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Our take on the Sony XAV-65

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-65 DVD receiver will serve as your mobile A/V center, with a high-resolution 6.2" WVGA touchscreen that offers outstanding video performance and great system control. Slide a DVD into the front slot to enjoy movies or videos when you're parked.

iPod® and iPhone® control

You can plug your iPod into the receiver's front USB input for direct control and playback of audio files. Insert a CD or DVD loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files for hours of audio entertainment.

Sophisticated sound controls

Factory radios often lack clarity and power — no such problem with this Sony. Its powerful amp combines with advanced circuitry to deliver excellent sound quality. You can adjust the EQ3 3-band equalizer to optimize the acoustics in your vehicle, and tailor the reciever's audio output to your speakers or external amps with the 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.

Note: Use of a video display while moving may be subject to state and local laws.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • music file playback from select Android devices (see Details tab for more info)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band equalizer with eight preset tone curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • 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)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    3.5mm AV (front)
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic
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    7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    10 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-din DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.1" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • SWC harness
    • 6 ISO mounting screws
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation/Connections booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty

    Our Product Research Team

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    Touchscreen Display
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Audio/Video Section
    Tuner & Remote Features

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Sony XAV-65 DVD receiver features a 6.1" widescreen (17:9) touchscreen LCD monitor. The WVGA 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 and icons, making menu navigation easy.

    • Picture EQ: You can select a picture quality mode suitable for the interior brightness of your vehicle. You can choose from Dynamic, Standard, Theater, or Sepia. You can also 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.
    • Dimmer + Auto Off: To change the brightness of the display you can set the XAV-65 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. When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting at 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.
    • 12-/24-Hour Clock: The head unit's clock can be set to a 12-hour or 24-hour mode. The clock will be visible during Tuner, Disc, USB, and iPod playback; as well as from the main menu screen and sub menus.
    Note: 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, French, or Spanish.

    Front-Panel Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen controls, the XAV-65 also offers a 3-way rotary knob and "HOME-DSPL" push button along the left side of the screen.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. Video can only be displayed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view source information, song/artist information, and menus.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XAV-65 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. There is no mounting sleeve provided to Euro- or Custom-mount the in-dash receiver. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Sony multimedia head unit has a front loading disc slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Sony XAV-65 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The Sony XAV-65 supports various audio, photo, & video files recorded onto these discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC); such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your compatible USB MSC device through the Sony XAV-65. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Media File Playback: The Sony XAV-65 supports a variety of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto disc or loaded onto a USB device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, Joliet/Romeo FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 48-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32-48 kHz
    WMA: bit-rate of 48-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Video Xvid: max resolution of 720 x 576 w/ frame rate of 30 fps
    Photo JPEG: max resolution of 6,048 x 4,032
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 256 folders/2,000 files
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.x/2.x), WMA-tags

    Playback & Search Functions: You can use the head unit's touchscreen monitor to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device. You'll also be able to operate basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track from the unit's touchscreen.

    Off Eject + Audio Reload: A disc can be ejected with the power off. The DVD receiver will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 15 seconds or more.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Audio Playback: The Sony XAV-65's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: 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 (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 80dB.
    • Music Navigation: The Sony XAV-65 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music and videos from the head unit touchscreen and front-panel controls. You'll be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Song, Album, Artist, Genre, Playlist or Composer (content in each category is listed alphabetically). The XAV-65 also supports basic playback functions for your iPod/iPhone; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Previous/Next Track. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen so you can access music and video apps (like Pandora & Netflix). Older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Information Display: The DVD receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, and Artist/Album Name (no Album Art) The XAV-65 will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps (like Pandora and iHeartRadio).
    • 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. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
    Note: The Sony XAV-65 does not support iPod/iPhone video transfer.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-65 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/4/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N
    2 7.0.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N

    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.

    Audio/Video Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp w/ 24-Bit DAC The Sony XAV-65 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. In addition, the XAV-65 is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle. The Sony XAV-65 also utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality. The power output specs for the XAV-65 are as follows:

    • Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220 total watts)
    Note: The power specifications for the Sony XAV-65 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.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony XAV-65 features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs (Front & Rear/SW). The unit's Rear/SW preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer output. When the head unit's preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (80/100/120/140/160 Hz), adjust subwoofer phase (Normal/Reverse), and adjust the subwoofer output level (+/-10).

    Equalizer w/ High-Pass Filter: The Sony XAV-65 features an EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Off, R&B, Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance, Country, or Custom. The Off mode provides a flat response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz), Mid (1 kHz), & High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB. The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off.

