2002 Ford Explorer
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Sony's WX-GT90BT CD receiver begins its impressive list of features with built-in Bluetooth. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver — it adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to customize the big display on this receiver. No matter the model or make of your car, it'll look right at home in the dash.
You can choose from thousands of colors for the display.
If you've got a smartphone, you know it has a lot more going for it than just Bluetooth, and with the WX-GT90BT you can tap into some of your phone's many capabilities. Sony's App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. From your Sony receiver, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. And, with your Android™ phone paired up, this receiver will read any incoming text messages out loud, so you can keep your eyes on the road..
The features are fun, but you'll really appreciate this Sony if you care about sound quality. The WX-GT90BT features an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 7-band EQ, digital time alignment for a perfect stereo "sweet spot," and frequency filters that'll make your speaker setup shine. And Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp, noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction, will drive your speakers with crisp authority.
Pop in a CD, plug your iPhone® or iPod® into the USB input, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls — you've got plenty of options. And you can add on a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required), if you want to experience an unparalleled variety of news, talk, sports, and music.
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.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
iPod 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 or its optional iPod adapter.
Have this radio for 2 year still rocking
Anonymous, Newark, NJ
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Have this radio for 2 year still rocking
I bought one of these in 2013 for my old 2002 Honda accord. Loved the unit, very few issues. Biggest one I ran into was that it would boot up slowly in cold weather, so winters in NH were a little iffy, but it worked well 100% of the time once the car was warmed up. Other issues included the infamous glare problem, and the somewhat complex UI. Overall was a great investment, and am looking forward to using the WX-900BT in my new car.
Pros: Great sound, great price, detailed customization, unique style
Cons: Slow boot up in cold, complicated user interface may be off-putting to some, glare from sun makes it hard to read in daylight (common problem with these screens though)
display is difficult to see in daytime, would like the clock to be displayed all the time
Pros: Easy to install,sounds good,like the bluetooth
Cons: daytime display
Fairly easy installation. One call to Crutchfield technical service, which was great as usual, to verify wiring connections (it's not obvious you need to use the little black Axxess box). The radio is great and pretty intuitive to figure out the settings. Charges iPhone via USB and Blue tooth connection works great.
Pros: Great features at a reasonable price
Cons: Kind of a mess of wires to deal with and find home for behind the radio (the radio does have a handy cavity in the back at the bottom which helps)
I bought this stereo primarily for the USB port so I could use my Ipod but with the CD, Bluetooth and XM radio included, it is a great value. Easy to install and the sound quality is outstanding. I spent over 2 months of research deciding on a stereo and I am more than happy with my decision to purchase this one.
Pros: Outstanding sound quality. Perfect fit.
Cons: The only negative was that the screws supplied with the stereo were not long enough to reach through the brackets that came with the install kit. But I bought longer screws at the local hardware store and everything was fine. One caveat - Make sure that the screws are no longer than 3/8" because they could damage the stereo.
Had the Sony CDX-GT570UP before buying this unit. Quickly realized that this unit is the double din version of the GT570UP. Was very happy with that unit so I'm sure I will enjoy this unit just as much. CDX-GT570UP latest over 4 years hope this one last long or longer.
Pros: Looks good in my dash. XM ready. Blue tooth audio is outstanding. Easy to install with Crutchfield mounting hardware and dash kit. Easy to customize display and sound settings. Great price for all the options this unit has.
Cons: Position of the Source button. As others have said, not bright enough during the day, too bright at nite.
Multitude of features for the price, excellent value. Yet easy to navigate the setup and menus.
Pros: Easy install, fairly simple menu navigation. Built in EQ is great, quite an improvement over factory Monsoon system.
I only wish that the Crutchfield rep didn't fully explain the fact that the Sony product doesn't play well with the iPhone. I wound up replacing it with the Pioneer FX. I had previously purchased the earlier Pioneer for another vehicle.
Pros: Simply not as well thought out as the Pioneer
Cons: Doesn't play well with iPhones
Great sound for the price. So far, relatively easy to figure out functions.
Pros: Configurable display color. Intuitive ease of use. Sound quality.
Cons: Display is very simplistic but none other than that.
First aftermarket head unit in over a decade, I was torn between so many options. Seeing as everything else I own is Sony, I figured why not... Install was insanely easy and straightforward, fit/finish are nice, and sound (upgraded stock speakers as well) is equally impressive. The app is pretty handy, but can't comment at length as I haven't messed with it much. Superb customer service before AND after the sale. Earned a lifetime customer. Thanks!
Pros: Easy install, easy interface, plenty of power & functions for this price point.
Cons: Routing and mounting the microphone is a little goofy. If I were Sony, I'd integrate the mic into the unit if that's possible.
I've had this radio for a few weeks in my 2005 Yukon. My 2014 Sierra came with Sirius and got me hooked so, I upgraded the radio in the Yukon to get Sirius and make it easier to play my music catalog. I picked this Sony for the price, and it didn't require removal of a dash support to install. I naively thought the big display would have more information when in use. Crutchfield left the trim/install kit out of the package and I had to wait a week to do the install. The install wasn't very difficult which is good because the instructions are vague. Still, it took hours since this is the first radio that I've replaced in 15 years and routing the Sirius antenna takes a bit of time. I got the upgraded harness so I could use the steering wheel controls. Many have already discussed the brightness of the display which is mediocre and the dim feature is next to worthless. But my big gripe is the display format options. I want the time to display so there is only one option per source that shows the time. For some idiotic reason, the huge display shows very little information. With the time showing, the rest of the display tells you almost nothing. What a waste of a large display and shame on me for thinking that Sony couldn't be so stupid to waste it. "Coolness" is in the eye of the beholder and useless is never cool in my eye. And finally, the interface with my steering wheel controls is mediocre, too. Volume works great. The rest, not so great.
Pros: Sounds great. Fit nicely in Yukon. My music catalog is on a Sandisk Cruzer Fit 16Gig low profile flash drive that fits in the USB port and barely protrudes. The radio plays the music flawlessly. This is the single best feature of the radio. Sirius works great. Radio seems to work well with through the air AM and FM.
Cons: Hands down...the display. What a disappointment! So much area and so little information displayed. Display options are pathetic. It's as if the Sony engineers programmed this part in the waning minutes of a Friday afternoon. 3 Stars because of the display which should be an embarrassment to Sony. The steering wheel controls don't interface properly with the radio.
Only installed for a few days. Still learning how to program it. Work is getting in the way. This is my third Sony car receiver and I love the sound. Looks good also. Have installed aftermarket radios for a long time. Sony is a good choice.
Pros: Sounds great. Looks good.
Cons: Little trouble programing but I'll get there.
I bought this unit to replace the factory stereo in my 07 Colorado. I had a few basic desires: I wanted my phone to stream through bluetooth without a lot of hoops to jump through or apps to download, and I wanted it to be fairly simple to operate, and I wanted it to be easy on the eyes without looking like it was vomited out of a Power Rangers nightmare. This thing nailed it in all areas. The bluetooth operation couldn't have been simpler to set up or use. It automatically hooks up to my phone when I turn the key, then plays my streaming music, and even hooks natively into Pandora without a special app on my phone (besides the normal one)! The one big knob on the front handles all the settings in an easy to understand manner and is pretty intuitive without being condescending. Finally, in my opinion, the looks of the stereo are understated while looking unmistakably modern and sleek. My only gripe is that the faceplate is not removable. Since I park in the street I have to leave my Malaysian Fighting Trout in his bowl on the dash to protect it while I sleep. He'll cut a sucka what tries to abscond with my tunes... I really couldn't be much happier with my purchase. The price was great for all the features, too. I'm honestly glad I found it.
Pros: Modern look; flawless bluetooth functionality; pretty easy to use; good price and good name
Cons: Non-removable faceplate; not waterproof for when my security system has to splash around to do his job; clock function is weird for me during playback.
Great product. Went right in my 2000 Jetta. Sounds Great. Looks Great.
Pros: Great sound Great looks Change display to match your car Bluetooth matched up with Samsung Galaxy S6, take phone calls and stream music, no issues at all
Cons: None so far
This head unit has been installed for about 2 weeks in my 2004 Ford Ranger XLT. Time was taken to solder the connections and insulate with heat-shrink tubing, which was simple enough as the adapter wiring and the Sony unit's wiring were well matched color wise and the Sony unit wiring disconnected from the unit with a simple plug. Installation was more difficult than anticipated as there were conditions that occurred in the Ranger's radio bay that do not appear in the installation instructions, such as the screws securing the dash bezel intrude into the space occupied by the new head unit and must be shortened. Removing the Ranger's bezel is recommended and then make the necessary modifications to it on a work bench. The use of the Dremel in the vehicle creates an awful mess. The installation kit included with this unit has exposed trim that marred the bezel when pressed into place. The unit itself has a light hiss of static in the radio. Crutchfield's tech assistance thought it was no big deal if it couldn't be heard while driving while admitting it shouldn't be there. Even with the microphone gain set at maximum, people on the other end of the conversation have difficulty hearing me unless I speak abnormally loud. I like the large letter display, even if it is a single line. Button characters as especially small and difficult to read from the driver's position. CD playback sound quality is excellent. Light color closely mimics the dash lights. Operator manual a must use!
Pros: Excellent sound. Fairly intuitive controls for most functions. Large display letters. Installation kit is complete with wiring and component parts. Perfect wiring fit.
Cons: Not an easy install. Installation instructions incomplete and installer must be able to make adjustments "on the fly". Noticeable low static hiss in the radio at low volume settings. Required trimming of bezel will require replacement of this part if you ever want to reinstall the original unit. I could care less about any "cool factor".
