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XAV-701HD Installation and Navigation

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So back to the install. You might be wondering where I installed this receiver. The Sony XAV-701HD landed itself in a late-model Ford F150, replacing the factory unit. The installation was actually quite easy, especially since I utilized a wire adapter kit to go from the stock radio interface plug to the Sony receiver plug. While you can wire in a backup camera, other A/V input device or connect the pre-amp outputs to an amplifier, I kept this particular install rather simple. In fact, a subsequent review will go over how this receiver sounds with updated speakers. For now, the factory drivers remained so that I could truly evaluate just the new A/V receiver.

And, you know what? The Sony actually made my factory speakers come to life. Compared to the factory radio, the Sony immediately added greater dynamic range and additional fidelity to the midrange that was not present with the former stock head unit. To evaluate the system, I first connected my iPhone via Bluetooth and, within minutes, had music streaming through the system. After that came Pandora streaming and then hands-free calling to make sure everything was operating normally.

As I mentioned, all the controls and options and easy to navigate and pretty intuitive. The user interface has a very "Android-ish" feel about it that's a combination of icons and text-driven menus. The home screen gives you all the available options and applications. And, if an application isn't available or applicable to your smartphone, it will be grayed out on the screen.

charging iPhoneSince I'm an Android-turned-iPhone user, I was most excited about turning this A/V receiver into a full-fledged navigation system. Since Telenav comes pre-installed on the receiver, I went ahead and downloaded the free Telenav app from the App Store for my iPhone. I'll save you the trouble now, just go ahead and pay the 9.99 for the yearly subscription to the Telenav premium service. This is the only way you can interface the app with the XAV-701HD. The cool thing is that since the iPhone connector acts as a charger, the whole time you are using the GPS in your phone, the receiver keeps it charged so that you never have to worry about a depleted battery when you get to your destination. The Telenav interface really is easy to use and it comes with a plethora of POI's and other useful features like realtime traffic and map updates. For $9.99/year this app is well worth the price—particularly if you consider how much a standalone GPS unit costs or factor in annual map updates. One slight disappointment is that, while using Telenav, only music that is stored on your iPhone can be played. Pandora, CDs or other stored music files will have to wait until you're finished with your navigation. 

TeleNav iPhone

When a hands-free call comes in, the Telenav application gets sent to the background (verbal and visual navigation ceases) and the call is given priority. This is pretty much how I'd expect the system to work, given the priority of a hands-free call (which you can, of course, ignore while driving). All the Telenav navigation is processed directly from the iPhone, so as soon as you unplug the phone from the receiver, the application on the receiver closes. Plug the phone back in and the Telenav application on the receiver picks right up where it left off.

telenav reconnect message

 

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Recent Forum Posts:

2qk4u posts on May 14, 2013 17:49
GadgetmanNH, post: 943635
I wanted a good aftermarket stereo for my Lexus RX to add nav, bluetooth and a backup camera. So far this one is working out quite well. There are a few irritating things about this unit, but maybe firmware updates will correct them over time. I used the Metra harness/face plate, Metra steering wheel interface, and generic backup cam. All works well.

Pros:

- Fast and modern interface
- iPhone Pandora, Telnav and music support.
- HD radio built in.
- Great bluetooth handsfree.
- Android support once Mirrorlink is better supported by phones.
- Ability to access music in many ways: CD, HD radio, thumb drive playback, iPhone connection, bluetooth streaming.
- iPhone cable is included and not an additional purchase.
- Resumes last playback source and location.
- Ability to customize guide lines on backup cam screen.
- Home screen wallpaper customization.
- Built in animated backgrounds for source playback screens.


Cons:

- MirrorLink not supported yet (not Sony's fault).
- Sometimes it seems there should be a “return” button to return to a previous screen (usually there is, but in seems like it should not be necessary to return to home and then select back to a source).
- No mute button or function.
- No ability to re-organised source buttons or hide ones not used.
- Add-on nav box is hard to find or discontinued. It would be nice to have if smartphone is lost or not available.
- No ability to change source playback backgrounds other than built in animated screens.
- No calendar (it would be nice to have a calendar that would sync with smartphone and show reminders).


do you have the iphone cable bychance and not using it? i really need one and got my radio second hand and that person didnt have the cable. if you are not using it i would like to buy it from you if i can. please let me know. thanks
2qk4u posts on May 14, 2013 17:49
dennisdh, post: 966497
I just installed the xev-701hd unit plus backup camera. When using a S3 phone as nav in mirror link and drive link you are unable to listen to any source while navigating. I spoke with crutchfield and sony and they both confirmed that is the case. I also tried to find the external nav unit that plugs into the receiver but it has been discontinued and is not available anywhere online. Sony claims telenav works nut only on an iphone.

do you have the iphone cable bychance and not using it? i really need one and got my radio second hand and that person didnt have the cable. if you are not using it i would like to buy it from you if i can. please let me know. thanks
dennisdh posts on April 30, 2013 19:16
Sony xev-701hd can't navigate and listen to anything

I just installed the xev-701hd unit plus backup camera. When using a S3 phone as nav in mirror link and drive link you are unable to listen to any source while navigating. I spoke with crutchfield and sony and they both confirmed that is the case. I also tried to find the external nav unit that plugs into the receiver but it has been discontinued and is not available anywhere online. Sony claims telenav works nut only on an iphone.
GadgetmanNH posts on January 14, 2013 05:36
So far a great stereo

I wanted a good aftermarket stereo for my Lexus RX to add nav, bluetooth and a backup camera. So far this one is working out quite well. There are a few irritating things about this unit, but maybe firmware updates will correct them over time. I used the Metra harness/face plate, Metra steering wheel interface, and generic backup cam. All works well.

Pros:

- Fast and modern interface
- iPhone Pandora, Telnav and music support.
- HD radio built in.
- Great bluetooth handsfree.
- Android support once Mirrorlink is better supported by phones.
- Ability to access music in many ways: CD, HD radio, thumb drive playback, iPhone connection, bluetooth streaming.
- iPhone cable is included and not an additional purchase.
- Resumes last playback source and location.
- Ability to customize guide lines on backup cam screen.
- Home screen wallpaper customization.
- Built in animated backgrounds for source playback screens.


Cons:

- MirrorLink not supported yet (not Sony's fault).
- Sometimes it seems there should be a “return” button to return to a previous screen (usually there is, but in seems like it should not be necessary to return to home and then select back to a source).
- No mute button or function.
- No ability to re-organised source buttons or hide ones not used.
- Add-on nav box is hard to find or discontinued. It would be nice to have if smartphone is lost or not available.
- No ability to change source playback backgrounds other than built in animated screens.
- No calendar (it would be nice to have a calendar that would sync with smartphone and show reminders).
sholling posts on December 04, 2012 00:13
It looks pretty interesting. I've been casually looking replacements for my factory unit and my local installer tried to sell me a Sony but I don't recall what model. The only thing that it seemed to be missing was seamless integration with the car's factory steering wheel controls. So far I've only seen that on Alpines.
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