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Our take on the Sony XAV-701HD

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.

Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming

Built-in Bluetooth sets up a wireless link between the Sony XAV-701HD DVD receiver and your mobile device. You'll enjoy the convenience of hands-free calling, and you'll have touchscreen access to your phone book once your phone is paired. You can stream music stored on your phone using the receiver's audio streaming capabilities, too. And if you're a Pandora® fan with an Android or Blackberry™ device, you can pair your phone to the XAV-701HD for complete Pandora® control without ever connecting a wire.

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HD Radio™ brings out the best in radio

The receiver's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you enjoy the advantages of HD Radio broadcasts, with near CD-quality FM reception and extra programming channels from participating stations. You can also tag songs that you like for later purchase at the iTunes store.

Gorgeous display on the Sony XAV-701HD

Lots of ways to enjoy your music and video

You'll also enjoy the features you'd expect with a DVD receiver. The screen displays the striking menu graphics crisply, and you'll be impressed by the thought that Sony's put into the touchscreen controls. You can plug your iPod into the front USB input for direct control and playback of audio files. And with your iPhone® connected you can access audio and video streams from many online sources, or even display navigation app maps on the screen. Slide a DVD into the front slot to enjoy movies or videos when you're parked, or insert a CD or DVD loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files for hours of audio entertainment. For long road trips, dual-zone output allows you to send video to a rear seat monitor, while you listen to something else up front.

Match the sound to your car

The XAV-701HD's powerful amp features advanced circuitry to make your discs and digital music sound their best. The EQ7 7-band equalizer lets you optimize the output to the acoustics in your vehicle, and you can use the built-in digital signal processing to enhance the sound of compressed music files.

Integrate your smartphone with your car audio system with MirrorLink™

If you're an avid smartphone user, you know that your phone becomes part of your life. You store and stream music on it, get directions with it, and sometimes even make phone calls with it. It's a shame that you can't easily tap into all these features when you're on the road. And that's why we're excited about Sony's XAV-701HD DVD receiver.

Sony XAV-701HD

Here's the scoop on MirrorLink

MirrorLink needs three elements to do its thing: a compatible receiver like the XAV-701HD, a compatible smartphone, and an app that's compatible with MirrorLink. Here's how they work together:

  • Download the app (prices vary) to your compatible phone. This lets the phone enter "car mode," which provides a simplified graphical interface that's easy to see at a glance and much easier to use — ideal for use in the car.
  • Connect your phone to the receiver using the receiver's USB input and your phone's USB cable.
  • Launch the app on your phone, and tap the MirrorLink icon in the receiver's source menu. The optimized car mode menu will appear on your receiver's screen.

Check to see if your phone will work with MirrorLink

The number of phones compatible with MirrorLink in the U.S. is limited to the popular Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Symbian models, but the list growing. Sony is working hand in hand with the Car Connectivity Consortium, a group of manufacturers developing standards for mobile smartphone applications, to certify phones that will work with MirrorLink. While the MirrorLink system has been in use in certain factory stereos in Europe, the list of compatible U.S.-based receivers and smartphones is currently limited — check Sony's MirrorLink compatibility chart for their latest information. But the list keeps growing rapidly, so check back with us frequently.

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.

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.

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

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen display
    • MirrorLink for in-dash control of select smartphones
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • Pandora® control with iPhone®, Android™, and Blackberry™ phones
    • Dynamic Color Illuminator (adjusts illumination to match your vehicle's dash)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • Sony SensMe Music App organizes your music (external computer required for setup)
    • EQ7 7-band equalizer
    • Advanced Sound Engine (ASE) features Intelligent Time Alignment (ITA), plus Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) for a virtual center channel
    • dual-zone output
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, two rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear video, 5-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, mono sub)
    Other information:

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

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

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    • Double-din DVD receiver w/ integrated 7" touchscreen monitor (10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Custom trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp output harness
    • 7' Proprietary iPod cable (8-pin DIN connector/USB connector on one end and a iPod-dock connector on other end)
    • Remote control (RM-X271)
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone (with attached 12' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 8 ISO mounting screws
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation/Connections booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Limited Warranty sheet
    • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty
    • Important Notice

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Touchscreen Display
    Smartphone Control
    USB/iPod Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc Playback
    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    7" Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Sony XAV-701HD DVD receiver features a 7" 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, making menu navigation easy. You can adjust the display angle (up to 30°) of the touchscreen monitor for better viewing.

    Caution Alarm: When you turn the ignition switch to the Off position, a caution alarm will sound, and the front panel closes automatically. The alarm will only sound if the built-in amplifier is used.

    Gesture Commands (with Touch Effect): You can perform frequently-used operations by making command strokes across the XAV-701HD's touchscreen display. Draw a horizontal line left-to-right to skip/seek forward or draw a horizontal line right-to-left to skip/seek backward. You can also draw a vertical line upwards to fast-forward a video or skip forward in a folder; as well as draw a vertical line downwards to reverse a video or skip backward in a folder. When the Touch Effect feature is activated the touchscreen will display a light trail where you have touched the display.

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen controls, the XAV-701HD also offers soft-touch buttons along the left side and hard-key buttons along the bottom of the screen.

    Dynamic Color Illuminator (35,936 colors): Dynamic Color Illuminator lets you match the head unit's button illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source. You can select from 12 preset colors (red/amber/m-amber/yellow/white/light green/green/light blue/sky blue/blue/purple/pink), customized color, & 5 preset patterns (rainbow/ocean/sunset/forest/random).

