Overview: The Sony DSX-S100 is a digital media receiver with
a built-in AM/FM tuner, front-panel auxiliary input, and integrated USB port.
The Sony DSX-S100's USB port supports iPod connectivity. The DSX-S100 also
supports HD and Satellite Radio (via optional tuners). The unit features a
fold-down face which detaches for theft prevention. It comes with an IR remote
control for convenient wireless operation.
Note: This unit is not equipped with a CD-slot and will not play
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Sony DSX-S100 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
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.
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 on a disc.
Dimmer: You can manually dim the display at night, if
desired. You can operate the display dimmer automatically, when the vehicle'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 vehicle'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 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.
True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony DSX-S100 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 DSX-S100 utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for
the Sony DSX-S100 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-S100 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-S100 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-S100 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 vehicle 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-S100 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-S100 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-S100 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-S100 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
- 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-S100 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).
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 number700SIRSONY,
- XM Satellite: A portable XM satellite radio
can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input
or the Sony XA-300 UniLink auxiliary input adapter (item
Note: A subscription is also
required to receive satellite radio programming
from SIRIUS or XM.
Tune Tray: The Sony DSX-S100 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-S100 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 in a parked vehicle, 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
vehicle'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
- Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10 percent
- 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.
iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: The Sony DSX-S100 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 DSX-S100's integrated
USB port and included iPod/iPhone adapter allows you to connect your iPod or
iPhone to the receiver for music playback.
The head unit will allow audio playback, control, and charging of your connected
iPod or iPhone.
Note: Your docked iPhone must be in
Airplane mode, which means you will not be able to receive calls.
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
- Repeat & Shuffle Play: The DSX-S100 offers Repeat
(Track/Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre) and Shuffle
(Album/Podcast/Artist/Playlist/Genre/Device) playback modes for your
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.
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then this unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-S100 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of December 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Headunit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info |
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 revert to the older
software version or 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.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit 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-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.