Sony Electronics began shipping last week its first large screen radio, the XAV-AX8000, with a roomy 9-inch display.
Until now, Sony’s largest radio screen measured 7 inches. The wider screen allows for larger icons and an interface that’s easier to read, said Sony.
Additionally, the radio looks more like some of the newer OEM radios that are “tablet style.”
The XAV-AX8000 is mechless, meaning it lacks a CD or DVD player. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Google Assistant voice control.
The screen can be adjusted in three directions to help it clear any knobs or vents on the dash, as it is designed to “float” in front of the dashboard of just about any vehicle, said the company.
Other features of the XAV-AX8000 include WebLink for smartphone mirroring right on the XAV-AX8000 display. The deck has 55 watt x4 Maximum or 20 watt x4 built-in RMS power and it is FLAC file compatible with files of up to 24-bit depth and a sampling frequency at 48 kHz.
Every day price of the XAV-AX8000 is $599.99, including a three-year warranty.