Sony India today announced a new line-up of in-car media receivers, XAV Extra Bass series. The five new audio receiver models are XAV-AX8000, XAV-AX7000, XAV-AX5500 XAV-3500 and XAV-1500 come with Smartphone Mirroring by WebLink Cast. The top models, XAV-AX8000, XAV-AX7000 and XAV-AX5500 also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with the car audio’s display and controls; it enables users to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimised for traffic and more while the driver stays focused on the road. Apple CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, so it provides even more choices to get to your destination.
The second feature Android Auto is designed keeping both safety and convenience in mind. It is a simpler way to use a smartphone with the car’s display. With the Google Assistant on Android Auto, drivers can stay focused, connected and entertained, keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, while using voice to help with daily tasks. With WebLink Cast is a lightweight app delivery platform designed especially for in-vehicle use; using the Android or iOS device connection.
XAV-AX8000 with 8.95 anti-glare display offering a built-in, 4-channel amplifier and ergonomic design
Looking for directions on maps or changing your music will no longer be a distraction from the road with the XAV-AX8000. Safety and innovative design are at the heart of Sony’s interests, in addition to the perfect convergence of lighter touch operation and improved visibility, an essential feature when on the road. The 8.95-inch anti-glare display hovers seamlessly over the dashboard and works in a single-DIN space. The sturdy mount of the screen can be adjusted in three directions to allow for flexible installation in a wide variety of vehicles.
The sleek design of XAV-AX8000 is designed ergonomically with aluminium key terminal, giving instant access to the basic operation that includes voice control, source selections and sound adjustments while minimizing distractions. The customizable wallpaper allows one to change its wallpaper to the preset colour choices or user’s favourite JPEG image saved in a USB device (user’s favourite available with firmware update). Its quick wake-up feature is ready to hit the road soon after ignition is turned on.
The XAV-AX8000 offers sound optimization and is supported with Free Lossless Audio Codec, which compresses audio without any loss in quality and can play back FLAC files with up to 24-bit depth and sampling frequency at 48 kHz. The 5-volt signal offers clearer sound with less distortion when the head unit is connected to a power amplifier for future acoustic expandability. The Dynamic Stage Organiser (DSO) creates vivid sound image as if there were speakers on the dashboard; the 10-band equalizer (EQ10) with 10 pre-sets provides easy and effective frequency adjustment for various listening environments. The AX-8000 comes with a built-in, 4-channel amplifier delivers 55 watts x 4 (max. at 4 ohms) / 20 watts x 4 (RMS at 4 ohms) output power with DRA2 (Dynamic Reality Amp 2) power IC; the EXTRA BASS™ works to reproduce clear, punchy sound at any volume level; the two-mode boost steps allow for both delicate and heavy boost settings.
The XAV-AX8000 supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink Cast. The image of a connected rearview camera is seen when the vehicle’s transmission lever is shifted to the “R” (Reverse) position or when tapping the “Rear Camera” icon on the home screen. You will be able to buy one for Rs. 33,990/-
XAV-AX7000 with 6.95 bezel-less flush surface display, high power built-in Class-D amplifier and the latest smartphone connectivity
The XAV-AX7000 features the latest in smartphone connectivity and high-power sound. Smartphone connectivity makes it easy and convenient to control your music on the go while the 100W built-in, class-D amplifier will breathe new life and emotion into every track. The XAV-AX7000 receiver features a 6.95-inch bezel-less, flush surface display with an anti-glare capacitive touchscreen that matches modern car interiors, and its sleek aluminum key terminal has a dedicated voice button and sealed structure.
The XAV-AX7000 supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Smartphone Mirroring by WebLink Cast The 100W x4 (Max.) / 45W x4 (RMS) High Power Built-in Class-D Amplifier is supported in XAV-AX7000, producing clean and powerful sound even when you turn up the volume. It is available at Rs. 31,990/-
XAV-AX5500 with 6.95 bezel-less flush Surface Display and the latest smartphone connectivity
Pairing innovative design with safety, the new in-car receiver XAV-AX5500 limit distractions through lighter touch operation and improved visibility, allowing drivers to see details on the screen in one glance. The 6.95-inch flush mount capacitive touchscreen realised an astonishingly flat, bezel-less display that elegantly matches with the car interiors with a single-DIN rear chassis that allows for space saving installation. Additionally, Sony’s new media receivers offers a comprehensive smartphone connectivity package which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink™ Cast for reliable, responsive infotainment anytime on the road. This in-car receiver is equipped with dual USB ports for easy accessibility.
The XAV-AX5500 comes with built-in 4-channel amplifier, which delivers 55 watts x 4 (max. at 4 ohms) / 20 watts x 4 (RMS at 4 ohms) output power with DRA2 (Dynamic Reality Amp 2) power IC. The EXTRA BASS™ works to reproduce clear, punchy sound at any volume level; the two-mode boost steps allow for both delicate and heavy boost settings. This new in-car receiver is also rear-view camera ready. The image of a connected rearview camera is seen when the vehicle’s transmission lever is shifted to the “R” (Reverse) position or when tapping the “Rear Camera” icon on the home screen just like XAV-AX5500. You will be to buy it starting July for Rs. 26,990/-
XAV-3500 with 6.95 display and the latest smartphone connectivity
The new XAV-3500 provides a superior entertainment experience while on the go with features including WebLink Cast which offers smartphone connectivity and easy control for everyday driving. This in-car receiver offers easy accessibility, revolutionary design and a unique audio experience with limited distractions, allowing you to focus on the road and nothing else. This 6.95-inch anti-glare touchscreen display with touchscreen display comes with WebLink Cast for a safer ride, the ergonomically designed key terminal to give instant access to the basic operation such as source selections and sound adjustments while minimizing distractions and rear-view camera with adjustable parking guidelines.
The XAV-3500 brings the bass to your journey with EXTRA BASS and produces clear and punchy sound at any volume level and the 5-volt signal offers clearer sound with less distortion when the head unit is connected to external amplifiers for future acoustic expandability. It will be available from the month of July for Rs. 21,990/-
XAV-1500 with 6.2 display and the latest smartphone connectivity
The XAV-1500 with 6.2” anti-glare touchscreen display with lighter touch operation and improved visibility is designed to revolutionise your driving experience. With a single-Din rear chassis, the XAV-1500 is a space saving installation for in-car audio experience. It lets you mirror your smartphone screen on the XAV-1500 with WebLink™1 Cast and connect through Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming.
The XAV-1500 is functioned to bring the bass to your journey with EXTRA BASS™ which produces clear and punchy sound at any volume level. Along with sound optimization such as DSO (Dynamic Stage Organizer), 10-band equalizer as well as FLAC audio fie compatibility, you can enjoy powerful and quality sound wherever you are going. The XAV-1500 is also rear-view camera ready with customisable guidelines enabling you to reverse safely and easily and the stress-free wake up feature to hit the road soon after the ignition is turned on. It is available for purchase for Rs. 16,990/-
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