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Sony MEX-M71BT

Marine CD receiver with Bluetooth®

Item # 158MEXM71B

All the features you want in a new radio, plus the water-resistant toughness you want in a piece of marine electronics.

All the features you want in a new radio, plus the water-resistant toughness you want in a piece of marine electronics.

Item # 158MEXM71B

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About the Sony MEX-M71BT

Rugged and ready to rock

Sony's MEX-M71BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want in a new radio, plus the water-resistant toughness you want in a piece of marine electronics. Built-in Bluetooth® and handy front inputs give you plenty of ways to play your tunes, while Sony's EXTRABASS feature ensures that your marine speakers will really get a workout. A conformal-coated circuit board and a UV-resistant front panel ensure that this IPx5-rated receiver will stand up to life on the water.

Rugged and ready to rock

Sony's MEX-M71BT marine CD receiver offers all the features you want in a new radio, plus the water-resistant toughness you want in a piece of marine electronics. Built-in Bluetooth® and handy front inputs give you plenty of ways to play your tunes, while Sony's EXTRABASS feature ensures that your marine speakers will really get a workout. A conformal-coated circuit board and a UV-resistant front panel ensure that this IPx5-rated receiver will stand up to life on the water.

Sony MEX-M71BT

NFC means ultra-quick pairing

Hands-free convenience

This marine-rated receiver features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with Simple Secure Pairing, so you can take calls and listen to music (including your favorite Pandora channels) with minimal effort and maximum sound quality. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology means one-touch listening with compatible devices — simply touch the NFC logo with your phone, and you're paired up. It's a very handy feature to have on a boat.

Voice control

Sony's App Remote gives you voice control for select smartphones, plus you can take advantage of one-touch voice activation for your iPhone® using Bluetooth. You can also plug your iPod®, iPhone, Android™ smartphone, or other compatible device into a USB port and play music while charging the device. Sony's Quick-BrowZer® feature lets you find your music by artist, album, genre, song or playlist. The detachable front display shows song title and artist info, then gives you caller ID info when you get a call.

SiriusXM satellite radio

You can add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included, requires subscription) to your receiver. Satellite radio offers an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, and your favorite channels will stay with you, even when you're miles offshore. No wonder it's a feature more and more boaters want.

Get the sound you want

The MEX-M71BT features a built-in Dynamic Reality Amp that's designed to produce plenty of power without noise or distortion. You can also 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 have 3 sets of preamp outputs to work with.

You'll also enjoy plenty of control options with the MEX-M71BT. The intuitive front panel is easy to learn, but when you're away from the receiver, you can use your smartphone or the included wireless remote. With Passenger Control for iPhone® and iPod® devices, your guests can play DJ while you're at the helm.

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

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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
    • plays FLAC files on USB
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • works with Apple and Android smartphones
    • Sound Synchronization displays color changes timed to your music
    • detachable face with dual-zone variable color illumination
    • NFC offers instant Bluetooth pairing with up to 2 compatible phones
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features: (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps)
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iPhones
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • stream and control with SongPal app for iPhone and Android
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone and Android smartphones
    • operate basic functions using voice commands
    Audio Features:
    • EQ10 10-band equalizer with preset Karaoke setting
    • built-in Dynamic Reality Amp
    • Sony EXTRABASS overcomes engine noise
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    What's in the box:

    • Marine 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/ bracket (attached 11' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • Rubber Aux cap
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Pan-head machine screw
    • Metal backstrap
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Important Notice For Dealer
    • Warranty Information
    • "About the supplied cap (AUX)" note

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    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 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 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 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    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
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, FLAC
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

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

    Marine & Display Features

    Marine Rated: The Sony MEX-M71BT marine-rated (IPX5) CD 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.

    Note: Even though the conformal coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be used with a universal marine cover (sold separately - see accessories tab).

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The Sony MEX-M71BT features a detachable face for theft prevention. If you turn the ignition switch to the Off position without detaching the head unit's front-panel, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds. The alarm will only sound if the unit's built-in amplifier is used. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    High-Contrast LCD: With 5x the contrast of conventional screens, plus an optimized viewing angle, the MEX-M71BT's LCD screen is always easy to read. You can adjust its brightness level from 1-10. You can also set its dimmer to Auto, 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).

