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Sony MEX-XB100BT

CD receiver

Item # 158XB100BT

You don't have to be a Star Fleet engineer to crave more power, and Sony's MEX-XB100BT CD receiver delivers enough...

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You don't have to be a Star Fleet engineer to crave more power, and Sony's MEX-XB100BT CD receiver delivers enough...

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Item # 158XB100BT

About the Sony MEX-XB100BT

Power. Double the power.

You don't have to be a Star Fleet engineer to crave more power, and Sony's MEX-XB100BT CD receiver delivers enough punch to kick your car's audio system to Warp 9 and beyond. Tucked behind the face of this receiver, you'll find a groundbreaking Class-D amplifier that delivers 40 watts RMS per channel — 100 watts of peak power — equivalent to what you'll find in many external car amplifiers. And check out this cool feature — Subwoofer Direct Connection lets you use the output of one the receiver's two rear channels to drive a small subwoofer. That's great way to add some extra bass kick to your ride, perfect for small compacts or truck cabs, where space for an amp may be limited. No doubt, this Sony has the soundpower to take your car audio to infinity and beyond.

Power. Double the power.

You don't have to be a Star Fleet engineer to crave more power, and Sony's MEX-XB100BT CD receiver delivers enough punch to kick your car's audio system to Warp 9 and beyond. Tucked behind the face of this receiver, you'll find a groundbreaking Class-D amplifier that delivers 40 watts RMS per channel — 100 watts of peak power — equivalent to what you'll find in many external car amplifiers. And check out this cool feature — Subwoofer Direct Connection lets you use the output of one the receiver's two rear channels to drive a small subwoofer. That's great way to add some extra bass kick to your ride, perfect for small compacts or truck cabs, where space for an amp may be limited. No doubt, this Sony has the soundpower to take your car audio to infinity and beyond.

Since even raw power deserves a gentle touch, Sony complements this beefy output with a sophisticated suite of sound shapers, including frequency filters, bass enhancers, time alignment, and a 10-band equalizer.

Sony MEX-XB100BT

Customize the colors to match your taste.

Bluetooth® that goes beyond run-of-the-mill

Bluetooth adds the convenience of hands-free calling and audio streaming. Sony makes it easy to set up with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Just touch selected devices with NFC to the N-mark on the knob and you'll be ready to go. With compatible iPhones you'll enjoy Siri® Eyes Free. Just press the volume key to activate voice commands for making calls, setting up reminders, and other features. And don't miss a text while driving — Siri Eyes Free can read out text messages while you drive, and even let you compose responses while your hands are on the wheel.

Sony's SongPal app lets you connect through Bluetooth to use voice control for finding your favorite music tracks, and to provide touchscreen control from your smartphone to find sources, access apps, and even customize your sound settings.

Plug and play with USB

When you plug in your Android or iOS device you'll be able to rock with your favorite music tracks in a jiffy. The latest generation of smartphones can suck a lot of power, so the USB port kicks out 1.5 amps to keep your screens glowing bright.

Super styling

Whether you want your dash subtle or suave, you're covered. Sony's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers up to 35,000 combinations of colors in two different lighting zones, and will even pulse in time to the beat or volume of your music. Cool details like a nifty sliding USB port cover adda touch of style.

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.

Installation Note: We recommend running a dedicated constant power wire to the battery for optimal performance from this Sony's amp — we offer an inexpensive wiring kit for this installation. This Sony's high-powered amp won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Class-D amplifier (40 watts RMS CEA-2006/100 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC and FLAC files
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
    • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • compatible 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
    • Subwoofer Direct Connection: use one of the rear speaker outputs to power a sub
    • loudness
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-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 # MEX-XB100BT

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Power/Ground harness
    • Speaker 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 Yes
    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 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5/S
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 40 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 100 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 5 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, WAV, FLAC
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

    Product Research

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

    Audio Section

    High-Power Digital Amplifier: A built-in 4-channel class-D amplifier delivers up to a maximum of 40 watts RMS (100 watts Peak) of  power per channel; approximately twice that of most head units, and comparable to the power output of a compact, external digital amplifier. The internal digital amplifier features a space-saving design that helps keep the receiver slim and compact.

    Note: Because of its high-powered amplifier design, the Sony MEX-XB100BT does require that a separate +12V constant power wire is run to the battery with a separate inline 15A fuse in vehicles with lower than a 15A fuse protecting the factory radio. Check out the "Accessories" tab for wiring kit. This Sony high-powered receiver won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-XB100BT 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. The power output specs for the MEX-XB100BT are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 40 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 100 watts x 4-channels (400 total watts)

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-XB100BT is equipped with 5-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. 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.

    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). Approximate power output for the direct subwoofer connection is 60 watts RMS. Same subwoofer controls apply.

    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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-XB100BT 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-XB100BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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 MEX-XB100BT, 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: 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 11' 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. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ AAC): The Sony MEX-XB100BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC music streaming.

