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Sony XAV-AX8500 Digital multimedia receiver

Item # 158XAV8500

The XAV-AX8500 combines a 10.1" screen and superior video quality into a package that fits into many dashboards.

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The XAV-AX8500 combines a 10.1" screen and superior video quality into a package that fits into many dashboards.

Item # 158XAV8500

About the Sony XAV-AX8500

Ken Nail

A superior screen for your dash

People trust Sony to provide high-quality video products for home and professional use, and they bring that same commitment to quality to mobile A/V. The Sony XAV-AX8500 features an expansive 10.1" floating capacitive touchscreen display that delivers the best picture quality you can put into your car. The display boasts high-definition 1280x720 resolution and a "gapless" design. The LCD panel is bonded directly to the protective glass touch layer for improved clarity when compared to conventional screens. An internal anti-glare filter reduces sunlight reflections for easier viewing and safer driving.

A superior screen for your dash

People trust Sony to provide high-quality video products for home and professional use, and they bring that same commitment to quality to mobile A/V. The Sony XAV-AX8500 features an expansive 10.1" floating capacitive touchscreen display that delivers the best picture quality you can put into your car. The display boasts high-definition 1280x720 resolution and a "gapless" design. The LCD panel is bonded directly to the protective glass touch layer for improved clarity when compared to conventional screens. An internal anti-glare filter reduces sunlight reflections for easier viewing and safer driving.

Sony XAV-AX8500

The floating display lets you add a big screen to many dashboards with DIN openings.

A big screen for challenging dashboards

While large displays are becoming the norm in late-model vehicles, many older cars don't have enough space in the dash for a large video screen. No problem with the XAV-AV8500. The chassis of the receiver fits into a single-DIN opening, so it will work with many different vehicles. With this big 10.1" screen installed, you'll easily see all your media info, with convenient control buttons lining the bottom of the screen for good measure. You also get all the latest smartphone interfaces such as Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto®.

Perfect viewing every time

This Sony offers 4-way adjustment — side to side and up and down — during the installation. After you've installed the screen, you can tilt and swivel the monitor 15 degrees in either direction, for both horizontal and vertical angle adjustment, so you'll enjoy perfect viewing from the driver's seat and avoid reflection of the direct sunlight.

Check your dash!

Important Note — The screen measures 10.565" x 6.575". Before ordering, check for possible interference with your dash, your shifter, and all other controls.

Smartphone fun, without wires

Without exceptional smartphone integration, a new car stereo isn't as exciting or useful. Thankfully, Sony includes the very best in the XAV-AX8500, with onboard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that you can access with a wireless connection.

Android Auto (wired and wireless): Android Auto integrates the Android platform into your driving experience in a non-distracting way. You'll have voice-control access to Google Maps, weather, music, your phone, and text messages, plus easy access to many of your favorite apps. Get more info at

Apple CarPlay (wireless): CarPlay integrates your iPhone® into the driving experience, putting iPhone content at the driver's voice command with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at

High-quality wireless audio streaming

This Sony supports audio playback via Bluetooth®, but goes a step further than most receivers by supporting AAC and LDAC in addition to regular Bluetooth streaming codecs. AAC offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your iPhone®, while LDAC streams audio from compatible Android OS devices at much higher bitrates than conventional Bluetooth.

Add on the accessories you need

You'll find a USB-C input for keeping your phone charged or playing back files from a flash drive – including FLAC audio and a variety of video file types. With three camera inputs, you can add an optional backup cam, dash cam, and side-view cam to the mix, so you'll stay relaxed even when backing into the tightest parking spots. A micro-HDMI input lets you connect an external A/V device, like a DVD or Blu-ray player.

Coast-to-coast coverage

If you're looking for radio stations that won't fade away when you look for new adventures, add a SiriusXM tuner to this Sony to enjoy satellite radio's deep programming from coast to coast.

