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Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

Navigation receiver

Item #: 1308000NEX

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Meet Pioneer's flagship navigation receiver

Pioneer's 2014 lineup of navigation receivers spotlights the NEX interface, which provides drivers with intuitive, responsive fingertip command of the action onscreen. They also offer a wealth of entertainment and integration options, including some impressive real-time, smartphone-connected navigation extras that are coming down the road.

Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX navigaiton receiver

Smoooth, multi-touch control

The AVIC-8000NEX DVD/navigation receiver boasts a glass-like 7" capacitive touchscreen interface, giving you interactivity and control like you have with your smartphone or tablet. And that's just the beginning of a wealth of advanced features that'll have every other owner of a 4" tall receiver green with envy. You can pinch-and-zoom map displays, swipe menu items, and touch slide through screens quickly with fingertip gestures rather than searching for specific areas on the screen to find the "next" or "back" arrow. And the display is motorized so you can find the perfect angle for interacting from your driving position.

The NEX interface lets you choose musical sources with ease, and you can integrate your smartphone to get the most out of your travel-friendly apps. Like to talk to Siri®? You can communicate with her through this Pioneer without taking your eyes off the road. iPhone and Android™ smartphone users also get Pioneer's AppRadio mode for in-dash command of several important apps, while Android owners can employ MIrrorLink™ technology to navigate a car-friendly version of their phone's display right on the receiver's screen (optional interface cables required for smartphone connections).

Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.

Note: AppRadio Mode and AppRadioLIVE are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to stability and display issues. Please see "Details" for more information.

Apple CarPlay™

Pioneer's the first on deck with CarPlay in aftermarket car stereos. CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a new, seamless interface, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at A firmware update is required — now available at Pioneer's website.

Guidance you can count on

The AVIC-8000NEX provides stellar door-to-door navigation, with maps of the entire U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus nearly 8 million searchable points of interest.  A built-in traffic tuner presents timely reports on congestion along your route in most metropolitan areas, while text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual street names at turns. You'll also have 3D representations of landmarks and buildings keeping you oriented in urban areas.

Built-in Bluetooth®

Like most navigation receivers, the AVIC-8000NEX gives you a reliable Bluetooth connection to your compatible smartphone. You'll be able to carry on hands-free conversations using the receiver's included external microphone. And it'll work with most phones for wireless streaming audio, thanks to its advanced Hands-Free Profile technology. You'll also get smartphone app control through your devices:

  • iPhone: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Aha Radio app through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. App Mode also gives you limited control over other select apps on your iPhone. You can control your iPhone's Pandora® app wirelessly with a Bluetooth connection, including station creation.

  • Android: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora (with station creation) and Aha Radio apps through Bluetooth, so no cable needed.

Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX navigation receiver

HD Radio® tuner

HD Radio

The AVIC-8000NEX also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

Connections and A/V options galore

No matter how you want to enjoy your media, the AVIC-8000NEX has you covered. It's got an HDMI input for Android connectivity, plus two rear USB inputs and an SD™ card slot for your favorite digital tunes, including FLAC lossless files. This receiver will also play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while a rear A/V input offers a connection for any other audio/video sources.

The high-resolution 7" WVGA screen is perfect for viewing video from DVDs or other sources when you're parked. You can tap into video content on your iPod or smartphone with the help of the correct cable (not included). When you're on the road, you can play movies through a rear-seat monitor for your passengers, so they can stay entertained during long road trips. Dual-zone capability lets you enjoy the radio or another audio source up front while your passengers watch their favorite movies in the back. Pioneer's MIXTRAX technology gives your digital files unique DJ treatments with effects and nonstop blends that'll turn your car into a mobile dance party.

No matter what you're listening to, you can count on exceptional sound from the AVIC-8000NEX, with its a fingertip swipe-enabled 13-band graphic equalizer, plus built-in Auto EQ and Time Alignment for optimized listening. Use the high- and low-pass crossover's adjustable points and slopes to fine-tune the sound to your tastes, and engage the Advanced Sound Retriever to fill in the missing "gaps" in your compressed music files to restore them to CD-like clarity.

