Sony announces new ‘hovering’ 8.95-inch Apple CarPlay display


Sony has announced its new XAV-AX8000 Apple CarPlay compatible receiver, yesterday to the press. This model and three others were announced, although the AX8000 brings a new direction for Sony head units – its display.

An 8.95-inch anti-glare display hovers seamlessly over the dashboard, whilst working in a single-DIN space. The screen can be mounted in three directions (forward/back tilt, verticle height and depth) to enable the desired installation and fit any vehicle it is installed into.

The receiver supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although if you’re hoping for wireless modes, this isn’t a receiver for you. A wired cable connection is still required here.

The usual Sony feature-set comes with the XAV-AX8000, with 4-channel amp delivering 55 watts. Extra Bass functionality is also here, with Dynamic Stage Organizer and 10-band equaliser, FLAC support, quick wake-up, rear camera support and custom wallpaper functionality.

Our thoughts on the Sony XAV-AX8000

You could say Sony is going at the Alpine 9-inch HALO9 head unit with this particular receiver, and I would agree that you’d be right. The Sony will come in at a competitive $599.99 and it will release this December in the US.

Sadly we are still seeing receivers release a few years on since Apple CarPlay with some lacking desirable features on the AX8000. The first there is only one USB out, which is at the rear. Second, we’ve already mentioned there is no wireless CarPlay support. The third is the resolution. Why are we still seeing displays, and LARGE displays at that, which are pushing such a low resolution of 800×480. With tablets and smaller display smartphones pushing over 3x the pixel density, coming to a brand new 2019 receiver with such low-quality resolution is shocking in my opinion. If you are after a high-resolution display, you only have Kenwood to look at, and in 2019, this is shameful from every receiver manufacturer.


If my videos have helped you in any way, you can show your support and appreciation by making a one-time donation through Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much!

Share this article


Related articles

CarPlay for any car stereo !

Have Apple CarPlay in any car!

A plug & play dashboard that works with any existing stereo
Wireless Apple CarPlay USB Dongle

CarPlay + Android Auto + Dash Cam

A plug & play touchscreen mirror that works with any existing stereo

Wireless USB dongle

"The CPlay2air USB dongle offers an attached wire connection, discrete status lights and regular compatibility updates."

Android OS on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

YouTube on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

Wireless USB Dongle 2.0

"The CarLinkit 2.0 USB dongle offers a detachable USB-C connection, clear status indicator and regular compatibility updates"

New wireless USB adapter

"The JoyeAuto USB adapter brings new connectivity, a unique menu screen and independent software and compatibility"

By clicking on the buttons above and buying an item from Amazon, you will help support us by giving us affiliate commission. It will not cost you extra, but it will go a long way in keep us doing what we do best here.

Learn how to support us
What's Trending
Latest CarPlay Reviews
Add Wireless CarPlay, Android Auto & Stream YouTube in ANY CAR | Carpuride 9-inch Car Stereo Display
Cast YouTube to your CarPlay Display + Android Auto Support | MMB Wireless Adapter Plus 4.0 Review
CarlinKit 4.0 Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto Adapter Dongle CPC200-CP2A Review
ATOTO AD3WCP Wireless Apple CarPlay Adapter Dongle Review