What We Know About The Sony XAV-AX7000 For Your Harley-Davidson®

What We Know About The Sony XAV-AX7000 For Your Harley-Davidson®

by Cliff John July 31, 2019

In January 2019, Sony debuted the XAV-AX7000, its latest CarPlay AV receiver. This unit shares some of the best features found in the XAV-AX5000, but it’s also a technological step up. 

UPDATE: Our Sony XAV-AX7000 Bundles are now in stock and available for purchase directly on our website here:

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

We got our first glimpse of the Sony XAV-AX7000 on April 3rd, 2019 at the DAS Consumer Electronics Dealer Show in Atlantic City, NJ. To say we were impressed with it is a large understatement. As we approached the demo section starring the Sony 7000 we quickly noticed the head unit was powering six speakers and two tweeters - all by itself. No amplifier. Then they turned it on. 

The system was loud as hell, clear as hell and thumped like a system should. We knew our Harley-Davidson® customers were going to be pumped when they could finally get their hands on it. 

Check out our newly released video comparing the Sony XAV-AX7000 to the Sony XAV-AX5000:

 

1. SOME THINGS CHANGE – THE BEST REMAIN THE SAME

The screen size and design of the Sony XAV-AX7000 are nearly identical to the XAV-AX5000, including the full-color, anti-glare 7” screen, dual USB-A ports and the same streamlined navigational buttons. This sleek design makes it easier to adjust playback and volume, change settings and revert to the home screen.

The Sony XAV-AX7000's bezel is more of a graphite color versus the silver'ish bezel the Sony XAV-AX5000 carries. We also noticed the screen on the Sony XAV-AX7000 is much less reflective which will be good news to some Harley-Davidson riders. The Sony XAV-AX7000 has the addition of weather-sealed buttons on the bottom face of the unit along with the newly announced weatherproof screen! This should definitely prevent moisture from entering the face of the device. 

Sony is clearly making a statement here - they are committing to making great products for the Motorcycle environment. It's our feeling this is just the beginning of Sony supporting the Harley-Davidson community. 

Sony XAV-AX7000 Apple CarPlay Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Android Auto Harley-Davidson

There are plenty more new features on the Sony XAV-AX7000, so let’s check them out.

2. SONY UPPED THE POWER AND SOUND QUALITY

The new Sony XAV-AX7000 features almost double the audio power of the XAV-AX5000 by including a 100W class-D amplifier for more intensity. Plus, the high-powered 5V pre-out provides you with strong, clear sound quality and less distortion. The addition of EXTRA BASS™ overcomes engine noise so you can better appreciate the system’s own rumbling sound. Here are some more audio features:

  • Sony included the option of connecting a subwoofer to your rear channel speaker without installing a peripheral amplifier.
  • The 10-band equalizer can be adjusted to optimize the digital signal for perfect sound when riding in any environment.
  • The FLAC audio file format maintains better sound quality than MP3s, even when streaming compressed audio signals.

3. YOU WANT MORE EXPANSION OPTIONS – YOU GOT ‘EM

Having access to dual USB ports means staying connected to your smartphone while listening to your music on another device. The 3-pre-out option lets you customize acoustics for even more intense sound.

The XAV-AX7000's “quick wake up” feature gets you rolling faster by activating the system at nearly twice the speed of the XAV-AX5000.

4. CHOOSE YOUR CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

Like the XAV-AX5000, this new audio system includes the following connectivity options:

  • Apple CarPlay– In addition to being able to make phone calls, send and receive messages and access your music library, you can receive audio driving directions via third-party navigational apps.
  • Android Auto™ – This Google-based app features a user-friendly interface with a twist: voice capabilities which help reduce distractions while driving. You can also organize information and save it onto easily-accessed cards.
  • Bluetooth® – The Sony XAV-AX7000 includes the latest Bluetooth software, which provides fast,  hands-free wireless audio streaming and phone use via the display screen.

