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Sony CDX-M8815X

CD receiver with MP3 / ATRAC3plus playback

Item # 158CDXM881

The Active Black Panel (ABP) faceplate on Sony's CDX-M8815X CD receiver is a 21st-century wonder.

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The Active Black Panel (ABP) faceplate on Sony's CDX-M8815X CD receiver is a 21st-century wonder.

Discontinued item

Item # 158CDXM881

About the Sony CDX-M8815X

The Active Black Panel (ABP) faceplate on Sony's CDX-M8815X CD receiver is a 21st-century wonder. Jazz up your nights with its high-resolution graphics, or just sit back and marvel at the large, easy-to-read display. The only two buttons on the motorized faceplate serve to open the face and to select the display image, helping to cut down on button clutter for a clean, unobtrusive installation.

The Active Black Panel (ABP) faceplate on Sony's CDX-M8815X CD receiver is a 21st-century wonder. Jazz up your nights with its high-resolution graphics, or just sit back and marvel at the large, easy-to-read display. The only two buttons on the motorized faceplate serve to open the face and to select the display image, helping to cut down on button clutter for a clean, unobtrusive installation.

Open up the ABP, and you have access to a full control panel and a smaller display. The receiver enters stealth mode when your turn off the ignition, making the display and buttons disappear.

The CDX-M8815X features a strong internal amp (17 watts RMS x 4) to coax every last detail out of your music. Use Sony's EQ7 tone shaping tool (7-band equalizer and seven preset tone curves) to customize the sound, and Dynamic Soundstage Optimizer to create the perfect soundstage for your vehicle.

Interested in an in-dash jukebox? Just burn your favorite MP3 and ATRAC3plus files to disc, and you'll be able to store up to 10 hours' worth. BBE MP processing (exclusive in Sony Receivers) will make the music files sound great by restoring the dynamic range for more lifelike sound.

Your external amplifiers will get a high-powered, 4-volt signal from the three sets of preamp outputs. Dedicated high- and low-pass filters even let you choose which frequencies to send to each set of speakers, for clean sound across the musical spectrum.

Use the "Aux Lite" auxiliary input to connect an iPod or other music source. Want more entertainment options? Add an optional XM tuner for more than 120 channels of music, sports, news, and entertainment (tuner, antenna, and XM subscription required).

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Product highlights:

  • CD/MP3 receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and ATRAC3plus files)
  • EQ7 (7-band equalizer and 7 preset tone curves)
  • Active Black Panel faceplate
  • BBE MP (restores detail and warmth lost to music files during compression)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer for a better defined soundstage
  • 4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • XM Satellite Radio controls (XM subscription, 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
  • Aux Lite auxiliary input
  • CD changer controls
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 18 FM/12 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 120 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CDX8815X

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • RM-X143A Wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Connect Music Store sheet

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Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input Rear
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 ---
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 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 No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 4 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Blue/White
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 7
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Tuner
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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Changer Controls
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Features

Drive S HX: The CDX-M8815X 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.

Active Black Panel: The CDX-M8815X features an 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.

Full-Motion Fluorescent Display: 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 3 wallpaper displays, 5 spectrum analyzer displays, and 2 motion displays. Using the Auto Image function, you can step repeatedly through the spectrum analyzer displays, motion displays, or all displays.

24-Bit Burr Brown D/A Converter: This digital-to-analog converter uses Advanced Segment architecture to achieve improved dynamic performance and resistance to clock jitter. Additionally, the digital-to-analog converter features a zero-bit detection circuit, which senses when all bits are low on a CD, and mutes the output for improved S/N ratio.

ATRAC CD Playback: The CDX-M8815X plays ATRAC3plus/ATRAC3 files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. Each ATRAC disc can have a maximum of 255 groups and 999 files.

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.

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.

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.

XM Satellite 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 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.

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.

Station 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.

High-pass Filter: The front and rear preamp outputs have a selectable high-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.

Low-pass Filter: The subwoofer preamp outputs have a selectable low-pass filter that may be set to 78Hz, 125Hz, or off.

Aux Lite Auxiliary Input: The CDX-M8815X 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.

Note: If a CD/MD changer is connected to this receiver, you will not be able to connect an auxiliary source without an adapter (158XA300).

Dimmer: This 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 lights wire.

45-Degree Installation: For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 degrees.

Wired 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.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is compatible with Sony Unilink CD/MP3 and MD changers. In addition, this unit can control compatible Sony Mobile Memory Stick players.

Multiple 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 source selector.

CD Text/MD 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.

Disc 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.

Auto Scroll: If the text being displayed exceeds 8 characters and the Auto Scroll function is on, the information will automatically scroll across the screen.

Note

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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