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Sony MEX-M100BT

Marine CD receiver with Bluetooth®

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If you're into high-performance boating, Sony's MEX-M100BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want,...

If you're into high-performance boating, Sony's MEX-M100BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want,...

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About the Sony MEX-M100BT

A peak performer

If you're into high-performance boating, Sony's MEX-M100BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want, plus the water-resistant toughness you need. This Sony's built-in amp delivers 40 watts RMS per channel, so it's like getting an outboard 4-channel amp to drive your speakers.

A peak performer

If you're into high-performance boating, Sony's MEX-M100BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want, plus the water-resistant toughness you need. This Sony's built-in amp delivers 40 watts RMS per channel, so it's like getting an outboard 4-channel amp to drive your speakers.

You can enjoy all your CDs, including homemade discs, while built-in Bluetooth and a handy front USB input give you plenty of ways to play your tunes. The specialized circuit board coating and UV-resistant front panel ensure that this receiver will stand up to life on the water.

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Hands-free convenience

This marine-rated receiver features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with Simple Secure Pairing, so you can take calls and listen to music (including your favorite Pandora channels) with minimal effort and maximum quality. NFC (Near Field Communication) technology means one-touch listening with compatible devices — simply align the devices, touch the NFC logo on this Sony's face, and pair things up. It's a very handy feature to have on a boat.

Sony's SongPal app lets you connect through Bluetooth to use voice control for finding your favorite music tracks, and to provide touchscreen control from your smartphone to find sources, access apps, and even customize your sound settings.

Siri® goes boating

Better still, if you have a compatible iPhone, you can enjoy Siri Eyes Free on your boat. Just press the volume key to activate voice commands for making calls, setting up reminders, and other features. You won't even miss a text message while you're on the water — Siri Eyes Free can read your messages out loud while you're at the helm, and even let you compose responses while you're baiting a hook.

Get the sound you want

The MEX-M100BT produces plenty of power without noise or distortion, and if you like low-end thump, you'll love the Mega Bass feature. You can also customize the sound to suit your musical tastes using the built-in 10-band equalizer, selectable low- and high-pass crossovers, and other soundshaping tools. If you're planning on expanding your system in the future, you'll really appreciate the 6-channel preamp outputs.

Simple controls

You'll also enjoy plenty of control options with the MEX-M100BT. The intuitive front panel is easy to learn, but when you're away from the receiver, you can use your smartphone or the included wireless remote. With Passenger Control for iPhone® and iPod® devices, your guests can play DJ while you're at the helm.

Satellite radio

This receiver also works with the SiriusXM tuner (not included), allowing you to enjoy satellite radio programming even when you're miles and miles offshore. If you're planning on expanding your system in the future, you'll really appreciate the 6-channel preamp outputs.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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.

Important note: This marine radio is water-resistant, but we recommend mounting it in a water-resistant enclosure or using a cover for best performance.

Installation note: We recommend running a dedicated constant power wire to the battery for optimal performance from this Sony's amp. The high-powered amp won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.

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Product highlights:

  • marine CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • built-in Class-D amplifier (40 watts RMS CEA-2006/100 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC and FLAC files
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
  • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
  • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
  • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
Smartphone Features:
  • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
  • compatible with SongPal app for iPhone and Android
  • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
  • Quick-BrowZer and Jump Mode search features
Audio Features:
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
  • Mega Bass adds low-end depth to your music
  • EQ10 10-band equalizer
  • Subwoofer Direct Connection combines the two rear channels to power a sub
  • high- and low-pass filters
  • time alignment
Expandability:
  • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
  • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
  • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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What's in the box:

  • Marine CD receiver
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Power/Ground harness
  • Speaker harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • Two-sided tape
  • Aux cap
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • Pan-head machine screw
  • Self-tapping screw
  • Backstrap
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
  • Face fixing screw note
  • Important Notice
  • "Caution" note

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Crutchfield customer from Oakdale, LA on 8/28/2019

2016 Polaris General

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This is a very good sounding unit

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Great Stereo, Horrible Owners Manual!

Crutchfield customer from Melbourne Bch, FL on 8/26/2019

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Great Stereo, Horrible Owners Manual! But with Crutchfield's Virginia techs .... help is on the way, they will make it play

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Broken, continues to reset, no help from vendor or manufacturer.

John from Durango on 8/24/2019

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Started "resetting" (demo back on, all sound and display setting reset to factory, beep on, had to repair) itself once every other month or so. Then once a month, then a few times a month. I pulled everything out to recheck the wiring, no shorts, nothing exposed,everything snug and secure. Now it resets it'self multiple times a day. I hear a pop/crack in the speakers, and back to factory settings. The kicker? It became a noticeable enough problem that when I called Crutchfield about it, it was just past Sony's 1 year warranty. And Sony said too bad. When it works, it works great. But at this price point, it should last longer than a year, and someone responsible for taking my money for it should care a bit more..

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David from Stevens Point, WI on 8/22/2019

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Awesome sound and works great with powered subwoofer on Pontoon. Hooked in 5.25" Polk speakers.

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Powerful

Crutchfield customer from Belleville, MI on 8/15/2019

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Very Loud for the size. Don't need an added amp. Use #10awg wire to feed it. Bluetooth good range.

Pros: Power, Bluetooth, Remote

Cons: Small buttons, Bluetooth sync tricky

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Crutchfield customer from Staten Island, NY on 8/9/2019

2019 Toyota 4Runner

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I needed to replace an existing hi powered head unit and this was recommended and it sounds awesome coupled with my new JL audio 6.5"> match made in heaven thanks again Peter

Pros: easy fit and install.

