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When I buy electronics, I concentrate on getting just what I need, and I avoid techy gizmos and extra features I don't need. So if you're in the market for solid performance from a car stereo without a lot of bells and whistles, I think you should take a look at Sony's CDX-G1200U CD receiver.  

A sound investment

When I buy electronics, I concentrate on getting just what I need, and I avoid techy gizmos and extra features I don't need. So if you're in the market for solid performance from a car stereo without a lot of bells and whistles, I think you should take a look at Sony's CDX-G1200U CD receiver.  

Sony CDX-1200U

The CDX-G1200U has a detachable face to deter theft.

Count the options

This versatile Sony will play your favorite CDs, including discs with MP3, WMA, and WAV files. The handy front-panel USB input handles your Android phone and your thumb drives, while it charges your mobile devices (sorry no iPod®/iPhone® control). The front-panel aux input will take care of any other devices, and you can tune in your favorite AM/FM stations to catch up on the news or listen to the ball game.

Crank it up

This receiver's punchy amplifier offers more than enough power to wake up your dormant factory speakers or drive a couple of nice new pairs. And for sound tweaking, the 10-band adjustable EQ will zero in on the exact sound you want. If you want to expand your system, you can use the set of preamp outputs to plug in a powered subwoofer or amplifier.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart. 

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
  • detachable face with single-line display
  • MP3/WMA playback from CD or USB thumb drives
  • FLAC file playback through USB
  • remote control
Smartphone Features:
  • AOA 2.0 and MTP support for music file and streaming audio playback from select Android devices through USB input
Audio Features:
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
  • EQ10 10-band equalizer with 11 presets
  • Extra Bass bass boost
  • subwoofer level control
  • high- and low-pass crossovers
  • inputs: front USB and AUX inputs
  • outputs: 3-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear and mono subwoofer)
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (10A fuse)
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Remote control (RM-X211)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
  • Face-fixing screw note
  • Warranty Information

Featured Video:

Really cheap and has some of the best preset eqs I have heard would definitely recommend

Austin, Apo, AP


Sony CDX-G1200U Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(38 Reviews)

sweet radio, great service

brett from Langhorne, PA on 4/13/2018

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the head unit is dope. mostly use it for the aux cord to listen to podcasts while i drive around for work. all i did was order the radio and everything was handled. got everything i needed to do the install myself minus tools. kind of a let down how easy it was. i might get the same one for another car too.

Pros: all of it

Cons: had to go buy the wire caps. should have ordered them there kinda difficult to find cause they are kinda specific to audio. One of the big box hardware stores has only one option lucky it worked.

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Austin from Apo, AP on 4/10/2018

2004 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really cheap and has some of the best preset eqs I have heard would definitely recommend



Great quality and value for the price

Mike from Winchester, VA on 3/27/2018

2000 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Sony was installed as a replacement for another Sony model that was in our vehicle for over 9 years. It finally died after all these years of faithful service, so when we needed to replace it, we went with this Sony. It is a lower grade unit than the one it replaces, but in the 9 years that have passed, Sony has added more features that bring it up to the quality level of the old one. One of these features that we like is the ability to play music through the USB interface. It works great, but only works for us if the songs are prepared as MP3, or WMA files. It may read some others, but this is all that have worked for us through the USB stick. The tuner is awesome (We pick up 50 stations in our rural area..WOW!) It was a very easy replacement process, and the Tech that helped me ( Barry ) was very helpful and informative. Dealing with Crutchfield is so awesome! They always satisfy! Overall, a great buy for the $!!

Pros: Lots of nice features and they all work nice. I like the ability to change how it appears, ( Brighter/dimmer display ) and all the sound setting ability. It has plenty of power, and the station presets are more than ample.

Cons: It can be confusing to set it up and make the necessary changes at first for some, but it's not too hard once you use it for a while. The buttons are rather small and at times difficult to operate, but again, with time it gets easier.

