Sony XSP-N1BT

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A smarter way to use your smartphone

Sony is making a splash in the smartphone world with their XSP-N1BT CD receiver with its innovative phone cradle. The XSP-N1BT uses Sony's exclusive App Remote technology to turn your smartphone into its display and control panel, so you'll experience easy access to music, navigation, and other smartphone apps when you're behind the wheel.

Setting it up is easy — download Sony's app, then put your smartphone into the cradle that's built into this receiver. Connect your phone via the cradle's USB port (iPhone®) or via Bluetooth® (Android™), and you're ready to roll. With many Android phones, you can use Near Field Communication Bluetooth to automatically pair to the receiver, and if you're using an iPhone, Sony's Simple Secure Pairing pairs the phone easily the first time you connect via USB.

Voice control and more

Sony XSP-N1BT

The XSP-N1BT's supplemental display gives you info when your smartphone isn't in the cradle

The XSP-N1BT offers powerful voice control features when it's operating with your smartphone in the cradle. You'll be able to the compose and hear text messages or emails, listen to notifications or mapping information, and control your music, all while you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

You can also entertain yourself with the receiver's CD player, plus an AM/FM tuner. And the built-in Bluetooth adds hands-free calling and audio streaming from compatible devices to the mix. You can also connect a satellite radio tuner to this Sony receiver, and check out SiriusXM's deep programming wherever you drive. Whatever the source, you can tune the sound to your liking with Sony's powerful 10-band EQ.

Even use it without your smartphone

If you don't have your smartphone on hand, the receiver's simple LCD display keeps you informed, while its wireless remote provides access to CD, USB, and tuner functions.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • smartphone cradle and App Remote technology lets you use your select smartphones as receiver display and controller
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • App Remote 2 mode for iPhone (iOS 5+, via USB) and Android (2.2+, via Bluetooth)
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • digital time correction for superior stereo imaging
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    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.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • Trim-ring
    • 6" Right-angle microUSB-to-USB adapter cable
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X311)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 ISO-mount screws
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Important Notice

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red or Blue
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display & Remote Features
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM
    Audio Section

    Display & Remote Features

    Front-Panel Smartphone Cradle: Sony's new XSP-N1BT in-dash CD receiver features a front-panel cradle that allows select Apple iPhones and Android smartphones to serve as touchscreen controls for the in-dash system via Sony's free App Remote app. The front-panel clamping system is adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of Apple iPhones and Android smartphones; the mobile device will rest horizontally across the head unit's front-panel. The cradle will fit iPhone and Android smartphone devices measuring up to 6" (w) x 2.1875"-3.125" (h) x 0.5" (d). Your iPhone will also need to be plugged into the unit's front-panel USB port, while your Android smartphone will need to be paired via Bluetooth. Once you have installed your smartphone to the front-panel cradle and downloaded the free App Remote app, your compatible smartphone will act as the head unit's touchscreen display with a graphic user interface and touchscreen control. The head unit's USB port (max 1.5A) will charge your connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone; Sony's new Xperia smartphones will charge without a USB cable via a magnetic connector.

    Note: The Sony XSP-N1BT has very limited buttons across its front-panel. Most of the system's features will have to be controlled from your App Remote compatible smartphone or the included IR remote control. When a smartphone is docked in the front-panel cradle, the head unit's built-in display is deactivated.

    App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony XSP-N1BT and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store onto your mobile device. You'll be able control the XSP-N1BT's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures, and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen. You'll also have access to a variety of music, movie, and navigation apps. This application also integrates these same apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit.

