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Sony DSX-GS900

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 158DSXGS90

Sony's DSX-GS900 digital media receiver makes a bold statement — it's big, stylish, feature-packed, and...

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About the Sony DSX-GS900

Big in every way

Sony's DSX-GS900 digital media receiver makes a bold statement — it's big, stylish, feature-packed, and delivers 45 watts RMS per channel thanks to a built-in Class-D amplifier. That's big power, once reserved for external power amps. You can send 45 watts to each of your front and rear speakers or, since the amp is 2-ohm stable, you can power your front and rear speakers with the front channels and run a sub with the rear — that's versatility! You can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, and comprehensive frequency filters.

Big in every way

Sony's DSX-GS900 digital media receiver makes a bold statement — it's big, stylish, feature-packed, and delivers 45 watts RMS per channel thanks to a built-in Class-D amplifier. That's big power, once reserved for external power amps. You can send 45 watts to each of your front and rear speakers or, since the amp is 2-ohm stable, you can power your front and rear speakers with the front channels and run a sub with the rear — that's versatility! You can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, and comprehensive frequency filters.

Lots of music options, plus voice control

Get more from your smartphone in the car. Sony makes voice control a cinch though your Android™ or with Siri on iPhone®. Plug in your phone to either the front or rear USB inputs to access your stored music files. And if you love your Pandora® stations, Sony lets you control over the app from the receiver.

Bluetooth®, of course

Bluetooth is a must for easy, hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from your phone, so of course, Sony built it into the DSX-GS900. You'll also be able to connect two phones to the stereo at the same time — one for calling and streaming, and one just for calling.

SiriusXM compatibility too!

Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, plus your favorite channels will stay with you coast to coast. Just add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription).

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.

Installation Note: We recommend running a dedicated constant power wire to the battery for optimal performance from this Sony's amp — we offer an inexpensive wiring kit for this installation. This Sony's high-powered amp won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (45 watts RMS/100 peak x 4 channels)
    • MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV playback from USB drives
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • dual-zone variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora Internet radio control
    • music file playback from select Android devices through USB input
    • voice control with Android and Siri Eyes Free
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • Listening Position time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Extra Bass
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (15A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws
    • Operating Instructions
    • Warranty Information

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7Gen
    Touch 5Gen and newer
    iPhone 5S and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 45 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 45 watts
    Peak Output 100 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 5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

    Product Research

    Audio & DSP Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android/iPhone Integration
    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    USB/Aux Playback
    Remote Control
    Display Features

    Audio & DSP Section

    High Power Class-D Amplifier: A built-in class-D amp delivers huge power with minimal interference, for audio that's crystal clear even at its loudest. Circuitry and components are carefully laid out for low-noise, highly efficient electric power transmission. Placing the power block close to the input and amp minimizes power loss, while electrolytic capacitors ensure precise, responsive bass. An oversized heat sink with an optimally designed fin structure ensures efficient ventilation for your amp.

    • Because of its high-powered amplifier design, the Sony DSX-GS900 does require that a separate +12V constant power wire is run to the battery with a separate inline 15A fuse in vehicles with lower than a 15A fuse protecting the factory radio. Check out the "Accessories" tab for wiring kit.
    • This Sony receiver's built-in high-powered amplifier isn't compatible with car audio systems where an outboard factory amplifier will remain active.

    CTA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-GS900 are compliant with the CTA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the DSX-GS900 are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 45 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 100 watts x 4-channels (400 total watts)

    Subwoofer Direct Connect: With the Subwoofer Direct and 2-ohm Speaker Load option, you can hook up a mono subwoofer directly to the built-in class-D amplifier together with four speakers. Unlike conventional head units, the DSX-GS900 has amplifier power to spare, making it capable of simultaneously driving a subwoofer and a full car speaker system, including front and rear speakers. The unique 2-ohm load selector delivers high power without risking amp or speaker damage. Channel 1 delivers power and signal to the front left and rear left speakers, while channel 2 delivers power and audio signal to the front right and rear right speakers. Channel 3 delivers power and audio signal to your mono subwoofer (channel 4 is not used).