Expand your system

Why struggle with stations fading away as you travel? You can hook up a satellite radio tuner (not included) to this receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides — and your favorite stations are always there. You can also connect up to two cameras, so you can see more of what's near your vehicle when getting in and out of tight spots. If you're looking to add subs and amps, you can take advantage of three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC®, GM OnStar®, or Chrysler Uconnect™, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the AVIC-8000NEX offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

For Ford SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions. For GM vehicles, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present, while Chrysler owners will get to keep all their Uconnect functionality.

iDataLink Maestro note: A firmware update from Pioneer (available here) may be required to utilize iDataLink features.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with motorized 7" capacitive touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from your flash drive
    Smartphone Features:
    • Apple CarPlay compatible (requires firmware update)
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
      • Pioneer CD-IH202 cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for AppRadio Mode and viewing video content from Lightning devices
      • Pioneer CD-IU201V cable required for viewing video content from older Apple devices
      • Siri Eyes Free control with iPhone 4s and newer
    • built-in Android control
      • Pioneer CD-AH200 kit required for AppRadio mode and viewing video content from Android devices
      • MirrorLink compatibility for select Android devices — requires optional CD-MU200 adapter
    • Pandora and Aha Radio control through iPhone and Android
    Navigation Features:
    • maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 7.9 million points of interest
    • free traffic updates in major metropolitan areas
    • text-to-speech announces actual street names at turns
    • lane guidance
    • 3D representations of select buildings and landmarks,
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB drives, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 13-band graphic EQ with Easy EQ preset equalizer
    • Auto EQ with Time Alignment
    • low- and high-pass filters with adjustable crossover points
    • Advanced Sound Retriever enhances compressed digital files
    • Pioneer MIXTRAX technology creates nonstop mixes and adds effects to digital tracks
    • dual-zone A/V output
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: HDMI input; dual rear USB inputs; SD card slot; composite A/V input; dual rear-view camera inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer); composite video output
    Other Information:
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • compatible with iDataLink Maestro module to retain factory settings for Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, and Chrysler Uconnect (firmware update may be required)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

    Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

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    Audio Bliss

    Written By tito311, Minnesota on Monday, September 07, 2015

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    I really like this deck. It does just about everything and is easy to use. It sounds awesome and was not very difficult to install. Only thing lacking is there was no remote. The new AVIC-8100NEX does have this feature.

    Pros: Everything. Easy of installation and the amount of features this deck has. HD radio works great and the picture quality while playing a DVD is great! It is a ultimate deck

    Cons: None what so ever

    Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

    Written By Aurey, New Jersey on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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    Cool features, bluetooth works great, mirror mode for the HDMI input awesome feature, only wish we didn't need multiple lightning cables for the iPhone. Need one for the apple carplay and another for the HDMI mirror mode also. The HD radio signal are pretty weak in my opinion. Overall very pleased with the radio. Could've brought a small cloth to wipe the screen from the finger prints.

    Pros: Navigation, EQ, Apple Carplay

    Cons: Multiple cables needed for using all its features(iPhone)

    Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

    Written By Simon, New York on Monday, August 24, 2015

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    Hi everyone well to tell you the true this is the best radio I've every had.....its no comparison to the radio I uninstalled which was an online special (which are the worst radios on the market)so far I like the simplicity of going from one venue to another, I know their are many audiofileres that will break down the little increments but lets be honest are you really going to use every detail on any product if you think so....... your lying to yourself lol. Bottom line this a great radio for the price........actually awesome!! . I don't want to get out of my car lol!!!

    Pros: easy application maneuverability, very user friendly

    Cons: no remote.......but who cares lol, but if there are any I will update

    Great Deal!!

    Written By T.J., Michigan on Monday, August 10, 2015

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    Best bang for your buck. Stereo has so many options and the picture on dvd is excellent. Pioneer nailed it again.

    Pros: Easy to operate, very user friendly and customizable.

    Cons: Would be great if they had a screen protector included.

    Great HU so far

    Written By nicktown, Maryland on Friday, August 07, 2015

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    I can't give this 5 stars yet since I've only had it installed for about 2 weeks. I will say it's running great without any major issues. Touchscreen is VERY responsive. Only small issue i've had is that the GPS takes up to a minute to find a signal at my house (roof mounted antenna). Embedded GPS that came with my Mazda 6 has a signal within seconds, same with my portable Garmin GPS. Other than that it does really well once it has a signal.

    Pros: Great look/feet, responsive touchscreen, well worth the cost! Crutchfield support is amazing if you need help installing!

    Cons: Locating GPS signal takes up to 1 minute (roof mounted antenna). Portable GPS and embedded Mazda 6 GPS find it in seconds in the same location

    Amazing deck

    Written By Ironladd, Washington on Monday, July 27, 2015

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    I had to give the product 4 stars, even though I'd love to give it 5, but there is one annoying issue I can't resolve. I load videos on the SD card and can play them to the rear seat entertainment system and that works great, until I plug in my iPhone, then the video stops and the SD option is greyed out in sources. So, in essence, one can't play videos from an SD card for rear seat viewers and use Carplay or any other iPhone options at the same time. Interestingly enough, you can play music from an SD card while your iPhone is connected. Go figure.

