Disc & USB Playback
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
- 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 visitSony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled
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
- 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
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
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 & USB Playback
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|
Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet,||FAT
|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|
(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
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
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
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 theAndroid 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
- 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 optionalSXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.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
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
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),
- EQ10 w/ ClearAudio+:
R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom, or
The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You
can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band1
(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
- Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally
compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression
- 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
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
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 includeApple 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
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
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.