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Our take on the Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

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.

AppRadio — the next generation

Pioneer's innovative AppRadio platform moves forward with their SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 receiver. This versatile Pioneer builds upon the impressive capabilities of the AppRadio 3 receiver by adding some new features, including compatibility with Apple CarPlay, an improved graphical user interface (GUI) that makes it easier to access and use your apps, along with dual USB inputs, an auxiliary input, and a complete set of preamp outputs — front, rear, and subwoofer. 

Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

Control your apps from the large 6.2" touchscreen.

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Apple CarPlay®

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

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

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

And what apps can you take advantage of? You'll find plenty to enjoy, including MotionX-GPS Drive, INRIX® traffic, AUPEO! Personal Radio, Pandora® Internet radio, and Pioneer's MIXTRAX, with more coming down the road. The apps will look great on the 6.2" capacitive touchscreen, which recognizes all zoom, swipe, and pinch gestures just as if you were using your smartphone.

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

Siri® Eyes Free 

If you have an iPhone 4S or 5, you'll hear Siri's voice prompts through your vehicle's sound system, and you can make commands or ask questions through the microphone that's included with this receiver. You can set reminders, ask for songs, request directions, or anything else you'd normally do with your iPhone.

Works with Android™ phones and features MirrorLink™ connectivity

The AppRadio 4 doesn't leave Android by the wayside when it comes to features, either. Not only will its App Mode support many Android phones, but this receiver takes it to the next level with MirrorLink support.  MirrorLink allows certain Nokia and Samsung smartphones (with more to come in the future) to display their interface on the AppRadio 4, so you can make phone calls, access map services, or check out music with ease. If you don't have a MirrorLink phone, you can still download a free Pioneer app that enables voice commands with your Android phone.

Talk hands-free and stream audio wirelessly with Bluetooth®

Built-in Bluetooth adds to the versatility of this cool receiver — pair your phone, and you'll be able to talk hands-free and access your phone book from the touchscreen. You can even stream audio from your smartphone to the receiver. 

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.

Complement your setup with a phone mount

The AppRadio 4 requires input from your iPhone from time to time — 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.

Highlights:

    General Features:
    • smartphone receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" capacitive touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • works with Apple CarPlay
    • touchscreen control over select smartphone apps — phone compatibility and connection options vary
    • MirrorLink™ for in-dash control of select Android™ smartphones
    • AppRadioLIVE integration with select apps
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iOS devices
    • voice recognition for select Android phones
    • MIXTRAX audio and visual effects
    Audio Features:
    • 5-band equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: dual USB inputs, auxiliary input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    • included external GPS antenna for boosting signal while using GPS apps
    Other Info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (r)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital meida receiver (w/ 6.2" touchscreen monitor)
    • 10A fuse (pre-installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • GPS antenna (w/ attached 11.5' cable)
    • Self-adhesive square
    • 58" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Microphone w/ visor-bracket (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • 6.5' Stereo minijack extension cable
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Wire-tie
    • 3 Cable-clips
    • Startup Guide
    • Installation Manual
    • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)
    • "Important Information for the User" booklet
    • Online Product Registration Card

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Smartphone Integration
    AppRadio & AppRadio Live Modes
    CarPlay & MirrorLink
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Direct USB Connectivity
    Touchscreen & SWC
    Audio Section
    AV Connections

    Smartphone Integration

    Smartphone Connectivity: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the most popular mobile platforms for in-car entertainment. Not only does it support Apple iOS and Android, but it also supports MirrorLink for Samsung and Sony, giving you the most choices in smartphone compatibility. The AppRadio 4 provides Apple 30-pin, Apple Lightning, USB, HDMI, and Bluetooth connectivity based on your type of smartphone. A smartphone connectivity kit will be required and sold separately.

    Note: You will need to indicate which smartphone device and what type of connection you are using in the AppRadio 4's setup menu.