    That one issue aside, I love this deck. Amazing features. Incredible functionality and customization. It does EVERYTHING. I connected steering wheel controls, OEM controls to Onstar, rear seat entertainment, and the backup camera. I could have connected another camera, auxiliary input, second camera input, etc..

    Installation: I don't think Crutchfield did a good job here. Sure, there was a one page document explaining how to dismantle my dash to remove the old stereo, but the problem is, there were 5 sets of instructions for each of the integration pieces I ordered. Dash kit, Stereo, Wiring Harness, Steering Wheel Control, and OEM Integration. Attempting to put all of the directions together and figure out all of the connections (30-40), was an absolute nightmare. I consider this very complex. Not plug and play at all. No instructions for removing panels of your car required for USB Cable or GPS antenna installation.

    Pros: Install Support: I have to say, I called Crutchfield tech support 4-5 times and every time got quick and knowledgable answers to my questions. I just wish the install instructions were so good I didn't have to call at all. Ability to play video from SD cards Carplay - AWESOME! Nav is absolutely great Screen clarity is fantastic and touch response is the best I've seen on touch screen car stereo's Sound is great Ability to customize options and configurations is fantastic. Value! SD card

    Cons: Install - Support: Crutchfield needs a method to build a custom install document based on all of the information I entered about my vehicle and what I purchased. As an example, I had to call Crutchfield during the installation to find out if I had an external amplifier and if it was analog or digital. I also got a message about renewing XM on my dash after install. Another call to Crutchfield to find out how to disconnect the factory XM Can't play video from an SD card while iPhone is connected

    Pioneer AVIC 8000 NEX

    Written By L. A., Florida on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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    I Purchased my Pioneer AIVC 8000 NEX system in June. I was so please with the service I received from Crutchfield customer team. I had it installed by a professional auto tech. I have been enjoying my new system with the SirusXM Radio and the navigation and blue tooth. This is a great system and I hope to continue enjoying it . I am going to take a road trip soon to really test the navigation system. Thank you Crutchfield for a great product at a great price.

    Pros: I would recommend this system

    Cons: n/a

    Really like it

    Written By Bobd, Arkansas on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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    Good head unit little tricky to operate just gotta get used to it

    Pros: Looks awesome sounds better

    Cons: Little tricky to get used to maps have to acquire signal little slow

    Worth the money

    Written By Donkey Flaps, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 13, 2015

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    This is an easy to install, feature packed with simple menus. This is such an outstanding unit I'm buying a second one.

    Pros: Easy install, easy menu, great apple play app, navigation is outstanding with true lane direction navigation, camera inputs make installing the camera a simple task.

    Cons: NONE!

    Pretty cool

    Written By Clint, North Carolina on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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    Decided to go with this over the 8100 because of the price difference and I have an Apple phone. It's been pretty great and responsive so far. I'm happy with it.

    Pros: Glass screen, maps

    Nice Unit Can't use all capabilities

    Written By James R, Washington on Sunday, July 05, 2015

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    Initial impressions of this unit are favorable. It is pretty, HD Radio works great, navigation works well, ties to iPod well, intuitive to operate. I just wish the unit was designed to be simpler and cleaner to install. I can't use the back up camera or the Bluetooth calls. I did not want take the interior apart to run the wires.

    Pros: Pretty, intuitive to operate, HD Radio, navigation, iPod connectivity

    Cons: Overly complex installation to use full connectivity.

    Not Ready for 2016

    Written By Blackfish, California on Friday, June 26, 2015

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    This Navigation unit looks very nice but doesn't communicate well with my 2016 Elentra. Can't seem to get the steering wheel buttons to work with this unit.

    Pros: Easy to use. Very intuitive. Great display.

    Cons: Doesn't communicate with my vehicle's steering wheel buttons.

    Great Stereo

    Written By Caleb, Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, June 13, 2015

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    Great stereo all the bells and whistles. I love car play and android auto. Display is sharp and responsive.

    One thing I didn't realize but you cannot use Bluetooth connections when car play is enabled. So if you want to charge a second phone and stream music from another over Bluetooth you would have to shut the phone your charging off to disable car play. Not a huge problem but something I didn't realize.

    All in all this is a great unit.

    Pros: CarPlay, android auto. Accurate and easy to use gps.

    Cons: Can't use Bluetooth streaming and CarPlay at the same time.

