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Sony XAV-AX210SXM

DVD receiver with free SiriusXM satellite radio tuner

Item # 158XAV210

Sony is a great choice for home A/V gear, and that reputation is well-deserved with their car audio line up as well.

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About the Sony XAV-AX210SXM

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

Sony is a great choice for home A/V gear, and that reputation is well-deserved with their car audio line up as well. One of the features that makes the Sony XAV-AX210SXM DVD receiver special is compatibility with the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the receiver's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

Sony is a great choice for home A/V gear, and that reputation is well-deserved with their car audio line up as well. One of the features that makes the Sony XAV-AX210SXM DVD receiver special is compatibility with the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the receiver's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

Sony XAV-AX201SXM

This Sony supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Sweet radio

And as a cool bonus, a SiriusXM tuner is included free with this receiver so you can subscribe to enjoy everything satellite radio has to offer. If you're a road warrior you'll appreciate all the music, news, talk, sports offered by SiriusXM — you'll get the best variety without worrying about your smartphone's data plan. Once you subscribe, the included SiriusXM tuner will allow you to listen to your favorite stations all the way from Atlanta to Albuquerque.

The SXV300V1 SiriusXM tuner plugs directly into this receiver. You'll also need an XM or SiriusXM subscription.  Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska.

Smartphone compatibility that rules

I've reviewed a lot of receivers that promise smartphone compatibility, and this Sony ranks high in easy usability. You can plug your iPhone® or Android™ into this receiver and take charge of a variety of apps for navigation, music, and more from a pair of very cool interfaces.

  • Apple CarPlay™ — CarPlay is an iOS user's dream. Plug in your iPhone and you'll access a friendly iOS styled interface that lets you quickly jump into your music, podcasts, messages, streaming music and more. CarPlay's a no-brainer for me — it's simply a much safer and simpler way to use your phone in the car.

  • Android Auto — With Android Auto you'll enjoy a simple, safe, and easy-to-use interface that lets you stay focused on the road. Maps, music, communication, apps, and voice control are ready to roll when you plug in your compatible Android device.

Spotify and Pandora® control

If you're a streaming music services fan, you'll appreciate how you can control your Pandora and Spotify accounts from the receiver. Just connect your iPhone via USB or Bluetooth, or pair up your Android™ with Bluetooth and you're all set. If you're a Google Play Music subscriber, Android Auto lets you tap into millions of songs anywhere, anytime.

Bluetooth® wireless command

The XAV-AX210SXM is ready to roll with hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music. Plus, with your compatible iPhone, you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality, using your voice to place calls, select music, hear notifications, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.

Awesome A/V

The receiver's LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — that sure helps to minimize wars in the back seat. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera. Two additional camera inputs cover other camera options.

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

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

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver
    • 6.4" TFT touchscreen
    • includes SiriusXM SXV300V1 tuner (satellite radio subscription required)
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • selectable wallpaper backgrounds
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • Apple CarPlay compatible
    • Android Auto compatible
    • iPhone control
    • playback and control of music files on compatible Android devices
    • Siri Hands Free compatible with compatible iPhones
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • plays FLAC audio files (up to 96kHz/24-bit) from flash media
    • 10-band graphic equalizer with 12 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • DSO (Dynamic Stage Organizer) enhances audio output
    Expandability:
    • inputs: rear USB port, three rear-view camera inputs
    • outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDatalink Maestro module
      • retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • built-in amp (20 watts RMS CTA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # XAVAX210SXM

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver w/ 6.4" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 53" USB extension cable
    • 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)
    • SiriusXM Connect vehicle tuner (attached 25" cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • SiriusXM antenna (attached 23' cable terminated by a right-angle SMB connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws
    • Velcro-strap
    • Alcohol Prep Pad
    • AV Receiver Operating Instructions
    • SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Installation Guide
    • SiriusXM Brochure and Channel Guide
    • Warranty Sheet

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    Bad software

    Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 9/16/2019

    2006 Toyota Tacoma

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    Bad software. I liked it at first, but then the software bugs started to show up. Radio station preset buttons lost their settings and the clock would randomly be off by strange amounts of time (not just even hours off) like 2 hours and 17 minutes for example. Then the next time I start the car, the clock and the stations might be right again.

    Pros: I liked the knob for volume control

    Cons: Bad software

    Crutchfield response on 9/17/2019
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    Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia, PA on 9/8/2019

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    Had to replace original radio and this one is so much better. Should have done it awhile ago. Sound is so much better.

    Pros: Nice display. Easy to use.

