This week, Sony Electronics announced the release of its new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible XAV-AX100 in-car audio system.

The new system offers drivers a way to listen to all that’s on their phone safely in the car, through a top-quality sound system.

The XAV-AX100 receiver offers the ability to play a variety of media files. Using Apple CarPlay(1) with the sound system, users can access Apple Music, Maps, make phone calls, and send messages through the touchscreen, or vocally with Siri .

Using Android Auto, Sony states that users can access music, maps and more.

According to the company, the XAV-AX100's clear and responsive touchscreen creates a simple and safe user interface by employing lighter touch operation and improved visibility to help improve safe usability on late night drives, and while traveling in glaring sunshine.

The XAV-AX100's high power sound and EXTRA BASS™ feature uses rotation volume control and voice commands for safety, while featuring high-powered sound with 55 watts x 4 Dynamic Reality Amp 2, and EXTRA BASS™ low boost circuitry to overcome engine noise,and  a 10-band graphic equalizer.

3-pre out connectivity also allows sound enthusiasts to connect external amplifiers with a wide range of speaker connections, in order to build their own bespoke system.

According to Sony, the Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) technology of the system compliments the XAV-AX100 features, overcoming the inherent acoustic disadvantage of front-door mounted, full-range speakers which can sound muddy or unclear.

The DSO adjusts the signal creating the illusion of dash-mounted virtual speakers to provide a high quality sound experience.

The XAV-AX100 in-car audio system retails at $499.99 and will be available across North America in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Thai, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and Korean as of late November 2016.

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