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Our take on the Sony MEX-N5000BT by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Smartphone interactivity, Sony style
Sony's understands that your smartphone is a big part of your life, so the MEX-N5000BT CD receiver offers plenty of ways to use it with in your car audio system. Sony's App Remote feature lets you take charge of selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps from your phone's touchscreen, while on the other side you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your source. Best of all, App Remote lets your phone work as a display for the receiver, so you can see album art, track info, caller information, and more on your phone, rather than reading it off the receiver's single line display.
Connect to compatible iPhones® through Bluetooth® and you can activate voice commands and inquiries from the receiver. Speak your commands and you'll hear your iPhone response through your car audio speakers. And this receiver will notify you of any incoming text messages, so you can keep your eyes on the road.
Bluetooth that's easy to use
The MEX-N5000BT's built-in Bluetooth adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver. Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and if your phone supports NFC, you can simply touch it to the receiver to pair the device.
With over 35,00 colors available, you're sure to find the right hue for your dash.
The center of a great car audio system
The MEX-N5000BT includes Sony's impressive Advanced Sound Engine, featuring a 10-band EQ, digital time alignment to set up a perfect stereo "sweet spot," and frequency filters to make your speaker setup shine. Sony's powerful Digital Reality amp is noted for its solid sound output and realistic audio reproduction. If you're looking to expand your system with external amps, you'll find three sets of preamp outputs.
You've got great musical options too. Check out your latest CD, or browse your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's controls. You can plug your iPhone® or iPod® into the USB input — Sony's Quick-BrowZer® makes it easy to search for songs by artist, album, song, genre, or playlist. And you can add on a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required), if you want to experience an unparalleled variety of news, talk, sports, and music. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to make this receiver look right at home in your dash.
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Easy to use, great sound quality, easy to install, flexible with system expansion. Sony definitely brings the quality with this one.
Quentin, Seneca, Mo
What's in the Box:
- CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring (installed)
- Wiring harness
- Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
- CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
- Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
- Two-sided tape
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
- Face fixing screw
- Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
- Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
- US Limited Warranty sheet
- Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
- Face fixing screw note
- Important Notice
- CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
- Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
- Pandora control through iPhone
- music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
- App Remote mode for iPhone and Android
- Siri and Android Eyes Free
- variable color illumination
- remote control
- 10-band equalizer
- Listener Position calibration digital time alignment
- Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) to improve digital music playback
- low-pass and high-pass filters
- subwoofer level control
- compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
- inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power Output||17 watts|
|Peak Output||55 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-N5000BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.1), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-N5000BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-N5000BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with the Sony head unit and keep two devices connected at all times (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the MEX-N5000BT will automatically re-connect to your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing for Android and iPhone smartphone to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.
- Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on it rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones with OS 4.0 or lower, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
- USB Pairing (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-N5000BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the MEX-N5000BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
- Dialing a Number: Using the MEX-N5000BT, you can dial a phone
number in one of the following ways.
- Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's control dial.
- Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
- Phone Book: You can store up to 1,000 contacts in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
- Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
- Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.
- Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 11' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Sony MEX-N5000BT can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the MEX-N5000BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display device's stored music and music app song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title.
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-N5000BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-N5000BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the MEX-N5000BT ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports the playback of MP3/WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.
USB Port: The receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony MEX-N5000BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||CD-R/RW||USB MSC Device|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet,||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types||
MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps
WMA: bit rate up to 320kbps
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8-/16-bit
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||150 folders/300 files||10,000 files|
|Tags||ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag|
Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.
Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD receiver offers a variety of unique playback & search functions.
- Track/Folder List: The head unit can display a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.
- Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music folder in 10% increments.
- Repeat/Random: Repeat a single track or repeat an entire folder. Shuffle all tracks or a specific folder.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-N5000BT's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).
- Head Unit Control + Song/Artist Info: The MEX-N5000BT's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast from the head unit's front-panel control; content in each category will be listed alphabetically. The unit also offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. During Head Unit Control mode, the MEX-N5000BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including track #, elapsed playing time, song title, artist name, and album label. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to navigate your stored music and access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
- Passenger App Control: In Passenger App Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. The Passenger App Control mode does not offer song/artist information display. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
Note: 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 (not iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-N5000BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||App Remote||Pandora App||Artist/Song Text||Track Info||Phone||Audio||Siri|
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 wait until a 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 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.
Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony MEX-N5000BT is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets in each in band (FM 1-3/AM 1-2), for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. Presets can be stored automatically using the Best Tuning Memory (BTM) feature.
Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-N5000BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. The Sony MEX-N5000BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-N5000BT (no hard-wired connection required); your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-N5000BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Sony MEX-N5000BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the MEX-N5000BT are as follows:
- Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)
Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-N5000BT 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.
6ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-N5000BT is equipped with 2-volt Front, Rear, & Sub pre-amp outputs giving you the ability to connect external amplifiers to your car stereo system. The unit's subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can even 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.
Note: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.
High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.
Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.
- EQ10 w/ ClearAudio+: R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).
- Listening Position: This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
- Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
- Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.
- Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Loudness: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.
Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-N5000BT features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color (R-G-B), & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.
- Day/Night Color Mode: You can register a customize color for the unit's display and buttons for day & night time driving.
- Sound Synchronization: The color changes according to synchronization of playing music. When you select a preset pattern sound synchronization becomes effective.
- White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
- Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.
Note: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-N5000BT to one of three dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).
Auto Scroll: The Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed on a disc.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/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.
Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.
App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-N5000BT and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.1-2.3 Froyo/Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0-4.2). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen.
- Receiver Sources: The App Remote lets you access the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux sources from your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist information from MP3/WMA and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
- Compatible Apps (as of 2/19/2014): The App Remote also
provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses
from the Sony MEX-N5000BT's source list. Available operation differs depending
on the application.
- Music Apps: Music apps include; Pandora, AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, MOG, and TuneIn. The head unit only provides basic Play/Pause functions and no song/artist information for these music apps.