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Bernard from Uppr Marlboro , MD on 3/26/2018

2009 Ford E Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great radio and loaded with features!



Good radio for orice

Anonymous from GA on 3/22/2018

2005 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds good. Some buttons are a little small

Pros: clear display, easy set up clear sound. Super easy install with the crutchfield install kit great tech support

Cons: Some buttons are a little small

One Source

Terrance from NC on 3/18/2018

2007 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I wanted a radio capable of cd usb and aux input. My stock radio in my pick up had non of that . To me there is only one choice , and that is Crutchfield. Over the years I have ordered other radio items. With Crutchfield I have no questions on how to do the removal and the install, it is all there. The sony Radio is all I need. I did not know my speakers in my truck could produce such great sound. Very happy with the radio.


Cons: none

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Anonymous from Austin, TX on 2/27/2018

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great deck for the price. Very easy to install with Crutchfield recommended kit, wiring device, connectors, and instructions.



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Anonymous from Woodbridge, VA on 2/26/2018

2005 Scion xB
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

An amazing product - super easy install with incredibly detailed instructions & photos. Also, all the included accessories and wire connections made the project a foolproof install. Thanks!



Great buy

Ron from Fredericksburg, VA on 2/11/2018

2003 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to install. Functions are easy to operate. Excellent buy for the price.



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Anonymous from Panguitch, UT on 1/28/2018

1986 Toyota MR2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is alright, more than I need. I play cd's with mp3's on them and it takes about 15 sec to start playing them. My older alpine started playing them right a way with no waiting. Too complicated to use. The older one was simple to figure out but it does play my mp3's off disks



Great low dollar car Stereo

Marty from Puyallup, WA on 11/26/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this radio to put in our motorhome. I needed a radio with AUX input so we could plug our XM receiver into it. We also listen to CD's. This stereo CD player has met my requirements plus, plenty of power for 4 speakers, easy to use equalizer, Bass boost and controls are not difficult to understand.

Pros: Low price, great sound and easy install

Cons: I am old fashioned, would prefer separate bass and treble controls

Sony = Boomin System

Josh from Salemburg, NC on 11/16/2017

2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a good head unit, especially for the price! I would recommend it for sure. CRUTCHFIELD RULES!

Pros: Price and Quality

Cons: N/A

Excellent unit

Martin from Gilbert, AZ on 11/4/2017

2008 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds great, easy to use - mostly. The buttons on the panel are quite small and hard to identify. The EQ settings are good. The Karaoke one is amazing really - if you want to sing along it does a great job of removing the vocals. The presets for EQ are missing one - Classical, which I would expect a company like Sony to have included first! This was a replacement for a factory installed Bose (made by Delco) changer and I can't say the Bose sounded any better. Now I just need new speakers.

Pros: Inexpensive Great sound Easy to Use Plenty of room for AM/FM storage

Cons: Small buttons

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Anonymous from Lady Lake, FL on 10/30/2017

1991 Buick Regal
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The radio itself has assume sound and multiple imputs, but the unbelievable ease of installation you outlined (this was a 1991 Buick I was restoring) made the whole job exceptionally easy and a bit of fun. Your agents worked with me to insure every thing would go smoothly...and it did!! They (he..."Rocky") made sure that all the necessary and suggested aux. items were ordered, and it was delivered most swiftly. I can't thank your operation and personal enough.



Perfect fit no modification(M benz E class)

Fredy from Las Vegas, NV on 10/29/2017

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

It was a Birthday gift for my daughter. I was a little skeptical (after all I was replacing a Bose radio with cassette) But the Sony CD player very well complimented the Bose speakers. Thanks to one of your advisors who helped me with the wiring...(Idid not get his name)... been buying electronics from you since I got my truck... and this is not the last time..



