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Overview

Our take on the Sony CDX-GT420IP

Consider Sony's CDX-GT420IP CD receiver a "one stop shopping trip" for iPod control — Sony included the direct-connect cable, so there's nothing else to buy. You get total access to your iPod from the stereo's faceplate and you'll master the controls in no time, thanks to the well-organized button layout.

Consider Sony's CDX-GT420IP CD receiver a "one stop shopping trip" for iPod control — Sony included the direct-connect cable, so there's nothing else to buy. You get total access to your iPod from the stereo's faceplate and you'll master the controls in no time, thanks to the well-organized button layout.

The music options don't stop with your iPod. The front-panel auxiliary input lets you connect any listening source, and the receiver also plays MP3 and WMA files on disc. The blue illumination and red button lighting give the faceplate a soft glow that will look good in your dash. You also get a user-friendly wireless remote for easy, safe control while driving.

For quick audio adjustments, Sony's EQ3 includes a bank of seven preset sound curves. When you want a more finely tuned sound, use the 3-band equalizer for customization. Adding bass? You can switch the preamp outputs to subwoofer mode, turning on a low-pass filter that sends the proper frequencies to your amplifier or powered subwoofer.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod controls and connection — no other equipment needed
    • front-panel auxiliary input
    • 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X151)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face security screws
    • Operating Instructions (English/French)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Note on installing face security screws
    Reviews

    Sony CDX-GT420IP Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (36 Reviews)

    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    Lou from 559, CA on 10/8/2008

    2002 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wise choice

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    A great purchase

    Enam from Washington, DC on 9/22/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased this Sony GT 420IP along with Polk speakers for my 1994 Honda Accord. This combination sounds great together and the total cost was under $300.00. I really like the fact that Sony has the Ipod connection along with Aux. If you were to purchase this item outside of Cruthfield you will spend more money considering you would have to purchase the wires and brackets that Cruthfield's offers for free.

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    Great value for the money

    Blair from Tahoe, CA on 9/6/2008

    1990 Ford Bronco
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit in a 1990 Bronco to replace an old aftermarket unit that was misbehaving. Installation was standard, and as usual the supplied adapter plate and harnesses made this process as simple as it could be. For such a reasonably priced unit this Sony performs well. The front input and i-pod harness make it a versatile head unit. The remote is easy to use and the unit produces good clear sound. It would be nice if the unit had dimmer connection so that the unit would dim the display when the headlights were on, and the display itself is pretty basic. But again, for the price, this unit is great.

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    Recreational Vehicle Installation

    rob from mem, tn on 8/28/2008

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

    radio has great sound, great features, good price, problem with the radio on installation where the radio shut off each time it sent the signal to the amp to power up, I had to wire the amp trigger wire directly to the ignition accessory terminal which solved the problem. I rechecked the amp operation with the old radio and it worked fine, Crutchfield would have exchanged the radio but I decided to keep it as I was able to use the alternate wiring solution.

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    Sony for my 4 Runner

    Robert from Long Island on 8/21/2008

    Instructions provieded by Crutchfield was good. Phone support was needed for one variable, and that support was outstanding. Product works well, solid sound with good power for my 6 speakers.

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    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    Scott from New Hampshire on 8/8/2008

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

    This is a great product especially for the price - lots of options, great sound, very easy to install. I really like the built in Ipod connector with the auxiliary jack on the front - both work very well. There are lots of options for setting the type of sound you like for such a reasonably priced radio. Highly recommended.

