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Sony MEX-BT5000

CD receiver

Item # 158MEXBT50

The MEX-BT5000 is Sony's first car CD player with built-in Bluetooth technology, and it's all about making your...

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The MEX-BT5000 is Sony's first car CD player with built-in Bluetooth technology, and it's all about making your...

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About the Sony MEX-BT5000

The MEX-BT5000 is Sony's first car CD player with built-in Bluetooth technology, and it's all about making your life simpler. No more searching for the ringing cell phone while you're driving down a busy street, or trying to talk on your phone while it's connected to the charger's too-short cord. Instead, when the phone rings, you just push a button on the stereo to answer it. The music mutes and the call comes over your car's front speakers. And your phone remains in your pocket, purse, or under the seat.

The MEX-BT5000 is Sony's first car CD player with built-in Bluetooth technology, and it's all about making your life simpler. No more searching for the ringing cell phone while you're driving down a busy street, or trying to talk on your phone while it's connected to the charger's too-short cord. Instead, when the phone rings, you just push a button on the stereo to answer it. The music mutes and the call comes over your car's front speakers. And your phone remains in your pocket, purse, or under the seat.

The MEX-BT5000 links to your Bluetooth mobile phone so you can make and receive calls without having to touch your phone. You'll see your phone book data on the bright, high-visibility screen, while Bluetooth allows the wireless transfer of up to 50 phone book contacts to the player. Six speed-dial entries allow you to access frequently dialed numbers quickly. You'll talk through a built-in microphone, so there's nothing extra to install.

Music streaming
Imagine being able to stream your music wirelessly from the audio player in your bag to the stereo in your dash. Upcoming music phones and players will take advantage of Bluetooth technology to ensure a world free of connecting cables, auxiliary inputs, and plugs. With the MEX-BT5000, you'll be primed to incorporate the latest gear and enjoy seamless connectivity with new music players. And the MEX-BT5000 offers playback control for essential features, like play and pause, over any wirelessly connected sources.

Handles almost any music file format
The MEX-BT5000 reads discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and ATRAC3plus music files and pumps up their sound with a built-in processor. An auxiliary input lets you add on your portable music player without adding an extra adapter. The MEX-BT5000 is satellite radio-ready and works with Sony's optional iPod® adapter and HD Radio™ tuner.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • Bluetooth wireless connectivity works with compatible cell phones, music players, and more
    • full range of Bluetooth features — hands-free calling, phone book transfer, high-quality audio transfer, and control of compatible equipment
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and ATRAC3plus music files)
    • Rotary Encoder Joystick makes menu navigation easy
    • flip-down faceplate with fluorescent display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 3-band equalizer with preset sound curves
    • BBE MP processing
    • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer enhances the sound
    • Burr-Brown 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • subwoofer level controls and low-pass filter
    • compatible with Sony's optional iPod adapter, HD Radio tuner, and satellite radio (tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
    • inputs: Aux Lite rear-mounted auxiliary input
    • outputs: three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RM-X301 wireless remote control
    • 1 CR2025 lithium battery (installed in remote control)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 2 Face security screws
    • 4 ISO-mount screws
    • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Bluetooth quick guide
    • Installation/Connection instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Note on installing face security screws
    • Customer support sticker

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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    External Device Controls


    Drive-S HX: The MEX-BT5000 uses the Drive-S HX chassis platform. Drive-S HX includes the CD mechanism, audio stages, 12 V power supply, and tuner section. The CD mechanism includes a suspension to resist shocks, a motor that draws less power, and a fast low-current pickup that improves durability and CD playback accuracy. The 52W x 4 S-MOSFET Power IC produces clear, accurate sound, with little distortion, and a high signal-to-noise ratio.

    ATRAC CD Playback: The MEX-BT5000 plays ATRAC3plus/ATRAC3 files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. Each ATRAC disc can have a maximum of 255 groups and 999 files. During playback, the unit displays any recorded folder/file name and text information.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 150 folders and 300 files/folders. During playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 or WMA tag information.

    EQ3: You may select one of seven EQ presets; Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, or Custom. For each preset, you can adjust three EQ bands, each with selectable center frequencies; Low (60 or 100 Hz), Mid (500 Hz or 1 kHz), and High (10 or 12.5 kHz). The level of each frequency can be adjusted from +10 dB to -10 dB in 1 dB increments.

