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 (front)
    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 audio control adapters (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    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

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Sound Quality
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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

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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

    Works Great

    Written By Bill, Port Royal, Sc on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    Works as I expected, very easy to install. Crutchfield Techs are great

    Pros: Easy to operate. Android sinced with the unit with no problems

    Cons: Can't change screen background

    All The Features I Wanted

    Written By Edro, New Bern, NC on Thursday, October 09, 2014

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    I bought this based on it's Bluetooth and iPhone compatibility. It met and exceeded my expectations.

    Pros: Easy to use and setup. Bluetooth works flawlessly. Charges my iPhone when plugged in. I use my iPhone for navigation and whether you're linked to the stereo via Bluetooth or lightening cable, the voice navigation lowers the music volume when giving you instructions through the speakers just like an OEM navigation would. Volume knob instead of buttons which usually start to creak after excessive use.

    Cons: A little bland in the background image department. Also, I don't like that the music you're listening to stops every time you want to go back to the main menu. In my opinion the music should keep playing until a new feature is selected or the music is manually paused.

    Great Radio

    Written By Robert, Indianapolis, IN on Friday, October 03, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I put this stereo in and my factory speakers sound even better (but plan to update those now). The touch screen is very intuitive and I love the controls on it. My iPhone 5S has no issues connecting to it.

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Mark K., Collierville, TN on Monday, September 22, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Does exactly what I was expecting. Has all the features I requested for head unit.

    Pros: Simple touchscreen features, front USB, Aux has convenient access/location. Was very easy to configure and connect iPhone

    Cons: Still have not figured out or may not be possible to change screen displays. Was hoping it had customize option. More of a preference I guess than con

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By DL, Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, September 05, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great deck for the price. Very responsive and easy to use. It changes between back-up camera quickly, no delay. Happy with my purchase. Only downside is I can't change the background like you can with some decks.

    Pros: Easy to use Looks Good Responsive Great sound Crutchfield support during install was AWESOME! Really knew their stuff.

    Cons: Lack of display options. Can't change background

    Sony XAV-68BT

    Written By Jesse, Albuquerque on Thursday, September 04, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Product performs great. Excellent sound quality over stock stereo even with stock speakers. Bluetooth connects quickly and it very simple to operate. Glare isn't bad but I have a dark tint so it's hard to say. Overall good product and you can't beat all the extras Crutchfield has to offer!!!

    Pros: Great sound, easy navigation, no lag on touch screen

    Cons: Background can't be change, sound adjustments are a little generic with very little changes in sounds.

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    6 questions already asked

    I have not experienced any annoying light mode that you describe. The only thing that annoyed me at first was the demo mode that I disabled in the settings. I also had to find the setting to lower the background lighting when the headlights are on. My other complaint is the way it handles the phone book from my phone, it displays last name first instead of first name first like my phone is setup. Also there is no label next to the phone number when there is more than one number for the single entry. It also does not appear to store the phone book. The phone quality is good. I have not tried to figure out the above problems, just thought that is the way it works. I did not purchase it for the phone use, I purchased it for my backup camera and an upgrade from stock. Pandora works well and my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4. [ Troy  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    That has not happened to me. When playing Pandora overtime the song changes the screen goes black for about 1/2 a second. There is a demo mode that you can turn off. If you don't turn off the demo mode it displays advertisements for the head unit. [ Brian  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    I have not had any problems at all, but I have mine wired correctly. I think this is a great head unit so far. [ MARK  Nov 26, 2014 ]
    That hasn't happened. I've only had it installed about a month though. [ Tracie  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    I haven't noticed anything like that? It flashes the Sony logo on boot (when the car starts) but after that, no, haven't seen anything of the sort. I've been very happy with it so far, no complaints. [ JUSTIN WILLIAM  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    It did do something like that initially but it was the demo screen which you can just turn off in the settings. [ dave  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    There is a "demo" screen that will appear after a while of non-use. But, there is a setting to disable this "demo" screen. I disabled it right away. [ Thomas  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    It has a welcome Sony screen that does scroll thru different pics. This is easily disabled in the tools menu. [ William  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    I installed the Sony unit and was disappointed with the functionality and screen. I sent it back for a Pioneer AVIC 5000. The Pioneer is a nicer unit. [ JULIA  Nov 25, 2014 ]
    You can connect anything to it via usb chord. [ Christie  Nov 14, 2014 ]
    As long as your android has a Bluetooth function then yes. It for sure works with my iPhone 5s and I love how easy it is to connect. [ Sally  Nov 12, 2014 ]
    My Android phone works fine with this Radio [ William  Nov 12, 2014 ]
    Not sure how much wireless stuff you will be able to do but normal things like Pandora you can Bluetooth. Hope this info helps. [ mark  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    Yes, you shouldn't have any problems connecting both over Bluetooth. I have used both an iPhone and Android with this radio. [ AL  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    It does connect through Bluetooth, so it should connect that way with an iPhone or Android phone. Otherwise, it would need a USB cable or an Aux cable. [ Robert  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    No wireless for iPhone. [ Dan  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    yes it does connect to android wirelessly with Bluetooth for phone calls, Pandora, and music on the phone. I've had mine for almost 2 months now and love it. It makes driving a whole lot easier and safer in my opinion. [ KAYLEIGH  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    I'm able to connect my iPhone with Bluetooth- that way I can stream audio and make calls - doesn't android have the same option? [ john  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    Yes you can, based on how you wire the camera. If the camera gets its power from acc then you can view it whenever. If it is powered from reverse light, then it only vines on when in reverse. [ jjcentral  Nov 15, 2014 ]
    I tried but no. My camera is wired into the reverse circuit so it only powers up when my truck is in reverse. [ Michael  Nov 03, 2014 ]
    Camera is automatically activated when in reverse gear. There is no manual on and off switch [ Gene  Oct 28, 2014 ]
    I don't know. I have not installed a backup camera yet [ Isaiah  Oct 28, 2014 ]
    Yes you can [ Whites  Oct 28, 2014 ]
    Yep sure can. Just hit the camera option in the visual main menu bar. I have used it to double check if people are tailgating me or just to get a better at a glance perspective of traffic patterns behind me. [ Chris  Oct 28, 2014 ]
    Sorry for the delay. I usually have my iPhone 5S connected through a USB connection, but I do not see album artwork on the radio itself. I would assume that it does not show it with a BT connection either. I have a mount that I keep my iPhone on and I can see the artwork on the phone. [ Robert  Oct 24, 2014 ]
    Thanks guys! I was hoping to switch to android but it looks like that still doesn't work right. I have a 62BT but it only works right with an apple. [ Yosiff  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    No, however it shows the artist name, album, and song. [ Jonathan  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    Album art only shows via lightening cable. Just the song info shows with Bluetooth connection. [ Edward  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    No, just the blue background screen you see there. [ Michael  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    I know it shows album art when playing Pandora through a Bluetooth connection.Hope this helps [ mark  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    Yes. This receiver does have both a USB port and an auxiliary (3.5 mini jack) plug in. [ Jeff  Sep 11, 2014 ]  Staff
    I have only used navigation on my phone a few time with the unit and I have not been able to stream video from my phone to unit. [ KAYLEIGH  Nov 11, 2014 ]
    it does not look like you can stream video at this point to this unit. Although I have not tried to setup a phone navigation from my phone to the unit. [ ERIK  Sep 14, 2014 ]

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