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Sony Adds HDMI to 2021 In-Dash Car Stereo Systems

Sony announces three new in-dash car stereo receivers for 2021, models XAV-AX8100, XAV-AX5600 and XAV-AX150 priced from $299.99.

Sony XAV-AX8100 In-dash Car Receiver with HDMI input

Sony Electronics today announced new XAV-AX8100, XAV-AX5600 and XAV-AX150 car AV receivers, priced at $649.99, $499.99 and $299.99, respectively. Each 2021 Sony head unit offers minor upgrades and look nearly identical to their predecessors. Most notably the top two models (AX8100 and AX5600) both add a HDMI input. Otherwise it’s the screen size difference that visually sets them apart. The XAV-AX8100 has an 8.95-inch display, while the other models have a 6.95-inch display. Also, only the AX5600 has dual USB inputs.

Sony XAV-AX8100 & XAV-AX5600

Sony XAV-AX8100 In-dash Car Receiver front angle with 8.95-inch display
The Sony XAV-AX8100 has the largest display at 8.95-inches.
Sony XAV-AX5600 In-dash Car Receiver with iPhone
Sony XAV-AX5600 (6.95-inch display). All models work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The XAV-AX8100 and XAV-AX5600 car AV receivers are sister models of the well-regarded XAV-AX8000 and XAV-AX5500 models. While maintaining sophisticated design, seamless utility, smart features and powerful audio, the new models now include an additional HDMI input that allows customers to enjoy extended connectivity. 

Each model includes a premium display with a sleek brushed aluminum key terminal. The XAV-AX8100 features an 8.95-inch antiglare clear responsive touchscreen with a three-way adjustable display mount and customizable wallpaper. The XAV-AX5600 offers a 6.95-inch bezel-less flush surface display.  

Sony XAV-AX8100 In-dash Car Receiver Rear Dual USB inputs
Rear view of Sony XAV-AX8100 with single USB input (HDMI input included on bottom, not shown).
Sony XAV-AX5600 In-dash Car Receiver Rear Dual USB inputs
Only the Sony XAV-AX5600 has dual USB inputs. HDMI input included also.

With EXTRA BASS™ and Sound Optimization technology, customers will experience deep punchy sound that is perfectly suited for their car environments. Bluetooth®, dual USB ports (AX5600 only) and 5V 3-pre out offer a full suite of connectivity while smart features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto™ and WebLink® Cast keep customers focused on what’s important: the road.   

Sony XAV-AX150

Sony XAV-AX150 In-dash Car Receiver front angle with 6.95-inch display
Sony XAV-AX150 (6.95-inch display). Doesn’t include a HDMI input.

This 6.95-inch touchscreen car AV receiver features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and allows bass lovers to enjoy powerful audio in any vehicle. Built-in 4-channel amplifier delivers 55 watts x 4 / 20 watts x 4 power output while its EXTRA BASS™ capabilities overcome engine noise and reproduce clear punchy sound at any volume level. Thanks to the Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO), users will experience a sound field ideal for the inside of vehicles, as if there were speakers on the dashboard.

The new model also offers FLAC audio file compatibility, Quick Wake Up, 3 pre-out, a space saving single DIN rear chassis, and rearview camera-ready feature with parking guidelines.

Pricing & Availability

The XAV-AX8100 (8.95″) will be available in July 2021 for $649.99. Learn more at:  

The XAV-AX5600 (6.95″) will be available in July 2021 for $499.99. Learn more at:  

The XAV-AX150 (6.95″) will be available in May 2021 for $299.99. Learn more at:

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  1. Henry Ambroseo

    May 24, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    No idatalink interface again. Not quite sure why Sony is so reluctant to build this feature into their head units. Kenwood, JVC, Pioneer and Alpine adopted it several years ago.

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