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Sony MEX-GS810BH CD receiver

Item # 158GS810BH

Sony's MEX-GS810BH CD receiver puts your smartphone's capabilities on tap when you're behind the wheel.

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About the Sony MEX-GS810BH

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Smartphone synchronization

Sony's MEX-GS810BH CD receiver puts your smartphone's capabilities on tap when you're behind the wheel. Sony's App Remote™ feature lets you put select music apps into a single list that you can control with the receiver or your phone — you can call up apps by touching the receiver's controls or control receiver functions with your smartphone's screen.

Smartphone synchronization

Sony's MEX-GS810BH CD receiver puts your smartphone's capabilities on tap when you're behind the wheel. Sony's App Remote™ feature lets you put select music apps into a single list that you can control with the receiver or your phone — you can call up apps by touching the receiver's controls or control receiver functions with your smartphone's screen.

And with select Android™ devices, you can control sources and respond to texts or emails with voice control. You can also communicate with Siri through this receiver, including music search and other voice commands. Just pair your iPhone® to the receiver with Bluetooth®, press a button, and ask your question — you'll hear the response over your car's speakers.

Sony MEX-GS810BH

Sony's MEX-GS810BH lets you enjoy the great sound of HD Radio stations.

Bluetooth for hands-free calling (and more)

Bluetooth offers convenience when you're behind the wheel, with hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from your mobile device. The MEX-GS810BH will also connect to two devices at the same time — great if you have work and personal mobile accounts. Pairing is easy with Sony's Simple Secure Pairing system, and even easier if your phone supports Near Field Communications (NFC) technology — just touch your device to the receiver and you're set.

The best sound in radio

HD Radio

The MEX-GS810BH boasts an integrated HD Radio™ tuner. When you tune into a station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll enjoy near CD-quality FM broadcasts and AM that doesn't suffer from tinny sound and static. And HD Radio offers some other pretty cool features, like iTunes® Tagging — it lets you save songs you hear for later purchase when your iPhone is plugged in to the stereo's USB port.

This Sony also plays CDs, and features dual USB inputs that let you connect both an iPod® or iPhone and a thumb drive. Sony's Quick-BrowZer search tool makes finding the right playlist, album, artist, or song an easy task. If you're a fan of streaming music, you'll have total access to your Pandora® account with your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry.

And you can reach for the stars by adding a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription). Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, plus your favorite channels will stay with you wherever you drive.

Tune it up

Sony's Digital Reality Amp puts out some serious power to your speakers, and you can tweak that output with an impressive array of sound-shaping tools, including a 10-band EQ, time alignment, and comprehensive frequency filters. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) improves the sound of compressed music. Three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs send a high-powered, low-noise signal to your external amps. Sony covers this versatile car stereo with a 3-year warranty.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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

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

Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and WAV files
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with compatible phones
    • detachable face with variable color illumination
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • App Remote version 2 mode for iPhone and Android
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones
    • Quick-BrowZer and Jump Mode search features
    Audio features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine improves digital file sound quality
    • Listening Position time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • loudness
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • 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)
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 3 years
    • MFR # MEX-GS810BH

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-X231)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ visor clip (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 (En/Fr)
    • Installation/Connections sheet (En/Fr)
    • Limited Warranty Sheet
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Important Notice

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 55 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 No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, WAV
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-GS810BH is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-GS810BH. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-GS810BH without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can register up to nine Bluetooth enabled devices with the Sony head unit and keep two devices connected at all times (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the MEX-GS810BH will automatically re-connect to your device when in close proximity. The head unit also offers unique pairing for Android and iPhone smartphone to make Bluetooth pairing even easier.

    • Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on it rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones with OS 4.0 or lower, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
    • USB Pairing (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-GS810BH supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the MEX-GS810BH can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the MEX-N600BH provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the MEX-GS810BH, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's control dial.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can store up to 1,000 contacts in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
    Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 11' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.515" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Sony MEX-GS810BH can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat) for both stored music and music apps, the MEX-GS810BH provides a Search List of your stored music by Category or Playlist (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display device's stored music and music app song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Sony MEX-GS810BH has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-GS810BH to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the MEX-GS810BH ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports the playback of MP3/WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

    Dual USB Ports: The head unit feature a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a flip-out cover and one rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear chassis by a 58" cable. The receiver's front- and rear-panel USB ports can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices; such as select portable digital audio players or USB thumbdrives. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (front: 1A; rear: 2.1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support connection of an Android OS device.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Sony MEX-GS810BH supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate up to 320kbps
     WMA: bit rate up to 320kbps
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8-/16-bit
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 10,000 files
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The CD receiver can display the following ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed Playing Time, Song Title, Artist Name, or Album Label.

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

    • Track/Folder List: The head unit can display a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.
    • Jump Mode: Jump Mode gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music folder in 10% increments.
    • Repeat/Random: Repeat a single track or repeat an entire folder. Shuffle all tracks or a specific folder.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off. The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Mounting Angle: For proper CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The MEX-GS810BH's front- or rear-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display. The USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and uses the head unit's 24-bit DAC to maximize sound quality. You can choose to control the your iPod/iPhone from the head unit (Head Unit Control Mode) or from the Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen (Passenger App Control).

    • Head Unit Control + Song/Artist Info: The MEX-GS810BH's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Podcast from the head unit's front-panel control; content in each category will be listed alphabetically. The unit also offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. During Head Unit Control mode, the MEX-GS810BH will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including track #, elapsed playing time, song title, artist name, and album label. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to navigate your stored music and access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Passenger App Control: In Passenger App Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. The Passenger App Control mode does not offer song/artist information display. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
    Note: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone (not iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-GS810BH is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/22/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App App Remote Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N 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.

    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.

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-in HD Radio Tuner: The integrated HD Radio tuner receives compatible AM and FM radio stations signals in digital format for improved sound quality while providing metadata information and iTunes Music Tagging so that you can find the songs you like later. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    • Station Text: HD Radio provides a variety of data; including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • Preset Tuning: The radio features 6 memory bands to store and receive analog and digital AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.
      • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
      • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tag button on this unit allows you to tag songs (up to 50) you like that are broadcast by HD Radio stations. Information about these tagged songs is stored by the receiver and transferred to your connected iPod/iPhone. When you connect your iPod to your computer, iTunes automatically presents songs in a new "Tagged" playlist so you can preview, purchase, and download them.
    Note: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the MEX-GS810BH can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Sony MEX-GS810BH CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. The Sony MEX-GS810BH will also display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone. Your iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) will need to be connected to the head unit's front-panel USB port with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's App Store. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Sony MEX-GS810BH (no hard-wired connection required); your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Sony MEX-GS810BH provides the following control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips 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 smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony MEX-GS810BH 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.

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The redesigned, internal Dynamic Reality Amp circuitry boasts 47% lower internal resistance compared to conventional in-dash receiver, delivering 55 watts x 4 channels of Peak power to your vehicle's speakers. This allows you to crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels, and smooth frequency response. The power output specs for the MEX-GS810BH are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)

    Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-GS810BH are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony MEX-GS810BH 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. The subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the low-pass crossover. You can even adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -10 to +10 in 1dB increments. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Note: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left or right rear speaker leads (but not both). Same subwoofer controls apply.

    High-Pass Filter: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off. You can also adjust the slope (1/2/3) of the high-pass crossover.

    Advanced Sound Engine: Sony's Advanced Sound Engine creates an ideal in-car sound field with digital signal processing. Advanced Sound Engine contains the following features: EQ10, ClearAudio+, Listening Position, Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE), Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), Advanced Auto Volume (AAV), and Loudness.

    • EQ10 w/ ClearAudio+: 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 - Band1 (32Hz), Band2 (63Hz), Band3 (125Hz), Band4 (250Hz), Band5 (500Hz), Band6 (1khz), Band7 (2khz), Band8 (4kHz), Band9 (8kHz), and Band10 (16kHz).
    • Listening Position: This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker to suit your position, and simulate a natural sound field with the feeling of being in the center of it wherever you sit in the car. You can choose from Front Right, Front Left, Front Center, or Off. You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far
    • Rear Bass Enhancer (RBE): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.
    • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): DSEE improves digitally compressed music files by restoring high frequencies lost in the compression process.
    • Advanced Auto Volume (AAV) + Loudness: This feature adjusts the playback volume level of all playback sources to the optimum level. Loudness reinforces bass and treble for clear sound at low volume levels.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-GS810BH features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,000 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's LCD & button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color (R-G-B), & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random). The unit's Dynamic Color Illuminator offers the following advance features.

