Pandora + Remote App (for iPhone & Android)
AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-BT3100P is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB
1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the
MEX-BT3100P (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. 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-BT3100P. Please visitSony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled
External Microphone: The MEX-BT3100P includes an external microphone to
carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The
external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated
microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You
can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The
external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle
3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head
unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your
vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures
0.465" (diameter) x 1.425" (depth). There is no integrated front-panel mic.
The Sony MEX-BT3100P supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your
Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. 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-BT3100P 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. During a conversation, you can switch
between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands
- 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-BT3100P, 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.
- Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
- 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.
SMS Indicator: The SMS indicator informs you of any incoming or unread
SMS messages on your paired Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You will still need to
view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send text messages
from your phone.
Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Sony
MEX-BT3100P also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of
a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The MEX-BT3100P will be able to
control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause,
Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit
will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name,
Song title, and Album label. The MEX-BT3100P also supports audio streaming of
music apps, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled
smartphone to view and control streaming music
apps. 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 Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected
with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-BT3100P
has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel control and integrated microphone. Simply
activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-BT3100P
to engage Siri and use the
integrated 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. The head unit will only display
hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri
are only audible through the MEX-BT3100P
; visual data will still need to be viewed
from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The
head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
USB Port: The receiver's front-panel Type-A USB port can be
used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as select Android
smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can
play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320
kbps). The head unit can recognize up to 10,000 music files on a single USB Mass
Storage Device. The MEX-BT3100P offers the following USB search, playback, and
- Search Modes:
- Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on
a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or
- Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments
- Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or
30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your
connected USB device
- Playback Modes:
- Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire
- Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
- Display Information:
- Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
- Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and
Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a
USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file
variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.
USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The MEX-BT3100P's
front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included
iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or
iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone
connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via
the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title
& artist name on the front display.
- Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound
quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter
(bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to
- Music Navigation: You can choose to control the
iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or
touchscreen. The Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your
iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or
Podcast from the head unit. You can search within a specific Quick-BrowZer
category or All tracks alphabetically (A-Z). With the head unit's Zappin
feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips
until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone.
The unit also offers Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes
- Information Display: The head unit will display your
iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track #, Elapsed playing
time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your
iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this
unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-BT3100P is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/19/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod||App Remote||Pandora App||Artist/Song Text||Track Info ||Phone||Audio||Siri|
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
Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo 3.5mm mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable
audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit,
and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in
your mobile audio system. The volume level of the auxiliary input is adjustable
from -8 to +18 dB to compensate for any difference between the unit and your
portable device. The aux input can be deactivated in the menu, so it does not appear as an available source.
Pandora + Remote App (for iPhone & Android)
App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-BT3100P and your
(iOS 5+) or
Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.1/2.2/2.3/4.0/4.1). You will need to
download the free Sony App Remote application from the
Apple App Store or the
Google Play App Store. This application integrates
compatible Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver
and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality
of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending
on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your
smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the
application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source
information on the phone's touchscreen.
- Receiver Sources: The App Remote on your iPhone or
Android smartphone lets
you access the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux sources from
your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick
left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change
AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a
Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist
information from MP3/WMA/AAC and smartphone sources, as well as station
identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
- Compatible Apps (as of 12/4/2012): The App Remote also
provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses
from the Sony MEX-BT3100P's source list. Available operation differs
depending on the application.
- Music Apps: Music apps include;
MOG, Spotify, Slacker Radio, Shoutcast, TuneIn, and more. The head unit offers full control & song/artist
information for Pandora (see Pandora App description below). The head
unit only provides basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Skip Track, or
Next Station) and no song/artist information for other music apps.
