2001 Plymouth Neon
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Very nice unit, easy to install, great sound.
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Item # 158GS610BT | MFR # MEX-GS610BT
Price Break: -$60.00
$119.99 Earn up to 120 Rewards points
With Sony's MEX-GS610BT CD receiver, you can take advantage of many of your smartphone's capabilities when you're behind the wheel. Sony's App Remote™ feature lets you put select music apps into a single list that you can control with the receiver or your phone — and it's easier to find the music you want with album art and other info appearing on your smartphone's screen.
If you like to keep your hands on the wheel, this Sony's got you covered. With select Android™ devices, you can control sources and respond to texts or emails with voice control. And you can use Siri through the receiver with compatible iPhones®. Just pair your device to the receiver with Bluetooth®, press a button, and ask your question — you'll hear the response over your car's speakers.
You can choose from a variety of colors for this Sony's display and controls.
If you've used Bluetooth in the car, you know how awesome it is. If you haven't, it's time to start enjoying the benefits of hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from your mobile device. The MEX-GS610BT will connect to two devices at the same time — great if you share the car with your significant other. Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and even easier if your phone supports Near Field Communications (NFC) technology — just touch your device to the receiver and you're set.
The MEX-GS610BT plays CDs, of course, but it also offers a lot of other capabilities. Dual USB inputs let you connect both an iPod® or iPhone and a thumb drive. Sony's Quick-BrowZer search tool makes finding the right playlist, album, artist, or song an easy task. If you're a fan of streaming music, you'll have total access to your Pandora® account with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
And you can reach for the stars by adding a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription). Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, and your favorite channels will stay with you wherever you drive.
Sony's Digital Reality Amp puts out some serious power to your speakers, and you can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, plus high- and low-pass filters. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) improves the sound of compressed digital music files. Three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs send a high-powered, low-noise signal to your external amps.
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.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Very nice unit, easy to install, great sound.
Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Very nice unit, easy to install, great sound.
Awesome Sound only one minor complaint it won't show the clock and the radio staion or RDS at the same time has to be one or the other,
I had high hopes for this unit, as it checks all the features boxes, and according to the product write-up supports the latest Bluetooth support. The unit outputs good sound. Unfortunately it falls down in several important ways. Apparently, Sony doesn't "get" interface or security. You have to cycle through 10 different inputs (even those that are unconnected), with no way to disable the inputs you don't want to use. There is also no way to see the clock without turning off the music. Bluetooth is fundamentally broken - it will only auto re-connect to devices that default to security code 0000. Seriously, Sony? This is 2017. Security is a thing now - wake up. iOS 10.3 won't auto connect because it actually does security. The App Remote app for iPhone is an embarrassing, feature-poor offering that has not been updated in more than three years. Most features are only available if you are connected via USB - You can't control anything via Bluetooth. Maybe that is Sony's way of admitting their BT connection has no security. The next revision of iOS won't even run the app because the code hasn't been updated to be 64-bit compatible. It is pathetic. I will be returning this unit.
Pros: 1) Great sound for a fairly low-end price 2) Checks most of the feature boxes you would expect for a stereo of its price range - just don't expect to use most of these features because the controls and interface are so obtuse. 3) Easy to install.
Cons: 1) Bluetooth is broken / there is absolutely no security to the pairing process. The means newer devices that support secure BT connections cannot auto-pair. 2) The iOS app is a worthless piece of junk that has been abandoned by Sony for more than 3 years. 3) On-deck interface is terrible. 4) The second, rear-mounted USB extension cable would be easier to use if it could be panel-mounted. This isn't limited to Sony, however, is is really a wishlist feature.
Had the unit for a couple of weeks now and it has been great. The sound is excellent and the Bluetooth has been flawless! I would highly recommend!
Pros: Great sound, rear USB, plenty of additional features to play with.
Overall a good product. Pretty simple to install. A lot to scroll through while driving in order to change the source.
I really like my new sony head unit,it sounds great.. The bluetooth is easy to use and the unit is easy to hook up I have never put a new unit in a vehicle before but with the help of crutchfield it was easy... The shipping was really fast too.. I Love cruthchfield....
Pros: Great sound,simple to use,great customer service.. The biggest thing is when you call everyone speaks good english..
Easy to install. 2 USB connections. Bluetooth to phone clear call and excellent mic. Easy to navigate through menu or switching between functions. Highly recommended.
Pros: Easy Install 2 USB connections Excellent button and function switching Easy to see at night panel illumination Simple menu navigation Clear Bluetooth calling Simple phone pairing
Cons: Same display through various models for years and years it should be upgraded to something more advanced by now.
Bluetooth worked seamlessly with my old android Samsung s5 but when I switched to iPhone 6S plus, the Bluetooth constantly drops out.. called Sony and was told the GS-610 BT was not compatible with IOS 10.3.... what a waste of time.
Pros: Bluetooth works well with older android devices or IOS 5.0...
Cons: Bluetooth is useless with any device made after 2014.
Good features and performance. Great price.
Pros: Good features. Easy installation.
Cons: Nothing yet
So far so good, no problem pushing 6 3/4 speakers. Just installed, so working out Bluetooth etc. Crutchfield techs fantastic
Unbelievable rich basy sound with a very good stereo seperation &easy Bluetooth pick-up from my iPod or iPad which ever I chose to play my mp3s from. The handy frequency response from the 10 band equalizer is an awesome quality to control my sob woofer to virtuously pound the sound out from this little unbeleivable stereo receiver!
Pros: I can send some great MP3 files from my iPod & from my iPad it's just unbelievable the amount of music and the sound is unbelievable rich with clarity & frquency response I just love it!
Cons: I can't seem to find anything wrong with it
It quit working in 6 days. Will not power up. Checked power input at 12 Volts DC.
Pros: Outstanding unit, good sound and easy to install
Cons: It quit working in 6 days. Will not power up. Checked power input at 12 Volts DC.
Bought this unit on sale for about $10 more than the model below it. Works great even in my big truck. The mic cord reaches all the way from the unit to my visor with a little wire left over that tucked nicely under the trim. Rear USB is nice as I ran it to the glove box and plugged a thumb drive in to it and can play music from there without having it look ugly sticking off the front of the unit. Remote has good range and is able to control anything you could from the headunit. The app is a little difficult to use and disconnects frequently but I just don't use it and everything is good. Sound quality is good with the amp outputs on the back ready to hook up. The EQ10 is great and let me adjust the sound to sound good in my big truck with little sound insulation.
Pros: Good accessories, long cords, removable face, nice EQ, amp hookups
Cons: The app doesn't work very well.
Nice unit, fairly easy to use and the Bluetooth connection went well. Great upgrade from the original unit and didn't break the bank. Big fan of Sony products.
Cons: Doesn't serve espresso
Great Radio with GREAT reception. I utilize the rear USB to hide the cord for my phone while riding. Installed this on my street glide and it works awesome!!
