2002 Pontiac Firebird
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Works great with my Ipod. Easy to use.
Pros: Can use Ipod, usb thumb drive, or other usb device.
Cons: The control knob takes a little bit to get used to.
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Sony comes up with a new way to use your iPod® in the car. Their DSX-S300BTX digital media receiver features a unique Tune Tray compartment that holds your iPod, Sony Walkman MP3 player, or USB drive inside the receiver, safe from bumps, knocks, and prying eyes. Just fold down the receiver's face, plug your player into the USB connection, and then close it up inside the receiver you'll take charge of your player using the receiver's controls
Slick iPod controls
The DSX-S300BTX includes a set of powerful search controls for your iPod, so finding your favorite music files is a snap. You can browse through the usual menus of genre, artist, album, and so on, but you can also slam through hundreds of tracks quickly and easily with Quick-BrowZer, Or use Zappin to listen to short clips from your music while searching. Sony includes SensMe software that organizes your music according to mood and tempo, so you can quickly find the music that you'd like to hear.
Bluetooth® built in
You'll appreciate the DSX-300BTX's built-in Bluetooth functionality if you make a lot of phone calls from your car. You can take and make calls hands-free, without having to divert your attention from the road. You can also stream music wirelessly from phones or audio devices with Bluetooth.
The DSX-S300BTX offers the sonic tools you need to get great sound in your car. EQ7 boasts seven preset tone curves and a 7-band parametric equalizer, while digital time alignment controls create the perfect stereo sweet spot right in front of you. DM+ Advanced (Digital Music Plus Advanced) improves detail and high-frequency sound from compressed audio, so your iPod and music files sound fresh and lively.
Add on and enjoy
For more musical choices, you can add an optional HD Radio or satellite radio tuner to the DSX-S300BTX. Ramp up the sound by connecting external amps to the three pairs of high-voltage preamp outputs. Built-in high- and low-pass filters simplify amp setup and control.
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: Sony recommends that you remove your iPod from the dock when you leave your vehicle. If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.
Works great with my Ipod. Easy to use.
Average Customer Review(s):
Works great with my Ipod. Easy to use.
Pros: Can use Ipod, usb thumb drive, or other usb device.
Cons: The control knob takes a little bit to get used to.
Great radio. I love the internal tray and the extra USB port on the front. The Bluetooth is great but about once a week I have to turn it off and back on when it doesn't recognize my phone (Samsung). Not sure if it is the phone or the head unit. It's not a deal breaker. Pandora streams fine. The BT phone works fine and no one has complained about the call quality. I do not have the external mic. Not sure why they discontinued this phone I love it and was going to buy a second.
Very pleased overall (I've had it for a couple of weeks now). Only slight negative is the garbling of the address book which it had transferred from my LG Octane phone over bluetooth. But it may well be the LG at fault. The buttons are tiny, but easy to use once you get the general idea. The 2DIN adapter Crutchfield sent looks ok, but it doesn't fit perfectly. I should try to get the radio about 1/8" (4mm) further out, so the faceplate doesn't catch the adapter at the bottom.
Cons: Tiny buttons
Installed in my son's 2006 Ford Ranger. Taking out the factory radio was fairly easy, once I figured out which way to pull the levers. Then it truly became the drill of matching wires and finishing. Overall installation was easy. Sounds great and even the technically challenged can get this installed easily. Sound is great and really enjoy the hands free capability for phone calls. One less thing to worry about with a teen on the road.
Pros: Hands free phone feature
Cons: Having to connect a lot of wires
Installed in a 2000 Forester SF. Install went as advertised . Very simple' to disassemble interior of Forester without breaking tabs etc like on my GMC. AM reception has improved tremendously. If you have the interior left rear window antenna, make sure to hook up the blue power antenna wire, otherwise you won't get decent reception.
Pros: Works really well with droid phones in bluetooth mode. I pod works seemlessly.
Cons: Difficult to learn how to navigate. Counter intuitive. Poorly written manuals. This is very common with overseas outsourcing.
I absolutely love this stereo. I have used the cassette tape ipod adapter and several of the fm transitter ipod adapters not wanting to spend too much for ipod hookups in my car. I finally bit the bullet and sprung for this unit, and I wish I had in the beginning. It is well worth it! I bought this stereo on a clearance sale so it was a superb value for the price. I recommended to my friend after I installed it, and he can't find a model with all the options for less then $280. I still recommend you buy this stereo at that price over ipod fm adapters. Sony makes great products for ipods. I already owned a Sony home stereo and clock radio that work seamlessly with my ipod and iphones (currently have iphone4). This stereo is no different. I was worried bluetooth would not be seamless since I have heard from several people the iphone bluetooth is finicky. I had absolutely zero problem with it. It connected quickly, and now connects automatically every time I get in the car. You can access all your classic ipod interface controls through the head unit, as well as you contacts from your phone. The one only downside to the head unit ipod controls is they limited to the classic ipod controls. It does not allow for any new features I have on my iphone (ipod touch) such as genius. That is possibly corrected on the new models, but I am okay with it because I keep a ipod classic inside the unit. If I listen to my iphone it is easily accessible to control thanks to bluetooth.
Pros: Built in bluetooth Hands free calling Works with Pandora from my iPhone4. Charges iPod/iPhone, can do multiple with inside and outside USB connections. No Static like FM transmitter. USB and Bluetooth connections sound better than analog plug many stereos offer.
Cons: iPod controls through head unit push button are hard to work in a car. I often select wrong things do to bumps, or just because of the sensitivity. Using the remote gets around this so it is not that big of a deal.
Overall a nice unit for the $.
Pros: Two USB ports, Tune Tray.
Cons: Taking faceplate on and off is more difficult than it should be, Bluetooth for phone needs improvement.
This is my first deck purchase and it's amazing. I never listen to my radio anymore. Cuz the radio sucks nowadays. Same songs over and over. But thanks to the tune tray all I listen to is my iPod. The sound quality is amazing. Being able to customize your own sound system is so convenient. The color schemes are pretty legit. Id recommend it to those who love listening to their iPods or any other external or internal outputs. Really worth every single penny.
Pros: Tune tray. Auto dimmer. Sound adjustment. Subwoofer levels. Different presets for the type of music you'd like to listen to. Remote control. Bluetooth.
Cons: No cd player. The volume knob goes in 4 directions. Up down left right and sometimes it's hard to get the right direction. But the remote control makes up for it
Easy to install and navigate. Would add the external microphone for Bluetooth. Looks good and sounds great.
Pros: Good unit for a great price
Cons: Bluetooth without external mic sounds garbled
Love the stereo! Great sound, bluetooth works great!
I like it, it sounds great, and the integration of the bluetooth, phone, audio streaming, iPod, etc..., is real slick.
