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Sony WX-850BT

CD receiver

Item # 158WX850BT

There are two things I want from a new car stereo — smooth interactivity with my smartphone and great sound.

Find what Fits your car

There are two things I want from a new car stereo — smooth interactivity with my smartphone and great sound.

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Item # 158WX850BT

About the Sony WX-850BT

Smarts and sound

There are two things I want from a new car stereo — smooth interactivity with my smartphone and great sound. If that sounds like a winning combination to you, check out Sony's WX-850BT CD receiver. Its App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can take charge of sound-shaping tools, pick radio stations, and change sources with touchscreen interfaces. From the receiver, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. And, with your Android™ phone paired up, this receiver will read any incoming text messages out loud, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Smarts and sound

There are two things I want from a new car stereo — smooth interactivity with my smartphone and great sound. If that sounds like a winning combination to you, check out Sony's WX-850BT CD receiver. Its App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can take charge of sound-shaping tools, pick radio stations, and change sources with touchscreen interfaces. From the receiver, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. And, with your Android™ phone paired up, this receiver will read any incoming text messages out loud, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Enjoy your music

Pop in a CD, plug your phone into the USB input, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls. The sound quality will be great, thanks to the powerful built-in amp and a suite of awesome sound-shaping tools. You can punch up the low end with MEGA BASS, while tweaking the sonic setup with a 10-band EQ and digital signal processing. Sony's Dynamic Stage Organizer creates virtual dash speakers to improve stereo imaging.

Bluetooth® for hands-free fun

Pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, or stream stored or streaming content from your phone wirelessly. If you've got a Siri-compatible iPhone®, a simple press of a button lets you command her to make calls, compose text messages, and much more  — it adds a cool new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system. This NFC-compatible receiver pairs with a simple touch of your compatible Android mobile device, while Bluetooth auto-pairing connects your iPhone automatically when you plug in via USB.

Animate and illuminate

Choose from 35,000 different colors for the display and controls — even select different colors for each. Add more excitement to your tunes by turning on sound synchronization and watch the illumination pulse to the beat of the music. The high-contrast display is easy to read, day or night.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • FLAC file playback from USB devices
    • Dynamic Color Illuminator 2-zone variable color display
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • Siri Eyes Free controls with compatible iPhones
    • music file and streaming audio playback from select Android devices through USB input
    • NFC for one-touch pairing with compatible phones
    • compatible with SongPal app for iPhone and Android
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • time alignment and DM+ soundstage enhancer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Pandora® Internet radio control
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # WX-850BT

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 12' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 ISO-mount screws
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Warranty Information

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    Features & specs

    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
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    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 ---
    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,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony WX-850BT 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. Bluetooth wireless technology helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your Bluetooth device from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile device. 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 WX-850BT.

    Pairing: The unit offers Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), Near Field Communication (NFC) pairing for Android, and USB pairing for iPhone. Once paired, the head unit will automatically re-connect with the last connected device.

    • Simple Secure Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony receiver 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 it rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones with earlier OS versions, 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 WX-850BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The controls of the WX-850BT 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 WX-850BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the WX-850BT , 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.

    External Microphone: The WX-850BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Sony WX-850BT CD receiver 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 WX-850BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the WX-850BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the WX-850BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the WX-850BT 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: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri (iPhone 4S or newer) via Bluetooth, the Sony WX-850BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the WX-850BT 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 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 WX-850BT ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Android/iPhone/Aux Integration

    Android Connectivity (via MTP): The Sony WX-850BT provides playback of stored music files on select Android (OS 4.0+) devices through its front-panel USB MTP-compatible port. You also get basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the receiver's front-panel. In addition, you are able to view song/artist information on the receiver's front-panel LCD. Simply connect your compatible Android device with the microUSB-to-USB cable that came with your device. The unit's USB port (1A) will also charge your Android device while connected; the vehicle's accessory key must be set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Note: During 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.

