Sony XAV-AX3000 review: Better than other XAV Model?

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Pros And Cons


  • This model is quite cheaper than its other Sony model, however there no major difference between these car stereo
  • The super lager display makes it easy to watch movies and videos at a good quality
  • The voice Calling Feature and its voice quality is truly amazing
  • You can use all features such as GPS Navigation, YouTube via Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • It also compatible with all other vehicle accessories like steering wheel control, backup camera and more
  • Prewiring done at the factory makes installing this digital multi-media receiver a pretty easy project.


  • The head unit comes with a resistive touch screen display. However, the touch responsive it give is pretty amazing according to its previous version
  • There is NO HD Radio system available in this Sony car stereo
  • It Comes with only one USB input
  • There is NO HDMI input

Sony XAV-AX3000 Quick Overview

Display Quality
Sound Quality
Wireless Calling Quality


Overall the stereo is great. Works perfectly even after using it for more than 6 months. We highly recommends this head unit to those who want the best sound quality experience with latest feautres like Apple CarPlay and Backup Camera functionality.



  • 7 Inch Resistive screen ands has a Bezel-Less Panel
  • Integrated AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Plays Media off of USB Flash Drives
  • Bluetooth 5.0 for hands free Calling
  • Pandora/ Spotify Compatible
  • 10 Band EQ for music
  • Proprietary Dynamic Stage Organizer
  • Subwoofer Control
  • Support for Dual Backup Camera
  • 1 USB input
  • Five Channel Pre-Amplification Outputs
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Key Features

7” Responsive LCD Display

With a sleek, bezel-less 6.95″ capacitive touchscreen display, this receiver adds a touch of style to any dashboard. The high resolution 800 RGB x 480 display delivers crystal clear images, while the responsive touch-sensitive control ensures easy and precise operation. The built-in Gesture Control allows you to perform frequently used operations with a simple swipe of your finger, making this receiver truly user-friendly.


You can also customize the look of the unit with selectable wallpaper colors to match your car’s interior. Plus, with Picture EQ you can choose the perfect picture quality mode to suit any lighting condition. And for those times when you want to kick back and relax, the aspect ratio can be changed to zoom, full, or captions mode. Finally, the dimmer function ensures that the unit’s display won’t be too bright or distracting while driving.

With its sleek, responsive touchscreen, you can easily bring up maps, sort through playlists, and make phone calls – all from one convenient location. The quick wake up feature ensures that you’re ready to go right after turning on the ignition, so you can hit the road in no time. Plus, the unit’s compact design makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. 

First and foremost, it has dual USB ports for easy connectivity with a variety of devices. You can play back all your favorite audio files on either an MSC or MTP device, and control playback with ease. Additionally, the USB port also supports video playback from a USB MSC device. Best of all, your devices will stay charged thanks to the built-in charging capability.

Impressive Sound Quality

In terms of sound quality, the Sony XAV-AX3000 does not disappoint. It comes equipped with high-quality speakers that deliver clear, powerful sound. You’ll be able to enjoy all your music to the fullest with this head unit. Plus, the sleek design is sure to complement the look of any car interior. 

With support for both USB mass storage class and media transfer protocol devices, you can playback a variety of audio files with ease. The unit also provides control and song/artist display with album art, so you can always keep track of your music. Whether you’re listening to your favorite tunes on a USB thumb drive or portable digital audio player.

The built-in amplifier delivers 4 x 55 watts of power, so you can enjoy crystal clear sound quality whether you’re listening to music, podcasts, or making phone calls.

Firstly, the Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) creates a wide and clear soundstage, making music sound like it’s coming from the dashboard instead of the doors or under the dash. This gives you a clearer and more immersive listening experience. Secondly, ExtraBass gives you an instant low-end boost at the touch of a button. This is perfect for when you want to get the party started! And finally, the Beep Tone function confirms button operation with an audible beep, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Hands Free Calling Via Bluetooth 5.0

With built-in Bluetooth 5.0, you can make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver, as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. The XAV-AX3000 is also equipped with Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), which makes it easy to pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the head unit without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.

Built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

This powerful receiver lets you use all your essential iPhone functions on the road, including making calls, checking voicemails and text messages, and accessing maps. You can also listen to your favorite music using iTunes, Apple Music, or select music apps. And with Siri voice control, you can manage everything hands-free. 

With Android Auto, you can easily connect your Android smartphone and access all your favorite apps and services on the large 7″ touchscreen display. From directions and traffic information to hands-free calling and messaging, the Sony XAV-AX3000 has you covered. And with voice-recognition technology, you can control everything with just your voice.


This unit is compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while on the go. It also features dual rear USB inputs and rear-view camera input, making it easy to connect your devices and keep an eye on what’s behind you. Plus, with 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer), you can tailor the sound to your liking.

Sony XAV-AX3000

Few Things to note:

Apple CarPlay is compatible with any iPhone or newer running the most recent iOS version. When using Apple CarPlay with a linked iPhone, Bluetooth is disabled. You cannot link an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device at the same time. Only USB MSC or MTP devices are supported by the USB port (labeled “USB2-USB Memory”).

Some useful links related to this article:

Sony Support

Sony XAV-AX3000 User Manual

Sony XAV-3000 on Crutch Filed

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