Sony's latest in-car receivers upgrade to wireless smartphone conversion, a 14-band EQ and more UI options
Sony has presented the XAV-AX6000 and XAV-AX4000 as its latest alternatives to a given car's stereo or own center-console infotainment system. The OEM claims that they are ideal for the user with plans to build out an automotive audio system of any size or complexity. They can, for example, connect to both mono- and 4-channel amps as well as a subwoofer all at once thanks to the inclusion of 3-pre out plugs that are gold-plated on top of that.
Both new receivers have the same basic form-factor that fits into a single-DIN footprint (from the back, that is) and have a number of rear-facing ports, one of which is a "Hi-speed" (5V/3A) type-C port for up-to-date, ideally straightforward installation. There is also a GPS interface, which is partially there to connect to a user's smartphone for fully wireless connectivity and control hand-over.
This is supported by an "improved" (yet still very Sony) stock interface with customizable wallpapers, a new 14-band equalizer, as well as an adjustable 3-zone crossover, thanks to the receivers' in-built DSP. The XAV-AX6000 and XAV-AX4000 also support the LDAC codec and FLAC format, for potentially higher-quality music reproduction in the car.
All this is accessible via a 6.95-inch touchscreen in both new devices, although it is designed to be flush to the rest of the chassis and bezel-less in the higher-end XAV-AX6000 only (that of the AX4000 is matte, at least).
The AX6000 is also the only one of the new series with HDMI and a higher-voltage (5V) pre-out for "clearer sound with less distortion". However, both new receivers will still have rear camera support, "improved" physical controls, and the option to switch over to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on their release.
On that note, the XAV-AX4000 and XAV-AX6000 have recommended retail prices of US$600 and $700, and will be sold through authorized Sony dealers from August and September 2022, respectively.