I was forced into buying a new stereo when a cd became jammed in my BMW original factory fit stereo. I chose this one because it seemed such a good price for a fully featured Sony car stereo.
I couldn't have made a better choice the sound is awesome!
Installation was not easy, and I had to pay to have it fitted through Halfords. This was more to do with my Car (BMW) than the stereo, a hacksaw was eventually needed to remove the plastic surrounding the stereo. On any normal car, set-up would have been a breeze, so don't let it put you off too much.
Set up is a sinch, and it was up an running in no time.
Sound equaliser pre-sets are all noticeably different, some are better than others, it all comes down to taste and style of music played. For slower ballad style music I prefer space as it gives a lovely echo sound, on faster drum and bass style music Xplo is the choice for me, you can customize your own if you so wish.
Usb and Mp3 cd's work great, and I love this feature. I cannot comment on the Ipod connector as I don't own one (yes I know).
Mine came with a remote control, as yet I have not used it, never seen the point of these as it is not exactly far to reach?
Downsides...The buttons are very small, and it is easy to press the wrong ones (my fingers are not exactly big either). Also a case for the head unit should have been included, sometimes you will need to remove the faceplate. These can be picked up on ebay rather cheaply though.
In summary this stereo can't be faulted and beats my old BMW one hands down. Very pleased
I finally got my first car and wanted to personalise it just a little bit so that it really felt like 'my own'.
I logged onto a local Car Audio website and found the Sony CDX GT420U at Half Price, so I decided to drive to the store and pick one up (which they also kindly fitted for me).
The product is well packaged and comes with the two CD Player release prongs, and all the cabling you need (my car already had a signal booster for the arial, which is something you will need to purchase if you haven't already got one).
Installation was very easy. The CD player turns on as it should, it very quickly finds radio stations and to displays the name of the station you are on. To save the station, just hold down the number you want to program it into. To save your settings, turn off the engine and wait until you hear three audio beeps through the speakers.
The CD player function is brilliant, it plays MP3 CDs and has a clear display that you can easily navigate through.
The best part about this CD player, which is what I believe a lot of people will be buying the head unit for, is the ability to plug in MP3 Players. I must warn you that it is not fully iPod friendly and will not allow you to use your iPod to select songs, nor does it display correctly your iPod library.
I went and brought a 2 GB USB Memory stick, and loaded it up with music (in folders) and the Head Unit browses through them effortlessly. It is not in alphabetical order, but displays the folders (which is useful for putting things into albums) in order they were added to the stick. Another great function is its ability to play playlists, meaning you can select any songs from the USB stick, make a playlist and it will play them in that order.
To earch for songs is simple, you click the 'Browse' button and use the wheel to go back and forth, I was fascinated in the Sony's ability to understand folders. Once the folder is highlighted, press the wheel and it select it, then proceed to select your track in the same way.
The XPLOD function is amazing, even if you do not have a Subwoofer installed. It really does make a difference to the quality of audio that comes through your standard speakers.
Another cool function, for those that really want to show off is the option to purchase a remote control!
I bought this unit for the last car that i owned. I thought that it did everything you could want from a low end head unit. There are so many features on it that are really advanced for the amount of money that you pay for it. It even has a headphone jack that you can pop your i pod into as well. Considering it is arounf the 80 pound mark i thought that this was an excellent little feature. My one even offered bluetooth compatibility with you phone a brilliant feature as it means that you odn't have to fork out for another handsfree kit, you can simply connect your phone to it wirelessly and accept iin coming calls at the touch of a button.
The only thing that i think could be improved was the display. I wasn't especially happy with the 80's style square numbers and letters. I though it made the whole appearance of the unit a little budget to be hones and not really up to the standar of the rest of the head unit.
One thing i would mention is that if you have problems with the unit not rememering the date and time, simply take out the unit and replace the yellow wire that comes out of the back of the unit and pop it into the whole in the red space. I didn't do that for a few months and though it was broken.
All in all i this was wau more than i was expecting from a fairly cheap little head unit. Seriously one to think about if you are conidering buying a new car stereo.
I was very excited about ugrading from cassette player to CD player in my little car. I decided that for numerous reasons that I would get the Sony CDX GT420U, reasons such as being able to play numerous formats of CD, including MP3 disc. There is also an AUX plug which is fantastic if you have an Ipod or MP3 player. The stereo also looks fantastic, which is also an obvious benefit, be it for you to enjoy or if you're into "pimping your ride".
The font fascia, like most other CD players does detach which is also helpful, it is very easy to install and took me a matter of minutes, and believe me, I am not great at any sort of installation! This CD player does not and would not dissapoint and is definitely worth picking up, there is a range of pre loaded sound settings (Xplod) and the capacity to program your own, fantastic!!