On the outside, Sony's DSX-210X looks a lot like your typical in-dash receiver. But it's what's behind the faceplate that counts on this neat design — flip the face forward, and out pops what Sony calls the "Tune Tray," a custom-made pocket for your iPod® or iPhone®. Once connected, your player stays charged and tucks neatly behind the display. You can even use the Tune Tray without an iPod, since it features a standard USB connector.

Breeze through your music library
With your iPod safely stowed, you can access your music library using the stereo's controls. You can fly through your library with Jump Mode, which lets you skip around in 10% increments. An additional USB input on the front panel lets you connect your iPhone® or another USB device. Sony's Quick-BrowZer™ also lets you search by artist, album, genre, song, or playlist.

Control PANDORA® Internet radio
With your iPhone connected, you can use the stereo's controls to dial in your PANDORA® stations, rate songs, and skip tracks just like you do online. One small caveat: you need to connect via the second USB slot located on the front panel. A small price to pay for convenience, eh? You can still plug another player (or even another iPod) into the Tune Tray's USB input.

Bright, 4-line display
Sony's Organic Electro-Luminescent (OEL) display shows you 4 lines of text, so you can stay informed whether you're making a hands-free call, streaming a PANDORA® station, or listening to your iPod. You can also choose between red and blue button illumination.

Fine-tune your sound
Sony's Advanced Sound Engine gives you some cool tools for adjusting the sound in your car. You can set the timing of your speakers for your listening position, so you're always sitting in the sweet spot. Low- and high-pass filters let you block frequencies your speakers and subs can't handle, helping them run more efficiently. Use the Rear Bass Enhancer to dial in more bottom end to fill out your sound, and tweak the overall tone with a robust, 7-band parametric equalizer.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information. Check our video for some info on use of the Tune Tray with Lighting connector equipped iPods or iPhones.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • Tune Tray compartment holds your iPod, Sony Walkman MP3 player (adapter required), or USB thumb drive inside the receiver
    • fold-down detachable face with OEL (Organic Electroluminescent Light) 4-line display
    • selectable red or blue button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • PANDORA® control for iPhone when connected via front USB input
    • EQ7 (seven preset tone curves and a 7-band parametric equalizer)
    • 24-bit D/A converter
    • DM+ Advanced (Digital Music Plus Advanced) improves detail and high-frequency sound from compressed audio
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • digital time alignment
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Sony satellite radio and HD Radio tuners
    • inputs: front-panel USB input, internal USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM digital media receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X172)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • USB/iPod adapter (XA-50iP)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face-fixing screws
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Spa)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Spa)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Face-fixing screws note
    • Notes on the Tune Tray (inside Tune Tray)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color OEL White
    Key Button Color Blue or Red
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Remote Control
    Online Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Sony DSX-S210X digital media receiver features a detachable fold-down face for theft prevention. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The digital media receiver's face folds-down to access the unit's USB port. The fold-down face requires 1.6875" of space to open. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    OEL Display: The 4-line OEL (organic electroluminescent light) display makes it easy to read station & song information.

    Image Display: The Sony DSX-S210X offers various display images to choose from. You can select between Movie, Spectrum Analyzer (1-3), Wall Paper (1-4), All (displays rotation of all images), or Off.

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

    Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night, if desired. You can operate the display dimmer automatically, when the vehicle's lights are turned on, or manually. If the dimmer is set to automatic, the orange/white wire in the power harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order to properly work.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button for 1 second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and 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.

    Selectable Button Illumination: The Sony DSX-S210X offers selectable blue or red key illumination to compliment your vehicle's interior lighting.

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

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony DSX-S210X FM/AM compact disc player features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony DSX-S210X utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-S210X are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the DSX-S210X are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    Three 4-Volt Preamp Outputs with Adjustable Crossovers: The Sony DSX-S210X is equipped with 4-volt Front, Rear, and Sub pre-amp outputs with selectable LPF/HPF (Low Pass Filter/High Pass Filter) functionality, giving you the ability to customize the sound output to your external amplifiers.

    • High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.
    • Low Pass Filter: The subwoofer output is non-fading with a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the subwoofer preamp output's Phase (Normal/Reverse).

    Sound Balance/Fader: The sound balance between the left and right speakers (Balance) and front and rear speakers (Fader) can be adjusted to your preference. You can also adjust the volume level (+/-10dB) of the subwoofer preamp output.

    Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ7, Listening Position, DM+ Advanced, Rear Bass Enhancer, and Dynamic Loudness.

    • EQ7 (Parametric Tune): You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types - Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows  you to make  your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands - Band1 (40Hz or 62Hz), Band2 (100Hz or 160Hz), Band3 (250Hz or 400Hz), Band4 (630Hz or 1kHz), Band5 (1.6kHz or 2.5khz), Band6 (4.0kHz or 6.3khz), and Band7 (10.0kHz or 16.0kHz).
    • Listening Position (Time Alignment): This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, Custom or Off. The Custom Mode lets you precisely calibrate your listening position from each speaker so that the sound delay reach the listener more correctly. The distance is adjustable between 0.99-9.9'. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
    • Dynamic Loudness: Dynamic Loudness refers to compensating for volume level and signal gain.
    • DM+ Advanced: DM+ Advanced improves digitally compressed sound by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process (works only for USB).

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS: The Sony DSX-S210X features a built-in SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS. Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The DSX-S210X offers manual, seek and preset tuning.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Preset Tuning: The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.

    • 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.

    Note: The head unit does features preset buttons. You can access your store preset stations using the head unit's multi-way encoder knob.

    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.

    Local Seek Mode: In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.

    Mono Mode: The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.

    HD Radio Ready: The DSX-S210X is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD, sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    Tune Tray: The Sony DSX-S210X digital media receiver features an integrated Tune Tray to securely store your iPod, Sony Walkman MP3 player, or other compatible USB (MSC/MTP) device neatly within the receiver, eliminating loose wires. It even includes a reminder alert, which ensures you don't leave your device behind. You can easily connect, charge, and control your digital music player with a USB 1-wire connection, located within the Tune Tray. This innovative feature displays metadata like song title, artist, & track number on your front display when your music is playing. Capacity of the tray: approximately 2.5625" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 4.625" (d); will fit iPod video, classic, nano, or touch. The DSX-S210X needs approximately 2.5" of open space in front of it for the Tune Tray to open properly.

    Note: Do not leave your iPod or other USB device inside the Tune Tray in a parked vehicle, as malfunction may result. Do not place a cellular phone (iPhone) or a device with wireless communication functions in the Tune Tray, as it may not receive phone signals or communications may be terminated. Due to an increase in the vehicle's interior temperature, charging of the USB device battery, may not work, depending on the USB device specification

    Dual USB Ports: The Sony DSX-S210X features dual USB (type-A) ports. One is located inside the head unit's Tune Tray and the other is on the front of the unit's faceplate. The receiver's integrated USB (type-A) inputs can be used for plugging in MSC (Mass Storage Class) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB devices. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). When playing a USB device, the display can indicate track/album/artist/genre number, track/artist/album/genre name, elapsed playing time, text information, or clock. The head unit can recognize up to 5,000 folders (recommended) and a maximum of 5,000 tracks when connected to a USB MSC or MTP device.

    • Search Modes:
      • Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist)
      • Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent increments
      • Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected USB device
    • Playback Modes:
      • Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire album
      • Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
    • Display Information:
      • Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
      • Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and album label

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: The Sony DSX-S210X lets you directly connect, charge, and control select iPods or iPhones via either USB input and included adapter (XA-50IP) or your iPod/iPhone's USB/Dock cable; as well as view metadata like song title & artist on the front display. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit's front-panel USB port (will not work in Tune-Tray). The DSX-S210X provides audio playback, control, information display, & charging of your connected iPod or iPhone.

    Note: Any iPhone should be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port (not the Tune Tray USB port), so you can still receive phone calls. If you plan on placing the iPhone in the Tune Tray, then the iPhone should be set to "Airplane" mode (no phone functionality).

    Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 120dB.

    Audio Playback: The Sony head unit supports audio playback of music, podcast, & audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    Music Navigation: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit. You can also operate your iPod/iPhone which is connected to the front-panel USB input directly from its touchscreen or clickwheel. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked during connection to the Tune Tray USB input.

    • Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on your connected iPod/iPhone easily by category (Artist, Album, Genre, Track, Podcast, or Playlist).
    • Alphabetical Search: You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or albums) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category on your iPod/iPhone in 10 percent increments.
    • Repeat & Shuffle Play: The DSX-S210X offers Repeat (Track/Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre) and Shuffle (Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre/Device) playback modes for your connected iPod/iPhone

    Information Display: The head unit will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, & Album label.

    Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.  If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    Pandora App: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony DSX-S210X provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's USB ports. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The DSX-S210X will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-S210X is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):

     
    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1** 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2** 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3** 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4** 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini** 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
    • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit's front-panel USB port (will not work in Tune-Tray).
    • **iPads must be connected to the unit's front-panel USB port; will not fit in Tune-tray.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Sony Walkman Compatible: The optional Sony Walkman USB Adapter (158XA50WM, sold separately) lets you connect your compatible Sony Walkman music player to the Sony digital media receiver's Tune Tray USB port. Using the optional adapter, the Sony digital media receiver supports X & S series Walkman players. The unit offers audio playback, basic control, and battery charging of your compatible Sony Walkman music player.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X172) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony Xplod head unit and your connected devices while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Online Software

    Content Transfer/SensMe Online Software: The Content Transfer/SensMe online software can organize your music into playlists that perfectly match your mood, scene, and location, making it easier to choose the music that fits the moment. SensMe actually looks at the beats-per-minute and automatically groups your music (stored on your windows-based computer) into channels, making listening and managing all of your content even simpler. Once you have downloaded & used the SensMe software to organize your PC's music, you can then transfer that music to your USB (Not iPod/iPhone) device for playback on the Sony head unit. You can select & play a channel that fits your mood from the following categories.

    • Time of Day: Tracks are recommended for each time of day. Choose from Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, or Midnight.
    • Music Type: Plays tracks according to the music type. Choose from Energetic, Relax, Upbeat, Mellow, Lounge, Emotional, Dance, and Extreme.
    • Driving Type: Plays track that are suitable for type of driving. Choose from Freeway, Chillout Drive, Weekend Trip, Midnight Cruise, Party Ride, Morning Commute, and Going Home.

    Note: Download of the Content Transfer/SensMe online software to your windows-based computer is required to enable the SensMe function on this head unit. The software must be downloaded to your PC & then music content must be transferred to a USB (MSC) device. The SensMe software is not compatible with iPod or iPhone.

    System Requirements: Your Windows-based computer must meet the following system requirements.

    System Requirements
    CPU Intel Pentium III Processor 450 MHz or higher
    OS Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later)
    RAM 256 MB or more (for Windows XP), 512 MB or more (for Windows Vista or later)
    Port USB
    Monitor High color (16-bit) or more, 800 x 600 dots or more
    Connection Internet

    Note: 64-bit & Media Center versions of Windows XP are not supported. Not compatible Mac.

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    DSX-S210X Has Issues

    Written By thxyung, Garland,TX on Friday, March 21, 2014

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    Satellite radio broken out of the box. My Sony XT-XM1 sat tuner wasnt recognized. I was replacing my old Sony receiver because the volume quite working. I bought this unit, plugged it in and the receiver didnt recognize the sat tuner, also tried a Sirius tuner and same problem. I liked the ability to have my music collection on a usb stick and this sort of works. Sometimes it forgets where it left off when I turn the car off. When I return it will start playing the first album from the beginning. The rotary knob seems flimsy and isnt the easiest to use when driving. The remote luckily can be used to do most things. Dont try searching your music collection while driving. The sound adjustments are good and it sounds really good as well.

    ** Sony support isnt the greatest. The person on the other end obviously didnt know anything about car radios and they are having me send this almost new unit back to their repair center at my cost and said it would be 7-10 days before another unit would be sent back out. This is over Crutchfield's 60 day warranty otherwise I would send this back to them. Not very pleased with this situation.

    Pros: Good sound Having music collection accessible via USB stick is a great feature. Great Price for the features. Dont have to cart around CD collection in car.

    Cons: Satellite radio didnt work out of the box and appears the unit is defective. Receiver sometimes forgets what song its on when you turn your car off and return again. (Using usb stick). Sony Support is mediocre, No advanced exchange for defective unit in warranty. 30 Minutes on the phone for them to finally give me return authorization to repair facility at my cost.

    Great Value

    Written By Gabe, Alva OK on Sunday, January 26, 2014

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    First, I'm not a stereo guy, but this thing is awesome. It is very user friendly and out preforms any stock head unit. The controls are very user friendly , and sounds great - the tune tray is great

    Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use

    Great price! Great receiver!

