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Sony unveils XAV-AX8500 car AV receiver with enhanced features
Thu, 25th Jan 2024

Sony has introduced a new product to its line of car AV receivers, the XAV-AX8500. The latest model offers users a personalised visual and audio experience underpinned by the company's industry-leading advancements.

The XAV-AX8500 incorporates a large high-definition screen enhanced with a unique tilt and swivel mechanism. It also boasts a variety of customisation features aimed at enhancing both the visual and audio output.

Among the most notable attributes of the XAV-AX8500 include its 10.1-inch high definition (1280x720) gapless anti-glare capacitive touchscreen, HD graphical user interface, anti-glare design, HDMI connectivity (micro-HDMI), and an easily adjustable tilt and swivel for comfortable viewing on every journey.

The 10.1-inch high-definition touchscreen promises best-in-class picture quality in addition to safer and easier operations than ever. The LCD is directly bonded to the protective glass touch layer with a transparent adhesive to facilitate an extremely precise touch experience. With its 1280 x 720 resolution, the HD graphical user interface offers an enhanced user interface designed for safety and ease of use.

An internal anti-glare filter hugely improves the touchscreen visibility by reducing reflections from the sun. This ensures a safer and more comfortable driving experience. The micro-HDMI connectivity allows for external audio and visual source devices to be integrated and available for viewing when the vehicle is parked.

The newly designed tilt and swivel mechanism lets the driver tailor the display's viewing angles. The screw-less structure offers a range of 15 degrees both horizontally and vertically without the need for tools. This feature not only tailors the angle to the preferred seating position but also helps avoid direct sunlight reflection or even sharing a navigation screen with passengers.

The AV receiver also comprises additional features for an enhanced user experience. It includes Sony's Quick Wake-Up feature, a wireless smartphone connection, 3-camera trigger inputs, USB type-C compatibility, sound customisation, LDAC for exceptional sound quality, the high voltage pre-out (5V), FLAC audio file compatibility, gold-plated 3-preout terminals, simple button controls with improved ergonomic design, customisable wallpaper, and a single-DIN chassis for flexible installation.

The XAV-AX8500 has been designed with environmental factors in mind, with 90% of the product's cushions made from paper materials. The information printed has also been kept concise, thus reducing printer ink use by approximately 80%. This reflects Sony's ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact.

The XAV-AX8500 will be available in Australia from late February to early March at a recommended retail price of AUD $1,499.00.

Sony Australia Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of Japan and a manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA TVs, Alpha digital interchangeable lens cameras and Cyber-shot digital cameras, headphones, Walkman MP3 players and other audio products, and professional broadcast equipment.