    • Stored Music & Music Apps: 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-XB100BT for playback.
    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-XB100BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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-XB100BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-XB100BT 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-XB100BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Sony MEX-XB100BT 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 slide-out cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device, such as USB thumbdrives or select portable digital audio players. 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-XB100BT 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 rate of 16-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling rate of 32-48kHz
    bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 16-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling rate of 32-48kHz
    bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
    bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling rate of 44.1kHz or 48kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit with sampling rate of 44.1kHz or 48kHz
    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 Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-XB100BT's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the 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. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. 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-XB100BT'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-XB100BT 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 App Control: In Passenger App 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 App 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 (not iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-XB100BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of2/20/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App SongPal(Music Center) 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 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 N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 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
    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 10.3.3 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
    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.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-XB100BT 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-XB100BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. The Sony MEX-XB100BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 10.0+) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-XB100BT (no hard-wired connection required); your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play Store. Your Android smartphone must also support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-XB100BT 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-XB100BT 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.

    App + Remote Control

    SongPal (Music Center) App: Download Sony's free SongPal (Music Center)app onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (10.0+) or Android (4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony MEX-XB100BT 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 (Music Center) app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony MEX-XB100BT 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 (Music Center) 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 (Music Center) 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 (Music Center) app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the SongPal (Music Center) app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the MEX-XB100BT; 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 (Music Center) 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 (Music Center)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-XB100BT 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).

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-XB100BT 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.
    • Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.
    • 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.
    • Black Out: Turns off the head unit's LCD & key illumination automatically for any source when there is no operation for approximately 5 seconds; press any button on the unit to re-activate illumination.
    Brightness: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-XB100BT 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

