Digital Media Receiver
As a trucker, bought unit so I could upgrade system and have more reliable satellite service. Shortly after, clear channel radio left xm. Bought an Android to get the iheartradio app but it will not connect to unit. Screen says USB no support. Any advice helpful.
October 23, 2013
Great But Not Perfect
Just like most other Sony receiver models past and present, this one is very customizable in regards to pretty much everything i.e. sound quality/distribution, digital graphics, etc. The Blue Tooth function has the fastest connection time with a cell phone I've ever seen, and the Blue Tooth Streaming audio has excellent quality. However, this model does have one flaw. Despite what Sony's website says, it is NOT fully compatible with iPhones. I've tried an iPhone 4 and and iPhone 5 via the USB port and neither are recognized as media devices, so you either have to have a playlist already set up on your iPhone, you have to choose your songs manually from your phone and not a directory that shows up on the receiver. So, to play the songs on your iPhone you have to use the Blue Tooth Audio function. Other than that, this is a great digital media receiver and well worth your money.
January 5, 2013
OUTSTANDING!!! Everything i have come to expect.
I love this receiver, just wish it didn't have that knob on it. I use slacker and not pandora, but works flawlessly on the bluetooth audio source. haven't figured out the sens, thing yet but i couldn't imagine buying any other brand stereo equipment. I have 4 sony p5 12's in a custom box with 2 sony 1400 class d mono blocks pushing them with two sony 6 1/2 component sets running on a sony 900 watt highs amp that i go to speaker competitions with and i pulled a 144.0 db in outlaw slp class, people can't beleive there eyes when they see those old red sonys from walmart lol i recently got four more 12's and two more 1400's i'll keep you posted on what i pull with all 8 12's
July 22, 2012
I'm not quite sure why the one reviewer has so much trouble with Pandora. It performs flawlessly for me. Perhaps it's an issue with the phone bandwidth. Perhaps he needs to upgrade his Pandora App. But no matter, the screen is easily readable and choosing a new station only takes a second.
I'm kinda with the other reviewer on the buttons chosen for the front. However, other Sony units are 10x worse with even less useful functions assigned to them. So in that light, the button selection is fine. My main issue is with the floppy knob. Since it's actually a useful joystick, it's somewhat understandable. But the Center push function is a little stiff and therefore sometimes a source of frustration to me. Hanging up a call or making a selection can sometime lead to something else happening altogether. But that's the price we pay I guess. I'd rather have the joystick than not.
As far as performance is concerned, Sony really hit it out of the park. Pandora, MP3, and BT audio sounds top notch. Certainly better than any FM station. I don't miss CDs one bit with this unit.
Speaking of FM performance. For a Sony, it's definitely lacking.
The amplifier in this unit is sufficient. But don't expect to win any bass contest. It really falls off when it comes to playing lows with distortion reaching the heights set by, many old units from long ago. Fortunately it comes with F/R/S RCAs, a fully functional EQ, adjustable time delay, and descent crossover. The only thing that would have mad it better would have been auto EQ/delay function built it.
Bluetooth phone works well, but I don't really like or use the phonebook function. The other issue is getting into the car while on the phone. The stereo takes over and so there is a second where you'll hear nothing nor can you talk. It should not engage if the phone is already on. Of course you don't have to use the BT when you are on the phone.
If Sony would make a competition level unit like this, I'd be all over it.
June 22, 2012