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6.1" Touchscreen Monitor: The Sony XAV-68BT DVD
receiver features a 6.1" widescreen (17:9) touchscreen LCD monitor. The WVGA
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 and icons, making menu navigation easy.
- 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 Sepia. You can also
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
- Illumination Dimmer: To change the brightness of the
display you can set the XAV-68BT 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
- 12-/24-Hour Clock: The head unit's clock can be set to
a 12-hour or 24-hour mode. The clock will be visible during Tuner, Disc,
USB, iPod, and Bluetooth
playback; as well as from the main menu screen and sub menus. The head
unit's clock will display a "0" instead of "12" for the hour; Sony is aware
of this, but currently there's no fix for this display quirk.
Note: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen
controls, the XAV-68BT also offers a 3-way rotary knob and "HOME-DSPL" push
button along the left side of the screen.
Parking Brake Detection: 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 view source information, song/artist information, and menus.
2-DIN Chassis: The Sony XAV-68BT 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.
There is no mounting sleeve provided to Euro- or Custom-mount the
in-dash receiver. As always, please consult
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Bluetooth Technology: The Sony XAV-68BT is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone
calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from
your smartphone (like Apple iPhone or Android) 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 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), OPP 1.0 (Object Push Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Sony XAV-68BT. Please visit
Sony eSupport for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XAV-68BT
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. Up to 9
phones or audio devices can be paired with the XAV-68BT, however, only one
device can be used at a time. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close
proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects
the two units.
Note: Bluetooth and pairing must be turned on in the head unit's menu
prior to connection your Bluetooth-enabled device.
Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The Sony
XAV-68BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled
smartphone (like Apple iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). 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-68BT 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-68BT provides more natural sound quality and
details during wireless calls. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private
Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering Calls: Incoming calls can be answered
manually or automatically (between 3-10 seconds) through the Sony head unit,
while the ring tone is output from your car speakers and the caller's name
from contact list (no Caller ID)
or phone number is displayed on the head unit's LCD. Incoming calls can also
be rejected if desired.
- Dialing a Number: Using the XAV-68BT, you can dial a
phone number in a variety of ways. You can manually dial phone number using
the unit's touchscreen or make call using the voice tags stored in your
mobile phone. You'll also be able to access your phonebook (up to 1,000
contacts/3 numbers each, as well as store 6 of your favorite contacts for
speed dialing. In addition, the unit stores the last 20 calls, allowing you
to select the last dialed/received/missed phone numbers. You can even use
its redial function to quickly dial the last number called.
Note: The external microphone features an attached 12'
cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic
input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone comes with a
mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped
to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.465" (diameter) x 1.425"
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Song/Artist Info): The Sony
XAV-68BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone (Like iPhone, Android, or
Blackberry). You can stream stored music and
music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the XAV-68BT. You'll be able
to control basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track,
Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Shuffle/Repeat. The head unit will also display your
music's song/artist information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album
title. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to control
advanced music playback functions. 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.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an
iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Sony XAV-68BT has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply
press-and-hold down on the head unit's "HOME/DISPL" button to engage Siri and
use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be heard
through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the XAV-68BT and its microphone. You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will be heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone device.
The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Note: You must enable the head unit's "Home/DISPLAY" button
for voice command within the head unit's menu before using Siri Eyes Free.
The head unit's
display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information
(all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Sony XAV-68BT; visual
data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Compatible Discs: The Sony multimedia head unit has
a front loading disc slot to make loading your disc easier, because
there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Sony XAV-68BT supports
playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD
discs. The Sony XAV-68BT supports various audio, photo, & video files
recorded onto these discs.
Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The unit's
front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class
(MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your
Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The Sony XAV-68BT's USB
port supports playback & control of a variety music, video, and photo files
stored on your USB device through the head unit. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged
when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition
switch is set to ACC or On.
- MSC Playback: The Sony XAV-68BT's USB port enables playback & control of music,
video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your
older Android smartphone (w/ OS 2.2+ [Froyo/Gingerbread]) or simple
thumbdrive device through the head unit.
- MTP Playback (Audio only): The XAV-68BT's USB port also enables playback &
control of stored music on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android
smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+
[Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Sony head unit.
Note: You cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen
to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your
smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music
on your Android smartphone while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts,
etc on your phone.
Media File Compatibility: The Sony XAV-68BT supports a variety of
audio, video, and photo files recorded onto disc or loaded onto a USB device.
| Media Type || Disc (CD-R/RW or
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) || USB (MSC/MTP) |
| File System ||ISO 9660 level 1/level 2,
Joliet/Romeo ||FAT 16/32 |
| Playable File Types || Audio ||MP3: bit rate
of 48-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32-48 kHz |
WMA: bit-rate of 48-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
| Video ||Xvid: max
resolution of 720 x 576 w/ frame rate of 30 fps
(not supported by MTP) |
resolution of 720 x 576 w/ frame rate of 30 fps (not supported by
| Photo ||JPEG: max
resolution of 6,048 x 4,032 (not supported by MTP) |
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||256 folders/2,000
| Tags ||MP3 ID3-tags (ver.
1.x/2.x), WMA-tags |
Playback & Search Functions: You can use the head
unit's touchscreen monitor to search folders and audio/video/picture
files stored on an inserted disc or connected USB device. In addition, you can use the
included remote to enter a track number directly for "Direct Search". You'll also be able to operate
basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track,
and Random/Repeat from the unit's touchscreen.