- Movie Apps: Movie apps include Netflix and YouTube. Video will be displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's speakers. You can control Play/Pause from the MEX-N5000BT. Other playback functions will need to done on your smartphone. Subscription may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
- Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and MotionX GPS Drive. The map screen will display on your smartphone's touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music streamed from your smartphone while navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps & functions.
- Voice Communication + Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, App Remote technology for the MEX-N5000BT head unit adds a voice user interface for voice control of apps and functions such as navigation and music playback, notification readouts including RSS feeds, Twitter, and text message reply. Through voice operation, you can safely and comfortably operate your smartphone in the car from the Sony MEX-N5000BT CD receiver. Incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the MEX-N5000BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you in touch.
- Custom Sound Settings: From your Android smartphone remote screen, you get access to audio & DSP settings (Equalizer, Volume Control, Fader/Balance/Subwoofer, and Listening Position).
Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.
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This product is not waterproof. For applications like a Harley, you may want to look at our Marine audio here: http://www.crutchfield.com/c_20/Marine-Audio-GPS.html Or our Motorcycle/ATV audio gear here: http://www.crutchfield.com/m_307250/Motorcycle-ATV.html?tp=18 [ Jeff Apr 09, 2015 ] Staff
1 answer On showing folder names. I make 5 folders on a usb stick with a bunch of mp3s in them. The decks displays "USB 1", "USB 2" etc. Anybody know how to get it to display the folder name like maybe with an M3U or NFO file? I want the deck to display "Country", "Rock", "Folk" etc., my folder names. [ Jim Mar 17, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through what naming can be done on the unit, and how to set it up. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Mar 20, 2015 ] Staff
4 answers Can this stereo display one color in the daytime (lights off) and a different color at night (lights on)? And if so, how? I'd like to set the daytime color to white and the night time color to match my dash lights. I saw a day/night mode under display settings but I'm not sure how it works and the manual was not helpful. [ Jim Feb 25, 2015 ]
I don't know but that's an excellent idea [ ARTHUR D Feb 27, 2015 ]
From what I've found day/night is only good for brightness and it usually knows if you have your dash lights on if you set it to auto but as far as different colors for day/night I don't think there's a way [ Barrett Feb 25, 2015 ]
I am thinking a wire for dash lights would be needing to be connected. Then drill the setting for the color. Personally I have not done this. But, the unit would have to know when to change from day to night lighting. [ RODNEY Feb 25, 2015 ]
I've had a lot of problems with this stereo randomly shuttng off and resetting. So the lights reset all the time and are hard to read anyway, especially in the sun. To answer your question, I think you can only manually set the light color. I would look elsewhere either way. [ TRAVIS Feb 25, 2015 ]
Through menu and settings. It has a lots of options and can change many times automatically for example. I think it changes color relevant to music pitch/frequency. I set mine to match my speedometer color. I like the radio and worth the buy. [ michael Feb 04, 2015 ]
press the menu button until is says display, scroll through the display options till you get to colors or custom colors, it will then prompt you through the rest. when finished use the back arrow to exit in order to save your settings. I hope this helps! [ Alec Feb 04, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Sony MEX-N5000BT doesn't support a wired remote connection. It does come with a wireless remote control included. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Feb 04, 2015 ] Staff
I'm not for sure if it will work because I have a Note 3, but I don't see why it wouldn't. [ AUSTIN Feb 04, 2015 ]
I have an iphone 6 and it pairs just fine. I don't have any issues at all. [ JEREMY Jan 27, 2015 ]
Thanks Richard, I was able to get it to work but the head unit does not behave exactly the way the manual describes. In any case, I'm able to make calls and listen to BT audio so I can work with the quirks. [ Ken Jan 27, 2015 ]
It will pair, follow directions for the 5. [ Richard Jan 27, 2015 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jan 26, 2015 ] Staff
1 answer I am an Android user, specifically an HTC ONE M7. People have asked if streaming app control, such as Pandora or Spotify, work with their Android phones via bluetooth, to which the answer was yes. What I want to know, is can I control Pandora on my Android phone with the stereo via USB tether? Or is that feature relegated to the higher models? [ D Johnson Jan 16, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This receiver will not allow Pandora to play through the USB using an Android phone. You will either need to use Bluetooth which will let you control it from the radio or your phone, or you can use an auxiliary input which would have to be controlled from the phone. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 21, 2015 ] Staff
are you talking about Siri or sirius xm radio [ ELIZABETH Jan 14, 2015 ]
To use SIRI you will need to press the phone home button. SIRI will come over the speakers and use the microphone. If the phone is unlocked pressing the call button on the radio sometimes initiates SIRI but I had better luck initiating from the phone. [ SCOTT Jan 12, 2015 ]
Yes I use it with my S5 everyday, works great. [ AMANDA Jan 12, 2015 ]
I am using a Samsung Galaxy Centura (Tracfone) and it is working well. I am guessing that the S5 will have no problems [ ORVAL E Jan 09, 2015 ]
Hello, I have this head unit in my Chevy malibu-I myself have a galaxy s3 and it works fine. Switching between synced sources can be a little confusing(unit remembers up to 6 BT devices-1 primary which will have control over apps and will be the phone interfaced with unit where as the other sources are selectable thru BT menu). I have had a friend sync his s 5 to the car it also worked well-i only mention he source selection b/c at first I was lost and had to resync my phone after someone else added one. now I know I just have to reelect the proper paired source. Aside from compatibility(which I haven't found a non-syncing one yet), I have to say the head unit is all around good, many display options, good sound, I'm completely happy. I have the unit pushing kicker 400/4, 800/1, ks 6.2(x4), with an L7 12"-I dont use the head unit equalizers b/c they defeat the amp equalizers and cause a little clipping at high volumes. Hope this was helpful. [ JOSHUA A Jan 09, 2015 ]
