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Sony XAV-AX150

Digital multimedia receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 158XAV150

Looking to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your ride? Sony's XAV-AX150 digital multimedia receiver lets...

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Looking to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your ride? Sony's XAV-AX150 digital multimedia receiver lets you do it reliably and at a competitive price. I've always been a Sony fan for their streamlined approach to stereos, and with built-in Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, operation gets even more convenient.


Looking to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your ride? Sony's XAV-AX150 digital multimedia receiver lets you do it reliably and at a competitive price. I've always been a Sony fan for their streamlined approach to stereos, and with built-in Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, operation gets even more convenient.

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

Take your iPhone® experience in the car to the next level with a seamless interface to access your music library, phone, messages, navigation, and more. Plus, Siri®-powered voice control makes operation even more convenient in the car. Android users can access similar features with Android Auto and voice-controlled Google Assistant.

Built-in Bluetooth® and more

Of course, Sony gives you Bluetooth as well. Use it to make or receive hands-free phone calls via your smartphone with the included microphone, or stream music from your phone with ease.

You can use the rear USB input to attach your smartphone for use with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, or you can connect a thumb drive with your favorite music, video files, and even lossless FLAC files for a more fulfilling sound. Sony also includes a rear-view camera input and distance guidance display to make the XAV-AX150 your perfect command center.

Enhance your sound

Sony provides a 10-band graphic EQ, plus a special set of sound-sculpting tools to help you dial in the sound you've always wanted in the car. Use this stereo's Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) to adjust the width and height of your soundstage. This improves the stereo positioning so music sounds like it's coming from the dashboard in front of you. And when you activate ExtraBass, the XAV-AX150 minimizes distortion at all volume levels by automatically adjusting frequency and gain to their optimal positions. You'll hear an instant, gratifying, low-end boost.

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.

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • 6.95" resistive touchscreen
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • Apple CarPlay compatible
    • Android Auto compatible
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC music files
    • 10-band graphic equalizer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • EXTRA BASS maximizes bass response while minimizing distortion
    • Dynamic Stage Organizer for improving stereo image
    • inputs: rear USB port, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono sub)
    Other Information:
    • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS CTA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • wireless remote
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # XAV-AX150

    What's in the box:

    • Digital multimedia receiver (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness (6.5' parking brake wire)
    • Remote control (RM-X170)
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle mono-3.5mm connector)
    • SWC cable
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws
    • Operating Instructions
    • Warranty Sheet

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control CarPlay only
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone 5 and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple, Google, Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google, Waze
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 6.95
    Screen Type Basic (Resistive)
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 7 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback N
    The Sony XAV-AX150 replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB & Camera Integration
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Android Auto: Thanks to Android Auto, you can connect your Android OS 5.0 (Lollipop) or later smartphone via a USB cable to the Sony receiver and operate many of the major functions of your Android phone through the Sony head unit's touchscreen. Get traffic information, lane guidance, and real-time navigation assistance from Google maps right from the Sony receiver. You can even send text messages, take calls, or check your voicemail through Android Auto and the Sony receiver. Android Auto also includes voice-recognition technology, so you can control everything just by speaking. Get directions, send messages, make calls, and control music while keeping your hands safely on the wheel.

    • Google Assistant: The Sony receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Sony receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Sony receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and internet radio stations from from Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible app for Android Auto.


    • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and the parking brake is engaged. You will need to connect the parking brake wire of the receiver's harness to your vehicle's parking brake circuit for the head unit to recognize that the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone. You cannot have an Android Auto smartphone and Apple CarPlay iPhone plugged in at the same time.
    • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.

    Apple CarPlay: Use all your essential iPhone functions on the road, with Apple CarPlay and your iPhone 5 or newer (running iOS 7.1 or higher). Connect your phone via an Apple-certified Lightning-to-USB cable, and you'll see a familiar interface displayed clearly on the Sony receiver's touchscreen. Simply tap the icons to take calls, check voicemails and text messages, or bring up maps. And of course, listen to your favorite songs using iTunes, Apple Music, or select music apps. Apple CarPlay even lets you talk to Siri to control everything using voice commands. You can dictate text messages, control music playback, or get directions, without ever taking your eyes off the road.

    • Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, the power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze, you can choose to navigate via Google Maps or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have their own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the XAV-AX150's interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can emphasize or weaken the volume level the microphone. You can also select which car speaker outputs the caller audio; you can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
    • Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're on the road, through the Sony receiver and Siri. Through your voice commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
    • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus iTunes radio from the Sony XAV-AX150. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the XAV-AX150's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music. The XAV-AX150's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now Playing icon on the Sony receiver's capacitive touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
    • Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, podcasts, sports, news, and audiobooks - including Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Vox, Stitcher, At Bat, CBS Radio News, NPR One, OverCast, & Audible (subscriptions and fees may app). Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Sony receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your  thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.


    • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running the latest iOS version.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay and Android Auto apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    USB Cable Note: The Sony XAV-AX150's USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 59" cable. Only use the attached 59" USB cable with an Apple certified Lightning-to-USB or Android-compliant USB cable when connecting your iPhone or Android device for CarPlay or AndroidAuto. Do not use 3rd party Lightning-to-USB or USB cables that are not Apple certified or Android compliant. Using other types of cables can result in CarPlay or Android Auto malfunction.

    Smartphone Charging: The Sony receiver's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPhone or Android smartphone device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPhone or Android device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Sony XAV-AX150 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0, 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. 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), PBAP 1.1 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (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-AX150. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XAV-AX150 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. This unit can only be paired and connected with one Bluetooth device at a time.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The Sony XAV-AX150 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-AX150 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-AX150 provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls.

    • Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered manually or automatically 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 touchscreen. Incoming calls can also be rejected if desired.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the XAV-AX150, you can dial a phone number in a variety of ways.
      • Entering Phone #: Allows you to manually dial a phone number using the unit's touchscreen keypad.
      • Preset Dial: You can store up to 6 contacts in the preset dial for quick dialing from the unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can transfer up to 1,000 contacts from your phone's phonebook and store them in the head unit for easy access using the unit's touchscreen monitor.
      • Call History: The unit will store the last 20 calls, allowing you to select a previous phone number quickly from the list.
      • Redial: Use this feature to easily redial the last number you called.
    • Phone Call Adjustments: During a conversation, you can adjust the ringtone volume, adjust the caller's voice volume level, adjust the microphone gain level, as well as switch between the Hands-Free Mode and the Hands-Held Mode (talking directly on your cell phone).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Sony XAV-AX150 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. You can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the XAV-AX150. In addition to Bluetooth's standard SBC codec, the unit also supports Apple's AAC codec for high quality playback when streaming from an Apple iOS device, such as an iPhone.

    • Music Control: You'll be able to control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to control advanced music browsing functions.
    • Song/Artist Info: The head unit will also display your music's song/artist information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album title (no album art).

    Note: 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.

    USB & Camera Integration

    USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) Playback: The Sony XAV-AX150 features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that is attached to the rear chassis via a 59" cable. The head unit supports connection of a USB MSC (mass storage class) device, like a thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. You'll be able to playback a variety of audio and video files on your compatible USB MSC device through the Sony receiver, as well as control playback and view song/artist information with album art. USB MSC devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. See chart below for compatible files -

    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: sampling frequency of 32-48kHz with bit rate of 48-320kbps
    WMA: sampling frequency of 44.1kHz with bit rate of 48-192kbps
    AAC: sampling frequency of 8-48kHz with bit rate of 40-320kbps
    WAV: sampling frequency of 8-48kHz with bit depth of 16-bits
    FLAC: sampling frequency of 8-48kHz with bit depth of 16-bits
    Video Xvid: max resolution of 1280 x 720 with max frame rate of 30fps
    MPEG-4: max resolution of 1280 x 70with max frame rate of 30fps
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 x 576 with max frame rate of 30fps
    WMV: max resolution of 720 x 480 with max frame rate of 30fps
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 256 folders/2,000 files
    Tags ID3(version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA, & AAC tags + Album Art
    Note: This unit's USB port does not support connection of a USB hub or USB card-reader.

