I was looking for a audio system for my first car, and the Sony CDX GT20 has not dissapointed. I had quite a tight budget, so for the price I was impressed with what the Sony offered. On first impressions, the aesthetics may seem 'tacky' or 'cheap', with a silver fronting, different to many other black audio systems on the market, which could be seen as a good thing.
The button layout is relatively easy to understand, whilst looking abit plain I admit. However if you were just listening to the Sony, you would be fooled into thinking the sound was produced from a far more expensive product. The volume goes plenty high enough, even for the typical teenager, and maintains its quality throughout. The audio seems to have real depth to it yet the limited selection of 3 equaliser settings could easily annoy.
MP3 capability is another great bonus of this system, allowing music to be ripped onto CD's at greater efficiency that usual music files.
I had the Sony CDX GT20 installed in a recent car I sold. The unit looks quite basic from a design viewpoint but it has plent of quality features and the sound reproduction was excellent. A few people commented on the silver face and thought it makes the Sony unit appear cheap but I disagree. The Sony stands out amidst the numerous plain units that are all black and covered in flashing lights. Personally, I thought it looked quite stylish.
The Sony has a 4x45 watt output and this is more than loud enough to have a private party in your car. The sound reproduction at high volumes is good, with little or no distortion, and at lower volumes the sound is clear and suffers no problem with bass dropout. The bass is solid (Sony's Xplod bass technology is one of the finest available) and the mid and high range possess great clarity.
The Sony has 3 equaliser settings which is a bit limited and may annoy some people who really want to produce their perfect sound reproduction, but for a unit of in this price range it is acceptable. Besides, the basic sound quality of the Sony is good enough that it does not really need major alteration.
This particular unit does have the capability to play mp3 tracks off a CD, so you can record many albums onto one CD to save constant disk changes. The front of the unit is removable to discourage theft. The CD player is incredibly reliable and hardly ever misses a beat even when travelling over rough terrain.
In my opinion, this is a nice looking unit that produces excellent sound reproduction for a very reasonable price. It served me well for nearly a year and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a mid-range car stereo that offers above average sound.