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Sony XAV712BT 7-inch AV Receiver
7" AV Receiver
The two in-car AV centre head units from Sony come with ‘Double-DIN’ multimedia centre, which according to the company, can be easily connected to a number of compatible smartphones. Another feature is MirrorLink technology, which enables two-way connection of the smartphone’s screen with the AV centre head units. Sony’s two MirrorLink-enabled head units are compatible with the Xperia Z1,Xperia Z Ultra, ZL and ZR – in addition to select Samsung smartphones.
With MirrorLink, selected mobile functions on compatible smartphones can directly be controlled on the XAV712BT, which come in 7-inch colored touchscreens, respectively.
The Sony XAV712BT in-car AV centre head units are supported by App Remote Version 2.0, which lets users utiliZe voice-control functions to interface with their smartphones, directly from the AV center head unit, by pressing the ‘voice’ key. Users can adjust functions such as music fader/balance, listening position, EQ and other sound settings directly from the touchscreen.
Notably, the XAV712BT CAR AUDIO is also capable of reading out incoming text messages, tweets and calendar reminders while the user is driving. Furthermore, the head units also feature MHL / HDMI technology, letting users enjoy all their audio and video content on their compatible smartphones via the head unit display. Using MHL/HDMI technology though (as opposed to MirrorLink) means only the display is brought to the head-unit, and to access smartphone functions, users will have to directly use them on the device. The MHL/HDMI cable is a part of standard accessories.
The XAV712BT feature 4.1 multi-channel surround sound and a virtual centre speaker. Sony is also touting the Advanced Sound Engine on the units, apart from the Dynamic Reality Amp which provides a 4 x 52W output. A Digital Clarity Tuner is also onboard, to supposedly ensures clear radio reception even in weak FM signal coverage areas.
- HDMI/MHL connection (Simple projection of Smartphone screen on AVC)
- App Remote ver2.0 (Voice command, Message read-out, Sound setting)
- MirrorLink (Smartphone projection and control from AVC)
- 3 PreOut
- Audio Video Output Composite