    Made for iPhone: The AppRadio 4 offers full support for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S. It also provides partial support for the iPhone 6 and 6+. The AppRadio 4 is a true extension of your iPhone by giving you a 7" capacitive touchscreen to use familiar gestures you are already accustomed to on your phone. The AppRadio 4 offers -

    • AppRadio and AppRadio Live Modes for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S.
    • CarPlay for all iPhones with Lightning connector.
    • Bluetooth pairing for most iPod and iPhone models with built-in Bluetooth.
    • Direct USB connectivity for music playback from select iPod and iPhone devices with 30-pin or Lightning connector.
    Note: AppRadio and AppRadioLive Modes are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to stability and display issues. To maintain use of AppRadio Mode, please continue using iOS 7.1.2 with your iPhone. Click here for more details from Pioneer.

    Designed for Android: Offering support for some of the most popular Android phones on the market and with the flexibility of the Android mobile platform, the AppRadio 4 provides the ability to control, view, and listen to compatible apps running on select Android powered smartphones. The AppRadio 4 offers -

    • AppRadio mode for select Android smartphones.
    • Bluetooth pairing for Android smartphones with built-in Bluetooth.
    • Direct USB connectivity for music playback from MSC compatible Android smartphones.
    • MirrorLink for select Samsung and Sony smartphones running Android operating system.

    Note: Click here for latest compatible MHL Android smartphones tested by Pioneer. Click here for a list of compatible MirrorLink  mobile phones.

    AppRadio & AppRadio Live Modes

    Warning: AppRadio and AppRadioLive Modes are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to stability and display issues. To maintain use of AppRadio Mode, please continue using iOS 7.1.2 with your iPhone. Click here for more details from Pioneer.

    AppRadio Mode for iPhone: Pioneer's AppRadio 4 utilizes your smartphone's data connection and existing wireless service to provide the ability to use many of your smartphone apps on the go inside the vehicle. Simply download Pioneer's free of charge AppRadio application onto your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 7.1.2), iPhone 5/5C/5S (iOS 7.1.2), or Android  (2.3.3+) device (from iTunes or Google Play) and connect to the AppRadio 4 receiver using the appropriate Pioneer connectivity kit (sold separately) to access compatible apps right from the dash of your car. You can stream select music and entertainment apps, as well as navigation and driver-assist apps, plus weather and helpful utility apps. The app content is optimized for use on the AppRadio 4's capacitive touch screen and all touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures are recognized as if you were directly interacting with your smartphone. The AppRadio app will even recommend and notify you of the latest compatible apps. You will need to purchase one of the following cable kits in order to connect your Apple iOS or Android device. Click here to view latest AppRadio apps.

    • The iPhone 4/4S requires the Pioneer CD-IU201S cable (130IU201S, sold separately); uses USB port 1.
    • The iPhone 5/5C/5S requires the HDMI connectivity kit (700PIOIPH5, sold separately) and Bluetooth connectivity; uses USB port 1.
    • Compatible Android Smartphones require the Pioneer Android cable (130CDAH200, sold separately); uses USB port 2. Click here for latest compatible Android smartphones tested by Pioneer.

    Note: To access compatible apps you must have an Apple iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone with the latest version of the AppRadio application from the Apple's iTunes App Store or Android Market. Your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    AppRadioLive: Now within the AppRadio App mode is the AppRadioLive App for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S (iOS 7.1.2). The AppRadioLive app simplifies AppRadio mode and your drive by combining the information you need during your commute into a single, easy-to-use interface. Maps, media, news information, and your events calendar are within reach within a smooth and intuitive interface on the head unit's touchscreen.