This unit is well worth the money. The installation was very simple. Everything works as it should. BT for phone works well and hands free sounds good. I didn't realize the loss in sound quality in streaming music through BT so I only use the aux input. That's not the fault of the unit. Nice EQ and overall sound. I would like the display to have more lines and smaller font so that more info could be seen at once. It integrated nicely with the steering wheel controls in my 2006 Ford Fusion. This was my first aftermarket stereo in several years and I didn't want to spend a lot. It sounds good and I'm using my Samsung Galaxy 5 for most of my music. I am very pleased with the value and Crutchfield support is stellar!
Pros: Value. Sound Quality. Looks great in the dash. Works great with steering wheel controls and Bluetooth.
Cons: The text display could be better.
great receiver not to complex to learn,but seems to be high quality
I have installed this head unit into two of my cars at this point and have to say it performs well across the board. Great sound quality with Sony's signature preference for bass-driven systems. Easy to navigate once you familiarize yourself with the controls and the color variations allows you to match the color of the stereo to mirror any interior lighting; this was my favorite part, as I love a stock look. All in all, this little Sony performs well, sounds great, and offers great looks, all in an inexpensive package.
Pros: Sound Build Quality Stock look Quality of Sound on bluetooth
Cons: Bluetooth occasionally skips on phone audio
In installed this a few weeks ago and I am very happy with this deck. Easy to install with the Crutchfield instructions. My few complaints with this unit are that the dimmer is does not dim enough in my mind (I like my dash to be super dim at night) but the color changing dimmer helps a lot. There are also a TON of input modes with Bluetooth and you are unable to disable the ones that you don't use so you have to cycle through a lot of unused options to get to the input source you want. I also have a small problem with the Bluetooth voice commands with my phone, and it might be because of how my phone is set up. My Windows Phone has most of the voice commands independent from a particular category, So if I am listening to BT audio, and I make a voice text or voice call, I have to set the deck back to BT audio, it will not seamlessly change back to my previous audio when the voice is done. If an incoming call or text comes in, the deck will revert back to where it was. The setup can be somewhat lengthy and is not as user friendly as I would hope, but what do you expect with many advanced features that I have never had in a deck before. Other than that, the sound is great and the equalizer has enough presets to satisfy my needs. It plays my CDs and gets good radio reception. It is a great unit for the price I paid for it. I am 95% satisfied with this unit.
Pros: Great sound and lots of features
Cons: Bluetooth is not quite as streamlined as I would like, but it could be my phone. Setup and configuration is lengthy.
I love this tuner. It sounds awesome with my Bose speakers
Pros: Sound, looks, options
Cons: Cumbersome procedure to set features.
I purchased this for a replacement for my 1997 F-150. I needed am/fm,CD and USB functions. This was a good choice. I really enjoy the sound quality with my original speakers. Installation was straight forward but time consuming and difficult. You must carefully cut away parts of the dash after the old radio is out. If you cut too much, you can't easily cover it up or fix it, so be very careful. I have installed many radios in assorted vehicle over the past 30 years(not my full time job), and this installation took me 3 hours. Be prepared. The installation is not for a beginner or first time installer. Beware. After all of this, I am still happy with this purchase. I used the wiring kit and the dash kit. Do not try this without these components. The end result will be much more professional and your installation will be much less frustrating.
Pros: Great sound. Much better than my factory system. Sony is a good name with a quality product.
Cons: It is difficult to install (1997 F-150) requiring major sub dash surgery. Be prepared to spend some time to install correctly in a similar application. I find that it has too many functions. Many more than I will need or use. It takes a while to learn all the functions and how to get from one source to the other. It probably doesn't need so many color/display functions.
This unit provided excellent sound, even with factory speakers in my truck. In addition, a couple of my friends who listened to the new sound also were impressed. I am extremely pleased with the purchase.
Pros: Excellent sound, even with factory speakers
Cons: Display is difficult to see during the daylight hours.
Great head unit with tons of features. Took about a day to get used to the menu style and the buttons, but once you know what each one does and where stuff is, it's actually quite intuitive. Screen is nice and big. Sounds and looks great in my 02 mustang gt. Matches the interior well and is plenty loud. Also, the seven band equalizer works really well to tune the unit with my stock Mach system. Good unit, would recommend it to anyone looking for a little more quality and better sound than a low end head unit.
Pros: Sound Color changing Nice look Screen
The unit speaks for itself...
Pros: Good to go...
Cons: Miner con is that the illumination light around the dial is too bright at night even after turning the "dimmer off" on the unit. It would be nice if the wiring harness had the (orange) wire to connect to do so...
I never thought the stock speakers in my '05 Subaru Legacy wagon could sound so good, well worth the money.
Wanted a new stereo for my Subaru Forester, and started out at the local car audio place here in town...by the time everything was purchased and installed, the quote was for over $1100.00 dollars..I figured there had to be a better way, so I found Crutchfield online. I waffled around several options, before finally settling on this one, as it seemed to have better Android integration than some of the others at this price point. Overall, it seems to work well, the sound quality is good (although folks say that it sounds "buzzy" when I'm talking through the Bluetooth mic)...for someone who has no technical or mechanical skills, I was able to wire the harness, take my dash apart, install the unit and put everything back together again in about 2 hours. Online videos helped a lot. Two things - #1 - price of the unit just went down $30.00 fro when I bought just a couple of weeks ago...does Crutchfield do price adjustments like a brick and mortar retailer would? #2 - The website told me to buy an antenna adapter...that was not necessary. The antenna plug from my Subaru fit into the unit with no problem and the tuner works perfectly.
Pros: Easy to install, feature rich, cool colors, good sound
Cons: Dim display in full daylight, the buttons feel cheap, and Crutchfield sold me a product that I did not need for the installCrutchfield response on 9/14/2015 Thanks for the review. I see where our Customer Support team has responded to your price drop question and the antenna adapter. Thanks for letting us know about the antenna adapter. That's very helpful to both us and our customers. Please know our research team is re-reviewing those details. It's possible there was something unique with your vehicle. You also mentioned that you sound "buzzy" when talking on your Bluetooth. Our techs might have some ideas to help you troubleshoot further.
It replaced the double din receiver in my '06 Mustang GT. It fits like a glove and matches perfectly to the interior. I use the USB almost exclusively. Audio is rich even with factory speakers. I am now sold on the Sony and a bit spoiled by the quality. How I lived with the Shaker 500 I'll never know.
Much better than the nostalgic stock radio in my 2003 Envoy that actually had a cassette player in it!!
Pros: So many features, such quality & versatility
I replaced the stock receiver in my 2005 Tahoe with this unit and it's great. Installation was easy and it sound great. The bluetooth picked up my iPhone right away and that works great too. I got a 4gig stubby USB memory stick for MP3s - that works great too. Easy to install, great sound, more features that I could ever use - what more could I ask (oh, I got it on sale - there is that too). One star off for 'ease of use' - there are so many features that it takes a bit to learn your way around (lots of features is a double edged sword).
Pros: Easy to install, great sound, tons of features.
Cons: I guess if it was free.
All the options, aftermarket wiring was a little intimidating at first but Crutchfield supplied all the necessary instructions. Installed in a 2008 Dodge Ram. I had to revise the radio bezel which took about 1/2 hour and Crutchfield supplied the new trim.
Pros: Neat, clean look. The color options match the existing dash lights which makes it appear factory.
Cons: The radio controls are a little difficult to navigate but after three days it became easy to go from one mode to another.
The factory radio in my wife car quit. I installed this as a replacement. The old radio did not have any features compared to this one. Bluetooth audio and phone is the main upgrade. Nice unit.
Pros: Bluetooth audio and phone, multi-color display, easy installation
Cons: Dimmer does not work with a 2005 Camry. I need to investigate this one more.
I absolutely love this receiver. I've never had any issues with it in the 2+ years I've owned it. Works perfectly and allows great customization options for sound and appearance. I always get compliments on this receiver and it looks great.
Pros: Aesthetic, Ease of Use, Functionality, Sound Quality
Cons: None. Price maybe, but even so it's pretty fair.
Looks good and menus are easy to follow. Sound is excellent with lots of customization. Rear bass enhancement puts extra punch in your rear speakers, which is great if you don't have a sub. Software allows you to position the sound, by delaying the rear speakers a few milliseconds to make the music sound like it is the middle of the car. Usb and Pandora work great, even charges the phone, iPhone or Android. MP3 ads get a boost from digital music enhancement, which bump up the lows and highs that are usually lost by compression. Button feel sturdy, quality build.
Pros: Sound, sub, Pandora
Cons: Equalizer adjustment is weird in that you select 1 of the 7 bands and then adjust it up or down, then back up in the menu and move to another band to adjust it.
A very nice replacement for the factory dash unit in my 2005 Mustang. Not too difficult to install. I had to call for help one time due to a wiring question. A small amount of soldering required on the combining of the 2 wiring harness adapters. Pretty easy, since it can be done on the bench before dash installation. I used all the recommended adapters and harnesses. The side wings on the unit were a little difficult to attach, you have to push down really hard while screwing in. The microphone wire is kind of a pain to run under the pillar cover so that it is unseen, but it is worth installing. The handsfree calling is a nice feature! Once installed, the unit looks great in the dash. I don't know if I did something wrong, but my radio illumination doesn't dim with my vehicle dimmer, or when I turn on my lights. I'm not going to open up my dash again to remedy that! This unit sounds great and works very well with my factory speakers, subwoofers and amps. (shaker 500 system). One thing I don't like is that the display simultaneously doesn't show the time of day with the other info, like tuner station or cd info. If you want the time of day displayed, it is all you get on the display. Overall, this product was pretty easy to install and it sounds great!
Pros: Great sound, colorful display, not too difficult to install.
Cons: Display shows only time of day or source functions separately, not together. A little tedious to navigate through the menus to adjust tone settings.
No issues on install. Just be sure to look at all the wiring diagrams for interconnectivity between the different components. Works and looks great. Read the instructions and you will be fine operating it.
Pros: Looks good. Seems easy to run.
