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Sony DSX-GS80 Digital media receiver (does not play discs)

Item # 158DSXGS80

Who doesn't love a two-for-one? Sony's DSX-GS80 digital media receiver offers the sound boost of a four-channel...

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Item # 158DSXGS80

About the Sony DSX-GS80

Alexander H.

Stereo and amp in one

Who doesn't love a two-for-one? Sony's DSX-GS80 digital media receiver offers the sound boost of a four-channel Class-D amplifier along with the satisfying features of a great Sony car stereo. Boasting 45 watts RMS output per channel, it'll take your system to a level once reserved for external power amps. Sony even lets you choose between powering four speakers, or four speakers and a sub! You can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, and comprehensive frequency filters.

Stereo and amp in one

Who doesn't love a two-for-one? Sony's DSX-GS80 digital media receiver offers the sound boost of a four-channel Class-D amplifier along with the satisfying features of a great Sony car stereo. Boasting 45 watts RMS output per channel, it'll take your system to a level once reserved for external power amps. Sony even lets you choose between powering four speakers, or four speakers and a sub! You can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, and comprehensive frequency filters.

Get the most from your smartphone

Get more from your smartphone in the car. Sony makes voice control a cinch though your Android™ or with Siri on iPhone®. Plug in your phone to either the front or rear USB inputs to access your stored music files. And if you love your Pandora® stations, Sony lets you control over the app from the receiver.

Bring on the Bluetooth®

Bluetooth is a must for easy, hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from your phone, so of course, Sony built it into the DSX-GS80. You'll also be able to connect two phones to the stereo at the same time — one for calling and streaming, and one just for calling.

SiriusXM compatibility too!

Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, plus your favorite channels will stay with you from Portsmouth to Pomona. Just add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription).

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.

Installation Note: We recommend running a dedicated constant power wire to the battery for optimal performance from this Sony's amp — we offer an inexpensive wiring kit for this installation. This Sony's high-powered amp won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (45 watts RMS/100 peak x 4 channels)
    • MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV playback from USB drives
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with dual-zone variable color key illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora Internet radio control
    • music file playback from select Android devices through USB input
    • voice control with Android and Siri Eyes Free
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • Listening Position time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Extra Bass
    • compatible with SiriusXM's aftermarket satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 3 years
    • MFR # DSXGS80

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (15A fuse)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Warranty Information

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    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
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7Gen
    Touch 5Gen and newer
    iPhone 5S and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 45 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 45 watts
    Peak Output 100 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
    High-res Playback N
    The Sony DSX-GS80 replaces these items:

    Product Research

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

    Audio & DSP Section

    High Power Class-D Amplifier: A built-in class-D amp delivers huge power with minimal interference, for audio that's crystal clear even at its loudest. Circuitry and components are carefully laid out for low-noise, highly efficient electric power transmission. Placing the power block close to the input and amp minimizes power loss, while electrolytic capacitors ensure precise, responsive bass. An oversized heat sink with an optimally designed fin structure ensures efficient ventilation for your amp.

    • Because of its high-powered amplifier design, the Sony DSX-GS80 does require that a separate +12V constant power wire is run to the battery with a separate inline 15A fuse in vehicles with lower than a 15A fuse protecting the factory radio. Check out the "Accessories" tab for wiring kit.
    • This Sony receiver's built-in high-powered amplifier isn't compatible with car audio systems where an outboard factory amplifier will remain active.

    CTA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Sony DSX-GS80 are compliant with the CTA2006 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. The power output specs for the DSX-GS80 are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 45 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 100 watts x 4-channels (400 total watts)

    Subwoofer Direct Connect: With the Subwoofer Direct and 2-ohm Speaker Load option, you can hook up a mono subwoofer directly to the built-in class-D amplifier together with four speakers. Unlike conventional head units, the DSX-GS80 has amplifier power to spare, making it capable of simultaneously driving a subwoofer and a full car speaker system, including front and rear speakers. The unique 2-ohm load selector delivers high power without risking amp or speaker damage. Channel 1 delivers power and signal to the front left and rear left speakers, while channel 2 delivers power and audio signal to the front right and rear right speakers. Channel 3 delivers power and audio signal to your mono subwoofer (channel 4 is not used).