The multi control knob is not very easy to use. I find it a little confusing to operate, but I am getting better at it. The Bluetooth Phone function works great, and people tell me they can hear me loud and clear. The bluetooth audio works great too, I can hear pandora and other internet channels, as well has the music on my iPhone.
Pros: Bluetooth functions are amazing. Sound is great. Internal and external USB connections.
Cons: It takes some time to learn how to use the multi function control knob. The browser is a little confusing.
Great product. Easy to install with the exception of the fact it took me an hour to figure out how to get the speakers to play. With Crutchfields help we figured it out. Great help.
This stereo is a great value and fairly easy to install. Love the blue tooth feature. I bought this for my daughter who goes to school about 250 miles away and wanted the bluetooth which works great and the mp3 player plug in is awesome as well.
Pros: Bluetooth and MP3 player plug in.
Cons: The controls aren't really user friendly or intuitive.
I wanted this to have a way to stow my iPod without a bunch of wires tangling up. It does a great job of that and sounds good doing it and charges that iPod too. Haven't used the bluetooth yet but USB drives work well. Great unit at a great price. ($100 off sale)
Cons: The only con I have is that it is incompatible with my early model iPod. (works great with my gen 4). I might not have bought it if I had known about it before. I looked back at the info but couldn't find any info stating which generations would work.
Love it...the blue tooth is my favorite feature.
Easy to install, great for the ipod or flash drive!!!! lots of EQ flexibility and custom sound parameters. Not much on the low end but I did use a 8" sub and separate amp to round it out better.
Pros: lots of customizing flexibility, over all very good sound and value.
Cons: sort of complicated display its a bit narrow
I installed this myself and everything worked except the remote control. After contacting Sony Tech support they sent a new remote. Exact same problem with new remote. Sony was clueless and wanted me to remove entire unit and ship back to them. I called Crutchfield instead of Sony, thinking of returning unit for diff brand. Crutchfield rep asked if I installed optional bluetooth microphone in black jack marked "microphone", different from 1/8" jack on back of unit. He said this was common issue and symptom. So, I checked, moved mic to cord marked mic, and remote started working. 5 stars for Crutchfield, 0 for Sony.
Pros: all digital media, no more cd player, great external bluetooth mic installed new 32G USB stick, 1/2 my collection fits on one stick.
Cons: Only supports wav and mp3, no flac or ogg theora. No cd player, can't take advantage of free books on cd (cracker barrel) while traveling but, since I carry laptop everywhere I go, just need to rip it first.
This product performs wonderful, sounds good, and works as advertised. The only complaint I can come up with is that getting used to the controls is a little weird and the remote feels cheap.
Pros: Affordable Blue tooth, solid performance
Cons: Cheap feeling remote (I Don't use it anyway)
This stereo was purchased as a replacement for an older Alpine unit. I have to say, my car now sounds like it has a sub woofer in the trunk. I can't believe the sound quality. Puts the Alpine to shame. I mentioned minor flaws, which are just that minor. They have to do with the iPod navigation. It is difficult to push the knob in straight while driving, but you can get use to it. There were other annoyances that have come up like when I turn on the playlist repeat, it does not stay on after turning the stereo off then on. I mention it because all of my music on my iPod is not age appropriate, so when my daughters playlist is finished I have to be quick in volume control or changing it. Otherwise it is a great buy for the money.
Pros: Great sound, convenient iPod placement and charging, bluetooth works great!
Cons: Repeat does not stay to user settings, there are other quarks as well that I am sure all stereos have
installation was less than 1/2 hour because this unit was replacing a previously stolen unit. After, installation the features and functions of the unit all worked perfectly. The ability to connect to iPhone via Bluetooth is amazing. Handsfree calling through the unit is state of the art... callers sound great coming through the speakers and callers report that my voice is clear with no feedback, road noise or background hum. Setting auto answer to on is another amazing feature... totally hands free operation to receive calls. Connecting to playlists via Bluetooth is not completely intuitive and I still haven't figured it out... but you can choose playlists and songs via the iPhone via Bluetooth. Accessing playlists when the phone is docked inside the unit is as easy as pressing the search button on the included remote control. The dial is a little hard to read in bright daylight, but that might be more a function of the huge amount of windows in the vehicle. There is nowhere to hide from direct sunlight. Finally, docking the iPhone inside the receiver is kind of cool... but it doesn't fit with all iPhone covers... having to remove the cover prior to use is sort of a show stopper... but with the external USB connection and the Bluetooth option... it is not always necessary. Haven't tried the USB Flash drive and Sony playlist software, but it looks amazing. The ability to drop gigabytes of music onto a Flash drive and create playlists is an amazing innovation.
Pros: lots of connectivity options... easy to set-up and use. Sounds great, works great. Affordable.
Cons: Bluetooth access to playlists not intuitive. Hard to see screen in bright daylight.
Deck works fine made my ipod freeze up once other than that i have had no problems so fare.
First, I never thought about buying a SONY branded stereo, but this one has so many extras for the price I couldn't resist. I stopped using CDs like 5 years ago when I got my first iPod. The BT in the unit is usable even without the (sold separately) wired mic. (I have a loud car so I have to roll up the windows) Having more than one USB ports is also a blessing. The compartment inside works great and just leave a 16GB USB stick inside and forget about it. Sound Q is very decent and the "loud" feature sounds good, but that's different to any person and it depends of all your configuration, amps, speakers, car acoustics, music source, EQ settings etc etc. The central knob is tricky to get used, but is has a lot of functionality built in. Menus are OK, at least the unit has a "Exit" button you can press anytime to get out if you are lost in a weird menu, and is not like you are going to set up the unit every time you start the car. The Source Selection menu is clear and intuitive. Didn't try the SensMe feature. Gave it 5 stars just because of the value, plus Crutchfield extras and free shipping. Very satisfied with the unit.
Pros: Sleek display (for the price), lots of info. The ability to play music from any USB drive. Multiple inputs. BT capabilities built in. Radio station name. Great Value. The unit is very fast when browsing music from the USB drive as well as seeking radio stations.
Cons: The unit doesn't index music from the USB drive as well as the iPod does, for some reson sometimes it doesn't reads the artist or some other fields found in the file metedata. No too much of a deal. Inserting the face is tricky also. Finally, the unit LOVES scratches!! Just by looking at it. After one month of use, the central knob is showing small scratches, just by touching it with my finger!
I like the unit. It read my iPod a lot faster than I would have thought and I have the iPod classic with a lot of music on it. Sometimes when playing from playlist the display will not show the next song playing. It will be stuck on the song that it just finished. To fix that I've had to skip to the next track and then go back to the song. I've had some other minor issues with the screen freaking out. That was fixed just flipping the unit open and closing it again.
Pros: Looks great. Sounds great. Hands free calling works good.
Cons: Sometimes the display will not show the next song playing on my iPod.
