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Our take on the Sony XAV-63

by Ken Nail
Sony

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Sony video in your car

You trust Sony to provide outstanding in-home video products, so why not enjoy the same quality in your car? Their XAV-63 DVD receiver will serve as your mobile A/V center, with a high-resolution 6.1" touchscreen that offers outstanding video performance and great system control.

iPod® and iPhone® control

You can plug your iPod into the receiver's front USB input for direct control and playback of audio files. Sony's RC-202IPV cable allows you to enjoy playback of video content from your iPod or iPhone, along with info from compatible apps. Slide a DVD into the front slot to enjoy movies or videos when you're parked, or insert a CD or DVD loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files for hours of audio entertainment.

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SensMe™ makes finding music fun

Once you've installed the supplied SensMe software on your Windows PC or laptop, you can use it to analyze and group the music stored on your iPod or USB memory device. Plug your device into the XAV-63, and you'll be able to choose music based on mood, time of day, music type, or even your driving type.

Sophisticated sound controls

Factory radios often lack clarity and power — no such problem with this Sony. Its powerful amp combines with advanced circuitry to make your discs and digital music files sound their best. You can adjust the EQ7 7-band equalizer to optimize the acoustics in your vehicle, or use the built-in digital signal processing for more sophisticated audio adjustments.

Great sound for video

Sony's Advanced Sound Engine (ASE) brings your DVD's multi-channel soundtrack to life in your vehicle. The Intelligent Time Alignment system creates perfectly balanced sound, while the Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) creates a virtual center channel for a true-to-life 5.1 listening experience.

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Add on to your system

For more listening options, this receiver works with Sony's HD Radio™ tuner or satellite radio. If you're putting together a heavyweight system with external amps, you'll appreciate the multiple preamp outputs and built-in high- and low-pass filters.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Sony stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Sony, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen with adjustable screen angles
    • app controls
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • Sony SensMe technology organizes your music (external computer required for setup)
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • Advanced Sound Engine (ASE) features Intelligent Time Alignment (ITA), plus Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) for a virtual center channel
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: Sony adapter cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • compatible with Sony HD Radio tuner and satellite radio
    • inputs: front USB input, two A/V inputs (front and rear), rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear video, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other information:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-din DVD receiver with integrated 6.1" monitor (10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • 8 ISO mounting screws
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connections booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Touchscreen Display
    Disc Playback
    Front-Panel USB Port
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Radio Functions
    AV Connection
    Audio Section
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" WVGA Touchscreen Display: The Sony XAV-63 DVD receiver features an integrated 6.1" widescreen (17:9) touchscreen LCD monitor. The LCD monitor has a high resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB; with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD monitor provides touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The head unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Gesture Commands: You can perform frequently-used operations by making command strokes across the XAV-63's touchscreen display. Draw a horizontal line left-to-right to skip/seek forward or draw a horizontal line right-to-left to skip/seek backward. You can also draw a vertical line upwards to fast-forward a video or skip forward in a folder; as well as draw a vertical line downwards to reverse a video or skip backward in a folder.

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen controls, the XAV-63 also offers a rotary knob and hard-key buttons along the left side of the screen.

    Background Screen: You can select between 4 background screens. Choose from a Black background, Blue background, Landscape background, or Patterned background.

    Picture EQ: You can select a picture quality mode suitable for the interior brightness of your vehicle. You can choose from Dynamic, Standard, Theater, Sepia, or Custom (1/2). The Custom (1/2) Picture EQ modes allow you to make your own picture quality settings by adjusting the picture tones manually. You can adjust the Brightness, Color, and Color Tone (warm/normal/cool).

    Aspect Ratio: You can change the screen's aspect ratio of the DVD receiver's LCD monitor to suit your video content. You can choose from Normal, Wide, Full, or Zoom.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language; English, Spanish, or Russian.

    Track List: The Sony XAV-63 displays a list of albums, folders, tracks, images, or video files stored on a disc or USB device, so you can quickly search your audio/video content.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the XAV-63 to one of two dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), or Dimmer On (display always dim). You can adjust the dimmer level from -5 to +5.

    Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XAV-63 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double-DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. The unit does not come with a mounting sleeve to Euro-mount the radio. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Sony XAV-63 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs.

