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Review: Pioneer's AVIC-W8500NEX System Upgrades Your Car With Wireless CarPlay and More

Friday January 31, 2020 10:41 am PST by
Pioneer has long been one of the biggest names in aftermarket car audio, and the company's lineup of NEX receivers offers a terrific option for adding CarPlay and other enhanced functionality to older cars or entry-level models that lack some of the latest technology. Pioneer's 2019 NEX lineup includes models at a range of price points offering varying feature sets. Several months ago, Pioneer ...

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CES 2020: Alpine and Pioneer Debut Largest-Ever CarPlay Receivers With Up to 11-Inch Hovering Displays

Tuesday January 7, 2020 8:55 am PST by
In what has become an annual tradition, car audio brands like Alpine, Pioneer, Jensen, and JVC/Kenwood are showcasing new aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto receivers at CES in Las Vegas this week. Alpine is debuting a new CarPlay and Android Auto receiver with an 11-inch capacitive touchscreen, which it claims is the largest on the market, offering 49 percent more surface area than its...

CES 2019: Pioneer's Smart Sync In-Dash Smartphone Receiver Turns Your iPhone Into a Car Radio Display

Wednesday January 9, 2019 4:27 pm PST by
Pioneer today announced the U.S. launch of the SPH-10BT, a new in-dash digital media receiver designed to work with a smartphone as a display. The SPH-10BT is Pioneer's first receiver of this type equipped with a built-in smartphone cradle that integrates your own iPhone or Android device into your car's entertainment system. While in the cradle, the smartphone becomes "visually combined" ...

Pioneer Releases Wireless CarPlay Systems

Thursday May 24, 2018 6:41 am PDT by
Pioneer has joined Alpine as the second electronics maker to release wireless CarPlay systems for aftermarket installation. AVH-W4400NEX Introduced at CES 2018 in January, product listings have since confirmed that Pioneer's latest AVH-W4400NEX and AVIC-W8400NEX receivers are capable of not only wired and wireless Android Auto, but also wired and wireless CarPlay, enabling drivers to connect...

Pioneer Working to Resolve iOS 11 Compatibility Issue With Select Receivers

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:48 am PDT by
Pioneer has informed customers it has discovered an incompatibility between iOS 11 and AppRadio Mode on certain in-dash receivers it sells. If you connect an iPhone or iPod touch that has been updated to iOS 11 and launch AppRadio Mode, you will experience a blank screen or other display malfunction that disables AppRadio Mode, according to the company. Pioneer said it is working to...

Rayz Plus Lightning Earphones Gain 'Smart Mute' Feature and Exclusive Colors at Apple Stores

Thursday June 22, 2017 7:00 am PDT by
Announced earlier in February, Pioneer's Rayz Plus Lightning earphones allow Apple users to simultaneously listen to music or make a phone call while also charging their iPhone, thanks to the inclusion of an inline charging node. Today, the company announced a new feature called "Smart Mute" coming to the earphones as well as two new Rayz Plus colors launching exclusively on Apple.com and in...

Pioneer Launches World's First Lightning-Powered Plug-and-Play Speaker

Tuesday June 20, 2017 7:00 am PDT by
Pioneer today introduced Rayz Rally, which it claims is the world's first Lightning-powered plug-and-play speaker that has no battery. The portable speaker can be used to listen to music, but Pioneer is heavily marketing it as a speakerphone for conference calling. For conference calling, Pioneer says users simply plug the Rally into the Lightning connector, initiate calls from the...

Pioneer Unveils New Aftermarket CarPlay Receivers, Including First Single-DIN Model For Older Vehicles

Thursday May 18, 2017 7:52 am PDT by
Pioneer today unveiled five new NEX in-dash multimedia receivers with CarPlay and Android Auto support, including the first-ever single-DIN model. The single-DIN AVH-3300NEX is a smaller, more universally sized receiver that can fit into many older and collectible cars. Unlike a double-DIN receiver, which has a built-in display, this single-DIN model features a 7-inch pop out, motorized...

Pioneer's New 'Rayz' Lightning Earphones Come With Built-In iPhone-Charging Port

Tuesday February 14, 2017 6:24 pm PST by
Pioneer today announced a pair of new smart Lightning earphones, the Rayz and Rayz Plus. The Plus model includes a built-in Lightning port that allows users to charge their phone while listening to music. Pioneer says it's the "first and only" Lightning headset with a built-in "charging node." While the regular Rayz do not include a Lightning port, both models use Avnera's LightX technology, ...

