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In-dash navigation/DVD receiver with 30 GB hard drive

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Our take on the Pioneer AVIC-Z2

by Matt Holliday
Pioneer

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Pioneer's AVIC-Z2 navigation receiver features a 30-gigabyte hard drive that stores navigation data and up to 10 gigabytes of music ripped from your CDs. You can command this receiver through its touchscreen controls, and control important navigation functions with your voice. Playback of your DVDs and CDs gives you a complete multimedia center that fits perfectly in a double-sized dash opening.

Smart, accurate navigation
Pioneer has updated its navigation maps to provide better representations of buildings and landmarks. A split screen with both overhead and 3D map views makes it easy to see upcoming turns, while giving you the big picture for directions down the road. And you can add a compatible tuner and subscribe to XM's NavTraffic service for continuously updated traffic information in many major metropolitan areas. The AVIC-Z2 remembers the roads you travel frequently, and over time suggests roads with which you'll be familiar and comfortable.

An included microphone lets you control many aspects of the navigation system using voice commands. Text-to-speech technology allows the AVIC-Z2 to announce most street names as you're approaching your turn, so you'll know where to turn without having to take your eyes off the road. The advanced program helps the system pronounce many tricky names correctly, instead of phonetically as some systems do.

All that, and music, too
This versatile DVD player reserves up to 10 gigabytes of the hard drive's memory to store music it rips from your standard CDs, plus the MP3 files you've burned on disc. The preloaded Gracenotes® software will even pull up and display the disc, artist, and track names for most CDs. You'll have a virtual jukebox in your dash, loaded with your favorite tunes.

You can also use the 7" screen to watch your favorite DVD videos while you're parked. Connect a rear-seat video screen and wireless headphones, and the folks in back can keep watching while you're on the road. "Tri-Zone" capability means you can listen to one source, like the radio, up front while a movie plays in back and the AVIC-Z2 continues navigating.

XM NavTraffic
Add a compatible XM NavTraffic radio and subscribe to XM's innovative NavTraffic™ service. You'll receive continuously updated traffic information in many major metropolitan areas, including traffic accident alerts, road closure info, plus the average speed of traffic on the roads along the route you're navigating. You can prepare for traffic snags well in advance, and adjust your route accordingly.

Roadside Assistance
Pioneer also offers you a Roadside Assistance package that lets you access emergency contact information by pressing a button. The screen shows your exact location, including latitude and longitude readings, so you'll be able to direct emergency personnel. You also get an offer for a year's worth of free roadside assistance service from a national auto club.

System expansion
Use Pioneer's iPod® interface adapter to play your iPod through the AVIC-Z2, and control it using the touchscreen. You can also add a CD changer or satellite radio to extend your entertainment options. If you have a Bluetooth® cell phone, the optional Bluetooth cell phone adapter lets you make and receive phone calls without taking your eyes off the road to dial.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • In-dash DVD receiver/navigation system with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    • motorized 7" video screen with touch-panel controls
    Navigation features:
    • turn-by-turn map and voice guidance
    • built-in 30GB hard drive (20GB for navigation functions, 10GB for music-file storage)
    • voice command capability; microphone included
    • text-to-speech technology announces the names of most roads
    • learning capability: remembers frequently traveled roads and suggests familiar routes
    • smart routing algorithm takes data such as posted speed limits and number of turns into account to suggest the most efficient route possible
    • navigation antenna included
    • nearly 11 million points of interest
    • Roadside Assistance display
    • one year of free Roadside Assistance Service
    Audio/Video features:
    • plays DVDs, DVD-R/RWs, CDs, CD-R/RWs, and MP3 discs
    • Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner
    • tri-zone capable
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    Expandability:
    • XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (subscription also required)
    • XM's NavTraffic premium service available with your XM subscription for an extra $3.99 per month, or for $9.99 per month on its own (NavTraffic not available with a SIRIUS subscription, or through a SIRIUS radio); check the NavTraffic radio for a list of covered cities
    • compatible with Pioneer's iPod interface adapter, Bluetooth adapter, and DVD/CD changer
    • audio/video input
    • rear-view camera input
    • front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
    Other features:

    Note: Your dash must have a 4" opening for the AVIC-Z2 to fit; the 3" openings found in some vehicles, especially GM and Chrysler, will not accommodate it. Please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this model is compatible with your vehicle.

