Disc & USB Playback
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (version 3.1), 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB
1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: 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-GS610BT. Please visit
Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled
Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a
Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-GS610BT without having to enter pin
codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with
the Sony head unit and keep two devices connected at all times (only one can be
used at a time). Once paired, the MEX-GS610BT will automatically re-connect to
your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing
for Android and iPhone smartphone to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.
- Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+)
smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching
the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on it rotary-knob.
For older Android smartphones with OS 4.0 or lower, download the
NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing
- USB Pairing (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple
iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and
activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic:
The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your
Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone).
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-GS610BT 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-GS610BT, 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.
- 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 contact.
- Call History: The unit will
store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number
quickly from the list.
- Voice Dial: You can make a
call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.
- Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
Note: 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 11' 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 0.525" (diameter) x
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The
Sony MEX-GS610BT can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth
A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). In
addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat)
for both stored music and music apps, the MEX-GS610BT provides a Search List of
your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes
Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display device's stored
music and music app song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title.
Note: 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
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected
to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-GS610BT
has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply
activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-GS610BT
to engage Siri and use the
included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through
your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music
search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be
done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display
hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri
are only audible through the MEX-GS610BT
; visual data will still need to be viewed
from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The
head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Disc & USB Playback
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit
supports the playback of MP3/WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.
Dual USB Ports: The head unit feature a front-panel USB
(type-A) port hidden behind a flip-out cover and one rear-panel USB (type-A)
port attached to the rear chassis by a 58" cable. The receiver's front- and rear-panel USB ports can
be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices; such as select
Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players,
or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored
on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will
be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (front: 1A; rear: 2.1A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony MEX-GS610BT supports the
following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto
a USB mass storage class device.
USB MSC Device
Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet,
Playable File Types
MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps
WMA: bit rate up to 320kbps
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8-/16-bit
Maximum # of Folders/Files
||150 folders/300 files
(version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag
Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can
display the following ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed
Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.
Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD receiver offers a variety of
unique playback & search functions.
- Quick Browser: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow
you to search for a track on a CD-R/RW disc or USB device easily by category
(Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).
- Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music folder in 10% increments.
- Repeat/Random: Repeat a single track or repeat an entire folder.
Shuffle all tracks or a specific folder.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or
ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc
playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or
powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected,
but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be
mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-GS610BT's
front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the 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. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's
DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the
your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the
Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).
- Head Unit Control + Song/Artist Info: The MEX-GS610BT's 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's front-panel control; content in each category
will be listed alphabetically.
The unit also offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast
Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. During Head Unit
Control mode, the MEX-GS610BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including
track #, elapsed playing
time, song title, artist name, and album label. Newer Apple devices with iOS
6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to
navigate your stored music and access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices
will be locked during connection.
- Passenger App Control: In Passenger App Control mode, you can
navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel
or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic
playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still
available from the head unit. The Passenger App Control mode does not offer
song/artist information display. Not all apps will be compatible with this
Note: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the head unit's front (1A) or rear (2.1A) USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone;
the rear-panel USB port will also charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this
unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-GS610BT is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/11/2014):
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