    57 questions already asked

    How does the Sampling rate in the DAC compare (like Alpine's 24 bit)?
    [ David  Jan 06, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    The Sony MEX-XB100BT features a 24 bit DAC as well. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My bio:
    [ Ryan  Jan 10, 2018 ]  Staff
    is there a mute button?
    [ Lucius  Jan 03, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    No mute button. But there is a pause button for CDs.
    [ Christopher  Jan 03, 2018 ]
    Will using a battery cutoff switch require reprogramming the unit each time its powered on again? I'm custom mounting this in an antique car and I disconnect the battery between uses.
    [ Eric  Dec 23, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    I do not think so. I've had my power disconnected a few times for maintenance and the unit seemed to keep the pre-programmed stations. Of course it might depend how long you have the unit uncharged. Best of luck. It is a great unit.
    [ Tracy  Dec 24, 2017 ]
    I'm rather sure it will. You'll need to keep a continual charge to the non-switched lead. You could do that with a separate circuit that was not disconnected with the car's battery terminal. I don't know if that would bleed the battery very much or if it would nullify the reason for disconnecting to begin with.
    [ Barry  Dec 24, 2017 ]
    I believe so.
    [ Cyndi  Dec 23, 2017 ]
    Yes it loses memory any time the battery is disconnected
    [ Justin Neal  Dec 23, 2017 ]
    Does this head unit have the function that adjusts the volume up or down based on the vehicle speed?
    [ Troyd44  Oct 02, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    [ Michael  Oct 02, 2017 ]
    Would this work on a 1996 FLHTCUI Harley Ultra Classic if I also purchase 4, 4 ohm speakers? Is there a marine type cover available for the front?
    [ Alan  Aug 30, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    For details on vehicle-specific installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up the info for your Harley and answer any install-related questions more thoroughly. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Sep 02, 2017 ]  Staff
    I have a 6 speaker system, 2 pairs at the front 1 pair in the rear. All of my speakers are single coil 4 ohm load. Would it be better to connect the front speakers in parallel or series?
    [ Titus  Jul 21, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    I would say parallel. Either way I'm pretty sure the head unit would be able to take it. It's a very good system and is very powerful.
    [ Spencer  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    What watt speakers would be best with this radio?
    [ Bones  Jul 14, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Should be able to handle 40 watts rms, more is better. I run mine with Infinity Reference 51/4 component speakers and a small under seat powered sub, sounds great. Try some FLAC or high bitrate mp3 files in the usb input to see what this thing ir really capable of ...
    [ Michael  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    How would I use this as a USB audio device? I would like to plug in my Android phone via USB and play Spotify
    [ Ryan  Jul 11, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    The unit has a USB port on the right, slide the cover toward the center to expose the port, just plug in. I'm not sure if the unit will recognize your phone tho. I use my phone via the Bluetooth function (BT Audio). I think it sounds better than the USB stubby stick I have in the USB port. Happy tunes....
    [ Mark  Jul 14, 2017 ]
    It can link to your Spotify via Bluetooth. That is how I do it
    [ craig  Jul 13, 2017 ]
    I recently bought this unit and connected it to my battery as suggested. As well as replaced my factory speakers with new 6" infinity kappa speakers. I am experiencing a slight static sound when I use bluetooth, usb, or the other options given. Even when the music is paused it still occurs, although it's only noticable when the unit is turned up it still bothers me. Any ideas on what this could be and how I could fix. Is it possible it could be my speakers?
    [ Tylerbrady  Jul 11, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Tech Support is included 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  Jul 11, 2017 ]  Staff
    Hi, I purchased this stereo and am using the Subwoofer Direct mode, but I have a (hopefully simple) question... What is the difference between the "modes" under Subwoofer Direct? NOT the slope, but the actual "modes." There is 1, 2, 3, and off. I can hear an audible difference between the three, but I dont know what the modes actually do, and it doesnt say anywhere in the manual or on Sony's own website...
    [ sean  Jul 04, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Since 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 help answer any questions you may have. 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  Jul 04, 2017 ]  Staff
    While using Bluetooth to stream from my iPhone. Are you able to control music with stereo remote?
    [ Greg  May 23, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    My stereo stopped working last week about 14 months after I bought it. I replaced it with a cheaper pioneer and it sounds so much better. I wouldn't recommend the Sony MEX - hard to use controls, poor sound, poor display. Remote is good for volume; that's about it.
    [ Jonathan  May 24, 2017 ]
    How is the visibility during daylight? I have a Wrangler and sometimes run with the top off. Another radio I tried was very hard to read in direct sunlight.
    [ David  May 23, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    I sometimes have trouble seeing the display during daylight hours, but I also keep it on the dimmest setting due to not liking bright lights at night. I can't remember off the top of my head, due to this being in my spare truck, but I'm pretty sure there isn't a auto brightness setting
    [ David  May 24, 2017 ]
    It has the ability to be set at any color. Also has brightness control. I have at times in a glare situation had trouble seeing it. This has been rare
    [ todd  May 23, 2017 ]
    Do polarized sunglasses affect the screen viewing?
    [ David  May 23, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    No, not really. But polarized lenses tend to distort peripheral vision
    [ Tired of it  May 24, 2017 ]
