CDX-GS500R - Electronics
CDX-GS500R
App Remote Receiver w/Pandora® control
The App Remote feature provides safe control of select apps8 from your iPhone®4.
Stream Pandora® internet radio from your iPhone4, playback your digital music files1
from CD or using the USB 1-wire input2. Experience great sound quality thanks to
the Advanced Sound Engine and customize the receiver’s display color to match
your mood.
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• App Remote for popular iPhone®8 application control
• CD and MP3/WMA/AAC music file playback1 with DM+
• Rear USB in for iPod , iPhone
• Advanced Sound Engine with EQ7 & HPF/LPF crossovers
®3
®3
& other USB devices
2
• Pandora internet radio app control for iPhone
• Automatic Level Optimizer balances levels between tracks
• 5 Volt front, rear and sub preamp outputs
• Detachable faceplate with LCD display & front aux input
• 3 year warranty
• Hi-power 52 watt x 4 Dynamic Reality Amp
• Dynamic Color Illuminator™with Sound Synchronization
• Digital Clarity Tuner with Radio Data System (RDS)
• SiriusXM™ Satellite radio connector ready5
• Convenient wireless remote (RM-X211)
• Intuitive Quick-BrowZer and ZAPPIN™ search features
• Steering wheel remote control input ready7
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Features
Easy access to select iPhone®4 apps8
Sony’s exclusive App Remote feature combines music and select iPhone®4 apps8 into a single
source list that can be safely displayed and controlled directly from your receiver. Application
content is displayed on your iPhone while audio content plays through your speakers.
Versatile rear USB 1-wire input cable
Connect, control and charge your Walkman®, iPod®3, iPhone®3, Android™6, Blackberry®6, or other
compatible USB device2 while accessing your digital music files using the rear mounted, 1.5 meter
long USB input cable. You can also view metadata like song title and artist on the front display.
Pandora® Internet Radio Control4
Pandora® is the leading internet radio service, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere,
through personalized radio stations. The CDX-GS500R provides complete access to your Pandora
account using your iPhone®4.
5V RCA outputs for system expansion
When you’re ready to expand your system, the CDX-GS500R delivers a robust 5 volts to front, rear
and subwoofer RCA pre-amp outputs for external amplifiers. The adjustable subwoofer level
control also lets you dial in the bass when you’re ready to pump it up.
3 year warranty
The Sony CDX-GS500R is backed by a 3 year factory warranty.
Variable Color Illumination
Match your radio’s illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components with
the Dynamic Color Illuminator™. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color
change is synchronized with the audio source.
SiriusXM™ Satellite radio ready5
The on-board SiriusXM™ connector5 simplifies satellite radio installation by eliminating
compatibility issues and providing direct connection to the new platform of tuners.
Intuitive music search features
Use Quick-BrowZer® to find music by artist, album, genre, song or playlist. Jump Mode allows you
to fast forward through a category in 10% increments while the ZAPPIN™ feature can play a 6, 9,
or 30 second intro clip to help you find a specific song.
Plays CDs and popular digital files1
Multi-format playback lets you play your MP3, WMA, or AAC songs1. Hear digital music files in
their original vibrancy with DM+ (Digital Music Plus), a Sony® codec enhancer that reproduces
detailed frequencies from compressed audio files.
Custom sound settings with EQ7
The Advanced Sound Engine uses EQ7 equalizer, adjustable LPF/HPF crossovers, Listener Position
calibration, DM+ advanced sound restoration, Rear Bass Enhancer, and Dynamic Loudness
volume leveler to deliver an impressive listening experience.
Smooth playback transitions
Automatic Level Optimizer analyzes each tracks playback levels and adjusts output level to
optimize transitions between tracks and sources.
Convenient control panel design
The easy-to-read single line LCD display shows source information, clock, station ID and track
data when playing back digital files from CD or external USB devices. Front auxiliary input lets you
connect almost any portable audio device to your car's sound system.
Powerful in-dash amplification
The internal Dynamic Reality Amp delivers 52 watts x 4 to your interior speakers, allowing you to
crank up the volume while maintaining low distortion, low noise levels and smooth frequency
response. Your music isn’t just louder, its clearer too.
