25 September 2018
Sony has launched a new and improved in-car AV receiver at the ongoing IFA 2018. It bears the model number XAV-AX3005DB and comes with a bunch of improvements which might interest you if you are in the market for such a product. The highlights of the new model are the bigger display and an improved user experience.
With Sony AX3005DB, you will get a 6.95-inch display with touchscreen input support. It has a 17:9 aspect ratio and 800 x 480 pixels resolution. It measures 178 x 100 x 139 mm in dimensions and weighs about 1.1kg. Since Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are proving to be quite popular among car drivers, Sony has added support for both of these platforms.
Both these platforms come with their own share of pros and cons along with digital assistants. CarPlay makes use of Siri and Android Auto relies on Google Assistant to make your ride better. Both support voice commands so that you don't have to rely on touchscreen input while driving. They also offer voice feedback which is helpful in checking messages, alerts, and other such notifications without taking your eyes off the road. While CarPlay will connect with your iPhone, Android Auto will connect with your Android device. It means the final decision will depend on the ecosystem you are already a part of.
For those who love listening to music while driving, Sony's new in-car AV receiver comes with Extra Bass support. Sony claims that it can overcome the engine noise and deliver a good bass quality even when you are driving. Other noteworthy features include a faster start time and ability to connect your rearview camera's feed with the receiver's display.
There is another variant with model number XAV-AX1000. It is the same as the above-mentioned one except for no Android Auto support. There is only CarPlay support and it has a relatively smaller 6.2-inch display
Sony has priced the XAV-AX3005DB and XAV-AX1000 at £400 (€450) and £270 (€300) respectively. Both of these will go on sale starting September 2018 in Europe with no words regarding other markets.