Control iPhone® apps from your receiver

If you love using apps on your smartphone, put them to work in your car. Pioneer's SPH-DA02 AppRadio smartphone receiver puts them front and center on a bright and clear 6.1" capacitive touchscreen. With your iPhone 4/4S, you won't have to fumble around with your phone while you're driving — just reach out and touch the screen. It recognizes zoom, swipe, and pinch gestures just as if you were using your smartphone.

Pioneer SPH-DA02

An ever-expanding pool of apps

AppRadio works with many popular music apps, like AUPEO! Personal Radio, Pandora® Internet radio, DashCommand, Rdio, and Pioneer's MIXTRAX. And over time, you can bet that more and more apps will be available to use with the sleek app interface. Pioneer includes a GPS antenna, so you can use the MotionX GPS Drive™ and INRIX® traffic apps to add navigation to this receiver's arsenal of features.

Talk hands-free and enjoy Pioneer sound quality

Built-in Bluetooth® adds to the versatility of this cool receiver — pair your phone and you'll be able to talk hands-free, and have access to your phone book from the touchscreen, too. And this full-featured receiver includes Pioneer's powerful MOSFET built-in amp, a 3-band equalizer, AM/FM tuner, and a set of preamp outputs for connecting an outboard amp or powered sub.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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.

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.

Note: This receiver is not compatible with the iPhone 5. If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Complement your setup with a phone mount

This receiver requires input from your iPhone from time to time during operation — most notably when running the MotionX GPS Drive app. It's a good idea to mount your iPhone where it's easy to reach. Check out our selection of Pro.Fit mounts.

This smartphone receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (no built-in CD player)
    • touchscreen control over select iPhone 4/4S apps
    • built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • 6.1" touchscreen display
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 3-band parametric equalizer with 7 preset tone curves
    • built-in iPod control (cable included)
    • included GPS antenna for boosting signal while using GPS apps
    • inputs: rear USB input for iPhone 4 or 4S (cable included — not compatible with other USB devices)
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AppRadio (Smartphone receiver)
    • Power harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Steering wheel control/Camera input harness
    • USB/Preamp harness
    • 6.5' iPod AV cable (with a iPod dock connector on one end and a proprietary connector/USB connector on other end)
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • GPS antenna (with attached 12' cable terminated by a SMB connector)
    • 8 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 8 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Double-sided tape
    • AppRadio Start Up Guide (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre)
    • Important Information for the User (Eng/Fre)
    • Warranty Information (USA/Canada)
    • Online Product Registration

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot N/A
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    Mini ---
    iPhone 4S/4
    FM Sensitivity 17 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    System Overview
    Display Features
    App Control
    iPod Audio Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Steering Wheel Remote Control

    System Overview

    The Pioneer AppRadio: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is an innovative car audio system with a 6.1" capacitive touchscreen display that when used along with the unit's Advanced App Mode, facilitates the use of your connected iPhone 4/4S's applications from Pioneer and other providers in the vehicle. In addition to the basic functions, such as AM/FM radio and Bluetooth hands-free phoning, when an iPhone 4/4S is connected you'll have full access to your music, photos, videos, calendars, and select iTunes apps.

    Apple iPhone 4/4S Compatible: The Pioneer AppRadio is designed specifically for the Apple iPhone 4/4S and offers audio playback functions for other select iPod/iPhone models. It is not compatible with the iPhone 5 or above. You cannot connect other USB devices, digital audio players, or smartphones. This unit does not contain a CD player, nor does it have CD-changer port.

    AppRadio App (Ver. 1.2.1): The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) requires that you download the latest AppRadio app from the iTunes app store onto your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s.

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Note: This receiver does not include a mounting sleeve. This is not an issue for most vehicles, however, there are some vehicles that require the use of a mounting sleeve when installing a 2-DIN receiver. No accessory mounting sleeve is available for this receiver.

    6.1" Capacitive Touchscreen Display: The front of the unit features a clean and simple aesthetic look with only three physical buttons (a home button, a volume up button and a volume down button) combined with a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.1" capacitive touchscreen display. This capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure, responds faster, and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously; all advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features.

    Note: All of the AppRadio's controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation to promote a safe driving experience.

    Multi-Language Text: The Pioneer AppRadio offers 20 display languages - including English, French, and Spanish.

    Display Adjustments: You can adjust the touchscreen display's Dimmer (on/off), Brightness (1-5), and Black Level (1-5).

