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Bring your PANDORA® Internet radio stations in the car with Sony's CDX-GT565UP CD receiver. Just plug in your iPhone to the front-panel USB slot, and you can control PANDORA® like you do any other source — including "thumbs up" and "thumbs down."

Bring your PANDORA® Internet radio stations in the car with Sony's CDX-GT565UP CD receiver. Just plug in your iPhone to the front-panel USB slot, and you can control PANDORA® like you do any other source — including "thumbs up" and "thumbs down."

Set your display to match your music
Sony's Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you customize the color of your display to match your car's interior. And if you're feeling really groovy, you can activate the Sound Synchronization feature which times the color change to match your music.

Ready for satellite radio
You'll find a direct connection to SiriusXM's XM tuner, which lets you pause and rewind live broadcasts, plus see alerts when your favorite team or artist is playing on another channel.

Dial in great sound
The receiver's EQ7's 7-band equalizer gives you lots of options for getting the sound just right in your car. Sony's DM+ Advanced circuitry restores the details that are lost when you compress your digital music, so you enjoy the best possible sound from your MP3, WMA, or AAC files. And if you're craving a perfect stereo sweet spot, you'll be able to dial it in with the Listening Position feature.

Dive into your iPod's music library
If you're going to use your iPod® in the car, you'll appreciate how seamlessly it works with this receiver. Sony's Quick BrowZer lets you search for a song by genre, artist, or album — just rotate the knob to find the song you want, then push to select. If you've got lots of songs on your iPod, the Jump control leaps through them in 10% increments, while ZAPPIN™ plays short clips of your music files until you hear the song that suits your mood.

Thinking of adding on?
When you're ready to expand your system you'll find two sets of preamp outputs for adding external amplifiers or a powered subwoofer. You can use the built-in high- and low-pass filters to trim the signal going to your speakers and subs so you get maximum efficiency from your system.

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable face
    • selectable illumination color with Sound Synchronization
    • RDS (Radio Data System) displays station info
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • PANDORA® control with iPhone connected
    • EQ7 (eight preset tone curves and a 7-band equalizer)
    • Advanced Sound Engine, with Listening Position, DM+ Advanced, Rear Bass Enhancer, and Dynamic Loudness
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding an optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • front-panel USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X211)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Face fixing screw note

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    Love it!!!! Only thing I would do differently is get unit WITHOUT CD as I have yet to use it. All music on USB key. Love it. Only thing is that when it is bright, the curve of the display makes it difficult to see what is up.

    Chris L, Raleigh, nc


    Sony CDX-GT565UP Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (82 Reviews)

    Best Radio

    Brett from Grand Haven, MI on 3/31/2015

    This is one of the best models out there. It has all kinds of colors for display to match your car. I have a Red car so I have placed red for the color. It has a usb connection which helps if you have a android phone or iphone to play more music. I have bought this at Walmart for under 80.00 since I work there.

    Pros: Best radio than all other brands

    Cons: None

    Nice (just one little issue)

    Jimmy from Fredericksburg, VA on 11/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, No surprises with installation, Good price. I really enjoy using the front USB port for a flash drive with over 500 songs. this is a great feature. Only problem is: When you reach down to turn the volume knob and accidentally push the button, it goes into the configuration mode and you can't change the volume for a little while. More than once I pushed the button without knowing it and ended up inadvertently changing some of the settings.

    Pros: Sound, Price, Features, Value

    Cons: Operation can be awkward (as described above).

    Worst Sony Receiver I have ever Purchased

    Eric from Ames, IA on 8/25/2013

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio reception of this receiver is the worst of any automobile receiver I have ever owned and that includes the AIWA i put in my old work car. IF you only listen to MP3s then this would work. The customer service for this unit was also less then expected. I have replaced this with a cheap Pioneer unit that works flawlessly.

    Pros: Great for MP3s

    Cons: No radio reception. Whats the point of a receiver if it can't pull in stations.


    Chris L from Raleigh, nc on 6/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it!!!! Only thing I would do differently is get unit WITHOUT CD as I have yet to use it. All music on USB key. Love it. Only thing is that when it is bright, the curve of the display makes it difficult to see what is up.

    Pros: Great item Plays USB excellent sound EQ is a nice feature

    Cons: Glare kills the display - hard to see in bright light

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Gary C from Newburgh,N.Y. on 1/11/2013

    1987 Dodge D Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    1987 dodge D-150 looks like factory install and sounds great!

    Pros: my son installed it in 15 minutes

    Cons: none yet, Happy camper!

    Great unit

    Chris P from Callands VA on 1/1/2013

    2001 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice player. Easy to put in with the adapter. Sounds great. Thinking about getting one for my ride since this was a xmas gift.

    Pros: Fits easily sounds great really powerful.

    Cons: Setup mode is lengthy but thats minor.

    great stereo

    Anonymous from Idahp on 12/26/2012

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am more than happy with my Crutchfield purchases and their customer service. This was purchased as a gift with the install kit for a specific vehicle. Everything shipped quickly and went together without a problem. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: none

    Another great Sony product

    DennisA from Napa, CA on 12/22/2012

    1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace a Sony cassette stereo from 1998. It sounds way better than the old one. lots of features, more than I can figure out. This is my fourth car stereo from Crutchfield, also my home theater system.