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

    Background Themes: You can select between various background themes for the head unit's touchscreen monitor. Choose from Animal, Balloon, Gate, Glow, Graffiti, Ink, Random, or Off.

    Icon Adjustment: You can choose for the unit's Home screen menu icons to be displayed based on how often they are used or by system default. These same icons can be displayed in a 2D or 3D mode.

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

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

    Track List: The Sony XAV-701HD displays a list of albums, folders, tracks, images, or video files stored on a disc or USB device, so you can quickly search your audio/video content.

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

    Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the XAV-701HD to one of two dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), or Dimmer On (display always dim). You can adjust the dimmer level from -5 to +5.

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

    2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XAV-701HD 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, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. This head unit does not come with a Euro-mount trim ring. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Smartphone Control

    MirrorLink: MirrorLink technology offers seamless connectivity between select smartphones and the Sony XAV-701HD receiver through its USB connection. MirrorLink duplicates your smartphone's display on the head unit's touchscreen display, so you can control compatible applications on your smartphone from the head unit's touchscreen monitor. Only a smartphone and smartphone apps compatible with MirrorLink function can be used. For your safety, when the parking brake is not engaged, some smartphone screen content may not appear on the XAV-701HD's touchscreen monitor.

    • Drive Link for Samsung Galaxy S III (Android): To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S III, the free "Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Music, Location, Phone) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication.
    • Nokia Car Mode w/ MirrorLink: To use MirrorLink with your Nokia smartphone, the "Nokia Car Mode with Mirrorlink" application ($29.99) must be downloaded from the Nokia Store and installed on your compatible Nokia smartphone.  Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Call, Drive, Music) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication.

    Note: The following Firmware Update adds compatibility for the Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones. Compatible Samsung and Nokia phone models, their launch timing, as well as functionality will differ by country or origin. Check out the MirrorLink Certified Product Listing for the latest compatible MirrorLink smartphones.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Sony XAV-701HD DVD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. Your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The Sony XAV-701HD provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone and the included iPod cable. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
    • Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Sony XAV-701HD lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Sony head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora Control: The Sony XAV-701HD will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • 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.

    Information Display: The Sony XAV-701HD will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone.

    USB/iPod Control

    Dual USB Ports: The receiver is equipped with dual rear-panel USB (type-A) ports that can be used for plugging in (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) type USB devices. The rear-panel USB ports are attached to the rear-chassis via a 58" cable. The head unit can play video, photo, and audio files stored on a compatible USB device. The files must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize up to 10,000 files from a single USB memory device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compatible Video Files Codec File Extension Max Bit Rate Max Resolution Max Frame Rate
    H.264/AVC .mp4, m4v 14 Mbps 1280 x 720 30 fps (30p/60i)
    MPEG-4 .mp4 10Mbps (DVD), 7Mbps (CD) 720 x 576 30 fps (30p/60i)
    WMV .wmv 20 Mbps 1280 x 720 30 fps (30p/60i)
    Xvid .avi, xvid 10Mbps (DVD), 7Mbps (CD) 720 x 576 30 fps (30p/60i)
    Compatible Audio Files Codec File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Information Display
    MP3 .mp3 48-192 kbps (VBR) 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3-tags (16-126 characters)
    WMA .wma 64-192 kbps (VBR) 44.1 kHz WMA-tag (63 characters)
    AAC .mp4, .m4a 40-320 kbps (VBR) 44.1, 48 kHz iTunes (126 characters)
    PCM .wav 1,411 kbps 44.1 kHz n/a
    Compatible Photo Files Codec File Extension Profile Max Resolution Total Resolution
    JPEG .jpg, jpeg DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 (Baseline profile) 6048 x 4032 24,000,000 pixels
    Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub. Not all listed file types may play back due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    USB Playback Functions: The XAV-701HD offers the following USB search & playback functions:

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

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

    • Time of Day: Tracks are recommended for each time of day. Choose from Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, or Midnight.
    • Music Type: Plays tracks according to the music type. Choose from Energetic, Relax, Upbeat, Mellow, Lounge, Emotional, Dance, and Extreme.
    • Driving Type: Plays track that are suitable for type of driving. Choose from Freeway, Chillout Drive, Weekend Trip, Midnight Cruise, Party Ride, Morning Commute, and Going Home.
    • Mood Map: Distributes tracks as dots on a two-axis mood map, based on the characteristics of individual tracks (last 200 tracks transferred). Simply touch a point on the map according to your Mood (Sad/Happy), Type (Acoustic/Electronic), Style (Soft/Hard), or Time (Morning/Midnight) and a circle appears around the touched point, and the tracks inside that circle are played.
    Note: Download of the Content Transfer/SensMe online software to your windows-based computer is required to enable the SensMe function on this head unit. The software must be downloaded to your PC & then music content must be transferred to a USB (MSC) device. The SensMe software is not compatible with iPod or iPhone.

