Written By Santhu, Charlotte, NC on Monday, October 13, 2014
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    Good bang for the buck. Very nice head unit for a reasonable price. I installed it in a Ford Mustang with Shaker 500 sound system. Installation was time consuming but Crutchfield tech support made it painless. Kudos to the customer support team. Very patient and detail oriented. I got the Ford wiring harness, 12v-5v converter for shaker 500 subs, Antenna extender (Not needed) and the DD frame to mount the head unit free with this purchase. All I needed was the quick splice connectors from AdvanceAutoparts. The installation came out well and I'm a happy customer. GOOD JOB Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    It is SONY Cool features, Nice colors
    Cons:
    It will take some time to get used to. There are many features in this unit and some of them you might not need.
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    5 out of 5

    Quite Nice

    Written By DG3, Bakersfiel, CA on Saturday, October 11, 2014
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    I bought this for my 2009 Civic. I wanted something that looked better than the previous owner's single-din stereo (he had switched out the OEM radio). Plus it needed to have SiriusXM, which is what I listen to the most. The Sony looks really nice. Much more of a OEM feel. To see the display during the day in sunlight, I have the color set to white and the dimmer off. For night time, I have the dimmer on and select blue. So I have to change those settings every time, but I'm used to it. Apparently you can run a wire to sync with the headlights, but I don't mind the way I'm doing it.

    This was my first Crutchfield purchase, and I was happy with the experience. I even got a nice handwritten thank you card from them. I will be ordering more from Crutchfield in the future.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice for the Price

    Written By k, Sacramento, CA on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    With the amount of time I spend in the car, should have replaced the stock deck in my Tahoe years ago - this thing is fantastic and makes driving a little less burdensome. Bluetooth connects quickly, controls are intuitive, and it pauses whatever audio source you're on when a call comes in, and resumes where you left off after the call. Inexpensive unit, and compared to my last deck in the late 80s, this one would have cost $5,000 back then if it were available. Makes me want to spring for a Sub and an Amp next, and maybe upgrade the stock speakers.

    The Crutchfield purchase was easy. I had question about retaining my OnStar and Steering Wheel controls, and the Rep quickly figured out witch add-on harness I needed, and didn't try to up-sell me to the $95 unit. Even noticed I was missing the wire connectors on my order, and remotely popped a package into my cart.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Fit my 2005 Tahoe double DIN space with no modifications. The pig tail harness wire colors from the deck all matched the OnStar harness wire colors, so connecting was easy. I have big hands, and I have no problem operating the buttons, as some have indicated in other reviews. The factory speakers sound quite a bit better.
    Cons:
    None I've really noticed. It does what it's supposed to do, and for the money you really can't complain.
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    5 out of 5

    good system

    Written By Anonymous, Roslyn, ny on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Good system. I like it
    Pros:
    Good system
    Cons:
    Minor
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    4 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT90BT: Excellent Value!!

    Written By ejdupuis, Houston, TX on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Bought this to install in a used 2005 Tundra I bought. Fits like a glove using the installation kit from Crutchfield. Wiring was a cinch with the adapters and wiring harnesses from Crutchfield. Sounds great but had a bit of adjusting to get the perfect sound via Bluetooth
    Pros:
    Easy to install, sounds great, lots of features.
    Cons:
    Controls are confusing and take a bit of getting used to. Few controls plus lots of features = complex operation. Read the manual up front and refer to it often.
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    4 out of 5

    2008 Mazda3 Hatchback, Samsung s5, stock speakers, and STILL killer so

    Written By ACPittcraft, S.F. Peninsula on Friday, September 19, 2014
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    I've had this unit for 7 months and couldn't be happier. I routinely upgrade my car audio systems every other year, or as often as the new technology becomes a must have. Often I regret not waiting a little longer for the next jump in tech, but not this time. With the exception of the Sony remote app's occasional failures and annoyances, this is an amazing head unit. The RB enhancer(switch your rear speakers to subs) is very cool. I am absolutely amazed with the quality of sound difference through my stock speakers. Everyone from Snoop Dogg, Vivaldi,Gary Clark Jr.,to Rob Zombie gets optimum sound through a couple of tweaks on the unit. The sound quality is taking the Crutchfield allotted $ for new speakers, amp and subwoofer, and redirecting(some of it) towards the exact same unit in my wife's '07 VW Rabbit today. That's right, it's so darn good, I'm buying it again. As far as the touch screen units? I've used them, and am not impressed. I still need tactile buttons, and probably always will,(I'm over fifty, so there's that). Once again, 100% happy with yet another of my 15 years Crutchfield purchases.
    Pros:
    Amazing sound, even through stock speakers. Bluetooth performance is flawless. RB Enhancer(switch you rear speakers to subs) is greatest thing since the invention of the electric guitar. More features than I can possibly play with while stuck in traffic. Easy install, as they all are with Crutchfield tech support at my back. I've done at least 10 with their help.Sometimes I call just to test them(Kidding guys, I would never do that).
    Cons:
    Sony remote app works well 95% of the time. Display could be a bit larger(but I've got bifocals coming any day now, so there's that).
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    5 out of 5

