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Sony XAV-AX5000

Digital multimedia receiver

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Overview

Our take on the Sony XAV-AX5000

Remember when you only had a radio in your car? How quaint. Smartphones are now the way we roll when we're driving, thanks to car stereos like Sony's XAV-AX5000 digital multimedia receiver. This Sony integrates beautifully with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto so you can access your media with easy-to-use icons and pages, and even use your voice to make commands so your eyes stay on the road. When you do sneak a peek, you'll be impressed by the clarity and color of Sony's new bezel-less 7" flat mirror LCD display. Sony knows how to build beautiful display screens, and I think this is one of the sharpest ones on the market.

Times have changed

Remember when you only had a radio in your car? How quaint. Smartphones are now the way we roll when we're driving, thanks to car stereos like Sony's XAV-AX5000 digital multimedia receiver. This Sony integrates beautifully with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto so you can access your media with easy-to-use icons and pages, and even use your voice to make commands so your eyes stay on the road. When you do sneak a peek, you'll be impressed by the clarity and color of Sony's new bezel-less 7" flat mirror LCD display. Sony knows how to build beautiful display screens, and I think this is one of the sharpest ones on the market.

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Use your phone's nav functions with Android Auto (pictured) or Apple CarPlay.

The phone is the key

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you access your phone's content with the sound of your voice or the touch of a finger. This stereo's controls behave like your phone's interface, so there's no learning curve. Plug in your Android™ or iPhone®, and you'll get access to your navigation, phone calls, weather, text messages, and of course all your music. Get more info at www.apple.com/ios/carplay and www.android.com/auto.

Go wireless with Bluetooth®

Bluetooth enables wireless streaming for music, podcasts, and audiobooks, along with the convenience of hands-free phone calls. This Sony lets you enjoy all the content without plugging in when you get behind the wheel. You can install the included wired microphone close to you, so callers can hear you loud and clear.

Music — lots of music

If you groove to your favorite music services on your iPhone or Android, you'll dig playing music from Pandora and Spotify on this receiver. If you're looking for radio stations that won't fade away when you look for new adventures, add a SiriusXM tuner to this Sony to enjoy satellite radio's deep programming from coast to coast.

Smooth sound

This receiver also offers an impressive array of sound-sculpting controls, including a 10-band graphic equalizer and Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) which creates virtual speakers on your dash for better soundstaging. Supporting the soundshaping is the clear and natural sound of Sony's powerful Dynamic Reality Amp 2. The XAV-AX5000 also includes front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs for when it's time to add amplifiers to your system.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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

    Product Highlights:
    • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • 6.95" touchscreen display on bezel-less panel
    • works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • plays FLAC files on USB drives
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Smartphone Features:
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    Audio/Video Features:
    • plays media from USB memory devices
    • 10-band equalizer with digital time alignment
    • Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) compensates for low speaker positions
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    • built-in internal amp (17 watts RMS/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • CTA-2006 compliant
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital media receiver w/ 6.95" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 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)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws
    • Operating Instructions
    • Warranty Sheet

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    Reviews

    Sony XAV-AX5000 Reviews

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    (125 Reviews)

    Phone calls don't work with Samsung Note 8

    Chuck from Parker, CO on 2/21/2019

    2008 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds much better then the stock unit, and I love the features. Unfortunately the phone part doesn't work with my Samsung Note 8. They can hear me but I can't hear them. It's really odd because it works fine on my wife's older Note 5. I tried firmware updates and still didn't work. By the time I noticed this (I don't take a lot of calls in the car) I had thrown away all the packaging and such. I guess I'll keep it and hope that a later update fixes things, or maybe a new phone.

    Pros: I like most everything about it.

    Cons: Can't hold phone calls on my Note 8.

    Good Sound, easy to operate

    Tim from Potterville , MI on 2/17/2019

    2003 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sounding unit. Replaced a factory stereo in a 2003 Buick Lesabre. Straight forward installation although the kit does not account for the mounting on the left side. The supplied screws and clips cannot be installed as there is no way to attach the clip. Set-up was quick after a call to Crutchfield tech support (they are awesome) and a simple solder of the steering wheel controls module. One complaint, the Sony has 6 "registered devices" boxes on the Bluetooth set-up screen. There are no instructions for registering a device and if you have multiple phones as I do it is impossible to have both attached or registered with the unit. This is a problem as I have both personal and business cell phones and the ability to use both in a hands free method during the day was a major reason for purchasing this unit. Android Auto works great and is much better functionally than the Apple Car Play. Unit has a software update available and I'm hopeful that this will help with the Bluetooth registration problem. Overall I recommend this Stereo.

    Pros: Good sound, easy to operate, lots of functionality.

    Cons: Poor manuals, no ability to register multiple Bluetooth devices

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    WASEEM from Sprngfld Gdns, NY on 2/13/2019

    2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing

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    Don't get it for Android Auto

    David from Flemington, NJ on 2/12/2019

    2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this near the end of December and was able to install it in the 2nd week of January. Install was easy, the screen is beautiful and responsive, and the bezel-less display looks great when installed. But that's where the good part of this review ends. If you want to use this with Android Auto as your primary connection - LOOK ELSEWHERE. Constant disconnects, regardless of cable. The unit freezes and reboots out of nowhere when an Android phone is connected as well. There are multiple threads on Sony's site about this but all of their resolutions have been "check your power cable, restart the unit, factory reset the unit." I took advantage of Crutchfield's 60 day guarantee and exchanged it for the JVC KW-845M. Same phone, same connections, same cable and that unit is rock solid with Android Auto. Crutchfield is awesome. This Sony - not so much. Just an additional note for anyone using a SiriusXM tuner with this unit as well - it is not as fully functioned as other units in this price range. It's basically a simple screen with the channel info and that's it. Other units have TuneStart, artist and song alerts, sports score alerts, album art and other extra features.

    Pros: Nice Screen

    Cons: Everything Else

    Does NOT support android auto

    Nick from Sarasota Beach, FL on 2/11/2019

    2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

    Great radio if you do not intend to use android auto. Does not stay connected and is a widely known issue that Sony refuses to admit or correct. The unit itself is beautiful. The response time of the screen is amazing. The sound is quite good and the power is impressive. Android auto is a HUGE issue tho.

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    Crutchfield response on 2/19/2019 Nick, if you purchased this receiver from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Crutchfield customer from Barranquitas, PR on 2/11/2019

    2009 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it !!!

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    Crutchfield customer from Taylorsville, NC on 2/10/2019

    2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit has the potential to be great. I bought it for android auto and unfortunately will not work with the current android operating system. I had an older galaxy s6 and plugged it up and android auto came on but would keep dropping and reconnecting. I paid for a custom install and now I'm stuck with this junk! Sony needs to get this problem solved! I wish I had done more research on this radio that I've invested to much money in and wasted. Crutchfield is awesome to do business with and they should pull this unit from the shelf until sony gets it fixed. Don't make the same mistake I did!

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    Cons: Does not work with current android operating system.

    Crutchfield response on 2/19/2019 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Clint, reached out to this customer to help him further. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

    Solid for the price.

    Crutchfield customer from Buda, TX on 2/10/2019

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well, car play is a breeze. Intuitive screen interface.

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    Salvatore from Pennsburg, PA on 2/5/2019

    2013 Toyota Prius C
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit. Great sound and features.

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    Stock stereo on Chevrolet rental was better!!

    David from Slidell, LA on 1/19/2019

    2006 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2006 Nissan Titan, Samsung S7 phone. Things you should know if you purchase this unit. 1. Voice commands do not work with Bluetooth on this unit. Voice commands only work when your phone is plugged into the USB and using Android Auto. 2. Only one phone can be paired at a time with this unit. Each time you want to use the Bluetooth, you must go through the pairing process again if someone else had paired their phone with the receiver. 3. You can program 6 favorites on the screen for phone calls but the 6 favorites remain the same no matter which phone is paired with the receiver. My wife and I share this truck and it becomes a pain to either plug in the phone each time or have to pair the phone again. 4. Major connection issues with the USB to use Android Auto. I spent lots of time talking to Crutchfield techs and a few hours searching the internet for answers. First, use the original Samsung wire that came with the phone. Second, go into developer mode on your phone. (Settings, Software information, Tap Build number 7 times, back to Settings, Developer Options.) Find USB debugging and turn it on. After doing all of this, it finally connected to Sony with the Android app running. 5. Next problem - not receiving texts or being able to text to speech. Download Textra app and use that as the default app for texts. Follow the instructions and it works. Had I known about these issues, I would have selected a different receiver.

    Pros: Touch Screen is accurate and responsive, Sounds and looks great, Easy installation, Powers up quickly. Crutchfield techs are very patient. They did their best to satisfy me.

    Cons: I don't like how you have to connect your phone to the USB to use voice commands. Other stereos allow this function through Bluetooth. Other stereos also allow you to Bluetooth more than one phone at a time. Only 5 choices for wallpaper and I don't think you can upload your own. Major connection issues at least with my phone. No volume knob.

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    Crutchfield customer from Ada, OK on 1/19/2019

    2014 Kia Rio
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome sound

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    Nice unit, Android Auto broken for newer phones

    Matthias from Medford, MA on 1/18/2019

    2006 Porsche Cayman S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this unit because it was clean and simple looking and has a capacitive touchscreen. More importantly, it has Android Auto/Apple Carplay. Unfortunately, the Android Auto implementation in this unit is flawed. There is a misconfiguration with the USB connection and it will frequently drop/eventually restart Android Auto. I know this is a problem with this unit because I have a Pioneer head unit in my other car where Android Auto performs flawlessly. Sony hasn't sufficiently acknowledged this issue, promised an update or suggested they are working on it. I would give this thing 4-5 stars easy if that worked as it is otherwise pretty great.

    Pros: Slick capacitive touchscreen Simple clean design No optical drive so low profile footprint

    Cons: Android Auto is broken for the newest Android phones (Android 9)

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    Ankit from Novi, MI on 1/10/2019

    2004 Lexus ES330
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple to install, very easy to use. Sony you have done a very good job. Car Play is fantastic. Please ensure you get the harness for your car from Crutchfield they are thorough and cables work the first time.

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    Crutchfield customer from Ballwin, MO on 1/3/2019

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outside of getting the wires matched to the factory wires, the installation was very straight forward.

    Pros: Easy to physically install.

    Cons: Wiring to match the factory wires, even with the harness kit, was a little more difficult to get right.