Superior tools for sculpting your sound

Sony builds in a handy array of tools that help you bring your favorite music to life. A 14-band EQ lets you dial in your personal preferences or select from a variety of preset EQ curves. Plus, you can use Sony's time alignment feature to overcome inaccuracies created by your vehicle's speaker locations.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The XAV-AX8500 offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you might otherwise lose when you install a new radio. Depending on your vehicle, you'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the receiver's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

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 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 player with AM/FM tuner
    • 10.1" floating capacitive touchscreen display
      • 4-way installation adjustment of screen
      • customizable display with selectable apps area
    • front-panel controls with variable color illumination
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming (external microphone included)
    • fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
    Smartphone features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • Apple CarPlay compatible wireless only)
    • Android Auto compatible (wired and wireless)
    • Siri Eyes Free and Google Assistant control
    Audio/Visual features:
    • plays USB devices loaded with audio/video files (see Details for more info)
    • 14-band graphic EQ
    • digital time alignment
    • compatible with aftermarket SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
    • inputs: rear USB-C input, front-, rear-, and third-camera composite video inputs, rear micro-HDMI input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, 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 amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDatalink Maestro module
      • retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 3 years
    • MFR # XAV-AX8500

    What's in the box:

    • Single-DIN source unit (10A fuse)
    • 10.1" Touchscreen monitor
    • Wiring harness (attached 6.5' parking brake wire)
    • Camera/Preout harness
    • 3-Wire to 3.5mm SWC adapter
    • 59" USB-C extension cable
    • GPS antenna (attached 10' cable terminated by a FAKRA connector)
    • GPS Antenna mounting plate
    • Microphone with visor-bracket (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle mono-3.5mm connector)
    • Surface bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • Four M5x9mm ISO-screws
    • Four M4x6mm machine screws
    • M3x8mm machine screw
    • 2 Plastic covers
    • 2 Wire-ties
    • Operating Instructions
    • Warranty Information
    • Installation Note
    • Angle Adjustment note

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    More details on the Sony XAV-AX8500

    Stacey B.

    Features & specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input Micro-HDMI (rear)
    USB Input Rear (USB-C)
    USB Port Power 3A
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Wireless
    Android Auto Wireless
    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 5S and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-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 10.1
    Screen Type Swipeable (Capacitive)
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 8
    Wireless Remote Optional
    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,ALAC,FLAC,WAV,DSD
    High-res Playback ALAC,FLAC,WAV,DSD

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    CarPlay & Android Auto
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB, HDMI, Camera & OEM Integration
    AM/FM Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    Audio & DSP Section

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    10.1" Capacitive Touchscreen Monitor: The Sony XAV-AX8500 features a 10.1" high-definition (1280x720), capacitive LCD touchscreen panel with an optically gapless design that boasts "best-in-class" picture quality while assuring safer and easier operation. Unlike a conventional display, the LCD panel is bonded directly to the protective glass touch-layer with a transparent adhesive. This ensures no air gap between the transparent layers of the touchscreen, giving improved clarity of the surface structures. In addition, the internal anti-glare filter hugely improves touchscreen visibility by reducing sunlight reflections, ensuring easier and safer driving. The result is an extremely precise touch control experience along with enhanced contrast and visual performance. The 1280x720 HD (2,764,800) touchscreen offers an enhanced user interface, featuring simple and clean graphics, a high-contrast color scheme, and customizable wallpaper and icons.

    • Display Settings: Up to 5 Apps (icons) can be set on the Apps area (Favorites) of the receiver's Home screen. Simply touch and hold the App (icon) you want to move, then drag it to the place on the Home screen where you want to keep it for easier access. You can also choose from 4 preset wallpapers or download up to two custom background JPEG images from a USB-C MSC (mass storage class device). 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 1-4. You can also turn the backlight of the display completely off and only listen to your music without the distraction of the LCD screen.
    • Mounting Adjustments: The 10.1" "floating" touchscreen monitor measures 10.565" (w) x 6.575" (h) x 1.4375" (d), and offers 4-way installation adjustment, making it easier to position the oversized display perfectly in your vehicle' dash. The monitor allows you to adjust the installation tilt (5 to 35 degrees), mounting depth (+/- 0.375"), mounting height (+/- 1.1875"), and lateral shift (+/- 1.0"); all prior to final installation. Once these adjustments are locked-in and installation is complete, you can continue to tilt and swivel the monitor +/- 15 degrees for both horizontal and vertical angle adjustment, allowing you alter the angle according to your seated position and avoid reflection of the direct sunlight. *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.
    • Video Lockout: 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 10.1" touchscreen monitor attaches to the front of the source unit using the included hardware. All of the XAV-AX8500's inputs and outputs are found on the rear-panel of the source unit.