    • Day/Night Color Mode: You can register a customize color for the unit's display and buttons for day & night time driving.
    • Sound Synchronization: The color changes according to synchronization of playing music. When you select a preset pattern sound synchronization becomes effective.
    • White Menu: You can display the menu more clearly (White text) without concern for the unit's other color settings.
    • Start White: When you power-on the head unit, the color of the unit's display and buttons turn white and then the color changes to your chosen customize color. You can enjoy this effect whenever the source is turned on.
    Note: To change the brightness of the display you can set the MEX-GS810BH to one of three dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), Dimmer Off (deactivates the dimmer), and Dimmer On (display always dim).

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

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: Pressing the Source/Off button once will switch sources. Pressing and holding the Source/Off button for one second will turn off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remain on. To turn the unit off completely, you must press and hold the Source/Off button for two seconds.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

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

    Remote Control

    App Remote Technology: Sony's App Remote Technology offers two-way communication between the Sony MEX-GS810BH and your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.1-2.3 Froyo/Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0-4.2). You will need to download the free Sony App Remote application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. This application integrates compatible Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony CD receiver and lets you launch apps from the head unit. You can operate basic functionality of compatible audio apps directly from the receiver (operation differs depending on the app). Movie and navigation apps will continue to be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, you can control the receiver's sources directly from the application on your smartphone using simple finger gestures and see detailed source information on the phone's touchscreen.

    • Receiver Sources: The App Remote lets you access the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux sources from your phone's touchscreen. You can use finger gestures to tap, flick left/right, or flick up/down on the phone's touchscreen in order to change AM/FM Band, Play/Pause a track, Seek Up/Down a track or station, select a Preset, or access an Album. You will also be able to see song/artist information from MP3/WMA and smartphone sources, as well as station identification numbers from AM/FM radio.
    • Compatible Apps (as of 2/19/2014): The App Remote also provides various music, movie, and navigation apps which can be accesses from the Sony MEX-GS810BH's source list. Available operation differs depending on the application.
      • Music Apps: Music apps include; Pandora, AUPEO!, iHeartRadio, MOG, and TuneIn. The head unit only provides basic Play/Pause functions and no song/artist information for these music apps.
      • Movie Apps: Movie apps include Netflix and YouTube. Video will be displayed on your smartphone's screen, while the audio plays through your vehicle's speakers. You can control Play/Pause from the MEX-GS810BH. Other playback functions will need to done on your smartphone. Subscription may be required. You should not watch videos while your vehicle is in motion.
      • Navigation Apps: Supported navigation apps include Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and MotionX GPS Drive. The map screen will display on your smartphone's touchscreen, while audible directions can be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can continue to listen to music streamed from your smartphone while navigating; the unit will attenuate your music during a navigation voice-prompt. Control of the navigation apps will still be done through your smartphone's touchscreen. Fees may apply for some navigation apps & functions.
    • Voice Communication + Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, App Remote technology for the MEX-GS810BH head unit adds a voice user interface for voice control of apps and functions such as navigation and music playback, notification readouts including RSS feeds, Twitter, and text message reply. Through voice operation, you can safely and comfortably operate your smartphone in the car from the Sony MEX-GS810BH CD receiver. Incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the MEX-GS810BH and your vehicle's speakers to keep you in touch.
    • Custom Sound Settings: From your Android smartphone remote screen, you get access to audio & DSP settings (Equalizer, Volume Control, Fader/Balance/Subwoofer, and Listening Position).
    Note: Access to the music, movie, and navigation apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

    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.