    Nice Head Unit ... with some quirks

    John from Salt Lake City, UT on 1/2/2019

    2004 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was wanting a unit that would integrate Apple CarPlay to my older 2004 Toyota Tundra. The main thing I wanted the unit to have was a larger capacitive touch screen that looked and felt really nice (like a tablet or smartphone screen). Some of the pressure sensitive screens I had seen in stores just felt terrible and looked pretty bad to boot. So after doing the research I arrived at the Sony unit which hit on both my biggest items, CarPlay and the screen. For my main requirements this unit has been great so far! But ... My wish list for this to be 5 star: Would be nice to be able to arrange or remove icons that are not being used (Sirius XM, etc) and/or at least move the icons that you do use all the time to the first screen and relegate the less used icons to the second screen that you have to swipe to. Would be nice to have more options for wall paper and/or customizable wall papers. Sure wish it had an AUX connection built in. Odd functionality of USB1 and USB2: The USB1 connection allows for phone connection (Carplay or Android Auto) and usb stick that will play video and audio formats. USB2 allows for usb stick, but will ONLY play audio files and NOT video formats? What? Why? For my use case, I really want to just use USB1 for my iPhone and CarPlay all the time and have a USB stick in USB2 all the time from which I'd like to play either music or movies but this is not possible for video. Hoping for a firmware fix on

    Pros: Nice big capacitive touch screen, looks great, feels great to the touch. Glass screen, not pressure sensitive plastic feel like other non-capacitive screens. Apple Car Play Android Auto Decent Equalizer USB plays audio and video files from USB

    Cons: No customization of home screen Would be nice to have more options for wall paper and/or customizable wall papers. Wish it had an AUX connection built in. Odd functionality difference of USB1 and USB2 The right side black bezel of the unit is wider than the left. Sure this is a nit pick but it's just odd. Why? I have noticed this on a similar Pioneer unit also, but why?

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    Crutchfield customer from Spicewood, TX on 1/2/2019

    2002 Ford Excursion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well, easy to operate and looks great in the dash!!

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    Gary from Haverhill, MA on 1/1/2019

    2000 Audi A6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Android Auto works awesome on this unit, very fast. Sound quality is great

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    Jerry from Washington, IL on 12/31/2018

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When I purchased my new stereo and accessories for my truck I looked all over the internet. And Crutchfield kept coming back up each time. They have fantastic customer support and were very helpful when I needed info on what to order and what to expect. My items arrived and were exactly as stated on their website. I spent a few extra bucks to have them custom wire a harness and was worth every last dime of it. My installation due to the help of Crutchfield took less than two hours to install. I will most definitely purchase from them again.

    Pros: Apple car play. I love it.

    Cons: None really. Just a few minor things on the stereo itself but sony would need to release a firmware to allow you to change some things around.

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    Crutchfield customer from Alpharetta, GA on 12/30/2018

    2011 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the system. Our 2011 Jetta's stock radio was draining the car battery at times and this was the perfect remedy. I was apprehensive around doing this myself but Crutchfield made it easy. Saved a lot doing it myself and on my own schedule. I enjoyed the job and have that cool sense of pride that it works.

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    Love Love Love

    Britty from Frisco, TX on 12/30/2018

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this for my husband, the sound quality is amazing. Has a Nissan Armada and installing the Sony kit was fairly easy (his words). Would rebuy if I had too!

    Pros: Sound quality - easy to use - love the rear back up camera

    Cons: Nothing

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    Crutchfield customer from Elkton, MD on 12/30/2018

    2009 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, easy to follow installation instructions.

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    Joshua from Henderson, KY on 12/30/2018

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2011 Silverado. Looks good, easy setup, really makes the factory speakers sound better (will probably upgrade them this summer). Way more power than factory head unit, FM reception seems comparable, Bluetooth calling is easier and better quality. Loving Apple CarPlay, I don't have a dedicated GPS unit and it was a pain navigating with a phone in the cup holder, but the large screen is awesome. Tied in my backup camera as well, works perfectly.

    Pros: Looks, sound quality, phone connectivity.

    Cons: CarPlay freezes if one phone is connected for charging and CarPlay and another is used for Bluetooth audio

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    Crutchfield customer from Gardner, KS on 12/29/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Stereo! Has everything I needed.

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    Steve from Westbury, NY on 12/29/2018

    2011 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this as a gift for my wife. She was looking for the ability to use bluetooth, carplay and SiriusXM. Went with this over other options due to the capacitive touch screen, also including android auto and other good reviews. Got it all wired up with a Metra harness, antenna adapter, SXV300, dash kit for the subaru and AXXESS SWC-1. Works like a charm with Android Auto, Carplay and Sirius with great sound compared to stock. My only issue with the unit is the length of the screws. Sony has to know that most mounting will be via a Metra kit, which is undoubtedly plastic and more than likely around the same thickness so why are the screws so freaking short? I had to dremel out the Metra mounting holes to bevel the edges to give the screws enough room to thread into the receiver chassis. Maybe that's something that can be addressed with Metra or that Crutchfield can put as a note for certain dash kits.

    Pros: Beautiful screen, great touch response, great sound out of the box.

    Cons: Screws are too short to fit a standard Metra mounting kit.

    Works great!

    Robert from Greenwich, CT on 12/29/2018

    2005 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as expected. Looks good and has good sound quality.

    Pros: Simple you use. Great features to update an older car.

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    Works well, Visially dull

    Todd from Morrison, CO on 12/29/2018

    2012 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well, responsive to inputs, good AM and FM reception, plenty of power for the car. Bluetooth commands are sluggish. Only real complaint is the look of the menus and screens. Looks like Sony got their inspiration from DOS. They could have spent an extra few minutes and at least picked a better font in plain white. Maybe a background color other than black. The menu team worked about 15 minutes and then headed out for a long lunch. Too bad.

    Pros: Radio performance Responsiveness Apple CarPlay performance

    Cons: Bluetooth commands are sluggish Menus are barebones visually

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    Crutchfield customer from Portland, MI on 12/29/2018

    2006 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's awesome

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    Awesome band for the buck!!

    Drew from Summerville, SC on 12/29/2018

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver. Sounds great and all the options needed for great performance.

    Pros: Great options including apple play. Easy set up and usage.

    Cons: None so far.

    Nice head unit with a great display and good Car-Play integration!

    Bob from Stephens City, VA on 12/27/2018

    2004 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    At the time of this writing, I've used the Sony XAV-AX5000 product for a few days now and am really enjoying it! This was a welcome upgrade from an aging Pioneer AVH-5600 (Pre-Apple CarPlay) that I originally installed in my 2004 RAV4. The capacitive touch display augments the control layout and is a welcome step-up from the older resistive display touchscreen. I can't speak for Android integration, but Apple Car-Play works very well! The recommended wiring harness and steering wheel control kits worked without a hitch as well. USB output can handle charging the larger iPhones such as the 6S-Plus (which was an initial concern). Additional music was loaded onto a 32GB USB Flash drive (fat32) and was able to play MP3 and FLAC with no issues observed (Note: As the unit has 2-USB ports, read the capabilities and limitations of each before purchasing so you'll know what to expect). I've not attempted to play video, nor do I currently have a backup camera connected. There are a few minor annoyances that I'm sure can be corrected with a firmware update: 1) The time drifts erratically - sometimes hours per day. No other settings appear to have issues, so I'm suspecting this is clock-specific. 2) On startup, the unit appears to always default to the Car-Play screen, despite blindly playing the last used source (such as USB device). This leaves you switching between sources to find out out how to stop the playback. 3) Not a requirement, but the radio RDS information app

    Pros: - Nice looking good sized display. - Capacitive touchscreen is wonderful. - Great Apple Car-Play integration. - All recommended accessory kits worked without issue (Wiring Harness, Steering Wheel, etc). - Good EQ. - Sounds pretty good despite using stock speakers and integrated amp.

    Cons: - Time settings drift. - Display doesn't default to the last played source upon startup (if phone is plugged-in), but still plays where it left off, leaving you to hunt for what's playing.

    Looks nice, works well.

    Jeff from Auburn, CA on 12/27/2018

    2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well, relatively easy to setup. The backup camera integration is nice, let's me ditch my old add-on display. I wish the volume up/down buttons on the remote were a bit different in shape from the others to make it easy to find by feel (like my old Sony head unit). Otherwise it's a good head unit so far.

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    Put out a great sound

    Tim from Raleigh, NC on 12/27/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit. It does everything that I would want for my work truck vehicle. Contacts pop up when called for. Love the two usb ports in back. Hooked those up and ran cables out front. So now I have more options if needed. Bluetooth works good. No worries about talking and driving .Plus its lets me know when I get a text. I also hooked the siriusXM (notincluded). It works great as well. Not to mention all the great people I dealt with from ordering to a couple of issues hooking up the radio. Will always go back to Crutchfield to my electronics.

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    Awesome upgrade for a 2000 Honda CR-V

    BRUCE from Champaign, IL on 12/25/2018

    2000 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome upgrade over the previous upgrade which was a JVC KW-R910BT. This is was in my college daughter's 2000 Honda CR-V. The USB cables from the AX5000 we just ran out through the ashtray. We also tied the AX5000 handbrake and ground wires together instead of trying to hook it up to the handbrake (which seemed dumb in any case). I only used four screws and the radio housing from the "installation extras" so I purchased a lot more than I needed. The Android Auto interface with the touchscreen is now just as good in the 2000 Honda as it is in my new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Limited.

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    Great radio

    Crutchfield customer from FL on 12/25/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio because my older Sony radio would not work correctly with my new phone and I didn't want to change all if the wiring harnesses so..another Sony. It is definitely an improvement. Everything works perfectly and the sound is great. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars us because you can't turn off the sound. If you press the home key, whatever was playing last keeps playing. There may be a way but it isn't obvious and I haven't researched it yet. Only way I can stop it is to press the XM radio icon. Since I don't have an XM tuner, it stops playing. The Android audio works flawlessly. Other than small issue with turning off radio, Love it.

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    Crutchfield customer from Homewood, AL on 12/25/2018

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio

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    Crutchfield customer from Clermont, FL on 12/24/2018

    2007 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best sound

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    Crutchfield customer from Tomball, TX on 12/23/2018

    2018 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. It included CarPlay and multiple USB ports, it also was very simple to set up once I got everything wired correctly. Crutchfield made it simple and easy, can't complain at all.

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    hope it better than my pioneer

    Mark from Hartsdale, NY on 12/21/2018

    2005 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice box will update once its installed, as its a christmas gift for some else

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    Mark from Whitewater, WI on 12/19/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok started to look for systems on Amazon , no price advantage, thinking about ability to make a phone call and get expert experienced advice. Awesome choice, the team at Crutchfield were totally helpful. Ended up replacing the Sony radio 2008 technology with 2018 technology. just spliced in new plug and wow beautiful installation. Crutchfield is the only way to go! made my job 1000% less painful. Thanks Crutchfield Oh love the radio, no complaints.