    • Install the single-DIN source unit at an angle of less than 30-degrees in the 2" dash opening of your vehicle.
    • The Sony XAV-AX8500 will not fit in some vehicles with a single-DIN opening due to its large 10.1" touchscreen monitor interfering with your vehicle's factory equipment on the dash.

    Quick Start Up: With its Quick Wake-up feature, the Sony XAV-AX8500 is almost ready to go immediately right after turning on the ignition. It takes less than 8 seconds for the digital multimedia receiver to turn on (time measured approximately until safety caution is displayed).

    Control Buttons: The ergonomically-designed physical button-keys on bottom of the touchscreen panel give instant access to basic operations to minimize distractions behind the wheel. Control functions include Power On/Off, Home Menu, Volume Up/Down, Previous/Next Track, and Voice Recognition.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash digital multimedia receiver 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.

    Optional Remote Control: The XAV-AX8500 supports Sony's RM-X400 IR remote control (sold separately - not available at Crutchfield) for wireless operation of the digital multimedia receiver. The remote only operates basic functions such a Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Volume Up/Down, Mute, and Display Off.

    Optional Steering Wheel Control Adapter: 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.

    CarPlay & Android Auto

    Apple iPhone & Android Smartphone Integration: Thanks to built-in 5GHz WiFi (802.11ac) and the supplied GPS antenna, you can leave your compatible Apple iPhone or Android smartphone in your pocket or bag and still access full device integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You'll be able to access navigation, communication and entertainment - all via voice control and without any cable clutter.

    • Built-In WiFi: The Sony XAV-AX8500 features built-in WiFi wireless connectivity specifically designed to support a cable free connection between your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone and the receiver. The unit's built-in WiFi can only be used for CarPlay & Android Auto (not designed to be used with WiFi hotspots).
    • GPS Antenna: The included GPS antenna must be installed for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to function optimally and properly. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the front of vehicle on the dash.

    Wireless Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone 5S or newer in the vehicle, while you stay focused on the road. . Your compatible iPhone must be connected to the Sony XAV-8500 wirelessly via WiFi & Bluetooth (not USB). An iPhone 5S or newer (running iOS 9.0+) is required for a wireless connection. Apple CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and integrates them into the Sony XAV-8500. Apple CarPlay offers an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, view maps, listen to music, and access messages from your compatible iPhone through the Sony in-dash digital multimedia receiver. With Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the Sony receiver's 10.1" touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized distraction.

    • Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, 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. 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.
    • Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the XAV-AX8500's interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can rais or lower the volume level of the microphone, as well as select which car speaker outputs the caller audio - you can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
    • Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're on the road, through the Sony receiver and Siri. Through your voice commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
    • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus Apple Music from the Sony XAV-AX8500. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the XAV-AX8500's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music. The XAV-AX8500's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now Playing icon on the Sony receiver's capacitive touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
    • Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, podcasts, sports, news, and audiobooks - including Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Vox, Stitcher, At Bat, CBS Radio News, NPR One, OverCast, & Audible (subscriptions and fees may app). Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Sony receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • 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.
    • The Sony XAV-8500 only supports Wireless CarPlay; it does not support wired USB CarPlay.
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5S or newer running the latest iOS version.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected Apple iPhone.