Song/Artist Information: The DVD receiver will
display your USB device's stored music file information; including
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, and Artist/Album Name
(no Album Art).
Off Eject + Audio Reload: A disc can be ejected
with the power off. The DVD receiver will automatically
reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 15 seconds or
iPod Audio Playback: The Sony XAV-68BT's front-panel USB port allows you
to connect your iPod/iPhone via the iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB
cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit).
This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, &
control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well
as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display.
- Bypass iPod DAC: 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 (bypassing iPod/iPhone
DAC), allowing for a high Signal-to-Noise ratio.
- Music Navigation: The Sony XAV-68BT lets you navigate
your iPod/iPhone's music from the head unit touchscreen and
front-panel controls. You'll be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music
library by Song, Album, Artist, Genre, Playlist or Composer (content in
each category is listed alphabetically). The XAV-68BT also supports basic
playback functions for stored music and music apps; such as Play/Pause, Fast
Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS
6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen so you
can access music apps (like Pandora/iHeartRadio); older iPod/iPhone
devices will be locked during connection.
- Song/Artist Info: The DVD receiver will
display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, and Artist/Album Name
(no Album Art).The XAV-68BT will also display song/artist information and
station identification from select music apps (like Pandora and
- 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. This
unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial
battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.
Note: The Sony XAV-68BT does not support iPod/iPhone
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Sony XAV-68BT is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features
(as of 9/24/2014):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Pandora || Album Art || Song/Artist Text || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4S || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 2nd/3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 2 || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 3 || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| 4/Air || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || 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
AM/FM & Pandora Radio
Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-68BT is
equipped with a Digital Clarity Tuner for clear AM/FM stereo sound with
digital processing technology.
- 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
- Presets: The radio features 5 memory bands to
store and receive AM/FM stations. You can store up to 6 presets each in
FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 (total: 18 FM/12 AM). Preset tuning can be
done manually or automatically (BTM). BTM (Best Tuning Memory) selects
stations with the best signals within the selected band and stores them in
order of their frequency. To help find what's playing on your preset
stations, you can play the first few seconds of each preset radio
station until you find the one you want.
Pandora App (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App
Apps Store or
Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Sony
XAV-68BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired
Android smartphone. Your compatible mobile device will need an active Data Plan
account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also
need a Pandora music
service account. The Sony XAV-68BT provides control over the Pandora music
service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your
Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station.
You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played
can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada &
only available in the United States.
Dynamic Reality Amp w/ 24-Bit DAC The Sony XAV-68BT 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 bass sound. In
addition, the XAV-68BT is equipped with Sony's Dynamic Reality Amp to produce
3-dimensional sound staging for more realistic sound inside your vehicle. The
Sony XAV-68BT also utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound
quality. The power output specs for the XAV-68BT are as follows:
- Continuous Power Output: 17 watts RMS x 4
channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Peak Power Output: 55 watts x 4-channels (220
Note: The power
specifications for the Sony XAV-68BT 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
4ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Sony
XAV-68BT features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs (Front & Rear/SW).
The unit's Rear/SW preamp outputs can be configured as fading
rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer output. When the head
unit's Rear/SW preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you
can adjust the subwoofer output level.
High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: The front & rear
speaker outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of
80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 140Hz, 160Hz, or Off. When the Rear/SW preamp output
is configured as a subwoofer output, a low pass crossover is activated
with a selectable cut-off frequency of 80Hz, 100Hz, 100Hz,
120Hz, or Off.
Equalizer: The Sony XAV-68BT features an
EQ3 Stage 2 equalizer with 8 preset equalizer curves for various types of music. You can choose from Off, R&B, Pop, Rock,
Hip-Hop, Dance, Country, or Custom. The Off mode provides a flat
response. The Custom mode allows you to manually adjust the Low (60 Hz),
Mid (1 kHz), & High (10 kHz) frequencies from +/-10dB.
DVD Audio Level: Use this feature to adjust the audio output
level between -10 and +1- for a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital, in order to
balance the volume level between discs.
Dual Audio/Video Inputs: The Sony XAV-68BT DVD receiver is
fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features 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. The front-panel AV input also offers level adjustment
(-10 to +15). The head unit's composite video/stereo audio
RCA input on the rear-panel can be used to connect a permanent external A/V
source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile TV tuner.
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-68BT is equipped
with a composite video Rear View Camera input. You can view a Normal or
Reversed (mirror) image. 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
(within the radio's harness), must be connected to the
vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic
video switching takes approximately 2.5 seconds.
Note: Audio from your music source will continue
playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
IR Remote Control: The Sony multimedia XAV-68BT comes
supplied with an IR emote control for easy wireless operation of the head unit.
The included wireless remote allows you to control the basic functions (not
Bluetooth) of the Sony head unit while keeping your eyes on the road.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The Sony XAV-68BT offers
built-in steering wheel remote compatibility for non-CAN bus vehicles; like
select Toyota, Honda, Nissan,
Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru,
and Suzuki vehicles (the included 3-wire harness plugs into the head unit's OEM SWC input and will need to be hardwired
behind vehicle's steering column). You can configure
the steering wheel remote commands from the XAV-68BT's touchscreen. The head unit's OEM steering wheel remote control input is also compatible with optional steering wheel control adapters (sold separately; see accessory list). Please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.