Very fast delivery came within 2 days was easy installation only thing I'm not happy with is this head unit was a litter harder to navigate through unlike other headunits I've had in the past all put together though I recommend it works good makes speakers sounds better easier to play music off off then my stock headunit
Pros: 2 USB'S Bluetooth auxiliary port
Cons: Bit hard to get used to
great product, great features very happy with my purchase
great unit, no issues
Works like I wanted to
Pros: Did everything I needed it to do
Received this unit along with Kicker and Polk Audio speakers for my 1995 Tacoma. Packaging was solid and Crutchfield came through with everything needed for the install, shipped, for free! This Sony MEX-GS610BT head-unit had defined the saying "You get what you pay for", as I had originally planned to go with a Pioneer for half the price. All my friends have pioneer so i had a chance to play with those units and their features. Sony has kicked pioneer straight out of the park on this unit. Packing so much adjustability into this unit, including the 10 Band eq adjustment, variable listening location (speaker delay), rear subwoofer substitution (uses rear speakes to produce more bass and less treble without distortion), two usb ports, high pass and low pass filters, aux, bluetooth (very clear and easy pair via usb cable of nfc), variable color ilumination, and 3 5volt pre -amp outputs (pioneer has 2 volt)! The list goes on and im still discovering new features every day. Now some of you may be wondering, why would I pay almost 2x what i could? Well, its because while your pioneer or jvc unit may have some similar features, sony really does it all. And better. The adjustability allows for use in virtually any application. Wiring harness adapters and instructions included free. How could i say no to having a unit with the ability to do everything, and still be simple to use, and nice to look at. 5 stars would recommend to anyone (especially my friends with anything but sony
Pros: Read review
Cons: People might get jealous
I have learned SONY means quality. Always and without exception. The Sony MEX-GS610BT is a continuation of the quality I have come to know and trust. The factory-installed stereo that came with my 2007 car had none of the "modern" car audio bells and whistles. I wanted Bluetooth hands-free with a cabin microphone, Bluetooth streaming audio capability, USB audio capability, enough power to drive my factory Ford speakers, and the ability to EQ beyond simple "bass" and "treble". Everything I needed and wanted this stereo to be, all of my expectations, have been met. The Bluetooth works great, and the included cabin microphone has noise cancellation/echo-reduction settings. Hands-free phone calls sound clear as a bell. The USB audio features two inputs, one on the face of the unit, and one at the end of a long usb cable (attached to the rear of the stereo) that I ran beneath my center console to the rear seats so passengers sitting in the back seat can plug and play to their hearts desire. The included hand-held remote control is very convenient for passengers not near the stereo. The internal stereo amplifier has plenty of punch, no distortion at loud volume, and sounds great either quiet or loud. The EQ section really is feature-rich for such an inexpensive unit. 10 factory presets, plus the ability to customize! I was stunned at the ability to utilize the rear speakers as subwoofers, and, with the ability to choose a low-pass frequency point and slo
Pros: Ease of installation and setup. Mic cable is 12+ feet long, long enough to run hidden all the way to my interior dome light. EQ section allows me to digitally move the sound "sweet spot" around the vehicle, and make small adjustments to these presets. The integrated volume/setup dial allows for quick access of setup menus and rapid change of any setting. This stereo has a mini-plug input for steering wheel audio controls, and a plug for a SiriusXM receiver also. Plus a 3 year warranty!
Cons: Cons? None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I knew exactly what features I wanted, and the Sony MEX-GS610BT exceeded all of my expectations. I feel I got way more than what i paid for.
I have had a number of Sony radios. I have liked all of them. I like this one as well. Do not like how they have the display button set up. To me it is backwards. Push once and you can set the radio up as in general, sound settings etc. Push and hold and then push again and you can choose to see clock, info. It seems to me that once you have the sound and that set up you won't change it much. Would make more sense to me to be the other way. Like that you can set the radio colors and all of that up to match your vehicle or not. This unit I hooked up with my factory amp and it really makes a difference in the sound much nicer.
Pros: Fit and worked like it should.
Cons: Little clunky to set up and figure out the set up.
Great Receiver looks great in my old truck and the Bluetooth works great
Great receiver. Not the most intuitive system on the market, but if you can master its interface, it really packs some awesome features. The built-in SiriusXM compatibility is phenomenal and welcomed; I ordered the SiriusXM installation kit several days after the stereo arrived (not included with the purchase) and got everything working quickly and easily. The Bluetooth compatibility is where this receiver really shines, in my opinion. Bluetooth audio, Pandora, and handsfree calling all have their own separate functions, which makes it so nice as everything is not just sent as audio to the unit. This stereo even has a separate Bluetooth Pandora app, which makes it tremendously easy to enjoy modern amenities in an older car. Overall, a very nice receiver with some complicated, but easily forgivable flaws for an amazing price. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the features it has to offer.
Pros: -The price: AMAZING for what you get -Feature-rich -Tremendous control over your sound IF you can master the interface -SiriusXM Additional Tuner Compatibility (although getting it is an additional cost) -10-band equalizer -POWERFUL sound options and customization -Subwoofer controls and subwoofer simulation: incredibly useful if you don't actually have a subwoofer -Pandora Bluetooth interface -USB interface -CD player (still nice to have for audiophiles)
Cons: -User interface, at best, can be tricky, and at worst, intimidating -The official Sony smartphone app is rubbish and generally superfluous; just learn the receiver's interface as it's much more rewarding -Not enough pages to save presets to (SiriusXM has a wide variety, and I don't have time to memorize individual channel numbers) -No option to hook up my existing Sony CD changer (I know they're obsolete, but I love my CDs!)
Looks great, sounds great. It gives you so many options of what to listen to with Bluetooth. I have only upgraded the stereo in my vehicle so far. Still using factory speakers but it already made a huge difference. Next step for me is replacing all of the door speakers. Can't wait to see how this stereo sounds with them!
Pros: Great sound, great look, many listening options with Bluetooth.
Enjoying the new Sony. Was a replacement for the original 2000 Corvette radio. Installation was relatively easy except for removing the Corvette support bracket. Radio sounds great right out of the box, and will probably sound even better as I learn to use the available adjustments.
i wanted to return this thing for 2 days before finally figuring out blue tooth pairing and getting pandora to work. But now i like it. the app is a pain so forget about that. Cant switch to pandora with it activated.But this thing sounds great! the EQ works great and bluetooth works fine now.4 stars instead of 5 because it was a pain to set it up.
Took a call the support to figure a way to get the metal sleeve off. The Sony instructions are not good at all. Had to solder in a new harness because of the previous owner's hack job. Took a little longer, but that isn't Crutchfield's fault.
Pros: Good value and sound quality.
Cons: Instructions are vague at best. Not impressed with the Bluetooth connectivity, but I don't use that much.
Great improvement over stock radio.
Pros: Sound quality.
Cons: Very busy controls
Reception on this new Sony radio sucks! I thought about returning it. I will admit, it picks up a lot of stations, just not a couple of the ones I usually listen to.
very good basic head unit, it's not too much nor is it not enough, it's just right, sounds good, and easy to install without prior experiance, have recommended to brand to friends and aquantiences.
Pros: not TOO flashy, but not boring either, is not a driving distraction, bluetooth! Android and apple interface, can make hands free calls
Cons: none personally noted
Installed this stereo in a 2007 Audi A3 (euro spec) with the Concert feature. The stereo fit like a glove and looks great. First impression after I turned it on was also great. Without making any adjustments the sound quality was far better than the factory stereo. Once I "dialed it in" the sound is really amazing. I haven't been able to play with all the features yet but the Bluetooth connection was easy for Android but not as easy for the iPhone. The iPhone will not automatically connect when the stereo turns on. This may be some setting that needs to be changed that I just haven't found yet. The Bluetooth phone works fine with the supplied microphone. I have had many Sony car stereos in the past and have never been disappointed. This one continues the streak.
