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If you want a car stereo that makes your life a little easier, consider the Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 CD receiver. Its built-in Bluetooth® technology mutes your music when you get a call. You'll hear your caller through your car's speakers, so you can keep your phone in your pocket and your hands on the wheel. And if your mobile device has a music player built in, you can stream your music through the receiver, too.

If you want a car stereo that makes your life a little easier, consider the Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 CD receiver. Its built-in Bluetooth® technology mutes your music when you get a call. You'll hear your caller through your car's speakers, so you can keep your phone in your pocket and your hands on the wheel. And if your mobile device has a music player built in, you can stream your music through the receiver, too.

Don't forget the sound quality
You don't need to sacrifice sound quality for this convenience. The internal amplifier teams up with a 24-bit DAC for power and clarity that'll give you a new appreciation for your tunes. You can adjust the receiver's sound with its 3-band equalizer, or jump from one kind of music to another with the eight preset EQ curves. Thinking about adding subs or external amps? Use the two pairs of preamp outputs to add an amp or powered subwoofer to your system.

Music choices
The MEX-BT2800 plays all your CDs — whether home-burned, store-bought, or loaded with hours of MP3 and WMA files. You'll find the front-panel auxiliary input handy for connecting an MP3 player or other audio sources. Open up your options even more by adding an iPod® adapter, hooking up a satellite radio tuner for commercial-free music, or connecting a Sony HD Radio™ tuner for superb digital radio sound and extra programming from your local participating stations.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • Bluetooth wireless connectivity works with compatible cell phones and music players
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable faceplate
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 Stage 2 (3-band equalizer with 8 preset sound curves)
    • high-pass filter
    • compatible with Sony's iPod adapter, HD Radio™ tuner, and satellite radio
    • inputs: auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X304)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Face fixing screw note

    This is the best purchased I have ever made. Easy to install and set up. It connects to my phone when I start my car. I recomment this to everyone.



    Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 Reviews

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    RPPODER from ORANGE, CA on 9/26/2011

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the best purchased I have ever made. Easy to install and set up. It connects to my phone when I start my car. I recomment this to everyone.



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    NOIRVERA from AUSTIN, TX on 3/17/2011

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to program, easy to use. Bluetooth speaker phone quality very good. Features easily within reach of driver. Great buy!



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    DW from VA on 3/2/2011

    2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo, lots of features, easy to setup and use. The bluetooth is great for linking to MP3



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    RalphW from Bronx, NY on 2/17/2011

    1999 Saturn SC1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a radio that could play my Cd's, be used with my mp3 player and interphase with my bluetooth cell phone. This radio met all my needs. It also sounds great in my car. Much better than the stock radio. Looking forward to enjoying for years to come. Very happy I bought it.




    mike from augusta ga on 1/30/2011

    i bought this for the bluetooth, for my son. he is happy with it and now i don't have to worry about him driving while on the phone. works fine...



    I love this deck.

    David A. from San Jose, CA on 1/24/2011

    I initially purchased a Pioneer based on the value, aux input and USB, because my truck tape deck no longer worked. However, I was told told to go wireless instead, and was instructed to look at blue tooth radios. I had no idea they had a blue tooth radio. I bought this model because it did have the blue tooth streaming, while other radios I looked at did not. Installation was quick and painless. If you read the instructions, installion for pairing the blue tooth, and navigiating around the radio are straightforward. I love how this radio automatically connect to my Nexus S phone. If you need to stream your media off your phone. I would suggest this one.



    Wire harness

    AtoZ from CA on 1/20/2011

    Scosche makes a cable that would directly connect an OEM cable to a car radio - using this cable would avoid soldering and can save a lot of time too. In addition, after soldering the Metra wire harness and the Sony supplied wire harness, there would be pretty long cable - that can come in the way when you push the stereo in.