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
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    50-15kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    Display Color
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    EQ Bands
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    Wireless Remote
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    Parts Warranty
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    • Double-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/GPS navigation receiver with 30 GB HDD and 7" touch-panel video monitor
    • Trim bevel
    • Microphone with attached 13.25' cable
    • Plastic visor clip for microphone
    • 5 Self-adhesive plastic cable hooks
    • Self-adhesive foam pad (1/2" x 7/8")
    • GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cord
    • 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" self-adhesive metal sheet (for mounting GPS antenna)
    • 5 Self-adhesive clamps
    • Self-adhesive waterproof pad
    • 5 Self-adhesive metal cable hooks
    • Red connector
    • Power wiring harness (has in-line noise filter/10A fuse and two fuse resistors)
    • Preamp output/Video input harness
    • Rear Monitor harness
    • 16.25' Speed signal extension lead (pink wire)
    • 16.25' Reverse signal extension lead (purple/white wire/has in-line fuse resistor)
    • Plastic stylus
    • 8 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 8 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Operation Manual
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Hardware Manual
    • Warranty sheet
    • "Warning" sheet concerning battery connection
    • Registration card

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    General Features
    Navigation Features
    Music Library Features
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    Hard Disk Drive (HDD): The Pioneer AVIC-Z2 has a built-in 30 GB hard disk drive which contains the entire Tele Atlas navigation database, including nearly 11 million points of interest. The unit uses 10 GB of the HDD for storing music ripped from your CDs for instant access.

    Disc Compatibility: The AVIC-Z2 is compatible with DVD-Video (including DVD-R and DVD-RW recorded in Video mode), CDs, and CD-R/RW recorded with MP3 files.

    Motorized Video Display: This unit is equipped with a motorized 7" color TFT active matrix, widescreen LCD that serves as a video monitor and system information display. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 1440 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels.

    Touch Screen Controls: This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

    Display Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the display's angle for better visibility. The bottom of the display gradually slides out to a maximum of 1-7/8" and the screen's maximum angle is 110°. Furthermore, the unit memorizes the angle setting each time it is powered off, and returns to that angle when the unit is powered up again.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the display's brightness, contrast, color, hue, and dimmer settings.

    Display Dimming: The LCD screen dims to a preset level when the vehicle's lights are turned on. The dimmer level can be adjusted in the Picture Adjustment menu. The orange/white wire in the main harness must be connected to the vehicle headlight circuit in order for this to work properly.

    Wide Modes: You can choose from the following wide modes:

    • Full: a 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions
    • Just: the picture is enlarged slightly at the center and the amount of enlargement increases horizontally toward the ends of the picture
    • Cinema: a picture is enlarged by the same proportion as Full or Zoom in the horizontal direction and by an intermediate proportion between Full and Zoom in the vertical direction
    • Zoom: a 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen
    • Normal: a 4:3 picture is displayed as it is

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver 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.

    Easy EQ Curves: This model features 6 preset EQ curves: Super Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Custom1 and Custom2. The Custom curves allow you to create and store EQ settings in memory. A separate Custom 1 curve can be created and stored in memory for each source, while a Custom 2 curve common to each source can also be created and stored.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: This unit includes a 3-band parametric EQ with Selectable Q Factor. You may select a low (40Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 160Hz), mid (200kHz, 500kHz, 1kHz, or 2kHz) and high frequency (3.15kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, or 12.5kHz) to boost or cut within a range of -6dB to +6dB. The Q factor (slope of the boost or cut) may be selected from one of the following four options: 2N (narrow), 1N, 1W and 2W (wide). Selecting a narrow (steep) Q factor results in frequencies around the center frequency to be affected less by the boost or cut than they are with a wide Q factor. This feature is useful for taming frequency response problems caused by the dimensions, materials and speaker locations of a vehicle.

    Adjustable Loudness: You can select one of three different levels of loudness compensation. A "low" loudness contour provides a +3.5dB boost at 100Hz and +3dB boost at 10kHz. A "mid" boost is +10dB (100Hz) and +6.5dB (10kHz). A "high" loudness contour is +11dB at both 100Hz and 10kHz.

    Note: These Loudness contours use a reference volume level of -30dB.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged.

    High-pass Filter: When you don't want sound in the subwoofer frequency range output from the front and rear speakers, you may activate the built-in high-pass filter. You may select a filter frequency of 50Hz, 80Hz, or 125Hz.

    Subwoofer/Non-fading Preouts: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, there is one set of outputs that may be set for "subwoofer" or "non-fading" output. When set to "non-fading", the signal is full-range and the output level is user selectable from -6 to +6. When set to "subwoofer", the outputs are non-fading, and they may be set for normal or reverse phase, 50Hz/80Hz/125Hz low-pass output, and the level is user selectable from -6 to +6.

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono.

    MP3 Playback: This unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps are supported.

    Dual Zone Capability: The AVIC-Z2 allows you to enjoy two totally different types of media between the front of the vehicle and the back. For example, while you are listening to your favorite radio station, the kids can be watching their favorite DVD on an optional rear monitor, while listening through headphones. All this can be done while navigating your route at the same time.

    Optional Aux Input: When used with item 130CDRB10 (sold separately) or item 130CDRB20 (sold separately), this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source, such as a portable CD or MD player. When item 130CDRB10 is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to this unit. Item 130CDRB20 allows you to connect an optional Pioneer CD changer and an auxiliary source to this unit.

