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Sony MEX-N4200BT

CD receiver

Item # 158N4200BT

The way I see it, most factory car radios are "good enough," but not much more than that.

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About the Sony MEX-N4200BT

Step up your game

The way I see it, most factory car radios are "good enough," but not much more than that. If you like to set your sights a little higher, you can get a lot at a reasonable price with Sony's MEX-N4200BT CD receiver. This good-looking car stereo offers great sound, an excellent Bluetooth® feature set, and some pretty sophisticated smartphone integration options.

Step up your game

The way I see it, most factory car radios are "good enough," but not much more than that. If you like to set your sights a little higher, you can get a lot at a reasonable price with Sony's MEX-N4200BT CD receiver. This good-looking car stereo offers great sound, an excellent Bluetooth® feature set, and some pretty sophisticated smartphone integration options.

Your phone's music and more

My smartphone is my "go to" source for messaging, info, and entertainment, so I appreciate a car stereo that works with it intuitively. Plug your iOS device or compatible Android phone into the front USB port for access to all of your favorite music, including FLAC files. You can even use voice commands to send text messages and other tasks with both iOS and Android devices.

Pair and go with Bluetooth

Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and if your phone supports NFC, you can simply touch it to the receiver to pair the device. Once paired, the MEX-N4200BT's built-in Bluetooth adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car. You can talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly through the receiver.

Sony MEX-N4200BT

The MEX-N4200BT is a stylish addition to your dash.

Look sharp

Sharp styling is on display with this Sony. Carbon fiber accents frame the controls, and when you're getting your groove on, the Sound Synchronization feature pulses the lights to match your music. Details like a nifty sliding USB port cover round out the package.

Stellar audio

Sony's impressive Digital Reality amp delivers solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction. The 10-band EQ and frequency filters give you sound tuning options that will make your speaker setup shine.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

This Sony has the ability to retain the steering wheel controls in many Japanese vehicles, but we recommend using a separate SWC adapter. In all other vehicles, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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.

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

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Product highlights:

  • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and FLAC files
  • Sound Synchronization pulses lighting in time to your music
  • remote control
Bluetooth Features:
  • voice control with iOS and Android phones
  • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
  • dual-phone Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
Smartphone Features: (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
  • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
  • AOA 2.0 Android connection compatibility
  • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones, voice control with select Android models
  • Quick-BrowZer and Jump Mode search features
Audio Features:
  • EQ10 10-band equalizer
  • high- and low-pass filters
  • Extra Bass boost
Expandability:
  • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
  • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
Other info:
  • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CTA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
  • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
  • detachable face with blue key illumination
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # MEXN4200BT

What's in the box:

  • CD receiver (10A fuse)
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
  • Face fixing screw note
  • Important Notice For Dealer
  • Warranty Information

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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 No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size No
Nano 7
Touch 6/5
iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5/S
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 17 watts
Peak Output 55 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 3-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color Blue
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, FLAC
High-res Playback N
The Sony MEX-N4200BT replaces these items:

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

Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-N4200BT 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 1.3 (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-N4200BT.

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

  • Simple Secure Pairing: With Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-N4200BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
  • 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 its rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones that don't have OS 4.0 or better installed, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
  • USB Auto (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.

Hands-Free Communication w/ Integrated Mic: The Sony MEX-N4200BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The unit is equipped with an integrated microphone (featuring adjustable gain) on the front-panel, 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-N4200BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls.

  • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
  • Dialing a Number: Using the MEX-N4200BT, 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.
Notes:
  • During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
  • The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm microphone jack for adding an external microphone (sold separately).