    Cons: Fit could be a little bit better

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    Crutchfield customer from Jerome, ID on 8/27/2019

    2005 Ford Mustang

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    Basic yet modern

    Pros: Still plays CDs, simple operation

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    Happy with this purchase

    Crutchfield customer from Lafayette, IN on 8/23/2019

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    Very happy with this stereo. Responsive screen and great CarPlay capabilities. With the iDatalink Maestro, the steering wheel controls still work on my Subaru Crosstrek. I would also recommend the Ready Harness because it made install a breeze.

    Pros: Touch screen, CarPlay, steering wheel controls, retains use of factory backup camera

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    Vince from Warrenton on 7/30/2019

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    Let me start by saying that Crutchfield is hands down the best place to go for anything audio. I had several questions come up during the install and they were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I gave this unit only 3 stars because even though its overall a very good unit there's a couple annoying things about it. I love the Android auto feature and all the options I have now for music. - can't turn off rear camera if none are connected, you have to cut the white/purple wire. So if in the future you want to add one you'd have to reconnect the wire. - it doesn't play DVD audio discs. Want to dump a bunch of your favorite albums or audio files onto a DVD and play it for hours of musical bliss? Nope, stupidly unsupported. - when scrolling through the 3 screens of saved Sirius stations it won't leave it on the station you're currently listening to, it reverts to the last station you last listened to on EACH screen. - do not use this unit without the vehicle running. It literally drained my battery during the installation and setup in about 15 minutes. Battery was fine before the install and after recharging.

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    Crutchfield customer from Easton, CT on 7/22/2019

    2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    So far I like it. It's going to an alpine amp so can comment on the power. Integration with the maestro was OK but couldn't get the existing vehicle mic to work. Touch screen is responsive. Wish there was a flash drive or 2nd USB/Aux input.

    Pros: Easy install. Looks nice. Works well. Still has a CD player so you are not stuck listening to crappy Bluetooth audio from a phone

    Cons: Needs another USB and would prefer a flash card reader or aux in too.

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    expected better

    Robert from Manassas, VA on 7/1/2019

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    If you are buying this for the volume knob PLEASE GET SOMETHING ELSE. I am weird...but I like a volume knob. Seeing as how there is NO dedicated mute button and the mute function from the steering wheel does not work...having something to turn the radio down quickly is really helpful. And turning the volume up and down with the steering wheel controls is painfully slow. Thankfully it does tend to remember volumes for each input so I don't have to mess with it much to take calls. The display itself is ok...but how about the ability to customize it even a LITTLE bit beyond just adding a wallpaper? Who cares about a wallpaper....I want to actually get rid of the Sirius icon and maybe move some of the other stuff around. Resize the clock and maybe get a weather widget or something on the home screen. For this price range I really was expecting better. The accuracy of the touch panel is also crap. Don't plan on using it on the regular as it will have you wanting to rip it out and throw it out the window. sound wise its ok and seems to have decent functions. but as others have mentioned they seem to be fairly basic. I will probably get an dedicated cross over/EQ when I add amps and a sub. Also...a note about the install kit you guys sell. The plastic brackets in the Metra kit just aren't up to the task. I fabbed my own out of metal and they work so much better. The radio is held in place and doesn't jiggle in the dash.

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    Not great for the price

    Crutchfield customer from Chelsea, MI on 6/23/2019

    2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    First up, the startup. It takes probably 20-30 seconds to fully start up and recognize a bluetooth connection. The ATT button doesn't usually work very well and the volume knob is not nearly as sensitive as it needs to be. The settings menu. With various audio sources and myself listening to a large array of different music, it is a huge pain in the rear end to have to use the slider at the bottom, and then click 4 times to get to the subwoofer control. Going to be attempting to move the icons around (hopefully they are adjustable). The crossover controls are really simplified and offer no slope control. The subwoofer crossover cannot be shut off. The radio also didn't come with the standard metal cage for install and there are too few screw holes on the side to appropriately mount the radio. At this price point I was expecting a lot better.

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    gregory from Hershey, PA on 6/21/2019

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    Touch screen is very nice.. Great features that didn't break the bank. Apple play works flawlessly. Very crisp screen. Great sound over the stock unit with the built in EQ's. Biggest problem is what I have seen with other reviews with the video input screen popping up for now reason. Sony - I know I have no video because I didn;t plug any camera's in. Have not tried the fix yet but great unit for the price

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    Crutchfield customer from Phoenixville, PA on 6/18/2019

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    Unit was easy to setup. Touch screen is clear and responsive. Android auto functionality works well.

