Review: Pioneer AVH-4200NEX
For those that need both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Pioneer AVH-4200NEX Multimedia DVD Receiver
[UPDATE] Pioneer has released the AVH-4201NEX, the features are the same but it now includes a free backup camera.
Pros: Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, includes a dedicated rear-view camera input, FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) playback, detachable 7” WVGA Display and is iDatalink Maestro RR Compatible.
Cons: Navigation is not included (optional GPS navigation unit can be purchased separately).
First Impression: At this price point, this is one of the best head units to get that has both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For owners of newer vehicles that want to retain their steering wheel audio controls and factory back up cameras the AVH-4200NEX has you covered. Adding in an HDMI input and two composite audio/video inputs you can literally turn your vehicle into a rolling multimedia center.
The AVH-4200NEX double DIN in-dash DVD multimedia unit delivers stylish looks and an impressive array of features. Designed to offer the latest in audio technology, the AVH-4200NEX features a 7" WVGA touchscreen display with intuitive menu control and loaded with a multitude of entertainment functionalities including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, AppRadio Mode for smartphone integration, mirroring capability via HDMI, built-in Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone connectivity, FLAC playback, Siri Eyes Free, MP3/WMA compatibility and Pandora ready for both iOS and Android. Two composite audio/video inputs are provided to connect video accessories such as game consoles, video cameras, etc. The AVH-4200NEX also includes a dedicated rear-view camera input to ensure easy backup parking with precision.
Customize the level and range of bass, midrange, and treble to your favorite music using the built-in Auto EQ and Time Alignment (optional CD-MC20 mic required), 13-Band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe settings and built-in high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes. Pioneer engineered the AVH-4200NEX with the capability to play lossless FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files from your flash drive. FLAC is a lossless audio format that’s superior to MP3 (lossy format) due to its offering of bit-perfect copies of CD’s but in half the size, allowing you to enjoy up to 24-bit/192 kHz of superior sound clarity from your favorite music. Connecting an optional SiriusXM tuner (SXV300v1) brings hundreds of satellite commercial-free music including sports, talk news, and entertainment stations in digital quality. A perfect addition for those long road trips or for those long hours stuck in traffic.
Navigation is primarily handled through your phone either using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, if you would prefer to use Pioneer navigation that includes over 7.9 million points of interest and 3D mapping you can purchase the add-on AVIC-U260 Navigation System (MSRP $400).