Summary: Since I started installing stereos for friends and family I have solely recommended Sony. This unit did not disappoint. Straight forward install and has all the bells and whistles required and desired.
Summary: Installing the unit into my Jeep was easier than I expected, but there were two issues. First, it took a little while to understand that you need to bend the tabs on the outer frame to hold it into the mount, and second, the wire harness to the radio and the wire harness to the jeep are separate units and I needed to splice the 14 wires together - the colors do not exactly match, at least one of the wires had a stripe on one half, but not on it's match, and well - I'm...
Pros: Great sound for the price, Tuner picks up more stations than the older radio. CD player sounds great.
Cons: need usb wire to pair bluetooth, wiring harness with more than a dozen connections needed to be spliced.
Summary: Surprisingly easy to install in my 2000 Z3. The sound seems better with the same speakers than the stock deck. It has front USB/Aux. I wish they where is the rear for a cleaner look. It has a CD drive, not sure I will ever use that.
Pros: Bluetooth USB connection Sound control (balance/fade/eq) from connected device Adjustable display color
Cons: The Sony android app could be better, it works pretty well but far from perfect.
Summary: I installed this headunit in my 1997 Honda Del Sol Si roadster, pairing it with 2 sets of 5 year old Alpine Type S 6 1/2" speakers. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4. Installation was straightforward, and there was plenty of space to use the factory mounts and still be able to close the factory radio door. The unit looks very nice and with the rainbow effect display, looks as if it belongs there.
Pros: Looks better and more expensive than pictures, BT connection solid once on, DSP makes all sources sound decent at low to medium volume levels, good integration with Sony App Remote for Android, lots of features for the money, uses your phone's capabilities (text to speech, voice recognition, gestures, etc.) very well. Sony's minimalist approach to the deck itself, and allowing the phone to be the main control device and display, works pretty well and makes sense.
Cons: Amplifier does not have much headroom - the amp section is the part that reminds me that this is a lower priced deck. Good for listening at low to moderate levels but distorts easily at high volume. FM sensitivity is pretty bad. Most menu choices are weirdly named and not obvious as to what they do. Bluetooth source stops, disconnects and resets every time you turn the key - does not resume playback of previous source. Keyboard on phone is locked for use while App Rem...
Summary: Overall very nice head unit. Looks great, sounds great, and easy to use. I was able to set up most of what I wanted without even having to look at the manual. Very easy install as well. You really get the most out of your money with this unit.
Pros: -Great Value -Easy to use -Looks amazing during night
Cons: Nothing honestly. Obviously you're not getting the best quality sounds like you would in $300 unit but it will sound better then any stock head unit. That doesn't even matter considering you can use an amp to power everything.