RSX-GS9
High-Resolution Audio Media Receiver with Bluetooth
Take your in-car audio to outstanding new heights with the RSX-GS9
media receiver. By uniting premium components with our greatest audio
technologies you can be sure you’ll always enjoy high-quality audio when
on the road.
• High-Resolution Audio compatible with wide codec
support
• ESS DAC chip provides optimum quality from all your
digital music files
• USB playback and smartphone charging
• Integrated Bluetooth® technology
• One-touch listening with NFC
• 5-volt RCA and optical outputs for amplifier or processor
• DSEE HX™ upscaling restores quality to compressed files
connection
• SongPal™ app system control1
• 14 mm aluminum front panel with white OLED display
• Direct USB DAC connection for direct streaming playback
• Super rigid dual layer chassis for anti-resonance and low-
with the ESS DAC
noise design
High-Resolution Audio compatible with wide codec support
Enjoy pure detail in everything you listen to. The RSX-GS9 is the world’s first in-car media receiver with native DSD
playback2, a codec designed specifically for High-Resolution Audio. You can also enjoy your music from a variety of
popular codecs: PCM, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, WMA, AIFF, AAC & MP3.
ESS DAC chip provides optimum quality from all your digital music files
Experience the same caliber of sound usually reserved for high-end home audio products, thanks to the ESS DAC chip—
an industry-leading converter that provides optimum quality from all your digital music files. By implementing patented
32-bit Hyperstream™ architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the ES9018S (as known as SABRE32 DAC) delivers an
unprecedented dynamic range of up to 135dB and THD+N of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will
satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.
DSEE HX™ upscaling restores quality to compressed files
DSEE HX™ technology injects more life into your music, upscaling compressed files to near High-Resolution Audio quality.
Restoring the subtleties of the original recording gets you closer to the sound of a live performance.
SongPal™ app system control1
Available for both Android™ and compatible iOS devices. The SongPal™ app lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a
convenient system remote. Easily adjust system sound and display settings. You can find your desired music in connected
USB devices by browsing through the folder (album) list displayed on your smartphone display.
Direct USB DAC connection for direct streaming playback with the ESS DAC
To get the best quality audio from your receiver, simply hook up your high-resolution capable smartphone or media
device to the front USB micro port for direct streaming playback with the ESS D/A converter.
USB playback and smartphone charging
Connect control & charge your Walkman®, iPod®, iPhone®, Android™, Blackberry®, or other compatible USB device
while accessing your digital music files via the front or rear USB input or connect your High-Resolution Audio capable
smartphone or player to the front-facing micro USB port. The USB ports provide up to 2.1 amp maximum output for
charging your portable devices.
Integrated Bluetooth® technology
Easily take calls and listen to your favorite tunes with integrated Bluetooth® technology.
One-touch listening with NFC
Enjoy simplified Bluetooth® connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. Simply align compatible
devices and NFC logos to activate or deactivate pairing.
5-volt RCA and optical outputs for amplifier or processor connection
Use the 3 pairs of 5-volt, gold-plated RCA preamp outputs to your amplifiers for optimum sound quality or connect the
RSX-GS9 to a sound processor with the optical output, selectable to either 48kHz or 96kHz.
Advanced Sound Engine
The new Advanced Sound Engine includes adjustable EQ10 equalizer, selectable slope LPF/HPF crossovers, Listener
Position calibration (Time Alignment) and Clear Audio+ to deliver an amazing listening experience.
14 mm aluminum front panel with white OLED display
The front panel is made of a 14mm, machine-cut solid piece of aluminum, which is fixed to the chassis and has a black
anodized coating. The four keys and volume knob are made from aluminum as well. An OLED display gives you track or
station information.
Rigid dual-layer chassis for clean, distortion-free sound
The RSX-GS9’s chassis boasts four times the rigidity of conventional head units, making sure that external vibrations do not
cause distortion. The digital and analog circuits are mounted in separate layers as far apart as possible, preventing the
noise that can result from electromagnetic interference and ensuring premium in-car sound quality.
Steering wheel control ready input
This receiver is compatible with aftermarket remote control adapters designed to utilize the vehicles existing, primary radio
controls directly from the steering wheel. The 1/8” rear panel mounted remote input jack allows for simple connectivity.
Convenient wireless remote included
Control your receiver with the included wireless card remote (RM-X261).
Specifications
Bluetooth Feature & Device / BT Spec.