    • Receiver Sources: The App Remote lets you access the head unit's Tuner, CD, USB, and Bluetooth sources from your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist information from MP3/WMA and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio. In addition, you can perform Bluetooth phone functions, like dialing an outgoing phone number or answering an incoming call.
    • Compatible Apps (as of 4/1/2014): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accessed through your smartphone and played back through the Sony XSP-N1BT. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; Pandora, AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, MOG, and TuneIn. You'll continue to view song/artist information and control your music apps from your smartphone (some apps cannot display song/artist info horizontally). The head unit itself, only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or Next Station) from the remote and no song/artist information for these music apps.
      • Movie Apps: Movie apps include Netflix and YouTube. Video will be displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's speakers. Continue to use your smartphone as the controller.   Subscription may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
      • Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and MotionX GPS Drive. The map screen will display on your smartphone's touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music while navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps & functions.
    • Voice Communication + Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, App Remote technology for the XSP-N1BT head unit adds a voice user interface for voice control of apps and functions such as navigation and music playback, notification readouts including RSS feeds, Twitter, and text message reply. Through voice operation, you can safely and comfortably operate your smartphone in the car from the Sony XSP-N1BT CD receiver. Incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the XSP-N1BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you in touch.
    • Custom Sound Settings: From your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone's App Remote touchscreen, you get access to audio & DSP settings (Equalizer, Volume Control, Fader/Balance/Subwoofer, and Listening Position).
    Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Front-Panel Display & IR Remote: If you are not using your smartphone as a touchscreen display with the App Remote app, the Sony XSP-N1BT CD receiver features its own built-in, front-panel display and includes an IR remote. The front-panel display will indicate source selection, song/artist information, station identification, and menu settings. The included wireless remote allows you to control the all the major source, playback, and menu functions of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road. The unit also contains the front-panel control buttons - Source, Voice, Volume Up/Down, and Eject (button illumination selectable between Blue or Red).

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without removing your smartphone from the cradle, a caution alarm will sound for a few seconds; the alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used.

    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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XSP-N1BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is no mounting sleeve provided to Euro- or Custom-mount the in-dash receiver. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony XSP-N1BT 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 Profiles:

    • 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 XSP-N1BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XSP-N1BT 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 XSP-N1BT 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 its front-panel. 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 function.
    • 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 XSP-N1BT 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 XSP-N1BT 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 XSP-N1BT, 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 1.515" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Sony XSP-N1BT 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 XSP-N1BT 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 resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony XSP-N1BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the XSP-N1BT 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 XSP-N1BT ; 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. Your smartphone will need to removed from the cradle to insert or eject a disc.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The head unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port can be used to plug 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 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 (max 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony XSP-N1BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, FAT 12/16/32
    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 10,000 files
    Tags ID3 tag (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.

    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).

    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 Integration

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The XSP-N1BT'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 XSP-N1BT'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 XSP-N1BT 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 mode.
    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 XSP-N1BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/7/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App App Remote Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N 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.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XSP-N1BT is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each in band (FM 1-3/AM 1-2), for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. Presets can be stored automatically using the Best Tuning Memory (BTM) feature.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony XSP-N1BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. The Sony XSP-N1BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony XSP-N1BT (no hard-wired connection required); your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony XSP-N1BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • 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 or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony XSP-N1BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the XSP-N1BT are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)

    Note: The power specifications for the Sony XSP-N1BT 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.

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony XSP-N1BT is equipped with 5-volt Front, Rear, & Sub pre-amp outputs giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system. The unit's subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can even adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Note: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.

    High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.

    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: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.

    • EQ10 w/ ClearAudio+: R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).
    • Listening Position: 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, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE): 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.
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.
    • Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Loudness: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

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

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    Great Idea but App still needs work

    Written By Chris, Greencastle Pa on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a VERY snug fit! You can only have the Note turned one direction with Home keys on right in landscape mode. So you will definitely have to use an outlet charger. The Unit itselt was an Easy Install, and great sound. After getting bluetooth connection.

    Pros: Great Idea! Clean Look Secures phone well Sounds superb

    Cons: Very poorly designed app! Limited controls from home screen. There is NO customization is allowed to App home screen. (changing of Icons) But you can add apps to browse through on different screens. If you are in radio mode you have to press the "app" button on head unit to access other apps. The app needs more functionality. And head unit lacks basic controls to use unit without phone. This would be perfect device if app was completely redesigned.

    Great promise, but lots of rough edges.

    Written By cxy, Seattle, Washington on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    When this Sony head unit was announced at CES in January 2014, I was excited. It promised to solve all my problems: a mount for my iPhone, USB power to keep it charged, and Bluetooth to make connecting it seamless. I was a fan of Sony design in the 90s, so this looked like a great reason to jump back in.

    If only the implementation was as solid as the concept.

    While I think the idea of the XSP-N1BT is still great, I don't recommend this product unless you've a high tolerance for futzing with settings. In a world of smartphones, Sony's software is embarrassingly primitive. This applies to both the firmware in the head unit and the app that runs on your phone. This product really feels like it was rushed to market and shipped with the software only partially complete.