    I wear polarized glasses and I do not think there is any difference in the viewing of coarse my glasses are for driving so any thing at a close range is fuzzy any way.hard to tell
    [ Richard  May 23, 2017 ]
    Yes, polarized sunglasses always affect screen viewing.
    [ Anonymous  May 23, 2017 ]
    No, I use polarized sunglasses all the time and have not noticed any negative effects.
    [ Paul  May 23, 2017 ]
    how do you adjust the volume?
    [ Fred  May 09, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    With the large knob to the left, or with the remote. The volume pot is very finely graduated, like on a high-end stereo amp.
    [ Michael  May 14, 2017 ]
    With the volume knob.
    [ Joel Eugene  May 12, 2017 ]
    My Sony MEX-XB100BTT volume adjusts by turning the large round knob on the left..... readout ranges from 0 to 50.
    [ CHARLES  May 12, 2017 ]
    The round knob on the left. If you use Bluetooth you can get it louder by adjusting the Bluetooth gain. CDs and radio volume is kinda low.
    [ Darrell  May 12, 2017 ]
    Can I hide sources I will never use. Like SIRIUS and PANDORA, can I make it so these never show in the list of sources. Or am I stuck forever flipping through them when I change sources?
    [ mclemens  May 04, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    Unless the owner's manual states and shows you can adjust these elements, I would be inclined to say your stuck with them. It seems this kind of move would require a software update.
    [ Mark  May 06, 2017 ]
    Not that I have found. This unit has lots of power, but falls short in other ways. My wife and I each have an Iphone. Mine will connect with the unit and hers won't, but that's how it goes with SongPal.
    [ Charles  May 06, 2017 ]
    There is not any way that I'm aware of to hide sources, although I haven't specifically tried to do so.
    [ THOMAS  May 05, 2017 ]
    I currently have the Sony MEX-XB100BT BLUE TOOTH AUDIO SYSTEM, that I am installing in my 2011 Ford F150 XLT EcoBoost Extended cab. The Stereo has a class D amplifier with it. I am going to run the 12 Gauge power directly to the battery, along with installing an inline fuse with a 15A fuse in it to match the fuse in the amplifier. I'm going to ground the ground wire in a spot some where behind the dash. My question is this: I bought a PAC radio installation smart harness, and I'm wanting to know since there is no power or ground wire coming off the Sony harness itself, do I just leave the power and ground alone coming from my PAC harness, and tape them off? The power and ground on the sony is attached to the class D amplifier only, and not the harness itself so that why I ask. It might be a dumb question, but I just didn't know if it would cause the pac harness to not work properly without the ground and power wire being in use. I dont have any where to run them to. Also, the class D amp has a 15A fuse in it. So when doing an inline fuse, I would want to run a 15A fuse to match it right? Or does it need to be a different size fuse. Any answer would be greatly appreciated. I just want to make sure I have everything right when going to install this that way I don't run into a bunch of re-work. Thank you!!! Derrick T.
    [ derrick  Apr 23, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the connections on the product. 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  Apr 24, 2017 ]  Staff
    How is the bluetooth sound performance on this thing? Will there be a difference over USB?
    [ Ryan  Apr 20, 2017 ]
    6 answers
    It is my opinion that the bluetooth audio sounds better than the USB, plus its easier. My phone automatically connects, no wires. I enjoy all the features of this radio.
    [ Gary  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    All I use is Bluetooth, I have never used or needed USB. This unit is awsome!
    [ MICHAEL  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    Streaming from my phone or ipod through Bluetooth sounds perfect, I have my ipod hooked through the usb so it is always charged though. Phone calls through the Bluetooth are decent, does the job just fine, and the mic has 3 sensitivity settings
    [ kevin  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    I don't really use it. I primarily use the usb for flac music from a mini thumb drive. The Bluetooth is a little annoying be as every time you start/ stop the car it takes a minute to connect
    [ Jared  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    The Bluetooth connection and included microphone are fine; very clear with a solid link to my S7 phone.
    [ Michael  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    As far as I can tell the sound quality is perfect f frog fine with Bluetooth. I don't perceived a difference via USB.
    [ Ronnie  Apr 21, 2017 ]
    what 6x9's sound the best with this head unit? I have a DODge Avenger and All four Speakers are 6x9's
    [ bill j  Apr 20, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing the different models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine any differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Kenny  Apr 20, 2017 ]  Staff
    Is this cd player compatible with Galaxy S7 Edge ?
    [ Mamma Mills  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    It absolutely is, from direct experience. I have used normal S7, S7 Edge and S6 Edge with it.
    [ mclemens  May 04, 2017 ]
    Yes, if the phone has bluetooth it will work.
    [ Mark  Apr 03, 2017 ]
    I do believe so, it worked with my motorola phone and my LG g5. and my samsung tablet.
    [ Chris R.  Mar 30, 2017 ]
    It is compatible with the galaxy s7. I would assume that means it is compatible with the galaxy s7 edge.
    [ THOMAS  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    can you run the internal amp and rca outs at the same time? For a total of 8 speakers using the 4 channels in the stereo to run 4 speakers and the rca outs to run 4 more speakers?
    [ Tracy  Mar 18, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    No unfortunately you can't. It's a great head unit if your short on space and don't want a separate 4 channel amp. I have this and a mono amp with sub and it sounds really good but in another vehicle I went with a basic head unit, separate 4 channel amp, and a mono amp and it sounds amazing. If you've got 8 speakers to run I believe JL audio has an 8 channel amp or get 2 4 channel amps and set each amp for 2 channel input so 1 amp will control your 4 left speakers and the other amp your 4 right speakers. Hope this helps.