    Pros: Great sound, Sony quality, lots of features, good value.

    Cons: Too many features, can't figure out the rear bass ehancer-one of the features I bought it for. Being a geezer I prefer knobs and switches as opposed to endless menus.

    Awesome Sony Stereo

    Seth M from Waldorf, MD on 12/13/2012

    I bought this head-unit back in march and it's freaking amazing! It was a little tricky to install and ground but i figured it all out. I love the preset equalizer i always have it set on xplode and the Digital Media option for aux/usb/cd is very handy for clarity. Overall you would not go wrong with buying this unit, although its discontinued they have a newer model for sale and i highly advise buying it if you're on a low budget.

    Pros: Changes color, Easy to use, Adjustable bass, Bomb equalizer and overall worth it.

    Cons: A little hard to install and ground it. And for my 02 buick century i had to break a piece of the stock headunits holder to insert RCA cables.

    Solid unit

    Scott D from Winston-Salem, NC on 12/13/2012

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

    For a moderately priced head unit this had all the features I needed. I can cram some MP3's on a thumb drive, toss in a CD, or listen to the radio. My job keeps me on the road a lot so I needed something to give me some decent tunes while traveling. This unit has a number of features to enhance lower end speakers as well as enhance digital music quality. It's also kind of fun to have it changing colors but not really a selling point. I've never been a huge fan of Sony head units as I've always used Alpine in the past however this one was cheap (on sale) and it fit the bill without breaking the bank.

    Pros: -Clean clinical sounding power to drive my lower end speakers -Plenty of adjustments available to clean up the sound quality -Single large button for most settings is a much needed improvement over older Sony designs

    Cons: -Always despised all the little cheap buttons Sony insists on using on their head units. When driving it's hard to hit the right one without taking your eyes off the road. -Somewhat confusing menu system to dig through to set the unit up

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    roger g from ahwahnee,ca. 93601 on 12/12/2012

    1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Sony unit

    Pappa Shark from Parma, ID. on 12/8/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good deck for the money I own three of the Sony decks like them all !!!



    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Love this radio from Trussville, Alabama on 12/8/2012

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this radio! It was so easy to install and sounds great!!



    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Brianna from Colton,CA on 12/4/2012

    Great radio now i just need some new speakers to go with it

    Pros: all the features, diffrent colors

    Cons: takes a couple of tries to put the faceplate back on one you take it off so i rearely take it off

    Light FX

    Holland from Sturgeon Bay, WI on 11/28/2012

    Already sounds better than my factory stereo, and I could spend a lot of time making it sound better (equalizer). Familiarizing myself with the controls may take some time, but it sounds very good, and the main controls(ie., cd, fm, am, volume, presets, etc...) are very similar to most other no trouble there. I love being able to customize the colors. The Techies at Crutchfield also get 5 stars.



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    Anonymous from Bastrop, Texas on 10/23/2012

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

    Coolness doesn't even factor. I have not had much time to work with the unit, but so far I like it.



    Great head unit for multi-purpose listening

    zachv from Schuylkill Haven, PA on 10/12/2012

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking at a 1000 mile trip to Disney with my wife and two kids in a Jetta Sportwagen...with the stock stereo--not a fun proposition. Two days before we were to leave I called Crutchfield and ordered this Sony radio and had them over-night it. It arrived on schedule and in good shape. The install took a little longer than expected as I did not think I would have to splice wires together considering I purchased a $70 "harness adapter" that really should have been plug and play. Once I made all of the connections it worked great and was MUCH better than having to deal with the crappy reception of the stock unit. Also, I found that I really liked the Pandora interface.

    Pros: Great stereo for a good price.

    Cons: Wiring harness was more work than expected.

    A Light Show and a Radio All in One

    justin48 from Pound Ridge, NY on 10/7/2012

    1997 Audi A6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is a great radio. It does everything you could ask and produces great sound. Locks on to stations near and distant with no frequency crackle. Plays your iPod like it was made by Apple and has a front jack for any other device you might own. Put mine in an old Audi and what a difference. The only hangup was a loud pop, every time you changed stations or inputs. A quick call to the Crutchfield tech line gave me the answer, and the company sent $40 worth of parts to fix the problem which apparently occurs from time to time when you put this kind of radio in my kind of vehicle. The new devices (ground loops of some kind, (I think) did the trick and now everything is beautiful. Great radio, but even more important, great support from Crutchfield. If only all companies had the same attitude.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install, fun product.

    Cons: None

    works perfectly with iPhone 5

    softboysxp from Charlottesville, VA on 9/26/2012

    I got this from the store 3 months ago since I live in C'ville. I've been driving every single mile with this stereo after that. I'm writing this today to tell you guys that this amazing stereo works with the latest iPhone 5 out of box ( I usually use the "iPod Mode", where you can control using both stereo and the phone itself ), just get an extra Lightning cable from Apple.



    Killer Stereo

    KillerJ from Baltimore, MD on 9/24/2012

    2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit's powerful and its controls are complex. Stock speakers will benefit from the unit's functionality. I upgraded the speakers, but preferred stock with added baffling. Aside from the unit, I recommend getting the ASWC, and phone Axxess for detailed instructions. Also, the Crutchfield DIN kit is not an exact fit. I filled gaps with matting and used a Dremel tool to shave down the housing.

