DVD/Video CD Features
Drive S HX:
The MEX-R5 features the Drive S HX chassis platform. Drive S HX includes the CD
mechanism, audio stages, 12 V power supply, and tuner section. The CD mechanism
includes an improved suspension to resist shocks, a new motor that draws less
power, and a fast new low-current pickup that improves durability and CD
playback accuracy. The
Drive S HX chassis also employs advanced high capacity audio capacitors for
improved audio signal stabilization. The 52W x 4 S-MOSFET Power IC produces
clearer, more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise
ratio than previous designs.
The specifications given by Sony for the built-in amplifier comply with the
CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA
(Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the
standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.
Synchro-Flip Detachable Face:
This unit features the Synchro-Flip detachable face. The faceplate slightly
slides down to reveal the CD slot, while at the same time, the control buttons
flip outward. If you turn the ignition switch off without detaching the
faceplate, a caution alarm will sound for a few seconds (only if you are using
the built-in amplifier).
2.4 GHz Audio/Video Wireless
Transmitter: The MEX-R5 features a built-in transmitter that beams audio and
video wirelessly to a compatible Sony backseat video screen.
MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 256
folders and 1,000 files/folders. During MP3 playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag information.
Zone x Zone:
Activating the Zone x Zone function allows you to simultaneously listen to
separate sources in the front and rear. In the front, you can choose the
tuner, CD/DVD, or AUX. The rear zone is automatically set to CD/DVD.
Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
(DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage
Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a
sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For
example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers
mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise
the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and
higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.
You may select one of the following EQ presets: Xplod, Vocal, Club, Jazz, New
Age, Rock, or Custom. For each preset, you can adjust the following frequencies:
62Hz, 157Hz, 396Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 6.3kHz, and 16kHz. The level of each frequency
can be adjusted from +10dB to -10dB in 1dB increments.
XM Satellite Radio Controls:
This unit can control the optional
XMDirect XM Satellite tuner when used with the Sony Smart Digital Adapter. The
optional tuner and adapter, along with an antenna and subscription, will allow
you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio programming
features over 130 channels of programming
beamed coast-to-coast, including 68 channels of commercial-free, digital-quality
music, and more than 60 channels of news, talk, sports, entertainment,
children's programming, and information.
Reception: The SSIR-EXA tuner is
equipped with "Adaptive Reception". The Adaptive Reception feature has two modes
("IF Auto" and "IF Wide") for optimizing FM reception. The "Wide" mode decreases
the tuner's selectivity but results in better frequency response. The "IF Auto"
mode automatically adjusts the tuner for a good balance between frequency
response and minimum station-to-station interference. The Adaptive Reception
feature cannot be turned off.
Best Tuning Memory (BTM):
This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected
band and stores them in order of their frequency.
You can assign a name of up to 8 characters in length to each tuner preset
station. Station Memos can be used with the List-up function to locate a
2-Volt Mono Subwoofer Preamp
Output: In addition to the 2-Volt front
and rear preamp outputs, this unit includes one 2-Volt mono subwoofer preamp
output. A low-pass filter (see below) can be used to filter high frequencies
from the signals output by the subwoofer outs.
The front and rear preamp outputs have a selectable high-pass filter that may be
set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
The subwoofer preamp output has a selectable low-pass filter that may be set to
78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
Aux Lite Auxiliary Input:
The MEX-R5 has an auxiliary input on
the rear panel, allowing you to connect a separate audio source, such as a
portable MiniDisc or MP3 player, or the audio output from a mobile/portable DVD
player. In the past, Sony receivers required a separate adapter, however, this
unit's "Aux Lite" input allows you to directly connect the auxiliary unit to the
receiver's stereo RCA input jacks.
If a CD/MD changer is connected to this
receiver, you will not be able to connect an auxiliary source without an
For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal)
and 45 degrees.
Compatibility: In addition to the
supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional wired
rotary commander (item 158RMX4S). Once the wired remote is connected, you can
use the menu system to change the control direction of the remote, depending on
which side of the steering wheel you choose to mount the remote.
DVD/Video CD Features
MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 files recorded on DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in
using the UDF Bridge format. Each disc should have a maximum of 256 folders and
1,000 files/folders. During MP3 playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag
JPEG Disc Playback: This unit
will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. This unit will also play JPEG files
recorded onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the UDF Bridge
format. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The amount
of time an image is displayed can be set to one of the following: 5, 10, 20, 40,
or 60 seconds.
Direct Access: Using the
supplied remote, you can directly access any title or chapter on a DVD, and any
track on a Video CD.
Multi-Angle Display: This
function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a
number of different angles.
Note: This function is
limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Monitor Type: You can choose
one of the following monitor types:
- 16:9: select this when the
aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9
- 4:3 Letter Box: displays a
wide picture with bands on the upper and lower portions of the screen
- 4:3 Pan Scan: displays a
wide picture on the entire screen and automatically cuts off portions that
do not fit
playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions. When
playing a Video CD, audio CD or MP3 CD, you can choose from two fast-play speeds in
Repeat Play: When playing a
DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD or
audio CD, you
can repeat the current track. When playing an MP3 CD, you
can repeat the current track or the current folder. When playing a JPEG CD, you
can repeat the current image or the current folder.
Play: When playing a DVD, you can play the chapters in the current title in random order. When playing a
Video CD or audio CD, you can play the tracks on the disc in random order. When playing
an MP3 CD, you can play the tracks in the current folder or the tracks on the
entire disc in random order. When playing a JPEG CD, you can play the images in
the current folder or the images on the entire disc in random order.
When playing DVDs or Video CDs, you can enlarge the picture using the zoom feature. You can choose one of
two zoom settings (2x or 4x). Once the image is enlarged, you can move the image around on
Dynamic Range Compression: This
function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear
quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a
setting of Standard or Wide Range.
Digital Audio Output: You can
choose the type of signal that passes through the optical digital output:
- Downmix PCM: choose when
connected to an amplifier or decoder that is incompatible with Dolby
Digital, DTS, or MPEG audio
- Dolby Digital: choose
when connected to an amplifier or decoder that is compatible with Dolby
- DTS On/Off: choose On when
connected to an amplifier or decoder that is compatible with DTS
Picture EQ: You can choose the
picture quality suitable for the interior brightness of your vehicle. You can
choose from the following:
Off: allows you to choose from the following daytime options:
- Daytime: suitable in a
suitable when it gets a little dark
- Shine: suitable in a
very bright place
- Light On: allows you to
choose from the following nighttime options:
darkens the monitor
- Midnight: darkens the
monitor more than the "Night" option
- Theater: brightens the
- Auto: automatically
adjusts the mode; the options are different depending on the Light Off/On
- Custom: allows you to
adjust the following: color, brightness, contrast, and tint
This unit is compatible with Sony Unilink CD/MP3 and MD changers.
Control: 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-C30
Memo Display: When used with a compatible CD changer and a CD
Text encoded CD, this unit will display the CD Text information. When using a
compatible Sony MD changer, this receiver can display disc and track names that
have been prerecorded on MDs.
When a changer with the Custom File function is connected to this unit,
you can enter names, up to 8 characters long, into memory for up to 110 discs.
After a disc has been given a custom title, you may search for the disc, by
title, using the List-up function.
Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will
turn off audio output, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain
on. This makes the clock display and face/button illumination "Keyed" instead of
"Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you must press the Off button
for two seconds.
Note: When installing
in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you
must turn the radio completely off (this defeats keyed operation), or
you may wire the accessory power wire of this radio to an alternate
source of accessory power to retain keyed clock and face/button