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    Customer Q&A

    24 questions already asked

    How is this unit in the dark? Is there a certain color that isnt too distracting, or a way to adjust the brightness?
    jonathan  Jan 31, 2018
    6 answers
    This unit is fine in the dark. And most are. The question is how does it work in the light? And the answer is . . . terrible. Highly suggest you do NOT buy this unit. Impossible to see in the daylight. It is also very difficult to use with controls being non-intuitive. It easily loses your settings and you have to start over. It often goes in to demo mode if you lose power. The station selection buttons have a button to the right and left that are not stations. So you often hit the wrong one - not a good deal with driving/very distracting. Basically, i am looking to replace this unit it is so awful.
    kim  Mar 02, 2018
    red seems the least distracting but must have dimmer activated so it dims when headlights are on
    david r.  Feb 02, 2018
    The phone button is way to bright. It auto dims when the lights are on but not enough. There are colors that help all but that phone button. I also wish it kept the color setup after loosing battery it defaults back to the demo mode and flashes all the colors until you take the time to reprogram the thing again.
    travis  Feb 01, 2018
    Works (display) great at night, has an auto dimming function, so it is not too bright. I use the "white" color to maintain uniformity with my dashboard lights.
    douglas  Feb 01, 2018
    This unit has several adjustment options. It has a programmable Day/Night modes that toggles when your headlights come on. You can program different color and brightness settings for each mode to your liking.
    george  Jan 31, 2018
    I do not recommend this unit. I actually had to send it back to Sony for a warrenty claim and they are refunding the cost of the unit. The USB posts completely stopped working after 1.5 years and the Bluetooth never worked as it should have. I would have to manually pair my iPhone and the unit through BT every time I wanted to use it. The colors were pretty cool though not too bright, looking on the bright side (no pun intended).
    maxx  Jan 31, 2018
    Can I use the internal amp for 2 ohm stock gm speakers?
    leaderjoe  Oct 28, 2017
    1 answer
    The owner's manual specifies 4-8 ohms.
    robert d.  Oct 30, 2017
    Can I answer or reject a phone call with the remote?
    johno  Jun 16, 2017
    1 answer
    Yes. The wireless remote features a "Call" button you can press to accept or end a call.
    ryan  Jun 23, 2017 (Staff)
    Does this receiver have 24 bit audio conversion?
    jason  Nov 27, 2016
    1 answer
    Don't know; it was a gift for my son
    wade  Nov 28, 2016
    If I have a Saturn 2000 can I use this radio?
    latrelli  Jul 12, 2016
    1 answer
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    kristina  Jul 13, 2016 (Staff)
    Has anyone actually been able to charge off of the rear usb port at 2.1 amps? I have tried numerous devices and cords, none of which result in charging at more than .5 amps.
    raymond  Jun 04, 2016
    1 answer
    Yes, your radio is defective, I installed my radio and jammed the rear USB through the windshield defrost vent. I plugged several different cords and devices into it including my S5 and NEVER had a problem. I use the front USB for a low profile jump drive with mp3s and the rear for charging.
    michael  Jun 05, 2016
    Does the UBS charge the device while playing the music from the device.?
    stephan  Feb 09, 2016
    5 answers
    Yes it charges my phone while listening to music or while talking via Bluetooth!!
    henry  Feb 10, 2016
    james j  Feb 09, 2016
    The front panel 2.0 USB charges my ipod. I don't use the back panel 3.0 USB because it was to hard to snake through the dash.
    don  Feb 09, 2016
    Yes it will charge while playing music from the device.
    jose  Feb 09, 2016
    Yes it charges my iPhone while playing Pandora
    steve  Feb 09, 2016
    I've played with the numerous settings but can't get any bass out of this unit. What am I missing ? Thanks
    gamike  Aug 31, 2015
    3 answers
    The 810 has more setting for shaping everyting. Try using the equalizer, one side are highs the other lows. I have subs hooked up to mine and take out the bass with the equalizer. Keep moving the ten bands until you get what you want. Good luck.
    glen  Sep 01, 2015
    Its in settings, and then audio i believe.
    p. brent  Sep 01, 2015
    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. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center:
    kristina  Sep 01, 2015 (Staff)
    Does anybody know what the crossover slopes are 1,2,3? Are they 6db,12db,18db?
    craig  Aug 01, 2015
    2 answers