    Rearview Camera Input: The Sony XAV-AX150 is equipped with a composite video rearview camera input to connect a backup camera (sold separately). By connecting a backup camera, you can use the in-dash receiver's touchscreen monitor to see what's behind you when backing up.

    • Parking Guide Lines: When a backup camera is connected and you are viewing a rearview image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making parking easy and safer. There are three color-coded horizontal guidelines. The parking guide lines can be customized to fit your type of vehicle better.
    • Auto-Switching: When your vehicle's shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera; the purple/white wire of the included harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.1 seconds. You can also manually select the rearview camera input from the head units touchscreen..
    Note: The rearview camera feature is meant as a backup aid only; never solely rely on the rearview camera when backing up. In addition to using the rearview camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp 2: The Dynamic Reality Amp 2 gives you 20W (RMS) x 4ch / 55W (Peak) x 4ch of power, so you can play music as loudly or softly as you like with clarity and detail. The amp has 47% less internal resistance than conventional units, for increased output and clear, natural sound at any volume.

    • Continuous Power Output: 20 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-AX150 are compliant with the CTA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    5ch/2V Preouts+ Subwoofer Control: The XAV-AX150 contains five 2-volt RCA preouts; a front channel pair, rear channel pair, and mono-subwoofer channel. The front and rear channel preouts can be faded, while the subwoofer preout is non-fading. You can adjust the subwoofer preout's volume level (-10 to +10) independently from the head unit's volume control. You can also select the phase of the subwoofer output from Normal or Reverse.

    Low-Pass & High-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preout features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz. The front & rear speaker high-level and low-level outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off.

    10-Band EQ: You can select from a variety of preset EQ curves. Select from R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom, & Off. The Custom EQ preset mode allows you to tailor the sound to your personal preference with its 10-band graphic equalizer. Cut and boost ten different frequencies (32, 63, 125, 250, 500, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k Hz) from -10 to +10 for unlimited sound sculpting options.

    Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO): Sound waves are directional, so if your speakers are in your doors or under your dash, the audio may seem muddy or unclear. Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) adjusts the signal, improving the stereo positioning so music sounds like it's coming from the dashboard

    ExtraBass: Activate ExtraBass at the touch of a button for an instant, low-end boost. Unlike conventional bass boosters, ExtraBass minimizes distortion at all volume levels by automatically adjusting frequency and gain to their optimal positions.

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-AX150 is equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing technology. 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 (Best Tuning Memory): BTM (Best Tuning Memory) 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.
    • RDS: FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible digital information along with the regular radio program signal. Radio Data System (RDS) displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible FM stations.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation (only when using the receiver's built-in amp). This function can be turned On or Off.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.95" Touchscreen w/ Gesture Control: The Sony XAV-AX150 digital media receiver is equipped with a 6.95" touchscreen with full-color display and responsive touch-sensitive control. The 6.95" touchscreen monitor has a resolution of 800 RGB x 480 (1,152,000 pixels). With Gesture Control, you can perform frequently-used operations by simply swiping your finger on the touchscreen monitor to the left, right, up, or down (Gesture control is not supported by CarPlay or Android Auto).

    • Wallpaper: You can choose between multiple color wallpapers for the background image of the unit's touchscreen monitor.
    • 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 Custom. This feature is only available when the parking brake is engaged and USB video is the selected source.
    • Aspect Ratio: You can also change the screen's aspect ratio to suit your video content. You can choose from Normal, Zoom, Full, or Captions. This feature is only available when the parking brake is engaged and USB video is the selected source.
    • Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set the Sony receiver 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.
    Note: 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 enjoy CarPlay, Android Auto, & Bluetooth, as well as access audio adjustments.

