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Sony DSX-MS60

Marine digital media receiver (New Stock)

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Sony's DSX-MS60 marine digital media receiver lets you enjoy the music library on your iPod® out on the water. The receiver's unique Tune Tray stores your iPod high and dry behind the receiver's face, while a special moisture-resistant coating on the circuit board protects the receiver's internal electronics. The upshot? You won't have to worry about damage to your gear from rain, salt, or spray.

Sony's DSX-MS60 marine digital media receiver lets you enjoy the music library on your iPod® out on the water. The receiver's unique Tune Tray stores your iPod high and dry behind the receiver's face, while a special moisture-resistant coating on the circuit board protects the receiver's internal electronics. The upshot? You won't have to worry about damage to your gear from rain, salt, or spray.

Audio control and more
While you're listening to your favorite playlists, you can dial in the perfect balance of mids, lows, and highs with the 3-band equalizer, then use the DM+ controls to add some extra sparkle back into overly compressed music files. If you want to step up the power beyond the receiver's robust built-in amplifier, you'll find the two sets of preamp outputs handy for adding outboard amps or a powered subwoofer.

More listening options
The Tune Tray's USB connection lets you plug in a thumb drive loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files, or you can pop your Sony Walkman MP3 player in there with the help of an optional adapter. You can plug a portable audio device or a "dock and play" satellite radio into the front aux input. If you're into your local AM/FM radio, you can add Sony's HD Radio tuner to experience the improved fidelity and expanded programming offered by participating stations.

Note: Sony recommends that you remove your iPod from the dock when not operating your boat. If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Hands-on Research" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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What's in the Box:

  • Marine AM/FM digital media receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Face (inside included face-case)
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X151)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • USB/iPod adapter (XA-50iP)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • 2 Face-fixing screws
  • Rubber auxiliary cap
  • Metal backstrap
  • Self-tapping screw
  • Machine screw
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Installation/Connections sheet (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • US Limited Warranty sheet
  • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
  • Tray Unit notes
  • Face-fixing screws note

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • Tune Tray compartment holds your iPod, Sony Walkman MP3 player (adapter required), or USB thumb drive inside the receiver
    • fold-down detachable face with black on white display
    • conformal-coated circuit boards resist moisture
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ3 Stage 2 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • 24-bit D/A converter
    • DM+ improves high-frequency detail from compressed audio
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Sony HD Radio tuner
    • inputs: internal USB input, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:
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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Opt.Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 4/3/2/1
    iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    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/Black
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Marine Rated
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Remote Control

    Marine Rated

    Marine Ready: The Sony DSX-MS60 marine-rated digital media receiver is ready for the marine environment with a UV resistant coating and coated circuit board.

    Ultraviolet (UV) Resistant Finish: The Sony Marine receiver is specifically designed to withstand the ASTM G154 test for UV resistance. This means the faceplate is treated to resist fading and discoloring after prolonged exposure to UV light.

    Anti-Corrosion Coated Circuit Board: The Sony Marine receiver uses conformal coated circuit boards that are safeguarded by HAYA high-humidity resistant vinyl resin.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Sony DSX-MS60 digital media receiver features a detachable fold-down face for theft prevention. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The digital media receiver's fold-down face folds-down to access the unit's USB port. A hard plastic face-case included to protect the face-plate when it is detached. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also 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.

    Fluorescent LCD Display: The 2-line fluorescent LCD display makes it easy to read station and song information. You can adjust the display's contrast (1-7) for a clear view of the LCD, suitable for the installed viewing angle.

    Level Meter: This feature shows a level meter 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.

    Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night, if desired. You can operate the display dimmer automatically, when the boat's lights are turned on, or manually. If the dimmer is set to automatic, the orange/white wire in the power harness must be connected to the boats's headlight circuit in order to properly work.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Off button for 1 second 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 boat 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 DSX-MS60 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 DSX-MS60 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-MS60 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 DSX-MS60 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)

    Digital Music Plus Advanced: The Sony DSX-MS60 features Digital Music Plus Advanced which is an enhancer technology used to reproduce detail and high frequency sound from compressed audio.

    Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO): The DSX-MS60 features the Dynamic Soundstage Organizer, which uses proprietary circuitry to virtually raise the soundstage and spread it wider across the dash. This is especially helpful if your boat has speakers mounted low in the door panels. There are three levels of DSO, each with an increasing amount of effect.