- Movie Apps: Movie apps include;
HBO GO, Hulu Plus,
YouTube and more. Video will be
displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's
speakers. You can control Play/Pause from the MEX-BT3100P. Other playback
functions will need to done on your smartphone. Subscription
may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
- Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include;Google Maps, Garmin (USA/N.America), INRIX Traffic, MotionX GPS
Drive, Navfree GPS TeleNav (GPS/Navigation), NAVIGON, TomTom, and
more. The map screen will display on your smartphone's
touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your
vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music while
navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation
voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through
your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps &
- Bluetooth SMS (Android only): In addition to hands-free
calling and music control using Bluetooth technology, App Remote enables the
car receiver to automatically read text messages (SMS) when the feature is
turned on (your Android smartphone must have TTS Engine installed).
Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will
depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet
Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime,
anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony MEX-BT3100P CD
receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service
that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry.
The Sony MEX-BT3100P will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by
the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone
(iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB
port with the latest version of thePandoraApp
from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be
connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-BT3100P (no hard-wired connection required).
Your Bluetooth-enabled Android or
BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from theAndroid Market or theBlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must
also support A2DP,
AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry 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-BT3100P provides the
following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected
iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your
Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played
on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need
to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station.
You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips
- 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.
AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony MEX-BT3100P is equipped with
a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing
RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio
broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to
compatible AM/FM stations.
Preset 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.
Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature automatically selects
stations with the best signals within the selected band (FM 1-3), AM 1-2) &
stores them in order of their frequency.
Manual/Seek Tuning: The MEX-BT3100P allows you to manual tune
or seek tune AM/FM stations.
- Manual Tuning: You can manually tune & find your
favorite radio stations one by one.
- Seek Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you
search quickly through the available AM/FM stations.
Local 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.
SiriusXM Ready: The Sony MEX-BT3100P comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optionalSXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.com
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features
of the SXV200 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
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs (12cm
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony MEX-BT3100P allows you to
playback CD-Rs or CD-RWs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC songs (up to 320 kbps)
recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The
MEX-BT3100P can support up 150 folders, and a combined 300 folders and files on
a disc. The head unit will also display song information for MP3, WMA, and AAC
music files (Joliet: up to 32 characters, Romeo: up to 64 characters).
Note: Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to
file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.
Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can
display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information - Track number, Elapsed
Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.
Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you
to search for a track on a MP3/WMA/AAC disc easily by category (Genre, Artist,
Album, or Playlist).
Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent increments.
Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files
or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking
for on your CD.
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc
is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.
Auto Reload: The CD player will automatically reinsert the
disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be
mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45 degrees
Dynamic Reality Amp: The MEX-BT3100P is equipped with Sony's
Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic
sound inside your vehicle.
CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for
the Sony MEX-BT3100P 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-BT3100P 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
2V/4Ch Preamp Outputs: The MEX-BT3100P 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.
Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is
activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is
activated 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
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.
Subwoofer Direct Connection: You can connect a subwoofer to this head
unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single
subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads
(but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.
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 sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound
Engine contains the following features: EQ7, Listening Position, DM+ Advanced,
Rear Bass Enhancer, & Dynamic Loudness.
- EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music
types - Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat).
The Custom EQ7 mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You
can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands - Band1
(63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6
(6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).
- 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
- RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): 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
- Dynamic Loudness: Dynamic Loudness refers to
compensating for volume level & signal gain.
- DM+ Advanced: DM+ Advanced improves digitally
compressed sound by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression
process (works only for USB).
Automatic Level Optimizer: Automatic Level Optimizer
analyzes each track's playback level & adjusts the output level to optimize
transitions between tracks & sources.
Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face: The MEX-BT3100P features a detachable face
for theft prevention. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face
non-detachable, if desired. 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.
1-Line LCD: The Sony MEX-BT3100P features a 1-line LCD for
viewing radio & song information.
Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a
spectrum analyzer on the display when turned on.
Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to
scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off
button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for
one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button
illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold
the Source/Off button for two seconds.
Dimmer: The MEX-BT3100P feature a dimmer mode to dim the
brightness of the display. You can choose from either "Dim On" or Dim Off".
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
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
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.