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    Perfect example of an iPod ready head unit

    Christopher from Boston, MA on 6/28/2008

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are looking to upgrade your factory radio with something that will make it easy to plug-in your iPod this is a great unit. It costs a fraction of what you might pay for a factory iPod adapter and it works much better than the ones I've seen. Once you plugin your iPod the head unit takes full control so you can tuck your iPod in the glovebox or center console out of sight. Switching playlists takes only seconds and you can configure repeat to go through playlists, artists, albums, or songs. I found that navigating through 8GB of albums was a bit slow but navigating through 10-20 playlists was much quicker. Don't be fooled by other head unit claims of "high-speed" iPod connections. This unit is plenty fast and the sound quality is top notch. The unit also has some other great features such as a 3-band eq that you can use to customize the sound curve to your tastes (or in my case the short comings of factory speakers). It has two sets of RCA outputs for connecting aftermarket amplifiers and even has a crossover for use with a subwoofer. One thing this unit lacks, which I found odd was a wiring harness lead for the light dimmer. It has a dimmer option in the settings but you can not configure it to switch to dim mode when you turn your headlights on. But for the price, I find it hard to complain about a small detail like that. I just want others to be informed about their purchase.

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    satisfactory

    Colin from Southern California on 6/2/2008

    1994 Oldsmobile Achieva
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this HU in my 94 Olds, and it was a HUGE step up from my OEM piece of junk. I've since then moved it out of the Olds and its now in an 03 civic. pumps those stock speakers. =) However, I was not really impressed with the iPod control. its great if all you do is listen to playlists. But if you want to try and listen to a specific artists it takes FOREVER to get there unless its AC DC or something right in the beginning of the A's. I tested it once and it took at LEAST 5 or 6 minutes to get to S, when my finger was hurting from holding the little button. But, I do have over 400 artists on my iPod... Also it can't handle skipping songs quickly. There's a certain amount of patience needed to operate it. Other than that though, for the money you can't go wrong with this HU. Its a little cheesy lookin', but if your in a bind for money, and say your OEM unit gets fried (like mine), its a great replacement =)

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    great price- great radio

    gerald from princeton louisiana on 5/25/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is my sons first radio we put in his 1987 honda accord. the unit fit like a glove and with crutchfields adapters installation was a breeze. we really enjoy the ipod cable that came with the unit. you control thru the unit without the hassle of playing with your ipod. also enjoy the equalizer presets and easy to use manual. thanks for a great prouduct.

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    Great Value and Performance w/IPOD!

    Ben from San Jose, CA on 5/25/2008

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't expect the level of service and performance from this $129 Sony unit; the quality of the FM and above all- the control performance of my IPOD on the Sony unit, made the driving experience "Excellent!" I didn't expect the added Crutchfield Service with the mounting plates for my F-150 and the tech support. If your looking for great FM, CD, and IPOD controls built in, this is a great unit for $$$. plus free shipping and installation harness are free!

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    Bargain priced iPod player

    Ryan from Schenectady, NY on 5/8/2008

    1994 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was originally looking for a cd reciever to replace my aging JVC unit that I bought used. This Sony so far has been pleasant, with all the settings one could need for the price. The sound is decent and all features work as advertised. The only caveat I can find is that using the iPod controls it is hard to skip directly to a specific artist, album or song and takes some time using the album +/- buttons on the front to find what you need. For the most part I just leave all my music on shuffle and hit next until I find a song I'd like to listen too. Also, this problem of finding specific things can be remedied if one creates playists of what they want to listen to the most usually but that will only mitigate the problem if you do not have many playlists. Otherwise, for a reciever under $130 dollars the functionality of this unit is well worth the cheaper price.

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    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    Jim from Dubuque, IA on 5/2/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great reception, good sound quality and a great price. Installation was a breeze with the adaptor kit. The entire change out took about 1 hour.

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    Great Product

    El Chilote from El Paso, TX on 4/18/2008

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

    Simple installation, easy to work with and very good sound! If it sounds this great with factory speakers, Imagine what it will sound like when I upgrade to really good speakers. It does everything I had expected it to do and more. Best bang for your buck!

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    Five Stars for Value, 4 for Implementation

    Stephen from Gilbert, AZ on 4/16/2008

    1990 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's been said before by other reviewers, but this unit is definitely all bang for your buck. $130 bones for a stereo (with iPod charging/interface) wiring harness, instillation kit! If you're looking for a cheap solution to get your tunage on and are not an audio snob, look no further. Something that hasn't gotten a lot of play in these reviews - the remote is fantastic. Slim, responsive, and easily navigated. This is the first in car remote I have ever used.

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    I Love My Sony & My iPod!

