Pioneer introduced 6 new car audio single CD decks and a new mechless CD-less receiver, all with Android streaming and control and new radio cosmetics.
Pioneer said research conducted by Harris Poll for the company found that of 1,801 car owners, 61 percent said their vehicle is 6 years or older and 34 percent said their car is 6-10 years old. Pioneer’s new line is aimed at adding music streaming and a smartphone connection to older cars.
All the new 2016 models offer Pandora station creation. The 3 new Bluetooth models can maintain an ongoing paired connection with two phones so that if the phone rings, either one can pick up. Bluetooth is available on-the DEH-X6800BT, DEH-X4800BT and the digital media receiver MVH-X380BT.
The Bluetooth radios also use Wideband Speech – Hands Free Profile (HFP) 1.6 with better sound quality. It increases the frequency bandwidth dedicated to voice calling (typicaly 50Hz – 7kHz) and doubles the sampling frequency (from the current 16kHz).
SiriusXM compatibility is on the new DEH-X3800S and HD Radio is available on the DEH-X5800HD.
The new line includes a larger screen and ships this month at suggested retail prices of: $120 (DEH-X6800BT), $110 (DEH-X5800HD), $110 (DEH-X4800BT), $110 (DEH-X3800S), $100 (DEH-X3800UI), and $90 (DEH-X2800UI). The mechless MVH-X380BT will be available in September with a suggested retail price of $95.
Photo: Pioneer DEH-X6800BT