Sony RC-202IPV

iPod® audio/video cable for select Sony DVD receivers

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The RC-202IPV connecting cable gives you high-speed access to the music and video on your Video iPod or iPhone® through your compatible Sony DVD receiver. One end of the cable plugs into your iPod's dock connector; the other end includes a USB cable and a miniplug video cable, both of which connect to your receiver.

The USB cable handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files with the receiver's controls while you view song info on its display. The miniplug connector transfers the video from your iPod to the stereo's video input. Warranty: 1 year.

Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

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Sony RC2021PV

Written By John H, Suffolk, VA on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What can I say? Sony still gives good audio and video, but their user interface is soooooo bad! It's like they have not ever left the 90's. What could Sony have been today if they had a Steve Jobs?? All that said, the Crutchfield price break was good, and for now I will live with a bad interface because of it's good audio.

Pros: Excellent Bluetooth, very clear audio from all sources, very competent screen PQ. Separate HD radio receiver is a pain to deal with but receives well. iPhone bluetooth streaming has good audio.

Cons: Interface is just awful, with truly bad abbreviations and unintelligent graphics. Radio metadata from both RDS and HD is poor. iPhone integration is better with cable, but often takes two attempts for phone and Sony to USB link. No updates from Sony. Bluetooth streaming lacks metadata as well. Phone book integration very limited.

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  • 36" iPod connector cable (with a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector and composite video connector on other end)
  • 58" minijack-to-composite video cable (with a female minijack connector on one end and a male composite RCA connector on other end)
  • Instructions

Features and Specs

Adapter Type iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Sony
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4

Product Research


Overview: The Sony iPod Audio/Video Cable (RC-202IPV) allows you to connect select Apple iPods/iPhones to your compatible Sony Xplod in-dash AV receiver, so you can access your iPod/iPhone's audio and video content in your vehicle, through your car stereo system.

Sony Headunit Compatibility: Currently the Sony iPod Audio/Video Cable (RC-202IPV) is supported by the following Sony in-dash AV receivers (as of January 2011).

  • XAV-60
  • XAV-62BT
  • XAV-70BT
  • XAV-72BT
  • XNV-660BT
  • XNV-770BT

iPod/iPhone Compatibility: The Sony iPod Audio/Video Cable (RC-202IPV) supports on-screen audio/video playback from select iPods/iPhones, including album artwork when connected to your compatible Sony in-dash AV receiver. The RC-202IPV provides audio/video content as well as device control, metadata information display, and charging. The Sony iPod Audio/Video Cable (RC-202IPV) is "made for iPod/iPhone" compatible when connected to a compatible Sony in-dash AV receiver and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of May 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Connections: The 36" Sony iPod Audio/Video Cable (RC-202IPV) features a USB type-A connector and a video minijack connector on one end which plugs into your compatible Sony in-dash AV receiver. The other end of the 36" cable is a proprietary Apple iPod/iPhone connector which plugs into your compatible iPod or iPhone. There is also a 58" minijack-to-composite video adapter cable, in case your Sony in-dash AV receiver features a composite video input, instead of a minijack input.

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