Too complicated

Kathleen from Libby, MT on 10/26/2017

1979 Toyota Pickup
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What I am very unhappy about is that this particular radio does not keep in memory (?) anything that you have programed. Every time I start the truck, I have to reset the demo to off, reset the clock and reset the preset radio stations. I have never had so many problems with a radio in my life. I ordered this radio because I wanted something very simple to operate in an old '79 Toyota pickup. Also you are not able to set treble and bass levels. If you want more bass, you have to push the bass button twice or hit EQ to select music type levels. Maybe this type of programing is ok for young people under 35 but for me over 50, I find it a hassle. On a positive note, Wade was great and very helpful answering my many questions.



Crutchfield response on 10/30/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Kathleen to help her further. We'll either help her get the receiver working the way it should, or help her return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 10/10/2017

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

Not only does the Sony radio look good, but it sounds great in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The installation process was so easy once I figured out how to get the OEM radio out. What made it difficult was the theft prevention kit that was factory installed. The wiring kit was easy to understand and the installation process was very quick.



very good inexpensive radio

Joe from Minot, ND on 10/8/2017

2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy to install, sounds way better than stock radio in my 2007 ram 2500. works great and the bass boost feature works pretty slick.



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Anonymous from Fairmont, WV on 10/3/2017

1994 Ford Ranger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice stereo at a great price. Could not be more satisfied.




Anonymous from Blue ridge ga on 9/30/2017

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

A very good product as always

Pros: A very good product as always


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Anonymous from Lacey, WA on 9/21/2017

2014 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Shame on me for not asking if the device supports ipod playback. It does not. According to a spreadsheet buried on the Sony website, it doesn't support many devices at all. I give it two stars for that reason and that Sony customer service can't seem to answer their phone and the email/chat person clearly runs off of a script. I have purchased 2 other similar car stereos for my wifes car and my truck that had the USB port and they bother supported the ipod. Sound quality is similar, better features and cheaper price (JVC and Pioneer). Save yourself some cash and buy something other than this substandard unit.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Everything else. And that annoying chime when you leave the vehicle, reminding you to remove the stereo face...

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Anonymous from Glenville, NC on 7/30/2017

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

This website made it so easy I have already spoken highly about Crutchfield to people about our town. I needed to replace a factory radio/cd player in my 2006 Jeep. I was able to select from products that will fit in my vehicle and they automatically tell you the other items you will need to complete the installation process. Their fee to pre-wire the unit to fit to your vehicle was absolutely worth the money and made installation much quicker and easier than it would have been otherwise. I received my product with in days of my placing the order. I was able to manage the installation myself, but knowing I could call their techs if I ran into problems was comforting. This Sony radio kicks butt and makes my speakers sound better than they ever have. Living in the mountains makes picking up radio station a tad challenging, and this unit picks up more stations than i knew existed. I had herd others say that the buttons on this unit is small. While that is true it really takes minimal time to get used to using this product. My cd's sound fabulous and I am looking forward to trying the thumb dive option in the near future. Lastly, this unit looks terrific and has become a great upgrade to my good ol' Jeep. Thank you.



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G from Southold, NY on 7/25/2017

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I like the product but I get no reception on stations I used to be able to listen to. everything else works good. I can put stock radio right back in and get the stations!

Pros: cd player works great

Cons: can`t get stations I used to get on stock stereo.

Crutchfield response on 7/26/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to G. to help him further. We'll either help him get the radio reception working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from Quinton, VA on 5/8/2017

2005 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm very happy with this radio, as well as this site. For the same price as another retailer, I got it from Crutchfield along with the wiring harness and removal keys. The radio puts out great sound, just have to upgrade my speakers now.



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Anonymous from Delafield, WI on 4/17/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A four because there is always room for improvement. I would recommend this product.



It works, but tiny and non-obvious buttons

Steve from Brunswick, ME on 4/2/2017

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works. However, I found the buttons to be tiny and inconvenient to use. I suspect if I had been able to see several radios side-by-side, try them out and actually touch them, I might have bought something else. But it will do. I've always found Sony products to be reliable. I hope this radio is no exception.

Pros: Sony brand is usually reliable Sound quality seems good.