    not sure about the crossover stuff but I can tell you this unit sucks, if I could I would return it and purchase a different unit. Crutchfield will not let me review my purchase after emailing them. I would give this unit 1 star. There's definitely better stuff out there, especially for the price.
    dugan  Aug 03, 2015
    This is a complex question best answered by looking at pg 18 and 19 of the user manual. There is extensive customization available.
    thomas  Aug 01, 2015
    How to activate the radio data system ? This unit is supposed to be able to display the song that is playing but I haven't figured out the right combinations of buttons to push. Help ...
    gamike  Jul 30, 2015
    4 answers
    The RDA is automatically on when the unit is installed. Not all radio stations are RDA.
    glen  Sep 01, 2015
    when listening to the radio you push the tag button which stores it on the head unit. then when you connect with a internet capable device you can view all the songs you've tagged
    bobby  Jul 31, 2015
    To change display items press and hold DSPL, then press it again to change as follows: Channel Number (Default) Channel Name Artist Name Song Title Content Info Category Name Clock
    ray  Jul 31, 2015
    You are referring to something called Program Service Data, which shows the song name, artist, station ID, etc. It only works with certain stations. To find out if you have them in your area, go to the hdradio web site. The function is automatic when the TUNER is selected. I use mine almost exclusively to listen to .mp3 files connected to the rear USB connector from an external drive in the glove box. Good luck!
    stephen  Jul 31, 2015
    I ordered and installed this head unit in my 2009 camry. It sounds fantastic, however, when I plug my ipod 5 gen (w/ video) into the USB the console, it just flashes "IPD READ" and never actually starts playing. According to the Crutchfield data sheet this ipod is compatible with this Sony head unit. This ipod worked fine with all my prior jvc and Kenwood receivers. I've restarted the ipod and head unit, but nothing has worked. Any suggestions?
    wes  Jul 23, 2015
    2 answers
    I have a similar problem with mine reading a usb drive. It is the unit. The usb works in my other cars just fine. This unit is junk. Highly do NOT recommend. I plan to replace it with something that works.
    kim  Mar 02, 2018
    I don't know about the ipold connectivity. It does the same thing with me iPhone, but I HAVE NO MUSIC ON MY PHONE. I put all of my music on a 64 gig USB thumb drive and have it plugged into USB2, in the center console of my car. That works pretty perfectly except for some of my albums are lossless, so th efiles are HUGE, and it sometimes won't navigate off those albums well. Music compressed a little, slightly smaller file sizes, it navigates slow, but just fine. I have 500 albums on their - no need for any other connection type.
    michael j  Jul 26, 2015
    I have an Ipod 5th Generation (w/ video playback). According to crutchfield's details regarding iPod compatibility, this iPod SHOULD be compatible to play via USB. However, each time I connect the ipod to this Sony head unit, the head unit blinks "IPD READ..." and never actually starts playing. I've waiting ten minutes - and it continues to do this. I've reset both the iPod and the head unit. I've disk checked the iPod. Nothing works. Does anybody have any suggestions? (I only bought this unit because it was supposed to be compatible with my iPod, it worked with every Sony, JVC, and Kenwood head unit I had before I bought this one.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    wes  Jul 22, 2015
    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. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center:
    kristina  Jul 27, 2015 (Staff)
    Which colored-wire in the back of this receiver do I use to link with the Steering Wheel Adapter? Blue w/ white stripe? Why isn't this specified on their wiring diagram?
    wes  Jul 21, 2015
    2 answers
    I used a PAC interface to handle the connectivity to the steering wheel. Its sold by Crutchfield. I would contact Sales support, they are awesome and can provide the assistance you need.
    gianpaolo  Jul 23, 2015
    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. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center:
    greg  Jul 21, 2015 (Staff)
    Specifically, can this unit play WAV files via a thumb drive in either one of the USB ports?I want to listen to un-compressed/lossless audio via a large capacity thumb drive. WMA and MP3 excluded. Thanks in advance.
    robert  Jul 18, 2015
    2 answers
    I have not tried.. I have used the unit just to play MP3. Sorry
    gianpaolo  Jul 23, 2015
    I Have not been able to play with a thunb drive yet. This unit only plays certain files. I'm still adding to my system and will follow up on this topic whem addressed later.
