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Sony MEX-N5100BT

CD receiver

Item # 158N5100BT

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Item # 158N5100BT

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About the Sony MEX-N5100BT

Keep your apps on tap

Sony knows that your smartphone is your "go to" device during the day, so they make it easy and safe to use when you're behind the wheel. The MEX-N5100BT CD receiver offers Sony's App Remote feature, so you can take charge of selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps from your phone's touchscreen. Working the other way, you can select apps using the Sony's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. Best of all, App Remote lets your phone work as a display for the receiver, so you can see album art, track info, caller information, and more on your phone, rather than reading it off the receiver's single line display.

Connect to a compatible iPhone® through Bluetooth®, and you can use Siri Hands Free for voice commands and inquiries from the receiver. Speak your commands and you'll hear your iPhone respond through your car's speakers. And you'll get audible notifictions of incoming text messages, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Pair and go with Bluetooth that's easy to use

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-N5100BT'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 to this Sony receiver.

Sony MEX-N5100BT

With over 35,000 colors available, you've got options. Lots of options.

Audio that hits the mark

The MEX-N5100BT includes Sony's impressive Advanced Sound Engine, featuring a 10-band EQ, digital time alignment to set up a perfect stereo "sweet spot," and frequency filters to make your speaker setup shine. Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp is noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction. If you're looking to expand your system with external amps, you'll find three sets of preamp outputs.

Looks that catch the eye

Sharp styling is on display with this Sony. Carbon fiber accents frame the controls, and you can adjust the Dynamic Color Illluminator to set up thousands of color combinations across two separate illumination zones. 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.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, 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.

Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC and FLAC files
    • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
    • stream and control 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:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    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)
    • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Important Notice

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Alexa Voice Control
    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 5/4/3/2
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5/SE/4S/4/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 55 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 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    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
    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
    The Sony MEX-N5100BT replaces these items:

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

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-N5100BT 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-N5100BT.

    Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-N5100BT 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-N5100BT 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 OS 4.0 or lower, 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-N5100BT 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-N5100BT 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-N5100BT 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-N5100BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's control dial.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can store up to 1,000 contacts in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
    Note: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    Wireless Audio Streaming : The Sony MEX-N5100BT 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-N5100BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-N5100BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-N5100BT 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-N5100BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control (for iPhone): When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony MEX-N5100BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-N5100BT 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-N5100BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Sony MEX-N5100BT 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 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, 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-N5100BT 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, WMA, AAC MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
    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 Direct Connect: The MEX-N5100BT's front-panel USB port allows you to directly connect your Lightning or 30-pin iPod/iPhone using a "Made for iPod/iPhone" Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable (sold separately). This USB 1-Wire connection provides audio playback, control, song/artist display and charging of your connected Apple device. 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-N5100BT'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-N5100BT 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 Control Mode: In Passenger 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 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. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-N5100BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/28/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App SongPal Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C5S 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    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 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 10.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    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.

    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-5200BT lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The MEX-5200BT 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-5200BT 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-N5100BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-N5100BT 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

    SongPal App: Download Sony's free SongPal app onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Android (OS 4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony MEX-N5100BT 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 app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony MEX-N5100BT 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 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 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 app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the SongPal app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the MEX-N5100BT; 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 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 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-N5100BT 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).

    Audio Section

    CTA-2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-N5100BT 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. The power output specs for the MEX-N5100BT are as follows:

    • 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)

    6ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Sony MEX-N5100BT is equipped with 2-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.

    Note: You can also connect a 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). Same subwoofer controls apply.

    Sub Control: 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.

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-N5100BT 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.

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

    • 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.
    • White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
    • Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.
    Brightness: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-N5100BT 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.