    Cellular Mute: This feature mutes or attenuates the unit's audio output when a cellular call is received, then restores the level once the call is over. To use this feature, you must have a cellular phone with a muting output that can be connected to the muting input wire (yellow/black lead) of this unit.

    Rear View Camera Ready: The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when a rear camera (such as 130NDBC2) is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. You can also see the image of the rear view camera during normal driving, allowing you to keep an eye on a trailer or boat you may be towing.

    Optional Remote Control: The AVIC-Z2 is compatible with the optional CD-SR1 steering wheel-mount wireless remote control. The unit also has a 3.5mm minijack one of the RCA connector harnesses for use with the optional PAC SWI-PS steering wheel control interface (item #127SWIPS).

    Navigation Features

    Positioning Accuracy: The AVIC-Z2's navigation system accurately measures your current location by combining the positioning by GPS and Dead Reckoning. The unit includes an 8-channel GPS (Global Positioning System) using a network of satellites orbiting the Earth. The accuracy of the GPS depends upon the number of satellites that can be received at any given time (at least 3 are required). The 3D Hybrid Sensor in the navigation system also calculates your position by detecting driving distance with the speed pulse, the turning direction with the Gyrosensor and inclination of the road with the G sensor.

    Navigation Maps: The unit comes with the large "Tele Atlas" database stored on the Hard Disk Drive. The map database, which covers the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and portions of Canada, enables the unit to provide a large network of turn-by-turn routable roads. The maps provide nearly 11-million points-of-interest throughout the United States and Canada.

    XM NavTraffic Ready: XM NavTraffic, powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, allows the unit to monitor real-time traffic conditions and routes the driver to the destination avoiding traffic congestion, using the optional GEX-P10XMT XM NavTraffic Satellite Radio tuner (item # 130P10XMT). The traffic information is provided through a continuous satellite broadcast with data from leading commercial traffic data providers, government departments of transportation, police and emergency services, road sensors, cameras, and airborne reports. Separate subscriptions to XM Radio and XM NavTraffic are required.

    XM Extra Information: In addition to XM NavTraffic, you can receive stock price, sports, news, and other information and display it on the screen when the unit is connected to an XM Satellite tuner. You can display the prices of up to 12 stocks.

    Voice Guidance: In addition to graphical directions, the AVIC-Z2 provides voice guidance with TTS (text-to-speech) technology and turn-by-turn directions. This provides "eyes free" navigation while you're driving.

    Voice Recognition: The AVIC-Z2's advanced voice recognition lets you search for destinations by saying a name, such as "L-A-X", without having to specify a category, such as "airport." Full address searches can be done by saying the city name, street name, and address. Voice commands for A/V sources and other attachments like Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones can also be used.

    Learning Capability: The system can "remember" frequently traveled roads and uses historical information to help you navigate. The system can suggest which routes will be most familiar to you.

    Smart Routing Algorithm: The AVIC-Z2 uses a "smart routing algorithm" to analyze and assess routes by taking into account current road data, such as posted speed limits, number of turns to the destination, etc., and recommends the most efficient path.

    Display Modes: There are three types of map display and two additional view modes:

    • Map Mode: displays the standard map

    • Driver's View: displays a map from the driver's point of view

    • 2D or 3D Twin Map View: lets you split the screen vertically in half: the right screen and the left screen can display the map in different scales in 2D or 3D.

    • Guide Mode: the standard map of your surroundings is overlaid with the name of the street you will turn onto next, and 2 arrows: the larger one to the left indicating the direction of your next maneuver and how far you are from approaching it, and the smaller one to the right indicating the direction of your second to next maneuver and how far you are from approaching it.

    • Route View: displays the name of the street you will next travel along and an arrow indicating the direction of travel

    • Vehicle Dynamics Display: displays three instruments that indicate the status of your vehicle. You can change the values displayed by the instruments on the left and right of the Sensor View, allowing you to choose from the following: voltage, acceleration, side acceleration, angular velocity, slope, direction, or clock

    • Rear View: if you have installed a rear view camera, and the camera is set to "On", the rear view image is displayed on the left-hand side of the screen, while the map of your surroundings is indicated on the right

    Enlarged Map of the Intersection: When "Close-up View" in the Settings menu is On, an enlarged map of the junction appears while driving. It can be viewed as a 2D or 3D map.

    Display During Freeway Driving: In certain locations of the freeway, lane information is available, indicating the recommended lane to be in to easily maneuver the next guidance. When driving on the freeway, freeway exit numbers and freeway signs may be displayed when in the vicinity of interchanges and exits.

    City Map: When driving in a city, the detailed city map is indicated if the map scale is set to 0.05 mi (50 m) or lower (only those cities whose detailed city maps are registered in the map disc).