    I'm a bleeding-edge kind of early adopter; most of this would be excusable at this price point if the phone mount was reliable. But as it turns out, it's not. After a few months of use, it doesn't firmly or reliably hold my iPhone 5 when I push the bar down to pin it in place.

    Pros: - Easy to install. Crutchfield made it easy! - Sounds great. Significantly better than my stock stereo - It has a CD player! Once it a wnile, it's fun to forego Spotify and pop in an old road trip CD - Clever design for clamping phone in place

    Cons: - No next/back controls on the head unit; must use remote control buttons. - Hard to configure. You have to use the remote control do everything on a 16 character screen. - Mounted phone blocks display of input source - I've stopped plugging my iPhone into the head unit to charge it because it thinks I've plugged in an iPod and kills the Bluetooth audio connection in favor of treating it like an iPod. - Clamp gets loose over time, doesn't always hold phone in place - Sony's iOS app is primi

    Does NOT fit the Xperia Z Ultra

    Written By Eddie D, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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    Xperia Ultra Z owners beware - this will not fit your phone. I bought this because people on the Q&A section said it would. They were wrong. I should have read more of the Q&As. Otherwise, this radio would have been perfect.

    Pros: A very cool idea, at a reasonable price.

    Cons: Does not fit the Xperia Z Ultra

    Cool idea, somewhat nascent

    Written By ScottO, California on Monday, December 01, 2014

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    This is a nice upgrade from my previous system. I was using an iPod with an FM transmitter for music which had horrible sound quality. Overall, this idea is really awesome. It allows you to utilize your phone as the main source for control of the system. I wanted that so that I could keep my phone as my primary interface for everything. Overall, I really like it. The call quality is good. That said, this stereo lacks some items. 1) I tested using a Droid Razr Maxx HD, a Droid Turbo, and a Sony Xperia Z3v. The Sony has the best integration between embedded software and the head unit. The others dropped connection to the stereo or the mobile app would crash, but the Sony phone had no problems 2) This stereo was designed around the Sony phones that had the magnetic chargers. My Z3v doesn't have that, however, the stereo does have the USB out for charging. 3) For anything wider than the Z3v, it's going to have a hard time holding the phone mounted in front of the stereo. I would guess that the Nexus6 may be better off using a separate mounting apparatus, but I don't know. 4) Old, non iPod Touch devices and USB drives have a less than awesome navigation means. This is problematic when driving. Luckily, I upgraded my Z3v to use the 128gb microSD card, so all my music will now be on my phone and I will probably toss out my ancient iPod 5) In hindsight, I wish this had regular buttons along with the mobile app instead of just the one

    Pros: Great idea. Better than the stock stereo + iPod FM Transmitter. Bluetooth calling is nice. Keeps with the embedded phone features. Works well with the Sony Xperia Z3v. Keeping Google Maps was important for me and this allows me to do that.

    Cons: Non-Sony equipment seemed to have poor integration. Sony didn't make this stereo well suited for an ecosystem or the Z3v would have charged too. There is emphasis on keeping with Sony stuff, but even the apps are not top notch. If I weren't a dedicated android fan, I'd switch to an iPhone just so I could have a better car stereo integration with my phone. There are much better systems that integrate well with iPhones but not much for Android that allows you to use Google Maps

    Car audio

    Written By John, Wilmington. NC on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    Great sounding unit. Some of the settings a little difficult at first

    Pros: Rocks!!

    Cons: Set up. Small degree of difficulty

    A value for the money

    Written By Daniel B, Alabama on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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    Install was a breeze with the install kit provided by Crutchfield. I had it installed and running within an hour. Setting it up can be tricky with having to use your phone and the remote primarily. I have been happen with it so far and am considering the Xperia Z3v as a next phone to take advantage of the magnetic charging.

    Pros: phone connection & charging, access to apps, use of the phone as the display

    Cons: software could use improvement

    Great head unit for the price!

    Written By Craig, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, November 08, 2014

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    Easy to install. Has many functions that work through the phone if you are running the Sony app but also works without those features if you don't have the app. Easy to connect the phone to the head unit once you locate the sweet spot on the phone for the NFC. Definitely recommend this car stereo for anyone that upgrades their phone regularly because it's like upgrading the stereo as well.

