Sony CDX-H910UI

Marine CD receiver (New Stock)

  • Sony CDX-H910UI


  • Sony CDX-H910UI

Item #: 158H910UI

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by Ken Nail

Sony's CDX-H910UI marine CD receiver sports a refreshing design that pairs a set of intuitive controls with a bright display that won't wash out in bright light. You can customize the look to match your cockpit by choosing between red and blue button illumination.

The CDX-H910UI boasts Sony's 1-wire USB connection — just plug in for total control over your iPod® or other USB device. Add a plug-and-play satellite radio or another audio option to the rear auxiliary input. The receiver plays discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files, so you can create mix discs for long hours of entertainment on the water. Get a bigger kick out of your system by adding amps to the three sets of preamp outputs.

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Sony includes a wireless remote so your passengers can adjust receiver settings. The CDX-H910UI also works with Sony's Marine Commander wired remote control, so you can mount the receiver in a remote location where it's protected from the elements, then control it from the cockpit.

Installation Note: This marine receiver's chassis will fit in a standard DIN (2" x 7") opening, but its oversize face can cause problems in certain applications. Please check the receiver's dimensions in Details to make sure it'll work in your boat.


    General features:
    • marine CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak × 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • blue and white display with switchable blue/red illumination
    • works with Sony Marine Commander wired remotes
    Marine-specific features:
    • splash-proof front panel
    • coated circuit boards, UV- and salt-resistant paint
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    Expandability features:
    • built-in iPod control with USB connection
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • inputs: rear-panel auxiliary input, rear USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    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 2 volts
    Display Color Black/White
    Key Button Color Red or Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 4/3/2/1
    Touch 2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 3G/2G
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • Marine CD receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis and attached 5' USB cable
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X151)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Self-adhesive foam pad
    • 2 Hex-head bolts (M3 x 40mm)
    • 2 Hex nuts (M3)
    • 2 Flat washers (M3)
    • 2 Split-lock washers (M3)
    • 6 Self-tapping screws (length=1-3/8")
    • 6 Speed clips
    • Rear support stud
    • Rubber bushing
    • Installation template
    • Metal backstrap
    • Operating Instructions (5 languages)
    • Installations/Connections sheet (5 languages)
    • Warranty Sheet
    • Sony Canada warranty sheet
    • European Guarantee Information Document

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    Marine Rated
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Wireless Communication

    Marine Rated

    Marine Ready: The Sony CDX-H910UI Marine AM/FM CD receiver features an oversized, fold-down faceplate which protects the CD slot from moisture. The splash-proof front panel meets IPx5 standards, and features UV and salt-resistant paint (tested under ASTM G154 and ASTM B117). Other marine features include a conformal coated circuit board and a plastic cover over the top of the chassis to protect against humidity.

    Note: The CDX-H910UI is designed exclusively for marine use; it is not made for automotive use.

    Display Features

    Dual Illumination: You can switch the CD receiver's button illumination to Red or Blue. The player's display illumination remains white (background) and black (characters).

    Contrast: This feature adjusts the contrast level of the head unit's display in 7 steps.

    Dimmer: The CDX-H910UI feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On", Dim Off" or "Dim Auto". The Automatic Dimmer feature automatically dims the display when you turn your lights on.

    Note: The Orange/White illumination wire needs to be connected to the vessel's light circuit in order for the automatic dimmer feature to operate properly.

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

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

    Audio Section

    EQ3 Stage 2: You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom or Off (flat). For the Custom mode, you can adjust the following bands:

    • Low: +10 dB to -10 dB at 60 Hz
    • Middle: +10 dB to -10 dB at 1 kHz
    • High: +10 dB to -10 dB at 10 kHz

    Loudness: This feature allows you to listen to your music clearly at low volume levels by reinforcing the bass and treble. The bass level is increased to +4 dB at 100 Hz while the treble level is increased to +2 dB a 10 kHz.

    Preamp Outputs: The CDX-H910UI contains three pairs of RCA preamp outputs - front, rear, and subwoofer. The subwoofer output (on a 9" pigtail) is non-fading with a low-pass filter. You can select the cut-off frequency at 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments.

