Product Type: Sony in Car Audio
Newest Review: ... the right kit it took around 10 minutes to fit. One of the things I really like about this is the fact it has an aux in and USB connectio... more
Way better than a tape deck!
Member Name: SJ2011
Advantages: Great Sound, Bluetooth Handsfree calls,Aux and USB inputs for MP3 players,
Disadvantages: None so far
When I bought my second hand car everything about it was perfect it was nice to drive came with a
full dealership service history and had obviously been well looked after there was only one downside
it came complete with a tape deck!
It was a long time since I had even owned a music tape and even longer since I had owned anything
to play one on so all the music I have is MP3 or CD so after 3 weeks of suffering radio stations it was
time for a trip to Halfords to see if I could afford a CD player.
The Sony MEX-BT3600U was on sale for £90 as an ex display model which meant it came with no box
or instruction manual just the stereo itself. Due to being in the ex display sale Halfords free fitting
wasn't an option and although they offered to fit it quite cheaply they couldn't do it until the Monday
as this was on a Friday I decided to fit it myself rather than wait.
The unit was easy enough to fit although removing the old one took way longer than I thought and
a trip back to Halfords was required due to them selling me the wrong connector kit for my car. Once
we had the right kit it took around 10 minutes to fit.
One of the things I really like about this is the fact it has an aux in and USB connection which you
can connect your MP3 player to which saves me having 20 CDs lying about my car floor like I do in
my van. Although I mainly use this to play music from my MP3 player on the occasions I have used it
to play CDs it works brilliantly with no skipping if you go over bumps which is handy in the city we live
in as the council seem to be allergic to fixing holes in the road but have a never ending budget for
fitting over sized speed bumps which makes driving down some streets a bit like riding in the Grand National.
There's also a Bluetooth option with a mic in the front of the stereo for handsfree calling which automatically cuts the music when you accept a call. I find the Bluetooth works pretty well in our car
and easily as good as separate handsfree kits I've used in the past. I think the sound quality of the
this depends a lot on where the unit is in your car as my friend also has this stereo and he finds the person on the other end of the call can hardly hear him but his stereo is placed quite low level with
the gear stick whereas in our car the stereo is quite high level with the steering wheel. The Bluetooth
can also pick up music from your mobile phone via bluetooth which is handy when the MP3 player runs
out of charge.
The sound quality is really good but only if your speakers are good as well I ended up upgrading
the original speakers in my car after a couple of weeks owning this and it really made a huge
difference to the sound. There are a variety of preset EQ options to change the sound such as rock,
etc or the option to change the EQ settings manually with a 3 band EQ to tailor the sound to
The display is clear,bright and easy to read with blue lighting showing the track playing or the name
of the radio station you are listening to and switches to clearly show the modes and settings as you
use them. The layout of the stereo and well lit controls makes for easy use although I find the buttons
are slightly small but this is probably due to being used to our Ford van which has a built in stereo
about twice the size of this unit so more room for bigger buttons.
For some reason I could not set the radio stations on this and every time I thought I had got
them programmed in and saved would end in disappointment as I got in the car next time and they'd
gone again. As I usually only listen to the radio occasionally I ended up just scanning for the station
each time although my other half eventually got the stations programmed in and saved I still don't
know how to do it.
At 52W x 4 this stereo is easily loud enough to annoy passers by with your music choice and shake
small parts of your car at full blast but only if you also have speakers that match or exceed the power
of the stereo. The unit looks good especially when it's lit up and it looks more expensive than it
is so thankfully it comes with a removable front fascia for security so you can take with you when you
leave the car making the stereo useless to any would be thieves.
At £120 this is a great stereo for the price and I'd happily recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade
their old car stereo.
Summary: Great sounding car stereo with CD, MP3 and Bluetooth at a bargain price
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