    Pros: Wiring piece of cake

    Cons: Needed to be clever to get the interface between Sprinter panel and new radio.

    Great price (really) and great kits to make it look great.

    Bob from Gilbert , AZ on 12/19/2018

    2008 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my son's car and for Christmas, so I haven't installed it yet. However I've been a customer of Crutchfield since the 80's, so I know it will work, or they'll make it right. I don't know any other site that dies such a great job on the installation kits as well.

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    Product and Service = 5 Star Review

    Crutchfield customer from Danville, NH on 12/18/2018

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit does everything it says it does. I replaced the old stock Toyota Tacoma Radio with this. Installation was a snap. I had some issues with screws in radio kit working with plastic dash kit but worked with Oakley at Crutchfield. All I can say is a radio is a radio....it's the company and service that will keep me a loyal customer. Great product and great experience.

    Pros: Easy to install. Sounds great. Hands free works great

    Cons: Had a little trouble with dash kit but worked it out by getting some longer M8 screws

    2014 + Harley batwing radio option

    Tim from Godley, TX on 12/18/2018

    2014 Harley-Davidson Limited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This review is geared towards harley guys looking as there are a bunch of car reviews... Great unit for use in Harley 2014+ batwing bikes. I swapped out my 2014 flhtk Boom 6.5gt for this and sold my boom for more than the sony cost me, win win. As other reviews state, the screen does wash out in sunlight, nature of the beast. Also wallpaper is choice of 5 colors, no big deal to me. I use black or orange... functionality is good, but I really only wanted fm tuner and android ability to use my apps for navigation as HD proprietary gps wants $150 for each update and no guarantee maps are actually updated. Def get the scosche install kit, want available on Crutchfield when I purchased, but makes install trouble free. I did mount my mic into fairing; it's fine when bike is off, but not when running, understandable. Overall, if you have the 4.3 or 6.5, I'd upgrade and break even if you sell oem head unit. True, unit isnt "waterproof", I haven't rain tested as of yet but it's a risk I'm willing to take. Thumb controls are slightly different but it just may be how my settings are "set". I am not a professional audiophile, there may be better radios etc but for us batwing fairing guys our options are limited but this fits the bike nicely.

    Pros: Fitment, price, value, app connectivity. Android auto, apple CarPlay, etc

    Cons: Unknown

    Good unit

    Victor from Azusa, CA on 12/15/2018

    2010 Mazda 5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought it for it's large responsive screen and apple carpkay. On those ends, it delivers well. What could be improved? It dues not take the "Voice" command from a wire Rennie control (steering wheel controls). So you cannot invite Siri or Google Assistant with a steering wheel button. "Hey Siri" will work instead and the Options physical button on the unit will with a long press will also invoke it. There is no way to remove unused Sources like SiriusXM from the screen, or reorder the source list. Only one USB port will connect with a smart phone. The second one is just for a thumb drive. Who does that? I would trade it for an AUX Jack.

    Pros: Large responsive screen

    Cons: Dimming responds to headlight on, but not to manual adjustment No AUX in Can't remove SiriusXM from available sources

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/12/2018

    2013 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product.

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    peter from Pittsburgh, PA on 12/12/2018

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    looks great, works well so far.

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Chatsworth, CA on 12/12/2018

    2015 Mazda CX-5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for the price. Touch screen works great. Unit sound is good. No complaints

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Conroe, TX on 12/11/2018

    2015 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All the features of a high end head unit for a decent price.

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    Good radio. Not good install

    Geoff from Peoria, AZ on 12/10/2018

    2015 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio. Unfortunately, for my 2015 Subaru it requires additional wiring I was not capable of doing. The parking brake wire and microphone. Ordered the steering wheel controller and still have not been able to get it to work

    Pros: Radio is nice

    Cons: Install is not easy and required me to hire someone to complete

    Crutchfield response on 12/11/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Joe, reached out to Geoff to help him further. We'll either help him get the receiver installed and working properly, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

    Great Overall Unit

    AJ from Galveston, TX on 12/9/2018

    2006 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great

    Pros: Easy to connect, looks very clean and not cheap or tacky

    Cons: Vehicle has factory subwoofer and this HU does not have enough to power it, so an amp is needed

    Worthwhile upgrade for Android Auto

    Jonathan from Bothell, WA on 12/6/2018

    2010 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a huge quality of life upgrade for our minivan, which didn't have bluetooth previously. Now we have a much safer and simpler way to access navigation, phone calls, and music on the go!

    Pros: Responsive, tons of features, easy setup once installed.

    Cons: The screws it came with were too short for the Crutchfield-supplied mounting bracket. USB cables are permanently attached to the unit, so it was a lot harder to run the cables in the car.

    The head unit I was looking for

    Michael from Atlanta, GA on 12/6/2018

    2017 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this head unit! Apple Carplay is what I was really looking for. It pumps out good power to the current factory speakers and makes them sound better. It was pretty easy to install and hook up (the Metra kit was a different story).

    Pros: Apple Carplay, easy install, good power output to speakers

    Cons: Unable to customize wallpaper

    Great sound

    Crutchfield customer from Middle River, MD on 12/4/2018

    2007 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy use. CarPlay is fast and fast start up. Looks great in dash.

    Cons: Doesn't play videos like you tube

    Great Radio, very pleased.

    Dan from Columbus, OH on 11/29/2018

    2007 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This turned out better than I thought. I was worried about responsiveness of the receiver, but it boots quick, runs smooth and responds well to touch. Sounds is pretty good too. Was worried about the graphics, but it is pretty vanilla which is what I wanted. I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner.

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    Cons: Did not come with current firmware, had to do an update. No HD radio Screws too short to be used with mounting bracket, needed to get some longer ones from the hardware store.

    Extremely clean look and responsive

    Jesus from Indianapolis, IN on 11/21/2018

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit looks fantastic upon installation and the touch screen is extremely responsive, with automatic dimming at night. Easy to use and have been using mostly android auto which works great with a Pixel 2 XL. Extremely fast to start up and no issues so far.

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    Simple to use, without a lot of bells and whistles.

    Joe from Garnerville, NY on 11/20/2018

    2015 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far very pleased with this purchase. Once updated with the latest firmware, the interface and sound quality is very good. I bought this unit because it looked to offer the simplest experience in it's use. I didn't need all the bells and whistles that I'd never find time to use that most of the other units at this price point offer. However, this is my one criticism of the unit. Some of it is TOO simple. Using the SiriusXM tuner, it doesn't offer artwork while playing, or an easy way to input channels. You have to scroll through them one by one. CarPlay is great however, and has been performing flawlessly.

    Pros: CarPlay, Ease of use, fast to boot.

    Cons: Some text can be a little small on the screen. No artwork or advanced SiriusXM control.

    Great sound quality, easy installation.

    Simon from West Allis, WI on 11/19/2018

    2011 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit - sound quality is good, the UI is easy to use, and the Android Auto integration is great. I knock off one star because it forces you to click through an agreement that you won't fiddle with it while driving every single time it boots up, which is pretty annoying. Installation was pretty easy with the Crutchfield Ready Harness, although I did have to splice into my parking brake cable to get it to work (it won't allow initial setup without detecting the parking brake is engaged.)

    Pros: Easy install, nice UI.

    Cons: Annoying requirement to click through a warning each time you start.

    Great sound

    Brian from Sarasota, FL on 11/12/2018

    2017 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing product for the price and great features

    Pros: Easy install and setup

    Cons: None

    Great bang for the buck

    Romeo from Key West, FL on 11/2/2018

    2010 Nissan Cube
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for the buck... And that's how I'm basing my 5 stars on. It's actually a middle of the line receiver. Not the best, to be honest with you. But to get that kind of compatibility with my iPhone is wonderful. If you have the 12.0 or greater iOS, you can have things like Google Maps and Waze as your navigation source. If you don't know about this, it's a great upgrade to the crappy Apple maps. This deck (head unit) does what you need it to do. No one buys CDs anymore, so no need for that. So, it plays music, streams pandora, iHeart or plays my music off my iPod. It gives me great navigation, and a decent sound. If you're an audiophile, this is not the unit for you. It has a modest EQ, and with only 2 volts pre-out, you're going to be struggling to get good sound quality with an amp. But, just off the shelf, for your normal guy or gal, it's wonderful!!!

    Pros: Great screen, very responsive, Great third party apps like Waze and Google Maps.

    Cons: Sound quality is adequate, EQ and Crossover are rudimentary.

    Could be so much better

    Udo from San Jose, CA on 10/30/2018

    2012 Acura TSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Reasonably happy with the unit now but getting it all setup and getting used to the annoyances took some effort. Unit is very responsive and the screen is bright. It washes out only under the worst lighting conditions. Startup is very fast, 3-4 seconds at most. The unit is ready to go by the time you put on the seat belt. The annoying legal disclaimer that users of earlier versions complain about disappears after a few seconds by itself and doesn't impede functionality like backup camera. Android Auto works really well especially the integration with Assistant and multiple music apps. Sound is great, loud and crisp. Steering wheel controls work just fine. Installation is painful. Supplied screws are 5 mm long sheet metal screws. The Crutchfield supplied (plastic) mounting bracket is 2.5 mm thick. The holes in the unit are 2.5mm recessed. That means a trip to the local home improvement store to buy 1/2" #10 sheet metal screws. By far the worst are the supplied USB cables. They are soldered into the unit and therefore not user replaceable. And they are loose. I tried 8 separate micro-USB cables to interface to my phone and none would keep a connection for more than two minutes and only if the car didn't move. Took a piece of aluminum stock, electrical tape, shrink tubing and zip ties to ensure a solid connection. Now it's ugly but working. FM reception is notably worse than the stock radio. Customization is very limited and poorly thought through.

    Pros: Responsive, easy to read touchscreen. Great sound. Android Auto works very well. Good integration of steering wheel controls. Hands-free phone feature makes for very clear conversations.