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    Customer Q&A

    25 questions already asked

    I can not connect my android phone or my I pad to my new radio. I downloaded the NDC easy connect on my phone but I still won't pair?
    [ Courtney  Aug 27, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    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, or try our online support center:
    [ Kenny  Aug 29, 2017 ]  Staff
    Will it fit in my KENWORTH truck for work?
    [ Smokey  Jul 16, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to research your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Kenny  Jul 17, 2017 ]  Staff
    I'm about to replace my perfectly good Pioneer unit because I cannot read the display on a bright day, even with the settings for brightness as high as they can go and with white characters. Any issues with this display being hard to read?
    [ GDiddy  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    had no problems reading display on this unit day light or dark
    [ Daniel  Aug 11, 2017 ]
    Not at all, the display on this Sony radio is clear and easy to read on any day!!
    [ Kendell  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    No problems at all
    [ JAMES  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Will the USB port charge my cell phone?
    [ Allyn  Jun 17, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    [ Jeffrey  Jun 17, 2017 ]
    Yes it does charge your phone
    [ Andrew  Jun 17, 2017 ]
    If I wanted to throw my whole ALAC collection on an external usb hard drive, can this deck play them easily?
    [ Noah  Mar 23, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    The head unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. The stereo will recognize up to 10,000 files on a single drive. You will finds 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:
    [ Ryan  Apr 05, 2017 ]  Staff
    What is the biggest usb thumb drive this head unit will support? Or, what would the recommended size/brand usb thumb drive be? Thanks.
    [ Damon  Mar 17, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    The specs for the Sony MEX-N5100BT don't list a maximum storage capacity for a USB thumb drive; however it does mention that it will only recognize a maximum of 10,000 music files loaded to a USB device. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Mar 28, 2017 ]  Staff
    Will the Sony MEX-N5100BT play music from my iPod Touch 6 through the USB?
    [ Laura  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    I cannot speak specifically to your iPod 6, but my unit has played every Apple device I have from the original iPad, to my iPod Touch, both of my iPhones, and my iPad Mini via USB & Bluetooth.
    [ Dexter  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    Yes it sure will...this Sony MEX-N5100BT is a Awesome unit and also has Bluetooth connectivity which works perfectly with my IPhone 7 for hands free calls. Safety First Always
    [ John  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    It plays through my MP3 player, so I expect it will play through your iPod device.
    [ LORRAINE  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    Is there a available HD tuner add on for this unit, like the old XT-100HD unit ?
    [ Rick  Jan 07, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    This unit is XM ready and already has a HD tuner built in but you need the HD antenna that is sold separately
    [ Randy  Jan 07, 2017 ]
    Is this radio weather proof? Installing it in 2009 harley street glide
    [  Dec 01, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    No ,this unit is not weather proof. The packaging does not make any claim to weather resistant.
    [ Chris  Dec 05, 2016 ]
    Can't help you with this one. Mine is inside a VW golf.
    [ CRAIG  Dec 04, 2016 ]
    Will this radio work with the new IPhone 7 ?
    [ Jim  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    I would assume so because it is compatible with the latest iOS. There is a app you download when you get this deck and mine works flawlessly.
    [ Keith  Nov 29, 2016 ]
    Can someone tell me how to get the clock to display while my phone is connected via Bluetooth? It displays in every other mode, but when I connect my phone the display button does nothing, and it will only display "Songpal" or "BT Phone"
    [ Emma  May 26, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    You are going to want to press the "display" button on the bottom right corner. press it a few times to get the clock, song, artist(s) and even album. i hope this will help you
    [ Keith  Jun 18, 2016 ]
    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: Or try our online support center:
    [ Krissy  May 27, 2016 ]  Staff
    Does anyone use Spotify with this stereo? Thanks!
    [ Katie  May 09, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    you Spotify all the time K'Nex without difficulty works very well
    [ Daniel  Aug 11, 2017 ]
    I use Spotify and any other app from my iPhone and it works great. My phone's audio automatically syncs with the stereo when connected via USB. You can also choose to connect via Bluetooth and it can sync the audio that way too.
    [ Nguyen  May 10, 2016 ]
    Bought this unit and attached it to a sound ordinance the sound to the rear speakers are muffled. Fronts sound is good. Is it a bad amp or radio. ? All worked well withe Kenwood radio I replaced
    [ Waltm  Apr 18, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    With your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections 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.
    [ Kenny  Apr 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    I'm trying to tune into 107.2 but the unit seems to only want to tune into stations with odd numbers like 107.3. Is there a way to make it tune into stations with even number?
    [ Eric  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    5 answers
    After some quick research this is what I found. The FCC regulations are as follows. Radio frequencies or transmitted in multiples of 100 khz. To help eliminate inter channel interference aka bleed through, broadcast channels are separated by .5 khz or .3 khz. Therefore broadcast channels will end in odd numbers. FM frequency range is 87.5 megahertz to 108 megahertz
    [ Randy  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    Actually, the more I think about it I believe that the FCC has already of stations broadcasting on an odd number as far as the sub frequency meaning Point 1piont3 etcetera. I never listen to the radio so I never really paid attention or noticed but I'm pretty sure that radio stations in the FM band start off at 88.1 megahertz and end in 107.9 megahertz using point 1.3.5 .7 .9
    [ Randy  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    That is strange. I hardly ever use my radio function. As a matter of fact, I might have used the radio twice in the last year that I've had the unit. I just use the USB input and the bluetooth to my phone. All I can say is try turning the dial very slowly because it does have a very sensitive dial. Could be that the digital tuner in this unit is just set up that way, wouldn't make any sense if that was so.
