Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today completed its line of 2013 in-dash multimedia DVD receivers with the introduction of three new models designed to meet today's consumer needs for enhanced integration of entertainment and smartphone connectivity in the car. The new line of multimedia DVD receivers, consisting of the AVH-X6500DVD, AVH-X7500BT and AVH-X8500BHS, features enhanced connectivity with iPhone 5 (except AVH-X6500DVD1), Pioneer's exclusive MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology and AppRadio Mode, smartphone and USB connectivity, Pandora internet radio, high resolution touchscreen display and more. Select models also integrate direct control of the SiriusXM SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately), Bluetooth wireless technology and built-in HD Radio Technology.
"Pioneer's in-dash DVD receivers offer the ultimate audio video in-car experience by incorporating a wide mix of connectivity and entertainment features" said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "We continue to diversify entertainment options by integrating popular music services such as satellite radio from SiriusXM and streaming services like Pandora and enhanced connectivity to allow access and control of compatible apps and videos on Apple devices including iPhone 4, 4S, and now iPhone 5."
ENHANCED IPHONE 5 CONNECTIVITY (AVH-X8500BHS and AVH-X7500BT)
The AVH-X8500BHS and AVH-X7500BT feature enhanced connectivity with iPhone 5 via Pioneer's proprietary connectivity kits. When used with a compatible connectivity kit (CD-IH202 for AVH-X8500BHS or CD-IV202AV for AVH-X7500BT, sold separately), an appropriate Apple Lightning adapter accessory, and a firmware update (available this spring), users can access and control select iPhone 5 apps via the in-dash touchscreen display; play and control music and videos stored on the iPhone 5; and play and control the Pandora internet radio app running on their iPhone 5 via the revolutionary AppRadio and AppRadio Mode interface.
APPRADIO MODE (All Models)
Developed from Pioneer's revolutionary AppRadio, the AppRadio Mode feature (previously known as Advanced AppMode) is available in the three multimedia DVD models and expands their functionality into more than just the traditional in-dash receiver.
Using Pioneer's free of charge AppRadio App and the large touchscreen displays on the multimedia DVD receivers, users are able to view and control compatible third-party apps* installed on their compatible iPhone** devices. New to the 2013 models, AppRadio Mode on the AVH-X8500BHS now supports smartphones on the Android platform (via optional CD-AH200 accessory cable kit required, sold separately).*** There are more than two dozen smartphone-based apps optimized for in-vehicle use currently available and Pioneer continues to grow the library of apps (for a complete list visit www.pioneerelectronics.com/appradiomode).
MIXTRAX MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (All Models)
Pioneer's revolutionary MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology is incorporated into each model, transforming a listener's music library into a nonstop playlist that delivers a unique DJ-infused listening experience. The MIXTRAX virtual DJ inserts transitions and effects to music played from a compatible iPhone, iPod or USB storage device. For advanced customization, users have the ability to pick the types of effects and transitions added between songs, as well as the length a song plays before transitioning to the next song. For an additional club-like effect, the background display of the multimedia DVD receivers can be set to pulsate and change color with the tempo and intensity of the music.
The flagship AVH-X8500BHS model is SiriusXM-Ready and capable of receiving SiriusXM's commercial-free music, premier sports and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment, and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM programming is received through the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner offers a simple, cost-effective solution for adding satellite radio to your vehicle, and Pioneer's multimedia DVD receivers are among the first aftermarket in-vehicle products to include the new Tune Scan and Tune Start features (other Pioneer SCD/AVH models that are already available offer this feature). The Tune Scan feature scans through songs from the user's favorite music presets. When a user enables the Tune Start feature and tunes to a favorite preset music channel, the current song will automatically start playing from the beginning.