    Written By RonF, Texas on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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    Great receiver for the price! Great sound too! Love the media tray too!

    Pros: Great sound. Cool display. Really like the longer RCA plugs.

    Cons: Going through the setup with the joystick takes a little getting use to.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Dan P, Dover, OH on Monday, January 13, 2014

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    Great, I couldn't be happier with this receiver. Easy to use, easy installation, Very good sound quality.

    Pros: Ease of use, I don't have to take my I-pod with every time I get out of the truck because it's out of sight. Sounds great.

    Cons: Clock doesn't keep good time, loses more than a minute a day.

    Great Basic Head Unit

    Written By HazKom, Big Island Hawaii on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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    For the price can't be beat. Seriously why are people still paying for CD players? The drawer inside that holds your phone or iPod/MP3 player is awesome. Flash Drives plug right into the front of the unit easy, with an SD card adapter you can put SD cards in there or inside, great use for old smaller cards. Has a full size USB adapter inside on a small floppy cable and comes with a large iPod adapter. Interfaces is standard crap, way too many useless features and a mediocre interface. You need to push the little joystick adapter straight in a lot and that can be hard while driving sa it likes to twist or move to the side. Also the random and mute options are unintuitive. But really, you'll just install it (easy), plug in your media, and then maybe change tracks and volume. Absolutely great for daily use and as an upgrade to a sad factory stereo. For the cost of a tuner/MP3 interface to work with your crappy underpowered factory stereo you could toss in another $50 and get this. AND if you wanted to add a small amp and/or sub you're all set. This is not a high power head unit. Fine for factory speakers or minor upgrades, really i wouldn't use it for more than running your fronts if you really want to get a substantially better sound. I put it in a pickup with 2 : 6" speakers and it's fine.

    Pros: Value, media flexibilty

    Cons: silly interface, over sensitive joystick (multi-function thingie), modest power.

    Alright

    Written By 13tj, Owasso, ok on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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    Works sometimes

    Pros: Cool looking

    Cons: USB worked half the time

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Chris Mc, Traverse City, Mi on Friday, December 13, 2013

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    Great experience and good instructions for the instilation.

    Pros: Love the iPod and iPhone options

    Cons: The door for the iPod hits the trim so it doesn't open all the way. May be an issue with the grand am opening.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By TiiTommy, Orinda, CA on Thursday, December 12, 2013

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    For a $99.00 deck, this unit has all that I could hope for, from USB input on the front to inboard iPod connection and storage behind the removable faceplate. It even has a remote control, should one need it.

    Pros: Price and features.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Jake B., Austin, TX on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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    Bought this unit as a birthday present for my fiancee to replace the stock unit in her Tacoma and she absolutely loves it. I have yet to receive a single complaint from her. The controls were easy for her to pick up, the sound quality is great, and it fit perfectly within the stock bezel with the provided pocket. What really put it over the top for her though was the fact that she could get rid of all the wires and adapters she was using for her ipod and have it stored out of the way with the tune tray. And for those of you wondering, a her 120gb ipod classic fit perfectly

    Pros: Price, ease of installation, tune tray, sound quality

    Cons: Excessive 7 way eq, no front aux port, only two illumination options

    DSX-S210X

    Written By Joel Q, Cataula GA on Saturday, December 07, 2013

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    This is an excellent unit. The remote works well, which is great because the face controls suck. Looks great in old car. Works great except when it locks up . . . fortunately powering down and back up resets and thaws the unit. Sound quality is really great.

    Pros: Excellent sound and remote functionality.

    Cons: Face controls are 'right sized' for a two year old with excellent vision.

    Love it!

    Written By Jay B, Hammond IN on Thursday, December 05, 2013

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    Put one in my sons Mustang and liked so much I bought banother for my Blazer

    Pros: Great sound, love the fact the ipod is hidden inside. No cords.

    Cons: None

    Good receiver

    Written By Juan C, Calexico, CA on Monday, December 02, 2013

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    It's a very good design, easy to install and it included all the necessary accessories to do so. Both the internal and external USB inputs are in a perfect position to be able to connect any source with USB connections.

    Pros: The menu is easy to access and includes many options for optimal programmability.

    Cons: The faceplate is hard to hook up to the unit. Some menu options are only accessible with the remote. If you lose the remote, you will not be able to program those functions and if you want to change some audio options and you don't have it on hand, you will not be able to do so.