    BBE MP: When playing back MP3 files, the BBE MP circuit recovers and recreates harmonics, restoring the detail, warmth and nuances that existed in the original recording.

    Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.

    Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency.

    Subwoofer Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT5000 has subwoofer outputs and a built-in crossover. The low-pass filter can be set to 78 Hz, 125 Hz, or Off (full range) and the subwoofer output level is adjustable.

    Aux Lite Auxiliary Input: The MEX-BT5000 has a UniLink input on the rear panel, consisting of the UniLink control bus and RCA audio jacks. If you're not using the UniLink port for another source (CD changer, satellite tuner, etc), this Aux Lite input allows you to directly connect an auxiliary unit (portable MiniDisc, MP3 player, the audio output from a mobile/portable DVD player, etc) to the receiver's stereo RCA input jacks.

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

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that Sony calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead receives power, the display dims to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control. Also, the dimmer feature may be turned off, so dimming does not take place when the illumination lead receives power. You may choose to dim the display at all times by setting the dimmer mode to On.

    Note: For this feature to work, the unit's illumination wire must be connected to your vehicle's dash lights.

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

    Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional wired rotary commander (item 158RMX4S). Once the wired remote is connected, you can change the control direction of the remote, depending on where you choose to mount it.

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth: The MEX-BT5000 has Bluetooth hardware built in to integrate with Bluetooth enabled cellular phones and audio players, including the Apple iPhone. Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls, and listen to a Bluetooth audio device. Up to six phones and six audio devices can be registered with the MEX-BT5000. It can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on. You can dial out using your phone book, history of dialed numbers (last ten), history of received calls (last ten), dial directly using the joystick or numeric keypad on the remote, or program up to six numbers using the radio preset buttons. The phone rings, and you hear the caller's voice through the front speakers (left, right, or both). The microphone is built into the front of the radio. You can answer incoming calls manually or automatically. These Bluetooth profiles are supported:

    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile
    • AVRCP: Audio Video Remote Control Profile
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile
    • OPP: Object Push Profile

    Note: The Apple iPhone supports Bluetooth hands free calling but does not support Bluetooth wireless music audio streaming.

    iPod Ready: You can connect an iPod to this unit and control it via the front panel controls and remote. The optional XA-110IP iPod Control Interface (item #158XA110IP) is required. The 158XA110IP iPod adapter can be connected to Sony XA-C40 multi-source adapter (item number 158XAC40) along with a CD changer, but a 158XA110IP and 209SON110 XM adaptor cannot be connected through a 158XAC40 multi-source adapter. If a 158XA110IP and 209SON110 XM adaptor are connected through the 158XAC40 multi-source adapter, only the iPod adaptor would be recognized.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMSON1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (607SNYSC1) and the SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or the Sony XA-300 UniLink Auxiliary Input Adapter--158XA300.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: The MEX-BT5000 is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Changer Controls: This unit is compatible with Sony UniLink CD/MP3 changers, MD changers, satellite tuners, and other UniLink devices.

    Multiple Changer Control: You can control up to seven UniLink devices with this head unit. When connecting more than one outboard source to this receiver, you must use the Sony XA-C40 multi-source adapter (item number 158XAC40), up to three XA-C40s can be used. When an XA-C40 is used with the MEX-BT5000, an XA-110IP iPod adapter (item 158XA110IP) and XMDSON110 XM adaptor (item 209SON110) cannot be connected through the XA-C40 multi-source adapter. If XA-110IP and XMDSON110 XM adaptors are connected through the XA-C40 multi-source adapter, only the iPod adaptor will be recognized. With an XA-C40, you can connect a CD changer and an iPod or XM adapter to this unit, but iPod and XM adapters cannot be connected at the same time. The inability to recognize an XM adapter when it's connected along with an iPod adapter is specific to the MEX-BT5000; other Sony models will recognize both adapters.


    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will turn off audio output, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain on. This makes the clock display and face/button illumination "Keyed" instead of "Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you must press the Off button for two seconds. When power is removed from the switched power wire (the key is turned off), the display does turn off.

    Note: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you must turn the radio completely off (this defeats keyed operation), or you may wire the accessory power wire of this radio to an alternate source of accessory power to retain keyed clock and face/button illumination operation.

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