    Rob T from Hermosa Beach, CA on 4/15/2008

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

    I had an older model Sony (looks the same) before they added the iPod attachment. Sure it had the front input, but what a difference the built in iPod controller makes. First of all, with the old unit, every time I got out of my car I had to manually shut off my iPod. Second, there were wires everywhere. The cord to the front of the unit, the ac adapter to charge the iPod. This radio takes care of all that. I plug my iPod in, shut my glove box, and I'm ready to roll. The iPod shuts off when I turn off the car AND it charges the whole time it's connected. I wasn't sure it would be worth it to spend another $130 bucks just to have iPod control, but I'm glad I made the switch. Thanks Crutchfield!

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    best ban for buck

    chhay from tacoma, wa on 4/13/2008

    2006 Ford Focus ZX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got the package in about a week with the installation kit. Installation was really simple (match color wires and connect using crimp caps.) Stereo and cd sounds great. I hooked it up to my iphone and it worked fine even though the iphone says it's not a proper adapter. After reading the manual, the Ipod controller is really simple to use....scroll through playlists, artist or album and play (make sure you read the manual for ipod function). Overall it's a good product for the price.

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    Great value for the money!

    Ben from Mountain House, CA on 4/13/2008

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is very similar to a Sony receiver I had in a prior vehicle which I never had any trouble with. The bonus with this particular unit is the iPod controller cable in addition to the auxilliary input. Also, a great thing about ordering this from Crutchfield is all the free stuff: free shipping, free harnesses and faceframes, no sales tax, etc. All in all, a great value! The one downside which surprised me: I have a LOT of albums on the iPod and the unit will only move through album or artist names at a rate of about an album or name per second. To get from the beginning of the alphabet to the end takes FOREVER (not that I've had the patience to get that far). Two workarounds are 1) find the album you want first, then hook the iPod up to the controller cable, or 2) just use the front auxilliary input. I've done both, but for now I'm mostly using the front input. Still, I love the unit and love the remote control features which are more intuitive than some I've tried.

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    Great Crutchfield Experience.

    Unfated from Tampa, FL on 4/10/2008

    2008 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a great Crutchfield experience. The site is easy to navigate the shipping was lightning fast, and the free wiring harness, and dash kits are perfect. The installation directions were not very helpful, but you can't have everything. Now for the stereo. Not a bad stereo for the money and the sound is very nice. The iPod interface on the other hand is terrible!

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    Lots of features

    John from SLC, UT on 3/19/2008

    About me: like it simple, value-minded, just want something to work like it is supposed to. <BR> This deck works like it is supposed to. Very easy to install (Took me about 15 minutes. Granted the car was pre-wired and ready for installation, but installation would have been simple regardless). <BR> The controls are rather intuitive if you take the time to read the owners manual. With my Ipod I always shuffle all of my songs (my Ipod simply carries all of my music. Just like the radio, if a song doesn't fit my mood I move on). That is all I really want and that is what it does. As well you can shuffle by album or by artist. You just have to know how to set the deck to display what you need to know. The only downside to this unit is the display. Sometimes it will not display the name of the entire album or song if the name is greater than 15 or so characters (I'm not sure of the exact number). Like I said earlier, read the owners manual. Since I can't post Sony's website just copy and paste the model # into a search engine then look for the Xplodsony link. There you can read the manual before your purchase. <BR> Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. A wonderful value, more than enough features for me, controls my Ipod, remote control, detachable face, and easy installation. It has 2 pre-outs--I use one for my self-powered sub. If you want a better display and fancy things like a motorized faceplace, usb, etc you had better take a look at other models. If you don't need any of that other stuff this may be the one for you. Cheers.

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    Jason from Hamilton ,NJ on 2/20/2008

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I cannot beleive how quickly I received my order. All needed compnents arrived and the instructions were spot on. System fits and sounds amazing.

