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Sony MEX-BT3800U In-Dash CD Receiver MP3/WMA/AAC Player with Bluetooth (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • AM/FM radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC receiver with Bluetooth
  • 52 Watts x 4 peak power
  • Detachable face with 1-line, 13-segment LCD display
  • Includes front panel auxiliary input, USB port, iPod control; SAT/HD Radio ready with Sony Bus
  • One-year limited warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions9.5 x 4.4 x 10.2 inches
Item model numberMEX-BT3800U
Warranty1 year limited
  
Additional Information
ASINB0032FOJPM
Best Sellers Rank #78,212 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.1 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 7, 2010
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: MEX-BT3800U
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Product Description

Product Description

The Sony MEX-BT3800U can play back CDs and CD-R/RWs, along with MP3/WMA/AAC files. A front auxiliary input is great for connecting external devices, and you can enjoy full iPod control right from the receiver.

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Sony's MEX-BT3800U is a great way to add Bluetooth and media power to your vehicle, with 52 Watts through four channels. Make hands-free calls or stream audio from your compatible devices. You can also play back CDs and CD-R/RWs, along with MP3/WMA/AAC files. A front auxiliary input is great for connecting external devices, and you can enjoy full iPod control right from the receiver.

A Bluetooth receiver that will play your digital music files. Click to enlarge.

Detachable faceplate for added security.

Front panel auxiliary input and USB port.

Detachable Faceplate
The MEX-BT3800U features a detachable faceplate for added security, with a 1-line, 13-segment LCD display and blue control illumination.

Bluetooth Functionality
The MEX-BT3800U features Bluetooth hands-free with an integrated microphone (or through an external microphone), as well as audio streaming functionality using your compatible Bluetooth music device.

USB 1-Wire for iPod, iPhone, and Other USB Devices
USB 1-Wire lets you directly connect, charge, and control your digital music player via the USB jack in the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display.

Quick-Browzer Technology With Jump Mode and ZAPPIN Features
Quick-BrowZer lets you search and select songs by category, including artist, album, genre, or playlist. Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent increments. With Zappin, you can play music in six-, nine-, or 30-second clips until you find the song you're looking for.

MP3/WMA/AAC Playback With DM+
Multi-format playback lets you play CDs, CD-Rs, or CD-RWs loaded with hundreds of MP3, AAC, or WMA songs. Hear the music on your recorded CDs and MP3s in their original vibrancy with DM+ (Digital Music Plus), an original Sony codec enhancer that reproduces detailed and high-frequency sound from compressed audio.

Satellite and HD Radio Ready
The MEX-BT3800U integrates seamlessly with satellite radio Sony Bus adaptors (sold separately) so you can receive digital satellite radio broadcasts. HD Radio capability lets you receive digital audio broadcasts when used with an optional HD Radio tuner.

Radio Data System (RDS)
The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album.

Front Auxiliary Input
The front auxiliary input lets you connect almost any portable audio device to your car's sound system.

EQ3
Customize the sound with Sony's EQ3 feature, which includes 7 preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer.

What's in the Box
MEX-BT3800U, Installation Hardware, User's Manual

Customer Reviews

The Bluetooth connectivity works really well, and sounds great.
H. Sahni
It streams music via bluetooth from an iPhone no problem, and the bluetooth for the cell phone works great even with the stock microphone.
Doug in CA
I can hear the person who calls very clearly driving on the highway or inside the city and people say they can hear me well.
Mattan Biran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By H. Sahni on April 17, 2010
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You get a lot for your money with this unit. Between the front auxiliary in, USB, and Bluetooth you have plethora of connectivity options so you should be able to connect anything to this unit for a long time. That's the unit's biggest plus. In fact, it can be a little bit annoying to have to switch through so many inputs via the source to get to the one you want (you can turn off aux in the settings though). You can also add optional HD Radio through an expensive adapter. I don't mind the lack of HD Radio since from what I've read, the execution isn't great yet with radios switching back and forth between the HD and analog signal and the signals themselves not being in sync.