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony DSX-GS900 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. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's main volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: 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. 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.

    EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like 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 - Band 1 (32Hz), Band 2 (63Hz), Band 3 (125Hz), Band 4 (250Hz), Band 5 (500Hz), Band 6 (1khz), Band 7 (2khz), Band 8 (4kHz), Band 9 (8kHz), and Band 10 (16kHz).

    Digital Time Alignment (DTA): 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. You can also further fine tune the listening position from -3 to +3.

    DSO & DSEE: Sound waves are directional, so if your speakers are in your doors or under your dash, the audio may seem muddy or unclear. Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) adjusts the signal, improving the stereo positioning so music sounds like it’s coming from the dashboard. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.

    ExtraBass + RBE: Activate ExtraBass at the touch of a button for an instant, low-end boost. Unlike conventional bass boosters, ExtraBass minimizes distortion at all volume levels by automatically adjusting frequency and gain to their optimal positions. You can select between two settings for different intensities of bass boost. RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer) 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.

    ClearAudio+ & Loudness: ClearAudio+ reproduces sound by optimizing the digital signal with the Sony recommended sound settings. It automatically adjusts the head unit's EQ, ExtraBass, and DSO. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Max Volume: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. The maximum volume level of the digital media receiver can be set between 30 and 50.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Sony DSX-GS900 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0, 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 DSX-GS900.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual-Phone Connection: Up to nine Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this receiver. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. Only one audio device can be connected at a time, which means only one of the two connected phones can stream audio. Once an already paired device is in close proximity to the Sony receiver, the two units will automatically re-connect. The head unit offers two pairing modes - SSP and USB Auto.

    • Simple Secure Pairing: With Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony DSX-GS900 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • USB Auto (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 DSX-GS900 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 unit 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. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the DSX-GS900 provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls.

    • 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 DSX-GS900, 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: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Sony DSX-GS900 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Sony DSX-GS900 for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DSX-GS900 offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the DSX-GS900 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the DSX-GS900 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+).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    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 (for iPhone): When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony DSX-GS900 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the DSX-GS900 to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be 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. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will be 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.

    Note: The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the DSX-GS900; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-GS900 enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front- or rear-panel USB port. There are two types of modes (AOA 2.0 or MTP) to choose from based on your Android smartphone's operating system, what content you want to listen to, and what features you need.

    • AOA 2.0 (Android Open Accessory): The Sony DSX-GS900 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the DSX-GS900's USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Pioneer receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track (there is not song/artist/album info display). You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol): The DSX-GS900 also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.
    Note: Not all Android devices are compatible with AOA 2.0 or MTP, regardless of operating system.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-GS900 supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front or rear panel USB port. The DSX-GS900 offers playback of your music library or music apps, music navigation and control, song/artist/album display, and charging of select Apple devices. Simply connect your compatible iPod/iPhone using the cable that came with your Apple device, or purchase another Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to be used in the car.

    • Control: The unit offers basic playback controls - such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Your iPod/iPhone will remain unlocked during connection, so you can continue to control your Apple device from its touchscreen for advanced music browsing and to access additional music apps.
    • Display: The digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, & Artist/Album Name. The DSX-GS900 will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Smartphone Charging: The head unit's USB connections provide 1.0A (front) and 1.5A (rear) of current to power and charge your connected Apple iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-GS900 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/7/2020):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Music Center Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/6/6S+ 12.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE/6S/6S+ 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X/XR/XS/XSMax 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    11/11Pro/11ProMax 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 12.4.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N 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.

    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony DSX-GS900 lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 11.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The DSX-GS900 will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony DSX-GS900 provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android 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 Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony DSX-GS900 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the 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.

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony DSX-GS900 digital media receiver 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.

    USB/Aux Playback

    USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) Playback: The head unit features a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a sliding cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis via a 58" cable. The receiver's USB ports can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's front-panel (1A) or rear-panel (1.5A) USB port, and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Music File Playback: The Sony DSX-GS900 supports the a variety of music files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device; see below for details.

