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Sony XAV-AX8000

Digital multimedia receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 158XAV8000

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About the Sony XAV-AX8000

Alexander H.

Sony's star stereo

When I heard about Sony's XAV-AX8000 digital multimedia receiver, I was a little jealous of anyone who'd be swapping their old stereo out for this major touchscreen upgrade. I've always been a Sony fan for their practical feature sets and streamlined approach to stereos — and the XAV-AX8000 adds an impressive 8.95" touchscreen to the mix. Best of all, the single-DIN (2" tall) chassis design unlocks awesome possibilities for vehicle owners who thought they could never have an interface this big in their dash. This Sony's resistive touchscreen hovers over your dash and you can adjust its angle to the best possible fit.

Sony's star stereo

When I heard about Sony's XAV-AX8000 digital multimedia receiver, I was a little jealous of anyone who'd be swapping their old stereo out for this major touchscreen upgrade. I've always been a Sony fan for their practical feature sets and streamlined approach to stereos — and the XAV-AX8000 adds an impressive 8.95" touchscreen to the mix. Best of all, the single-DIN (2" tall) chassis design unlocks awesome possibilities for vehicle owners who thought they could never have an interface this big in their dash. This Sony's resistive touchscreen hovers over your dash and you can adjust its angle to the best possible fit.

Works in most dashes

The XAV-AX8000 comes in two main pieces: a 2" tall chassis and a 8.95" touchscreen. The chassis fits in most single-DIN dash openings, and since there's no disc player, the mounting depth shouldn't be a major issue for most vehicles. When you mount the chassis in your dash opening, the screen offers three-way adjustability so that you don't block essential climate controls upon installation.

Apple CarPlay®

What's better than Apple CarPlay? Apple CarPlay on a 8.95" screen! Take your iPhone® experience in the car to the next level with a seamless interface and Siri®-powered voice control you know. Learn more about access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third party streaming music apps at

Android Auto™ and more

Sony builds in Android Auto, an in-car essential for any Android user. You'll have voice control access to Google Maps, weather, music, your phone, text messages, plus easy access to many of your favorite apps. Get more info at Additionally, Sony builds in WebLink® for Android devices that allows you to mirror your smartphone on your touchscreen display.

Built-in Bluetooth®

Of course, Sony gives you Bluetooth as well. Use it to make or receive hands-free phone calls via your smartphone with the included microphone, or stream music from your phone with ease. You can also use the included microphone to activate voice commands for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

And a lot more good stuff

You can use the rear USB input to attach your smartphone for use with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, or you can connect a thumb drive with your favorite music, video files, and even lossless FLAC files for a more fulfilling sound. Sony also includes a rear-view camera input and distance guidance display to make the XAV-AX8000 your perfect command center. And this radio is SiriusXM-ready, so you can add a satellite radio tuner and enjoy your favorite music, sports, entertainment, and more anywhere you go.

All the tweaking tools you need

Sony provides a 10-band graphic EQ, two levels of Bass Boost, and more sound-sculpting tools to help you dial in the sound you've always wanted in the car.

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.

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

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • 8.95" resistive touchscreen with three-way adjustable mount
    • fits single-DIN dash openings
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • Apple CarPlay compatible
    • Android Auto compatible
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC music files
    • 10-band graphic equalizer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Bass Boost
    • Dynamic Stage Organizer for improving stereo image
    • works with SiriusXM SXV300 tuner
    • inputs: rear USB port, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, mono sub)
    Other Information:
    • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS CTA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • wireless remote
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • super-fast start up time
    • warranty: 3 years
    • MFR # XAVAX8000

    What's in the box:

    • Single-DIN source unit (10A fuse)
    • 8.95" Touchscreen monitor
    • Wiring harness (6.5' parking brake wire)
    • 3-Wire to 3.5mm SWC adapter
    • 52" USB extension cable
    • 23" USB extension cable
    • Remote control (RM-X170)
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone w/ visor-bracket (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle mono-3.5mm connector)
    • Surface bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • Four M5 x 6mm ISO-screws
    • Four M4 x 6mm machine screws
    • M3 x 8mm machine screw
    • Cable-tie
    • Joint-cover
    • 2 Rear-panel covers
    • Cable-cover (pre-installed)
    • Operating Instructions
    • Warranty Information
    • Installation Note

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    More details on the Sony XAV-AX8000

    Stacey B.