    glen  Jul 18, 2015
    Why is there two cable hanging out in the back. One looks like USB and the other for the phone. Can that be removed? TX
    norman  Jun 05, 2015
    5 answers
    Norman, One is the mike for the phone and the other is a 2.0 USB. I couldn't thread the USB through the dash so I just balled it up behind the unit. Remove the mike, it plugs in, the USB is hard wired and can't be removed.
    don  Jun 08, 2015
    It can be removed, or you can just leave it behind your dash. I find it useful to have two but it's not necessary.
    andrew  Jun 08, 2015
    One is the USB and my installer simply put it in the glove compartment from the rear . don't know about the other wire
    howard  Jun 08, 2015
    The other is a microphone. It is a normal 3.5mm mic plug so yes, you can unplug it. Obviously, the deck just can't pick up your voice then.
    kwong  Jun 07, 2015
    The USB wire is mainly used for of your going to install like a touch screen into your vehicle and the other wire i never did figure out what it was there for but both were completely ignored when installed into my truck Also there might be a few extra wires (mine were 1 black 1 grew and 1 black and grew) that seem like thay dont go to anything but there are a few wires they do connect to and if they are not connected properly will pop a few fuses Hope this helps
    jennifer  Jun 07, 2015
    Has anyone had any trouble reading the display in daylight? I plan to install it into my S2000 convertible. A number of people who installed JVC units complained about this problem. I haven't seen any reviews about this Sony unit so far.
    fred  Feb 07, 2015
    15 answers
    I've had mine in my 01 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup for about six weeks now and I've had a little trouble with the display but only when glare from indirect sunlight hits the front. If sunlight hits it directly, the display is easily readable and the display takes on a negative LCD effect. This may be because I choose to keep the display in dimmed mode because I haven't yet chosen between the auto dimming feature and the manual dimmer control from the truck's interior light dimmer. The glare issue is negligible and only happens infrequently. With a convertible, you may actually have even less of an issue as long as you keep the display on full brightness. Hope this helps.
    sherman  Feb 10, 2015
    I don't have the unit installed in a convertible but it is plenty bright with all the selectable colors. I don't have a problem seeing it here in sunny AZ.
    wayne  Feb 09, 2015
    No I have not had an issues with reading the display during the day or at anytime regarding the Sony MEX. Tom L.
    debra  Feb 09, 2015
    I've had it for about a month and haven't had an issue seeing the display in sunlight (although it is only winter). I can't see it when I'm wearing sunglasses, but that's more or less expected.
    adam  Feb 09, 2015
    Hi Fred, The display is very bright. I don't think you will have an issue with brightness with the Sony. I've read those JVC comments too, and took a look at a couple in the local stereo store and they are significantly more dim than the Sony. Hope this helps, Russ
    russell  Feb 09, 2015
    My unit is installed in a coupe, so we don't have a problem with the car interior being brightly illuminated. I have not noticed any particular difficulty in reading the display. I do have the display set to dim as opposed to bright as their isn't a way (from what I have been told) to have the unit dim when the car headlights are on. You may want to check your display setting to see if it is set on dim as opposed to bright.
    robert  Feb 09, 2015
    Fred, I'm very happy with my product. I have not had any problems reading the display.
    ruben  Feb 08, 2015
    We just installed the sony unit into a 2004 VW new beetle. It is a hatchback but the bug has lots of glass and light in the passnger area. The readability of the display greatly depends on the color you select on the display. After trying many different colors, we settled on a teal green/blue color. White would also work in the day but it seems too bright for night driving. The unit has an auto night feature which does dim the display slightly.
    kevin  Feb 08, 2015
    I have this unit in a truck and have never had a problem with it not being bright enough. You can change the color to just about any color for the display so you might be able to find a color that's easier to see when it is bright
    brad  Feb 08, 2015
    Don't know I put this in a 2004 ram 1500. If I turn the head lights on in the day time I cant read the display. (I do not have automatic lights on a 2004 ram)
    craig  Feb 08, 2015
    Hi Fred, I have the unit set to the 'dim' mode and it is still easily read during daylight.
    rupert  Feb 08, 2015