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    Crisp screen and signal, 4volt output

    Josh from Mcarthur, OH on 6/9/2019

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    Overall nice receiver! A cpl drawbacks though, nothing serious but noteworthy. First the screen isnt that responsive compared to the newer 5000 model with the capacitive screen, sometimes have to touch on something a cpl times. Also the startup time is still pretty slow which the new update made it A TON faster still I dont understand why I have to click the button everytime I start my car agreeing to the terms of whatever. Also we had to grind down some plastic around the volume knob to make it to where you could spin it somewhat freely, where it sits kind of inside the dash instead of flush, which is something they also fixed on the 5000 model. But the 5000 doesn't have a cd/DVD player or a volume knob so it's basically a trade off of what u prefer. Other than those points mentioned it's a really nice receiver. The display is nice and crisp even in direct sunlight. The 4volt output is nice running a subwoofer. Android auto works smooth. Hopefully they update the whole layout and some more functions with android auto soon ,its time but that's not on Sony. All the camera options is a added bonus, as well as the Sirius tuner. One other thing I really wish they would have done is to have the screen mirror option so u could play movies or YouTube videos on the screen instead of just having the sound play through it from bluetooth. But I'm happy with it. For the price and what ya get ya cant beat it honestly. Even though I pointed out cons there are far more pros so I'd reccomend

    Pros: 4 volt, display, clean signal, volume knob, 3 camera inputs, a video output, android auto, apple CarPlay. Pretty decent EQ with sub control, phase, 10band, DSO, SXM ready. Plays flac files. Supports Waze and Google maps

    Cons: No capacitive screen, no time alignment, doesn't sit flush, no screen mirroring

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    Love it

    Scott from East Lansing, Michigan on 5/3/2019

    2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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    Amazing in dash with Android Auto. Hard to find a receiver that has Android Auto under $500?

    Pros: Android Auto

    Cons: My vehicle takes another $130 Interface to install it

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    Great once working around Sony's software bugs

    Crutchfield customer from Snohomish, WA on 3/10/2019

    2013 Toyota Highlander

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    I'm between 4-5 stars here. I like the screen (it is marginally smaller than some with a 7", but the resolution is the same so the text and images are very crisp and sharp). I love having the volume knob and track forward/back buttons on the front - makes it way easier for a passenger to control music, etc. But, the best feature is that it looks OEM - it doesn't look tacky like an after market stereo. Makes me smile whenever I get into the car - a 2013 Toyota Highlander :) Originally I would have given this 2 stars max. Here is why - when driving down the road, Android Auto would disappear and the head unit would switch itself to camera 2 or camera 3's input. But, I only have 1 camera hooked up (backup camera). This was annoying to say the least. I thought the unit may have been flaky / would have to go back (wasn't looking forward to tearing my dash apart multiple times). I updated the firmware from Sony's site - that seemed to make it a bit better - but not perfect. Finally, after searching forums, I found others who had similar issues and they fixed it by going into Settings -> Cameras -> and disabled (off) Camera 2 and Camera 3. Now, it works like a charm. I really like it, but c'mon Sony - really? Don't you test your stuff? Fortunately it was an easy enough fix - hopefully it is fixed for all without having to work around it with Sony's next firmware update.

    Pros: Looks very clean, OEM like Volume knob Very sharp & clear screen

    Cons: Finicky firmware

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    Crutchfield customer from Harlingen, TX on 2/25/2019

    2008 Dodge Ram 3500

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    This head-unit has everything I wanted 2 years ago but didn't exist at the time. Multiple camera inputs, OBDII data, android auto etc.

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    Crutchfield customer from Niceville, FL on 12/25/2018

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class

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    I updated my factory radio because I wanted a backup camera and apple CarPlay. This unit performs as expected. It does take a few sec to turn on when I start my vehicle. It changes functions quickly with no lag time. Apple CarPlay works well. If you have iOS 12 you will have to enter the phone pass code before it will connect to the radio, after that it's good to go. You can turn that security feature off in your phone if you wish.

    Pros: Ease of use.

    Cons: Takes a few seconds (15-20 sec) to turn on at startup.

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    Well thought out design.

    Bubbatech from Alabama on 12/1/2018

    2011 Toyota Prius

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    This is a very well thought out device. I installed this one in a 2011 Prius (no jbl) with a Maestro interface. It has worked with no problems and it is clear that the designers paid attention to details. For example, the display dims when headlights are turned on (the Jensen vx7024 I sent back did not), the home screen is well laid out and responsive, it switches between modes seemlessly even when Apple CarPlay is active, it instantly shows the reverse camera even before boot up, and it sounds excellent. I would buy this unit again.

    Pros: Well laid out home screen, nice clean aesthetic design, responsive, gets the details right.