I have the s5 everything works for Bluetooth even Pandora [ MIKE Jan 09, 2015 ]
1 answer Hi. I have this stereo and paired it with my iPhone. When it autopairs and i get a text message, no tone comes through the phone or the speakers. The phone just vibrates. Is there a setting to where the phone will alert me, or since it is always hooked up to the bluetooth, that has priority, and message alerts are gone? Thanks!! [ Optimus Jan 06, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 07, 2015 ] Staff
2 answers So I installed this radio about six months ago, and when I start my car (2007 jeep liberty) the radio is immediately locked. I could still connect to Bluetooth if it was left on bt audio but I will not be to change volume. All buttons are locked. This could last from 30 seconds to 2 hours. Called Sony was told I purchased a lemon. Today I installed same radio brand new, same problem! ! Anyone know what the heck is going on? Ooh and I can't use the app remote during it being locked. [ Jeep libby Dec 25, 2014 ]
I've never had such a problem with mine. From the manual: Troubleshooting: The operation buttons do not function. The disc will not eject. Press PTY/CAT and (back)/MODE for more than 2 seconds to reset the unit. The contents stored in memory are erased. [ Roger Dec 29, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Dec 29, 2014 ] Staff
I havent linked the iPhone via USB rather i link it up via bluetooth. I can't comment on how the skip button works for the music app or Pandora, but i frequently use Spotify and i am able to skip to the next song directy on the radio itself. So i am asuming that if you have the iPhone bluetooth linked and pluged into the USB (to charge the iPhone) it will do the same for Music App or Pandora. I cannot comment on the use of the remote, primary because I have a small car and very close to the radio and have no use to use the remote. [ RUSSELL Dec 29, 2014 ]
Yes you can use the skip buttons on the radio or the remote to skip songs on iPhone. This works for stock app, iTunes Radio, pandora, slacker and google music that I've tried. For pandora you're supposed to even be able to use buttons on the radio to "like" songs. I'm a primary Slacker user and you can't "like" through the radio there but everything else works perfect. [ Barrett Dec 20, 2014 ]
I would not suggest buying an iPhone or any other product from apple for that matter you can get a lot more for a lot less from other manufacturers [ ARTHUR D Dec 17, 2014 ]
Thanks, that's what I was looking for. Turns out that apps that support the HFP Bluetooth protocol work like that with this unit. [ TN Ian Dec 06, 2014 ]
Oh ya I use "waze" for directions and it doesnt mute it but it kind of turns it down so that the directions from your maps app greatly over shadows the music or atleast that's been my experience . [ Ricardo Dec 06, 2014 ]
Sorry I can't even set my clock so it stays on if I change outputs. Not too happy about the instructions and I am a computer literate person. Maybe try putting the radio on Bluetooth [ BARBARA Dec 05, 2014 ]
I am sorry I bought this and it doesn't work any more why I don't know the thing just stop :( [ LASHONDA Dec 07, 2014 ]
1/2" x 3" [ STEVE Dec 03, 2014 ]
Rachel I'm not sure what you are asking by size of screen. However, I love this radio, the functions are great. Bluetooth works great. [ WILLIAM E Dec 03, 2014 ]
I would say the letters are about 1/2" in height. Hope that is what you wanted. [ Richard Dec 03, 2014 ]
Bluetooth pairing, audio playback, and phone calls work great with my Note 4. I haven't tried using NFC yet though. [ RYAN Nov 26, 2014 ]
I am using a galaxy s5 with no problems. They are essentially the same phone. Just one has a bigger screen. [ JEROME Nov 25, 2014 ]
You can either press the call button to access a menu including "recent calls" which is what I use. Or you can use the big volume button to access Google now / s voice. [ Jacob Nov 24, 2014 ]
You have to make a call on the phone normally when thr number is dialed the radio pauses the music and put the call on it. [ DEAN Nov 24, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Nov 24, 2014 ] Staff
4 answers Just installed this in my car have a galaxy s5 with an otter box case which will not start the Bluetooth because of the case. Will this not auto connect the Bluetooth automatically when I start the car? The only way I can do it is to hold the volume control down for a few seconds. [ Domenic Nov 19, 2014 ]
Have you paired your phone and the stereo? If you haven't done that yet all you have to do is press the menu button>>scroll through with the volume knob until you find where it says pair device>>push the volume knob to select pair device. This should solve the problem. [ AUSTIN Nov 30, 2014 ]
If you have bluetooth turned on, it should automatically connect after a minute or so of turning on, regardless of the case. Perhaps you're looking for NFC connectivity. Check the setting for NFC on your phone and also check out an app for the Sony unit called NFC quick connect or easy connect or something like that. If all that fails contact Sony customer support. [ NATHANIEL Nov 19, 2014 ]
My experience has been, once the unit is powered down you have to manually reconnect, i was going to call Sony and ask about this myself, it would be better if it did it auto. Not much help, sorry. But this is a really nice unit, very pleased other wise. Enjoy [ DENNIS Nov 19, 2014 ]
If it doesn't connect automatically in my car when I start it, I push the pause button "6", on the head unit and it connects. [ ROBBY Nov 19, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: There isn't a Google Now app built into this radio. It will have the audio streaming capabilities, but you will have to control everything from your phone. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Nov 21, 2014 ] Staff
This unit does require the use of external mic, which should be included in the box. Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector) [ Jeff Oct 16, 2014 ] Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Oct 14, 2014 ] Staff
1 answer For some reason, I get power and the display works but when I press the src button, nothing happens. I get no functionality. Not exactly sure which connection is messed up or if I'm missing something. Any help? I am replacing an older model without bluetooth. Anyone know why I can get power but can't actually get it to turn on? [ Alido Oct 03, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Oct 04, 2014 ] Staff