    Good performing,

    AtoZ from CA on 1/18/2011

    Firstly, I don't see issue with the microphone on BT operation. Even the rear seat passenger, a child, was heard on the call made to home equipped with VoIP line. With my phone, when I push "2" it would call home - the radio automatically turned off and sound came up on the speakers. I only installed it 3 days ago. Installed on an Integra, 2000 model, a well maintained car. Stereo is beautiful and in black - its not noticeable to a pass-byer. In the night, the blue lights sounded like neon - beautiful. The music is great. The volume control had a trad looking knob that you rotate - the negative is that it can easily get damaged as it is on a removable faceplate. The instructions on the Metro Dash kit was an issue when it comes to deciding whether it is a DIN or ISO-DIN installation. Contrary to the manual, I chose the DIN install which was also easy and seems what the local installer does - advisers here gave varying recommendation on this. I didn't cut the 2 top clips as instructed - after pushing the stereo in, it became an issue (arched a bit) - so I would cut the top clips on the dash kit as instructed.



    Bluetooth works great

    kng1994 from NC on 1/2/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio looks great in my Vibe and works well with my cell phone & iPod touch. My installation process was a bit hairy in the beginning, as I am a novice radio installer.The vehicle-specific directions weren't much more than a few pictures andtext saying "remove wiring harness", when it SHOULD have said something like "remove wiring harness by squeezing upper and lower locking clips", or something along those lines. That being said, the live advisors were great (I call 3 separate times and spoke with 3 different advisors) and talked me through everything.



    Love the MEX-BT2800

    BrianB from Durham, NC on 11/26/2010

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit is exactly what I needed, low price with front aux port and bluetooth for Android. Very easy to install, especially with Crutchfield's "cheat sheets", even though the instructions rate it as "advanced". Definitely less than that. I"m no expert. Highly recommended.



    Can you hear me NOW!?!?

    Anonymous from Honolulu, HI on 11/9/2010

    2002 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a pickup truck as a replacement to the stock radio so the additional outputs, sub, and fader aren't being used. The radio buttions are kind of small, but servicable. Selecting among the 5 sets of radio presets is a little annoying because you have to cycle through all of them including the AM presets. Same with selecting the function. To get from CD to tuner, you have to go through AUX, Bluetooth audio, and Bluetooth phone. That's the penalty for having less buttons so I'll get used to it. The audio on the Bluetooth phone is pretty bad. I'm not sure if it's the phone or the radio, but I'm going with the radio because Bluetooth audio is nice and clear. On the freeway or with the windows down, it's not a conversation, but a yelling match. In a nice cushy Buick or Camry, the phone may sound fine, but I doubt it. Otherwise, as a receiver, I couldn't be happier for the amount I paid.



    Great bang for your buck

    Anonymous from Sioux Falls, SD on 9/26/2010

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2005 Civic EX. BT works great with original Motorola Droid. Mic working fine for me, people say they can hear me well.



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    Gary M. from Youngstown Oh. on 9/13/2010

    2001 Chrysler 300M
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio is very nice, simple great sound easy to set up & program,very happy with the system.



    Great sounding unit but not so great BT Phone MIC

    Mr. G. from Central OH on 9/3/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    PLUS: Very easy install. The information provided by Crutchfield was spot on as always. The unit sounds really good. It paired to my Droid without a hitch and reconnects automatically when I get back into the car. It streams audio from my phone with high quality sound and even lets me manipulate Pandora by skipping songs. Just what I was looking for. NEGATIVE: When making phone calls I have been told it sounds muffled. Seems like they could have had a connection for an external mic or spent a little more time engineering this part of the unit. It still allows me to communicate just not with the clarity that I'm used too. OVERALL: Great for the price. Classy look and has a lot of cool options.



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    Rodriguez from Arvada,Co on 8/30/2010

    2002 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    sounds good. like the the built in blue tooth, easy to sink with phone.



    Really Nice

    stardomains from NJ on 8/28/2010

    This pairs up automatically with my BB 9700. Playing music and answering/making calls is easy and helpful. I truly like this player a whole lot. Really excellent functions for a really excellent price. The microphone could use some improvement though. It could use noise-reduction or something, you have to speak up.



