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By aaron (alindquist) on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 1:00 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'm looking at picking up this head unit:
and 1 or 2 of these remotes:
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the USB ipod controls on this deck? How do they work? Can I control the ipod threw the wired remotes (at least switch tracks and/or playlists). I already have a Sony deck and Sirius tuner installed in the boat so I would like to stay with Sony (my current deck is having some problems). Finally does anybody know if I can even hook up 2 remotes and a Sirius tuner to this deck (using the uni-link).

By phil white (philwsailz) on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 1:13 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

I am not as familiar with that radio, but am extremely familiar with that remote. That remote (RMX-55M) is fully capable of handling all iPod control function that the head unit has. You also should have no issues connecting two remotes and the Sirius tuner.

I know, it is outside of my real experience but I use that remote and personally like it!


By Brett Yates (polarbill) on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 2:07 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have heard that Sony decks don't have the best preamp outputs. They clip or distort at a lower volume than most brand decks. This is just what I heard from someone. I don't have personal experience with this issue.
By aaron (alindquist) on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have another quick question on this. I'm finding there is a rm-x55m and a rm-x60m, and Crutchfield actually has a rm-x55m Q2 (possibly the x60m???). What is the difference, the x55m (on eBay) seems to be about $40 cheaper. Phil, can you confirm that you have the x55m and it will work with the ipod direct connect (USB)


By Dion Walsh (dsw) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:48 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I just installed the 55m. I have a different head unit. At $55 on Amazon I got it before even deciding where I was going to place it.

You will need a 3 1/4" hole saw in order to mount the unit. Big hole to drill in your boat - almost the same size as the unit.

All of the required controls are on the 55m plus there is the scrolling display for the ipod. Not sure what would be gained by going with a more expensive unit.

By phil white (philwsailz) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:59 am:    Edit Post Delete Post

Looking into it.

Stay tuned...


By TigeMike (chpthril) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 10:19 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The 60 is the new version of the 55 and is not out yet. From what I was told, there are no end user differences.
By phil white (philwsailz) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 10:52 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Tige-Mike is right.

Minor software revision, no operating differences.
The center of the 60 is black, the 55, silver.

It is just an update.


By TigeMike (chpthril) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:06 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I knew this only cause I inquired about it yesterday cause I just ordered the cdxm60ui H/U and remote. Distributor said the x60 remote was not out yet, but no diff from the x55.
By Sarah Shepherd (shepsigkap) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 2:01 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
We have 2 RM-55 remotes and LOVE THEM!! We also have a Sony deck I believe it is the 08 version of the one you are looking at and we have no complaints with it either.

If you can get the RM-55 vs the 60 I recomend it - they are way cheaper! We just swaped out the transom remote from an old Sony remote to the 55 just like we have on in the dash.

The iPod controls take a little getting used to but once you figure it out it is great! We plug the iPod in in the glovebox and just leave it there.

By aaron (alindquist) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 3:38 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks guys, I confirmed some of this yesterday with Crutchfield. I'm gonna pull the trigger on this set up tomorrow. I found the x55 for $59 with shipping and the deck for about $160 with shipping (both on eBay).
By steve (ss1234) on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 6:04 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
putting that head unit in tonight, but I got the rm-11 (no display) due to the size.

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