This was way too complicated from the beginning. Too many bells and whistles and perhaps better suited for a teenager. I installed it in my Porsche, but only one side of the speakers works. I then replaced the original amplifier as well but still nothing on the right side. The feature of having the iPod inside was what I wanted but it doesn't work with all iPods, so my older iPod (which I intended to leave inside the radio) wouldn't work. I have nothing but praise for the Crutchfield folks, but the instructions they had for a Porsche installation were different from my model or year car. So I have a nice new radio that requires a book to use, and no sound out of the right side. Bummer. Should have avoided the project altogether.
Pros: iPod sits inside radio out of view
Cons: impossibly complicated if you just want a nice sounding radio.
I bought the unit to use the internal USB with my iPod, but it turns out the Bluetooth audio streaming works so well, I rarely use the internal drawer. I like to be able to control my music right on my iPod so it works great for that. When I want to charge my iPod, I will use the internal USB tray. It works fine, once you get it connected and the drawer closed, but my iPod Touch 4th Generation likes to come disconnected while I'm closing the drawer. I will agree with other reviews that the multi-function knob is very hard to use. It is not as bad when you are sitting still, but driving down the road it is very hard to press the middle of the button and not accidentally press forward, backward, up or down. This is unfortunate because the way the on-screen navigation works isn't bad at all. I would suggest using the remote for that. Other than that, the audio sounds great, and it looks pretty good. I will say the blue color is a little too bright for my taste when driving at night, so I usually stick with the red option. Overall it has the best iPod integration that I have seen in it's price range, and I have not seen any other units that do this 100% perfectly at this point.
Pros: Good value, looks nice, Bluetooth streaming with iPod works great
Cons: Knob sucks, internal USB tray is a little inconvenient
it is very good media player
For the price, excellent radio with bluetooth.
Pros: Excellent sound quality (both stereo and bluetooth). Sound quality is good at both ends of the phone calls (in truck and other party). I especially like the ability to increase call, mic, and ringer volumes when using the phone (FYI, other callers will say your voice is muffled if you use the mic hidden behind the faceplate...get the external mic as I did).
Cons: A couple of things Sony could improve on: 1. Provide us with the means to turn off the removable face reminder. Parking in the garage or getting out at the gas station, it's very annoying to have the 3 series of tones to remind me that the faceplate is still attached (DUH!). 2. Faceplate is a PITA to reattach! 3. The main selector moves too easily when trying to push it straight in to end a call while on the road.
My main interest in replacing my previous stereo was to be able to play my iPod. This unit is perfect for that. It hides the iPod in the receiver. Down the road I will learn to use the bluetooth capability of the Sony. I couldn't be happier with this product. I also want to mention that Crutchfield tech support was great in assisting my installation.
Pros: Ipod integration. Well built. Fine sound
Radio is very nice. Red color works great with Grand Prix. Bluetooth is easy to use and connects quickly. Never tried the built in mic, just used external mic. Sound quality is great on both ends. Ipod storage is awesome, I forget it's in there. Ipod controls are great too. The main knob is a little difficult to push in.
Pros: Bluetooth connects right away, remote is very easy to use
Cons: Main knob is hard to use sometimes.
A lot of features for less. There are a lot of different option settings to master. Menu navigation can be improved. Setup is set it and forget it. Installed without drama.
Pros: Excellent value, set it and forget it, ease of installation
Cons: Menu navigation can be cumbersome
I am very happy with it; it is installed on my jetta 97, no modifications needed. I used my ipod nano first generation inside the tray using the adapter wich it is included; no need to buy it. The bluetooth works perfect, no static and the internal microphone semms to do the trick, no complaint so far. The adjustments are kind of tricky the knob is used for all the setting that you can do such sound preferences bass booster,etc.It takes time to get used to it
this is one of the purchases i have ever made. this was a throw together system in a winter car and this unit sounds better than my touchscreen pioneer in my non daily driver. i will be replacing that unit soon with one of these. the blue tooth works awesome and the soundstage is way beyond expectation. if you want an awesome sounding headunit and ease of use, this is for you.
Pros: easy to use remote and the functions are great.
Great head unit with lots of features. Excellent choice for the money!
Exelent producte for the price
Pros: Easy to use, bt connecte fast, beter sound thane before
Cons: Very hot inside the tray for you iPhone or ipop toucht
When I saw this, I thought to myself, "Wow - that would be really great to store my iPod inside the head unit!" I hate wires running everywhere and did NOT want to plug my USB into the front port of ANY stereo. Got it - install was super-smooth and it looks great! The Tune Tray works great and no issues there. Bluetooth works flawlessly (I bought the external mic for better sound quality here). Only issue I have with it is minor usability stuff. When navigating an iPod while listening to music, a press of the center button (I have an iPod Nano 3rd gen) takes you to the artist/playlist/genre that you selected the song from. Not so with the 300BTX - pressing the joystick takes you to the top-level menu, which means to select another song in the same playlist (without pressing forward/back), you have to re-select the playlist option, then your playlist, and then you can scroll through the songs. Gets kind of annoying. The reason I put Build Quality at 4 stars is that the joystick doesn't feel as solid as I'd like. I'm not worrying about breaking it, but I like a more solid feel. This is a great product!
Pros: Tune Tray is super-convenient, great looks, and great sound!
Cons: iPod navigation not the same as using the iPod, joystick a little flimsy
This stereo was the answer to all my audio needs. Since I no longer own CD's and my entire music collection is on my iPod. The iPod try is awesome, no wires! The bluetooth is awesome for use with my Motorola Droid X, it takes and makes phone calls, caller ID, and streams music from my phone...
Pros: iPod tray, bluetooth, takes and makes phone calls, streams bluetooth audio from cell phone.
Cons: It would be nice if the brightness of the display was controlled with the vehicle dimmer. It's either dim or not dim.
I upgraded to the Sony DSX-S300BTX in my 2003 F150 King Ranch from the stock 6 disk changer. I Purchased from Crutchfiled because of the include installation hardware and technical support. I dont use any cd's anymore so for me that kind of digital media is redundant I use either my iPhone 4S of flash drives for music now. The real selling point for me was the bluetooth audio streaming and hand free calling feature. I can stream form Pandora with complete control to include pause and skip track from the DSX-S300BTX and included remote. The only difference between the DSX-S300BTX and the new DSX-S310BTX is that the newer unit features Android and Blackberry Pandora integration that ios on the iPhone already has with this unit. The Sound quality and EQ control is far superior to the stock unit that was included with the F150. I Purchased for $179 and could not be happier with my purchase.