    Push-Button Controls: In addition to touchscreen control, the Sony head unit features six push-button control along the bottom edge of the front-panel. Push-button control functions included Home Menu/Mute, Volume Up/Down, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Option/Voice.

    Remote Control: The Sony XAV-AX150 comes with an IR wireless remote control and supports compatibility with steering wheel remote adapters (sold separately).

    • IR Remote: The included IR remote (RM-X170) provides wireless control of the Sony receiver. The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not Bluetooth Phone) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.
    • SWC Input: This receiver is compatible with aftermarket steering wheel audio control adapters (sold separately) designed to retain your vehicles existing factory steering wheel controls (if equipped) once the factory radio is replaced with an aftermarket head unit.


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    Recently purchased this to pair with a Rockford PS-8 powered sub. I am having trouble getting an RCA signal back at the amp. Iâ??ve had two different head units and have confirmed the integrity of the RCA cables with my phone and an adapter. Any insight on what else I could try?
    [ DALTON  Apr 04, 2022 ]
    2 answers
    I don't know if this is helpful or not. I used the single RCA hooked to the sub pre-out. From there I used a 1 to 2 splitter to power both channels of my sub amp. You need to go into the EQ Menu, and turn the subwoofer output on. From that same spot you adjust the subwoofer volume. I found that the difference in screen appearance for the on/off was a bit confusing- so if it's all hooked up correctly and you get no sub output, go back into the EQ menu and reverse whatever the current subwoofer setting is. Also make sure the sub volume is not set at 0. Hope this helps!
    [ RANDY  Apr 05, 2022 ]
    I have the Sony hooked up to a JBL Nano powered sub. I just plugged it in and it worked fine. I have had issues with subs before. Make sure the polarity matches the head unit and the sub, and make sure the remote (blue) wire is connected. I was also guilty, at first, of thinking I didn't need the thick gauge wire-I was wrong.
    [ Stuart  Apr 04, 2022 ]
    Why aren't my phone calls going through the speakers? I have to put my phone on speaker to hear calls.
    [ Rodney  Mar 10, 2022 ]
    4 answers
    A If Chryslers, Jeep, dodge. Worked for me
    [ C1980  Mar 15, 2022 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ KENNETH  Mar 12, 2022 ]  Staff
    Is this radio installed in a Chrysler product by chance? Could you supply a list of installation parts as well as the year make and model?
    [ ALAN H.  Mar 10, 2022 ]
    I had this problem also and we called Crutchfield and Sony Customer services. They were able to tell us how to fix it and then I had to reboot my phone to connect.
    [ STACEY  Mar 10, 2022 ]
    i have a few questions. 1. can the head unit run google maps on it's own or do i have to plug my phone in? 2. can the unit control pandora or spotify etc via bluetooth or do i have to plug the phone in?
    [ Randall  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    5 answers
    1. Must be plugged on for google maps. 2.will play pandora or spofity via bluetooth, but only offers limited control. Track forward, but not thumbs up thumbs fown etc.
    [ DOUG  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    Your phone has to be plugged in for both.
    [ RICHARD  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    It drives off the phone. Nothing in head unit except tuner. Car play is for allowing the phone to communicate to the head unit.
    [ ED  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    I have found that to use the map functions your phone has to be plugged in, as it uses your phone' GPS and mapping. For Pandora, you can do basic control functions via Bluetooth. But for full functionality you need to plug your phone in.
    [ RANDY  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    1. I do not believe so. I think your phone has to be plugged in. 2. yes, but you will not see Spotify on the screen the same way. Spotify when plugged into your phone is really neat on the screen. You can like songs from the screen and help build your library.
    [ RICHARD J  Mar 03, 2022 ]
    Can the colors on the buttons change?
    [ Jr Mtz  Jan 28, 2022 ]
    7 answers
    No. The button colors are not changeable.
    [ GRANT  Feb 04, 2022 ]
    No, the button colors are white and aren't able to be changed. The background can be changed, however. It's a great stereo for the price.