    Features & specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control N
    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 5 and up
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple, Google, Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google, Waze
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 8.95
    Screen Type Basic (Resistive)
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 10
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    FM Sensitivity 7 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB Port + Camera Input
    Amplifier & Audio Section
    AM/FM Radio + SiriusXM-Ready

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    8.95" Touchscreen Monitor: The Sony XAV-AX8000 includes an oversized 8.95" anti-glare touchscreen LCD monitor that makes everything easier to control and see at a glance for safer use on the road. The 8.95" touchscreen monitor has a resolution of 800 RGB x 480 (1,152,000 pixels) and responsive touch-sensitive controls. The 8.95" touchscreen display seamlessly hovers over your dashboard and works in a single-DIN opening thanks to the separate in-dash source unit. The separate in-dash source unit mounts in your vehicle's single-DIN opening and the monitor secures to the front of the source unit with the included hardware.

    • Mounting Adjustments: The 8.95" touchscreen monitor's sturdy mount can be adjusted in three directions to allow for flexible installation in a wide variety of vehicles (adjustments must be made prior to final installation and cannot be done during operation). The sturdy flexible mount allows you to adjust the tilt (+/- 10 degrees), depth (1.5625"Min / 2.375"Max), and height (2.375") of the touchscreen monitor to accommodate your vehicle's dash. When installing the oversized monitor, ensure access to your vehicle's original equipment is not obstructed and make sure the unit does not obstruct your field of vision.
    • Picture Adjustments: You can select a picture quality mode suitable for the interior brightness of your vehicle. You can choose from Dynamic, Standard, Theater, or Custom. 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. You can also choose between five color wallpapers (Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Black) for the background image of the unit's touchscreen monitor. You can even change the screen's aspect ratio to suit your video content from a USB MSC device. You can choose from Normal (4:3), Zoom (Letter Box), Full (16:9), or Captions.
    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.

    Single-DIN Source Unit: The included source unit fits in a standard 2" single-DIN opening (applicable kit, harness, etc. will be required and sold separately for your vehicle). Once the source unit is mounted in the dash, the 8.95" touchscreen monitor attaches to the front of the source unit using the included hardware. All of the XAV-AX8000's inputs and outputs (except for USB) are found on the rear-panel of the source unit. The USB port is located on the back of the touchscreen monitor.

    Note: The Sony XAV-AX8000 will not fit in some vehicles with a single-DIN opening due to its large 8.95" touchscreen monitor interferring with your vehicle's factory equipment on the dash.

    Front-Panel Buttons: Tactile push-button controls along the bottom edge of the 8.95" touchscreen monitor provide 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-AX8000 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).

    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 (located on back of the touchscreen monitor) and operate many of the major functions of your Android phone through the Sony head unit's touchscreen (your phone also must be paired via Bluetooth to the receiver and your vehicle's parking brake needs to be engaged for initial setup). 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, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, Tune-In, and more; as well as news, sports and talk radio apps. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible app for Android Auto. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo.
    • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and the parking brake is engaged. You will need to connect the parking brake wire of the receiver's harness to your vehicle's parking brake circuit for the head unit to recognize that the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    • 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 cannot be utilized while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • You cannot connect an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay device at the same time.
    • 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 (located on back of the touchscreeen monitor), 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, 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 their 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 (subscriptions and fees may apply). Control these apps from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include:
    • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.
    • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running the latest iOS version.
    • Bluetooth cannot be uitlized while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

    WebLink (via available firmware update): Download the WebLink Host app (for Apple iOS 10.2+ or Android OS 6.0+) and connect your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone via USB to access select apps such as YouTube, Yelp, and Zomato through the Sony receiver. The apps must be downloaded on your compatible mobile device and can then be accessed through the Sony receiver's touchscreen using the WebLink interface.