Sony XAV-AX7000 Apple CarPlay Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Android Auto Harley-Davidson

5. YES – IT HAS A HIGHER PRICE-POINT THAN THE XAV-AX5000

Following suit of all other high-powered head units in Sony's line-up, the Sony XAV-AX7000 will carry a higher price-point than the XAV-AX5000. 

Our '14-'19 Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Bundle for your Harley-Davidson is $698 and our '99-'13 Sony XAV-AX7000 Inner Fairing Bundle begins at $1,059. 

6. YES – WE HAVE BUNDLES FOR YOU!

Like the Sony XAV-AX5000, we are currently selling the new Sony XAV-AX7000 as a plug and play bundle for your '99 - '19 Harley-Davidson touring bike and it's available to order now! See links below! 

UPDATE 1.0: The Sony XAV-AX7000 release date is estimated to be "late" October 2019. 

UPDATE 1.1: The Sony XAV-AX7000 will have weather-sealed buttons AND a weatherproof screen. 

UPDATE 1.2: The Sony XAV-AX7000 bundle is now available for pre-order on our website. 

UPDATE 1.3: Our Sony bundles are now in stock and available for purchase on our website.

UPDATE 1.4: New product photos added above/below!

UPDATE 1.5: Android users should do their best to avoid using the 52" extension cable and route their factory Android cable directly from the back of the 5" USB1 connection. 

UPDATE 1.6: Check out our hand controls retained blog to read up on how your hand controls will be retained: Sony Plug & Play Bundles Handlebar Controls Retained

UPDATE 1.7: If anyone needs to reset their hand controls, use this document and follow the appropriate steps. You will need to take off your fairing to access the hand control module. 

UPDATE 1.8: This bundle is not compatible with Harley stock amplifiers, but you can easily replace your Harley amplifier with this Rockford Fosgate Amplifier and this Rockford Amplifier Installation Kit to make it plug and play on your 14+ Harley Touring bike. 

UPDATE 1.9: This isn't new information, but we get a lot of questions about this - The Sony XAV-AX7000 needs to be hard-wired to your Apple or Android device in order to launch Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Most riders route the USB cable through the hole that connects the back of their dash in to their inner-fairing. That way you can store your phone in your dash - assuming it fits. Phones are getting pretty darn big these days! Also, the Sony XAV-AX7000 uses the data from your phone in order to run navigation via Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze. 

UPDATE 2.0: Here's a list of the top third-party apps that are compatible with Apple CarPlay: WhatsApp, Spotify, BBC Sounds, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, iPlayer Radio, CBS Radio, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Tidal, Audible, NPR One, VOX, Clammr, Downcast, Google Maps, Waze, Here - and of course it's packed with default iPhone apps such as Phone, Calendar, Music, Maps, Messages, Now Playing, Podcasts, Audiobooks. 

UPDATE 2.1: Here's a list of the top apps compatible with Android Auto: WhatsApp, Google Play Bookstore, Messenger, Pandora, Android Auto, Spotify, Waze, Google Maps, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Anchor, Audible Audiobooks, Hangouts. 

UPDATE 2.2: Here's what you'll leave behind with your Harley factory radio when switching to the Sony device: You will no longer have access to your "Information Screen" to view EITMS, Oil Pressure, Ambient Air Temp. You will also lose the feature where your factory Harley deck tells you the closest gas station when you're running low on fuel. Also, becasue the icons on your factory Harley deck are no longer present when you switch to the Sony device, your right hand control joystick mirrors your left hand control capabilities - such as changing songs/stations and increasing and decreasing volume. 

UPDATE 2.3: Yes, you can change the background of the Sony device to any of the available colors!

ORDER YOUR BUNDLE TODAY!

'14-'20 SONY XAV-AX7000 BUNDLE

'99-'13 SONY XAV-AX7000 INNER FAIRING BUNDLE

UPDATE 2.4: Our Sony XAV-AX7000 15+ Road Glide Installation Video is Live!

 
UPDATE 2.5: Our Sony XAV-AX7000 14+ Street Glide Installation Video is Live!

Here's some updated product photos!

Sony XAV-AX7000 Electra Glide Standard

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson

Submit a contact form below with any questions you have and we'll help you out! 




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