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

    System Requirements
    CPU Intel Pentium III Processor 450 MHz or higher
    OS Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later)
    RAM 256 MB or more (for Windows XP), 512 MB or more (for Windows Vista or later)
    Port USB
    Monitor High color (16-bit) or more, 800 x 600 dots or more
    Connection Internet
    Note: 64-bit & Media Center versions of Windows XP are not supported. Not compatible Mac.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: You can connect your iPod/iPhone to the Sony XAV-701HD via the included proprietary iPod/iPhone cable (RC-300IPCV). One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the head unit's rear-panel proprietary 8-pin DIN port and one of the head unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) ports. The USB port handles the metadata, control, charging, and audio playback of your iPod/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info, as well as album art on its display. The proprietary 8-pin DIN connector transfers the video images from your iPod/iPhone to the Sony head unit. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. If you require audio playback only, you can simply plug your compatible iPod/iPhone directly into the head unit's front-panel USB port using your iPod/iPhone's dock connector cable (no additional adapter required).

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

    Bypass iPod DAC: The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod/iPhone data communications through the included proprietary iPod/iPhone cable. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 120dB.

    iPod Navigation: The controls of the XAV-701HD are seamless when used with the included proprietary iPod/iPhone cable and features metadata browsing, as well as the ability to choose from various playback & search modes to suit your listening application. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.

    • Head Unit Control: The head unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Album, Track, Genre, Playlist, Artist, or Music Podcast. You can browse your videos by Movie, Rental, TV Show, Music Video, Playlist, or Video Podcast. You can then search within a specific Quick-BrowZer category alphabetically (A-Z). With the unit's Zappin feature, you can play music tracks & albums in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your connected iPod/iPhone. The XAV-701HD also supports Repeat (Track/Album) & Shuffle (Album) playback modes.
    • Passenger App Control: The Passenger App control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The iPod Passenger mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Sony head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Sony DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the included iPod cable. Video can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible, and you will continue to control all app functions via your iPhone's touchscreen. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

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

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

    TeleNav App Control: Download the TeleNav GPS app onto your iPhone 4/4S and connect it to the XAV-701HD via the included proprietary iPod/iPhone cable to see directions on the DVD receiver's screen while hearing them over the car speakers. The TeleNav app features a 3D moving map and provides voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation with real-time traffic and automatic rerouting. You also get Lane Assist and speed trap + red light camera alerts. Multiple route options are available; based on distance, drive time, and traffic. You can search from millions of POIs, including restaurants, ATMs, and gas stations. You can also save your favorite destinations for easier access. Even though the TeleNav App is free to download from the iTunes store, some features require a $2.99 per month fee.

    Note: If you start playback of your iPhone's music before you launch the TeleNav GPS app, you can continue to listen to stored music and music apps on your iPhone, while navigating with the TeleNav application. However, you cannot control playback or view metadata of your iPhone's music.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-701HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Pandora App TeleNav App Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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.

    Firmware Upgradable: You can easily upgrade the XAV-701HD's firmware. Simply use your PC to download updates from Sony' eSupport site to a USB thumbdrive and load it on the DVD receiver via its USB input. The tested XAV-701HD contained firmware version HR10_xav_1.12.001.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Sony XAV-701HD is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Up to 9 phones or audio devices can be registered with the XAV-701HD and you can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call). The unit can be set to automatically reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth device when the ignition is turned on. 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-701HD. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The XAV-701HD includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. 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). There is no integrated front-panel mic.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Sony XAV-701HD supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. 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-701HD 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. 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-701HD, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's touchscreen.
      • Redial: Use to easily redial the last number you called.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can store up to 500 contacts each in up to 5 phones (2,500 numbers) in the unit's phone book. Up to a 40 character name can be input for each contact.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Voice Dial: You can make a call using the voice tags stored on your connected cellular phone.

    SMS Indicator: The SMS indicator informs you of any incoming or unread SMS messages on your paired Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You will still need to view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send text messages from your phone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Sony XAV-701HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The XAV-701HD will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The XAV-701HD also supports audio streaming of music apps, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Sony multimedia head unit has a front loading disc slot behind the motorized touchscreen. The Sony XAV-701HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs.

    Audio/Video File Playback: The Sony XAV-701HD supports various audio & video files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. Files recorded onto data CDs must be formatted in ISO 9660 level 1/2 or Joliet/Romeo. Files recorded onto data DVDs must be formatted in UDF Bridge (combined UDF/ISO 9660). The XAV-701HD can support up 256 folders, and a combined 2,000 folders and files on a disc.

    Compatible Video Files Codec File Extension Max Bit Rate Max Resolution Max Frame Rate
    MPEG-4 .mp4 10Mbps (DVD), 7Mbps (CD) 720 x 576 30 fps (30p/60i)
    Xvid .avi, xvid 10Mbps (DVD), 7Mbps (CD) 720 x 576 30 fps (30p/60i)
    Compatible Audio Files Codec File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Information Display
    MP3 .mp3 48-192 kbps (VBR) 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3-tags (16-126 characters)
    WMA .wma 64-192 kbps (VBR) 44.1 kHz WMA-tag (63 characters)
    AAC .mp4, .m4a 40-320 kbps (VBR) 44.1, 48 kHz iTunes (126 characters)
    Note: Not all listed file types may playback due to file variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.

    List Function: You can bring up a list of albums, folders, tracks, video files on a disc and select the desired one to play.

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

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

    Repeat and Shuffle Play: The Sony XAV-701HD provides Repeat and Shuffle playback modes for various media content.