    Demonstration Images: If you do not operate the unit for 30 seconds, demonstration images are displayed. You can turn this function Off.

    Screen Off: You can set the time (Off, 10 sec, or 20 sec.) when the screen is blacked out.

    Quick Start Mode: The AppRadio features a Quick Start Mode that puts the AppRadio into a reduced power mode for five minutes when the vehicle ignition is switched to Off. While in Quick Start Mode, if you turn the ignition switch On, the AppRadio will immediately start up. If the unit is in Quick Start Mode and the ignition is not switched to On within five minutes, the AppRadio automatically turns itself off.

    Note: The unit has a boot-up time of approximately 30 seconds when the unit is powered up (from the Off position). Once the unit is booted-up, you must then launch your iPhone 4/4S's AppRadio app (which takes approximately another 10 seconds).

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged.

    Rear View Camera: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC4, sold separately) is installed on your vehicle. When your vehicle's shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the pink wire in the supplied harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). You can switch between a Normal or Mirror image.

    Installation Angle: For optimum playback performance, the unit should be installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    App Control

    Advanced App Mode: When connected to an iPhone 4/4S (using the supplied iPod AV cable) with the Pioneer AppRadio application and compatible third-party apps, the full potential of the AppRadio can be experienced. The Pioneer AppRadio application enables access to the data and connectivity of the iPhone 4/4S. AppRadio allows you to access your iPhone 4's compatible apps, Calendar, and Contacts directly from the Pioneer AppRadio's 6.1" touchscreen. Compatible iPhone 4/4S apps are optimized for use on the AppRadio's 6.1" capacitive touchscreen and all touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures are recognized as if you were directly interacting with your iPhone 4/4S.

    Note: To access compatible apps you must have an Apple iPhone 4/4S with the latest version of the AppRadio application from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Compatible Apps: Pioneer has initially partnered with several app providers to integrate AppRadio compatibility into a few of today's most popular apps, formatted specifically for safe use and access in the vehicle. AppRadio compatible apps are now available, including the following - AUPEO!, DashCommand, INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, StreamS HiFi, and Pandora Radio (as of 5/1/2012).

    Note: You can initially select the app you want from the AppRadio screen, or you can launch the AppRadio app successfully by pressing the HOME hardkey while on a 3rd party app (AppRadio app). Once you have selected an app, you will continue control of the selected app via the AppRadio's touchscreen controls or the iPhone 4/4S touchscreen (based on app protocol).

    MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2-6.1.3 later) / 4S (iOS 5.0-6.1.3) , that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone 4/4S application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone 4/4S with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone 4/4S. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone 4/4S. You can enter the following Destination Searches (Go To) from your iPhone 4/4S:

    Destination Search (Go To:) Description
    My Current Location View and navigate to the physical address closest to your current location.
    Browse Map Select a destination by choosing a point on the map. Your selection will be geo-coded to the closest known physical address.
    Home Store your home address for quick access. Select from five options: use your current location, pick from your iPhone contacts, use a recently round destination, enter an address, or enter Lat/Lon coordinates.
    Contacts Navigate to an address from your iPhone address book. Scroll to find the contact, then touch the field that contains their address.
    Address Enter an address for navigating. As you start to type the city, state and zip code fields, a drop-down list will appear from which you can select the appropriate entry.
    Intersection Enter a street intersection, defined by two road names, for navigating.
    City Enter a city for navigating; the approximate center of the city will be used for your destination.
    Zip/Postal Code Enter a US zip code or Canadian postal code.
    POIs List of Points of Interest in your current vicinity (Around Me tab). Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Airports List of airports in your current vicinity (Around Me tab). Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Emergency List of physicians' offices, medical clinics and hospitals. Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Recently Found List of all recently found addresses, businesses, and points of interest.
    Frequent Destinations List of your most frequently visited destinations.
    Favorites List of all destinations designated as a favorite.
    Saved Parking Spots  List of your saved parking spots.
    Saved Destinations List of your saved destinations.
    Latitude/Longitude Define a destination by entering the latitude and longitude coordinates.
    Note: MotionX-GPS Drive App purchase ($0.99) and download required for your iPhone 4/4S through iTunes. $2.99 per month subscription fee or $19.99 per year is required for Voice Guidance feature.

    INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic App ($24.95 per month) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the AppRadio, while control is still handled from the iPhone 4/4S. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits.

    • Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network.
    • View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events.
    • Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions.
    • Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.
    Note: iPhone 4/4S is required to use the INRIX Traffic App with the Pioneer AppRadio.

    DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS and accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand  app displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the AppRadio screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.

    Note: The DashCommand app costs $49.99.

    Rdio: The Pioneer AppRadio lets you access and control the iTunes Rdio app (your iPhone 4/4S controls will be locked). Rdio is a new social music service on the web for the iPhone 4/4S. Rdio give you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art. An Rdio Unlimited subscription is $9.99 per month.

    Pandora Radio: The Pandora App lets you play and control music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio using your connected Apple iPhone 4/4S via the supplied iPod AV cable. The Pioneer AppRadio provides control over your Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art (your iPhone 4/4S controls will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list and skip song tracks within a station. You can search your stations by date or alphabetically. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. Best of all, Pandora is a free app.

    AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio is a free online music radio station that lets you stream your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone 4/4S. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner." Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.

    StreamS HiFi: The StreamS HiFi Radio app has been optimized iPhone 4/4S. Using the StreamS Internet radio directory, the Streams HiFi app provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening. The StreamS Hifi Radio app is available for $4.99 from the iTunes app store.

    Video Apps: With your vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, additional apps (such as Netflix, Hulu+, and YouTube) featuring second screen video output can be viewed on the AppRadio screen. You can also watch movies and TV shows you have downloaded from iTunes.

    Note: You will control the video app with your iPhone 4/4S, not the AppRadio.

    Future Apps: AppRadio will recommend and notify you of the latest 3rd party applications that are AppRadio compatible. As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Additionally, the AppRadio software itself is updatable offering e, software, and app compatibility changes (via MicroSD card).

    Note: The unit has a front-panel MicroSD card slot for software updates only. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps and firmware/software updates.

    Calendar: You can view your iPhone 4/4S's calendar on the AppRadio's LCD monitor, so you can keep track of your scheduled events.

    Contacts: From the AppRadio Advanced App Mode, you can make Bluetooth hands-free phone calls from your iPhone 4/4S, and even route to contacts stored within your iPhone 4/4S's contact list.

    iPhone Camera: You are able to access and view all of your photos and videos shot with your iPhone 4/4S's camera.

    iPod Audio Playback

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The Pioneer AppRadio lets you listen to your iPod's or iPhone's stored music, when connected via the supplied iPod AV cable.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can control the iPod/iPhone from the unit's touchscreen (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked).

    • Music Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. The contents of each category is then listed in alphabetical order
    • Random & Repeat: You can randomly playback songs or repeat a specific song.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Pioneer AppRadio will display the following iPod/iPhone music information - Track #, Time Elapsed, Time Remaining, Artist Name, Song Title, Album Title, and Album Art.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: The unit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 10/18/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Apps  Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    4* 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S* 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5** 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    5C** 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    5S** 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    touch 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    5th* 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    4th 1.0.4 N N N N N N N N
    5th 1.0.2 N N N N N N N N
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC N N N N N N N N
    classic 80GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    120GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    160GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N N
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N N Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N N Y N Y Y N
    4** 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    mini** 7.0 N N N N N N N N
    • *With a firmware update, the AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is now compatible with iOS 7 or above for 30-pin iPod/iPhones/iPads.
    • **The AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is NOT compatible with Lightning-connector Apple devices.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AppRadio (SPH-DA02) is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.1 + EDR allowing to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver from your iPhone 4/4S or most other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles - HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile) and PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile). The AppRadio does not support Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP).

    Phone Pairing: Your iPhone 4 will need to be initially paired to the Pioneer AppRadio, before you are able to make or receive a phone calls from the unit.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AppRadio supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP) for your iPhone 4/4S. The unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The AppRadio allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your iPhone 4/4S using the unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume. Using the AppRadio, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +).
    • Phone Book: Your iPhone 4/4S's phone book can be synched to the AppRadio. Up to 1,000 contacts and 4,000 phone numbers can be transferred. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book, you can select the entry and make the call. Phone numbers are listed alphabetically by Contact Name.
    • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory (up to 100 for each call log). You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the unit's included microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than an integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many other in-dash headunits. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip.

    Note: This unit is not equipped with an integrated front-panel mic.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The AppRadio is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Pioneer AppRadio are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    EEQ (Easy EQ): There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2.

    3-Band Parametric EQ: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) employs a 3-Band Parametric EQ to customize the sound.