Cons: none

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Very nice unit but iPhone app a little shaky

Crutchfield customer from Palm Coast, FL on 7/25/2019

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Easy to install, sound was great with my existing Sony MP61 speakers. Loved the hands free calling and Bluetooth music streaming. Wished the iPhone remote app was more stable

Pros: Fantastic sound Plenty of power with clear sound Bluetooth hands free works great Bluetooth music streaming works great

Cons: Sony app a little unstable Typical confusing Sony buttons and screen

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Crutchfield customer from Castle Rock, CO on 7/20/2019

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Really was looking for a Kenwood or Alpine system to replace crap factory receiver in 2002 Jeep Wrangler but all of them really require the addition of an external power amp to get the kind of headroom you need to get reasonable quality sound. Although I had the space for the additional amp, I just didn't want to add the wiring complication (although not really that big a deal). Went with the Sony which has 40 watts x 4 channels which drives my newly deployed Focal RSE 165 components installed in Q-Forms kick panel enclosures as well as the two (sort of crap) Pioneer three-ways in my roll bar. The unit provides hands free operation and integrates reasonably well with iPhone functions, although I am using the Sony app which works ok but is a bit clunky. Although you can answer the phone through the system my wife complains that she can't really hear me over the road noise (driving with doors and side windows off so pretty loud wind/road noise) which I think is due to a poor mic performance. Pandora works well and FM stations seem to come in far better than my Audi Q5 system.

Pros: Enough power to pretty much eliminate the need for external amp (less cost/less wiring hassle). Easy install with Crutchfield doc's and recommended accessories. Excellent sound production with EQ10 functions working well. Speaker balance and fader options are good. Subwoofer control options also improve sub performance. Hands free functions are solid, display controls are comprehensive.

Cons: Supplied mic seems to need to be mounted to your mouth to overcome road noise when taking handsfree calls. Using Sony app (not sure its required but I followed Sony instructions) ok but a bit clunky with the receiver requiring you to open the app to get music on iPhone to play.

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Crutchfield customer from Seymour, CT on 7/11/2019

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Great unit for the money.

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Big Rig sound upgrade.

Crutchfield customer from Cleveland, OH on 7/3/2019

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lots of power. i installed it in a KW water tanker truck and it keeps the operator happy and also has a nice hands free phone feature for safe calls without distractions. i was able to modify the factory headliner and install the Polk 6x9 speakers -# DB692. these supply nice clear sound with the Sony's high power output without the need for an amp.

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Out with the old, in with the new.

Crutchfield customer from Bullhead City, AZ on 6/23/2019

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Out with the original Pioneer, no Bluetooth capabilities. In with the new Sony. I was on the fence wether to get a replacement cd combo head unit or a media type receiver( I was looking at the JL Audio MediaMaster 50and the JL Audio MM100s-BE. For my install on my boat, this was the better solution, it did not require re upholstering the location of the install. I don't know I will need the cd option, but really not a concern. The installation was simple and straightforward for me. I am glad I went to the MEX-M100BT over the MEX-M72BT due to the 5v pre-amp as apposed to 2v. Very clean loud sound out of my amps. However, I did not connect any speakers to the head unit speakers wires, so I can't comment on that. Very pleased with this product, fast shipping, and in stock.

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Crutchfield customer from Chandler, AZ on 6/18/2019

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great product and awesome support when I had a wiring question!

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Crutchfield customer from Piney Flats, TN on 6/16/2019

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Exceptional ! Crutcfilds has Great service, delivery and easy to use website !

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Crutchfield customer from Spring Valley, MN on 6/4/2019

2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

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Sounds great with my infinity kappas in my street glide

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Crutchfield customer from Clarksville, TN on 5/17/2019

2000 Jeep Wrangler

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Great radio all the functions work great I installed it in a Jeep Wrangler

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Perfect setup for the Harley

Crutchfield customer from Minnesota on 5/8/2019

2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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Bought this unit because of the built in amp and being one of the most powerful units on the market right now, and the fact it's marine grade. Installed it in my 06 Harley Davidson Electra glide with a set of infinity kappas and all I can say is wow. This setup packs a major punch. Most definitely louder and clearer than the plug and play kits. I'd buy again

Pros: Bluetooth, marine grade, built in amplifier so didn't have to spend extra money on one, most powerful unit on the market, easy EQ tuning, the background processor works good on eliminating distortion

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Boat install with 6.5inch Kickers

Crutchfield customer from Hampstead, NC on 5/8/2019

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Easy installation as always with crutchfield. Sounds great with Kicker 6.5s in my center console.

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Crutchfield customer from Roscommon, MI on 5/6/2019

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Nice stereo! People complain about how they connect radio to battery and their battery goes dead. BUT... only because they did not hook it up correctly. Yellow wire goes to battery. Red wire goes to on off switch. The switch is wired directly to battery. Simple. No issues. Works great.

Pros: Good. Works well.

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Tiverton, RI on 5/6/2019

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Great radio for the money. Plenty of power. No amp needed.

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Crutchfield customer from Williamsburg, KY on 5/5/2019

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I like the radio but I order a reman an it was no good the cd skipped a lot an not moving so the are taking care of the problem an they was so helpful when I called an have been dealing with Crutchfield for years an if you have a problem they can fix it an no problem

Pros: the problem will be fixed soon

Cons: the radio was not good an now Crutchfield is fixing it

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Crutchfield customer from Cedarville, OH on 4/28/2019

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I did end up having to hook it up directly to the batter but works great since.

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Crutchfield customer from Saint Louis, MO on 4/28/2019

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I just installed this unit with 2 JBL 6 1/2" speakers the sound is incredible. Still learning the function buttons but very simple to set up. Awesome power for just two speakers .

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Crutchfield customer from Montgomery, AL on 4/3/2019

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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Instructions and wiring diagram were great.

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Crutchfield customer from Springfield, MO on 3/20/2019

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Incredible unit for my upgrade to Cobalt 282 boat. Nice power and great features!

Pros: Power, features and ease of use. Great appearance too.