    • YouTube: With WebLink, you can access YouTube (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) and play videos on the Sony receiver's touchscreen monitor (your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged). You can select videos from a variety of categories or search by keyword(s).
    • Yelp: Yelp (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions submitted. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. Let Yelp help you find the best Restaurants, Hotels, Automotive Service Centers, Banks, Shopping Malls, and more. Search by Category, Favorites, Distance, Point on the Map, or Keyword. A keyword search requires that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • Zomato: Zomato (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) lets you search for and discover restaurants to eat out at or order in from. Browse through restaurant menus, photos, user reviews and ratings to decide where you want to eat, and use the map feature to guide you there.
    • MediaPlayer: WebLink's MediaPlayer allows you to access your Apple iOS or Android devices stored music and video library for playback (content must be stored on the device and not the cloud). From the receiver's touchscreen, you can browse your phone's music library by Artist, Album, Genres, Playlist, or Songs. You can also search your music by typing in an artist's name or a song title (the vehicle's parking brake has to be engaged for this feature). In addition, you get playback controls such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat. The receiver's screen will display song/artist/album information, along with album art.
    • Once you have your device connected to the head unit and you have selected WebLink as the source, the WebLink app is not controllable from your Apple iOS or Android device. If you need to control the WebLink app from your smartphone, you will have to disconnect your phone's cable from the Sony receiver.
    • The WebLink app must be opened as the primary app on your phone. If you press the home button or go to access other apps on your phone, the WebLink apps will pause on the Sony receiver, until the WebLink app is the primary app again. WebLink will not work with the app only running in the background.
    • Some apps within WebLink will require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged to operate certain functions & features of the application.

    USB Extension Cables: The Sony XAV-AX8000's USB port is located on the back of the touchscreen monitor (not the single-din source unit). A 52" and 23" USB extension cable are provided for connection of your Apple iPhone's or Android smartphones USB 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.

    Smartphone Charging: The Sony receiver's USB port (located on back of the touchscreen monitor) 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Sony XAV-AX8000 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-AX8000. 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-AX8000 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-AX8000 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-AX8000 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-AX8000 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-AX8000, 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-AX8000 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-AX8000.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the XAV-AX8000 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-AX8000 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 Port + Camera Input

    USB Port (for MSC Playback): The Sony XAV-AX8000 features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that is located on the rear of the touchscreen monitor and comes with a 52" and 23" USB extension cable. In addition to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the USB port supports the connection of a USB MSC (mass storage class) device. You'll be able to play back a variety of audio files on your compatible USB MSC device through the Sony receiver, as well as control playback and view song/artist information with album art. You'll also be able to play back certain video files when your vehicle is stopped and the parking brake is engaged. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The USB port does not support connection of Android devices via MTP or AOA 2.0. The USB port does not support USB hubs or card-readers.

    Audio/Video File Compatibility: The Sony XAV-AX8000 supports the following audio/video files loaded onto a USB MSC (mass storage class ) device.

    Media Type USB MSC (Mass Storage Class)
    File System FAT 12/16/32, exFAT
    Playable Filte Types Audio 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)
    Video MPEG-4 (1280x720), WMV (720x480), MKV (1280x720), Xvid (1280x720)
    Maximum # Of Folders/Files 256 folders/2,000 files
    Tags MP3-ID3, WMA, AAC, FLAC tags + Album Art

    Rearview Camera Input: The Sony XAV-AX8000 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.

    Amplifier & Audio 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-AX8000 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/5V Preouts+ Subwoofer Control: The XAV-AX8000 contains five 5-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. The slope of the low & high pass crossovers is 12dB.

    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 width and height of the soundstage, 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.

    AM/FM Radio + SiriusXM-Ready

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-AX8000 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-AX8000 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.