    [ JOHN  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    [ CHRIS  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    Unfortunately not
    [ KRIS  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    I have not been able to change. They are bright, but when connected to vehicle dimmer, they do step down the brightness.
    [ MELVIN  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    Nope. You can turn off display with everything still on but the buttons will still stay lit
    [ RAY  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    I don't think so but I haven't tried yet. I haven't noticed anything that would change the button colors. The screen background can be changed but from what I have seen can only be changed to one of 5 or so preset backgrounds
    [ RYAN  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    It says "steering wheel controls: adaptor required"... Ok where's the adaptor? I can't find it anywhere.
    [ Michael  Jan 25, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    Receivers are not vehicle specific. Any installation accessories would be purchased as part of a package or separately.
    [ KENNETH  Feb 03, 2022 ]  Staff
    For a 2007 Honda Accord LX, would I need to get a din?
    [ afgbmo  Jan 25, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ KENNETH  Jan 26, 2022 ]  Staff
    Does this unit support direct iPod (eg iPod Nano) control; so ability to skip song forward/backward, shuffle songs, view playlists, etc?
    [ Tim  Jan 24, 2022 ]
    3 answers
    No my last radio had direct ipod control this one does not you can still listen to all your music though its just not as prety or user freindly on screen it was a big dissapointment to me since my old butt had saved all my old cds to an ipod nano 7th gen very time consuming but honestly i just cant figure out why its not a feature of applecarplay to begin with
    [ Lloyd  Mar 12, 2022 ]
    It has apple car play. I have what I think is an iPod nano, it's a square iPod with a little screen, and from what I have tried it can't connect to this radio.
    [ RYAN  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    I don't know about IPod but it does allow me to use those features when my iPhone is hooked to it.
    [ BRENT  Jan 24, 2022 ]
    Where is the USB port? Is there only one rear port?
    [ raybbr  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    10 answers
    There is an integrated cable connected to the back of the unit. On the end of the cable is a USB receptacle.
    [ RYAN  Jan 24, 2022 ]
    Yes, it is female usb type A cable hanging out of the head unit
    [ ALEKSEI  Jan 24, 2022 ]
    Yes, that's correct.
    [ NESTOR  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    There is a USB port supplied on the rear. I used it with a adapter to mount it flush inside my console.
    [ MARK  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    This unit has only one, corded, female USB type A port that is permanently attached. It exits the rear of of the chassis and is 59" long. It does not have any hardware or mouldings that make it surface mountable. Hope this helps.
    [ KEN  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    Rear port is the only one.
    [ JIM  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    They have the wired USB port in the rear for the Apple CarPlay or Android auto. I removed the car charger port in my Audi and ran it through there. You could do that or run it out from behind a dash panel or center console as well
    [ AUSTIN  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    There's only one usb and it's a female cable on the rear
    [ JOEL  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    There is one USB port that is hardwired from the back of the unit to a female USB cable that is meant to be run through the dash to the location of your choosing.
    [ JAMES  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    There is only one USB port on the unit. It is provided via a 5' cable that extends from the unit.
    [ NATHAN  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    Where is the USB port? Is there only one rear port?
    [ raybbr  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    Yes, only the one port on the rear.
    [ KENNETH  Jan 25, 2022 ]  Staff
    Will this product fit on a 2005 Chrysler 300?
    [ Gerardo  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    Yes. There is 2 kits for your 300. If you have the navigation is one and if you dont have the navigation then its one that you have to cut a little.