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    Good radio, but odd interface

    Gavin from Ann Arbor, MI on 2/19/2008

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

    The CDX-GT420IP is a nice radio, and installed easily in my Focus -- the provided adapter cables meant I wasn't trying to hook the radio up inside the car in sub freezing temparatures! The front panel interface is a little odd. Most radios use pressing the volume control as an on/off switch, but this radio uses that to get to settings. Instead there is a small 'off' button that turns off and you use the 'source' button to turn on again. I can get used to this, but a downside is that if the need arises to kill the sound quickly, it's not a case of just smacking the largest control on the front panel. iPod controls work OK, and it's the first time I've heard iPod sound without earbuds (pretty good!).

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    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    doug from Newark,DE on 2/18/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only negative feature is the way it controls the ipod.It's faster to unplug your ipod and find a song you want to listen to.Other than that,I love it.

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    Perfect CD Player, Perfect Crutchfield Experience

    Robert from North Carolina on 2/17/2008

    1992 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, let me say that Crutchfield is the best, and this would have been a real pain without them. They included instructions, the wiring harness, and the mounting kit, for FREE and I would have been flying blind without them, so THANKS CRUTCHFIELD! Anyway, The CD player is great. Easy to use, easy to install (again, thanks to Crutchfield). While the manual isn't too helpful, everything (except the iPod controls, I don't know how that works) is easy enough and pretty self explanatory, and you'll teach yourself the basics within a couple seconds of use. I don't know about how difficult it is to use the iPod controls, I don't have one. And my only complaint is that there isn't a pause button on the remote.

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    Great Product ..Great Service ...

    Aditya from Athens,GA on 2/16/2008

    1997 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the Sony 420ip a few days ago and Installed it in my 1997 Toyota Corolla. The music sounds awesome with even the factory fitted speakers (Although not I want to change them). The controls are well placed and the remote works can be used to perform most operations. If anyone is on a budget and wants ipod connectivity/control on a car deck this is the product to be bought. What 's noteworthy is the service and help from Crutchfield. The product description clearly explained the different kind of car decks and the ipod control factor in each one. This kind of detailing is missing on most websites. Not only did the kit come with all the necessary components required for a smooth installation but also telephonic help was commendable. I called the helpline once during the installation and they were quick to resolve the issue. I could get through the line pretty quick and the representative helped me through the process. Great work Crutchfield !!

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    Carroll

    Evison from Lake City FL on 2/14/2008

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

    Great Sony CD Receiver. I have not had any problems. Crutchfield tech's were great at helping me when I did have a little problem with the install. Only thing I don't like is beep sounds it makes when you turn off the car I know it to remind you to take the face plate off. But still you should be able to disable it but you can't. Need to take that up with Sony. I would order From Crutchfield again.

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    It is not just a purchase, it is a Crutchfield Experience

    Boris from Lisle, IL on 2/9/2008

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am out of the age group that typically purchases car stereos, so I had to start with figuring out what to buy. Crutchfield Web Site helped me get up to speed with the features, options and terminology, helped me understand my own requirements and choose the right stereo. After buying a unit itself, I was ready to go and purchase a few mounting accessories that I knew I need - imagine my surprise when upon reviewing my order, I realized that everything, including installation manual was already added to my order at no charge! The package arrived promptly, with paperwork on top, starting with the letter that invited me to call for support if I have difficulties installing the product and encouraging me to return the purchase if I am not satisfied. Insructions where easy to follow, took me 10 minutes to remove my old radio, then I got stuck mounting the new one - tech support got me out of the dead-end in 3 minutes (Sat afternoon). Radio worked well, connected and recognized my iPhone, AUX input. I found iPod controls a bit cryptic, but got used to them quickly. What slightly annoys me that if I just turn the ignition off while listening to iPhone it would not resume the connection after I turn it back on until I disconnect iPhone and connect it back again. By &quot;would not resume&quot; I mean it would not resume playing and would not allow to be controled via CD Player. All iTunes control would return back to iPhone and if you push the play button it would still play via the car sound system. I am working around it by always turning the radio off or switching the source from iPod before turning the ignition off. Maybe, this behavior is due to the fact that I am using it with iPhone, not iPod. After connecting the unit, in a heist of a moment, I did not realize that when I switch the source from FM to anything else (CD, iPOD, AUX) I loose my bass. I discovered it after a day or two. I also realized that when I press the knob to adjust the bass settings, the menu option looks different depending on which source I use - it would change from LOW to SUB if I am listening to anything but FM. Ok, I thought, the stereo assumes that I have a sub-woofer hooked up for higher-quality inputs and looked through all the settings on the Sony unit trying to change that - with no luck. A second call to tech support - got a suggestion to switch a wire in a harness - instead of Blue-Blue, connect Blue/White to Blue. This did not make any sense, but I indulged the tech and, voilas - everything back to normal. Overall, very happy with the radio - everytning works very well, installs easy, even little remote is quite helpful, once you figure out how the iTunes menus are mapped to a small one-line display of the stereo. Moreover - very impressed with overall experience of interacting with Crutchfield, starting from their web site that helped me make a selection, ordering process and knwoledgeable tech support.

