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Sony DSX-S300BTX

In-Dash MP3, WMA, AAC Digital Media Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth, Integrated Tune Tray and USB


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Sony DSX-S310BTX

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • Motorized, detachable face
  • 4-line OEL White DOT Matrix Display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Switchable blue and red button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 52 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 17 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of MP3, AAC and WMA
  • Does not play CDs.
  • SSIR-EXA tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Digital Music Plus allows files to be enhanced, increasing quality in compressed music
  • EQ7 7-band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves (6 Preset, 1 User)
  • Tune Tray neatly stores the iPod, iPhone, or music player inside the stereo
  • RDS Compatible tuner
  • Sony Quick-BrowZer allows you to access songs by a simple "rotate and push" operation
  • ZAPPIN lets you find the song you are looking for faster by playing music clips from your own mix
  • SensMe channels let you set the theme of your music to match your feeling
  • Advanced 12 Tone Analysis provides more advanced track capabilities for the SensMe feature
  • Listening Position(Time Alignment) allows user to change localization of sound for more accurate sound staging

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: Sony XM Package or the Sony SIRIUS package required and sold separately
  • Integrated Bluetooth: Enables phones, headsets, and portable devices to be paired for audio streaming and hands free calling with included voice microphone
  • iPod/iPhone Ready:
    • Included XA-50IP Adapter connects iPod to USB when docked in the Tune Tray
    • Front USB allows connection to iPod via USB-to-iPod cable, however Sony recommends the Sony RC-100IP
  • Front-panel USB input: USB Port allows connection to portable USB-devices such as iPods, Sony Walkman, thumb drives, flash drives, etc
  • Rear auxiliary input: RCA Audio Input
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-PS or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Supports A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a built-in microphone for convenient talking. A separate External Microphone jack allows a wired microphone to be mounted for clearer conversations

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Sony DSX-S310BTX)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

52 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
17 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
EQ7 7-Band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

OEL Motion Display (Organic Electroluminescent)
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Switchable Red/Blue
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
120 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.


Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.


Expandability Features

Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.

Smartphone Integration

iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



Las Vegas, NV


Sony Deck

February 7, 2011

I bought this product when it was pretty fresh and new. So far so good. I have and iphone 3rd gen and my phone works perfect w the deck. Connects to bluetooth without problem and I can put my phone inside the deck and works well with the calling features and music playback. Connected to my friends droid without a problem too through bluetooth. I like the custom setting you can choose for it as well. the only downfall is that it kinda acts weird when i choose to connect my phone to the USB external input. so maybe if thats the selling point for you, look around to see if you can get better reviews for that. other than that, works good.

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Deltona, FL



August 2, 2012

This is a good sounding receiver with plenty of options but will not buy another sony receiver again because the display want stay lit unless I push it in holding it in place

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Where I live


Nice unit!

March 7, 2012

The DSX-S300BTX is a great unit for my application. I was looking for a nice middle of the road setup to upgrade my stock components. This unit fit the bill. The sound quality is great and it is loaded with features. The tune tray feature is nice because it allows you to attach your external music source and have it concealed inside the head unit. This makes everything nice and clean in the cabin. Being able to change the lighting to red to match my cars interior lighting was important to me as well.

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Great Product

March 1, 2012

I am very happy to say this headunit has surpassed my expectations and is just an amazing unit, from the phone to the syncing to my music on my phone it is just an awesome stereo with amazing sound.

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excellent audio features

January 30, 2012

I would like to say to Sonic Electronix, excellent service not the first time and nor will it be the last. I have been a big fan of Kenwood high range units but there was nothing i liked that they are making at the moment. I was going to get the Kenwood KIV-701. Took me 2 days to decide. This sony is really nice, great features, excellent sound features, if i could change anything i would like to see full color screen and maybe some more visual effects but still great and loveing the built in tray. Good value for money, I have seen some other reviews people saying it looses its memory when the car is started up again. This isn't true, you just need the power cables connected right. It plays songs in the right order. Guys grab it you wont look back. SONY IS BACK YEA BABY!

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Denver, CO


So Much Potential!

