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Sony DSX-A415BT Digital media receiver (does not play discs)

Item # 158DSXA41B

Sony's DSX-A415BT digital media receiver offers loads of options for those who have moved on from CDs.

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About the Sony DSX-A415BT

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Bring joy back to your drive

Choose a stereo that matches your passion for music — Sony's DSX-A415BT digital media receiver offers loads of options for those who have moved on from CDs. Built-in Bluetooth and a handy front USB input give you plenty of ways to play your MP3, WMA, and FLAC files, while the built-in amp ensures that you'll hear it all in crystal-clear stereo sound.

Bring joy back to your drive

Choose a stereo that matches your passion for music — Sony's DSX-A415BT digital media receiver offers loads of options for those who have moved on from CDs. Built-in Bluetooth and a handy front USB input give you plenty of ways to play your MP3, WMA, and FLAC files, while the built-in amp ensures that you'll hear it all in crystal-clear stereo sound.

Plenty of settings

A 10-band equalizer with smartphone app control lets you customize the sound settings to suit your musical tastes. If you like bass-heavy music, Sony's ExtraBass™ really brings the beat. And the two sets of preamp outputs will come in handy when you expand your system in the future.

Bluetooth® and more

This receiver features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with Simple Secure Pairing, so you can take calls and listen to music (including your favorite Pandora channels) with minimal effort and maximum quality. NFC (Near Field Communication) technology means one-touch listening with compatible devices — simply align the devices, touch the NFC logo on this Sony's face, and pair things up. Plus, you can connect two smartphones simultaneously for making and taking hands-free calls.

Satellite radio rocks

You can also add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription). Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, and your favorite channels will stay with you wherever you go.

Siri® keeps things hands-free

If you have a compatible iPhone, you can enjoy Siri Eyes Free to activate voice commands for making calls, setting up reminders, and other features. You won't even miss a text message while you're behind the wheel — Siri Eyes Free can read your messages out loud while you drive, and even let you compose responses. Android phone owners, you can also ask for directions, request songs, and send messages with your voice.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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Product highlights:

  • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
  • plays MP3, WMA, and FLAC files
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
  • detachable face with white and black display
    • synchronized illumination flashes in time to music
Smartphone Features:
  • built-in iPhone and Android control
  • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
  • pair two phones simultaneously
Audio Features:
  • 10-band equalizer
  • ExtraBass™ adds low-end depth to your music
  • adjustable subwoofer level control
Expandability:
  • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
  • outputs: 2-volt rear and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • compatible with SiriusXM's aftermarket satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
Other info:
  • remote control
  • 17 watts RMS x 4 CTA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels
  • CTA-2006 compliant
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # DSXA415BT

What's in the box:

  • Digital media receiver (10A fuse)
  • Face (installed)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Remote control (RM-X231)
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
  • Face fixing screw note
  • Important Notice For Dealer

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Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input Front
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front
USB Port Power 1A
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control Bluetooth
Alexa Voice Control N
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size No
Nano 7Gen
Touch 5Gen and newer
iPhone 4S and newer
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 55 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 3-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Screen Type ---
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 10
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 7 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3, WMA, FLAC
High-res Playback N
The Sony DSX-A415BT replaces these items:

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Built-in Bluetooth
Android & iPhone Integration
USB & Aux Connectivity
Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
Audio & DSP Section
App & Remote Control
Display Features

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Technology: The Sony DSX-A415BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), 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 1.3 (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 DSX-A415BT.

Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual-Phone Connection: Up to nine Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this receiver. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. Only one audio device can be connected at a time, which means only one of the two connected phones can stream audio. When an already paired device is in close proximity to the Sony receiver, the two units will automatically re-connect. The head unit offers three pairing modes - SSP, NFC, & USB Auto.

  • Simple Secure Pairing: With Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony DSX-A415BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
  • 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 its rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones that don't have OS 4.0 or better installed, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
  • USB Auto (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/ Front-Panel Mic: The Sony DSX-A415BT 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 unit features a front-panel microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the DSX-A415BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls.