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    Great little unit!!

    John from Atlanta, GA on 2/8/2008

    1993 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the stock (dead) radio in my 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis, since was listed as a direct replacement. I had also considered some others put decided on this one since it qualified for free shipping and had the extra harnesses included. Let me preface this by saying, I had always been leary of doing it myself because of an extremely bad experience that ended up taking all weekend but figured with Crutchfields service, I could call if it was necessary. Well, within 45 minutes of opening the box, I had it installed, just following the included step by step instructions. This included taking the extra time to actually solder the connections. This step was not really necessary but I didn't have the right crimp connectors on hand, and wanted something more secure than just electrical tape. This was my first Crutchfield purchase and have to say I'm quite pleased, and this unit rocks the socks off my stock radio and makes my stock speakers actually sound good!!

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    Amazing

    CuerVo_214 from Dallas, TX on 2/8/2008

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

    I have to be honest and say that I have never purchased any electronics online. I purchased this stereo for my wife's vehicle and it has been a great experience. The instructions Crutchfield includes are very detailed and easy to follow. They only small issue I had was with connecting the Wire Harness. I was under the impression it was going to be a plug and play but you have to connect the wires yourself and secured them. They are pretty much color coordinated so at the end it worked great. I would recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade their factory stereo!

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    Great unit for the price.

    Rudy from Roanoke,VA on 2/5/2008

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

    Great unit for the money. Love the direct ipod cable instead of having to purchase an additional adapter. The menus aren't as easy to navigate as I expected. Wish the knob would scroll through the artists more quickly than having to press next over and over again.

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    Great receiver for the money

    Richard from Milford, MI on 1/24/2008

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the GT-420IP to replace an older Sony receiver which developed an amplifier problem. It was easy to install, and sounds great! I chose this model for the built-in iPod control, and while it does work, I find it difficult to choose specific artists or playlists from the tuner. Instead, I just select what I want on the iPod directly before plugging it into the Sony. This is a bit of a pain, but the sound is better than running an additional FM transmitter. It was unclear if the GT-420IP could also control a Sony CD changer, as it turns out, no it can't. CD changer control was replaced with iPod control. Overall, good features and a good sound for a great price!

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    1998 honda civic dx coupe

    Rajan from springfield va on 1/21/2008

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i got this for my friend and we installed it, it was very easy to install with the directions crutchfield supplied, it was a little hard but thats because my friend bought it used and the person he bought it from did not put the same stock radio in the car (key-less entry radio needed), and we both are idiots and didnt check the fuse under the hood the radio gives the car REAL good base compared to what the car had, and these are playing out of stock speakers, plus the remote is awesome. i never really trusted sony for car audio after i heard there speakers, but this head unit is really nice, i still won't get sony speakers, its pioneers speakers all the way for me

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    Great Sound Quality with Stock Hyundai Speakers!

