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13 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Sony CDX GT81UW. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Satellite Receivers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Sony CDX GT81UW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony CDX GT81UW from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Satellite Receivers on

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony CDX-GT81UW In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver w/UniLink ControlSony CDX-GT81UW MP3/WMA/AAC CD Player

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (

Great System!


Looks fantastic and is super easy to install. This things has some great options and the price is unbelievable as well

None as of now

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: ggping64 (

Good player at good price


I use a Patriot X-mini 4gb usb drive with this and together they look and work wonderfully. Read times are about 1 - 2 seconds with 5 folders dividing my songs. The small size of my USB stick and its flashing light go great with this cd player.

Looks great, has front USB slot, pumps out 2 more watts per speaker than other players in this range

Cannot search songs, cannot move back a song if it is set on shuffle

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Conect (



I got this mainly to download mp3's to my usb stick and play my music in my car it works great

Other then hooking it up it does take sometime to read the mp3's if there are folders on the usb stick

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: excdev (

Pretty good - Great Price


This is a great unit; looks great, works great. The motorized display is a great feature. Would just prefer more sound intensity and adjustment for a $250 unit.

Very good control setup; good, visible display. Jog dial for menu and sound control is very intuitive and effective. enables easy controls while driving. Great features; USB works very well

Lack of Loud setting and 7-band equalizer definitely hold this unit back. Sound quality is very good, but intensity and teakability are lacking. That's the only area i would mark it down

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: Thumper (

Close to Great


Bought this to replace a broken CDX GT300. Honestly, the 300 was an equal/superior/less expensive unit: display design was perfect and audio/electronics were as good as this. But the USB port is irresistible. 800+ songs at high bit rates on 4G stick....

BBE (USB, CD only) & DSO - Sound Processors that really do improve mp3/wma. Ample power, even for a Jeep. Super flexible sound outputs and EQ. Slightly shrill (a real virtue in an auto, esp a Jeep)

Dim Display, somewhat grainy, clock is microscopic when unit is on, useless. Usb port works best if you limit # of subdirs, it always reads the entire stick each time (but starts at last play point at least)

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Tallion (

SONY CD Receiver Model CDX-GT81UW - Retail


The unit installed in Xterra easily.

the display is hard to see in bright daylight.

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Tim (

Excellent Piece of equipment


Very easy to setup, it slid right into my Mazda MX3 like butter, no exterior modifications what so ever.

Apr, 2007

Product Specifications

Give your portable tunes the benefit of killer sound from Sony's CDX-GT81UW CD receiver. Just plug your portable audio player into the auxiliary or USB inputs on the motorized faceplate, and pipe the music straight into the stereo. You'll enjoy fast audio and text transfer when using a USB-capable music player, and your portable stays charged while it's connected to the stereo. Just add Sony's iPod adapter to control and charge your iPod.


Max Output Power / Channel Qty:52 Watts x 4

Audio System

Car Audio Type:Radio / CD / MP3 player / USB flash player
Enclosure Type:Full-DIN
Faceplate Type:Detachable
Form Factor:In-dash unit
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

CD System

Media Load Type:Slot-load
Playback Modes:One track repeat / Random play / shuffle
Type:CD / MP3 player

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:3 bands
Equalizer Type:Parametric


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony CDX


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Type:Radio tuner