Disc Changer Controls
Clock Display and Illumination Note
Illumination: This unit uses a
multi-color LCD with a dot matrix readout for station frequencies, track numbers
and times, text and spectrum analyzer displays. The main display lines (which
show tuner frequency, track number, track time and text info), the clock/source
portion of the display and the menu navigation arrows (cross-key controls) are
displayed with white illumination. The MD-in and loud indicators are displayed
with amber illumination. The repeat indicator and shuffle indicators are
displayed with green illumination, and the record indicator is displayed with
red illumination. When the unit is not in record mode, the MD
REC, REC STOP and REC MENU buttons are backlit with green illumination; when the
record mode is activated, the illumination for those buttons switches from green
to orange. All other buttons are backlit with red illumination.
Info Display: There is a
portion of the display that can be set to show the source name (FM1, FM2, MD,
etc) or the clock time, while the main display lines display MD Text, the track
number and elapsed time, or the tuner frequency. While the unit is
playing, you can view the clock only when the Dual Info Display feature is
Display: There are two motion
display modes. One mode uses a dot matrix graphic of a roller coaster, and
the other mode shows a dot matrix graphic of waves washing in, then out.
After the roller coaster races around the dot matrix portion of the display, the
source info scrolls onto the display. When the second motion display mode
is selected, the source info appears on the screen as if it was left there by
the waves washing out to sea. When the tuner is activated, the display
alternates between the motion display graphic and the tuner frequency.
When an MD is playing, the unit will cycle through the MD track number and
elapsed track time, the MD Text disc name (if any) and the MD Text track title
(if any), with the motion display graphic appearing between each type of info.
The motion display can be turned off.
Display Contrast: The display
contrast may be adjusted for better viewing from various angles and in less than
optimum lighting conditions.
unit is equipped with a lead for connection to a vehicle's light switch. When
the dimmer mode is set to "Auto" and the illumination lead receives
power, the display dims to a preset level. The display brightness is not
affected by the vehicle's dimmer control. Also, the dimmer feature may be
turned off, so no dimming takes place when the illumination lead receives power.
You may have the display dimmed at all times by setting the dimmer mode to
Analyzer: You may set the
unit to display any of six different spectrum analyzer patterns, or it may be
set to automatically cycle through the patterns. If you prefer to view a
display with less action, you may turn the spectrum analyzer off.
Display Language: You may change the
display language to English, French or Spanish.
Rotary Encoder Control
with Cross-Key Control: This unit is equipped with a rotary control that turns
like a conventional knob (for volume, bass, treble etc) and cross-key buttons (for seek
and manual tuning, track advance and track search, etc) for easy, intuitive operation.
There are four cross-key buttons; the four buttons are located immediately above,
below, to the left and to the right of the rotary encoder for convenient operation.
The MD slot is located behind the flip-down face. The face is not motorized, so it must be
manually pushed into it's viewing position after inserting/ejecting an MD.
Wide Bit Stream
Processing: A 20-bit data path through the digital filter and digital to analog
converter delivers improved dynamic range and low-level linearity for lifelike sound.
MD Text Capable:
When used with an MD that includes text information, this unit will display the Disc Name,
Artist Name and/or Track Name.
unit is equipped with a 40-second shock resistant memory.
This feature prevents MD skipping during disturbances lasting up to 40-seconds in
Program Memory: A program, of up
to 24 tracks, may be entered into memory, so you can listen to your favorite
tracks in the order of your choice.
from Tuner or Optional CD/MD Changer: Radio
broadcasts and audio from a compatible Sony CD/MD changer (sold separately) may
be recorded to MD. The recording capabilities of this unit allow you to make
recordings on the go, and you may edit your recordings with many of the
convenience features found on home MD recorders; see below for more about the
Recording: the unit
may be set to record a single track from a disc played in an optional CD/MD
Recording: the unit
may be set to record a complete a disc played in an optional CD/MD changer
Machine Recording: when
recording from a radio broadcast, the unit stores 10 seconds of audio data
in a memory buffer. This feature allows you to activate recording up to 10
seconds after a broadcast has begun and still capture the beginning of the
broadcast on your recording.
Recording: if you
have started a recording, but you need to leave the vehicle, you may program
the unit to continue recording after you turn off the ignition and leave the
car. The unit may be set to continue recording 10 to 80 minutes, in 10
Recording: you may
create and record a program of up to 24 tracks from discs in a CD or MD
- Erase Function: you
may erase a single track, all tracks or just a portion of a track
- Divide Function:
this function can be used to add track numbers to divide any multiple tracks
that were recorded as a single track. Also, this function let's you mark
track numbers after a recording has been made.