Cons: Read all the wiring diagrams before install
Its worth what it costs. Its a good unit, looks like its geared a little toward 16- 20 year olds. Most of the custom features/settings are a little gimmicky, IE: The millions of colors to choose from, how easy it is to set the pre-loaded eq settings but difficult to make a custom one, its pretty much plug and play. Sounds good, i wouldn't recommend for anyone wanting to add an amp for your speakers and subs, seems like it would take a lot of effort to get to sound right if you were trying to build an entire system. But perfect for someone who just wants a new, easy to use, headuint with all the new features (BT, iphone, etc)
Pros: Plug and play
Cons: difficult to really customize audio
I read many reviews before I purchased this unit. Most of them talked about the difficulty they had navigating through the menu and the clock display being hard to see. I have not had any problem with any of it. If you take you time with the manual, and just be patient with the operation of the menu, it really becomes easy to navigate in a short amount of time.
Pros: Awesome sound. Bluetooth operation is quick and seamless. Display looks very cool. Plenty of expansion options for upgrading your system. Everything it was designed to do, it does very well.
I have always been a Sony fan boy ever since my first Walkman. I installed this in a '99 Ranger with a extended cab and pair it up with 4 Pioneer TS-A6885R 4 way speakers. Awesome highs and lows all the way around. Works great with my Sony Z3V phone, too. Audio files from the phone play well. I made sure this supported Aux inputs, but the sound over wireless is near perfect, haven't even cared to test over Aux it yet. Make sure your phone supports A2DP. I don't bother with the remote that came with the stereo, since I can do it all from my phone with the Remote app(you don't need a Sony phone, just an Android OS). The remote app lets you add just about anything that you want as an audio source. I am currently using the Walkman and Audible apps. There are a ton of settings and I still haven't been through them all. Got the color set to match my dash lights, very cool. I still need to see if I can hook up my phone to my PS4 while sitting out in the truck and listen to the PS4 over the stereo while playing some games.
Pros: Great sound and plenty of power. BT phone and audio Easy to install with the wire and dash kit. Remote app.
Cons: Remote app won't completely load all options unless you hold the button on the stereo for a couple seconds until you hear it beep. Would be nice just to have it all once Bluetooth connects. Setting the equalizer can be pain. You have to select the band on the dial, press to select, adjust, back out, select the next, etc... and you can only see one setting at a time. Presets come in handy.
I've always trusted the Sony and have never been disappointed and this receiver was no exception. I wanted a receiver with good clear sound not something that was loud and boomy and this perfect. The looks are great but not too flashy like some others. As soon as I took it out of the box I could tell it was heavy and well made. The unit went in without a hitch and sounds great.
Pros: Good price and sound with a ton of features. Good looks, but not flashy or a lot of bling.
Still figuring it out. Some things came easy others not so much. If you need a basic stereo with Bluetooth then this is a great unit.
Pros: For the price it did everything I needed
Cons: Have a galaxy note 4. When your set up for hands free phone use you can't play music from your phone. I knew this going in but still sucks. Can't use voice dialing with my phone.
So far so good with this unit. Installation was relatively easy. Bluetooth handsfree works as advertised and the clarity on the other end of the call is good. Audio quality is far superior to the factory unit it replaced.
Pros: Good price, easy installation, everything works as advertised.
Cons: Controls take a little getting used to.
This unit fit my needs for replacing my factory stereo in a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. It has a lot of features for the price and looks really great. It is a little difficult to maneuver through the menus, but I expected that when I purchased the unit.
Pros: Price. Sound.
Cons: Doesn't have more than one line for information on display. For a double DIN it would have been nice to have more info displayed
After many orders fulfilled by the Crutchfield Team I am actually writing a review on a product. I got this unit for my nephew who loves his I-Phone 5. The sound blew him away,the look, the build quality, best. I know this sounds like really high praise for a cd player, but he Never gives praise for almost anything. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who enjoys streaming their sounds or using the USB input. The best purchase I made in quite some time.
Pros: Tuner pulls in Connecticut stations, I'm in New York. Pairs up and connects in seconds, crystal clear Controls I-Phone easily
Cons: First set-up tough if not familiar with installs ie: Running the mic wire through the lower dash and a-pillar
This is a great head unit for the price. 6 channels was perfect for my setup. Easy install. Intuitive controls. I read reviews where people couldn't see the display in daylight. I find that to be a non issue. Very easy to see in the sunlight.
This head unit is decent, but it's not amazing. Most of the interface limitations are the result of the single-line display. The options for browsing USB drives/iOS devices are very limited and clunky (the default way of browsing iPod libraries is by album). While it has a lot of audio options, in my vehicle, they seemed a little gimmicky. The stereo definitely beat the stock Honda HU in terms of clarity at low volumes, but it also got muddy very quickly when the volume and bass frequencies came up. On that note, the EQ interface is strange--it displays the frequencies you're adjusting as "Band 1," "Band 2," etc.--the manual does list what each band is in Hz, but why Sony doesn't have that display on the unit instead of "Band 1" is beyond me. Bluetooth streaming audio was very low quality compared to a USB connection. Obviously USB will be better in most situations, but I've used other stereos where the differences, especially in a car, were negligible. Bluetooth calling quality was also mediocre.
Pros: Easy to install, quick startup.
Cons: Single-line display, clunky interface.
I bought this unit because I had a very similar unit in my Jeep and was fairly satisfied with it. It has exceptional hands free smart phone sound quality both incoming and outgoing. The sound quality of the unit is very good without getting a custom set up. I have had some issues with this unit so far. It has cut out several times for a second then come right back on, however I do live in WV where the roads are not the smoothest in the lower 48. I let my Sirius account lapse, but the unit didn't come with an adapter to allow me to plug the Ram Sirius cable into the rear of the unit. Crutchfield does a decent job of organizing what you need for self install but they dropped the ball on the Sirius connect, The controls could be more intuitive but you get used to them. I also lost my clock interface on my dashboard.
Pros: Hands free smart phone capability is exceptional and way better than most dealer installed units. The sound quality is very good and I don't think can be beat unless you go 'high end.'
Cons: The default mode is the demo mode and any issues lead back to this mode. Controls could be more intuitive.
I was looking for a subdued/stock looking faceplate compared to some of the other stereos on the market with great sound and aux input capabilities. I installed this stereo with Kicker speakers/tweeters in my 2006 GMC Sierra. No dash modifications required. Steering wheel controls work perfect w/ Metra ASWC-1 adapter. Original Metra LC-GMRC-01 connection/chimes adapter did not allow stereo lighting to automatically dim with headlights turned on. Crutchfield quickly researched/shipped replacement (Crux SOCGM-17).lights dim properly now. Even with lighting properly dimmed, volume knob ring & call button are very bright at night. Blacked out volume knob ring with black felt-type material and used small square of electrical tape on call button face. Inconspicuous fix, looks factory much easier on the eyes at night (can be adjusted with darker color option also).
Pros: Top-notch customer tech support. Easy install. Multiple color options to match stock dash lighting. Front USB/Aux input. Stock appearance.
Cons: Bright volume knob/call button lighting. Does not display clock and RDS information at same time, must toggle between displays.
This system brought great new sound to our son's truck. Thought we might need an amp but, we blocked out on the frequencies below 120 Hz to the door speakers and driving all the lows out of the subs. Now I want to put one in my truck.
Pros: Fits, color match the OEM dash lights, great sound and control.
Cons: The EQ adjustment the app shows will not work. Not sure if Sony is doing an update or the app just does not work well with the iPhone 5.
The stereo was simple enough to set up, sounds good even through my stock speakers, and looks great in my dashboard. The bluetooth gets a lot of use in my car, and the auto connect feature is fantastic. It has thousands of color options, but I'll likely just leave it on one color.
Pros: Looks unique, has a big volume knob, easy to remember button layout. Sounds good, has the app remote option for control over the unit from a phon.
Cons: Display is rather dim in the desert sun, and I have yet to find anything about adjusting brightness, only the dimmer option. Sometimes loses connection with the phone and says no device, even if the phone says it is connected.
Great head unit
I installed this using the adapter wiring for my F250 and the installation kit. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I had the installation done in one morning including the sirrusXM radio and the steering wheel control adapter.
Pros: Easy to install, Blue tooth sounds good.
I bought this stereo mainly for the Bluetooth capabilities and I have not been disappointed. My phone connects quickly and works exactly like it should. Overall the sound quality is very good on my VW Monsoon speakers. Some of the settings are buried in the menus, but its a relatively minor inconvenience. I've only had it installed for a couple of weeks, but no complaints so far.
Pros: Bluetooth connectivity works as expected, front USB and Aux inputs, easy setup despite having to dig deep to find some settings in the menus
Cons: Some settings hard to find in menus, would like to see display menu rotate between artist / track / album info instead of only having one of those show contantly (without hitting a button to switch)
Sounds great. Bluetooth works great. Great for the money. Would be great if it cost $100 more. One of the best I've ever had.
Overall this is a great double dim aftermarket radio. Ease of use is perfect and sound quality is great. Highly recommend.
Pros: Value, design/style, ease of use, and build quality.
I received the sony radio as promised, can't beat the Crutchfield shipping! I called the tech dept. twice for a black wiring answer to a question and it was answered promptly and profession. Again, can't beat the Crutchfield team!
Pros: Radio plays terrifically, very happy and satisfied with the overall quality, reception and fit. There are many, many features that are inside this unit that I probably won't use but that is me.
Cons: As with other owners, the color scheme that is chosen doesn't stay as programmed and needs to be re-set and various times, the display itself can't be scene in daylight hours and Especially when there is sunlight, the glare is terrible.