    • Maps: The AppRadioLive app uses the native maps from your smartphone overlaid with INRIX live traffic data to provide live traffic and incident information to give you an estimated time of arrival at your chosen destination. You can even use Yelp to find points of interest along the way, including restaurant ratings and reviews. The AppRadioLive map feature also allows destinations to b exported directly into any of the user's favorite AppRadio compatible navigation apps; such as MotionX-GPS Drive, iGO Primo, Navfree, and Waze to obtain route and voice guidance.
    • Media: AppRadioLive also lets you play your stored music library directly from your smartphone. And, you can access over 25 millions songs from your Rdio account. Or, you can access over 25,000+ radio shows and podcasts from your Stitcher account.
    • News: AppRadioLive lets you stay up to date on the latest news with the help of Feedly and text-to-speech technology. You can check the weather for your current location, home, work, or destination.
    • Calendar Events: The AppRadioLive app lets you stay organized by accessing your smartphone's calendar and Facebook events in a single, simple interface. Learn about nearby concerts, sporting events and more with EventSeeker, and easily add those events to your calendar.

    Navigation Apps: AppRadio Mode supports various navigation apps for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, and compatible Android smartphones.

    • Apple & Google Maps: You can view maps on the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen as you would on your iPhone (Apple maps) or Android (Google maps) device. You will still need to control the navigation app from your smartphone device's touchscreen.
    • Waze: Waze for iPhone or Android is a cool social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.
    • MotionX GPS Drive (iOS only): The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone. This navigation app also requires a $24.99 one time fee for the maps to display on-screen, and a one year $9.99 subscription for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, 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 iOS application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone 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. 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.
    • iGo Primo North America (iOS only): The iGO primo app ($24.99) is powered by the same tried-and-trusted iGO Engine used in millions of GPS navigation devices around the world. The maps are part of the application so there are no roaming fees (no need for cellular network coverage). Highlighted features include; fast, short, easy-to-follow, and green routes, automatic route recalculation, multipoint-route support, smart keyboard & history, TTS Pro, in-app shop, local/POI search, and more.
    • Navfree GPS Live (iOS only): NavFree GPS Live is a free navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search, live searches via Google and Microsoft Bing, and many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating.
    • INRIX Traffic (iOS only): 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 lifetime subscription) for iPhone 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.

    Note: The AppRadio 4 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 12' cable. The antenna plugs into the back of the radio and can be mounted on your dash with the included self-adhesive magnetic pad.

    Driver Assistant Apps: AppRadio mode also supports several driver assistant apps for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, and compatible Android smartphones.

    • Extra Mile: Extra Mile (for iPhone & Android) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel. Simply start the app when you start your car. It will automatically record distance traveled, fuel expenses, trip duration and driving pattern. When you reach your destination, just press the end button. View the trip details in a log or view every day's total on a calendar. If you forget to start your app, you can always add the trip details manually. Extra Mile features an easy-to-use mileage tracker, gas expense logger, driving habit analyzer, mileage diary for your business or personal expenses, and free voice-guided navigation.
    • DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of your smartphone device, the $9.99 DashCommand app (from the Apple Store or Google Play) 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.
    • CommuteWX (iOS only): CommuteWX ($2.99) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.
    • Parkopedia (iOS only): Parkopedia ($1.99) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.
    • Beej! (iOS only): Beej! for iPhone ($1.99) is an in-vehicle location/navigation application ($1.99). Beej! quickly identifies your position and allows you to select the nearest bank, bar, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant and more. Beej! provides a complete list of all the businesses in the category selected, including the distance from your current location and address, with options to get directions (via MotionX-GPS Drive app) or place a call to the selected business. The layout and aesthetics provide optimal in-vehicle viewing, without becoming a distraction for drivers from safe vehicle operations.
    • Saving Fuel (iOS only): According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three of the riskiest driving behaviors are hard acceleration, hard deceleration, and hard swerves. Saving Fuel monitors your acceleration, braking, cornering, and idling to gather an overall score for each trip. It scores your driving behavior and car health, as well as gives you tips to help you drive safely.
    • TPMS (iOS only): Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) app automatically monitors pressures and temperatures of tires in real-time. It immediately alerts drivers when there is an abnormal tire pressure through voice alerts and flashing lights.
    • Glympse (Android only): Glympse for Android is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. No sign-up needed and no new social network to manage. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your ETA and location in real-time for the length of time you choose. When the timer on your Glympse expires, your location is no longer visible. Best of all, recipients do not need any special software to view a Glympse. Send a Glympse via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter, and recipients can view it using any web-enabled device

    Music Apps: In addition, Pioneer's App Radio mode supports lots of music apps for your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone.