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    Customer Q&A

    36 questions already asked

    Can I mute the car speakers and playback audio to my bluetooth headset?
    steve  Sep 03, 2021
    1 answer
    With the remote, you can. I don't know if there is an easy way on the head unit.
    richard  Sep 04, 2021
    Is there a mount that will allow this screen to adjust laterally? I need it angled toward the driver's seat
    aaron  Apr 24, 2021
    1 answer
    Not this particular unit but I know there's another unit that allows you to swivel the screen. I don't remember which one.
    ricardo  Apr 25, 2021
    How to connect mass storage and Android Auto at the same time? Is there any possibility?
    hamza  Apr 18, 2021
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    thomas  Apr 28, 2021 (Staff)
    Sometimes my wife drives my truck. Will she be able to plug in her iPhone and use CarPlay as well or does it just recognize one phone?
    ansara j  Feb 06, 2021
    2 answers
    Yes she'll be able use the car play.
    ricardo  Feb 06, 2021
    Pretty sure once each phone is paired with bluetooth on any particular unit ,it saves on memory so if anyone else connects "their different phone" that's already stored it should work car play for that specific phone . This is common bluetooth head unit knowledge .Enter
    aaron  Feb 06, 2021
    Does this unit allow for you to have a custom back ground? If exactly is it accomplished?
    hopper  Feb 02, 2021
    4 answers
    Yes, this was addressed in a firmware update. Just update the head unit per the manual and you can add a custom wallpaper with a USB drive.
    matthew  Feb 02, 2021
    It does not
    ralph  Feb 02, 2021
    Not custom. But it lets you change between like 4 or 5 wallpapers. That's about it
    adrian  Feb 02, 2021
    I don't believe so.
    sam  Feb 02, 2021
    Can you screen mirror this device?
    eddie  Jan 11, 2021
    2 answers
    Yes but it's not great
    amanda  Jan 11, 2021
    Per Sony's own description, the latest firmware allows for Weblink Cast. An app that allows phone to share on the Sony screen. So, yes, if I interpret your question correctly.
    lars  Jan 11, 2021
    Is there any way to get an auxiliary input? I have mine in a motorhome and it would be nice to play the TV, etc. through the unit. Surely there are options. FM modulator with aux input? Is there a way to use the USB? etc.
    chad  Dec 28, 2020
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    thomas  Jan 13, 2021 (Staff)
    Will my steering wheel controls for my 2005 Porsche Cayenne Turbo work with this ?
    patrick  Dec 17, 2020
    4 answers
    This head unit should have no problems using your vehicle's stock steering wheel controls. There is an input on the radio harness which is for the steering wheel controls, and they are able to be customised if the default setting is not correct once you fire the radio up I believe. You will of course need the wiring harness that matches your vehicle. I highly recommend getting the harness that comes prewired from Crutchfield; it saved me a lot of time and grief.
    curtis  Dec 18, 2020
    david  Dec 18, 2020
    Yes it will as long as you get the proper interface for your vehicle. Get the full package from crutchfield
    jaynard  Dec 17, 2020
    You have to get the adapter module and wire it in with the radio to have them function
    trevor  Dec 17, 2020
    Is there an option for a hard wired remote?
    kevin  Dec 16, 2020
    1 answer
    If you mean aftermarket or stock steering wheel controls, then yes. If you mean a literal wired remote other than those things then I'm not sure, but also not sure why you'd need that given the included remote that ships with the unit.
    curtis  Dec 18, 2020
    Can I attach a sub-woofer without an amplifier, would it sound good and any suggested types or models of sub?
    john z  Nov 28, 2020
    1 answer
    Not on this one. But the xav 7000 has a powerful amp that you would be able to do that.
    ricardo  Nov 28, 2020
    Is this wireless android auto? Does it have digital time alignment?
    dana  Nov 21, 2020
    2 answers
    It's wired only. Time only aligns on Android Auto. You have to manually set the time on the head unit itself.
    keinosuke  Nov 22, 2020
    No wireless android auto I don't believe so about the time alignment, or I'm not tech savvy enough for that...
    trai  Nov 21, 2020
    is there any way that i can put this in a 1994 Chevy silverado?
    guero  Nov 09, 2020
    1 answer
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    kristina  Nov 24, 2020 (Staff)
    Is the Sony XM-GS6DSP amp compatible with the Sony xav-ax8000 ?
    richard  Oct 31, 2020
    1 answer
    That amp will work with this receiver! We have advisors that you can reach by calling 1-800-324-9695 to get a recommendation on the wiring needed to install it into your system
    jason  Dec 02, 2020 (Staff)
    Does the rear camera function only work if gear is in reverse? I would like to use a front camera with it so I would need the home screen to be able to access the camera even when gear is not in reverse. Is this possible?
    jayzee  Sep 17, 2020
    3 answers
    Yes, it is easily accessible through the home screen when not in reverse. There are 2 Camera inputs, so you can have a front and rear.
    thomas  Sep 18, 2020
