Sony has long been regarded as one of the best entertainment hardware manufacturers on the planet, and the new Sony XAV V10BT brings a lot of their next generation technology into a small form factor designed exclusively for automobiles.
Featuring a highly responsive touchscreen display that wakes up nearly 3 times faster than competing options on the market today, incredible sound fidelity even overstock audio equipment, and a straightforward Double DIN installation process there’s a lot to appreciate “under the hood” with this Sony digital media receiver.
Combine that with next-generation Bluetooth, rearview camera capabilities, extra bass power and dynamic amplification options (that’s just the tip of the iceberg) and it’s not hard to see why people are choosing the Sony XAV V10BT when they want to upgrade their in car media experience.
The first thing you’re going to see when you pop open the box of the Sony XAV V10BT is the 6.2 inch touchscreen connected to the digital media receiver that acts as the brains of the operation for this entire audio/entertainment overhaul for your vehicle.
Configured in a Double DIN bracket (fitting all four install dashboard openings) this system includes a prewired harness that makes installation close to drag and drop. You certainly aren’t going to have to spend a lot of time fiddling around with individual wiring to get this setup installed in your vehicle, regardless of make or model.
The Sony XAV V10BT also includes an IR remote control with a lithium-ion battery preinstalled. This is useful for giving passengers, particularly those in the backseat, control over the digital media receiver without having to reach up and touch the touchscreen or use the physical controls.
The addition of the preinstalled battery is a nice little bonus as a lot of other manufacturers force you to buy that battery separately if they include a remote at all.
An external microphone is included with the XAV V10BT as well, attached directly to 12 feet of high quality microphone cable that terminates in a 3.5 mm connector. This connector plugs directly into the rear of the Sony XAV V10BT itself, and that extra 12 feet of cable allow you to figure out exactly where you want to position the microphone without any trouble. You can stick it out of the way with the extra slack while still having it pick up crystal-clear audio inside the cabin of your vehicle.
Double-sided tape, mounting screws and hardware, operating instructions, and details regarding the warranty of your new Sony XAV V10BT are included well. You’ll get everything you need to get your new digital media receiver installed and up and running right in this
The 6.2 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen is a dream look at as well as to use, especially compared to some of the other resistive or VGA based touchscreens available on the digital media receiver market today.
Sony makes high-end displays for all of their touchscreen products and it feels like this 6.2 inch screen is really going to keep carrying on that tradition. The resolution is razor-sharp, the touchscreen is highly accurate and very responsive, and everything “just works” in a way that feels intuitive and easy to get the hang of.
Physical buttons are included with this touchscreen system as well, not so much as a backup option (though they do allow you to control pretty much everything you can control with the touchscreen) but as an ergonomic option.
If you don’t want to take your eyes off of the road but still want to be able to manipulate your digital media receiver on the go – controlling everything from the media source to volume levels to your phone and more – you’ll be able to do so with these physical buttons.
Unlike a lot of other options on the market right now, the Sony XAV V10BT provides you with a USB input and full AUX input directly on the face of the touchscreen module. Other options talk these inputs into the rear of the system, forcing you to do a little bit of extra cable management to gain access to those capabilities. That isn’t ever going to be a problem here.
The unit has built-in high definition radio capabilities straight out of the box, but it also comes 100% Sirius XM satellite radio compatible. You will have to pick up a secondary tuner and subscription to add these capabilities to the XAV V10BT but it’s nice to have a “plug and play” kind of solution that doesn’t take much to get going.
Rearview camera capabilities can be taken advantage of as well, though you’ll have to purchase the actual camera hardware separately. This gives you a better freedom to find the right rear view camera option for your needs while still being able to plug it directly into the rear input for this system without a lot of fancy or challenging wiring required.
Sony went all out as far as the sound quality of the XAV V10BT is concerned. The Dynamic Stage Organizer proprietary feature from Sony allows you to create a virtual soundstage throughout the cabin of your vehicle, filling it with sound in a way that you wouldn’t have been able to with other digital media receivers.
Combine that with the built-in 20 W amplifier, a 10 band equalizer, high and low pass filters, and dedicated subwoofer controls and you’ll be able to really dial in the audio in your vehicle with no trouble at all.
Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity options are available to help you make the most of smart phone and streaming media sources. You can also plug Android and iOS devices directly into this digital media receiver via USB and leverage Carplay and Android Auto that way as well.
The Sony interface on the XAV V10BT is pretty easy to use and straightforward to navigate, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of wired Apple Carplay and Android Auto capabilities when you hook up your smartphone or tablet via USB.
This allows you more control over your mobile device media, streaming applications you have on that device, and opens up the potential to place calls, send texts and emails, and navigate directly from your mobile device as well.
Much of this can be accomplished through the Bluetooth connection and the Sony interface itself but a lot of people are more comfortable and more familiar with Carplay or Android Auto. They’ll be very pleased with the tight integration between these software systems and the Sony XAV V10BT.
As a digital media receiver, you aren’t going to be able to play physical media like CDs and DVDs on the Sony XAV V10BT. There isn’t even a CD/DVD slot on this hardware. You can stream music and movies from your mobile device or a USB stick, though.
100%. Almost all OEM steering wheel controls will work with the Sony XAV V10BT, though some of them will require a secondary wiring adapter to be purchased to open up the full suite of controls they offer.
Thanks to the prewired setup of the Sony XAV V10BT and the wiring harness included right out of the box most people should feel comfortable tackling the installation of this digital media receiver all on their own. Plenty of YouTube videos exist that explain the process from start to finish.
All in all, Sony has another solid hit on their hands with the XAV V10BT digital media receiver.
Well-made and featuring one of the most impressive touchscreens on the market today, anyone looking to increase the media capabilities of their vehicle while getting a great-looking LCD touchscreen along the way will want to look closer at all the XAV V10BT has to offer.
Add in the top-tier reputation Sony has for making quality and reliable products and it’s easy to see why plenty of folks have already chosen Sony XAV V10BT to upgrade their in-car entertainment system already.