    • CarMediaPlayer: The Pioneer CarMediaPlayer (for iPhone & Android) allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your iPhone or Android smartphone's music library directly from the Pioneer touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View functions. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the touchscreen display.
    • Pandora Radio: The Pandora App (for iPhone & Android) lets you play and control music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio using your connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. 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 (for iPhone & Android) is a free online music radio station that lets you stream your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone or Android smartphone. 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.
    • iHeartAuto: The iHeartAuto app (for iPhone & Android) provides safe, easy, and free access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country. Plus, in the same app you can create custom stations based on your favorite artists or songs. With the top live radio stations in America and more than 15 million songs in our catalog, iHeartAuto features more music, backed by better music programming, than any other service available.
    • MIXTRAX: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app ($1.99) analyzes the music in your iPhone's or Android smartphone's library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
    • StreamS HiFi (iOS only): The StreamS HiFi Radio app has been optimized the iPhone. The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($3.99) 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.
    • gMusic (iOS only): Google Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic is the only Google Music Player app with Pioneer AppRadio support, full playlist editing, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation. Other gMusic features include very fast load time, create an instant playlist, add songs to existing playlists, search by Artist/Song/Album/Genre, and remembers what you were listening to for quick resume after closing the app.
    • Stezza (iOS only): Take control of your iPhone's music with style and ease, because the Stezza app has big buttons for big fingers. Featuring a modern design, playing music has never been safer when driving, riding or running. Multiple color themes for the fashion conscious, all the usual controls, podcasts and iTunes Match supported.
    • MyPV (iOS only): The MyPV app for iPhone uses an up-to-date music video ranking system from eight countries across the world, so you can select your favorite promotional videos and create playlists. You can put videos registered on your playlists on continuous playback. Because you can also register search results from YouTube for playlists, you can easily create lists using your favorite videos. You can also repeat and loop videos registered on your playlists.
    • 7digital (Android only): 7digital for Android is a leading digital music provider which sells high quality MP3s across 32 countries worldwide. With over 20 million tracks you're sure to find what you're looking for. With this app you can Sync your 7digital music from the cloud to your phone wirelessly, play music that is already stored on your device, and browse top album and track charts, new releases and recommendations right on the screen of the Pioneer receiver.
    Note: The AppRadio 4's music apps can run in the background while you are using a navigation app.

    Utility Apps: Pioneer's AppRadio mode supports additional helpful apps for your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    • Calendar: You can view your iPhone or Android smartphone'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 or Android smartphone, and even route to contacts stored within your iPhone, or Android smartphone's contact list.
    • Car Browser (iOS only): Access the internet directly from your vehicle's dashboard with Pioneer's CarBrowser app for iPhone ($1.99). When used in conjunction with the Pioneer AppRadio 4, CarBrowser allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged. Outside of the vehicle, CarBrowser can be used as a standalone alternative to your iPhone's default browser.
    • EasyCar Touch (iOS only): The EasyCar app is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.
    • Top Headlines (iOS only): Top Headlines lets to you listen to any/all of the today's SKY NEWS, NDTV INDIA, YAHOO NEWS and THE WEEK. Plays today's top headlines. You can either play any one channel or all the channels. You can just play the headline and you have option for description. Post news headlines on your Facebook and Twitter account, or you can email the headlines.
    • CarKeyboard (Android only): The CarKeyboard app for Android allows you to input text directly from the 7" capacitive touchscreen display of the AppRadio 4 . CarKeyboard is a customizable multi-language keyboard that works in conjunction with the AppRadio app and can also be used as the default keyboard on your Android device.
    • Voice Directory (Android only): Voice Directory is a hands-free app that uses voice to search Yellow Pages' business listings in the US and call the phone number directly. Use voice to search for a business near you or by city and state, to search by business name or business type, or to call the business directly.

