Sony today announced the AV Center XAV-AX210 at the Mobile Electronics Association’s KnowledgeFest 2018. The XAV-AX210 adds iDatalink Maestro support to the 6.4-inch display, which allows you a new way to connect the car’s audio without losing the original functionality of the infotainment system.It provides a seamless interface with factory infotainment and vehicle information such as air conditioning, performance and safety.
XAV-AX210 supports Apple CarPlay, which seamlessly integrates iPhones with the car audio’s display and controls; drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions and more while staying focused on the road.
Google Assistant is now integrated into Android Auto, which extends the Android platform into the car in a way that is purpose-built for driving; with a simple and intuitive interface and powerful new voice actions, it minimizes distractions and automatically brings useful information organised into simple cards that appear when needed.
XAV-AX210 is SiriusXM Radio ready, capable of providing a seamless, fully integrated satellite radio experience and a CD/DVD Player brings tunes and entertainment to life on every adventure.
XAV-AX210 features a clear and responsive 6.4-inch Touch Screen, featuring ‘lighter touch’ operation with optimal visibility. XAV-AX210 supports Bluetooth Technology,offering hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming between mobile devices and the receiver with touchscreen phone book.
Configurable Steering Wheel Remote Input covers general command protocol, so no adaptors are necessary for signal conversion between steering wheel and the head unit. The ergonomically designed rotary volume with machine-cut aluminum top and an integrated button provides instant access to the optional menu that includes source selections and sound adjustments while minimizing distractions behind the wheel.
When it comes to sound, 55Wx4 Max / 20Wx4 RMS DRA2 with EXTRA BASS Circuitry, 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 overcome engine noise and reproduce clear punchy sound at any volume level; the 2-mode boost steps allow delicate and heavy boost settings to suit the driver’s mood.
Sound optimisation has been improved as a DSO (Dynamic Stage Organizer) creates ambient sound 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
FLAC Audio File Compatibility (via USB terminal) is there as well. FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but with the difference that it compresses without any loss in quality; the XAV-AX210 can play back FLAC files allowing up to 24-bit depth sampling frequency at 96 kHz (down-converted to 48 kHz for playback).
XAV-AX210 is Rear View Camera Ready with 3-External Camera Input. This newly introduced feature allows passengers to see a selected image among three connected cameras; one input relates to the reverse while the other two can be selected manually.
High Voltage Pre-out (4V) provides a powerful 4-volt signal that attains clearer sound with less distortion when the head unit is connected to the power amplifier.
“Sony is focused on the needs of drivers that seek premium car audio sound, as well as seamless connectivity,” said Yang Cheng, director of product marketing, Mobile and Car Audio, Sony Electronics North America.
“With the AV Center XAV-AX210, we provide an innovative product that integrates the driver’s platform of choice along with Sony’s premium audio quality.”
North America pricing and availability for the AV Center XAV-AX210 will be announced in the fall of 2018. Sony is exhibiting the XAV-AX210 at the Mobile Electronics Association’s KnowledgeFest 2018 in booth #201.