Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Sony has long been a leader in the field of electronics. The Sony XNV-770BT features an impressive array of multimedia features that are found in many in-dash receivers today. However, the car GPS navigation part of the unit seems to be missing some of the important features we were looking for in our review. Nevertheless, we would be happy to have the XNV-770BT in-dash navigation system installed in one of our vehicles.
The large 7-inch touchscreen is easy to control and will allow you to pick your destination almost effortlessly. The XNV-770BT in-dash navigation uses integrated navigation from TomTom and a Tele Atlas map database. The Tele Atlas database provides you with over 6 million points of interest (POIs). These POIs will help you search for locations by name or type, instead of requiring you to type in an address. You can choose to navigate via a 2D overhead map or a 3D street view map.
Unlike other models we reviewed, this in-dash navigation unit does not have an eco-friendly function. This feature can help you get better gas mileage and reduce your carbon footprint. In a world where everyone is becoming more earth-conscious, it’s disappointing to see this feature missing on this Sony GPS.
There also does not seem to be any voice control feature for the XNV-770BT in-dash navigation. You can get voice guidance from the machine, and receive turn-by-turn directions as you drive, but it doesn’t seem as if you can give simple commands to the system. This is disappointing because voice commands help you keep your eyes on the road and let you concentrate on driving.
It is in the additional features that this Sony in-dash navigation system really shines. It features built-in Bluetooth, so you can sync up your phone or Bluetooth-enabled media player and play the sound through your car stereo. It has a standard AM/FM tuner, plus you can get HD radio and Satellite Radio if you have the additional adapters and tuners.
No additional equipment is required to enjoy CDs or DVDs on the XNV-770BT in-dash navigation system. Plus, you can plug your portable media device into the receiver using the auxiliary input port or the USB port. There are also RCA preouts for more powerful sound and a rear camera input, so you can see the images from your back-up camera on your dashboard screen.
Sony’s website has the biggest variety of help and support options we found in our review. You can find the manual for the Sony XNV-770BT online, and there is a FAQs page for quick answers to simple questions. If you have a more complex question or a specific inquiry about this in-dash navigation system, you can contact customer support by phone or by email. They are also the only ones we found in our review that offer live chat support, which is method many modern users prefer. This GPS is backed by an impressive two-year warranty.
This in-dash navigation system is leaps and bounds beyond the standard portable GPS unit. In addition to the GPS, the Sony XNV-770BT can play DVDs, CDs and MP3s, plus it has built-in Bluetooth capabilities. The interface is easy to use and gives you complete control over what you listen to and watch during your trip. Sony, once again, has proven they are among the best in auto technology.