  • 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 DSX-A415BT, 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: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

Wireless Audio Streaming: The Sony DSX-A415BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Sony DSX-A415BT for playback.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DSX-A415BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the DSX-A415BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Music Control: The Sony DSX-A415BT lets you control basic playback functions like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from its front-panel. Advanced music browsing is not supported.
  • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
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 (for iPhone): When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony DSX-A415BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and integrated microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the DSX-A415BT 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. You can even 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.

Note: The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the DSX-A415BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).
Android & iPhone Integration

Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-A415BT enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android smartphones through its front-panel USB port. The unit's USB port (1AA) will also charge your Android device while connected; the vehicle's accessory key must be set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

  • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The Sony DSX-A415BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the DSX-A415BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Sony receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
  • MTP (Stored Music w/ Song/Artist Info): The DSX-A415BT also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

Note: Sony does not guarantee operation with all Android devices, regardless of operating system.

iPod/iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-A415BT supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front-panel USB port. The DSX-A415BT offers playback of your music library or music apps, music control, song/artist/album display, and charging of select Apple devices. Simply connect your compatible iPod/iPhone using the cable that came with your Apple device, or purchase another Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to be used in the car.

  • Playback Control: The unit offers basic playback controls - such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Your iPod/iPhone will remain unlocked during connection, so you can continue to control your Apple device from its touchscreen for advanced music browsing and to access additional music apps.
  • Song/Artist Info: The digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, & Artist/Album Name. The DSX-A415BT will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
  • 1A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-A415BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 11/17/2017):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Music Center (SongPal) Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
iPhone
4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C/5 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SE 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6/6+/6S/6S+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
7/7+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
8/8+ 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
X 11.2.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch
5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 11.2.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
nano
7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
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.
USB & Aux Connectivity

USB Mass Storage Class Playback: The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a sliding cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and FLAC music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

Compatible Music Files: The Sony DSX-A415BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, and FLAC files downloaded onto a USB mass storage class device; see below for details.

Media Type USB Storage Device
File System FAT 12/16/32
Playable File Types MP3: 8-320kbps; 16-48kHz
WMA: 32-192kbp; 32-48kHz
FLAC: 16/24-bit; 44.1-48kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 256 folders/256 files
Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, Flac tag

Song/Artist Information: The digital media receiver can display the following ID3, WMA, and FLAC tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

Playback & Search Functions: The Sony digital media receiver offers a variety of unique playback & search functions.

  • Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a connected USB Mass Storage Device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).
  • 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.

Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo 3.5mm minijack 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.

Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony DSX-A415BT lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 10.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The DSX-A415BT will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony DSX-A415BT provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android 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 Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony DSX-A415BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the 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

Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony DSX-A415BT digital media receiver 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.

Audio & DSP Section

High-Power Amplifier: The Sony DSX-A415BT is equipped with a high power amplifier rated at 17 watts (RMS) x 4-channels and 55 watts (Peak) x 4-channels that delivers clear, natural-sounding audio.

  • 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 DSX-A415BT are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

Rear & Sub Preouts: The Sony DSX-A415BT digital media receiver is equipped with a set of 2V rear-channel & subwoofer RCA preouts. The rear-channel outputs are fading, while the subwoofer outputs are non-fading. There are no front-channel preouts.

High-Pass & Low Pass Crossover: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a variable high-pass crossover, while the subwoofer preout offers a variable low pass crossover. The high and low pass crossovers can be set to 80, 100, or 120Hz.

EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Karaoke, 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 - Band 1 (32Hz), Band 2 (63Hz), Band 3 (125Hz), Band 4 (250Hz), Band 5 (500Hz), Band 6 (1khz), Band 7 (2khz), Band 8 (4kHz), Band 9 (8kHz), and Band 10 (16kHz).

ExtraBass: Activate ExtraBass at the touch of a button for an instant, low-end boost. Unlike conventional bass boosters, ExtraBass minimizes distortion at all volume levels by automatically adjusting frequency and gain to their optimal positions.

Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

App & Remote Control

Music Center (SongPal) App: Download Sony's free Music Center (SongPal) app onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 10.0+) or Android (OS 4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony DSX-A415BT head unit right from your mobile device. You'll enjoy control over basic head unit functions, as well as navigation and seamless access to all your sources, music, apps, and more from your smartphone. The Music Center (SongPal) app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony DSX-A415BT and lets you launch apps from the head unit. In addition the app can also be used to help customize sound and display settings of the Sony receiver.

