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Marine CD receiver with front-panel auxiliary input

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Item #: 158CDXM10
 

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by Ken Nail
Sony

You've got enough to do on your boat without having to replace your stereo every few years. Sony built the CDX-M10 marine CD receiver with a protective coated circuit board and UV-resistant paint to ensure that it'll stand up to the sun, salt, and spray through many years of good times on the water.

You can play your store-bought and recordable CDs on the CDX-M10; you can even play discs you've loaded with MP3 or WMA files so you can get a full day of music from a single disc. The 3-band equalizer tailors the output of the powerful built-in amplifier for the perfect blend of lows, mids, and highs. Roll out some extra bass by hooking a powered subwoofer to the preamp outputs.

Enjoy your favorite playlists without headphones by connecting your MP3 player to the handy front-panel auxiliary input.

Sony designed this marine receiver to work with wired and wireless remotes, but no remotes are currently available from Sony.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak × 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • detachable face
    Marine-specific features:
    • coated circuit boards, UV- and salt-resistant paint
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    Expandability features:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (selectable subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 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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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    No
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    N/A
    Nano
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    Touch
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    N/A
    Mini
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    N/A
    iPhone
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    N/A
    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
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    What's in the box?

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    • Marine AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Hard-plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Rubber auxiliary cap
    • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French/Spanish)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Note on installing rubber auxiliary cap
    • Sony European Guarantee Information Document

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    Marine Rated
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    AUX Connection
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Marine Rated

    Marine Ready: The Sony CDX-M10 Marine AM/FM CD receiver features a UV resistant faceplate (tested under ASTM G154), a conformal coated circuit board for marine use and a plastic cover over the top of the chassis to protect against humidity.

    Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra (120999005B, sold separately) or Scosche (142ACM1, sold separately).

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The CD receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs. The head unit also supports CD Text.

    Compressed Audio File Capability: In addition to audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, the receiver will play MP3 and WMA compressed audio files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW. Below are the following requirements and features for compressed audio file playback:

    • ISO: The unit is compatible with the ISO 9660 level 1 / level 2 format, Joliet/Romeo in the expansion format, and Multi Session.
    • The Maximum number of:
      • folders or albums is 150 including root and empty folders (MP3, WMA)
      • files or tracks and folders contained in a disc: 300 (or less if a folder/file names contain many characters) (MP3, WMA)
      • displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64 (Romeo)
      • ID3 display characters: 30 or 126 characters (MP3), 63 characters (WMA)
    • Playback Functions:
      • Track Repeat
      • Album/Folder Repeat
      • Album/Folder Shuffle
      • Disc Shuffle

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver's display can display the following information: Track number/Elapsed playing time, Disc/Artist Name, Album/Group Number, Album/Group Name, Track Name, Text Information and Clock.

    Note: The Album/Group number is displayed only when the album/group is changed.

    Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the unit powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if the disc is ejected and left on the lip opening of the player for 15 seconds or more.

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

    Audio Section

    Drive S: The CDX-M10 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 a suspension to resist shocks, a motor that draws less power, and a fast low-current pickup that improves durability and CD playback accuracy. The 52W Peak x 4-channel S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer, more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous designs.

    Amplifier Section: The head unit's amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 17 watts RMS x 4 channels at 4 Ohms and 1% THD. The unit is also rated at 23.2 watts per channel minimum continuous average power into 4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more than 5% THD. Peak power is rated at 52 watts per channel.

    EQ3 Stage 2: You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom or Off (flat). For the Custom mode, you can adjust the following bands:

    • Low: +10 dB to -10 dB at 60 Hz
    • Middle: +10 dB to -10 dB at 1 kHz
    • High: +10 dB to -10 dB at 10 kHz

    Loudness: This feature allows you to listen to your music clearly at low volume levels by reinforcing the bass and treble. The bass level is increased to +4 dB at 100 Hz while the treble level is increased to +2 dB at 10 kHz.

    Switchable Preamp Outputs: The CDX-M10 contains one pair of RCA preamp outputs which can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation. When set to subwoofer, the output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 125Hz, 78Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments.

    Radio Functions

    Radio Tuning: The CDX-M10 allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations. In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning. The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each of the following bands - FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2.

    Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    Auto Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available stations and then choose your own presets from these available stations.

    AUX Connection

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it doesn't appear as an available source. The head unit comes supplied with a rubber cap that can be placed over the auxiliary input when it is not in use to keep it dry.

    Display Features

    Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.

    Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    Dimmer: The CDX-M10 feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".

    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.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off automatically after a set amount of time. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Not durable

    Written By Clay, Acworth, GA on Thursday, October 20, 2011
     
    Not happy with this unit. I've had three of them. Yes, three! First two were covered under warranty so Sony replaced them for free. Third one just died after two years. Electronic volume knob has a delay so when you adjust the volume, it takes a while for the actual volume to respond. Bright lights and constant demo mode drain battery fast. Other than that, it's a fine unit.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo for my Boat

    Written By James S, Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, October 08, 2011
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    This stereo has all the features I needed and it doesnt skip CD's while cruising in the boat. The best marine player for the money I could find!
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    5 out of 5

    good sound for the price

    Written By mark, wisconsin on Monday, May 16, 2011
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    put this in my pontoon and it sounds good with the factory speakers, easy to
    install, seems well built the the water barrier covering the top of the radio. I
    plan on ordering some aftermarket speakers from crutchfield to go with it now
    to make it sound even better.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-M10

    Written By eelsillig, Milledgeville GA on Tuesday, September 07, 2010
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    easy to install - thanks, in part, to the old radio cords being labeled. I amazed even myself,
    not to mention my wife when I got it up and running in no time.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Cheap cheap cheap. Not budget friendly if it breaks.

