Sony Electronics Launches a New Car AV Receiver

The XAV-AX8500 provides customisable and accessible features for the optimal viewing and enhances audio performance.

The XAV-AX8500 is a new addition to Sony’s series of automobile AV receivers. While providing industry-leading quality, the XAV-AX8500 provides a configurable experience to meet the user’s personal visual and audio experience. This new model has a big HD screen with a unique tilt and swivel mechanism, as well as other customizing capabilities for improved visual and audio performance.

Key Features of XAV-AX8500

  • 10.1-inch HD1280x720 Gapless Anti-glare Capacitive Touchscreen: With a 10.1″ high-definition LCD panel and optically gapless design, it boasts the best-in-class picture quality, while assuring safer and easier operation than ever. The LCD is bonded directly to the protective glass touch layer with a transparent adhesive which realises an extremely precise touch experience.
  • HD Graphical User Interface: The 1280 x 720 HD touchscreen offers an enhanced user interface for safety and ease of use. It features a clean design with customisable icon positioning and wallpaper to suit your vehicle and style.

High-definition capacitive touchscreen

  • Anti-glare design: The internal anti-glare filter hugely improves touchscreen visibility by reducing sunlight reflections, ensuring easier and safer driving.

Gapless Anti-glare Display
LEFT: Display device with no anti-glare filter.
RIGHT: Display device with anti-glare filter.

  • HDMI Connectivity (Micro-HDMI): HDMI connectivity allows for hooking up an external audio and visual source device, for viewing while parked.

HDMI Input

  • Easily Adjustable Tilt & Swivel for Every Journey: The newly designed tilt and swivel mechanism let the driver manually adjust the oversized display’s viewing angles. Its screw-less structure offers a range of ±15 degrees, both horizontally and vertically with no tools required. This not only allows for altering the angle to the preferred seating position, but also avoiding things such as direct sunlight reflection, or even for sharing the navigation screen with your passengers.

Customisable viewing angle for every journey

LEFT: With no tilt and swivel function.
RIGHT: With tilt and swivel function.

How it works


Additional Features

  • Quick Wake Up: With Sony’s Quick Wake Up feature, drivers are ready to go right after turning on the ignition.

Ready to go

  • Wireless Smartphone Connection: Wi-Fi connection from the user’s smartphone, together with the supplied GPS antenna, provides wireless connection to Apple CarPlay®, as well as Android Auto™ compatibility.

  • 3-camera trigger inputs: In addition to the regular rear-view camera connectivity, by utilizing the supplied trigger wires, drivers can see the images of up to three connected cameras with each camera image switched on and off, or from one to another automatically by detecting the vehicle’s turn signals or sensing compatible signals such as that from a connected front camera.

3-camera trigger inputs

  • USB Type-C® Compatible: USB Type-C®(Hi-speed) compatible reversible connection interface ensures safe and easy plug in, while it can carry 5V 3.0A maximum current for updated smartphone connectivity.
  • Sound Customisation: The built-in DSP offers sound processing and time alignment – down to a remarkable 1cm for each of the five addressable channels (four speakers + subwoofer via pre-out). A 14-band EQ enables adjustment on the overall sound to customers’ music or taste.

  • LDAC for Exceptional Sound Quality: Connect compatible devices to stream audio at 96 kHz / 24-bit sampling with bitrates up to 3x higher (990 kbps) than conventional Bluetooth®.

Enhanced wireless audio streaming with LDAC

  • High Voltage Pre-out (5V): In general, head units deliver 2-volt audio signal, meanwhile Sony’s head unit with high voltage pre-out gives 5-volt signal, which realises clearer sound with less distortion when the head unit is used connecting to power amplifier.
  • FLAC Audio File Compatible: Plays back FLAC files with up to 24-bit depth and sampling frequency at 384 kHz.
  • Gold-plated 3-preout Terminals for Your Future System: The 3-pre out connectivity allows customers to build a full acoustic system, a mono amplifier and 4-channel amplifier.
  • Simple Button Controls with Improved Ergonomic Design: The new button design features large keys to seamlessly fit with the sleek display.

Safer, easier operation

  • Customisable Wallpaper: Allows changing its wallpaper to the preset colour choices or user’s favourite JPEG image saved in a USB device.

HD Graphical User Interface

  • Single-DIN chassis for flexible installation: The main unit is packed in a single-DIN chassis for flexible installation in both single and double-DIN dashboards, while still leaving plenty of room for cables and harnesses when installed in double-DIN vehicles.

Single-DIN chassis for your flexible installation

Environment in Mind:

Sony’s products are not only designed to be stylish but also with the environment in mind. For the individual packaging of the XAV-AX8500, 90% of the cushions are made of paper materials, and compared to the prior model, printed information has been carefully considered for simplicity and length to reduce printer ink usage by approximately 80%, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing environmental impact.

Pricing and Availability:

The XAV-AX8500 will be available in Malaysia from January 2024.

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