- Combine Function:
function allows you to put several tracks together into a single track
- Move Function: this
function allows you to change the order of tracks recorded on an MD
- MD Labeling:
you may label your MDs and tracks; up to 1700 characters may be entered for
Automatic Recording Level Setting: The
recording level is automatically set by this unit; there are no manual recording
Digital Input: This
unit is equipped with a digital input. The digital input allows you
to make digital recordings from a Sony mobile CD changer equipped with an
optical digital output. The input is on the rear panel of the unit.
The digital input is not an optical digital input, so an XA-D110 adapter
(sold separately) is required to connect this unit to a source equipped with a
Toslink optical digital output.
SSIR-EXA Adaptive Reception: The
SSIR-EXA tuner is equipped with "Adaptive Reception". The Adaptive Reception
feature has two (IF AUTO and WIDE) for optimizing FM reception. The "wide" mode
decreases the tuner's selectivity but results in better frequency response. The auto mode
automatically adjusts the tuner for a good balance between frequency response and minimum
station-to-station interference. The Adaptive Reception feature cannot be turned off.
Station Memo: You
can assign a name of up to 8 characters in length to each tuner preset station. Station
Memos can be used with the List-up function to locate a station.
Source Tone Memory: Bass
and treble settings are independently stored in memory for each source (AM/FM/CD).
Remote Compatibility: This receiver can be controlled by the optional wired rotary commander (item
158RMX4S) and optional wireless remote (item 158RMX47).
attenuate/mute function is accessible only by remote (wired and wireless remotes sold
Cellular Mute Lead: This unit is equipped with lead that mutes audio output when a cellular call is
received; when the call is over, the audio level is automatically restored. To use this
feature, you MUST have a cellular phone with a muting output that can be connected to the
cellular mute lead.
Settings: You may change the following sound and display
- Clock: used to set clock time.
- Beep: turns the beeps that the unit
normally makes when a function is selected on/off
(Rotary Commander): changes
the control direction of the optional remote so it corresponds to where the
remote is mounted (left or right of steering column)
- English/French/Spanish: changes the display language
- D.Info: Turns dual info display on/off
(spectrum analyzer): changes
the display pattern of the spectrum analyzer
- Dimmer: selects auto, on or off
- Contrast: changes
the contrast of the display
(Motion Display): turns the
motion display on/off
(Auto scroll): automatically
scrolls a disc or track name from a CD/MD changer or the built-in CD player
if the name exceeds 10 characters
- Loudness: turns
the loudness feature on/off
Control of Multiple
Changers: A maximum of 5 CD changers, or a maximum of 5 MD changers may be
connected to this receiver. When connecting CD and MD changers, you may connect up to a
total of 7 changers (but there must not be more than 5 of one type of changer). When
connecting more than one changer to this receiver, you must use item 158XAC30.
Functions: Shuffle-2: plays
track from all CDs in the selected changer (will repeat tracks) Shuffle-all: plays
tracks from all connected changers in random order (will repeat tracks) Repeat-1: track
repeat Custom File (FILE):
for 110 discs (per changer). Assign up to an 8 character title per disc (Disc Memo).
After a disc has been given a custom title, you may search for the disc, by title,
using the List function. Program Memory:
a program of up to 24 tracks may be entered into memory for each CD/MD
changer that is connected to this unit
one random play disc (does not repeat tracks)
- Changer select
- Track +/-
- Disc +/-
- Track search
can connect an optional Sony TV tuner and TV monitor to this unit. This unit will
automatically memorize the strongest TV signals (up to 12 channels). You can store a name
for each channel (up to 8 characters) and display it by using the list function (displays
on the TV monitor). Disc info that is stored in memory and radio station names can be
displayed on the TV monitor.
Simultaneous Play: This
feature allows you to watch TV or video while listening to an MD or CD; this
feature will not work while you are listening to the radio.
Display and Illumination Note
Clock Display: Pressing
the OFF button once will turn off audio output, but the clock display (on the
Active Black Panel and the control panel) and button illumination (on the
control panel) remain on. This makes the clock display "Keyed"
instead of "Unit On" only. To turn the unit off completely, you
must press the OFF button for two seconds.
Note: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at
the radio location, you must turn the radio completely off (this defeats keyed
operation), or you may wire the accessory power wire of this radio to an
alternate source of accessory power to retain keyed clock operation.