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Sony MEX-BT5700U

In-Dash CD, MP3, WMA, AAC Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth, Front Panel USB and Aux Input

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Flip-down, detachable face
  • Full motion, fluorescent four-line display
  • Selectable red, blue and green button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 52 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 17 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • EQ3 Stage 2 Equalizer
  • Quick Browzer with Jump Mode and Zappin technology

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready: Sony CNP2000UC+CNPSON1 tuner, subscription and antenna required and sold separately
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology with integrated microphone
  • iPod Ready: USB-to-iPod cable required
    • Passenger control allows the passenger to control an iPod via a connected wire as they scan through music, artists, and album information
  • HD Radio Ready: Sony XT-100HD required and sold separately
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Rear auxiliary input: RCA Audio Input
  • Front USB 1-Wire for iPod and other USB Compatible devices
  • Steering wheel control compatible with the PAC SWI-PSv1

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Sony MEX-BT5100)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

52 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
17 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
EQ 3 Stage 2
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Fluorescent Display
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Blue
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Red, Blue or Green
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
120 dB

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
12
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Front
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Front 3.5mm

Monitor Screen Features

Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Optional
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Yes
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

3G iPod (10, 15, 20, 30 & 40GB)
4G iPod (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Mini (4 & 6GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
60%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
15%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.7
Features
4.9
Design
4.1
Usability
3.9
Steve

San Jose, CA

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It's OK

December 15, 2011

First tim owning a Bluetooth radio unit. Awesome addtion. The fact that I can play Pandora from my phone to the car audio wirelessly is great! However this unit is pretty complicated to figure out how to set up the equalization and channels. Took me a few weeks just to get use to the basic features. Also its a pain in the rear that in order to switch from CD to radio, or aux you have to scroll through 5 choices. No single buttons to get to where you want.
Sound quality and power ratio is great.

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mastee

sandy springs, GA

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Great all around value

December 2, 2011

The most feature IMO is the A2DP BT audio transfer capability, since if you own a smart phone then HD radio, audio files, podcasts etc all can be played via this unit, I have not used this feature though. :) The blue looks great, the face is detachable, the sound quality is excellent, 3.5mm, USB, pre outs for expanding the system, its a do it all.

Overall I really like this unit, and recommend it, especially for people with A2DP BT compatible phones.

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JASON

Glen Allen, VA

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1st Sony and it is Great

November 21, 2011

I have owned Eclipse, Pioneer, and JVC head units and I believe the Sony ranks as one of my favorites. The Bluetooth phone and audio capability is slick and easy to use although the external mic picks up road noise. All the controls of other head unit brands are in this although the layout is a little different I still believe the controls are intuitive. I have not added amps to my system yet but the Sony's internal amp pushes the components (JBL GTO6808C ) in my doors well.

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Greg

Spring City, PA

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Great Value!

November 3, 2011

Very happy with my purchase. As other reviewers have noted, it is a bit difficult to read the display in sunlight. Also, the white ring of light around the knob is very bright and annoying in the dark, but you get used to it. The functionality of the unit is exceptional. The Bluetooth is very convenient and works very well using the external microphone. The internal microphone didn't work for crap - you definitely need to use the external mic. I ran mine up to the visor and used the handy visor clip that comes with the unit. I use 2 preamp outputs for the front, and the internal amp for the rear speakers. One annoying SW issue is that when I plug the USB connector to my iPhone it immediately starts playing music. This is not normally what I want, since I am just plugging it in to charge. I also noticed that the charging via USB is VERY slow. Barely keeps up. So, my normal operating mode now is to use a charger plugged into my cigarette lighter, and just play the audio via bluetooth, and use the controls on the Iphone itself. Plugging via USB for charging and using the Iphone controls built into the unit makes no sense to me. For ~$200 this works amazingly well!

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Clyde Ng

San Jose, CA

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Good Value

October 28, 2011

This unit is very user friendly compared to others and comes with a lot of options for the price. I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for an aftermarket stereo with BT, USB, and AUX 3.5mm.

