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Sony DSX-M80 Marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 158DSXM80

With Sony's DSX-M80 marine digital media receiver installed in your boat, you can add a soundtrack for every facet...

With Sony's DSX-M80 marine digital media receiver installed in your boat, you can add a soundtrack for every facet...

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Item # 158DSXM80

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About the Sony DSX-M80

Alexander H.

Rock the tide

With Sony's DSX-M80 marine digital media receiver installed in your boat, you can add a soundtrack for every facet of your life on the water. This tough, water-resistant stereo can handle the sun, salt, and splashes of life outdoors, thanks to a specialized circuit board coating and UV-resistant front panel. Plus, Sony's built-in amp delivers 45 watts RMS per channel for powerful performance that carries across the water. Two USB inputs make device control and charging convenient.

Rock the tide

With Sony's DSX-M80 marine digital media receiver installed in your boat, you can add a soundtrack for every facet of your life on the water. This tough, water-resistant stereo can handle the sun, salt, and splashes of life outdoors, thanks to a specialized circuit board coating and UV-resistant front panel. Plus, Sony's built-in amp delivers 45 watts RMS per channel for powerful performance that carries across the water. Two USB inputs make device control and charging convenient.

The convenience of Bluetooth

With built-in Bluetooth, you can take calls and listen to music from just about anywhere on your vessel. Sony also lets you pair two phones via Bluetooth at once. And Sony's app lets you connect through Bluetooth to access a host of features like source selection and sound adjustment.

Tweak your sound

Customize the sound to suit your musical tastes using the built-in 10-band equalizer, selectable low- and high-pass crossovers, and other soundshaping tools. If you're planning on expanding your system in the future, you'll really appreciate the three sets of preamp outputs.

Keeping it simple

The DSX-M80's intuitive front panel with its high-contrast LCD display is easy to control, but when you're away from the receiver, you can use your smartphone or the included wireless remote. And with a paired iPhone® or Android phone, you can use the receiver to make the voice requests you're accustomed to.

Add satellite radio

This receiver also works with the SiriusXM tuner (not included), allowing you to enjoy satellite radio programming even when you're miles and miles offshore.

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.

Important note: This marine radio is water-resistant, but we recommend mounting it in a water-resistant enclosure or using a cover for best performance.


Product highlights:

  • marine digital marine receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
  • sound synchronized illumination
Smartphone Features:
  • built-in iPhone and Android control
  • compatible with Music Center app for iPhone and Android
  • Pandora control
  • voice control with Siri and Android
Audio Features:
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
  • EXTRA BASS adds low-end depth to your music
  • EQ10 10-band equalizer
  • Subwoofer Direct Connection combines the two rear channels to power a sub
  • high- and low-pass filters
  • plays MP3, WMA AAC, FLAC, and WAV files on USB
  • compatible with SiriusXM's aftermarket satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
  • inputs: front panel aux input, front and rear USB inputs
  • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
Other info:
  • UV-resistant finish and anti-corrosive coating
  • built-in amplifier (45 watts RMS CTA-2006/100 peak x 4 channels)
  • backup memory saves settings when battery's disconnected
  • wireless remote included
  • chassis width: 7.165"
  • chassis height: 2.085"
  • nose width: 7.395"
  • nose height: 2.285"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # DSXM80

What's in the box:

  • Marine digital media receiver (15A fuse)
  • Face
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-X232)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
  • Two-sided tape
  • Rubber cap (for Aux input)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw
  • Machine screw
  • Self-tapping screw
  • Backstrap
  • Operating Instructions
  • Face fixing screw note
  • "About the supplied cap (AUX)" note
  • Warranty Information

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More details on the Sony DSX-M80

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Features & specs

AUX Input Front
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front/Rear
USB Port Power 1A, 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 4S 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 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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-M80 replaces these items:

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

Marine & Display Features

Marine Rated: The Sony DSX-M80 marine-rated digital media receiver is ready for the marine environment with a UV resistant coating and coated circuit board. The Sony marine receiver is specifically designed to withstand the ASTM G154 test for UV resistance. This means the faceplate is treated to resist fading and discoloring after prolonged exposure to UV light. The marine receiver uses coated circuit boards which safeguards them from the humid marine environment.

