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Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay to Existing In-Dash Receivers

Tuesday April 15, 2014 6:31 am PDT by Kelly Hodgkins

In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

Pioneer in-dash multimedia systems compatible with Apple's CarPlay include the $1400AVIC-8000NEX, the $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, the $900 AVIC-6000NEX, the $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX. These receivers are available from authorized Pioneer dealers such as Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys.

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Introduced earlier this year, CarPlay is an iOS-driven system that allows an iPhone to tie into the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone, messages and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed feature in new 2014 models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

CarPlay can be added to existing systems as the technology works in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which powers many existing in-car infotainment systems. Beside Pioneer, car audio manufacturer Alpine may begin selling its own aftermarket in-dash entertainment systems that will support Apple's CarPlay feature. Alpine's CarPlay receivers are expected to debut this fall in Europe and the U.S. with a base price of $500 to $700.



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Pioneer New 2014 Multimedia Receivers AVH-X1650DVD AVH-X2650BT AVH-X4650DVD and AVH-X5650BT

Pioneer Electronics expands its multimedia receiver lineup with the announcement of four new models to further weave connectivity into the driving experience. The latest models deliver smartphone connectivity, supporting the latest Android platforms (4.0 and above for compatible Android phones) as well as Apple’s latest iOS7. They are also Pioneer’s first multimedia receivers to provide USB compatibility with selected Android smartphones, providing users the ultimate convenience of plug-and-play features.

Drivers and passengers with the latest smartphone devices can also look forward to an even more seamless and connected in-car experience with the newly introduced integrated steering wheel control function.

The Multimedia receiver series is now joined by the following four models: The 7-inch touch panel AVH-X5650BT and AVH-X4650DVD as well as the 6-inch touch panel AVH-X2650BT, AVH-X1650DVD

“Smartphone devices today present endless possibilities in connectivity, and at Pioneer, we are constantly striving to extend it fully in the car to enhance every journey,” said Mr. Masayoshi Ishikubo, Senior General Manager of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre. “Our new range of Multimedia receivers ensures that every car becomes transformed into a ‘Connected Car’, with the ability to harness the true power of smartphone connectivity through our AppRadio Mode technology and MirrorLink, giving drivers control of their smartphone applications through our receivers,” he added.

Previously known as Advanced App Mode, Pioneer’s AppRadio allows drivers to control compatible iPhones directly from the dashboard. AppRadio Mode boasts a wide compatibility with a myriad of applications that are geared to enhance entertainment on the go.

The new range of Multimedia receivers now allow for customized steering wheel control, without the fuss of installing additional accessories. Drivers get to control certain functions and features directly from the steering wheel, and can even configure the buttons to specific functions of their preference. With easy configuration steps, drivers can easily play a music track, adjust the volume levels, skip the track, or even make a phone call directly via the steering wheel.

Attention Android fans! These new receivers are compatible with the latest smartphones running Android 4.0 or later. Users can now simply plug in to browse, select and listen to music stored on their device to a compatible Pioneer Multimedia receiver without the support of a phone application.

MirrorLink compatibility allows compatible phone users to have the convenience of having voice reading capabilities, weather, schedule and messages read out to them. Users are also able to view and control compatible third-party smartphone applications directly via the WVGA touch screen on their car dashboard. Through MirrorLink, users can enjoy direct access to the wide range of compatible applications such as audio and entertainment applications and navigation applications.

The new multimedia receivers continue to boast other features such as Bluetooth connectivity and MIXTRAX, a Pioneer technology which creates a unique nonstop listening experience by seamlessly transitioning between songs with DJ-inspired effects such as cross-fading, high-pass filter, and phaser.

The receivers will be available at Pioneer authorized dealers from October 2013.

 

AVH-X5650BT

Pioneer AVH-X5650BT

It plays MP3, WMA, AAC,WAV, DivX, MPG1/2/4 and JPG files off your DVDs,CDs and USB drives. The 7-inch, motorised screen doubles as as display screen for devices hooked up via dual video inputs, with video-out for additional monitors. Hook up your Bluetooth phone to enjoy wireless audio streaming, phonebook storage and make hands-free calls effortless.

AVH-X4650DVD

Pioneer AVH-X4650DVD

If you don’t require Bluetooth connectivity, this 7-inch receiver plays MP3, WMA, AAC,WAV, DivX, MPG1/2/4 and JPG files off your DVDs,CDs and USB drives. The motorised screen doubles as as display screen for devices hooked up via dual video inputs, with video-out for additional monitors.