    Cons: None

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control CarPlay only
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Included SiriusXM Tuner
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    General
    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 (coming soon)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google, Waze
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 6.4
    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
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback FLAC (96kHz)

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    Disc & USB Playback
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    Audio & DSP Section
    Video/Camera/OEM Connectivity
    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 Amazon Music 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.
    Notes:
    • Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone. However, you can stream Bluetooth audio while using Android Auto's Google Maps.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one attached to the rear chassis.
    • Click here to learn more about Android Auto and to see what latest smartphones 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: 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 (coming soon), 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 there own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Sony receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Sony receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):
    Notes:
    • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running the latest iOS version.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone. However, you can stream Bluetooth audio while using Apple CarPlay Maps.

    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.

    USB Extension Note: The Sony XAV-AX210's USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 7" cable and comes with a 53" USB extension cable. Only use the included USB extension 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 any other USB extension cable and 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 2.1: The Sony XAV-AX210 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 2.1, 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), PBAB 1.1 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony XAV-AX210. Please visit Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Simple Secure Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XAV-AX210 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-AX210 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-AX210 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-AX210 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-AX210, 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 ring-tone 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-AX210 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-AX210. 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.

    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the XAV-AX210 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. Advanced music browsing is supported by Android 4.0+ smartphones and Apple iPhones 5.0+ (specific advanced functions vary by phone).
    • 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).

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Sony XAV-AX210 has a front loading disc slot to make loading discs easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Sony XAV-AX210 supports playback of DVD-Video and CD-Audio discs only. It does not support playback of DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, or CD-R/RW discs.

    USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) Playback: The Sony XAV-AX210 features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that is attached to the rear chassis via a 7" cable and comes with a 53" USB extension 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, video, and photo 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 16/24-bits
    FLAC: sampling frequency of 8-96kHz with bit depth of 8/12/16/24-bits
    Video Xvid: max resolution of 720 x 576 with max frame rate of 30fps
    MPEG-4: max resolution of 720 x 576 with max frame rate of 30fps
    WMV: max resolution of 720 x 576 with max frame rate of 30fps
    MKV:
    max resolution of 720 x 576 with max frame rate of 30fps
    FLV: max resolution of 720 x 480 with max frame rate of 30fps
    Photo JPEG: 6,048 x 4,032 (24,000,000 pixels)
    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.

    Playback & Search Functions: You can use the head unit's touchscreen monitor to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a USB device. You'll also be able to operate basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track from the unit's touchscreen for both DVD/CD and USB. From the included remote you can access tracks on a USB device directly.

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

    SiriusXM + AM/FM Radio

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony XAV-AX210 is SiriusXM-Ready and comes with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (SXV300V1). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the 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 touchscreen
    • 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.

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-AX210 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.

    • BSM (Best Station Memory): BSM (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.

    Audio & DSP 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-AX210 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/4V Preouts+ Subwoofer Control: The XAV-AX210 contains five 4-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.

    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.

    Video/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    Video Output: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor, such as rear headrest or overhead monitor (sold separately). The video output can display a DVD or USB video signal when its selected as the receiver's source, regardless if the vehicle's parking brake is engaged or not. The Video Output does not support CarPlay or Android Auto.

    Note: This unit is not equipped with an AV or Aux input.

    3-Camera Inputs: The Sony XAV-AX210 is equipped with three composite video camera inputs to connect rear-, front-, and side-view cameras. You can toggle between the camera inputs. The rear camera input also offers auto-switching when your vehicle is put into reverse gear. The rear camera input also offers parking guide lines to assist you when backing up into a parking space.

    • 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 input; 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.

    OEM Integration: This Sony DVD receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Sony receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, plus select Honda/Acura, Toyota/Scion, Volkswagen & Subaru vehicles with factory digital amplifiers.

    • Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Sony head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Sony receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.4" Touchscreen w/ Gesture Control: The Sony XAV-AX210 DVD receiver is equipped with a 6.4" touchscreen with full-color display and responsive touch-sensitive control. The 6.4" 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 five color wallpapers (Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Black) for the background image of the unit's touchscreen monitor; or download a custom image from an inserted USB thumbdrive.
    • 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 DVD or 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 DVD or 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.

    3-Way Rotary Dial: In addition to touchscreen control, the Sony head unit features a 3-way rotary dial and push-button control along the left side of the front-panel. The ergonomic rotary dial makes operation distraction-free. Turn it to control volume, or push the integrated button to launch sound control menus. Alternatively, hold the button to use voice commands.