    It's not the brightest unit I've seen but I have had no problems. It has a built in dimmer setting to dim when the headlights are on, but I disabled that. Also, you can pick from many colors for the display. I chose a variant of green and can read it in any light. Really, the only negative thing about this unit to me is the forward/back buttons. They are (to me) a little oddly shaped and took some time to adjust to (changing tracks without actually looking at the radio)...
    ben  Feb 08, 2015
    I have had no problems with reading the display the day time.
    james m  Feb 08, 2015
    I do not have a convertible, but between the ability to adjust the brightness and colors, I think this unit has as good a chance as any as being visible. Mine is in a truck, and I have intentionally lowered the brightness because it was so bright. Hope this helps.
    stuart  Feb 08, 2015
    You can correctly read the display this stereo is way better than any of the jvcs offered
    nicholas  Feb 08, 2015
    I read a review that reported that it is necessary to always use the USB cable to pair the iPhone with head unit and that it has to be paired each time you enter your vehicle. Is this true or will it automatically pair when you enter your vehicle?
    lisa  Jan 27, 2015
    10 answers
    Lisa- I just installed this in my wifes car. After installing it, I ran a number of errands to different places, starting and stopping the car. When a call came in on the way home after all the starts and stops- it went to the head unit- so it remembers your phone. What I think is the behavior is that you have to pair the head unit to a specific phone and it sticks to that one phone. So when my wife jumped into the car -it did not automatically pair to her phone. She needed to pair it back to her phone again.
    jonathan  Jan 30, 2015
    Not true, the unit allows a Bluetooth pairing without the use of a USB cable. I have an iPhone 5s and my wife has an iPhone 6, after the initial Bluetooth pairing using the unit menu function, both phones automatically connect when the unit turns-on.
    mike  Jan 29, 2015
    My iPad paired using the normal Bluetooth pairing, no cable required, even for the initial pairing. Connects automatically upon starting my car. YMMV with an iPhone, but I'd think all iOS 8.1 devices would behave similarly.
    john  Jan 28, 2015
    Yes, it will only function with an iPhone when attached by USB. I do not recommend this stereo. The receiver buttons frequently stop responding. The hands free phone connection does not work. It's a complicated system to learn, but after communicating with Sony tech support, they said it is not functioning properly. I always liked Sony in the past but I would stay away from this model.
    michael  Jan 28, 2015
    I do not have an iPhone, however with my Samsung Galaxy IIIS I do not have to pair it each time, it automatically connects with Bluetooth.
    dana  Jan 27, 2015
    Mine automatically pairs.
    tyler  Jan 27, 2015
    Not true. My unit pairs wirelessly automatically each time I enter the vehicle. However, the deck cannot be paired with more than one device at a time, so if another device pairs in between your last pairing and current attempt, you may have to go through the menu and pair again.
    matthew  Jan 27, 2015
    You do not need the USB cable to pair you're device's. I do have to re-pair my devices each day, but i bring my devices in the house each night. I just downloaded the sony app on my note 3 so I'll see if it will be 1 touch pairing. Kev
    kevin  Jan 27, 2015
    I don't have an iPhone but I do have an Android. First SET PAIRING to sync the phone to the Sony. Then go to SET BT SIGNAL and sync the phone with the Sony unit there. Once the phone is recognizes there, then the phone should be recognize every time the Sony unit is turned on. That's what I did and works now. I did have to perform SET BT SIGNAL 2 or 3 times but now it works like it should.
    john  Jan 27, 2015
    It will automatically pair, the first time you should use the USB.
    richard  Jan 27, 2015
    Contrary to what I have read in the Q&A and after reading the manual many times I have not been able to find a way to have the unit display the clock while playing the radio or music. Has anyone figured out how to set the receiver to display the clock?
    robert  Jan 26, 2015
    6 answers
    HI. On the remoteis a display button that with cycle through different information on the screen, one is the clock . Give it time between pushing the button the display. I
    glen  Sep 01, 2015
    Press and HOLD the menu key to change / revolve through the various displays. I believe there are four.
    laurence  Jan 29, 2015
    Hi Robert, have you tried to press the DISP button on either the remote or the radio? I had a track playing using the usb stick and I was able to see the clock on the radio.
