Sony XAV-68BT

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Bluetooth® lets your radio do more

Bluetooth isn't just about hands-free calling. Sony's XAV-68BT DVD receiver adds audio streaming and control to the mix, giving you a wireless link between your mobile device and the receiver. If your iPhone® has Siri, you'll be able to access it through the receiver just by speaking, and hear Siri's response through the car's speakers. And if you're a Pandora® fan with an Android device, you can pair your phone to the XAV-68BT for Pandora control — no need for wires.

Sony XAV-68BT

The XAV-68BT offers a crisp and attractive interface.


iPhone® and Android™ control

You can plug your iPod, iPhone, or Android phone into the receiver's front USB input for direct control and playback of your music. Or insert a CD or DVD loaded with MP3 or WMA music files for hours of audio entertainment. For video entertainment, slide in a DVD or plug in a USB device to enjoy movies or videos when you're parked.

Optimize your audio

Everybody's familiar with the annoying sound of an underpowered factory radio turned up too loud — no such problem with this Sony. Its powerful amp combines with advanced circuitry to make your discs and digital music sound their best. You can adjust the EQ3 3-band equalizer to optimize the acoustics in your vehicle, or quickly access the eight preset tone curves to adjust your sound on the fly.

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

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming (external mic included)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Android control through USB
    • Pandora control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free Control
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • EQ3 3-band equalizer with 8 preset EQ 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: video output, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other Info:

    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.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.1" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • SWC harness
    • Remote control (RM-X170)
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ visor clip (attached 12' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 6 ISO mounting screws
    • Two-sided tape
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation/Connections booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 watts
    Peak Output 55 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 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (f),RCA (r)
    Audio/video Input Front and Rear
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc+USB+Android Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM & Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Monitor: The Sony XAV-68BT 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.
    • Illumination Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the XAV-68BT 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.
    • 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, iPod, and Bluetooth playback; as well as from the main menu screen and sub menus.
    Note: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen controls, the XAV-68BT 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 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-68BT 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony XAV-68BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone (like Apple iPhone or Android) to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), OPP 1.0 (Object Push Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony XAV-68BT. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XAV-68BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be paired with the XAV-68BT, however, only one device can be used at a time. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    Note: Bluetooth and pairing must be turned on in the head unit's menu prior to connection your Bluetooth-enabled device.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The Sony XAV-68BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone (like Apple iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). Bluetooth hands-free communication helps to minimize distraction while driving by allowing you to control your mobile phone from the head unit, so you don't have to touch your mobile phone. The controls of the XAV-68BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. And, thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the XAV-68BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit, while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the XAV-68BT, you can dial a phone number in a variety of ways. You can manually dial phone number using the unit's touchscreen or make call using the voice tags stored in your mobile phone. You'll also be able to access your phonebook (up to 1,000 contacts/3 numbers each, as well as store 6 of your favorite contacts for speed dialing. In addition, the unit stores the last 20 calls, allowing you to select the last dialed/received/missed phone numbers. You can even use its redial function to quickly dial the last number called.
    Note: The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.465" (diameter) x 1.425" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Song/Artist Info): The Sony XAV-68BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone (Like iPhone, Android, or Blackberry). You can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the XAV-68BT. You'll be able to control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit will also display your music's song/artist information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album title. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to control advanced music playback functions. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony XAV-68BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "HOME/DISPL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the XAV-68BT and its microphone. You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will be heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone device. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: You must enable the head unit's "Home/DISPLAY" button for voice command within the head unit's menu before using Siri Eyes Free. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Sony XAV-68BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Disc+USB+Android 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-68BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The Sony XAV-68BT supports various audio, photo, & video files recorded onto these discs.

    Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The Sony XAV-68BT's USB port supports playback & control of a variety music, video, and photo files stored on your USB device through the head unit. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • MSC Playback: The Sony XAV-68BT's USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your older Android smartphone (w/ OS 2.2+ [Froyo/Gingerbread]) or simple thumbdrive device through the head unit.
    • MTP Playback (Audio only): The XAV-68BT's USB port also enables playback & control of stored music on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+ [Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Sony head unit.
    Note: You cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

    Media File Compatibility: The Sony XAV-68BT 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 (MSC/MTP)
    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 (not supported by MTP)
    MPEG-4/AVI:
    max resolution of 720 x 576 w/ frame rate of 30 fps (not supported by MTP)
    Photo JPEG: max resolution of 6,048 x 4,032 (not supported by MTP)
    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 an inserted disc or connected USB device. In addition, you can use the included remote to enter a track number directly for "Direct Search". You'll also be able to operate basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat from the unit's touchscreen.