    Media Type USB MSC Device
    File System FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
    bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling frequency of 11.025-48kHz

    bit depth of 16-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
    bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 10,000 total tracks
    Tags ID3 (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA, AAC, && FLAC tags

    Song/Artist Information: The digital media receiver can display the following ID3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

    Playback & Search Functions: The Sony digital media receiver offers a variety of unique playback & search functions.

    • Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a connected USB Mass Storage Device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).
    • Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music folder in 10% increments.
    • Repeat/Random: Repeat a single track or repeat an entire folder. Shuffle all tracks or a specific folder.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu, so it does not appear as an available source.

    Remote Control

    Music Center App: Download Sony's free Music Center app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) onto your Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone and take control of the Sony DSX-GS900 head unit right from your mobile device. You'll enjoy control over basic head unit functions, as well as navigation and seamless access to all your sources, music, apps, and more from your smartphone. The Music Center app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony DSX-GS900 and lets you launch apps from the head unit. In addition the app can also be used to help customize sound and display settings of the Sony receiver.

    • Receiver Sources: From the Music Center app on your smartphone device you can access and select the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, USB, Bluetooth, and Aux sources. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track or Station. In addition, you'll be able to view song/artist information and station identification from the Music Center app on your mobile device.
    • Add-On Applications: You can integrate music, movie, navigation, and other applications that are already on your smartphone device within the Music Center app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the Music Center app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the DSX-GS900; any visual data will only be displayed by your iPhone or Android device. Basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Next Track are available from the head unit; advanced control functions are still done from your smartphone device.
    • Volume & Sound Adjustments: You can access the head unit's sound menu and make adjustments from the app on your iPhone or Android device. Sound adjustments included Volume Up/Down, Balance/Fader, EQ, ExtraBass, and Sub Level.
    • Display Settings: Using the Music Center app on your iPhone or Android device you can make adjustments to the head unit's front-panel LCD and button illumination. Make changes to the preset color of the LCD and/or button illumination, as well as activate or deactivate Sound Synchronization.
    • Voice Recognition (Android only): You can use voice commands to ask for directions from Google maps or to play a particular song/artist in your smartphone's music library. You can even assign a music application within the Music Center app as a voice tag, so you can access it by simply speaking the name of the application. While using voice commands there will still be times where you have to make a selection on your smartphone's touchscreen.
    • Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the DSX-GS900 and your vehicle's speakers to keep you safe and in touch. You can even reply to a text message via voice command and a list of preset replies.

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    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).

    Display Features

    3-Line Display: The Sony DSX-GS900 features a 3-line front-panel display to indicate song/artist/album and clock information. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to Auto, Clock, On, or Off. The Auto mode dims the head unit's display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on (illumination wire must be connected). The Clock mode allows you to set a fixed time for when the display's dimmer is turned on and off.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. You can select from 15 preset colors or a customized color (R-G-B). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD screen and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can even set the head unit's LCD screen's illumination to pulse with your music.

    Sound Synchronization: The color illumination changes according to synchronization of playing music and sound.

    Auto Scroll: The Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a connected USB device.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the SRC/OFF button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the SRC/OFF button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the SRC/OFF button for two seconds.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting after 30 minutes of the power being turned off to the head unit.

    Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.

