Motorized Tray CD Mechanism: When
loading a CD, the motorized face folds down and the motorized tray extends.
After the disc is loaded, the tray retracts and the face returns to its normal
position. The motorized tray mechanism does more than just
add ease of operation, and impressive motorized function. It helps to seal the
playback chamber, keeping CDs dust-free, and isolates the playback process from
airborne vibration, especially in extreme SPL conditions. Note:
Please allow at least 4.5" in front of the
face for the motorized tray mechanism to open and
Analyzer: You may
select from 10 spectrum analyzer patterns, turn the spectrum analyzer off, or
select auto mode, which cycles through all 10 display patterns. When
the spectrum analyzer feature is active, the selected spectrum analyzer appears
along the lower portion of the display window.
Adjustment: The display
contrast may be adjusted for optimum readability.
You can select from the following display colors: aqua, blue, white, green, green-yellow,
orange, or violet.
Info Display: The
center 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, track number and
elapsed time, or the tuner frequency.
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
Tone Memory: Each
source (Radio/CD/Changer/Aux) can store its own bass and treble levels.
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.
Soundstage 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.
Memo: 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 station.
offers superior protection against mis-tracking, providing virtually skip-free
playback. G-Protection features a motorized tray isolated from shock by gel filled dampers, a Quick Focus pickup and a 3 second electronic memory circuit, which acts as a buffer. Unlike other skip protection systems, G-Protection doesn't need a huge memory buffer to prevent skipping. Instead, the mechanical components of the G-Protection system do most of the work, and the 3 second buffer plays only a small part in skip prevention.
MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8
trees, 255 folders, and 512 files/folders. During MP3 playback, the following
functions are available:
- Folder up/down
- File up/down
- File audible
- Locating a
Folder by Name:
scrolling through the names of folders, you can directly access the folder
- Locating a
File by Name:
scrolling through the names of files, you can directly access the file you
Play: all files in a folder are played in random order
- File Repeat Play: repeats
the current file
- Folder Repeat Play: repeats
the current folder
the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while an MP3 CD is
playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume
from the point where it left off
- ID3 Tag
Display: displays ID3 Tag information for
files that have been recorded with ID3 tag information
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 subwoofer outs.
Filter: The front and
rear preamp outputs have a selectable high-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz,
125Hz, or off.
Filter: The subwoofer
preamp outputs have a selectable low-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz, 125Hz,
Auxiliary Input: Stereo RCA
preamp inputs are hardwired to the back of the unit on a 9" lead, allowing
you to connect 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. You can adjust the
level of the auxiliary input from -6dB to +6dB in 1dB increments.
In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by
an optional wired rotary commander (item 158RMX4S or 158RMX5S). 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
Mute Lead: 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.
Changer Controls: 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.
Display: When a changer
capable of playing MP3 files is connected, this unit will display ID3 Tag
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.
Scroll: If the
text being displayed exceeds 9 characters and the Auto Scroll function is on,
the information will automatically scroll across the screen.
Memory Stick Player Compatible:
This unit can control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.
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.