I purchased this almost four years ago for my car that is old and had no difficulties with it it was at the time even one of the more affordable models but it satisfied my budget and basic requirement of only playing CD's in the car.
I still had the old cage from my previous CD player so it fitted very rapidly and powered on just excellent.
Like the majority of CD players it's the face that is removable, sometimes can be somewhat annoying and enjoy many people I've times where I simply leave it in but I'd recommend removing it every time.
This details all the features and functionality which makes it simple that you get the perfect settings needed, as soon as I bought it a manual was contained. If you have purchased it second hand without the manual then fear not as I know the Sony website has most CD available to download, just search "Sony CDX GT23 guide" or similar and you also must get the appropriate page quickly. Like most appliances the perfect way to get used to and learn to use something is so after a little playing around you should have the fundamentals at least, to use it.
One of the fine things about the player is the little screen in the front will display radio station or CD track information like artist name etc.
My fiancee and the CD player have in the past linked her iphone, so if you've got one that's an obvious bonus as you may play your music stored on the iphone.
You can do this, without it though the sound is excellent and does not readily vibrate unless playing at absurd volumes although I've not linked it up to an AMP.
Totally, this is a budget CD player that is good, has good sound and seems fine, the fitting is easier enough and locating the proper settings for you shouldn't take long.
This is one of the better bits of kit you can buy for your car, easy to install, great sound quality and everything you will need while driving. The device has a CD player a slot for an auxiliary cable , a great selection of radio stations and a great on screen display. This is really the kind of buy you should make if you need a gadget you can depend on and wont fail you. The best thing is your getting a solid bit of SONY equipment but you're not actually paying that much for it. Radios for cars are not as expensive as they once were now due to new cars being built with smart looking CD/Radios but if you want something a bit better then this is a good quality product. Its also smart in appearance and looks great if you've got a dark dashboard or interior. SONY quality!
My factory standard fitted stereo was terrible, and being in the car for so long each day I needed to upgrade.
I purely picked this product because of the reasonable price and I was not disappointed. For the standard and quality this really is good value for money. I fully expected to have to replace this after a year or so but so far it has been 100% reliable.
I fully expected to have to get someone to help me fit this in my car, but the instructions provided were incredibly easy to follow and the installation took me only about 45 mins.
I was able to quickly pick up all of the stations without any trouble and the quality of the sound and reception was brilliant.
I was pleased that for the price this product came with an AUX socket, so I can plug in my iPod but I think a USB output would have also been useful.
The only downside I find is that the buttons are very stiff and close together, so it can be very tricky to do anything whilst driving.
Also, aesthetically, I think there are probably better designs out there.
But overall, I am very pleased with this and would recommend to anyone.
This is a very reasonably priced stereo that you can fit in your car. The fitting itself isn't too complicated - I'm a novice and it took me about an hour to do. (It comes with instructions, but if you've never fitted a car radio before you may want to read each instruction a few times, like I did, to make sure you understand what they're actually instructing you to do.)
Once it's installed, the radio itself is very easy to use. It lights up a bright red colour when it's switched on which some people may find distracting when driving in darkness but which I found quite soothing, actually. The tuning controls are easy to use and it seems to pick up all the stations you'd want, and the individual buttons feel quite sturdy and built to last, not 'loose' like some car stereo buttons. It hasn't got a USB port but that's no problem for me - I'm mainly interested in the AUX line-in port, which it's got - meaning I can plug my smartphone into it and listen to my music through there.
So, yes - it's a good car stereo with all the features I want for a very reasonable price.
I bought this radio last year as a substitute for my old radio, which offered no CD support.
Both sound quality and functionality of this radio are excellent! On the front panel there are all the controls you need (e.g. equalizer, volume etc.). The removable front face is a great idea protecting your new radio from being stolen. Its display shows you the current radio station and if you are listening to an original CD, it shows the title of the song. A disadvantage may be the lack of an USB jack. For me, this isn't a great problem because I'm mostly using the radio and the CD feature. The radio is also equipped with an equalizing section, which does its job like it is supposed to do.
Installing the radio in your car may be a bit tricky, but it is not too hard. It took me about 30 minutes.
One last aspect to mention is that the radio lights up red when turned on. Some may like it, some may not, but for me it's okay.
So as a conclusion, the CDX GT23 is a nice, cheap radio offering all important features while being easy to use. I would reccomend it!
As I am not fortunate enough to own a new or even nearly new car I still need a CD player/radio for my old trusty banger. The one I had previously was a Sony but it was a really old one and the CD's kept sticking inside and it wasn't a very good sound. On a recent clear out of our garage I came across this one which belonged to my husband many years ago, and as it was a lot better than the one I currently had in the car my husband fitted it in for me.