    Scroll Mode: Touching anywhere on the map for at least 2 seconds changes the map to Scroll mode and the map begins scrolling in the direction you touched. The scrolling stops when you remove your finger from the screen. At this time, the cross pointer appears at the center of the screen. Also, a line connecting between the current location and cross pointer appears.

    Location Information: An icon appears at registered places (home location, specific places, address book entries) and places where there is a POI icon. You can place the cross pointer over the icon to view detailed information.

    Destination Input: The Destination Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination:

    • Point Of Interest (POI): you can search for a Point Of Interest by selecting the category or entering the Point Of Interest name. Additionally, selected Points Of Interest in any of 341 categories can be shown on the map, and you can check the location on the display while driving.
    • Telephone Search: if you know the telephone number of your destination, you can quickly search for your destination by specifying the telephone number
    • Return Home and Go To: if your home location is registered, the route home can be calculated by a single touch of the touch key from the Main menu. Also, you can register one location, such as your workplace, as your favorite location, and the route is calculated in a similar way.
    • Destination History: any place that has been searched before is stored in the Destination History
    • Address Search: you can input your destination's address by house number, street name, and city
    • Vicinity Search: allows you to search for Points Of Interest in your surroundings on the map
    • Address Book: places that you have registered manually, such as your home, are stored in the Address Book. Simply select the place you want to go to from the list and a route to that place will be calculated.

    Modifying the Route Calculation Conditions: You can change the route calculation conditions using the Route Options menu:

    • Route Condition: This setting controls whether the fastest or the shortest route should be calculated. When Fast is selected, the system calculates a route with the shortest travel time to your destination as a priority. When Short is selected, the system calculates a route with the shortest distance to your destination as a priority.
    • Avoid Freeway: This setting controls whether or not freeways may be included in the road calculation. You can choose On (calculates a route that avoids freeways) or Off (calculates a route that may include freeways).
    • Avoid Ferry: This setting controls whether or not ferry crossings should be taken into account. You can select On (calculates a route that avoids ferries) or Off (calculates a route that may include ferries).
    • Avoid Toll Road: This setting controls whether or not toll roads should be taken into account. You can choose On (calculates a route that avoids toll roads) or Off (calculates a route that may include toll roads).
    • Learning Route: The system learns the travel history of each road and directional tendency. You can choose whether or not the travel history should be taken into account.
    • Time Restrictions: This setting controls whether streets or bridges have traffic restrictions during a certain time should be taken into account.

    Checking the Set Route: You can check information about the route between your current location and your destination. You can select two methods: checking the passing streets with a list, or checking the shape of the route by scrolling the map along the route.

    Recalculating the Route: You can recalculate the route to avoid a traffic jam or road work ahead. You can set the length of the area, and avoid just that area, or you can even search a new route from the current location to your destination.

    Adding Way Points to the Current Route: You can select up to 5 way points (locations you want to visit on the way to your destination) and you can recalculate the route to pass through these locations.

    Address Book: The Address Book can store up to 400 registered locations. These can include home location, favorite places, and destinations you have already searched.

    Emergency Information: The Emergency Info screen provides important emergency information pertaining to your vehicle, insurance, and current location, which could be useful in the event of an accident or breakdown. The Emergency Info screen includes the following:

    • "You Are Currently At": Your current position is indicated by the street name, and your latitude and longitude.
    • Personal Information: Your VIN number, insurance policy number, and the telephone number of your insurance company can be entered and displayed.
    • Emergency Tow Service Phone: The toll free number for the nearest emergency roadside assistance appears on the screen. This number is supplied by Signature's Nationwide Auto Club, and appears only if you have registered your unit with Pioneer and have signed up on-line with Nationwide Auto Club (1st year service is paid for by Pioneer). If you choose not to subscribe, or if your subscription has expired, you can enter your own roadside assistance telephone number.
    • Locate Car Service: In an emergency, you can search the Emergency Info screen for Auto Services in the vicinity of your current position, and set the current route. You can choose from two sub-categories: Automotive and Car Dealer.

    Changing Background Picture: In the menu operation screen, you can indicate a picture you like on the background. Some pictures are already stored in the head unit's HDD: Pioneer Original, Aurora, Carbon, City, Dolphin, Freeway1, Freeway2, Manta, Orca, Ripples, Sky, Spiral, Spiral2, Steel, Ticker, Wood. You can also import JPEG pictures by using CD-R/RW discs. There are three types of background pictures that can be changed: Splash Page, Navigation Background and AV Background.

    Music Library Features

    HDD Music Library: The AVIC-Z2 can use up to 10 GB of its Hard Disk Drive space for a music library. The system allows you to listen to music while at the same time ripping and storing music at 4 times playing speed. The unit's built-in Gracenote CDDB Music Recognition Service automatically tags the recorded music with the artist's name, song title, genre, and album title. Using Voice Recognition, you can directly access the music library's content by simply saying the artist name, song title, genre, or album title.

