Pandora + Remote App (for iPhone
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS600BT is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone
calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from
your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology,
your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain
profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile),
PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered
with the MEX-GS600BT (only one device can be used at a time). The unit can be
set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the
ignition is turned on. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not
support all features when used with the Sony MEX-GS600BT. Please visit
Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
External Microphone: The MEX-GS600BT includes an external
microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command
dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an
integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road
noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other
sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a
right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of
the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped
to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone
measures 0.465" (diameter) x 1.425" (depth). There is no integrated
Hands-Free Communication: The Sony MEX-GS600BT supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone.
Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving
by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't
have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the MEX-GS600BT can be used to
dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features
an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your
side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles
speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode
(talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered
manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit,
while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name
or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also
be rejected if desired.
- Dialing a Number: Using the MEX-GS600BT, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways.
- Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a
phone number using the unit's control dial.
- Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you
- Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the
preset dial for quick dialing.
- Phone Book: You can store up to 1,000 contacts in
the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each
- Call History: The unit will store the last 20
calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the
- Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice
tags stored on your connected cellular phone.
SMS Indicator: The SMS indicator informs you of any incoming
or unread SMS messages on your paired Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You will
still need to view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send
text messages from your phone.
Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Sony
MEX-GS600BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of
a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-GS600BT will be able to
control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause,
Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit
will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name,
Song title, and Album label. The MEX-GS600BT also supports audio streaming of
music apps (control and metadata display depends on music app). When an
incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile
phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call
is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Volume Adjustment: You can adjust the volume level of your
paired Bluetooth audio device from -8 to +18dB to match volume level output of
USB Port: The receiver's rear-panel USB type-A port
(attached to rear-chassis by a 59" cable) can be
used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as select
Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players,
or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can
play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320
kbps). The head unit can recognize up to 10,000 music files on a single USB Mass
Storage Device. The MEX-GS600BT offers the following USB search, playback, and
- Search Modes:
- Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on
a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or
- Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% 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
- 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
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.
USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The MEX-GS600BT's
rear-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included
iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or
iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone
connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via
the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title
& artist name on the front display.
- 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 1-bit D/A converter
(bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to
- Music Navigation: You can choose to control the
iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or
touchscreen. The Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your
iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or
Podcast from the head unit. You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer
category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z). With the head unit's Zappin
feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips
until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone.
The unit also offers Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes
- Information Display: The head unit will display your
iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing
time, Song title, Artist name, and 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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-GS600BT is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/19/2013):