    EQ3 Stage 2: The Sony DSX-MS60 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: This features reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Two Pairs Of 2V Preamp Outputs: The DSX-MS60 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 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 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.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. You can set the cutoff frequency for the front and rear channels independently or all together.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit 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 DSX-MS60 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 DSX-MS60 offers manual, seek and preset tuning.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    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.

    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.

    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 DSX-MS60 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 (HDRadio.com).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    Tune Tray: The Sony DSX-MS60 digital media receiver features an integrated Tune Tray to securely store your iPod or Walkman MP3 player neatly within the receiver, eliminating loose wires. It even includes a reminder alert, which ensures you don't leave your device behind. You can easily connect, charge, and control your digital music player with a USB 1-wire connection, located within the Tune Tray. This innovative feature displays metadata like song title, artist and track number on your front display when your music is playing. Capacity of the tray: approximately 2.5625" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 4.625" (d); will fit iPod video, classic, touch, and nano. The DSX-MS60 needs approximately 2.5" of open space in front of it for the Tune Tray to open properly.

    Note: Do not leave your iPod/iPhone or other USB device inside the Tune Tray on a docked boat, as malfunction may result. Do not place a cellular phone or a device with wireless communication functions on the Tuner Tray, as it may not receive phone signals or communications may be terminated. Due to an increase in the boat's interior temperature, charging of the USB device battery, may not work, depending on the USB device specification

    USB Input: The receiver's integrated USB (type-A) input can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). When playing a USB device, the display can indicate track/album/artist/genre number, track/artist/album/genre name, elapsed playing time, text information, or clock. The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB MSC or MTP device.

    • Search Modes:
      • Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist)
      • 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: 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 album
      • 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 album label

    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.

    iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: The Sony DSX-MS60 lets you directly connect, charge, and control select iPods or iPhones via the unit's integrated USB input and included adapter (XA-50IP), as well as view metadata like song title and artist on the front display. The head unit will allow audio playback, control, and charging of your connected iPod or iPhone. Your iPhone should be set to Airplane mode, since it will be stored away in the tune tray and not accessible to answer or make phone calls.

    Note: Apple devices with the Lightning-connector will not work with this unit, because the tune-tray is too small to accommodate the additional Lightning-to-Dock adapter.

    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 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 120dB.

    Audio Playback: The Sony head unit supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    Music Navigation: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked during connection.

    • 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 connected iPod/iPhone.
    • Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on docked iPod/iPhone  Device easily by category (Artist, Album, Genre, Track, Podcast, or Playlist).
    • Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category on your iPod/iPhone in 10 percent increments.
    • Repeat & Shuffle Play: The DSX-MS60 offers Repeat (Track/Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre) and Shuffle (Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre/Device) playback modes for your connected iPod/iPhone

    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 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 DSX-MS60 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    7th* 1.2 N N N N N N N N
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    5th* 6.0 N N N N N N N N
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S* 6.0 N N N N N N N N
    Note:
    • Apple devices with the Lightning-connector will not work with this unit, because the tune-tray is too small to accommodate the additional Lightning-to-Dock adapter.
    • 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.

    Sony Walkman Compatible: The optional Sony Walkman USB Adapter (158XA50WM, sold separately) lets you connect your compatible Sony Walkman music player to the Sony digital media receiver's USB port. Using the optional adapter, the Sony digital media receiver supports X & S series Walkman players. The unit offers audio playback, basic control, and battery charging of your compatible Sony Walkman music player.

    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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X151) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions of the Sony Xplod head unit and your connected devices while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Wired Remote Compatibility: In addition to the supplied wireless remote, the receiver can be controlled by an optional Sony wired marine rotary commander (158RMX60ML, sold separately). 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 metadata 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 an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    I don't know. Wish I did as it's a pain unplugging my I pod ever time I stop. Have noticed the deck does have trouble reconizing the I pod sometimes when turned back on. Sorry could'nt be more helpful. Russ [ RUSS  Mar 14, 2014 ]
    Not sure, i havent had any issues and used my i phone alot. [ TIM  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    Thanks, Rick. My boat is an enclosed trawler and radio is not in direct sunlight, but I can see how condensate could be a problem. [ Tom  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    Would not recommend. If device left inside radio it will over heat from sun then condensation when cooling down at night. Small compartment without ventilation. [ RICK  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    I've left mine in for days at a time nothing happened to mine... No guaranties that it won't mess it up tho. [ MACKENZIE M  Mar 11, 2014 ]
    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). [ Jeff  Jan 03, 2014 ]  Staff
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