You do not need to read another article to know that Pioneer is a pioneer in the car audio industry and for all the good reasons as well. This manufacturer has been around for a very long time and have mastered the art of providing top notch car audio components. Thus, a name that pioneers in the car audio industry is worth the trust you’d put in a device that carries its logo.
When it comes car stereos, Pioneers is probably one of the most legendary. To cater for the needs of their customers, Pioneer offers a wide range of car stereos of different types. So whether you’re looking for a single DIN headunit, a double DIN headunit with a touch screen, a digital media receiver, or a flip out car stereo, Pioneer has got you covered.
In today’s post, we’ll be reviewing some of the best Pioneer double DIN headunits, which are quite popular on today’s market.
It’s very easy to see that Pioneer puts a lot of energy into building great double DIN head units. The materials are of high quality and the design is impressive. However, the price tag is (and always has been) quite steep especially when it comes to their high-end models that are loaded with a ton of bells and whistles.
Best Pioneer Double DIN Head Units 2018
he AVIC-8201NEX is one of Pioneer’s best double din head unit with navigation, all things considered. It’s more than just a regular flagship unit — it’s a powerful smartphone-friendly multimedia receiver, featuring robust phone integration through Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, plus an HD Radio™ tuner, various audio shaping controls and expandability options, not to mention navigation features.
Pioneer AVIC-8201NEX is featured with a multi-touch 7″ capacitive touchscreen designed to give you control of the onscreen action with pinch-to-zoom and other simple finger movements. The motorized display lets you find the optimum angle for interaction from the driver’s seat. Thank to the motorized display, you can adjust the screen’s viewing angle to find the optimum angle for a comfortable view in your car.
You’ll enjoy interacting the 7″ capacitive touchscreen with its upgraded graphics to get the best possible view of your maps, while the spot-on GPS directions guide you practically anywhere in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in live traffic updates will alert you to potential delays caused by traffic congestion along your route.
This unit also features 3D representations of select buildings and landmarks to keep your oriented in urban areas, as well as enhanced junction views with realistic street signs for added assurance when it’s time for the next maneuver.
As with all new aftermarket headunits, Pioneer AVIC-8201NEX also features Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. The unit is also compatible with Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
Along with streaming, the AVIC-8201NEX has a CD/DVD drive, an AM/FM tuner, and a built-in HD Radio tuner. And if you like using individual apps, the AVIC-8201NEX features controls for Pandora and Spotify. These and other apps can be used with this headunit via a Bluetooth connection.
The AVIC-8201NEX features HDMI input, dual rear USB inputs, as well as a rear-mounted aux-in jack. It also has two rear A/V and two camera inputs. It comes with four 6-channel preamp outputs for use with a separate amplifier, as well as a built-in 14-watt-by-4 amp(RMS). To further tweak sound, you get low- and high-pass filters with adjustable crossover points, 13-band graphic EQ with easy EQ preset equalizer, Auto EQ with time alignment, advanced sound retriever, and more.
The Pioneer AVH-3300NEX is one of the best flip out car stereos out there. It’s featured with a motorized, retractable 7-inch touch screen that brings both phone-based interfaces, and a whole lot of other sonic goodies, into the dash of vehicles with only a single-DIN slot
The AVH-3300NEX features a bright and crystal-clear display with plenty of customization options including various display backgrounds to choose from, MIXTRAX Illumination for DJ-style illumination, and custom illumination for the front-panel controls so you can match your vehicle’s interior. Additionally, you can register the desired menu items on the AVH-3300NEX’s “Favorites” menu screen, so you can easily jump to the registered menu item with just a single touch, letting you pay more attention to the road, and less to operating your stereo.
This headunit is a bit pricey, however, it’s very well-designed and it’s loaded with a ton of bells and whistles including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and AppRadio Mode+.
It’s also featured with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this head unit.
If you like using streaming services a lot, you’ll appreciate how you can control your Pandora and Spotify accounts from the headunit. These and other apps can be used with the AVH-3300NEX via a Bluetooth connection. The unit is also compatible with Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
Along with streaming, this unit has a CD/DVD drive, an AM/FM tuner, and is SiriusXM satellite radio ready with the addition an optional SiriusXM tuner.
Pioneer AVH-3300NEX is incorporated with a built-in 14 watts RMS X 4 channels, and 6-channel preamp outputs for use with a separate amplifier. It has a rear-mounted USB port that can be accessed via a supplied cable, a rear-mounted aux-in jack, two rear audio/video inputs, as well as a rear-view camera input. This unit also has high-pass/low-pass electronic crossover, subwoofer control, and loudness/low-frequency boost.
As far as sound tweaking options are concerned, you get 13-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves a listening-position selector, speaker output adjustment, speaker time alignment, and more.
If you’re on a strict-budget and looking for a cheap touch screen car stereo with apple carplay that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then Pioneer AVH-1300NEX is a great option to consider. It’s the cheapest Apple CarPlay compatible head unit on the market.
This headunit is featured with 6.2″ VGA touchscreen display with various customization options built in. It offers custom illumination for the front-panel controls so you can match your vehicle’s interior, plus MIXTRAX Illumination for creating a club-like atmosphere in your car.
The unit also allows you to change the display background from 5 different preset displays or completely change the background display to other images imported from an external USB device. It also includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen for easy access to your favorite menu items.
In addition to Apple CarPlay, the AVH-1300NEX also features Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode+ which allows control of compatible smartphone apps such as Waze via the touch screen.
As with all new aftermarket headunits, this unit features Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from up to five different phones.
Additionally, this double din headunit features controls for Pandora, and Spotify. It’s also compatible with Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
Along with streaming, the AVH-1300NEX has a CD/DVD drive, an AM/FM tuner, HD radio, and is SiriusXM satellite radio ready with the addition of a SiriusXM tuner.
When it comes to audio shaping controls, Pioneer AVH-1300NEX boasts a 13-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves, a high- and low-pass filters, as well as an Advanced Sound Retriever.
In terms of expandability options, this unit comes with a rear USB port, a rear audio/video input, and a rear-view camera input. It also has a video output, as well as 6-channel preamp outputs for expanding your car audio system.
The Pioneer FH-S500BT is going to be the cheapest pick of the lot by far. If you are wanting to keep your double din headunit under $100, , we can’t think of a better option for a car stereo than the FH-S500BT.
Unlike the double din headunits we listed here, the FH-S500BT doesn’t have a large touchscreen display. It has a variable color display multi-line display so you can match it to your vehicle’s dash illumination. It also features Pioneer’s exclusive MIXTRAX technology which will create a a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices as you’re listening to your favorite playlists and music files.
This unit features Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. It also supports Pandora and Spotify.
As far as audio tweaking controls are concerned, this unit has a 13-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings, a 3-level loudness control, a subwoofer level control and an Advanced Sound Retriever and digital time alignment.
The FH-S500BT has a CD drive, an AM/FM tuner, a front USB port, as well as an AUX input. Its two sets of preamp outputs let you build a rocking system with external amps and subwoofers.