Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Very good want on a long ride have it in Harley motocycle worked well
Our experts help you pick the ideal gear for your needs.Meet our advisors
Free tech support for the life of your gear.Read about our one-on-one expert help
You may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days.See the details of our return policy
Earn one point for every dollar you spend and use those points to save on future purchases.Get full details on Crutchfield Rewards
We offer vehicle-specific installation instructions, dash kits, wiring harnesses, and speaker accessories at deeply discounted prices with car stereo and speaker purchases. Available for most vehicles.Learn more
Our customers have trusted us with their business, and they’ve helped us win awards for our service.Check out our most recent awards
The manufacturer’s warranty always applies.See more details
Item # 158DSXMS60 | MFR # DSXMS60
This item is no longer available.
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.
Very good want on a long ride have it in Harley motocycle worked well
Al, San bruno
Average Customer Review(s):
Very good want on a long ride have it in Harley motocycle worked well
Installed on a Harley road glide. After driving through one small rain, the buttons on the front of the unit quit working. It would power up then immediately shut itself off. Very disappointed in Sony. Others I have spoken to have had similar results with Sony marine systems.
Cons: Not waterproof whatsoever!
I would buy again and again love this head unit works very well easy to use. Great product!!
Great stereo at a good price.. Easy to use and works perfect with my ipod nano on the lake
Pros: Easy to use
The sound from this unit is fantastic...when it works. I have this model installed on my 2012 Harley and within a few days the iPod interface began opperating intermitantly. The cause was diagnosed to an old iPod so I upgraded to a new one. This solved the problem and once again the system worked flawlessly, well until the display began to flicker. Now 4 months old it has completely stopped working. The problem appears to be the flip down faceplate interface to the head unit. I do not recommened this unit for a marine or motorcycle application for this reason.
Pros: iPod shuttle
Cons: Controls are complex, too small to used while moving, the detachable faceplate is too fragile with poor connections to the headunit for any use other than inside a car
My Pontoon boat had a Jensen receiver installed when I bought it. After several outings the radio would power off for no reason and then come back on and continue to do this the rest of the day. I finally got fed up and started researching Marine radio's. I decided on the Sony after reading the reviews. I could not believe the difference just a radio could make. I get 75% more radio stations on the water (using the same antenna) compaired to the Jensen and the sound is awesome. I also installed 2 Xfinity speakers at the back of the boat and this radio handles all 6 main speakers and 4 mid-range speakers with no problem.
Pros: Looks, i-pod/i-phone docking, sound, ease of operation.
I bought this for my 2006 Harley Street Glide. It is my third radio but first marine grade so I hope it holds up to the environment. I have it playing through two sets of Polk speakers 6 1/2 & 5 1/4") and a 4 channel Alpine amp 50wt rms and it sounds really good. Nice and clean. Display is really nice nd I actually like the media player over a CD that would skip on bumps in the road.
Pros: Price, features
Afer reading several reviews, I bought this unit to replace the existing Sony unit in my 2000 Cobalt. It took 20 minutes to remove the exisitng unit and install this one. The stereo also fit with the existing wire harness. Not only do my 2 additional control units work, driver seat and swim platform, I now have a remote as well. Charges Iphone as well! Perfect replacement unit!!
Pros: Easy fit and install. Great sound and worked with all exisitng hardware!
This unit doesn't perform well in a boat. Crutchfield was awesome in replacing my 1st one - it would just suddenly power down. Now, in just my 2nd boating season the replacement will lose connection with the contacts on the faceplate. I'll have to press on the faceplate just to lower the volume or change anything. I guess the vibration is just too much but HELLO.... this is a Marine radio. I'm on hold with Crutchfield as I type to see what they will be willing to do. I am definitely looking for a better unit.
This radio is absolutly awesome. Installed in my wifes Harley and she loves it. Very simple install and very simple to operate.
What a great radio. I have always been a fan of Sony products, and this one doesn't disapoint. Great sound and easy to use. I installed this on my '01 FLHTPI using a Hog wired mounting bracket and it sounds as good as it looks. Unfortunatly my Ipod took a crap the day after I got this radio and radio signals are far and few from home but the aux input allowed my smart phone to fill in until the ipod could be replaced.
