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Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth - XAV-601BT

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V Receiver With Bluetooth - XAV601BT/ 6.1" Touch Screen Display/ MirrorLink Smartphone Connectivity/ Pandora Internet Radio Control/ Dual USB 1-Wire Inputs/ Integrated Bluetooth Technology/ iPod And iPhone Content Playback/ Advanced Response User Interface/ Dynamic Color Illuminator/ Intuitive ZAPPIN Search Feature/ Zone x Zone For Rear Seat Playback/ Black Finish
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Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth - XAV601BT

Control smartphone features and apps directly from your receiver thanks to MirrorLink™ technology, which brings command of select audio, video and navigation features directly to the receiver’s touchscreen display. Elevate your mobile experience with Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM™ compatibility, Pandora® app control, dual USB inputs and CD/DVD playback.


  • 6.1” Touch Screen Display
    The detachable, high-resolution TFT (WVGA) 6.1” touch screen display will inform and entertain you. Gesture command and on-screen touch buttons make everything easier to control and separate audio and video power supply circuits provide added clarity.

  • MirrorLink™ smartphone connectivity
    MirrorLink™ technology offers seamless connectivity between smart phones and your XAV-601BT receiver. The technology is extremely simple to use: approved applications, content and controls are mirrored from the smartphone onto the receiver.

  • Pandora® internet radio Control
    Pandora® is the leading internet radio service, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The XAV-601BT provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone®, Android™ or Blackberry® phones.

  • Telenav® app control for iPhone®
    Simply connect your iPhone® Telenav® GPS app via USB input to the XAV-601BT and see directions on your receiver’s screen while hearing them over the car speakers. Telenav app control for iPhone available as of Aug 2012 via firmware update.

  • Dual USB 1-Wire Inputs
    With dual USB 1-Wire inputs, you can connect, control and charge your iPod®, Walkman® player and other compatible USB devices with the rear USB input and connect your phone directly to the front panel’s USB input.

  • Integrated Bluetooth® technology
    Easily take calls and stream audio with the XAV-601BT receiver featuring Bluetooth® technology4. Connect to compatible devices and choose between hands free phone access, phonebook access, Pandora® internet radio control or audio streaming.

  • Passenger App Control
    Connect your iPhone® or iPod® Touch via the optional RC-202IPV cable to display compatible app content on the XAV-601BT receiver’s display and control the app directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch with passenger app control.

  • iPod® and iPhone® content playback
    Playback audio/video from most iPod® models via the RC-202IPV video cable (sold separately). Also view stored album artwork during audio playback on the screen of the XAV-601BT receiver.

  • Advanced Response User Interface
    Select between 2D or 3D icons and screen visualizers and enjoy fast touch screen response when selecting sources, transitioning between menu screens and searching through your USB music content.

  • Plays DVDs/CDs and digital files
    Multi-format playback lets you play MP3, WMA, AAC music files, JPEG’s or MP4 videos.

  • SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio Ready
    The on-board SiriusXM™connector simplifies satellite radio installation by eliminating compatibility issues and providing direct connection to the new platform of tuners.

  • Optional TomTom® navigation control
    Connect the optional TomTom® XA-NV100T navigation for direct access to built in GPS control. TomTom is the only company to incorporate real world, real-time feedback, providing the most accurate maps available

  • Firmware upgradable with USB input
    Easily upgrade the XAV-601BT’s firmware. Use a PC to download updates from Sony® support to a flash drive and load them on your receiver via the USB input.

  • Dynamic Color Illuminator
    Match your radio’s illumination to complement your existing vehicle lighting components with the Dynamic Color Illuminator. With selectable Sound Synchronization, the timing of the color change is synchronized with the audio source.

  • Intuitive ZAPPIN™ search feature
    Use the ZAPPIN™ feature can play 6, 15, or 30 second intro clips to help you find a specific song.

