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CD receiver with CD changer controls

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Item #: 158CDXF500
 

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Our take on the Sony CDX-F5000

by Robert Ferency-Viars
Sony

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

The classic "Sony Xplod" stylings of the CDX-F5000 CD receiver make it immediately recognizable as a high-quality car stereo. The fold-down, detachable faceplate is home to a convenient rotary encoder and multicolor LED display. An advanced CD drive mechanism resists shocks better than ever and helps deliver excellent sound quality — Sony receivers boast the best CD signal-to-noise ratio in the industry!

The excellent SSIR-EX radio tuner captures AM and FM stations with precision and keeps them coming in, loud and clear. And, no matter what you're listening to, the built-in amplifier (23.2 watts RMS x 4 channels) really pumps the music out of your speakers, while the seven preset curves of EQ3 change the overall tone at the touch of a button.

If your front speakers are mounted low in your doors, the Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO) "lifts" the music off the floor and makes it sound like it's coming from above the dashboard. Adding subwoofers to your car audio system? The CDX-F5000 provides a set of preamp outputs that can be switched to subwoofer mode, activating a low-pass filter to prevent higher frequency ranges from muddying your bass.

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Highlights:

  • fold-down, detachable face
  • multicolor LED display
  • red button illumination
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • SSIR-EX tuner
  • 18 FM/12 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • EQ3 (3-band equalizer and 7 preset tone curves)
  • XM Satellite Radio controls (XM subscription, optional XM tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD/MP3 changer controls
  • selectable rear/subwoofer preamp outputs
  • selectable low-pass filter (78 Hz, 125 Hz, off)
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • 23.2 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 120 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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23.2 watts
Peak Output
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52 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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Multicolor
Key Button Color
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Red
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Optional
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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XM
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9 dBf
European Tuning
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No
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • RM-X115 Wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 2 Face security screws
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Note on installing face security screws

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Features
Changer Controls
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Features

Drive S: The CDX-F5000 features the Drive S chassis platform. Drive S includes the CD mechanism, audio stages, 12 V power supply, and tuner section. The CD mechanism includes an improved suspension to resist shocks, a new motor that draws less power, and a fast new low-current pickup that improves durability and CD playback accuracy. The new 52W x 4 S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer, more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous designs.

Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.

EQ3: You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Vocal, Club, Jazz, New Age, Rock, or Custom. For each preset, you can adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz (Low), 1 kHz (Mid), and 10 kHz (High). The level of each frequency can be adjusted from +10 dB to -10 dB in 1 dB increments.

Source Tone Memory: Each source (AM/FM/CD/Changer) can store its own EQ3 levels.

XM Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control an optional Sony XM tuner. The optional tuner, along with an antenna and subscription, will allow you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio programming features up to 100 channels of digital-quality music, news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

SSIR-EX Tuner: The CDX-F5000 is equipped with Sony's SSIR-EX tuner. You can choose automatic tuning (seek) to choose a radio station, or, if the automatic tuning stops too frequently, you can change the sensitivity of the tuner to the Local Seek mode. This allows you to tune in only relatively strong stations. You can also switch from FM Stereo to FM Mono if the stereo reception is poor.

Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency.

Rear/Subwoofer Preamp Outputs: The CDX-F5000 has a set of preamp outputs that can be set for Rear or Subwoofer output. When Subwoofer is selected, the outputs have a selectable low-pass filter (78 Hz, 125 Hz, or Off) and the output level is user-adjustable.

Dimmer: You can manually adjust the display to one of two brightness levels.

45-Degree Installation: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 degrees.

Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional wired rotary commander (item 158RMX4S). Once the wired remote is connected, you can use the menu system to change the control direction of the remote, depending on which side of the steering wheel you choose to mount the remote.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is compatible with Sony Unilink CD and MD changers. In addition, this unit can control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.

Multiple Changer Control: A maximum of 5 CD changers, 5 CD/MP3 changers, or 5 MD changers may be connected to this receiver. When connecting CD, CD/MP3 and MD changers, you may connect up to a total of 7 changers (but there must not be more than 5 of one type of changer). When connecting more than one changer to this receiver, you must use the Sony XA-C30 source selector.

CD/MP3 Changer Controls: When a CD/MP3 changer is connected to this unit, you can perform the following functions: disc skip, track skip, audible track search, album skip, track repeat, album repeat, disc repeat, disc random, album random, changer random (plays all the tracks in the current changer in random order), and all random, which plays the tracks from the disc loaded in the head unit and all connected changers in random order.

CD Text/MD Memo Display: When used with a compatible CD changer and a CD Text encoded CD, this unit will display the CD Text information. When using a compatible Sony MD changer, this receiver can display disc and track names that have been prerecorded on MDs.

Disc Memo: When a changer with the Custom File function is connected to this unit, you can enter names, up to 8 characters long, into memory for up to 110 discs. After a disc has been given a custom title, you may search for the disc, by title, using the List-up function.

Auto Scroll: If the text being displayed exceeds 8 characters and the Auto Scroll function is on, the information will automatically scroll across the screen.

Note

Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will turn off audio output, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain on. This makes the clock display and face/button illumination "Keyed" instead of "Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you must press the Off button for two seconds.

Note: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you must turn the radio completely off (this defeats keyed operation), or you may wire the accessory power wire of this radio to an alternate source of accessory power to retain keyed clock and face/button illumination operation.

 
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5 out of 5

Amazing unit!

Written By Brian, Michigan on Thursday, December 25, 2008
 
I bought this when I first got into the headunits, and stereos.

At first I just had the headunit, no aftermarket speakers or anything,
then i got some nice rear speakers, then a single 12" sub, then new door speakers, then 2 12's, then 3 12's, then 10" kickers, 12" kickers, and now i have 2 brand new 15" L7 kickers, and this radio is amazing, AMAZING sound quality, and the menu is right down to the point nothing fancy and hard, just straigh BASS, TREB, MID, BAL, FADE, LPF, and SUB control

Its worth every penny, I love it!
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