Drive S: The CDX-M8805X
features the Drive S chassis platform. Drive S 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 new 52W x 4 S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer, more accurate sound, less
distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous designs.
Black Panel: The CDX-M8805X
features the Active Black Panel with full-motion fluorescent display. Since
there are only two small buttons on the front, the display area is very large.
When the unit is on, the bright fluorescent display offers numerous modes of
full-motion graphics. When the unit is turned off, the entire face goes dark
making it difficult to be spotted by a potential thief.
The unit's fluorescent display technology gives you better resolution than
conventional LCDs, and lets data transition faster for smooth, clean, solid
movement of graphics. The resolution of the display is 130(H) x 39(V). Using the
Image button on the face of the unit, you can cycle through 5 wallpaper
displays, 5 spectrum analyzer displays, and 3 motion displays. Using the Auto
Image function, you can randomly show the different displays, or you can step
repeatedly through the spectrum analyzer displays or the motion displays.
Fold-Down Faceplate: This unit is equipped with
a motorized fold-down faceplate. When you press the Open button, the faceplate
flips down, revealing the CD slot, a smaller display and a full control panel.
You can fully control the receiver with the face open or closed (using the
supplied remote). The panel protrudes approximately 1.75" when the face is
open, and just under 1" when the face is closed.
MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of
150 folders and 300 files/folders. During MP3 playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag information.
BBE MP: When playing back MP3
files, the BBE MP circuit recovers and recreates harmonics, restoring the
detail, warmth and nuances that existed in the original recording.
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.
Source Tone Memory: Each
source (AM/FM/CD/Changer) can store its own EQ7 levels.
Radio Controls: This unit can control an
optional Sony XM tuner. The optional tuner, along with an antenna and
subscription, will allow you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio
programming features up to 100 channels of digital-quality music, news, talk,
sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
SSIR-EXA Adaptive 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.
Memo: 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 station.
4 V Mono Subwoofer Preamp Outputs:
In addition to the 4 V front and rear preamp outputs, this unit includes one set
of 4 V mono subwoofer preamp outputs. Although there are two female RCA
subwoofer outputs, the same signal is carried by both connections. A low-pass
filter (see below) can be used to filter high frequencies from the signals
output by the subwoofer outs.
Filter: The front and rear preamp outputs have
a selectable high-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
Filter: The subwoofer preamp outputs have a
selectable low-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.
Auxiliary Input: The CDX-M8805X 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.
a CD/MD changer is connected to this receiver, you will not be able to
connect an auxiliary source without an adapter (158XA300).
unit is equipped with a wire that Sony calls an illumination lead, however, it
acts as a dimmer lead. When the dimmer mode is set
to "Auto" and the illumination lead receives power, the display dims
to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's
dimmer control. Also, the dimmer feature may be turned off, so dimming does not
take place when the illumination lead receives power. You may choose to dim the
display at all times by setting the dimmer mode to "On".
Note: For this feature to
work, the unit's illumination wire must be connected to your vehicle's dash
45-Degree Installation: For
flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and
Remote 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.
Compatibility: This unit is
compatible with Sony Unilink CD and MD changers. In addition, this unit can
control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.
Changer 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
CD/MP3 Changer Controls: When a
CD/MP3 changer is connected to this unit, you can perform the following
functions: disc skip, track skip, audible track search, album skip, track
repeat, album repeat, disc repeat, disc random, album random, changer random
(plays all the tracks in the current changer in random order), and all random,
which plays the tracks from the disc loaded in the head
unit and all connected changers in random order.
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.
Memo: 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.
Scroll: If the text being displayed
exceeds 12 characters and the Auto Scroll function is on, the information will
automatically scroll across the screen.
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 illumination operation.