my opinion is that it never was any good to begin with
24 October 2014
Summary: I had my boat for 4 years now. I have replaced this unit three times. I now have a kenwood and will not go back to Sony products.Its no wonder they discontinued this head unit, my opinion is that it never was any good to begin with.
Summary: For being marine grade and costing $185, I figured it would last more than two boating seasons. I installed under the dash in my boat out of the elements and removed the face plate anytime the boat wasn't in use also the boat is stored in doors. The stereo began cutting in and out when playing. Then turning off intermittently. Now it won't turn on at all. Piece of junk. I used to buy all my electronics from Sony and will never again.
Summary: I put this in my jeep, and it has not failed me yet. I like the fact that it has the ability to pickup very weak signals. I live in the country and often head out into the national forests with my jeep, and this receiver picks up tons of stations from miles away, and the usually come in quite clear. The marine features are definitely a plus, and the remote make it great for the beach.
All Sony In Dash Units Have A Known Defect Sony Does Not Support - Don't Buy
Dan Bridges, Amazon
21 August 2014
Summary: All sony in dash products have a lattent defect. They all, after a time, go into to "demo mode" which is a little adverstiement for the unit's features. The problem is that with time, the head goes into demo mode and will not allow you to access the menu to turn it off. The problem with that is you cannot use the stereo in demo mode becuase you cannot access any controls: it stays in demo mode. I have spent weeks and weeks researching this.
Summary: Seems like the faceplate doesn't make contact or is failing after 1 year. Installed this about 2 years ago and lasted one summer without much problem. This summer it will restart when clicking the album buttons when in USB mode, as well as failing to power the front face plate at times. This stops the ability to turn it up or down with the remote. Would not suggest this product, will be replacing with a rockford fosgate source unit.