    Auto Recording: When you play a music CD that is not recorded on the AVIC-Z2's HDD, the system automatically begins recording that CD to the music library. You can record the entire CD, or selected tracks. The unit can record up to approximately 200 music CDs onto the HDD. Note: Only CDs that contain 44.1 kHz, 16-bit stereo PCM digital audio can be recorded. It will not record MP3 files or music from CD-Rs or CD-RW.

    Music Organization: The music library is organized into three levels: groups, playlists, and tracks. There are 4 types of groups: Albums, Artists, Genres, My Favorites.

    Playback Controls: Using the Touch Key panel, you can perform the following playback functions: Play/Pause, Track Skip (forward/backward), Fast Forward/Fast Backward, Repeat play (track, playlist, or currently selected group), Random play (track, playlist, or currently selected group), and Scan play (track, playlist, or currently selected group).

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth Wireless Technology: With the optional ND-BT1 Bluetooth Adapter (item # 130NDBT1), the AVIC-Z2 can interface with Bluetooth wireless-enabled cellular phones for easy and safe hands-free operation. You can make and receive calls by speaking through the headunit's microphone and listening to the other party through your vehicle's speaker system. The system automatically mutes any other audio during incoming and outgoing calls. You can store numbers in the memory and access them by voice or the touch screen display. In addition, you can access phone numbers associated with the POI database, and call the location you are being guided to.

    iPod Adapter Ready: If you have an iPod, you can control it from the AVIC-Z2's touch screen with the optional CD-IB100II iPod Interface adapter (item # 130IB100II). The adapter is compatible with iPods that include the Dock Connector. The unit's display features the following: song number, album title, artist name, play time, song title, info on current song. You can search for songs by playlists, artists, albums, songs, and genres.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can add either XM or SIRIUS satellite radio to the AVIC-Z2. Up to 18 stations can be set as presets (6 each for 3 XM or SIRIUS bands). During Satellite Radio play, the display shows the Channel Number and Station Name (including XM station logs on newer XM receivers), Channel category, and detailed information of the broadcast channel being received (song title/artist, program name/host name). You can select two types of tuning modes: All Channel Mode or Category Mode.The AVIC-Z2 can control optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuners:

    • XM: Pioneer GEX-P920XM or GEX-P10XMT (item #s 130P920XM, 130P10XMT) or XMDirect Package for Pioneer (700XMPIONE). The unit will also control older Pioneer XM tuners GEX-P910XM and GEX-P900XM, however the display is not as detailed.
    • SIRIUS: Pioneer SIR-PNR1 or SIRPNR2 tuner (130SIRPNR1, 130SIRPNR2)

      Note: Subscriptions to XM or SIRIUS are required.

    HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P10HD HD Radio tuner (item number 130GEXP10H), allowing you to tune available HD Radio stations. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The GEX-P10HD connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    TV Tuner Controls: If desired, you can add a compatible Pioneer TV tuner to this unit, and the unit will be able to control various functions of the tuner. Up to 24 stations can be set as presets (12 each for 2 TV bands).

    CD Changer Controls: While playing a CD in a Pioneer 6-disc or 12-disc changer, you can perform the following functions: repeat track, repeat disc, repeat all discs, disc random, magazine random, disc intro scan, and track intro scan. During playback of a CD Text Disc, the unit can display a list of all the tracks on a disc, or the titles of all the discs in the magazine. When tracks or discs are displayed in a list, you can directly select your favorites by touching the corresponding number key. When used with a CD Text compatible Pioneer CD changer, this unit will display the titles of CD Text encoded discs that are played in the changer.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Back Panel of Head Unit:

    • GPS In: jack for use with supplied GPS antenna
    • Digital Out: Optical output for connecting optional multi-channel audio processor (DEQ-P8000)
    • AV-BUS In: 11-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Pioneer TV tuner
    • Extension In: multi-pin jack for connecting XM NavTraffic Satellite Radio tuner (GEX-P10XMT)
    • IP-BUS In: 11-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Pioneer changer or IP-BUS accessory (Aux Input, iPod Adapter, etc.)
    • Telephone: multi-pin jack for connecting the optional ND-BT1 Bluetooth unit
    • Mic In: 2.5mm sub-mini jack for use with the supplied microphone
    • Guide SP Out: (not used)
    • Power Supply: 16-pin jack for use with supplied power wiring harness
    • Connector 1: 20-pin connector for supplied harness which includes 3 pairs of preamp outputs, the audio/video input, and cellular mute.
    • Connector 2: 16-pin connector for supplied harness which includes rear monitor A/V outputs, rear view camera input, and wired remote input (for items such as #127SWIPS OEM steering wheel remote control interface).
    • FM/AM Antenna In: female Motorola jack
     