    • Repeat: DVD (Title/Chapter), CD (All/Track), MP3/WMA/AAC (All/Track/Folder), Xvid/MPEG-4 (All/File/Folder)
    • Shuffle: DVD (Title), CD (Disc), MP3/WMA/AAC (Folder), Xvid/MPEG-4 (Folder)

    Multi-Disc Resume: The Sony XAV-701HD can store the playback resume settings in its memory for up to 5 DVD discs.

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

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

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

    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready

    Built-in HD Radio Tuner: The integrated HD Radio tuner receives compatible AM and FM radio stations signals in digital format for improved sound quality while providing metadata information and iTunes Music Tagging so that you can find the songs you like later. HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    Metadata Information: HD Radio provides a variety of data; including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the CDX-GT700HD can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

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

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

    iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tag button on this unit allows you to tag songs (up to 50) you like that are broadcast by HD Radio stations. Information about these tagged songs is stored by the receiver and transferred to your connected iPod. When you connect your iPod to your computer, iTunes automatically presents songs in a new "Tagged" playlist so you can preview, purchase, and download them. This function can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th gen), iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4/4S/5).

    SiriusXM Ready: The Sony XAV-701HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony XAV-701HD DVD receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep bass sound.

    Dynamic Reality Amp: The XAV-701HD is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony XAV-701HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for the Sony XAV-701HD are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the XAV-701HD are as follows:

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

    5ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The XAV-701HD contains five 5-volt RCA preamp outputs; a front channel pair, rear channel pair, and mono-subwoofer channel. The front and rear channel preamp outputs can be faded. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

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

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

    EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music types; Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The Custom EQ7 mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust the level (+/-8dB) of seven different frequency bands; Band1 (63Hz), Band2 (160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7 (16.0kHz).

    ASE (Advanced Sound Engine): The Sony XAV-701HD offers multi-channel playback with its Advanced Sound Engine, featuring Intelligent Time Alignment (ITA) and Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) to create a virtual 5.1 listening experience to rival the most advanced home theater equipment.

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

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

    4.1ch Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level of each connected speaker individually.

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

    Audio DRC: This features makes the sound clearer when the volume is set to low while watching a DVD movie. You can set the Audio DRC to Standard (normal) or Wide (live performance).

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

    AV Connections

    Dual Audio/Video Inputs: The XAV-701HD is equipped with two audio/video inputs for connecting an external audio/video source. Each audio/video input consists of a composite video jack and a pair of stereo RCA jacks. You can adjust the audio level of the audio/video inputs from +/-18.

    Video Output (with Dual Zone): The XAV-701HD features a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA audio output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can simultaneously enjoy different sources in the front and rear of your vehicle. You can select from any source for the head unit's touchscreen monitor. You can only select Disc for the connected external monitor. When Dual Zone is activated, use the head unit's touchscreen to control the front source and use the included IR remote to operate the rear source.

    Rear View Camera: The Sony XAV-701HD 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 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The Sony multimedia head unit comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-X271) for easy operation. 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 head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    3 out of 5

    How's your vision?

    Written By SteveB, Oak park, CA on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    I bought this to replace the radio in my 2001 Volvo XC70. It's not supposed to fit - but if you buy the Volvo faceplate from Volvo ($100) then it fits just fine. There is a lot of stuff to learn.
    Pros:
    Sony makes good stuff. This has just about all the bells and whistles. Plays DVD's and has nice Bluetooth and Pandora.
    Cons:
    Tina buttons are really hard to see (if you are over 50). Lots of distracting "bling" on the background.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value for the buck...

    Written By Reggie, Little Rock, Ar on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    Looks, works and sound great....but not compatible with Drivelink on the Note 3...
    Pros:
    Great sound quality, looks great!...Easy to use and works great with Pandora.
    Cons:
    Doesn't work with drivelink on Galaxy Note 3 phones....no Navigation without add on.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio/DVD player

    Written By Sony, Va beach va on Monday, March 31, 2014
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    It is a great unit , easy to install and user friendly . My wife is getting one for her car .
    Pros:
    Good pic quality and great music quality. Nice amp features and a lot of extras
    Cons:
    No bad things to say about this head unit
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    5 out of 5

    awesome double din!!

    Written By Julzee, Pittsburgh PA on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    This Sony even makes my crappy factory speakers sound great! Bluetooth works flawlessly with my Note 3 and hoping someday soon so will the mirrorlink. Music videos downloaded from youtube on flash drive look and sound fantastic. I love the touch screen (especially the simple swipe of the finger left or right to seek to next/previous radio station). Very cool and easy to do while driving without taking eyes off the road. I like utilization of more screen real estate vs knobs etc taking up the space. Motorized insert/eject dvd is super cool. And getting it on sale $150 off totally upped my value rating...:)
    Pros:
    touch screen response is perfect, sound and picture quality swipe to change radio stations bluetooth calling and playing music from my phone
    Cons:
    no mute button but no big deal mirrolink doesn't work with Galaxy Note 3
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    4 out of 5

    Great upgrade!