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The WX-850BT's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display.

    • Music Browsing: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's front-panel or included remote. The 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. You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z). The unit also offers Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes for iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist/Album Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection (1A) 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 WX-850BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/28/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone SongPal Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C5S 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N 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 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N 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.

    Pandora + AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony WX-850BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The Sony WX-850BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. 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 WX-850BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone.

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

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

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony WX-850BT 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs (12cm only). The Sony WX-850BT allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files.

    • Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc 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 or powered off.
    • 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 (MSC/MTP compatible): The CD receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that can be used for plugging in a USB (MSC) Mass Storage Class or a USB MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) device; such as select Android devices, digital audio players, and USB thumbdrives. The head unit supports playback of a variety of music files (including MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, & WAV) stored on a compatible USB device.

    • Control: You are able to browse and operate playback of the compatible files stored on your USB device through the head unit's front-panel controls.
    • Song/Artist Info: The head unit will display song, artist, and album information of the music files loaded on your USB device.
    • Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compatible Music Files: The Sony WX-850BT supports the following types of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB device.

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

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

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a CD-R/RW or USB 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 category in 10% increments.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the WX-850BT 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)

    Note: The power specifications for the Sony WX-850BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    2V/6Ch Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The WX-850BT contains six 2-volt RCA preouts (Front, Rear, & Sub) The front and rear channel preouts can be faded. The subwoofer preout is non-fading. You can adjust the subwoofer preout's volume level (+/-10dB) independently from the head unit's volume control. You can also select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Note: You can 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.

    Low-Pass & High-Pass Crossovers: The head unit's subwoofer preout features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.

    Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine with Digital Signal Processing creates an audio field optimized for in-car listening, so music feels rich, clear and dynamic. Customize the sound with adjustable EQ, time alignment, & other digital music enhancements.

    • EQ10: Choose between 11 EQ presets - 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).
    • Listening Position & Time Alignment: Where you sit in your car affects how the music sounds. 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 for your listening position. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far.
    • ClearAudio+: Unique to Sony, ClearAudio+ automatically adjusts sound settings for an enriching listening experience. By bringing together expertise in digital signal processing technologies, ClearAudio+ is able to optimize audio formats to deliver a consistently clear, high-quality sound, whatever music you're listening to.
    • Dynamic Stage Organizer (DS): Enjoy authentic-sounding music from any setup, thanks to the Dynamic Stage Organiser (DSO). If your speakers are positioned in your doors, the sound they produce may be affected. DSO re-calibrates their frequency output, making music sound as if it is coming from speakers on your dashboard. The Dynamic Stage Organizer simulates the performance of dashboard tweeters, directing music straight to you. High audio frequencies are directional, so if your speakers are in your doors or under the dash, your sound may suffer. The Dynamic Stage Organizer compensates by enhancing those frequencies, improving the stereo positioning and overall presence of the music.
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): This intelligent technology restores the high frequencies that are lost when songs are compressed to digital formats. The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) takes compressed digital music files (MP3, ACC and WMA) and restores the high-range sounds that are lost in the compression process. DSEE produces your digital music files in rich, natural sound quality.
    • 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.
    • Advanced Auto Volume (AAV): Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) analyzes each track's playback level & adjusts the output level to optimize transitions between tracks & sources.
    • Mega Bass: With two different boost modes, the MEGA BASS button adds deep bass to any track.

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

    Remote + App Control

    SongPal App via Bluetooth (for iPhone & Android): Download Sony's free SongPal app onto your Bluetooth-paired Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android (OS 4.4+) device and take control of the Sony WX-850BT 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, apps, and audio settings from your smartphone. This two-way communication app even allows you to select apps that you have integrated into the SongPal app from the Sony receiver. The SongPal app also provides Voice Recognition from the head unit for applications that you have downloaded within the SongPal app on your Android device (this feature is not compatible with Apple iOS). You even get audible readouts of Texts, Twitter messages, Facebook feeds, and Calendar events on your Android phone (not iPhone) through the Sony CD receiver.