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony DSX-GS80 is equipped with 5-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. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's main volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: 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. 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.

    EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like 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 - 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).

    Digital Time Alignment (DTA): 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. You can also further fine tune the listening position from -3 to +3.

    DSO & DSEE: Sound waves are directional, so if your speakers are in your doors or under your dash, the audio may seem muddy or unclear. Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) adjusts the signal, improving the stereo positioning so music sounds like it’s coming from the dashboard. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.

    ExtraBass + RBE: 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. You can select between two settings for different intensities of bass boost. RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer) 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.

    ClearAudio+ & Loudness: ClearAudio+ reproduces sound by optimizing the digital signal with the Sony recommended sound settings. It automatically adjusts the head unit's EQ, ExtraBass, and DSO. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

    Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Max Volume: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. The maximum volume level of the digital media receiver can be set between 30 and 50.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Sony DSX-GS80 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 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 1.5 (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 DSX-GS80.

    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. Once an already paired device is in close proximity to the Sony receiver, the two units will automatically re-connect. The head unit offers two pairing modes - SSP and USB Auto.

    • Simple Secure Pairing: With Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony DSX-GS80 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • 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/ External Mic: The Sony DSX-GS80 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 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. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the DSX-GS80 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-GS80, 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-GS80 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-GS80 for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DSX-GS80 offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the DSX-GS80 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the DSX-GS80 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+).
    • 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-GS80 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the DSX-GS80 to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be 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 be 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-GS80; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).
    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-GS80 enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front- or rear-panel USB port. There are two types of modes (AOA 2.0 or MTP) to choose from based on your Android smartphone's operating system, what content you want to listen to, and what features you need.

    • AOA 2.0 (Android Open Accessory): The Sony DSX-GS80 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-GS80's USB port and listen to stored music and 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 (there is not song/artist/album info display). You'll also 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 (Media Transfer Protocol): The DSX-GS80 also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's 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: Not all Android devices are compatible with AOA 2.0 or MTP, regardless of operating system.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-GS80 supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front or rear panel USB port. The DSX-GS80 offers playback of your music library or music apps, music navigation and 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.

    • 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.
    • Display: 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-GS80 will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
    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.

    Smartphone Charging: The head unit's USB connections provide 1.0A (front) and 1.5A (rear) of current to power and charge your connected Apple iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony DSX-GS80 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/7/2020):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Music Center Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/6/6S+ 12.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE/6S/6S+ 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X/XR/XS/XSMax 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    11/11Pro/11ProMax 13.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 12.4.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y 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.
    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony DSX-GS80 lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 11.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The DSX-GS80 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-GS80 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-GS80 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-GS80 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.

    USB/Aux Playback

    USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) Playback: The head unit features a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a sliding cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis via a 58" cable. The receiver's USB ports can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, 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 front-panel (1A) or rear-panel (1.5A) USB port, and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Music File Playback: The Sony DSX-GS80 supports the a variety of music files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device; see below for details.

    Media Type USB MSC Device
    File System FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps with sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps with sampling frequency of 11.025-48kHz
    WAV: bit depth of 16-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
    FLAC: bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 10,000 total tracks
    Tags ID3 (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA, AAC, && FLAC tags

    Song/Artist Information: The digital media receiver can display the following ID3, WMA, AAC, 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 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.

    Remote Control

    Music Center App: Download Sony's free Music Center app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) onto your Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone and take control of the Sony DSX-GS80 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 app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony DSX-GS80 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 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 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 app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the Music Center app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the DSX-GS80; 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 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 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-GS80 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.

    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.

    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-GS80 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.

    Single-Line Display: The Sony digital media receiver features a single-line front-panel display. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to Auto, Clock, On, or Off. The Auto mode dims the head unit's display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on (illumination wire must be connected). The Clock mode allows you to set a fixed time for when the display's dimmer is turned on and off.

    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. You can select from 15 preset colors or a customized color (R-G-B). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD screen and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can even set the head unit's LCD screen's illumination to pulse with your music.