    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.

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

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

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting after 30 minutes of the power being turned off to the head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony MEX-M71BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony MEX-M71BT.

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

    • Simple Secure Pairing: With Simple Secure Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony MEX-M71BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Near Field Communication (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the head unit's NFC tag on its rotary-knob. For older Android smartphones that don't have OS 4.0 or better installed, download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function.
    • USB Auto (for iPhone): You can pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Sony head unit via USB and activating the Bluetooth function on your Apple device.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Sony MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT, 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 MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MEX-M71BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the MEX-M71BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Music Control: The Sony MEX-M71BT lets you control basic playback functions like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from its front-panel. Advanced music browsing is not supported.
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control (for iPhone): When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony MEX-M71BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply activate the "voice dial" function on the MEX-M71BT 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-M71BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone).

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Sony MEX-M71BT enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android smartphones through its front-panel USB port. The unit's USB port (1.5A) will also charge your Android device while connected; the vehicle's accessory key must be set to the  'ACC' or 'On' position. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

    • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The Sony MEX-M71BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the MEX-M71BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Sony receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Stored Music w/ Song/Artist Info): The MEX-M71BT also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Sony receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Sony MEX-M71BT supports direct connection of select Lightning or 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone devices through its front-panel USB port. The MEX-M71BT 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.

    • Music Browsing: The unit offers basic playback controls - such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Your iPod/iPhone will remain unlocked during connection, so you can continue to control your Apple device from its touchscreen for advanced music browsing and to access additional music apps.
    • Song/Artist Info: The digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, & Artist/Album Name. The MEX-M71BT will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
    • 1.5A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony MEX-M71BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/28/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone SongPal Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C5S 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    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 MEX-M71BT lets you playback and control the online Pandora music service that is being streamed to your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (OS 4.0+). The MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT 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 MEX-M71BT CD 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.

    App & Remote Control

    SongPal App: Download Sony's free SongPal app onto your Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Android (OS 4.2+) smartphone and take control of the Sony MEX-M71BT 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 SongPal app also integrates Apple iOS and Android apps into the selectable source list of the Sony MEX-M71BT 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 SongPal app on your smartphone device you can access and select the head unit's Tuner (AM/FM), CD, USB, Bluetooth, and Aux sources. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track or Station. In addition, you'll be able to view song/artist information and station identification from the SongPal app on your mobile device.
    • Add-On Applications: You can integrate music, movie, navigation, and other applications that are already on your smartphone device within the SongPal app for easier access. Once an app is selected within the SongPal app, your smartphone's screen will divert to selected app. Audio of that source will be played through the MEX-M71BT; 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 SongPal app on your iPhone or Android device you can make adjustments to the head unit's front-panel LCD and button illumination. Make changes to the preset color of the LCD and/or button illumination, as well as activate or deactivate Sound Synchronization.
    • Voice Recognition (Android only): You can use voice commands to ask for directions from Google maps or to play a particular song/artist in your smartphone's music library. You can even assign a music application within the SongPal app as a voice tag, so you can access it by simply speaking the name of the application. While using voice commands there will still be times where you have to make a selection on your smartphone's touchscreen.
    • Notification Readout (Android only): Exclusive to Android devices, incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications are automatically read aloud through the MEX-M71BT and your vehicle's speakers to keep you safe and in touch. You can even reply to a text message via voice command and a list of preset replies.

    Wireless Remote Control: The head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X231) for easy operation. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

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

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Sony MEX-M71BT 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 and WMA music files on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

    • Off Insert/Eject: A CD 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.
    • Auto Reload: 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°.

    USB Mass Storage Class Playback: The head unit features a front-panel USB (type-A) port hidden behind a sliding cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The head unit can play MP3, WMA, and FLAC music files stored on compatible USB device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Music File Playback: The Sony MEX-M71BT supports the a variety of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device; see below for details.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Romeo, or Joliet, 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 48kHz
    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
    FLAC:
    bit depth of 16 or 24-bit with sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 256 folders/256 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

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

    Playback & Search Functions: The Sony CD 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 CD or 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.