The immaculate reception
The Digital Clarity Tuner delivers industry leading signal to noise ratios, lower interference, better
multipath rejection and better stereo separation. The RDS feature displays broadcast information
when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
Convenient wireless remote included
Control your receiver while keeping your eyes on the road with the included wireless card remote
(RM-X211).
Steering wheel control ready input7
This receiver is compatible with aftermarket remote control adapters7 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.
Specifications
Amplifier Section
Max power output
52 watts x 4 at 4 ohms
Power Ad Hoc
CEA2006 Standard Power: 17 Watts RMS per channel
into 4 Ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with
less than 1% THD+N.
Speaker
Impedance
4-8 Ohms
AMP & General Feature
Pre Out
(3) Front, Rear and Sub
Rear Bass
Enhancer
Yes
Sirius/XM
Connector
Yes
Subwoofer Direct
Connection
Yes
Time Alignment
Custom
Adjustable
Time Alignment
Preset
Yes
USB
Rear
Automatic Level
Optimizer
Yes
Aux-In
Front
DM+ (Codec
enhancer)
Yes (Gen2.1)
Audio
EQ
EQ7: 7 band EQ with +/- 6 dB adjustment at 63 Hz, 160
Hz, 400 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2.5 kHz, 6.3 kHz and 16 kHz.
Band
AM / FM
High Pass Filter
Selectable on/off at: 50, 60, 80, 100 or 120 Hz.
Equalizer
EQ7: 7 band EQ with +/- 6 dB adjustment at 63 Hz, 160
Hz, 400 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2.5 kHz, 6.3 kHz and 16 kHz.
High Voltage Pre
Out
5V
Format(s)
Supported
MP3/WMA/AAC files1
Loudness
Dynamic
Preout Impedance
220 ohms
Low Pass Filter
Selectable on/off at: 50, 60, 80, 100 or 120 Hz.
Preout Voltage
5 volt
S/N Ratio
Audio Power: CEA2006 S/N 80 dBA
Output Power
(4ohm, 1kHz,16V)
(W)
52 watts x 4
Signal-to-Noise
Ratio (dB)
CD: 120 dB
Station Preset(s)
18 FM / 12 AM
Tuner Frequency
Range
FM (MHz): 87.5-107.9
AM (kHz): 530-1710
Tuner Type
Digital clarity tuner with RDS
Wow and Flutter
Below measurable limit
AUX in Feature
Level Adjustment
-8dB - +18dB
Convenience
Tilt Range
Mounting
dimensions
(WxHxD)(mm)
182x53x160
Preout impedance
(ohms)
220
Preout output
level (V)
5
Weight (kg)
1.2
Inputs and Outputs
12V Trigger
Output(s)
Power remote on
Antenna
Terminal(s)
AM/FM Antenna Input Terminal
0-45° mounting angle
Convenience Features
Dimmer Adjust
Selectable Auto adjust or manual on/off
Key Illumination
Variable color illumination
On-Screen Clock
12H
Audio In
Ability to use all forms of USB devices may vary as not all
devices are compatible. This unit is compliant with MSC
(Mass Storage Class) and MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)
type USB devices compliant with the USB standard. This
unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub.
Display
Display Color
Black / Variable color
Display
Technology
LCD
Text Displayed
Source, artist, track, playback time, menu, clock and
Pandora® data
Text Lines
1 line of information
Digital Audio
Input(s)
Display Panel
Auto off mode
Yes
Dimmer Adjust
Auto
Key Illumination
Initial
Variable
Panel Design
Display color
(Color Variation/
Nega or Posi)
Black color/Negative
Display Device
(LCD/FL/OEL/TFT)
LCD
Key Illumination
Variable
Panel finish color
Dark Titanium
Feature
Front Aux in with variable level
Rear USB input
SiriusXM™ connector
This unit can be connected to the following iPods.
