Pi­o­neer AVH 3300NEX

DVD Re­ceiver Re­view

Pasmag (Canada) - - Tr. -

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

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