    Note: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    MPEG-4/Xvid Playback: The XAV-63 also supports video playback of MPEG-4/Xvid (720 x 480/30fps) NTSC video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.

    JPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (720 x 480) still image files recorded onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony XAV-63 allows you to playback CD-Rs, CD-RWs, CD-ROMs loaded with MP3 (48-192 kbps), WMA (64-192 kbps), or AAC (40-320 kbps) songs recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or Multi-Session. The XAV-63 can support up 256 folders, and a combined 2,000 folders and files on a disc. The head unit will also display song information for MP3 (15/30/63/126-characters), WMA (63-characters), and AAC (126-characters) music files.

    Note: Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    Compressed Audio Display Information: The DVD receiver can display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, and Song/Album tile.

    Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to search for a track on a MP3/WMA/AAC disc easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist).

    Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your MP3/WMA/AAC disc.

    Direct Search: You can directly locate a desired point on a disc by specifying the title number, chapter number, track, image, or file.

    Repeat and Shuffle Play: The Sony XAV-63 provides Repeat and Shuffle playback modes for various media content.

    • Repeat: DVD (Title/Chapter), CD/VCD (Track), MP3/WMA/AAC (Track/Album), JPEG (Image/Album), MPEG-4/Xvid (Movie/Album).
    • Shuffle: DVD (Title), CD/VCD (Disc), MP3/WMA/AAC/JPEG/MPEG-4 (Album)

    Multi-Disc Resume: The Sony XAV-63 can store the playback resume settings in its memory for up to 5 DVD discs.

    Off Insert/Eject: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.

    Auto Reload: The DVD receiver will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Mounting Angle: For proper DVD/CD playback, this unit must be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.

    Front-Panel USB Port

    USB Port: The receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). The head unit also supports JPEG still-image files, as well as Xvid and MPEG-4 video files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The head unit can recognize up to 128 folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. The XAV-63 offers the following USB search, playback, and display functions.

    • Search Modes:
      • Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or Playlist)
      • Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments
      • Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected USB device
    • Playback Modes:
      • Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire album
      • Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
    • Display Information:
      • Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
      • Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and album label

    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    Content Transfer/SensMe Online Software: The Content Transfer/SensMe online software can organize your music into playlists that perfectly match your mood, scene, and location, making it easier to choose the music that fits the moment. SensMe actually looks at the beats-per-minute and automatically groups your music (stored on your windows-based computer) into channels, making listening and managing all of your content even simpler. Once you have downloaded & used the SensMe software to organize your PC's music, you can then transfer that music to your USB device (Not iPod/iPhone) for playback on the Sony head unit. You can select & play a channel that fits your mood from the following categories.

    • Time of Day: Tracks are recommended for each time of day. Choose from Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, or Midnight.
    • Music Type: Plays tracks according to the music type. Choose from Energetic, Relax, Upbeat, Mellow, Lounge, Emotional, Dance, and Extreme.
    • Driving Type: Plays track that are suitable for type of driving. Choose from Freeway, Chillout Drive, Weekend Trip, Midnight Cruise, Party Ride, Morning Commute, and Going Home.
    • Mood Map: Distributes tracks as dots on a two-axis mood map, based on the characteristics of individual tracks (last 200 tracks transferred). Simply touch a point on the map according to your Mood (Sad/Happy), Type (Acoustic/Electronic), Style (Soft/Hard), or Time (Morning/Midnight) and a circle appears around the touched point, and the tracks inside that circle are played.

    Note: Download of the Content Transfer/SensMe online software to your windows-based computer is required to enable the SensMe function on this head unit. The software must be downloaded to your PC & then music content must be transferred to a USB (MSC) device. The SensMe software is not compatible with iPod or iPhone.

    System Requirements: Your Windows-based computer must meet the following system requirements.

    System Requirements
    CPU Intel Pentium III Processor 450 MHz or higher
    OS Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later)
    RAM 256 MB or more (for Windows XP), 512 MB or more (for Windows Vista or later)
    Port USB
    Monitor High color (16-bit) or more, 800 x 600 dots or more
    Connection Internet

    Note: 64-bit & Media Center versions of Windows XP are not supported. Not compatible Mac.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone 2-Wire Connectivity: The front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm AV input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone devices when used with the optional Sony RC-202IPV adapter (RC-202IPV, sold separately). One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the front of the XAV-63. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's front-panel USB port and handles the metadata, control, charging, and audio playback of your iPod/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info, as well as album art on its display. The 3.5mm AV connector of the cable plugs into the unit's front-panel 3.5 AV input and transfers the video images from your iPod/iPhone to the Sony head unit. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. If you require audio playback only, you can simply plug your compatible iPod/iPhone directly into the head unit's front-panel USB port using your iPod/iPhone's dock connector cable (no additional adapter required).