I love this receiver except.........the insanely bright display. Especially the back-lighting behind the knob that controls every single function. There is an infinite amount of adjustment and sound tailoring. You can set this receiver up with amps and subs........you don't need anything else. All the crossovers are built in along with a 7 band EQ which is assignable for every source. I know it sounds like this is the perfect non-nav receiver and it could be.......except for that bright display. I have it connected correctly with the orange wire to the orange wire and the display Does dim when the headlights come on, just not enough. I think it is gonna be a deal breaker for me. If it is installed lower in a dash it may be ok but I have it in a Wrangler which has the radio mounted very high, just an inch or so below the top of the dash and it is like driving with a light shined in your eyes. I actually drive with my hand covering the display. I cannot recommend this receiver based solely on the brightness of the display.
Pros: Great sound, complete adjustability, ability to be the center of your high end system with no outboard crossovers or EQ needed. Nice look during the day.
Cons: Insanely bright display. So bright that it is going back. Lack of basic bass and treble controls. All SQ adjustments have to be with a 7 band EQ or by using pre-set curves. Teh & band EQ is almost worthless without a spectrum analyzer to see what your adjustments are doing.
I bought this unit because it fit my budget and needs. This particular purchase was a "scratch and dent". Even so, it was in great condition. I only had one hiccup during installation. I called the support number and the issue was resolved very quickly.
Pros: easy install with suggested/required accessories.
Cons: Initial use was not user friendly. I had to actually read how to work the unit.
Bought this for my new set up in my Nissan Titan. Despite what Crutchfield says, this fits beautifully into any Titan. No mods needed at all, other than the wiring harness. Sound is great, easy to use and hook up. I have had no issues at all. Love this head unit. this is running two amps. One for my. 6x9's, 6 1/2's and 4 tweeters. The other for my bazooka. Crisp, clean and effortless through the entire sound spectrum. Can't go wrong with this bad boy!!
Pros: Everything. Literally everything in it works perfectly. Not a single issue.
Excellent quality, great sound!
After initial installation, which was fairly straight forward, we noticed that the volume control knob did not respond. You could turn the knob, but nothing happened with the volume. You could push the knob, which would prompt a response, but turning the knob did not provide any adjustment options. It was as if the stereo/radio didn't even have a knob. The remote control could be used to control the volume, but the remote couldn't be used for making appropriate settings. So, Crutchfield promptly replaced the first one. After installing the 2nd unit, about a week later the control knob began failing again. It would work intermittently, but eventually stopped working altogether. Again, Crutchfield quickly replaced this unit and I decided to go with an entirely different brand. While most of the reviews on this unit have been positive, the brand/unit has production flaws. I read some similar reviews that experienced this same problem.
Pros: Good sound quality with good options (USB, AUX inputs, Satellite) for the price.
Cons: Build quality. Faulty unit production on this model
Install is standard. Disclaimer: fronts/sub going through an amp, rears off receiver. Coming from a Pioneer (AppRadio 2) I was disappointed to only have +-6 dB of adjustment in the EQ. At first I was convinced the EQ adjustments weren't doing anything. It was only after I listened with much more focus that I could tell subtle differences. On any stereo i've ever head you could push the bass so high it was muddled and so low it sounded like tweeters only. Not with this unit, only a small change from middle-ground. Radio does sound much better than my previous unit. One annoyance is that the unit advertises smart phone control over inputs, apps, etc. The caveat (listed in the manual) is that you cannot have this control and BT audio. Using BT audio kills any of this integration. That is a pretty big omission from the marketing materials if you ask me. I may end up running a short AUX cable, but I really rather not have one more wire dangling off my phone and have to connect/reconnect just to get that functionality. Another note for people planning to use their smartphone. You don't need the USB cable (which does charge your phone) connection to the HU to switch tracks and pause on apps like Spotify that support those commands over bluetooth. Saves a step on short trips.
Pros: Looks great for a double-DIN w/o LCD BT audio sounds great
Cons: No simultaneous BT audio and smartphone control EQ adjustments seem to have a very small range of adjustment
Honda Pilot 2004 w/ Navigation Installation - Once I found the mounting kit (Metra 95-7861) online, everything fit well. Still needed to purchase some metric screws for the installation, the screws provided by Sony were too short. I am little sad that an installation kit was not supplied by Crutchfield. The existing navigation still works, the only loss is the audio output of the navigation. Brought a 2004 Pilot back to life by now having Pandora, Bluetooth, External Input and USB connection for iPhone control. Nice stereo! Car looks much better now that the aftermarket Bluetooth phone interface and Sirrus FM modulator are both gone. Well worth the investment in time and money.
Pros: Every input that I needed. Easy installation with Metra kit. Lots of fun stuff to play with.
Cons: Audio output from Factory Navigation was lost during the installation.Crutchfield response on 1/21/2015 Thanks for sharing your experience with the 95-7861 Metra kit for use in the 2004 Honda Pilot. Our Vehicle Research team is re-evaluating it, and if it looks like it can do the job well enough, we'll add it as an option for future customers.
This is a great deck, it does all i need it to do and then some, its also very easy to connect to via Bluetooth, it recognizes my S3 in a matter of seconds, so its very convenient when i choose to expose myself to microwave radiation, but jokes aside, i would like to note a few things i would do different if i ran sony, for one the display is not well thought out, not only does it not take advantage of the relatively large display by only offering you one tiny line, it also does not display vital information such as for example which radio channel you are tuned in to, you would have to manually find out by either changing the channel or manage to press the right key if you have the channel saved in order to avoid changing it to figure out, cosmetically i would also prefer if the background of the interface did not change color and stayed black, it would look so much neater and also more easily visible, but possibly the most annoying future of all is the frequent advertising of all the decks futures once the deck is not in use for a few minutes, it automatically shifts from color to color informing you of all the decks futures; Bluetooth, Aux, multicolored interface...etc, as if you already didn't know? I would like to know if these futures can be changed but i have not seen any information regarding these annoying futures even after going through the manual. Aside from all of those listed above, this thing makes a great deck with more futures than you could possibly need.
Pros: Easy BT Connectivity colors Aux and USB Sound quality and futures Great looking deck
Cons: Almost everything regarding its display
Installation was not too bad - a little tight with all the extra aftermarket boxes needed to interface with Toyota factory sound system. I can't complain about the audio performance. I am not what I'd call an "audiophile" with refined tastes or keen awareness of clipping or fidelity - can't hear this with road noise anyhow, but it's plenty capable connected to the factory JBL sound system. Hint: you can easily cycle through the "sources" - like all eight or whatever there are - by pressing "source" and turning the volume knob. I spent a few months clicking "Source" 8 or 9 times to switch from "tuner" to "Sirius" before I figured that out. Tuner is clearly an improvement over the factory tuner, which had issues even with some more local stations.
Pros: My wife and daughter are fond of the colors ("rainbow" setting cycles through a bunch of pretty ones) but unfortunately none of them are sunlight viewable (see "Cons"). The Android app is nifty but I rarely use it - doesn't do a lot in with this receiver (look on Google Play to see which models it supports best - pay attention to the asterisks). The Jazz Standard and Blues Sirius channels sound great - mostly what I listen to.
Cons: The worst issue is reading the display in daylight. Between faint colors and glare, it's a real challenge. Others refer to complexity of controls - I have given up on trying to select equalizer presets while driving (which is usually when I'd like to try a different one). If only the "App Remote" had this capability (it doesn't). There are some interesting settings for optimizing the sound for selected locations in the vehicle, but you can't hardly cycle between settings to note any difference.
I love this stereo. My car sounds great and it has SiriusXM. There is a drastically better change to how everything sounds. The radio is complicated and tough to navigate because it is new, I am sure this will improve over a little time.
Pros: sound quality and Sirius.
Cons: Not user friendly
I first purchased this radio as it was a double din radio with Sirius/Xm capability. During the first year it performed fine. My needs were fairly simple as I don't need all the additional features such as the Bluetooth and pandora capabilities. After the warranty expired the selected color wouldn't remain on the display and it started flashing different colors and the various features scrolled across the screen-just like it was in the demo mode. After resetting the color it would only last for several days. I recently switched it to another car hoping it would correct the problem. The problem continues and has increased in frequency to at least daily-some times several times an hour. After a week in the second car, the wife has asked for another radio. Calls to both Crutchfield and Sony haven't solved the problem. Both have indicated they have no record of any similar problems. The Sony quality isn't what it used to be. Time to order another radio after 1 1/2 years- this time it won't be a Sony.
Pros: Double din and Sirius capability
Cons: reverts to demo mode while driving
All in all, it's a great product. I replaced a stock radio in a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. It was simple to install. Only knock I have on the product itself is the fact that Bluetooth devices have to be reconnected each time the radio / vehicle is turned off. I haven't used aftermarket Bluetooth products in the past but my previous experience with stock systems did not disconnect the device and require re-connection, basically starting over to include display settings. Once reconnected, the song display resets and requires some navigation through the display preferences to get back to where it was. The product offers a ton of color combinations. The equalizer preferences were a little difficult to adjust. That is the only component of the operating manual that I found to be a bit vague.
Pros: Fit, appearance, and features
Cons: Personalized equalizer settings
Great sounding system. It looks great in my Hyundai Veracruz. It will take a little more reading of the manual to understand all of the features of this system. I purchased an XM add on module and a Maestro (to keep the steering wheel controls).Install was straight forward except the Maestro. The instructions (form the Maestro website, not Crutchfield) had me connecting two wires to the A5 and A6 6 pin connectors. Problem is, I didn't have any 6 pin connectors. I called Crutchfield and once again their tech support came through. They searched through Vehicle wiring diagrams and other vendors steering wheel control modules to figure it out. Once the tech figured it out, he offered to stay on the phone with me while I wired it up and tested it out!. I had a few crimping issues (tight in the dash) but he was patient. Once I got everything connected, I powered it on and everything worked perfectly. Kudos to Crutchfield's Tech staff once again. I won't buy a car stereo anywhere but here. I am confident that no company out there provides better customer service and Tech Support than Crutchfield.
Pros: Great looking system and over the top Tech support/customer service.
Cons: None yet.