AVRCP
Yes
Secure Simple
Pairing
Yes
HFP
Yes
SPP
Yes
Version
3.0
Bluetooth Audio Feature
Feature & Device / Other features
Card Remote ( ):
Option
Yes (same as E ver.)
Clock
12H
Yes
Steering Wheel
Remote Input
Yes
PAUSE
Yes
Feature & Device / AUX in Feature
TRACK +/-
Yes
Level Adjustment
Audio Codec
SBC/AAC/LDAC
Audio Level
Adjustment
Yes (-6dB - +6dB)
CUE/REV
Bluetooth Feature
Call Volume Level
Control
Yes
Echo/Noise
Canceler
Yes (mode 1 / mode 2)
External
microphone
Supplied
Internal ringtone
2014 Sony Mobile Ringtone
MIC GAIN
Adjustment
Yes (Low / Mid / High)
RF ON/OFF
Yes
Ring alert select
Yes (Internal / Cellular)
Ring volume level
control
Yes
Bluetooth Feature & Device / Other features
Device Name
RSX-GS9
SongPal (Android)
Yes
SongPal (iOS)
Yes
Bluetooth Feature & Device / Profile
A2DP
Yes (-8dB - +18dB)
Feature & Device / Amp & General Feature
Yes
Aux-In
Yes (Front)
Balance
Yes
EQ
Yes (EQ10)
Fader
Yes
High Pass Filter
Yes (OFF/50/63/79/99/125/158/198/250[Hz])
High Voltage Pre
Out
Yes
Loudness
Yes
Low Pass Filter
Yes (PCM:OFF/50/63/79/99/125/158/198/250,
DSD:OFF/150[Hz])
Pre Out
Front / Rear / Sub
Sub Out
Yes
Sub Woofer adjust
(LEVEL)
Yes
Sub Woofer Phase
Yes
Time Alignment
Custom
Yes (Adjustable)
Time Alignment
Preset
Yes
USB
Yes (Type A: for Front / Rear, uB for Front)
Display Panel
Dimmer Adjust
ON / OFF / AUTO
Key Illumination
Initial
ON
Panel Design
Display color
(Color Variation/
Nega or Posi)
Monochrome (2 tone)
Display Device
(LCD/FL/OEL/TFT)
OEL (with acryl)
Key Illumination
Yes (White)
Tuner Feature
Preset
FM18/AM12
RDS/EON (NA
Only:RBDS,
Others:RDS)
Yes (RBDS)
Specifications chart / Tuner
FM: Channel
separation (dB)
50
FM: Frequency
response (Hz)
20-15k
FM: S/N ratio
(mono) (dB)
73
FM: Selectivity (400
kHz) (dB)
75
FM: Tuning range
(MHz)
87.5-107.9
FM: Usable
sensitivity (75 ohm)
(dBf)
8
MW: Tuning
range(kHz)
530-1710
USB Mass Strage Device Control Feature
CODEC (for USB)
MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF/DSF/DSDIFF
List Browsing
(Folders/Files)
Yes (Controllable by APP)
Pause
Yes
Repeat
OFF / TRACK / ALBUM / ALL (Controllable by APP or
remote)
Resume Play
Yes (Resume from the start)
Shuffle
OFF / ALBUM / DEVICE (Controllable by APP or remote)
iPod Control Feature
CODEC (for iPod)
depend on iPod
Passenger Control
Yes (Always ON)
Pause
Yes
Resume Play
depend on iPod
USB-capable
USB Mass Storage
Device
Yes
Instruction Manual Language
English
Yes
French
Yes
Safety Standard
FCC
Yes
NFC
NFC
Yes (One-touch connection)
Others
Ant connector
JASO type
Cosmetic Print
IR
Yes
Other logos
NFC
Product name
Yes
USB jack logo
(Trident)
Yes (for Type A)
Accessories
Supplied
Accessories
Warranty card (3 years, US)
Trim Ring (Collar)
Instruction Manual
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions
(Approx.)
178 x 50 x 167 mm
Mounting dimensions: 182 x 53 x 154 mm
Weight (Approx.)
1.5kg
1. What you can control with “SongPal” varies depending on the connected device. To make use of “SongPal” features, see the details on your iPhone/Android phone. For further
details on “SongPal,” visit the following URL: http://rd1.sony.net/help/speaker/songpal/
2. Correct as of 06/24/2015
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Corporation. iPhone is a trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademarks of Google Inc. Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. The N Mark
is a registered trademark of NFC Forum, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Updated: May 23, 2016
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