    it only has a rear camera in I believe. But yes I'm able to acces the camera from the home screen as long as the power to the camera is not from the reverse wire.
    ricardo  Sep 17, 2020
    It is possible. There is a button on the home screen that allows you to switch to the camera view. You just need to make sure the camera's power is wired to always have power either if the car is on or when the radio is on.
    christopher  Sep 17, 2020
    Does this unit offer satellite navigation? It seems to have everything but nav.
    james  Sep 04, 2020
    1 answer
    It does not come with standard navigation I use apple CarPlay
    trai  Sep 17, 2020
    If I install this in my 2011 Honda Pilot (10 speakers and NO navigation but I do have a DVD player), will I sill be able to play DVD's on my monitor that is on the ceiling of my Pilot?
    sjtask  Sep 03, 2020
    1 answer
    Hi Steve. In order to retain the use of the factory rear seat entertainment system, you will need to use a receiver that has rear panel AV input and output. The Sony XAV-AX8000, unfortunately would not be compatible with the wiring you will need to use to retain that rear seat entertainment feature. The Pioneer DMH-WT7600NEX would work for you, when used with the proper iDataLink Maestro installation gear. Please chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, if you would like to go over this receiver, and the gear you will need.
    jessica  Sep 20, 2020 (Staff)
    Will this work with idatalink maestro RR2?
    juan antonio  Sep 02, 2020
    1 answer
    Based on iDatalink's site, thats a big negatory, good buddy.
    christian  Sep 04, 2020
    Why can't this be installed in a 2008 Sequoia? The only thing that it may block is the clock.
    ian  Aug 09, 2020
    4 answers
    I don't have a sequoia.
    jesus  Aug 10, 2020
    It will fit but buyer beware. It might block things like your clock. That's why Crutchfield does not recommend it.
    keinosuke  Aug 09, 2020
    Yes. This fits in a standard single din. You won't need your old clock anymore with this unit. It's huge!
    ashley  Aug 09, 2020
    You have to build your own brackets. A trip to the hardware store and a saw and drill bits. You can install this in your truck.
    kyle  Aug 09, 2020
    I would like to install this in a semi but we do not have parking brakes for a wire to connect to since they're air based. Is there a workaround to be able to access the settings and such?
    don  Aug 05, 2020
    1 answer
    This unit in my experience doesn't need the parking break engaged to access it's settings. I personally installed it in my 2014 Tundra and I've never had to engage the parking break to access its settings. That's definitely an issue with all the other brands I've installed.
    sam  Aug 05, 2020
    Is the screen detachable?
    james  Jun 09, 2020
    2 answers
    ricardo  Jun 09, 2020
    I believe so but not 100bpercent sure I returned it for the pioneer nex 8600 ots the best radio on the market hope this helped
    shelley l  Jun 09, 2020
    Does this work with stock OEM phone call microphones? Or is there an adapter to allow it to work? I don't want to route and mount a microphone to my pillar or overhead compartment.
    vincent  Jun 01, 2020
    2 answers
    The mic that comes with it is a 3.5 jack. If your OEM mic is also a 3.5 jack, I don't see why it wouldn't.
    christian  Jun 17, 2020
    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.
    kristina  Jun 17, 2020 (Staff)
    will this fit a mercedes glc 300 suv year 2019?
    ezell  May 29, 2020
    1 answer
    If you have the dash kit it should or put your make model in crutch field will automatically let you no plus what all is needed
    lee b  Jun 01, 2020
    Will this work with a 30pin/dock connector iPod?
    joe  May 18, 2020
    2 answers
    As long as the cable for the dock connector is a standard USB and I do not see why it would not workEnter an answer to this question.
    richard  May 18, 2020
    I've tried and was praying it would work but message on the screen said "unreadable media " so it won't work unfortunately
    wolf jean  May 18, 2020
    My wife's Pilot with CarPlay will allow the audio from YouTube to pass through to the speakers while Apple Maps runs on the vehicle's display while in drive. I listen (not watch) YouTube videos that are only available in that format - just a person talking looking at the camera. Has anybody confirmed that this works in the Sony unit? I'll be using an iPhone 6s for the time being. Thank you.
    mark  Apr 30, 2020
    2 answers
    Yes it will play you tube audio
    ricardo  Sep 17, 2020
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    thomas  May 27, 2020 (Staff)
    I have a 2019 Nissan Frontier with the Rockford-Fosgate highend system and backup camera...can I exploit the highend stereo features and use the backup cam with this system?
    david  Apr 29, 2020
    1 answer
    This receiver can be installed into your Frontier and work with the stock amp in their high-end audio system package. At the time of this post, we have not found gear to keep things like factory installed backup cameras, satellite radio tuner/antenna, and any inputs working with new radios. Just the stock amp/speaker setup and steering wheel radio controls can be retained right now. Aftermarket backup cameras and satellite tuners will need to be installed to still have those abilities.
    jason  May 24, 2020 (Staff)