The downside is that it sometimes swaps from the radio to the USB when I make a sharp turn. But it doesn't happen too often. This was suppose to come with 3 color display options, red, green and blue. The only one I see available is blue. It also has the auto-dim option but does not work.

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jarius

Jacksonville, NC

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one of the best units on the market

October 12, 2011

This unit is amazing I would have never got rid of it but I decided to go double din. It has a full band eq that optimizes the music.

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FRANKIE A.

BRONX

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best unit...

October 11, 2011

I love my Sony mex-bt5700u is a fantastic stereo, i have my bluetooth works beautiful i have am/fm my hd i also have a cd/changer 6/disc connectet, 2 amps, 4 door speakers highier watts, 2 tweeters and i also have a 2- 10" jl enclosure 2000 watts rms. By the way this is not my first sony but this is my best one, i recommended to anybody to buy it. Installed in a 2003 subaru forester 2.5x and i'm getting a great sound out of my Sony.

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Mark

San Diego, CA

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Love my car stereo!

October 10, 2011

I bought this unit as a replacement for my factory stereo. The features I was interested in were primarily USB connection for my iPod and Bluetooth connection for hand-free phone calling on my cell phone. Both work extremely well, and I love that when a call comes in, it sends a pause command to my iPod and then resumes at the end of the call. The unit has a CD player, although I've only used it once since I don't listen to music from CDs much anymore. The settings can be a little tricky to figure out so be sure to keep your manual handy, especially during the set-up phase. For example, by default, the unit takes control over the iPod, and I prefer having control from the iPod. I couldn't figure out how to do this just from looking through the settings, I had to get instructions from the manual. But once set up, everything works great.

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easy e

new jersey

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great radio

September 27, 2011

really good radio everything it said it was works great awsome features def would reccommend to anyone!

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Jorge

Ecuador

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Buena compra

September 20, 2011

The provider complied, and the product is excellent to me, no problem.

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zog

syr,ny

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Love the bluetooth

September 14, 2011

The Pros: The bluetooth works great, phone and streaming, the music quality and sound is very good.
The Cons: The controls for bass and treble are difficult, unable to change the color of the display and too bright around the volume knob.

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Marcus

Las Vegas, NV

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Sony MEX-BT5700U

August 3, 2011

Geat unit has every function imagineable I highly recommend this above all.

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Albon

Canada

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Great Sony product

July 24, 2011

I decided on the Sony MEX-BT5700U after reading some reviews. I installed it in my Ford F250 and it was an easy install with the aftermarket Metra kit. I use it with my iPhone 4 for phone and for iPod music playback. Everything works seamlessly, I am really impressed with the quality of the Blutooth phone audio using the external mic. The FM and AM reception is pretty decent. There is a bit of a learning curve involved in operating the unit but all of the features one usually needs while driving are easily accessible, such as volume, source select, etc. The Blutooth phone integration is the best I have seen in a while, initiating calls or answering calls is a breeze. I found the voice dialing function does not work that great. It appears the phone does not always interpret the voice audio coming from the Sony unit correctly. I tried different mic settings but it did not improve. The only other shortcoming is the ultra-high brightness of the white LED's around the volume/select knob. It is a significant distraction at night. The auto dimmer control function only adjusts the brightness of the matrix display but not the white volume/select knob or the blue button LED's. Looks like this was an oversight on the part of Sony engineers. In any case i fixed mine by removing the 4 white LED's around the volume/select knob. I left the blue button LED's alone and it's much better now.
Overall a great product I would recommend.

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Patrick

Houston, TX

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Works Great with Bluetooth Streaming

April 1, 2011

I use this to connect to my phone via bluetooth. It auto connects when powered up. All I have to do is press the play button (6) and it works fine. Would be nice if it could auto start play but I have not seen an option to do this. Sound quality is very good. Installation was easy with the installation kit that came with it. A little bit of soldering and heat shrinking and I was done in less then an hour. Visibility of the screen in direct sunlight is not possible. But since Android does not send meta data to the radio to show song title and artist this is not a problem. Overall I am glad I purchased this product and have no regrets.