Have you checked the bluetooth settings on the phone to make sure it is connected for media and phone call audio? Sometimes, my galaxy s4 only connects for media audio. [ ERIC Sep 26, 2014 ]
Perhaps the Bluetooth protocols on your phone aren't compatible with this receiver. You might try to contact Samsung and ask them about it. [ NATHANIEL Sep 26, 2014 ]
You have to turn demo off and then you can change the color to what your preference is and the beeping can't be turned off sadly [ Noah Sep 22, 2014 ]
I have never had that probelm, the manual is pretty simple as far as setup is concerned, but u can reset the unit and start again or take it to a audio shop and they can show u properly how to how to correct ur unit. Hope this helps. [ paul Sep 21, 2014 ]
Yes those all be changed, the manual has very good written drill down menu. I would reference you check the back of the manual and it will explain where to change the settings for your concerns. [ RODNEY Sep 21, 2014 ]
Yes in the settings you can turn what's called "demo" off and also turn "beeps" off [ KEVIN M Sep 21, 2014 ]
Press menu// set display// demo off. Set general// set beep// off [ JONATHAN Sep 21, 2014 ]
Gordon if you go into the menu section you can turn the beeps off. Also check your color settings because it sounds like you have the color scan feature turned on. Hope this helps! [ Ronnie Sep 21, 2014 ]
Yes, these are shutoff easily through the general menu setup options. [ TIMOTHY Sep 21, 2014 ]
I cannot answer that [ Chris Sep 04, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Sep 03, 2014 ] Staff
I think you will have to start over and pair the original phone again and then everything should be o.k. Have you tried this yet? [ ORVAL E Aug 31, 2014 ]
Hello, I had the same trouble the 1st time I paired my wife's phone to the unit. The Head unit seems to want to stay fully connected to the last device it was interfaced with. I don't recall exactly how I overcame the issue but I believe that if you look at the Bluetooth settings on the phone it will show the available connection but not be automatically connected-i think that's how I got it to resync to my phone it was only an issue once(its been a few months-im sorry I don't recall exactly), and if its not re-paired thru the phone settings then it may have been the app that helped solve the issue. [ JOSHUA A Aug 31, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Aug 30, 2014 ] Staff
Yes it does have a FM scan button. [ DONNA Aug 23, 2014 ]
There are instructions on the Kenwood site that I no longer have,but teach you how to display the time and more when playing MP3 and discs. [ MICHAEL Aug 23, 2014 ]
Toggle display button. [ CHARLES A Aug 19, 2014 ]
Yes this head unit has a removable face plate. [ Bernard Aug 30, 2014 ]
yes face plate is removable. Nice radio love the blue tooth. Little hard to program. Dislike the clock is not visible unless you you hit the off button? [ STANLEY Aug 19, 2014 ]
Yes this has a removable face plate. You push the release on the top left corner of the face plate [ Doyle Aug 18, 2014 ]
Yes, it does have a removable face plate. [ BRIAN D Aug 17, 2014 ]
yes it does [ john Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes. The little button at the top left in the picture releases it. [ John Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes, the face plate is removable for security. One touch button allows the face plate removal and the unit comes with a storage case to keep it in. Very nice radio, great sound, ease of use. Multiple color changing options. [ NATHANIEL Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes, the face plate is removeable. [ Darren Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ Ranger Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it does, awesome radio. [ rick Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ Ken Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it dose [ ROBERT Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it does. It is the button in the top left of the face plate. [ Ronnie Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes, the face is removable. [ RAYMOND C Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes [ KEVIN M Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes it is removable. [ MICHAEL Aug 17, 2014 ]
3 answers I've had the Sony MEX-N5000BT installed in my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (2002) for about 2 months now, however I noticed that every time I set the correct time, after no more than a couple of minutes the clock resets at a time that's exactly 3 hours ahead. For instance, if I set the current time to 7:30, after a couple of minutes the clock display changes to 10:30. Even after I tried setting it at -3hrs from current time (i.e. 4:30 in the example above), again, after a few minutes, the clock display changes to 10:30. It seems the radio keeps resetting the time automatically at +3 hours from the current time no matter what time I set it. Anyone else having the same/similar issue? - any input/suggestions would be appreciated. [ Arber Jul 30, 2014 ]
No, but my I pod will not stay connected to Bluetooth, seems like customers are having different issues with this radio [ KEVIN Jul 31, 2014 ]
Sorry, I have not experienced that. [ RONAL Jul 30, 2014 ]
Had a similar problem. You need to go into your setup and find the CT. This is set to ON by default and needs to be turned OFF. This is the automatic Clock Time setting that resets your clock to the time that the station you're listening to is set. Which obviously is wrong. Try it. [ KEVIN Jul 30, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jul 02, 2014 ] Staff
The radio is not equipped to work with xm/Sirius radio, but it works with bluetooth, aux cables, cd, and usb. [ AUSTIN Jun 30, 2014 ]
You need a tuner. [ DAVID Jun 25, 2014 ]
You will need a separate tuner. [ ERIC Jun 25, 2014 ]
Tuner required [ JEB Jun 24, 2014 ]
You will need to purchase a tuner separately along with a subscription to Sirius. [ NATHANIEL Jun 24, 2014 ]
You have to turn demo off by pressing menu then demo then select off then choose your colors and settings and it should not change. [ RAVI Jun 24, 2014 ]
The Demo mode should be able to be canceled by following a few steps. I have copied the manual's guide to this adjustment below. It is also available on page 17. I hope this helps. Settings Canceling the DEMO Mode You can cancel the demonstration display which appears while this unit is turned off. 1 Press MENU, rotate the control dial to select [DISPLAY], then press it. 2 Rotate the control dial to select [DEMO], then press it. 3 Rotate the control dial to select [DEMOOFF], then press it. The setting is complete. 4 Press ~ (back) twice. The display returns to normal reception/play mode. Thank you! [ WESLEY Jun 24, 2014 ]