    Android Auto (Wired or Wireless): The Sony XAV-AX8500 receiver supports Android Auto with select Android smartphones using a wireless or wired connection. A Google or Samsung smartphone with Android OS 10.0+ or any smartphone with Android OS 11.0+ and 5GHz WiFi can utilize Android Auto Wireless with the Sony receiver using the latest version of the Android Auto app, plus a WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Android smartphones running Oreo 8.0 or newer can also be hardwired to the Sony receiver via USB-C and Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into a simple on-screen user interface. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

    • 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 YouTube 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 in park or have the parking brake engaged.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Click here to learn more about Android Auto and to see what latest smartphones are compatible.

    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay & Android Auto, apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    USB-C Port Charging: The Sony XAV-AX8500 is equipped with a rear-panel USB-C port, instead of the standard USB-A port. The receiver's USB-C port provides up to 3A of current to power and charge your USB-connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone 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 5.0: The Sony XAV-AX8500 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 5.0, 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 1.7.1 (Hands Free Profile), PBAP 1.1 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3.1 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.6.1 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Secure Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Sony XAV-AX8500 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. This unit can be paired with multiple devices (up to 10), but it can only be connected to a single device at a time for wireless music playback and hands-free calling.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Sony XAV-AX8500 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-AX8500 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 1.7) with wideband speech capability, the XAV-AX8500 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-AX8500, 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.
      • Presets (Favorites): 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: The Sony XAV-AX8500 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-AX8500. 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.

    • Supported Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the XAV-AX8500 offers support of AAC and LDAC. By supporting AAC, the Sony digital media receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. LDAC streams audio from your compatible Android OS device at 24-bit/96kHz sampling with bitrates up to 3x higher (990 kbps) than conventional Bluetooth.
    • Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the XAV-AX8500 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).
    USB, HDMI, Camera, & OEM Integration

    USB-C Port (for MSC Playback): The Sony XAV-AX8500 features a rear-panel USB-C port that is located on the rear of the touchscreen monitor and comes with a 59" USB-C extension cable. In addition to supporting Android Auto, the USB-C port supports the connection of a USB MSC (mass storage class) device with a USB-C connector. You'll be able to play back a variety of video and audio files (including Hi-Res) on your compatible USB MSC device through the Sony digital multimedia receiver, as well as control playback and view song/artist information with album art. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB-C port (3A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Media Type USB-C MSC (Mass Storage Class)
    File System FAT 16/32, exFAT
    Playable Audio Files Audio

    MP3 (32-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WMA (32-192kbps; 44.1kHz), AAC (16-320kbps; 8-48kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), FLAC (16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), WAV (16/24/32-bit; 8-192kHz), DSD* (2.8/5.6/11.2/22.4 MHz)
    *DSD audio files are converted to 24-bit/192kHz PCM internally.

    Video ASF (1280x720), WMV (1280x720), AVI (1920x1080), MKV (1920x1080), MPEG-4 (1920x1080)
    Maximum # Of Folders/Files 25,000 total files
    Tags MP3-ID3, WMA, AAC, ALAC, FLAC tags + Album Art


    • The receiver is equipped with a USB-C port; not the standard USB Type-A port found on most in-dash receivers.
    • The USB-C port does not support Apple CarPlay. It also does not support connection of Android devices via MTP or AOA 2.0.
    • The USB-C port does not support USB hubs or card-readers.

    Micro-HDMI Input: The Sony XAV-AX8500 digital multimedia receiver is outfitted with a rear-panel micro-HDMI input for connection of an external audio/video source device (such as a DVD or Blu-ray player) with an HDMI output. The micro-HDMI input can also be used to mirror the display and audio of a compatible Apple iPhone or Android smartphone using the appropriate adapters (sold separately).

    • The micro-HDMI input provides video and audio playback, but not control. Playback functions will still need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected source device (not the Sony head unit).
    • 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.

    3 Camera Inputs: The Sony XAV-AX8500 is equipped with 3 composite video camera inputs for connecting multiple cameras (including a rearview and front camera - sold separately). You can manually select and switch between the camera images on the 10.1" monitor (only one camera image can display at a time). The camera feature is meant as a driving aid only; never solely rely on the cameras while driving. In addition to using the cameras, always look around you to make sure everything is clear when maneuvering your vehicle.