Very happy with the sony. Plenty of settings to fine tune your sound stage. Bought it mostly for Xm radio which works great. Found a color to match the dash lights,looks cool at night. looks factory in my Tacoma ??
Pros: plenty of settings to fine tune sound
Cons: takes some time to figure out all the settings
Like unit and would recommend
Pros: Great phone integration
Cons: Wish app had audio control options... Eq position settings
At first sight, I thought this was the best replacement for my factory radio and after install, I stand by my first impression.
Sony is what u expected. Easy to use and like all the color display options.
This stereo does everything, that's both good and bad. The biggest issue I had with it, really the only issue is with it being set up to do everything it is a bit complicated to control. Once I get used to it it will be easier. I wish they gave you the option to cut items out of source menu if you are not going to use them. It looks good, sounds good and does everything I want. The installation was straightforward. I may yet find ways to make it fit my needs better I have only been using it a couple of days.
Pros: It does everything Satellite CD"s MP3
Cons: It is set up to do everything even stuff I don't use like pandora
I like the unit for how well it works. I decided to write this review because the main selling point for this unit versus any others that I looked at was the ability to control Pandora via Bluetooth with an android device. The description clearly stated that you could control Pandora from your android phone using the head unit controls with the Bluetooth synced up. You can only pause and skip from the head unit. You cannot "like", "unlike" or change Pandora stations or any other functions that you would normally be able to do from the app on the phone. In addition to that you cannot perform these functions at the phone because it is in "accessory" mode which does not allow you to work the app on the phone. You can only quit the app in this mode. The description on the Crutchfield web site did not clarify this and the manual states "some functions may not be usable". It is frustrating to have to stay on one station. there are enough buttons on the unit that I would think that these functions could have been easily added to the head unit. Also, all of the people I have tried the hands free phone calling with have a hard time hearing / understanding me. I would return the unit but already spent the money to have it professionally installed and do not want to pay to have it done again. Should have read the manual on functionality before having it installed.
Pros: Works well and has a lot of abilities to hook up just about anything you could ever dream of as some type of AUX or USB or Bluetooth.
Cons: Cannot control Pandora with the same functionality as the app on an android device. Cannot like / dislike a song or change stations. I agree with a lot of other reviews that it seems like you have to scroll through a lot of "sources" to get back to tuner or get to other sources.
Pros: Fairly easy installation for first timer with Crutchfield assistance.
Cons: Still learning functions but it would be nice for sources to be split up so you don't have to scroll through all functions to get to sirius xm function.
This unit would be perfect if the backlit volume control (overly bright halo around the main volume control) were the same brightness as all the other lit info indicators on the unit. That is the only flaw. I will have to live with the visual distraction. I'm surprised that it was overlooked in the protoype stage. I would like to ask the designers, "Why"?
Pros: great sound, great adaptability and fit, plenty of inputs and outputs, blue tooth, usb, aux, great controls for subwoofer, addition amps, listening positions, great value
Cons: annoyingly bright halo around volume control, live with it
This was a great addition to my car. It was easy to install and worked great the first time that I plugged it all in. I love the bluetooth on it and it connects every time instantly. The menus are great as well. Could not ask for a better product for the price that I got it for.
Pros: Customization of colors and dimmer for the screen. Easy menus.
Cons: Wish there was a play/pause/forward/back control like you get with some radios.
Unit works well but is hard to program. Wasn't happy to find it on sale after paying full price.
Pros: Looks good.
Cons: Don't like having to go through unwanted modes.
Very easy to install. Great quality sound. I still have stock speakers and it improved the quality of sound.
Pros: Bluetooth Pandora radio control works great.
Cons: IPod playlist control. Have to switch to passenger control to navigate playlists.
Very nice stereo for the money. The sound quality of the Sony is quite a bit better than the stock receiver I had. The stereo has several features that add to the look, with a ton of choices for the color of the unit. It has several features to add to the sound quality of any stereo in a vehicle. The biggest drawback of this unit is the controls. They are not labeled very clearly or defined in the manual.
Pros: Great Sound and options for lighting
Cons: controls are not very user friendly
I'm quite happy with this unit. I wanted something that worked with my stock speakers, fit in a double DIN space and had great bluetooth integration. This Sony unit delivered all of those. It was fairly straightforward to install and the included mic has good quality for handsfree calls over bluetooth. The Sony Android remote app is actually quite useful - give the control dial on the face a long press and it automatically signals your phone to bring up the remote app which allows you to control the inputs via your phone or to launch a music app like Google Play Music or Rdio. I don't use the built-in Pandora integration but there's special support to allow you to control Pandora from the unit controls without having to use your phone while driving. There are also a lot of feature for adjusting the sound quality like an EQ with both preset and custom settings, loudness control and other Sony features like Sony's DM+ that improves high frequency response for digitally compressed music. Installation was easy with the included adapter kit and faceplate. My installation looks perfect even though this was the first time I've installed a car stereo. Overall I'm
Pros: Great functionality Awesome sound even with stock speakers
Put this head unit in my 2003 Chevy Silverado after factory unit quit on me. only 25 minutes to install had to call tech support once they were a great help!
I always buy Sony so when my wife needed bluetooth in her car I shopped Crutchfield for a stereo. Install was easy enough and sound was as good as I expected. External mic was a plus. She's happy, I'm happy!
Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora, Serius radio
Cons: I think the display could be better, a little fancier. Kinda plain
Receiver arrived in a faster time than was estimated. No problems with the installation thanks to the free kit. Worth the money!
Pros: Easy installation
Great unit. It looks good and fits well in my 04 Tahoe
Pros: Multiple features, great sound quality and the large dial is easy to use. I've only begun to learn everything this unit can do.
sounds great, provides great radio reception and excellent stero effect on CD's or strong stations
Pros: good sound, reception
Cons: takes time to get use to how to select items
Was referred to this product by the sales associate in Crutchfield chat. I bought it immediately and it was shipped and delivered very fast. I installed it the very next day. It was fairly easy to install in my 2000 Jaguar S type.
Pros: Works very well. Nice big volume knob. Now I have Bluetooth, USB, and a very solid audio system in my car. Very happy with my purchase.
Cons: No negatives that I can think of.
Very happy with this unit. Other than major loss in radio signal, but didn't purchase it for that. Always have been a Sony guy, and so far very happy with the upgrade in sound. The stock speakers even sound better for now.
Pros: Excellent sound
Cons: Poor radio reception.
Installed in a 2001 Acura CL Type S Coup, replacing the Bose unit but kept Bose speakers (for now)... Instant upgrade in sound quality!!! I ran all my pre-amp patch cords for main amp and sub so I wouldn't have to take half the dash apart once it is time install my new speakers and 1500W Sub (2 x 12" ported box) also bought at Crutchfield a few years ago now in my basement.
Pros: Great receiver for the money....... Quality build......
Cons: Controls can be confusing at first........ lot features I won't ever use. For some reason the siriusxm receiver I got with this unit, the connector would not fit...... ?????????
Good bang for the buck. Very nice head unit for a reasonable price. I installed it in a Ford Mustang with Shaker 500 sound system. Installation was time consuming but Crutchfield tech support made it painless. Kudos to the customer support team. Very patient and detail oriented. I got the Ford wiring harness, 12v-5v converter for shaker 500 subs, Antenna extender (Not needed) and the DD frame to mount the head unit free with this purchase. All I needed was the quick splice connectors from AdvanceAutoparts. The installation came out well and I'm a happy customer. GOOD JOB Crutchfield.
Pros: It is SONY Cool features, Nice colors
Cons: It will take some time to get used to. There are many features in this unit and some of them you might not need.
I bought this for my 2009 Civic. I wanted something that looked better than the previous owner's single-din stereo (he had switched out the OEM radio). Plus it needed to have SiriusXM, which is what I listen to the most. The Sony looks really nice. Much more of a OEM feel. To see the display during the day in sunlight, I have the color set to white and the dimmer off. For night time, I have the dimmer on and select blue. So I have to change those settings every time, but I'm used to it. Apparently you can run a wire to sync with the headlights, but I don't mind the way I'm doing it. This was my first Crutchfield purchase, and I was happy with the experience. I even got a nice handwritten thank you card from them. I will be ordering more from Crutchfield in the future.
With the amount of time I spend in the car, should have replaced the stock deck in my Tahoe years ago - this thing is fantastic and makes driving a little less burdensome. Bluetooth connects quickly, controls are intuitive, and it pauses whatever audio source you're on when a call comes in, and resumes where you left off after the call. Inexpensive unit, and compared to my last deck in the late 80s, this one would have cost $5,000 back then if it were available. Makes me want to spring for a Sub and an Amp next, and maybe upgrade the stock speakers. The Crutchfield purchase was easy. I had question about retaining my OnStar and Steering Wheel controls, and the Rep quickly figured out witch add-on harness I needed, and didn't try to up-sell me to the $95 unit. Even noticed I was missing the wire connectors on my order, and remotely popped a package into my cart.
Pros: Easy install. Fit my 2005 Tahoe double DIN space with no modifications. The pig tail harness wire colors from the deck all matched the OnStar harness wire colors, so connecting was easy. I have big hands, and I have no problem operating the buttons, as some have indicated in other reviews. The factory speakers sound quite a bit better.
Cons: None I've really noticed. It does what it's supposed to do, and for the money you really can't complain.
Good system. I like it
Pros: Good system
Bought this to install in a used 2005 Tundra I bought. Fits like a glove using the installation kit from Crutchfield. Wiring was a cinch with the adapters and wiring harnesses from Crutchfield. Sounds great but had a bit of adjusting to get the perfect sound via Bluetooth
Pros: Easy to install, sounds great, lots of features.
Cons: Controls are confusing and take a bit of getting used to. Few controls plus lots of features = complex operation. Read the manual up front and refer to it often.
