Android Auto has been around a while now but the uptake of aftermarket headunits hasn’t been great. They are all very similar in features and car manufactures are making it more and more difficult to replace their factory systems. Sony are hoping to stand out with their new in-car receiver announced today.
The new XAV-AX200 receiver supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but has several new features over their previous models.
The new receiver has a DVD player now (because we all use DVDs in 2017?) as well as the inputs for three cameras. The high voltage pre-out of 4 volts apparently gives a clearer sound with less distortion.
The real advantage it has is in the sound it can deliver. It has a built-in 4-channel amplifier that delivers 55 watts x 4 and 20 watts x 4 (RMS at 4 ohms) output power. It also has Sony’s “Extra Bass” to help overcome noise from the engine and produce clear sound at any volume level. There are some software tweaks to the sound management with a “Dynamic Stage Organiser” with a 10-band equaliser along with presets to guide you to create the sound you want. The XAV-AX200 is also FLAC compatible through the USB terminal for that high quality sound.
Topping it all off is a 6.4 inch touch screen featuring “lighter touch” operation.
While the addition of a DVD may well be a throwback to a bygone era the improvement in sound hardware and software is something that many users will love, crave and go searching for. The XAV-AX200 will be available in Australia in November with pricing yet to be announced — FWIW, in Europe it is priced at 549€.
Hands up those who have an aftermarket Android Auto head unit (me). How about those who are considering it? Would you consider this one or do you have your eye on something else?