    Great Features, Excellent Interface

    Written By Lefty, California on Friday, May 29, 2015

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    I previously have had high end Kenwoods, but I bought this unit because of CarPlay (which works well). Both the Kenwood and the Pioneer units have lots of great features. The Pioneer interface, however, seems like it was designed to be used while driving at full speed on the highway, unlike the Kenwood units.

    For example, the buttons for the radio stations on the Pioneer are along the left side, closer to the driver. The unit's settings can be accessed quickly at any time and you can easily create Favorite settings to get to the ones you use often more quickly. The hard buttons along the bottom are designed so that you can feel them, without having to look at them. Whatever else you want to do can be reached quickly using just a few taps. I always thought that the Garmin maps on the Kenwood were great but the Pioneer's are equally good.

    Using any of the features on the Kenwoods always required lots of scrolling, swiping, several menu selections and several taps. The hard buttons all felt the same, so you had to look at them before using them. While dealing with all of this wouldn't have been a big deal if I were sitting at a desk, going through all of this to make any small change was a major distraction and pain in the you know where while I was driving.

    I'm glad I chose Pioneer.

    Pros: CarPlay, fast and clear interface for all other features

    Cons: No additional downloadable voices for Navigation.


    Written By First time buyer, Minnesota on Monday, May 18, 2015

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    This is my first time purchasing a double din radio. I put it in my Silverado by myself. The first unit they sent me was faulty but they replaced it without question. Their tech support was great, they helped sort out a few minor wiring issues that I had done wrong. After I got it mounted it fired up like a charm. The Navi works good. I have an Android so I don't use the car play but it still works great with bluetooth calling and pandora. I hooked up an SD card and Ipod also. Sound quality is great (hooked up to after market pioneer speakers). I did put an anti-glare screen protector on mine.

    Pros: Great display. Great sound.

    Cons: It a big ol' mess of wires to try in fit in that small space behind the unit.

    A disappointment.

    Written By Jason T., California on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    I was looking for an upgrade to my 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI's stock 6-disc touchscreen, to add navigation as well. I decided to take the plunge on the 8000NEX. I regret my decision and not doing further research. I've had the unit for three months now, and it's riddled with issues. Random reboots while driving, sometimes the unit doesn't power on, sometimes it powers on quickly while other times it's slow. If CarPlay is enabled (in other words my phone is plugged in), there's about a 25% chance the touchscreen on the unit will become unresponsive. CarPlay is very new, and as such I expected bugs; however the other parts of the unit are also buggy. The Nav maps Cannot be updated. Period. If you go through the website and download the newest maps, per the instructions, they don't upload to the unit. It's an admitted bug from Pioneer. I am running the most current firmware (v1.08 as of 5/10/15...firmware released Oct 2014). I think Pioneer really dropped the ball on QA with this unit, especially for the price.

    Another item of note...the unit was not fully functional out of the box. It came preloaded with v.1.08 firmware (the latest), but I needed to load it again with the same version off the website for the unit to work. It would randomly bring up the bluetooth voice control.

    I'm guessing Pioneer will not be putting any more time into this unit given they released the 8100, which is unfortunate.

    Pros: Display quality.

    Cons: Numerous software bugs, no ability to upgrade Nav maps (as of 5/10/15), lack of value for the price paid.

    Not perfect, but pretty good

    Written By JasonC, Utah on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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    After watching the videos online about this unit I was really excited to get my hands on it. I ordered this with the iDatalink Maestro RR and the accompanying VW adapter. The installation went fairly well but I never got the functionality of the iDatalink to work fully. The Pioneer unit didn't sync up and gave me an "Unsupported Version" error on the connection with iDatalink. The navigation was really spotty as I am driving around, the display would skip all over the place and put me off on side streets. From what I have seen, this unit is more suited to someone with an iPhone and without the iDatalink system.

    Pros: Great display, multiple options for input, easy to use, great sound

    Cons: Navigation isn't that good, didn't interface with iDatalink, poor Android support

    Lots of features but many are extremely buggy...

    Written By SumoWonderToad, Seattle, Washington on Friday, April 24, 2015

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    I got an open box special here. I was disappointed because it was missing a few items and some of the wires were cut off. They sent me some new wires but it cost me with installation delays. The unit has lots of features and some of them are great but some of them are very buggy. Carplay doesn't work well enough to use every day. Blame it on Apple or Pioneer, doesn't matter. It was okay but nothing I couldn't do with my phone mounted on the dash. I primarily listen to Beats Music and Apple says it's Carplay ready but it doesn't show up on the screen. About a week of using Carplay and now the interface is broken (screen cut off like it's frozen). Resetting the head unit did not solve it. So I went back to using the bluetooth audio instead.