    Very Poor BT, ok head unit for price

    Keith from Flint MI on 8/23/2010

    I purchased this unit to replace the factory GM radio in a 2k Montana. First the good, the unit had good FM reception, very easy front panel operation, smooth and simple BT pairing to my phone (BB 8330). BT audio streaming simple with decent sound. Big improvement over the factory unit in sound quality. Now the bad, my primary reason for getting this unit was to allow hands free phone in the "kids" vehicle. The voice quality on this unit was so poor that I never left the parking lot where I had it installed. The mic is BEHIND the face plate, so making a call is all but impossible. While the sound quality is indeed better then an older factory unit, an external amp really needs to be added. The deck doesn't have enough power for a mini-van. Due to these issues I changed from this unit to a Kenwood (and returned this deck) with an external mic, it was a WORLD of improvement in call quality as well as sound quality and ability to "fill" a larger vehicle without distortion. If you want a basic low cost factory replacement, it is an OK unit. But if you want to be able to actually make a hands free call, or turn it up a bit and still sound good, get a different radio. Hope this helps.



    NAH! NAH! NAH!

    IggyB0y from Daly City, CA on 8/20/2010

    1990 Acura Integra LS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nah1 WOW! Its! good yup differently super good yah! Number 1# Radio for me.




    Brandon from Fairhaven, MA on 5/1/2010

    2003 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced Manufactures stereo in 2003 celica and it was a great buy. everything works good for me no complaints even made my factory speakers sound better.



    Very nice unit, compared to 10yr factory it replaced

    tquiram from Minneapolis MN on 4/16/2010

    Purchased this to replace a factory unit in a 2000 Corolla. Very nice sound, works with my phone, both for calls and audio. Connects to bluetooth easily and consistently. Crutchfield customer support is excellent and prices are right in line with other stores. Only downside I have is the blinding white light that u cannot dim on the unit. I have dimmed it physically with a home fix and is working out very nicely.



    Very Pleased and Impressed!

    Will from Boise, ID on 3/27/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this deck after my Dual XHD6425 arrived DOA. I did pay more for this deck, but i'm extremely happy with it because of the extra features. As with all the Sony units i've always been impressed with the flexibility of the EQ. There are a lot of small features built into it that I really like, for example when I start the car in the morning, the volume slowly fades in to the volume it was set at last, instead of being punched in the ear drum at 110 decibals. Typically when I get home from work the volume is a little higher than when I go to work. It's nice to have that in the morning when i'm not quite awake. I have a Motorola Droid and have used the bluetooth for calling and for streaming music. The sound quality is superb, even when making a phone call over bluetooth through the deck. The people I've spoken to have said I sound clear just like i'm talking on the handset. When a call comes in, the deck automatically changes to the correct input and pauses the bluetooth audio if you were listening to something through the phone. It fades out when the call comes in, fades back in when the call is over. Very smooth transitions. Very easy on the ears! This deck has a lot of room to expand, wether it be adding amps or Ipod control ,disc changer, hd radio or sat radio. This deck doesn't come with a case for the faceplate, so I did purchase the case recommended on here. Overall i'm extremely pleased with this deck!



    Great Radio, Poor Bluetooth Mic

    Tacobirds from Jessup, MD on 3/22/2010

    PROS: * Great radio reception * Easy to use * Equalizer makes my car speakers sound great * PTY functionality (really cool) * Remote control CONS: * Horrible Bluetooth mic This is a cool radio and the features it has would easily make it a winner in my book EXCEPT the bluetooth microphone on the front of the receiver is absolutely terrible! Attempting to talk to people on the phone using the bluetooth is painful, if possible at all. Although I can hear people just fine and clearly, the opposite is not true. People say that they have a hard time understanding me or my wife. We have tried both high and low mic settings. Very little difference. So I decided to perform a test. I left a message on our home answering machine using both mic settings while I was driving. Talking in a normal voice I could not understand a single word I said which was simply "Testing 1, 2, 3". If I talked very LOUDLY then I could start to understand myself but two cans and a string would have sounded better. It's not like I had the windows rolled down. I then parked the car in my driveway and repeated the test. My voice was now quite clear. So apparently this unit has a real problem with ANY background road noise which doesn't make it a practical solution for me trying to talk and drive at the same time. It's hard to believe that Sony got so much right with this radio but the one key feature that this radio has going for it is so poor.



