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    My review for the Sony CDX-GT620IP

    Most reviews point out the goodies, good sound etc. Yes the unit is good, but
    has a good share of negatives too, some of it may be called nitpicking, but
    you read and decide in case you are planning to buy one.... In summary, good
    player for most people that are not picky. For those a little picky like me,
    it may not be worth MSRP, grab it if you get it on a deal.

    + Can browse files/folders on a mp3 CD
    + Dimmer for display (a blackout mode would have been cool, like in my previous alpine)
    + Many sound tweaking options like EQ (equalizer, custom) / DSO etc
    + Works with ipod (cable included), removing the need to ever burn CDs again

    - Unexpected limit of 150 max folders, 300 max for file+folders including empty
    intermediate folders... I had a WMA CD with about 300 tracks, but the unit
    read only the first 150 since the folders in the folder structure are also
    counted... this is a very bad design. My older alpine used to handle all
    files and folders like a charm. This was pretty bad for me and made me buy
    an ipod to use with it!

    - Poor display modes for mp3 id3 tag information. Just a few modes of display.
    For example no artist display mode, the artist name will be
    scrolled along with title/album etc only when the song starts and it can be
    dangerous/distracting to wait to read it while driving. Some id3 info like
    bitrate/comments are not vailable at all whereas most other brands do them.

    - No "jump mode" or quick scroll mode (I think it is advertised on this unit,
    not sure) thereby it can take forever (and hence dangerous while driving) if
    you try to scroll thru long lists on the ipod.

    - When you are browsing, no indication of whether it is a folder or a file,
    also no indication when the list wraps around (again, my earlier alpine
    handled these well, showing a ---- sign at the end of the list...)

    - Blue light on knob bright & jarring car interior especially in the night
    (covered it with a black hair band!). Display can get a little hard to read
    in daylight (even if NOT under direct sunlight).

    - The two line tall display a little cluttered - the top line is more or less
    useless always showing static information, instead of utilising both lines to
    browse etc. Btw, you cannot browse from the current point (which my earlier
    alpine did), but always have to start from the beginning.

    - Very small buttons (the 1/2/3... buttons) for some important functions like
    play/pause. Is a little painful even with small fingers, can be a real pain
    if you have somewhat big fingers.

    - Some minor functions not available until the display information (mp3 tag
    etc) has finished scrolling.

    - A little clumsy to take the unit off and put it back on... will get used to
    it. A unit that does not have to rotate the faceplate should be better
    (those where CD goes in directly thru front faceplate).

    After looking at other units in the market today and getting this, overall I am
    reasonably satisfied, not extremely pleased. I has almost decided on a
    Pioneer, but I discovered that the shuffle feature on all of them is near
    useless (pressing the next button ALWAYS takes you to the sequentially next
    song EVEN if shuffle is on, I think pioneer shuffle works only if you listen
    to the song completely and leave it to it to move on to a new one!). A real
    bummer for me.

    Good luck with your purchase.
    Last edited by pannayar; 11-10-2008 at 07:01 PM.

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