  • Receiver Sources: From the Music Center (SongPal) app on your smartphone device you can access and select the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, USB, Bluetooth, and Aux sources. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track or Station. In addition, you'll be able to view song/artist information and station identification from the Music Center (SongPal) app on your mobile device.
  • Add-On Applications: You can integrate music, movie, navigation, and other applications that are already on your smartphone device within the Music Center (SongPal) app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the Music Center (SongPal) app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the DSX-A415BT; any visual data will only be displayed by your iPhone or Android device. Basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Next Track are available from the head unit; advanced control functions are still done from your smartphone device.
  • Volume & Sound Adjustments: You can access the head unit's sound menu and make adjustments from the app on your iPhone or Android device. Sound adjustments included Volume Up/Down, Balance/Fader, EQ, ExtraBass, and Sub Level.
  • Display Settings: Using the Music Center (SongPal) app on your iPhone or Android device you can make adjustments to the head unit's front-panel LCD and button illumination. Make changes to the preset color of the LCD and/or button illumination, as well as activate or deactivate Sound Synchronization.
  • Voice Recognition (Android only): You can use voice commands to ask for directions from Google maps or to play a particular song/artist in your smartphone's music library. You can even assign a music application within the Music Center (SongPal) app as a voice tag, so you can access it by simply speaking the name of the application. While using voice commands there will still be times where you have to make a selection on your smartphone's touchscreen.
  • Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the DSX-A415BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you safe and in touch. You can even reply to a text message via voice command and a list of preset replies.

IR 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 of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit 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).

Display Features

Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony DSX-A415BT 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.

High-Contrast LCD: With 5x the contrast of conventional screens, plus an optimized viewing angle, the DSX-A415BT's LCD screen is always easy to read. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to On, Off, or Clock (dimmer on/off times are programmed).

Auto Scroll: The Auto Scroll feature allows long displayed items to scroll automatically across the display when the track is changed.

Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the SRC/OFF button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the SRC/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 SRC/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 after 30 minutes of the power being turned off to the head unit.

Demo Mode: The head unit's demo mode can be turned On or Off.