  • Backup Memory: The Marine digital media receiver's backup memory lets you save your customized settings, even when there is no continuous power supply. It can store audio settings, preset radio settings, Bluetooth connections, steering wheel remote customization, and more.
  • 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.

Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony DSX-M80 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.

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

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.

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

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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80.

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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80, 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-M80 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-M80 for playback.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DSX-M80 offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the DSX-M80 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-M80 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-M80 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the DSX-M80 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-M80; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).
Android & iPhone Integration

Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony DSX-M80 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-M80 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-M80'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-M80 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-M80 supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front or rear panel USB port. The DSX-M80 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-M80 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-M80 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/15/2020):

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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80 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 + App 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-M80 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-M80 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-M80; 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-M80 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-X232) 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).


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Customer Q&A

29 questions already asked

How do I properly hook 12 gauge power and ground to this head unit? The only way I can see is to connect the 12 gauge power and ground to the 18 gauge power and ground on the harness?
colton  Mar 13, 2024
1 answer
That is correct, Cole. When installing the Sony DSX-M80 in a non-marine installation we advise using the EFX ICAK12 12-gauge wiring kit in the link below. The kit comes with a crimp connection included (barrel-style) and when I installed the Sony in my own personal vehicle, I used a little dab of solder on the end of the smaller 18-gauge radio wire so when the larger 12-gauge crimp connector was crimped on it was able to make a solid connection with the smaller wire. I hope this helps!
bo  Mar 13, 2024 (Staff)
Will this fit into my 1999 Honda prelude the g80 says it will fit but this one doesn't say if it will or won't fit?
damian  Jan 05, 2024
1 answer
This Sony DSX-M80 is a marine rated unit Damian, and it does fit inside the dash of your 1999 Honda Prelude. If you want additional moisture protection and a little bit brighter screen this DSX-M80 is a great choice!
bo  Jan 05, 2024 (Staff)
Is the M80 the same as the G80 other than marine version ?
marc  Nov 27, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Marc. Thank you for your question. Yes, other than the M80 being marine rated, pound for pound the same stereo.
hogan  Nov 27, 2023 (Staff)
Do you have the wiring harness for putting this unit in a Harley Davidson and be able to use handlebar controls?
charles  Nov 21, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Charles. Thank you for your question. We have wire adapters for most Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please contact an advisor at 800-324-9695 with your year and model, and they will find what you will, be needing.
hogan  Nov 21, 2023 (Staff)
Is this unit compatible with, using the Sony BUS System? Sony RM-X55M - Marine Remote Commander Sony XA-C40 - Source Selector
robert  Oct 17, 2023
1 answer