    High Pass Filter: The unit features a high-pass filter on the front and rear preamp and speaker outputs, with a selectable cutoff frequency at 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off.

    Rear Panel Auxiliary Input: A pair of rear panel stereo RCA jacks (on a 9" pigtail) is provided to allow the connection of 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 marine audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu so it doesn't appear as an available source. The head unit comes supplied with rubber caps that can be placed over the RCA jacks when they are not in use to keep them dry.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The CDX-H910UI features a built-in AM/FM digital tuner. The built-in AM/FM tuner offers the following features: Auto/Manual tuning, Preset tuning (6 presets each in 5 bands), Best Tuning Memory, Local Seek Mode, and Mono Mode.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDX-H910UI is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (item # 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.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (607SNYSC1). Packaged part number is 700SIRSONY.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or the Sony XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter--158XA300.
    • XM Satellite Radio: Audiovox has not yet confirmed compatibility with the XM Mini Tuner Sony Car Kit at this time.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The CD receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs. The head unit also supports CD Text. The receiver will also play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a CD-R or CD-RW.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD or USB player/memory. When there are many items in one category, you can search for the desired track quickly by using the Jump function which skips in steps of 10% of the total tracks listed in the current folder. Note: When entering the Quick-BrowZer mode, the repeat/shuffle setting is canceled.

    Zappin': You can search for a track on a CD or USB player/memory through the Zappin' feature. When the Zappin' feature is engaged, the unit will play a short sample of the track (about 1 minute into the track), then skip to the next track. You can select the length of the sample: 6 seconds, 9 seconds, or 30 seconds.

    Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the unit powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if the disc is ejected and left on the lip opening of the player for 15 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: This unit is compatible with Sony UniLink CD/MP3 and MD changers. 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 the Sony XA-C40 source selector.

    AUX/USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Input: The receiver is equipped with a rear-mount Type-A USB input (on a 5' pigtail) for plugging in a USB Mass Storage Class device, or a compatible USB audio player. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with up to 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device.

    iPod Ready: The rear-mounted USB input can also be used to plug in, charge, and control an iPod via a single cable. This is the same cable that comes with the iPod (Type A USB-to-iPod dock connector), or can be purchased separately (472USBCABL). Some older iPods are only compatible using the optional XA-110iP iPod adapter (158XA110IP). In Audio Mode, the iPod is controlled by the head unit. You can switch the head unit to Passenger Mode and control the iPod directly using the iPod's controls. The receiver is compatible with the following iPods:

    Compatible iPods using USB Compatible iPods using optional XA-110iP

    iPod classic
    iPod 5th generation*
    iPod nano (4th gen, 3rd gen, 2nd gen)
    iPod touch (2nd gen, 1st gen)
    iPhone (3G, 2G)

    iPod 4th generation*
    iPod nano (1st generation)*

    *not compatible with Passenger Mode

    Optional Auxiliary Input: You can connect an additional auxiliary audio device (such as a portable digital memory player, cassette, MiniDisc, or VCR) when used with the optional XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter. The XA-300 uses the UniLink and Bus Audio inputs on the back of the receiver, and allows you to connect an optional CD/MD changer in addition to the auxiliary audio source.

    Wireless Communication

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation.

    Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional Sony wired marine rotary commander. The optional marine remote is water resistant, so it is ideal for use on boats, where a head unit needs to be kept dry, but you need to control it from a damp remote location. The marine remote features a display which shows source and mode information, satellite radio information, and CD text information.


    Mounting: The CDX-H910UI requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. Six screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. A clear, self-adhesive template is supplied to assist you with the cutout and drilling the screw holes. You can install the unit within 45-degrees of horizontal.

    Note: The receiver does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard I-, J-, or E-sized automotive installation.