    Cons: Terrible USB connectors. Unusable sheet metal screws for mounting the unit. Poor FM reception. Very limited customization options. Backup camera guidelines cannot be adjusted when in reverse which is the only time most backup cameras are powered on.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Delmont, PA on 10/29/2018

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install, awesome sound and functions. Highly recommend. Replaced factory 2008 F150/King Ranch with this unit

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    Good Android Auto unit with some minor flaws

    Patrick from San Rafael, CA on 10/21/2018

    2006 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good android auto unit for decent price, but not perfect: + Big screen, worth the sacrifice of volume knob from previous XAV-AX100 in my opinion (although I did retain steering wheel controls, so I don't use the head unit volume buttons anyway) + Android auto works as advertised and launches automatically when device is plugged in + Reliable bluetooth connection -- seamless switch when you enter the car, even switches if already on a phone call + Classy (although simple) interface and design that isn't tacky and blends in well + Fast boot time, safety message closes automatically - Although the screen is capacitive (improvement over resistive, I'm sure), it's still not perfectly responsive, and I think it should've been better considering that's one of the product's main selling points over the XAV-AX100 - No custom wallpaper, with only 5 boring options - Be aware that if your vehicle-specific harness doesn't have the matching orange/white wire for illumination, the Sony unit CANNOT be set to dim automatically and must be changed basically every day if you drive both day and night. I wish it just let you program time intervals where it would switch automatically. The only reason you should consider this is for Android auto/Apple CarPlay, for which I would recommend it. It's not perfect but neither are the other options, many of which are more expensive. If you use the unit primarily for these smartphone-powered features, it's easier to look

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    Great unit

    alejandro from Longwood, FL on 10/17/2018

    2008 Toyota Camry
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    I love this unit. It added so many great features to my 2008 Camry. Apple carplay is awesome especially after the iOS 12 update that now allows you to use google maps. The screen is great and feels very nice.

    Pros: Apple Carplay

    Cons: None really

    Bezeless Design

    Valente from Fort Worth, TX on 10/15/2018

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sleek Design. Fast capacitative touch screen. Best of all Android Auto!

    Pros: Android Auto/Apple Careplay

    Cons: Simple features

    Not ready for prime time

    James from Roscoe, IL on 10/14/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A real disappointment both in terms of quality and features. -Very slow response when browsing USB drive. Annoying if not outright dangerous while driving. -No album art on USB drive. -No search ability / poor sorting of USB files. -Display has no adjustment for brightness or contrast to help with poor viewing angle. Screen always looks washed out. -Can't use custom wallpapers. -Can't rearrange or remove input icons from home screen. -Screen resolution is a bit low so everything looks fuzzy. Especially noticeable on Android Auto. -Volume for music and for voice prompts (navigation) are two separate settings and the only way to adjust the volume for voice prompts is to try to catch it while it is speaking. Because volume settings are independent, you have to manually adjust voice prompt volume relative to your music; there isn't a master volume that turns everything up/down. -In most newer cars a bluetooth phone connection will interrupt your music and read incoming messages aloud. The AX5000 is missing this completely. Texts are only available through Android Auto and notifications are very inconsistent. -One day there was no sound on any input channel. Crutchfield tech support had me perform a factory reset which did restore the sound but erased all settings. This is a problem that shouldn't be happening at all, and I'm very concerned about it happening again. The Sony XAV-AX5000 feels very much

    Pros: -Good sound -Nice looking

    Cons: -Laggy interface on USB -Lacking some basic features common elsewhere -System errors requiring master reset -Lack of customization

    Crutchfield response on 10/15/2018 James, we're sorry you're disappointed with your receiver. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Great sound. Poor screen.

    Steve from Gold Canyon, AZ on 10/14/2018

    2015 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A beautiful addition to our car - 2015 Corolla. The audio features are very good. But ...... one of the reasons I upgraded our Joying car radio was to get the higher quality screen of a mainstream product like Sony. I'm disappointed to say this Sony screen is no better. In fact, it might be a little worse. The daytime brightness is very poor. And with the slick touchscreen, there is glare. There are many times during the day, here in sunny Arizona, when the screen is almost invisible. Sure wish there was a way to try these head units in the car before the purchase. I got the urge to try this type of GPS after seeing a friends factory unit on his new Chevy. A very bright screen that was easily readable in the daytime. As our current leader would say - sad!

    Pros: Great sound with many audio inputs.

    Cons: Poor screen visibility.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Fulton, MO on 10/6/2018

    2008 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The android auto is not the best it doesn't connect with my phone it says it's not compatible then it will connect and shut off

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Las Vegas, NV on 10/6/2018

    1969 Chevrolet Camaro
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    I put this into a fiberglass center console in my 69 Camaro. Install was easy but it didnt have a mounting cage and I had to purchase one from another source. I'm assuming all stereos are like this which is why I still give it 5 stars. Happy with its functions so far and it sounds great with my 4 speakers and no amp.

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    Bringing a Miata NB into the Present

    Robert from Cresskill, NJ on 10/5/2018

    2002 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Sony XAV-AV5000 is a perfect match for my 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS. The matte finish of the SONY compliments the interior of the Miata. I had previously replaced the stock Bose with a JVC KW-R910BT from Crutchfield. The JVC never really looked good in the car because of the shiny plastic and giant silver volume knob. It sounded OK and I wired the harness myself (not well). Now that IOS 12 supports third party GPS apps (I like Waze), I was ready to upgrade. I have the XAV-AV100 in my Honda Element and like it so I thought I would go for the new SONY. One of the big issues with the Miata, is there is almost no room to work in. It took me hours to get the JVC installed and never did a great job. I opted for the Crutchfield ReadyHarness for this install. If you look at the pictures I uploaded, you can see how small the SONY is compared to the stock Bose. This made the install, along with the ReadyHarness, a snap. It took me 15 minutes to install the SONY. It was harder to get the JVC out than to put the SONY in. Right now I have the USB cables going into the glove box because it was easy. When I have more time, I will run the smart phone USB into the console compartment. The sound quality is excellent. Much better than the JVC. The screen is very responsive to touch and fairly bright. With the top down and the sun hitting the screen, it can be a little washed out but so is my iPhone on the dash. At night, the dimmer is a must.

    Pros: Great iOS CarPlay integration Big Screen Screen Responsive to Touch Easy to fit in a Miata Great Sound AM/FM Station auto-programming is fast Intuitive Controls EQ is easy to set

    Cons: Cannot update the wallpaper like the XAV-AV100 Can't hide icons on the home screen like the Sirius XM icon (I don't have that)

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Luis rosado from Palm Bch Gdns, FL on 10/1/2018

    2013 Dodge Challenger
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    Nice radio

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    Crutchfield customer from Chantilly, VA on 9/30/2018

    2011 Honda Civic LX
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    Love the product and ready harness service is must get, make it so much easier!

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    Miguel from Salt Lake City, UT on 9/26/2018

    2013 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Super easy to use and understand interface. Back up cam looks better than the stock head unit. Plenty of power to make the door speakers hit a little harder and sound clearer. Everything plugged right in including my powered sub. The supplied remote is nice if you're ever in the back seat or have want to let someone else press the skip.

    Pros: Easy to use Two USB's Remote Bright clear screen with auto dimming

    Cons: Does not work with Axxess steering wheel control module and the built-in control module in the Sony unit (2016 Subaru). I had to buy a Maestro brand steering wheel adapter for my stock steering wheel buttons to work. This was after many different calls and having the installed reviewed by two car audio experts. Also, many different ways to wire/set up steering wheel buttons. And finally, I don't like that I can't move or change where the inputs are on the screen.

    Great upgrade to an older car

    Travis from Ponca City, OK on 9/20/2018

    2005 Toyota Camry
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    Excellent update to my 2005 Camry. Got all the add on wire connectors and pre-fabricated harnesses as well as the trim. Everything came out just like the instructions said, and the new install all just plugged in and bolted down with no problems. Very painless upgrade. Operationally it is great. When my phone is plugged into he USB CarPlay comes up automatically and makes interaction smooth. Some applications take a few moments to come up like Pandora, but I blame Apple for that. I haven't tried loading in new backdrops, but it seems straightforward enough. I have not added a back up camera yet, but may in the future.

    Pros: CarPlay works as promised. Easy installation. Controls are very intuitive. Steering wheel adapter works great.

    Cons: Maybe needs a front USB, not necessarily a full size.

    At First Glance

    Brad from Flower Mound, TX on 9/16/2018

    2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the Sony XAV-AX5000 so this is more a first glance review. The unit UI is very clean and intuitive. Controls and options seems to be on the simple side. Apple CarPlay (with a compliant cable) works great. Will update further after more daily use of the unit.

    Pros: Simple, straight forward UI

    Cons: No mute button

    Good unit - a few limitations

    Jamey from Rosharon, TX on 9/14/2018

    2007 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit but not cheap. I got it because I wanted something that would mirror apps from my iPhone - mainly Maps and Messages. I'm happy with these features but there are just a few minor things that I don't love. When plugged in (USB), using Car Play and making a call, there are no Mic Gain or Speech Quality settings to adjust. These features only work if connected via Bluetooth. Also, I wish I could read my messages, not just hear them read. When displaying Sirius, the clock is tiny - almost too small to see. Other than that, the unit works great. The layout is simple and intuitive.

    Pros: Easy interface. Car Play w/ iPhone connected works well.

    Cons: I wish there were more display options. No mic settings while using Car Play. A bit more customization would be nice.

    Decent head unit

    Joshua from Canton, GA on 9/11/2018

    2014 Honda Civic EX
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    I installed this unit in my Honda Civic 2014. There are definitely pros and cons to this unit. It works very well with Android auto (the main reason I bought it). But the software is extremely basic. Just know that when buying. The wallpaper is locked down, the customization options are really limited if they even exist. Some basic tweaks like a timed dimmer, extra steering wheel controls and so on aren't there. Navigating the UI can also be cumbersome. I recommend using Android auto or car play as much as you can. The screen is ok, I find the brightness option a little annoying. With the dimmer off it can be a little too bright and at night with the dimmer on it can be over powering and way too bright. My first road trip I felt blinded by the light. With that said you get a great little package for the price. I also highly recommend purchasing the wiring harness completed by Crutchfield. It makes it SO much easier. Working with the Crutchfield reps on the phone is amazing, they speak English and are very friendly and helpful. Bottom line, great simple device for the price. If you need more, venture further or before Sony for a software upgrade. My review is based on the firmware 1.01 (latest from Sony as of 9/18)

    Pros: -android auto works perfectly -does what it needs to do -simple and straight forward

    Cons: -no customizations -dimmer can be too bright at night and no options to adjust -UI is sloppy -screen is average at best -limit to one camera -no HD Radio -cannot customize button locations -Cannot change to custom wallpaper -nkt a huge fan of the buttons and chin

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Tampa, FL on 9/11/2018

    2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: Good integration for both Android and Apple CarPlay. Screen is responsive and comparable to a cell phone screen. Menus are simple to use. AM/FM reception good overall. Cons: If running a power hungry source like a navigator app in the background, phone may not fully charge at the same time. USB connector for additional music storage needs some fiddling with the format to get it working right. Metra dash kit for the jeep wrangler needs some work to get it flushed right. Would be nice if you could type or use voice commands to search and play songs; although this is more of a limitation from the app developers.