    Videos & Photo Apps: AppRadio mode even supports video & photo viewing from your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, and Android smartphone.

    • Video Apps: With your vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, stored movie downloads (from iTunes or GooglePlay) can be viewed on the AppRadio 4's touchscreen through the CarMediaPlayer app. You will control the video or movie with your iPhone or Android device, not the AppRadio.
    • Photos: You are able to view photos stored on your iPhone or Android smartphone on the Pioneer AppRadio's touchscreen display. You're able to access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshow.
    Note: Your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to watch videos or photos on the AppRadio 4's touchscreen monitor.

    CarPlay & MirrorLink

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: The AppRadio 4 features Apple CarPlay. CarPlay is the smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone in the vehicle. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch. Apple CarPlay is compatible with Apple iPhone with Lightning-connector (iOS 7.1+). Your iPhone must be connected to the AppRadio's USB 1 port via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Pioneer's CD-IU52 Lightning Cable (sold separately). CarPlay supports Siri voice control and is specially designed for hands-free driving scenarios. It also works with the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen controls and offers functionality just like your iPhone with Lightning connector. .

    • Maps: CarPlay delivers the power and simplicity of Apple Maps to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone: CarPlay allows you to make and receive phone calls, as well as listen to voicemails from your connected iPhone through the Pioneer AppRadio 4. As soon as you tap the "Phone" icon, Siri will ask you who you want to call. You can also use the receiver's touchscreen to dial a phone number from its numeric keypad, or your Favorites, Recents, or Contacts. In addition, you get access to your voicemails. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer.
    • Messages: CarPlay also gives you access to your text messages through the receiver via Siri. Using Siri, you can send and reply to your text messages; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
    • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus iTunes radio from the AppRadio 4. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the AppRadio 4's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music.
    • Now Playing: Tap the Now Playing icon on the AppRadio 4's touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
    • Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying podcasts, music, and radio. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include Podcasts and Spotify (more supported Apps coming soon). Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Pioneer receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Other Functions: Within the CarPlay's touchscreen menu is a circular icon which acts like the back button on your iPhone. In addition there is an "AppRadio" icon which exists CarPlay and takes you back to the AppRadio 4' Home Menu.
    Note: All functionality of CarPlay is accessible without the parking brake engaged.

    MirrorLink: In addition to AppRadio mode and CarPlay, the AppRadio 4 supports MirrorLink, an in-vehicle connectivity solution created by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). Similar to AppRadio Mode & CarPlay, MirrorLink is integrated into the AppRadio 4 and offers a vehicle-specific interface and connectivity with MirrorLink certified devices from smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony. MirrorLink gives you a custom interface so you can access your music, map services, and your phone to make hands-free calls on-the-go. The Pioneer CD-MU200 MirrorLink Cable (130CDMU200, sold separately) is required to connect your MirrorLink-compatible Samsung Galaxy S3/Note 2 or Sony  Xperia Z smartphone. This cable plugs into the AppRadio 4's USB 2 port. MirrorLink lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication directly from the Pioneer AppRadio 4's touchscreen.

    • Music: You can listen to every music file stored in the smartphone. You can search for your music files by Favorites, Playlists, Artists, Albums, or All Songs.
    • Location (Drive): You can navigate via Google Maps. You are able to speak and type destinations. The app provides you with an on-screen map screen and audible directions.
    • Phone (Call): The app retrieves all contact information stored in the smartphone. You can make and answer phone calls from the head unit's touchscreen, just as you would normally do on your smartphone. The head unit will even read aloud text messages and let you reply.
    • Samsung: Galaxy S 3, Galaxy Note 2; requires download of the "Drive Link" application from Samsung Apps.
    • Sony: Xperia Z (with latest firmware update)
    Note: To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S 3 or Note 2, the free "Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S 3/Note 2 smartphone. Click here for a full list of compatible MirrorLink mobile phones.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The AppRadio 4 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AppRadio 4.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AppRadio 4 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit; only one device can be used at a time.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The AppRadio 4 supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the AppRadio 4 provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The head 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 4 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the AppRadio 4, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Direct Dialing: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad (0-9, *, #, +).
    • Preset Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book (w/ Alphabet Search): The phone book (up to 800 contacts) in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    Note: All Bluetooth phone functions are available with our without the parking brake engaged.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Pioneer AppRadio 4 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the AppRadio 4 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. (app must also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