    Pros: Ease of use. Sound quality.

    Cons: Settings are complicated to adjust if your not using the Sony app.

    Multi purposed minimalist reciever

    Written By Greg, Norfolk, MA on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    If you have a smartphone this is a great receiver, it will charge your phone, while you control the radio. A great update to an older vehicle.

    Pros: Since phone is main interface with radio, updates are easy. Looks great!

    Cons: Tricky with no phone.

    Gotta love SONY

    Written By Rambo, Lone tree, CO on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    This is my first replacement after the original car's stereo stop working and I'm loving it. It fit perfectly and sharp looking on my dash. This unit sound much better and louder. Also, the Bluetooth phone and apps are easily connect for music or handfree calling. In addition to this unit is the remote control allows you to control the console from a distance. Very pleased with purchase.

    Pros: The price is right and good quality.

    Cons: None

    Much better than expected

    Written By nohryi, sunnyvale, ca on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    I was initially looking for an android deck but all i could find was cheap 2.3 at best running low spec hardware. I saw this as an alternative and although i usually wait 2 to 3 gen for a gimmick to settle down on its technology, i couldnt wait and got this.

    There are many things that could be improved, but it does everything i bought this deck for.

    i wall in my car, set the phone in, and it automatically turns into a 4.4.4 sony z1 deck.

    Pros: get to use the latest phone as a head unit. i specifically changed my phone to sony z1 for the charging feature. i think i paid 50-100$ more than comparable nexus phone, but the ease of charging was definitely worth it.

    Cons: set up took good 3-4 hours to get used to it. you have to use both the sony app remote and the sony smart connect to get full functionality of this deck. the face plate could have been designed some what better when the phone is not attatched. wireless qi charging would allow non sony phones to charge so i wish in the future they add that feature. i think the deck could be designed to alow bigger phones in future so it will be comparable to decks with 6in+ screens

    So far so good.

    Written By Mister Anthony, Farmingdale, New York on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    The installation went perfect. Learning to use the software is a bit trying but it works well. I am disappointed it is not QI charging. It's is such a foolish mistake to make proprietary such an all important fuction. I mean why make everything about this unit so compatible. Works smoothly every time with the NFC function. I hop in hit the on button touch my Samsung Note 3 to the unit and it connects flawlessly. Google now, voice commands, gmaps, and so on all work perfect. But I cannot charge my phone while it is docked? ?? Just dumb. Maybe somebody will make a QI transmitter that will connect to the stupid magnetic charging connetions.

    Only other disappointment is it the ugliest thing without my phone in it.

    Pros: Everything as expected. Works perfect.

    Cons: No QI charging. USB charging directly to the unit not possible (no room) with my Note 3 so I have to plug into my lighter USB adapter. Just dumb. It's ugly without the phone docked.

    Great unit

    Written By Mike, Crystal Lake IL. on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    I used this as a replacement for the factory unit in my 2000 528i. It sounds so much better and has many more features. It takes the stock amp and speakers to a new level. I especially love the integration with my Sony Xperia.

    Pros: Great performancecost, good bang for the buck

    Cons: Reasonable cost

    nice unit

    Written By joshua l., corpus Christi tx on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    Had this unit for about 2 weeks its nice that u can get all the goodies that your phone has right in your car videos youtube navigation. The voice button is a lil werid to configure but I just press the source button and it takes me to the main screen where I have google now in the app menu then I can tell it to nav or to call someone. Its a lil dangerous cause if u want to change artists u have to look at the unit to press back and then move to a new cd In the music player. All In all this thing is pretty darn cool has great sound







    Pros: It does what your phone can do so lots of options

    Cons: Having to change music directories while driving can be a lil dangerous as the phone sits sideways so u can't see much up and down

    Cool on concept

    Written By E-man, Vermont on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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    Great idea, but I was not happy with the Sony software, unit could be better if the software was improved upon. Very happy I bought through Crutchfield, as they have a great 60 return policy.