Pros: iPhone 4S bluetooth connectivity with Pandora Control
This is a fantastic stereo at an incredible price. The fold-down face was supposed to be incompatible with my 2006 Tacoma but it works flawlessly, so if you see a warning for the same thing, do some research. Odds are this unit will work for you because the face doesn't fold below the level of the unit itself. Bluetooth sounds great and pairs flawlessly, the unit played nicely with the Axxess ASWC, the sound is beyond anything I've experienced at a much higher price point, and the controls are simple and intuitive. The only (very minor) drawback is programming the unit while driving (which shouldn't be done anyway). Some functions require a prolonged push on the control knob without any directional fluctuations, which can be difficult on Michigan roads. If you're smart and do your programming before you hit the road, this won't be an issue. Buy this unit, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Easy set up, great bluetooth integration, excellent sound, iPod storage, ability to turn off background graphics, first-rate shipping and support from Crutchfield
Cons: Some difficulty with control knob on rough roads
This is an awesome aftermarket HU. It had all the features I was looking for (mainly integrated bluetooth & MP3) plus some. The internal tune tray is a fantastic idea; I currently have a USB drive with hundreds of songs stored in it. Installation in my BMW was a little tricky, but as usual Crutchfield's tech support was there to help. Issues were mainly due to my BMW, not the radio. Fit and finish of the included install kit was great. Add-on Sony microphone improved the voice quality when using phone via bluetooth. Recommended. I also got the Axxess steering wheel control interface. It worked like a champ and automatically recognized my car. Effortless! Highly recommended. Overall great purchase and very happy with radio and Crutchfield.
Pros: Easy to use; internal media tray rocks, bluetooth pairing effortless.
Cons: install in my BMW was tricky
I was looking for a stereo to put into my son's car that would work with his iPhone. I had two goals, easy to use so he isn't distracted while driving and make sure there is no excuse not to take a call from Dad. Well this unit exceeded both of these. The streaming bluetooth work awesome for connecting the iphone 4 to the stereo and the phone integration is perfect for taking calls. The music stops and he only has to push the main button to answer the call. Hands free and distraction free. I am so happy with how this worked out. Awesome value for the higher price. Connecting the iphone over the USB requires you to use the stereo menu to select songs which is a bit of a pain compared to an iphone. If you stream over the bluetooth then you still use your phone which is a very nice feature.
Pros: Works great with the iphone. I wanted bluetooth for taking calls but my son LOVES how you can stream music over it. Doesn't have to plug the iphone into the usb in order to play music. Also loved the Crutchfield install kits and instructions which made my install much easier.
Cons: I missed that the external mic was an accessory. Site should call this out more clearly. I'm not looking forward to tearing apart the dash again to install the mic :P The control knob and menu is involved and I don't want my son messing with a remote control while driving. However, he can use the bluetooth connection and manage music using the phone.
i just bought this yesterday and it came today before i got home it took me about an hour to put it in since i already had the dsx-s100 i wanted the bluetooth and since my life proof case didn't fit in side i decided to upgrade. so glad i did bluetooth works very well music sounds great plugged in or not love the external usb so i can charge my iphone. best stereo with bluetooth for the money highly recommend it
Pros: bluetooth different colors
After a lot of research and reading reviews, I decided this unit would do everything that I wanted. I haven't used a CD in over a year now, so I opted for this guy. Installed this unit in a 2008 dodge ram and was impressed from the start. It went in easy enough and my Infinity Kappas sound much nicer than from the stock 6 disc changer. The only thing about my install is that the face doesn't quite fold down all the way and the multi way encoder hits, but it is easy enough to fold the face down and pop it off if I want to install my iPod in the tray. After hearing the bluetooth quality though, there is really no need if you have the same music on your iPhone. After you sync your phone with the bluetooth, you don't even have to take it out of your pocket when you get in and start your car.
Pros: Nice display. Looks good installed and best of all the sound is great even when streaming bluetooth. This thing has everything you need and the handsfree works great.
Cons: Takes a little getting used to when maneuvering through the options and menus. It is easier to use the remote.
First off, if I had to buy this radio again, I'd buy it again. Overall, I'm very happy with the quality of the item and think it's great. That said, the main selection knob is a pain to use. Pushing left/right/up/down is easy enough, but it's WAY too hard to push directly in to select something - which is a very common action. That is my biggest beef. It wouldn't stop me from buying the radio again, but I find myself using the remote for certain actions simply because using the main knob is too picky. Also, the sound clarity with Bluetooth for the other party is spotty. Even with the external mic, I've had folks complain about not being able to hear me very well, or they hear echos, etc. I think this is a general Bluetooth speakerphone issue, so I wouldn't chalk it up as a real problem with THIS specific unit, but more as an issue with Bluetooth as a whole. My wife's car has a completely different radio with an external mic, and it has the exact same issue. Speakerphones suck in general, this one is no worse than any other. That said - great sound, great look, the Tune Tray is SUCH a great idea, and overall it's an excellent radio. Do yourself a favor and take the time to learn the controls. It does a lot of stuff, so learning on the fly might be frustrating. Once you learn it, it's awesome. Except for that center knob, of course.
Pros: Great sound, easy to install, manages multiple audio sources very well, Ipod integration is awesome
Cons: The main knob is just WAY too hard to select with. Bluetooth calls could have more clarity, even with the external mic
This is an absolutely, positively awesome stereo. Sounds beautiful while still using my stock 2009 SX4 speakers, lots of available pre-set stations, the display looks cool, and it integrates seamlessly with my Droid and Pandora (even pauses music when I shut my car off so I don't have to fuss with it). I tried a JVC before this that I found was just awful within 10 minutes, but I fell in love with this one in less than that. I've had it a bit over a month now, and I wouldn't trade it for any other. That said, the 'joystick' type knob is a little touchy until you get used to it, and it has a little bit of a learning curve. Read the user guide, it'll make life way easier (and you'll enjoy it more). The built-in mic absolutely sucks if you're driving (they can't hear you, too much road noise), so fork out the extra for the external mic. Totally worth the extra for a stereo at this price. The remote is also a little big for me, I don't use it but I may give it another shot at some point. All-in-all, this stereo is AMAZING!!
Pros: Lots of features, sounds great, seamless bluetooth integration (Moto Droid with Pandora), and best of all, friends are jealous
Cons: Touchy knob, learning curve, sucky built-in mic (get external, not much extra)
I purchased this unit to replace my factory radio in a 1999 S10. Installation with the supplied wiring harness & mounting bracket was breeze a and took less than one hour. Features and operation of the radio exceeded my expectation. The radio increased my local radio reception. The channels are cleaner and crisper with this radio. I typically use the front USB port via an iPod cord, but my iPod Touch with Otter Box protective case fits in the tray fine. Controlling the iPod through the radio is not bad, but does take a little bit to learn. Both making & receiving calls is easy. Everyone says that the call is very clear. I chose to add the Sony XAMC10 Add-on Microphone for Sony Head Units instead of using the radio microphone. When receiving an incoming text message or phone call the radio will either mute the radio station or pause the iPod. The incoming text message will be read to you and you have an option to do nothing or reply to the text. To reply just simply speak your message and the radio will read it back to you before sending. I sometimes have to repeat my outgoing message before the radio understands every word. I tested the Bluetooth music streaming option and a USB jump drive. Here are the results for each: Streaming my iPod via Bluetooth worked great. I tried the USB jump drive on both the external & internal connections of the radio. Navigation of the jump drive was just like navigating the iPod. I purchased a 2nd radio for my son's 2000 S10.