    Sound Synchronization: The color illumination changes according to synchronization of playing music and sound.

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

    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

    42 questions already asked

    I am looking for a full range stereo on 4 channels. Can I get that with this. I have no subwoofer but am running the front channel on my current unit to the doors and my rear channel goes to another set of stern component speakers. I thinking this won't work for me??.....
    robert w  Jan 23, 2024
    1 answer
    Why not, Robert? The Sony DSX-GS80 has four channels of output power and can provide a full-range signal to all channels. This Sony radio also has built-in high-power to deliver more wattage than standard radios. Keep in mind this Sony receiver's built-in high-powered amplifier isn't compatible with car audio systems where an outboard factory amplifier will remain active.
    bo  Jan 23, 2024 (Staff)
    Does it work for my county's regular radio stations? I want to be able to listen to my county's radio stations and certain channels like a regular radio
    aleck  Nov 16, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings Aleck. Thank you for your question. The Sony has a north American radio tuner, but not a European tuner. If you are in north America, you will be able to listen to your favorite AM/FM radio channels.
    hogan  Nov 17, 2023 (Staff)
    Dose it have a way to tune the sub as well as the door speakers ?
    curtis  Oct 27, 2023
    1 answer
    This radio has several settings for adjusting EQ, crossovers, and so forth. For more information regarding the available settings on this receiver, please see the Details section of our webpage for this unit. You may also view a PDF copy of the owners manual under the "What's in the box" section on the webpage.
    zachary  Oct 27, 2023 (Staff)
    Are channels 3 and 4 bridgeable to a single sub, or does the unit automatically bridge these channels when you connect a sub to channel 3?
    kevlar  Oct 22, 2023
    1 answer
    It is not possible to bridge to channels together with this radio. However, if your subwoofer is dual voice coil, you may connect each voice coil to a left or right channel.
    zachary  Oct 22, 2023 (Staff)
    The radio cuts off after a certain volume. I have 2 front 4x6 speakers(45w rms), 2 6x9 (150w rms), and subs that hooked up to an amplifier. I was wondering if I could change the fuse on the radio to have more power output so my radio won't shut off anymore so I don't have to get an amp for my door speakers?
    justin  Oct 18, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings Justin. Thank you for your question. This radio has the high powered amplifier. It does pull a good amount of current. What is recommended is running power direct off the battery. There is a small amplifier wiring kit we recommend when selling this model. Dont just change the radio fuse. That could cause more problems then you want.
    hogan  Oct 19, 2023 (Staff)
    Does this head unit let you stream spotify?
    chris  Sep 03, 2023
    1 answer
    This headunit has Bluetooth capability, which means that you may easily stream Spotify from your smartphone.
    zachary  Sep 03, 2023 (Staff)
    Is the forward skip button supposed to have the same buttons press feel as the backwards skip? The forward skip on mine does not depress the same as the backwards skip.
    cosy  Aug 20, 2023
    1 answer
    It is possible that you may have a unit with a defective button. If you recently purchased the unit through us here at Crutchfield, please reach out so that we may address the issue. If you purchased the unit from another seller, you may want to reach out to Sony directly.
    zachary  Aug 20, 2023 (Staff)
    For a subwoofer in rear channel, in what is the cennection, in RL or RR??
    javjav  Aug 07, 2023
    1 answer
    With the Sony DSX-GS80 set in subwoofer direct mode Jav, you would want to connect to the channel 3 connections. Channel 3 delivers power and audio signal to your mono subwoofer (channel 4 is not used). I hope this helps!
    bo  Aug 07, 2023 (Staff)
    In a previous question, this was the answer: "you will use Channel 1 for your speakers, and Channel 3 for your sub. You could expect around 80 watts RMS to be delivered to your sub, depending on the impedance of the sub you are using." In this situation, how many RMS watts will Channel 1 provide at 2ohms (likely either 45 or 80)? Thank you!
    scott  Feb 28, 2023
    1 answer
