Sony Xplod CDX-GT550UI
Released October, 2010
The Pros:Faceplate detaches easily, lets you get going quickly. Loaded with features more often seen in higher-priced head units. A number of track finding options available.
The Cons:User interface is confusing at first, takes some getting used to. Buttons are smaller and close together, easy to hit the wrong one while driving.
The Sony Xplod CDX-GT550UI is one of four single-DIN, in-dash receivers (CDX-GT250MP, CDX-GT350MP, CDX-GT550UI, CDX-GT650UI) added to the Xplod line in mid 2010 as a replacement to the 2009 CDX-GT line.
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It builds from the first two models by adding a USB port on the faceplate for connecting to an iPod, iPhone, Sony Walkman, or any other USB mass storage device. Also included is green or blue key illumination, and Sony's ZAPPIN, Quick-BrowZer, and Jump Mode search technologies for quickly navigating large media libraries. Like its predecessor, the CDX-GT550UI is satellite/HD radio compatible; plus it’s equipped with inputs for drawing in external power.
- Xplod CDX-GT Line
- Single-DIN, In-Dash Receiver
- Four-Channel 52W Integrated Amplifier
- 1-Line LCD Display
- MP3/WMA Playback via CD
- Detachable Face w/Front Auxiliary Input
- AM/FM Tuner w/Radio Data System
- Satellite/HD Radio Ready
- USB Interface (iPod Compatible)
- iPod Passenger Control via USB
- RCA Outputs for External Amplifiers
- Pair of Preamp Outputs
- Blue/Green Illumination
- Jump Mode
- Advanced Sound Engine
- Digital Sound Processor
- Wireless Card Remote
User Reviews (2)
faceplate detaches easily, lets you get going quickly
loaded with features more often seen in higher-priced head units
a number of track finding options available
fills out audio from compressed files, sounds rich and detailed
AM/FM radio reception is very clear, makes good use of weaker signals
user interface is confusing at first, takes some getting used to
buttons are smaller and close together, easy to hit the wrong one while driving
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