Yes, I don't remember exact how, but you need to scroll through the settings and turn off the demo mode. [ RODNEY Jun 23, 2014 ]
Battery connection requires a constant 12vdc supply. Wiring issue. [ KEVIN Jun 23, 2014 ]
Jeremy, for me, all settings are saved in the radio. I do have to reset things if I disconnect my battery (I've had to do that twice in a few month period). I'm wondering if there's a connection not hooked up in how your car stereo has been wired up. [ TIMOTHY Jun 22, 2014 ]
If it isn't saving then make sure you 12v is properly connected. Sounds like you have it in ignition wire. [ MICHAEL Jun 22, 2014 ]
Your problem sounds like it is a electrical problem in your car not the radio [ Noah Jun 22, 2014 ]
Once the radio is connected to the phone it will not turn on automatically you have to hold down the volume button for just a few seconds and it connects. Once you sink it, it connects easily. [ Jason Jun 25, 2014 ]
My S5 has to be set to visible to Bluetooth devices, otherwise I have to go to settinga and connect it. [ KEVIN Jun 24, 2014 ]
My S5 has to be set to visible to Bluetooth devices, otherwise I have to go to settinga and connect it. [ KEVIN Jun 24, 2014 ]
I can't speak spedifically to a Galaxy phone, but it pairs automatically with a Moto x no problem. Hope that helps. [ RANDAL Jun 23, 2014 ]
Paul, The Stereo is completely capable of remembering more that one Bluetooth device. Once paired, there will be no need to pair again unless you specifically delete the connection like when you get a new device. I am not familiar with the S3 but I can't imagine it being any other way. We paired several different phones with no issue. Hope this helps, Kevin [ KEVIN Jun 23, 2014 ]
The Somy automatically pairs with my Apple everytime I start the car. [ Eric Jun 22, 2014 ]
Mine pairs up automatically (galaxy S3)...every time [ DINO T Jun 22, 2014 ]
Sorry.. on this unit, my s4 stays connected. No need to keep pairing [ ERIN J Jun 21, 2014 ]
On my s4, I have to pair each time. Not sure if there is a solution [ ERIN J Jun 21, 2014 ]
you have to go to the bluetooth settings on the phone. its very straight foward. if you can push buttons, you can DO IT! [ JOSE Jun 21, 2014 ]
I have a I phone 5 and I have to do the same thing wish I could help [ john Jun 21, 2014 ]
I have to pair them each time. I have tried different ways to work around it and nothing works. It's not hard to pair them but it is sort of a pain to have to do it every time. Having said that, the rest of the system is great. I love it. [ GARY Jun 21, 2014 ]
Once it's paired the S3 will connect every time you start the car. [ KEVIN Jun 21, 2014 ]
It connects automatically with an iPhone 5S. I'm sure the android is the same. Awesome unit. [ RICHARD Jun 21, 2014 ]
My wife has a Galaxy S4 and it automatically connects when you turn on the radio. [ Darren Jun 21, 2014 ]
Yes, this does have RDS. And it works very well, as long as your station is actually broadcasting the RDS. I have one local station that resently stopped broadcasting the RDS, now I've switched stations. [ KEVIN May 20, 2014 ]
Yes it does. Not much this beauty doesn't do! [ GREG May 20, 2014 ]
Yes. There is a button on the far right that allows the user to scroll through the various information available per station. [ Rob May 20, 2014 ]
Yes. It shows call letters, genre and song info as long as the station is sending out the signal. [ KEITH May 20, 2014 ]
Yes it has [ WADE R May 20, 2014 ]
Thanks! [ Brent May 20, 2014 ]
Yes it does have RDS. Will scroll station name, call letters, even song and artist name for FM stations that participate. [ Barrett May 20, 2014 ]
Thanks! [ Brent May 20, 2014 ]
Yes, it does. [ Darren May 19, 2014 ]
Yes Brent, it shows the radio station and the name of the song. [ DONNA May 19, 2014 ]
Its just fine I get no lag on this unit my friends are now buying this unit havent had prblem or complaint one yet [ SHAWN May 25, 2014 ]
I have this stereo and it is amazing! I am very pleased with it. [ AUSTIN May 23, 2014 ]
There isn't any lag promise [ JAMISON May 20, 2014 ]
From the knob, the volume control is very responsive. Pretty much immediate. I don't know about the remote as I've never used it to change the volume. [ DENNIS May 20, 2014 ]
In my opinion the volume control on this unit is very responsive. Although the control knob is used to control various other functions, it is prioritized to the volume unless another function is chosen through the menu. I have found that the control knob is, in fact, so responsive that when rapidly turning the controls and adjusting the volume from one extreme to another, the actual audio will adjust faster than the display. This does occur only when going very rapidly from one extreme to another; otherwise, no delay, no annoying beep, just great control. [ LONNELL May 20, 2014 ]
The volume control is very responsive there is no lag whats so ever im very happy with this unit [ GABRIEL C May 20, 2014 ]
The volume is very responsive using the radio, remote or phone. It also has a dual adjustment one for music and the other for hands free talking. [ CHRISTIAN L May 20, 2014 ]
The knob on the unit controls the volume. It is very responsive. I have never had any issues with volume control. [ DAVID May 19, 2014 ]
I find the volume control to be very responsive. I have two of these units, and I love them. [ WILLIAM May 19, 2014 ]
6 answers The Android device I use to play my music from is a 7 inch Tablet. It does not have an internet connection but it does have bluetooth and NFC. I would need the Sony to play the songs from the tablet, and also connect to my phone which is not a smartphone, but does have bluetooth. Will using both of these devices at the same time work? [ paratwa May 19, 2014 ]
It is my understanding that Bluetooth will only connect to one device at a time. Not a limitation of the device but of Bluetooth. [ Hal May 22, 2014 ]
I have never tried but I think probably not. I just searched in Bing and found this: "If your headset doesn't not have multipoint technology, it cannot connect to two receivers simultaneously." [ ORVAL E May 20, 2014 ]
I have never tried to pair 2 devices at once but it does have a usb input as well so you can pair your phone on BT and connect your tablet via usb. I hope this helps a litte [ ANTHONY May 20, 2014 ]
If you plan on using Bluetooth for both, only one can be paired with the radio at a time. You would have to have the radio pair with the other device every time you switched. I am unsure about NFC. [ KEITH May 20, 2014 ]