    That is a good question, Scott. It does not appear there is any listed power output gain from driving the front full-range channels in 2-ohms mode, only that they are stable at 2-ohms. Since you are bridging the rear channels for sub use, there is a gain there to the aforementioned 80 watts RMS to a 2-ohm sub. These flexibile features are one reason why I love the Sony DSX-GS80!
    bo  Mar 02, 2023 (Staff)
    Can I run two 4ohm speakers in parallel (which creates 2 ohms) off channel 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 6 speakers? And run one 2ohm sub off channel 4? If yes, what is each channels rms for this setup?
    adam  Feb 17, 2021
    1 answer
    No. You can run 4 speakers in parallel off the front two channels, and then a single 2-ohm sub off of channel 3. When running a sub, channel 4 is NOT used.
    thomas  Mar 04, 2021 (Staff)
    is a dedicated power to battery and ground required for 45 watts? i already installed and dont wanna tear it apart. it sounds wayyyyyy louder than my old HU which only did 16.. so im assuming im okay
    dominik  Jan 01, 2021
    3 answers
    Yes the install requires a power source to the battery with fuse with in 12 inches of battery
    george  Jan 02, 2021
    Mine is wired straight into the factory harness And I've had 0 issues since I installed it like a year ago
    robin  Jan 02, 2021
    It installs like any other HU.
    stirling  Jan 01, 2021
    Are there ways to adjust the wattage per speaker in all of the settings with this headunit? My Rockford Fosgate punches 5.25 are rated for 40 watts RMS each but the built in amp here is 45 watts.
    jesse  Dec 23, 2020
    2 answers
    kenneth  Dec 23, 2020
    You can't adjust the wattage. A higher powered headunit/Amp isn't a bad thing though, it will keep the sound clean and eliminate distortion from the speakers. There is the volume knob that will adjust the power out. This is a fantastic stereo. Simple interface, functional and sounds great.
    jason  Dec 23, 2020
    How can you power the unit using the car battery and a 12 guage wiring kit connected to the harness that comes with the head unit without having connection issues? The same question for 16 gauge wires running to the speakers? What kind of issues arise from soldering different gauge wires and is there a different more advisable route?
    jbrain  Dec 09, 2020
    1 answer
    I used 12 gauge wire directory to the battery without any issues. Works great. That's the preferred and required method for a stereo with an amp. I did use their pre wire service fort the stereo too the vehicle harness. Worked great and for $25 it made it super easy. My speakers I used the factory speaker wire in my 2001 jeep tj but I used new polk audio marine grade speakers. No issues at all.. sounds great.
    steven  Dec 11, 2020
    Can I bridge two channels together to get a 2x200w setup?
    isaac  Oct 28, 2020
    1 answer
    You cannot. This unit is a 45 watt RMS x4 channel amplifier.
    thomas  Nov 12, 2020 (Staff)
    Can I run a sub directly off the stereo or do I need a amp?
    logan  Oct 02, 2020
    2 answers
    Need amp
    kenneth  Oct 03, 2020
    In the audio sound menu settings, there is a way you can utilize the rear speaker power for use only with a subwoofer. However, I would encourage you to use the sub out RCA jacks and connect it to a powered subwoofer
    mark  Oct 03, 2020
    The stereo stopped working all of a sudden and only displays â??check tunerâ?? has anyone had this happen before or know how to fix it?
    krystal  Sep 24, 2020
    4 answers
    No i've not seen that before. Good luck
    hal  Sep 25, 2020
    Just go direct with an advisor.. probably under warranty and even if not they can help..
    steven  Sep 24, 2020
    Behind the faceplate there is a reset button try that
    steven  Sep 24, 2020
    Mine works great 95 percent of the time, but occasionally will power down and come back on mid song (while driving). Not a huge deal, but worth noting.
    brandon  Sep 24, 2020
    Wanting to install in BMW E46 with Harmon/Kardon and leave the factory speakers, wiring, amp, and subwoofer. Will this work? What do I need?
    topcitybmw  Aug 30, 2020
    1 answer
    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.
    thomas  Sep 15, 2020 (Staff)
    Does this unit allow me to high-pass filter the front speaker leads, band-pass filter the rear speaker leads, and low-pass filter the subwoofer pre-out?
    matthew  Aug 27, 2020
    1 answer
    it allows for a high-pass filter to be set on both front and rear speaker leads, but no bandpass. It also allows a low-pass for the subwoofer pre-outs.