Cons: None yet

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Craig from Bedford, NH on 3/10/2019

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Great unit

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Perfect in my Jeep

Wilbur from Science Hill, KY on 11/27/2018

1997 Jeep Wrangler

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Very pleased. I installed in my Jeep Wrangler in case I get wet when the top is off. Sounds great and has gone of power to drive my speakers w/o an amp.

Pros: Great sounds. Bluetooth. Streaming audio. Gobs of power for a head unit.

Cons: None. I wouldn't have purchased if there were any.

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Great stereo.

Crutchfield customer from New Orleans, LA on 8/21/2018

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Great sound. Lots of options. Eddy to use. Installed on motorcycle. Sounds great for the price.

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Randy from Eden Prairie, MN on 8/5/2018

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This unit matched perfectly with the Polk audio speakers in our boat. Also from Crutchfield. Great customer service and tech support for installation too!

Pros: Sounds great, good looking unit.

Cons: None so far, except maybe difficult to figure out all settings and features.

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SONY Marine stereo but as a CAR stereo

Hans from Mortistown, NJ on 7/25/2018

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I give it a 3 ONLY because I have its Power wired to my ignition switch, and not to the boat battery direct. When Marine stereos are connected directly to a boat battery, and the boat is left at the dock for a while, the low electrical draw will kill a battery. Plus, my Mercruiser Bravo III sterndrive pulls from the battery too, with its Mercathode system, to prevent corrosion. This is too much electrical draw while sitting at the dock for a few weeks at a time.... OK, all sounds good, BUT the radio's DEMO MODE is activated after every power down/power up, and is a Pain for me to deactivate each time. It's not very User Friendly for a guy like me. I've contacted Sony, and they've basically told me "too bad", after a lot of back and forth. I've contacted Crutchfield, and they're willing to work with me for a swap, even out of the 60-day period, so this review is not a Ding against Crutchfield, but it is a DING against Sony. I wish Fusion made a reasonably priced stereo that has an AUX input on the front, since their model MS-RA70 does not have this DEMO MODE feature built in, but a normal boot up screen. I'm very dissapointed in SONY.

Pros: Too many features, which I guess is good, but I don't need them all. I need Simplicity.

Cons: You can't bypass, or delete, the DEMO MODE on power up, and every time power is applied to the unit, you have to manually turn off the DEMO MODE. What a pain...for me.

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Acer from Hamilton, IL on 6/20/2018

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Upgraded my boat's (1999 Rinker 192 Captiva BR) original unit and this provided better sound (louder and clearer) and radio reception. Good price point too.

Pros: 100 watts per channel, Good radio reception.

Cons: Menu is a little cumbersome to navigate.

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Small but powerful!

James from Canonsburg, PA on 6/20/2018

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Installation was extremely easy. Head unit is small, but powerful & has great range. Tremendous amount of options and look forward to listening to it for many years. Crutchfield shipped it same day and it arrived 2 days later- awesome service.

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Crutchfield customer from Defiance, MO on 5/31/2018

2017 Jeep Wrangler

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Just installed in a 2017 Jeep Wrangler. Wow...what an upgrade. I wanted something that was marine grade with some built in power. This unit fit the bill perfectly. The interface is a bit confusing, as they all are, but the Music Center (SongPal) app makes it easy.

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Crutchfield customer from Sugar Hill, NH on 5/20/2018

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Works great, sounds great but not super user friendly.

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Crutchfield customer from Gilbert, AZ on 5/20/2018

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Great sound and no issues. Crisp and clear even at high volume. Great features.

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Crutchfield customer from Grass Lake, MI on 5/11/2018

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Very nice stereo. I put it in my Race car trailer.

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Huge improvement

Peter A from Decatur, IL on 5/10/2018

2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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Installed this on my 2010 Harley Ultra. I ordered the handle bar controller adapter and a basic amp cable kit. The stereo is a huge improvement over the factory stereo and I paired this with some Alpine 6.5 speakers in the fairing and Polk DB 6.5 in the lower fairing. Now I can hear my stereo on the highway. The only thing I found I don't like is to change pandora stations I need to use the remote. I lost the auto volume feature and CB that the factory stereo had but the trade off was worth it with this stereos performance.

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Crutchfield customer from Huntington, IN on 5/3/2018

2005 Jeep Wrangler

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Looks great in my jeep and the power is awesome no need for another amp to get the great sound out of my infinity speakers

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Great controls

Matt from Fishers, IN on 4/21/2018

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The radio installs easy Great controls

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Powerful and Clean with plenty to go around.

Edward from Deland, FL on 4/13/2018

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Chose this unit because it's rated 'Marine' and it will be placed into a Jeep Wrangler soft-top, ergo it will see some moisture. Also having an internal power amplifier was a plus for space consideration. Critique: Firstly, the manual notes not to place the unit where it gets direct water contact, meaning the marine designation applies to some parts, but not to the unit as a whole (no IP rating or sealing noted). Secondly, there is an attached, clear acetate cover, which will keep drips off, but I cut off the portion that covered the heat sink fins at the left edge of the unit. Thirdly, no cover over the CD slot. Praise: Simple installation, excellent volume, drives my Polk speakers easily from a whisper to enough to rattle the cab. Nice lighting options and plenty of features to access. Music range is very nice, and has enough that I don't need rear speakers. I will add in a powered sub using the dedicated pre-amp channel and remote turn-on lead rather than the direct connect feature from the 5 amp rear signal, but if I had a hard top, I could easily use the Sony's sub feature due to the enclosure.

Pros: High internal power rating, detachable face, moisture resistant, direct-connect sub feature

Cons: Not direct water proof

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Tyler from N Little Rock, AR on 4/1/2018

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Great product! Volume can be cranked up and the sound is crystal clear. The only thing I don't like is the sound tuning, only seems to have preset sound settings or it seems you need a degree in sound engineering to fine tune yourself. Other than that, great product and easy install.

