CES 2019: Sony Unveils New 6.9-Inch CarPlay Receiver With Improved Sound and Dedicated Voice Button

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Sony today at CES 2019 introduced its latest aftermarket CarPlay receiver with improved sound quality and a dedicated voice button.


The new XAV-AX7000 has the same 6.95-inch capacitive touchscreen as the current XAV-AX5000, but features a higher-power 100W class-D amplifier for more impactful sound and a higher-power 5V pre-out for clearer sound with less distortion when the receiver is connected to an external amplifier, according to Sony.

By comparison, the XAV-AX5000 has a 55W class-D amplifier and a 2V pre-out.

Beyond the dedicated voice button, the design of the XAV-AX7000 is identical to the XAV-AX5000, including slim bezels with physical buttons for volume and playback controls, settings, and returning to the home screen. Both receivers have dual USB-A ports for wired CarPlay. Android Auto is also supported.

The rear chassis of the XAV-AX7000 is designed with space-saving single-DIN dimensions, according to Sony.

Like the XAV-AX5000, the XAV-AX7000 can be connected to a vehicle's rear-view camera with adjustable parking guidelines. Both receivers also have Bluetooth, SiriusXM compatibility, and boot approximately 2.5 times faster than Sony's lesser-end XAV-AX100 receiver after the vehicle is turned on.

Sony says the XAV-AX7000 will be available in North America starting in summer 2019, with pricing to be announced at a later date. The XAV-AX5000 retails for a suggested price of $399.99 in the United States.

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... boot approximately 2.5 times faster than Sony's lesser-end XAV-AX100 receiver after the vehicle is turned on.
That’s huge. My Pioneer 4100NEX takes 30
sec to boot. Doesn’t sound long until you start the vehicle and start driving.

What also needs to be considered is how fast the device connected is. That makes a big difference in the usability of Carplay.
 
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bchreng

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Still no HD radio? Every radio should have it, it’s at least 15 years old now.
I haven’t kept up with these aftermarket receivers and am surprised to see that this “only” has a 800x480 TFT display. (per the specs on Sony’s site) I was thinking more premium solutions like this would rock at least a 1080p IPS display.
 

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Are these types of units all geared to older cars with single/double DIN slots? Are there any new cars where the factory radio isn't completely integrated into the middle console making these units impossible to install?
 

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I haven’t kept up with these aftermarket receivers and am surprised to see that this “only” has a 800x480 TFT display. (per the specs on Sony’s site) I was thinking more premium solutions like this would rock at least a 1080p IPS display.
HD Radio doesn't have anything to do with the screen resolution. It's all about higher quality sound coming over the FM stations. https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/hd-radio.htm

Still no HD radio? Every radio should have it, it’s at least 15 years old now.
Couldn't agree with you more. HD Radio makes a world of difference in sound. Edit: Check out the new Kenwood releases. They all have HD Radio
 

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Couldn't agree with you more. HD Radio makes a world of difference in sound. Edit: Check out the new Kenwood releases. They all have HD Radio
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Kenwood and JVC units. I wanted their 720p unit last year but it was only wireless android auto compatible. Glad they got things sorted out for this year.
 
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HD Radio doesn't have anything to do with the screen resolution. It's all about higher quality sound coming over the FM stations. https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/hd-radio.htm



Couldn't agree with you more. HD Radio makes a world of difference in sound. Edit: Check out the new Kenwood releases. They all have HD Radio
I understand that. Just wanted to mention additional features that it lacked that I thought would be more common now.

Another thing that I take take for granted on the standard receiver that came with my car is that it boots almost instantaneously. Granted it’s a much simpler LCD clock-like display. It supports HD radio as well.