Front-Panel USB Port
6.1" WVGA Touchscreen Display: The Sony XAV-63 DVD
receiver features an integrated 6.1" widescreen (17:9) touchscreen LCD monitor. The
LCD monitor has a high resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB; with 1,152,000
total pixels. The LCD monitor provides touchscreen controls with interactive video
graphics, making menu navigation easy. The head unit has a front-loading disc-slot to
make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.
Gesture Commands: You can
perform frequently-used operations by making command strokes across the XAV-63's
touchscreen display. Draw a horizontal line left-to-right to skip/seek forward
or draw a horizontal line right-to-left to skip/seek backward. You can also draw
a vertical line upwards to fast-forward a video or skip forward in a folder; as
well as draw a vertical line downwards to reverse a video or skip backward in a
Front Panel Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen
controls, the XAV-63 also offers a rotary knob and hard-key buttons along the left side
of the screen.
Background Screen: You can select between 4 background screens. Choose
from a Black background, Blue background, Landscape background, or Patterned
Picture EQ: You can select
a picture quality mode suitable for the interior brightness of your vehicle. You
can choose from Dynamic, Standard, Theater, Sepia, or Custom (1/2). The Custom
(1/2) Picture EQ modes allow you to make your own picture quality settings by
adjusting the picture tones manually. You can adjust the Brightness, Color, and
Color Tone (warm/normal/cool).
Aspect Ratio: You can
change the screen's aspect ratio of the DVD receiver's LCD monitor to suit your video content. You can choose from
Normal, Wide, Full, or Zoom.
Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this
unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language
which is best suited to your first language; English, Spanish, or Russian.
Track List: The Sony XAV-63 displays a list of albums, folders,
tracks, images, or video files stored on a disc or USB device, so you can
quickly search your audio/video content.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness
must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle
is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and
Dimmer: To change the brightness of the display you can set
the XAV-63 to one of two dimmer modes; Dimmer Auto (dims the display
automatically when you turn your vehicle's lights on), or Dimmer On (display always dim).
You can adjust the dimmer level from -5 to +5.
Auto Off: When installing in a vehicle without an accessory
power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting
a set amount of time after you turn the power off. The Auto Off feature can be
set to 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or No.
2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XAV-63 has a
2-DIN chassis (also known as Double-DIN), and will fit in many
vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. The unit does not come with a mounting sleeve to Euro-mount the radio. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Compatible Discs: The Sony XAV-63 supports playback of DVD-Video,
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD
Note: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your
disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.
MPEG-4/Xvid Playback: The XAV-63 also supports video
playback of MPEG-4/Xvid (720 x 480/30fps) NTSC video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.
JPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (720 x 480)
still image files recorded onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W discs.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony
XAV-63 allows you to playback CD-Rs, CD-RWs, CD-ROMs loaded with MP3 (48-192
kbps), WMA (64-192 kbps), or AAC (40-320 kbps)
songs recorded in ISO 9660 level 1 or 2, Joliet/Romeo, or
Multi-Session. The XAV-63 can support up 256 folders, and a combined 2,000 folders and files on a disc. The head unit will also display song information for
MP3 (15/30/63/126-characters), WMA (63-characters), and AAC (126-characters)
Note: Copyright protected
ACC-LC files cannot be played back.
Compressed Audio Display Information: The DVD receiver can
display the following CD-TEXT or ID3/WMA-tag information; Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Artist name, and Song/Album tile.
Quick-BrowZer: The unit's Quick-BrowZer feature allow you to
search for a track on a MP3/WMA/AAC disc easily by category (Genre, Artist,
Album, or Playlist).
Zappin: With the Zappin feature, you can play music (files
or folders) in 6, 15, or 30-second clips until you find the song you are looking
for on your MP3/WMA/AAC disc.
Direct Search: You can directly locate a desired point on a disc by
specifying the title number, chapter number, track, image, or file.
Repeat and Shuffle Play: The Sony XAV-63 provides Repeat and Shuffle
playback modes for various media content.
