New Sony Wireless CarPlay Decks

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Sony New Wireless Car Radios

By Pete Muller and Amy Gilroy

Sony Electronics announced two new wireless CarPlay/Android Auto head units at some of the lowest prices available from a top brand for their feature set.

At KnowledgeFest, Sony unveiled the decks–the XAV-AX6000 and the XAV-AX4000– at a packed product seminar.  Both offer a simpler user interface with larger keys (similar to the ES-9500) and both models offer Maestro compatibility to retain key functions from the factory infotainment system such as air conditioning.

The XAV-AX6000 has a flush mount, bezel-free, capacitive screen measuring 6.95 inches. It also adds HDMI connectivity to view video while parked. And it has 5 volt pre-outs.

The XAV-AX4000 has a 6.95-inch anti-glare touchscreen.

Both radios let users stream audio over Bluetooth via LDAC at 96 kHz / 24-bit. LDAC allows bit rates up to three times higher than conventional Bluetooth.

Sony XAV AX 6000 and AX4000
Sony XAV-AX6000 and XAV-AX4000

The new decks also offer FLAC file playback at up to 24-bit depth and a sampling frequency at 384 kHz.

Built-in digital signal processing (DSP) is included down to 1cm for each of the 5 addressable channels (4 speakers + subwoofer via pre-out).

Other features include 14-band EQ and rear view camera input with adjustable parking guidelines.

The XAV-AX6000 ships in September at a suggested retail price of $699.99 and the XAV-AX4000 ships in August at $599.99 suggested retail price.

Top photo: Kris Bulla presents new Sony radios. Credit: Pete Muller

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  1. Sony is continuing to step up their game. I started with them in 1990 and walked when “Xplod” happened around 2000. I came back in 2007 when they rededicated to the category. Was also an ES dealer back in the early 90’s until they cancelled it, and jumped back in when they relaunched that as well. Best decision I ever made. If you aren’t doing business with Sony, you are making a mistake.

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