Sony MEX-M100BT Marine CD Receiver with Bluetooth & SongPal

Model: MEXM100BT UPC: 027242896000 Item: 170630

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Sony MEX-M100BT Overview

By simply upgrading your boat's stereo to Sony’s MEX-M100BT marine-grade CD receiver, you'll get a small army of features you didn’t have before. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music wirelessly from your smartphone, the USB input can play music you have stored on your iPhone/iPod, and the integrated amplifier pumps out an impressive 40 watts per channel to make the connected speakers perform quite well.

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MEX-M100BT Marine CD Receiver with Bluetooth & SongPal

Take all of your favorite music on the water with this CD receiver designed specifically for marine use. Enjoy high power and detail in everything you listen to, thanks to DSEE upscaling and an incredible 100 W x 4 output, while SongPal and Siri Eyes Free give you hands-free control for Android and iOS smartphones.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy rich, powerful audio with a 100W x 4 power output
  • Take control with your voice via SongPal and Siri Eyes Free
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
  • DSEE upscaling restores quality to compressed files
  • USB playback and smartphone charging

Product highlights:

  • Single-DIN marine-grade CD receiver
  • 40 watts x 4 (100 watts x 4 peak output) to power your existing speaker system
  • Bluetooth built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Sony SongPal™ app compatible for iPhone/Android control
  • 10-band parametric EQ to get the sound you’re looking for
  • 3 sets of pre-outs (5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer) for system expansion via an amplifier (or amplifiers!)
  • FLAC high-resolution audio file playback through USB
  • Front USB and auxiliary inputs (1 USB and 1 AUX)
  • SiriusXM ready (SXV300V1 and associated subscription required)
  • Wireless remote included
  • Product dimensions (WxHxD): N/A
  • Product weight: N/A
  • Warranty: 1 year - World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

Specifications

Specifications:

General Features

  • Aux-In: Yes (Front)
  • EQ: Yes (EQ10)
  • High Pass Filter: Yes (OFF/50/60/80/100/120)
  • High Voltage Pre Out: 5 V
  • Output Power (4 ohms, 1 kHz,16 V): 100 W
  • Pre Out: x 3
  • Rear / Sub initial: No
  • Sub Out: Yes
  • Time Alignment Custom: Yes (Adjustment)
  • Time Alignment Preset: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Security: Yes

Tuner Features

  • Preset: FM18/AM12
  • RDS / EON: Yes

Panel Design

  • Display Color (Color Variation / Negative or Positive): White color/Positive
  • Display Device (LCD / FL / OEL / TFT): 2 Line LCD (with Acryl)
  • Key Illumination: Blue
  • USB Shutter: Yes

iPod Control Feature

  • iPod Control (Codec): depends on iPod
  • iPod Control (List Browsing): Yes
  • iPod Control (Passenger Control): Yes
  • iPod Control (Pause): Yes
  • iPod Control (Repeat): Yes (Track, Album, Artist, Playlist, Genre, Podcast)
  • iPod Control (Resume Play): Yes
  • iPod Control (Shuffle): Yes (Genre, Album, Artist, Playlist, Device, Podcast)

Bluetooth Profile

  • A2DP: Yes (version1.3)
  • AVRCP: Yes (version1.5)
  • HFP 1.5: Yes (version1.6)
  • OPP: No
  • PBAP: Yes
  • SPP: Yes

Bluetooth Feature

  • Call History (# of): Yes(20 numbers via PBAP)
  • Call History Browse with PBAP: Yes (Combined call)
  • External Microphone: Supplied
  • Last Dialed Call: Yes
  • Phonebook Access via PBAP: Yes
  • Secure Simple Pairing: Yes
  • Speed dial: Yes (6x1=6memories)
  • Version: Bluetooth Version 3.0

Bluetooth Audio Feature

  • Audio Codec: SBC, AAC
  • Audio Level Adjustment: Yes (-6dB – +6dB)
  • CUE / REV: Yes
  • Pause (Bluetooth Audio): Yes

USB Mass Storage Device Control Feature

  • Jump Mode: Yes
  • USB Device Control (Codec): MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC
  • USB Device Control (List Browsing): Yes
  • USB Device Control (Pause): Yes
  • USB Device Control (Repeat): OFF/ TRACK/ ALBUM
  • USB Device Control (Resume Play): Yes
  • USB Device Control (Shuffle): OFF/ALBUM/DEVICE

USB-capable

  • USB Hub: No
  • USB Mass Storage Device: Yes

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • One MEX-M100BT CD receiver
  • Metal mounting sleeve
  • Plastic trim ring
  • Power wire harness
  • Speaker wire harness
  • Microphone (for hands-free calling) with 13' cable attached and mounting bracket
  • Radio removal tools (1 pair)
  • Wireless remote control
  • Mounting hardware
  • Owner's manual

Documents

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Sony MEX-M100BT Marine CD Receiver with Bluetooth & SongPal

3.8 / 5.0
10 Reviews
5 Stars
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Died in less than a year.
I bought this unit in the middle of last summer for my Jeep and this spring I can’t get it to put out any sound. I checked all the wires, fuses and all looked good. The deck powers up and seems to function properly just no sound. I can’t get ahold of Sony because of Covid, not sure what to do now.
May 21, 2020
Originally posted at
Sony
Absolutely love my new Sony car stereo I would highly recommend buying one for yourself
July 10, 2019
Blue tooth issue
I bought this radio last year to put in my motorcycle. It worked about four months and then all of a sudden only thing I could get out of it is the CD player and a USB player. I’ve tried every which way to try to get the Bluetooth to work again and sink but is unable to sync it just says that it’s not there. For the money that I spent on it I would’ve expected something a lot better disappointed customer sincerely
May 25, 2019
Originally posted at
Sony
Unit Resets (Turns Off): Using Ph BT & High Volume
Sep. 2, 2018: I just bought this unit and installed it in my boat. I have the exact problem as described by the person on the 8/22/18 review post below. I bought this unit for the same reason he did - it's the highest output (watts) marine stereo you can buy without buying a head unit with a separate amp.