    Written By Frank the Tank, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    The HU is solid. Before this I used a Sony xnv770bt. That HU was good and came with thr navigation system which was great but the sensitivity of the screen was horrid. Sometimes it would register a touch but not do amything. Just horrid. This HU doesn't have this problem. Its still a capacitant screen. Works beautifully and looks way better. It even has screen animations. Although I wish it would have more or atleast a way to add them. My only gripe with this HU is not primarily with the actual head unit but rather with Sony. How can you offer a navigation expansion but discontinue it almost immediately after release of the head unit. This wasnt a complete problem for me because it turns out that the GPS expansion for the XNV770bt (which is called a xn av100t) works with this unit. You just have to either have the usb cable or if u were lucky enough to have the XNV770bt or XNV660bt you can modify the cable to work with some simple splicing. But if you dont have it you cant remove the icons from the main menu. Same with the Sirius xm.
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    4 out of 5

    XAV-701HD

    Written By Cameron, Baltimore, Md on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    The unit itself is great! The touch sensitivity is just as good as my iPhone 5s. The display looks amazing for being a 7" screen. HD radio is a very nice touch. 4.1 surround sound is great for the DVDs it sounds like a true home theater (I do have amped Boston Acoustic speakers and an Alpine Type X sub so it's far from a stock system) but the full EQ makes full use of the speakers and the individual 4.1 Surround speaker setup is amazing. Great head-unit over all!
    Pros:
    Very simple GUI. Easy to setup and install. SXM integration is great! Multicolor display is a nice aesthetic touch. iPod/ iPhone interface is flawless. 2 USB inputs is a great feature allowing an iPhone and USB to be connected at once.
    Cons:
    The TomTom nav module is no longer available so that icon is greeted out and it cannot be removed. MirrorLink only works on some Android phones so I can't use it with my iPhone 5s so that icon might as well not be on the front row. Finally it does not support video playback from Apple devices that use the lightening adapter even with the 30 Pin to lightening adapter. Nothing detrimental however it's all just a little annoying
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By Anonymous, mobile al on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    Really happy with my sony stereo has good sound and pretty user friendly
    Pros:
    Ipod connections and lengthy usb cords for ease of access which are connected to rear
    Cons:
    No update out yet for radio to work with galaxy s4
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    4 out of 5

    Glad to see Sony getting back to the good stuff.

    Written By S. P, Hutchinson, MN on Monday, March 10, 2014
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    Good deck especially if you are using the mirrorlink feature although the app for Samsung is not worthy so I downloaded a better version. Just Google "drivelink full mirror" and all is good.
    Pros:
    easy interface ipod function is as quick as my ipod itself mirrorlink is outstanding = why I purchased
    Cons:
    The background visualizations while listening to music are pretty cheesy. I wish I could turn them off.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stero

    Written By Newt, Fruit Heights, Ut on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    Been looking for a touch screen deck for several months. I grew up on the sony name and have loved their products. This deck had all the main features I was looking for. Hand free calling and blue tooth connectivity to the phone for playing music. The installation was very strait forward. It was amazing of Crutchfield to throw in the installation instructions. They saved me tons of time. I have the iPhone 5. The unit works great with all the audio play from the phone. But I cannot get it to play any video off the the phone. That is a down fall. Because I cannot play netflix or any video stored on my phone only the audio.
    Pros:
    Looks great. Sounds great. Blue tooth connectivity. Hands free calling.
    Cons:
    No detachable face. No support for iPhone on mirror link.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By Anonymous, WA on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    Not bad
    Pros:
    Great quality
    Cons:
    Not flush
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By Brian J, Rosharon tx 77583 on Monday, January 27, 2014
     
    Woow
    Pros:
    Nice
    Cons:
    Cooool
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    4 out of 5

    So far so good

    Written By Alan, Santa Rosa, CA on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    Mirrorlink a little iffy...but issue may be with the Galaxy s4 and drivelink app.
    Pros:
    hd tuner. Good FM reception
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    If you buying this for mirrorlink, DONT!

    Written By Galaxy S2, 3, 4, MISSOURI on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    I have had this unit for almost a year and overall the unit is good and fun to use in most respects. The big problem is the mirror link. I have tried all upgrades, updates and anything else I could think of and mirror link/drive link will not work with Samsung G2, G3, G4. Too bad since that is why I mainly bought the unit. Maybe if you have a different carrier than Spring and a different phone but reading all of the reviews It doesn't appear to be very functional at this time.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By geoff, farmington, nm on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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    Fit my car like a glove and an easy install
    Pros:
    display is good and easy to navigate through the options on choosing your preference at the beginning
    Cons:
    Had one problem finding the brake line switch
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    5 out of 5

    Great DVD/Stereo Receiver

    Written By Gusvette, Oregon on Monday, October 14, 2013
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    Great if you do not need Navigation. I use a Garmin so not an issue. I wish the IPhone 5 would interface with video etc, but I already knew it did not. Backup camera is great, as is the CD, Bluetooth and USB ports. It is not to bright at night and it is visible in sunlight.
    Pros:
    Large screen, 2 USB ports, nice touch screen, tilts, everything works. Adjustable sound fields. Fit and finish.
    Cons:
    No IPhone 5 Telenav App compatability
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Decent Unit

    Written By Fuzzybat23, Portsmouth, VA on Friday, August 23, 2013
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    It's a decent unit for the price. Good picture quality, good reaction time on the touch screen.
    Cons:
    Sits a little far out from the dash. The face was made a little too thick.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony 701

    Written By Steve, Queen Creek Arizona on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    Decent Unit but the interface with cell phones is quirky.
    Pros:
    Lots of features and applications. Love the backup camera. Someone else stated the lines for the camera cannot be adjusted but that is false. You can adjust the position and length of each line in the settings.
    Cons:
    Cell phone interface is trying. Not being able to listen to music and navigate at the same time is just stupid.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Gmoney, Ft Washington on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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    Love the sound and the look of this receiver!!
    Pros:
    Has everything I wanted in one unit
    Cons:
    Mirrorlink don't work with iphone
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good looking head unit..