    • 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 1.0 second.
    • 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.

    iDatalink Maestro Compatible: iDatalink Maestro compatibility connects the XAV-AX8500 to the onboard computer of select vehicles, turning it into a customized display for factory-equipped functions and features. With an iDatalink Maestro RR or RR2 (sold separately) you can interface with your vehicle's infotainment and information (for performance, safety and comfort) directly on the Sony receiver's 10.1" touchscreen. 

    • Web Programmable: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Sony receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.
    • Functions & Settings: After installing the iDatalink Maestro module and downloading the proper firmware, only available functions and settings are displayed on the Sony receiver's touchscreen monitor. You can use the Climate Control screen to see the status and operate the climate control system in your car. Selectable Gauges display driving information of your vehicle such as running speed (MPH), engine speed (RPM), and more. The Vehicle Information screen indicates information from your vehicle such as the tire pressure, car battery voltage, door ajar, and more. The Park Assist feature adds a visual display of detected objects to the existing parking sensor system in your vehicle (if equipped).


    • Available functions, features, and settings differ according to your vehicle model and the firmware installed to the iDatalink Maestro module.
    • Sony does not guarantee all operations of the iDatalink Maestro functions and settings.
    AM/FM Radio + SiriusXM Ready

    Digital Clarity Tuner w/ RDS: The Sony XAV-AX8500 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.

    • BTM (Best Tuning Memory): BTM (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-AX8500 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Dynamic Reality Amp 2: The Dynamic Reality Amp 2 gives you 20W (RMS) x 4ch / 55W (Peak) x 4ch of power, so you can play music as loudly or softly as you like with clarity and detail. The amp has 47% less internal resistance than conventional units, for increased output and clear, natural sound at any volume. The power specifications for the Sony XAV-9500ES 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.

    • 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)

    5V/6Ch Preouts + Subwoofer Control: The XAV-AX8500 contains six 5-volt RCA preouts; a front channel stereo pair, rear channel stereo pair, and a subwoofer channel pair. The front and rear channel preouts can be faded, while the subwoofer preouts are non-fading. You can configure the two subwoofer preouts as a summed mono channel or distinct stereo channels. You can adjust the subwoofer preouts' volume level (-10 to +10) independently from the head unit's volume control. You can also select the phase of the subwoofer outputs from Normal or Reverse.

    Low-Pass & High-Pass Filter: The Sony digital multimedia receiver is equipped with low-pass and high-pass crossover filters. The unit's subwoofer preout features a low pass filter with a selectable cut-off frequency of 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125Hz. The front & rear speaker high-level and low-level outputs offer a selectable high-pass crossover frequency of 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, or Off. The slope of the low & high pass crossovers can be adjusted to -12dB, -24dB, -36dB, or -48dB.

    Equalizer: You can select from a variety of preset EQ curves to easily tailor the head unit's sound to your music content. Select from R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop, EDM, Jazz, Soul, Country, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Off (Flat). The Custom EQ mode lets you choose from a 14-Band Graphic EQ to further fine-tune the sound of the Sony receiver. You can manually cut and boost 14 different frequencies (50, 80, 125, 200, 315, 500, 800, 1.25k, 2k, 3.15k, 5k, 8k, 12.5k, 17.3k Hz) from -12 to +12 (in 1db increments) for all of the digital multimedia receiver's speaker and subwoofer outputs at the same time.

    Time Alignment: Built-in Time Alignment allows you to adjust the delay and distance between the front and rear speakers, as well the subwoofer to the seated listening positions in the vehicle. You can select between 4 preset profiles (Front Left, Front Right, Front, or All); manually tailor a Custom profile, or turn the Time Alignment feature Off. In Custom mode, you can manually adjust the position of the sound image by correcting the arrival time of the sound according to the sitting position of the car. You can adjust the distance from each speaker to the listening position in 0.1 inch or 1 cm increments (unit switchable) to correct the time it takes for the sound to reach the listening position.

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