January 22, 2012

I was so excited to get rid of the useless CD player and go mechless. Good riddance CDs and the 20th century! Once installed, I connected my Galaxy S2 via bluetooth right away. Calls and music streaming worked great. I was thrilled! So I popped the thumb drive in that I had preloaded with music for my hour drive away. It was working great, flawlessly, until about 1/2 hour in, and the USB would stop playback and the display would read "no device". After about a second, playback would resume, like nothing had happened. This problem became progressively worse and by the 3rd hour of use, the deck would no longer even recognize that there was anything plugged into the USB, even after I disconnected and reconnected the drive many times and tried both the internal and external USB ports. Doing some research, I found that this deck is finicky with which thumb drives it will work with, so be aware. What may work at first, may not in an hour. I have tried 4 different thumb drives; most work at first, but only one I have in my arsenal that works consistently and it’s the cheapest one I have, and only 1GB. The nice SanDisk Cruzer Blade I have does not work. I’ve checked all of the drives using my laptop for errors and they are all AOK. The drives do get warm after a little while, which may be contributing to the problem? Still, as the MAIN method of accessing your music with this deck, every single FAT32 thumb drive on the planet should work flawlessly. That this isn’t the case is near fatal for this deck. Next issue, SONG ORDER PLAYBACK. I dealt with this for years with my PSP, song and album playback could only be done in alphabetical order, not track number order. With a software update for the PSP, Sony finally accessed the metadata and allowed MP3 albums to be played back using the Track Numbers. This deck has not received such an update. This is the 21st century, metadata is nothing new. You need to release a firmware update so that owners of this deck can fix this very annoying issue. Song order is important; ever try to listen to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or the Polyphonic Spree’s “Together We’re Heavy” out of order? Even Kind of Blue isn’t as good in alphabetical order. Other than the above issues, which are HUGE in my opinion, the deck is fantastic. Decent power off the head, great EQ and time align features, Sub and Main crossover control including slope, nice. The control knob has a learning curve, but it’s not as bad as I thought. I wish I could replace the “zap” and “sensme” buttons with something useful; two features I will never ever use, ever. The display is great, but the “Spectrum Analyzer” modes analyze nothing as far as I can tell, they are merely motion graphics. I’m still giving this 4 stars, but the two issues I have identified are nearly ruin it for me. When I found out about the song order issue, I nearly pulled out the deck then and there. This is a great deck and it works great maybe if you have an ipod to connect or only use Bluetooth to stream music with. But crashing thumb drives and out-of-order albums will leave a bad taste in my mouth every time I use this deck, which is every day.

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Great HeadUnit!

August 5, 2011

Great features, good output level (4v) like the interface, bluetooth is painless to use. Only gripe is the search function. Highly recommended. I use a flash drive to store music on, and it works awesome. As well all tuning features are great, lots of option to get the perfect sound.

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San Diego, CA



February 22, 2011

I Installed it into a 06' Sonata, It's SOOOO much better then the stock head unit. There are lots of settings so it took a while to get it to sound just right.

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New hope, MN


Good product from SONY but the display is hard to see during the daytime

June 4, 2011

I love all the features on this unit. I think the price was ok too. I would have been happier if the screen was a little brighter or had options to change colors on the display itself. The buttons are small and the joystick knob is not friendly at all. I am able to accommodate a double din receiver into my vehicle, so I will be returning this item to SONIC for double din Clarion HU with larger displays. I will miss the fact that the iPod is hidden, but I think I can sacrifice using a front USB cable on the Clarion for a larger LCD display. Other than that, the unit is solid and has many features to adjust.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Axxess ASWC

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $59.99

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony Radios and More

Your Price $49.95

Monster Cable MPC CLNKIT-SM CN

2 Bottles of LCD Screen Clean with Cleaning Cloth

Your Price $2.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

Your Price $14.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

SoundKase DFC1X

Soft-Sided Nylon Receiver Faceplate Case

Your Price $5.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-104

Audiophile reference series test disc for evaluation of all audio components.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-105

Demonstrates different characteristics and specifications of an audio system.

Your Price $11.99

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Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony DSX-S300BTX