This radio is not compatible with the Sony XA-C40 selector and uni-link connections, Robert. We have no radios that are compatible with the older connection design of your remote/source selector. This is a common issue we see when upgrading marine radios. The Sony DSX-M80 is an excellent choice performance-wise due to its high-power internal amplifier but is not compatible with any remote options we stock. If you need to retain function on your remotes and do not wish to run any new wiring, consider using the Fusion MS-RA70 in the first link below. You can mount the Fusion radio in an existing DIN sized cutout with an optional adapter (sold separately) and also pair with the Fusion MS-ARX70B in the second link below that links wirelessly to the radio. You can run up to four total remotes with one radio if you need!
bo  Oct 17, 2023 (Staff)
I have a 2015 Sony head unit in my boat. Can I use the Sony DSX-M80 to replace it without having to get a new wiring harness?
godfrey sanpan  May 17, 2023
1 answer
We will need more information on the exact model of Sony radio in order to confirm that this will work. Our advisors are here to help via online chat or phone at 1-800-324-9695.
zachary  May 17, 2023 (Staff)
will this unit work with my older i pod?
william  Mar 17, 2023
1 answer
If your older iPod has a headphone output William, then yes! You will not be able to listen to music through USB, but you can take advantage of the front panel 3.5mm aux in on the Sony DSX-80. 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. These have higher power than most head units, and they sound amazing! Exactly what you would expect from Sony.
bo  Mar 17, 2023 (Staff)
zane  Oct 19, 2022
1 answer
This receiver is 2-ohm stable. Be sure to adjust the speaker load setting on the receiver accordingly when presenting the receiver with a 2-ohm load.
zachary  Oct 20, 2022 (Staff)
How deep is this unit?
john  Sep 09, 2022
1 answer
Greetings John, and thank you for your question. The Sony DSX M80 chassis is 6.605 inches deep.
hogan  Sep 09, 2022 (Staff)
where can a get a sirius antenna for my sony DSX-M80 ?
romalice  Aug 22, 2021
2 answers
Probably much easier to get the Sirius streaming option that is built in with The Sony Music Center app. Sound quality will be better too. However my guess is that you're going to be outside the reach of cell service. So I think this is what you are looking for:
jeremy  Aug 24, 2021
There is no such a thing as a Sirius antenna for this device, you may need to look into getting a SM connection which is done by subscription to the network.
larry  Aug 22, 2021
I found the control for balance and the fad, the fad shows only front but do not see the fad for the rear speakers,, what am I'm missing?
lance  Jun 12, 2021
1 answer
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 25, 2021 (Staff)
I'm wiring power direct to the battery which is approx 12' of wire. What gauge wire should I use? Also do I need to run the same guage wire directly to the battery for ground?
john  May 13, 2021
2 answers
We recommend using 12 gauge wire for the power and ground wiring. If this is going onto a boat, the ground wire is typically ran to the the same place the power is picked up from. The battery or a power/ground busbar
jason  May 30, 2021 (Staff)
I normally use 12 guage for power and ground.
robert  May 28, 2021
Is the microphone built in too the unit or wired ?
john  Apr 27, 2021
4 answers
Microphone is wired
brett  Apr 27, 2021
anthony  Apr 27, 2021
It is wired, plugs into rear of head unit.
william  Apr 27, 2021
rick  Apr 27, 2021
Can I wire up 2 4ohm 6 1/2 speakers with 100w rms using the front and rear channels of this deck for more power?
kyle  Apr 27, 2021
2 answers
If you have 2 speakers 6.5 that are 100rms. You need external amp. Use RCA not the speakers out put of the deck.
genaro  May 07, 2021
No. Cannot combine or bridge channels
robert k  Apr 30, 2021
Would this work in my 2002 ranger? I can't find a DSX-GS80 anywhere and this seems to be the same except that it's marine
joshua j  Apr 20, 2021
3 answers
This receiver is a din sized unit and shallow enough that it can fit into the dash using our single din mounting kit. We can still offer the savings on the installation parts when ordering a radio like this one for a vehicle and recommend contacting an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to get help making that happen
jason  May 08, 2021 (Staff)
It should. It appears to be in a standard single din chassis so should fit any single din radio slot.
sherrie  May 02, 2021
Yes. For sure. Just be sure to run power to the battery. If you use the factory wiring it will blow the fuse.
robert k  Apr 30, 2021
I have a single JL Audio 8w1v3-4 4 ohm 8" subwoofer. I want to wire direct to head unit without an external amp. Should I wire to 1 4-ohm channel or bridge the rear channels into 2-ohms?
michael  Apr 19, 2021
2 answers
It may play but there is not enough power to drive a sub like that.
robert k  Apr 30, 2021
Can you, sure. Should you, I wouldn't but you can. The Sony head unit can use the rear channel outputs to drive a subwoofer. keep in mind you lose the ability to amp a pair of rear speakers. It is either a sub or rear speakers, assuming you are using the head unit. My opinion, use the head unit to drive the speakers and get a mono block amp for the subwoofer.