    Pros: Concept and sound quality

    Cons: Software, (not great with the iPhone 5S)

    Great idea, terrible implementation

    Written By NHPilot, Bennington, NH on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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    It's a great idea and I couldn't wait to install this. What a disappointment. You really can't control your tuner at all with the phone, in my case a Xperia Z2. Remote app is the absolutely worse app I have ever had to use. There are literally no instructions to be found anywhere on how to use it. You would think that it would be easy to have "buttons" to set and use presets, change volume, scan, seek, etc...but no....you have to clumsily swipe through presets and that is all you can do....the phone and the app are virtually useless for the tuner. All presets and channels are set with the remote, and if the remote is lost or damaged the whole system is useless. What a disappointment....I spent hours installing this and it is the worst car radio I have ever had....now all I can do is hope (futilely I am sure) that Sony will just hire someone who can make an app that will actually do something. I may just reinstall the original radio and return this.

    Pros: Absolutely none.

    Cons: All are listed above....what a bloody joke and a waste.

    Cool Stereo

    Written By nmode, Los Anggeles, Ca on Friday, July 18, 2014

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    This is a great stereo with lots of nice features. I really like the idea of using my iPhone with stereo for voice controlled phone calls and hands free texting while driving. The supplied microphone works well with Sri. It was easy to install with the kit and wiring supplied with the unit. The installation kit provided by Crutchfield has a professional fit and finish.

    Pros: Coolness factor. Great sound with lots of settings to tweak it to your liking.. Equalizer can be used in App. Siri works well.

    Cons: The app definitely needs some upgrading. A few minor feature enhancements will make it easier to use. My biggest complaint about this is sometimes when switching from FM to Pandora it asks for permission to use the app requiring me to press the "allow" button on my iPhone screen. I don't like doing that while driving.

    Nerds Rejoice!

    Written By Selby LeBert, Andersen AFB, GU on Monday, July 14, 2014

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    Such a simple idea has finally been put on the market. I was looking into getting the AppRadio3 and having my Galaxy S3 mirror to the screen wirelessly and interact with my phone via the touch screen. That set up was going to cost almost $700 with lesser sound quality and more pain with the set up.

    Pros: 6- 5 Volt preouts (Front, Rear, Subs) provide a very clean signal to amplifiers. 10 band equalizer and many extras. Bluetooth connects very quickly.

    Cons: Initial set up is a little difficult and instructions were not the easiest to follow. The initial set up requires use of the remote. If the instructions mention using "X" button on remote instead of just telling you which button to press for the initial pairing setting up my phone the first time would have taken 30 seconds instead of 20 minutes.

    Sony XSP-N1BT

    Written By Anonymous, San Bernardino, CA on Friday, July 11, 2014

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    I thought this radio is deceiving because I thought it was a built in touch screen maybe a dumb mistake by me but I was confused so I returned it and went with a Kenwood touch screen that I love....Crutchfield was great even thou I made the mistake and kindly let me return it....over all I just didn't like the lay out of the Sony

    Sony XSP-N1BT

    Written By Anonymous, Vienna, va on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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    Easy to install. Great use of an android phone

    Pros: Android compatible

    Cons: None so far

    Smartphone a must

    Written By RossR, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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    This radio really is a jack-of-all-trades. It's a phone dock, USB, CD, XM, AM/FM system, Bluetooth, etc The sound is good and the features are numerous. The phone dock holds the phone securely and the charging is fast. My only complaints are the UI on the app isn't the greatest, Sony needs to pull in some top notch app designers and fix the UI, its pretty clunky and screams 2002. Secondly you really cannot control the radio without either a phone or the remote. I don't know about you but the remote is never where I thought it was and if I need to do something while driving its a pain trying to find it. Other than that, its since all the integration it brings to your phone from Pandora, Bluetooth streaming, hands free calling and so on.

    Pros: Does almost everything you'd need in a car radio Secure phone dock Fast phone charging

    Cons: Tiny easily lost remote is needed w/o phone Phone app has clunk UI

    Sony XSP-N1BT

    Written By mustanggt500, ogden on Monday, June 23, 2014

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    If you want to control everything in your car through your phone this is the deck fpr you.This product is awesome went in great looks great and runs everything through your phone awesome product. Best bang for your buck I've had all the expensive pioneer and this system wins hands down love using my phone for the deck.

    Pros: Easy to use user friendly easy to install pairs right up with your phone and off you go. Love this system!

