Marine Ready: The Sony CDX-M30 Marine AM/FM CD Headunit features a UV
resistant faceplate (tested under ASTM G154), a conformal coated circuit board
for marine use and a plastic cover over the top of the chassis to protect
Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal
coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be
used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra
sold separately) or Scosche
Fold-Down Detachable Face: The CDX-M30 features a manual
fold-down, detachable face for theft prevention and comes supplied with a
protective face case. If you turn the ignition switch to the OFF position
without detaching the front panel, a caution alarm will sound for a few
seconds. This alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is being used.
Motion Display: This feature shows moving patterns and a spectrum
analyzer on the display when turned on.
Dual Illumination: You can switch the CD receiver's button
illumination to Red or Blue. The player's display illumination remains white
(background) and black (characters).
Contrast: This feature adjusts the contrast level of the head unit's
display in 7 steps.
Dimmer: The CDX-M30 feature a
dimmer mode to dim the brightness of the display. You can choose from either
"Dim On", Dim Off" or "Dim Auto". The Automatic Dimmer feature
automatically dims the display when you turn your lights on.
Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button once will turn off
audio output, but the clock display and face/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 automatically
after a set amount of time. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30
minutes, 60 minutes, or No.
iPod Ready: The optional Sony XA-120IP iPod adapter
sold separately) allows you to connect, charge, and control your compatible iPod
directly from the 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. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when
connected to this adapter and it will be controlled from the Sony receiver.
- Audio Playback: The Sony head unit supports audio
playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone.
- Music Navigation: Your iPod's clickwheel or touchscreen
will be locked once it is connected to the Sony head unit. You will navigate
your connected iPod via the Sony head unit's controls. You be able to browse
your iPod music files by Artist, Album, or Playlist. You can also select
Repeat or Random playback.
- Information Display: The head unit will also display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the optional XA-120IP will power and charge select
iPods. A Scosche passPORT charging adapter
sold separately) is required to charge the iPod nano (4th/5th/6th gen) and
iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen).
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may
change functionality results.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The Sony CDX-M30 is "Made for
iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features when connected
to the optional iPod adapter interface (as of 9/28/2012):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Media Type || Control
Type || Display
Type || Charge |
| Audio ||
Video || Headunit || iPod/iPhone || Song/Artist
Info || Track Info
connector || 3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
||1st || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| 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 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || adapter required |
| 7th || 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 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || adapter required |
| 5th || 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 |
| 4S || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|5 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
Note: 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 revert to the older software version or
wait until an 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 cassette, MD or MP3 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 doesn't appear as an available
source. The head unit comes supplied with a rubber cap that can be placed over
the auxiliary input when it is not in use to keep it dry.
Optional Auxiliary Input: You can connect an additional
auxiliary audio device (such as a portable digital memory player, cassette,
MiniDisc, or VCR) when used with the optional XA-300 Unilink Auxiliary Input
sold separately). The XA-300 uses the Unilink and Bus Audio inputs on the back of
the receiver, and allows you to connect an optional CD/MD changer in addition to
the auxiliary audio source.
Radio Tuning: The CDX-M30 allows you to manual tune or seek
tune AM/FM stations. In the Local Seek Mode, the unit will only tune in stations
with very strong signals during Seek tuning. The Mono Mode allows you improve poor
FM reception by selecting a monaural signal instead of a stereo signal. The radio
features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6
presets in each of the following bands - FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2. Other tuner
- 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.
- Auto Tuning: You can use the seek button
to help you search quickly through the available stations and
then choose your own presets from these available stations.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting
an optional Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- 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 Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect
the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Sony CNP-SON1 adapter cable (package
700XMSON2, sold separately).
- Portable: A portable satellite radio receiver can be
connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or the Sony XA-300 UniLink
auxiliary input adapter (item number
158XA300, sold separately).
Note: A subscription is also required to
receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The CDX-M30 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.
Disc Compatibility: The CD
receiver will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs. The head unit also supports CD
Compressed Audio File Capability: In addition to audio CDs, CD-Rs and
CD-RWs, the receiver will play MP3, WMA, and AAC compressed audio files stored
on a CD-R or CD-RW. Below are the following requirements and features for
compressed audio file playback:
- ISO: The unit is compatible with the ISO 9660 level 1 / level 2
format, Joliet/Romeo in the expansion format, and Multi Session.
- The Maximum number of:
- folders or albums is 150 including root and empty folders (MP3, WMA,
- files or tracks and folders contained in a disc: 300 (or less if a
folder/file names contain many characters) (MP3, WMA, AAC)
- displayable characters for a folder/file name is 32 (Joliet), or 64
- ID3 display characters: 30 or 126 characters (MP3), 63 characters
(WMA), 126 characters (AAC)
- Playback Functions:
- Track Repeat
- Album/Folder Repeat
- Album/Folder Shuffle
- Disc Shuffle
Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver's display can
display the following information: Track number/Elapsed playing time,
Disc/Artist Name, Album/Group Number, Album/Group Name, Track Name, Text
Information and Clock.
Note: The Album/Group number is displayed only when the
album/group is changed.
Auto Scroll: This feature allows long displayed items to scroll
automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Eject: The CD disc can be
ejected with the unit powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the
disc if the disc is ejected and left on the lip opening of the player for
15 seconds or more.
For flexibility of installation, this unit can be mounted between 0 (horizontal)
and 45 degrees.
Drive S: The CDX-M30 features the Drive S chassis platform.
Drive S includes the CD mechanism, audio stages, 12 V power supply, and tuner
section. The CD mechanism includes a suspension to resist shocks, a motor that
draws less power, and a fast low-current pickup that improves durability and CD
playback accuracy. The 52W Peak x 4-channel S-MOSFET Power IC produces clearer,
more accurate sound, less distortion, and a higher signal-to-noise ratio than
Amplifier Section: The head-unit's
amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 17 watts RMS x 4 channels at 4
Ohms and 1% THD. The unit is also rated at 23.2 watts per channel minimum
continuous average power into 4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
with no more than 5% THD. Peak power is rated at 52 watts per channel.
Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): Sony's Dynamic Soundstage
Organizer uses proprietary circuitry to induce subtle phase shifts, simulating a
sound source that is placed higher than the actual speakers in the vehicle. For
example, when the DSO function is used in a vehicle equipped with speakers
mounted low in the front doors, it creates virtual speakers in the dash to raise
the soundstage. This unit offers three levels of DSO, each with a larger and
higher soundstage. You can store the DSO setting for each source.
EQ3 Stage 2: You may select one of the following EQ presets:
Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom or Off (flat). For the Custom
mode, you can adjust the following bands:
- Low: +10 dB to -10 dB at 60 Hz
- Middle: +10 dB to -10 dB at 1 kHz
- High: +10 dB to -10 dB at 10 kHz
Loudness: This feature allows you to
listen to your music clearly at low volume levels by reinforcing the bass and
treble. The bass level is increased to +4 dB at 100 Hz while the treble level is
increased to +2 dB a 10 kHz.
Two Pair Of Preamp Outputs: The CDX-M30 contains two pair of
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 125Hz, 78Hz, or Off. 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.
Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an
IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation.
Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless
remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional Sony wired marine rotary
commander. The optional marine remote is water resistant, so it is ideal for use
on boats, where a head unit needs to be kept dry, but you need to control it from
a damp remote location. The marine remote features a display which shows source
and mode information, satellite radio information, and CD text information.
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.