Sony has announced its first smart car audio system, the XAV-AX100. The system is compatible with both, Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, so regardless of which smartphone you have you are covered.
A couple of things might seem strange to you about this news item. First, that the XAV-AX100 in-car head unit is actually Sony’s first Android Auto-enabled car infotainment dash device. Considering they’ve been in the electronics business for a while now and Android Auto has certainly been around, Sony is quite late to the game. Secondly, Sony announced this new head unit which it says contains “Android Auto 2” – we are not sure what that means either.
The main selling feature of this device seems to be how good the audio will be for your ears. The device features four “55-watt Dynamic Reality Amp 2” amplifiers and Sony’s EXTRA BASS low-boost circuitry that is designed to overcome engine noise and deliver crystal clear sound. Well, we surely won’t doubt Sony’s capabilities in that area.
The XAV-AX100 also features a 6.4-inch display and supports a rear camera. Plus, The Verge notes that at $499, it’s the cheapest aftermarket Android Auto or CarPlay receiver you can find today.
You also get 3 pre-out connectivity ports for connecting additional amplifiers and other accessories. The Dynamic Stage Organizer feature also compensates for the downward firing door speakers and improves clarity. The head unit also supports Apple CarPlay (which it designates as Apple CarPlay 1).
The XAV-AX100 is priced at $499.99 and will be available in North America by late November.