CES 2016: Pioneer and JBL Debut New Aftermarket CarPlay Systems

Thursday January 7, 2016 8:18 am PST by
Pioneer at CES 2016 this week announced its next-generation lineup of NEX aftermarket CarPlay systems, available in Spring 2016 for between $700 and $1,400. The new systems include the 7-inch AVIC-8200NEX and AVIC-7200NEX, 6.2-inch AVIC-6200NEX and AVIC-5200NEX and lower-end 7-inch AVH-4200NEX. CarPlay on Pioneer's last-generation aftermarket NEX system Pioneer's website does not distinguish...

Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available

Monday March 23, 2015 11:43 am PDT by
Pioneer on Monday announced that its second-generation aftermarket systems with support for CarPlay and Android Auto are now available at select retailers in the United States. The company's refreshed lineup of Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers, which debuted at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, are the first to offer customers the flexibility of choosing between CarPlay...

CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration

Tuesday January 6, 2015 1:01 pm PST by
Apple's CarPlay technology continues its expansion with both Kenwood and Pioneer announcing new CarPlay receivers at CES 2015. Kenwood and Pioneer's releases follow earlier CarPlay announcements from automobile manufacturer Volkswagen and car audio accessory maker Parrot. Following statements from early last year that it was "looking at" CarPlay, Kenwood today announced its first car audio...

Video Walkthrough of Apple CarPlay on Pioneer Receiver Shows Siri, Phone, Maps, and More

Thursday October 9, 2014 3:50 am PDT by
Last week, Pioneer announced that it became the first company to offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature in five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers through a firmware update. Now, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver (via TUAW) has put together a four-part video walkthrough of downloading, installing and using CarPlay on Pioneer's $700 AVH-4000NEX...

Pioneer Demos Latest CarPlay-Enabled Aftermarket Receiver at Paris Auto Show

Thursday October 2, 2014 8:59 am PDT by
Earlier today, Pioneer kicked off the Paris Motor Show with the announcement it was making CarPlay available to select existing car audio receivers. The manufacturer also was present at the event showcasing CarPlay on its just-announced AppRadio 4 smartphone receiver in an exhibit that was recorded by French blog Mac4Ever. At a suggested retail price of $600, the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)...

First CarPlay-Compatible In-Dash Systems Now Available From Pioneer

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:14 am PDT by
Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers. "CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of...

Pioneer's NEX In-Dash Systems to Receive CarPlay Firmware Update in a 'Few Weeks'

Friday May 16, 2014 7:59 am PDT by
Pioneer announced earlier this year that its latest aftermarket NEX infotainment systems will be compatible with CarPlay, allowing customers to install the Apple technology in an existing automobile. The hardware requires only a firmware update that is expected to be available in "a few weeks", putting the company on or even slightly ahead of its original "early summer" schedule. Pioneer...

Pioneer Talks CarPlay: Working with Apple, Pricing, and the Future

Thursday April 24, 2014 8:01 am PDT by
Following last month's formal introduction of Apple's CarPlay system for integrating iPhones with in-dash vehicle systems, there were some questions about whether the feature would be able to make its way to aftermarket products or if it would be limited to auto manufacturers putting it into brand-new vehicles. That question was answered earlier this month, with both Alpine and Pioneer announcing ...

Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay to Existing In-Dash Receivers

Tuesday April 15, 2014 6:31 am PDT by
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...

Pioneer Working on Aftermarket CarPlay Compatibility

Wednesday March 12, 2014 12:09 pm PDT by
Pioneer Electronics, a company that manufacturers many in-car electronic systems, is looking into the possibility of implementing CarPlay compatibility with both its existing and future products. The news comes courtesy of a Pioneer customer service representative and was relayed to MacRumors via a reader. Introduced in early March, CarPlay is Apple’s iOS vehicle integration system that allows ...

Pioneer Announces 'DDJ-WeGO2' DJ Controller for iOS Devices

Thursday August 29, 2013 7:06 am PDT by
Pioneer has announced the DDJ-WeGO2, the successor to its entry-level DJ controller for iOS devices. The new DJ controller includes features such as a grip for an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning cable included, as well as bundled copy of Virtual DJ LE and full support for Algoriddim’s popular music-mixing app Djay 2. The controller also comes with various jog wheels and a mixing console on the...

Pioneer Drops AirPlay Speaker Prices, Now Competitive with Bluetooth Models

Tuesday June 4, 2013 6:52 pm PDT by
As noted by Macworld, Pioneer has lowered the prices on several of its AirPlay speakers, which have, historically, been offered at a much higher pricing tier than Bluetooth speakers.The company recently dropped the price of its XW-SMA1 speaker from $299 to $149, while the prices of the XW-SMA3 and XW-SMA4 have similarly been cut in half from $399 to $199. (These changes aren't yet reflected on...