The CDX-M800 features the Active Black Panel with fluorescent full-motion
display. Since there are only two small buttons on the front, the display area
is very large. When the unit is on, the bright fluorescent display offers
numerous modes of full-motion graphics. When the unit is turned off, the entire
face goes dark making it difficult to be spotted by a potential thief.
Full-Motion Display: The unit's two-color
fluorescent display technology gives you better resolution than conventional
LCDs, and lets data transition faster for smooth, clean, solid movement of
graphics. The resolution of the display is 139(H) x 39(V). You can cycle through
all of the motion displays with the face closed using the remote or a small
button on the face. The motion displays include: surfing, snowboarding, Xplod,
and four graphic motion displays. There are also 2 static displays (a pair of
gauges and a car) and an information display (CD track/Tuner frequency).
Faceplate: This unit is
equipped with a motorized fold-down faceplate. When you press the Open button, the
faceplate flips down, revealing the CD slot, a smaller display and a full
control panel. You can fully control the receiver with the face open or closed (using the supplied remote). The panel protrudes approximately 1.75" when the face is open, and just under 1" when the face is closed.
Dimmer Control: In
the menu, you can select the Display Dimmer function to be "Off"
(display is always bright when the unit is on), "Auto" (display dims
only when vehicle's lights are on), or "On" (display is always
dimmed). Note: In the "Auto" mode, the unit's illumination
(orange/white) wire will need to be connected to the vehicle's headlamp circuit
in order to operate properly.
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.
Output With Low-Pass Filter: The
CDX-M800 has a mono subwoofer preamp output with level control and a built-in
low-pass filter. You can select a 78Hz or 125Hz crossover frequency, or turn
off the filter. Note: The subwoofer output has two female RCA
Filter: This unit has a
built-in high-pass filter for the front and rear preamp and speaker outputs. You
can select a 78Hz or 125Hz crossover frequency or turn off the filter.
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:
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.
Tone Memory: You
can store a different EQ7 level setting for each source.
Auxiliary Input: The
CDX-M800 has an auxiliary input on the rear panel, allowing you to connect a
separate audio source, such as a portable minidisc or MP3 player, or the audio
output from a mobile/portable DVD player. In the past, Sony receivers required a
separate adapter, however, this unit's "Aux Lite" input allows you to
directly connect the auxiliary unit to the receiver's stereo RCA input jacks. Note:
If a CD/MD changer is connected to this receiver, you will not be able to
connect an auxiliary source without an adapter (158XA300).
Radio Controls: This
unit can control an optional Sony XM tuner (item 158XTXM1). 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
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. You can also manually switch to local or monaural
FM tuning to help improve signal reception.
Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This
feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected band and
stores them in order of their frequency.
Station Memo: You can assign a
name of up to 8 characters to each radio station and store it in memory. The
name of the station currently tuned will appear in the display. You can also
locate a preset station by name by pressing the List button. When the desired
station is located, you can press Enter to tune in the station. If a preset
station has not been assigned a name, its frequency will be displayed.
Active Servo Control: To reduce
the chances of CD skipping, the CDX-M800 uses Active Servo Control (ASC).
Sony's unique ASC provides real-time monitoring and adjustment of the laser
servos which control the laser's tracking and focus and the rotation speed of
the disc. As the disc is read, the laser's reflection is analyzed and the data
is evaluated for errors. If scratches or dirt reduce the reflection, the focus
servo's gain is increased so the laser can read through the imperfections. If
the tracking signal begins to show a large error percentage, the system
increases the tracking servo's gain to maintain stable operation.
CD Text/Disc Memo: If the CD
played in this unit has CD Text, the information will appear in the display.
Typical CD Text information includes artist name, disc title, and track name. If
the unit's Auto Scroll function is set to "on", names exceeding 8
characters will be scrolled across the display. In addition, if you are using a
CD/MD changer with CD Text/Custom File, you can enter a custom name of up to 8
characters for the disc (Disc Memo), which will override the CD Text
60-Degree Installation: For
flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and
Menu Functions: The Set Up and
Display functions can be set or changed through the unit's menu system. The menu
choices cycle through on the large ABP display or the smaller sub-display when
the face is open.
Remote Control: The CDX-M800
comes with a wireless, card-sized remote control (RM-X110). The dimensions of the
remote are: W=2.052", H=0.478", L=4.931". The receiver is also
compatible with the optional RM-X6S Wireless Rotary Commander remote (item
158RMX6S). These remotes allow full functionality of the receiver, even with the
CD/MD Changer Control: In addition
to playing a CD in the unit, the CDX-M800 can control an external CD/MiniDisc
changer, including a CD changer capable of playing CD-Rs and CD-RWs encoded with
MP3 files. If the changer has CD Text capability, the CD Text information will
appear in the head unit's display. This includes ID3 tags on MP3-encoded discs
played in the changer. With an optional XA-C30 Multi-changer adapter, you can
control 3 changers with this head unit; with a series of multi-changer adapters,
a total of 7 changers can be connected.
Custom File: When the unit is
connected to a CD/MD changer with Custom File capability, you can locate discs
in the changer by title by using this unit's List-Up function. While a disc is
playing in the CD changer, its name will be displayed. By pressing the List
button, you can display the names of the other discs loaded in the changer while
still playing the original disc. When the desired disc is found, you can press
Enter, and the selected disc is loaded and played.
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.