    Audio & DSP Section

    High-Power Amplifier: The Sony MEX-M71BT is equipped with a high power amplifier rated at 20 watts (RMS) x 4-channels and 55 watts (Peak) x 4-channels that delivers clear, natural-sounding audio.

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)
    Note: The power specifications for the Sony MEX-M71BT are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    6ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Sony MEX-M71BT is equipped with 2-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 preout's volume level  (-6 to +6 dB) independently from the head unit's volume control. You can also select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

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

    EQ10: Select from a variety of EQ presets like R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Country, Karaoke, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of 10 different frequency bands - Band 1 (32Hz), Band 2 (63Hz), Band 3 (125Hz), Band 4 (250Hz), Band 5 (500Hz), Band 6 (1khz), Band 7 (2khz), Band 8 (4kHz), Band 9 (8kHz), and Band 10 (16kHz).

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

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

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Like Sony Products [ Ted  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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    Replacing my 7 year old SONY CDX-M60UI in my 2005 Harley Davidson FLTRI [ F  Mar 19, 2019 ]
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    Needed a stereo unit that works well in bright light for my convertible. [ Lou  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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    best option for my boat [ ROBERT  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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    gift [ Barbara  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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    for my Harley, recommended by some buddies that ride. [ Ray  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    Compatible with a wired remote control already installed on my boat and 6 channel amp outputs [ Dan  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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    good product, same price as West Marine Thanks [ Jon  Oct 08, 2018 ]
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    Best Price Free shipping [ Janet  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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    it was suggested [ STEVE  Jul 24, 2018 ]
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    the features and reviews [ ANDREW  Jul 22, 2018 ]
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    seems like the best weather proof radio for the price. [ jeremy  May 11, 2018 ]
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    boat [ Brett  May 04, 2018 ]
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    Excellent manufacturer [ Rodney  Apr 25, 2018 ]
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    OEM radio on my boat died. Researched various units looking for a newer B/tooth equipped model and one a wired remote could be added to later if desired. Have a lot of experience with Sony rcvrs and TVs - this one looked to be the best option at a reasonable price, plus I could apply a few Rewards Points toward it. Really wanted the B/tooth as it will be flush-mounted inside the cabin/away from direct exposure to the elements, and controlled primarily by my phone. [ Patrick E.  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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    I own or have owned many different SONY products over the years! I have always been impressed with the quality,reliability and value !!! They are always raising the bar on technology. If you compare and do the research you will not be disappointed .......Ed [ Ed  Oct 18, 2017 ]
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    A friend just installed one, and it has all the options we want and sounds great in his boat. [ THERESA  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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    asked what unit would be best [ shawn  Jul 03, 2017 ]
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    Needed it for boat [ Danny  Jun 21, 2017 ]
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    Remote plus specs plus cd plus pandora [ Denise  Jun 04, 2017 ]
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    To replace my older Sony unit. [ KEN  May 31, 2017 ]
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    The Sony model had the features I was looking for at an affordable price. I was looking from Bluetooth and a remote, all standard on this radio. [ Kenneth  Apr 29, 2017 ]
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    Recommended by CJ using online chat. This unit looks to be the one that will fit my existing boat panel and is what I wanted in a new radio. [ Terry  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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    10 questions already asked