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

    Dual Audio/Video Inputs: The Sony XAV-65 DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. 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. 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.

    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-65 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 the unit's preamp output harness), must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 2.5 seconds.

    Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Tuner & Remote Features

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-65 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.
    • Presets: 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 (BTM). BTM (Best Tuning Memory) selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency. To help find what's playing on your preset stations, you can play the first few seconds of each preset radio station until you find the one you want.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The Sony XAV-65 offers built-in steering wheel remote compatibility with select Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru, and Suzuki vehicles (the included 3-wire harness plugs into the head unit's OEM SWC input and will need to be hardwired to vehicle's wiring). You can configure the steering wheel remote commands from the XAV-65's touchscreen. The head unit's  OEM steering wheel remote control input is also compatible with optional steering wheel audio control adapters (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Remote Control: The Sony RM-X170 IR remote control (158RMX170, sold separately) is designed specifically for wireless operation of the Sony DVD receiver. The IR remote features intuitively laid out buttons that help your keep your eyes on road for added safety and convenience while driving.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Great

    Written By N. Texas, Bethany, LA on Monday, August 18, 2014
     
    Works as expected. No complaints here thank Sony
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    4 out of 5

    Just What I Needed

    Written By Ruthless, Fairfax, VA on Monday, July 28, 2014
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    If you are looking for an economical touch screen-based iPod player, this is the product for you. Typical Sony quality and sound, and easy navigation make this the perfect budget solution to a car that does not come with a USB input. It I had one complaint it is that I wish I could scroll faster through playlists. And the free wire harness and car kit make me question why anyone would buy anywhere else.
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    Cost Sound Quality
    Cons:
    Scrolling through long lists of playlists.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Anonymous, Salisbury, NC on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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    Very cool the wife and kids love it does more than expected
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    4 out of 5

    Sony XAV-65

    Written By Ken, Fulton, IL on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    Wish there was a way to disable the warning when turned on
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    5 out of 5

    Sony DVD head unit

    Written By Anonymous, Leroy new York on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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    This product is truly amazing the sound and picture quality is (bar none) I am extremely happy with my purchase and the Crutchfield team I tell everyone to shop Crutchfield before going anywhere else. There product,knowledge and service will keep me shopping with them before I go anywhere else
    Pros:
    Pros!! Lol the Crutchfield team is exactly that! And if were talking product they stand behind every thing they sell.... Need I say more?
    Cons:
    No remote or (fast) fast forward for DVD but that's petty everything else is more than impressive
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    4 out of 5

    XAV-65

    Written By MikeD, Bartlett,IL on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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    Purchased this for a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. Replaced the base stock head unit. Sound quality is fine. Rather than do the install myself, I let a local retailer do it. The parts that Crutchfield sent made the install easy for the tech. Although I have more cons than pros, I would still buy this head unit again. I am satisfied with it. The cons, excluding the RDS implementation, are really minor annoying quirks.

    RDS implementation suffers by the lack of space afforded to the radio information. A previous reviewer explained precisely the problem with the implementation. Two lines in the center with limited characters requiring scrolling of information. Totally unnecessary.
    Pros:
    Pleasing background, front usb/ipod, aux connections. The USB connection charges the iPod and controls the iPod from the screen as advertised. Pleasing sound quality. Relatively low cost touchscreen. Steering wheel controls worked correctly after head unit change, with proper adapter supplied by Crutchfield. Plays MP3 CDs. If your MP3 CDs are tagged properly, album art will display as well as song, artist and album name. The space provided for the text, excluding the FMs RDS display, is huge.
    Cons:
    RDS implementation is poor. Why such a small area was allotted to RDS is anyone's guess but the designer failed here. Purchased CDs do NOT display song names, although MP3 CDs may, if tagged correctly. Font size is fixed on the display. A larger font size or a different font would have been preferable. Can't change the background on the display. Album art NOT displayed from iPods. The legal message about distracted driving is annoying and should be fixed.
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    4 out of 5

    nice unit for the price

    Written By Roberto, Columbus, IN on Thursday, June 26, 2014
     
    I spent a lot of time looking for a replacement radio for my nissan titan and after looking for prices etc I found this to be the best fit. Got it and installed it in minutes. Really easy install. Also the folks at Crutchfield were awesome to talk to for help and assistance. They really know their stuff!
    Pros:
    Good price and quality
    Cons:
    I have a 2011 nissan titan with cd player (regular base model truck). The factory install kit is no good because it makes the radio sit to far inside. I was able to remove the factory brackets from the old radio and use them in this sony. Works great now.
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    4 out of 5