    [ Glock20  Mar 20, 2017 ]
    Can the front and rear channels be bridged to power a front left and front right at 80w 4 ohm each?
    [ Christian  Feb 06, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    I'm not completely sure but I believe only the rear channels are bridgeable. When you do bridge the rear channels you do get 80 rms watts but a low pass filter is used so you'll have little or no high's coming from the rear speakers, all bass. So if I had to guess I'd say no you can't. It's a great head unit but I should have gone with a regular cheaper head unit and added a 4 channel amp. A 40 watt 4 channel external amp will sound better than the Sony xb100bt by itself. Hope this helps
    [ Glock20  Feb 06, 2017 ]
    First off this radio has a very good amplifier in it 100x4 @ 4OHM or 40wRMSx4. I'm using a 12g power wire and ground to power the unit. I have two 8in 2OHM (Sony only supports 4OHM speakers) in the doors. I have My local stereo show metered the unit at 2OHMs @ 60wRMSx4 (possibly 125wx4 max watts) and the sound was clean and stable. I think this possibly voids the warranty. Be sure you have a proper sized power and ground. You cannot get 100x4 watts with the standard small wire in you're dash. I hope this helps at all. Stay safe and use a digital multimeter.
    [ EMMANUEL  Feb 06, 2017 ]
    Does this sort folders on a USB alphabetically or by the order of date/time it was copied?My current sony sorts folders by date/time it was copied and is quite annoying to find stuff when you have a huge thumb drive plugged in.
    [ Augustin  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    The stereo recognizes the standard folder/file taxonomy and provides access within each level alphabetically. You can use the stereo's "Quick-BrowZer" feature to search for a track by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or playlist). I hope that helps. My Bio:
    [ Ryan  Nov 21, 2016 ]  Staff
    What cables do I need to extend the power and ground cables??
    [ Casey  Nov 15, 2016 ]
    4 answers
    Minimum of 12 AWG recommended for this, fused for 15 amps.
    [ mclemens  May 04, 2017 ]
    Since the power and ground cables come with bare ends to tap into your vehicle's power, I would think that wire equal to the gauge of the supplied wires, color coded for reference and with appropriate wire connectors would be all that's needed.
    [ MARY  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    If you are planning on extending any cables just make sure to use the same gauge wire and use proper scotch locks or a terminal strip properly mounted.
    [ JOSE M  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    No special cables, just match the size of the wires you want to extend. Size meaning match the wire gage (AWG). You dont want to use a small wire where more power is going to be used, the wire will fry and cause a fire if too small. This is why its important to match the wire size. For example if you have a 12AWG wire you'll want to use a 12 AWG wire for the extension.
    [ Mark  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    I see the USB signal logo on the front, but I don't see the connector exposed in any of the pictures. Can you provide a photo of the exposed USB connector and how the head unit looks with a thumb drive plugged into it please? Also, this radio seems to be the only radio in your fleet with Hi-power outputs. Why did crutchfield do away with the drop down filter which allows customers to easily find radios that meets their power requirement? Im disappointed that crutchfield thinks too much data in the drop down filters is a bad thing.
    [ Mike  Nov 07, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    The Sony MEX-XB100BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a slide-out cover located on the right hand side of the face plate, next to the seek up/down buttons. You can see it on our site by clicking the picture of the front panel to zoom-in. You are also correct in that this is the only high-wattage amplifier offered from a head unit alone--every other model produces somewhere around 15-20 watts RMS per channel. I will pass along your feedback regarding the filter options offered on our website; but until other manufacturer's start producing high powered head units, the only result that will come up is this Sony MEX-XB100BT. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Nov 10, 2016 ]  Staff
    Will this product work if I have eight speakers? I have a 2002 Ford Mustang Convertible. Its the premium package so its got the Mach 460 system. It has a total of eight speakers in the car and I'm wondering if this unit will work with it.
    [ Dylan  Nov 03, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: 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 pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Nov 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    Is here a ISO harness avaliable for this head unit?
    [ Kayne  Oct 18, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. Being that the application is outside the normal for the U.S. market Crutchfield does not have those available. You may want to check with the manufacturer for your specific application.
    [ Kenny  Oct 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    How can you wire 6 speakers to this radio?
    [ chris  Oct 17, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    There are a couple of ways to add speakers. Depending on what you want to accomplish you can use a cross-over to add multiple speakers per output. For example you could split the bass and midrange/treble with two speakers. Combos of this kind can be found ready made as component speakers and will include the cross-over. If you prefer you can always make them yourself. The second approach is to hook up two speakers to each output but you MUST preserve the correct output impedance for the radio or bad things can happen from distorting the sound to burning something out. In order to match the correct impedance you need to understand how this works. Connecting speakers in series will result in their impedance adding up so if you have two speakers rated at 4 ohms each their connection in series will result to 8 ohms total impedance. If you connect them in parallel the impedance will be (I1 x I2)/(I1+I2). So if you are using 4 ohm speakers you will have 4 x 4/4+4 = 16/8 = 2 ohm. If all this appears too complicated you should buy the ready made component speakers or get someone with some basic electronic understanding to help you. Hope this helps.