AVH-X2650BT

Pioneer AVH-X2650BT

Packing a big punch in a smaller package: MP3, WMA, AAC,WAV, DivX, MPG1/2/4 and JPG files from DVDs,CDs and USB drives? No problem. The 6.1-inch touch screen still doubles as as display screen for devices hooked up via dual video inputs, with video-out for additional monitors. And it has Bluetooth, for wireless audio streaming, phonebook storage and easy hands-free calls.

AVH-X1650DVD

Pioneer AVH-X1650DVD

Featuring MP3, WMA, AAC,WAV, DivX, MPG1/2/4 and JPG file playback from DVDs,CDs and USB drives, the 6.1-inch touch screen still doubles as as display screen for devices hooked up via dual video inputs, with video-out for additional monitors.



New 2014 Pioneer CD Receivers in August DEH-X1650UB DEH-X2650UI DEH-X3650UI DEH-X6650BT

Boasting compatibility with major smartphone models running on the latest Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems, Pioneer has improved Bluetooth pairing and cable connectivity that builds on Pioneer’s expertise in the market for in-car entertainment, as well as aesthetic customisation options on the new 1-DIN receivers.

“At Pioneer, we strive to launch innovative, fun and exciting in-car entertainment products that will continue to delight our customers, and exceed their expectations with both quality and affordability. With Pioneer’s App Source, drivers can now enjoy full connectivity in the car with their latest iOS and Android-powered smartphones in the market today,” said Mr. Masayoshi Ishikubo, Senior General Manager of Sales & Marketing Group, Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre.

“To create the definitive connected car, these highly convenient connecting options also offer access to an extensive range of music options including MIXTRAX. That makes the new range of CD receivers the ideal, value-for-money in-car entertainment solutions for the modern, tech-savvy driver.”

Let’s break down the new features: Firstly, App Source. Previously known as App Mode, Pioneer has support for smartphones on the Android platform and the latest iPhone models and operating systems (including iPhone5 and iOS6). Users can control compatible third-party smartphone music applications right from the dashboard. Android smartphone users can now enjoy direct access to their smartphone’s library of music and compatible music-streaming applications through Bluetooth. While all four new CD receivers work with App Source for Android, iPhone users will limited to the DEH-X6650BT, DEH-X3650UI and DEH-X2650UI.

And for another that will get the Android camp cheering, Android USB Direct Control : The convenient plug-and-play feature Android phones installed with operating system 4.0 and later can now connect to the CD receivers via the USB terminal to play and control music while the phone charges.

MIXTRAX, Pioneer’s proprietary virtual DJ technology, is now incorporated into all 2014 CD receivers. Creating a unique nonstop listening experience by seamlessly transitioning between songs with DJ-inspired effects such as cross-fading, high-pass filter, and phaser. Advanced users can further customise their experience by selecting the types of transitions between songs, as well as the duration each song is played before transitioning to the next track.

Let us have a more detailed look at each of the new models:

DEH-X1650UB

DEH-X1650UB
With a 12 X 1 display, this affordable upgrade will play MP3, WMA and WAV files off CDs, memory drives connected through the front USB port, or through your choice of player though the AUX input. There is 1 preout, and Advanced Sound Retriever for enhanced audio quality. This receiver is also compatible with App Source for Android. Power: 50W x 4, 

DEH-X2650UI

DEH-X2650UI
Like the DEH-1650UB, the DEH-X2650UI plays MP3, WMA and WAV, has CD, USB and AUX inputs, as well as Advanced Sound Retriever for crystal clear audio. The difference is, it has 2 preouts, and boasts support for App Source on iPhone and Android-powered smartphones. Power: 50W x 4

DEH-X3650UI

DEH-X3650UI

With a bigger display (13 x 1), the DEH-X3650UI  adds 210,000 possible colours for each separate segment of the display. Different illumination effects on the display, changes when the unit is powered on, when a CD is loading or ejecting, or flashing with the beats on MixTrax. One can adjust the brightness setting of the display as well. Plays MP3, WMA, WAV from CDs, USB memory and AUX devices. Power: 50W x 4

DEH-X6650BT

DEH-X6650BT

Packed to the brim with same features as the DEH-X3650UI, this receiver adds the wireless Bluetooth experience with a new auto-pairing feature. It also features Guest Mode, which  enables users to pair new devices to the unit easily. Plays MP3, WMA, WAV from CDs, USB memory and AUX devices. Power: 50W x 4

These CD receivers will be available from August 2013.



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