Pros: Dynamic color change. Lots of features. Great sound quality even with the factory speakers.
Cons: All those features are still crammed in to a single line of text on the display. The back USB cable has a large plastic thing that surrounds the cord that is a little bigger than a AA battery that made it difficult to route the cable where I wanted it.
I just installed this headunit into my 2011 f150 and it works great. I'm using it in conjunction with an iPad mini I have installed using the Sony app remote and everything works as it should. And sounds great with alpine speakers. I did run into a bump after about 3 days... I was playing music off my iPad through the usb and the unit froze. I couldn't change sources or volume, and none of the buttons worked. I had to unplug it from the harness and plug it back in. Now it works just fine. I'm not sure what the problem was. Hopefully it doesn't happen again.
Pros: App remote
Cons: It froze after about 3 days of use
This unit was easy to install in my 2002 Saturn L100. I didn't want to have to spend a lot of time learning how to use a new stereo and this head unit fit the bill. I can plug my iPod into the front or connect it from the rear (I ran a cable to my glove box). I can adjust the settings if I want, or I can just leave it as it is. Sounds great with the Rockford Fosgate speakers and sub I installed.
Pros: Easy to use features.
Cons: None so far.
Works well, sounds great for me. Took a very short time to figure out the menus, but now it is easy. Very easy to install.
Pros: Easy install, sounds great, easy menus when figured out.
I like having the bluetooth capability so I can connect and play music with my iphone while riding the bike. The capability of the sony is very nice in general. Price was right!
Pros: Bluetooth on a motorcycle that works well in the elements, with the option of using a cd or plugging a ipod in via usb.
Cons: None so far.
I have an 05 Mini Cooper with the stock non-HK head unit and a portable Sirius Radio. What I wanted is a radio that would match the stock colors would give me hands free calling to my iPhone, would let me play music off of my iPhone and would charge the iPhone while it was hooked up. I guess after having the portable Sirius radio for so long I really just wanted a cleaner install without all the extra wires. I was just about to order this unit when the next one up the (mex-gs810bh) went on sale so I bought that one instead. It did all the new stuff I wanted just fine but the radio reception was bad. Stations that worked fine on the stock head went in and out constantly. I talked to Crutchfield and they agreed to send this one out as a replacement. The swap out was a 10 minute job since the harnesses are the same and the problem is fixed no HD radio - no problem. I have an iPhone 6s and the iPhone app isn't that useful. It's nice that it displays song information (which really should be shown on the head unit) and it makes adjusting the EQ a little easier but otherwise it's not that helpful. If you are using your phone for navigation and want to hear music interrupted by the directions you are limited to using the BT Audio input and playing music or pandora off of your phone. Not the end of the world but I like to listen to sports when I drive so I would prefer to use Sirius instead of data.
Pros: The head unit sounds great even with the stock speakers. I'm using the setting that applies a filter to the back to make them act like a sub. I know it's not the same but it does a pretty good job of adding base and it sounds way better than the stock head unit. Display color can be set to match car nearly perfectly. Hands Free Calls in an 11 year old car. SiriusXM (with adapter works great and easily hidden) iPhone connection and charging 1 visible wire (iPhone cable)
Cons: XM doesn't display helpful information unless you are using iPhone app Defaults to BT Pandora everytime I connect my phone which is NEVER what I want. Can't interrupt Sirius or Tuner inputs with directions from phone Can't reliably talk to Siri.
So - it works and sounds great! You can change the display colors to match whatever, set different colors for day/night, etc... Bluetooth setup as expected. The application is the neat part. I have an iPhone, and I'm fascinated with the fact that I can use the application to set the EQ. That and the fact that the app sets the clock without me having to do it was cool. Integration with the phone seems fine - no unexpected hiccups. The only "bummer" in this whole unit is that the unit sports the same "look and feel" that single din stereos have had for the last 20 years. In my case, I'm ok with it. Wasn't looking to alter the destiny of mankind with a car stereo at this price. Just wanted something reasonably priced that could rock the car. This does the trick!
Pros: Predictability, functionality, smart phone app, sounds great!
Cons: Predictability (yes, I know, it's a Pro too), price, while its not terribly complex, the menu could be made more simple.
I got this unit because of the 5v preamp outputs and it delivers tremendously everything work the way it should I have no complaints
I have owned Kenwood & JVC head-units before, and this definitely has the best sound of the 3 brands by far. The phone app equalizer makes it easy to tune. Lots of great features!
Pros: Looks good, amazing sound, phone app, detachable face-plate, bluetooth calls, multiple USB ports...
Cons: When connecting my phone via bluetooth, I have to choose between using my phone for calls or as a music player. If I have my phone connected for calls, I have to disconnect it & re-connect as a music player. Very inconvenient. Also, if I plug in a USB drive with multiple music folders, I have to cycle through each folder one at a time. I wish that I could see all the folders on the phone app & just scroll through them to pick the one I want.
After putting up with the stock (non-Infinity) stereo in my Jeep for almost 7 years, I finally bought an aftermarket unit. The first thing I noticed about the Sony was the build quality. It just feels... solid. Buttons didn't feel like they might break every time you pushed one. The display is very easy to read. Ability to change from several different colors was pretty cool also. My two biggest gripes about the display are: 1-You can't set it to show the time AND another piece of info, such as track name, artist, station, etc.. You're stuck with one item only. 2-The display wouldn't scroll to show the entire track/artist name. The user interface is clunky. Yes, you can read the manual and figure things out, but it just isn't intuitive at all. Sound quality seemed, meh. Nothing spectacular. It seemed to have more power than my stock unit, but sounded somewhat muddled to me. All things considered, I ended up exchanging it for a different radio. Between the muddled sound, and the lack of information in the display, I just couldn't see myself enjoying it much.
Pros: Vibrant display Easy to pair/use Bluetooth phone Can read incoming texts to you Good build quality
Cons: Lack of information on the display Clunky menu interface
I haven't bought an after market stereo receiver in years, I mean I was still pimping the 10 disc changer joint! Got this new Sony w/ the USB capability and BOOM! got at least 500+ tracks at my finger tips. Bluetooth capability for my iPhone getting calls through my Jeep speakers What! let me find out! Units pushing 55 watts x 4 into my speakers got me sounding Nice nuff said! Will be upgrading my speakers soon to get that full feel of that no doubt. Bought me a 12 in Rockford sub w/ built in amp, going to be setting up install after the holidays to bump that. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee sounding like All That! Crutchfield is on Point! Don't sleep on this people! The peeps at the Harrisonburg store know their professions and they helped me 110%! Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Every feature this stereo receiver offers is awesome. Like a home theater system in your car.
Cons: Controls take some getting use to but a minor adjustment compared to all the many features attached to this unit. Awesome!
