Pioneer AVH 3300NEX
DVD Receiver Review
kay, I've done plenty of reviews about smartphone oriented head units, and this is going to be another. This time, however, we are looking at a product that actually fits in a single-DIN opening! So, if you have been longing for a dash full of high tech trickery to meld with your smartphoneobsessed lifestyle, here is one that won't require a complete dashboard remodel just to fit.
The brand-new Pioneer AVH3300NEX features an innovative and highly customizable interface, and is designed specifically for today's smartphone driven user. It includes all the whistles and bells you'd expect and hope for, including a seven-inch motorized touchscreen in a single-DIN sized chassis. This is a brand-new piece, so the unit I received for review is a pre-production prototype - that's how new it is! The unit is on shelves alongside some of the other recently introduced NEX units by time you read this.
Like the other Pioneer NEX (Networked Entertainment Experience) source units, the AVH-3300NEX includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so it's compatible with the vast majority of popular smartphones (iPhone 5 or later, and compatible Android phones). Touching the screen allows you to take advantage of Siri Eyes Free, or Google Now. Also, built-in is Pioneer's proprietary AppRadio Mode+, which provides control of all your compatible apps directly from the touchscreen. The innovative interface is formatted specifically for ease of use and safer operation. For those of you who have discovered the Waze navigation app, you'll have it right on the screen in front of you, and can access it via Android Auto or AppRadio Mode+ (also available on iOS devices). You also get compatibility with the free to download AppRadioLIVE app, which pulls content from many different sources and services. Whether it's a map, music, news, or a calendar, this app allows you to combine whatever information you need into a single easy-to-use interface.
Of course, full Bluetooth handsfree calling functionality is built in, and you can stream content from your phone via Bluetooth. Once your phone has been registered with the AVH-3300NEX, future pairing is automatic whenever your phone is within range. Pioneer has also improved the call quality with their new Wideband Speech Handsfree Profile 1.6. This exclusive feature nearly doubles the frequency bandwidth of the call, and approaches FM-type sound quality.
Pandora personalized internet radio is also included, and control is available directly from the touchscreen as a dedicated source. Compatible with Apple iOS, as well as Android devices that support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP), just download the Pandora app and enjoy new music mixed with your current favorites. If you prefer Spotify, no worries, as it is another supported application, and, in fact, has been given its own dedicated source on the AVH-3300NEX.
Satellite radio aficionados will appreciate compatibility with a Pioneer SXV300 Sirius XM tuner, and audiophiles will love the high resolution 192-kHz/24-bit playback capability via USB. The user interface is customizable to your