In this day and age, it is almost impossible to go anywhere without our phones and that includes our daily communes. However, because of that, the rate of accidents caused by staring at smart devices while driving has increased exponentially in the last few years. So, how do you stay in touch without putting yourself and others at risk?
Car stereos such as the Pioneer AVH-2300NEX have been developed to provide you with a quality audio experience as well as facilitating access to our phones while driving. Indeed, with this stereo, you are set to develop an ear for quality sounds but most importantly, you are allowed to play music, answer phone calls or texts safely with both hands on the wheel.
Before we delve into this review, it is important to learn the history of Pioneer as a leading manufacturer in the vehicle audio market. In fact, this brand has developed so many as aspects in digital entertainment that it is considered as the father of the entire industry. Hence, beyond creating quality woofers & tweeters, laser disk players, plasma displays and Oled screens, this brand is known for being a vicious competitor in the double-din multimedia receiver game and that is why the Pioneer AVH-2300NEX deserves a proper review.
Design & General features
Pioneer AVH-2300NEX is a double-din multimedia receiver with a 7” LCD touch screen. Now, unlike most car stereos, the screen on this device is considered to be one of the most vibrant and colourful as it exhibits reliable sharpness and natural color depths.
Speaking of which, the software on this device is one of the most customizable on the market, as it grants you a variety of backgrounds, color schemes, illuminations, and fonts to choose from in order to create your own perfect match. In addition, the 7-inch display is completely motorized and can be tilted to your taste.
Nevertheless, since the primary focus for this device is sound, the Pioneer at hand comes with a built-in internal amplifier that provides a decent 14 watts RMS that will reproduce your audio signals on a much stronger level.
Also, and since this is primarily a car stereo, the device at hand also supports all AM & FM frequencies in order to tune into any and all of your favorite radio channels. Further, what makes the Pioneer AVH-2300NEX different from any standard car stereo is the Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming feature, which makes this device irreplaceable.
If you thought that Bluetooth hands-free calling is the only upside to this technology then prepare to be impressed.
Actually, the Pioneer stereo at hand is compatible with both apple car play and android auto for a complete and inclusive experience for all. In that respect, this platform allows access to iTunes, Spotify, Siri and apple maps since this device does not have a built-in navigation app. Further, this Pioneer can also support a wider range of audio related android apps as well as google maps.
Moreover, beyond its ability to directly connect to your smartphone physically or through Bluetooth, the device will also come with Pandora and AppRadio mode. However, once connected, some android phones become inaccessible until disconnected from the USB port. And for a much richer experience, the Pioneer AVH-2300NEX comes with a built-in iPod, iPhone and iPad control.
Compatibility is definitely not a concern for Pioneer users as their devices, including this one, are capable of supporting most if not all audio and video file forms. Hence, feel free to use CDs, DVDs, USBs or phones to play pretty much anything you want through this receiver.
As the tradition goes, Pioneer was not going to skip audio controls, which explains the 13-band graphic equalizers with 7 presets like powerful, natural, Vocal, Bass and so on, enabling you to experience your favorite tracks the right way.
Further, this stereo enables you to control the high and low-pass filters for a cleaner sound, adjust listening positions for any seating arrangement as well as adding effects such as bass boost and automatic level control for the perfect audio experience.
Last but not least, this Pioneer highlights the beauty of advanced sound retriever technology which restores music to perfection by localizing lost frequencies after decompressing music before playing it.
If for some reason what so ever you are still unsatisfied with this stereo, you can always opt for some extensions that would necessarily bring in improvement.
Accordingly, if you’re a sucker for HD radio then you might want to invest in SiriusXM SXV300 tuner which will bring in tune mix, traffic & weather now input as well as sports flash features.
To cover up for the absence of a built in navigation system, this device allows compatibility with the AVIC U280 add-on navigation system which is designed specifically for Pioneer devices. This extension doesn’t only show you directions but it also comes with a built-in traffic tuner for all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
As for inputs, this radio comes with a rear USB port, 2 rear audio/video inputs and a rear view camera input. On the other hand, the devices features a video output and 6 channel preamp outputs in case you desire an extra subwoofer amp or a second amp.
Being one of the latest Pioneer stereo devices, we weren’t expecting anything less than an impressive device and the Pioneer AVH-2300Nex delivered. Indeed, this has been one of the most exciting car radio reviews we’ve ever written simply because it feels almost flawless.
Evidently, not everyone is going to appreciate this device but it would be hard to prove that there is a better option out there within this price range. Indeed, this Nex provides a quality platform for people with sensitive ears and those of us who don’t want to put themselves and everyone else at risk whenever our phone rings.