Early in 2017, Sony launched its XAV-AX100 multimedia receiver with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to rave reviews from retailers and consumers alike. Sony is taking its smartphone connectivity solutions to the next level with the introduction of the new XAV-AX200SXM. This unit builds on the performance and reliability of the XAV-AX100 and adds new features to appeal to even more consumers.
Smartphone Integration Technologies
The XAV-AX200SXM includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These smartphone integration solutions are designed to allow you to listen to and dictate responses to text messages, make phone calls and choose the music you want to enjoy by simply talking to your radio. Streaming music, turn-by-turn navigation with real-time traffic information and instant access to the music on your phone is as easy as asking for it. The CarPlay and Android Auto features bring your phone’s approved apps and content to your dashboard for quick and easy use while driving.
Audio Source Options
The XAV-AX200SXM includes a CD/DVD mechanism to let you enjoy your favorite artist or watch a movie or TV show when you are parked. The USB port on the rear of the chassis will let you play MP3, WMA, AAC and FLAC audio files as well as MPEG-4, H.264, WMV, FLV, MKV and XviD video files from a memory stick. Sony has graciously included a SiriusXM satellite radio SXV300V1 tuner with the unit. You also receive 90 days of free SiriusXM service so you can enjoy your favorite programming from coast to coast right out of the box. The built-in AM/FM tuner includes RDS information display, and you can stream music from your smartphone using the Bluetooth connection, and control Pandora and Spotify as well.
System Connectivity Options
One of the coolest features of the XAV-AX200SXM is its triple camera input. Your retailer can add a dedicated backup camera, a blind spot monitoring camera on the side of the vehicle, a parking camera in the front grille, rear seat monitoring for small children or a hitch camera for trailering. Tap the Camera button in the menu and choose the view you want. The backup camera image appears automatically when you put the transmission in reverse.
A built-in four-channel amplifier provides 20 watts per channel of CTA-2006 certified power with up to 55 watts per channel of dynamic power delivery to bring your music to life. Three pair of 4 Volt preamp outputs with Subwoofer Level Control makes it easy to upgrade your sound system further.
Built-in high- and low-pass crossovers work on the internal amplifier as well as the preamp outputs to optimize the signal for your chosen speakers. A popular example of the benefit of built-in crossovers would be the addition of a subwoofer and an amplifier. The built-in crossovers will let your installer filter out the low-frequency information being sent to the internal amplifier to improve the clarity, detail and output from the smaller speakers in the system.
Sony has included a 10-band graphic equalizer to let you fine-tune the performance of your system. The EQ includes preset curves, or you can make adjustments on your own. The Dynamic Soundstage Organizer helps to improve front soundstage imaging in the vehicle. DSO offers three presets that include signal delay adjustments to put the driver front and center of the performance.
The Sony XA-NV400 add-on GPS navigation module can be added to provide integrated route planning. Text-to-Speech functionality provides audible guidance while the TomTom software helps you get where you want to go. Mapping includes the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Onboard navigation is a popular solution for people who travel to other states or countries and want to avoid cellular roaming charges and possible dead zones in cellular coverage.
A 6.4-inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels is flanked by easy-to-use volume, tracking and source selection controls. The backlighting on the controls is adjustable and you can upload your own wallpaper or choose from several built-in color schemes. The on-screen menus are programmed to provide quick and intuitive access to all sources. Factory steering wheel controls can be integrated into the system using a third-party adapter for additional safety, and some vehicles’ controls can be custom programmed via Sony’s custom programming feature.
Experience the XAV-AX200SXM at Your Local Authorized Sony Retailer
With the addition of the CD/DVD mechanism, the included SiriusXM tuner with 90 days of service, triple camera inputs, a more powerful internal amplifier, and 4 Volt preamp outputs, the XAV-AX200SXM is the perfect evolution of the incredibly popular XAV-AX100. If you are in the market for a receiver with CarPlay and Android Auto that won’t break the bank, visit your local authorized Sony retailer and test drive the new XAV-AX200SXM.