    Pros: I love it!

    Cons: Neighbors hate it!

    Awesome sound !!

    Rick B. from Summit Hill, Pa. on 9/10/2012

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit sounds great when you finally get everything set up right.Love the rear bass enhancer feature since I have a Toyota Tacoma there isn't room for sub woofer.The only thing I could say bad about it is it won't play all of my files from a flash drive.I put 110 cd's on a flash drive but it only plays about half of them.Also I use a Sony Walkman mp3 player and it does the same thing.Sure you can use the aux.input but then you don't get the songs displayed.

    Pros: Great sound for the price.Easy to install and set up.

    Cons: Doesn't play all of my digital music on flash drive and mp3 player.

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    Anonymous from Keaau, HI on 8/28/2012

    1995 Toyota T100
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I liked it so much, I bought a second one for my other vehicle

    Pros: Lots of features. Great sound.

    Cons: Display hard to see during the day. Buttons are a little small and hard to see.


    DavidR from Van Buren, AR on 8/26/2012

    2003 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo had everything I wanted. It sounds great and works well. I like the fact that I can customize the colors to match my car. The fact that it lets you connect a subwoofer and set the crossover frequency, slope, volume and phase is awesome. The controls are somewhat hard to use. I find myself using the remote because its buttons are easier to use then the stereo. I love the 7 band EQ. I just wish I could customize the preset EQ settings. It has one custom that you can set to anything, but i would like to start from one of the presets that I think is close to what I want, and adjust it. I like the USB input. I ripped all my CDs in Windows Media player and put on a USB stick. Now I have all my music with me all the time. If I had a smart phone I would have bought the stereo with Blue Tooth and kept my music on it, but I don't so I saved the money. The manual sucks. It tells you what every button and option is but has very little explanation of what it does. For instance: ATT (attenuate) button, to attenuate the sound. To cancel, press again. This is straight from the manual and all it says about the ATT button. I found a marketing brochure on-line that told a lot more information.

    Pros: Adjustable display color, 7 band EQ, Sub output with all the controls, USB input, Shows radio station information, Aux in for MP3 player.

    Cons: Controls are somewhat hard to use. The numbers 1-6 are hard to find and read to tell the number. I wish I could put my USB drive inside the unit as another one did, but that is no big deal. The manual doesn't explain the options very well.

    Awesome receiver !

    Paul from Bloomington, IN on 8/7/2012

    1999 Honda Prelude
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver! I especially like its 7 band EQ feature which eliminates a need to install an additional EQ gear in your car. The EQ band spectrum covers most important frequencies and you can scalp your sound almost to the perfection. Other receivers provide only 3 band EQ, which in my book is not enough. That's why I have bought this particular unit. And considering the price it's a steal!!! Features wise it is also a great product. Love the USB and Aux front ports. You can adjust the color of the display to the color of your choice, and the color that would match the display color of your car's dashboard. I have set up the White color of the receiver's display for the day time driving. The night time driving (when you turn on the lights) is set up for the Amber color, matching the color of my dashboard. The unit switches the display colors automatically. As soon as you will turn on the lights in your car, the display color of your receiver switches to the pre-programmed color of your choice. Gotta read the manual for programming some of the awesome features of this receiver. Once you will do it first time, you won't have to do it again, unless you would like to change things. The quality of the sound is great, but I am still using my 1999 Honda Prelude's factory speakers. When they will be replaced with a new Sony speakers this entire radio sound system is gonna rock BIG time! I could not ask for a better replacement of my factory radio then this one.

    Pros: Great overall sound, 7 band EQ, USB and Aux front ports, display colors adjustments, removable face plate, quality finish, easy installation with Crutchfield's adapter kit, big bonus to Chrutchfield's MasterSheet.

    Cons: None, so far.

    Awesome value

    RWest from Los Angeles on 8/1/2012

    1984 Mercedes-Benz 300CD-T
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this unit to complement the new Polk db501 and db351 speakers I put in my 84 mbz 300cd, and it makes SUCH a difference! I installed the speakers first, and while they were an improvement, there was still a ton of distortion and virtually no base when played with my original factory head unit. After popping this head unit in everything is way way more crisp and defined, and I can actually get some bass out of my speakers now! Definitely worth the money, easy installation (as long as you follow the directions properly). The wiring harness made installation even easier, and allowed me to keep my factory plugs intact for an easy switch back if I ever want. It also looks very clean and matches my car well, not gaudy like some of the head units out there. The only negative i can really see with this is there are a ton of bass control options in the sound control dept, but there is no treble-only control available, only preset configurations that manipulate the highs. Not a huge deal but a little annoying.

    Pros: -great sound -clean look -easy installation -decent price -quality construction

    Cons: -controls can be hard to reach when you are driving, some buttons a little small and hard to hit accurately if your not staring at it -lack of treble control

    Great stereo for the money

    Jason from Fairmont WV on 7/28/2012

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

    It takes some work to get it sounding good but its a really nice stereo for the money

    Pros: USB/AUX inputs, lots of gadgets for the money

    Cons: Almost too much adjustability .

