CES 2019: Sony Unveils New 6.9-Inch CarPlay Receiver With Improved Sound and Dedicated Voice Button

Sony today at CES 2019 introduced its latest aftermarket CarPlay receiver with improved sound quality and a dedicated voice button.


The new XAV-AX7000 has the same 6.95-inch capacitive touchscreen as the current XAV-AX5000, but features a higher-power 100W class-D amplifier for more impactful sound and a higher-power 5V pre-out for clearer sound with less distortion when the receiver is connected to an external amplifier, according to Sony.

By comparison, the XAV-AX5000 has a 55W class-D amplifier and a 2V pre-out.

Beyond the dedicated voice button, the design of the XAV-AX7000 is identical to the XAV-AX5000, including slim bezels with physical buttons for volume and playback controls, settings, and returning to the home screen. Both receivers have dual USB-A ports for wired CarPlay. Android Auto is also supported.

The rear chassis of the XAV-AX7000 is designed with space-saving single-DIN dimensions, according to Sony.

Like the XAV-AX5000, the XAV-AX7000 can be connected to a vehicle's rear-view camera with adjustable parking guidelines. Both receivers also have Bluetooth, SiriusXM compatibility, and boot approximately 2.5 times faster than Sony's lesser-end XAV-AX100 receiver after the vehicle is turned on.

Sony says the XAV-AX7000 will be available in North America starting in summer 2019, with pricing to be announced at a later date. The XAV-AX5000 retails for a suggested price of $399.99 in the United States.

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Tags: Sony, CES 2019

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12 months ago

Nice to see these units coming down in price. I've been interested but the price have been putting me off.

Perhaps you could give my beautiful DIY solution a try:



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12 months ago

Nice to see these units coming down in price. I've been interested but the price have been putting me off.


Same here. Not only do you have to buy the unit, you also have to buy all the parts to make it work with your car and that can add up quickly.
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12 months ago

Perhaps you could give my beautiful DIY solution a try:


That's a step up from your last design which involved hiring a midget to hold it up!
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12 months ago

I haven’t kept up with these aftermarket receivers and am surprised to see that this “only” has a 800x480 TFT display. (per the specs on Sony’s site) I was thinking more premium solutions like this would rock at least a 1080p IPS display.


HD Radio doesn't have anything to do with the screen resolution. It's all about higher quality sound coming over the FM stations. https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/hd-radio.htm

Still no HD radio? Every radio should have it, it’s at least 15 years old now.


Couldn't agree with you more. HD Radio makes a world of difference in sound. Edit: Check out the new Kenwood releases. They all have HD Radio
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12 months ago
Nice to see these units coming down in price. I've been interested but the price have been putting me off.
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12 months ago
Still no HD radio? Every radio should have it, it’s at least 15 years old now.
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12 months ago

... boot approximately 2.5 times faster than Sony's lesser-end XAV-AX100 receiver after the vehicle is turned on.

That’s huge. My Pioneer 4100NEX takes 30
sec to boot. Doesn’t sound long until you start the vehicle and start driving.

What also needs to be considered is how fast the device connected is. That makes a big difference in the usability of Carplay.
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Couldn't agree with you more. HD Radio makes a world of difference in sound. Edit: Check out the new Kenwood releases. They all have HD Radio


I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Kenwood and JVC units. I wanted their 720p unit last year but it was only wireless android auto compatible. Glad they got things sorted out for this year.
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