Wireless Audio Streaming: The Sony MEX-N4200BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Sony MEX-N4200BT for playback.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-N4200BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-N4200BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Music Control: The Sony MEX-N4200BT lets you control basic playback functions like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from its front-panel. Advanced music browsing is not supported.
  • 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-N4200BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-N4200BT to engage Siri and use the built-in 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-N4200BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

Android & iPhone Integration

Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony MEX-N4200BT enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android smartphones through its front-panel USB port. The unit's USB port (1.5A) will also charge your Android device while connected; the vehicle's accessory key must be set to the  'ACC' or 'On' position. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

  • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The Sony MEX-N4200BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the MEX-N4200BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Sony receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
  • MTP (Stored Music w/ Song/Artist Info): The MEX-N4200BT also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

Note: Sony does not guarantee operation with all Android devices, regardless of operating system.

iPod/iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Sony MEX-N4200BT supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front-panel USB port. The MEX-N4200BT offers playback of your music library or music apps, control, song/artist/album display, and charging of select Apple devices. Simply connect your compatible iPod/iPhone using the cable that came with your Apple device, or purchase another Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to be used in the car.

  • Playback Control: The unit offers basic playback controls - such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Your iPod/iPhone will remain unlocked during connection, so you can continue to control your Apple device from its touchscreen for advanced music browsing and to access additional music apps.
  • Song/Artist Info: The digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, & Artist/Album Name. The MEX-N4200BT will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
  • 1.5A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-N4200BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/8/2017):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Music Center (SonPal) Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
iPhone
4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C/5 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
5th 9.3.5 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
7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Pandora+AM/FM Radio

Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-4200BT lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 10.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The MEX-4200BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-4200BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone.

  • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
  • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
  • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
  • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-N4200BT 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.

App & Remote Control

Music Center (SongPal) App: Download Sony's free Music Center (SongPal) App onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 10.0+) or Android (OS 4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony MEX-N4200BT head unit right from your mobile device. You'll enjoy control over basic head unit functions, as well as navigation and seamless access to all your sources, music, apps, and more from your smartphone. The Music Center (SongPal) App also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony MEX-N4200BT and lets you launch apps from the head unit. In addition the app can also be used to help customize sound and display settings of the Sony receiver.

  • Receiver Sources: From the Music Center (SongPal) App on your smartphone device you can access and select the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, USB, Bluetooth, and Aux sources. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track or Station. In addition, you'll be able to view song/artist information and station identification from the Music Center (SongPal) App on your mobile device.
  • Add-On Applications: You can integrate music, movie, navigation, and other applications that are already on your smartphone device within the Music Center (SongPal) App for easier access. Once an app is selected within the Music Center (SongPal) App, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the MEX-N4200BT; any visual data will only be displayed by your iPhone or Android device. Basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Next Track are available from the head unit; advanced control functions are still done from your smartphone device.
  • Volume & Sound Adjustments: You can access the head unit's sound menu and make adjustments from the app on your iPhone or Android device. Sound adjustments included Volume Up/Down, Balance/Fader, EQ, ExtraBass, and Sub Level.
  • Display Settings: Using the Music Center (SongPal) App on your iPhone or Android device you can make adjustments to the head unit's front-panel LCD and button illumination. Make changes to the preset color of the LCD and/or button illumination, as well as activate or deactivate Sound Synchronization.
  • Voice Recognition (Android only): You can use voice commands to ask for directions from Google maps or to play a particular song/artist in your smartphone's music library. You can even assign a music application within the Music Center (SongPal) 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-N4200BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you safe and in touch. You can even reply to a text message via voice command and a list of preset replies.

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

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

Disc/USB/Aux Playback

Disc Compatibility: The Sony MEX-N4200BT 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 and WMA 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°.

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

Music File Playback: The Sony MEX-N4200BT 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 frequency of 16-48kHz
WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
FLAC:
bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 256 folders/256 files per folder
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, and FLAC 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.

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.

Audio & DSP Section

High-Power Amplifier: The Sony MEX-N4200BT is equipped with a high power amplifier rated at 17 watts (RMS) x 4-channels and 55 watts (Peak) x 4-channels that delivers clear, natural-sounding audio.

  • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
  • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)
Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-N4200BT are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

4ch/2V Preouts: The Sony MEX-N4200BT is equipped with is equipped with 2-volt Rear & Sub preouts giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system. The Rear output has fading capability, while the Sub output is non-fading.

Note: This unit does not offer a front channel preout.