Pros: Easy install and friendly controls. When I use the splash cover from Biketronics, the remote in rain gear pocket allows for basic control which is a big bonus.
Cons: Felt very lost when my ipod died. It was hard to step away from the reliability of the old discs crammed full of MP3's.
Easy to install and use
I bought this for my 2006 Harley, Ultra Classic,, I thought I would miss the disc player but all my music is on the Ipod anyway.. Works GREAT !!!! I had to buy a wiring kit from another company so I could keep my handle bar controls. HIGHLY RECOMEND
Pros: Ipod stores inside the radio
Cons: havent really found any yet
As I expected, AWESOME service from the Crutchfield professionals. Good price, great value. This is a very nice head unit. Holds IPhone, IPod touch, or if you prefer, usb storage device (good idea at the lake). Controls are user friendly, and menus are logical. Sound quality is top notch. I normally prefer Alpine, but this one can compete. I have 4 bazooka 6.5 coax speakers running off the head unit, a pioneer 4 channel amp on 2 bazooka tubbies, and an alpine sub amp running 1 mtx 6000 12" sub.
Pros: Great sound even without an amp. IPod tray! WHO PLAYS CD's ANYMORE????
Cons: Would have prefered more RCA's. Only has 2 sets of outs.
I replaced my Harley in-dash Harman-Kardon unit with the Sony DSX-MS60 through a control box (Bike-Tronics). The Sony system is by far better, louder quality sound, IPOD and USB hidden storage is a stroke of genius!
Pros: Functionality, performance for the money, ease of installation, optional add-on hardware prices eg; XM and Sirius, weather resistance factor and overall aesthetics.
I bought the stereo to replace my factory deck in my 2000 Cobalt 253. We were looking for something to plug in our iPod, iPad and Droid phone. While our old deck has the CD changer and cassette we no longer use them. I was so surprised to find out that the wiring from my old deck was exactly the same. Everything works. The wired remote in the Cuddy plugs right in allowing us to use the wireless remote while in the cockpit and the wired remote at night. The iPod tray is slick and allows us to control the iPod with the wireless remote which is intuitive and easy to use. Also allows my copilot to manage the tunes while docking. The auxiliary on the front works great for the iPad allowing us to watch a movie while running the sound through the stereo. While most shops felt we needed an additional power amp this things sounds great as is with my six speakers although one might consider a small sub which will plug right in. Great price, easy installation, easy to use and looks great. we couldn't be happier.
Pros: Has Everything you need Great for boats
This is one the best marine stereos I have had in my boat for the price. It sounds great, has good bass, and is easy to install and set up. I wasn't sure if i would like the internal IPOD holding station but it works well and the IPOD won't get knocked all over when hitting big waves.
Great product.....easy install. ipod interface is a little difficult if your used to the screen on your touch but it still works well.
The head unit is good, pretty simple to set up if you already have a Sony system. My only complaint would be that the description online is very vague and I was unaware that the unit did not come with a cd player as well as being a digital media player.
What a great piece! Sound is excellent, power is fine without extra amps for my use but most importantly, the Ipod storage in the unit instead of CD player is brilliant. All my CDs are on my Ipod, so who needs it. Very pleased. Oh and I should mention, this is on a restored 1971 Mahogany ski-boat.
This is a great radio! Power is very good, and it is easy to navigate. Installation was very easy! The ipod storage spot is awesome. Only negative that I have on this radio, is that is does not like older IPOD's. You have to connect them to the aux port on the front of the radio to play them. The newer IPODs play perfectly through the system. I would recommend this radio.
Installed in my Cobalt 262 as a replacement for original factory receiver. Excellent sound quality. MP3 connection is pretty slick. The "tune tray" is behind face plate where a CD player would normally be located. Connection is USB with Ipod adaptor included. Used with Samsung MP3 Player, Ipod and regular memory stick. Worked great with all. The customer service at Crutchfield is excellent. They helped me determine that this unit would be compatible with my factory installed remote. Their suggestion was a perfect fit.
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||17 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||52 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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|
- 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.
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.
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.
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