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Sony CDX-CA810X

CD Receiver with CD Changer Controls

Item # 158CA810X

Choose your favorite of the seven colors for the LCD display, and Sony's CDX-CA810X CD receiver will look right...

Find what Fits your vehicle

Choose your favorite of the seven colors for the LCD display, and Sony's CDX-CA810X CD receiver will look right...

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Item # 158CA810X

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About the Sony CDX-CA810X

Choose your favorite of the seven colors for the LCD display, and Sony's CDX-CA810X CD receiver will look right at home in your dash! The detachable, fold-down faceplate features an extra-large readout that scrolls CD text and radio station names, and displays 8 characters of XM Satellite Radio information.

Choose your favorite of the seven colors for the LCD display, and Sony's CDX-CA810X CD receiver will look right at home in your dash! The detachable, fold-down faceplate features an extra-large readout that scrolls CD text and radio station names, and displays 8 characters of XM Satellite Radio information.

If you're looking for a system-builder, then the CDX-CA810X is the receiver for you. It features front and rear stereo preamp outputs, with a mono subwoofer preamp output. High-pass filters let you block the deep bass frequencies that distort your speakers, while the low-pass filter routes all that bass to your subwoofers. Use the subwoofer level control to dampen or boost the bass from -10 to +10 dB.

Focus and manipulate the acoustics in your vehicle. You can lift the musical "sweet spot" off the floorboard and up to the roof with the Dynamic Soundstage Organizer. Then tune the overall sound to your liking with EQ7's 7 bands of equalization and 7 preset tone curves.

  • detachable, fold-down face
  • variable color LCD
  • SSIR-EXA tuner
  • 18 FM/12 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • loudness
  • EQ7 (7-band equalizer and 7 preset tone curves)
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • XM Satellite Radio controls (XM subscription, optional Sony XM tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD/MD changer controls
  • CD Text
  • displays 8 characters of XM Satellite Radio info
  • front, rear, and mono subwoofer preamp outputs
  • high-pass and low-pass filters
  • subwoofer level control
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 23.2 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 90 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9 dBf
  • 1-year warranty

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X118)
  • CR-2025 battery (installed in remote)
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • 2 Face security screws
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "STOP - NEED HELP??" sheet (provides toll free Sony technical assistance phone #)
  • Note on securing the front panel

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Features & specs

AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
USB Port Power ---
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready XM
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 23.2 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 52 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color 7 colors(sel)
Key Button Color Red/Blue
EQ Bands 7
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback
High-res Playback
Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
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Display: The CDX-CA810X has a 7-color, 13-segment positive LED display. You can select one of seven colors for the display background. All of the alpha-numeric characters, level meters and icons are displayed in black. The display window is approximately 3-3/8" wide and 3/4" high.

Fold-Down Faceplate: This unit is equipped with a manual fold-down faceplate. When you press the Open button, the faceplate flips down, revealing the CD slot and the CD eject button. The faceplate is removable only when it is in the down position. 

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.

Subwoofer Output With Low-Pass Filter: The CDX-CA810X has a mono subwoofer preamp output with level control and a built-in low-pass filter. You can select an 80 Hz or 120 Hz crossover frequency, or turn off the filter. Note: The subwoofer output has two female RCA jacks. 

High-Pass Filter: This unit has a built-in high-pass filter for the front and rear preamp and speaker outputs. You can select an 80 Hz or 120 Hz crossover frequency or turn off the filter.

EQ7: 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: You can store a different EQ7 level setting for each source.

XM Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control an optional Sony XM tuner (sold separately). 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 "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.

Station Memo: You can assign a name of up to 8 characters to each radio station and store it in memory. The name of the station currently tuned will appear in the display. You can also locate a preset station by name by pressing the List button. When the desired station is located, you can press Enter to tune in the station. If a preset station has not been assigned a name, its frequency will be displayed.

Active Servo Control: To reduce the chances of CD skipping, the CDX-CA810X uses Active Servo Control (ASC). Sony's unique ASC provides real-time monitoring and adjustment of the laser servos which control the laser's tracking and focus and the rotation speed of the disc. As the disc is read, the laser's reflection is analyzed and the data is evaluated for errors. If scratches or dirt reduce the reflection, the focus servo's gain is increased so the laser can read through the imperfections. If the tracking signal begins to show a large error percentage, the system increases the tracking servo's gain to maintain stable operation.

CD Text/Disc Memo: If the CD played in this unit has CD Text, the information will appear in the display. Typical CD Text information includes artist name, disc title, and track name. If the unit's Auto Scroll function is set to "on", names exceeding 8 characters will be scrolled across the display. In addition, if you are using a CD/MD changer with CD Text/Custom File, you can enter a custom name of up to 8 characters for the disc (Disc Memo), which will override the CD Text information.

CD Changer Control: In addition to playing a CD in the unit, the CDX-CA810X can control an external CD/MiniDisc changer, including a CD changer capable of playing CD-Rs and CD-RWs encoded with MP3 files. If the changer has CD Text capability, the CD Text information will appear in the head unit's display. This includes ID3 tags on MP3-encoded discs played in the changer. With an optional XA-C30 Multi-changer adapter, you can control 3 changers with this head unit; with a series of multi-changer adapters, a total of 7 changers can be connected.

Custom File: When the unit is connected to a CD/MD changer with Custom File capability, you can locate discs in the changer by title by using this unit's List-Up function. While a disc is playing in the CD changer, its name will be displayed. By pressing the List button, you can display the names of the other discs loaded in the changer while still playing the original disc. When the desired disc is found, you can press Enter, and the selected disc is loaded and played.

60-Degree Installation: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 60 degrees.

Remote Control: The CDX-CA810X comes with a wireless, card-sized remote control (RM-X118). The dimensions of the remote are: W=2.055", H=0.436", L=4.29". There is also an option to add a Rotary Commander wired remote (RM-X4S). When the Rotary Commander is added, you can change the operating directions of the controls through the menu, depending upon which side of the steering wheel it is mounted.


Display 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.

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