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Xiaoxia

Australia

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Great Value!

March 7, 2011

Highly recommend product.

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Joe

Winter Park, FL

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Good features, bad layout

December 15, 2010

I wasn't thrilled with the looks of this stereo, but it had the features I wanted at a good price, so I went for it. Bluetooth is nice (particularly for phone calls, use it with my EVO 4G), but for music I use the USB most. I just fill up a thumb drive with tracks and off I go. I've even had a portable 80 GB hard drive hooked up to it. Haven't used the actual CD player in the 6 months I've owned it!

The button locations, however, are just *not* intuitive, nor conducive to operating while driving. The major functions I use all the time are skipping back and forth between tracks. While it might make some sense that up is next and down is back, left/right placement would be more logical.

Not to mention they are precariously close to a number of other buttons - I find I accidentally hit the "Source" button quite often, which then has to be pressed repeatedly to get back to the function I was using.

The other button I use a lot is Pause... why it shares double duty with the "6" button is beyond me. I have to consciously look for it every time.

I don't find the screen to be that hard to read as other reviewers have stated. My only complaint is that the included "visualizations" (an animated spectrum analyzer, VU meter, etc) that come with it don't seem that accurately timed to the music that is playing.

I can't say I would strongly recommend this stereo; the features are nice but the layout takes some getting used to.

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Rick

Richmond, VA

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Awesome features on this deck

October 31, 2010

I have this head unit installed in my mazda miata. I like this deck because I have an Android phone which can plug directly into the stereos face and mount as a usb hard drive for mp3s (and trickle charges the phone). Also the bluetooth audio from the phone sends the google maps voice guided navigation out the speakers, it also pumps pandora or other streaming audio as well. This deck controls playback on bluetooth audio as well so you can skip tracks and folders.

It is a great head unit.

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Peter

Oakland, CA

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Not very user-friendly for an occasional user

October 26, 2010

I use this car stereo only rarely, because it is in a car I only use as a backup to another car I use regularly. The first, and biggest problem is that the display is almost impossible to see effectively during daylight hours. And I agree with an earlier reviewer (when I was about to buy) that the white illuminated ring around the main control knob is too bright at night, and distracting. It does not dim with the rest of the display when used at night and the and the car's headlights are on. The second problem is that, since I only use it rarely, I have to go through a learning curve every time just to figure out how it works. If I used it regularly, I might be able to get accustomed to how it works and feel quite comfortable with it. But the navigation through the various menus is not inherently intuitive, in my opinion, and it is trial and error every time I use it. Things like tone control and adjusting 4-speaker balance requires too much menu navigation to make them easy to do. I like being able to connect via bluetooth for listening to recordiings on my smart phone and iPod, in addition to using as a bluetooth handsfree phone. Don't have to mess with plugging in wires every time.

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George

Miami Springs, FL

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great receiver

August 16, 2010

This is the greatest car receiver I have owned. My Ipod and Treo phone work flawlessly I could not be happier with receiver. Hands free phone operation. The sound of receiver is great, I would recommend this to any one who likes great technology.

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William

Lexington, GA

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Great Head Unit From Sony

August 6, 2010

Pros: Bluetooth, Front Aux and USB, 6 channel, Best Buy for the Price and Features offered with this unit.
Cons: Remote Control is Huge, Light around volume knob doesn't dim, USB will not work with the new Sony MP3 players, Limited USB support.
I had not owned a Sony head unit in several years, this unit had all the features I was looking for, so far I am not disappointed.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MEX-BT5700U

UPC

027242744875

Weight

6.00lbs

Internal SKU

mexbt5700u

Internal Product ID

19338

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony MEX-BT5700U