    Nice upgrade

    Audio Geek from Portage, IN on 7/25/2012

    2009 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a replacement unit and found this Sony product to be top notch. easy to navigate once you get used to it. sound is aok, Would recommend this to a friend if they were looking to upgrade their radio too.

    Pros: This radio has all the bells and whistles to satisfy you. pandora, usb port, etc....

    Cons: Lousy A.M. reception compared to factory radio. You can't beat a factory unit for reception. Selectivity not there. engineering went for everything else.

    Good product

    wayland from greenville sc on 7/22/2012

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product, great for the price. Had it installed in just over an hour. Made my factory speakers sound better. Next will be speakers and I will get them from crutchfield'

    Pros: numerous sound settings, you can really get it set to your personal sound preference

    Cons: none yet

    Great system

    Trav from Hudson Valley, NY on 7/13/2012

    Overall great system, I installed it with ease on a '01 F-150 looks great and sounds great with factory speakers. The real life saver was the installation gear, the wire harness made it very easy to connect. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to upgrade their system and not break the bank.

    Pros: -Looks good -Sounds good -Installation gear -Price

    Cons: -Controls are difficult at first


    gamet from Mi on 7/13/2012

    1997 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Took some time to get use to the controls but after figuring it out couldn't be happier with it.

    Pros: USB works great. Color display a plus.

    Cons: learning curve

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    M. Hooper from Texas on 7/12/2012

    2001 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The system works as expected. It does take some time to get used to the functions for sound quality and adjustment. I also have not used the ubs that much yet so I do not know how complicated that will be.

    Pros: It looks good in the car and sounds good. I am still adjusting the sound to my liking. The ability to use a ipod or ipad for music was the main reason to get this unit. I will enjoy using an ipod for my music in the future

    Cons: The i.d. on the buttons are small and hard to see at a glance.

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    jsmith from grassy creek,ky on 7/11/2012

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

    this is the best head unit for the money you can get in my opinion! and the service is great and people are very friendly and helpful would reccommend this unit to anyone that wants a great sounding stereo!

    Pros: easy to use and looks great and radio picks up great

    Cons: none

    Great receiver

    PV from Catoosa, OK on 7/2/2012

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

    Easy to use with some time, but basic functions are intuitive. Made back speakers in a 2006 jeep Wrangler "come alive". Great EQ control.

    Pros: Great EQ control, good power. USB port is a definite +

    Cons: Takes a little time to get used to the eq menu

    Great value, impressive feature set

    Jake from Norcross, GA on 6/22/2012

    2001 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    - Impressive features for the price. Pandora control! 7 band EQ! Remote control! Variable color display! The list goes on and on. Clearly, a great choice at this price. BTW, I highly recommend the Crutchfield outlet deals, either that or look for a coupon code. - I bought this for my wife's car and she approves. I chose this unit because it has so many of the features I wanted at a price I am happy with. But, along with features comes the learning curve. It takes some practice to set up every one of the options. You will need the manual to remember what some of those menus are for. Not the most intuitive head unit. But there are several different ways to configure your system with this receiver, and that is a huge plus. It's very flexible. Make sure you read the manual to understand your options. - Upgrading from the factory, single-DIN 2001 CD player, sound quality is a major improvement. I already had some basic Kicker coaxial speakers in the car, but this Sony CD receiver made the bigger difference. - My build quality nit-pick is that the speaker outputs on the wire harness were such a tiny gauge that I had trouble stripping the wire without cutting one or two strands off. It seemed to be less than 20 gauge wire, but the setting for 22 gauge on my wire strippers was cutting a little too much. Maybe my fault, but it was frustrating. Sony seems to have skimped on the wire harness.

    Pros: Pandora and iPod control, variable color display with lots of color scheme options, 7 band EQ, wireless remote, front USB AND Aux inputs, flexible output configuration, high-pass and low-pass filters with 3 different slope figures, sound quality improvement over a weak factory stereo, listening position settings, installation kit included from Crutchfield, (worked perfectly).

    Cons: Some menus and operations can be a little confusing, skimpy wire harness, no face-plate case, no Bluetooth, no HD radio.

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    Bob from NJ on 6/16/2012

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

    Bought this for my wife. Installation was a snap,everything needed came with it. Only took a day for her to get the hang of this unit,with a little help from our son. They both really like the sound and the light show.

    Pros: Overall quality.

    Cons: none

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    Marcus J from Ford,VA on 6/12/2012

    1994 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very surprising unit!! I recently installed one in my 1994 Jeep Cherokee and it was an amazing upgrade for the price.

    Pros: It's powerful, colorful, expandable, easy to operate and install.

    Cons: The only thing I don't like is it's not android compatible

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    Bob from Pensacola on 6/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would purchase again.

    Pros: Nice quality. Great sound. Love the iPod port.

    Cons: A little difficult to setup.