    Dimensions: The receiver has the following dimensions:

    • Chassis Width: 7.097"
    • Chassis Height: 2.019"
    • Chassis Depth: 5.962"
    • Nose Width: 7.767"
    • Nose Height: 3.524"
    • Nose Depth: 1.792"

    Screw Hole Pattern: The faceplate has four mounting holes across the top, above the chassis, and two holes below the chassis for securing the unit to the bulkhead. The screw hole spacing is as follows:

    • Top Row:
      • Total Width: 6.003"
      • Width Between Two Center Holes: 2.868"
      • Width Between End Holes and Adjacent Center Holes: Left= 1.691", Right=1.553"
    • Bottom Row Width: 5.027"
    • Height (Between Top and Bottom Rows): 2.554" and 2.61"
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    5 out of 5

    Great Marine Grade Radio for the Price

    Written By John, Rochester, NY on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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    I really like that the knobs, buttons and displays are large and easy to use. Works great with an iPod which is what I designed my audio upgrade around. I like the wired remote that is available for this unit. It has plenty of power available which I use to power the interior cabin speakers and then I run an Amp for the exterior cockpit speakers. You can tell this unit was designed from the beginning as a marine radio, not just a converted auto radio. I thought installation was really easy with 6 screws into the surface you have to secure the radio through. No tight spaces trying to thread screws and nuts behind or to the side of the unit.
    Easy install Heavy duty Powerful Great sound Great value Plenty of audio connection options
    You near a large mounting surface which wasn't a problem for me. Standard DIN mounting cut out.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Written By Oxander, Lexington ky on Monday, May 13, 2013
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    There is a reason this unit is in almost every top end boat on the market. Works flawlessly with beautiful styling. The round controls and display blend well with the gauges on any boat. With the added corded remote mounted in the dash panel I could stealth mount the radio in the glove box to hide it from sight.
    Works well with apple products and other devices.
    Face plate is almost an inch thick.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    y CDX-H91UI

    Written By Shannon, Glendale AZ. on Monday, April 08, 2013
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    This is the perfect system for my boat the sound is impectable and easy to work. People have commented on the looks of it and shape, I would recommend this product to everyone.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    On my boat for 5 years

    Written By Captain Norm, Florida Keys on Sunday, March 18, 2012
    I've had the radio on the flybridge of my 40 footer for years and it's still going strong. It sounds great with a set of Bazookas.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    used in in a Ford F150

    Written By John M, NJ on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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    had this radio installed in a 98 F150. Installer thought I was crazy. Ended up
    being one of the best radios I have owned and with the most features and the
    simplest to operate. Plus it is the most unique install. Also able to use the
    USB port for thumb drives instead of expensive IPODs.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    SKA Pro Angler

    Written By team furuno, Ocean Isle N.C> on Saturday, September 11, 2010
    I have had this unit for for a year and a half and it held up in the tough condition. The unit
    is in the elements all the time and still works great.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    1 question already asked

    Can you play music on a Thumb Drive with this radio? Thanks! [ Dan H  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    4 answers
    • It only works on iPod or something the Sony walkman. [ JOHN   Dec 12, 2013 ]
    • No.Only I pod,and Sony Walkman [ JOHN   Dec 12, 2013 ]
    • yes, there is a usb port on the system. [ MARTINE   Dec 12, 2013 ]
    • Hey Dan: I installed this radio in my ski boat this past summer - really a great looking & great sounding unit ! Yes, you can play music off of thumb drives with this unit - although not all thumbdrives are compatible. Your best bet is to use a Sony thumbdrive. The list of compatible non-Sony thumbdrives is a short one: Manufacturer Model Capacity DANE ELEC zMATE PEN 1GB Kingmax Super Stick KU201G-U2GMH 1GB Kingston U3 Data Traveler DTIU3 1GB Kingston Data Traveler KUSBDTI 512MB PNY Attache P-FD512U20-RF 512MB SanDisk SDCZ6-4096-J65 4GB Transcend JetFlash V30 TS2GJFV30 2GB TREKSTOR USB-STICK ME 1GB TREKSTOR USB-STICK Me 2GB Intenso RAINBOW LINE 2GB 2GB EMTEC Flash Drive C150B 4GB This chart, as well as a chart of compatible Sony thumbdrives is available at esupport (dot) sony (dot) com Enjoy ! John [ JohnPisha   Dec 12, 2013 ]

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