Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
USB Ports & Radio Function
Audio & DSP Section
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's rear-panel USB port (labeled "USB1-Smartphone) 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
- 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
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
- 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
Slacker Radio, &
Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist
information and album art or station logo.
- Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the
Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C
- 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.
- You cannot connect an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay device at the
- The USB port (labeled "USB2-USB Memory") cannot be used for Android
Auto and only supports USB MSC or MTP devices.
to learn more about Android Auto and to see what latest smartphones are
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 to the receiver's rear-panel USB
port (labeled "USB1-Smartphone), 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.
- 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. 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
- 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
- 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
- Music & Radio: Pandora,
Slacker Radio, &
- News, Sports & Podcasts: Stitcher,
MLB.com At Bat,
CBS Radio News,
NPR One, &
- Audio Books:
- 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.
- You cannot connect an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device at the
- The USB port (labeled "USB2-USB Memory") cannot be used for CarPlay
and only supports USB MSC or MTP devices.
Smartphone Charging: The Sony receiver's USB port (labeled
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-AX5000's USB port (labeled
"USB1-Smartphone) is attached to the
rear-chassis via a 59" cable. Only an Apple certified Lightning-to-USB or
Android-compliant USB cable when connecting your iPhone or Android device
for CarPlay or Android Auto. 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.
Bluetooth 3.0: The Sony XAV-AX5000 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),
PBAB 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-AX5000. 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-AX5000 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-AX5000 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-AX5000 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-AX5000 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-AX5000, 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
- 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
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Sony
XAV-AX5000 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-AX5000.
- SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the XAV-AX5000 offers support of AAC. By
supporting AAC, the Sony digital media receiver offers better audio
performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
- Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback
functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the XAV-AX5000
lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.
(AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
- 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 & Radio Functions
Dual USB Ports (for MSC & MTP Playback): The Sony XAV-AX5000
features two rear-panel
USB (type-A) ports that are attached to the rear chassis via 59" cables.
Either USB port supports the connection of a USB MSC device, while one of the
USB ports also supports connection of a USB MTP device. You'll be able to
playback a variety of audio files on your compatible USB MSC or MTP device
through the Sony receiver, as well as control playback and view song/artist
information with album art. One of the USB ports also supports video playback
from a USB MSC device. USB MSC and MTP devices that can be charged via USB will
be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB ports (USB1 = 1.5A / USB2 =
500mA), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
- MSC Playback: Both USB ports will support connection of a USB
(mass storage class) device for playback from a USB thumbdrive or portable
digital audio player (like a Sony Walkman). The USB port labeled
"USB1-Smartphone" supports audio and video file playback, while the USB port
labeled "USB2-USB Memory" only supports audio file playback.
During USB MSC playback, the unit will provide control and song/artist
display with album art.
- MTP Playback: In addition to MSC playback, the USB port labeled"
USB2-USB Memory" also supports connection of a MTP (media transfer protocol)
device (including select Android smartphones) for playback of a variety of audio files. During USB MTP playback,
the unit will provide control and song/artist display with album art.
- Using both USB ports - you can have two USB MSC devices connected at
the same time, one MSC and one MTP device connected at the same time, or
one MSC or MTP device and one CarPlay or Android
Auto device connected at the same time.
- This unit's USB ports do not support connection of USB
hubs or USB card-readers.
Audio/Video File Compatibility: See chart below for
compatible files types regarding USB MSC (mass storage class) and MTP (media
transfer protocol) devices.
| Supported Features || USB Ports |
USB2-USB Memory |
| USB Type ||MSC ||MSC, MTP |
File System ||FAT 12/16/32, exFAT ||FAT 12/16/32 |
Audio Files ||MP3 (48-320kbps;
32-48kHz), WMA (48-192kbps; 44.1kHz), AAC (40-320kbps; 8-48kHz),
FLAC (16-bit; 8-48kHz), WAV (16/24-bit; 8-48kHz) ||MP3 (48-320kbps;
32-48kHz), WMA (48-192kbps; 44.1kHz), AAC (40-320kbps; 8-48kHz) |
Video Files ||MPEG-4 (1280x720), WMV
(720x480), MKV (1280x720), Xvid (1280x720) ||N |
CarPlay/Android Auto Compatible ||CarPlay, Android Auto ||N |
Charging ||1.5A ||500mA |
Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-AX5000 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,
- 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.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Sony XAV-AX5000 is SiriusXM-Ready and
compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300
sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM
programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out
the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages
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
- 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
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
Note: The power specifications for the Sony XAV-AX5000 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-AX5000 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
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
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.
6.95" Capactive Touchscreen w/ Gesture Control: The Sony
XAV-AX5000 digital media receiver is equipped with a 6.95" capacitive
touchscreen that offers a crystal clear display and highly responsive
touch-sensitive control. The ultra-slim 6.95" touchscreen display uses a
bezel-less panel, for a smooth fit on the dashboard that blends seamlessly with
your car interior. 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
- 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
- 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.
Front-Panel Buttons: Push-button controls along the bottom
edge of the 6.95" touchscreen display provides instant access to commonly-used
features such as volume, source, sound settings and voice control for safe and
easy operation on the road
Remote Control: The Sony XAV-AX5000 comes with an IR wireless
remote control and supports compatibility with steering wheel remote adapters
- 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).
Rearview Camera Input: The Sony XAV-AX5000 is equipped with a
composite video rearview camera input to connect a backup camera (sold
separately - see Accessories Tab). 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
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.