The display is easy to read at a glance, and RDS (displays what is currently playing on the tuner) makes finding new radio stations easy. The iPod controls on the unit are a bit too complicated to bother learning, especially since you can use the iPod's own controls if you switch to "passenger mode". The buttons on the bottom of the unit used to switch stations and perform other operations have kind of a sharp edge a the bottom, which can make them sometimes a little painful to press if you don't aim high when you hit them. The USB will charge your iPod or other device fine.

The Bluetooth connectivity works really well, and sounds great. I use the Bluetooth stereo to stream music from my Motorola Droid with no problems. The Bluetooth hands free functionality is a bit basic since the unit won't display who is calling you, just that you have a call. Not that big of a deal at this price point. My phone will automatically pair the hands free profile when I turn the stereo on, but seems kind of hit or miss with pairing the Bluetooth stereo profile automatically.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt on March 12, 2010
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I wanted a stereo to pair with my Palm Pre, primarily so I can listen to music and podcasts via bluetooth. This does that wonderfully. I can even answer calls to my phone by pressing the main dial button and hear the caller over the car's stereo speakers. The built-in microphone on the stereo works OK while driving around town, but at highway speeds the engine noise, road noise, and wind noise make it so the caller on the other end can barely hear me unless I shout. I will be purchasing the Sony XAMC10 External Mic and expect that to take care of the problem, based on reviews for that product.

My only complaint is about the LCD display. It works great for most things, but when listening to the radio, there isn't enough room for the RDS information to display, so you'll quite often see words truncated and then the 2nd half of the word displays when the display moves to the next bit of info. It's a minor thing since I spend most of my time listening to bluetooth audio, but thought I'd mention it in case anybody else cares a lot about that.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Hagler on February 27, 2010
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I needed a radio to control my 2nd gen Ipod Touch and my Samsung Blackjack via bluetooth, and this radio does both and provides excellent sound quality in a sleek looking package with intuitive controls. Installing was a breeze (my previous radio was a Sony so I did not have to install the wiring harness). Ipod controls sort your music by album, artist, genre, etc. on the radio display. Not something you want to do while driving, but navigating to another song or album at a stop light is a breeze. After connecting the phone via bluetooth, answering was simple. Just push a button. I purchased the external microphoneSony XAMC10 External Mic for BT (Black) as well as the radio so I can't speak to the internal mic's quality, but with the external mic I had no ptoblems. Includes a remote with the simpler functions on it. This radio also controls my Sony disc changer I have been using since the 90's. I've always loved Sony products, and this radio just supports my choice in equipment. Great price too; Sony lists this unit for $199. Only con so far is no built-in HD radio tuner, but until that tech takes off I wouldn't worry about it.

UPDATE: I have been using this radio for over three years and I still love it. It works fine with IOS 7 and is now in its' second vehicle. Still a great buy for the feature set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on September 10, 2010
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I purchased this for $119.99 from Amazon, it sounds much better than my old Kenwood system and was only $20 more. The built-in Bluetooth is great, people say I sound "Distant but pretty clear" when I use it while driving, obviously the quality decreases with speed/road noise. I drive a Lincoln so the interior noise is pretty low, I imagine it would be harder for people to hear you on a call if you have a noisier car, Like one person who reviewed this complained. I think it's common sense that a microphone that's that far away from you is going to pick up other noises other than your voice, it's just a matter of how far away it is and how noisy your car is. Of course, the external mic should solve this.
All in all, a good system. My biggest complaint is that only the display dims when you activate the dim, the buttons stay the same, and are pretty bright. Sound quality is very good on cd's, radio or mp3 player though. I have a Sansa Fuze and this head unit doesn't really work with it, only detects a couple songs, but I can just use the front Aux and the controls on the device. PTY system is awesome, allowing me to select a genre (news, weather, talk, rock, jazz etc...) and then it scans frequencies in range for it.
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