    Cons: None

    Great idea - not quite there

    Written By KarlH, Midwest on Monday, June 16, 2014

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    I've been waiting for years for dependable screen mirroring for Android and figured that this would be the next best thing. Unfortunately, testing with a couple of phones my Sony Ultra Z came nowhere close to fitting, and my Note 2 barely squeezed in there (with no case) and felt like I would ultimately break something if I docked and un-docked that phone a bunch of times after a while. My S4 fit without issue, but you really had to get the position just right so that it wouldn't mess with the volume or the power button on the phone.

    In the end I decided to not even install the unit, and opted to exchange it for a regular double din stereo instead.

    Great idea

    Written By Mac10games, Nashville, TN on Sunday, June 01, 2014

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    I just installed this radio in my car today. great looking radio the only thing you really have to look out for is making sure you don't press the unlock a lot button on your phone when locking it down.

    Pros: NFC pairing Simple to use Wireless charging if you have a sony phone

    Cons: locking down your phone you Cab sometimes power it off

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    Questions & Answers Ask the community. Share your knowledge.

    16 questions already asked

    No it won't. Unless/until they come out with an extention piece for larger phones (iPhone 6+, galaxy note phones, etc.) It is just slightly too large to fit. [ Mark  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    I have a regular iPhone 6 and it fits but this radio has given me problems. It has had te be reset 4 times because it just died on its own. There is no on/off button. It turns on automatically when you start your car. But 4 times it hasn't turned on and they had to disconnect the battery so it would reset. And one time the Bluetooth just stopped working out of nowhere. I'd recommend you look at another radio. [ Joseph  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    Yea no problem [ Jens  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    Im not exactly sure but i use a note 4 with it and it barly fits u cant use the usb port cuase the phone will cover it up. Hope that helps i would look at the dimensions of both phones and if the iphone is wider i wouldnt try but u can always return the unit if it doesnt fit [ joshua  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Nov 29, 2014 ]  Staff
    Have only seen one update, but app runs well with no freezes or crashes. I first used a Samsung S3, now a Sony Xperia Z3 and also sync a Samsung S5 - all work great but I have no experience with Apple. If using a Sony phone, it is very difficult to align the magnetic charger - the phone must be almost perfectly placed and slightly angled with the bottom of the phone away from the back of the unit. If you align correctly, it charges very quickly. [ ANTHONY R  Nov 29, 2014 ]
    I can't speak to whether it supports iPhone 6. However, I would point to the fact the app has not been updated since Jul 14 and is recently getting very bad ratings from the Android community for lack of Lollipop (v5.0) support). Current average 3.8. Previous comments also berate the immaturity of the interface. Rumor has it Sony is changing focus away from smart phones so this tangential toy may die by the wayside (ref Reuters, 25 Nov) [ JAMES  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    The app is just an interface that I don't envision needing too many updates. In the time I have had it, it was never updated. And yes, the iPhone 6 should work with it. The larger 6+ will probably not fit into the dock. [ William  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    The app is updated and yes an iPhone six works perfectly. [ Mitch Kerry  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    yes it has updates like other apps and will work with the iPhone 6 just you need to download the remote app, it has cool features but if you want to use your keyboard you need to kill the app then open it again, otherwise you can not type ! Just voice commands !! [ KAMYAR  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    I have an LG G2, and it just fits in a trident case. I have haf to uninstall and reinstall the app once. Sony hasn't had any updates for the app yet. Love the unit! Great sound quality too. Wish it had more backgrounds or a live wallpaper. Good Luck! [ Mark  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    They only updated it once since i bought it almost 8months ago. I didnt see any difference really. it says it should work with iphone also [ AFRIM  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    Hi Bryan, To directly answer your question, it should work on the 6 and Sony has updated the app a time or two. BUT, despite claims to the contrary, this is really made for a SONY android smartphone. Then for an android phone, and finally, oh yes, it will work on an iPhone. There was nothing false in their advertising, but it's just that when you look at the features and the hardware, you may be left underwhelmed. Take a look at the manual before you buy. If I hadn't already installed the darn thing, I would probably send it back. I can't post the link to the site where the manuals are but you can go to the SONY web site, support, search for XSP-N1BT and you can find the manuals Good luck [ PAUL C  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    Yes, it works with the iphone 5. It's not the ideal setup, because its made for the sony phone, but it works just fine. [ Joseph  Aug 20, 2014 ]