    nathan  Sep 10, 2020
    Is it possible to assign the hands free Siri function to a steering wheel control button on my Honda S2000?
    jimmy  Aug 04, 2020
    1 answer
    Im sorry Im not sure. Seems like theres something in the owners manual about certain cars that will work on. Sorry
    hal  Aug 05, 2020
    Do you have to depin the Sony harness to repin/run a 14-12 gauge (constant & ground) wire for the head unit to pump out the 45 watts?
    jonathan  Jul 15, 2020
    2 answers
    The owner's manual makes no mention of depinning/repinning the harness for heavier gauge wiring. You can connect it directly to your factory harness power/ground if your factory radio fuse is 15A+ and within the specified distance to the battery. It is less than 10A, you will need to run dedicated power/ground to the included harness but the connector's included wire gauge is large enough.
    william a  Jul 21, 2020
    The constant-power and ground wires on the harness that came with the radio are already much heavier gauge than all the other wires, so NO you do NOT have to de-pin it. Just wire nut or solder your heavy constant-power and ground wires to the wire ends of the harness and you'll be ready to connect.
    loice  Jul 21, 2020
    I live in an out laying area, this makes an auto tune feature difficult because as I am driving the station may fade out and the auto tune won't find it. Is the auto tune feature controllable, on & off?
    will  Jun 26, 2020
    1 answer
    I Live in wyoming so radio signals are patchy at best I've never had an issue with the autotune unless you turn it on regular radio mode doesn't switch around when you lose reception
    robin  Jul 09, 2020
    Do I have to run new wires to the speakers/sub or will the OEM wires do the job?
    vignesh  Jun 26, 2020
    3 answers
    OEM wires are fine for the speakers. You may want to run a main feed wire from the battery, and a better ground wire.
    wyman  Jun 26, 2020
    Yes, as long as there isnt a factory amp
    russell  Jun 26, 2020
    I think the OEM wiring will work fine. For my application i just ran new wiring for everything. The biggest wiring must do is the larger 8 gauge I think power wire. The amp pulls slot more power than most vehicles are wired for. Hope this helps.
    clint  Jun 26, 2020
    My vehicle (2002 S2000) has a 10amp fuse for ignition and a 15amp fuse constant power to the audio unit. Would I need the accessory wiring kit in this situation?
    joseph  Jun 21, 2020
    2 answers
    Yes, I would def go with the wiring kit, it needs a direct connection to the battery for this much power. The kit is cheap and easy to install, your ll be happy you did.
    steven  Jul 04, 2020
    No this unit is not a true high power output unit
    hal  Jul 04, 2020
    Does this have a dedicated power antenna output wire?
    morgan  May 30, 2020
    2 answers
    Yes, and it works just fine. I have an older Saab 900 convertible and connected the power antennae without any issues.
    mark  Jun 01, 2020
    Yes it does have a dedicated power antenna wire. At least its marked as such. I have not seen the schematics though.
    dylan  May 30, 2020
    What powered subwoofer would be a good choice with this unit?
    steve  May 23, 2020
    1 answer
    I bought the JL MX500/1 and it was a little to big. It is easy to over power the this receiver with bass. Hope this helps.
    michael  May 26, 2020
    What is the difference between this and the MEX-XB120BT?
    dustin  May 19, 2020
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    kristina  Jun 03, 2020 (Staff)
    can this stereo work well on a motorcycle?
    flht bobby  Apr 13, 2020
    3 answers
    It wouldn't be my choice. It's not water proof or marine grade. It would also be extremely difficult to see the display. I can't read it in the car I put it in, as there is almost no tint on my windows. It has great sound, it's picky about speakers, I found out a couple of my speakers weren't working because it would set an error code. A motor sports /marine would be a better choice, as they are designed for some moisture, and a lot more vibration.
    wyman  Apr 14, 2020
    I think a marine version would be better. Those have displays that are easier to read in direct sunlight.
    krisztian  Apr 13, 2020
    Its not a marine stereo. So, no
    russell  Apr 13, 2020
    What are the dimensions of the unit? Will it fit in a 4.25 inch wide dash opening?
    andy  Apr 11, 2020
    1 answer