    [ Chris  Oct 19, 2016 ]
    Not on separate channels. It has 4 speaker terminals. You could wire more in series/ parallel.
    [ Jared  Oct 17, 2016 ]
    40 watts RMS is not enough power for me. Can I use my Arc Audio XDi 1100.5 (150Wx4 + 275W for sub) with this head unit? I really like the 5 Volt preamp voltage that this head unit provides. Thought I read somewhere that you CANNOT use an external amplifier with this head unit.
    [ dsw1204  Sep 02, 2016 ]
    3 answers
    You can still use an external amp I believe. you just can't use both
    [ RANE  Sep 03, 2016 ]
    I installed a 300 watt powered sub with this head unit and it works great. Hope this helps.
    [ Anonymous  Sep 02, 2016 ]
    Yes. You are able to use an external amplifier with this head unit.
    [ Joel Eugene  Sep 02, 2016 ]
    My 04 Merc Marauder has a factory powered sub unit. How much control will I have over the factory sub? It does have RCA cables in the OEM harness. -or- would it be better to just run a separate RCA cable from the head to the sub?
    [ Raymond  Jul 24, 2016 ]
    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  Jul 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    can i drive this head unit with two pair of component (Helix Esprit E62C and Helix Esprit E42C ) and a sub (Helix Match MW 12W-D ) without useing any amplifie? thanks
    [ hamid  Jul 05, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    Thanks for answering. If i removed sub can this head unit support two pair of healix components that i mentioned??
    [ hamid  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    No, buy a nice 5 channel amp.
    [ JEFFRY  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    Is the built in amp switched so if the tuner or car is off, it stops drawing from the battery?
    [ Dave  Jun 28, 2016 ]
    4 answers
    It seems to be. My radio shuts off immediately when the car is no turned on or in ACC.
    [ RYAN  Jul 07, 2016 ]
    Yes of course. The only power drain from the radio, while engine is off, is for the memory backup.
    [ Chris  Jun 29, 2016 ]
    It's built into the tuner itself so when the ignition is switched off or tuner is switched off the amp shuts down with it.
    [ Jeremy  Jun 29, 2016 ]
    Not exactly sure what you're asking. The amp is integrated; it draws from the battery if it is on, car running or not.
    [ Jared  Jun 28, 2016 ]
    What subwoofer should I buy if I want to connect it directly into this head unit and sound decent ? I'm already running a 40w rms component in the front.
    [ Francisco  Jun 03, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best sub I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the sub models and help you make the best choice for your system.
    [ Kenny  Jun 03, 2016 ]  Staff
    It says this stereo "can't be used with an active outboard factory amplifier." Can I add a non factory amp later if I want to upgrade power or add say a subwoofer with an integrated amplifier? I think this is just Sony being protectionist against certain car brands / amps. Historically they like to force you to use their brand.
    [ R  Mar 16, 2016 ]
    4 answers
    The provided amplifier compliments the factory speakers very well. The installation was very similar to installing an aftermarket amp. I had to run power and a ground including an inline fuse through the firewall to the battery. I don't know of a reason that you couldn't use an aftermarket amp with this stereo, of course by first removing the provided Sony amp. This is a very nice stereo with a robust sound for the price. Hope this helps
    [ Randy  Mar 17, 2016 ]
    Well two be honest i didnt use another amp but must say i tried this radio out said had A good Amp built in i changed my interiors two kickers on my boat and i couldt ask for more for my money that little radio def packed a punch surprised me so i think 2 use another amp is A waist in my case that radio gives a good amount of power
    [ JOHN  Mar 17, 2016 ]
    I'm not sure about adding to the regular speakers but there are pre amp sub plugs so you can use any other amp for subs.
    [ Mark S.  Mar 16, 2016 ]
    I have this unit and I have an aftermarket amp running a sub. I love it. Sounds great, but lots of settings to learn how to use. I hope this helps.
    [ Joel Eugene  Mar 16, 2016 ]
    Google Search Compatibility - Can I press and hold the call button to activate Google Search on my Android?
    [ Allen  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Not likely using the call button. The manual states to use press the Voice button (Control dial) to activate Voice Recognition (page 18 of the manual). From there you should be able to control apps on your device. The manual came with you unit (I keep mine in my vehicle), or you can download from Crutchfield or Sony websites. Hope this helps.
    [ Mark  Mar 05, 2016 ]
    Can I use my existing BT microphone with this unit or do I need to install a new mic? The car is an FJ cruiser
    [ Rany  Feb 24, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    The answer is No. The FJ has a proprietary mic connection. Will need to install the mic provided with the Sony
    [ Rany  Feb 25, 2016 ]
    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 and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Kenny  Feb 24, 2016 ]  Staff
    How does the illumination dimmer function on this unit? Does it tie in with the factory dimmer and adjust with instrument panel or does it have stand alone settings. Most importantly does it dim so dark as to not have a super bright dash worm hole thing? When your on a long nights drive, away from the city lights.
    [ Joel  Dec 31, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    This unit has 3 settings for the dimmer. On, off, and auto. The auto just uses the signal from the cars harness to switch from on to off with the headlights/running lights. The dimmed setting is dim enough it shouldn't bother you on long drives. Dims down quite a bit.
    [ Jeremy  Jan 06, 2016 ]
    it ties in with the factory dimmer, works good unlike my old kenwood that would light up my car at night
    [ STEVEN  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    It dims as you turn on your lights. Its not adjustable. It does offer dimmer on or off, but does not dim to a low light like oem dash capability. Hope this helps