Pros: Bluetooth - text messaging, phone calls iPod interface
Cons: no auxiliary inputs
What a shame! An exceptional sounding HU that is crippled by its implementation. The HU recognizes my Sony Walkman part of the time. The rest of the time it says "not supported". The Walkman does not work at all on the USB port. Is it too much to ask that Sony supports its own product? My IPOD touch works fine, but the HU will not shuffle play by song. As for the "joystick" multi controller, it is a hazard to use while driving. The controller is sloppy and imprecise, and usually requires multiple presses to get it right. I will be sending this HU back, and getting the Sony cdx-GT660up instead. Same amp, same back end, same adjustments, but simpler "non joystick" front end with six radio preset buttons.
Pros: Exceptional sound. Clean and robust. Best sounding Hu by far in its price range.
Cons: The multi controller. The multi controller. The multi controller.
Great Unit - Was easy to install and looks great with Crutchfields install kit. Had to read the manual to figure out how to use some of the features. The bluetooth works well - thinking of adding the external mic to get the sound even better. The iPod connection works fantastic. The fit is great. Overall very happy.
Pros: Great Sound, Great Price - Got on sale - Well worth the price.
Cons: Some of user manual was difficult to follow and incorrect.
This product has surpassed my expectations for a head unit of this price. While its tru the scroll knob is a little akward to use during the course of driving this is easily remedied with the remote. The overall performane is high and built well it is worth the money
Superior sound and power. Bluetooth was a snap when connecting to my smartphone. I needed about 1/2 hour to learn how to use the unit. Since I owned a Sony CD player previously,(also bought at Crutchfield). Installation consisted of unplug old, plug in new.
really nice radio that plays bluetooth audio really well.
Pros: easy to use with my iPhone
Cons: the presets are not intuitive and I'll need to go back to the manual to sort them out
Good sound, cool design, great price.
Pros: Great controls for tweaking the sound. iPod tray is convenient. Installation was a snap with the kit provided by Crutchfield. Love being able to search via the iPod while it is connected.
Cons: The "joystick" is a bit of a drag to get used to initially. Some of the iPod search functions are a bit clunky, but not too bad.
Great product, don't need my cd player. Bluetooth works great w/o external mic. Fun and nice player.
Pros: This is a great product, quick upload of iPod, it remembers where you are even after you turn off the car and take the iPod with you. Better then another product I purchased for my other vehicle.
Cons: the uni-joystick is a bit hard to manage in the beginning, you might have to learn it up.
I love this and am considering upgrading my other vehicle. The bluetooth streaming works great. Artist and track transfer from my iphone4 and I can use back and next buttons to control my phone. Calls work seamlessly with voice control and phonebook navigation on the head unit. The display is great. The background image can be turned off, which makes it look very clean. It pulls artists and tracks from the radio as well. It's broken up well...no more scrolling to read the whole name. I haven't played with the finder menus for USB drives yet, but the ones for iPod work well (artist/album/etc). It also provides a dimmer input. With the red background lighting and dimmer, it's less distracting than other head units.
Pros: display, bluetooth, dimmer
Cons: no AUX jack, internal tray seems pretty useless to me
Let me beat a dead horse and say that this radio is awesome. For the price, the features and quality are of the scale. I would recommend to anybody looking for music streaming via Bluetooth A2DP from a Driod 2 Verizon phone, such as mine. It responds quicker to track input than my 2009 Ford Focus's Microsoft SYNC radio system. I didn't get the external microphone, so I have to stop to be able to talk to others without competing noise - which is safer to do anyway, but it would have been nice had it been included. This radio truly raises the bar on function and my expectations.
Amazing power, and performance. Best aftermarket head unit I have ever had.
This radio has controls that have a small learning curve. As soon as i got use to them I have had no problems. I love the display. Love the sound. I do not miss not having a cd player at all. The RDS system is super cool. I can't say enough good things about this radio. It is a 1000% upgrade over my stock radio.
This unit has it all....almost. If you are like me and you used the filter to pick out specific requirements for your new stereo, beware. This unit does not have a rear AUX input on it as the Crutchfield item filter would have you believe. This has a Unilink input which can be used with an adapter (Sony XA-300) The PAC Unilink Aux adapter will not work on this model. So if you want rear aux input, be prepared to choose a different radio, or shell out more cash. I informed Crutchfield of this error, and hopefully they will get it fixed. Other than that, the unit is great, and the shipping was super fast.
Overall very good value. Was looking for a Blue Tooth replacement unit for a 2004 Camry this unit met all expectations, great sound quality, great Blue tooth capability, and very functional remote control, which has functional phone key pad. Recommend the Sony external mic, as after installation road noise was eliminated. Only negative is selecting different phones can not be done from the head unit, but must be done via the phone.
First, I did a lot of research before finally going with this deck. That said, I'm so glad I made this choice. I was a bit hesitant about finally giving up a CD player in the car, but really couldn't remember the last time I used a CD. I love the drawer for the USB unit (iPod, Walkman, etc). So easy to use. I actually use a USB thumb drive with mp3's on it and it works GREAT! I did have some problems with the kits Crutchfield provided, but none of it was their fault. The car is a 1997 Subaru. The stock wiring harness was actually a little brittle so I ended up bypassing the harnesses altogether and spliced everything. Also, the kit they provided for the 1 DIN size stereo did not allow for use of the sleeve the stereo came with. Again, I wasn't concerned because now it's much more theft proof. The install looks and works GREAT! Three of my co- workers are actually looking at getting this deck after seeing it in my car! One minor concern that was mentioned in a couple other posts, although not enough for me to deduct a star, was the clock display size while the unit is in operation. Sony really should've made it larger. I look at the clock more than I do time remaining in a song. So 5 stars for the unit and 5 stars for Crutchfield. Thanks again for a great shopping experience.
After much deliberation went ahead and bought this unit. Was toying between a single DIN versus double DIN and happy I went this route. The only issue with the unit was the install into a 2008 Mazda Miata. The dash has a curve in it as does the dash kit supplied by Crutchfield. So the unit will sit either completely recessed within that curve or sticking out a bit based on the type of install you do. As it was, I actually had to dremel the ISO bracket to get a better fit. Even that didn't provide enough clearance for the unit since when you try lower the face to use the tune tray, the knob on the face hits the bottom trim piece on the dash kit. All that being said, the sound was so good, the interface to the iPod so seamless and the BT worked so well that I didn't care. I'd give five stars if that knob didn't hit. Oh, BTW, Crutchfield was top notch helping me on the install and supplied an additional receiver kit (first had a slight scratch in it) and extra trim ring (to help with my specific fit) at no cost.