    Written By Phil, Illinois on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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    Installed this in 2008 f150. I primarily cared about backup camera, Bluetooth audio and calls, HD radio, charging cell phones, and DVD playback features. It does most of these things very well and with ease. It looked like the unit is highly customizable with eq, lpf, and hpf but not having amps or subs I didn't do any experimentation here. I'm really happy with the look, feel, and build quality of the parts of the radio that get touched and seen. It offers a reserved look that could be mistaken for factory, but offers way more capability. The software for the phone integration is simple, straightforward, and works well compared to unnecessary complexity of many factor systems. Bluetooth audio sounds great and works as it should, no complaints. The HD radio does jitter as it switches between analog and digital. This is my first HD radio, so maybe this is common. I only found this annoying when in low signal areas when it cuts in and out often, such as hilly terrain. in general, I think the factory radio got better reception, but this isn't bad. The screen delivers good picture quality for DVD and backup camera, though it can get a bit dim in daylight when viewing video. I would say this is standard though. I am happy with this purchase and would buy again. Side note, when installing I had a fault in my factory harness and the head unit protected itself accordingly and gave the correct fault code. Good job Sony and Crutchfield for guiding me through this!
    Pros:
    Clean looking install. Does the basics well. Great feel to build quality. Like that battery life, etc..are displayed in small bar when phone is connected via bluetooth. Generally does what it should without many hassles.
    Cons:
    The firmware is a bit clunky, no drag and drop to rearrange icons, and many screens feel like the should have back buttons. When turning on the car and backing up, it displays a popup for bluetooth connection success over the backup camera, so need to wait extra 20 sec for this to go away, annoying and unnecessary. Bluetooth settings for only one phone are remembered. Cannot have drivers phone connected for calls, but passengers phone control audio streaming as many factory units can do
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    5 out of 5

    Good HU

    Written By Datastar, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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    Almost returned this HU b/c the interface was iffy, was not satisfied with the XM antena. Connecting the HU was not too difficult after talking with Tech Spt. Purchased: PAC RP4-CH11 Factory Steering Wheel Integration Adapter, SiriurXM SXV200V1 Tuner, & Sony XAR800C backup camera. Some of the connections was not obvious; I'm very techy computer person. Tech spt was able to solve my connection problems in minutes. BT was a breeze to connect to my Samsung GS3 4.1.1 (none rooted) Call quality very good on both ends. Overview says U can use Pandora via BT; I read some post that it didn't work. Default settings is iPhone via USB (There is LIFE beyond the iPhone); I changed the settings to Android/Blackberry via BT and it works great; you even get all the information on the HU. I didn't like the HD at first because I was only able to get 2 of the most powerful broadcast stations in Atlanta. Tech Spt informed me I had to connect 3rd blue (antenna) wire to the mix and the sound is great. MirorLink- I downloaded the DriveLink app from the Play Store and it was a joke with little options not worth the time. I really like it now that I updated the firmware and installed the modified DriveLink App on my GS3

    I was not able to send video to the back seat monitor so I will call tech Spt for help on that...

    I have not tried the USB video and audio options yet.
    Pros:
    Great sound and really looks good; plenty of options
    Cons:
    No built-in Nav
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    4 out of 5

    Great HU if you get a modified drivelink app!

    Written By JeffD, New Jersey on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    I bought this HU because of the sound quality and the mirror link feature. Once installed mirror link did not work with my galaxy s4. Expected seeing how it's a new phone and not yet supported by mirror link. Downloaded a modified drivelink app for the s4 and it finally connected to mirror link but I quickly found out how terrible mirrorlink is. First mirror link won't allow you to connect your phone and stream music using bluetooth at the same time. If you use navigation it won't let you stream music or listen to the radio. The only way you can listen to music is if you have mp3's downloaded to your phone. This option is garbage. So after uninstalling and installing other modified drivelink apps with no satisfaction I was about to give up, till I realized just how geeky one of my friends are. I told him my problem and within one day he managed to point me to the right direction and nirvana! Now not only is mirror link connected to my phone I can get full mirroring of my galaxy s4 directly to the HU! No restrictions on Internet, phone, music apps, navigation, ect.....! Now this HU is worth every penny. I love it. Sound quality is great touch screen is sensitive enough, not like an iPad but still good. The xm connection is kind of annoying as well because if u want to use presets you have to back out of the xm screen to get to another xm screen to find your presets, once done it returns you to the xm screen with no presets. It's all about finding the right drivelink app.
    Pros:
    Looks amazing, sound quality is great, screen is crisp and clear, once connected with modified drivelink app this HU is great. The eq and the HU customization of sound quality is very good.
    Cons:
    Mirror link is not worth it unless you can find the modified drivelink app. I thought it was because I had a galaxy s4 which not yet supported by mirror link but I quickly found out even s3 users are restricted and some can't connect properly to the HU.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By duane, puyallup, wa on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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    fun, easy to use, looks great,
    Pros:
    looks, ease of use, appears solid
    Cons:
    display can be distracting, but also can disable it
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Headunit

    Written By Surfneck, Oviedo FL on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    Great overall Mirror link is somewhat buggy and you CANNOT use radio wile it is active, Which makes me want to return it. I got it got the HD radio and mirrorlink and I dont really use mirror link much because I cant use the HD radio.
    Pros:
    Looks cool and great warranty
    Cons:
    Cant use mirrorlink and radio simultaneously
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo!