    [ JOHNNIE L  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    You can adjust the brightness manually , or illumination circuit can be hooked up correctly and the stereo will dim automatically when the headlights are turned on, even with illumination circuit hooked up you can turn auto dimming off in the stereo to keep it at full brightness in the daytime if your headlights are on for any reason. Mine is hooked up to the illumination circuit correctly, auto dim is turned on, and honestly I love the look and brightness of the stereo, have never had a problem seeing anything, day or night. I have all the buttons red and the display light blue, it looks awesome.
    [ kevin  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    Can I connect my steering wheel controls to this radio and control it with them?
    [ Rick  Dec 10, 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  Dec 11, 2015 ]  Staff
    How can you wire High level inputs to a sub, and still use the HPF to your speakers? Will the RCA pre's not be HPF? IE my sub is small, and is 50-250hz. The LPF of the radios' sub output ends at 120hz. I would like to get the full range to the sub, but still use the HPF to the other speakers.
    [ Bill  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    You can only use the filters if you hook to an external amp for the sub, or you can set the stereo to run rear speakers as subs allowing use of the filters for the rear speakers only, i am not sure if you can use the rca outputs and use the rear speaker sub option at the same time. Front speakers will always be full range either way. I have a truck, so taking up space with a sub wasn't something i wanted to do, so i put good speakers in the front and back that could handle all the volume and thump i wanted to throw at them, i am very happy with the system, it flat out rocks, almost makes my ears bleed!
    [ kevin  Dec 03, 2015 ]
    I don't fully understand LPF/HPF/RBE settings. Any suggestions to get my system performing optimally with 4 full range front & rear speakers (MTX Terminator653 3-way) and no subwoofer?
    [ Dee  Sep 16, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    My friend and i set our own equalizer settings and just went through each band(I think there are 10 total) and set them the way they sounded the best to us. I think if you're not using amps and subs,there are a lot less settings you have to adjust. I hope this helps.
    [ bradlyr1974  Sep 18, 2015 ]
    I used the factory settings for LPF/HPF/RBE and didn't get into it further as I have a factory rear sub. Nevertheless, RBE should be adjusting your rear speakers more for bass if you wired front and rear correctly. When I was playing around with the RBE function, I could definitely hear a difference trying out the different settings - 1,2,3. I'll be no no extra help, as I'm novice at best.
    [ Aaron  Sep 18, 2015 ]
    Can this unit save preset equalizer settings to choose between at will?
    [ AudioOwl  Aug 22, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    Yes, one choice is to go "custom." It took several tweaks to get the sound I wanted because of the many various choices, but once there, I am very happy with the sound.
    [ Isaac  Aug 24, 2015 ]
    Yes - the unit has pop, jazz, classical, etc preseting on the eq and then ONE setting that you can save and re-use
    [ Alex  Aug 23, 2015 ]
    It will not save more than one custom setting but it does have 5 or more preset settings. Jazz rock pop classic ect
    [ LEON  Aug 23, 2015 ]
    Unfortunately not, it can only save one custom setting to access from the presets. In my opinion though, sony did a great job of pre programming some good eq settings.
    [ kevin  Aug 23, 2015 ]
    Are you able to save multiple custom presets with this unit? I was looking at the Kenwood 998 with 13 eq bands, but it is pointless for me if they can't be custom preset, saved, and picked from with ease. I did't find a satisfactory answer in the manual for this Sony.
    [ AudioOwl  Aug 21, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    I think I understand what your asking,and no your not. there is only one custom setting for the eq. And to adjust it is a huge hassle, wish we could go back to the old school decks that had knobs you turned!
    [ SHAWN  Aug 25, 2015 ]
    You can tweak Sony's 10 band equalizer in the custom setting. There aren't multiple adjustable equalizer settings that can be saved.
    [ EMANUEL  Aug 23, 2015 ]
    does it have a usb port?
    [ peter  Aug 12, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a slide-out cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or USB thumbdrives. 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.
    [ Jeff  Aug 12, 2015 ]  Staff
    The info on this unit talks about running a sub off the rear channels by only wiring one channel to the sub and changing the setting in the headunit. I'm wondering if this bridges the back two channels and what the output would be? The unit has been bench tested at 43w/ch x 4 but curious what the output would be to the sub when configured. 80+ watts would drive some lightweight 10's and provide a simple system.
    [ Kim Pilkington  Jul 27, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    Limited knowledge of using the unit for that purpose here. I would think 2 10s would be a bit much. I have this in my ranger and it drives 4 6x9s. For the money and speaker set up it is no slouch. If you haven't ever had adequately powered speakers before they provide much more bass when powered properly and stay more clear at higher volumes. Personal opinion here but I would try 4 speakers first, see how you like it, and maybe add an amp sub combo down the road. You are really not back tracking either since the head unit needs its own power source and is in the dash vs most amps being in the rear/trunk of the vehicle. Just my two cents. Hope this helps. PS I love this head unit A+ and have installed many units and been disappointed with the coalst to get reasonable sound. Worth ever cent.
    [ Richard  Jul 28, 2015 ]
    Can this units amp run a set of component speakers with a 80w rms?
    [ Michael  Jun 14, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    [ Chris  Jun 15, 2015 ]
    I have a set of Bose House speakers in the back of my truck shelf speakers when I first hooked the Sony up I left it runs through the amp I have for the rear speakers it sounded great. Then I thought maybe I can use the amp in the back for a sub. So I unhooked the amp, And the Sony played the Bose speakers fine. not near the advantage of with the amp but it did play them fine .....this also may answer a second question you have the answer would be yes you can run this amplified head unit into an amplifier