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Abbottstown, PA on 9/11/2018

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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    I love it the best thing I ever bought

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    Excellent Unit for Price Point

    Crutchfield customer from Sunnyvale, CA on 9/10/2018

    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Major upgrade even if you have OEM navigation.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay means you always have the latest map information, unlike OEM navigation which means an annual software update that the dealer charges an arm and a leg for. Load time is quick, screen is bright, and the unit is very responsive.

    Cons: Distortion noise with Apple CarPlay for certain songs when navigation instructions speak over the music. Not sure if this is a unit problem or Apple CarPlay problem.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from MA on 9/9/2018

    2009 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fits very well to the car. responding time is very well.

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    Excellent bang for the buck!

    Dave from Herriman, UT on 9/4/2018

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit for the money. Excellent sound and features. Easy to use. Easy to love. Only drawback is the absence of a volume knob, but that is sacrificed for a a larger screen.

    Pros: It's all Good!

    Cons: No Volume knob.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Matthew from Meridian, ID on 9/3/2018

    2004 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great! Major upgrade for my car. The display is crisp and looks amazing.

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    Nice overall radio

    Lyle from Gambrills, MD on 9/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice overall radio. This is the only radio that would fit with no customization in my 04 Buick Lesabre where I could have a screen to install a back-up camera. I didn't like how the usb cord was attached to the radio instead of just haveing a USB port on the back of the radio. I put a flash drive in USB port 2 for music when I don't have my phone attached and the unit will only recognize so many songs and there is no way to shuffle them, unlike in my other car with a flash drive installed. I like the radio overall and these are minor things and it is an improvement over my pioneer 560BT. It is nice to have a backup camera and CarPlay and truly brings this old car up to more modern standards.

    Pros: Back up camera CarPlay

    Cons: Flash drive abilities.

    Jeep JK

    Matt from Logansport, IN on 8/28/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced the Insane Audio unit in my Jeep JK. Install was simple once brace in dash was cut out. Plug and play, worked fine with my factory Infinity system. Carplay is awesome with my iPhone, sure it's the same with Android. So nice to have the iPhone maps on the screen and no longer have to put up with outdated nav maps. Rearview camera works fine with it and looks great. Call quality seems fine. If you don't need CD or DVD capability it's hard to beat this unit for the money.

    Pros: Carplay is great, easy install, plug and play, sounds great.

    Cons: None yet. Had issue with clock time always changing but i had settings wrong, it was setting time to RDS signal. Works fine now.

    2001 GMC Sierra

    Crutchfield customer from Niskayuna, NY on 8/27/2018

    2001 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great CarPlay radio helping bring my old truck into the modern era. It has all the basics of a good unit with good sound and easy to use interface.

    Pros: - Fit the vehicle perfectly without any modification to the dash radio compartment - perhaps the only DDin player that would fit into this space without modification of any kind. - Bright and responsive touchscreen - Good but basic menu with simple interface - Available backup camera input works well - The firmware can be updated which will possibly yield future enhancements

    Cons: - The mounting screws with the radio were too short for the Metra Dash Kit mounts. - Bluetooth - even with a +6 boost level produces a volume level well below the level of the other inputs. - Remote control appears to be a generic Sony remote with many confusing extra buttons which serve no purpose on this radio - No HD Radio - No clear cover art picture showing on played songs - just a hazy background image of the cover - No way to edit or rearrange icons - Cannot upload a b

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Steve Olsen from Centralia, WA on 8/26/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Picked this unit for the strong radio reception and CarPlay. All of the sound controls are very useful and intuitive so it is easy to set your system up and easy to tweak it for different music or sensetive listeners.

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    Great sound at a great price

    Peter C from Audubon, PA on 8/26/2018

    2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. I replaced the stock radio on a FJ Cruiser with JBL audio and sub. Only replaced the head unit and kept the old speakers and the difference in sound quality was unbelievable. First time putting a head unit, took me around 4 hours for the whole process. Instructions were very clear, installation gear suggested by Crutchfield was extremely useful. Now I'm enjoying great sound and the joy of CarPlay & Android Auto. Would highly recommended this unit.

    Pros: Great sound without the need to replace speakers. Very elegant look. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for a great price.

    Cons: A bit selective with the usb drive format / capacity and music and video formats.

    Great product

    Mark from Rutherfordton, NC on 8/26/2018

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound with lots of options, we had to modify with a little of filing, with the help of the staff at Crutchfield it was a great install. The Crutchfield support staff is always very knowledgeable and friendly and always willing to help with advice to make sure you have everything you need. This was my second install using Crutchfield. For any of my sound system needs home or car I will always use this company , I can't say enough good things about this company you just have to see for yourself. Thank you again Crutchfield!

    Pros: Great for anyone that uses Bluetooth or a USB cable to play music and would highly recommend Sirius radio much better sound quality than regular radio to get the most out of your system

    Cons: None

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Spotsylvania, VA on 8/26/2018

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo is nice, easy to operate, and has plenty of sound and visual options. I really like the range of the Bluetooth. Works well when I want to play music for the kids and we're outside playing. The usb cables are really long. They reach all the way to the back seats

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    BOO! Bad Sony XAV-AX5000!

    Victor from Dallas , TX on 8/21/2018

    2012 Ford F-150 Lariat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I own an 2012 F150 Lariat (without factory Sony sound system) and purchased this unit as a replacement. I went through two units for the same issue and a new issue. One the USB would not recognize any phone plugged into the USB (iPhone or Android), and the screen flickered and essentially went black screen. It also would not recognize Android Auto in USB mode. In addition, when making calls...the receiving party could hear me but I could not hear them even with the volume maxed. This occurred with both units. Even after a firmware update.

    Pros: Nice screen if it works.

    Cons: Caller could not hear me on calls, firmware did not fix issues, screen goes black periodically, USB does not recognize Android or iPhone.

    Crutchfield response on 8/22/2018 Victor contacted our Customer Support team and exchanged for another receiver. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Merritt Island, FL on 8/21/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Positives: Sounds good. Negatives: Can't get to setup without disconnecting the battery which results in losing all your settings.. Strangely, you must engage the parking brake to go into Android mode.

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    Crutchfield response on 8/22/2018 We're sorry you're having issues with your receiver. If the problem continues, and you'd like our help, please just reach out to our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Screen is beautiful

    Crutchfield customer from Fort Knox, KY on 8/17/2018

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks beautiful and works great...hooked up rearview camera and looks great as well. Having issues with android auto play. Not sure if I was supposed to hook up the one wire.

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    2012 Outback gets an upgrade

    Sam from San Francisco, CA on 8/16/2018

    2012 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a stereo upgrade for my 2012 Subaru Outback. This unit had all the features I wanted which were Apple Carplay, backup camera support, bluetooth, and a nice big touch screen. I considered last year's Sony model (the XAV-AX1000) but decided to wait when I read that the touch screen was not the best. I got this unit along with the wiring harness, the AXXESS steering wheel control module, the adapter cable for the antenna, and the dash mount kit. Not having done this for some time, it took me longer than I expected to get everything working. But once I did get it all connected, the unit worked fine with the camera, the iPhone, and the steering wheel control. It can also stream via bluetooth and has a second USB for a thumbdrive with music. One challenge was the axxess adapter. I had to update the firmware and select the specific radio make (Sony) in order to work. The wires on the back of the Sony are not pre-striped and are bit shorter than I would like. Also, the screws that come with the unit to screw into the dash mount kit were really short. I also tried the Sony remote that came with the unit but couldn't get it to work though I didn't really have a need for it.

    Pros: Sony quality, Crutchfield support

    Cons: Short wires, short screws.

    Excellent Head Unit

    Gene from Lancaster, PA on 8/16/2018

    2011 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Head Unit. Like all Sony, the interface is simple, logical, and classy looking, no cheesy graphics. Apple CarPlay works perfectly. Having the wiring kit pre-wired by Crutchfield is worth every penny, made installation a breeze. The only downer was the plastic dash kit that was included, it was really cheap and poorly made. I wish Crutchfield would offer a better brand name kit like Metra or Scosche (which is what I ended up buying from another distributor).

    Pros: -Great Interface -Easy Install -Apple CarPlay

    Cons: Cheap dash kit included

    Excellent product

    Crutchfield customer from Hendersonville, NC on 8/15/2018

    2016 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to navigate and sounds great

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    AM tuner does not work

    Guest from Littleton, CO on 8/12/2018

    2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo

    Am tuner does not work on this unit.

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    Great Carplay head unit.

    Manuel from Brooklyn, NY on 8/8/2018

    2013 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are looking for a good CarPlay or Android Auto head unit, this is it. Nice screen, well built. The only way I would improve it is make a bit brighter, a volume knob, and the option of auxiliary in.

    Pros: Great image quality Fast and seamless CarPlay and Android Auto implementation Great sound quality

    Cons: The touch screen is not as responsive as I expected, but still a step above resistive screens No volume knob Could be brighter Firmware update is finicky about which USB drive you use

    Great product

    Mark from Tampa, FL on 8/6/2018

    2016 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product!!

    Pros: Great resolution. Great for a tight fit.

    Cons: Wish it had wireless carplay

    Android Auto works well

    Hyojin from West Bloomfield, MI on 8/4/2018

    2014 Buick Enclave
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am taking 2 starts out because 1. it started a discount just 1 week after I got it. I hate it when they do it. 2. I love this stereo. It works very well. However, the sound quality is just the same with the original factory audio I had on my 2014 Buick enclave. No better, No worse. Exactly the same. My purpose on buying this was to use Android auto, so I don't mind that much.. but If you are planning to buy this expecting better sound quality than what you have, don't bother... If you are for Apple carplay or Android Auto, go for it.

    Pros: Android Auto works well

    Cons: No improvement on Audio quality. Not worse either, so...it's not that bad.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Brookline, MA on 8/3/2018

    2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great in my dash and was fairly easy for this first-timer to install on my own. Definitely work getting the Crutchfield harness for your car- that made things quite a bit easier.

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    Sleek and stylish.

    Crutchfield customer from Manorville, NY on 8/1/2018

    2017 Toyota 86
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in my Toyota 86. Very nice, very clean, extremely fast boot time, great screen. Capacitive touch screen without multitouch (which doesn't matter). CarPlay looks and feels like you would expect it too... wonderfully.

    Pros: Best User interface I've ever seen on a car radio.

    Cons: Software very limited in terms of customization; can't change Bluetooth name as an example. Sony does patch the firmware so more features such as that might come in the future.

