Sony Launches Two New Receivers With Wireless Android Auto and CarPlay Support

One of the best ways to upgrade the infotainment experience in your car is to install an aftermarket head unit. With features like Android Auto and CarPlay, you’ll feel like you’re driving a completely new car.
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Sony is one of the companies offering a wide array of choices when it comes to in-car receives, and this week, it has added two more models to the list.

The XAV-AX6000 and the XAV-AX4000 are the latest additions to Sony’s AV receivers with Android Auto and CarPlay support, and what’s more, both work with a wireless connection.

The XAV-AX4000 sports a 6.95-inch anti-glare touchscreen, while the XAV-AX6000 is fitted with a screen of the same size, but this time, it’s bezel-less and offers capacitive touch. The latter also comes with HDMI connectivity for external audio and video.

The two in-car receivers come with the typical feature lineup, including FLAC support, a built-in DSP, and a dedicated input option for rear-view cameras. With a single-DIN chassis, the new head units should fit the majority of cars out there – the installation should also be pretty straightforward, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, reaching out to a mechanic is the better way to go.

Just as expected, Sony has made the two units compatible with iDatalink Maestro, which means they are able to connect to the onboard computer and therefore provide access to the factory-installed equipment. Obviously, you’ll need the iDatalink Maestro adapter, but the new Sony devices will certainly play nice with it.

As said, both receivers are projected to go on sale later this year, with the XAV-AX4000 apparently the first of the two to hit the shelves. It’ll happen in August 2022, and Sony says the device will come with a $600 price tag.

As far as the XAV-AX6000 is concerned, it’ll be available for $700, but this time, the sales are projected to start in September.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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