    The unit has audio level issues. The music sounds great but when you get a navigation alert or when Siri talks, it's usually completely distorted and loud, like it's at maximum volume. And yes, I adjusted the alert volume level all the way down to 1, same problem. It's not specific to bluetooth or Carplay because it also happens with the built-in nav.

    Tilting display did not work correctly - it needs a few mm space to move up at top but install didn't allow for space so it won't open or close.

    After about 2 weeks of using, the audio turned off completely. Speakers tested good, wiring was good. Resetting didn't solve it. Guess it was a bad unit but given the cost I was surprised Crutchfield resold something so obviously used and abused.

    Pros: Has some nice customization features. Display looks good. Dims down low or turns off for night. Lots of connectivity options. Touch screen responsive. Music sounds good. Fairly painless to install. Decent interface. Able to upgrade firmware.

    Cons: Quality control issues. Audio amp bad. Display tilt mechanism needs more space than some installs allow. Carpal interface broken. App radio mode a joke. Glossy screen too reflective. Alert and voice volume sometimes way too loud despite lowering alert volume. No paper manual. Most rear connections need some reinforcement to stay put. Should have come with more cords and wires.

    Great Receiver

    Written By MSUSpartyJoe, Michigan on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    Great receiver with every feature I needed and then some. Apple car play works well. Siri voice response is a little buggy, but better than I expected.

    Pros: Loaded with features, easy installation, great display

    Cons: Siri voice guidance buggy

    Sweet pioneer!

    Written By Mike, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    Nice navigation...even better customer service!!

    Didn't fit. Didn't power on.

    Written By JG, Philomath, OR on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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    Followed instructions for install. System did not power on. Cold have been the cable, the interface, or the radio. Also, unit was too large to fit in the factory double din slot. Required trimming into surround that would have compromised fascia rigidity. Returned the system

    not a reliable receiver very buggy

    Written By Danny, Rhode Island on Saturday, April 04, 2015

    random restarts, blank screens, pioneer needs to work out these issues.

    Pros: sounds great when it works

    Cons: not a reliable receiver

    Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

    Written By Tim L, Morral, Ohio on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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    Unit has a navigation defect. Unit freezes up, and has a gps location issue. This is common with this specific unit.

    Pros: Great unit for usb, am/fm, cd/dvd playback.

    Cons: Must send to Pioneer for navigation repair. Very costly for a company produced defective unit.

    Apple Car Play - a farce

    Written By bizibill, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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    I have found more discussions on the failure of Apple Car Play then successful ones. I have spent endless hours reading all the bragging by Pioneer and Apple about this dog but the unit will be old before I ever see it work. I drove from NY to FL and back and for the most part had to use my iPhone to navigate. It lacks HFE (human factors engineering) being basically counter-intuitive on every step of the way.

    Pros: You can tilt the screen to see it better.

    Cons: You have to stop the car to make any changes, even to pair bluetooth - insane feature. And don't drive at night! There is no way to dim the thing - unheard of for any product in any cockpit, let alone in a car so it kills your night vision and is likely to cause an accident. Buy a cheap GPS and stick it to your windshield - and enjoy your stock radio. BTW - I believe everything that is wrong with it can be fixed in firmware but they need to hire someone over 12 to write it.


    Written By TR, Raleigh, NC on Friday, March 06, 2015

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    I shopped around for months trying to find the right radio to fit all my needs. This radio surpasses all expectations in what a car stereo should be. There are too many positives to list about this radio. If your an apple user this is the radio for you! I also purchased the sirius/xm tuner which is amazing on this unit! I basically decided on this unit over the others because of the dual camera inputs, and high end navigation system! Did I mention the sound quality and setup options are unlimited!!! The hands free calling is better than the factory installed unit in my wifes brand new high end car. The GPS is fast for recalculating a route in NAV mode. With the multiple inputs everyone in my Tacoma can plug in and listen to what they want. I absolutely love that people in the back seat can listen to something different than in the front. I didn't think i would use that feature but dual zone is awesome. The only issues I've had to far (in the month I've had it) the touch screen did freeze once... Not sure what to think but it eventually came back to life after key off and key on. hopefully, this was a fluke. A little pricey but worth it for tech savvy people! Great buy!!

    Pros: Dual Camera inputs, Navigation, sound setting options, illumination customization, endless features!!!!