    Sonic Purity from Pasadena, CA on 6/5/2012

    2001 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We were happy with the factory radio, marked Toyota 16814 (front), other than its lack of iPod support. Requirements for the replacement included a well-tracking CD player (and no dropping of the front panel to use it), a great analog radio section with actual physical preset buttons, and great iPod support. Sorta got the last one. :-( Crutchfield recommended the Pioneer DEH-4400HD. Problem with that model is its serious volume knob issue (see its reviews). That, the horribly bad manual, and learning that Super Tuner has for years been an ad slogan instead of reality led me to drop it and go with the next best: the CDX-GT565UP. I would have been OK paying a couple hundred $ more to get a truly good tuner and/or CD player mechanism. But more money only buys more Features that we do not want nor need: BT, nav, video, etc. Research made clear that *not enough people care about great radio nor CD any more*: there isn't a great FM section anywhere in anyone's lineup. I'm a former "stereo" repair tech (repaired over 1100 CD players). I've amassed a collection of **extremely** difficult to play/track manufactured audio CDs and test CDs. The factory player tracks extremely well, as one would expect for a 2001-vintage CD player. The Sony tracks like a so-so mid-1980s player. Just 9 years ago, one could go to any discount store and buy a $10 portable CD player which would run circles around this one in tracking ability. As co-inventor of the CD format, Sony should be ashame

    Pros: The display is good and so far we're not having trouble seeing it in bright sunlight. The colors are fun, but personally i'd rather have a better tuner and/or CD player. Has RDS and can play CD-RWs (not that we care about this), unlike the factory radio. Sound quality is fine: no better nor worse than the factory radio over the factory speakers. iPod functionality is so-so on the Sony and great in "passenger mode" on the iPod itself. AAC for flash drive files Dims with dash lights

    Cons: Mediocre tuner section no good for weak FM stations, lousy CD player tracking on defective discs. Quantitatively, measured mono sensitivity of our Sony is 2.5 dB worse than the factory radio. Qualitatively, the FM on the Sony "picket fences" much more than the factory radio when listening to low-powered "college" music stations. Absolute range didn't seem that different, but *listenable* range sure was! The factory radio is vastly superior at variably blending to mono to minimize noise.

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    mrdeeno2 from Nebraska on 5/23/2012

    1986 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A wonderful ,quality tuner for the money! It is so easy to get set up and set system to preferances

    Pros: Quality,cool factor, easy adjustments

    Cons: sound could be a little richer..needs some good amplification.

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    RC5 from Glendale, Ca on 5/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the first radio purchased in decades and I was surprised by technical improvements in auto radios and custom control of sound and colors. Its easy to set up controls with manual. My 02 F150 stock spreakers have come alive. Crutchfield service is great. I'm a customer for life.

    Pros: Great unit for the price. Sony products are great.

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Kingwood TX on 5/18/2012

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

    Good product



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    Anonymous from Boaz Al on 5/15/2012

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

    Great product

    Pros: Way more features than I expected with a great price

    Cons: Controls could be a littleore intuitive, especially when using with an ipod


    Nelson from Northern Neck on 5/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Too complicated

    Pros: Looks good, good price.

    Cons: All I want to do is adjust bass/treble...very complicated....Too many steps.

    Great Unit, Great Price

    BillE from Bethlehem, PA on 5/3/2012

    2006 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit with a lot of features for the price. My last Crutchfield bought Sony head unit lasted so long that I had it in 6 different vehicles. I finally got bored with it, although it still sounded great. This unit was less money with more features. Will probably buy another one for my wife's Jeep!

    Pros: Everything!!

    Cons: None!!

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Dave F. from Chicago, IL on 4/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this stereo in my daughter's 2004 Intrepid. The sound along with the cool design (multi colored LED) makes this unit a great purchase! Crutchfield rocks! They made this process very easy for me to follow. All the right adapters and instructions simplified the installation. It was a breeze!



    Works great

    RickM from Dundee, MI on 4/23/2012

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

    So many features, I have to carry the manual. Good sound. Easy to install.

    Pros: USB and Aux inputs

    Cons: None


    Terry from Mammoth Lakes on 4/20/2012

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

    Great for the $ and a easy install



    awesome bang for the buck!

    lee from monroe, mi on 4/19/2012

    1998 Toyota Camry CE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks of this receiver is that of a $300 and up one! Very sharp. Its a sony, so you know that it has manufacturing quality.

    Pros: great price for what all that it has.

    Cons: ease of use is lower only because there are so many features that it can be a little confusing at first.

    Great Value

    sonnysmustang from Staten Island, NY on 4/17/2012

    2005 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds and looks great. It definitely beats the the stock radio. I was impressed enough to buy one for my Honda Fit after installing one in my wife's Accord.

    Pros: Ease of operation, sound quality for the price.

    Cons: None so far

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Vaughn from Home on 4/16/2012

    1992 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great receiver , I highly recommend it

    Pros: like everything about it

    Cons: none

    Way Cool

    EmmaLee from OR on 4/15/2012

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love it. It is so nice to be able to plug my iPod right in. I am still trying to figure out how to control it from the stereo to do things other than shuffle. You can pick your favorite color for the display. It is pretty easy to use, just takes some getting used to.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, works great.

    Cons: *No scan function for radio (different than seek) *Have to switch display mode to see time *USB doesn't work for really old iPods (in my case an old iPod mini). It is taking a little time for me to get used to the new controls going from the original factory stereo to this stereo.