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Crutchfield customer from Fruitland Pk, FL on 3/28/2018

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This deck is amazing, clean sound lot of power. The back list display is great. But this deck you won't be disappointed.

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Crutchfield customer from Windermere, FL on 2/27/2018

2007 Polaris Ranger

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Awesome player, sounds great!

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Crutchfield customer from Longwood, FL on 2/19/2018

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Overall a great product for the boat. Sound quality is very good and fairly simple to operate. Set up was pretty standard.

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Great sound

Jason from Wixom Lake, MI on 1/21/2018

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Great upgrade from the factory clarion head unit in our checkmate! Love all the features, and the added power, need to upgrade the 6.5 inch speakers now!

Pros: Bluetooth, big power, cool lighting features

Cons: BT Pairing sometimes tricky

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Crutchfield customer from Metairie, LA on 12/7/2017

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awesome marine receive

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Stellar customer service

Crutchfield customer from Punta Gorda, FL on 11/29/2017

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Fantastic customer service, as always. Great product.

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Charles from NC on 10/23/2017

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Very nice radio, sound, and quality for my 2016 Harley Road King. Great price too by getting it on sale.

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Crutchfield customer from Coastal ga on 5/22/2017

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Great product very simple to install and use. Sounds great with 2 speakers

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Crutchfield customer from Midland, MI on 5/21/2017

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Recently installed this product in my boat. The functionality of linking your Bluetooth device to the unit is little cumbersome. This is probably due to the unit allowing for Bluetooth telephone calls as well, which is not a feature I am using so it is just an extra step. Other than that it has been great.

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Awesome sound

Hog from Saraland, AL on 5/4/2017

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I paired the receiver with two JL 7.7 speakers sounds awesome very satisfied

Pros: Can hear the radio while running the boat 50mph sounds great

Cons: None

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Awesome features

Jim from Waconia, MN on 5/3/2017

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Easy install. Awesome features. Great sound! Sony rocks!

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Very Nice Sound

Joe from Blue Ridge, TX on 4/3/2017

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I installed this radio into our pontoon boat, along with 2 pairs of JL Audio MX650s and a Bazooka 10" 250w tube. The system sounds really good and I am very happy with the performance. Install of this head unit was typical for a stereo. I did notice that there was not a connection required for 12vDC for the memory, so I have to see if this means they are using nonvolatile memory to hold settings and presets. If this is the case, it will be even better, as I use a battery cutoff switch to kill power to the boat when moored at our slip to keep the battery from draining due to trickle power draws like this radio memory. In the past I had to rescan for radio stations every time we used the boat, so that may be fixed.

Pros: Easy install, really good volume, easy to setup blue tooth connectivity.

Cons: The remote really needs to be waterproof since this is a marine radio.

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Great on a Boat

Stan from Lake Orion, MI on 3/31/2017

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I tried to compare this radio with Kenwood. I went to the boat show where they tried to tell me that the Kenwood would out preform this Sony. I went to a Car stereo store and I listened to both. I contacted Crutchfield. The bottom line is this Sony does the job for sound quality, and performance.

Pros: Good Quality. Sounds great with a powered Sub. Went to a boat show. I was told that the Kenwood was better. I don't think so. The power is great the reception strong. When you play the CD it really comes across well.

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Mike from Minneapolis, MN on 3/17/2017

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I like the easy Installing . The sound is great I also love all of the features including the cd player. Which alot of units do not have.

Pros: Like features like the additional base. Enough power for me.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Portland, OR on 3/14/2017

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Great sound. I needed to call tech support during installation, and they were very patient and helpful.

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James from Holt Mi. on 3/9/2017

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Awesome sound, quality and great value. Super fast delivery. I highly recommend this receiver! Crutchfield I'm a customer for life...

Pros: Great sound, lots of power, mega bass really thumps the speakers! It's everything it advertises!

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Shawnee ok on 3/8/2017

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Love it

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Tom from Chicago, IL on 8/22/2016

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Unit was just as described. Plenty of power and the "Mega Bass" function lives up to the hype. Installation was straightforward after reviewing all the product instructions and watching a fair share of You Tube videos. Most challenging aspect was running the power cable back to the battery which was required due to the higher output amplifier.

Pros: Power and features

Cons: None observed

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It Rocks!!!

Mike C from Joplin MO on 8/10/2016

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This head unit is amazing it has a ton of features and tone adjustments. But what really makes it stand out is the amps power and clarity.

Pros: Power. Clarity. Features.

Cons: None.

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Ts from Michigan on 7/28/2016

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Replace my stock Sony on the pontoon to power my new JLs. This had the most watt/channel I could find without adding an amp (40RMS). Really like this thing so far, only been on the water 1 weekend so still in trial mode. You probably won't host a concert on the sandbar but is plenty loud for my liking (and the wife won't let me turn it up all the way). The unit is easy to use and haven't even utilized all the Bluetooth features yet. If you don't want to deal with all the wiring and current draw of adding an amp I would definitely recommend this receiver.

Pros: Direct swap out with my old stock Sony. Plenty of power. Expandable if you still have the need for more decibals (Assuming your speakers can handle it)

Cons: Nope, nothing yet.

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So far so good!

Mike from Brainerd, MN on 7/10/2016

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So far so good. Installed in the roof of a side by side. Love the power without having an amp for a pair of MOMO's. Lots of extra features if you were going to amp it out. Color display options, Bluetooth, USB & aux input on face, marine rated, search function for USB input. Some of the stuff I havent even scratched the surface with.

Pros: Power, marine rated, USB/AUX input on face, Bluetooth, Face color options

Cons: Didn't need the CD player. Should have just been a "media player" really. Put tape over the CD slot to keep dust out as no CD is going to play on a SxS. Price was also steep, but without the need for an amp, it was OK given my application.