Obviously we didn't have the manual but I think most of these type of radio's are similar to fit as long as you know or can work out which wires to attach to each other, but you can download or read the manual on the Sony website if you need a bit of help. My husband had no problem with this and it only took him about thirty minutes to take the old one out and replace it with this one. I had the cage in the car from my previous radio so that didn't need to be replaced.
It has a removable front face which is good, as if you are still using these radio's you are probably driving an older car which hasn't got the same up to date security features as newer ones and I think it does deter thieves, however having said that they are not really worth much second hand now. I think it came with a case when it was new for the face but we haven't got this any more but I just put it into the glove box.
On the front there is an equaliser button, volume control, a source button, eject CD button and the panel release. The seek button allows you to change the CD track by pressing it once, to change more than one track you press it once and then press again immediately and hold in until you get to the track that you want, and to fast forward or reverse while a track is playing you press once continually either forwards or backwards. The mode button allows you to select the radio band you want to listen to, in my case its FM and in my husbands case its LW to listen to men waffling on about sport. It does display the song you are playing on your CD as long as it is an original one and also displays the current radio station.
It does have an AUX plug which I don't use but my husband and son will often plug their phones into this when they are in the car to listen to music. I mainly like to listen to the radio when I am in the car as I like the diversity the different stations give me and regularly change the station to suit my mood.
This is an old radio and is very dated compared to the new technology that is out but it is something which I need until I can afford to replace my car. I find this radio gives a good sound and doesn't vibrate even when I turn it up very loud. I think it would have been around £80 new but you can pick them up from Ebay for around £20 now so if you still need this sort of radio/CD player for your car I would highly recommend this one.
In terms of Car audio there are a few names which spring to mind Sony, JBL & Alpine are a few personal favourites. The GT23 from Sony features 45W across 4 Outputs totaling 180w direct music power, this works well for splitting individual speakers across certain channels to get your in car system sounding just how you like it.
Sony in terms of quality has produced some industry leading products which including Car audio stands to be beaten, face-offs are generally very similar to one another so not much differences are to be noted between this unit and other models within the range except for output limits.
The unit has preset EQ's and custom settings can be configured again per channel so you can easily adjust your settings for the front and apply unique setting to the rear channels. Excellent sound quality and good response with Bass.
The facia easily comes away from the disc-drive for anti-theft protection, Installation is fairly straight-forward depending on vehicle, remove old unit, sit plates, connect power cable, audio and speakers connectors and start up your engine and away you go.
Not sure how yet but I believe a security code can also be set for additional anti-theft protection.
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I purchased this CD player for my girlfriend a few years ago as a birthday present. She has a Nissan Micra which had no CD players, only a casette so a new CD player was the first thing that she wanted for her car.
I researched this model for a while and compared it with many others and decided for the price, and the requirements, this was perfect.
Below I have listed some of the features that I particularly like about this CD player:
- Removable face : Important for any CD player in a car that doesn't have the greatest security. You can press the eject button to the side and the "face" pops out. It is also extremely easy to clip back into place. In my old car, this was a nightmare to do so it stayed in 24/7.
- Display : I like the display on this CD player, when you are playing an MP3 CD, it displays track information like artist / album / song title etc. A nice feature in my opinion.
- AUX : If you have an AUX cable, you can plug your MP3 player directly into the CD player and play music from your phone / iPod etc. This for me is an absolute must, I don't burn CD's anymore I just take my iPod and so does my girlfriend. You just plug it in and you have your entire music library at a touch of a button. If this CD player didn't have AUX support, I wouldn't have looked twice at it!
I believe this cost me around £100 from Halford's at the time. Not a bad price for a CD player
I fitted this myself and with no previous experience and found it really simple.
After removing the old one, 4 or 5 screws and a bit of pulling, I slid this into place and immediately realised that the radio antenna cable wouldn't fit.
Off I went back to Halfords and picked up the adapter for a few pounds and went back to work. I would say it took me around 45 minutes, not including the trip to Halfords, to get this fitted and working.
One point I would make is to ensure that the battery is disconnected otherwise you may destroy the CD player!
The CD player came with the cage that it sits in which made it extremely easy, all I had to do was fit it to the brackets from the old CD player and my girlfriend now had a shiny new gadget in her car.
Overall this is a decent CD player when you are on a budget. If you want something that has AUX support and plays MP3 CD's, this CD player will do the job.
About The Product
The Sony CDX GT23 is a car CD player, the dimensions are 5 x 17.8 x 17.9 cm and it weighs 1.5kg. It is black with some red buttons. Unit will light up red when turned on (perfect for red cars).
My Opinions & Experiences
I bought this nearly four years ago for my old car and had no problems with it whatsoever, it was at the time even one of the cheaper models but it suited my budget and basic requirement of just playing CD's in the car.