I have 2 older Sony units in other Toyota's I own that work great. I like the Bluetooth and overall sound from these units and figured I'd stay with Sony for my 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited AWD. It may be that the issues I am having with sound quality would be there with any after-market unit in this vehicle. The factory pre-amp should perhaps be bypassed. When using the Crux (SWRTY-61J) interface, which keeps steering wheel control function - I was getting a weird pulsing and wave to the volume from all sources. After a few calls to tech support they offered me the Scosche SLC4 Line Output Converter to control this. This eliminated the pulse but no matter how I tweak the input/output levels on the converter, it sounds awful. I will continue working with Crutchfield to resolve this. I have heard that bypassing the factory amp is one solution, but then you will need further installs to amp the JBL subwoofer...Ugh! I guess you could leave the factory preamp for the sub and direct wire all the other speakers, what a hassle. May as well replace all the factory speakers as well, if you go that route! More than I bargained for in a vehicle this old. The install kit to convert to single DIN looks great and is easy to work with.
Pros: Sony quality, looks cool, fairly easy to install with Crutchfield parts
Cons: Sound in my vehicle, all the interfaces and extra gadgets needed, Bluetooth won't automatically connect (frustrating) like it did with the older Sony units I have. Factory pre-amp should probably be bypassed.
Wow what a great sounding car stereo. A little difficult to use and the Bluetooth is a bit tricky. Beside that it blows my old JVC with time alignment away.
I have had three Sony MEX stereos. This one has nice feature improvements over the previous comparable models. I like that they all function similarly so I don't have to relearn how to operate. The only drawback I have at this time is the horrendous rattle that the faceplate makes. It rattles all the time. I thought it was the housing so I padded that. But it's not. It's the faceplate. Very disappointing. I had hoped to find a solution here, but now I can only hope to find a solution on the web.
Pros: Easy to use.
Good valued purchase. The unit was easy to install with the purchased MFG harness. I used wire nuts and matched colors per the directions. 1 hour looking at directions, 15 minutes on wire nuts and 15 minutes installing it at the truck cab. Running the mic and USB wire was easy. The user interface was the hardest part because I did not read the instructions. If you can read, this is easy too. The head unit works great. It was easy to set radio stations (analog and digital). Its easy to switch from 3 fm sets and 2 am sets (in memory). Switching audio sources are easy too. Yes, a learning curve is needed to memorize USB play lists options, and everything else. I like it alot. I would have given it 5 stars, but the interface is clunky. Its probably as clunky as any other traditional unit. There are many features included that never existed when car radios were originally designed. There is only one "CUSTOM" equalizer setting. That's all I need. There are the "country, talk,etc/" equalizer settings too. I am thinking of buying another one for my other work truck.
Pros: Most buttons on the face manage all simple tasks. BT Phone stops tuner and passes the call thru the speakers. The mic works great. Mine is on my visor. In-call sound on both ends of the call is clear as a bell. I needed a blue tooth unit and wanted a USB feature. Crutchfield support answered my questions and their kit made my installation a snap. Its a good head unit.
Cons: Clunky interface. It is not intuitive, but not a reason not to buy it. When using Android BT (ex:Maps, Youtube, other sound/videos ) app on the phone, the receiver needs to be on BT Audio. I did not see if running my music thru the phone and GpS simultaneously would allow the GPS turns (verbal commands) to pass thru while I listen to music. That is what I would consider to be a Android issue, not the receiver. This like most every other unit does not play any lossless codecs.
Was shopping around and I narrowed it between this Sony model and a jvc. The display, button lay out, and 5 volt pre outs pushed me for the Sony. Pretty easy to install. Sounds great. Controls take a bit to figure out, read the manual. But over all I'm happy.
Pros: Doesn't feel cheap Pandora controls Bluetooth Two usb connections Good display in sunlight
Cons: Not very easy to figure out the controls and menus without reading manual.
Bought Sony mex-gs610bt. Customer service guys where great and turned my first time to install a car stereo into a great experience vs. a returned product. In my mid 40s and drive my 01 Accord out of love for the car but was wanting more out of the listening experience so upgraded the factory radio. Sound is the same (read: no worse) but I think it's the 14 yr old speakers. I'll look into an upgrade on those. The stereo head, though, I think is great. A little overboard with the fin button stuff and beeps, but the blue tooth connection with my iPhone 5c is flawless. The sound over the Sony mic is great. I hit a button on the radio and Siri indicates she's listening and I just tell her to call someone on my list and she's off and calling. Tuner is great and the usb jack in the back is a great benefit. I have it outlet ting under my steering panel just above the pedals and have a 64Gb compact memory stick with a ton of music just waiting to be summoned. Still exploring and no regrets. Look forward to a speaker upgrade to see what it can do. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but it's a great toy on my commute.
Pros: Tuner is great. 3 yr warranty vs the 1 yr on several other stereos including the HD tuner version of this same product. Usb in front and back. Ease and clarity of the blue tooth hands-free phone calling through the stereo; much better than my 2015 accord factory hands free system.
Cons: More elegant style would be great; not as racy, but that's just me. Not a big deal. Software app does suck, though. Really.
I bought this head unit with the idea of making it the "brains" of my sound system. It advertised to have all of the features I wanted, and at a reasonable price. I had been a Sony product fan for over two decades, so I bought this unit with confidence that it would serve my needs. Much to my dismay, I never could get it to sound right after installation. I have after-market amplifiers, one 4-channel for my front four speakers, and a separate amp for my subwoofers. I never could get enough mmmph on the bass, nor could I get good clean volume on the stereo portion of the sound stage. I changed the RCAs, wires, checked the amps, etc., and couldn't figure out why I was getting so little out of a system I worked on, and thought out so well. I finally decided to take it to an installer friend to try and figure out if I was overlooking something. He checked everything I had, and it came down to the head unit itself. He tested the pre-outs on the unit, and I was disappointed that the outputs were only putting out 1.9 volts at full load. The unit advertises that it has 5-VOLT pre-outs! I am sorely disappointed in this product as I was duped, and it was already too late to return the product. I am stuck with a unit that I won't use, and out money I'll never get back. Do ratings even matter anymore? If it is CEA compliant, who checks to make sure they are truthful in advertising their product?
Pros: Lots of great features, looks very cool.
Cons: Does NOT have 5-volt pre-outs as advertised!Crutchfield response on August 10, 2015 Due to the feedback we received on this review, our research crew tested one of these Sony receivers. Using a multi-meter, the voltage on the preamp outputs was similar to what the customer experienced. However, when we used an oscilloscope and test tone discs, the preamp outputs tested at 5-volts with no clipping at the various test tone frequencies.
Getting sound just right takes a little practice. Takes a little time to figure out how to operate everything. But after awhile you get the hang of it. Overall it works great. Sony app. not very good. Better off not using it.
Pros: Alot of adjustment. Sounds great, and looks great.
Cons: A little learning curve, Sony app. not worth using.
I've had the Sony MEX-GS610BT installed for a while now. I chose it to get some new digital media features into my car and because it has a brighter screen than some. It's installed in a convertible. Although the display is bright enough, there is a problem. The transparent plastic bezel over the display is curved. This guarantees that you will always get glare at every sun angle. You cannot read the display on a sunny day in the convertible. A flat bezel would be much, much better. I like the 2 USB ports. The unit is at its best for me playing from the 2nd USB port. I have it connected to a flash drive in the glove box. When I start the car and turn on the unit, it starts playing where it left off -- great. The worst feature is the really crappy Andriod app called "App Remote" that Sony uses for integration with your phone. It crashes a LOT. When you get in the car and want to play, say "Play Music" through Bluetooth, you have to unlock your phone before it will do anything. Then you have to select, either on the phone, or on the head unit, from the complete list of audio sources on your phone. Unlike some other systems, it does NOT just pick up where you left off when you and your phone get back in the car. It takes a great deal of fiddling.
