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Sony XA120IP iPod® Interface Adapter

Control your iPod from your Sony stereo

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Our take on the Sony XA120IP iPod® Interface Adapter

by Ken Nail
Sony

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.

Connect your iPod to select 2006-up Sony stereos with the XA-120iP iPod interface adapter. It lets you control just about every aspect of iPod playback right from your stereo. Jump between tracks, search for songs, and even browse tracks without fumbling around with your iPod — track and playlist information show up right on your stereo's display.

The XA-120iP adapter offers full-speed access to the iPod — no more lag time in search and scroll mode — and charges the iPod's battery while it's connected (adapter required for certain iPods).

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

Highlights:

  • iPod adapter for 2006-up Sony stereos that have Sony's UniLink input
  • control iPod functions from your car radio
  • track and playlist information shows up your stereo's display
  • charges iPod while in use
  • compatible with any Generation 3 and newer iPod with a dock connector (not compatible with iPod shuffle or iPhones)
  • warranty: 1 year
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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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Sony
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
Nano
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Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch
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Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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Mini2/Mini1
iPhone
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • iPod interface adapter with attached 39" iPod doc connector cable
  • 6.5' DIN-cable with a proprietary connector on each end
  • 6.5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 2 Velcro strips
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Limited Warranty card (U.S. only)
  • Consumer 1 Year Warranty (Canada only)
  • Information Document

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Features

Overview: This adapter select iPods with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by select Sony receivers. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when connected to this adapter and it will be controlled from the Sony receiver. With this interface, you will be able to play your iPod music files through your Sony receiver and have all the titling information appear on the Sony's display. Using the optional XA-C40 (item number 158XAC40), this adapter and two other compatible Sony UniLink devices (satellite tuner, CD changer, etc) can be controlled by the same receiver.

iPod Compatibility: The Sony XA-120IP iPod control interface is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Nov. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
 nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
4th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
5th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
6th N N N N N N N
touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
3rd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
4th N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
3GS N N N N N N N
4 N N N N N N N

Note: The XA-120IP will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation) and the iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately). It is not compatible with the iPod shuffle or iPhone.

Receiver Compatibility: The XA-120IP is compatible with most UniLink controlling head units introduced in October 2005 and later (2006-up model year). It is not compatible with the any models introduced prior to October 2005.

Controls: In addition to the standard play/pause, track skip (forward and backward), and search within a song (forward and backward), you can also:

  • Search: by album name, artist name, or playlist
  • Repeat: track, album, artist, or playlist
  • Shuffle: within album, artist, playlist, or all tracks
  • Scan: the first 10 seconds of each track

Connections: The XA-120IP has the following connections:

  • UniLink Output: located on the front of the adapter, connects directly to the Sony head unit using the supplied UniLink and RCA cable
  • iPod Connection: located on the rear of the adapter, connects to the dock of the iPod, 39" cable is attached to the XA-120IP
 
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Sony XA120IP iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Neil, VI on Monday, July 30, 2012
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Excellent product, easy to use, plug & play.
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Sony XA120IP iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Dillon, South Dakota on Monday, March 28, 2011
 
Bought this and like always fast shipping from crutchfield. Got it is 4 days and put it in my car in half an hour. It works great even though it doesn't work with the newer iPods. (Clearly says what works with it) I love it in my car and it is amazing for road trips.
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Works Great!

Written By Will, Boise, ID on Thursday, April 01, 2010
 
I bought this after I purchased the Sony MEX-BT2800 deck and it works exactly as described with my 160 gig ipod classic. It comes with some adhesive velcro so I was able to pull out my glove box and make a small hole in the top left rear corner to run the cable in, and using the adhesive I stuck it right on the side of the glove box assembly when I put it all back in my 85 Cadillac. This way, if i need to, I can leave my ipod in the car and leave the glove box locked and not have to worry as much. The cables supplied are plenty long which can accomidate alternate mounting locations probably as far away as under the driver's seat.

It's so nice to be able to use my reciever remote to find music instead of fumbling with my Ipod!
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