    Good for price

    Written By CCorona84, Guntersville AL on Saturday, June 14, 2014
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    Good DVD player for the price, very easy to use. I was expecting it to do more but for the price is good
    Pros:
    Front USB port
    Cons:
    Won't give you song names on CDs as other CD players do
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    4 out of 5

    Sony XAV-65

    Written By Jacob, Eagle Lake, FL on Thursday, June 05, 2014
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    Great radio with a very responsive touch screen. It could do with a few more features like the option to change the background or put an SD card in to hold music but thats tiny. Overall a great radio for the price.
    Pros:
    Very responsive and fast. DVD Quality is great.
    Cons:
    Minute changes to the programming and accessibility could make this radio better.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Product

    Written By PaulM, Mobile, Al on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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    A very good, low cost receiver/DVD. Good sound quality, plays all my disks - CD, MP3, DVD etc. Replaced my stock receiver as the CD player went out - it would not play MP3 anyway.
    Pros:
    Frame adapter fits properly, instructions fairly clear, although they missed a few screws. Easier to remove dash modules first, then disconnect the cables.
    Cons:
    Annoying 'legal' message about distracted driving appears every time the car is started, that needs to be cleared.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By Jbird, Canby, Oregon on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    Good value for the money
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    Steering wheel controller only works for select Japaneze made cars
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    great upgrade

    Written By pack_howitzer, atlanta on Friday, April 18, 2014
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    this is a really great upgrade from factory for my 2010 ford transit connect work truck. the only thing it's missing is bluetooth for handsfree talking. it's a little slow to load discs when i get the truck cranked, but that's really minor. the touch screen is very responsive and the eq works very well. I wish the instructions had made it more clear that the dvd player won't read discs unless the parking break wire is connected to a source (whether it's the actual parking break indicator or not). The screen is nice and bright and the blue sony color scheme is very pleasing to me.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-65

    Written By gris, Nashua, NH on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    This is an excellent product and was very easy to install. Sounds great and the video quality good.
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    4 out of 5

    rich pfeifer

    Written By rich, minnesota on Friday, April 04, 2014
     
    like the unit did not come with the wiring for the steering wheel control wiring . I called tech support and they were very helpful. the unit sounds great in my Altima. I like the use of my Ipad mini. and I tunes and Pandora.
    Pros:
    Ipad interface
    Cons:
    missing steering wheel wiring diagram
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    4 out of 5

    Sony XAV-65

    Written By Jess, Massillon, Ohio on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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    Was everything i wanted
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    3 out of 5

    OK FOR PRICE

    Written By Kevin H., Pekin, IL on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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    Not exactly what i expected but works fine for price. I should of researched a little better but the DVD/CD players are new to me. Doesn't have all the options i wanted owners manual very vague/generic.Overall is a good unit.
    Pros:
    Easy to install after you get old unit out.
    Cons:
    Installation instructions could be better. When removing center console on Mustang you must have shifter in drive and parking brake pulled as far back as you can.Instructions say to disconnect battery first but you have to have power and key on to put shifter in drive. So disconnect battery after you have adjusted shifter. Also when hooking up green wire for DVD to parking brake it doesnot specify which wire to use there are 2.
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Anonymous, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    Great radio all around. Lots of add on capabilities.
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    3 out of 5

    Sounds good

    Written By Pat, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    Purchased this head unit primarily for price and cosmetics, After spending 30 minutes on the bench with solder station and heat shrink, the free installation parts Crutchfield supplied made this installation a snap in the target 06 Ridgeline. The Sony is a nice compliment to the dash. The tuner does a remarkable job capturing and maintaining stations given the lousy antenna location built in the Ridgeline. For both AM and FM, this unit far exceeds the factory tuner, which was less than impressive. The amplifier produces impressive pressure levels driving two pairs of Kenwood KFc-709PS component speakers. And the built in EQ does a decent job of compensating for less than ideal cabin acoustics.

    In my opinion, the control software isn't quite ready for primetime. For example: - RDS implementation is just plain goofy. The giant display on this device should afford the designer ample real estate to provide the user two line display of song title/artist/station. Instead, there is a very small character limited section in the center of the display where these elements scroll, sometimes cutting off words in one line then showing the user one or two letters in the next line. This renders RDS nearly useless by causing the user to constantly glance at the display when an unknown artist or title is (attempting to be) displayed. From a road safety perspective and general useability perspective, this is a very poor implementation.

