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.
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