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Ken from Memphis Michigan on 6/13/2016

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I bought this new Sony marine stereo for my sea Ray cabin cruiser Hooked up to some JL speakers I was impressed with this unit so far

Pros: Very easy to hook up and use

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Crutchfield customer from Seattle, WA on 5/4/2016

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Very nice deck.

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Crutchfield customer from Erath La on 5/2/2016

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Really nice radio with a lot of power

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Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input Front
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control Yes
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size Classic
Nano 7/6/5/4/3
Touch 6/5/4/3/2
iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5/S
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 40 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
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 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC
High-res Playback N

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

Marine & Display Features

Marine Rated: The Sony MEX-M100BT marine-rated CD receiver is ready for the marine environment with a UV resistant coating and coated circuit board. The Sony marine receiver is specifically designed to withstand the ASTM G154 test for UV resistance. This means the faceplate is treated to resist fading and discoloring after prolonged exposure to UV light. The marine receiver uses coated circuit boards which safeguards them from the humid marine environment.

Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-M100BT features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

Variable Color Illumination: The Sony MEX-M100BT offers variable color LCD & button illumination. 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 select between 15 preset colors or customize your own color using by adjusting the RGB range.

  • Sound Synchronization: With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. The color changes according to synchronization of playing music.
  • Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.
  • Brightness: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-M100BT to one of three dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).

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

Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/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 Source/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 a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

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

App + Remote Control

SongPal (Music Center) App: Download Sony's free SongPal (Music Center) App onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (10.0+) or Android (4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony MEX-M100BT 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 SongPal (Music Center) App also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony MEX-M100BT 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 SongPal (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 SongPal (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 SongPal (Music Center) App for easier access. Once an app is selected within the SongPal (Music Center) App, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the MEX-M100BT; 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, ClearAudio+, EQ, Mega Bass, Listening Position, DSEE, Auto Volume, and Sub Level.
  • Display Settings: Using the SongPal (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 SongPal (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 MEX-M100BT 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.

IR 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.

Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional Sony wired marine remote (158RMX11M, sold separately) through its wired remote control input (3.5mm) on the rear-panel.

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).

Audio Section

High-Power Digital Amplifier: A built-in 4-channel class-D amplifier delivers up to a maximum of 40 watts RMS (100 watts Peak) of  power per channel; approximately twice that of most head units, and comparable to the power output of a compact, external digital amplifier. The internal digital amplifier features a space-saving design that helps keep the receiver slim and compact.

Note: Because of its high-powered amplifier design, the Sony MEX-M100BT 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 high-powered receiver won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.

CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-M100BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). 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 MEX-M100BT are as follows:

  • Continuous Power Output: 40 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
  • Peak Power Output: 100 watts x 4-channels (400 total watts)

6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-M100BT 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. 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. You can even adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

Note: You can connect a compact subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Approximate power output for the direct subwoofer connection is 60 watts RMS. Same subwoofer controls apply.

High-Pass Filter: 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.

Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car soundfield with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Mega Bass, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.

  • 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 - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).
  • ClearAudio+: ClearAudio+ reproduces sound by optimizing the digital signal with the Sony recommended sound settings.
  • Listening Position: 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.
  • Mega Bass: Activate the Mega Bass sound setting to give your favorite tunes a bass boost. By utilizing DSP technologies, Mega Bass is able to efficiently enhance low frequency tones to deliver resonant, full-bodied bass that adds real depth to your audio.
  • Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE): RBE 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.
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.
  • Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Loudness: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

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 Technology: The Sony MEX-M100BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 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 MEX-M100BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-M100BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with the Sony head unit, but only one can be connected and used at a time. Once paired, the MEX-M100BT will automatically re-connect to your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing for Android smartphones and iPhones to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.

  • Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on it rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones with older operating systems, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
  • USB Pairing (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 MEX-M100BT 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 controls of the MEX-M100BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also 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 MEX-M100BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

  • 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 MEX-M100BT, 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: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 11' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).

Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ AAC): The Sony MEX-M100BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC music streaming.

  • Stored Music & Music Apps: 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 MEX-M100BT for playback.
  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-M100BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-M100BT 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 MEX-M100BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 devices only; which includes Android OS 4.0+ and Apple iOS 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 MEX-M100BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-M100BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will 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 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 MEX-M100BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

Disc & USB Playback

Disc Compatibility: The Sony MEX-M100BT features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports the playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

  • Off Insert/Eject: A CD can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source.
  • Auto Reload: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
  • Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0° (horizontal) and 45°.

Front-Panel USB Port: The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a slide-out cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as USB thumbdrives and select digital portable audio players. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

Note: This head unit's USB port does not support Android devices.

Music File Playback: The Sony MEX-M100BT supports the a variety of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device; see below for details.

Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC Device
File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, FAT 16/32
Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 16-48kHz
WMA:
bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling rate of 32-48kHz
AAC:
bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 16-48kHz
WMA:
bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling rate of 32-48kHz
AAC:
bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
FLAC:
bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling rate of 44.1kHz or 48kHz
WAV:
bit depth of 16-bit with sampling rate of 44.1kHz or 48kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 10,000 files
Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

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

Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD 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 CD or 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.

iPhone/Aux Integration

iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-M100BT's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).

  • Head Unit Control + Song/Artist Info: The MEX-M100BT's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast from the head unit's front-panel control; content in each category will be listed alphabetically. The unit also offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. During Head Unit Control mode, the MEX-M100BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including track #, elapsed playing time, song title, artist name, and album label. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to navigate your stored music and access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
  • Passenger App Control: In Passenger App Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. The Passenger App Control mode does not offer song/artist information display. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
Note: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB (1.5A) connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone (not iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-M100BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of2/20/2018):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App SongPal(Music Center) Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
iPhone
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
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 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SE 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6/6+/6S/6S+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
7/7+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
8/8+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
X 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
5th 10.3.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 11.2.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
nano
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N 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.

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.

AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-M100BT CD 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.

Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-M100BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. The Sony MEX-M100BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 10.0+) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-M100BT (no hard-wired connection required); your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play Store. Your Android smartphone must also support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-M100BT 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 smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony MEX-M100BT 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.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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High rating good power. [ James  Aug 02, 2019 ]
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Marine, CD & Bluetooth, POWER [ gp  Jul 24, 2019 ]
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replacement... i got 2 years of service out of the first one. when it worked it worked good...face plate buttons stopped responding... [ Kevin  Jul 11, 2019 ]
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This unit offers extreme flexibility with plenty of power plus the SONY brand is always great! [ D  Jun 16, 2019 ]
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The head unit had Bluetooth and a built in amp [ Cendra  Jun 15, 2019 ]
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Same as before [ Peter  May 10, 2019 ]
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this unit is a high power reciever with a hands free Bluetooth kit as well. it is dangerous and illegal to have to hold a cell phone while driving. hands free makes it much safer and more convenient. the high power amp will help pump up the jams to keep the workday going pleasantly! [ T  Mar 25, 2019 ]
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top seller Blue tooth and CD [ William  Mar 01, 2019 ]
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high power, class D amp [ Roger  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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Top of the line Sony Marine receiver with great reviews and Crutchfield recommend. Whats not to love? Replacing a Sony that lasted 10 years. [ Rick  Sep 22, 2018 ]
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Built-in amplifier was the deciding factor for the radio. [ Raymond  Sep 20, 2018 ]
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Needed a new stereo for our pontoon. [ Sharon  Aug 03, 2018 ]
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Best replacement [ MICHAEL  Jul 21, 2018 ]
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Have a Sony like it [ DERRICK  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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I choose this head unit because of its high power since i did not want to add an amplifier to my installation [ Dave  Jun 15, 2018 ]
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the radio is to be installed in a boat. This radio is marinized. The previous radio died with a board burning up. I hope this one lasts longer. [ thomas  Apr 21, 2018 ]
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Great Deal! [ Joe  Mar 28, 2018 ]
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I picked the MEX-M100BT because I want more power w/o having to install an amp. I liked the idea of having 55w x 4 rms from the NavAtlas NA605BT but frankly it has zero reviews and I have never heard of the brand before. Sony's reputation and positive reviews is why I went with this product [ jess  Feb 25, 2018 ]
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We chose the MEX-M100BT primarily for the Bluetooth connectivity to replace existing SONY system in our boat! Marine capability, high power and component flexibility were convincing factors... [ J  Feb 20, 2018 ]
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built in amp [ DAVID  Feb 04, 2018 ]
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Reviews and weather resistance. Installation in soft top Jeep. [ William  Feb 01, 2018 ]
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I've always been pleased with prior Sony high powered marine recievers. [ Lemuel Gregory  Dec 10, 2017 ]
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Amplifier power and good reviews. [ Anthony  Nov 08, 2017 ]
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Great price and like all the features. [ Charles  Sep 27, 2017 ]
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Because of Sony quality and the extra power to drive the speakers better. Remember for marine radios, you are playing the music outside and when you're floating in the water near the boat, the louder the better. [ John  Sep 07, 2017 ]
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Wanted a better unit for my boat [ LADD  Aug 22, 2017 ]
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I HAVENEVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH SONY [ DANNY  Aug 20, 2017 ]
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Looks to have a lot of awesome features and is Marine Rated for my boat! Can't wait to get installed!! [ Marc De  May 24, 2017 ]
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Good reviews [ John  May 08, 2017 ]
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Best power output for the price [ joseph  Apr 20, 2017 ]
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Reputation [ James  Apr 19, 2017 ]
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Because it can drive 4 speakers with authority without an amp which allows me to upgrade to tower speakers and an amp at a later time. [ P  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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All 5 star reviews and a great price. [ Gerald  Mar 29, 2017 ]
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Nice features, great price, and does everything it says....sound is amazing with bass boost. [ James  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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Motorcycle installation, needs marine capability and extra power to rock. Sony products have been very reliable. [ Raymond  Mar 04, 2017 ]
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Bluetooth and RMS power [ Sydney  Mar 03, 2017 ]
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good power output [ STAN  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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Replacement for an existing Sony Radio in my boat. Let's hope this one last longer than 6 months. [ Stephen  Jan 16, 2017 ]
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power and price [ RICKY  Jan 08, 2017 ]
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Product Specs [ Nicholas  Oct 15, 2016 ]
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brand name and had all features I was looking for [ rita  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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met needs [ D  Jun 02, 2016 ]
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High power [ Michael  Apr 29, 2016 ]
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Happy with my last Sony. This is the upgrade to the model I bought for my other boat. [ Paul  Apr 20, 2016 ]
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The Peak Power and RMS will hopefully keep me from having to buy an amp for a few of the 6.5s on my boat. We'll see how it works... beefiest one on the market that I have seen. good luck! [ William  Apr 17, 2016 ]
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29 questions already asked