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Crutchfield customer from Pasadena, MD on 8/1/2018

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great looking unit without awful gaudy lighting and distracting displays. Unfortunately the display does tend to get washed out or show glare with the top/doors off in my Jeep but I guess that's inevitable. I am noticing slight delays in playing Pandora or Amazon Music from my iPhone, maybe it has something to do with a cellular signal.

    Pros: Clean design

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Michael from New Orleans, La on 7/30/2018

    2014 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In short, I love this thing. The bigger screen and simple interface are exactly what I was looking for and make the car feel more user friendly. The Bluetooth connects soo much quicker than the stock unit and the capacitive screen looks awesome. The reflections can be a little hard on the eyes in certain lighting angle, even with my 5% tint, but I didn't find it to be too much of an issue on my 7 hour road trip. Apple Car Play works better than expected and I find myself using that more than anything else. It's very intuitive although I do hate how limited it is. Apple maps is pretty good, all things considered, but once 3rd party maps are allowed in IOS 12, it will be a game changer. The stock rear view camera on the bigger screen is just a stretched image but I find it way more useful. Android Auto has been extremely finicky for me. I have an S7 for work that I want to use to run WAZE and I can't get AA to work for more than 10-15 minutes before it starts timing out and I have to disconnect and reconnect to see if it will even work. I am on the 3rd different cable and I am not sure if that's the headunit or the phone though so I am not dinging the unit for that. When it does work, it's awesome and exactly the reason I wanted this unit. Along with the PAC unit, programming the steering wheel controls makes it far less noticeable that there isn't a volume knob. Quick note for Mazda owners, the commander knob and surrounding buttons will not work. Rear view cameras will

    Pros: Simple, Clean interface Car Play Sound is far better than factory

    Cons: Android Auto is intermittent

    Great interface

    Crutchfield customer from Little Rock, AR on 7/26/2018

    2013 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice quality product. You can expect quality from Sony. With the price however, you would expect a few more customization features. Overall happy with radio

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    Just what I wanted!

    David from San Diego , CA on 7/21/2018

    2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Totally pleased aesthetically, with my improved sound, and especially with the Apple Carplay interface. I couldn't be more satisfied.

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    Great CarPlay.

    James from Canton, OH on 7/12/2018

    2014 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Basic ready works ok. Apple CarPlay works well which is what I use it for mostly.

    Pros: Carplay

    Cons: Small manual button

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    EHSAN from Jonesborough, TN on 7/11/2018

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio is great, the only thing it could have that I really thought after purchasing it, was the ability play videos :(

    Pros: Easy Install

    Cons: No video capability

    Solid head unit, but many small flaws

    Jason from Cedar Falls, IA on 7/5/2018

    2015 Subaru BRZ
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    While overall I am satisfied with the Sony XAV-AX5000, I am just that: merely satisfied. This is a solid head unit; the core functionality is here and works well. But there are so many nagging issues, I can't give it more than three stars. If you are looking for a no-fluff head unit with Android Auto, and aren't picky like me, you will probably love this head unit.

    Pros: -Android Auto is responsive and launches quickly with my Pixel 2 -The screen is bright, sharp, and touch works well -The UI design is clean, simple, and easy to navigate -Sound quality is good enough for me and plenty of EQ settings

    Cons: -Button backlight color can't be changed -Button backlight can't be turned off -Icons on home screen can't be rearranged -Sirius XM icon can't be removed or moved -No one-touch way to turn off sound -Mounts with sheet metal screws -Head unit sticks out 1cm from dash of Subaru BRZ -Screen bezels aren't symmetric Limited options for customization

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Bennett D from Cathedral City, CA on 7/1/2018

    2015 Honda CRV
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    Wonderful radio

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    Clean look with a simple UI

    Bill from Bradenton, FL on 7/1/2018

    2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really love the clean look and no-frills user interface! Starts up fast and the touchscreen is very responsive. Looks like OEM in our 2005 Mercedes SLK. Apple Play is very handy for nav, texts, etc using Siri voice commands. Crutchfield support was super responsive and knowledgeable!

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    Great visual and sound

    Charles from Pooler, GA on 6/27/2018

    2012 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit because GA is now starting the hands free law on July 1st. It works great and it does much more than what I expected. The user interface is very clean and simple and easy to use.

    Pros: Apple Carplay and XM ready. Was able to retain my steering wheel controls

    Cons: Only con I can think of is when you swipe through the FM presets it changes the channel you are listening to something else. I think you should be able to scroll through the presets while listening to a channel that is on the first page.

    Worth it

    K from Spokane, WA on 6/18/2018

    2001 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: -great sound -call audio is VERY clean -touch screen feels solid and responsive -The closest to stock looking aftermarket head unit Cons: -screen glare. Not a deal breaker but it does make it hard to see sometime. -Bluetooth might have a tiny bit of buzz. Not sure if I'm hearing my amp

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    Great screen, easy install.

    John from Elgin, TX on 6/18/2018

    1996 Buick Roadmaster
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    Put this unit into my 1996 Buick Roadmaster that I'm refurbishing/restoring. Fairly straight forward install, AND left lots of room behind the radio to store some surplus cords and the Sirius interface. Had to spend some extra time to get the supplied mounting brackets to get the radio mounted straight.

    Pros: This Sony has about all of the "new" features that are on my 2015 GMC truck.

    Cons: Mounting bracket screws were too short--had to dig for some longer ones. Also would have liked to had this unit CD compatible.

    Awesome screen, works seamlessly.

    Chris from Greenwood, IN on 6/18/2018

    2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2005 Chevy Tahoe with Bose / no nav. Installation was fairly painless with the appropriate wiring harness which I got pre wired from Crutchfield ("ready harness" - totally worth the money). Headunit looks great, sounds fantastic even with the stock speakers. Phone calls work great, CarPlay is fantastic. Overall very happy with the purchase and the experience with Crutchfield. Did a great job bringing my older vehicle up to snuff with modern day amenities for Nav\phone\streaming. Heads up - when using the PAC RP5-GM11 wiring interface - you have to use the pioneer setting vs the Sony setting to maintain your steering wheel controls.

    Pros: -Responsive screen -Apple CarPlay -Works better than new stock systems

    Cons: None to date

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Nicholas from Pinconning, MI on 6/17/2018

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Android auto not working. No wallpapers other than five. Pricey. Can't control start up warning or reverse camera 'no video' if you don't have a camera. Pandora with Bluetooth doesn't let you control from radio-only forward or back. Pros-nice looking display, easy with ready harness. No issues with amp and sub.

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    Great upgrade, minor complaint.

    Crutchfield customer from Phoenix, AZ on 6/14/2018

    2014 Mazda CX-5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is really nice, a huge upgrade over the factory unit in my 2014 Mazda CX-5. In addition to the snappy touchscreen and advanced connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, I really appreciate that the case does not take up more space behind the touchscreen than it needs. The only ding is that, strangely, only one device can be connected via bluetooth. So family vehicles that could previously accommodate multiple devices and switch between them depending on who was in the car are now restricted to only one. It's a head scratcher that might be a deal breaker for some.

    Pros: Clean interface. Snappy touchscreen. CarPlay!

    Cons: Only allows one device to be stored in the bluetooth profile and does not respond gracefully when it doesn't find that device.

    Radio for the Jeep Wrangler

    Seong from Houston, TX on 6/13/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love The radio, great radio for an awesome price!

    Pros: Extra Bass Apple Carplay Android Auto Dual USB (Phone and USB)

    Cons: None

    Pretty good if you know what you're getting

    Dub from Atlanta, GA on 6/10/2018

    It's a basic unit with a very nice screen; not much customization. The screen does well in sunlight and not as many finger show as my Kenwood unit. It does everything it's supposed to do and it sounds great. The 2V preamp output didn't give me any issues. You can get much better value elsewhere, but the features it does have are exceptional.

    Pros: Nice screen. Sound quality. Ease of use.

    Cons: Lack of features and customizations.

    Clean and simple

    Hezron from Los Angeles, CA on 6/5/2018

    2007 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like this head unit a lot, It's got a clean and simple operating system. Reading the reviews, some people might find that a flaw but that's what attracted me most to purchase it. One thing I would have liked would be HDRadio but outside of that Apple CarPlay can handle most of my needs. Bluetooth connectivity is excellent! The thing I don't like is the monitor doesn't adjust viewing angle and there is light reflection and glare that hits the driver, i will try to mess with it more and see if i can overcome that inconvenience. Also I got this head unit installed in my '07 Toyota Tundra and if my wife liked it, I would get it for her in her car but when we tried to use the android auto feature it simply wouldn't work using her Samsung S7. I am hoping a firmware update resolves that issue.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay, 2 USB ports & simple OS

    Cons: Android auto didn't work, glare from screen in the evening

    Simple and beautiful

    Rachel from Dallas, TX on 6/5/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This headunit is perfect for those of you that just want a simple, intuitive interface without all the extra fluff. This is not the right unit for someone who expects to customize every little thing and have a million options and settings. It has exactly what you need, and nothing more. I put this in my 2017 Civic Hatchback and use Apple CarPlay 100% of the time. I did go ahead and set up my radio presets (there are 3 sets of 6 presets for a total of 18 available stations to save), but have only listened to the radio once. The unit is incredibly responsive and feels high-quality under your finger. Start-up is near instant and back-up camera comes up immediately. There is still the distraction warning that comes up upon start-up, but will go away after a couple seconds on its own if you don't hit accept. I will say for some of the reviews that touched on being slow to respond in CarPlay or Android Auto- that your phone will play a big part in that. I keep my phone well organized, without a million apps I don't use, and dismiss any notifications and the radio is very quick to respond for me. However, when I plugged in my friend's phone that has 25,000 unread emails, 237 missed calls, 39 text messages and one of every app off the App Store, it was pretty sluggish to do what I wanted it to do. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this radio. A few things I would like to see different, is adding back the ability for custom wallpapers and a quick acc

    Pros: High-quality, beautiful design, simple and intuitive interface and controls, very responsive and quick start-up

    Cons: Basic features, not for the advanced customizer, no custom wallpapers, no quick access dimmer (unless I simply overlooked something)

    Great standalone unit that looks and feels

    Shane from Tennessee on 6/5/2018

    2012 Honda Fit Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is exactly what I was expecting. I wanted a head unit with a capacitive display that was great at running CarPlay and would make it easier to keep this car for several more years. It has done precisely that. Installation was as expected; just set aside a few hours. The quality of the unit is great; it does not make any annoying creaking plastic sounds, and it feels solid and well-built. The screen is not a high pixel-density display like your modern iPhone or Android device, but from 3-4 feet away I have no complaints, especially considering the price. I do not have external amps, components, or a subwoofer in this car, so I was willing to sacrifice some features there in order to have something that looks and feels OEM or better. There are less expensive units out there that provide exceptional value at a lower price. However, for the combination of CarPlay/Android Auto, capacitive display, quality materials, a simple user interface, and a startup time that is short enough that it's ready to go before you leave your driveway, the AX5000 works nicely. For a small bump in price over the AX100, which is also a great head unit, you're getting a nice capacitive screen that's slightly larger, quicker startup time, and available Sirius/XM radio. My star ratings are pretty straight forward. 1 star = "don't waste your time." 3 stars = "It's just okay." 5 stars = "I really like it."