    Cons: Pricey but worth it! Cooling fan a little loud & noticeable at low volumes, screen locked up once

    Great radio

    Written By TomC, Chesapeake VA on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    Love it so far and have nothing major to complain about. Instillation was a little tricky with the wiring and requirement of the AUX plug and the stock AUX working together. The guys worked it out with me and it's all good now. System was just short of a true plug n play system and I say that only because of the AUX 1 not connecting to the stock AUX and not being able to use the Stock GPS antenna.

    Pros: great display and easily connectivity via AUX, USB and BT.

    Cons: Stock GPS not used updates not compatible with MAC

    Compatability issues

    Written By Mike, Houston, TX on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Do not buy any Pioneer avic if you have an iphone with ios 8. Carplay is not compatible. Pioneer recognizes this and does not plan on fixing the problem, per their website.

    Pros: nice sound

    Cons: no carplay

    Crutchfield response on Monday, February 23, 2015 Pioneer has acknowledged that there is indeed a compatibility issue between AppRadio mode and iOS 8. The two systems just don't play well together in certain situations. They've identified the problem and a work-around, but it's still less than perfect. They're sure to get it fixed at some point.

    Radio Is Great; Interface Sucks

    Written By DaveK, Utah on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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    Wow. I was excited to get this unit. I just got a new car, and I wanted a good navi to run in it. I use an iPhone, so I thought the CarPlay interface would be great, and worth the extra bucks.

    The current iteration of CarPlay is really not worth that much. I actually prefer the Pioneer iPod player, and the Pioneer Navi. About all Carplay is good for is texting. Carplay is just this interface that runs ON TOP OF the native operating system, so it just gets REAL confusion figgering where something is playing from; best to just use the Pioneer interface.

    The Navi is great, I liked it, pretty intuitive.

    The unit takers a LONG time to boot up... and it is a little on the sluggish side when switching from one area to another.

    The sound was GREAT!

    What I did not like and was VERY disappointing in was the Maestro RR interface. This was supposed to give me all the original functionality of my in car unit, plus all kinds of looks into the gauges and stuff like temp and oil pressure. I also thought it was supposed to simplify the hook up of the car stereo.Don't believe ANY of that!

    First off, the instructions DID NOT match the unit I have. Connectors were different (changed) on the unit shipped from what the instructions show. No explanation on how to hook up the new wires.

    Second, I still had to solder a LOT of wires. It may have simplified SOMEWHAT the soldering, but there is still a LOT more to do. I thought this was going to be plug and play. It is NOT.

    Pros: I liked the navi (but it is too loud compared to other sources) Sound was Awesome Pretty

    Cons: Carplay is not really all that great. HD Radio swicthes a LOT bewteen normal and HD... and I live in a big city. Yeck! Maestro RR interface SUCKS!

    Awesome radio!

    Written By Ins0mniac25, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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    Great radio! I love the glass display...very crisp and easy to read in direct sunlight. Hooked up an amp and sub, and sound is phenomenal.

    Nice radio... Doesn't last.

    Written By A disappointed shopper, Santa Fe on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    I bought this in July, only seven months ago. The first one was installed and replaced because the navigation did not work. Now my second one lost a speaker channel. I sure hope the third times a charm with this unit, as pioneer only warantees their product for one year and I'm past Crutchfield's 60 day warranty. (I'm running out if time for a dependable unit) I hope the third times the charm. If I could do it again, I would look at other brands. I will say it's easy to use, and the interface is awesome. Not so awesome when your uninstalling it to send it back to the manufacture though. I wouldn't do it again. Shop elsewhere.

    Pros: Usability, looks, features.

    Cons: Money Pit. Reliability. Lack of Pioneer customer service.

    pioneer 8000nex

    Written By Anonymous, stormville ny on Monday, November 17, 2014

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    Radio is great love pioneer have had avic 930bt and 940bt this is much better

    Great Radio

    Written By BrownGuy, Virginia on Thursday, November 06, 2014

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    I've had the radio for over 2 weeks and I'm loving it. I didn't pull the trigger on it until Apple Carplay was on it. I love the screen and it being capacitive. It's sharp for it being 480 and bright. I really don't have any negative to talk about. Maybe just that when it first starts up its a bit sluggish and when the navigation first starts up it takes a bit to load. But after that first minute it's good to go. Love most of the features. I'm not using appradio mode. I am using Apple Carplay and works like a charm. My main streaming service is iTunes Radio so of course I'm loving Carplay and everything that comes with it. SiriusXM is good too displaying album art and being able to rewind. Navigation is good and accurate. I also got a good deal here with the scratch & dent sale I got it on it saved me $200 and the only thing wrong I found was the box taped up. Can't go wrong with that got it for the price of the 7000 series.