I finally bit the bullet and decided I was going to sacrifice the OEM look for more functionality. I'm so glad I did. This things does everything I want, and does it well. The integrated iPod holder is fantastic, the iPod interface is great, the integration with my Droid 2 Global over Bluetooth is excellent, the sound quality on calls is excellent with no external mic. Installation was a breeze. I'm quite happy.
Wanted to upgrade from factory stereo, but was skeptical of installing something that looked like it did not belong in the dash. Thanks to crutchfield the look and install was the easiest I have ever achieved. And the Sony DSX- S300BTX was a definite improvement from the bulky old factory unit. Now my friends can stream thier music via bluetooth seamlessly to the Sony head unit. No more Ipod cables or cords to deal with.
Wow. This was a replacement for a Bose unit that came with my 2007 Mazda MX5. Sound is deeper, crisper, stronger, and the iPod interface is very nice. Sound quality is much improved! I was expecting a good iPod interface, but the quality improvement of the sound was stunning.
This radio is awesome - Looks great installed in my custom Harley fairing. Installs very clean with Hawg Wired Sony install kit - Hand controls function with the interface and the radio controls are clean and common sense - Ipod storage and interface is great - Bluetooth sync was seamless to an Iphone - Highly recommend for Harmon Kardon replacement if you don't need all the CB / intercom functions - The only wish there was a Marine-Grade equivalent (w/bluetooth). But the rest of it makes it worth being a little careful when washing the bike.
awsome receiver, I bought a couple alpines for the Bluetooth and iPod compatibility, this thing is way more user friendly. Sorry alpine, but this is the best deck I've had since my last Sony, back in 1997.
Great so far...iPod works great, WAY better and faster search interface than Sony stuff from 2 years ago. We leave the iPod in, and no issues so far. Bluetooth works great, no external mic, and it sounds pretty good on both ends! My wife has an Evo Shift, and it connects without problems whenever she gets into the car. I have an HTC Hero, and I have to ok a request to pair the phone whenever I get in, but this receiver is in her car, so no worries there! We love how the phone can be accessed by using the receiver, the remote or the phone via bluetooth!
I've suffered with my OEM receiver (Honda Ridgeline) for years and decided to upgrade to this Sony. I also bought the external mic. Did the installation myself. Overall, i LOVE IT! - Sound quality: Great. As imagined,huge improvement over OEM receiver, even with OEM speakers. - Bluetooth: Great. Sound quality very nice for me and the other side. Get the external mic. Easy to install. Voice activated (bb), phonebook integration! - FM Receiver: Great. Finds many more stations than my OEM receiver. Don't forget to connect the blue wire - iPod support: Great. I haven't used CDs in years and everything is in iTunes. Integration is seamless. The iPod can be internal tray or external using USB or even with Bluetooth. From receiver, choose playlist, album, other... Seamless ! Remember-remove the iPod when you leave the car. - USB drive: Great. I did test this and it works with my cheapie USB stick. - Installation: Good. The fit of the kit was spot on. Harnesses made it easy. The instructions were useful, but some steps were missing (eg: where do you connect the blue wire). You'll be fine as along as you review steps and make calls to Crutchfield support. - Other things: Kids love the remote control. What's bad? Not really bad, but the menu is a little confusing. No CD? - wait, that's an advantage. Buy this!
Exactly what I needed. I needed to do hands free with my Droid X or iPhone, I wanted to have USB front, and the ability to play my itunes songs directly from iPod or iPhone. The little Ipod/iphone garage (internal) works great. I had all the crimpers, and wire connectors, put in the vehicle in about 1 hour...read manual/trained myself in about 30 minutes. The single knob control is great. I thought I would need the extended microphone, so far everyone says they can hear me great on phone...so I did not buy it yet...
I'm no expert; and haven't installed a car stereo in twenty years; but this thing is awesome! I wanted bluetooth, because I drive a lifted Jeep, which is sometimes a hand full -- plus I wanted a clean way to connect an IPOD. That's why I chose this unit. I had previoulsly installed some Boston Acoustic speakers because I damaged my factory subwoofer; but with my factory stereo, they really didn't sound much better. But, what a difference this SONY stereo makes! It allows seemingly infinite choices to "shape" the sound. There are 7 pre-set equalizer settings and at least 4 adjustments just for the subwoofer! and the time alignment and listening position allows everything to be fine-tuned to perfection. Leslie says that she can hear things in her music that she never knew were there. We are super happy with this stereo, and super happy with Crutchfield.
This was a long overdue upgrade from my Saturn's factory-installed 6 CD changer/cassette deck. Gone are the days of keeping music in a box and taking up room on the passenger side (or scattered throughout the car getting scratched and cases getting broken). Now I can enjoy my entire audio collection without ever having to change a CD! The best part is that the iPod is stored inside the unit without the need for any ugly wires and where it will not move around while driving. If I had to be critical about something, I would say that the control knob takes a little getting used to and could be improved, but don't let that stop you from choosing this item. The product includes a remote, which is the easiest way to operate the most commonly used features of the unit anyway. I really only use the knob to answer phone calls or adjust the volume. If you love to drive while listening to your music, podcasts or audio books and want to enjoy your entire playlist or library, this item is definitely for you. The built-in bluetooth works great with my iPhone, so now I can talk hands-free as an added bonus. I recommend the optional microphone for improved voice quality. It was easy to install. There were no problems with the car kit that came with my unit. It was a good do-it- yourself project.
Just installed this unit in my 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Installation was very easy and took about 1 hour. All harnesses were perfect and I only needed to make 4 wire crimps. Installation instructions were easy to follow. Unit has great sound and very nice aesthetics. Bluetooth sound was good and sync with my blackberry was no problem. I love the built in I- Pod storage and the in dash controls for the I-Pod. I highly recommend this unit and Crutchfield.
I got this for my 2000 Toyota Tacoma to replace the stock stereo and add Bluetooth capability. The Crutchfield recommended installation kit made the installation a breeze. The sound is great. I don't listen to music extremely loud, so the stock amp is fine. The iPod Touch with my cover fits fine in the tray, but a much thicker cover might not work. Depending on how big your library is, it can take a few seconds for the unit to read the track names. On Bluetooth it finds the phone quickly and I often use my phone as a music player. My only complaints: -There is no option for by-song shuffle on the head unit controls of the iPod. At least not one I've found. You can shuffle by album, artist, playlist, etc. But not by song. This is a silly thing for Sony to overlook. - Bluetooth connectivity is not consistent for the iPod. (it is with the phone). Because of this, I've tended to use my phone as my music player when I'm in town. It just connects faster and more reliably. The unit is designed for use with an iPod, so this should be more consistent. -When I do use my iPod, I tend to use it with a wire, so that I can get by-song shuffle. However, the pause button doesn't work with the iPod on the external USB. -Song info is relayed from the iPod by either Bluetooth or USB, but not from my phone. Great unit. Overall, just minor flaws.