    [ BUCCI  Jan 25, 2022 ]
    why is connecting to the brake wire necessary. could that mess up anything with the brakes?
    [ Abbey  Jan 23, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    No. It wont mess anything up. Its just so that the radio knows when the car is stopped.
    [ BUCCI  Jan 25, 2022 ]
    Will the backup camera activate if I put the car in reverse or do I have to push a button?
    [ Greg  Jan 21, 2022 ]
    3 answers
    When you put the car in reverse
    [ MELVIN  Feb 03, 2022 ]
    The camera activation depends on how it is wired up during the installation. At our shop the preferred method is to wire the system up so the camera comes on automatically when the vehicle is put in reverse and also have an option of allowing the customer the ability to turn on the camera anytime the stereo is on.
    [ THE RADIO  Jan 21, 2022 ]
    As long as the Reverse (+) input wire is receiving a positive signal from reverse, it'll switch over automatically.
    [ ALAN H.  Jan 21, 2022 ]
    Can I use the mic input for the backup camera? If not, what's it for?
    [ JERRY  Jan 20, 2022 ]
    4 answers
    Mic input is for the cell phone and voice messaging. It works great.
    [ Stuart  Jan 21, 2022 ]
    I don't believe so. The Mic input is for the Microphone used with Car-play when talking on the phone. The Microphone should be included & routed to above your window shade for the best position when talking.
    [ ED  Jan 20, 2022 ]
    If you hook up the included microphone use can use it for speakerphone and even hey siri functions on a tethered phone
    [ RICHARD  Jan 20, 2022 ]
    Not that I am aware. The mic is for oral inputs into your head unit. i.e using your phone, CarPlay, android play, etc.
    [ RICHARD  Jan 20, 2022 ]
    Does this unit accept a sirius/xm tuner or is it only through the phone app? What model backup camera do you recommend for this unit?
    [ Brad  Dec 18, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    The Sony XAV-AX150 does not have the port the SiriusXM tuner, though you can Bluetooth from the SiriusXM app to this unit. Several of our back up cameras work with this radio. Give us a call at 1-800-309-2075 for a recommendation on a camera for your vehicle!
    [ ALLISON  Dec 23, 2021 ]  Staff
    Is it possible to use apple car play wirelessly, not just with the wired connection?
    [ Jesus  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    8 answers
    CarPlay uses the usb connection. You can use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly
    [ Stuart  Dec 17, 2021 ]
    No,wired only on this radio. Some other models offer wireless CarPlay.
    [ CAMERON  Dec 17, 2021 ]
    Wired only.
    [ CHARLES  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    Not with this head unit
    [ RICHARD  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    Apple CarPlay must use a wired connection. Bluetooth works for music just like any other head unit, but if you want to do CarPlay, you must use a USB cable.
    [ DENNIS  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    No, not with this unit, but it works great on the cable. I am eagerly awaiting this to be in stock again so I can put into a second car.
    [ RICHARD J  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    Wired only, sorry. You can use Bluetooth for music and phone calls, but for the rest of the phone apps you have to be plugged in. Still a great head unit!
    [ RANDY  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    Not to my knowledge. When using BT it is different from CarPlay
    [ ED  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    Will iPhone charge when plugged into usb and using apple car play?
    [ Keemosaby  Nov 09, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Your phone will charge while using Apple car play
    [ AUSTIN  Nov 12, 2021 ]
    Does it work with fender audio?
    [ LILANT1305  Nov 07, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    We will need a little more information about your car to determine if it will work with your stock audio system. Give us a call at 1-800-309-2075 and we'll be happy to help out!
    [ ALLISON  Nov 12, 2021 ]  Staff
    How is this compared to the x1000? I'm looking to upgrade because I left the apple society and went back to the android gang. So my x1000 is not going used to its full capability. Anyone noticed a different with the way your speakers sounds?
    [ PHANLIEP  Oct 21, 2021 ]
    4 answers
