Black Panel: When the unit is off, the
display turns completely off. With the display illumination off, all you see is
a flat, blank, gloss-black front panel, so it appears as though there isn't a
radio in the dash.
Fold-down Face: This unit is equipped with
a motorized fold-down faceplate. When you press the open button the faceplate
flips down, revealing the CD loading slot and the silver control panel. When the
faceplate is in this position, you may control all the functions of the unit
from the control panel.
Spectrum Analyzer: You
may select from 9 spectrum analyzer patterns, turn the spectrum analyzer off or
select auto mode (auto mode shows all 9 patterns, one after another). When the
spectrum analyzer feature is active, the selected spectrum analyzer appears in
the main display.
Info Display: The upper left portion of
the display can be set to show the source name (FM1, FM2, CD, etc.) or the
clock, while the main display line shows CD Text, the track number and elapsed
time, or the tuner frequency.
contrast for the Active Black Panel and the control panel may be adjusted
independently for optimum readability.
XM Satellite Radio Controls:
This unit can control an optional Sony XM tuner (sold separately). 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
You may select one of the following EQ presets: Vocal, Club, Jazz, New Age,
Rock, Xplod, or Custom. For each preset, you can adjust the following
frequencies: 62Hz, 157Hz, 396Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 6.3kHz, and 16kHz. The level of
each frequency can be adjusted from +10dB to -10dB in 1dB increments.
Organizer (DSO): 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.
SSIR-EXA Adaptive Reception: The
SSIR-EXA tuner is equipped with "Adaptive Reception". The Adaptive
Reception feature has two modes ("IF Auto" and "Wide") for
optimizing FM reception. The "Wide" mode decreases the tuner's
selectivity but results in better frequency response. The "IF Auto"
mode automatically adjusts the tuner for a good balance between frequency
response and minimum station-to-station interference. The Adaptive Reception
feature cannot be turned off.
Best Tuning Memory (BTM):
This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected
band and stores them in order of their frequency.
You can assign a name of up to 8 characters in length to each tuner preset
station. Station Memos can be used with the List-up function to locate a
Mono Subwoofer Preamp Outputs:
In addition to stereo front and rear preamp outputs, this unit includes one set
of mono subwoofer preamp outputs. Although there are two female RCA subwoofer
outputs, the same signal is carried by both connections. A low-pass filter (see
below) can be used to filter high frequencies from the signals output by the
The front and rear preamp outputs have a selectable high-pass filter that may be
set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
The subwoofer preamp outputs have a selectable low-pass filter that may be set
to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
Stereo RCA preamp inputs on back of the unit allow you to connect a portable
audio source. These inputs are also used as the Bus Audio In when connecting a
compatible Sony changer. When a compatible changer is connected to this unit,
you cannot connect an auxiliary source.
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
This unit is equipped with a lead that mutes audio output when a cellular call
is received, then restores the level once the call is over. To use this feature,
you must have a cellular phone with a muting output that can be connected to the
cellular mute lead.
unit is equipped with a wire that Sony calls an illumination lead, however, it
acts as a dimmer lead. When the dimmer mode is set to "Auto" and the
illumination lead receives power, the display dims to a preset level. The
display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control. Also, the
dimmer feature may be turned off, so dimming does not take place when the
illumination lead receives power. You may choose to dim the display at all times
by setting the dimmer mode to "On". Note: For this
feature to work, the unit's illumination wire must be connected to your
vehicle's dash lights wire.
This unit is compatible with Sony Unilink CD and MD changers. In addition, this
unit can control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.
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
Changer Controls: In
addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer
controls: track repeat, disc repeat, disc 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
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.
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.
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 12 characters and the Auto Scroll function is
on, the information will automatically scroll across the screen.
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.