    Yes it will [ Jonathan  Aug 20, 2014 ]
    Any phone that has bluetooth audio will work, regarding size, I've read that a Galaxy Note will barely fit, so anything less than those dimensions should work fine. [ Nicolas Kevin  Aug 14, 2014 ]
    I tried one of these with an iPhone 5, and while it fit physically, the integration was really poor. From the documentation (although I have no personal experience), it looks like this is really meant to be used with Android devices. I had to return it because it was so frustrating to use with iOS. [ Garrett  Aug 14, 2014 ]
    It did work with my iPhone5, but I decided not to keep the radio. I didn't like the user interface, so exchanged it for a Kenwood. [ KENNETH  Aug 13, 2014 ]
    I don't have experience with the iphone, but it works great with my Android phone (Google Nexus 5) and I would expect the same to be true of the Samsung models. [ Lynn  Aug 13, 2014 ]
    I use the galaxy s4 with mine. It works well. The only issue you can have is if you use a large protective case it can make the phone too large to fit in the adjustable bracket. [ Joseph  Aug 13, 2014 ]
    While I am not entire sure how good it will work on an Android base phone, it works beautifully on I-Phone 5/5S. The use of the USB lighting connection provides for a secure and uninterrupted communication between the phone and the radio while the phone remains charged. [ Wagner  Aug 13, 2014 ]
    I have a 5s and my wife has a 5 and it works fine. According to the specs, Android users have a few more features that iOS so I cannot imaging it wouldn't work with the leading Galaxy. As far as fitting in the clamp there's plenty of room for any of the listed phones and since you supply your own USB to phone cable it will charge. [ Ross  Aug 13, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg  Aug 01, 2014 ]  Staff
    Hi Karthikeyan, The phone does not need to be present in the dock. I have an Iphone 4, as long as it is connected by the USB cable and the application is running, it can act as the touch screen. My son will sit in the passenger seat and play DJ with the phone in his lap while I am driving. The dock is really only there to hold the phone if you are driving solo or to charge the phone if you have a Sony phone with the magnetic charger. [ David  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    The phone, once paired to the receiver, can be used from anywhere within the operating range of bluetooth. The receiver is no different from any other car receiver in that way. The screen that is displayed on the phone in the photo is an app that you can use, in the dock or not. [ Chris  Jul 20, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure about what phone you're using but I'm using an iPhone 5. For iPhone 5 in order for it to be used as a touch screen it has to be connected through usb cable. Only if it's connected through USB cable I can launch the Sony's app to control the radio. Once it's connected through USB and app is launched, it doesn't matter where you place your phone, in your cupholder or the dock, it will work. On the side note, I find myself use the bluetooth audio connection most often because it automatically pairs with the radio when I turn on the car and all I need to do is to choose the music on my phone to play. This avoids the hassle of connecting USB cable using both hands. I can just press play with one hand on my phone. If you have some time, I would recommend reading the user's manual for this radio before purchase. You can find it online, just google it. [ Aliaksandr  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    the phone doesn't necessarily have to be in the cradle and order for the stereo to work. As long as the phone is in the car, the bluetooth will stay connected between the phone and the stereo and you will still be able to control it [ E.James  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    the phone doesn't necessarily have to be in the cradle and order for the stereo to work. As long as the phone is in the car, the bluetooth will stay connected between the phone and the stereo and you will still be able to control it [ E.James  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    It uses Bluetooth to control the unit so no physical connection is required for android. Not sure about I stuff. [ Joseph  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    hi, it can be up to 2 or 3 feet from the receiver without problem, doesn't need to be in dock all the time. you can also use the unit's tuner and cd player without any smartphone present. So far very impressed. [ ANTHONY R  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    Having the phone anywhere near the player (even outside the car) seems to work just fine. [ Albert  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    It does not need to be in the dock to function. simply tap your phone to the dock to initiate connection and the rest is via bluetooth. the stereo can be operated from up to 10 feet away [ Patrick  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    Its bluetooth so it doesn't have to be in the dock in order for u to use the touch screen just open the app on tge phone and have fun. Ps doesn't fit galaxy note 3 [ AFRIM  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    As long as you have the Sony app downloaded, it works. The only benefit to having it in the dock is for charging. [ William  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg  Jul 12, 2014 ]  Staff