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Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

CD receiver

Item # 158GT640UI

The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI CD receiver combines great sound quality and the ability to play all your favorite media.

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The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI CD receiver combines great sound quality and the ability to play all your favorite media.

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About the Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI

The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI CD receiver combines great sound quality and the ability to play all your favorite media. It plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, and features convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter.

The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI CD receiver combines great sound quality and the ability to play all your favorite media. It plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, and features convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter.

Find your music files quickly
The CDX-GT640UI boasts an impressive set of controls for navigating your iPod's music. Sony's Quick BrowZer feature lets you search for songs by genre, artist, or album — you just rotate the knob to find the song you want, then push in on the knob to select. When you need to get through a lot of songs, the Jump control leaps through them in 10% increments. Switch to passenger control and your passengers can select tunes with the iPod's controls while you concentrate on your driving.

Shape the sound
Sony's DM+ Advanced circuitry restores the details lost when music files are compressed, so you enjoy the best possible sound from your MP3, WMA, or AAC files. The EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer includes eight preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer for adjusting the lows, mids, and highs. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer adds presence and life to your music by raising the soundstage up to ear level — the three levels of adjustment let you pick the setting that works best for your car.

Built in RDS
The CDX-GT640UI's tuner features built-in RDS (Radio Data System). When tuned into a compatible AM or FM station, it'll display radio broadcast station call letters, along with artist, title, and album for the song that's playing.

Ready for system building
You'll find three sets of preamp outputs for adding external amplifiers or a powered subwoofer. Built-in high- and low-pass filters ensure you send your speakers only the frequencies they're best equipped to handle.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

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Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable fold-down face with LCD display
    • switchable blue or green button and knob illumination
    • RDS (Radio Data System) built in
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (eight preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding an optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with HD Radio™ and satellite radio tuners, CD changer
    • front-panel USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • 6-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 (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canadian Warranty sheet
    • Note on installing face security screws

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue or Green
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback

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

    Display Features

    Flip-Down/Detachable Face: The CDX-GT640UI features a manual fold-down face which provides a larger display and greater protection for the player's CD-slot and your CD discs. In addition, the unit features a detachable face for theft prevention. The radio does not come with a protective face case.

    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 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.

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the CDX-GT640UI 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).

    Contrast: You can adjust the contrast level of the headunit's display for better day- and night-time viewing. The contrast level is adjustable in 7 steps.

    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.

    Button Illumination: You can change the heaudnit's button illumination to blue or green to better match your vehicle's interior dash lighting.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI FM/AM compact disc player features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI 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 CDX-GT640UI 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)

    Digital Music Plus Advanced: The Sony CDX-GT640UI features Digital Music Plus Advanced which is an enhancer technology used to reproduce detail and high frequency sound from compressed audio.

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony Xplod CDX-GT640UI features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off. The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), and High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.

    Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.

    Loudness: This features reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Three 2-Volt Preamp Outputs with Adjustable Crossovers: The CDX-GT640UI contains three pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs for the front and rear channels and for subwoofer operation. A built-in LPF (Low Pass Filter) and HPF (High Pass Filter) work to deliver overall better sound, and the LPF features a phase shift (Normal/Reverse) function that reduces low-end reverberation. The subwoofer output is non-fading with a low pass filter and selectable cut-off frequency of Off, 80, 100, 120, 140, or 160Hz. The subwoofer volume is adjustable from -10 to +10. The front and rear speakers offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of Off, 80, 100, 120, 140, or 160Hz.

    Radio Functions

    SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS: The Sony CDX-GT640UI features a built-in SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS. Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The CDX-GT640UI 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.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDX-GT640UI is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD, sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this head unit:

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

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

    Disc Playback

    Multi-Format Playback: Multi-format playback lets you play CDs, CD-Rs, or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs. The headunit also supports CD Text. Below are the requirements and features for compressed audio file playback:

    • ISO: 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, AAC)
      • files or tracks and folders contained in a disc is 300 or less if a folder/file names contain many characters (MP3, WMA, AAC)
      • displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64 (Romeo)
    • ID3 Tag: 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.

    Note: Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    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.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD, iPod, or from your connected USB Mass Storage 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 percent increments.

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 9, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your CD or connected USB device.

    Off 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 20 seconds or more.

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

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    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. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it does not appear as an available source.

    USB Input: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB input can be used for plugging in a USB Mass Storage Class device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. When playing a USB device, the display can indicate track/album/artist/genre number, track/artist/album/genre name, elapsed playing time, text information, or clock. The headunit can recognize up to 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. A sliding cover protects the USB input when it is not in use.

    USB 1-Wire iPod Control: USB 1-Wire for iPod lets you directly connect, charge, and control select iPods via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display. The GT640UI has a front panel USB port which allows you to connect your iPod via a single cable (iPod dock connector-to-USB--cable not included with the head unit). The headunit will allow audio playback, control, and charging of your connected iPod. When the headunit is placed in the Passenger Control mode, you can control the iPod directly using the "click-wheel" or "touch-screen" on the iPod. The Sony GT640UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

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

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The headunit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony Xplod headunit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Optional Wired Remote Control: This unit has a 3.5mm minijack input for adding the optional PAC SWI-PS steering wheel remote interface (127SWIPS, sold separately). The SWI-PS interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles with a Sony head unit with wired remote capability. In some GM vehicles, this adapter allows you to retain heater control buttons as well.

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

     

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