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Sony RM-X4S

Wired remote control

6 Reviews

Item # 158RMX4S

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Our take on the Sony RM-X4S

Sony believes that turning up the bass should be as easy as signaling a right turn — meaning that you feel for the size, shape, or texture of the desired control and make the necessary adjustment, while your eyes stay focused on the road.

Sony believes that turning up the bass should be as easy as signaling a right turn — meaning that you feel for the size, shape, or texture of the desired control and make the necessary adjustment, while your eyes stay focused on the road.

Sony extends the same theory of safe, ergonomic operation of the audio system with the RM-X4S wired remote. Most of the receiver's functions can be operated with the remote, and it's infinitely more intuitive than the controls on a typical receiver's front panel. If there's room, you can even mount it on your steering column for super-convenient access.

You'll find the RM-X4S listed as an optional accessory with many of the Sony receivers on this site.

I'm using this remote on a Pioneer AVIC-F90BT. Since the HU is not Sony, I don't have all the functionality as I would if used on a Sony HU but it does what I need it to for the most part.

Mervyn, OKC

What's in the Box:

  • Rotary commander with attached 6.5` cord with right angle stereo mini jack
  • 8 Labels
  • 1 Plastic wire tie
  • 1 Screw
  • 1 Mounting plate with self-adhesive tape
  • Operating Instructions sheet (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese)
  • Installation Instructions sheet (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese)
Reviews

Sony RM-X4S Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Works for some Pioneers

e-bear from Los Angeles, CA on 7/11/2009

What a relief to find this remote. My Pioneer AVIC F90BT does not support infrared remotes and the only Pioneer option was a bulky marine remote. I did not have steering wheel volume controls and the nickle sized button on the Pioneer was a challenge for my five-thumbed right hand. Not every function on the Sony remote works with the Pioneer, but the volume, seek, attenuation and source functions work and those are the most important for me. Installation was a snap and the adhesive mounting bracket was surprisingly stronger than expected.

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Works

Mervyn from OKC on 5/28/2009

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I'm using this remote on a Pioneer AVIC-F90BT. Since the HU is not Sony, I don't have all the functionality as I would if used on a Sony HU but it does what I need it to for the most part.

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Just great

Richard from Canajoharie, NY on 9/11/2007

What can be said about this product anything that lets you keep your eyes on the road while you fiddle with the stereo has got to be a good thing. And thats what the RM-X4S does , It takes about 5 minutes to read the directions and your set the functions are very easy to remember what does what. Also easy to install.

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A must-have for Sony stereos

Joe from Atlanta, GA on 6/6/2006

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This is a great add-on if you're buying a Sony stereo. Almost all the head unit functions are available on the remote. Easy installation. The cable is long enough to mount it just about anywhere. I have mine mounted on the console.

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An excellent add on.

Eric from Celebration, Fl on 12/25/2005

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Simply put, worth every penny. Very intuitive controls, good mounting system, and good response to the head unit. Makes all functions easily accessed and my sony unit much more enjoyable (8815..which has no buttons on the front). Definitely worth the small asking price and highly worth purchasing. As an added plus, the wire is long enough to allow mounting almost anywhere, and the installation is a snap.

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Good Purchase

Special K. from East Texas on 6/19/2005

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Worth every penny...glad I spent the extra few dollars!

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General Info
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General Info

Compatibility: This remote is compatible with most Sony head units with a wired remote input. The remote should be used only with units for which item number 158RMX4S appears as a listed accessory.

Dimensions: W=1-15/16", L=3-3/8", D=1-3/4"

Cable Length: The cable attached to the remote is 6.5' long, and it has a male mini stereo plug on the end. Per Sony, the cable can be extended up to 30' by purchasing an extension cable such as item number 04318315 (female stereo mini-jack to male stereo mini-jack).

Reversible Operating Direction: If needed, the operative direction of the rotary controls can be reversed by pressing the SEL button on the remote for 2 seconds while pressing on the VOL control on the remote. When the operating direction of the remote has been changed, you will receive an audible confirmation beep from the radio.

Controls

Controls:

  • Volume control
  • SEEK/AMS control: during tape or CD/MD playback, performs the AMS and manual search functions; during radio or TV operation performs automatic (seek) and manual tuning functions
  • Off button
  • MODE button: selects CD or MD changers when several are connected and selects tuner bands
  • ATT button: used to attenuate the output level of a head unit
  • DSPL/LIST/FILE button: 
    • for head units with a SEL button and a DSPL button, operates as a DSPL (display) button
    • for head units with a SEL button and a FILE button, operates as a FILE button
    • for head units with a SOUND button and a LIST button, operates as a LIST button
    • for head units with a SOUND button and a DSPL button, operates as a DSPL (display) button
  • SEL/SOUND button: works as a SEL button for head units with a SEL button, and works as a SOUND button for head units that include a SOUND button
  • Source button
  • PRESET/DISC control: fast winds tapes, changes discs for CD/MD changers connected to a head unit, and selects station presets

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