    JF from Chicago, IL on 1/8/2008

    I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT and had never considered making any changes to my stock system because I figured I'd have to shell out for a receiver plus speakers, plus installation because I wouldn't be able to do it myself. If you are at this site you are probably thinking doing the install yourself. Good choice! This unit is a huge bang for the buck at $129 (includes the installation kit) for what amounted to an amazing transformation in my Hyundai. Although I was a mere assistant during this process, it was quite simple - words of encouragement for the timid/novice. Although it was necessary to connect the car kit with the unit wires, instructions were clear, and while soldering is probably best, it is possible to use caps to connect the wires. Installation itself took about 45-60 minutes during which time no 4-letter words were used. And the sound! Incredible difference from the stock receiver. The range is great with a nice mid range, clear but not painful highs and of course great bass. The pre-made EQ settings are pretty good, although I don't think I will use many of them. The menu is easy to navigate, although you may want to use it during daylight the first time. The ipod menu is fine as long as you are a little patient and hold down the advance button to scroll quickly through albums artists. I haven't tried my audiobook files yet but I can't imagine why they wouldn't play just fine. The tuner is also great, with plenty of pre-set space. Finally, the blue/purple and red display matches perfectly with my gauges, making the unit seem like it belongs there. What a great value for the results!

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    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    Tom from Hopewell Junction, NY on 12/7/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with this unit. It is far superior to my original factory radio from my Pontiac vibe. Having the IPOD control is great. The menus take some getting used to, but are generally user friendly and not too distracting while driving. The price is great and the sound quality and features exceeded my expectations. Installation was easy, also. I am glad I ordered this through Crutchfield.

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    Sony CDX-GT420IP

    Coddaire from Chelmsford, MA on 10/12/2007

    1994 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, this is a good value. Install is simple in a 1994 Camry. Mode key versus Select key takes some getting used to; one controls AM/FM while the other controls CD/Tuner/Aux/Ipod. Would be better to have individual buttons for source selction, but as I said...good value for the $$ External Ipod link is nice, however, radio controls the ipod and you cannot make selections on the Ipod once it is plugged in; this can be a bit challenging. Most Annoying part is the 3 beeps when you shut off power to the radio that CANNOT be diabled. This is the reminder to remove the faceplate. In older Sony models, this could be disabled by pressing the Select and 6 keys simultaneoulsy. I have discussed with both Sony and Crutchfield, both say there is no way to turn it off.

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    A lot for the money

    JHC-83C from New Jersey on 9/23/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Value Rating *****, For the money how can you go wrong. MP3/WMA Built-in AUX input & Built-In iPod cable.<BR><BR>iPod access Rating **, NOT very user friendly. I can access Album/Artist/Playlists. Sometimes I get what I want, Usually I end up listening to what it wants me to.<BR><BR>MP3's Rating ****, No problems or complaints.<BR><BR>I have no comment on the tuner, I haven't listened to AM or FM in years.<BR><BR>Owners Manual Rating -*****(Minus 5). Joke of a manual. The biggest waste of paper I've seen.<BR><BR>Overall it's a VERY good value for the money. If I ever get the iPod to work right I will increase the rating to ****.<BR><BR>PS: for the convertible owner. the display is very readable in direct sunlight, Something a lot of more expensive units can't say (example:Kenwood)

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    Nice Entry Level Unit with Extra Features

    Kerry from Atlanta on 9/21/2007

    1997 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very good quality entry level unit (with extras) at a reasonable price.<BR><BR>Very easy to install, with standard wiring. Plus extra outputs for amp and subs.<BR><BR>Very straight forward user interface with the normal 6 button presets and other intuitive controls. Remote has a few extras not found on the head unit.<BR><BR>Ipod connects directly to unit, no extra Ipod peripherals needed already built in. The Ipod interface is minimal but usable. I didn't expect a robust interface with such a low cost unit. The ipod display is almost pointless - very large letters that scroll slowly, almost impossible to read. Fortunately there are several display options including track number and running time, these are a little more user friendly.<BR><BR>Handy front input for using devices other than Ipod (or for using a 2nd Ipod).<BR><BR>Nice presets on the EQ or you can customize your own EQ settings.<BR><BR>Overall great quality sound for a basic unit. I am pleased with the stereo and very pleased with the price. I would recommend this unit for anyone seeking a quality entry level stereo.