Pros: Sounds great, especially from CD. Two USB ports. You can turn the display off (all dark) when you're not using it.
Cons: Terrible android app software "App Remote". Complex menus -- impossible to navigate without looking. No customization of buttons or menus. Curved bezel reflects sun glare.
I like the radio, I've had one similar to it. But instead of bass, mid, treble, this one has the 10 band EQ, which I'm not fond of. When listening to a flash drive, it can be confusing if you're moving to another song or moving to another folder. It does come with the external mic for Bluetooth your phone for calls and that works pretty well. No complaints from the person on the other end.
Pros: Good value for the money, sounds good, 2 sets of USB plugs, hands free for phone. 3 sets of pre amp outputs
Cons: Some things are confusing to operate until you get used to it.
Easy to use while driving and menu is easy to navigate.
Pros: Lots of color choices for the display.
I have not purchased a head unit in 15 years. I am blown away at the features this thing has for the money I paid. LOVE the 10 band PEQ.
After installing another stereo I exchanged it for the Sony MEX-GS610B. I appreciate the layout, it is easy to navigate, I also like the brighter display, especially during the daytime. It makes it easier to read. This unit has all of the features I was looking for. I like the blue tooth for use with my iPhone. I also like the USB port on the front so I may plug in my iPod to play music. There are other features I need to lean how to use. Overall it is a stylish unit with great sound.
Pros: Noted above. The Crutchfield team has always been very helpful and easy to work with. Great service!!! I have purchased several systems from them and have always been very satisfied. I recommend them to my friends and family.
Cons: I wish the installation kit could have been nicer looking for my install in my Lincoln Town Car. Once I installed the stereo with the kit I found the kit did not securely hold my stereo in place in the opening. I tried making adjustments but it didn't seem to make a difference.
Great sound love Bluetooth any color face
Pros: great sound
So far I like it. Easy to use and sounds good.
I bought this radio because it was suggested to me by the Crutchfield advisors. They got everything exactly right for what I was looking for in a radio. I have a 2010 Ford F150 XL. I took the stock radio out of my dash and I installed an Ipad mini where the radio goes. I was looking for a radio that I could control easily that was compatible with the Ipad and that I could retain control of the Ipad or use the radio. The remoteapp that you can get for this radio is exactly what I was looking for. IT is easy to use and all the ways you can adjust it are amazing. Each options (I.E. tuner, cd Aux etc..) has an equalizer option that you can adjust for that specific option. you want your FM stations to have more treble and less bass, you can do that. You want your cds to have more bass, you can do that to without interfering with you FM EQ preset. I was also looking that would not break the bank and this radio fit into that as well. The only negative with this is in the app not the radio. you cannot control the Ipad/Ipod music hardly at all. It only give you a shuffle option which you can just swipe right or left for the next song. or up and down for playlists. I ended up installing this in a no factory location at the bottom of my dash. it all works and fits perfectly. If you want a radio that you can use with your ipad/ipods this is the radio for you. it gives you the option to control everything from the ipad/ipod or the radio itself.
Pros: Awesome integration of Ipad/Ipod products. the remote app is superb. Does not break the bank. easy customization. Can use all features of ipad/ipod without the app.
Cons: The remorteapp leaves a lot to be wanted in the way to play music from your ipad/ipod making the only way to play your music and not go insane is to open up your music directly from itunes.
Never liked the old Sony xplod head units. This one however is pretty nice. Has Bluetooth, comes with a mic that is easy to mount and a second usb that has enough cable to route to an arm rest or wherever you need. Call quality over Bluetooth is pretty good, not great. Overall very happy with head unit.
Pros: Two usb connections, comes with mic and a lot of cord to mount it almost anywhere, Bluetooth.
Cons: Bluetooth call quality not the greatest.
Installed in 30 min. Sounds superior to previous aftermarket cd deck by far. Great 12 ban eq adjusts everything you would want. Many different ways to connect your smart phone or MP3 device. Bluetooth works great with my iPhone 6+. Calls are clear and mic works great. Callers can hear my voice as if I was using my phone. Very nice upgrade. I've had most major brands of cd decks and I keep returning to Sony and am never disappointed.
Pros: Great connectivity, eq, boost power. Bluetooth connects when I get in automatically.
Cons: Not as iphone friendly (app) as it could be. Only can control most app settings when connected with usb cord and not when connected with bluetooth. But once eq is set, it remembers it. Can only hope for better app options for iPhones. When choosing which input to use, there are a lot of choices and you have to scroll through them instead of just pressing one button. ie: aux, bluetooth audio, usb 1, usb 2, cd, tuner, bluetooth phone, bluetooth pandora.
Let me start by saying that I am in my mid forties and it has been at least two decades since I had any experience with aftermarket stereos. The head unit was easy to install with the supplied adapter and wiring harness. This unit is a vast improvement over the factory head unit and sounds great. There is a bit of a learning curve (see my opening sentence) for the menu and the initial setup, but I found that I could follow along with the manual and get it done. I was initially diasappointed with the bluetooth setup since I have an Iphone. According to the manual you have to plug the Iphone in via usb to auto connect bluetooth, but I have found that once connected the phone will automatically reconnect as long as the phone bluetooth is on when I start the Jeep. The variable colors are a cool feature. I was able to match the display color to the factory gauges and displays.
Pros: Great sound. Variable display color.
Cons: Menu system.
Good solid knobs, very customizable color and display. Greatd sound. Works o.k. with iPhone 6. Pressing the volume knob activates Siri sometimes but not consistantly. However, if you press the home button on the phone Siri always works through the receiver. BT audio is great. Navigating the USB music folders can be a bit tedious.
Pros: Great sound, solid feel, cusomizable display
Cons: Navigation of music folders is a little confusing or tedious. Also, the phone button answers an in-coming call and hangs up a call on connection with an iPhone 6, but pressing it does not activate Siri or any dialing functions to make a call. The instruction shows a method to dial calls or numbers using the receiver but that does not seem to work with iPhone 6. You have to dial via your phone or use Siri on your phone.
Great receiver, lots of options to tune the sound and display the way you want it. 2 usb ports allows you to charge and connect multiple devices at once, and bluetooth allows wireless calling and controlling your reciever through your smart phone. works great, lots of functions, and received everything needed to install it for free, but to include the steering wheel adapter was $40 which is half priced. easy installation and sounds great. And great customer service at crutchfield
Pros: Functional, sounds great, free installation gear
Made my stock speakers sound like a custom sound system! I was shocked how well everything sounds now.
Pros: Well built, lots of function, front USB is great also and you have a back USB with a long cable to run any where you need. Also a mic for phone.
Cons: Small buttons/slightly difficult to see but no problem once you learn where everything is.
Overall, I was very satisfied with this product
Pros: All componats WORKED!!!!! as advertised
Cons: Needs full time clock display on every selection . Although This is not a crutchfield problem changing my xm account (with xm/Sirius) was not as smooth as it should have been.
good price fast delivery good quality
Pros: Easy install cool graphics
I have had other brands but Sony stands out. I have been with sony for about eight years. This is only my third deck, they last. This deck sounds great but my phone will not stay connected on blue tooth. The scan controls are close together which makes it hard to change while driving. This is a real good deck with alot of features. I hope the problem with th blue tooth is my phone.