  • Advanced Sound Engine with EQ7
    The Advanced Sound Engine uses EQ7 equalizer, adjustable LPF/HPF crossovers, Listener Position calibration, Center Speaker Organizer, Rear Bass Enhancer, and Dynamic Loudness volume leveler to create an ideal in-car listening environment.

  • High-powered Expansion
    Dial in the output for optimum sound using the internal 52W x 4 high power Dynamic Reality amplifier for your speakers or the 5 Volt front, rear and subwoofer RCA pre-amp outputs to feed an external amplifier.

  • Zone x Zone for rear seat playback
    Zone by Zone control allows users to independently select between sources for the front seat passengers while enabling separate DVD playback for rear seat passengers when connected to additional rear seat video monitors (sold separately).

  • Auxiliary Audio/Video inputs
    Two dedicated rear auxiliary AV inputs provide additional AV source playback and a connection for the Sony® XA-800C rear view camera (sold separately) for visibility when backing up, especially with larger trucks or SUVs.

  • SensMe™ Music App
    SensMe™ application can organize your music into playlists that perfectly match your mood, scene and location, making it easier to choose the music that fits the moment.

  • Digital Clarity Tuner with RDS
    Sony® receivers are known for exceptional tuning and we’ve made them even better with the new Digital Clarity Tuner. RDS enables artist and title information that accompany the FM broadcast to be displayed on the receiver.

  • Included Accessories
    The included hands-free microphone and integrated echo and noise canceling circuitry assure your conversations are clear while the RM-X271 wireless remote lets you control the basic functions of the XAV-601BT.



  • Max power output : 52 watts x 4 at 4 ohms
  • Speaker Impedance : 4-8 Ohms


  • Band : AM / FM
  • Equalizer : EQ7: 7 band EQ with +/- 6 dB adjustment at: 63, 160, 400, 1000, 2500, 6300 and 16000 Hz
  • Format(s) Supported : MP3/WMA/AAC/JPEG/MP4/XviD files1
  • Frequency Response : DVD / CD: 10-20,000 Hz
  • Preout Impedance : 220 ohms
  • Preout Voltage : 2 volt
  • S/N Ratio : Audio Power: CEA2006 S/N 80 dBA
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (dB) : DVD/CD Player: 120dB
  • Station Preset(s) : 18 FM / 12 AM
  • Tuner Frequency Range : FM: Tuner Frequency Range(MHz): 87.5-107.9 AM: Tuner Frequency Range(kHz): 530-1710
  • Tuner Type : SSIR-EXA with RDS
  • Volume Control : Tel/Nav Attenuation Circuitry
  • Wow and Flutter : Below measurable limit




  • Tilt Range : 0-45° mounting angle
  • CD Text Display : CD/MP3/WMA/AAC data displayed
  • Dimmer Adjust : Selectable Auto/on/off
  • Key Illumination : White Key Illumination
  • On-Screen Clock : 12H


  • Aspect Ratio : 17:9
  • Display Technology : TFT (WVGA)
  • Text Displayed : Source, artist, track, playback time, menu and clock


  • Panel Type : 6.1" TFT Active Matrix LCD Color Monitor
  • Picture Modes : Normal, Wide, Full and Zoom
  • Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Color System: NTSC / PAL / SECAM / PAL-M

Wireless Connectivity

  • Compatible Bluetooth® Profiles: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)1.2 AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)1.3 HFP (Handsfree Profile)1.5 OPP (Object Push Profile) PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)
  • Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz band (2.400 - 2.4835 GHz)
  • Maximum Range: Line of sight approx. 10M (33ft)
  • Modulation Method: FHSS
  • Output: Bluetooth Standard Power Class2 (Max. +4 dBm)
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth Standard version 2.1

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 4"
  • Width: 7.13"
  • Depth: 6.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 5 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): Two Year Limited Parts And Labor


