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Sony MEX-N5200BT

CD receiver

Item # 158N5200BT

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About the Sony MEX-N5200BT

Smart car stereo

My smartphone is my "go to" source for messaging, info, and entertainment, so I appreciate a car stereo that works with it intuitively. Case in point – Sony's MEX-N5200BT CD receiver offers some of the best smartphone integration options around. Sony's SongPal™ app, for instance, works with your iPhone® to give you control of sources and settings, and with your Android™ phone to give you voice control over source selection and other cool features. 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 notifications of incoming text messages, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Smart car stereo

My smartphone is my "go to" source for messaging, info, and entertainment, so I appreciate a car stereo that works with it intuitively. Case in point – Sony's MEX-N5200BT CD receiver offers some of the best smartphone integration options around. Sony's SongPal™ app, for instance, works with your iPhone® to give you control of sources and settings, and with your Android™ phone to give you voice control over source selection and other cool features. 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 notifications of incoming text messages, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

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-N5200BT'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-N5200BT

You've got over 35,000 color options to choose from.

Stellar audio 

Sony's impressive Advanced Sound Engine features a 10-band EQ 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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and FLAC files
    • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • dual-phone 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
    • AOA 2.0 Android connection compatibility
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
    • stream and control with SongPal app for iPhone and Android
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone and Android smartphones
    • Quick-BrowZer and Jump Mode search features
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Extra Bass bass boost
    Expandability:
    • 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:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • CEA 2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # MEXN5200BT
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    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/ bracket (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle mono 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 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 SiriusXM
    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) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    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
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT.

    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-N5200BT 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/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-N5200BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The unit features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT, 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-N5200BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-N5200BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Music Control: The Sony MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT'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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front-panel USB port. The MEX-N5200BT offers playback of your music library or music apps, music navigation and control, song/artist/album display, and charging of select Apple devices. Simply connect your compatible iPod/iPhone using the cable that came with your Apple device, or purchase another Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to be used in the car.

    • 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/8/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Music Center (SongPal) 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+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 or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 10.0+), or Bluetooth connected 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 Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony MEX-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT; 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT is equipped with a high power amplifier rated at 20 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-N5200BT 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.

    6ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Sony MEX-N5200BT 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. 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-N5200BT 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-N5200BT's LCD screen is always easy to read. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to Auto, On, or Off. The Auto mode dims the head unit's display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on (illumination wire must be connected).