Pros: Good sound, great color options. Real good sound shaping.
Cons: Controls close together.
Easy installation. BT works great with IPHONE 6 Plus. Great upgrade from OEM radio.
This is an excellent unit. Bluetooth connects quickly every time, day/night display choices are excellent, excellent sound, just an overall great unit.
Pros: Bluetooth, built in pandora function, rear and front usb ports, able to have different display color for daytime and nighttime is excellent, very easy on the eyes.
Cons: Convex display makes it difficult to read in bright sunlight. Not really a fault with the device, but the app remote is not very intuitive.
Great replacement for the stock unit in my 2007 Yaris.
Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth and NFC for Android is great.
Cons: Messages option is a little confusing even with download of Sony App remote.
This otherwise pretty good receiver has ridiculous controls, with the usual tiny and cheap buttons. Just trying to select the button to skip to the next song, often results in nothing happening, or it may go to the next song, or it may select some other function that I don't even know what the cryptic message is saying. I can tell you that once there, the only way to get out, is to power off and back on. I could be pressing the wrong button, who knows. They are so small and stacked on top of each other. For Pete's sake, this is a car receiver and people are normally driving when using it. I guess I'm supposed to bring along a passenger so they can read the manual and operate it. I say read the manual, because it is NOT intuitive. Everything about controlling the thing is hit or miss. Sometimes when I have my iPhone connected to the USB 2 port it will work as expected, and other times it won't. Sometimes it will connect via Bluetooth and you can use the phone, and other times you have to go into the phones to tell it to connect. I don't know why it can not do the phone functions (placing and receiving calls) through the USB port, but it does not seem to. You can change the display to a billion different colors and there are menus to do all sort of things. Who needs all this crap, I'm driving for God's sake.
Pros: Yes it sounds good, as long as you don't mind the ridiculous interface, it's great. This seems to be the case with most of these aftermarket radios for cars. Some marine equipment is much better, like Fusion.
Cons: The user interface is horrible, the worst I've ever used. The app had wonderful potential, but failed in most every respect. Is this the best Sony could do. They need to take the engineers and stick them in a car and have them operate the receiver and try the app. It seems obvious they have never done that. FM reception poor, as are almost all aftermarket radios. This one is not the worst but still can't pull stations that the cheap factory radio could.
I highly recommend this unit if you don't use FM radio reception. Bluetooth, Pandora and the the Sony app are all A++. FM radio scores a 4 or 5. Extremely poor reception. Stock radio will pull stations better than this one. I don't the radio anymore so it is not a factor for me.
Pros: If you play off of Pandora or BT audio off your cell device the sound is great.
Cons: Very poor radio reception. Do not buy this if you live off FM radio.
Excellent stereo. Replaced a Bose system that was the original stereo in my 1999 Mazda Miata. I left the stock Bose speakers and was amazed at how much better the speakers sounded with the new Sony. It's much louder and clearer. Easy to install and easy to use. Very happy with this purchase.
Pros: Excellent sound, easy installation and easy to use.
Cons: No case included with the detachable face.
Installation was super easy. All the adapters needed fit perfectly. Had to make one support phone call which took all of 60 seconds. I am super happy with the radio. Love the Bluetooth access to music and phone. Sound quality is way better. Crutchfield told me what I needed and it worked great.
Pros: great equalizer presets. Bluetooth. excellent display. remote control. detachable faceplate. 2 usb ports. works with onstar.
Really good sound. Easy to install with Crutchfield's instructions and adapters.
installed in a commercial vehicle
The stereo was easy to install with little or no problems
Works great the 5v out was really nice for my Bose amp.
Pros: 5v out app radio
Cons: No typing on the keyboard when connected, no maps, texts, etc. A problem if someone else is navigating using your phone.
Over all very easy to use and easily to match the color to your interior lights. I like the connection possibilities and they work great. Only down fall is the EQ setting that is tough to set up to a custom setting other than their preloaded "rock, hip hop, country, etc.." but over all very good product. This is my second Sony head unit over the years with different vehicles.
Pros: Connects easily to devices Color is easily adjusted to match the vehicles interior lights Looks great Blue tooth works flawlessly Mainly pros
Cons: Only con I have is the toughness to set up a true custom EQ setting
Bought this to replace an older 'super tuner' just to make sure I still could use my XM radio [lifetime subscription], but the rear connection has changed. The old radio has been re-installed. This will go in my wife's Mustang
Very Easy Installation, I was done in less than one hour,thanks to the install kit included from Crutchfield. Paired my Iphone instantly. Bluetooth works great for both outgoing and incoming calls.Great making calls with the voice recognition feature.Very Good sounding unit for the price.
Pros: The bluetooth features work great for hands free talking. Having a radio with R.D.S. feature is nice to see the song and artist shown on the screen.I can change to a different color of lighting on the screen whenever i want .I can easily change the sound adjustments to my liking. Great overall unit. Good job Sony
Cons: None at all.
After much research and comparison I found this unit to be the "cream of the crop" within this price range. I installed this in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with the OEM upgraded sound system and the difference in the output is overwhelming. I had already replaced/upgraded all the speakers and was still not satisfied. In hindsight, replacing the head unit with this Sony may have been all that was required. Installation was easy enough with one minor exception. With the steering wheel adapter control harness there is one step that I miss-wired that prevented me from hearing in coming calls. In the wiring instructions it tells you to match the colors of the wiring harness to the wires from the head unit which I did, the first time. HOWEVER, it also tells you (which should have been in bold print or underlined in my opinion) that if you are using an OEM amp, you are to attached the front speaker wires to the rear speaker wires of the Sony. This is something I figured out after talking to two Crutchfield reps and them sending me a replacement unit. Could have saved both of us some time and energy if this issue was identified in their technical notes. Kudo's to them for customer service in any event.
Pros: I believe my review says it all. This is SO MUCH BETTER than my stock Jeep unit,.
Cons: Not really a con but programming takes a bit to get used to but works with ease after a bit of trial and error.
If you read the manual and set it up correct its a very nice deck for the money
Sorry, don't know much about "coolness factor". To me, it's an appliance. Having said that, the sound quality and performance through the Kicker speakers purchased with it, is nothing short of outstanding. I like my tunes at a fairly high volume level, and this unit did not disappoint. The upgrade over stock in my 1999 Silverado was incredible. Using primarily a flash drive as the music source, there truly were things heard in songs I've not heard before, and most of my library is 60's through 80's era rock, blues and country. I honestly don't know what use the included remote is, but people must want them for something. Mine's still in the plastic bag it came in, and will probably remain there forever. The color adjust was nice to match the other lighted controls and gauges in the dashboard so it didn't stick out. If, however, you want it to do that, there's quite a selection. Can't vouch for the radio performance as I never listen to it. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
Pros: Sound quality, easy menu for a non-tech guy like myself and dash fit does not look cheap.
Cons: A small one, but in order to hook up microphone for blue tooth cell, had to remove instrument cluster to run cord behind dash and up left window pillar to attach to left visor. I don't like exposed wiring of any kind, so that's how I resolved it. Only took twenty minutes, but it would have been nice to possibly have a flush mounting surface right in the adapting bezel for the unit. Was going to drill my own, but didn't want to compromise any rigidity.