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Customer Q&A

38 questions already asked

Q
At what volume setting does the Radio start to clip?
jo  Mar 31, 2024
1 answer
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Greetings Jo. Thank you for your question. There is no true volume setting where the stereo will clip, or any stereo for that matter. That will vary depending on the attached speakers. One thing we are not going to be testing.
hogan  Mar 31, 2024 (Staff)
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Hello - I have a Sirius account + App on my iPhone. If I link my iPhone to this Sony unit via the USB, will the receiver recognize my Sirius account and play music? Thank you
fred  Jan 18, 2024
1 answer
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You may play music from SiriusXM via your iPhone with this radio. However, this will be done via Bluetooth as opposed to USB. You may connect your iPhone via USB for charging while using Bluetooth, so the end result will be the same.
zachary  Jan 18, 2024 (Staff)
Q
How do you remove the sleeve from the SONY DSX A41BT?
curtis  Jan 17, 2024
1 answer
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2 radio removal tools are included with purchase of the Sony DSX-A415BT, Curtis. Insert both release keys into the slots on the left and right of the radio until they click, then pull the radio out to separate.
bo  Jan 18, 2024 (Staff)
Q
I have this head unit and for some reason when connecting to Bluetooth I can't hear anyone on the phone and there voice seems to be trying to come out of my subs and with aux I hear them but they don't hear me?
shawn  Jan 10, 2024
1 answer
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That is very interesting, Shawn. I would first check the RCA pre-out connections on the rear. Make sure your RCAs are connected to the black subwoofer outs and not the white and red rear pre-outs. When connecting with AUX you would not be utilizing the built-in microphone with the Sony DSX-A415BT, causing them not to hear you. I hope this helps!
bo  Jan 10, 2024 (Staff)
Q
Hi I would like to know if the radio comes with rear and sub preouts can I add a 4 channel amp later on to power my 4 speakers and a mono block later on as well to power a sub?
brandan  Dec 08, 2023
1 answer
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The Sony DSX-A415BT has a rear preamp output and a subwoofer specific preamp output, Brandan. You could add a subwoofer amp and 4-channel amp, but you would lose fade control as you would be splitting the rear RCA preamp output signal to all 4-channels of your 4-channel amp. If you need 6-channels of high-voltage preamp outputs for your system goals, check out the JVC KD-X380BTS in the link below. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_105KDX380B/JVC-KD-X380BTS.html
bo  Dec 08, 2023 (Staff)
Q
How do you install/mount this receiver? There are no instructions in the operators manual.
bob  Nov 08, 2023
1 answer
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We provide Mastersheet vehicle specific install instructions with radio package orders when available for your vehicle, Bob. In most vehicles when installing the Sony DSX-A415BT a dash kit is required, and you can either use the included DIN-style sleeve or side mount the Sony radio with the included screws. IF you already have a single DIN sized radio in place you would remove the existing DIN sleeve and replace with the sleeve included with the Sony radio, make your radio's wiring connections according to the instructions, then slide the new unit in place. Keep the radio release keys in case you need to remove the Sony radio in the future. I hope this helps!
bo  Nov 08, 2023 (Staff)
Q
How does this radio get the alternator voltage? Is it wired to the alternator?
michael  Oct 23, 2023
1 answer
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This radio (and most) would be connect to the vehicle's battery. In most installations, this is achieved by simply connecting the radio to the vehicle's pre-existing radio power connections, usually with a harness or interface to make the process easier. Please reach out to our advisors via online chat or phone at 1-800-324-9695 for help with your specific project.
zachary  Oct 23, 2023 (Staff)
Q
I have a Crutchfield Sony DSX-40ui that I want to replace with this Sony DSX-A415BT. Is this a simple pull old Sony in bolt in the new Sony. Can I use the existing Sony 40UI cable/conector with the Sony 415? Thanks for any info.
randy  Oct 12, 2023
1 answer
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Unfortunately, these radios use harnesses with different wire pin configurations. It would be necessary to use the harness for the new radio, which means rewiring.
zachary  Oct 12, 2023 (Staff)
Q
Can I wire stereo to work without ignition switch on?
michael s.  Jul 08, 2023
1 answer
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This radio's Auto Off functionality will completely turn the radio off 30-minutes after it has been been "turned off" manually. To clarify, turning off the radio manually still allows for a small amount of power draw from the battery. Auto Off, on the other hand, completely turns off the unit with no possibility for power draw.
zachary  Jul 09, 2023 (Staff)
Q
Does it come with the subwoofer cable for the jack on the back of the media player?
christopher  May 26, 2023
1 answer
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Greetings Christopher, and thank you for your question. You would need to purchase an RCA cable to add your amplifier/powered subwoofer. The RCA cable is not included.
hogan  May 27, 2023 (Staff)
Q
How big of an amplifier/sub can I hook to this if I already have Rockford Fosgate R168X2 (x4) already installed?
levi  Feb 04, 2023
1 answer
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Greetings Tuorgan, and thank you for your question. You can put as big or as little sub/amp as you like. You would be using the preamp outputs of this Sony, not the built in amp that is already running your main speakers.