    Pros: Screen. Apple Carplay. Navigation

    Cons: Price. Slow the first minute of start up.

    Pioneer AVIC-8000 NEX

    Written By Bobby H, Soddy Daisy, TN on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    I am 55 years old. I started my car audio addiction in 1976. Through the years I have had many head units and systems , but none compare to this puppy ! It will do anything my Android does ..... Even mirrors it on screen. Sound wise , its phenomenal ! Its almost endless for what you want to play your music from, I pod , flash stick , phone , cd , ect.And H D FM still blows me away. This is the best choice I have made in years. Thank you Crutchfield

    The Best of PIONNER

    Written By Anonymous, Staten island,NY. on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    Great, super hot Navigation system

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Pioneer AVIC-8000

    Written By Smturnage, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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    Boots up quickly and is user friendly. I never liked any of the navigation products that I've used outside of Garmin but have had no issues with the Pioneer nav. Android integration is limited, so make sure you check that out to see if it will work with your choice of smartphone. I use a Droid Maxx due to no other product's battery life coming even close. Unfortunately it is not comparable with the 8000 outside of Bluetooth connectivity.

    Pros: Fast boot, good nav, great sound

    Cons: Limited Android compatibility

    Decent but not for the price

    Written By Mitch, Columbus ne on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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    Decent head unit but pioneer dropped the ball with this one. There were too many flaws with the cd changer. Using hands free was a joke. The thing I disliked the most was the change in volume when I'd get done with a call. The touchscreen was responsive and I have very few complaints with the functionality. However, the apps pioneer has were terrible and crashed all the time. I didn't like having to leave my phone unlocked to use the features. All in all it's a decent head unit but not for the price. Also, to all manufacturers please stop advertising apple car play until it is released. It's a big let down to constantly here people brag up car play when it's a long ways away from being here.

    Pros: Interface is easy to understand and the screen is responsive.

    Cons: No car play. Crappy phone apps and issues with sound.

    very disappointed

    Written By 044runner, nj on Friday, August 22, 2014

    Ive been using this product for about 8 months and I'm definitely disappointed with this head unit. for the price it should operate flawlessly and its far from that. Volume levels change when they want to up or down. Sometimes it will let me use Pandora sometimes it wont. And either way to use pandora you have to have a phone or other device connected by wire and bluetooth for it to work. I get feedback from the speakers that was not there before. Had to spend more money just to get the separate cables so that I could connect my galaxy s4. Then had to buy some other cable from Samsung because thats not included in the wiring set. There is no way to turn the unit off. To mute you have to use the volume button first then touch mute. Volume only works if sound is coming out. No remote at all. App radio is a joke. Expected alot better of a product for over 1000 dollars.

    Pros: Havent found one yet

    Cons: Overpriced underdelivered garbage

    Love affair with the Avic-8000NEX

    Written By Bobby Lee, Nyack, NY on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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    I own a 2004 Nissan 350Z that came with Bose system but without navigation. I wanted the best and after reading other reviews I decided to take the plunge. There are so many things you can do with this unit. I initially thought I might install this myself but came to see that it was above my pay grade. Common sense trumped my ego and I brought it to a professional for installation. It came out great. First the navigation. Easy to use and the touch screen is flawless. I've given it all sorts of descriptions to locate and destinations to get to. It took care of everything perfectly. Music? No problem. In addition to HD radio I also had the Sirius/XM option installed. Of course you have your CD player and Bluetooth. Also you can have music with the USB or SD HC. You can use your IPhone or or Android ( I have the Droid Razr ) for the built in App Radio. What you see and use on your phone you can see and use on your Avic-8000NEX. Of course, you can watch movies. Only when you are parked... ;-) Downside... That $ price tag.

    Pros: The enormous amount of ways to use the Avic!

    Cons: Price...

    8000NEX in 2011 Ram 1500

    Written By Jeff D, Charlotte, NC on Monday, July 14, 2014

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    I've had this new HU installed for almost a month and am blown away by all the features. I previously had the stock "Alpine sound system" installed. Not sure if the stock HU was made by Alpine. It had NAV, MyGIG, UConnect bluetooth, etc. but was never satisfied with the quality of sound output so I decided to switch to something aftermarket that was comparable in features and function. I have been building out the system with components, sub and amps and this HU provides all the flexibility to get things tuned in quickly. The options for external storage is great. There are SD card limitations you need to be aware of. 32GB is the limit due to 64GB and above being exfat format. No biggie .. plan to use one of the USB for other storage. Iphone 5 compatibility with the HDMI and AV adapter is what I expected. Now just waiting for CarPlay. I have not used the NAV on a trip yet but have browsed it and the interface looks better than previous stock version. The screen is bright and is comparable to most smartphone graphics quality.