    Hi Andy, thank you for your question. Please chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. We will be happy to check your vehicle for fitment!
    jessica  Apr 28, 2020 (Staff)
    Dear: can be turned off the internal amplifier and use the preamp outputs only? Thank you!
    miguel  Mar 24, 2020
    1 answer
    You can't turn off the internal outputs per se, but you can choose not to use them and only use the preamp outputs.
    casey  Apr 14, 2020 (Staff)
    Would I need to run 2 power wires, one to the head unit and another to an amp to power a sub?
    ger  Mar 18, 2020
    1 answer
    Hi Gert, thank you for your question. The Sony receiver will connect to the power connection within your factory stereo wiring harness. If you plan to add an amp to power a sub, you will run a dedicated power wire from the amplifier to your vehicles battery. Please chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, for advice and information on installation needs.
    jessica  Apr 17, 2020 (Staff)
    If I need to run a constant power to the battery, will the head unit always be on, or will I need to run a relay to switched power?
    jacob  Mar 12, 2020
    5 answers
    The head unit is only on when it receives power on the red wire (accessory power from ignition switch). The yellow one needs constant power to retain the information in its memory (settings, radio presets, etc). However when the unit is turned on it will use the power it receives on the yellow wire. The unit has its on fuse so no fuse needed. And no relay either. The manual has a wiring diagram also to make it easier. If you don't have accessory power easily available you can connect both yellow and red wire to the battery and you will need to turn the receiver off manually by holding the power button for a few seconds. If you hold it down for about 2-3 seconds the receiver turns off and shows the clock and keeps the buttons illuminated. If you keep holding it down for 2 more seconds then it completely turns off and everything goes dark. I hope this helps!
    krisztian  Mar 13, 2020
    No, Use the original harness from your car and buy the harness adapter for you car. It will auto switch on and off
    matthew  Mar 13, 2020
    I ran power from the battery to the unit. The unit stays off but that connection will allow the unit to remember your presets on the radio. From my installation of this unit that is the only reason I can tell it is for. It will work without the connection but without radio features listed above.
    errol  Mar 12, 2020
    It needs constant power to maintain memory settings. The main power supply is constant, there is already a switched power wire to turn the radio on and off with the ignition.
    wyman  Mar 12, 2020
    I have this same stereo. It powers on and off with the key. There are basically 2 power wires. One is a constant and the other is switched. The stereo will not work without power from both sources. The switched power comes from a "key on position or accessories position" the other power wire and ground should go directly to the battery. There are very well written directions with the unit, in the box. Hope this helps!
    russell  Mar 12, 2020
    I have a subwoofer set that has a separate amp from, how do I get them to work with the radio?
    krystal  Mar 08, 2020
    1 answer
    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.
    kristina  Apr 02, 2020 (Staff)
    My truck just has 2 door speakers. If I added an 8â?? sub, how would you wire this up and how many watts would be pushing the sub?
    phillip  Feb 25, 2020
    1 answer
    Hi Philip, thank you for your question. If you are only going to power one set of speakers, you will use Channel 1 for your speakers, and Channel 3 for your sub. You could expect around 80 watts RMS to be delivered to your sub, depending on the impedance of the sub you are using. Chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, we will be happy to answer additional questions.
    jessica  Mar 19, 2020 (Staff)
    What size subwoofer can this HU run?
    shane  Feb 02, 2020
    1 answer
    I have a 2000 GMC Yukon with 4 speakers, 6 tweeters and an 8 inch subwoofer, it can easily push all of them. I barely turn the volume up and it sounds like a concert. I would say you are looking at some where around 80 watts RMS for a subwoofer. I wouldn't run a 12 or 15, an 8 or 10 seems more appropriate.
    michael  Feb 02, 2020
    Does this unit support nfc?
    russell  Jan 30, 2020
    1 answer
    This particular unit does not.
    thomas  Feb 13, 2020 (Staff)

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