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    Bypass iPod DAC: The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod/iPhone data communications via the optional RC-202IPV (2-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 120dB.

    iPod Navigation: The controls of the XAV-63 are seamless when used with the optional RC-202IPV and include metadata browsing, as well as the ability to choose from various playback & search modes to suit your listening application. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.

    • Head Unit Control: The head unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Album, Track, Genre, Playlist, Artist, or Music Podcast. You can browse your videos by Movie, Rental, TV Show, Music Video, Playlist, or Video Podcast. You can then search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category alphabetically (A-Z). With the unit's Zappin feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone. The XAV-63 also supports Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes.
    • Passenger App Control: The Passenger App control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. VThe iPod Passenger mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Sony head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Sony DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the SonyRC-202IPV iPod cable (sold separately). Video can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible, and you will continue to control all app functions via your iPhone's touchscreen.

      Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Music Information: The multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist/Album Name, and Album Art. The head unit will not display metadata information from streamed music apps; in this case head unit only displays the message "Passenger App Control". You will continue to view song/artist information from music apps on your iPhone's touchscreen.

    Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.  

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-63 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N 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 head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Radio Functions

    Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony XAV-63 is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology.

    RDS: Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible FM stations. FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible digital information along with the regular radio program signal.

    Preset Tuning: The radio features 5 memory bands to store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be done manually or automatically.

    • Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.
    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2.

    Manual/Seek Tuning: The XAV-63 allows you to manual tune or seek tune AM/FM stations.

    • Manual Tuning: You can manually tune & find your favorite radio stations one by one.
    • Seek Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you search quickly through the available AM/FM stations.

    HD Radio Ready: The Sony XAV-63 is compatible with Sony's optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD, sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this head unit:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner and the optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (package item number 700SIRSONY, sold separately). You can also connect select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios to the head unit via the Sony SNYSC1 interface module (607SNYSC1, sold separately) and the SiriusConnect Plug & Play Dock (607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
    • XM Satellite: A portable XM satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit's front-panel 3.5mm Aux input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Sony XAV-63 DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs.

    • Front Panel A/V (3.5mm) Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input on the front panel of the head unit for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a game console. This input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Sony cable).
    • Rear Panel A/V (Composite) Input: The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear panel for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel A/V input shares it stereo RCA connection with the head unit's UniLink connection.

    Video Output: There is rear-panel composite video output for connecting an external display. The rear-panel composite video output will display whatever video source is being played on the DVD receiver. You can select an aspect ratio suitable for your connected monitor. You can choose from 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan.

    Rear View Camera: The Sony XAV-63 is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. You can view a Normal or Reversed (mirror) image, as well as display marker lines to assist you while backing up. The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when an optional rear camera (such as the 158XAR800C, sold separately) is installed on your vehicle. When your vehicle's shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the purple/white wire, attached to rear-chassis), must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony XAV-63 DVD receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The XAV-63 is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony XAV-63 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony XAV-63 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the XAV-63 are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total watts)

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The XAV-63 contains two pair of 2-volt RCA preamp outputs; a front pair and another pair that can be set for the rear channels (fading) or for subwoofer (non-fading) operation.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.  In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -6 to +6 in 1dB increments.

    High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.

    EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types; Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows  you to make  your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands; Band1 (63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).

    ASE (Advanced Sound Engine): The Sony XAV-63 offers multi-channel playback with its Advanced Sound Engine, featuring Intelligent Time Alignment (ITA) and Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) to create a virtual 5.1 listening experience to rival the most advanced home theater equipment.