    • Receiver Sources: From the SongPal app on your Apple iOS or Android device you can access and select the head unit's AM/FM Tuner, Disc, Pandora, USB, iPod/iPhone, Android, and Aux sources, as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone.
    • Integrated Apps: The SongPal app allows you to integrate Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible music apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Video from movie apps and on-screen maps from navigation apps will continue to be viewed and controlled from the mobile device (not the head unit).
    • Control + Display: You'll also be able to control basic playback functions of the WX-850BT; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track or Station, and Volume Up/Down from the SongPal app on your mobile device. In addition, you'll be able to view song/artist information and station identification, along with Album Art from from the SongPal app on your mobile device.
    • Advanced Audio Settings: From the SongPal app you'll be able to adjust the head unit's EQ, make other audio adjustments, and access advanced audio features like Intelligent Time Alignment, which is only available through the app. Intelligent Time Alignment re-calibrates the audio signal from each speaker so that you're always in the center of the sound field, for a more natural listening experience. Time Alignment's "sound delay" feature enhances audio by virtually adjusting your listening position to an optimal level.
    • Exclusive Android Features: Sony's free SongPal app offers exclusive features like Voice Recognition & Notification Readout for compatible Android devices.
      • Voice Recognition: Exclusive to Android devices, 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 music applications within the SongPal app, so you can access them 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: Also exclusive to Android devices, incoming SMS/Text and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the WX-850BT 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.
    Note: Access to Apple & Android apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    IR Remote: The WX-850BT comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Control Input: The head unit features steering wheel control (SWC) 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).

    Display Features

    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. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color, & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). You can select the same color for the unit's LCD & button illumination, or choose a different color for each.

    • Sound Sync: Synchronized LCD & button illumination pulses in time to the beat, or changes with the sound levels of the music track.
    • Motion Display: The head unit's Motion Display feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.
    • Auto Scroll: The unit's Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    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.

    Brightness & Dimmer: The LCD screen has 5x higher contrast than conventional screens, and the optimized viewing angle makes reading easy for drivers. To change the brightness of the display you can set the WX-850BT 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 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 the power off has been turned off for 30 minutes.

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    Customer Q&A

    5 questions already asked

    Will this work with my stock speakers and amp?
    [ Jason  Jan 13, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Krissy  Jan 14, 2018 ]  Staff
    Is there a clock display on this model?
    [ susan  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    [ FAUSTINO  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    yes there is a display clock option, the unit is so cool sound is really good and loud and has lots of options and settings to chose from i have no regrets no complains whatsoever for crutchfield team and the sonywx-850BT £installation was really easy hopefully this answer will help in some way. happy holidays
    [ JAVIER M.  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Yes there is a "disp" button you have to press a couple times to display the clock.
    [ Tim  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Will this fit Jeep renegade 2017 sport? And maintain steering wheel controls?
    [ Shaunculrich  Dec 13, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    I confident in saying it will feet in the Jeep. How ever when it come to steering wheel controls you will have to buy the adapter install kit. Hope this helps.
    [ Tyler  Dec 13, 2017 ]
    Is this stereo compatible with back up camera? And is it compatible with steering wheel controls?
    [ Robert  Dec 05, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Worked with sterering wheel controls. My Silverado 2006 doesn't have back up camera, can't help you there.
    [ Dennis  Dec 05, 2017 ]
    Hi. Will this unit dim the display when the headlights are on? If so, is it variable with the car's dimmer switch?
    [ Anonymous  Sep 27, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Given that the Sony WX-850BT is a brand-new release, I'm afraid we don't have enough information available to answer your questions regarding the dimmer. However, if it's similar to Sony's WX-900BT model (last year's version), that one included 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). For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Sep 28, 2017 ]  Staff

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