    Written By Anonymous, Rougemont,NC on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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    For the price this is definitely a great stereo. Looks great and sounds awesome. Has the most preamp voltage of any stereo in its price range. Made a huge difference in sound quality with my Bose system. Video quality is also great. Haven't seen any unexpected interface issues like in other reviews.
    Pros:
    Expandable Video quality Interface with IPhone
    Cons:
    Haven't found one yet
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    5 out of 5

    Car stereo

    Written By Bob S., Franklin WI on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    Incredibly easy to install. Easy to navigate in IPod mode. Touch screen a little sensitive. But it sounds good and looks good in my car.
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    2 out of 5

    Not as cool as you might think

    Written By bigrobhill, GA on Thursday, May 09, 2013
     
    Well... The hype tells you can do many things with this radio, reality says no you cannot. 1st of all Drive link is the way you access head unit, there is very and I mean very limited things you can do in drive link and while using drive link. Drive link will let you connect phone and mirror screen in only drive link app. Meaning you can access and look at drive link only on your head unit nothing else except if you use navigation. here is where things get screwy. While in DL (drivelink) you cannot access your phone normally text messages e-mails etc. you cannot listen to the radio,you cannot listen to pandora via the bluetooth wireless connection in fact DL forbids bluetooth wireless and it run simultaneously. So save your money!

    however if dont use DL pandora streaming is pretty nice with thumbs up and down buttons and song info on screen. hands free speakerphone is fair, everyone says you sound far away or hollow. the reason for buying this is for connectivity to your phone which as of right now it does not do well. Haven't bothered with navigation because I dont want to drive and not have radio or pandora playing.

    If I had to do over I would keep my money in my pocket.
    Pros:
    Nice looking, active screen saver backgrounds that run while music playing different shapes and stuff, great sound and sound features, big screen.
    Cons:
    no explanation of how to setup DL or settings other than general info. Its either DL or everything else you can listen to stored music files only. I had to modify dash kit severely to install in Double DIN slot, not you typical slide in radio for some reason.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By Anonymous, Lee's Summit, MO on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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    Good stereo, just wish the screen was a little brighter, but other than that I'm very happy with it
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    4 out of 5

    Almost Prefect

    Written By Skip, Carrollton GA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
     
    So far so good. User interface is very easy to use and navigate.I love the swipe gesture. Just swipe screen left or right. USB drive loads up fast. Over 600 songs and 55 folders loads up in about 10 seconds. It would be nice if you could remove sources you don't use to cut down on clutter. As you use the different source though it does keep the ones you use most up front so that helps. I do a lot of driving so Bluetooth phone very important. Has not failed to connect yet and very clear on both ends. The other thing that was important to me was Pandora. This has also worked flawlessly never failing to connect. As for the Mirror Link it is a no go. From everything that I have read it is not supported yet in US. Close to false advertising if you ask me. App is available from Samsung app store and loads just fine on phone but just will not connect. One thing that is a little bothersome is there is not a link to phone on whatever screen you are on. You have to select source and then tab over to phone The interface on phone when you get there is great with 6 preset up front to click on. Remote has button to cycle through equalizer setting with one custom setting available. But to actually turn bass output up or down use have to go all the way into setting menu. The screen tilts to several different angles.This feature is not listed anywhere that I could find and only found out about it after DL owners manual.. All and all with a few minor annoyance I am very happy with unit
    Pros:
    Clean and intuitive interface with only minor annoyance Pandora works great via Bluetooth (Samsung Galaxy S3) Tilting screen great if unit sit low in dash. Lots of eye candy. Once you get to the phone interface clean and easy to use. Bluetooth for phone very clear on both ends Clear and bright screen Easy basic install.Comes with several install support options Wow factor is there to impress your friends Seems to be of high build quality. Time will tell
    Cons:
    Could use a few tweaks to interface No direct way to get to phone Would be nice if you could remove unused inputs No support for Mirror link yet Nag screen at start up but all DVD players have it
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    5 out of 5

    Sony XAV-701HD

    Written By Anonymous, Waterford, MI on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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    Nice product sounds and looks great
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    1 out of 5

    Beware of MirrorLink!!

    Written By Steven, Fairmont, WV on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
     
    Everything works great except MirrorLink and Pandora app (main reason I bought it) with SG3. Stock SG3 from US Cellular gets USB device not supported message on XAV-701HD. Sony lack of help was to check that the phone has latest firmware and contact Samsung if it doesn't work. Don't know if other cell carriers allow the samsung app store and Drive Link app, but tells me not supported for my country. Crutchfield and Sony NEED a better disclaimer about MirrorLink. Just cause you have SG3, doesn't mean it's going to work. Try to install Samsung App first. Drive Link NOT available in Play Store. I've tried a rooted cyanogen rom with the drive link apk from XDA, but still same issue. Bluetooth, hand-free calls, and usb jump drive work great. Love the visuals on the Sony. But recommend not getting this for MirrorLink. Does anyone have this MirrorLink working and which Carrier? Seems like people in Europe have more success with it. I see youtube clips with it, but see a lot of other people saying it doesn't work after I've already installed this Sony. Not planning on buying from Crutchfield or Sony again. Feel like I was lied to about MirrorLink. I should return it to get my money back, but I do like this Sony and don't believe any other receiver will do any better with MirrorLink.
    Pros:
    Visuals, hand-free calls, bluetooth, cover art, usb music, Sound
    Cons:
    MirrorLink, Samsung Galaxy 3 issue which says usb not supported when connected to the Sony. Price for something like MirrorLink that seems to still be in a development phase.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By Rolex, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    I just want to say the Sony did a nice job whit this piece and would recommend this to any body I hook up a factory camera and the lines the very nice to help u park rigth
    Pros:
    Display sound and easy use
    Cons:
    Need new iPod adapter because I got the 5gen and I can't plugged in until I buy adapter
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic System