    Remote Control: The Sony XAV-AX210 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. Its 3.5mm rear-panel mounted SWC input jack allows for simple connectivity (other hardwire connections may be required).

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Has everything I need in a stereo. [ Patrick  Jun 24, 2019 ]
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    One of the best radios on the market for CarPlay [ Matthew  Apr 09, 2019 ]

    7 questions already asked

    Q
    Is iData Link Maestro compatible with a 2014 Forester without the Harmon Kardon system?
    [ Tim  Sep 19, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    it was compatible with my 2016 forester without the harmon kardon system. very nice to use the existing buttons on my stearing wheel without any modifications other than replacing my stereo deck and adding the idata link maestro. truly amazing! fully programmable too!
    [ Jeffrey  Sep 19, 2019 ]
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    How well does Waze work, that and a volume knob are my two of my biggest wants in a new Head unit?
    [ Ben  May 07, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    Waze, when connected to my iPhone (make sure the phone can get a clear GPS signal), works wonderfully. I prefer Google Maps for routing, but Waze for traffic and incidents.
    [ Matthew  May 07, 2019 ]
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    How well does Waze work, that and a volume knob are my two of my biggest wants in a new Head unit?
    [ Ben  May 07, 2019 ]
    6 answers
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    Waze works great with this unit... but will assume all android auto units would work well.
    [ Chong  May 08, 2019 ]
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    Hello Ben, I returned the Sony for a few reasons. One was the volume knob. On my Mazda Miata the head unit did not come out far enough . It was awkward. I also did no like that yo had to plug into a USB port to get car play. Crutchfield was great. I sent it back and bought the top of the line Pioneer. I love it.
    [ JOHN  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Waze works great, i deliver pizzas so i use it daily. The volume knob is a little bit stiff and the way the radio sits in my car(Pontiac g6), it is kind of hard to turn. However, if you have steering wheel controls it does connect to them. Also, idk if it's just my unit, but sometime it takes a minute or two to turn on. But other than that it's been a great radio.
    [ Thomas  May 07, 2019 ]
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    I haven't used Waze, but I do use Google Maps and it works well. The volume knob is a nice feature, but sort of small, works well.
    [ JOHN  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Awesome. The volume knob is smaller I must say but it does its job. And Waze is clean through iOS
    [ MAXX  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Waze works well, no problem with it so far. The volume knob works as you'd expect although, it's a little small so can be hard to be precise with (particularly if you're an odd or even person!). Having said that, it has a nice tactile feel and its small size is a good tradeoff for taking up less space and having a larger screen.
    [ DANIEL  May 07, 2019 ]
    Q
    Is it possible to retain the USB/Aux in the armrest with a Maestro adapter for 15+ Subaru WRX and if so, which Maestro adapter do I need?
    [ Justin  Apr 01, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    It does not appear possible to retain the aux input in a 2015 year model, but the USB port can. The wiring harness for the Maestro adapter varies depending on the stock system in the WRX. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to get the specifics on your WRX so we can recommend the correct wiring adapters My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
    [ Paul  Apr 14, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    does this Sony XAV-AX210SXM have the option to display and play the youtube app in apple CarPlay menu screen? thanks
    [ Alexander  Mar 09, 2019 ]
    4 answers
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    No. Not that I'm aware of.
    [ Rex  Mar 11, 2019 ]
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    CarPlay is same no matter the head unit. To answer your question, no YouTube is not a CarPlay app.
    [ Justin  Mar 10, 2019 ]
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    Only the audio from a YouTube video will play through the system.
    [ JOHN  Mar 09, 2019 ]
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    Alexander I have not tried that yet. All of a sudden my Sirus Radio stoped playing. I am waiting for my instaler to look at this problem.
    [ JOHN  Mar 09, 2019 ]
    Q
    Will this unit display engine data from the cars computer or only what previously went to the stock unit? I have a 2016 crosstrek.
    [ Jchris  Feb 04, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    It displays just about everything maestro offers. I have a 2013 forester and I now have access to way more info with the maestro and this HU. I have two screens of gauges with a ton of others I can switch out. Stock speakers got a much needed boost also.
    [ Jimmy  Feb 27, 2019 ]
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Krissy  Feb 06, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is there any way to change the order Tuner, Satellite, USB..... in the home screen?
    [ Dan  Jan 27, 2019 ]
    3 answers
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    Dan, On my unit the order is: tuner, SXM, BT audio, phone, camera, and settings. Lacy
    [ Lacy L.  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    I've tried to move the icons around, and do not think it is possible. Then again, I didn't read the owner's booklet.
    [ Chong  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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    No I don't believe so.
    [ DON  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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