hogan  Feb 04, 2023 (Staff)
Q
The recommended install accessories (1997 Lexus ES300) for this unit include a line output converter. None of the other head units that I am looking at require this. Could you please explain why? (note: I will retain the factory amp in my car)
matt  Jan 11, 2023
1 answer
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This radio only has rear and subwoofer line-level pre-amp outputs. In order to feed full-range signal to your factory amplifier while maintaining fade control, we will need to convert the speaker-level front and rear outputs of this radio into line-level RCA signal to feed into your factory amplifier. The other radios you've considered likely had front and rear line-level outputs, which is why a LOC was not needed.
zachary  Jan 12, 2023 (Staff)
Q
is this a retractable screen ?
the wall  Dec 25, 2022
1 answer
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This receiver does not have retractable screen. It only has the screen shown in our pictures of it. Here are the receivers we offer with a retractable screen: https://www.crutchfield.com/g_462250/Touchscreen-Radios.html?tp=72334&fa=1#&nvpair=AG_Front_Panel|FFFace:Retractable
jason  Dec 26, 2022 (Staff)
Q
I have Sirius Radio account. What do I need for Sirius to work on this radio?
john  Dec 01, 2020
1 answer
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It is capable of using Sirius radio with the deck, you just need to go through the satellite radio setup menu and follow the manual.
johan m  Dec 07, 2020
Q
I have Sirius XM account. Do I need to do anything special for install?
john  Dec 01, 2020
1 answer
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You will most likely need an additional XM tuner and antenna, there should be a link on the Crutchfield page for it. The receiver is setup to work as an interface with the XM tuner, the satellite radio receiver is not built in.
david  Dec 02, 2020
Q
Is this unit compatible with iPhone 11?
todd  Dec 01, 2020
1 answer
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Not sure but works fine with my iPhone 6.
michael  Dec 01, 2020
Q
What kind of speakers are a good match for this reciever?
joe  Sep 19, 2020
1 answer
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I went with kicker cs series because they had the lowest frequency.
brandon  Sep 19, 2020
Q
U304AA Phone How to to DSX-A415BT SONY ?
michael  Aug 14, 2020
2 answers
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It was a gift for my girlfriend's son and he installed it. Per his report, he likes the interface, equalizer setting and very simple. He uses the Bluetooth to connect his I phone to the unit and works well. He doesn't like to use the technical part and other perks of the unit and he's satisfied with the unit.
dave  Aug 14, 2020
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yes
dean  Aug 14, 2020
Q
Where can I find a quality carrying case for the detachable faceplate?
rob  Aug 12, 2020
1 answer
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
thomas  Aug 26, 2020 (Staff)
Q
I have a Sony Cdx-s2010. Will this unit use the same plugs?
cal  Aug 10, 2020
1 answer
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We didn't research the wiring harness for size to know if they can be interchanged. We do know the pin layout of the harnesses included with these receivers are different and recommend swapping them out as well
jason  Aug 23, 2020 (Staff)
Q
hi is this item with built in Steering Wheel control output?
mary jane  Apr 25, 2020
3 answers
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Yes, you will need to include the adapter that Crutchfield sales with this radio. This adapter allows you to use steering wheel controls, like volume up & down; advance to next song, scan radio, and change source. Installing the adapter is straight forward, just plug and play, with the wires. I would also get Crutchfield to set up all the wires to plug & play to make the install easy.
james d  May 07, 2020
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Not that I am aware of.
walter  May 07, 2020
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
kristina  May 06, 2020 (Staff)
Q
What is the Differences between sub & rear outputs?
joseph  Apr 19, 2020
1 answer
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U stick it in the sub never in the rear my guy
alec  Aug 12, 2020
Q
I have a Toyota Avalon 2009 Limited. It has built in bluetooth for phone but not audio. Will this unit still allow for my car bluetooth, and react to steering wheel controls, yet connect to my phone for audio bluetooth? Or will the existing call bluetooth conflict with the new unit?
phillip  Oct 14, 2019
1 answer
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
kristina  Oct 22, 2019 (Staff)
Q
Will this unit be a straight swap out for a Sony MEX-BT3000P?
paulp  Jun 07, 2019
1 answer
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Hi Paul! Just want to be sure I'm on the same page with ya. Sounds like you're hoping to just unplug your MEX-BT3000P, and swap it out with this DSX-A415BT. There are quite a few years between these models, so odds are, the pin locations for the harnesses won't be the same. As much as I hate to say it, you're probably going to have to disconnect and do some new wiring connections for your new receiver. Sorry about that, Paul, but let us know how we can help! You can reach us online via chat, or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. We'll be happy to help.
jessica  Jun 16, 2019 (Staff)
Q
How do you get it onto FM? How do you get it to show the song name and artist? I tried following the manual and got it all screwed up! Are there "idiot-proof" instructions out there?
george a.  Jun 05, 2019
2 answers