    It is odd that you ask that question. My 6 3/4 speaker sounded good with the original stereo after I replaced the ones blown in the front. 2006 Tundra with a factory JBL system. After I replaced the radio the speakers sounded muddled, so I bought some new speakers for the rear. I still don't have good bass in the truck and can't really play my music loud. It just doesn't sound good at high levels. I am wondering if I need to bypass the factory amp and/or buy a powered sub to put under the seat. No answers from me, I do wonder if you have a factory amp you need to bypass.
    [ Stuart  Oct 25, 2021 ]
    I previously had the X100 not the X1000.. But I am very pleased with the unit. I currently am still on Apple, but purchased it specifically because I'm looking at android as well. The unit works great with Apple so I'm assuming it will be perfectly fine with android as well. I have not noticed any problem with the speakers in my 1998 Ford Ranger. Sound as good as prior radio if not better.
    [ ED  Oct 22, 2021 ]
    There shouldn't be any difference. The eq, the x overs , and power chips are all the same.
    [ BUCCI  Oct 22, 2021 ]
    I went from an alpine 1 DIN CD receiver to this unit. Sound wise this Sony unit is superior. his December Sony will have a new deck that replace this one, XAV-AX3200. It is essentially the same but with the addition of "WebLink Cast". If you think you want that feature, then wait. Also, if you are going Android and don't want the cable, search "Carsifi". For me, I can just plug my Pixel into this and it does the Android auto job just fine.
    [ ANGELO  Oct 21, 2021 ]
    What is the difference between this model and the Sony XAV-AX5000? They look very similar
    [ HUNTER  Sep 03, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    That's a great question, and honestly, the only difference I can see is that the control bar on the bottom of the screen is a different color, and the 5000 seems to be a slightly larger screen. I have the ax150 - and it looks just like the 5000 from my perspective. Without going to Sony's site and doing a side-by-side comparison I cannot tell the difference. Neither of them play CDs (- whatever those are -) and neither have HD Radio. You can add backup cameras to each one, and the USB cord coming out of the back, is a nice touch.
    [ Stuart  Sep 04, 2021 ]
    The XAV-AX5000 has an additional rear usb and a built in SiriusXM tuner. Other than that it's the same. Oh- and it's $100 more. I didn't care about the SiriusXM tuner, and the 1 USB is all I needed to connect my iPhone, so I went with the XAV-AX150. I couldn't be happier. Great performance and a nice shallow chassis. The display is awesome. And the mixture of touch screen and hard controls is very intuitive. And great service from Crutchfield as always.
    [ RANDY  Sep 03, 2021 ]
    I am finding it difficult to locate the wire from my park brake to connect it to my head unit. Is this necessary? In your notes it says it is needed to setup an Android phone. Could I simply connect the head unit to a 12v power source instead of the park brake? Thanks.
    [ Eric  Aug 16, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the connections. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ KENNETH  Aug 16, 2021 ]  Staff
    Can you stream Netflix and watch while driving?
    [ David  Jul 27, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    I would doubt that. Safety requirement.
    [ ED  Oct 22, 2021 ]
    The vehicle needs to be stopped and parking brake engaged to play video on the display as per U.S. regulations.
    [ Josh  Aug 29, 2021 ]
    Can I view the rear camera while driving, or only when in reverse? I am looking to replace my stereo in my RV allows for viewing the camera while driving (great for getting a view of the trailer and/or acting as a rear view mirror).
    [ DAMIEN  Jul 25, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    If you wire it separately then yes. You have to run a separate wire, the one from the camera and a wire directly off the reverse.
    [ RICHARD  Dec 16, 2021 ]
    It depends on how you wire it as the Answer above indicates. I wired into my reverse light so it only operates when I put in reverse. But you don't have to wire it that way. Crutchfield Tech support is great on installation help so get with them.
    [ ED  Oct 22, 2021 ]
    This receiver does have the ability to access a rear view camera while the vehicle is not in reverse. The camera must be installed so that it can get power when the vehicle is not in reverse. We give lifetime technical support on items purchased from us who can help with the installation to make sure this can be done. We even send their toll free phone number on the order invoice.
    [ JASON  Jul 31, 2021 ]  Staff

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