I bought this CD player to match my new blue Streetka. I liked the fact that it was black blue and silver as it matched my car perfectly - I have to admit that was the deciding vote between this one and another Sony. I bought it from Amazon as they offered the best price (£100 approx) and had it fitted at my local garage for half the price Halfords charge!
Sony is a good reliable brand for most electricals, and as it was my first car & car stereo I thought I would play it safe. It has good features - it plays CDs, USB drives, and also has an aux socket so I can run my phone through it. The aux lead and ISO leads are included in the box too which is helpful. Saves you buying them, approximately £10ish for both. At first I couldn't work out where to put a CD in, but it has an "open" button, and the system flips down revealing another part of the unit. This is where you put your CD in, then push the system back up! It was a little confusing at first, but a nice feature I think now. Also, the front clips off so no-one can steal it. A hard carry case is included in the box.
The sound quality is OK, although I would have expected better. Saying that though, it could be my factory fitted speakers that leave the music sounding a little "tinny". On the plus side, there are lots of different modes for playing music in, including a custom mode. This is useful if you know what you are doing with it!
A problem I have found with it though is that the knob also acts as a button, and sometimes when I go to adjust the volume I accidentally change the sound mode. Also, it flashes a lot for apparently no reason which is very distracting, particularly at night.
I bought this particular head unit after hours, in fact days of trawling internet sites looking at review after review. Thankfully the reviews I read lead me to a grat decision, to buy it.
Now if like me you have never bought or fitted a new head unit before then this is recommended that you but a high quality one like this which actually include a set of fitting instructions. May sound petty but if you're in my shoes you'll understand. The vast majority of cheaper branded stuf out there had such chocking instruction its barely worth opening.
On to the unit itself. Well its fantastic to say the least. The option to use a USB data stick to store all my thousands of tracks was what attracted me. More specificaly what makes this unit so good with this feature is actually the combination of the screen and the built in software, that allow you to so quickly and easily search through masses of albums to find that song of the moment.
The controls in general for the whole face are very intuitive and easy to use whilst on the go (I can't condone doing this of course) however the volume knob can be a little over sensetive and result in blasting out a bit of led zeplin at 2am by accident (sorry neighbours).
The most important aspect I can mention here is by far the superior quality sound produced. When I first considered buying this unit I had a stock Ford head unit and speakers in and they sounded terrible. I honestly believed it would require a complete install of speakers and all to get a half decent note in my car. As it turns out however that just isnt the case, I was amazed at the quality of sound this unit manages to squeeze out of my stock ford speakers I origionally thought they were beyond hope. I am so pleased with the oucome I have left the speakers well alone and saved myself a few hundred pounds in the proccess.
Hi, had the Sony CDXGT82U about a year now and feel compelled to write, as I found it hard to find any user reviews.
Visually a nice fascia, chrome knob has a nice band of rubber around it, aiding grip.
The front usb sits behind a flap which looks and feels class.
The usual Sony back drop video's in the main display, vu meters and graphic equalizer displays under the track info, you can opt for just titles (thankfully) which only display artist, or title, or album, which is a shame, sure they could of fitted it on the screen.
Colour settings change all buttons (red, green & blue) except for the screen and light around the knob, which I must point out seems very bright on a unlit road at night, very distractingly. Bare in mind also the constantly flashing led, if you have one on your usb stick.
I find the fascia tricky to click into place, inserting the bottom in its hinges then flipping closed, I'm used to Kenwood's that just clip in flush, guess I'll get used to that.
I brought it for the front usb (I use memory stick)and was worried about browsing my files, I think Sony has done a fair job with it's browser, which basically displays a list of folders that contain files, i.e mp3's, not the folders that they are in, i.e I have a folder named 'Drum & Bass', inside is a folder named 'New Stuff', only 'New Stuff' will be displayed in the list, which doesn't help navigation in a vast collection. The data knob works a treat tho, must be said, scrolls nice and fast. Spot on Sony.
For the money i paid for it I'm very pleased. There wasn't a great deal of choice for what I wanted, regardless of cost. I'm just stoked to get ALL my music on the road! Oh and mine came with remote control
This is a great product from Sony. I installed this in my car when I brought my new Golf a few months ago.
The sound quality is excellent and I love the way it looks. Very very stylish. Its sexy classy and doesnt look too boy racerish. I am a girl and like my car to look stylish not trashy.
This product is very asthetically pleasing on the eyes.
I like the fact that it comes in a choice of colours so it matches the interior of any car.
It also features a radio which is handy when you have no cds to hand. The controls are easy and simple and no hard to get the hang of which is very useful when you are driving you need something easy to control.
I really like this product and would drfinatly recommend it to anyone looking to buy a stereo at a good price.