Sub Control: You can adjust the subwoofer preout's volume level  (-6 to +6 dB) independently from the head unit's volume control. You can also select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

High-Pass & Low Pass Crossover: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a variable high-pass crossover, while the subwoofer preout offers a variable low pass crossover. The high and low pass crossovers can be set to 80, 100, or 120Hz.

EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Karaoke, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band 1 (32Hz), Band 2 (63Hz), Band 3 (125Hz), Band 4 (250Hz), Band 5 (500Hz), Band 6 (1khz), Band 7 (2khz), Band 8 (4kHz), Band 9 (8kHz), and Band 10 (16kHz).

ExtraBass: Activate ExtraBass at the touch of a button for an instant, low-end boost. Unlike conventional bass boosters, ExtraBass minimizes distortion at all volume levels by automatically adjusting frequency and gain to their optimal positions.

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

Display Features

Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-N4200BT 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.

High-Contrast LCD: With 5x the contrast of conventional screens, plus an optimized viewing angle, the MEX-N4200BT's LCD screen is always easy to read. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to On or Off.

Sound Synchronization: Sound-synchronized illumination pulses to your music. When music playback starts, LEDs lights on the head unit pulse to the beat of the track.

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

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

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

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Good quality, inexpensive replacement unit for fleet of trucks. [ Pete  Aug 16, 2019 ]
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Because the wiring matches a sony cdx-gt57 I'm replacing. [ EDWARD M  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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The one thing that seems to set Sony car stereos apart is the front USB input. This means you can create your own playlist from Youtube downloads or convert from your own cds. Play time is unlimited, based on the size of the USB, not based on the # of slots in your cd player, or limited by an aux player & cord. I've used Sony car players for many years now and the sound quality is excellent with just the basic unit and for all types of music. Sony + Crutchfield just makes things EZ & wonderful! [ Nelda  Mar 10, 2019 ]
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I only use Sony to save myself from learning how to program the unit. Sony car and home units have never let me down. [ jACK  Feb 25, 2019 ]
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Tremendous value. [ Grant  Dec 20, 2018 ]
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I bought this when it first came out for my girlfriends car, and now that it's significantly cheaper, it's a steal. I love the Sony audio quality and their customization for your specific car in terms of audio correction for crap speakers is great. Plus this head unit puts a lot of power to each speaker [ Tyler  Dec 19, 2018 ]
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Sony make a fine product and I wanted my son to have a Don't in his car. [ Darrell  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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Great features, bluetooth, two phone bluetooth, works with iPhone and Android [ Antonio  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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Great combination of features for my sons 2000 mustang he is taking to college. This will help him focus on the road instead of his phone. [ james  Sep 13, 2018 ]
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Affordable with appropriate features, eq, sub pre amps, bt, cd player, front USB/aux [ Nathaniel  Aug 20, 2018 ]
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Recommend by associate [ Derek  Jul 13, 2018 ]
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Had a Sony head unit in another car. Seemed to work pretty well. Giving this a shot. Looks nice and has Bluetooth, aux, and cd inputs. [ Kyle  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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I've got an old truck that gets used mostly for weekend errands. I wanted an updated radio to play my CD's as well as being able to use an Aux. cord and USB sticks. This Sony fits the bill and at a reasonable price. [ James R.  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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I wanted a stereo which can play my favorite tunes using my preferred music service, maintain a healthy relationship with my retro CD collection, join the 21st century with Bluetooth compatibility, and do the above listed on the cheap with a brand name I can trust to do electronics right. [ Morgan  Jun 04, 2018 ]
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Big buttons! [ Peter  May 09, 2018 ]
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Wife wanted it. [ Justin  May 06, 2018 ]
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Our son is restoring/modifying a 1967 ton truck. He has ordered from Crutchfield before for other vehicles he's worked on and finds them to have a good selection and great customer service. [ Martha  Apr 24, 2018 ]
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one stop shopping .get it all at one time [ carl  Mar 29, 2018 ]
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I trust Sony to have good features and good control over the look and display. Dimmable light. USB support for flash drives. [ Bryce  Jan 16, 2018 ]
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I have alway preferred Sony tuners [ Loren  Dec 22, 2017 ]
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9 questions already asked