    - Navigating to the home screen causes odd or disparate behavior depending on the current source selection. Case in point: when listening to the tuner and selecting the Home/DSPL function, the tuner continues to play until the user selects a new source, such as disc or iPod. However, when listening to disc or iPod and selecting the Home page, audio is muted until a new source is selected. Why the different treatment?

    - When using the built in DAC for an iPod, there are random pauses in audio, as if the data gets momentarily out of sync between the source and DAC. This is a very annoying characteristic and can come at times when attempting to enjoy a tune at high listening levels. All the music stored on the iPod Touch is coded Apple Lossless, perhaps when the source is compressed, this issue would not exist. (Phooey on compression!)

    - Navigating data on an iPod makes for a disappointing user experience. Example: When changing from random play to linear play, the expected behavior is that of iTunes or the user interface on an iPod, meaning if you are listening to a particular song and random is de-selected, the current album playing should continue. It does not. Instead, it will play the next tune in alphabetical order.

    There are other issues with user interface design and software behavior of this unit that are less than ideal, but I don't mean to leave a negative impression. Once a user acclimates to some of the quirky aspects of this product, it offers a sonically satisfying experience
    Pros:
    Cosmetically pleasing. Good sound for an all-in-one-unit. Decent value for the $.
    Cons:
    Software is less than fully developed.
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    5 out of 5

    Good choice

    Written By GaryS, Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    I picked this XAV-65 from all the other models mainly for the included built in adapter for steering wheel controls. I picked Crutchfield for the good tech support and included installation kit. I made a good choice. The Sony manual didn't have nearly enough information to connect the steering wheel controls so I called for support. DJ M at Crutchfield did some research and emailed me another Sony document that had all the info I needed to make the connections and the steering wheel controls work great. This Sony document only has info for certain Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Suzuki wiring harness connectors so if you have a different vehicle you may find it more difficult to make the connection. The Crutchfield supplied installation kit fit well and the installation in my Toyota Tacoma was fairly easy.

    I am really happy with this unit. The iPod support is very nice allowing all the features for playing music by playlist, artist, etc. The FM radio works well and DVDs play just like at home. I am not using a sub-woofer but the connections and setup are straight forward. I also like the very simple styling. Overall the unit is easy to use and intuitive. There are a few features I would want to add or improve. The equalizer control is not very sophisticated and has just low, mid, and high with no other adjustments. I have had receivers with more detailed control. Also there is no option to change the screen background which would be nice.
    Pros:
    Built in steering wheel control adapter Nice simple styling Easy to use touch screen control Good performance for the money
    Cons:
    Sony manual does not have enough info for connecting steering wheel controls Can't change the screen background Equalizer is only very basic
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-65

    Written By Tye, Atlanta by way of philadelphia on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    For me the sony the best choice for my Dodge Nitro. I like the fact that the usb and AUX where located on the front of the head unit and not the back. The DVD sound and picture are beautiful as well as the price point. The install was as simple as 123
    Pros:
    price
    Cons:
    The Display is not much to look at its just plain jane
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    6 questions already asked Show all answers

    Will i need a separate swc adapter for a 2010 camry no nav no jbl or does this receiver come with all the wiring needed? [ Roy-l  Jun 18, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 22, 2014 ]
    I have serious xm now in my factory radio and I was wondering if this radio supports xm so I could hook it back up? [ Walter  Jun 18, 2014 ]
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    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Jun 19, 2014 ]
    Can I change the back ground and if so how do I do that? [ Zach E  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • Can't do it far as I know- but I am never sure about anything these days. [ ronald   Mar 28, 2014 ]
    Can you change the background on this receiver? [ Colin  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • I just put it in today and did not notice that in the settings. I'll give you an update if I find out otherwise. [ GIEVA   Mar 20, 2014 ]
    • Colors? Yes LOTS of differet combinations [ TIMOTHY   Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Will this play a DVD and display on a rear monitor while driving? [ Randy  Mar 15, 2014 ]
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    • The DVD feature is only available while in park. Im not sure about a rear monitor, sorry. [ TAMMI   Apr 16, 2014 ]
    • most will but you have to wire them up correctly. [ Erick Pust   Mar 15, 2014 ]
    • yes [ SANTOS   Mar 15, 2014 ]
    I have a 05 mustang with a shaker 1000 and the factory radio it comes with has a on/off switch for the subs in the back, which is nice but will this radio render those subs useless or will they work but always remain on? [ cherri52  Mar 05, 2014 ]
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    • The ability to retain your subs with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 05, 2014 ]

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