    Pros: Features and Functions Flexibility to build out custom sound system

    Cons: Price ... it is expensive for a HU but you get what you pay for.

    Great Radio

    Written By Chris, Derry, NH on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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    I've been a Kenwood Fan ever since I bought my first car. However, when Kenwood announced that they were on the fence regarding Apple's CarPlay interface I decided that it was time to make a change. Pioneer has definitely gotten my business. This unit is very nice. Purchased the unit with the SiriusXM tuner and love it. The system is fast. I believe that boot up is under 10 seconds. Starting the GPS takes a little longer, but I believe that is due to system trying to lock onto Satellites first. Virtually no lag going between screens, menu's or songs.

    The sound is crisp and clear. Sounds much cleaner then the Kenwood DNX 6160 I use to own. The bluetooth system is probably the best I have seen in any radio. Usually everyone complains that I sound like I am in a wind tunnel or I sound robotic, etc. With this unit, Everyone says that I sound crystal clear.

    I've read some people complain about the maps, but I have yet to see an issue. It is different compared to Garmin, but honestly, I like it. I get detour suggestions, traffic/constructions alerts...Of course once Pioneer gets the AVIC SYNC services online, the GPS should improve even more.

    Looking forward to CarPlay to be enabled soon, so I can comment too much on that, however that is more of Apple's implementation then Pioneer.

    All in all a great unit, bought one for my Pontiac Solstice and loved it so much that I bought a second one for my Toyota Tacoma.

    Pros: Beautiful multi-touch Capacitive Screen. Simplistic layout and easy to use. Can shut the screen off at night time. Plenty of inputs being either USB, HDMI, RCA, etc. Excellent quality bluetooth. CarPlay (soon)!

    Cons: Expensive. You really have to want all the features that this radio offers to spend this amount of money. There are a lot of wires if you connect hdmi, USB 1 & 2, backup camera, s/w control, SiriusXM, microphone, etc. If you have a small dash and install it yourself, be prepared to spend ample time properly routing cables and making it look neat so that the unit doesn't overheat. (not really a con, but just a warning. It was a pain to get all the wires behind the dash of my solstice!)

    2 thumbs up!

    Written By Dee, LA, CA on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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    Being that this is my first aftermarket nav unit, I cannot compare it to others as far as functionality, speed & versatility. I am more than happy with this unit. Touchscreen is very responsive, initial setup is a breeze, bluetooth connectivity & audio streaming is top notch. Have not used all the functionality of this unit yet (just nav, bluetooth, Iphone integration for now). Sound is amazing with my OEM Rockford Fosgate, made my subwoofer come alive.

    Pros: Capacitive touchscreen display, intuitive GUI, great navigation with lane assist. Love the speed warning (annoying to my passengers but keeps me away from speeding tickets).

    Cons: None found so far.

    Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

    Written By sandy, Northern Virginia on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    Great sound, great navigation app. wonderful integration with the Iphone

    Pros: Fixes the only problem I had with my new FJ Cruser, no nav unit. Integration with steering wheel controls works great.

    Cons: Not obvious how to use all the power and sophistication of this unit. The online videos are very brief but helpful

    Top notch unit!

    Written By JayG, Monkton, md on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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    I had the alpine 928 in my tundra, but had problems with the faceplate binding when opening. I was going to wait for the new kenwood 991hd, but it was delayed forever. My wife has the kenwood 691hd, and it's nice. Since I came to the end of my 60 day return period, I had to pull the trigger on the pioneer, because the 991 still wasn't released. I'm glad I did, and it was a great decision. The alpine was nice, but the UI seems about 10 years old compared to the pioneer. The screen is beautiful, and this thing is fast! You can even put your own customized pics on for background and splash screens. I like the wife's garmin nav on the kenwood, but I'm equally happy with the pioneer. I especially like how it shows what addresses I'm passing on the right and left as I drive down the street. It takes some of the guess work out. Can't wait to get the new apple car play when it's released in a few weeks. Sound is almost infinitely adjustable, and it sounds great. Dare I say better than the alpine? In my truck it is. Buy it, you'll be glad you did.

    Pros: Fast, crisp and responsive. Awesome screen

    Cons: None other than waiting on a few upcoming features to be released.


    Written By M275, Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, May 04, 2014

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    Quick installation, setup of devices and unit also was easy. Sound quality is excellent using stock speakers.