    Q
    Can you connect a microphone to the radio have their your voice come out over the speakers?
    [ Raymond  Apr 24, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    i do not believe this radio has that capability
    [ kevin  Apr 25, 2019 ]
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    You can if it's a Bluetooth microphone, I do this on mine to talk to rowers I coach from my headset. Need to be very careful of microphone placement and level of volume or you will have immense amounts of feedback/whine. I don't recommend doing this if your speakers are inside/internal to boat/vehicle (my speakers are all external and face away from microphone).
    [ Patrick E.  Apr 24, 2019 ]
    Q
    Is this head unit able to connect to speakers via Bluetooth? I currently have four speakers hardwired, but I'm looking to add 2 additional speakers, but I want them to connect wirelessly
    [ Nick  Mar 31, 2019 ]
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    I don't believe so.
    [ Bennie  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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    I'm sorry but I don't know if it will or not. My speakers are hard wired. The blue tooth signal from my unit is fairly strong as it will recognize my phone from 25' away with no problem. The guys @ Crutchfield have been very helpful to me so I would suggest asking them.
    [ JAMES  Mar 31, 2019 ]
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    I currently have all of my speakers hard wired to this head unit and amp so I dont know the answer to this. The bluetooth works very well with my android phone.. sorry I cant help with this
    [ Victor  Mar 31, 2019 ]
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    I saw another company online that sells this receiver with a plug and play kit for Harley Davidson motorcycles so the handlebar controls still work. Do you have a kit like this?
    [ Ron  Mar 17, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    We likely have compatible installation accessories for your Harley that will retain the factory handlebar controls. You can get the recommended accessories (at a discounted rate when purchased with the stereo) for your Harley by using the "Find what Fits" application on the main Crutchfield website: https://www.crutchfield.com/car/outfitmycar/mycar.aspx For personalized assistance and recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
    [ Ryan  Mar 22, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    would this work with my tahoe Q4?
    [ Parker  Dec 06, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx 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.
    [ Krissy  Dec 12, 2018 ]  Staff
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    does it use more battery power since its using bluetooth too? I'm putting it on a sailboat and won't always have a motor running.
    [ t  Sep 12, 2018 ]
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    Ive got this same unit on my Grady. It doesnt seem to use any more watts/amps being Bluetooth (when 'on') but i did find if you leave the faceplate attached all the time, it draws more than with the faceplate off - not sure why - maybe bcuz it has a remote control??? Ive got solar charging on my hardtop and (with changing nothing else) i see a small increase in draw when i pop the faceplate on. I also have all external amps for this headunit (not on when unit is off), so not sure what the units internal amps draw.
    [ Patrick E.  Apr 24, 2019 ]
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    I don't believe it uses more power for Bluetooth. But I would not suggest running it a long time without something charging your battery. You might get stranded. I love the unit..I put it on my motorcycle and have had no issues.
    [ Bill  Sep 12, 2018 ]
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    What is the Bluetooth range on this unit? How far away from the unit can I get with my phone before it starts cutting out?
    [ Nick  Aug 25, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    It varies depending on the weather. I've had a good connection from as far away as 50' but at other times I've lost reception @ 15'. The only thing that was different in these circumstances was the weather. I have a very old flip phone and I imagine that your service will vary with each individual piece of equipment that you are connecting.
    [ JAMES  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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    The range i get with my s8 phone and my sony walkman is 20 feet or so
    [ ROADGLIDERIDE  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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    will it play mp3 and wma files via usb? The description says it plays flac files, but is that only flac formatting that it will recognize?
    [ Anthony  Feb 10, 2018 ]
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    I'm sorry, but I really don't know if it will or not. I'll bet that the Crutchfield customer support guys will know. They're pretty good.
    [ JAMES  Feb 15, 2018 ]
    Q
    Can this work with the rmx60ml remote ? It doenst have the connection for the unilink
    [ J  Oct 08, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Sorry, no. Neither of these models is backwards compatible with the RM-X60M/L wired remote. Sony no longer makes stereos with the required "Unilink" connection for this remote.
    [ Ryan  Oct 11, 2017 ]  Staff
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    The manual clearly shows an RX 11 wired remote (not supplied) for this unit. So tell me why the previous answer from Crutchfield says there is no wired input?
    [ m  Apr 29, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Hi. We've added another answer to the original question. I'm sorry about the incorrect information. This receiver does have a wired remote in.
    [ Jeff  May 03, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    is the MEX-M71BT compatible to the RM-X60M Command unit?
    [ m  Apr 02, 2017 ]
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    The receiver does in fact appear to have a wired remote input and the RM-X60M should work with it.
    [ Jeff  May 03, 2017 ]  Staff
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    This receiver does not have a wired remote input. You will not be able to connect them. They have moved to using an app on a smartphone to control the receiver. Feel free to contact an advisor using 1-800-324-9695 if you would like some help in building a system. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
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