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    2 out of 5

    Not to happy

    Written By Itsabucslife1, sioux falls, sd on Monday, October 07, 2013
     
    I got to enjoy this for 2 yrs however im very disappointed in the price I had to pay especially for what I got for it, $2,200 bucks I should have got a pair of subs and amp with the unit! it stopped playing all cd's and dvd's it will only play one certain cd and ive tried over 200 times over 100 cds an keeps saying unreadable disc however I can put the only cd that will work in an out 200 times an half the time I get unreadable an the other half it plays but its the only one that will, plus the gps is complete garbage and voice recognition has no voice recognition barley understands or comprehends anything, I can not seem to delete the previous phones that were installed for the Bluetooth and cant pair my I phone 5 because it wont show up on the unit however it shows up on my phone and I keep getting messages saying this option is not available right now and that's with a lot of things. however it will still play my I pod hook up an I phone 5 I installed it will play the radio and xm/sirus it wont play my playstaion installed nor show any movies on all 4 custom installed 9 inch screens inside head reast but the main deck will show me my back up and drive view mode after market camera I bought I have tried resetting it an still doing the same thing
    Pros:
    the only pro I have for this is all the options and download it has and runs however the downloading is whack as with the rest of the unit, I will never buy anymore pioneer products after I spent 10 grand on electronics of theirs all for this one vehicle and its crap, they lost a lot of money after I only used them an bought 5-10 grand year the new stuff came out. Never Again
    Cons:
    all the options and download it has and runs however the downloading is whack as with the rest of the unit, I will never buy anymore pioneer products after I spent 10 grand on electronics of theirs all for this one vehicle and its crap, they lost a lot of money after I only used them an bought 5-10 grand year the new stuff came out. Never Again
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product!

    Written By southzone2002, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, June 04, 2008
     
    I've had the unit for about 4 months and really enjoy it! Mine is setup with
    the backup camera, Navigation System, IPOD, XM Radio, XM Traffic, and rear
    DVD.

    I've become spoiled using the Navigation System's different features. The
    POI Phone Numbers have been helpful when I travel as I'm able to contact
    businesses (eateries/hotels) to place orders or reservations. Although it's
    not perfect, the navigation system is very helpful keeping me on track.

    XM Traffic has been very helpful as it has helped me re-route my course
    when approaching traffic bottle-necks.

    The back-up camera is a nice feature as it turns on as soon as I put my
    truck in reverse.

    My only complaint is the inability to remove CD's previously copied to the
    harddrive. When I first had the unit installed, I had a handful of my wife's
    cd's in my truck and I mistakenly added them to my library. It's not a big
    deal as the harddrive is pretty large but I'd like to remove them to stop
    catching grief from my friends! Ha!

    I've read the previous reviews and can't say that I've had any of the similar
    complaints. The unit does take about 15 seconds to boot-up but who
    doesn't have 15 seconds to spare.

    I would definitely recommend the unit to those who can afford it!
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Bad Head Unit

    Written By Mark, Riverside CA, on Thursday, January 17, 2008
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    This has terrible voice recognition. It doesn't understand the difference between phone and home. It doesn't understand anything I ask it. My stock unit had more power than this. The voice talks to you like you are a little kid. When you burn your cds into the harddrive it will sound different, Pioneer says this has to do with the recording technology. When the system is turned on it takes 10 to 15 secs to boot up and during that time you can't do anything but wait. I was very disapointed in this unit. I thought Pioneer could have done better, this being the second model they should have improved it.
    8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    disappointed

    Written By JAmes, Tampa Bay on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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    For a unit of this cost level I expect much more. The "features" really don't justify the cost, especially since several features don't really live up to the expectations.
    1. burning cd's to the hard drive is simple enough but Gracenote didn't have information for about 70% of the ones I ripped to it. That means most of my music is titled something like "07/12/13 3:45" which corresponds to the date/time I ripped it,,,,not very helpful.
    2. The very first time I used the NAV it told me to travel about 25 miles out of my way instead of using a direct (and much faster) route that has been there for over 30 years. It repeated this mistake several times before it finally decided I could use a more direct route (but still not the most direct or fastest).

    I could give up the hard drive in an instant since I usually listen to XM anyway and the NAV system in my Kenwood really blows this one away for about $400 less.
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Decent unit but could be easily improved

    Written By Kevin, Tualatin, OR on Friday, October 19, 2007
     
    The good:
    Great graphics, loaded with features, pretty easy to use.

    The bad:
    - Sometimes the screen goes blank and the only way to get it back is to turn off the car.
    - iPod interface is SLOW with no alpha lookup - BIG GLITCH! And scrolling is SLOW.
    - GPS is off when you first get going - it shows that I'm in the middle of a field when I leave from home. It takes a bit for the GPS to find the unit. I didn't experience this with my last NAV system.
    - Bluetooth interface is ok but could be improved. So far I haven't found how to remove a device previously paired.

