Sony XAV-9500ES: Mobile ES-Series Digital Multimedia Receiver
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About the Sony XAV-9500ES: Mobile ES-Series Digital Multimedia Receiver
Mobile ES quality through a beautiful touchscreen:
One look at Sony's flagship XAV-9500ES Mobile ES-Series Digital Multimedia Receiver, and I was cooking up ways to make it part of my daily drive. My car's factory radio can't be replaced, but... maybe it's time for a new car? Okay, okay... buying a car just to add a new radio might be taking things too far, but there's no denying this stereo churns up serious fanboy energy within me. Doubtless, it'll do the same for other Sony fans. The Mobile ES-Series is legendary in the industry for its commitment to sound quality, and Sony has incorporated that pedigree into a high-performance stereo through a 10.1" touchscreen and onboard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Not your average touchscreen:
Sony designed this Mobile ES-Series Digital Multimedia Receiver through tablet users in mind, providing a super-sized HD capacitive display that doesn't disappoint. Unlike most displays, the LCD is bonded directly to the protective glass touch layer through a transparent adhesive, so you'll get a precise touch experience as well as enhanced contrast and visual performance.
Fits more dashes:
The XAV-9500ES comes in two main pieces: a 2" tall chassis and a 10.1" touchscreen. The chassis fits in most single din dash openings, so it'll work great in many older vehicles. When you mount the chassis in your dash opening, the screen offers four-way adjustability you can get a perfect view and not block essential climate controls.
Play your high resolution music... wirelessly!:
Sony uses a premium Digital audio converter (DAC) chip to elevate sound quality across the board. Through high-performance 32 bit processing and eliminated timing jitter, you'll hear an impressive dynamic range through minimal distortion. Audiophile-grade capacitors step up the power for satisfying bass performance and a dual-layer chassis helps eliminate electro-magnetic interference for an even cleaner audio signal. Use the rear USB type-C input to connect your smartphone or thumb drive through high resolution audio files to hear music as your favorite artists intended. Sony also builds in LDAC technology which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from compatible devices at 96 kHz / 24 bit sampling, which is a significant improvement over conventional Bluetooth streaming.
Superior tools for sculpting your sound:
Sony builds in an impressive array of tools that are hard to find in most stereos. A 192 kHz / 24 bit DSP offers excellent sound processing and precision time alignment. A 14-band EQ gives you control over the 6 output channels, and each channel also sports an 8-band parametric EQ. Combined alongside a 3-zone crossover, you'll have everything you need to pull together the fine-tuning of your front speakers, rears, and subs. The XAV9500ES also includes three pairs of 5 V RCA preamp outputs that provide an ultra-clean signal when you add amps to your system.
Smartphone fun, without wires:
Without exceptional smartphone integration, a new car stereo just isn't as exciting or useful. Thankfully, Sony includes the very best in the XAV-9500ES, and onboard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that you can access through a wireless connection only.
Android Auto (wireless): Android Auto integrates the Android platform into your driving experience in a non-distracting way. You'll have voice control access to Google Maps, weather, music, your phone, text messages, plus easy access to many of your favorite apps.
Apple CarPlay (wireless): CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience, putting iPhone content at the driver's voice command through minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too.
Of course, Sony gives you Bluetooth as well. Use it to make or receive hands-free phone calls via your smartphone and the included microphone, or stream music from your phone through ease. You can also use the included microphone to activate voice commands for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras:
The XAV9500ES offers compatibility in a growing number of aftermarket radios, thanks to iDatalink's Maestro modules (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, the Maestro ADS-MRR module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the screen. iDatalink also now offers the Maestro ADS-MRR2 module, which adds features like programmable outputs for add-on accessory items, such as lighting and winch accessories, as well as built-in Bluetooth for future wireless software updates for the module. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the compatible iDatalink ADS-MRR modules offered on the way to the shopping cart.
Bluetooth note: use of this Receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities.
Note: you'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this Receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.
- Mobile ES-Series Digital Multimedia Receiver (does not play CDs)
- 10.1" capacitive HD anti-glare touchscreen
- Fits single din dash openings
- Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
- High resolution audio and high-resolution wireless LDAC audio support
- Built-in ESS digital-to-analog converter
- Built-in high-grade 192 kHz / 24 bit Digital signal processor
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto compatible (no wired compatibility)
Audio / video features:
- Plays MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, DSF, and DSDIFF music files
- 14-band graphic equalizer
- 3-zone crossover
- Inputs: rear USB type-C port, backup cam input, two additional camera inputs
- Outputs: 6 channel preamp outputs (5 V front, rear, sub)
- Wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this Receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
- Built-in internal amp (20 W RMS CTA-2006 / 55 peak x 4 channels)
- Compatible alongside most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
- Warranty: 3 years
- MFR # XAV-9500ES
What's in the box:
- Single din source unit (10 A fuse)
- 10.1" touchscreen monitor
- Wiring harness (attached 6.5" parking brake wire)
- Camera / preout harness
- 3-wire to 3.5 mm SWC adapter
- 59" USB-C extension cable
- GPS antenna (attached 10" cable terminated by a fakra connector)
- GPS antenna mounting plate
- Microphone (attached 12" cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5 mm connector)
- Surface bracket
- Two-sided tape
- Four M 5 x 9 mm ISO-screws
- Four M 4 x 6 mm machine screws
- M 3 x 8 mm machine screw
- Connector bracket
- 2 rear-panel covers
- Operating instructions
- Warranty information
- Installation note