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Where does an external microphone connect to the 4200 BT?
[ Vance  Oct 07, 2019 ]
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It plugs into the back of the stereo. There is a specific mic input that is easy to spot.
[ Anthony  Oct 18, 2019 ]
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this unit has a built in mic. no need for an external
[ Laurie  Oct 18, 2019 ]
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I don't think you can connect a wired microphone. You can connect your phone via bluetooth. There is a built in microphone.
[ PAUL  Oct 17, 2019 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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.
[ Krissy  Oct 17, 2019 ]  Staff
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Can you directly connect a subwoofer to this unit without an amplifier?
[ Jay Rivera  Jun 20, 2019 ]
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Yes has a subwoofer output that may be tune to preference.
[ Jesus  Jun 20, 2019 ]
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If I pair this device via Bluetooth to my smart phone, will I be able to use controls on the head unit to control playback of music on the phone, i.e., Pause, FF, Next Track, etc.? I have a Sony-G1200U and when I connect the smartphone to that via USB, I am able to control the smartphone's music via the controls on the head unit- just like if I'm playing a CD. I bought a 3rd party Bluetooth device that pairs my smart phone to the head unit, but all it will do is stream music to the unit- the playback has to be controlled by the phone itself.
[ Brian  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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Sorry, I installed this unit in my daughter's car and can't remember if we tried to control the phone from the unit. She is out of the country for a week but I can check with her once she returns if you aren't in a hurry for the answer.
[ Bradley  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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Yes you can i always did it with mine...but the mex 5200 is better than 4200... but don't get me wrong the 4200 is nice but there's way more controlling on the 5200 then there is the 42
[ JOSEPH A  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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Does this radio work with spotify? Also, will this radio fit in a 91 Ford bronco Eddie Bauer?
[ KC  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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There is no built-in Spotify app on this unit, but it works fine if you connect it to your phone and open Spotify on your phone. When you purchase this on Crutchfield and you specify your vehicle and and model they will give you all the parts that you need to install it on your Bronco.
[ Phil  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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Yes it works with Spotify Pandora and YouTube and any other Bluetooth station around and yes it should fit in a 91 Ford Bronco you may need it insulation kit but it will fit
[ JOSEPH A  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Can you play music from a USB thumb drive with this unit?
[ P  Sep 04, 2018 ]
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yes
[ BG  Sep 18, 2018 ]
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Yes.
[ Trevor  Sep 05, 2018 ]
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Yes.
[ PAUL  Sep 04, 2018 ]
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Head unit will not power speakers in 1999 z3 roadster with premium sound package why?
[ David  May 14, 2018 ]
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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.
[ Krissy  May 21, 2018 ]  Staff
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Does this HU work with Google Assistant for hands-free voice commands? Can you say "OK Google", choose somewhere to navigate to and then go back to your music/
[ Adrian  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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That I'm not sure it does work with a iphone. Siri does work but we don't have a Google phone hooked up
[ Carol  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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Don't know
[ Loren  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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It's a good unit I haven't played with it too much, so I really don't know, Sorry
[ ROBERT G  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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I see that the Sony Mex-B4200BT has an intergraded microphone in the front panel. How does the internal microphone compare to external microphone option as far as sound quality? Do you get a better microphone quality if you opt for radio with an external microphone, such as the Sony's Mex-B5200BT model? I ask because I'm looking for a good sound quality microphone when I place a phone call.
[ Bernave  Jan 20, 2018 ]
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Generally speaking, external wired microphones tend to offer improved audio quality versus integrated (or built-in) microphones, so you can be heard easier over surrounding traffic and road noise. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
[ Larry  Jan 24, 2018 ]  Staff
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The built-in mic seems to be pretty good, but I sometimes have to speak up for the other party to hear me over the road noise. I have never had an external mic, so I really don't know if it would be that much better. Overall, I am well pleased with the 4200.
[ BG  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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does it come with a mic?
[ abel  Nov 20, 2017 ]
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Yes. The microphone is integrated in the front panel of the stereo. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan
[ Ryan  Nov 22, 2017 ]  Staff
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