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Sony XAV601BT 6.1-Inch Bluetooth AV Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Detachable Double DIN 6.1-inch WVGA Touch Screen Display
  • MirrorLink enabled smartphone connectivity
  • Pandora internet radio control
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Product Description

Control smartphone features and apps directly from your receiver thanks to MirrorLink technology6,7, which brings command of select audio, video and navigation features directly to the receiver’s touchscreen display. Elevate your mobile experience with Bluetooth technology4, SiriusXM compatibility3,7, Pandora app control5, dual USB inputs and CD/DVD playback1.

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Sony XAV 601BT
Water-resistant (view larger).

With your Sony XAV 601BT you can 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.

Key Features

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.

Sony XAV 601BT
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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.

Sony XAV 601BT
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Integrated Bluetooth technology - Easily take calls and stream audio with the XAV-601BT receiver featuring Bluetooth technology. Connect to compatible devices and choose between hands free phone access, phonebook access, Pandora internet radio control5 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.

Sony XAV 601BT
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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.

Sony XAV 601BT
Water-resistant (view larger).
Sony XAV 601BT
Water-resistant (view larger).

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.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 7.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.8 x 9.5 x 9.1 inches
Item model number XAV601BT
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Chassis Size double-din
Display Type TFT
Display Resolution 800 x 480
Wireless Remote No
Weight 7.2 Pounds

Additional Information

ASIN B0086V637Y
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #551 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Audio > Car Stereo Receivers
Shipping Weight 6.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available May 15, 2012

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***NOTE: See update at the end of this review for my evaluation of MirrorLink with the Galaxy S3.***

I have been eying the XAV-601BT for a while, but decided it was not worth its sticker price, considering that (as of the time of this review) its MirrorLink functionality only works with a few Nokia phone models.

I finally bought this one reconditioned for $470, which I figured was a fair price for this stereo, to replace my flaky Alpine stereo that was having Bluetooth issues. The unit arrived a few days later - not bad, considering I opted for standard shipping - and was complete with all its parts and manuals, in new condition and full working order.

The XAV-601BT installed fairly easily into my car, and the instructions were fairly clear (for those who are at least somewhat savvy at installing car audio). There was a speed sensor wire (presumably so the XAV-601BT knows how fast you are going during times when the optional USB GPS device can't see any satellites, such as driving through a tunnel). A few minutes on Google allowed me to figure out how to integrate that wire into my Toyota Camry.

Right off the bat, I noticed the Bluetooth (once paired with my phone) was solidly reliable and connected quickly, with no issues. A small status bar at the top of the stereo's screen showed my phone's battery life and signal strength. The call audio was very clear in both directions.

For Skype calls - I have Skype on my phone - the XAV-601BT's Bluetooth tried to work. It interrupted the radio and went into phone mode, as normal, but quickly got confused, going right back to playing the radio as soon as the call was established.
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I've had this unit now for a few months, and I couldn't be happier with it. I was in the market to upgrade my stock bose system in my 08 mazda cx7, and a friend recommended this unit to me. I wanted a unit that had Ipod functionality, Pandora, USB ports and multimedia capabilities. This unit had everything I wanted, and much more.

1. i'm no audiophile by any means, but I could tell almost instantly how different the sound was from the stock system. Sound was louder, fuller, crisper and the bass was deeper.
2. i like the fact that it has a detachable faceplate and a neoprene carrying case
3. touch screen is pretty intuitive, and you can customize screen from 2D graphics, to 3D
4. bluetooth connectivity is quick and responsive, while the Ipod connectivity works really well
5. dual usb ports allows for charging of my Iphone and a USB thumb drive
6. dvds and movies on the usb drive work really well
7. handsfree phone works really well, along with the voice recognition capabilities
8. sirius xm ready, and you can also attach a rear view camera attachment
9. sharp and clear wide screen display

1. mirrorlink unfortunately, is only compatible with select phones (as of today, new firmware update has included the samsung galaxy s3 phone compatible)
2. face plate attachment is a little cumbersome as its the size of a small tablet, but it does come with a carrying case to protect it

I can't really see any other issues about this unit with the exception of the Mirrorlink functionality, but over time, I'm sure more and more phones will be compatible.
I am in the process of installing a rear view camera so as soon as that is done, I'm do a full video review of this unit.
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this is only the second aftermarket stereo I have used but it is the best that I've owned. the sound quality is excellent and the changing lights are a nice visual addition My only gripe is due to the fact that at this time it is a new product. the mirror link function does not work with all smartphones (the list i found was really short) and the optional navigation is not for sale yet (model number listed by Sony does not exist on any online store). so at this time i can not use GPS on the unit through either of those functions. the only other thing is the volume knob is easy to push in. many times i have meant to adjust the volume but instead I ended up changing to another function. a small gripe considering i use volume controls on my steering wheel but it should still be noted.

1 of my favorite functions so far has been the Bluetooth. music and calls come through crystal clear. and i haven't had any problems with disconnecting. my last radio had a problem when my phone connected to wifi, or any other extra signal. this radio has no such issues.

there are multiple other functions that I haven't really used other than the first day test . i would recommend this product. i feel it can only get better with time

Edit: I would still rate this product 4 stars for what is there but due to broken promises with mirrorlink and the add-on GPS i would now rate the total experience 3 stars.

my original review was in July and now its 7 months later and only 1 other device has been added to the support list (galaxy S3). you would at least expect sony to support their own phones but several of those have been released with no support.
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