    Song/Artist Information: The DVD receiver will display your USB device's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, and Artist/Album Name (no Album Art).

    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 Integration

    iPod Audio Playback: The Sony XAV-68BT'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 high Signal-to-Noise ratio.
    • Music Navigation: The Sony XAV-68BT lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music from the head unit touchscreen and front-panel controls. You'll be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music library by Song, Album, Artist, Genre, Playlist or Composer (content in each category is listed alphabetically). The XAV-68BT also supports basic playback functions for stored music and music apps; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen so you can access music apps (like Pandora/iHeartRadio); older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info: 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-68BT 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-68BT does not support iPod/iPhone video transfer.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-68BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/24/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y N Y N Y N Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4/Air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N 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.

    AM/FM & Pandora Radio

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-68BT 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.

    Pandora App (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App (either from Apple Apps Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Sony XAV-68BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your compatible mobile device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Sony XAV-68BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp w/ 24-Bit DAC The Sony XAV-68BT 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-68BT is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle. The Sony XAV-68BT also utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality. The power output specs for the XAV-68BT 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-68BT 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-68BT 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 Rear/SW preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can adjust the subwoofer output level.

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: The front & rear speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. When the Rear/SW preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, a low pass crossover is activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.

    Equalizer: The Sony XAV-68BT 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.

    DVD Audio Level: Use this feature to adjust the audio output level between -10 and +1- for a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital, in order to balance the volume level between discs.

    AV Connections

    Dual Audio/Video Inputs: The Sony XAV-68BT DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features 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 front-panel AV input also offers level adjustment (-10 to +15). The head unit's composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear-panel can be used to connect a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile TV 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-68BT is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. You can view a Normal or Reversed (mirror) image. 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 (within the radio's 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.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The Sony multimedia XAV-68BT comes supplied with an IR emote control for easy wireless operation of the head unit. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The Sony XAV-68BT offers built-in steering wheel remote compatibility for non-CAN bus vehicles; like 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 behind vehicle's steering column). You can configure the steering wheel remote commands from the XAV-68BT's touchscreen. The head unit's OEM steering wheel remote control input is also compatible with optional steering wheel control adapters (sold separately; see accessory list). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    very nice system

    Written By Charles, Brentwood, CA on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    Simple to install, everything I needed came with the package, and it all works perfectly, the first time.

    Pros: Nice, bright screen and intuitive navigation. I don't like all the flashy gadgety stuff, and this has a nice clean UI.

    Cons: Maybe an option to "upload" custom backgrounds and color schemes would be nice?

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, Coshocton, OH on Monday, February 23, 2015

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    I Love this cd/dvd player . Fit well in my 05 trailblazer.

    very satisfied

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia PA. on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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    The product I've purchased was well worth the money spent

    Pros: Easy to install. Easy to use and the price was right

    Cons: No cons

    Terrific Addition to my Tundra

    Written By Tim, Kansas City, Ks on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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    This unit is truly one of the best I've installed in any of my cars!!

    Pros: Ease of use...Works great with my back up camera, and my Samsung Note 3.

    Cons: The glare on the screen makes it difficult to see in sunlight.

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By brandon, robbinsville, nc on Saturday, February 07, 2015

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    This unit comes equipped with everything but the navigational system, could not get better quality for the price. Extremely satisfied! :-)

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Honestly can't think of none.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, California on Saturday, February 07, 2015

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    looks good. nice sound

    Cons: radio cant display 1223 pm it shows 0023.called up teck said they all do it. stupid

    A sony product

    Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Thursday, February 05, 2015

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    I always forget about Sony products inability to play well with others. They design really good products then screw it up somehow. In the case of the in dash unit that I purchased, the unit doesn't do plug and play navigation with an iphone and ANY nav software, or at least any that I have found.I read that GPS drive by motion X would work, but it doesn't. Nothing else seems to either, so that nice big screen just sits there stupid. Its a shame. Musically, it is just fine, even connected to aged factory speakers. I wanted something that had front usb and accessory plugs, and it does. It has a multi function knob, which works well. Since the install required pulling the single din unit and shelf, which required pulling out basically everything except the steering wheel its a good thing. Having to access the back would be insanely difficult, so I'm glad the backup camera and the accessory mike were plugged in during the initial install.