    Written By Cody, Ft. Worth, TX on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
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    Overall, outstanding product! The unit was easy to install. Looks sharp having almost nothing but screen in the dash. I would say that it is good to not that the unit is NOT flush with the dash. The entire face of the screen (if seen on YouTube, it's the motorized part) stands out about 3/4" from the dash's edge. I'm definitely not complaining though since my Tundra dash practically swallows most of it back anyway. Ease of use was rated four stars just because it was a bit cumbersome for me to switch from apps like Pandora to Phone to make a call. But, it still does great. I'm just used to my old radio where the phone was accessible from any screen. Put that aside, it's the fastest and smoothest operation I've experienced yet. Great features, and stunning visuals. The materials it's built with don't look cheap. It's bound to make any dash look fancy. Sharp looking liquid metal trim, and buttons don't feel loose. The sound was improved quite a bit from my last unit. Not sure what makes it work like so, but the music does sound like it's playing at a higher quality. Bluetooth paired up right away, and works well. Callers can hear fine and can't tell a difference on whether I'm in the truck with road noise, or holding the phone to my head. Some people are griping about having to use two cables for the iPhone/iPod, and they're just griping. Yes it uses two cables, though they both plug in the rear and the iPhone/iPod cable uses one end for the device.
    Pros:
    Durable Build Sound Improvement Software Speed iPhone cable included Dual USB! Plays video with Plex, and other sources without MirrorLink!!
    Cons:
    Slightly protruding from dash App switching may be cumbersome
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    2 out of 5

    Overpriced and Underwhelming

    Written By jtoast, Oklahoma on Monday, January 28, 2013
     
    While the sound on this unit is excellent, its firmware seems extremely buggy. About half the time I start my vehicle, I have no sound unless I switch sources (XM to FM for example.) Once I do that, sound comes back on. It also does not store Bluetooth information. Bluetooth often does not pair automatically. About 1/3 of the time I have to connect my phone manually. If two previously paired phones are in the car, its a crapshoot which will connect. Usually neither and I have to pair manually.

    Also the user interface seems very poorly thought out. There are several instances where there is no "previous" screen button forcing you to press "home" and start over. There is also no way to reorganize or hide unused sources. For example, someone who does not subscribe to satellite radio is not able to hide the XM source button.

    Mirror link implementation is very poor. This is samsungs fault but since Mirrorlink is an advertised feature I wanted to mention it. The only thing that currently "mirrors" is Nav, calls, and on-device music. There is a button to add shortcuts to other apps but its greyed out. Samsung support says that feature is current not implemented in the US version of the Drivelink software I also cannot set a shortcut to contacts. It says I can, but doesn't actually sync the contacts from my phone.

    All in all, I really regret buying this unit and suggest you wait until at least the first firmware update to see if any of these issues are resolved.
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    1 out of 5

    TERRIBLE!!!

    Written By Jeep Guy, Anchorage, AK on Friday, January 25, 2013
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    I was very disappointed in this deck. The cost was pretty high for it. I wouldnt even pay 200.00 for it. I hated that the usb cables were just sticking out and that for the iphone one had 2 cables. Also it didnt have any kind of usb port on the face. Call me picky but its my hard earned money and I know what I want. I do appreciate Crutchfield very much for refunding me my order.
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    4 out of 5

    Sony 710HD

    Written By JohnH, Suffolk, Va on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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    This unit is a huge step up for Sony. User interface is excellent. Sound is great. HD tuner works very well. Too bad RDS is not available for analog stations.

    iPhone 5 compatibility is limited, but still enough to make it work. No MirrorLink, of course. TelNav GPS works well in audio, just won't display on screen. Bluetooth works well, though. Pandora works in iPod mode.
    Pros:
    Big easy touch screen. Good audio. Good tuner.
    Cons:
    Software compatibility with iPhone 5 is marginal.
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    5 out of 5

    My 1st Purchase

    Written By Mando, City Of Angels, Ca. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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    Awesome purchase and exceeded my expectations!
    Pros:
    Customer for life
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    So far it's GREAT!

    Written By DonB, Bonney Lake, WA on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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    I have only had this unit in my car for a few weeks, but so far it has been an awesome unit. Easy to use, paired with my Andriod first try and sounds great!
    Pros:
    Install was easy. Sounds great and is easy to operate!
    Cons:
    It would be nice if the Mirrorlink feature was compatible with more Andriod phones. No front USB or Aux port
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    5 out of 5

    Love It!!!

    Written By TaraH, Las Vegas, NV on Monday, December 17, 2012
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    Saw this in the crutchfield catalog and really liked the looks of it and the features it had to offer, so i bought it to replace my kenwood kiv-bt