    gianpaolo  Jan 27, 2015
    Yea, good one, and I figured it out......Just push the MENU button down, cycle thru the views and it will show up.
    henry  Jan 27, 2015
    It is VERY simple to do. While playing music, just HOLD the Menu key (the leftmost key under the display) until the display changes... then you can just repeatedly press and release the Menu key to rotate between all the display modes. One of those modes has the Source displayed on the left and the Clock displayed on the right. It stays in that display mode until you change it again even if you turn car off and back on. I just tested this on mine and it works perfectly as I stated above!
    kwong  Jan 27, 2015
    The menu button doubles as the display button. Should be the first button on your left under the display. Hold it in to change the display. The display layouts on this deck are rather pitiful I MO. Hope this helps.
    brian  Jan 27, 2015
    Will this model work with an iPhone 6?
    dennis  Dec 26, 2014
    4 answers
    My son uses this with his iPhone 5S and the Bluetooth links and works well for calls. I cannot say whether it would be fully compatible with a 6 via the usb port though. He does connect his new iPod nano to it through the usb and he says it works well.
    matthew m  Dec 29, 2014
    The BT works great with my Android so it should work with your iPhone
    don  Dec 27, 2014
    it should. just need to connect your USB cable directly in to the head unit.
    gianpaolo  Dec 27, 2014
    It works well with my Samsung Galaxy S 5 and is the best sounding receiver I have ever owned. The HD radio function is also a plus.
    howard  Dec 26, 2014
    Are the USB inputs 1.0/2.0/3.0 ?
    matt  Dec 02, 2014
    3 answers
    Thank you. I appreciate the info.
    matt  Dec 06, 2014
    They are currently 2.0, there would be no need for 3.0 as there is nothing larger then audio tracks ever being transmitted through a USB device.
    michael  Dec 04, 2014
    I Have not installed my Sony yet. I would bet they are 2.0.
    kevin  Dec 03, 2014
    Does this have the option to regularly display the clock? I don't have any other clock display in my car and it's getting a bit annoying. Thanks!
    trevor  Nov 21, 2014
    9 answers
    Hello Trevor, I bought this unit for my son but yes there is an option to have the unit display the clock under normal operation. In other words, whenever you are actively making an adjustment the clock will appear. By the way, my son is very happy with the overall features of the unit although I don't think he has figured all of them out yet. However he has tested the Bluetooth calling feature to his iPhone and it works as well as the factory unit in my Infiniti. Good luck with your purchase!! Matt
    matthew m  Nov 27, 2014
    The clock seems to only work when the unit is off. It is annoying not to have a clock on all the time. I have the same problem as you do!
    henry  Nov 26, 2014
    Sorry, but l have a display clock in my car, so I didn't bother with the radio clock.
    david  Nov 22, 2014
    Pushing the Menu/Display button for about two seconds will usually display the clock. Have you tried the Sony Remote App? I have not been able to use the App because I have an earlier OS on my phone. I am hoping that I can make it display full time by using the App on my new phone.
    don  Nov 22, 2014
    Yes it does
    p. brent  Nov 22, 2014
    Yes, it sort of does, when playing radio it stays on, but reading from the memory stick not so much, but you can get it to with some work. My old radio was my clock so setting the clock to always on was the 1st thing I did. Note: hardware wise the thing is awesome, everything you could ask for, but software is pretty weak. Getting song titles, clock, and RDS to display properly is a real pain and I still haven't been able to retrieve my itunes tags, you can tag with 1 button but with an Android it may not be possible to retrieve those tags. I also got a pioneer for my girlfriend and it looks a lot better, much more intuitive but personally I wouldn't trade in my Sony.
    michael  Nov 22, 2014
    Yes, there are three different display options, and one of them is band and clock a.e. AM1 5:02 NICE unit with the HD receiver and the BT works in my ragtop Jeep Wrangler (Top up). Still a noisy environment.
    laurence  Nov 22, 2014
    I believe there is the option to do so. It is always on when the system is in off position and car is running. I am very impressed with this unit fyi. Thank you.
    kirk a.  Nov 22, 2014
    If the stereo is off, you get the clock by default. When it is on, you can set the display to show the clock, but then you miss out on some of the song info. But the answer to your question is yes, you can set the time to display all the time.
    kwong  Nov 22, 2014

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