I have fitted many in car CD players in the past for family and friends so I personally found it very easy to fit, if you have never done it before or have one of those cars that makes it fiddly then I'm sure Halfords do fitting or find someone you know to do it for you properly. I still had the old cage from my previous CD player so it fitted very quickly and powered on just fine.
Like most CD players it has the removable face, sometimes can be a bit annoying and like many people I have times where I just leave it in but I would recommend removing it every time. A friend of mine recently had his car broken into and with the face still on it was easy money to the petty thief.
When I purchased it a manual was included, this details all the features and functionality making it easy for you to get the right settings needed. If you have bought it second hand without the manual then fear not as I know the Sony website has them available to download, just search "Sony CDX GT23 manual" or similar and you should find the right page quickly. Like most appliances the best way to get used to and learn how to use something is to use it, so after a bit of playing around you should have the basics at least under control.
One of the nice things about the player is that the little screen at the front will display radio station or CD track information like artist name etc. Obviously if you have made the CD yourself you will need to input this information when creating the CD.
My fiancée has in the past linked her iphone to the CD player, so if you have one that is an obvious bonus as you can play your music stored on the iphone through the player.
I haven't linked it up to an AMP but you can do this, without it though the sound is fantastic and doesn't easily vibrate unless playing at ridiculous volumes.
In summary it is a good budget CD player, has good sound and looks nice, the fitting is simpler enough and finding the right settings for you shouldn't take long.
This CD player was bought for me as a present from my Fiancée; I have an old car and was stuck with an old tape-player, and this CD player became a welcome substitute!
The Sony CDX GT23, as far as I can see, and from what I have found on various websites, is no longer in production, which is a shame. I lost the front plate and it was easy enough, and cheap enough to buy a new one on-line.
I find in particular that it has a great sound quality, due to the Xplod feature, although I have to really crank up the volume when I go over 50mph and my car starts to rattle and shake!! Even when driving, the CD player is easy to control, I just feel the large volume dial and the track forward and back buttons are almost touch-sensitive and I never have to look down to find out what's going on.
The only one negative I find with this product, although more of a suggestion than a negative, is that is has no USB port - my Dad's car stereo has a USB plug and I would find that a lot easier than making CDs of my favourite music.
Overall a brilliant product, looks stylish and is easy to use (for people like me, who are not technologically inclined!).
To be honest I never actually purchased this CD player, it was my ex's - I had a newer Sony model in my car - just before we split up he put my CD player in his car as his did not work with a SUB he had just purchased. At the time we split up it was impossible for me to get it back - due to him being locked up at the police station with his car keys with him - so I just took his so I wasn't losing out.
Although I really liked my own CD player as it was a newer model and looked a lot better than this model, with this also being a Sony model I knew this would be just fine as I have always had great experiances with Sony's.
As previously mentioned I didn't buy this new and this was the first time in my life I had ever attempted fitting a car CD player.
I had about 30 minutes of bother trying to get the CD player working - I got it into the slot just fine as the old cage was already there from my old CD player - it can be fiddly if some of the connections fall out which is what happened with me and it kept losing power. I also had to unswap the connections once as they were in the wrong way and was not saving my settings as a result - apparently this is a common problem for people fitting any type of car CD player. In my opinion anyone can fit one of these just follow the manual if not sure!
The CD player is mostly black in colour as are most of the buttons. Two of the buttons do appear in red and the unit lights up red on the lights when in use. The fonts on the screen are white. I love that the unit lights up red as so do all the other lights inside my car! Love this better than my old CD player as the lights used to clash with the inside of my car!
The best features
* Its very easy to use - like similar CD players figuring out what everything does is just common sense and the manual is very clear and helpful - If you do not have a manual you can get this on the Sony website.
* This CD player has a removable front unit - which also comes with a case to place this in if you need to remove it. You do get this feature on a lot of CD players these days and I think its great as it may put off a thief wanting to break into your car as it looks like there isn't an expensive CD player in there.
* This Sony model can be used with radio frequencies / CD's / AUX (which is a stereo cable) - my favourite and most used method is the AUX as I like to play my music from my iPhone - and a lot cheaper than having to burn my music to CD's every couple of weeks.
* For an older model I am really pleased that it does display whats being played on the screen for the radio (shows radio station name) and CD's (for CD's you have made yourself you will need to make sure you added this information on the CD yourself).
* From what I have been told you can connect this to some SUBS and AMPS - I am not very technical though so if you do purchase and you want further information you would be better talking to a shop like Halfords for further information.
* Compared to my old standard Seat CD player which used to cause lots of noise / interferance when going over bumps in the road this CD player doesnt cause any similar problems its very reliable.
* The sound coming from this is great - would be better with a SUB / AMP though!
