Looking to upgrade your Now Car? — Sony In-dash HD Radio Hits a 5-Star Homerun with Crutchfield Customers
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
5 out of 5
Excellent HD Radio Reception
Written By Anonymous, Portland, OR on Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I purchased a Dual XHD7714 Receiver because I wanted HD radio. The Dual was perfect because it had bluetooth, HD and iPhone compatibility. Unfortunately, the Dual unit had horrid FM reception, electrical interference, and the bluetooth microphone on the unit sounded hollow and distant for people on the other end. I could not listen to HD radio at all because I would constantly lose signal. Very frustrating.
Crutchfield has an excellent exchange policy, so I looked at the available units and chose the Sony. I have not been disappointed thus far. The FM reception is SUPERB. No electrical interference. Exact same wiring job. It grabs an HD signal within about 5 seconds and it does not let go.
The unit powers the factory speaks without problem. It will take you a little while to find the EQ settings which you enjoy the most. For factory speaks I would suggest using the "LOUD" option, to boost base and treble at lower volume levels. The unit works great with my iPhone 3GS. It tags without problem, browses my media and playlists, and will pick up a song exactly where it left off after unplugging from the USB port.
My only disappointment is the lack of bluetooth. Having excellent HD reception is far more important to me, so it was a fair trade. The Dual unit offered all the options and disappointed on everything. The Sony unit offers everything except bluetooth, has fantastic reception, therefore I'm a happy camper.
5 out of 5
Sony, there is no substitute.
Written By Larry S, PA on Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Replaced the stock cd player in my Honda Accord. This thing is unbelievable. My stock speakers sound a couple of hundred times as good as before and the eq effects are phenomenal! Add to that all the input choices and the built in HD tuner and I don't want to get out of the car. I'll never buy another stereo without the USB port. I put a couple hundred of my favorite songs on a thumb drive and hit shuffle. It even has a setting to enhance lossy files that works. I can't recommend it enough. The install kit fit well, and the wiring harness plugged right in. My clock light is out now though....... WHO CARES!!
5 out of 5
Very Nice unit, highly reccomend.
Written By Anonymous, South-East Wisconsin on Saturday, April 03, 2010
My main criteria for a new radio to replace the dead factory head in my 1999 Saab 93 was built in HD. (Milwaukee does not have a Classical radio station except for HD) Then came things like pre-out config etc. This unit has been wounderful. I am currently driving the factory speakers which are decent co-axials. I also added a 10" JBL sub and old school ADS P-40 (bridged) I had laying around.
My only suggestions would be better layout of the controls. The seek buttons are too small and are oddly shaped. T he radio presets are tiny as well.
One other comment relates to the Crutchfield installation accessories. The wireing harness was perfect but the dash kit although double DIN was too tall so I needed to cut it down. I also had some pre-sales questions and the person I spoke to was very helpful and professional.
5 out of 5
Written By Anonymous, Tennessee on Monday, March 22, 2010
I've had this unit for 3 wks now, and love it. I bought this unit to replace my fact radio in an 04 Altima. I mainly bought it so I could play my Ipod, since my fact radio didn't have an aux port. The price incl the wiring harness, dash kit, and shipping. The radio alone cost up to $199 locally, plus tax and didn't incl the xtras. I checked numerous on-line places and local electronic chain stores, and nobody could come close to Crutchfield's price. I saved approx $75 -$100 by purch through Crutchfield, and rec it in 2 days.
The unit sounds great! Has plenty of power and makes my fact Bose speakers sound even better. There are numerous sound/equalizer options to make it sound the way you want it to. All in all, the sound is crisp and it rocks.
I haven't tried using the CD player yet, and prob never will. The HD channels sound as good as my Ipod tunes. I have the unit set up in passenger mode when I have my Ipod playing. That means I control my song selection through my Ipod Touch, versus the radio. But I can still skip through songs by using the radio or remote. I haven't tried controlling the Ipod solely through the radio yet. I connect my Ipod through the front usb port, and it charges the Ipod at the same time. The TAG function is awesome too. I have never heard of this until I installed the radio. It I hear a song on the radio that I like and want, I press the tag button and it sends the info to my Ipod. No need to remember or try to write the song down anymore.
5 out of 5
Written By tgt5115, Millville, NJ on Thursday, March 18, 2010
2006 Nissan Xterra
Being completely unknowledgeable on aftermarket head units, I chose this one based on the features included, the price and the quality of Sony products. Installation was quick and easy. This unit sounds amazing, it makes my stock speakers boom with clear, incredible sound. It has a lot of different sound settings to choose from, so everyone can get a sound setup to their liking. As for the controls, it only takes minutes to get used to the button setup and figure out how to set everything up the way you want. The display is nice, but extremely plain and once the brightness is set to the right level it is very easy to read. The front USB input is key and you can choose to navigate through your Ipod from the stereo or from the Ipod itself. Being a person that listens to the radio a lot, having the HD radio feature built in was a big plus for me. The HD Radio sounds great on the stations that carry HD, it does take between 10-30 seconds for those stations to catch the signal and change over to HD. On the FM band it makes the stations static free and nearly CD quality. Overall I am extremely happy with this unit and would reccomend this unit to anyone that is looking for a simple, but good quality head unit that is packed with features for a reasonable price.