Cons: Tiny buttons Non-intuitive layout

Fantastic sounding radio, CD-MP3 & Flash Drive Player

Glen from San Tan Valley, AZ on 3/29/2017

2003 Mercury Grand Marquis
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What a great sounding radio. Very pleased with it and the installation was easy with the supplied free kit.



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wesley from grantville pa on 3/10/2017

1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

nice radio but would not play my ipod through the usb Sony should make the public aware of that.



Economical Upgrade for Older Factory Unit

Edward from Reno, NV on 2/13/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit was a replacement for a factory AM/FM Cassette player and factory amplifier in my 1999 Toyota 4Runner. The wiring harnesses fit perfectly and the instructions for the installation were very good, and the unit fits perfectly in my vehicle. With the existing factory speakers, this unit sounds much better than the original factory unit and the convenience of the CD/MP3 format makes music selection much more convenient . The control buttons are not easily accessible and take a little time to get familiar with. Switching between different modes of control takes some studying of the owners manual as on visual inspection, the controls are not very intuitive. However, after learning how switching between the various modes is accomplished, it becomes completely functional, even though somewhat difficult to operate. The remote control, although functional, accesses only a few functions. Also, when a CD is loaded into the unit, with the FM tuner on, the FM antenna remains extended. In the factory unit originally in the vehicle, when a cassette was loaded into the player, the FM antenna retracted. When the unit is switched off, the antenna does retract. All things considered, including price, I believe this unit to be a bargain for anyone who wants to upgrade their older factory unit to a much higher quality music player.

Pros: Quality sound, very good music handling capacity.

Cons: Control buttons not very visible and accessibility is a bit difficult. Control of the unit is not very intuitive and a study of the manual is necessary to fully access control of the unit.

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Anonymous from Strongsville, OH on 2/2/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Typical Sony quality in design and performance. Very high audio quality when playing MP3 files from a USB flash drive. And easy controls to use. Would purchase this model again.



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Anonymous from Alexandria, VA on 1/17/2017

1997 Infiniti I30
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great quality product



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Anonymous from Clayton , IN on 1/9/2017

2007 Suzuki Forenza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For some reason the radio says it can't take an iPhone or galaxy phone in the USB port but other than that awesome



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Ryan from Kentucky on 1/7/2017

1996 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great stereo!!! Easy installation, love the added hi/low filters and sub outputs. Makes install easy.

Pros: Has everything a novice could need in a basic stereo.

Cons: Only one color display

Great value & sound

Tom from North Myrtle Beach, SC on 12/28/2016

1994 Lincoln Town Car
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lots of power, great sound and easy installation.FM, CD & can't beat the price.


Cons: FM preset buttons are very small

Awesome Radio!

Anonymous from Mount Pleasant, SC on 12/12/2016

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great radio for the price. I love that it has a front facing USB to play MP3's. Easy to install and sounds great!

Pros: Plays MP3's, front facing USB, Subwoofer outputs, great built-in amp


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Timothy R. from Independence, OH on 11/29/2016

2000 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy retro fit, great sound for the money.



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Mark from burghill, oh on 11/13/2016

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instillation was a breeze and controls are easy to understand and use. overall sound quality was more than I could have hoped for. Love it



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Anonymous from Great Falls, MT on 11/8/2016

1997 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great replacement receiver.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Front
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size N/A
Nano N/A
Touch N/A
iPhone N/A
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 55 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 3-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color White
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 10
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 7 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes

Product Research

Disc & USB Playback
Android + Aux Integration
Audio & Tuner Section
Display &  Remote Features

Disc & USB Playback

Disc Compatibility: The Sony CDX-G1200U features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports the playback of MP3/WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

  • Off Insert/Eject: A CD can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.
  • Auto Reload: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
  • Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0° (horizontal) and 45°.

USB Mass Storage Class Device Playback: The CD receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC), such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, & FLAC audio files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Sony head unit. Basic playback controls included Play/Pause, FW/RW, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Song/artist information such as track, artist, and album name will also be displayed on the receiver. In addition, USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

Compatible Music Files: The Sony CDX-G1200U supports the following types of compressed music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW) USB (MSC or MTP)
File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, FAT 12/16/32
Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
FLAC:  bit depth of 16 or 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 256 folders/256 files per folder
Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, FLaC

Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following music file information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Title.