Update your iPod to the latest software before you use
it.
iPod Nano 1st - 6th generation
iPod Touch 1st - 4th generation
iPod Classic
iPod with video
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
If you have any questions or problems concerning your
unit that are not covered in the owners manual, consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
Infrared Port
Wireless remote
RCA Audio
Output(s)
Front, Rear, and Subwoofer RCA pre-amp outputs
Remote Jack
Optional wired remote terminal
USB Port(s)
Rear
iPod Control Feature
Accessory
Information
Yes
CODEC (for USB)
MP3, WMA, AAC
CODEC (for iPod)
Depend on iPod® content
Jump Mode
Yes
List Browsing
(Folders / Files)
Quick-BrowZer®
List Browsing
(Folders/Files)
Yes
Pandora Link (USB)
Yes
Yes
Passenger Control
Yes
Repeat
OFF/ TRACK/ ALBUM
Pause
Yes
Resume Play
Yes
Repeat
Track, Album, Artist, Playlist, Genre, Podcast
Shuffle
OFF/ALBUM/DEVICE
Resume Play
Yes
Yes
Shuffle
Track, Album, Artist, Playlist, Genre, Podcast
ZAPPIN
Yes
Pause
ZAPPIN
General
CEA2006 output
power
17
CEA2006 S/N
80
Dimensions
(WxHxD) (mm)
178x50x177
Maximum output
power (4ohm,
1kHz, 16V)(W)
52
USB Capable
USB Mass Storage
Device
Yes
Instruction Manual Language
English
Yes
French
Yes
Other Features
Card Remote ( ):
Option
RM-X211
CD lock mode
Yes
Clock
12H
Rotary
commander (
):Option
Optional wired remote input
Security
Detachable
Tuner
FM Usable
Sensitivity
8 dBf
Frequency
Response
FM: 20-15,000 Hz
S/N Ratio
80 dB (stereo)
Selectivity
75 dB at 400 kHz
Stereo Separation
50 dB at 1 KHz
FM: Channel
separation (dB)
50 dB at 1 kHz
FM: Frequency
response (Hz)
20 - 15k
FM: Intermediate
frequency (MHz)
25 KHz
FM: S/N ratio
(mono) (dB)
80 dB stereo
FM: Selectivity (400
kHz) (dB)
75 dB
FM: Tuning range
(MHz)
87.5-107.9
FM: Usable
sensitivity (75 ohm)
(dBf)
8 dBf
MW: Tuning
range(kHz)
530-1710
MW/LW/SW:
Sensitivity (75 ohm)
MW/LW/SW(uV)
26/-/-
Tuner Feature
Preset
FM18 / AM12
RDS/EON (NA
Only:RBDS,
Others:RDS)
RBDS
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions
(Approx.)
178 x 50 x 177 mm, 7.125 x 2 x 7 inch (w/h/d)
Dimensions
(Approx) Depth
7" (177 mm)
Dimensions
(Approx) Height
2" (50 mm)
Dimensions
(Approx) Width
7.125" (178 mm)
Weight (Approx.)
1.2 kg (2 lb. 11 oz.)
Supplied Accessories
Supplied
Accessories
Parts for installation and connections (1 set)
RM-X211 wireless remote
Optional Accessories
Optional
Accessories
USB connection cable for iPod®: RC-100IP
SiriusXM™ Connect tuner: SXV100
1. Not all files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files not supported.
2. Not all USB devices are compatible. Consult www.esupport.sony.com for complete details.
3. Works with iPod touch® (1st – 4th generations), iPod nano® (1st– 6th generations), iPod classic®, iPod with video and iPhone®, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S.
4. Works with iPhone® 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S via USB port.
5. Requires tuner and subscription, sold separately.
6. Compatible with Android™ or Blackberry® smartphones supporting Mass Storage Class (MSC) devices, users required to manually select MSC/USB connection in smartphone menu for
proper functionality.
7. Compatibility varies as not all vehicles are compatible; please consult with each interface manufacturer for details.
8. Requires download of free Sony App Remote app for iPhone® from the App Store. Users must link compatible apps to the App Remote application on their phone in order to play the
audio signal on the Sony receiver.
© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, ZAPPIN, SensMe, Walkman, Quick-BrowZer, Dynamic Color
Illuminator and their respective logos are trademarks of Sony. iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod mini, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the
Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and
specifications are subject to change without notice. Updated: November 7, 2012
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