    • ITA (Intelligent Time Alignment): This unit can change the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker and subwoofer to suit your position, giving you the feeling of being in the center of the soundfield wherever you sit in the car. The options for the Listening Positions are - Front Left, Front Right, Front Center, All, Custom, or Off. The Custom ITA mode allows you to precisely calibrate the output from each speaker so that the sound from all speakers reaches the listener at the same time. Simply measure the distance between your listening position and each speaker from 0 to 13.1' (in 0.8125" increments). You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or Far.
    • CSO (Center Speaker Organizer): A typical surround sound systems has 5 speakers (front left/right, rear left/right, center) and 1 subwoofer. CSO allows you to create a virtual center channel speaker even though a real center speaker is not connected.

    RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no subwoofer connected.

    Dolby D Level: You can adjust the audio output level for a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital format, to reduce the volume level differences between disc and source.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Remote Control: By using the optional Sony RMX-170 IR remote commander (158RMX170, sold separately), you can wirelessly operate the unit's audio and source controls.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Great Deck

    Written By MikeF, Montana on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    Looks good and plays movies great. Display is clear and controls are really easy to use.
    Pros:
    clear display to watch movies on
    Cons:
    Had it two weeks and had to hit reset already, only comes with 4 LAME display options.
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    3 out of 5

    Great Sound. Poor Product Features.

    Written By James, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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    Great Sound. Passenger App Control Does NOT work. Had it installed 4 Days ago and already froze once and screen went black twice.
    Pros:
    Extremely good sound quality with excellent audio adjustments and controls
    Cons:
    No BT. App control difficult to use if you are able at all.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    nice

    Written By revheat, Soulsbyville, CA on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    Good entry level
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    Radio reception poor..does not like androids
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-63

    Written By Anonymous, Tyrone, GA on Friday, June 21, 2013
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    Typical Sony product, good value, install went great with the install kit from Crutchfield. I bought it for my son for graduation and he loves it. Can't beat it for the money.
    Pros:
    Front USB port
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Tony M, Esky Michigan on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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    It was easy to hook up and easy to set up, the sound is great
    Pros:
    Easy to use and set up
    Cons:
    The cover for the usb is not in the greatest place
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    2000 merc sable... good and bad

    Written By petty4243, Luverne Ia on Friday, February 08, 2013
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    all in all easy to install and simple to navigate.... still checking stuff out.... would be nice to add my own photos for screen.... biggest disappointament is that you have to drop another 30 bucks to get the wireless remote control.... never even thought to look for it when making initial order as all previous sony stereos I had bought(many) came with it included....... still have to hook up subs and amp... will know more about the system then...
    Pros:
    simple installation with factory install kit... once installed, has nice clean look to it.... primary functions seem to operate smooth... and easy basic navigation.... although a menu/settings button on most screens would be a nice and simple update to adjust those settings quicker
    Cons:
    remote not included, slow start up after starting vehicle.... slow loading from usb drive also.... once loaded seems to go from track to track quickly
    9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Fit

    Written By Monte, Ohio on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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    I purchased this reciever to replace the factory cd player. The insructions were very clear and the reciever was installed in about 30 min. Would recommend to anyone wanting to upgrade.
    Cons:
    Have to purchase the RC202IPV cable seperately to view videos from the ipod.
    9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony for my toyota tacoma

    Written By Mark J, Anthem Arizona on Thursday, September 27, 2012
     
    Ok unit, does what's advertised, relatively easy instal, Sirius is a dissapointment..
    Pros:
    Good sound, srceen brightness ok, washed out in direct sunlight. Toyota Tacoma instal kit works great, the replacement plastic surround matched well with the factory trim, would recomend getting the black surround vs the grey, the grey looks cheap.
    Cons:
    My sterring wheel interface buttons don't work to change bluetooth streamed music, you can change tracks using the screen buttons, nice that you can control streaming music without having to touch your phone. Did not try Pandora, I used Slacker and Google music. Sirius interface is terribe, only 6 station presets, scrolling through stations is laborious, display cuts off words indicating the station, this is really not well thought out and my biggest complaint..
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice receiver/player to replace a dead factory unit

    Written By Scott, Sonoma County, CA on Friday, August 17, 2012
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    As always Crutchfield delivers! Our Subaru Forester's factory CD player croaked. Settled on the Sony unit by reading reviews and we are very happy with the choice. The installation with Crutchfield's instructions and wiring harness was a piece of cake. I think it took me less than an hour to solder up the harness, remove the old unit and slide this in.
    Pros:
    Very nice display, not bad sunlight. The front panel is very clean, most input is through the touch-screen. I really like the RDS and ability to search stations by genre. Seems to work great with iPhones. Using the front-panel USB connector with an Apple cable, the iPhone connected right up and navigation is pretty easy.
    Cons:
    No rear panel USB. If I were to put this in a car that I would spend a lot of time with an iPod or iPhone connected or with a manual transmission, I'd get a unit with a rear panel USB to clean-up the wires out the front. The wire off the front would get in the way shifting.
    9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Slick.