This review is for both the product and Crutchfield. First, Crutchfield. Holy cow, why have I been hooking up stereos without an install kit for so many years. The install kit that came for my Jeep 1.5 din dash hole went in in minutes. I will never install another head unit without an install kit. Second, the Sony head unit. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I haven't used a CD in the dash for at least 5 years. This head unit controls my Ipod and will also read from thumb drives. Plus it does it from a hidden internal cubby. I personally don't need all of the space provided, but the fact that it will accommodate the size of a full size IPhone is pretty cool. All this and blue-tooth phone control as well, I couldn't be happier.
For me, the unit is a true bargain. It does all the things I needed and more. Certainly more than the Alpine unit I had in my S2000 originally. Streams via bluetooth, connects to my phone for streaming and for calls seamlessly, and easy to set up. Reads my phone book and permits easy outgoing calls. The integrated ipod internal interface is clean, compact and works like a champ. My Alpine refused to recognize shuffle mode on my Ipod Touch, however the Sony unit performs flawlessly. With the install kit from Crutchfield and the free mic, it was a snap to install and it was operational in minutes. Did I have to read the manual once over to get some of the more intricate commands down -- yes. this is why they ship a manual. Awesome device, great value and highly recommend.
Its sad to say that I will be sending it back. After finding out the hard way I left my iPod Touch inside overnight. Not really thinking that it would not harm anything, I was wrong. The stereo no longer detects the iPod inside. If the face is open the iPod will connect but once it is closed it will disconnect and not read it. I have contacted Sony about it and they will cover it under warranty but no matter what I will be with out a stereo for some time. I really wouldn't go out and tell all my friends about this stereo.
pretty good Sony Media receiver. Looks pretty nice- Bluetooth tethering works very well. Installed ext mic and it works well. Ipod control is not very user-friendly- Still getting used to it. Radio stations are not easy to find either- in memory. Still learning the ins and outs of it.
After receiving the unit and reading the manual I discovered that Sony warns not to put any cellular devices into the internal Tune Tray. Basically because you will lose your signal. OK, so now because my audio device and my cellular device are one and the same I can no longer use one of the main selling points of this unit. Next I decided to set up the SensMe software on my PC. After going through the installation I hit a brick wall. Due to a combination of Apple's restrictions and/or Sony's inability to work with them on a solution, the iPhone is not compatible. So I lose yet another unique feature from this head unit. So, now I have to purchase a cable to run from my iPhone to the USB port on the outside of the head unit (the internal tune tray which I CAN'T use came with an adapter, but its only for use internally), purchase mounting hardware for the phone so that it doesn't roll around in my car (hence why I loved the idea of the Tune Tray) and I get to have wires hanging all over the place. Thanks Sony, you couldn't have placed some disclaimers, warnings, or notes somewhere in the features or specs of this unit? By the way, my ratings are based on a combination of the units functionality (great) and the companies execution of it (horrible)
I bought this unit to replace the stock CD/radio in my 2001 Porsche 911 and am very satisfied with the decision. Crutchfield's included wiring harness and instructions made this into a simple job. BTW I used "crimp" caps to connect the wires instead of soldering. Easy and mess-free. The display is bright enough for me in daylight and fine at night. I have a Motorola Droid connected via Bluetooth. The connection always works and finally having a hands-free phone is terrific. I am using the built-in microphone instead of the external Sony unit provided and am having no problems. Your mileage may vary. I use an older "iPod with Video" 30GB model and it works just fine. The TuneTray idea is simply fantastic. No running a cord to another location to connect to your iPod. Simply brilliant. My only ding on this unit would be the display. It shows a lot of info but I wish the text were bigger. I compared this unit with an Alpine and a Kenwood model that had a bigger more "iPod-like" display and the specs and reviews favored the Sony. Read the specs for the units you are comparing carefully and call the support line to ask detailed questions.
Installation was simple with the provided install kit and instructions. With my IPOD plugged in it sounds amazing, 10 times better than the stock system, and this was before the new speakers went in. It is very easy to use and the built in blue tooth is awesome. It does have one con though, my IPOD has about 30 gigs of music, and it takes forever to populate through the receiver. I would understand if the first time you turned the car on it took some time to populate and it retained a memory, but evey time you wanna change artists or songs you have to wait for it to poplulate your music and its pretty frustrating. it's almost easier to plug it in through the front usb and have controll straight from the ipod but that defeats the pupose of the hide away section. i hope they fix this small but frustrating issue
Great. sounds good . the ipod in the dash is great,its out of the way and charged.
I have been mostly happy after using the unit for a month. It sounds good, has good FM reception and I really like the idea of chucking the obsolete CD in favor of a concealed compartment for Ipod/USB stick. My few gripes are the do-it-all knob is too softly sprung. I find it difficult to go to my pre-set FM stations because the knob rocks too easily from side to side (it must be pushed straight in to get the station). It's also hard to remember the control sequence to get the Ipod or stick to shuffle the entire device. The unit seems to always default to playing one album at a time. I also looked at the higher priced Pioneer unit but it only had front access for Ipod/USB and who wants the cables hanging?
Just received this a few days ago. Installation was a breeze. I got this model--instead of the DSX-S200X--because of the built-in Bluetooth & it was totally worth it. Connecting w/ my older Palm Centro was a easy, both w/ initial set-up, and importing of my contacts. I can hear calls very well over my car's speakers, although it's hit or miss whether they can hear me. The built-in mic is so-so, often breaking up as I speak. I'd suggest connecting an external mic, but I haven't tried that yet. I've used an iPod internally & a card reader externally & both pick up & begin playing instantly. The menu system is simple to use, but the text is small & requires focusing on the unit to read; forget just taking a quick glance. The clock is way too small--it should be swapped w/ the track time counter! Pressing the multi-controller in sometimes requires 2 tries before it's recognized & it has a sloppy feel to it. The 4-line screen washes out very easy in even medium sunlight & the dimmer only dims the screen, not the super bright lights around the multi-controller. Audio is extremely good--always is w/ Sony units--& the 7-band EQ is a huge bonus. BUT, there's no way to set volume equally between USB(s) & radio, which is annoying. It seems a software upgrade would help bring this to a 5-star product, but I'm happy w/ the hardware (although faceplate removal is difficult).
|USB Input||Front (2)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Sirius|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||17 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||52 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Display Color||OEL White|
|Key Button Color||Blue or Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Overview: The Sony DSX-S300BTX is a digital media receiver with a built-in AM/FM tuner and dual USB inputs. The Sony DSX-S300BTX's USB ports support iPod/iPhone connectivity. The DSX-S300BTX also supports HD and Satellite Radio (via optional tuners). In addition, the Sony digital media receiver is equipped with built-in Bluetooth for hands-free communication and audio streaming. The unit features a fold-down face which detaches for theft prevention. It comes with an IR remote control for convenient wireless operation.