    Pros: Huge improvement in sound over the stock unit,blends in to the console, easy to operate while driving

    Cons: Really lame software interface. Won't let you use Iphone features like GPS or Siri and hands free calling easily. Crappy support if you insist on speaking english

    Nice entry level model

    Written By The CDP, Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    This deck works exactly as advertised... installation was smooth and easy, instructions were clear.

    Pros: Good value for a deck with Bluetooth calling and audio.

    Cons: It would be nice to be able to change the background image.

    Functional receiver at a decent price

    Written By Phil, Texas on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    Works great in my 2004 Pilot. My goal was no wires to listen to things from my phone and to display a rear camera, and this fits the bill. Touch screen is functional - there aren't accidental touches. Radio works with way more presets than I will ever use. Had trouble getting the steering wheel controls to work, but customer service helped me get them up and running.

    Pros: Does what I want it to. Functional touchscreen. Seems reasonably well built.

    Cons: Volume knob frequently fell off during installation. Slow startup and switch to rear camera. If you reverse quick, you might be done reversing before the camera image appears.

    Fantastic Upgrade for my 2005 Honda

    Written By GayleK, Texas on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    I wanted to upgrade my radio to listen to audiobooks without burning to CDs. The customer support in selecting the right radio was superb. We had a question about installation on a Sunday afternoon and once again phone support was just great. I am really enjoying the sound. Haven't used all the functions yet but am looking forward to trying all the bells and whistles.

    Pros: Great display. I hired someone to install the unit and he said it was easy.

    Cons: None

    beauty

    Written By austin, south jersey on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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    this looks great in my 05 subaru forester. i love the features and the compatibility with my iphone. great value for a not so expensive price.

    Pros: looks great sounds great easy hookup no learning curve

    Cons: none

    Sony XAV Review

    Written By Casey B., Alachua Florida on Friday, January 23, 2015

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    This is honestly my best buy as far as stereos go in my truck. Very easy to install with great display and ease of use. This stereo is better then I expected and I plan to continue to shop here at Crutchfield. Thankyou

    Pros: Easy install, Easy to use, Great quality, Bluetooth flawless, great picture, quality sound.

    Cons: None.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    Great price for features. No issues with operation or learning how to use it at all.

    :)))) great buy!

    Written By joerenf, Hawaii on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    I enjoy it. Thanks to Crutchfield and reading the magazine. featuring this model. MAN I love it for my 2012 Nissan sentra ser speV!!

    Pros: No lag when you touch the screen compared to others Sound quality badass fits great in my car! BLUETOOTH connectivity is amazing! trust me! Fast shipping!

    Cons: Just wish I can change the background to something else

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, San juan Puerto Eici on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    Great Equipment. Good Sound. Easy to use.

    Pros: Simple and elegant.

    Cons: You can't change the screen backdrop image.

    Quality construction

    Written By Kirk, high point, nc on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    I bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughter and installed it for her. No problem installing it in a 2005 Honda civic ex. The Crutchfield instructions are incomplete though. I researched you tube for a better installation instruction.

    Pros: Fits perfectly and looks great

    Cons: None as of this time.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, cairo,wv on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    Was not happy with radio . Display would not show album covers when conected to ipod. Sony tech support very rude . Dvd player skipped . Sent the radio back and got a pioneer.

    Pros: Sound quality good

    Cons: Dvd skipped ,no display when plying ipod

    Good unit good price

    Written By Bo, Oklahoma on Monday, January 12, 2015

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    Good for the price. Installed in the wifes prius well with the dash kit. Wiring was easy. No steering wheel adapter required

    Pros: Well made simple to install

    Cons: Menues and icon displays are a bit clunky. Lacking some wow factor in those regards

    Great upgrade and value!

    Written By Slixter, South Carolina on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    This a great upgrade that brings touch screen, Blue Tooth, hands free phone & DVD all into a smooth interface at a very reasonable price. The fit and finish in my '06 Tundra is nice. I bought this primarily for the iPhone and Blue Tooth interface. So far so good. Very intuitive navigation thru various functionalities.

    Pros: iPhone interface Blue Tooth Touch screen

    Cons: Hands free mic picks up callers voices from speakers as annoying delayed echo.

    Lots of options for a great price!