Problem! When you are playing music off your phone (I have a Samsung Note 8) connected by BlueTooth and you put the phone volume up to maximum output or 1 click below maximum and then you turn up the volume on the Sony MEX-M100BT after a minute or so, the head unit will shutoff and reboot; then, you need to restart everything.

Also, I agree with the 8/22/18 post below, the work around is to put your phone on about 75% or, I found, about 2 clicks into the red zone. Then, the system seems to work great, but then the max. volume is not very high!
September 2, 2018
Originally posted at
Sony
Best head unit ever. I have 1 in 3 of my cars!
This unit is great all around. To the gentleman that wrote about it resetting, I too had this problem and had it installed professionally. However, I personally did some research and after reading the manual more closely this unit requires a dedicated power wire direct from the battery. It does say that in the manual and on the Sony website. I had them run this wire (despite their disbelief and pessimism bc they had never heard of a unit needing this they grudgingly did it and low and behold it worked great and still does. I’ve had minor hiccups with them as again I have 3 of them but it has been a simple fix and something i had done wrong that caused it. Try this idea out with the wire straight from battery and see if it helps. Good luck!
August 27, 2018
Originally posted at
Sony
Great sound / poor design
I purchased this stereo because it seemed to have the most overall power of any marine grade stereos that I could find. My goal was to get great sound clarity and volume without having to purchase a separate amplifier. This unit somewhat did the job. Let me explain.....

So after first installing the stereo it seemed to work well. I had great volume and sound clarity while using the tuner / stereo. However, once I started to play music through my phone using either Bluetooth or auxiliary I started to run into problems.

If I had the volume turned up over 30 on the head unit, the system would reset after playing for awhile. I double checked all my wiring and it seemed fine so I contacted Sony support. They were semi-helpful and we tried doing a hard reset and firmware update. The unit continued to work just fine when running the tuner / stereo no matter how high the volume, but would reset when playing over Bluetooth or auxiliary once the volume surpassed 30. It appeared to be a faulty unit.

After working with Sony support I had a new unit shipped to me. The new one arrived and I installed it. It worked fine for the first 7-8 minutes and then the same thing. So now I was forced to contact a professional to see what the issue was. He confirmed all wiring was good and was at first stumped himself. So I demonstrated how to reproduce the issue. He hooked up a voltmeter and we watched as the system would reset. Apparently if the voltage to the unit dropped to 11.8 volts or lower, it would reset. This was very surprising to him since he said in all of the 100's of installs he had done, he had never seen a stereo so sensitive as to reset with such a small drop in voltage. Most wouldn't reset until the voltage was in the 10.x range.

The work-around isn't ideal, but will work until Sony makes an update to firmware (if that will fix it) or issues a recall. The work around is to only set the volume on my phone to about 75% output. This seems to keep the unit from resetting since it doesn't try to pull that extra power to output to the speakers. It is disappointing since I feel I am not getting all the benefit of the built in amplifier for which I paid all that money, but at least I can listen to my music without it resetting every few minutes.

Other than that, the controls and settings are not intuitive but after reading through the manual and playing with it a little bit I can now navigate through the menu fairly easy. Of course, with how small some of the labels are on the unit a bright glare can make it hard to read the small print as well. Sony tried to fill a void that was in the market with a powerful unit, but didn't put the amount of testing and thought into the design that they should have with the product. If you are dead set on not running an amp with your stereo this will work. However, if I had this to do over again I would have simply purchased a less expensive unit and an amplifier to go with it.
August 22, 2018
Originally posted at
Sony
Got my stereo in the time it was scheduled for delivery & was packaged very good.
June 21, 2018
Awesome
Dry nice deck, great sound and powers all the speakers well. Thanks!
June 21, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
One year of service very happy
I bought this for our sailboat. Powers 6 160 watt RMS marine speakers of very good quality. The power draw is absolutely minimal and it pumps out lots of loud and clean sound with a great dynamic range. We don't have a sub-woofer on our boat so I can't comment on using it to power one. I wouldn't consider another stereo for a sailboat.
March 21, 2018
Originally posted at
Sony
falls short on music adjustment
I bought this radio off of a friend to put in my ford focus with a full system behind it. I love the positive display, I haven't had a hard time seeing the screen even in bright light but i would have liked to have seen separated high pass filters for front and back and i would have liked to have an actual db number for slopes instead of modes (1, 2, 3 etc.) i find it hard to use without reading the manual first. Also, the built in amp is fantastic and without boosting modes on there is little to no distortion even all the way up in volume. very very happy with the sound quality.
September 27, 2017
Originally posted at
Sony

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always wanted one heard good things about them
calvin w on Jun 25, 2019
After researching different receivers I decided this one meets all my requirements and power handling capabilities.
Hector R on Sep 25, 2018
After researching different receivers I decided this one meets all my requirements and power handling capabilities.
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