    [ LEON  Jun 15, 2015 ]
    It will, but it all depends on what you want out of your sound system. I'm using a set of components with a 5-80 watt rms range and I think it sounds great in my 2 seater. I chose this headunit because it has the extra power over others. I don't plan on installing an external amp or subwoofer, so this fit my wants perfectly. If you're going to install an external amplifier I personally don't see a reason to spend the extra bucks on this headunit. Also, The shop that installed it also had to run a wire to the battery because the stock wiring could not carry the power needed for this headunit... Or something like that. Hope this helps!
    [ Daniel  Jun 14, 2015 ]
    Can I add a 4 channel sub to this head unit to send more power to my speakers?
    [ Glock20  May 31, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    You can add a 4 channel amplifier to this has unit. I don't believe you will need any more power to your speakers than the head unit offers, 4x100. I can roll all of my windows down and everything is still clear on higher volumes.
    [ EMMANUEL  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    I'm guessing you meant 4-channel "amp" (not "sub"), so yes you can use the rca pre-outs that are on the head unit. You don't have to use the speaker output leads from the internal amp if you want to use external amps for your system.
    [ Christopher  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    Yes, I have a 4 channel amp running 2) front door 6x9 door speakers and 2 10" subs with 2) rear door speakers run off the deck. Works great!
    [ Aubrey Buck  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    This stereo unit says it has 6 outputs. Will it connect to a car with 8 speakers?
    [ Niklas  May 09, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    It has a 6-channel pre-amp output (2 pairs R/L and one pair for subs), which might be what you're thinking of. The deck itself is wired for 4 speakers with its built-in amp. To use more than four speakers, you will need to use external amplifiers alone or in addition to the built in amp.
    [ Richard  May 11, 2015 ]
    I'm sorry I do not know I had a shop install this into my car which only has two component speakers
    [ Daniel  May 10, 2015 ]
    I don't believe so. The manual's diagram shows four speakers and two tweeters. I think that if you tried, you'd need a custom harness. This stereo also comes with a mini amplifier that connects directly to the battery so I assume that redirecting that (power) to more than six speakers, would be a challenge.
    [ Isaac  May 10, 2015 ]
    Do you know what the "normal" power draw of this unit is? 12v amps? I know it requires a more significant fuse because of the built in amp, and that at "full power" it can draw up to 15A (assuming at 12v?), but where does it normally sit? Once again, looking at using it on a boat so power draw is important. Thanks!
    [ Chris  Apr 22, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    This will depend largely on how loud you are playing the music. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can help determine what will be the best bet for you to use in your boat.
    [ Jeff  Apr 22, 2015 ]  Staff
    Is there a mute wire on this unit to support "remote" muting?
    [ Chris  Apr 22, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Unfortunately the Sony receiver doesn't support muting from the remote. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Apr 28, 2015 ]  Staff
    The manual mentions that the "Sound" menu is unavailable when "BT Source" (Bluetooth Source) is selected. Does this mean you can't set fader/balance when using a bluetooth source? I'm looking to use this on a boat (placed inside) where the inside speakers are set to "front" and the cockpit speakers are "rear", so I need fader support at all times.
    [ Chris  Apr 22, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    If you download the app that it recommends you download and you're connected through Bluetooth then you can. Once you connect through Bluetooth, it will ask you if you want to open the app. Click the allow button opening the app, and once you click that you will have full soundboard access on the head unit.
    [ Spencer  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    Chris: I'm sorry that I can't answer your question but I've only had this unit in my car for about a week and, so far, I haven't gotten into the bluetooth end of it. I haven't made any attempt to use the fade or balance controls yet so I'm totally unqualified to answer your question. Larry
    [ LARRY  Apr 23, 2015 ]
    The product info says this wont work if an outboard amp is already in use. Is this in reference to just speaker amps or sub amps as well? I have 1000w mono amp hooked up to a sub already and was hoping to use this to send more power to the speakers.
    [ Sean  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    The outboard amp information is regarding a factory system amp that an aftermarket receiver would need to send signal via speaker level connections. If your amp is an aftermarket subwoofer amp, then you can certainly connect to this via the subwoofer RCA output. Feel free to reach out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can help make sure you get the best gear for your system.
    [ Jeff  Apr 14, 2015 ]  Staff
    24/96 flac?
    [ Trenton  Feb 26, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    Sony reached out and did some testing to answer this question. Here is what they found: For the FLAC compatibility they tested multiple files on a XB100BT and found the following to play without issue: 24/48 24/44 16/48 16/44 When they attempted to play a 24/96 or 24/192 track the XB100BT just skips past them. **Please note - Playback may depend on multiple other factors as well. Where the file came from, software used, USB drive, etc. may have different results. **
    [ Jeff  Apr 15, 2015 ]  Staff
    is the power line to the battery really necessary for my 2004 honda s2000? i think the radio is protected by a 10a fuse but i am not sure.
    [ Jean  Feb 22, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    For details on fit or 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Feb 23, 2015 ]  Staff

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