    Band Frequency Q-factor Gain
    Bass 60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0 -15 to +15 dB
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, or 2.5 kHz 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, or 1.25 -15 to +15 dB
    Treble 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 kHz Fixed -15 to +15 dB

    2.0-Volt Preamp Output: The Pioneer AppRadio features one pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's preamp output can be configured as a fading rear-channel output or a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When configured as the subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (80, 120, or 160 Hz) and the subwoofer gain (+/-12dB).

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (iPhone, Hands-Free, Radio) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Each source can be independently adjusted from -6 dB to +6 dB.

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA02) features a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under presets 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The AM/FM tuner has 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets.

    Direct Tuning: You can enter an AM/FM frequency directly, using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9).

    Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.

    Steering Wheel Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Appradio huh?

    Written By Anonymous, Nebraska on Saturday, February 22, 2014

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    I never really used it how it was expected because when it came out I expected to be able to hook up my iPhone 5 to it. I went with purchasing a used iPhone 4 and leaving that hooked up to the radio at all times and connecting it via hotspot on my iPhone 5. It never worked how i had hoped. I suppose that's no fault of the head unit. It did lack many cool features that jailbreaks did provide, such as background photo change and an app icon list that included any phone apps that you wanted to display. I did have some communication problems with the cable on occasion.

    Enjoying till ISO 7

    Written By Kevin, Ohio on Friday, December 06, 2013

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    I was very happy with this unit till I downloaded the ISO 7 now it has become a pain.

    Pros: Sounds great looks cool

    Cons: Startup time a little slow and ISO 7 makes it crash I have no clue what to do but hit the rest button!

    Not a Long-Term Solution

    Written By SactoC, Sacramento, CA on Thursday, October 10, 2013

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    If you are looking for a company that will support its products over the long term, Pioneer might not be the company for you. I have had the AppRadio for a little over two years now. When the unit worked, it worked very well. However, the biggest problem has been Pioneer's failure to keep up with the iOS updates. Pioneer had problems with both the iOS6 and iOS7 updates, and in fact did not release a warning not to upgrade to iOS7 until late in the afternoon of the iOS7 release date. By that time, I and may other AppRadio owners had already updated. It's now three weeks later and Pioneer has been completely silent about any fixes. On top of that, the iPhone cables are expensive and poorly constructed. I have had two cables go bad just through daily use. After the second one failed, I tore it apart and re-soldered all the connections so that I wouldn't have to pay for a new cable.

    Pros: Great interaction with navigation and music apps (when it works)

    Cons: Slow boot-up; expensive cables; no iOS7 support (yet); clock does not stay current (loses time). The native iTunes/iPod app is clunky (the CarMedia App has a far better interface). Poor cable construction and quality.


    Written By Kurt B, Palm Springs, CA on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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    Cannot believe that after only 9 months I now have a worthless piece of junk in my dash. By updating to IOS7, this App radio will no longer recognize my iPhone or iPod. What a waste of money. Shame on you Pioneer! After all the great products I have purchased from Crutchfield over the years, I would hope they'd see the wrong and try to make it right. Crutchfield do the right thing and drop Pioneer products. We'll still buy products from you, just not Pioneer.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Piece of junk that Pioneer promised to update but not living up to that promise.

    Difficult, then worthless

    Written By MountainMan, NE Georgia on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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    Initially this system seemed to work great. Then all of thee screens I had to agree to some safety agreement became annoying. It's ability to play itunes from your phone is nice once you get used to the controls.

    IOS7: This installed on my iphone 4s basically made my head unit worthless. what a piece of junk!

    Pros: Easy navigation for itunes and apps.

    Cons: doesn't support IOS7 or the Iphone 5.

    Really sucks now

    Written By George K, Memphis, TN on Friday, September 20, 2013

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    Ok, so I'm probably going to confuse a lot of readers here. I got this cheap, it does all I want it to do (although not always in a stellar manner) and I really love it! I built a dock, installed rear camera, etc. etc. etc... As I said, for the price - I LOVE IT! Despite some glitches, freezes and a number of other short-comings, I L-O-V-E IT!!! BUT!!!!! .....Now I am told that Pioneer will no longer support it with updates!? Since the Apple iOS7 update I am prevented from updating my phone and I am sooo mad at Pioneer, I will never buy another Pioneer item as long as I have breath left in me!!! WE, that bought the first Appradios, built the customer-base for subsequent AppRadios and this is how Pioneer thank us?! The main reason for going with a brand like Pioneer was because I had faith that they wouldn't desert me!? Everyone knows how fickle technology is lately?! Everyone releases products and maintains them with software revisions?! By not supporting their products, Pioneer has abandoned us as customers; is this what they have become?! What confidence can ANY consumer have that Pioneer will support ANYTHING in the future?! Do they think we will continuously keep buying new stuff?! If they don't sort this out, they will anger a LOT of their customers and they WILL get hurt - after reading dozens of angry blogs on the matter, that's my prediction - even from people who don't own Pioneer. Time will tell...?