    Singular from Charleston, SC on 4/15/2012

    2006 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a 06' Pontiac G6 I used Crutchfield outfit my car, this radio was recommend for my car which by the way is a great choice above all of the other I had to choose from which was a no brainier I am a big fan of Sony, this system is by far the best of the best you will not be disappointed

    Pros: This system has all the bells and whistles it has it all and some well worth the buy

    Cons: You will need some ME time there is a lot to learn about this system but once you master it its like butter baby and also because the radio is a pop out it would have been nice if they gave you a carry case for it

    Works fine now

    zbd from Palisades Park, NJ on 4/13/2012

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

    Crutchfield support people were very patient with my numerous calls when installing. I couldn't get the engine interference noise removed from the radio. Crutchfield sent a second unit that worked fine. They were very helpful in suggesting what to look for or adjust. I was about to give up, but made a few more calls and whatever I did, it worked. It was installed in a Lexus since the original unit was terrible. Now with the color choices on the Sony, I can choose to match the car color. The usb slot for iPhones or IPods are handy. The parts needed to conform to the original look worked out fine.

    Pros: Quality of product, accessories to fit the car and make it look coordinated, the sound, easy to use, color options on display, the telephone support whenever a question or problem arises, the quick arrival and ease of return if necessary.

    Cons: The small size of letters and codes on the display.

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    jlrfd13 from pocatello id on 4/3/2012

    1987 Toyota Corolla SR5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    colors are very cool

    Pros: love sony products

    Cons: none so far

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    JT from San Antonio, Texas on 4/3/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and great sound for the price



    Great sound at a great price

    JeffH from Western Mass on 4/3/2012

    2000 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this deck for my Corvette, it was relatively easy to install, it looks great in the dash and the sound quality is great. There is a lot to learn about how to use it, but that's as easy as reading the manual. I'm very happy with this purchase. (You will need an integration device for installation in a Corvette with Bose speakers)

    Pros: The ability to stream Pandora thru a mobile device, with the input right on the front of the deck. Tons of illumination options

    Cons: No case for detachable face, no real EQ

    1st time install

    nick s from palm desert, ca on 4/3/2012

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice unit, easy to install. lots of modes thinking of ant excuse to drive the wifes car now

    Pros: ipod, and its a sony

    Cons: no case for the face plate if you where to take it off

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Ramón M from Juana Díaz, P.R. on 4/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excelent product for it cost...

    Pros: User friendly...

    Cons: None

    Good Product with excellent sound

    DP from Wisconsin on 3/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The instruction text is a little small and harder to read. For a novice installer, it would be a bit hard to understand also. The product itself though is great. It produces great sound even with original factory speakers.

    Pros: Product Quality, Easy Install. Sound Quality

    Cons: Instructions written in a smaller text.


    Sleepingblaze from Anaheim, ca on 3/21/2012

    2002 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is awesome easy install. Nice and simple to use good sound and features on the stereo

    Pros: Usb, aux, color, sound, ease of use

    Cons: Doesn't have an eq which kinda bummed me out but other than that it's a pretty nice stereo

    Right now, I don't think too much of it

    JackL from Silver Spring, MD on 3/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Reception is not as good as original 11 year old radio. Never use to have static on AM.

    Pros: Lots of display color choices


    Good bang for the buck

    Ken A from Austin, TX on 3/15/2012

    1998 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for the buck. At Crutchfield, this is the cheapest head unit in the Sony line where they freely provide the harness and dash kit. If you don't already have these items, it makes no sense to spend $99 on a radio and then $20 more for the accessories. Step up to the $120 radio and get the accessories for free. This radio has the features I wanted. I paired it with some cheap Pioneer 6.25 inch speakers at $40 a pair. With an online coupon I got the head and 4 speakers for $180 shipped and with all the mounting hardware and accessories. This gives me a lot of decent quality sound that I can play from many sources. Keep in mind that if you want a lot of bass, you'll want to step up to something with a pre-out for a sub. If you don't need a lot of bass, this head unit is a great place to buy in.

    Pros: Easy to install. Has a lot of feature inputs. 8 band EQ, LPF, and several other advanced features.

    Cons: I wish the EQ were easier to modify so that I could change it based on what I'm listening to. Hard to knock it, though. This is going to be typical for most stereos. If it really bugged me I could spend the $40 and mount a separate EQ unit.

    Better than the pricetag

    Josh Superstar from Spanish Fork, UT on 3/15/2012

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

    This deck is great. It is very affordable but it's performance is way better than the price tag. This deck is a great value. We put it in a car we were trying to sell to improve the "wow" factor. It looks great and its very easy to use.

    Pros: the nob on the front is very user friendly

    Cons: haven't found any

    Great deal!!

    Dan from Dickson City, PA on 3/14/2012

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice unit for a great price and it works with steering wheel adapters.



    Great Radio for the money!

    Julie from Youngstown, Oh on 3/13/2012

    2000 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awsome product for the money. Love the usb port for my ipod what a difference in sound quality from that of a cd. Makes my 00 Camaro sound like it just came off of the showroom floor.The Pandora feature on the radio from phone is awsome as well very easy to use. I am very pleased with my purchase as i would like o think of it as a well spent investment




    WSSTORY from Clearlake,Calif on 3/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW,Crutchfield has got it down,,got myTuner/CD player,,,the wiring harnesses were perfect and the adapter was perfect for my 04 F250 Ford Super Duty..instructions were so plain and easy.installation took about 1hr 20 min because i soldered all the harness wires and used shrink tubing.tested before install and it was perfect.Thx Crtchfield,you now have a new and will be returning customer..