Note: This unit is not equipped with a CD-slot and will not play CD-audio discs.
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Sony DSX-S300BTX digital media receiver features a detachable fold-down face for theft prevention. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The digital media receiver's fold-down face folds-down to access the unit's USB port.
Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.
OEL Display: The 4-line OEL (Organic Electroluminescent Light) display makes it easy to read station and song information.
Image Display: The Sony DSX-S300BTX offers various display images to choose from. You can select between Movie, Spectrum Analyzer (1-3), Wall Paper (1-4), All (displays rotation of all images), or Off.
Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night, if desired. You can operate the display dimmer automatically, when the vehicle's lights are turned on, or manually. If the dimmer is set to automatic, the orange/white wire in the power harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order to properly work.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button for 1 second 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.
Selectable Button Illumination: The Sony DSX-S300BTX offers selectable blue or red key illumination to compliment your vehicle's interior lighting.
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.
True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony DSX-S300BTX 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.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony DSX-S300BTX utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-S300BTX 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 DSX-S300BTX are as follows:
Three 4-Volt Preamp Outputs with Adjustable Crossovers: The Sony DSX-S300BTX is equipped with 4-volt Front, Rear, and Sub pre-amp outputs with selectable LPF/HPF (Low Pass Filter/High Pass Filter) functionality, giving you the ability to customize the sound output to your external amplifiers.
Sound Balance/Fader: The sound balance between the left and right speakers (Balance) and front and rear speakers (Fader) can be adjusted to your preference. You can also adjust the volume level (+/-10dB) of the subwoofer preamp output.
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, and Dynamic Loudness.
Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS: The Sony DSX-S300BTX 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 DSX-S300BTX offers manual, seek and preset tuning.
Radio Data System (RDS): The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
Preset Tuning: 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 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.
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.
Local Seek Mode: In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.
Mono Mode: The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.
HD Radio Ready: The DSX-S300BTX 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.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this head unit:
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Tune Tray: The Sony DSX-S300BTX digital media receiver features an integrated Tune Tray to securely store your iPod or Walkman MP3 player neatly within the receiver, eliminating loose wires. It even includes a reminder alert, which ensures you don't leave your device behind. You can easily connect, charge, and control your digital music player with a USB 1-wire connection, located within the Tune Tray. This innovative feature displays metadata like song title, artist and track number on your front display when your music is playing. Capacity of the tray: approximately 2.5625" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 4.625" (d); will fit iPod video, classic, touch, and nano. The DSX-S300BTX needs approximately 2.5" of open space in front of it for the Tune Tray to open properly.
Note: Do not leave your iPod/iPone or other USB device inside the Tune Tray in a parked vehicle, as malfunction may result. Do not place a cellular phone or a device with wireless communication functions on the Tuner Tray, as it may not receive phone signals or communications may be terminated. Due to an increase in the vehicle's interior temperature, charging of the USB device battery, may not work, depending on the USB device specification
Dual USB Ports: The Sony DSX-S300BTX features dual USB (type-A) ports. One is located inside the head unit's Tune Tray and the other is on the front of the unit's faceplate. The receiver's integrated USB (type-A) inputs can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB devices. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). 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 head unit can recognize up to 5,000 folders (recommended) and a maximum of 5,000 tracks when connected to a USB MSC or MTP device.
Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub.
iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: The Sony DSX-S300BTX lets you directly connect, charge, and control select iPods or iPhones via either USB input and included adapter (XA-50IP) or your iPod/iPhone's USB/Dock cable; as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display. The DSX-S300BTX's integrated USB ports and included iPod/iPhone adapter allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone to the receiver for music playback. The head unit will allow audio playback, control, information display, and charging of your connected iPod or iPhone.
Note: Your docked iPhone must be in Airplane mode, which means you will not be able to receive calls.
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.
Audio Playback: The Sony head unit supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone.
Music Navigation: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit. You can also operate your iPod/iPhone which is connected to the front-panel USB input directly from its touchscreen or clickwheel. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked during connection to the Tune Tray USB input.
Information Display: The head unit will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
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.
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-S300BTX is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of December 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Headunit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
| clickwheel |
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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.
Sony Walkman Compatible: The optional Sony Walkman USB Adapter (158XA50WM, sold separately) lets you connect your compatible Sony Walkman music player to the Sony digital media receiver's USB port. Using the optional adapter, the Sony digital media receiver supports X & S series Walkman players. The unit offers audio playback, basic control, and battery charging of your compatible Sony Walkman music player.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony DSX-S300BTX has built-in Bluetooth hardware to integrate with Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones and audio players. Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR) is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls, and listen to a Bluetooth audio device. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHz frequency band within a range of about 10 meters (about 33 feet).
Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the DSX-S300BTX (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. You can adjust the volume for each connected Bluetooth audio device from -8 to +18dB.
Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible.
Hands-Free Talk (HFP 1.5): The Sony DSX-S300BTX supports Bluetooth hands-free calling from your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone. The DSX-S300BTX has a built-in microphone with echo/noise cancellation and adjustable volume (Low/Mid/Hi) located behind the detachable faceplate, or you can purchase an external microphone (158XAMC10, sold separately) for added clarity. You can make and receive phone calls from the DSX-S300BTX in the following manner.
Music Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): You can listen to music from an audio device that supports A2DP Bluetooth technology. Cellular phones that support A2DP and have music stored in its memory can be played through this head unit. You can listen to and perform basic playback operations from an audio device that supports AVRCP Bluetooth technology. The DSX-S300BTX provides Play, Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, Skip (Next/Previous), and Random/Repeat playback functions. The volume level of a connection Bluetooth audio device can be independently adjust from -8dB to +18dB.
Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X172) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the major functions of the Sony Xplod head unit, Bluetooth operation, and basic features of your connected devices 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 to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Content Transfer/SensMe Setup Application: The Content Transfer/SensMe Setup Application can organize your music into playlists that perfectly match your mood, scene, and location, making it easier to choose the music that fits the moment. SensMe actually looks at the beats-per-minute and automatically groups your music (stored on your windows-based computer) into channels, making listening and managing all of your content even simpler. Once you have used the SensMe software to organize your PC's music, you can then transfer that music to your USB device (Not iPod/iPhone) for playback on the Sony head unit. You can select and play a channel that fits your mood from the following categories.
Note: Use of the supplied software (Content Transfer/SensMe Setup) is required to enable the SensMe function on this head unit. The software must be downloaded to your PC and then music content must be transferred to a USB (MSC) device. The SensMe software is not compatible with iPod or iPhone.
|CPU||Intel Pentium III Processor 450 MHz or higher|
|OS||Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP|
|RAM||256 MB or more (for Windows XP), 512 MB or more (For Windows Vista or later)|
|Monitor||High color (16-bit) or more, 800 x 600 dots or more|
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