  1. Not all files may play back due to file variations. Copy-protected ACC-LC files not supported.
  2. Compatible with iPod®with video, iPod Classic®, iPod nano® 1st through 5th gen., iPod Touch® 1st & 2nd gen., iPhone®, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Passenger control not available for iPod nano 1st gen. or iPod with video.
  3. Requires satellite radio tuner and service subscription, sold separately.
  4. Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth® devices vary.
  5. Works with iPhone® 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S via USB port, and compatible Blackberry® and Android™ based smartphones via Bluetooth®.
  6. MirrorLink™ enabled smartphone required. MirrorLink is a technology standard developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) that allows consumers to use their smartphone in a car without looking at or touching their phone. The technology achieves this through two-way communication between the smartphone and the in-vehicle infotainment system. CCC-approved applications and content are mirrored from the mobile device onto the automotive in-dash receiver.
  7. Feature is subject to change or termination without notice. Subscription, fee and/or PC registration may be required.
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TypeDouble DIN
iPod ConnectionYes Cable Sold Separately
Bluetooth Hands Free CallingYes
Built In GPSYes
USB InputYes
AUX InputYes
Height (inches)4
Width (inches)7.13
Depth (inches)6.9


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Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth

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Worst purchase ever


from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

Mirrorlink very limited compatibility, worst receiver for iphone, few phone apps works

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Sony Car AV Entertainment Complete


from Dallas, TX

Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

Awesome unit! MirrorLink/DriveLink has been a bit confusing,but after figuring it out, I have been very happy. When it comes to Zone X Zone, there are some obvious misques that Im suprised didn't get caught. For example, Front: Any Source, Rear: Disc INSERTED IN UNIT but in order to receive audio to the rear there has to be audio plugged into Z x Z audio output located in rear of unit. At this point im at a loss cause the rear audio input is already being used! However, Bluetooth, 2-USB, & .txt files for reading lyrics makes it all better! I am Sony throughout with the XM-GS400, XM-GS100 amplifiers Sony NWZ-S764 WALKMAN! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!!

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


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from PNW

Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

It seems to me that most of the complaints about this radio are really about the apps people are trying to use with it. Sony is not responsible for these apps and really should be given credit for allowing them to work with their product. To give Sony a negative review about a product you purchased online without talking to someone directly that is educated about the product is also not Sony's fault. I purchased my 601BT locally from a stereo shop that showed me how things work and educated me on the details of Telenav and MirrorLink before I purchased the unit. I can also say that one of the reasons I purchased it was for the possibility that MirrorLink will become more prevalent some day if the cell phone companies will simply agree on how it should work. This is the best touch screen I've used in every way. Sound quality is good, touch response is good, Bluetooth quality and connectivity is good and the user interface is easy to figure out. I've recently had the opportunity to use radios from three other manufacturers and can say without a doubt that this Sony sounds WAY better than all of them. My only complaint, and this is a small one, is that access to the audio menu requires a couple more steps than I think it should. Really not a big deal once you have everything set up and adjusted the way you like though. I would highly recommend this radio to anyone considering it or any others like it.

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Try something else until they update compatibility


from Honolulu, HI

Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

Sony almost got it right, but where they fail, they failed miserably! First, this does not work with enough phones to make it very useful to the American market. If MirrorLink is your selling point or key feature, make sure it works! PIcture is great, clean, clear & crisp. Here is the epic fail part. Bluetooth does not work with Android 4.0 (ICS) or later. There is a compatibility issue. If you roll your phone back to Android Gingerbread it will work. Sony could fix this with an update/patch. Again, key feature but useless if Sony doesn't actually use it! Google the problem and you will see what I mean. I tried other phones, custom ROMS, etc. Had an actual developer do some testing. Please Sony fix this NOW or you will lose a ton of money in sales of these units & future units because of credibility.