    Pros: Easy install,directions are very clear and alerts are in the right places as well.Everything fit and hooked up perfect...

    Cons: NONE

    All I can say is WOW!

    Chef from Helena, Ala, Florence, Italy on 3/7/2012

    2002 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great set of features for the price, and the levels of customization are impressive. I love the wide range of colors. I was looking for a Sony cd head unit that had a front USB port and a red display for my 02 Beetle Turbo S. I bought this head unit based on my long relationship with Sony car cd players, and I was not disappointed. There are so many features that it will take a while to learn them all. I remember when not too long ago a cd player with similar features would cost $600 - $700. Sony knocked it out of the park with this one!

    Pros: Features, price, color options, customization options.

    Cons: For the price, none!


    Ish from Springfield,Va on 3/5/2012

    2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio exceeded my expectations along with a the satelite radio reciever. instalation was a breeze; the retrofitting kit for the 2010 lancer looks very good i would defintely recommend this radio since im not a big audio person!

    Pros: everything changing colors to the beat of the music heheheeeee:-P

    Cons: small screen

    Good Unit at this Price

    Miata Fan from Hampton, Va on 3/3/2012

    1997 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an extremely good value for the money. The Sony unit offers many advanced features. While it's power output is low for some people, as a daily driver, it was everything I could ask for. In a convertible, you don't need a lot of power to hear the sound. Also, in a convertible, you don't want a really flashy unit for thieves. So all in all the unit sounds great and was at a great price. I wish I could post a picture of the finished install. It looks great!

    Pros: Lots of great features on the Sony unit. Crutchfield support is #1, bar none. The instructions were clear and easy to understand.

    Cons: I did break one plastic mounting part. Use Amazing Goop (I found it at Lowes) if you need to glue it together like I did.

    great price meets great product

    Ryan from Baltimore MD on 3/2/2012

    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased this unit to replace my factory unit and i love it. It was very easy to install even though i used a relocation kit to move my head unit down to the lower DIN of my dash to make room for 3 gauges in the double DIN with my HVAC controls. The colors on the harnesses matched up perfectly except one, the one for your power antenna, it's a blue wire to a blue w/ white strip wire. aside from that they all were the same. even with my stock speakers (which i will be changing soon) this unit gives a noticable increase to quality. Great great product.

    Pros: easy installation. great sound improvement, lots of features to customize the unit with. built in security *beep* that reminds you to remove the face plate when you get out of the car.

    Cons: I only have one, the button placement on the face plate could have been slightly better. I could see this being a problem with people with larger hands then myself.


    DarrenW from Columbia, SC on 3/1/2012

    2001 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was with some trepidation that I proceeded to purchase this unit without having physically seen it. Unit arrived two days after purchase (awesome), installation was a breeze (even for a novice) - even better is the quality of the unit. For the price, and all the add-ons thrown in by Crutchfield you couldn't ask for better.

    Pros: very easy installation

    Cons: none to date

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Anonymous from Williamstown, WV on 2/12/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Lots of features for the price



    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Steve B from bloomington IN. on 2/9/2012

    2002 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound really kicks !!

    Pros: very easy to install

    Cons: nome none

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    jyoung from Chicago, IL on 2/6/2012

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Unit. Easy to install. Very good sound quality.



    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Anonymous from las vegas nv on 2/5/2012

    2002 Saturn L200
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    my daughter loves it




    DTRA from Houston,TX on 2/5/2012

    2003 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed on my 2010 camry everything looks and sounds nice would recommend to friend great product!!!

    Pros: Love The Settings to Customize sound custom everything!

    Cons: None Yet to find

    Great for the monry

    Anonymous from central Illinois on 2/3/2012

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 2008 dodge ram 1500 mega cab. Looks and sounds great.. This is well worth the money. Installation was easy with the help of tech support.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: have not found anything yet!

    Great radio

    Paul C from East Stroudsburg, pa on 1/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this in my sons taurus, amazing unit, great features and easy to use

    Pros: So many great features


    Cool, but buttons small and flimsy

    Victor in NC from NC on 11/25/2011

    2004 Honda Civic SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the product overall. The user interface is clean, though there are sooo many options that it seems more complicated than it really is. I wish the unit and especially the buttons were more solid/beefy feeling though. I have some vehicle-specific installation complaints/suggestions if Crutchfield is interested in those to improve the Honda Civic Si 2002-2005 (EP3) MasterSheet. The DIN cage that came with the radio didn't seem sturdy enough to lock itself to the dash trim plate for my car. I ended up using the mounting brackets from the replacement trim plate. The screws that came with the radio seem to be a specialty item and it would be nice if Sony shipped some slightly longer ones to help with fitting into more cars' radio mounting frames.

    Pros: Allows iPod control from either the head unit or the iPod itself. Tuneable button/display colors that works with my car headlights for dimming control.

    Cons: The buttons are tiny and feel kinda chintzy compared to the factory unit it replaced. There was nothing wrong with the factory radio (it worked fine, sounded good and had solid controls), but I wanted USB/iPod/AUX input. Mild 'pop' noise heard when doing some switching operations.