I've had this unit for 7 months and couldn't be happier. I routinely upgrade my car audio systems every other year, or as often as the new technology becomes a must have. Often I regret not waiting a little longer for the next jump in tech, but not this time. With the exception of the Sony remote app's occasional failures and annoyances, this is an amazing head unit. The RB enhancer(switch your rear speakers to subs) is very cool. I am absolutely amazed with the quality of sound difference through my stock speakers. Everyone from Snoop Dogg, Vivaldi,Gary Clark Jr.,to Rob Zombie gets optimum sound through a couple of tweaks on the unit. The sound quality is taking the Crutchfield allotted $ for new speakers, amp and subwoofer, and redirecting(some of it) towards the exact same unit in my wife's '07 VW Rabbit today. That's right, it's so darn good, I'm buying it again. As far as the touch screen units? I've used them, and am not impressed. I still need tactile buttons, and probably always will,(I'm over fifty, so there's that). Once again, 100% happy with yet another of my 15 years Crutchfield purchases.
Pros: Amazing sound, even through stock speakers. Bluetooth performance is flawless. RB Enhancer(switch you rear speakers to subs) is greatest thing since the invention of the electric guitar. More features than I can possibly play with while stuck in traffic. Easy install, as they all are with Crutchfield tech support at my back. I've done at least 10 with their help.Sometimes I call just to test them(Kidding guys, I would never do that).
Cons: Sony remote app works well 95% of the time. Display could be a bit larger(but I've got bifocals coming any day now, so there's that).
Great item for the $
I was looking for a sub $200 unit to replace the factory unit in my 2002 Honda Accord. The main feature i was looking for was Bluetooth connectivity for my cell phone so that i could use it hands free in the car. I was also looking for double-din units since that would fit the space best (although you could also fit a single din unit in the same space. I just thought that the double din would look better and it does look great). I narrowed my search down to the JVC KW-R910BT, Pioneer FH-X700BT, and this Sony unit. Even though the JVC is technically more powerful, i discounted that unit and the Pioneer based on the negative comments about the illumination and the crazy light shows which were difficult to turn off or turn down according to the reviews. The fancy illumination appears to be a popular feature with these units but i wasn't interested in that and although you have a lot of illumination options with the Sony unit, you also have the ability to pick just one normal color which is what i was looking for. As for the Bluetooth, it works fine. Very easy to pair with my Android phone and connects immediately every time i get in the car and turn on the radio and the sound quality of the BT is fine. Sound quality of the stereo is excellent. It immediately improves the sound of factory speakers 10 fold. The unit looks great and buttons are well laid out.
Pros: Looks and sounds great. I found the menu easier to use than other units from other manufactures. Although if you are new to this type of menu, it will take some getting used to. Bluetooth is very easy to set up and use. Installation was standard. The most difficult part of the installation was running the BT mic to the visor. I would recommend doing this step before securing the radio to the chassis and starting at the visor or steering column and running it back to the unit.
Cons: Display can be difficult to see in daylight, although changing the illumination color might help.
Overall a good stereo for the money!
Pros: Ease of installation,decent sound quality,and many options for inputs!
Cons: In the rural area where I live the radio reception is iffy at best,stations are all over each other.Takes a long time to change sources.
Lot of product for its money
Pros: Fun to use, love the blue tooth
Cons: Nothing really
I waited 4 years to replace my factory stereo. I struggled with the features that I wanted and the price. Over the past year both have come together. I highly recommend this stereo for those who wanted to go from no Bluetooth to Bluetooth, XM/Sirus, hands free calling and many additional features I would never thought would be possible to have in my truck. It's finally fun to drive my truck again. It was going from a flip phone to a Smart Phone! Go out and get one soon.
Pros: Everything from Bluetooth, XM/Sirus ready, mulit color display, hands free
Works, sounds and looks good
I installed this several weeks ago and so far so good. The install was very straight forward in my 04 WRX. I'm using this with the factory speakers and sub. Sounds great so far. Bluetooth audio and calling from Nexus 5 works very well. My wife thought I sounded "far away" on calls. I may need to adjust mic placement or adjust some settings. The display is a little difficult to see in direct sunlight as other reviewers have noted. Some colors, however, are affected much more than others. Overall, not a major concern for me but others may disagree. The front usb input charges my Nexus 5 (a major plus for me). I do wish the unit had a card reader in addition to the usb but at this price point I'm satisfied.
Pros: Sound quality. Bluetooth works well. Nice color choices.
Cons: USB only, no SD cards.
Have had the receiver for 2 weeks. Installed in a 2005 Ford F150. Receiver and blue tooth both very easy to install. Fits perfect in the F150 with the install kit provided from Crutchfield. Great sound quality. A little complicated to navigate through all the features but al-in-all a great car stereo.
Pros: Ease of installation Great sound quality Blue tooth sound and clarity
Cons: Navigation of all the features
This sony radio had all of the feature i wanted in a radio except HD radio which wasnt a huge concern since i mostly listen to the music off or my phone. It had bluetooth, iphone music playback plenty of other features. For the price i figured it was a great radio and for the most part it is. The only issue i have is that when i have my iphone connected it will randomly stop playing music to read the iphone again. Now before buying this radio i had another sony radio with iphone music support and never had this issue. I am not sure if it is just my radio or if thats how it is but it can be quite annoying.
Pros: Bluetooth calling Iphone music playback Subwoofer and amp outputs
Cons: Usb acts up some times
It took me less than 3 hours to get this installed!
Pros: Great Radio
This unit is awesome. Very responsive, very clean sound, and very user friendly. I have no problem seeing the lights during the day and they are not too bright at night. The bluetooth works very well too. I love that it has the radio data system to tell me which songs are playing on the radio. Many cool features. Sony has really amped up their products. Don't hesitate to buy this!
Great stereo. Replaced my Pioneer with this one because it is Blue Tooth.
Pros: Changing colors on the interface amuses my toddler to no end
Cons: Decent but not great sound through speakerphone (on receiving end of call).
Very nice system. It has everything I was looking for without breaking the bank. Replaced my stock stereo receiver and went in very quickly.
Pros: All the features I was after without a crazy price.
Cons: Hard to see display in bright sunlight.
This receiver is fairly nice and installation was fairly straight forward. I do have a couple of issues though: #1) Radio reception has diminished GREATLY from the stock unit. Local radio stations have lots of static and reception when travelling between towns is almost non-existent. #2) I stream a lot from my phone to the receiver. This works very well, except there are frequently split-second breaks in the stream. It doesn't matter which app nor does it matter if the music is local on my phone or if I am steaming from the internet.
Pros: -easy installation -configurable colors to match the rest of your vehicle -bluetooth
Cons: -bad reception -occasional breaks while streaming via bluetooth
Very nice sounding ,looks great -definite upgrade from factory system.
Pros: Sounds good,looks great in dash matching my stock lighting perfectly.
Cons: Wish it was easier to change function- such as USB to tuner etc.
Does everything I really wanted. The blue tooth phone and music work flawlessly. I like the knob volume control and the many color and sound options. The APP mode is more of a gimmick.
Pros: Does everything I wanted.
Cons: APP mode is useless.
I had been a die hard Pioneer fan for over a decade, but when my factory unit ate 2 of my CDs, I gave this Sony a try based on its wealth of features, strong reviews and killer price. No other unit I considered had as many source options at this price. I needed a double DIN unit with Bluetooth and Android compatibility for driving crowded New Jersey roads and satellite radio for family trips. The Sony does it all with great sound. Even with the factory speakers still installed, the improvement in both volume and sound quality over the factory unit is profound. I can even use the head unit's sound shaping tools like the LPF and level control to dial in the factory sub. As an Android user, I have wireless Pandora control and I even discovered that I can play games on my phone in full stereo with the "BT Audio" setting (not that I would EVER do such a thing at work...). With the included mic mounted just next to my steering column, BT phone calls sound crystal clear on both ends. It's not perfect, of course. With only one line of text, reading all of a song's info requires multiple button presses to "scroll thru" fields (Title, Artist, Album, etc), and you can't display the clock while displaying other info. Also, puzzlingly, the unit doesn't automatically revert to its previous source after ending a phone call. Despite its few quirks, I'm sold on the overall quality of this Sony. I definitely will not overlook other Sony units in future purchases.
Pros: Awesome sound; tons of sources; great sound; foolproof Android compatibility; myriad sound-shaping tools; impressive build quality... Did I mention how good it sounds??
Cons: Display is useless in bright, direct sunlight; single line display not as slick as other units available; navigating menus and sub-menus takes time, not to be done while driving; scrolling through tons of sources takes heaps of time
This is a great radio, easy to install with supplied parts and email layout provided by Crutchfield! Not as difficult as previous reviews make it out to be as far as setup and controlling says. Very happy with purchase
Pros: Great sound and expandability
Cons: display screen could use a little work
" she like the lights!" She actually took the time to read some reviews on the radio before she decided to purchase
Pros: Easy install
Cons: None that I'm aware of
This is an excellent radio...Bluetooth works flawlessly...was simple to install. Love the way the microphone works with my IPhone. Also love the BTA feature that plays YouTube videos. The radio looks very professional in the car. Highly recommend!
I wanted a simple HU nothing to fancy. I have the exact same unit in my 4-runner except it is not a double din unit.
Pros: It does everything I need, looks great. Controls are simple to use.
Cons: Display can be a bit difficult to read when in direct sunlight. Controls take a little time to get use to.
Great stereo for the price and looks great in my dash also sounds awesome. Still doing some fine tuning on the sound but really makes the focal speakers I bought earlier from Crutchfield sound good
Pros: Great stereo, great price
Cons: none at this time
Do you want a somewhat simple stereo that maybe has a few bells and/or whistles? This thing is great for that. Has radio, cd, bluetooth with audio streaming, and front usb and stereo plug. I set the color to pink for my wife, she plugged her ipod in for tunes, and when I call her I can know that she isn't holding the phone to her ear trying to navigate through traffic one handed. Sound quality is awesome, phone quality is too. I've had other Bluetooth stereos, this connects fast, sounds good, and is problem free.