    Overall I like the unit. I hope Pioneer updates the software. The previous review that stated you can't change music selections while moving is wrong - you can change radio stations, iPod selections/playlists.
    15 out of 17 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Some what satisfied

    Written By Libra42, Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
     
    Before I get started, let me first say that when this system is working, its a very nice piece of equipment. However, I purchased my system back in July of 2007 and since then my system almost on a regular basis has had its screen lock up to the point that the reset button does not work. As a matter of fact it seems that the reset button only causes the system to further lock up. I recently took a trip and this happens, I hit the reset button it seems 10 or more times just to get the system to work. Of course, I had to customize everything all over again. As far as the jukebox that you can create, its not bad, I just wish that I could edit albums and "my favorite" catagories in order to name albums that the system is not able to identify. The navigation system however, is on point.
    13 out of 14 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    off the hook!

    Written By adolpho, san jose, ca on Thursday, October 04, 2007
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    This navigation system up to this point has been flawless.

    The ability to put your cd collection on the hard drive is awesome. I only have a satellite tuner connected to it, a backup camera, and a steering wheel controller and can't speak for bluetooth or ipod performance. I have this intalled in my 2006 Ford Harley truck and it looks great. Only the best for my truck!

    My only gripe so far, is that I wished when you pressed an icon on the map such as a pizza place, the info for that place would pull up like some other nav units.
    12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Unit - Very Happy

    Written By CXRabbit, Long Island, NY on Thursday, August 09, 2007
     
    Had the AVIC-Z2 installed in July and have been very happy with it.

    The navigation works well, and the high level detailed city maps are outstanding (in places like NYC). I find the live traffic reporting (XM service) to be fairly accurate and it will even prompt you many miles ahead to let you know traffic is coming (on a guided route), and will ask if you want to reroute around it.

    The navigation is easy to follow and understand, and the voice commands work fairly well (with your windows closed!). A lot of the voice commands, once you learn them, really help eliminate the need to control the unit through the touch screen while on the move.

    The biggest downside is the iPod interface. Alpine does a better job with theirs... its faster. Searching through a big iPod library on the AVIC-Z2 can FEEL very time consuming because its a bit pokey. For example, I have 8,000 songs in my library. To find artists beginning with "N" took about 2 minutes. No, thats not a long time, but with my husbands Alpine it took less than 1/2 the time to find. With the iPod itself, you can find it in seconds. As long as you have a little patience, it wont bug you... and you can set up smart playlists (in iTunes) to help make the process less painful. Its great otherwise.

    Overall Ive been VERY happy with the unit and wouldnt change my decision to buy it. While the Alpine maybe faster in the iPod arena they STILL have not released the new Blackbird for the W205. Dumb on their part, as I would have considered it
    16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-Z2

    Written By Beth, Milwaukee WI on Friday, July 13, 2007
     
    This is a great GPS/AV system. I love the ability to load my CD library into the system and leave that box of CD's at home. I wish there were more systems with the CD library feature available. The GPS reroutes very quickly if we decide not to take the recommended turn. The maps are good and easy to read. XM traffic is great with congestion alerts and subsequent rerouting.

    The big thing we found that we didn't like was that you can not do much navigation while the car is on the road. I realize that this is a safety concern to the driver but I as a passenger would like to run the GPS and the Z2 (or any other in dash GPS, I think) will not allow this. Basically, you can put your destination into the GPS before you go but if you later want to find a restaurant or whatever, you must pull off the road and stop to operate the POI features. This is very annoying!
    22 out of 22 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    AVIC getting better

    Written By Josh, Sunnyvale, CA on Sunday, June 17, 2007
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    I had an AVIC-D1 installed in my vette and starting looking for a replacement when the touch screen started registering touches to the left of where I tapped with no way to recalibrate the screen. I had a number of frustrations with the AVIC-D1 and was reluctant to get a Pioneer again but they seemed to have the best set of features. The Z2 is a clear improvement.

    I ran out of space so here are some very abreviated notes.

    The Good:
    - iPod support is much improved.
    - Qwerty keyboard!

    The Bad:
    - Physical 2 way rocker to switch playlists doesnt actually switch iPod playlist (I verified this in the manual).
    - Everything is impossible to find. Have a rear view camera? Dont set that in the settings tab, its under the AV settings which you can only get to by switching to something like the FM tuner and hitting the settings button. They really need a consolidated place for all settings. Want to set your home address? Good luck. I still dont know where to do that, I do know that it will ask if you select that as a destination and you havent set it yet, but once its set, I have no idea how you change it.
    - No FM meta-data support. The head unit included in my Vette supported some special digital signal hidden in FM transmissions that includes information about the current song/artist/album and maybe the radio station. This technology has been around for years. Why isnt this supported in the built-in tuner. Seriously? This is really freaking lame.
    - No built-in HD radio. Come on, for this price, throw it in.
    - Long boot time
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Benjamin, San Jose, Ca on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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    This thing is way too cool to list it all here!!! I hooked up the blue tooth, sirius (for Howard of course),and rear view camera. Everthing works exactly as advertised.