    Pros: Metal and glass look and feel very nice. CarPlay works well and adds a lot to a car with a no-frills head unit. Very intuitive and easy to use

    Cons: If you want to run external amps you'll be happier with 4-5v preamp outs. Not a high-dpi display, but few head units seem to offer this.

    Android Auto!

    Ian from West Linn, OR on 6/4/2018

    2014 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far the only problem that I have had is with Android Auto stops working but I think that is because I have the Android P beta installed. The stereo has been working great and the sound is way better than the stock stereo that came with the truck. The EQ is really customizable so you can get the sound just right, but it will take a little bit of time. For me, the best thing is having the Android Auto. I really like having a simple interface that just works.

    Pros: Android Auto, great sound, simple interface.

    Cons: Android Auto crashes but I don't think it is the head unit.

    Clean interface, nice screen, Carplay great.

    Crutchfield customer from Aurora, IL on 6/4/2018

    2007 Porsche Cayman
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit has a very nice appearance, with not cheap plastic like most other units. The unit is all screen with aluminum lip that appears to be solid. Its weird that the black frame on the right is wider than on the left...but you kinda forget about that. I had some weird issues with the install, and will wait to see if it comes back. After installing and being super sure about the wiring, the unit kept exiting from the radio onto the main screen and the audio would stop after a few minutes. I would have to back to tuner, and pick the radio station again. Carplay was only working intermittently. Some buttons were not responding to button pushes. This behavior stopped after day 2 or day 3. Crutchfield sent me a replacement unit that did the same thing, but started to work properly in about 45 mins. Boot time is almost immediate and is awesome. Sound is great, i was able to remove my stock amp altogther and just use the integrated amp on the unit.

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    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Mike from Kansas City, MO on 6/4/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for a week now, and I'm very pleased! Great responsiveness, Apple Carplay is amazing! The one thing I am very surprised about is that you can't upload your own wallpaper. It does say on Crutchfield that you can upload your own wallpaper by using a USB thumb drive but that is not the case. You only get to choose 5 generic wallpapers. I was really disappointed but I use Apple Carplay mostly. Hopefully there is a Firmware update that will allow you to choose your own wallpaper.

    Pros: Overall Look Apple Carplay Responsiveness

    Cons: Can't upload your own wallpaper

    Great android auto headunit

    ben from Endicott, NY on 6/3/2018

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    1 week in and so far it seems to be a good unit. I was a little concerned about it only having 2volt output, but it sounds great. Simple interface (I like plane and simple), has a quick response, android auto works great and so does the bluetooth. Screen looks great also. Best screen I have used That being said, the cost is a little high on it compared to other units. For around the same price you can get some nice headunits with the same features plus more. The screen on this is by far better than my kenwood and jvc.

    Pros: Picture, fast, simple, great android auto, 2 USB inputs

    Cons: Price is to high compared to other headunits

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Scott from Chattanooga, TN on 5/31/2018

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been looking forward to this units release since it was announced in January so maybe my expectations were a bit high but I truly am disappointed. It's interface is more basic and featureless than I would ever expect on a headunit at this price point. It does have a built in crossover and EQ but that's as far as the feature set goes. Seriously, for the money this thing is outclassed by Kenwood and Pioneer units by a long shot when it comes to bang for the buck. Now Sony has never been a major value in that regard but this is not worth the price, maybe a lower price. If absolutely all you need from it is Android auto or carplay then you may be very well satisfied. Personally I expected more. Can anyone tell me why they don't have Mobile phone division design the UI and hardware requirements for these head units? Seriously an Xperia in-dash unit would be amazing...

    Pros: Nice capacitive screen, great bluetooth quality and a minimalist design

    Cons: Slow responsiveness when moving from one function to another. High quality touch screen is ruined by a pixelated and what looks like a 32 color LCD. Off angle viewing is sub par

    Sony XAV-AX5000

    Ian from Pflugerville, TX on 5/28/2018

    2012 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Sony has a nice clean interface. The unit is quick to power up, and quick to switch to my reverse camera. That ridiculous warning message that shows up every time you get in their car automatically goes away after two or three seconds. As quick as it is to start up, I've actually found the responsiveness of the buttons rather slow. This is very pronounced when viewing the list of folders off the second USB interface. The problem is that with a fully-loaded 64GB USB stick full of my music, the responsiveness is really unacceptable. I can count over one second of delay between the page down button and when it responds. This would be a lot more palatable if there was a way for me to search for an artist or song, but there isn't. I can't even select by first letter. It also doesn't order folder names properly, so you have no idea where a folder is going to show up in the list. Also, you can't select between a listing of songs and artists or albums. You just get the folder list, and then you get the list of songs when you click in the folder. Really basic navigation, that doesn't work well. I was disappointed that this did not come with HD Radio. There is hardly any customization you can do on this unit. In summary, it has a clean interface, but really doesn't offer that much else. The better screen is nice but not great enough over the resistive. The extra USB interface is worthless to me since I can't use it to load up and navigate through my

    Pros: Clean-looking interface

    Cons: Horrible responsiveness with a large selection of music on USB Folders are not listed in a properly sorted order No artist/album/song selection view off USB media Limited customization (like removing the XM button if you don't have it)

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    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
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 6.95
    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 7 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB Ports & Radio Function
    Audio & DSP Section
    Touchscreen/Remote/Camera Features

    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 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.
    • You cannot connect an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay device at the same time.
    • The USB port (labeled "USB2-USB Memory") cannot be used for Android Auto and only supports USB MSC or MTP devices.
    • 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 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 receiver.
    • 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.
    • You cannot connect an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device at the same time.
    • 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 "USB1-Smartphone) 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    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 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-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.

    Notes:

    • 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
    USB1-Smartphone 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, 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.

    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 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
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio & 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-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 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.

    Touchscreen/Remote/Camera Features

    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 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 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 (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).

    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 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.

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    Good reviews and I can use Android Auto while having an extra usb port for my high rez FLAC files [ Reza  Feb 19, 2019 ]
    Really liked the XAV-AX100 I installed in my son's 2008 Yaris and this is similar functionality with a slightly better looking bezel. [ Thomas  Feb 17, 2019 ]
    Has Android Auto and supported steering wheel controls without additional hardware. Got great reviews and it was a great open box deal. [ BRIAN T  Feb 12, 2019 ]
    I chose this because of the fast processor and the big display. Crutchfield is great because of all of the free stuff and the awesome service! [ Samuel  Feb 11, 2019 ]
    Sony are the best! [ Pedro  Jan 29, 2019 ]
    I compared 4 different head units. This one had all the features I wanted. Plus a little bigger screen. [ Justin  Jan 23, 2019 ]
    Capacitive screen, Android Auto, [ James  Jan 20, 2019 ]
    Clean bezel-less display will not look cheap or out of place in my car. The support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a must. It has 2 USB inputs and a 10 band EQ with separate Subwoofer controls. [ george  Jan 16, 2019 ]
    Big screen, no knob, excellent Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay. [ Dean  Jan 12, 2019 ]
    Looking for a clean, modern Bluetooth interface for a 2006 Mustang GT that was compatible with Apple CarPlay and backup camera. [ Christina  Jan 11, 2019 ]
    Looked like a good touchscreen Android or Apple ready stereo. Ordered a backup camera that will hopefully work with it as well. [ WILLIAM  Jan 04, 2019 ]
    Needed functionality with larger screen and discreet buttons. [ Guillermo  Dec 17, 2018 ]
    Needed to replace my OEM Radio and this was recommended by your system to fit my 2006 Chevy Tahoe along with providing Android Auto and On-Star support. Another plus was DUAL USB and no CD player, haven't used one in ages. [ Jeffrey  Dec 15, 2018 ]
    The stereo had the features I wanted. I respect the quality of Sony products. [ David  Dec 14, 2018 ]
    Appeared to be a good value for the functionality. Needed CarPlay support. [ Robert  Dec 14, 2018 ]
    Time to change my head unit and wanted an upgrade to have more features ( like a back up camera). [ MICHAEL  Dec 07, 2018 ]
    Has all the features I wanted, backup camera, SiriusXM ready, and Apple CarPlay. And Sony is a name I can trust. Had a Sony Xplode stereo in another truck and loved it. [ Jason  Nov 29, 2018 ]
    Has all my wants: Android Auto, 2 USB inputs, touch screen, Bluetooth streaming, and S10 fit. [ Frank  Nov 16, 2018 ]
    All my audio devices including my cell phone are Sony. For me its the best. Sorry I had to say that but for me that's the truth. [ James  Nov 16, 2018 ]
    Need [ clinton  Oct 18, 2018 ]
    looks [ Harold  Oct 14, 2018 ]
    features [ DONALD G  Oct 12, 2018 ]
    Recommended by adviser and looked overall best. [ Walter  Oct 06, 2018 ]
    My head unit in my Jeep just isn't working up to spec and to be honest, it would be easier to learn this unit than the factory unit installed in the dash right now. And perhaps one day, I'll upgrade to the Hi Res player currently saved for later in my profile. [ Theodore  Sep 13, 2018 ]
    Wanted an Android auto headunit that wouldn't require cutting of dashboard supports. [ Peter  Sep 08, 2018 ]
    It was on sale. [ Gary  Sep 05, 2018 ]
    beucase i really like everything it has on it [ norma  Aug 27, 2018 ]
    After exhaustively reviewing CarPlay radio inserts around a certain price range (to include several YouTube videos) this seemed to be the best reviewed and best compatible for how I interact with my car. [ GREGORY  Aug 17, 2018 ]
    I chose this head unit because of the clean and low key look, also, the remapping of steering wheel controls and capacitive touch screen are nice features. It seemed relatively fast and responsive in videos i watched as well. [ Collin  Jul 31, 2018 ]
    I personally like the brand...and the screen size is 7 inch.. [ HYO  Jul 23, 2018 ]
    Harley Davidson [ carl  Jul 13, 2018 ]
    Product Research [ Akitoshi  Jun 06, 2018 ]
    Need decent double DIN unit for my 2013 Toyota minivan. Never had issues with any Sony products bought and used in the past so hopefully this one will work as advertised. [ Dan  May 22, 2018 ]

