Sony Electronics announced its first in-dash receiver with the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
Shipping in November, the new XAV-AX100 is an in-dash mechless (without CD or DVD) AV deck with Bluetooth, a rear USB jack and a 6.4 inch 800 x 480 touch screen with “improved visibility” including better night visibility and less sun glare.
With the XAV-AX100 Sony joins Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine and JVC in shipping CarPlay (or CarPlay/Android Auto) units. Others, such as JBL and Jensen (Dual) have announced CarPlay radios that are due to ship this year.
The new XAV-AX100 also uses Sony Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) technology, which helps overcome the acoustic problems caused by full range speakers mounted in the door that can “sound muddy or unclear.” Sony said, “the DSO adjusts the signal creating the illusion of dash-mounted virtual speakers to provide an ideal, high quality sound experience…”
It has 3 preouts, a rear out and a subwoofer output and rear view camera input. It also offers Sony’s “extra bass” feature, built in 55 watt x 4 amplifier and 10-band graphic equalizer.
Suggested retail price is $499.99.