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    Customer Q&A

    6 questions already asked

    Do the wire harnesses/easy adapters reduce sound quality? If so, would it be enough that I would notice a difference over soldering the actual wires?
    [ Kiernen  Apr 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    Hi, The wire harness makes it a breeze connecting the stereo to your car. Also, the fact you don't have to worry about cutting off the original plug from your vehicle. This is an important step in maintaining your car's electric system intact. This car stereo has a lot of power to spare so I don't think you will lose any sound quality. Soldering the wires between harnesses stereo and adapter establishes a solid connection and worry-free installation.
    [ HECTOR  Apr 15, 2021 ]
    I am no expert, but I think the difference wouldn't be noticeable. I used twist connectors for the harness and only soldered the power amd ground for the internal amp (used the recommended kit). As long as you match this with good speakers that can handle the 45 watts rms, the sound will be exceptional. I matched with polk DB's.
    [ KINAN  Apr 02, 2021 ]
    Will my stock satellite radio hookups work for this radio or do I need an adapter? 2011 F-150 without back up camera.
    [ Gary  Jul 07, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    I didn't know, I think you would be able to utilize the 3.5 front outlet and be able to use your satellite radio.. check with crutchfield and see about there satellite radio adapter, so you can use the Sony radio controls... One less thing to run power to...
    [ Richard  Jul 08, 2020 ]
    You will need a wiring harness adapter, and a antenna adapters.
    [ Matt  Jul 08, 2020 ]
    Tips on how to connect directly to the battery with the amp install kit. Want to get the most out of the head unit. Will I still be able to run it to a switched source and have it power on with my truck, or will I need to turn it off and on manually?
    [ Rich  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    8 answers
    The power wire that connects to the battery is only supplying power to the on-board amp. You will still need to hook the power wire from the harness to the factory harness to supply power to the rest of the unit. That will allow the unit to power off when you turn off your vehicle. On certain vehicles the radio will not turn off until you turn off the key and actually open the driver's door. I connected the power wire for the amp and the power wire from the harness together and then connected it to the factory harness. This is easily down why the wire harness you have to purchase to connect an aftermarket radio to a factory harness.
    [ JAMIE  Jun 04, 2020 ]
    If you connected directly to the battery without a remote wire then you will need to manually turn it off and on every time
    [ Justin  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    Pre-assembly your radio wire harness for your vehicle, follow the instructions from Sony & your aftermarket harness maker... your should be left with a black(-) & Yellow(+) wire... run your amp wire kit (Red straight from the battery & Black ground to the vehicle) thru your firewall running the cables toward your radio. The amp kit wiring is 12 gauge, so I used some 14 gauge wire (Yellow/Black about 8-10 inch) to make the final connection. Solder all of your power connection, heat-shrink and loom wrap for a clean install...Now you have power in Accessory off of your ignition, On/Off button on the radio... Enjoy the extra amp power, crank it up............
    [ Richard  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    If you use the proper wiring harnesses, that adapt you from your aftermarket system, then everything should works just like it supposed to. Meaning, both the head unit and any amplifier you have installed should come on and off with the ignition switch.
    [ Matt  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    Yes. Just connect the switch wire to the corresponding wire on the plug and connect the continuous wire directly to the battery with a fuse link.
    [ ADAM  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    Yeah it will still turn on and off with the ignition. The 12 volt (red wire) goes to the harness and turns the radio on and off. The 12 volt memory (yellow wire) goes the the amp wire and straight to the battery.
    [ Scott  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    The 12 volt positive and intermittent (switched) positive leads are different. Yes, you can wire straight to the battery and to the ignition for switched power signal. The switched positive is Red and the 12 volt power is Yellow I think. Follow the wiring diagram in the manual. All radios receive power all the time from the battery. I'm running straight off the factory wires using a wiring harness. Plays very loud and has yet to have any issues. I'd try running the factory wires and only upgrade the power wire if you experience issues.
    [ BRITTAIN  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    I ran the yellow hot wire to my fuse panel and connected it to the vehicle horn circuit which is always powered. Ran the black to body ground. Haven't had any issues with this setup
    [ TYLER  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    I currently have a Bazooka subwoofer hooked up to my factory stereo via a radio-connect kit. Can I still use my Bazooka radio kit model with this receiver?
    [ Kenneth  May 11, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    We need to check the abilities of the Bazooka tube to make sure it can work with the watts this receiver outputs on its speaker channels as well as a few details on the vehicle. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to check yours.
    [ Paul  Jun 02, 2020 ]  Staff
    Can I still hook up another amp to power a sub and just have the head until power the speakers?
    [ Badger  Feb 03, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    [ JAMIE  Jun 04, 2020 ]
    Yes absolutely.
    [ BRITTAIN  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    [ ROBERT PLETO  Mar 07, 2020 ]
    Yes, there is rca sub outputs on the back.
    [ Tommy  Mar 05, 2020 ]

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