    Pros: Great everything... Even though it only does it in a "good/decent" fashion, it does everything "I" need it to do:- music, navigation, hands-free telephone, radio, movies (via an app); it has decent sound and it looks absolutely great in my dash.

    Cons: It only does one thing at a time, the constant aggravation of the warning screens (we should be able to disable those screens and waive Pioneer's responsibility?), the chunky cable that connects to the phone is awful, it needed a dedicated one-touch mute button, I would've liked the ability to change my background on the home screen, a rotary volume knob would be much better than the stupid buttons, the screen locks-up about once a week. IT NEEDS A SOFTWARE UPDATE FOR iOS7!!

    Great radio

    Written By Jeremy, Lincoln, Ne on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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    This is an awesome radio just wish that there were more available apps to use with it.

    Pros: Awesome display Great sound

    Cons: Hard to navigate sometimes Initial setup little tough

    Pioneer Does it again

    Written By Matty-, Scottsdale, AZ on Monday, September 09, 2013

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    Got it because it was heavily discounted. It's very cool. I really like the simple interface. The display is very nice too. The sound quality is great and Bluetooth phone work well.

    Pros: Cool Display, Great Sound, Clear Bluetooth, Easy Control Design, Coolness. Clean looking install!

    Cons: No Bluetooth streaming.. Boot up time slow, does not resume where it left off with your music, only compatible with phone that is soon to be discontinued. :-(

    AppRadio 2

    Written By Tom in Maine, Searsport, ME on Sunday, September 08, 2013

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    Bought this as a Scratch and Dent. It was a major discount and was a great deal. I would've been a bit disappointed if I paid full cost. The unit is slow to respond to the start up and when linking to the iPhone. Once things are turned on, it is not too bad. I wanted a Bluetooth unit because I had one in a 2013 Prius rental. That linked with the iPhone with no wired hookup for music and phone. That would be my holy grail. It was an elegant deal. This is reasonable for the cost. I suspect Pioneer will get it better as time progresses.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone. iPhone tie in via USB.

    Cons: Klunky software, not too annoying time lags when starting. You have to go through a process every time you start the car.

    Should have never been made.

    Written By Robert, Virginia Beach on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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    Cheaply made with so many glitches one can't even list them all. The worst glitch is when you try to go from pandora to the iPhones music the radio tweaks out and defaults back to pandora. You have to treat the media cable like a dainty flower or it WILL brake causing you at least a weak of pain. The radio goes into this "screen savior" mode, which is a add for the radio, that you cannot turn off. Every time you exit the app section of the radio and try to enter back in you have to "confirm" the command on the iPhone, then half the time it will glitch out. Finally there is no off button! So during many of it's glitches you can't even shut the thing off.

    Pros: Good blue tooth function, sounds good when working.

    Cons: Glitchy, cheaply made

    Pioneer SPH-DA02 AppRadio

    Written By Taylor S., Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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    Okay, first off let me explain that I originally decided not to purchase this App Radio due to so many negative reviews. But the price of this unit is what kept me interested and my decision was made to purchase it. After all, we do have sixty days to decide right? Well, now I know that I will not be returning this unit in exchange for anything else. It is exactly what I need. I too am having a bit of trouble learning the system, but that is because I am currently learning how the system works. As with all electronic products, there is a breaking in period (for the operator as well). I enjoy listening to my music through Itunes and Pandora. I enjoy the bluetooth feature for phone conversations and I am still deciding on which Navigation App works for me. Also, Crutchfield is always there for us when we need them. Thanks to their Master Sheet and supplied accessories for the install, I was able to complete the install within an hour. Thank you again Crutchfield.

    Pros: For $150.00, I have myself an App Radio. Be sure to purchase through Crutchfield for their outstanding customer service.

    Cons: None.

    Great radio

    Written By An, Fl on Sunday, August 25, 2013

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