- Repeat: DVD (Title/Chapter), CD/VCD (Track), MP3/WMA/AAC
(Track/Album), JPEG (Image/Album), MPEG-4/Xvid (Movie/Album).
- Shuffle: DVD (Title), CD/VCD (Disc), MP3/WMA/AAC/JPEG/MPEG-4
Multi-Disc Resume: The Sony XAV-63 can store the playback resume
settings in its memory for up to 5 DVD discs.
Off Insert/Eject: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the
power off. The head unit will automatically begin disc playback, when a disc is
inserted with the receiver set to a different source or powered off.
Auto Reload: The DVD receiver will automatically reinsert
the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Mounting Angle: For proper DVD/CD playback, this unit must
be mounted between 0 (horizontal) and 45-degrees.
Front-Panel USB Port
USB Port: The receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port can be
used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)
type USB device. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in
MP3, WMA, or AAC formats (up to 320 kbps). The head unit also supports JPEG
still-image files, as well as Xvid and MPEG-4 video files stored on a compatible
USB memory device. The head unit can recognize up to 128
folders with 500 tracks each when connected to a USB Mass Storage Device. The
XAV-63 offers the following USB search, playback, and display functions.
- Search Modes:
- Quick-BrowZer: allows you to search for a track on
a connected USB device easily by category (Genre, Artist, Album, or
- Jump Mode: gets you closer to the song you want by
allowing you to fast forward through a music category in 10% increments
- Zappin: play music (files or folders) in 6, 15, or
30-second clips until you find the song you are looking for on your
connected USB device
- Playback Modes:
- Repeat: repeat a single track or repeat an entire
- Random: shuffle all tracks or a specific album
- Display Information:
- Numeric Text: track number and elapsed playing time
- Alphanumeric Text: song title, artist name, and
Note: This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a
USB hub. Not all MP3, WMA, AAC files may playback due to file
variations. Copyright protected ACC-LC files cannot be played back.
Content Transfer/SensMe Online Software: The Content
Transfer/SensMe online software can organize your music into playlists that
perfectly match your mood, scene, and location, making it easier to choose the
music that fits the moment. SensMe actually looks at the beats-per-minute and
automatically groups your music (stored on your windows-based computer) into
channels, making listening and managing all of your content even simpler. Once
you have downloaded & used the SensMe software to organize your PC's music, you
can then transfer that music to your USB device (Not iPod/iPhone) for
playback on the Sony head unit. You can select & play a channel that fits your
mood from the following categories.
- Time of Day: Tracks are recommended for each time of
day. Choose from Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, or Midnight.
- Music Type: Plays tracks according to the music type.
Choose from Energetic, Relax, Upbeat, Mellow, Lounge, Emotional, Dance, and
- Driving Type: Plays track that are suitable for type of
driving. Choose from Freeway, Chillout Drive, Weekend Trip, Midnight Cruise,
Party Ride, Morning Commute, and Going Home.
- Mood Map: Distributes tracks as dots on a two-axis mood
map, based on the characteristics of individual tracks (last 200 tracks
transferred). Simply touch a point on the map according to your Mood
(Sad/Happy), Type (Acoustic/Electronic), Style (Soft/Hard), or Time
(Morning/Midnight) and a circle appears around the touched point, and the
tracks inside that circle are played.
Note: Download of the Content Transfer/SensMe online
software to your windows-based computer is required to enable the SensMe
function on this head unit. The software must be downloaded to your PC &
then music content must be transferred to a USB (MSC) device. The SensMe
software is not compatible with iPod or iPhone.