    New Head Unit

    Written By wrkhrd4it, Waynesboro, VA on Sunday, September 14, 2014
     
    Great item for the $
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    4 out of 5

    Very good unit

    Written By EB99, East Brunswick, NJ on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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    I was looking for a sub $200 unit to replace the factory unit in my 2002 Honda Accord. The main feature i was looking for was Bluetooth connectivity for my cell phone so that i could use it hands free in the car. I was also looking for double-din units since that would fit the space best (although you could also fit a single din unit in the same space. I just thought that the double din would look better and it does look great). I narrowed my search down to the JVC KW-R910BT, Pioneer FH-X700BT, and this Sony unit. Even though the JVC is technically more powerful, i discounted that unit and the Pioneer based on the negative comments about the illumination and the crazy light shows which were difficult to turn off or turn down according to the reviews. The fancy illumination appears to be a popular feature with these units but i wasn't interested in that and although you have a lot of illumination options with the Sony unit, you also have the ability to pick just one normal color which is what i was looking for. As for the Bluetooth, it works fine. Very easy to pair with my Android phone and connects immediately every time i get in the car and turn on the radio and the sound quality of the BT is fine. Sound quality of the stereo is excellent. It immediately improves the sound of factory speakers 10 fold. The unit looks great and buttons are well laid out.
    Pros:
    Looks and sounds great. I found the menu easier to use than other units from other manufactures. Although if you are new to this type of menu, it will take some getting used to. Bluetooth is very easy to set up and use. Installation was standard. The most difficult part of the installation was running the BT mic to the visor. I would recommend doing this step before securing the radio to the chassis and starting at the visor or steering column and running it back to the unit.
    Cons:
    Display can be difficult to see in daylight, although changing the illumination color might help.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    New stereo!

    Written By olsofti, Tennessee on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    Overall a good stereo for the money!
    Pros:
    Ease of installation,decent sound quality,and many options for inputs!
    Cons:
    In the rural area where I live the radio reception is iffy at best,stations are all over each other.Takes a long time to change sources.
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    5 out of 5

    two thumbs up

    Written By average Joe, west des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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    Lot of product for its money
    Pros:
    Fun to use, love the blue tooth
    Cons:
    Nothing really
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    5 out of 5

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado LS

    Written By BOB, Fredericksburg, TX on Sunday, August 31, 2014
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    I waited 4 years to replace my factory stereo. I struggled with the features that I wanted and the price. Over the past year both have come together. I highly recommend this stereo for those who wanted to go from no Bluetooth to Bluetooth, XM/Sirus, hands free calling and many additional features I would never thought would be possible to have in my truck. It's finally fun to drive my truck again. It was going from a flip phone to a Smart Phone! Go out and get one soon.
    Pros:
    Everything from Bluetooth, XM/Sirus ready, mulit color display, hands free
    Cons:
    NOTHING
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony WX-GT90BT

    Written By Dan, Ruther Glen VA on Saturday, August 30, 2014
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    Works, sounds and looks good
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Unit

    Written By WilliamS, Lansing, MI on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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    I installed this several weeks ago and so far so good. The install was very straight forward in my 04 WRX. I'm using this with the factory speakers and sub. Sounds great so far. Bluetooth audio and calling from Nexus 5 works very well. My wife thought I sounded "far away" on calls. I may need to adjust mic placement or adjust some settings. The display is a little difficult to see in direct sunlight as other reviewers have noted. Some colors, however, are affected much more than others. Overall, not a major concern for me but others may disagree.

    The front usb input charges my Nexus 5 (a major plus for me). I do wish the unit had a card reader in addition to the usb but at this price point I'm satisfied.
    Pros:
    Sound quality. Bluetooth works well. Nice color choices.
    Cons:
    USB only, no SD cards.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great car stereo

    Written By Bill A, Richmond, VA on Friday, August 15, 2014
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    Have had the receiver for 2 weeks. Installed in a 2005 Ford F150. Receiver and blue tooth both very easy to install. Fits perfect in the F150 with the install kit provided from Crutchfield. Great sound quality. A little complicated to navigate through all the features but al-in-all a great car stereo.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation Great sound quality Blue tooth sound and clarity
    Cons:
    Navigation of all the features
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Works great but USB acts up

    Written By Dillon, Eastpointe, MI on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    This sony radio had all of the feature i wanted in a radio except HD radio which wasnt a huge concern since i mostly listen to the music off or my phone. It had bluetooth, iphone music playback plenty of other features. For the price i figured it was a great radio and for the most