i, I've had the unit for about 3 weeks nnow so I'm still figuring it out myself but so far I've been able to pair 2 devices at the same time and then play audio from each. I have a galaxy s3, my wife has a s4,(both paired). And my friend paired an older smartphone(unsure model) he jumped in and paired his just for a few songs but it played fine-my phone was still paired and I retook control using the head units ap thru the phone. Im still figuring it out myself and have the unit in my daily driver so I haven't sat and played around yet. The manual says that the unit will prioritize to last connected smartphone, also says if you have smartphone with android OS 4.0 or lower you will need an app to connect using NFC. "Note: while streaming Bluetooth audio, you cannot connect from the unit to the cellular phone. Connect from the cellular phone to this unit instead". The best I can answer is yes-but I wouldn't hinge purchase on my statement without first calling Sony to check compatibility with your phone itself. I highly recommend the unit I have similar Sony unit in my truck that I love . Hope I was helpful. 98' Chevy Malibu Sony mex-n500bt Kicker ks 6.2. (2) Kicker kx 400.4 Kx 800.1 12" L7. 4ohm. [ JOSHUA A May 20, 2014 ]
hello you can only use one device at a time because it will occupy the only connection that the radio have; also the tablet just can connect one other device at the same time so it wont be possible; i recommend to use an auxiliar option and maintain the bluetooth connected to the phone [ DEAN May 19, 2014 ]
I don't have a bluetooth phone, but the microphone cord is over 6 feet long after running it back from the back of the receiver down to my console area (6 feet left over). [ TIMOTHY Apr 30, 2014 ]
It pauses the current mode and switches to phone mode. For instance, while listening to a podcast from my phone, it suddenly stopped and the phone rang on the speakers. I pressed the phone button and answered the call. When the caller hung up, my podcast resumed. The microphone cord is maybe 5 feet long? It was plenty for me to route underneath my dash, up the left front window post, and mount on the visor in front of my forehead. I had several extra feet then which i stored behind the radio. [ Roger Apr 28, 2014 ]
The radio switches from the tuner mode to the Bluetooth phone mode, so yes the radio does mute so you call hear the phone. I did not measure the cord, I am guessing 8'. [ BRIAN D Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes, the system mutes the radio, and pauses if I am streaming from my android phone. Call comes thru over the speakers as long as BT is connected. People on the other end of the call say my voice seems muted tho. Not sure how long the cord is, at least 4 ft. . I used the clip and mounted to the arm of my turn signal.. [ ERIN J Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes. The music mutes when a call comes in. Cord is 11 ft (per crutchfield) [ DINO T Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes. The radio is muted. Mic cord is approx. 8Ft. [ EDWIN Apr 28, 2014 ]
The mic cord is about 6 ft. The bluetooth calling has its own source mode. So yes the music will stop. Once your call has ended the reciever will automatically go back to the previous music source. [ ZECHARIAH T Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes it does. My son loves the stero, especially for the price. Easy installation as well [ RICH Apr 27, 2014 ]
The music turns on and off automatically when on the phone and the mic cord is pretty long I mounted mine on the steering column and had to coil up a lot of extra cord behind the dash the stereo is highly recommended by me exceeded all expectations [ ARTHUR D Apr 27, 2014 ]
Hello Andre, I recently purchased the Sony MEX-N5000BT and love it! Yes, the calling feature does lower the music and a chime alerts you to an incoming call. You can then choose to answer the call or not. You are also able to see the phone number and the name of the caller if they are in your phone's phone book. It works very well. The microphone cable is 11 feet in length allowing you to position it virtually anywhere. I have mine on the steering column just in front of the dash cluster. I hope this has been helpful. [ WESLEY Apr 27, 2014 ]
It mutes the music when you get a call and it automatically starts playing again when it ends. The cord is pretty long, I don't know how long but I ran it from the radio to my wheel and had a ton of extra cord left over! [ NICHOLAS Apr 27, 2014 ]
Blue tooth has the priority over the other sounds and mutes anything else. As for the mic cord length, all, I can say it was long enough to go from the center of the dash to the center of the steering column. Hope this helps, Rod [ RODNEY Apr 27, 2014 ]
It turns the radio off when you use the phone. I don't know how long the microphone cord is but I was able to run it from the radio, through the dash, up the side molding and to the drivers side visor to clip. I still had cord left over. [ DEBBIE Apr 27, 2014 ]
2 answers I have a Windows Phone, I'm wondering on the functionality of this unit, as in Hands Free, Voice Recognition, USB Compatible Functions, etc. would be a big gap without having the availability of downloading the "App Remote" because the app is not available to Windows Phones. Anyone who has experience with using a Windows Phone with this unit and willing to share your opinion about it would be great? [ Diego Apr 15, 2014 ]
The app remote is not required for these functions. The App allows you to use the phone as a remote control for the radio. [ Roger Apr 28, 2014 ]
I am using Nokia Lumia 710 with Window Phone. It work great with this Sony CD player. The Bluetooth pair easily and works for BT talk, voice, and media system including listing music and movie sound system. I didn't try with Pandora yet because I don't listen to Pandora that much. I use USB with my Ipod. The sony cd player control and charge the Ipod at the same time, seek songs and album. I am still learning to do the setup and adjust the setting. It got so much selection to do for this unit. Beside the price is not too bad. It is cheaper price compare 20 years ago for a CD player without BT. [ Ngadiran Apr 17, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the install. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Apr 14, 2014 ] Staff
It is a bit hard to read in bright sun with polarized sunglasses. Setting the display to white does help. If you like the colors, you can have the other lights remain a different color (or cycle throughout them) while leaving the display text white. [ DENNIS May 20, 2014 ]
Yes, but not very easily. [ CHANCE WILLIAM Apr 12, 2014 ]
Yes No problem I put this radio in my boat and is fine easy to read even in my boat. It rock too. [ J.THOMAS STUCCO Apr 11, 2014 ]