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    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Blue/White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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    Features

    Drive S: The CDX-GT420IP features the Drive S chassis platform. Drive S includes the CD mechanism, audio stages, 12 volt power supply, and tuner section. The CD mechanism includes a suspension to resist shocks, a motor that draws less power, and a fast low-current pickup that improves durability and CD playback accuracy. The 52W Peak x 4-channel S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer, more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous designs.

    Amplifier Section: The head-unit's amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 17 watts RMS x 4 channels at 4 Ohms and 1% THD. The unit is also rated at 23.2 watts per channel minimum continuous average power into 4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more than 5% THD. Peak power is rated at 52 watts per channel.

    Detachable Face: The CDX-GT420IP features a detachable face for theft prevention. The radio does not come with a protective face case.

    Disc Compatibility: The CD receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs. The headunit also supports CD Text.

    MP3/WMA Capability: The CD receiver will also play MP3 and WMA files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW. Below are the following requirements for MP3/WMA playback.

    • ISO: The unit is compatible with the ISO 9660 level 1 / level 2 format, Joliet/Romeo in the expansion format, and Multi Session.
    • The Maximum number of:
      • folders or albums is 150 including root and empty folders
      • MP3/WMA files or tracks and folders contained in a disc (300 if a folder/file names contain many characters, this number may become less than 300).
      • Displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64 (Romeo).
      • ID3 tag versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4 apply to MP3 only. ID3 tag is 15/30 characters (1.0 and 1.1) or 63/126 characters (2.2, 2.3. and 2.4). WMA tag is 63 characters.

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

    Note: The Album/Group number is displayed only when the album/group is changed.

    Radio Tuning: The CDX-GT420IP allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations. In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning. The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2. Other tuner features include:

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Auto Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available stations and then choose your own presets from these available stations.

    EQ3 Stage 2: EQ3 Stage 2 offers 7 EQ presets, each of which has a preset value for 3 bands: Low (60Hz), Middle (1kHz), and High (10kHz). The EQ presets and the band values are as follows:

    • Xplod: Low: +10, Middle: +4, High: +4
    • Vocal: Low: +4, Middle: +8, High: +2
    • Edge: Low: +6, Middle: -2, High: +7
    • Cruise: Low: +3, Middle: +4, High: +2
    • Space: Low: +4, Middle: +5, High: +8
    • Gravity: Low: +8, Middle: 0, High: +2
    • Off (flat): Low: 0, Middle: 0, High: 0
    • Custom: Adjustable -10dB to +10dB for each band (Low, Middle, High)

    Two Pair Of Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT420IP contains two pair of RCA preamp outputs - a front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation. When set to subwoofer, the output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 125Hz, 78Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the headunit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments.

    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 cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it doesn't appear as an available source.

    Mounting Angle: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 degrees.

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

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

    Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night if needed.

    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.

    Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the power off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected but not removed for 15 seconds or more.

    Wireless Remote Control: The headunit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation.

    External Device Controls

    Built-In iPod Control: The headunit features a rear panel iPod dock connector on a 47" pigtail for connecting your Apple iPod. By connecting your iPod to the headunit's dock connector cable, you can listen to music stored on your iPod through your vehicle's stereo system while controlling the iPod from the Sony headunit. You can choose from the following search and play modes on the Sony headunit - Album, Artist, and Playlist. You can also repeat or shuffle each of these play modes as well as shuffle all tracks or repeat one track. When your vehicle is cranked or the ignition key of your vehicle is turned to the ACC position and the headunit is powered on, your iPod's battery will be charged during connection. The CDX-GT420IP supports the following iPods models.

    • 1st Generation iPod nano ver.1.3
    • 2nd Generation iPod nano ver. 1.1
    • 3rd Generation iPod ver.2.3.0
    • 4th Generation iPod ver.3.1.1
    • 5th Generation iPod ver.1.2
    • iPod Photo ver.1.2.1
    • iPod mini ver.1.41.

    Note: When your iPod is connected to the headunit's dock connector, the iPod's controls are locked and operation from the iPod cannot be performed. Video function of is not supported.

     

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