    Can the screen itself be mounted in a remote location or does the screen only work when mounted to the head unit?
    anonymous  Apr 24, 2020
    2 answers
    Screen has to be mounted to base. Also the unit as a whole is more complicated to install because of the two pieces involved
    gino  Apr 24, 2020
    The unit can only be mounted to the head unit. It connects by a ribbon cable to the single din unit.
    kyle  Apr 24, 2020
    It this waterproof? Or at least water resistant?
    lesley  Apr 16, 2020
    1 answer
    when I was researching on this Sony unit I didn't see any info on marine use. Water and electronics don't mix. Unit cost to much to experiment with.
    james  Apr 17, 2020
    Is it possible to remove the display when the vehicle is not used for a long time?
    oswaldo  Apr 14, 2020
    9 answers
    Yes you can You just have to remove the screws and the usb And then slide the radio out MAKE SURE THE CAR IS OFF WHEN YOU DO THIS
    samuel  Apr 16, 2020
    Yes it is possible You just have to remove the screws and the usb cord And slide it out
    samuel  Apr 16, 2020
    Yes. You'd just have to uninstall it. Unplug USB and remove screws attaching the screen. Not convenient for daily use. Might take someone approx 5-20 mins to remove depending on proficiency.
    nathan  Apr 15, 2020
    Yes. It would involve removing 4 small screws that hold the monitor in place.
    paul  Apr 15, 2020
    The connection from the module to the display is held by 4 screws. So essentially it is able to be removed when not used for a long time. The screws should be accessible since it's one of the last steps of the install.
    christopher  Apr 15, 2020
    You *could*, but it is certainly not designed for it. The screen screws on with about 4 screws that are behind the screen and not super easy to get to. I would not plan on removing the screen regularly.
    andrew m  Apr 14, 2020
    Yes. The screen is held on by 4 or 2 screws which are behind the screen. Just remove them and unplug the USB cable and you can take the screen off.
    matthew  Apr 14, 2020
    I've removed mine a couple times since I got it, there's only 4 small screws securing it. Super easy, and by far the best stereo I've ever owned fyi.
    trai  Apr 14, 2020
    Yes, there are 4 screws that hold the screen to the deck in the dash. Pop them out and the screen just unplugs.
    joshua  Apr 14, 2020
    Is there any way to hook an older sony 10 disk cd changer into this a control it?
    eric  Mar 28, 2020
    2 answers
    nicholas  Mar 28, 2020
    The short answer is no. Uh, there is no long answer.
    john  Mar 28, 2020
    What are the external dimensions of the screen assembly? I'm trying to determine how it would fit on my dash.
    rob  Feb 17, 2020
    1 answer
    9" x 5.25" adjusts up and down. Make sure from center of screen you have enough room so it doesn't interfere with steering wheel. No right to left adjustment.
    paul  Mar 02, 2020
    I have a 2016 Ford F250 XLT Super Crew Cab with an AM/FM cd stereo. Why wouldn't this unit fit my truck? Thanks.
    arthur  Jan 02, 2020
    2 answers
    I would think if the steering wheel control kit exists for your truck, it should fit. Fits single an double din openings. Mine fit but not sure I would get again and may return. The screen is so so visually and more annoyingly I am having issues with my steering adapter kit provided by Crutchfield controlling various functions. I also purchased the XM kit but is not needed if useing Carplay or Android Auto. An issue i have is screen interface for the subscription side of XM looks like its from a Gameboy from late 90's! Now, the streaming app is a 180 looks wise but I can not even change the channel with steering control or via voice. With a goal of complete focus on the road, I think I have to touch the screen more than my base so so stock radio. I will do another tech support session today with Crutchfield but think may be at point where it i what it is.
    john  Jan 03, 2020
    If Single din slot, then engage one of the Techs online. My car said it would not fit. Talked to the tech and found the issue is DIN and ISO DIN, this is a ISO DIN which I had modified my car to several years ago. Involves adding a metal cage that has side plates attached to the unit that attach with 4 tiny screws on the front of the unit.. worked on this receiver. Talk to the tech they may know why it won't fit.
    paul  Jan 02, 2020
    With this work on 2016 CVO?
    everett  Dec 09, 2019
    1 answer
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    kristina  Dec 23, 2019 (Staff)
    Why would this not fit in a Jeep Wrangler JK? Are they working on a dash mount kit to do so?
    timothy  Dec 05, 2019
    2 answers
    Chances are it will fit but will block or hinder your access to existing buttons and switches on your dashboard. On my car, it blocks the center air vents a little.
    keinosuke  Apr 15, 2020
    Hi Tim, thank you for your question. In order to check fitment issues, and sizing information, please chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. We would need the year of your Jeep, and possibly a little more info regarding the factory system, in order to check fitment for you. This will ensure you are given the proper advice, and we will be able to check for an exact reason of as to why this receiver is showing as a non-fitting stereo for you.
    jessica  Dec 19, 2019 (Staff)

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