System Requirements: Your
Windows-based computer must meet the following system requirements.
| System Requirements |
|CPU ||Intel Pentium III Processor 450
MHz or higher |
|OS ||Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista
(SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later) |
|RAM ||256 MB or more (for Windows XP),
512 MB or more (for Windows Vista or later) |
|Port ||USB |
|Monitor ||High color (16-bit) or more, 800 x
600 dots or more |
Connection ||Internet |
Note: 64-bit & Media Center versions of Windows XP are
not supported. Not compatible Mac.
iPod/iPhone 2-Wire Connectivity: The front-panel USB port and
front-panel 3.5mm AV input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone devices when used with the
optional Sony RC-202IPV adapter (RC-202IPV,
sold separately). One end of the
cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the
cable uses two connectors that plug into the front of the XAV-63. The USB type-A
connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's front-panel USB port and handles
the metadata, control, charging, and audio playback of your iPod/iPhone, so you
can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's
touchscreen controls and view song and movie info, as well as album art on its
display. The 3.5mm AV connector of the cable plugs into the unit's front-panel
3.5 AV input and transfers the video images from your iPod/iPhone to the Sony
head unit. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. If you require audio playback only, you can simply plug your compatible
directly into the head unit's front-panel USB port using your iPod/iPhone's dock
connector cable (no additional adapter required).
Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or
iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback
(no video output).
Bypass iPod DAC: The USB Direct Connection
enables high-speed iPod/iPhone data communications via the optional
RC-202IPV (2-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded
instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to
iPod Navigation: The controls of the XAV-63 are seamless
when used with the optional RC-202IPV and include metadata browsing, as well as
the ability to choose from various playback & search modes to suit your listening application.
also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.
Music Information: The multimedia head unit will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song Title, Artist/Album Name, and Album Art. The head unit
will not display metadata information from streamed music apps; in this case
head unit only displays the message "Passenger App Control". You will
continue to view song/artist information from music apps on your iPhone's touchscreen.
Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then this unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-63 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/19/2013):
| iPod/iPhone || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/App || Song/Artist Text || Track Info || Album Art |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5C || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Digital Clarity Tuner: The Sony XAV-63 is equipped with a
Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with digital processing
RDS: Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast
information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible FM
stations. FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible
digital information along with the regular radio program signal.
Preset Tuning: 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.
- Best Tuning Memory (BTM): This
feature selects stations with the best signals within the selected band and
stores them in order of their frequency. You can select from FM1, FM2, FM3,
AM1, and AM2.
- Manual Tuning: You can
manually tune and find your favorite radio stations one by one for FM1, FM2,
FM3, AM1, and AM2.
Manual/Seek Tuning: The XAV-63 allows you to manual
tune or seek tune AM/FM stations.
- Manual Tuning: You can manually tune & find your
favorite radio stations one by one.
- Seek Tuning: You can use the seek button to help you
search quickly through the available AM/FM stations.
HD Radio Ready: The Sony XAV-63 is compatible with Sony's
optional XT-100HD add-on HD Tuner (158XT100HD,
sold separately) through its UniLink Bus connection. HD Radio technology, where
available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and
receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound
quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD
Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title,
artist name, album name, etc. Once connected, all AM and FM broadcasts are
received by the XT-100HD. HD appears as an additional source, with five preset
banks; HD1 (FM1), HD2 (FM2), HD3 (FM3), HD4 (AM1), and HD5 (AM2). In addition to
conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose
from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data
programs for each program.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this head unit:
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite
Radio, you can connect the optional SCC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner and the
optional SNYSC1 Sony interface module (package item number
700SIRSONY, sold separately). You can also connect select dock-and-play
and portable SIRIUS radios to the head unit via the Sony SNYSC1 interface
sold separately) and the SiriusConnect Plug & Play Dock (607SCVDOC1,
- XM Satellite: A portable XM satellite radio receiver
can be connected to the head unit's front-panel 3.5mm Aux input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Sony XAV-63 DVD receiver is fitted with
two audio/video inputs.
- Front Panel A/V (3.5mm) Input: The unit features a
front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input on the front panel of the head unit for
connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a game console. This
input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using
proprietary Sony cable).
- Rear Panel A/V (Composite) Input: The head unit also
features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear panel for
connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or
mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel A/V input shares it stereo RCA connection
with the head unit's UniLink connection.