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Love It


from Jeddah, KSA


  • Excellent sound quality, Brings your car to the new generation


  • Touch screen could be better

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    Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

    I installed this model in my Pajero 2004 a few days ago; I had to move the AC control unit to make room for this baby. I love the sound quality, it can't even be compared to my old model CDX-R5610 and for the most part I have no complaints. I live in Saudi Arabia so navigation isn't really that helpful since it's not very accurate. I am hoping that MirrorLink will be compatible with the upcoming Nokia phone with the windows 8 OS, since Nokia maps are (in my opinion) one of the best programs around. This unit has everything you may need; it provides you with all the options available to listen to your music. Media organization is amazing it simplifies browsing the music on my Ipod when connected by the USB cable. The new SensMe option is a clever way for organizing music and generating playlists although it has to be done through the MediaGo software before uploading it to a USB flashdrive. If there is a way to do it from the unit I haven't figured it out yet. Handsfree calling is as clear as can get. Navigating the OS can get tiresome but I'll get used to it eventually, the only real downside for me is the touch screen, it's not that bad but it's not as responsive as I would have like it to be. Bottom line this is an excellent buy. KUDOS to SONY

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    No. No. No.


    from San Francisco, CA


    • Display & Visualizations


    • iPhone compatibility issues, TeleNav App Control, Cumberson GUI

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      Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

      This looks like a good unit. I have had mine for about 45 days now and I am not very satisfied. The sound and the picture quality are both good, which is to be expected for a Sony device. The problem is in the functionality. First, I bought the device (based on the pictures on the website and box) that show a cool GUI with the song display and the navigation. That screenshot DOES NOT EXIST. When you use Telenav (which, by the way was only available today via the Firmware update), you can do nothing else on the device except for play your iPhone music through Telenav (which is NOT user friendly). If you have a satellite radio installed, you will NOT be able to do both navigation AND music. Same with Pandora. The Telenav application is worthless and slow. If you are buying this for navigation -- DONT! I am not sure about the add-on Tom Tom navigation unit, but that's an additional $300.00, so why wouldn't I just buy another device that has Navigation built in for under $800? Strange. There is a 1-wire USB cable on the front, but it does NOT control the iPhone if you are trying to use it for Navigation or anything with video. For that, you need to use the complicated and strangely thick iPhone cable (which ONLY plugs in through the back of the unit). The box says that it's iPhone compatible, but that just isn't very true. plays music through the device with your iPhone, but forget about using ANY of the mirrorlink applications -- they only work on such a limited number of Android devices. Technical support with Sony is a joke...the people they outsource their technical support to (I have called twice now) don't seem to care and are very blasé about helping you out. I have had a number of Sony devices and can say that I truly believe that Sony released this device too quickly. I have friends who have purchased competitors' products (same type of equipment), which have done far more things and are VERY compatible with the iPhone. I just think Sony got in over their head with this one.

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      from Nashville, TN

      Comments about Sony Double DIN A/V Receiver With Bluetooth:

      I installed this yesterday. I pulled out my Alpine CDA-117 and Alpine BT module so I could put this in. This Sony is my first DVD HU, so a little of the excitement is from that. I had the deck installed and was nerding out to Firefly on DVD less than an hour later. The screen and display are great. Very clear. The setup was a total breeze, because the interface is super slick. I had my iPhone paired, speaker distance programmed, sound shaped the way I wanted it in just a few minutes. The firmware is mostly good (see below), everything is fast, intuitive, and the iTunes stuff displays album cover, etc. Sound is very, very good, and has 5V preouts. Default the sub output sounded great. The Bluetooth on this is way better than my Alpine as well. The mix is perfect and easier to control. I can talk softly and be heard clearly, which is great because my car is kinda loud. So far there's only one negative: If you leave your iPhone attached and get out of the car for a minute to pump gas, drop off kids, etc, the music won't play everytime at restart and is muted without a way to fix it. Might be because of a lot of initializing with bluetooth, etc, but I noticed I have to pull and reconnect my phone. They need to fix this through an update, and it would be a 5 star review. Thanks for the great head unit, Sony! It offers a ton of bang for the buck, and I'm loving it so far!

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