Pioneer is shipping its new 8-inch floating screen radio and other 2019 products including a single DIN ‘docking deck.’
The new DMH-C5500NEX floating screen radio allows a larger screen to fit many vehicles (versus the typical 7-inch radio). It has a modular design with a touchscreen display that detaches from a hideaway control unit. The radio also has a shallow chassis so it can fit in more new vehicles.
The Pioneer 8-inch deck works with vehicle specific dash kits provided by Metra Electronics.
A CD-less (mechless) radio, it includes CarPlay and Android Auto plus Spotify capability.
It also available in versions with 6.8-inch screens (models DMH-C2500NEX and DMH-C2550NEX). Pricing is $650 for DMH-C5500NEX and $450 each for the DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX.
Options include a 1.5m RGB extension cable ( CD-RGB150E) at a suggested price of $100 and an RD-RGB150A (1.5m RGB extension cable plus power/speaker harness and FM antenna extension) at a suggested price $150.
Pioneer is also shipping a full line of NEX radios
with Alexa voice capability, plus the relatively unique SPH-10BT in-dash radio that docks with a smartphone.
The SPH-10BT is a single DIN, mechless car radio. In the empty space where a CD mechanism might have been located is now a cradle for a smartphone. The smartphone becomes the touchscreen for the car radio through Pioneer’s Smart Sync app. The cradle can switch the phone from landscape to portrait and pivot the phone to face the driver or the passenger.
There are hard keys located by the phone for launching navigation and other apps.
Additionally, the radio works with four optional backup sensors that can mount on a rear bumper. They provide audible and visual warnings of an object behind the car, plus a distance readout on the smartphone screen to display your parking distance from a car. The sensors are wired to a junction box and a J cable to the Pioneer receiver. The ND-PS1 backup sensors will be available in summer and will be sold separately, Pioneer said.
The radio can also function as a standalone deck without the use of the phone. It has a 3-inch screen and Bluetooth, plus an AM/FM receiver.
Street price for the SPH-10BT is $150.
Pioneer’s new 2019 Alexa ready radios were shown in January as prototypes. The current NEX radios shipping do not include Alexa at present, a Pioneer spokesman told us after this article was published.
Top photo: Pioneer 8-inch short chassis radio, DMH-C5500NEX