Search Functions: The Sony CD receiver offers several unique search functions.

  • Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD or 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% increments.

Android + Aux Integration

Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony CDX-G1200U enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front-panel USB-A 2.0 port. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

  • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The CDX-G1200U supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1+) to the receiver's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Sony head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
  • MTP (Stored Music + Song/Artist Info): The CDX-G1200U also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.
Note: You will need to setup Android connectivity within the head unit's menu. Select "MSC/MTP" for MTP mode and "Android" for AOA 2.0 mode. Not all Android devices are compatible with AOA 2.0 or MTP, regardless of operating system.

Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) input 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.

Audio & Tuner Section

Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 52 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the CDX-G1200U are as follows:

  • Continuous Power Output: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
  • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)
Note: The power specifications for the Sony CDX-G1200U 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.

2-Volt Preouts: The CDX-G1200U is equipped with a set of 2V rear-channel preouts and a 2V subwoofer preout. The subwoofer output offers independent level control (-6dB to +6dB) and phase control (Normal or Reverse)

High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: The receiver's high-pass crossover sends high and mid-range frequencies to your full-range speakers, while the low-pass crossover directs only bass frequencies to your connected subwoofer. The high-pass crossover and low-pass crossover filters can be adjusted to 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off (Full-Range).

EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like R&B, Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Karaoke, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).

Extra Bass: Extra Bass adds more low-end power to your music. It works by reinforcing bass notes to create deep, punchy bass.

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

Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony CDX-G1200U CD receiver is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each in band (FM 1-3/AM 1-2), for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets.

  • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
  • BTM: Presets can be stored automatically using the Best Tuning Memory (BTM) feature.

Display & Remote Features

Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The CDX-G1200U features a detachable face for theft prevention. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. 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.

Single-Line LCD: The Sony CDX-G1200U features a single-line LCD with white text and a black background.

  • Brightness: You can adjust the brightness level of the LCD between 1-10.
  • Sound Synchronization: Sound Synchronization activates the synchronization of the LCD & button illumination with the receiver's sound output. The receiver's illumination will pulse with the beat of the music.
  • Auto Scroll: Auto Scroll allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Note: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.

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.

Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X211) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

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Why did you buy this?

Replacing factory stereo [ Jon  Apr 04, 2018 ]
Sony brand [ Eric  Mar 08, 2018 ]
The factory stereo is toast in my car. I compared several receivers and this one had what I wanted for the best price. [ Laurie  Jan 30, 2018 ]
best overall buy for vehicle. just needed something basic to replace crappy factory set up. [ brian  Dec 12, 2017 ]
I currently have one in my other vehicle and it more than meets my needs and I awill familiar with it's operation. [ Robert  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Had the features I wanted and the price I needed [ Joseph  Sep 18, 2017 ]
Best features for the price and ease of operating with USB drive. [ D  May 19, 2017 ]
because it is compatible with the stereo I have now [ Ilona  May 12, 2017 ]
A friend told me about this unit. [ Theresa  Feb 28, 2017 ]
seems like the best one for me [ Rickey  Dec 13, 2016 ]
Bluetooth for Harley, and 20 watts rms is a nice upgrade to factory unit. [ Bill  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Like Sony equipment, always been good to me. [ Timothy R.  Nov 16, 2016 ]
Upgrade of the head unit in my Sony showcar. All of the control and pre-out features I need, plus more EQ bands. [ Carl  Oct 30, 2016 ]

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The stereo does not offer a color-changing display but it does feature their "Sound Synchronization" feature: Sound Synchronization activates the synchronization of the LCD & button illumination with the receiver's sound output. The receiver's illumination will pulse with the beat of the music. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. [ Ryan  Mar 30, 2018 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: [ Kenny  Jul 29, 2017 ]  Staff