    I wanted to take a second to talk about the crutchfield installation. This process was very easy to use. I was worried that buying product online might discourage local vendors from wanting to install the product. I didnt find this to be a problem at all. The vendor in my area did a great job and was very polite and didnt seem to have any problem with only getting the install part of the deal.

    The other reviews are true though... the only (and I mean only) downside to this unit is the boot up time. Seriously.. it takes a few to boot up. Thats really not that big of deal to me, because while booting, it will let you listen to the last station you had it on. So your basically waiting for the map to boot up, and be honest, who really needs these things all the time. We know where were going we just want to look cool getting there and this unit will deliver on that for sure.

    Love Pioneer!! Love Crutchfield!!
    Cant go wrong with either!
    23 out of 23 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Unbeleivable!!

    Written By Pmason, Queens, NY on Monday, June 11, 2007
     
    I have a 2007 Ford F140 FX2 Super Crew cab and I love the look of this unit installed inside of it. I wanted to obtain a factory navagation look and this item took care of that for me. The navagation, music and blue tooth are great. I havent installed the rear camera yet but I will next week. The maps are very well detailed. This unit comes with a 30GB hard drive (10Gb reserved for music). By default the unit wants to rip the cd that is put in to the hard drive but this can be disabled. I also have the blue tooth device connected to a motorola Razr and I have no complaints. What is cool, is the fact that you can adjust the volume of the phone, ringing volume and the voice guidance volume. I didnt pay full price for this unit but even if I did I would be more than happy b/c it is well worth it.


    Pros:

    Great 7" screen
    detailed navagation
    easy to install esp with Crutchfield mastersheets
    Voice activation is also cool, you just have to pronounce words correctly with a miminal of background noise.
    Dual Zone (used to split video in another screen is installed)
    rear view camera input

    Cons
    slow startup but not bad
    blue tooth and other devices are seperate (ex. Ipod connector for you Ipod fans)
    22 out of 22 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!! It is worth the extra Cash

    Written By Jeff, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 18, 2007
     
    Well, as I really didn't want to spend the extra cash to get this unit, I finally did. I had the AVIC-D3 and you do get what you pay for. For the average car audio person, the D3 is perfect, but for me I needed that little extra.

    Pros:
    -7" Screen, wow I missed this big screen on the D3
    -Awesome Nav and Nav features/routing
    -Voice Control on features
    -Tons of settings/options on both Nav and Audio
    -Dual Zone entertainment (must have for rear screens)
    -Hard Drive Music and Nav

    Cons:
    -No hard button color matching like D3 (maybe next year)
    -A little slow on startup
    -No Bypass as of now
    -No HD Radio from Pioneer as of now

    I have had the Kenwood, Alpine and other Pioneer units. I think that regardless of which Pioneer unit you get, they are by far better Nav units then others. Pioneer does the best job of Nav/Audio integration unlike Kenwood and Alpine. Now, if you want the best of the best, get the Z2 and be happy with your Nav unit, or you can save money and be kicking yourself for not just getting the Z2 first before you wasted time buying other units.
    8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Times have changed

    Written By Tom, Newtown Pa. on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
     
    I recently had a Z-2 installed . This in dash computer is much much more than just a stereo . The touch screen is awesome . I can drive around ,navigate to any location, take calls hands free and listen to my Ipod with a touch of a button . I'm absolutely amazed with this software. With a touch of a button I can use the voice command to dial the phone ,switch from FM to Ipod or to Library. This is one of my favorite parts of the computer . It has a 30gb hard drive.Once a CD is played it automatically gets put on the hard drive . It becomes part of your library.You never have to put the CD in again .Just ask for it on voice command and every CD you listened to is in the hard drive. I could go on and on and on . This is the coolest stereo on the market .
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome product! Top of the line!

    Written By Mike, Chicago, IL on Friday, March 30, 2007
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    The Pioneer Z2 is an amazing head unit that pretty much does everything but park your car. I got the Z2 after getting tired of waiting for the D3. As soon as I finished installation on my 07 Altima, I noticed the differences from the D3(in my buddies 07 Corolla) right away. The HD music library is a big plus for me, as I have alot of old music on CD's but just hated carrying CD's around. The Ipod control is seamless but would've been nice if voice activation could be used. The navigation is amazing and accurate but would be nice if I could type in a specific store name and it would find the nearest, not go into retailers and see what is the nearest.
    The only improvement I would suggest would be the voice activation. I have yet to get a street name pronounced right for the system. My friend lives on Potomac and it spelled Grand, Brown, even Lake Shore. This needs an update Pioneer! I have yet to try to Bluetooth as I will try that in the next week that I receive it. All in all this system will give you everything that you payed for and its a music fanatics must have for car entertainment.
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