    I am impressed!

    Dave T from Theodore, AL on 11/11/2011

    2006 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had everything I was looking for; XM Ready, RDS, Ipod connectivity, USB and Aux input, Pandora (which I haven't used yet). Thanks to Crutchfield, the installation was simple using the hardware and instructions included in my order. Sony has a wide range of preset sound options and if you don't like any of them, you can create your own. I like having the ability to control my Ipod from the head unit or the Ipod. Initial set up is fairly easy, but read the book to understand the terms used and what the different parameters are. Overall, I was very impressed with the unit and the sound quality.

    Pros: RDS, Ipod connector, Sirius/XM ready, Multi-color display,

    Cons: Nothing

    Sony CDX-GT565UP

    Alleycat from Fairfax, VA on 11/7/2011

    My husband installed my toy in my 2003 Honda CRV, Honda wanted $1500 to replace the whole dash unit when my 6 CD changer died. O Heck no! So I went shopping, this unit had a little of everything and a great price to boot. We got the conversion kit so I have a little cubbie below my unit, at night time...the inside of my car looks like a disco bar with all the flashing colors. The sound is crisp, I am still learning the controls since this was installed a day ago. One cool accessory with this unit, a remote control!

    Pros: The 35k colors, not knowing which one I like so I have it set to do all.

    Cons: Nothing

    Sony CDX-GT565UP works for me!

    Steve E from Columbus, OH on 10/14/2011

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

    I installed this in my '98 Honda Accord with stock speakers and no external amplifier. I truly can't find anything wrong with it yet. Here's my brief review: - The 7 preset EQ settings are very nice. "Space" seems to be the cleanest sound to me with most music. - AUX in works well for listening to "Audible" audiobooks from my phone. - I have the display set to very bright white during the day (headlights manually off), but for night-time driving (headlights manually on and with the illumination wire on receiver connected per manual) the display is a dimmed yellow-green color to match my vehicle's dash colors. - USB flash drive works well. Sound is clear & crisp. When testing, I can even power off the stereo, remove the flash drive, remove the faceplate, etc.... and plug everything back in. The flash drive somehow remembers which song it was on & resumes playing from there. - Thankfully, I can disable the annoying beeps the faceplate makes when I turn off the car. - The rotary volume control and buttons on the unit are very responsive and "clicky", which I like. - Removal and reinstallation of the faceplate is very easy for me, though I do have smaller hands. - AM / FM reception is very good so far. I haven't driven to the edge of the range for local radio stations to give a technical assessment of its reception. However, with an FM sensitivity spec of 8dBf, it is a very strong FM tuner.




    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 SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Display Features
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The CDX-GT565UP 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.

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,936 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, & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.

    • Day/Night Color Mode: You can register a customize color for the unit's display and buttons for day & night time driving.
    • Sound Synchronization: The color changes according to synchronization of playing music. When you select a preset pattern sound synchronization becomes effective.
    • White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
    • Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.

    Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.

    Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the 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.

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the CDX-GT565UP 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 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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. The CDX-GT565UP offers the following USB search, playback, and display functions.

    • Search Modes:
      • Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist)
      • Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments
      • Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected USB device
    • Playback Modes:
      • Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire album
      • Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
    • Display Information:
      • Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
      • Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and album label

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control:  The GT565UP's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via a single cable (iPod dock connector-to-USB cable; 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.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 120dB.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Quick-BrowZer: the Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast
      • Alphabetical Search: search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z)
      • Zappin: with the Zappin feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone
      • Repeat & Shuffle Play: Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.

    Pandora App: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony CDX-GT565UP provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The CDX-GT565UP will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony CDX-GT565UP is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    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.

    Radio Functions

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony CDX-GT565UP is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Preset Tuning: The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    Auto Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available stations and then choose your own presets from these available stations.

    Local Seek Mode: In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.

    Mono Mode: The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony CDX-GT565UP comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony CDX-GT565UP allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs (up to 320 kbps) recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The CDX-GT565UP can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders & files on a disc. The head unit will also display song information for MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (Joliet: up to 32 characters, Romeo: up to 64 characters).

    Note: Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information - Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD, iPod, or from your connected USB Mass Storage Device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).

    Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments.

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your CD or connected USB device.

    Off Insert/Eject: 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.

    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°.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony CDX-GT565UP FM/AM compact disc player features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The CDX-GT565UP is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony CDX-GT565UP utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony CDX-GT565UP are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the CDX-GT565UP are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    Two Pairs Of 2V Preamp Outputs: The CDX-GT565UP contains two pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs - a front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated 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 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.

    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: EQ7, Listening Position, DM+ Advanced, Rear Bass Enhancer, & Dynamic Loudness.

    • EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types - Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows  you to make  your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands - Band1 (63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).
    • Listening Position: This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
    • Dynamic Loudness: Dynamic Loudness refers to compensating for volume level & signal gain.
    • DM+ Advanced: DM+ Advanced improves digitally compressed sound by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process (works only for USB).

    Automatic Level Optimizer: Automatic Level Optimizer analyzes each track's playback level & adjusts the output level to optimize transitions between tracks & sources.

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

    Remote Control

    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). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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