    Written By WillB, Greenville, SC on Monday, January 05, 2015

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    2006 Tundra-Looks great!

    Installed 12/20/15.

    This unit has a lot of flexibility for both Android and Iphone. The front USB port is a huge convenience. The unit works with both major cell phone OS'. This was key for me, because I did not want to be stuck to a phone because of the stereo in my car.

    This provides Blue tooth calling and music, on both platforms, and also allows both to be plugged in to the USB plug. This is all the functionality I needed, and none that I didn't.

    If you want platform flexibility without paying $600+ this unit deserves a look!

    Pros: Flexibility Price Call Quality Build Quality Cool search features that searches standard radio stations.

    Cons: Little to no customization--This did not matter to me. Only 2 sets of pre-outs, which limits to front/rear or front/sub. This can be overcome with splitters though.

    Installed 1/1/2015

    Written By SA CA 10851, California on Saturday, January 03, 2015

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    I installed this in my Toyota Tacoma on 1/1/2015. Fits perfect. Looks great. Well built typical Sony. Navigation, set up, very easy. I added a cheap backup camera from Amazon and it works great, but routing the cable takes extra time. Like everyone else says, the night time dimming isn't great; but, I tap the sound equalizer on the screen and it shows black with just the various EQ options to adjust for the type of song.

    Pros: Easy navigation. Everything works. Soft dial volume control is far better than searching for on screen arrows like some units have.

    Cons: Only dims slightly when headlights are switched on. Turns on automatically with each ignition start, even when it was off

    Sony Audio System

    Written By TRM, NJ on Monday, December 29, 2014

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    Excellent system value for money. Easy operation with touch screen control & remote control is bonus. All features as advertised clear reception excellent audio & video

    Sony XAV 64BT

    Written By Gil H, Sacramento, Ca. on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    I first ordered a JVC double din to save some money. The goal was quality sound before cosmetics. After hearing it and trying to tune it I called Crutchfield and asked for this Sony. It was worth every cent. This Sony completely changed the audio experience with the exact same system and same settings.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By BC, Nashville on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    Really pleased with my decision to go with this Sony XAV-6BT to replace the factor HU in my sons IS300. It was a straight forward install and the unit looks great.

    Pros: -Flawless Bluetooth operation -Good looking and easy to use interface -Pandora app is very cool -Sounds great -High cool factor

    Cons: -No dedicated sub output

    Nice clean look

    Written By Bill, Kentucky on Friday, December 26, 2014

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    Very easy installation in a 1999 Camry. Nice clean face look and easy start up without reading instructions! Good value and like the hands free for the cell phone. Incoming phone calls sound good even with the old speakers that need replacing. I would recommend this unit and really appreciate the good service and help from the technicians. Very pleased customer for over 30 years.

    Very Good Upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Laudedale, Florida on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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    I installed this HU in my 2007 Dodge Magnum. My ride originally came with a single disc CD with aux jack. After years of frustration I upgraded to this Sony HU. I'm very pleased with the unit, music is crisp and clear, the bluetooth function works great (during music streaming or speaking on the phone) install was very straightforward. I'm awaiting the arrival of my backup camera so I can install and i'll update my review accordingly. If you are looking for a basic (but seriously improved) head unit that won't break the bank, i'd suggest this Sony.

    Pros: Great price, easy to install, all the features that I needed.

    Cons: In ability to utilize Satellite Radio

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Anonymous, Colorado on Monday, December 22, 2014

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    Overall a great unit. Easy to use. I like to listen to audiobooks via bluetooth and still have to increase the sound where the background has a slightly louder hum but then switching between functions doesn't change the volume too much. I didn't think I would use the DVD player much but find during lunch breaks that it comes in handt

    Pros: bluetooth sound quality

    Cons: sound transitions between bluetooth and other functions

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Steve S., Texas on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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    Installed in my 2006 Hyundai Azera Limited with factory Infinity sound system. Installation was a breeze using Crutchfield's master sheets and a video from youtube. Stock unit went TU! Only glitch was not with the product but the plastic dash structure. When removing two panels and a trim piece it seemed that half of the friction fastener holes either cracked or shattered. I spent a day using gorilla super glue putting the puzzle pieces back together. I did use nylon panel removing tools and used the utmost delicacy but still couldn't avoid the panel cracks. The glue worked wonders and all went together well. The sound quality and ease of use of the Sony unit is excellent even with the stock factory amp and speakers. Loaded hundreds of mp3 music files on a flash drive and they play without a hitch. DVD videos play perfectly. Used an iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter to retain steering wheel controls and I highly recommend this product. It's programming capabilities are superb.