I recently purchased the Sony MEX-GS610BT to replace my now dead stock 2004 E-250 Ford CD/Radio unit. I love the cool features but they're goon take time to get used to,... navigating isn't that easy for me,... had to refer back to the manual a couple of times...LOL! I love it though,..the colors and the SOUND is amazing, as well as all the customization that you can do to make it sound even better... Installation was a snap,... thanx to Crutchfield for including not only the dash kit, but the specific wiring harness for my vehicle...all free of charge.
Pros: Can't say enough good things about this unit!
Cons: I only wish that the manual was a little more "dumbed down" so that I could comprehend it easier... and experience the features quicker.
I was looking for a good unit capable to run my 5ch amp, without spending too much. After so many researches and reviews I decided to buy this model because it has everything I was looking for..
Pros: Excellent sound, very easy to use, awesome for the price!!!
Cons: I haven't found anything that I don't like about it...
I was disappointed with the Sony MEX-GS610BT. Great sound but the display and menus are just plain crude. I really wasn't looking for anything exotic, just reliable and efficient. This unit delivers on reliability but is certainly a let down in operation.
Pros: Nice sound. Easy installation.
Cons: Crude menus. Primitive display. Unreliable bluetooth pairing.
I used to do Car Audio Competitions and never really liked Sony at all. However, with all the changes in the car audio industry only a few players left. I decided to give Sony a try since almost everything is made in China and being Sony thought it may be built elsewhere and it was Thailand. This HU is great has all the features you would need if you are a tuner but has the latest Technology regarding Bluetooth and NFC. The 5v Pre-outs where a requirement for me since I run amplifiers and this HU drives the Amplifiers great with super clean sound. You can control everything with the Sony App from Google Play. This make tuning really easy. If you listen to the Radio this unit has RDS and the radio is clean and loud.
Pros: 5V preouts NFC & Latest Bluetooth Mutlicolor display - Match your interior lighting Build Quaility Radio reception and Sound. 3 year Warranty Sony Application to control everything on Headunit. Microphone with Noise Canceling Technology 2 settings.
Cons: None So far
The website was easy to navigate and suggested every thing needed to install the unit in my car. Fast shipping, easy to read directions, great product. I called tech support to get an answer about the steering wheel control device I purchased also and they were very fast to answer and diagnosed the solution very quickly.
Pros: Easy install. Fast shipping. Tech support.
For the price & 2 hours of my time I converted a tired old stock radio into a modern full featured "system" with blue tooth. As a bonus it blows away the sound from the factory. An absolute no brainer. Not to mention how great Crutchfield's tech service was on the phone. Anyone with an old Porsche factory radio should just make the call and update the POS that came with the care
Pros: Easy cheap & descent
Cons: I'm to old to learn all the functions
* Crutchfield has warranty as 1 year but this is Sony's premium GS series that comes with a 3 year parts/labor warranty. * Had this for bout 2 weeks now and enjoying every bit of it. All of the up to date features and fine audio tuning options are easy to navigate. I still have factory speakers (not paper cones) and they sound so much better now. I also have a 10' sub with monoblock amp so the 5V rca really provides a clean and powerful signal. The top of the line single din units from Pioneer and Kenwood might sound a little better but for all the features I get with this one, 3 year warranty, and the price it's hard to pass up. Also discovered that the AppRemote lets you fine tune the time alignment even more. My wife liked mine so much that I just installed the Sony MEX-N5000BT in her car this week (basically the same unit with a few features missing).
Pros: Sound quality, AppRemote is very usefull, second usb port is 2 amps to charge and use my iPad at the same time.
Cons: None at all
ever thing works out great all the instructions Made it a good experience
awesome head unit for the money . i love the friendly user app remote especially the eq settings on the fly
Pros: excellent unit for the money.plenty of extra features to make any tech or gear head happy for days best part the wife loves it more than i do
Cons: still getting use to some of the cool features
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power Output||17 watts|
|Peak Output||55 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.1), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-GS610BT.
Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-GS610BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with the Sony head unit and keep two devices connected at all times (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the MEX-GS610BT will automatically re-connect to your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing for Android and iPhone smartphone to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the MEX-GS610BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 11' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Sony MEX-GS610BT can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the MEX-GS610BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display device's stored music and music app song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title.
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-GS610BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-GS610BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the MEX-GS610BT ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Disc Compatibility: The unit 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.
Dual USB Ports: The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a flip-out cover and one rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear chassis by a 58" cable. The receiver's front- and rear-panel USB ports can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices; such as select portable digital audio players or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (front: 1A; rear: 2.1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: The USB ports are not compatible with Android.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||CD-R/RW||USB MSC Device|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet,||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types||
MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps
WMA: bit rate up to 320kbps
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8-/16-bit
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||150 folders/300 files||10,000 files|
|Tags||ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag|
Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.
Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD receiver offers a variety of unique playback & search functions.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-GS610BT's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).
Note: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's front (1A) or rear (2.1A) USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone; the rear-panel USB port will also charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/1/2017):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||App Remote||Pandora App||Artist/Song Text||Track Info||Phone||Audio||Siri|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu, so it does not appear as an available source.
Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The 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. Presets can be stored automatically using the Best Tuning Memory (BTM) feature.
Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-GS610BT lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The MEX-5200BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-GS610BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 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 MEX-GS610BT are as follows:
Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-GS610BT are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.
6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with 5-volt Front, Rear, & Sub pre-amp outputs giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system. The unit's subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can even adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.
Note: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.
High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.
Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.
Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-GS610BT features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color (R-G-B), & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.
Note: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-GS610BT to one of three dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).
Auto Scroll: The Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.
Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.
Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.
App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-GS610BT and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.1-2.3 Froyo/Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0-4.2). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen.
Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
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).
Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.