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What are the dimensions of the outside face plate?
[ Thomas  Sep 02, 2019 ]
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Very standard single din. Google the specs for the model of you need exact specs. It's an ok radio, 3 years ago. Would go with a better system now.
[ Lance  Sep 11, 2019 ]
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1 13/16" wide by 6 3/4" long
[ Randy  Sep 11, 2019 ]
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Details report iphone x compatible. Also IPhone XR compatible?
[ Gary  Jun 28, 2019 ]
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This was purchased as a gift. I haven't been told of any issue's. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
[ gina  Jul 04, 2019 ]
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Works with my Samsung s6 phone.
[ CHARLEY  Jul 04, 2019 ]
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i only have 2 4 ohm speakers on my boat and was wondering if i can bridge the 4 channels to 2 and get more power to my 2 speakers?
[ mark  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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Although I'm not an expert on the technical aspects, I don't see why you could run two sets of wires to one speaker- you might have to splice the end and then wrap around the speaker connectors. I would think you'd be able to tell the difference between one set of wires vs. the 2nd set.
[ James  Jul 03, 2019 ]
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What is the recommended power wire guage for this unit?
[ Brooks  May 01, 2019 ]
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12ga
[ Fred  May 02, 2019 ]
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Using OEM radio wiring harness, looks like 14 guage.
[ Marlon  May 01, 2019 ]
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If I'm running this off of a separate battery (and have main power connected to that with the online fuse) should I also run the ACC red power wire from the separate battery or from the ignition power that the factory stereo was connected to?
[ MissScarlet  Mar 29, 2019 ]
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If you want it to be on just when the ignition is on, then you have to hook it up to the ignition. I installed mine on my boat, and put a separate switch to turn it on
[ Rob  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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If i hook up to existing system in my car with audio harness. is the internal car amplifier being use or the sony amplifier or both?I have a Mercedes clk year 2000
[ Anthony  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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We have information on a couple CLK models from that year. Both that we were able to research have an amp. Only one system needs to use the built-in amp. The other system uses the preamp outputs. Either way, the extra power that this receiver has other most other models will not be used because the power output of the stock amp will still power the speakers My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Mar 06, 2019 ]  Staff
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Will this work with RM-X11M wired marine remote control?
[ Kenny  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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Yes this will work, it plugs into your wired remote input on the back of your receiver(radio). Look at instructions that came with receiver and it shows where to plug it in...it should be marked also on the back.
[ James  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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converting from Sony cdx-ca705m to the MEX-M100bt - I have a Sony CDX- CA705m stereo radio mounted in my boat. Can I unplug the CA705m, remove the unit, slip this new unit in and plug in the wiring harness that was plugged into the older unit? If not is there a way to make this painless?
[ Robert  Jul 11, 2018 ]
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I can't remember the model number of the Sony unit I replaced, but I know i had to install the new harness plug that came with the radio. The wiring was pretty much the same, but the plug was not exactly the same. I believe I soldered the new connections, and then shrink wrapped them. All pretty easy to do, but you need a soldering iron and electric wire solder. You could just butt connect them as well, but for marine applications, i like solder better.
[ William  Jul 19, 2018 ]
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I had a similar model and tried the same thing. The wiring harness is different and the 100bt requires an additional power and ground along with the harness for the speakers, accessory connection, etc.
[ George  Jul 19, 2018 ]
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Can the display color be changed or just the button back lighting? also, can the microphone wire be removed fro the back of the unit? Installing in my '02 Glide and don't need the mic.
[ Pappy  Dec 25, 2017 ]
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Yes you can pick the color. I don't use the mike wire with my unit - which is installed in a boat.
[ Scott  Jan 02, 2018 ]
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This was a head unit that I installed in my last boat and was extremely happy with. I am almost certain you can change the screen background color, but no longer have the boat. It does look good compared to everything in the respective market, especially since it had so much amplification. As for the microphone, yes that is removable. Having several head units in the past, I would recommend this without reservation especially at the price point. There is nothing I could think of as to why it wouldn't work great on a bike.
[ William  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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I have this radio in my boat I can't remember the answer on the lighting of the deck. I can tell you can run it without the microphone plugged in.
[ Paul  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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Yep! Button color and display color are actually set independently of each other. The mic is a detachable 1/8 in. audio plug.
[ Greg  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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Can this unit play spotify - either wired or wireless?
[ Mitch  Oct 09, 2017 ]
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If your phone can play it, this unit can play it. Just link your phone via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable.
[ David  Oct 11, 2017 ]
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I'm sorry I have never tried Spotify. Apple Music works great.
[ Barney  Oct 10, 2017 ]
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What is the effective range for the remote? What angle is too much to recognize?
[ Westboy  Oct 09, 2017 ]
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The Sony MEX-M100BT head unit comes supplied with an IR (infrared) wireless remote control (RM-X231) for operation. While there is no exact "range" listed, IR remotes require line-of-sight clearance to operate. You can also add an optional wired marine remote (sold separately) to control the unit from another part of the boat. For more details or to discuss further please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
[ Larry  Oct 17, 2017 ]  Staff
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Can a bazooka powered subwoofer be used with this unit? My current set up uses a blue remote "turn on wire" to turn on the sub when the stereo turns on. Just curious if this head unit will work with the Bazooka Sub I have now? I don't see the remote turn on wire in the wiring diagram for this unit.
[ PAUL  Sep 27, 2017 ]
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I have this unit in my boat that is connected to a 10" powered Sound Ordinace sub. The sub powers on with the remote wire. I don't see any reason your bazooka sub wouldn't work the same way.
[ Michael  Sep 27, 2017 ]
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Sure can. I'm running a compact powered sub from this unit.
[ Greg  Sep 27, 2017 ]
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Does this come with a wiring diagram? I have a 24 ft boat with no radio. I would have to do all the wiring myself. I'm assuming wires go to power, ground and speakers?
[ Christopher  Sep 04, 2017 ]
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Yes it comes with full instructions.
[ rrebelious  Sep 06, 2017 ]
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Look on page 33 of the owners manual in this add. It has the wiring instructions.
[ Jeffrey  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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As I am no expert, I did install the radio that CAME WITH THE WIRING INSTRUCTIONS. However I also installed two JL amps that had wiring instructions, Four speakers and two 10" subs. Sounds outstanding.
[ Hector  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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Is the remote water proof?
[ CARL R  Aug 24, 2017 ]
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No
[ Glenn  Aug 25, 2017 ]
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I would say it is water resistant and be hesitant to drop in the lake. I put mine in a small zip lock baggie and works through the bag with no issue.
[ todd  Aug 25, 2017 ]