Overall I am very happy with this CD player. As previously mentioned I love the design and the fact that the red lights match the rest of the lights in my car... and also as a female who is not very technical you appreciate how easy this is to use!
Overall the sound coming from it is great and has never caused me any problems. What more could I want?! Would recommend to all...
Price & availability
It doesn't appear that anyone sells this brand new anymore but I did come across a second hand one on Ebay for £25.00 buy it now... So it can be a real bargain if you find one!
I had this car radio CD player in my last car, it was cheap to buy especially compared to the ridiculous prices you can pay for other models. It's rather simple design made it nice and easy for anyone who was in the front to control. As you don't want to have to be explaining anything to anyone when trying to concentrate on the road.
It does of course play Cd's, one at a time it doesn't have multi disc changer, but it does also play MP3 and has an audio in connection so you can rig up your iPod to it and play directly from that.
It has a good overall sound both the CD and the radio. It had a maximum output of 45 watts x 4 that's plenty of punch for the average size car.
The FM radio had lots of presets so you could save all your favorite channels and wouldn't have to be tuning them in while driving. There was a handy little remote so people in the back could change the channels or flick through the track listing on the Cd's. Although the remote did get lost a lot of times and having someone rummaging around in the back of your car is never a good idea. The display was easy to read and the main tuning dial was easy to twist, but no too loose or you go flying past each channel.
The face plate was removable and small enough to fit into a handbag until you returned.
This was affordable, I can't remember how much I paid exactly but I do recall it being cheap.
You can buy one from Amazon.co.uk for £70.
I had one of these fitted in my first car (citroen C2)... With it being my first car for budget reasons the inside was abit basic so to make everything feel and sound a little more up makret I had a new in car entertainment system fitted including one of these little fellas!!!
This was fitted by an auto electrician I know but had no problems and went in within a fairly short amount of time! However after a few days I found the remote central locking wouldnt work and my alarm would go off at random times. Also the back wiper pump wouldnt turn off so I never had water to wash either screena nd when the tank was empty (even when the car was turned off) the pump would make a shocking loud noise...Didn't sound to good for the car! So when we had another look it required a part that had to be sent from Citroen. So would advise everyone to look into this first so you don't have these issues
For the price I found the CDX GT23 very good features wise allowing me to connect my MP3 player through an AUX port. However some of the more pricey models have the USB option to.
I found the product very simple to use flicking from function to function at the touch of a single button. All features are very easy to figure out and is really just common sense. The front is also easy to unclip and re-fit so it makes it easy to take with you when you ate out of the car (always would advise this to try and put people off breaking into your car)
I had this fitted with a sony Sub and amp and they did give off some very very good sound and bass. Worked very well with the other products and never had a problem in regards to the sound.
To sum this up it is good for the money however there are more expensive models that car packed with more features and perks. So if on a short budget this is a good option although I would advise saving your pennies and going for a model with USB and even bluetooth connections. These make like alot easier!
This particular model of in car CD player was the cheapest on offer when I purchased it roughly around a year ago and I have never had any problems with it. The display on the front is very clear and provides all the information I need. It has a LCD built-in display and a red back light button and features a digital clock with an optional 24hours display.
It was very easy to attach in to the car and I also bought a cover as part of the deal to put over it when i left the vehicle and this was easily detachable and discreet. The actual face-plate itself is also detachable for extra safety.
It has the standard radio stations which has the ability to contain 30 preset stations, the CD player function that supports WMA and MP3 formats, and the AUX-in output that allows MP3 players of iPod's to be connected and played through the system which is very useful to listen to my own playlists that I have created rather than having to copy them onto a CD. However if you wish to create personalized CD's, this system is CD-R and CD-RW compatible which is what the majority of blank discs are.
The audio features it offers are very good I think as well, it has adjustments for treble, bass and obviously volume and these can be altered to fit the particular speakers of the car. The equalizer is a digital graphic which is very clear and easy to understand.
For the price paid for the overall product I am very pleased with my purchase and it meets all requirements that I expected it to.
i purchased this sony car stereo from halfords about 2 years ago for around £50, it was the cheapest option when comparing it to other car stereos as it allowed me to connect my ipod, play cds and listen to the radio. what more could you want from a car stereo?
if its sound quality that your after then this car stereo probably isnt the best choice, many people dont realise the speakers fitted in your car aernt what enhances the quality of sound coming from your car but its actually the quality of output provided by the stereo.
this car stereo is simple and easy to use offering a hassle free way to play music from your portable music player. its simply design fits well in most cars although may look a little dated in a new car. the small led screen simply lets you see what is being played also.
the sony cdx gt23 is a simply and easy to use car stereo with basic features, if thats what your after then definitely a good purchase.