Pioneer just began shipping its new top-of-the-line AVIC-8000NEX navigation receiver, completing the launch of its 2014 receiver line with a new user interface.
The 8000 is one of the few car audio receivers with a large, 7-inch capacitive touch screen with fast swipe and zoom as found on smartphones.
The line of 5 NEX car head units (4 navigation/radios and one AV/radio) include iDatalink connections to factory features like OnStar, SYNC and Uconnect and also include MirrorLink, HDMI, and a new traffic and weather service from Pioneer called AVICSYNC1.
With AVICSYNC1 users get a new navigation system from their smartphone connection that provides more up to the minute traffic updates (every two minutes) plus always-updated maps, local search, gas prices and weather (subscription is required).
MirrorLink, once only available on the AppRadio now expands to the full NEX line for mirroring apps from a smartphone to the car radio and controlling them from the radio. MirrorLink uses a $35 CD-MU200 USB cable.
All but one of the NEX units include HDMI connections to a smartphone to display video.
The NEX line also has improved Bluetooth with better sound quality, Siri Eyes Free, and Pandora Station Creation to create new Pandora stations from the car radio while driving.
Pioneer also says the line is the first in the industry to support FLAC “lossless” digital audio files for audiophile sound.
All models are Sirius/XM ready and include Aha’s Internet Radio system. And navigation NEX models now also support two camera inputs.
Models include the AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP), available at Best Buy and Pioneer dealers, and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), and AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP) available at dealers around the country.