    Written By joeysparadise, Branford, FL on Friday, August 13, 2010
     
    Let me say that I really enjoyed this stereo the three weeks it worked properly. I bought the kit and the speakers sound great! The unit is very nice as well. However, today I go to put a CD in and use the turn dial on the receiver to adjust mid's, low's high's et al... and they go up but turning the dial will not turn them down. Listen to a track... same thing... volume up but not back down. After taking the detachable face off and ensuring that it was clean, re-attatched... same problem. Did this three times... now the radio cannot even be used because the volume is on a preset too high. Horrible experience. To make matters worse the universal marine cover I ordered from crutchfield won't stay closed either. They sent me a new one in good faith... however I would have to drill additional holes in the boat and the old ones would not be covered. Good company... as I've ordered from Crutchfield before and had no problems with the quality or value of their goods and services. Anyhow, I hope they handle this problem as good when I call them tomorrow. Just pay a little more and get something nicer... and don't buy a SONY LEMON.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound, good value

    Written By k12dave, Monongahela, PA on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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    The CDX-10 works very well. I replaced the original in-dash cassette deck in a '94 Sea Ray bowrider. It's been many years since I've installed a stereo in any vehicle. I didn't feel that the fold-down tabs held the unit securely in the dash (almost pushed through when I plugged in the ipod), so I had to reinforce the mounting bracket. Good to go now. I'm very happy with the purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent sound

    Written By Robert, Baltimore Harbor on Monday, April 26, 2010
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    Installation was a breeze . Sparky, the advisor, recommended that since this was replacement for another older Sony that I stick with that brand as the wiring harness was likely to be the same and he was right, it was, so the install went with out a hitch. Sound is excellent, and for me ease of use is important, I have enough complicated electronics on board " Endurance" our 43 foot sailboat, so I just want a CD player and radio that is easy to use... The antenna is installed behind it in the open space of the port cabin furniture , its a rubber shorty automobile one, and it pulls in every station.... Time to crank up the Jimmy Buffet....
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-M10

    Written By Tom, Irvine, CA on Monday, September 14, 2009
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    What a great product for the money. This is my third marine stereo and definitely my favorite choice so far. The sound is amazing and makes my little speakers sound much larger with the sounds processing options. Volume gets very loud and is clean and undistorted. I spent about 2 hours testing it in the driveway and was extreemely pleased.

    Great purchase!
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    4 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By Neal, Mandeville, LA on Thursday, May 07, 2009
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    This Sony radio replaced a Kenwood marine radio that was about 8 years old. FM sensitivity and power on new radio are remarkably better than old one. The equilizer is simple and effective. I especially like the AUX in, sub out, and remote amp lead that turns sub amp on. Only missing item is a USB jack on front. I thought I followed the instructions properly first time, but had to switch the red and yellow +12 V leads to maintain the internal memory.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    CDX-M10

    Written By mikesth, Katy, Texas on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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    I purchased the CDX-M10 to replace a Kenwood unit supplied in my aftermarket motorcycle fairing. The Kenwood was unreliable and difficult to control with gloves on. The CDX-M10 appealed to me because it was a marine unit and inexpensive. I use a Zumo 450 to push MP3's through the head unit and speakers are RF Punch units. The unit is easy to operate, reliable and has plenty of volume. An upgrade I might consider is one of the two wired remote controllers. I would purchase this unit again in a heartbeat, I am very pleased
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice value

    Written By Jeff, Lafayette, CA on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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    I bought this to replace an older Sony CDX-4005 so I would have the AUX input for my iPod. The stereo used the same wiring harness and sleve, so installation was a 10 minute deal, super easy. The white display is easy to read, and it packs a lot of power for the price.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony CDX-M10

    Written By cindy, Minnesota on Sunday, September 21, 2008
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    Great receiver. Replaced a Jensen. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Priced right.
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Pleased

    Written By Aaron, Indiana on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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    I bought this for a '98 Mastercraft. For the price, it is excellent.

    Positives:
    - Easy to see display
    - Great Radio Reception ++++
    - Sounds great with some old Kenwood Marine 6 X 9s that were existing
    - Simple controls

    Negatives:
    - No remote included
    - We tend to turn the boat on and off a lot so the power off beep gets annoying.
    - Have seen some issues with ID3 tags while playing MP3 disks.
    9 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Bargain!

    Written By David, Hobbs, NM on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
     
    I just bought a boat that was delivered with this unit installed. I've been waiting for the new Alpine marine gear to be released really not giving any thought to keeping the factory installed deck. After spending a few days on the water with the Sony I've got to think this through again however. The deck sounds great, looks good and is easy to use. The feel of the face and controls is excellent and gives off a feeling of quality. I may simply need to purchase some upgrades for this unit to get the sound I want. Good job Sony!
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Brian, Rhinebeck, NY on Monday, May 26, 2008
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    Bought this radio for a boat I am fixing up. I paired it with a Poly-Planer Water Resistant radio enclosure and it is well protected. Works like a standard automotive radio. Same hookups. Even has sub outputs and a power antenna output. Sounds great!
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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