    27 questions already asked

    Must be USB [ Andrew  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    I use Apple Carplay and it works through the USB connection. I can play music over BT. I believe Android Auto works the same way. I like the USB connection albeit cumbersome but it charges my phone. [ Christine  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Usb only [ GEORGE  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Has to be connected [ David  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    It has to be connected to USB1 [ Danilo  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    It has to be plugged in to USB. On a side note, it is getting charged, where as Android auto wireless is not. [ Matt  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Android Auto usb needs to be connected. [ Jc  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    To use CarPlay or Android Auto it will need to be connected to the USB port 1 only. Does not support wireless connection for Android Auto, only wired. [ Pedro  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Android auto and CarPlay have to be connected via usb. [ Bryan  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Has to be usb connected [ Darren  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Needs USB. [ GEOFFREY  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    It must be USB connected. [ Josh  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Has to be USB connected [ Christopher  Feb 20, 2019 ]
    Has to be plugged in to the USB port for android auto to work correctly [ Javed  Feb 21, 2019 ]
    I can't say it would to be honest. The steering wheel controls on my Audi A4 no longer worked whenever I installed it some months ago. Unless there's a particular wire setup for it, I wouldn't plan on it working. This radio, however, is well worth it and wouldn't think twice about getting it. Its amazing, very quick connectivity and also very responsive. Very well made radio. [ Makarios  Feb 12, 2019 ]
    I believe so, but I installed this in a Toyota that doesn't have that option! [ JASON  Feb 12, 2019 ]
    Both will. I am uncertain, however, of the speed. [ PETER  Feb 11, 2019 ]
    Yes, both USB ports will charge a phone. Only USB1 works with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Some music formats stored on USB will only work on USB2. The user manual on the Sony site gives specifics. You can Google the model to find the manual. Crutchfield does not allow links to be posted in the response. [ Steven  Feb 11, 2019 ]
    Both of them will charge [ Kenneth  Feb 11, 2019 ]
    They will both charge, even at the same time. [ Robert Le  Feb 11, 2019 ]
    It sounds like it is looking for a video feed from a reverse camera. I think you may have gotten to that screen a couple of ways.. through settings or options. If that is coming up when you first turn it on, and will not change from that screen (pressing home). It sounds like you have the reverse wire iwired incorrectly [ James  Jan 12, 2019 ]
    If this is for a backup camera do you have power for camera? Is camera hooked up correctly?Enter [ Derek  Jan 07, 2019 ]
    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. [ Krissy  Jan 07, 2019 ]  Staff
    Yes when headlights are turned on the screen will dim. [ Geffory  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    They do but I believe you need the correct harness and adapters to make that work. [ Edward  Dec 27, 2018 ]
    Just like pictures. Several colors [ christopher  Dec 19, 2018 ]
    The OS doesn't currently give you the option of a custom wallpaper. Hopefully they come out with an update with that feature in the future. [ Jacob  Dec 19, 2018 ]
    you can not put a custom wallpaper on this unit. It does come with 5 or 6 that sony provides. I choose the black one for night driving. [ wayne  Dec 19, 2018 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 19, 2018 ]  Staff
    I have never tried to shut the unit off. Its always playing music for me................I imagine you can the controls are pretty well thought out [ Kent  Dec 05, 2018 ]
    Yes ,just use the home button it has the power function on it [ Mark  Dec 05, 2018 ]
    I don't think so, there isn't an on/off button on the unit. [ JASON  Dec 04, 2018 ]
    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  Dec 03, 2018 ]  Staff
    You can't. Hopefully Sony will add the feature in a future software update. [ Jason  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    You can not. [ Justin  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on 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 what you will need for an installation. [ Kenny  Nov 09, 2018 ]  Staff
    No [ James Sean  Nov 06, 2018 ]
    No [ Darren  Nov 06, 2018 ]
    NO [ GEORGE  Nov 06, 2018 ]
    No [ David  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No, its fixed. [ Matt  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No, this unit does not have a detachable face. [ Robin  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No [ patrick  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No the face isn't detachable. [ Daniel  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No [ Pedro  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    No [ Jc  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    It has the input, but you'll need the tuner and the antenna. [ Shane  Oct 21, 2018 ]
    No, you have to buy it separate. [ Kevin  Oct 20, 2018 ]
    I haven't found a way to do that? You're talking about the Sony icons right? Not CarPlay? [ MARLON  Sep 24, 2018 ]
    It has it built in I believe. I'm pretty sure you plug the antenna into the receiver. [ MARLON  Aug 19, 2018 ]
    Yes, unless you use a phone that has the xm app. [ wayne  Aug 19, 2018 ]
    Yea. This unit does not include a built-in XM tuner. [ Ian  Aug 19, 2018 ]
    At this time; we do not have any dash mount kits or integration harness options for the 2006 Range Rover or Range Rover Sport models. As a result, we do not recommend installing an aftermarket stereo in these vehicles. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx [ Ryan  Aug 17, 2018 ]  Staff
    The backup camera video is automatically shown when the car is put in reverse. There is no button to manually show the camera video. [ Andy  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    It will change to the back up camera automatically. There is a reverse wire coming from the head that will need to be wired to the hot wire of the camera. This is necessary since the RCA doesn't support an "input" signal from the camera being on and do so automatically. I should mention that I wired my camera to the reverse lights power supply and will only come on when I put it in reverse. If I choose camera while driving forward it will say no signal. [ Adam J  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    If installed correctly, yes. I'd highly recommend paying the extra $25 or so for the Crutchfield ReadyHarness service and any appropriate stearing wheel control interfaces to insure your install maintains the correct functionality. The ReadyHarness is also a big time saver. [ Joseph  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    It will change multimedia into the back up camera when the car in put into reverse. [ WILLIAM  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    It will change multimedia into back up camera, the music will still keep playing in the background [ rodrigo  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    Yes, but you have to do the wiring yourself to tap into your car's reverse trigger. Crutchfield cannot provide clear instructions for your specific car and I doubt that the instructions will give your clear instructions (mine didn't). I ran into a problem where I tapped into the right wire but the 12v to 6v converter that I got dropped the voltage down to 3v resulting in garbage image quality. It turned out that the converter itself might be defective on arrival. After switching out to a new one, it worked perfectly. [ M  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    It automatically switches to backup camera [ christopher  Jul 18, 2018 ]
    If camera is wired in correctly it switches automatically when car is put in reverse.Enter [ Derek  Jul 18, 2018 ]
    I installed this unit in a Jeep Wrangler last week. Whenever I put the vehicle in reverse, it switches to the camera input, despite not having a camera installed. When placing in drive, it reverts back to whatever media was playing beforehand. I would caution that this is fully dependent upon how the unit is wired into the vehicle. I sprang for the vehicle specific wiring harness so installation was painless. [ Joseph  Jul 18, 2018 ]
    If you connect the reverse wire to the appropriate connection , it will jump from main display to the back up cam The option to use back up cam by manual selection is available if you connect the reverse to a constant 12 volt , It all depends on your design You could with the right design accomplish both I cant instruct you to do this , but for my setting it works as I out it in reverse [ Ehsan  Jul 18, 2018 ]
    Yes [ Mark  Jul 17, 2018 ]
    I use Android play instead of Apple play but yes, you can still play music in the background. I used Waze for the first time a couple of days ago and used Google play in the background. You can switch between the Waze app and the music app easily. Even though I prefer Waze, I find that Waze is a bit glitchy and closed on me a few times, so I switched over to google maps and didn't have any problems. [ DON L  Jul 17, 2018 ]
    When IOS 12 get released, waze and gmaps will be available. I'm not sure if the receiver will need to be updated by sony as well. [ Reza  Jul 17, 2018 ]
    Not at this time. Apple acts like a nanny and only lets you use Apple maps at this time. Apple has announced that when the IOS 12 comes out you will be about to use waze and google maps. Should be in the fall sometime. [ wayne  Jul 16, 2018 ]
    Probably. I say probably because Spotify+Apple Maps works simultaneously. Waze support should be coming to CarPlay with the Apple IOS12 release later this year, assuming Waze updates their app to support it [ Tanarut  Jul 16, 2018 ]
    I'm having it installed at the moment but from what I understand, not if you have an iPhone, Apple wants you to exclusively use their crappy map app without giving the user the choice, whereas if you are running an Android phone you can open the app on the screen. But I believe you can still run Waze and have the audio play through Apple Play and hear it through your car speakers but you'd have to look at the phone if you require the visuals. That's what happens when you have a bean counter at the head of Apple since Jobs passed. [ Tunc  Jul 16, 2018 ]
    Yes [ DON L  Jul 17, 2018 ]
    Yes it does. [ Sami  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    I don't have an android phone, however I know that with CarPlay on the iPhone it does charge the phone, albeit quite slowly. [ Shane  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    Charges my Note 8 just fine! [ Ken  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    Both Android Auto and Carplay charge the phone while in use. USB 1 is for use with AA abd carplay and is 1.5 Ap so it should charge at a normal speed. USB 2 is only 500mA and probably wont charge a modern phone very well. [ Patrick  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    Yes [ JimDod  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    I haven't tried it for Android, but for iOS / CarPlay it does. Since powers running to the usb plug, I have no reason to think it wouldn't for Android [ Christopher  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    Yes it does! [ SEONGHO  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    Yes it does [ KYLE  Jun 27, 2018 ]
    The factory steering wheel controls can be retained with the proper installation accessories for your vehicle. At this time, the factory back-up/blindside cameras will not be retained when any new stereo is installed (not just this Sony). For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx [ Ryan  Jun 06, 2018 ]  Staff
    One USB cable can be used for the phone and the other is for a USB stick that you can load music onto. Each cord is clearly labeled so you shouldn't have any issues figuring out which one to use. I haven't tried hooking up two phones to it but from reading the manual, it doesn't look like this is possible. [ Matthew  Jun 04, 2018 ]
    You can't hook up two phones at the same time. One of the USB slots is only for a thumbdrive. [ mulamutti  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    CarPlay and Android Auto is only available on USB2. USB1 is able to use downloaded music on a flash drive or music player. I'm not sure if you can do both at the same time but it sounds very likely. [ Paul  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    Yes, I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it. [ DON L  Jul 17, 2018 ]
    Yes [ wayne  Jul 16, 2018 ]
    yes, it is for me. [ mulamutti  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    Yes, unfortunately. If you have your phone connected via USB1, that shows up and causes the USB2 input button to slide off the screen. That means you have to swipe over to have that show up on the screen before you can select it. All because you have that useless XM button sitting there taking up precious UI space. [ Ian  May 28, 2018 ]