    Very poor microphone quality

    Anonymous from New York, NY on 3/12/2010

    2006 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Don't get me wrong. It's not a bad stereo, for sure way better then factory installed CD for Jeep Liberty. But..... I bought it because of BT hands free functionality so I can talk when I drive, and for that purpose that stereo is completely useless. Built in microphone is BEHIND the faceplate, so anyone that called me could not hear me almost at all. No way to had any kind of business conversation, or any conversation for that matter. I've returned the item and bought another model (Clarion) with the external mic that I'm going to attach sun-visor.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone No
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Aux/iPod Connectivity
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The MEX-BT2800 features a detachable face for theft prevention. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Caution Alarm: If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    13-Segment, 1-Line LCD Display: The Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 features a 13-Segment, 1-line LCD display with white backlit text and a black background for viewing station and song information.

    Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.

    Dimmer: The MEX-BT2800 feature a dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. This makes the clock display and face/button illumination "Keyed" instead of "Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you must press the 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.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 FM/AM compact disc player features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony MEX-BT2800 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 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-BT2800 are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony Xplod MEX-BT2800 features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off. The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), and High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Two Pairs Of 2V Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT2800 contains two pairs of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs - a front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels or for subwoofer operation. When set to subwoofer, the output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the headunit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off.

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

    Radio Functions

    SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS: The Sony MEX-BT2800 features a built-in SSIR-EXA AM/FM Tuner with RDS. Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The MEX-BT2800 offers manual, seek and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    Local Seek Mode: In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations with very strong signals during Seek tuning.

    Mono Mode: The Mono Mode allows you improve poor FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal.

    HD Radio Ready: The MEX-BT2800 is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD, sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this head unit:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner and the optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (package item number 700SIRSONY, sold separately).
    • XM Satellite:To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMSON2, sold separately).

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Sony MEX-BT2800 allows you to playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3 or WMA songs (up to 320 kbps) recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The MEX-BT2800 can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders and files on a disc. The headunit will also display song information for MP3 and WMA music files (Joliet: up to 32 characters, Romeo: up to 64 characters).

    Playback Modes: The MEX-BT2800 offers Repeat (track/album) and Shuffle (album/disc) playback modes.

    Off Eject: The CD disc can be ejected with the power off. 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 degrees

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Built-in Bluetooth: The MEX-BT2800 has built-in Bluetooth hardware to integrate with Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones and audio players. Bluetooth (Standard Bluetooth version 2.0) is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls, and listen to a Bluetooth audio device. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of about 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Pairing: Up to 8 phones or audio devices can be registered with the MEX-BT2800 (only one device can be used at a time). The unit can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Hands-Free Talk (HFP 1.5/HSP): Incoming calls can be received through this head unit, and the ring tone is output from your car speakers. Incoming calls can be rejected if desired. To make a call from this unit, only redial is used. To call another phone, you will need to dial the number on your cell phone, and then transfer the call to the head unit. The phone rings, and you hear the caller's voice through your vehicle's speakers. The BT2800 has a built-in microphone (with adjustable volume: Low/Hi) located behind the detachable faceplate. The MEX-BT2800 also supports Voice Dial Activation which allows you to activate voice dialing with a compatible Bluetooth enabled mobile-phone by saying the voice tag stored in your cellular phone.

    Music Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): You can listen to music from an audio device that supports A2DP Bluetooth technology. Cellular phones that support A2DP and have music stored in its memory can be played through this head unit. You can listen to and perform basic playback operations from an audio device that supports AVRCP Bluetooth technology. The MEX-BT2800 provides Play, Pause, and Skip (Next/Previous) playback functions.

    BT Audio Level: You can adjust the volume for each connected Bluetooth audio device from -8 to +18dB.

    Aux/iPod Connectivity

    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.

    iPod Ready: The optional XA-120IP (158XA120IP, sold separately) allows you to connect, charge, and control your compatible iPod directly from the receiver. This adapter allows select iPods with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the Sony receiver. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when connected to this adapter and it will be controlled from the Sony receiver. With this interface, you will be able to play your iPod music files through the Sony receiver and have all the titling information appear on the Sony's display. The Sony MEX-BT2800 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features when connected to the optional iPod adapter interface (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    5th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    6th N N N N N N N
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    4th N N N N N N N
    iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
    3G N N N N N N N
    3GS N N N N N N N
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: The XA-120IP will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation) and the iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately). It is not compatible with the iPod shuffle or iPhone.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The headunit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X304) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (including Bluetooth) of the Sony Xplod headunit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The headunit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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