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I'm thinking on putting it on my 06 Harley Davidson street Glide. Being a marine radio. I put one in my dump truck and love it. But Is it water resistant from rain and washing the bike?
[ Dewayne  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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I have one in my boat and it is awesome. I have a cover that protects it even though it is a marine radio. If a marine cover will work on your Harley you should have no problem with it.
[ Jeffrey  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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I would say you would also need a cover. Water splashing directly on it would not be a good idea.
[ William  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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Can I hook a dvd player up to this system?
[ Tracy  May 26, 2017 ]
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The Sony MEX-M100BT does feature a front panel auxiliary audio input for connecting external audio sources but it does not offer a video screen or any video inputs. So, you can hear the stereo audio from an externally connected DVD player but would need to display the video on a separate monitor. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  May 31, 2017 ]  Staff
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Will this unit work with the wired rmx 60m remote ?
[ JayMoore  May 14, 2017 ]
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It SHOULD work, when I was researching I believe that was one of the options. I ended up cooing with the RM-X11M though.
[ Anthony  May 15, 2017 ]
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How readable is the display in direct sunlight? I am thinking of using the unit in my 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
[ Hsvjim  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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I have mine mounted in my fairing and have no problem reading the display.
[ Jeffrey  Mar 01, 2017 ]
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Mines in a boat and don't recall ever not being able to read the display. You can adjust brightness and colors.
[ Michael  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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Mine is installed in the glove compartment of my boat. I have not had any problem reading the display
[ David  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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Will this deck allow connection to wired remote controls?
[ Jay  Jan 17, 2017 ]
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Yes
[ David  Jan 19, 2017 ]
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This head unit will connect to the Sony RM-X11M wired remote control. Sony does not guarantee 100% compatibility with third party remotes.
[ CHRIS  Jan 18, 2017 ]
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Don't know but comes with wireless remote but only works with line of sight
[ SPENCER  Jan 18, 2017 ]
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It will, as long as you have the correct connector. If not there maybe an adapter. I have the Kenwood wired remotes and haven't looked for the adapter yet. Planning to do so this winter. Crutchfield support may be able locate with the model # of you controller.
[ Jeff  Jan 18, 2017 ]
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It will allow connection to the compatible Sony wired remote but is not universal. My boat has a Polk remote on the swim deck it is not the same connection.
[ Robert  Jan 18, 2017 ]
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will this work in a harley ultra with the biketronics handle bar control kit ? 2011 Ultra
[ john  Dec 29, 2016 ]
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I have an 02 Ultra and it worked on mine.
[ MAT  Dec 31, 2016 ]
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I'm sure it will, just follow the instructions to the letter and it should be fine. I hooked mine up on a 2013 Street Glide and it worked very well.
[ Larry  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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It worked perfect on my 2003 Harley Classic with my new Sony Radio, I had my local Harley dealer install it just because the bike was already in there for other repairs, all my handle bar functions work great. Would highly recommend this kit if installing an after market radio. Dean
[ Dean  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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Has anyone used the pre-amp outputs to power an amp AND used the speaker outputs from the stereo at the same time? Usually, if you use the pre-amp outputs, you can't use the stereo outputs as well.
[ Captain Robbo  Oct 10, 2016 ]
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i used all three pre amp outputs and hooked up the line level outputs. The line level outputs did not play nor did the output that it was tied to. Once I disconnected the line level outputs the pre amp outputs work great.
[ Jeffrey  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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The pre-amp and speaker level outputs are active at the same time. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Oct 12, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can you use the USB port to play your stored tunes on a USB stick? Buy
[ Perry  Sep 15, 2016 ]
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Yes you can.
[ Paul  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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I haven't tried it, but I believe you can as the usb port will recognize the music format
[ Abraham  Sep 16, 2016 ]
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Do you need to run a new power cable form the battery, or will it hook up ok with the power already wired to my current head unit?
[ Wyeth  Sep 12, 2016 ]
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You have to run a new cable staright to battery. I put a fuse on that cable also.
[ Francisco  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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I used the powered that was already wired
[ LISA  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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To get the published power output of the receiver it's recommended to run a new power line from the battery. The receiver includes the inline fuse to do this. Depending on your current marine setup, there may be a power line of adequate gauge running to the existing receiver, however, it often doesn't come straight from the battery.
[ CHRIS  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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How do you run the power supply? Where did you hook the ground to? My baja has a stereo switch will running this direct to the battery bypass that?
[ Kurt  Jul 13, 2016 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Jul 13, 2016 ]  Staff
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How will adding a amp affect the sound of this radio?
[ Gregory  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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Don't ,don't buy it like I did ,after install on the boat realized it needed for fidelity an Amp so installed one , the amp bypasses the built in 40 rms amp , so just save money ,but tuner without amp , cheaper and install much needed Amp for quality /volume
[ GREG  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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I really don't know I don't have a amp hooked up to mine I think it sounds good by itself
[ KEN J  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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It will give it more power but the system comes with plenty of power out the box
[ STEVE  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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It has preamp connections. So it won't effect it. That's how it's installed in my boat.
[ Paul  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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Considering the radio itself can output 40W RMS, an amp would be beneficial to run additional speakers and/or subwoofers. The end result would be a more complete sound stage and more volume.
[ CHRIS  Jun 15, 2016 ]
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can i use the wired remote and sirius?
[ Matt  May 13, 2016 ]
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Didnt have a wired remote and was unable to use my 18 year old Sirius satellite.
[ Marlon  May 01, 2019 ]
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yes, i just hooked mine up and it sounds great with my bose speakers
[ LISA  May 13, 2016 ]
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does it work with the sony wired remotes rmx-55 or rmx 60?
[ steve  Apr 27, 2016 ]
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Probably
[ David  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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Don't have one hooked up
[ JONATHAN P  Apr 28, 2016 ]
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What are the dimensions of this receiver?
[ Dave  Apr 15, 2016 ]
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This is a standard single DIN stereo which are all 2" tall x 7" wide. The only dimension that can change from one single DIN stereo to another is the mounting depth. This depth of this Sony is 7.18" I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Apr 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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