I have not installed it yet [ RENEE Apr 11, 2014 ]
Yes. If you're having trouble select a custom color. [ OVA W Apr 11, 2014 ]
yes display is bright and crisp [ Brett Apr 11, 2014 ]
Today was the first day I drove the car that the deck was installed into. I did find it difficult to read the display if the sunlight glared across the face of the deck at the right angle. [ HAROLD RAY Apr 11, 2014 ]
This is in my wife's car and she hasn't complained. I personally haven't driven it yet in the daytime. Make sure it isn't programmed for Dimming Mode all of the time. Or maybe try a different color display good luck. [ DAVID Apr 10, 2014 ]
Yes, however some adjustments you can make to the display are not as bright as others. I chose a display color combination that works best for my car. [ GARY Apr 10, 2014 ]
Yes you can. The radio has a good amount of different colors and also has a dimmer. I have the dimmer on and can still see it very well. [ MICHAEL Apr 10, 2014 ]
The display is ok in direct sunlight if set to white. Some colors are hard to read in sunlight. The dimmer isn't working with the car (I haven't set up yet) so I expect that to make a difference. Great sound though and easy to pair with phone. [ SCOTT Apr 10, 2014 ]
Yes [ ELIZABETH Apr 10, 2014 ]
Yes the display has multiple colors it's very easy to see in the daytime/sunlight I would recommend this stereo really brought my speakers to life. [ JOSHUA Apr 10, 2014 ]
Hold in the menu button until the time comes up and that will display the time while music is playing. Also if you have the remote us the display button on the remote. It is one of the small round buttons. [ Doyle Apr 14, 2014 ]
Hold the Menu button for a few seconds and you will hear a beep and the display will change. It changes between showing all of the station name data to showing the station number and time. [ WILLIAM Apr 09, 2014 ]
Unfortunately this is one of the only things I don't like because I have yet to figure out myself. [ RYAN Apr 09, 2014 ]
Use display button [ ARTHER Apr 09, 2014 ]
I think you cant. It only allows you while the receiver is turned off. [ JUAN Apr 08, 2014 ]
push the menu button go to general setting to clock adjust that's it, hope it helps [ DAVID Apr 08, 2014 ]
Funny you should ask!! I haven't figured it out myself! The info has to be in the manual. I'll be checking that later today. Ask again - colemarparts at msn dot com [ SARAH Apr 08, 2014 ]
Hello, I recently purchased this unit and have yet to install I got because I have he previous model without BT. On hat unit you had to go into he menu and disable the demo mode (click into menu look for demo select demo then select off as setting). And hen select thru display options until time displays(may still flash radio data updates(song/title-info @ start of new songs etc.) But should display clock as default [ JOSHUA A Apr 08, 2014 ]
Yup works fine. tried spotify [ CHIN SIONG Apr 14, 2014 ]
Yes I play Pandora through it as long as the connection to Pandora is good you won't have any problems [ MIKE Apr 13, 2014 ]
I have played Pandora though the BT Audio setting on the receiver with an Android. Worked well. [ DOUG Apr 07, 2014 ]
It works for me, you just have to use the bluetooth audio source setting.. [ JAMISON Apr 06, 2014 ]
Works perfectly well. I bought it specifically for that and actually it sounds better than the radio does. I also use it to listen to Audible audiobooks and it sounds great also. [ ENRIQUE Apr 06, 2014 ]
I do not have pandora but my buddy does and he connected his to mine and it worked just great it also reads your text messages and lets you reply to it over voice and even lets you say call back and it will call the text sender this system does everything I wanted it for everything it says it will do and I think they actually are understating what it can and does do the app program you can get from the app store sony made for the android phones is great it wont load to my windows phone :( but all the features still work i just have to set the system to blutooth phone and anything my phone is doing can be heard or read from this unit I plan on buying couple more for my other vehicles the Alpine I bought previous to this unit said it would do all this but nothing worked and the sony is the only system out there that handles text messaging also and it will do true hands free and also lets you interfere manually awsome system for the money and it doesnt skimp on the sound either and it looks great also being able to change the colors for night and. day seperate from each other and dimmers matches my dash and interior lights perfectly [ SHAWN Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes just today for the first time. I had previously set up BT for my phone and wanted to use the Pandora feature. As I was playing Pandora through my android phone I selected the BT Audio function and it came through bright and clear. I have not used the Pandora specific function as I do not have the latest Pandora App as suggested. [ Hal Apr 04, 2014 ]
Hey Chris, I have had pretty solid results with Pandora on my Samsung Galaxy S4, but I can't speak to any other apps. With Pandora in specific, I know that controls are natively built into the deck, so you can skip, thumbs up/down, all from the stereo or remote. Hope that helps! [ SAWYER Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes, it works. If you're using Pandora, there is a dedicated Pandora option that allows you to skip or thumbs up/down songs but prevents you from being able to change stations. The regular bluetooth connection with the Sony 'App Remote' app will allow you take calls on your phone and streams all of your audio into your car's stereo system without issue. I have yet to get the USB connection to do anything with my Android device other than charge it. [ Morgan Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes, the radio has a bluetooth phone connection which supports music listening and talking. The easiest way to connect the phone is to download the AppRemote application to your phone and then press the volume button for two seconds (while bluetooth is enabled on your phone) and it will automatically connect and pull up the AppRemote app on your phone. Once connected, you can play spotify, slacker, soundcloud, pandora, and any other music app you have on your phone. You can also adjust the equalizer settings and speaker balance through your phone. You can connect without AppRemote using NFC or manually connecting bluetooth but it seems to be a bit more annoying than simply using AppRemote based on my experience. [ MICHAEL Apr 04, 2014 ]
There's a selection in the input list for Pandora, and it only works on Android, not iOS. No Slacker or Spotify. Although you *might* be able to use them with the App Remote wirelessly. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't have a published list of compatible apps, so I can't say for sure. [ BUSHIDO Apr 04, 2014 ]