    Nice stereo

    Written By MA, SLC, UT on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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    Very nice setup and install, was pretty easy to set up the pre-sets and colors I wanted. Lots of features and I haven't even started exploring what I can do with my iPod.

    Pros: remote, blue or red display colors, loads of information shown on display, lots of adjustability for sound

    Cons: "joystick" button for all functions is a pain!

    My first custom stereo system

    Written By JR, Ridgecrest, CA on Monday, November 25, 2013

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    Stereo was installed in a vintage Chevy Truck with a 100 wt amp & a 8" 100 wt sub. Very happy with the sound and features of the Sony stereo. Having my iPod in the unit is way cool and navigating thru my music is very easy. Great shutting it off and having it start up where it stopped. Now planning to get another one for a second car

    Pros: Concealed IPOD is way too cool, and XM radio compatible is all that I need. Very hard to beat for the price. Will be buying another one!

    Cons: Still trying to figure out all the adjustments as the instructions seemed to be focused on experienced installers

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Anonymous, Clayton, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013

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    Excellent way of integrating ipod or usb drive within the unit. Overall performance is excellent although using the ipod requires some study and practice.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By RonM, Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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    I purchased this head unit to replace the factory installed unit. It's like night and day, both in aesthetics and sound. The hidden tune tray is a big plus. I'm still exploring everything this unit can do, but what I've found I like. Great bang for your buck.

    Pros: The tune tray, the look and sound, it can control the sub, so no need for a separate remote controller connected to the sub.

    Cons: Haven't run across any yet.

    DSX-S210X

    Written By Anonymous, Stockton, CA on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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    Awesome unit, love that I can hide the ipod behind the faceplate, great looks, great functions as well. adjustability for sound is awesome!!!!!!

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By tom, dallas pa on Sunday, September 22, 2013

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    A GREAT PRODUCT BUT INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTILLATION WERE VERY POOR TARGETED FOR EXPERINCED PEOPLE

    great stereo, my first aftermarket one

    Written By matt024mjd, Medfield, MA on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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    Awesome stereo and definitely gets a lot of praise from my friends when I hide my ipod away behind the faceplate. It was pretty simple to hook in, just required some soldering or butt connecting for the cable adapters but it was definitely worth it. unfortunately I already lost the remote and am not entirely sure where to get a replacement. the other issue that I have been having is during longer rides with my ipod plugged in my ipod overheats because its enclosed behind the faceplate. it may just be from my ipod being older that it heats up a lot when it charges, but when I attach my ipod the generic external usb my ipod gets enough ventilation. I also appreciate that when the ipod is attached externally it doesn't render the ipod useless like some devices. you can more easily select music directly on your device

    Pros: ipod tray, design is subtle so it looks decent in a suburban, sounds awesome, all parts included thanks to Crutchfield

    Cons: ipod overheats in tray after long rides, selector knob is very difficult to make final selection

    Sony for the Cavalier

    Written By WildBill, Peachtree City, GA on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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    Very nice and good value for the money. A basic stereo with some perks. I like the compartment for your music device and the blue light illumination is pretty cool! I would recommend and buy another if needed.

    Pros: Looks good, compartment for the music device, and removable face.

    Cons: None so far.

    Almost Perfect

    Written By Citizenzen, Northern California on Thursday, September 19, 2013

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    There's so much to love about this, but there are two key negatives: 1. the display is impossible to read during the day. 2. the sound options are overly complex. You are NOT going to adjust your equalizer while driving. If you try, you will die.

    Otherwise, if you don't mind setting your sound in the driveway and leaving it that way while you go to work, then this is a great value. I love the iPhone/iPod drawer-CDs are so 2000. For the price, it's hard to believe there's a better product out there.

    I would definitely recommend the product ... just wish it were easier to see and operate.

    Pros: Compartment for iPhone, great value

    Cons: Unreadable display, complicated sound adjustment

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By jraccola, Fairbanks, AK on Thursday, September 12, 2013

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    Easy installation, nice sound. Would be nice if the illumination would dim when you dim the interior lights.

    Sony for VW

    Written By L.J.Ross, Gardena, Ca on Monday, September 09, 2013

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    Radio and harness fit perfectly. I've been dealing with Crutchfield for over 10 years and I'm always happy with the equipment and service.

    Pros: Customer service and price.

    Cons: My windows phone won't work with USB. Luckily the radio is for my daughter.