    Written By Lee, Charlotte, NC on Friday, June 01, 2012
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    Just got done doing the install. I had to come back and do a review because when I bought this thing there was only one, which made it hard to decide. This unit was installed because the original CD player no longer worked, and there was no Ipod jack in the truck. Overall, it is a great unit and makes the vehicle look "updated". I put in a Ford Econoline 15 Passenger so I had some shaving of the dash to do. I choose this unit over the Pioneer DVD1400 due the the better screen resolution. I considered all the entry level name brand units......as I don't care spending more for for Bluetooth, etc. I did give up the remote control, which I did not like having to do. I chose the brighter screen and resolution over features simply because I did not want to look twice at the unit, especially in the sun while driving.

    Cons: Mounting kit sucks for Fords. But that has nothing to do with the Sony......
    Pros:
    Sharp screen. Plays DVD's Great...Clear and bright........I have heard no noise from the fan yet....... Love the Rear Sub Simulator.
    Cons:
    The install kit for the Ford Econoline kinda sucks. It recesses the unit a bit too far instead of making it look flush like "factory".
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very Good Unit

    Written By Craig, Los Altos, CA on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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    Just installed this unit into my 2012 Ford Mustang, and overall the upgrade was definately worth it. The main factors that are an improvement was firstly the sound. There are many options to adjust the sound source, and all easily gotten to via the main menu. One item in particular which was a pleasant surprise was the rear bass enhancer. It sends mostly bass notes to the rear speakers, and now the bass is much more noticeable than before. Plus no need to replace the rear speakers now, they can be heard where as before, they were hardly noticeable.

    The menu system is very easy to navigate, and to change radio channels or music tracks from a USB device, all you have to do is draw a line on the screen of the Sony, and it will change the station or track easily. That means more time spent watching the road and less time looking for buttons. Also its great to have a volume button on the face of the unit rather than the flat switches some units have. So much easier adjusting the volume with a rotary dial knob.

    Screen is clear and sharp, and DVD movies look great. Installation was fairly easy, plus its looks great in the car.

    Overall, very pleased with the unit and I would definately recommend this to anyone looking to go with a DVD receiver.
    Pros:
    Sounds great, easy menu system to navigate to the various settings, and offers a lot of features for the price.
    Cons:
    Did not read the manual and after installing the unit, some features did not work as expected. Then read that you must reset the unit after installing it, once that was done, everything worked as expected. Setting the radio stations for presets is kinda tricky.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit for the price

    Written By epsail, Chesapeake, VA on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
     
    Bought this radio to replace the 2003 factory mazda radio (with factory sub) which was skipping with cd's and very distorted at more than half volume.

    I was shocked when I got this radio installed and started listening to it. The factory speakers and sub perform so well now that I am tempted not to change them anymore. The center channel simulator works better than expected, and the rear base enhancement does even better! RBE is helped out with the HPF/LPF that works well and has a good number of settings.

    Install was quick with the extra wiring harness that I purchased.

    Rear view camera works very well and comes on faster than most factory installed cameras that I've seen.

    Negative: This unit comes with 4 background images and there is no way to change it for your own. This would be a thousand times better if something simple like that could be customizable. If anyone can figure this out, please contact me and let me know how to do it.

    Negative: USB playback does not shuffle well between folders. Only way to get a good shuffle is to put all song files in the same folder.

    Negative: the rear cooling fan was making noise on one cold day until it warmed up. This sounds like a cheap sleve bearing and the fan may need to be replaced in a year or two.

    Have not yet tested the DVD or Xvid playback.

    Bottom line is would I recommend to a friend? I would for the price, but make sure you are getting all of the features you want. Bluetooth and navigation not incl.
    11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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