frank  Apr 19, 2021
whats the best way to wire 4 6.5's and 2 5.25 inch speakers to this head unit without using another amp?
jjibo87  Feb 16, 2021
2 answers
You can run this deck at 2 ohm. Meaning it will run 2 speakers from each channel. It must be changed to two ohm in the menu of the head unit before operation
robert k  Apr 30, 2021
You would not want to do that as it would likely over drive the amplifier and burn it up. You will want to drive 4 full range speakers max on this unit. For more information you can reach out to one of our advisors!
thomas  Mar 04, 2021 (Staff)
Do any wired remotes work with this head unit?
brent  Oct 19, 2020
3 answers
I'm sorry I don't know as I haven't tried any.
ted a  Oct 20, 2020
Not sure - I use mine exclusively through my Iphone via Bluetooth
scott  Oct 19, 2020
YES - If you look at the back of the deck, there's a blue plug receptacle. That is where the wired remote plugs in. I bought a boat recently with a junky old Sony deck in it and promptly replaced it with the DSX-M80. The boat came with an existing wired remote at the helm. It's a CPS remote, although sometimes you'll find them labeled as Access Technologies. Anyway, I think the remote is called the CPS Products Remote Commander. I would include a link but Crutchfield won't let me. There's an older model that is an oval shape (which is what I have) and a newer one that is round. My older CPS remote works great with the new DSX-M80. Also, I think Sony makes (or used to make) one of their own wired remotes. The Sony model number is RM-X11M. The DSX deck is really great and I'm happy with it. Good luck man...
william  Oct 19, 2020
Will this fit 1996 bmw z3?
beakster  Aug 29, 2020
2 answers
It's a standard size and replaced a super old head unit I previously had so my guess would be that it would fit just fine
derrick  Aug 29, 2020
Don't know that answer ,as the radio is in my boat maybe someone else can help you.
george  Aug 29, 2020
Can I wire speakers to the speaker outs and rca's at the same time?
jason  Aug 05, 2020
2 answers
You can hook the speaker out wires directly to speakers to power them using the head unit's internal amplification. In addition, you can use the RCA cables to run signal to an external amplifier.
jeremy  Aug 06, 2020
Yes. That is exactly what I did.
christopher  Aug 05, 2020
For a Harley application would 2ohm or 4ohm speakers be best?
derrick  Jul 17, 2020
2 answers
My situation is unique as I needed 4" speakers. I have JBLs which I think are 3 ohm. They work fine but I haven't been on the road yet.
ted a  Aug 10, 2020
4 ohm speakers are best to use in that application when using this receiver's amp to power them
jason  Aug 04, 2020 (Staff)
Does this model support transom remotes?
ian  Jun 02, 2020
2 answers
I have a 2007 Malibu VLX with Sony transom remote. The remotes do indeed work with track (forward/back) and volume control. My remotes do have a small screen that shows what input is being played, and that is now blank, but I am totally ok with that since I only use Bluetooth via phone.
jeremy  Aug 07, 2020
It can work with the RM-X11M remote via the steering wheel radio control input. We no longer carry this remote, but you can find details about the remote here:
jason  Jun 23, 2020 (Staff)
The manual mentions back-up memory for presets and setting. Is this non-vikatile memory? Or is there some type of backup battery installed?
scottie  Jun 01, 2020
2 answers
I haven't installed it yet, but I believe I read somewhere that it requires a contact power feed (to the battery I assume) to keep memory.
robb  Jun 11, 2020
Connect the yellow wire from the radio wire harness direct to the battery and this will keep memory in your radio
george  Jun 01, 2020
Does Sony offer a wired remote?
gregg  May 24, 2020
2 answers
This unit comes with a wireless remote control, that works great.
larry  May 24, 2020
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josh  May 24, 2020
Is there a wired remote that works for this unit? The rm-x11m is discontinued.
mike  May 13, 2020
2 answers
The Sony RM-X11M wired remote will work with this receiver
jason  Jun 02, 2020 (Staff)
There is a jack to plug in a wired remote and the manual says there is a wired remote available for purchase.
frank  Jun 02, 2020
Can you plug in a powered sub to this unit like a bazooka tube?
kent  Apr 30, 2020
3 answers
From what I read I say yes I don't use a sub in my radio. I have plenty of volume with a set of jl audio speakers works very nice . Good luck with yours
george  May 01, 2020
I'm sorry. I don't know. We bought this deck just so we could do a basic upgrade to the stereo system using the integrated amp on the deck.
jane  Apr 30, 2020
Yes! Use the RCA outputs for the sub. Left and Right. Easy Peasy!!!
dan  Apr 30, 2020

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