- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.9 x 5 cm ; 590 g
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Item model number: CDXGT540UI
- ASIN: B002PK0SNM
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 14 2010
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,763 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Sony CDXGT540UI MP3/WMA/AAC Player CD Receiver (Black)
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- AM/FM radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC, iPod, USB, SAT/HD-ready receiver
- 4 x 52 Watts maximum power with 6-channel pre-amp output
- Blue key illumination
- Includes direct iPod connection, front auxiliary input, remote control
- One-year limited warranty
The Sony Xplod GT540UI AM/FM CD receiver brings technology together with the music in your iPod or iPhone, Walkman player, or other digital music players with USB 1-Wire and auxiliary input ports. The CDX-GT540UI gives you the flexibility to play MP3 files, Satellite Radio and HD Radio ready. Passenger Control lets your passengers play DJ through your connected iPod device while you drive. The Zappin key enables users to intro tracks in 6, 9 or 30- second clips while the Quick BrowZer feature with Jump Mode gets you to the song you want by category, selecting from Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Pros: - Detaching the faceplate is easy. Attaching it can be a bit tricky, but with a little practice most
should be able to get it on in under 20 seconds.
- It's loaded with many of the same features of Sony's higher-priced players. There are several
ways to locate a specific track when playing CD-Rs or USB devices containing a lot of files.
- While playing regular audio CDs sounds amazing, this unit really shines in its ability to make
compressed (MP3) audio sound as good as the real thing; an improved sound processor
(compared to the model it replaced), a feature called Digital Music Plus Advanced, plus a
customizable equalizer all combine to give your data files excitement you've likely never heard
- For FM radio stations that comply with the standard, the Radio Data System (RDS) will provide
song information, help you find particular types of stations (News, Sports, Top 40, Rock, etc.),
and can even set the clock for you. The radio can also store the stronger stations
automatically (BTM), but I prefer setting them manually...otherwise, you'll end up with a lot of
presets you're not interested in.
- Although I can't comment on its capabilities with an iPod, it does play my USB flash drives
without a hitch and has several shuffle and repeat play options.
Cons: - The user interface and manual could be confusing and frustrating for some. Most of the
buttons and the dial have to control multiple functions, so finding your way around the different
features and displays requires patience and learning. I still find myself accidentally
changing a setting I didn't want to or just plain getting stuck. Since the displays are different
depending on the source (CD, Tuner, USB, Aux-in) selected and how much information is
contained in the source, you won't always see what you might expect to see.
- The preset buttons are smaller than I would like. Some, like the source/off button and the
seek+ button, are together (like one big button), and it's easy to push the wrong one. The
included remote doesn't seem to help control the unit any better and doesn't include the
ability to access all of the track finding features. It seems best suited for a backseat
- Whether it's day or night, you may run into a problem seeing everything clearly. The blue key
illumination takes care of the buttons while driving at night, but the printed lettering above the
keys is almost impossible to read. During the day, bright sunlight can cause glare problems
and wash out the LCD display (in certain vehicles).
- When Daylight Saving Time ended Nov. 1st, even though I had the unit set up to automatically
change the clock, I had to go back into the setup menu, turn it off, then turn it back on again
before the time reset itself (at least it was accurate).
- When using the Zappin feature to hear short clips of songs to find a track to play, you have to
wait about 2 seconds in between each preview on a regular audio CD and at least 5 or 6
seconds on an MP3 Data Disc or USB flash drive loaded with songs.
For me, the pros far outweigh the cons...after all, you don't have to use all the bells and whistles just because they are there. The sound quality of the CD player and music played through the USB port is outstanding, and anyone desiring more from the radio at least has the option of expanding to HD or SAT radio. I recommend this receiver for anyone (including audiophiles), as it offers tremendous bang for the buck.
I use the Sony controls to scroll through the contents of the flash drive, and can see the name of the Album or file, track name etc displayed. It would be easy to create playlists on the usb to make it even easier to use.
This means the total music "baggage" I need in the car with me is one one inch jump drive; no CDs, no expensive ipod or music player and cables to attract thieves.
I posted a 2 minute video of this Player in action on YouTube you will find it if you search for "Sony CDX-GT540UI".
This is a FULL featured unit. The speakers are responsive, crisp. I paired them with the corresponding rear SONY 6x9 speakers and installed it myself in a day.
The controls do take a bit of getting used to like anything else but after awhile it becomes second nature.
My only complaint if you will are the small function knobs which can be difficult to find while you're driving. They are also placed close together so it is easy to inadvertently select the wrong function.
Other than that, as I said in my title an AWESOME unit for the price.
The CDX-GT540UI has blue face plate illumination while the CDX-GT630UI offers a green backlight option too. The problem is that both of them are incapable of setting the brightness of the backlight, that is it shines too bright.
The prev/next buttons are small and hard to press.
The main knob default functionality is setting the treble, bass, fade, etc. Now, that makes no sense to me since I hardly set these options. Pressing the main know should have the functionality of that of the quick browse button.
As for the pros of the two models, both the CDX-GT540UI and the CDX-GT630UI handle (and charge) the iPhone nicely, which is invaluable for me when I get on longer trips. The music library is easy to browse both when the audio control is at the iPhone (iPod software) and at the car stereo. The sound quality is more than satisfying.
I used to own a CDX-GT630UI a couple of months back, but I sold it and decided to go for the CDX-GT540UI instead. The reasons I like the CDX-GT540UI better are the somewhat easier to reach prev and next buttons, the 1 character longer LCD display and the easier to detach face plate.