    Pros: Sony quality. Crutchfield support!

    Cons: Not really a con but for the life of me I can't seem to discover the proper video format for videos using the flash drive. Using Sony's specs for video files didn't seem to work no matter how many different file conversions I did. After perusing the web I found that many others are struggling with this issue also. I'll keep searching!

    Very Nice Head Unit

    Written By PatrickD, Milwaukee WI on Friday, December 05, 2014

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    Very nice Head unit. I put this in a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. I become extremely overly frustrated with the pathetic performance of the so called "media gateway" type products. The only one that worked at all was the ISimple, and then that quit working too....

    This Sony unit plays nice with my IPhone 5s, and my IPhone 4S, which I now basically use as an IPod. Sound quality is really great. You can use the USB, or just use the headphone/AUX jack, it works fine either way.

    Sound quality is really good. Seems to have plenty of power for my factory speakers.

    My subwoofer and full stereo features still work. Steering wheel controls still work.

    I just did a long x-country trip, probably 50 hours behind the wheel.... Worked perfect the whole time.

    I am pleased with this purchase. This unit supports a rear view camera, so that's my next step, to get that hooked up....

    Pros: Sound quality. Interface to IPhone. Ease of use. Appearance is nice, does not look cheap or out of place.

    Cons: There is some wiring required, to install this. Patience will get you there. Also, there is a lot of new wire & gear to be jammed in the dash. Even in a full size SUV, I had to get a little creative, to fit this pile of spaghetti in the dash... The mount I got from Crutchfield was a "multi-fit" sort of mount, so a lot of it has to be cut off. Checked on line for the maker of that, and download the updated PDF for the installation instructions. Those were a dramatic improvement over the inculded ones.

    Sony xav-68bt stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Upland, CA on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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    Worth the money and very easy to use. Does what it needs to and wasn't a pain to install. Put into a 2003 Tahoe. Besides having to get an install kit. The only mod necessary was cutting out a small piece of carbon composite bracket about the size of a quarter from behind the stock location. Bluetooth worked without a hitch with my Android as well. I wasn't looking for blinky lights and all that stuff. This is perfect. Understated looks and I can turn off the screen when I want to.

    Pros: Not an eyesore to look at. Easy functions. Easy install with no funny gaps.

    Cons: Wish it had a dimmer for night so I don't have to turn off the screen if it bothers me.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Decker, Norristown NJ on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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    Love the stereo. Sounds great. Easy install.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Tim W, Caledonia, MI on Sunday, November 23, 2014

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    With so many car audio products on the market, it was tough to sort from one manufacturer to the next. Crutchfield's web site was helpful with their side by side comparisons. This Sony product more than met my expectations. It is loaded with features and paired up nicely with our iPhones via Bluetooth and USB cable. We won't probably use the unit to watch movies in our car, but I tried it briefly and the picture quality was great. The overall sound quality is very good and there are several features that affect tone control. The brightness at night seemed harsh at first, but we made additional adjustments in the settings and got that under control. Overall, I am very happy with this product.

    Pros: Ease of use. Bluetooth paring works better than my factory radio in my 2014 Ford escape. Flexible tone shaping controls

    Cons: Glare can be harsh during night driving, would prefer more contrast between "day" and "night" briteness settings.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Mark W, Columbia Il on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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    Head unit looks great n my 04 F150 FX4. Sound is what you would expect from radio with out a external amp. Still plays clean and loud enough to hear over road noise. If you are looking for a decent replacement over stock that has Bluetooth and ease of use,this unit will do you just fine.

    Pros: Looks great in my dash,like it belongs there from Ford. Decent amp built in for moderate sound. Quite loading and ejecting motor. simple and easy to use. Not a lot of flashing lights or bottons.

    Cons: Just a few. You can't change the background. Long load times for the cd player. If you leave the screen from a cd or the tuner, the music stops. Should continue to play until you chose another signal source.

    Sony xav68 bt

    Written By Tom R, Haslett Michigan on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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    So easy to use and sound is excellent .... Pretty easy installation

    Pros: Touch screen controls are super easy to use Bluetooth works perfectly

    Cons: I'll let you know ..

    the best stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Whiting, IN on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    The best car stereo

    Pros: None

    Cons: None