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I bought this car stereo as a replacement for a factory fitted, and for less than £100, I think it is a good deal for the money. I was looking for an upgrade to the factory fit, and a stereo that I had USB and MP3 compatibility. Being SONY, I knew that it would be of good quality.
The head unit when played through the cars original speakers without an amplifier, is not the loudest of stereos, but if it were being played with an amp and up rated speakers than I'm sure that it could blast out quite well. There is in built amplifier in the head unit that gives deeper sound levels than the stereo that I had previously. Not being one to listen to my music that loud, I am pleased with the crisp clear sound that it delivers. It would be a simple job to connect to an amp and a sub, as the connector jacks are very user friendly, and the manual comes with easy to read wiring diagrams and instructions. I installed it myself using a specified wiring harness, and as it is fitted with multi plugs, it really was a snap fit, with just a bit of fiddling to get the fascia surround re-attached.
The unit comes with a remote control, which is handy for a passenger to use, but the good thing about this unit is that it was compatible with the steering column remote that was already fitted to my vehicle, so I can change the sound levels and the tracks without having to take my hands off the wheel.
I'm very pleased with the USB attachment, as it's easy for me to hook up my MP3 player and listen to my favourite tracks, rather than carrying lots of different CDs in the car. The handy thing about the USB is that if a passenger has an MP3 device on them, they can hook it up to their MP3, and you can listen to their tunes on a journey. A Friend did try to attach his mobile phone via the USB slot, but we were unable to scroll through the tracks and they could only be played in a continuous block, but we've never had a bother with an MP3 player. Flash Drives also work well, which is an added bonus as you can leave an inexpensive flash drive in the car which can be loaded up with hundreds of tracks. The only issue with Flash drives is that it will read and play the songs in sequence without giving you too much freedom with the shuffle option, but if you are playing whole albums rather than individual songs, this is fine.
The stereo is able to play tracks in MP3, WMA and ATRAC, which is handy if you have different files on your player.
The fascia can be removed for security and taken along with you, which is always a nice feature just to be on the safe side. The fascia itself is quite attractive, with a nice LED display that displays the radio station or track that is playing. When the car is dark, it gives a good glow, and has a visible graphic equaliser style display that looks really cool. It's very easy to use and navigate around.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a stereo upgrade as it is really easy to fit and once installed has loads of features that will keep it relevant for many years to come. If you upgrade the speakers in your car too, then you can make this a really nice system.
The Sony CDX-GT4IOU cd player is very easy to install, I have installed a few radio and cd players in my time, so it took me around 8 minutes to install, depends on experience.
It has the ability to play the following file formats mp3/wma/aac/atrac.
The onboard pre amp provides a clear clean performance,with the tone controls you can adjust and tweak the sound to perfection or very near to perfection.
The pre amp has outputs to add a external amp for more great power.For peace of mind the front facia detaches from the main body for security but also with the facia you can change between green and amber,looks great.
Also on the facia the song title appears on the facia,which helps.
A Usb is also attached so you can add other devices, ie ipod or flash drive.
Front usb and aux input.
Once you have the hang of were everthing is on the unit,you will enjoy as I am.
Very nice headunit overall when you consider the $250 price tag. It has features like USB which other headunits only give when you spend $350-$450.
It looks great in my opinion and sounds great (maybe a little too chrisp but that could be my crummy factory speakers) HOWEVER i find the USB drive can be a little frustrating at times. I use a 2GB flash drive which holds around 500 songs. At first i had all 500 songs thrown onto the USB drive without folders. As soon as i put the drive in it would READ and start playing INSTANTLY.
I now have the songs organised in around 40 folders each given the artists name and each time i start the car i have to wait around 2 minutes while the unit READS the drive and then starts playing. It also seems unable to display album (folder) names and gives a number instead.
This means that rather than having LED ZEP display i have to know that its album number 9 in the list. Not ideal and since it displays song name and information im not sure why this is a problem.
Actually- if anyone can make this work for me or give me any hints- please e-mail me! firstname.lastname@example.org would be great!
This is the first after market CD player ive purchased. I was originally attracted to it because of the Sony brand. Its well established and i felt much safer going for this that something else.
It offersa great balance from all aspects. Its decent price for what you get, isnt the loudest of head units on the go, but the sounds is crisp and clear. And its a very simple head unit to use when hooking up to amps or sub woofers.
The remote control is a bit of a redundant feature and used mostly for the "wow" factor, although it does come in handy if your the type to go to car cruises and the likes.
The USB attachment is a really great feature but ive found that not all USB devices are compatible. Things like jump drives work just fine but ive tried hooking my phone up via the usb and playing stored music from that but for some reason the head unit wont register it.
All in all though is a good buy...go for it!
i already had a sony cd player but after having a new mp3 player i decided to upgrade to one that is able to play music through a usb port and had a aux input. this was really easy to fit and as i aleady had a sony i did not need any more fittings. i love the way i plug my usb mp3 in and i can still do all the things like shuffle album or shuffle all songs on the usb with the touch of a button. the usb stays in place which i was suprised going over lots of bumps. it gives out and amazing sound and i only have basic speakers fitted so it is pretty impressive. for the price of this unit it is well worth it i wouldnt hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a new stereo at a great price and a brand you can trust.
This is an very excellent CD tuner which plays mp3 format music from CD R and RW discs and front input USB port.which is very handy. There is also an aux input for connecting mp3 music devices. The unit comes with a good manual and I needed only an auto lead to connect to a nissan micr which only cost like £7.99. The depth of the unit a bit smaller than a roadstar model and was easier to fit as nissan micra because it didn't have much space in the back. The unit does not have a DIN connector but sony provides a cable to make it DIN compatible.not a problem. Sony also provides a aeria adaptor and saves you$ another £5. It was easy to install and the music quality is very good. The whole Cd player is very good value for money for only £70 for a branded name!