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I have always had good luck and been happy with SONY car stereos. I chose this one because it not only has two USB inputs but bluetooth input as well. It has the extras that my factory stereo was lacking. [ R May 15, 2017 ]
This Sony unit is awesome with really good features and great sound! [ Vernon May 01, 2017 ]
Great reviews, very reasonable price, fit everything I was looking for in a car stereo. [ Shea Apr 19, 2017 ]
Good reviews and features. [ dwain Apr 17, 2017 ]
With so many great receivers to choose from, I decided on this Sony because it had the biggest discount. I felt I was getting the most for the money I spent. It was also comparable to other receivers in the same price range I was considering. I have never had issues with other brands I have purchased in the past but never had a Sony car receiver. I have many other Sony products that I'm extremely happy with. [ David Apr 05, 2017 ]
I like Sony products, and it was a good deal on this particular one [ CJ Apr 01, 2017 ]
Always loved Sony products, and compared to other radios including Alpine radios for the price and quality of Sony's products you cant beat it. Plus a 3 year warranty compared to Alpine, I'll sacrifice a few watts of power for a 3 year warranty and a savings of over $100. [ kimberly Mar 30, 2017 ]
Sony receivers have given outstanding service aboard our sailboat. The previous Sony was taken out by lighting and i found the Kenwood unacceptable,using bluetooth. [ Kenneth Mar 28, 2017 ]
We wanted to upgrade our stereo to one with Bluetooth functions, not break the bank and I am a big fan of Sony products. [ Trevor Mar 28, 2017 ]
Excellent value, use your smart phone as an app enabled remote control, and looks great! [ Devin Mar 12, 2017 ]
I've always been a Sony guy. [ Joe Mar 12, 2017 ]
Love radio [ Tina Feb 27, 2017 ]
I purchased this unit because of the reviews. I was looking at Kenwood, but their reviews weren't very good. But this Sony unit sounds perfect. [ Robert Feb 27, 2017 ]
liked it [ kevin Jan 13, 2017 ]
5 volt pre-amp outputs! [ Charles P. Oct 10, 2016 ]
Upgrading my stereo. Have used Sony head units in the past and really like them. [ Christopher K. Sep 22, 2016 ]
For a boat. Need BT to get music from I-phone. [ Carey Aug 13, 2016 ]
I have had very good service with Sony products [ Dorce Jun 20, 2016 ]
This stereo has all the features that my factory radio lacks. I have had very good experiences with Sony stereos in the past so I'm being brand loyal. [ Wade Jun 05, 2016 ]
I had this receiver in another car and really liked it's features. [ Thomas May 06, 2016 ]
Trust Sony brand and it has the options I want. [ Robert Jan 27, 2016 ]
It has a lot of features and a good price! [ TOMY Jan 07, 2016 ]
I'd bought a similar Sony head unit for another vehicle and loved it but this one seems to have a slower processor that makes changing songs torture when listening to usb. I'd switch it out for the older model any day. [ Paul Jan 02, 2016 ]
Installed in my 1994 Ford Ranger, love it. This Sony face plate has equipped my truck with updated technologies in media trends, we are now hands free, Bluetooth, and voice activated. Haven't replaced a car stereo since cassettes came out, this was an easy task with the installation package from the Crutchfield team. Five stars for the stereo and Crutchfield. [ Gary Dec 21, 2015 ]
William. Don't know the answer to your question, but wanted to share that I bought one of these in August 2015 and installed it in a 2001 Accord. It died about 10 months later. I sent it in under warranty for a replacement unit, but Sony sent my money back instead. While I miss the USB option and the hands-free telephone features, I wouldn't go through the installation effort a second time with this product. In the end, I settled for my factory unit with the infinity speakers (an improved sound) that I had installed with the sony head. If I ever revisit a stereo head purchase again with this car, I would look to kenwood or someone other than sony for my next purchase, for whatever that's worth to you. [ Laton Feb 21, 2017 ]
From the details/specs right on this site. iPod Compatibility Full sizeClassic/5Gen Nano7/6/5/4/3/2/1 Touch5/4/3/2/1 iPhone6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G Why would it not be? [ Jason Aug 12, 2016 ]
This unit is compatible with my iPhone 6 so it should work with the 6S [ Robert Aug 12, 2016 ]
IF the phone is a Droid it'll work just fine Bluetooth and all. Great piece. It has never dissapointe me yet. [ kevin Jun 28, 2016 ]
It should, if you're using Bluetooth. I've used various iPhones and Android phones with it without issue. [ Erik Jun 28, 2016 ]
For the Sony unit I bought my Android and a iPhone both worked with the Bluetooth option [ Darrell May 29, 2016 ]
Yes, this unit's pandora controls work for Android, that's all I've ever owned and every feature worked as advertised for me. Feature packed and I loved it. My only problem was that it had some software issues sometimes where it would freeze up for like 30 seconds, then make a loud "pop" noise at full volume and restart as if the unit had never been turned on before. Happened to me fairly frequently. It may, however, be just my unit. [ Michael May 29, 2016 ]
This is a great head unit, and I'd happily buy it again. I don't have any experience with an android, all I've had were iPhones, and never had a problem with any BT feature. Great sound from this head unit when paired with my Focals and JL sub [ Clint May 29, 2016 ]
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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny Mar 05, 2016 ] Staff
It sort of works, but it is a little too low powered to fully charge some phones. I find that a Y cable using both the front and rear ports works very well though [ ZACHARY Jan 04, 2016 ]
No not that i have seen. [ daniel Nov 20, 2015 ]
Yes. [ larry Nov 20, 2015 ]
It basically control your source signal volume,to help correct for any irregular volume ... Good feature to have but not nessecary...i enjoy my unit very much,use the app remote to access quicker eq settings especiall preset...i hope this helps [ MUAMER Aug 04, 2015 ]
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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 21, 2015 ] Staff
Not through USB but you would be able to use the bluetooth and you could most definitely use the headphone jack on your phone to the audio port on the front. The advertising for Sirius radio on this stereo is for the Sirius/XM turner that is separate from your phone. But you can always send audio signal from any app on you phone. I use other audio apps like Spotify and Digital FM and they both play perfectly through my bluetooth to the stereo. You will need to install the Sony apps on your android device to communicate properly to the stereo. Once you have all of that setup you can play anything from you phone to the stereo via bluetooth. USB can only be used as a USB storage device. If you have have music on your phone it will see the audio tracks stored there and play them, but you would not use the USB to play from apps on your phone. You could even put mp3s on a USB flash drive and hook that up to the USB port if you wanted to. [ Recreation Nov 03, 2014 ]
Thanks for all of the replies [ Kieran Lavin Nov 03, 2014 ]
I haven't used the sub port much. I have an android phone and it has been my experience that any audio you have coming through the phone will broadcast to the unit through the Bluetooth audio setting. I watch espn on mineand I get the audio through my head unit. I would assume the usb would be just as cconvenient. I have enjoyed this radio since I installed it. [ william Nov 03, 2014 ]
I would think so, but I'm not positive as I only have a iphone [ kevin Nov 03, 2014 ]
Yes it will. [ Guest Nov 03, 2014 ]
I'm not sure about USB but you should be able to to use it via the Bluetooth audio source on the radio. I know audio from YouTube will play via Bluetooth so I'm guessing any audio output from your phone will work through it. Hope this helps. sincerely, Tyler [ Tyler Nov 03, 2014 ]
I have never tried this. I do play Slacker and other music services via USB. Plus, you can always stream via Bluetooth, right? [ Adam Nov 02, 2014 ]
Well first I really like my stereo, I operate a iPhone with or without cord from stereo. But all items from the download to the phone work. It take a little playing around but I think you really will enjoy it. I hope this helps. [ KEITH Nov 02, 2014 ]
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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jul 06, 2014 ] Staff
The 5000bt only has a front USB Port (it only supplies a 2V connection) and according to the Sony website it does not list the iPhone 5 (it might still work but without testing it yourself there really is no way of knowing unless someone else has one) The gs610bt has front and rear USB ports. Also this model gives you 5V through the USB ports. Which is possibly why the iPhone 5 is listed as being compatible. The reason for the increase in voltage through the USB ports is that you will be able to charge your phone through this USB port at a much faster rate. Some phones (like the iPhone 5) will not even charge properly or at all. A lot of the newer Android phones also have this issue if you do not use an adequate amount of voltage the phone will say it is charging but it will not really charge very fast it would take a whole day to charge. [ Recreation Nov 03, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy May 30, 2014 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It doesn't come with any type of cover, but we do offer a universal marine cover that would fit over it. You can find that here: http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/Prodview.asp?i=120999005B If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy May 16, 2014 ] Staff