    Sweet stereo

    Written By Tony, Brockton,Ma on Sunday, September 08, 2013

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    Great sound,awesome EQ.Makes stock speakers sound good.

    Pros: The rear bass enhancer is cool if you don't have a sub.the RDS is good when you want to know the name of a song.

    Cons: None that I've found

    Does everything it should with great sound

    Written By Engineer, California on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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    Installed in my daughter's VW bug. Unit came with wire harness, adapter face plate and radio removal tools. I pre-wired the harness and installed the unit. Hardest part was choosing which face plate to use as the kit came with two. It all went together well and had just a little trouble getting it to latch in the DIN enclosure. The sound is great, the IPOD tray is really nice and this is a big step up over the factory monsoon unit.

    Pros: Nice look, nice sound, easy wiring, easy install.

    Cons: Menu is not intuitive but thats the way they all are these days.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Kerry, Norfolk VA on Saturday, August 17, 2013

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    This Radio was easy to install and sounds great.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By LoganB, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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    What an amazing head unit! Where do I start?.. Hmm. Well, it's got a 52 watt peak power, which isn't only powerful, but clear and loud. The detachable face plate has a tray for any kind of device. I've got an old iPhone sitting in it which starts and stops the music along with the car, which is great. Just leave and come back from where I left off! It has 6 channels, which is great if you have an aftermarket amp for your speakers. But not only does it sound amazing.. It looks amazing as well. The Sony "OEL" display makes it look so much better than most standard 2 line head units. You can change the color of the buttons between red and blue, which is a really nice feature.

    Pros: Everything.

    Cons: Nothing

    No Brainer, Yes a winner!

    Written By M, Detroit, MI on Saturday, July 13, 2013

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    It was a hard decision to go with a media only head unit, but now that I've made the switch, all I can say is that it was my best decision ever for car audio. Sony did very well with this product. I'm using a 160gb iPod classic and everyone who hears this unit seems to think I'm playing CD's because the sound quality is so great! Tuner is wonderful also. XM radio adapter coming soon to complete this fine piece of equipment! Good bye CD's!

    Pros: looks rich, sounds wonderful, and easy to use.

    Cons: Wish the volume would automatically lower after unit is powered down. No biggie though.

    Awesome

    Written By AndrewC, Hampstead, NH on Monday, July 08, 2013

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    I can honestly tell you that this is by far the best radio that I have ever bought. The sound quality is awesome and it was so easy to install. I think that the remote is cool as an added bonus. I read the reviews before I bought the radio and the biggest complaint was with the big knob on the radio. The knob is the perfect size and I find it easy to change songs by pressing the knob to the left or right. I will say that when putting the music device in the tray, be sure to press in put get the tray to come out. You should never have to pull on the tray. I put a usb device in the tray and it works awesome. I prefer to use a usb device rather than my apple ipod for the following reasons. We get cold winters in NH and I have been told that leaving an ipod in the car can damage the battery. Also a usb device is around $10, so if someone were to break into my car I wouldn't be out a huge amount of money to replace the usb.

    Pros: Awesome device, easy to use, and install.

    Cons: No cons as of today.

    Sony DSX-S210X

    Written By Anonymous, Yakima, Wa on Thursday, July 04, 2013

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    I like that it keeps my IPod in the stereo so there's no wires. The controls are user friendly. With all the audio settings you can fine tune the sound just the way you want.

    Pretty good

    Written By joe, salinas ca on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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    For the price i find the stereo to be a great product.

    Pros: This is the first stereo i have bought so i dont know if they all come with one, but the sony stereo comes with a small controller which you can use to choose your music and control the stereo settings. Also i find the option that when you have the ipod connected externally to the stereo with your usb cable you can choose to control selecting your music through your ipod very helpful.

    Cons: I can think of no cons to speak of, but when trying to control the stereo through the knob on its faceplate it gets a bit tricky as when choosing a song or setting you want to edit you have to press down in the center exactly or it will scroll up or down. However this small inconvenience doent really mateer because yhe stereo come with a small remote controller included.

    Sony DSX-S210X GREAT

    Written By DANNO, hartford ct on Friday, June 21, 2013

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    WORKS GREAT wish there was a aux input but oh well so happy i got it

    Cons: Too bright at night

    Who needs CDs anyway???

    Written By Dan, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, June 20, 2013

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