Pros: Fits my needs, good price, doesn't have anything I don't need ($$$ Navigation, $$ Backup cam, $$$$ DVD). Big volume knob is nice too. Colors aren't too bright and annoying.
Cons: I wish the clock would randomly display by itself. I currently either have to have only the clock, or only the tracks. And must manually push a button for clock.
fast delivery, great price
Pros: fit like a glove, easy on the eyes , instillation papers a great help. sounds great
Cons: a little hard to set up, must have patience
I installed this in my wife's 2006 Xterra to replace the factory stereo that had seen much better days; she loves it!!! The installation and instructions left little to figure out and made the whole deal very simple. I also have added Sound Ordinance speakers front and back and will be installing an amp later this week.
Pros: Awesome Bluetooth capable stereo with plenty of features and room for expansion!
Cons: Makes my old '96 F150 seem beyond pitiful!
Excellent sound quality and power. Love the display layout and location of control. Only negative is ease of access to BT phone. You have to go to the phone menu and navigate to voice call before you could make a voice call. That's too much hassle. Ideally, you should be able to press one button to active voice controls- I could do that with my other car stereo.
Great price and you get a lot of product! Lots of freatutes easy to use and install with great instructions provided by Crutchfield. Bluetooth feature stands out the most good voice quality and easy to stream music from smartphone.
The stereo was to replace my 10 year old Sony single din stereo. Primary reason for upgrade: front USB input, iPod control and Bluetooth streaming - don't care about phone usage but want to be able to stream radio from the phone over Bluetooth. It fits nicely but you really do need factory mounting brackets or aftermarket brackets for 2 din stereos. What Crutchfield supplies is only good for single din. Very important for me was the feature that you can turn and off bluetooth without going through all the menus - I'm not intending to use it for hands free calling, so I don't need my phone to be connected to it unless I'm ready to stream music over bluetooth.
Pros: *It appears to be very solid stereo (I only used it for a week so far) but it feels right. *Easy to install and sound quality is at least as good as the one I had before. It is priced lower than most of the other 2 din stereos and if it lasts as long as my previous Sony 10+ years, I'll be happy *It's got tons of functions and I haven't tried all of them yet.
Cons: Getting to functions is not very easy - often, you have to go through a number of menus before getting to where you need to be - Sony should have done more dedicated buttons for audio controls at least The one line display is ridiculous! 3/4 of display is used for static mostly empty fields and all the information is provided on one line - second from the bottom The display is absolutely "blind" when it's sunny outside. You can't see the clock or any of the information displayed there.
Definitely one of the best replacements for stock receivers. Great fidelity and sand adjustment, color changes to match your dash etc. Just perfect.
Installed this receiver in my 2004 Chevy Colorado. Install went smooth. I watched a couple of Youtube videos on radio installs for Colorado's first and the instructions supplied by Crutchfield were adequate. No major issues on the install to report. It does take a little getting use to when setting the sound options in the menu. Love the bluetooth and ability to play my pandora stations. Very statisfied.
Pros: If you can use a few hand tools you can install this unit. The bluetooth pairs easily and the sound really cranks out.
Cons: Can't say there are any cons.
What a great little unit! Packing a punch for the better than average listener - why do you need all that power? I matched this unit up with a Kenwood powered subwoofer and a set of 4 Rockford Punch speakers, and this dude is more than happy! Best part, I had to install in stages. Unstalling the head unit first, I was amazed how much better the car system sounded. If all you have to spend is a couple hundred bucks, this is the place to start.
Pros: Lots of features packed into one package. After a couple months of use, the top of the list is flexibility (can be run alone, powered subwoofer (like I did) or as a pre-amp to a full amp set-up. Internal power for main speakers is plenty clean for my ears. Having a 7-band EQ is awsome to fine-tune, and the listener position is great too. When activated, the sound seems to come from everywhere! Perfectly balanced.
Cons: Hard to get used to the navigation at first - but once the pattern is figured out, it's not hard to operate.
After two months of reviewing products, including waiting a month for this stereo to be in stock I purchased this stereo to replace the factory one in a 2007 Honda Pilot. Didn't purchase the steering wheel controls and kept the stock speakers in the vehicle. Didn't want to deal with installing so I had a local shop install the stereo (worth every penny). Love how much better the sound quality is with the Sony even with the factory speakers. Didn't have any issues with working through the menus, (downloaded the manual from Sony), and have thoroughly enjoyed the expanded listening options at my fingertips (CD, Radio, Ipod Touch 5, HTC One phone using Pandora and Tune-In, and a 32 GB USB drive). I had considered purchasing either Sirius or XM, but with this stereos features it would be redundant. Additionally the Bluetooth, hands free calling has been an unexpected pleasure as well.
Pros: Great sound. Easy Use. Plenty of listening options.
Cons: The display as mentioned by several other reviews can be difficult to view during the day, depending on the sun. Also, difficult to read during day with sunglasses on.
Great sound with factory speakers! Put this in my 2004 F 150 and could not have been easier. Bluetooth works awesome! I have a GS3 and works great with hands free calling, Pandora and spotify. Took a little time to figure out the settings but this is the first stereo I've put in. Saying that it was very easy to install with all the stuff you get with it!
Pros: Great sound! Bluetooth very simple to connect and works very well with hands free calling and music. Lots of color options. Lot of stereo for the price. Very easy to install! Took 30 minutes at the most. Crutchfield gives everything you need.
Cons: Took a bit to figure out the settings. But all and all pretty easy to use.
Easy to follow instructions, produces great sound varieties, great value for the price!
Pros: Easy install and great sound
Cons: Can't think of any other than A LOT of things to learn!
Very surprised after some reviews, but AMAZING stereo! I purchased this radio to replace the factory stereo and I needed Bluetooth and Sirius XM features. I ordered everything from Crutchfield for the first time and loved the fact it came with everything I possibly needed. INSTALL: I received it and began the hookup. Right off the bat, I could see the new harness had no where near the same amount of wires coming out of it.. . as it did coming in from the factory harness. That concerned me. There was also a few colored wires, that I know I needed, wrapped off and labeled Navigation System which I didn't have. At this point I did a bunch of research online and downloaded the wire info and tried to cross the car wires with the harness wires before installing. After about 45 minutes of getting frustrated, I just decided to use the Red and Orange wires that were tied off for the Navigation system. Once I made that choice, it took me about 2 minutes to tie all the wires together and fire up the radio. It turned right on. I turned the key off on the car and off goes the radio. I turned the lights on and off and the radio dimmed accordingly. I was shocked! I didn't expect everything to work due to the fact that most of the wires from the main harness were not even needed. FEATURES: Everything worked perfect. Bluetooth remembers phones, unlike other comments. SiriusXM works perfect. Pandora is amazing. 5/5 Stars for sure!
Pros: - Very easy to install using the supplied harness from Crutchfield - Remote and Sony App which is fun to play with. Shows all details on a nice display of tune station, or SiriusXM info. Can change channels, adjust volume.. and much more. - Color match to my dashboard a bonus! - Loud! It has great power, that's for sure. I have it turned on to allow the backspeakers to act like a sub, so more bass goes there. Feature works perfect. -
Cons: - Confused with main red and orange wires tied off as Navigation, but after I figured that part out, EASY INSTALL! (moments later, it was installed) - Mounting plate will be very tight. It will not be an easy removal to add to the system. I may actually have to break the bracket and just order another one to reinstall.
I chose the Sony WX-GT90BT to replace the factory radio in my 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee after a lot of careful research. So far I am only moderately satisfied and probably should done more research. This radio has plenty of functions that just overload the user. Menus are extensive and not especially intuitive. Installation was a nightmare. I was sent the wrong instructions, such as they are, leading to more confusion. The steering controls and SIRIUS are working but Blue Tooth Hands Free is not. I would not take on this project again and would not recommend to a friend unless he is an electronics engineer.
Pros: Highly featured, typical Sony fit and finish (meaning excellent), nice looking unit overall and plenty of features.
Cons: Does not align with the slight tumble home of the dash. Menues are not intuitive, some terms and acronyms are confusing.
WOW!!! Crutchfields is the best at getting you everything you need... FOR FREE!!! All of the install gear came fast and I put it in my 2011 RAV4 in a couple of hours. The radio, calls, Ipod, CD player, remote control,colors of the unit are great!! I had Crutchfield try to help me with getting the TEXT to SPEECH to work with my Galaxy3... but Sony does not support it yet, it will be a firmware update on their part... someday... other than that, love it!!
Pros: Ease of install, pretty cool, bluetooth works great!!
Cons: No Sony support for the TEXT to SPEECH on my Galaxy3
A great-sounding unit with outstanding connectivity. Phone calls are great, and the folks on the other end cannot tell I am on a speakerphone, so the included mic quality is great. My only quip is that I wish I could hide certain sources (most) that I don't use so I don't have to cycle through them all to find the one I'm looking for.
Bought this for my wife and she was thrilled with it! Sound quality, regardless of the source being used is excellent.
Pros: High quality workmanship and sound.
2005 Subaru WRX Wagon. I purchased this head unit last 4th of July weekend, 2013. After numerous compliments since I've had it, I finally felt compelled to write my review. Firstly, this unit is a great value for what you get! Every possible way you can listen to music, this has it, except cassettes. lol. I love being able to listen to all my playlists from my Samsung Galaxy S4 using the bluetooth connectivity. Also, the Sirius, which you need to purchase a separate antenna for, works great. This unit has so many features, and there's definitely a bit of a learning curve here. I spent one afternoon in a parking lot, reading the manual, and messing around with the settings. The settings are endless. Sometimes I wish there was a simple Bass and Treble knob. Less is more. The Bluetooth phone works wonderfully. The microphone picks up your voice clearly. While driving on the highway, I asked my elderly mom if she can hear me clearly, and she said she thought I was calling from my home phone. It was THAT clear, and I have a rather loud sport exhaust too! The sound improvement is significantly improved over the stock stereo. I decided I couldn't stop there, and upgraded all my speakers, and got an amp to power the speakers as well. To say the sound is delightful is an understatement! The ability to exactly match the color of your dash is great too, with infinite color combinations. Just a great looking stereo! You will get compliments from your passengers.