    [ Randy  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    Press and hold the forward or reverse button for about 2 sec. Then again.
    [ GEORGE MICHAEL  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    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: Or try our online support center:
    [ Krissy  Mar 06, 2016 ]  Staff
    I have the Mex-N4100tb and was under the impression you could have a lot of illumination colors. But mine only has two Red/Blue. So my question to you is how do I get more colors and if not does the Mex-N5100tb have the multiple color features?
    [ Pedro  Nov 30, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    multiple color functions available on this unit
    [ Daniel  Aug 11, 2017 ]
    I'm not sure about the 4100, but the 5100 has multiple colors, I have never set a certain one, although you can, but I like to let it just cycle and change colors. Everyone that sees it loves that it changes all the time.
    [ ramona  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    I have this head unit. The bluetooth sounds so bad the callers on the other end cannot hear me at all. Any solution for this?
    [ Anthony  Sep 12, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    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: Or try our online support center:
    [ Krissy  Sep 13, 2015 ]  Staff
    Will this unit integrate with the controls on the Steering Wheel or do I need to stay with the factory unit to get that capability?
    [ Brent  Aug 18, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Aug 18, 2015 ]  Staff
    I've just installed the stereo with alpine speakers, 2 coaxials in rear of car and two components up front. 1) How can I lower the treble, there seems to only be standard equalizer settings, but nothing to directly lower the amount of treble. 2) When I turn off my car and go to start it the next day the settings I have saved on the stereo are erased, so essentially back to stock settings, what do I need to change so the system remembers my settings (i.e. it will go back to demo mode, change system colour etc)? Thank you
    [ Christian  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    Chris, which I can answer your question correctly but unfortunately the radio was stolen before installation. ...
    [ Newton  Aug 02, 2015 ]
    Hey there... for the treble, try going to menu then "Sound" turn the knob until treble shows. Adjust the treble then exit out by pushing menu again. I'm not sure why your settings don't stay. How is your battery connection to your car. Tighten it in case it is coming lose. Because if it does your settings will be defaulted. I hope this helps you out.
    [ Josh  Aug 01, 2015 ]
    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: Or try our online support center:
    [ Krissy  Aug 01, 2015 ]  Staff
    How do I get my wired remote to work (steering wheel)? It worked on last Sony radio and plugged into this unit and it doesn't work(the adapter is similar to an aux cord that plugs into the back of the box). I tried to follow the manual but I couldn't find the "steering" option under general.
    [ Nathan  Jun 28, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    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: Or try our online support center:
    [ Krissy  Jun 29, 2015 ]  Staff
    I know that you can access the app control function by holding in the enter button on the radio for 2 seconds. My question is, can you do the same thing but holding the enter button down on the remote that comes with the head unit for 2 seconds?
    [ Corey  Jun 17, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    [ Joyce  Jun 19, 2015 ]
    Yes it does. I hope this helps.
    [ Joyce  Jun 19, 2015 ]
    I believe you should be able to but I do not have the vehicle with that radio in it with me. I will be home by 6 tonight and check. Then I will let you know what I find. Thanks
    [ Joyce  Jun 19, 2015 ]
    Will this power a factory sub? I currently have an Alpine deck installed that was in the car when I purchased it, and the sub works with it. I just want to ensure I'm not going to buy and install if the deck won't interface with the factory sub. It's a 2003 SVT Focus. Thanks!
    [ Sarah  May 03, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    If there is Alpine aftermarket receiver in the car now, then this will likely work. However, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to confirm this for you.
    [ Jeff  May 05, 2015 ]  Staff
    What is the app that is needed for this radio? (iPhone)
    [ Dell16  Apr 19, 2015 ]
    10 answers
    I'm in android but if you can find the app "app remote" by sony, it's way better than songpal. I highly recommend you don't install both. if you do, make sure the auto launch option is turned off in songpal... otherwise you will have conflicts. I like app remote because it feeds the song name to the head unit and songpal doesn't. I use Google music though, so your results may vary. although I still had trouble with the pairing with both programs running so I still recommend using one or the other.
    [ Joshua  May 08, 2015 ]
    I am so sorry. I have not opened my new stereo to install. My I suggest that you enter the stereo name into the app store search engine? I hope this is helpful.
    [ Larry  Apr 22, 2015 ]
    Im not sure. I have an Android
    [ Josh  Apr 22, 2015 ]
    It's called SongPal and it works seamlessly between my iPhone 6 and the head unit. The app allows you control all of the features from your phone via Bluetooth connection.
    [ Nicole  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    Haven't installed yet, speakers on the way. I use a Samsung.
    [ ramona  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    No app needed, only Bluetooth connection. For Pandora, of course you'll need to have installed Pandora on your iphone and have a account (no subscription needed, unless you want to skip song frequently).
    [ Vladimir  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    You'll need the app songpal, it's the same for both android and iPhone.
    [ Ong  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    Randel, I am not sure yet, I am just starting to install the unit in my truck now and have yet to explore all its functions. Joe
    [ Joseph  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    You can use SongPal, I haven't tried it, but it's supposed to work well for it. It also has Pandora on it, so all you have to do is put it in Pandora mode and launch the app on your phone, all set after that. Though I'd rather just use Bluetooth.
    [ James  Apr 20, 2015 ]
    No app is required. I just finished installing this, and even though pairing with an iPhone prompts for a Sony app, it's not required...everything is functional!
    [ Brian  Apr 20, 2015 ]

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