Sony Electronics announced the first deck in its high-powered series to include CarPlay and Android Auto. The new radio has a built-in amplifier rated at 100 watts by 4, which is about 2.5 times more powerful than the typical car radio.
With the new XAV-AX7000, the consumer need not buy an outboard amplifier. The deck is mechless (without a CD or DVD player), and it has a 6.95-inch bezel-less, fixed screen while the body of the unit is single DIN-sized.
It joins other car radios in Sony’s high powered line including the MEX-XB120bt, MEX-GS820bt, MEX-M100bt marine and WX-GS920bh.
Other features of the XAV-AX7000 include a 2-ohm speaker/subwoofer load and compatibility with FLAC — Free Lossless Audio Codec, which is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning audio signals are compressed without any loss in quality. The deck can handle Hi-Res FLAC files with up to 24-bit depth sampling frequency at 48 kHz (down-converted to 44.1 kHz for playback).
Users can connect a subwoofer to either side of the rear channel speaker output without the need for an external amplifier. When using this function, sound settings for the subwoofer are available via the menu display.
The AX7000 also has dedicated “voice button” to easily launch voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant.
The XAV-AX7000 is due for release this summer at a price to be announced. It will be on display at CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall booth #5011 along with other radios including the following:
The Bluetooth compatible MEX-N5300BT is a single DIN CD receiver with Bluetooth and SiriusXM and Pandora compatibility. It has EXTRABASS tuning and configurable steering remote input at a suggested $119.99.
The Bluetooth CD receiver is similar to the above, but designed for marine use. It has a UV resistant detachable panel and anti-rust, conformal coating for the circuit board. It is SiriusXM and Pandora compatible at $159.99.