Pros: Great looks. Plays almost every digital music source through various inputs, Sound settings o'plenty. The bluetooth phone works beautifully, and callers hear your voice clearly with no distortion. This may be the best non-touch screen stereo unit out there! It's coming with me when I get my next car! :-)
Cons: A bit of a learning curve to figure out all the numerous settings. I suggest once you get the perfect settings for you, note down somewhere what each of the settings are, just in case, for whatever reason, your battery needs to be disconnected, and all your settings are reset.
This receiver has all the features you need.
Pros: The Bluetooth modes phone, Pandora, and music work great. Used the AUX port to listen an audio book on a kindle using the browse function to find the chapter I wanted. I am still learning all the little features this receiver has,
Cons: The am / fm radio is not as clear as the factory radio it replaces. It picks up all kinds of stations with auto program.
Its an ok unit the sound quality is poor. The factory unit sounds better. I guess you get what you pay for
Pros: Bluetooth for android
Cons: Sound quality is poor
I installed this stereo on my 2004 Toyota Corolla LE. Since the car just turned 10 years old recently with only 71,172 miles, I decided that I should give my first car an upgrade after having it for 10 years. Overall quality of the stereo is excellent. Feature is great but the ease of use on the bluetooth for the phone is very annoying that is why I gave it 3 stars.I am use to my wireless bluetooth speaker that when I press the call button it will connect to the phone right away and ready for a voice command. When using the bluetooth phone on this unit, you have to go to source then look for the Bluetooth phone then look for the phonebook then look for the name of your party. Even so if you have a stored name. So the ease of using the phone Bluetooth while driving is an accident waiting to happen because of distraction when dialing. No voice command. While listening to your music you can answer a call with the call button then when you end the call it will not go back to the music you were listening. You have to go to source and select your music thru Tuner or whatever source.
Pros: Good sound quality and the value is excellent. Very easy to install.
Cons: Not so great with the Bluetooth phone ease of use. Very distracting when dialing while driving.
The radio arrived and had it installed. The blue tooth connection was very spotty and every time I turned the vehicle off I had to reconnect manually. It was always a 2-3 step process. After 1 full day the radio began shutting off. I reconnected and re-grounded all the wiring several times and it would still shut off. I called Crutchfield support and after determining I had it all hooked up correctly they asked me to return it as it was defective. I asked for a Pioneer model and they sent one out to me the very next day.
Pros: sleek and nice looking.
Cons: too many steps to hook up any blue tooth device. Keeps dropping off every time I turn off and turn on the car. confusing interface.
My dad and I installed this Sony stereo and kit with in an hour. now the stereo looks and sounds so much better then the stock stereo. I would highly recommend this stereo to anyone.
Pros: Easy to install and really good step by step instructions on how to install it. Easy to change the color of the display so that it matches the display on the dash. Also the Bluetooth feature connect fast and well to any device that is Bluetooth combatable.
Good product for the $
Pros: Good face up
Cons: Difficult to use all features
Very nice unit. I love the Bluetooth features, especially the hands free for the iPhone. Still getting to know all the features. CD player and radio, both work well.
Pros: Nice sound. Tons of features. Easy to install with the included wiring harnesses.
Cons: The illumination in the face is a little dim.
Replaced the junk stock radio in my Frontier with this, installed it myself and so far I have been very happy with this unit. Sounds much better, lots of features - frustrating for some, read the manual it makes it much easier!- the ability to direct the bass to the rear speakers is a fantastic feature if you don't/can't run a sub. The looks are pretty cool too, I don't find the display to be too bright like some others do, but that's just me. For the $ I would highly recommend this Sony.
I am very happy. Installed it in a 2004 Camry. Great Radio. It has all the quality you expect of a Sony, but no more expensive that comparable models.
Pros: Blue tooth works excellent. Sound is excellent. IPOD ports work great.
Cons: Some of the menu settings are tedious, but once you get the colors and equalizer set you don;t have to deal with that again.
I finally decided to replace my factory radio in my 2007 Altima. I agree with some of the reviews about the LCD not being very bright but overall VERY happy with this unit! I use only the Sirius radio and for my hands free part of it. Very easy to install and Crutchfield support is awesome! I wish I would have bought all my items from them. I had the Axxess adapter for the steering wheel controls already and that part of the install did not go well. Overall very happy with Crutchfield and this radio wish I had installed it sooner!!
Pros: I like everything about it
Bought this unit for a 06 Ford Expedition and did not know what to expect and am glad to say this unit sounds great in the vehicle. Big improvement over the stock 6 CD am/FM stereo that was in the vehicle. the sound is very clear, the loudness is very large, and stays clear at high levels. The colors, and features are great so far also. Have not had time to play with the app for the IPhone, but will give it shot. So far nothing but glowing things to say about this unit and would recommend to anyone looking for a very nice with little bit of flashiness to it.
Pros: The Installation was erase Setup and calibration were easy Excellent sound and 17 RMS
Cons: Could have a little better display of information
great overall price for radio
Pros: good all around radio, phone and internet functions are nice
Cons: too many adjustments for bass and treble
This unit was a breeze to install with everything that was included in the package from Crutchfield. The sound is very good and it has all the bells and whistles you could ask for. I am still learning the interface for the EQ custom setup and I am starting to get it down now. The EQ Custom option doesn't feel as intuitive as all of the other controls and customizations. Everything else on this stereo is very good. Ease of BT setup and indication of connection to BT Phone and BT audio separate. Love it. Phone operation is simple and easy setup. Well done all the way around with this deck.
Pros: Ease of setup for BT and all controls other than the EQ Custom.....
Cons: EQ Customization is a little weird to me. More experienced users/installers may disagree.
I'm not a big car audio guy by any means, but this head unit is awesome. All the integrated bluetooth capabilities, different equalization settings, and being able to use my satellite radio with the add-on make this a must buy for the price.
Unit was a easy install in my 2007 F-150. Seems to function well. Controls are a little hard to cycle through.
This is a great radio, especially for the money. It is loaded with features and options that are fantastic. Easy to install, easy to use and easy on the wallet. This is the radio to get if you want to upgrade your current unit and don't want to spend a lot of cash. I would recommend this to anyone.
This unit does what it promises. It produces good sound at a resonable price. It's easy to install and set up.
Pros: Most of the controls are logically laid out and intuitive. The settings are easy to navigate to set up. It gives a few options on what is to be displayed during use which is nice. Some people are saying the display isn't bright enough to be seen in daylight, but this depends on the color you select for the display. If you use light yellow, it's invisible in day light. If you use a blue or green or even darker warm colors (orange/red/etc) it's pefectly visible in bright light conditions.
Cons: You can't skip unused modes when switching sound input. So if I want to switch from the radio to a CD, I have to scroll through the Pandora option, Ipod option, etc. It would be better if you could remove a completely unused option. The Ipod controls aren't great. It works, but it only lets you skip to the next album, rather than the next playlist or artist. It's 2014. Who groups music by album anymore? You can still easily control the Ipod as normal from the Ipod though so it's not a huge deal.
Very nice equipment. Fun to use. Takes a bit to get farmiliar with but once you have hang of it, it's great. Bluetooth works great also.
Pros: Price, delivery, easy install, came with everything I needed
This unit exceeded my expectations. Works like a charm and had features I was not aware I was going to get.
I am amazed at the quality and performance of this product espesially considering the price. Way to go Sony, and Crutchfield's service and support was perfect as always!!!
This replaced the factory JBL stereo in my daughter's Camry. Big improvement! With the adapter that came recommended from Crutchfield, it tied right in with the JBL amps and speakers. Daughter is thrilled with it's sound.
Great unit for the price. Sounds great in daughters 2005 Cavalier, even without new speakers. Will get those later. Directions were super easy to follow, except for the install kit. I had to call support but they immediately sent a better, actual picture of what needed to be cut off. After unit was in and powered up, I noticed the menu/volume button did not work. Called support again and immediately was told I probably plugged the mic into the wrong slot in the back of radio. The tech knew right away, without looking, what the issue was. Fixed that and everything was working great. Synced IPhone immediately and was using Bluetooth for phone and audio. Phone quality and clarity were amazing. Daughter loves setting background color.
Pros: Great price, easy install. Easy to synch IPhone. Tech support is superb!
Cons: Directions for the install kit are horrible! Get tech support to send picture of exactly what to cut off to your specific car!
Great buy easy install
While I have only just installed the unit I have found the unit easy to navigate despite other poor reviews for ease of use. The unit is not a touch screen with Icons for every function. If you want that then step up to a touch screen and buy it. For an old fashioned backlight DIN reciever this unit is packed with all the most advanced features at a great price. I have tried the bluetooth for phone calls and my callers said sound quality is great. Pandora with my Andriod Galaxy S4 Active works seemlessly as described in the owners manual. With controls on the unit. Excellent. For those that need a button for every option let me ask you how much real estate is really available on the front of even a double din unit? Come on people just read the darn directions and familarize yourself with the controls. Color for the unit matches my F150 lighting perfectly and I don't find the unit too bright. Plus with Crutchfield mounting plastic and the factory plug how dow you go wrong? Allthough I will say the directions for the plastic DIN mounting bracket from the manufacturer were absolutely lacking. I ran the bluetooth microphone wire up under the headliner and clipped the mic to the liner above the rear view mirror. I then ran the wire for the mike down the drivers side A pillar into the dash, above the steering column and into the reciever compartment. This was the most difficult and time consuming task. There are excellent youtube videos for this out there.