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This HU is not the most user friendly. I can tell you that. It is very functional to basic needs. As far as changing source. the OFF/SRC button on the top left. pushing that should cycle through your options. and to get the song title, SCRL/DSPL that is bottom right in the "carbon fiber' area. Pushing that should cycle the display options. One would think, since it is a digital media HU, they would have put more screen in the face instead of all that dead space and give us some extra display lines to show what is being played. But alas, no.
daniel  Jun 20, 2019
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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.
kristina  Jun 18, 2019 (Staff)
Q
Do the song names or artists' names appear on the screen when the song is playing? If it is possible, how do I set it up?
george a.  Jun 04, 2019
1 answer
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If you are referring to songs on USB or memory card it depends on whether the song file includes that information.
jared  Jun 04, 2019
Q
I've got a dead Sony DSX-A405BT - will this update plug into the same harness on my 2001 F150?
jw  May 26, 2019
1 answer
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We have not researched the physical size of the harnesses to make sure they are identical to know 100% if they can. However, I've checked and the pinouts are the same and given that didn't change, I would expect the plugs to be the same size too allowing a direct swapout. If worst case scenario happens and they are not the same size, you can swap each wire, color for color, to make the change My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
jason  Jun 03, 2019 (Staff)
Q
How can I Identify my head unit if it was stolen and to serial numbers were ripped off from the back of the head and the bottom of the unit?
rj  Mar 31, 2019
1 answer
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Those are the only ways I know to identify the model of the receiver. I recommend contacting Sony support on 239-768-7693 to see if there is another way. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
jason  Apr 16, 2019 (Staff)
Q
so this only has rear and sub outputs so no way to fade front and rear speakers if using a 4 channel amp?
sam  Dec 19, 2018
2 answers
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This radio does not have rear speaker preamp outputs; just front so it cannot fade the audio when using them. There are ways to use the speaker level outputs with an amp and retain the fade ability. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation on gear to make this work My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
jason  Jan 06, 2019 (Staff)
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im not sure to be honest im sorry and i installed it in an s2000 so it only has 2 front door speakers
diego  Jan 02, 2019
Q
Are the screen lights able to be dimmed? Thanks!
debbiedee  Dec 01, 2018
4 answers
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Yes there is a dimmer adjustment
steven  Dec 01, 2018
A
i know you can change the colors and change the lighting to the beat of the song i do beleive you can change the dimmer
diego  Dec 01, 2018
A
Yes you can dim them in settings
danny  Dec 01, 2018
A
Yes it sure can, you'll have to go into the display settings and I believe select brightness.
justin  Dec 01, 2018
Q
Can the display lighting be changed to a red or amber?
james h.  Nov 15, 2018
2 answers
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No, it does not have lighting that can be changed to a different color. As described, it can only flash to the beat of the music being played.
steve  Nov 15, 2018
A
Nope.
cody  Nov 15, 2018
Q
I see the USB and AUX input; does it play music from iphone or android wireless?
eddie  Nov 12, 2018
7 answers
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To be honest, I do not know. I installed the radio in my nieces car and do not use it.
david  Nov 20, 2018
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Yes it plays with bluetooth on both iPhone and android devices.
lisa  Nov 14, 2018
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It plays music from iPhone or android through Bluetooth connectivity.
ruth  Nov 12, 2018
A
Yes. I've tried both and work better than the BT
diego  Nov 12, 2018
A
It can play music wirelessly through Bluetooth.
kagle  Nov 12, 2018
A
Yes, through bluetooth.
ovell  Nov 12, 2018
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Yes it will play either. It has a very good bluetooth connection and its own microphone. Work very well for hands free calling
matthew  Nov 12, 2018
Q
It says hands free calling, and voice recognition, but I don't see a microphone. Is it built in, or do I need to buy a mic to go with it? I see a blue mini plug on the back. Is that for a microphone?
danny  May 25, 2018
5 answers
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There is a built in mic. I have it installed in a jeep liberty and it works but there is noticeable road noise when using the phone. I have had limited success with the voice recognition but that could be operator error in my part. Overall it works well, however is those two features are most important uou might want something with a remote microphone and noise canceling built in.
edward  May 27, 2018
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It has a microphone built in. No need to buy anything else.
christopher  May 26, 2018
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Mic is built in.
timothy andrew  May 26, 2018
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The unit has a built in microphone and does not have an outlet for an external mic. The plug you see in the back is for the Steering Wheel Control.
kagle  May 25, 2018
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I didn't need a microphone....should be one built in.
edgar  May 25, 2018
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