I have used the blue tooth on this model , it is awesome, on pandora u can forward to next song with radio button if needed . Used with iPhone. [ STANLEY Apr 04, 2014 ]
I'm using this radio with a HTC ONE and Pandora streams well to it. You can change the Pandora channels with the Sony app. It also works with my son's iPhone 5c. I'm really liking this radio for the price. [ SHANE Apr 04, 2014 ]
I stream through mine on a regular basis using the Play Music app. I know it has a special menu for Pandora as well. Anything you can play over Bluetooth should work fine. Word of caution, don't get too excited over the app, it does a few things well (like sound settings) but most of the functions are handled better by Android by itself. [ Jacob Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes.. just download sony app remote on your device and add the apps to it as a source. Menu > settings > Add Apps. That will allow you to select the apps via the physical radio buttons or the phone. [ TIM Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes the BT audio connection is great plays Pandora and I heart radio with ease and I'm sure it will play other internet radio as well. [ DYNA Apr 04, 2014 ]
Yes it works with internet radio. [ SAMUEL Apr 04, 2014 ]
I have this same stereo in my 94 Toyota Pickup and I have not experienced any problems. I am very happy with this product. [ AUSTIN Apr 05, 2014 ]
I have this system in a 97 vr6 jetta with very lowered suspension aso i have to run it fairly tight I have not had any skip issues with my unit yet and where i live i have to drive on the worst streets in america half the time but if you were to experience this the best way to use any systemanymore is to load all your music ontoo a usb stick and stop taking your cd's out in the heat and dirt and you will always have your masters safe at home clean. [ SHAWN Apr 04, 2014 ]
I have not had this happen yet under normal driving, but I suppose any of them would skip under very bad road conditions, such as large pot holes, which this winter has amply provided in most of the country, in short I am very pleased with unit so far, "k,nock on wood" [ DENNIS Mar 31, 2014 ]
So far for me. I have only got a little skip with playing off the USB. No skips yet thru the CD. Also the Android App is a must. [ ABDULLAH Mar 28, 2014 ]
Although I mostly use my unit to play back from my iPhone, I have not experienced any skipping of CDs. I hope this helps. [ WILLIAM Mar 28, 2014 ]
I'm in NJ and we have a lot of pot holes from the winter. I've had this unit for roughly a month now. I have not experienced any skipping yet even while hitting some massive bumps. I have only used commercial cds in perfect condition though, so burnt disks or scratched disks may be a different story. [ KEITH Mar 28, 2014 ]
Never used the CD player before but have had really good luck with the unit itself it can be a little difficult to figure out at times but other than that it is great... [ BENJAMIN ROBERT Mar 28, 2014 ]
I have only had mine a few weeks, but it has never skipped when hitting a bump. [ DONNA Mar 28, 2014 ]
I haven't used it to listen to any CDs. Its all Bluetooth, aux in or USB for me. [ RYAN Mar 28, 2014 ]
My son has the galaxy s 3 and I own this system and its does so much its not funny reads and replys texts and has an app for android called remote app or app remote one or the other and its allows you to use a range of apps over bluetooth and voice, btw this system is android compatable and is basically made in mind of android and voice control it will do true hands free I love mine [ SHAWN Apr 04, 2014 ]
I have the HTC One and they work well together. Mic, bluetooth, Pandora, Slacker radio...no problems. Even read out my text messages. [ JOSEPH Mar 20, 2014 ]
Sorry I can't help I'm using an I-phone & it works well [ RUSSELL Mar 20, 2014 ]
Hi amy I got this for my 1999 camry and it works great with my moto razr m its one of the best Android compadable radios [ Noah Mar 20, 2014 ]
works great with my zte warp love all the stuff this thing does [ DAVID Mar 20, 2014 ]
I dunno. Works fine with Iphone 4 [ Roger Mar 20, 2014 ]
I have a Droid Maxx. I am still in the experimental stages, but so far so good. I have to be honest, the blue tooth phone features takes alittle getting used to. I am going to practice on it this weekend since the weather is going to be nice. I think it is more a Google talk issue than the radio. Androids use Google talk for their calls and messaging. I liked the Verizon platform for phone calls so much better. I will check in next week if you like and see if I made progress. [ bob Mar 19, 2014 ]
I have a galaxy note 2 and the Bluetooth works very well and is very easy to use with android. [ RAVI Mar 19, 2014 ]
Can you explain what features did not work? I am using my MotoX with the N500BT and everything seems to work fine. Take into consideration that since you have a Galaxy S4 it might be trying to use the S-Voice which might not work with bluetooth. The touchless controls for the MotoX by default never work on a bluetooth device, not sure if the same exists with the Galaxy. Also did you try to use the Sony Application to accompany the headunit from the Play Store? [ MICHAEL Mar 19, 2014 ]
Amy, If you ask me after Saturday I will can answer your question. I have the unit installed then, and I have the NOTE II. [ RODNEY Mar 19, 2014 ]
I haven't tried the USB but, I can connect my HTC One with buletooth with no problems! I highly recommend this radio, it is awesome! [ NICHOLAS Mar 19, 2014 ]
Hi amy. MY name is Jimmy. I purchased the ME - 500BT and installed it on my 2006 Harley Street Glide. I have a note2 phone and everything works communication wise with my sony radio. No problems so far. [ JIMMY Mar 19, 2014 ]
I too have the galaxy s4 and the bluetooth works well with it. I have not yet tried the usb. [ KEVIN M Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yeah they dont list that in any of the docs but I have only tried the 32 in mine so far i just use the pny stubby ones that are only 1/2" long and I keep like 4 on a loop but seems i hardly ever change the one i leave in it and I probably have over 10.000 songs on it in HQ set rips i have to scroll so much with a 32gb stick that i couldnt imagine even wanting to use a 64 and doubling my library would take forever to pick out albums and artists lol [ SHAWN Apr 04, 2014 ]
do i need the sxv200 with this unit mex-n5000bt [ bob Feb 22, 2014 ]
I checked with an Advisor and they stated: No exact data size listed but we show it can handle up to 10,000 individual files. [ Krissy Feb 20, 2014 ] Staff