Video Output: There is rear-panel composite video output for
connecting an external display. The rear-panel composite video output will
display whatever video source is being played on the DVD receiver. You can select an aspect ratio
suitable for your connected monitor. You can choose from 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box,
or 4:3 Pan&Scan.
Rear View Camera: The Sony XAV-63 is equipped with a composite video
Rear View Camera input. You can view a Normal or Reversed (mirror) image, as
well as display marker lines to assist you while backing up. The head unit features a function that automatically
switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when an optional
rear camera (such as the
158XAR800C, sold separately) is installed on your vehicle. When your
vehicle's shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically
switches to the rear view camera (the purple/white wire, attached to
rear-chassis), must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for
automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately
1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue
playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
True Fidelity Sound Construction: The Sony XAV-63 DVD
receiver features a newly developed sound processor for less distortion, an
S-MOSFET IC for smooth signal transmission, and a large-sized capacitor for deep
Dynamic Reality Amp: The XAV-63 is equipped with Sony's
Dynamic Reality Amp to produce 3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic
sound inside your vehicle.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Sony XAV-63 utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
CEA2006 Compliant Amplifier: The power specifications for
the Sony XAV-63 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing
and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These
standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to
model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the XAV-63 are
- Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4 channels (at
4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Peak Power Output: 52 watts x 4-channels (208 total
4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The XAV-63 contains two pair of
2-volt RCA preamp outputs; a front pair and another pair that can be set for the
rear channels (fading) or for subwoofer (non-fading) operation.
Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's subwoofer output is
activated, the preamp output becomes non-fading and a low pass filter is
activated with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz,
120Hz, or Off. In addition, you can select the phase of the subwoofer
output from Normal or Reverse. You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's
volume level independently from the head unit's volume control from -6 to +6 in
High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs offer a
selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz,
120Hz, or Off.
EQ7: You can select an equalizer curve from eight music
types; Xplod, Vocal, Edge, Cruise, Space, Gravity, Custom, or Off (Flat). The
Custom EQ7 mode allows you to make your own equalizer settings. You can adjust
the level (+/-6dB) of seven different frequency bands; Band1 (63Hz), Band2
(160Hz), Band3 (400Hz), Band4 (1kHz), Band5 (2.5khz), Band6 (6.3khz), and Band7
ASE (Advanced Sound Engine): The Sony XAV-63 offers
multi-channel playback with its Advanced Sound Engine, featuring Intelligent
Time Alignment (ITA) and Center Speaker Optimizer (CSO) to create a virtual 5.1
listening experience to rival the most advanced home theater equipment.
- ITA (Intelligent Time Alignment): This unit can change
the localization of sound by delaying the sound output from each speaker and
subwoofer to suit your position, giving you the feeling of being in the
center of the soundfield wherever you sit in the car. The options for the
Listening Positions are - Front Left, Front Right, Front Center, All,
Custom, or Off. The Custom ITA mode allows you to precisely calibrate the
output from each speaker so that the sound from all speakers reaches the
listener at the same time. Simply measure the distance between your
listening position and each speaker from 0 to 13.1' (in 0.8125" increments).
You can also set the subwoofer distance of the subwoofer to Near, Normal, or
- CSO (Center Speaker Organizer): A typical surround
sound systems has 5 speakers (front left/right, rear left/right, center) and
1 subwoofer. CSO allows you to create a virtual center channel speaker even
though a real center speaker is not connected.
RBE (Rear Bass Enhancer): RBE enhances the bass sound
by applying the low-pass filter setting to the rear speakers. This function
allows the rear speakers to work as a subwoofer even if there is no
Dolby D Level: You can adjust the audio output level for a DVD
recorded in Dolby Digital format, to reduce the volume level differences between
disc and source.
Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Optional Remote Control: By using the optional Sony RMX-170 IR remote
commander (158RMX170, sold separately), you can wirelessly operate the unit's audio and source