Sony recently announced two new in-car audio systems, the XAV-AX200 and MEX-GS820BT. As an enhancement to the XAV-AX100 receiver, the XAV-AX200 DVD receiver offers the latest technology to make the most out of long car journeys, while the MEX-GS820BT works as a high power in-car receiver. Both technologies include the latest smartphone connectivity with exceptional user interface to use on-the-go.

The Sony XAV-AX200 features a responsive 6.4-inch touchscreen, connectivity to CarPlay and Android Auto, a built-in DVD Player, 3-External Camera input, Sirius Radio, High Voltage Pre-out (4V), FLAC format compatibility and Bluetooth.

For those who require a deeper bass, the new Sony in-car audio system comes with 20Wx4 RMS /55Wx4 Max DRA2 with EXTRA BASS Circuitry, which comprises a built-in 4-channel amplifier to deliver 55 watts x 4(max. at 4 ohms) / 20 watts x 4 (RMS at 4 ohms) output power with DRA2 (Dynamic Reality Amp 2) power IC. The EXTRA BASS works to overcome engine noise and reproduce clear punchy sound at any volume level.

In addition, sound is optimized thanks to the DSO (Dynamic Stage Organizer) that creates ambient sound as if there were speakers on the dashboard. The 10-band equalizer (EQ10) with 10 pre-sets provides easy and effective frequency adjustment for various listening environments.

Furthermore, the XAV-AX200 has a configurable steering remote input to access general command protocol, so no adaptors are necessary for signal conversion between steering wheel and the head unit.

Next up, the Sony MEX-GS820BT with built-in Class-D Amp gives an outstanding 100Wx4 Max/45Wx4 RMS that delivers incredible power in its compact size. The power supply block is optimally designed including choices of components and ideal circuit layout for low-noise, high efficient electric power transmission.

Highlights of the MEX-GS820BT include advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Dual Bluetooth, Voice Control on Android, Siri Eyes free, System Expansion with Sony’s XB Series Speakers, High Voltage Pre-out (5V), Sirius Radio and AOA 2.0 Compatible Dual USB Terminal.

The sophisticated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) function including time alignment enables drivers to freely adjust while creating a sound field ideal for the inside of the vehicle. The DSO (Dynamic Stage Organizer) creates a more ambient sound as if there were speakers on the dashboard.

This device enables system expansion with Sony’s XB Series speakers. This allows the users to connect Sony’s best-matching XB series “Full Range” EXTRA BASS speakers, ideally designed for Sony’s head units with EXTRA BASS circuitry.

With dual USB terminal, supporting AOA 2.0 in addition to MTP (Media Transform Protocol) and MSC (Mass Storage Class) connections, it offers music play back through a variety of music smartphone apps.

Other cool features of the MEX-GS820BT are the 2-zone Dynamic Color Illuminator, Sound-synchronized Illumination and High Contrast Vertical Alignment LCD Display. Like the XAV-AX200, the MEX device has configurable steering remote input.


The Sony XAV-AX200 and MEX-GS820BT are available for the North American market, towards the end of the year.