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

    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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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Cause it's pretty cool, can't wait for it to show up :3 [ Trevor  Mar 21, 2019 ]
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    I own one in my other vehicles and it has nice features for future upgrades if desired, such as other subs or amps. Also can easily blue tooth music from my Android phone or USB stick. [ MICHAEL ALLEN  Jan 14, 2019 ]
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    the receiver had 70 reviews and I have had Sony products before. The receiver had a lot of features [ Bill  Dec 15, 2018 ]
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    I chose this receiver due to cost and capabilities. [ Paulster2  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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    Checked many products out and all have many good features. After much time and research I kept coming back to this product. From appearance to features and with complete install kit it's over the top! [ Adrian  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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    This is replacing a 12 year old Sony. I have always had great performance from the Sony car audio. [ Alfred  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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    I like sony [ CRAIG  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    reviews of the receiver were to my satisfaction. I hope i made the right decision. [ Ricardo  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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    I have the Sony G1200U- no Bluetooth nor won't charge my iPhone through USB....this is supposed to be compatible. [ Jeff  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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    I have had nothing but great luck with my Sony receivers, both in the car and in my home. They make a stock stereo sound fantastic - and you can't beat the price with all of the features! [ W  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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    It was a high quality product at a great price. my husband has the same one and he loves it. [ Julianne  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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    I chose this because it looks absolutely beautiful. Also it has everything I am looking for! [ Mekhi  Nov 15, 2018 ]
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    Been a Sony car audio fan for years. Big Bang for the buck and simple to use. [ Chris  Nov 14, 2018 ]
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    Siri [ Molly  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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    This unit had the features I was looking for in my budget. [ Rachael  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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    Best features for the money. And always had good luck with Sony car stereos [ LEONIDES  Jun 19, 2018 ]
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    I will be mounting this radio in my glove compartment and I needed a remote. [ GINO  Jun 12, 2018 ]
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    Android AOA, Sony usually give great bang for buck in sound. [ jason  May 31, 2018 ]
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    Quality [ Andrew  May 19, 2018 ]
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    Had great reviews, and can connect BT audio and phone calls. Hopefully it will perform well for my daughter. [ Stephen  Apr 17, 2018 ]
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    Bought a second on for my first gen lightning. [ Jeffrey  Mar 20, 2018 ]
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    I've been very satisfied with my past Sony stereo receivers so I decided to try this as a replacement to my stock 2004 Toyota Sienna unit. I chose this over the MEX-GS810BH for design of the faceplate. The added features were not important to me. [ Kyle  Mar 19, 2018 ]
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    Had all the features I wanted and great reviews. [ Earl  Mar 13, 2018 ]
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    Because I just fried my MEX-5100BT and this is the same in all/most aspects. 20 RMS/55Watt Peak.....no other Mfg. can compare w/watts or price !! It was my mistake in the frying part,kind of, my $300 Optima battery shorted out and fried my voltage regulator which in turn did my Sony in. Take it from me, use a really good fuse system when you direct wire(I hate having to use key in ignition ) to play my music. I loved my Sony, so why switch ???? Zakk Wylde Rocks !! [ Craig  Feb 13, 2018 ]
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    Sony has great products, this radio seems to be one of them. [ Juan J.  Feb 03, 2018 ]
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    I like Sony they are a great brand to buy never had any problems from there equipment plus like all of the features that this radio unit has. [ Jason  Jan 30, 2018 ]
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    The description said it had good intuitive connectivity to both android and apple phones. My wife has one for work and the other for personal, so it is important to have a unit that works well with both. [ Tim  Jan 21, 2018 ]
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    I had to buy this stereo because my previous stereo Jensen VX3014 was not able to produce high frequency sounds without scratching noises and it took me over a year to figure out what was wrong. I did not think a $200 stereo would have this issue so I did not find the problem until a year later, after the warranty was over. Do not buy a Jensen stereo. Always go for Sony or Pioneer. [ Melanie  Jan 08, 2018 ]
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    Great deal [ SUSAN  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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    Price and features [ DAVID A  Jan 03, 2018 ]
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    does everything I need Duel Phone android compatible ,remote trusted manufacture ON SALE [ Dennis J.  Dec 28, 2017 ]
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    For the price the Sony MEX-N5200BT has all the functions and specs necessary to run four 6x8's in my 2005 Ford Freestyle. I've always been a fan of Sony sound and functions. But this deck offers more than just the basics. Dual Bluetooth, 10 band equalizer, and every color option to please the eye makes this one a no brainer. [ F  Dec 28, 2017 ]
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    Wanted to try a Sony [ Keith  Dec 20, 2017 ]
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    what I wanted [ John  Dec 19, 2017 ]
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    Comparison tool showed it worked with newest iPhones so if an upgrade is likely to the phone, the stereo will still work. [ Cynthia  Dec 16, 2017 ]
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    I like sony audio systems [ Carlos  Dec 16, 2017 ]
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    I have great respect for SONY electronics! [ Vaidy  Dec 12, 2017 ]
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    This stereo has everything that I am looking for. It has bluetooth connection for 2 different phones, multiple display color choices, can be controlled by the Sony app and it has the power I am looking for to up grade my sound until I can buy new speakers. Can't wait to get my hands on it, the price point was amazing as well. [ Steven  Nov 06, 2017 ]
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    To upgrade from the MEX-N4100BT that does not have a front and rear RCA out with the RCA sub out. This one will give me a front and rear RCA channel along with the SUB RCA out. This will allow me to add an amp without having to split rear speakers on sub channel. [ MICHAEL ALLEN  Oct 11, 2017 ]
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    all the features I wanted and no extras [ Thomas  Aug 20, 2017 ]
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    Great reviews. For the price this system is packed with features [ corinne  Aug 20, 2017 ]
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    good replacement for trailer radio, dual bluetooth access... [ Jason  Jul 27, 2017 ]
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    8 questions already asked

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    Nice feature set on this unit, but I've been having issues updating the firmware (11-43 to 12-43) to fix a bluetooth and sound bug. Anyone else experiencing this? Display freezes and gives error message (requiring a power removal hard restart since this unit doesn't have a hard reset button).
    [ Don  Jan 25, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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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  Jan 28, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Will this stereo put my power antenna up/down when the radio is on or off?
    [ JonNC  Sep 02, 2018 ]
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    It has a power antenna control connection. I have a stationary antenna. Enter an answer to this question.
    [ Ernest R  Sep 02, 2018 ]
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    I'm not sure! I do have power antenna.
    [ Michael  Sep 02, 2018 ]
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    It depends on the type of car you have... Most stereos will do it, all you have to do is connect the remote cable to the cable that corresponds to the antena.
    [ Elder  Sep 02, 2018 ]
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    How did my MEX-5200BT pick up an old user name I have used and display it as a greeting? I didn't enter it, it just appeared after about a week. It is not a name used by my SiriusXM account.
    [ Paul  Aug 08, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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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  Aug 20, 2018 ]  Staff
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    Does the 5200 use the Sound Synchronization like the 4200 where it pulses lighting in time to your music? Or just changes color in time?
    [ Tom  Jul 23, 2018 ]
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    Choose your colors Browse 35,000 colors to match the two-zone illumination with your car interior. And when the music starts, lights on the LED screen pulse in time to the song. Enter an answer to this question.
    [ Ernest R  Jul 25, 2018 ]
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    It does indeed pulse to your music. The app they provide you let's you control all lighting settings including fading, pulsing and synchronization of music.
    [ Holdren  Jul 24, 2018 ]
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    Yes but we found it distracting when driving. Fortunately you can turn off the pulse/color changing feature. For safety especially after dark, I would keep it on red because it's the darkest color.
    [ Stephen  Jul 23, 2018 ]
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    What 4" speakers are available that would work well with this receiver?
    [ Stephen  Jun 10, 2017 ]
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    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation.
    [ Kenny  Jun 10, 2017 ]  Staff
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