    Siri Eyes-Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri (iOS 6.1+) via Bluetooth, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone for "Siri Eyes-Free" functionality. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle's speakers and the user's commands and questions are received and transmitted to the receiver using the external microphone. Siri Eyes-Free provides access to many iPhone Siri functions such as music selection, making phone calls, and audible navigation (map will be displayed on iPhone); as well as listening to text messages, calendar information, and reminders. The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

    Note: The head unit's touchscreen monitor will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer AppRadio 4; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio 4 using your USB-connected (port 1), Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), as well as Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The Pioneer AppRadio 4 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your Station or Genre List and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.

    • iPhone Connectivity: Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AppRadio 4 via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (CD-IU51 / CD-IU52 / CD-IU201V / CD-IU201S / CD-IH202), the connector-cable that came with your iPhone, or via Bluetooth.
    • Android Connectivity: Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AppRadio 4. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Note: Access to the Pandora Radio service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display. 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 Station Memory) 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. You can even enter an AM/FM frequency directly, using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9). Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.

    Direct USB Connectivity

    Dual USB Ports: The unit's two rear-panel USB (type-A) ports and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Pioneer AppRadio 4. The receiver also display song/artist information and will charge your connected USB device.

    • Music Browsing: Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB & SD/SDHC memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and
    • Link Play: Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.
    • Song/Artist Info: The receiver will display elapsed playing time, artist name, song title, album title, and album art.
    • Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (1.6A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: The unit's USB ports are not compatible with newer MTP Android smartphones running Honeycomb or newer operating systems (OS).

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a MSC USB device.

    Media Type USB (MSC only)
    File System FAT 32 or NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 5-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    AAC:
    8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WAV: 8-/16-bit rate; 16-48kHz sampling rates
    FLAC: 8-/16-bit rate; 16-44.1kHz sampling rates
    Video DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    MPEG-2/4:
    400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    H.264:
    400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    WMV: 400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    Photo JPEG: max resolution of 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 1,500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver. 1.0,/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags
    Note: Videos and Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Direct via USB: In addition to full support of the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 also supports playback of stored music and music apps (but not AppRadio app) from your other 30-pin or Lightning connector Apple devices via either USB port. The AppRadio 4 will even display video from 30-pin Apple devices that support video transfer through its USB and AV connection.

    • Lightning Connector Apple Device: If you desire only music playback from your Lightning-connector Apple device, simply use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the AppRadio 4.
    • 30-Pin Apple Device: If you own an older 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone, use the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod Video cable (130IU201V, sold separately) for playback of music and movies files stored on your device, as well as music apps. Simply use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device if you desire stored music and music app playback only.
    Note: The receiver's USB connection provides 1.6A of current to power and charge your connected Apple device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your Apple device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your 30-pin or Lightning connector Apple device from the AppRadio 4's touchscreen, as well as view song/artist information on-screen.

    • Content Browsing: From the head unit, you can search your Apple device's audio content by iTunes Radio, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and your video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, or TV Show.
    • ABC Search: Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Link Search: In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.
    • Repeat & Random: You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • Song/Artist Info: In addition, the AppRadio 4 receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art.
    Note: Older iPod/iPhone device's will be locked during connection, but Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked so you can also control the iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 10/15/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth** Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPhone AppRadio* CarPlay Pandora Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note:
    • *AppRadio Mode and AppRadioLive Mode are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to stability and display issues. To maintain use of AppRadio Mode, please continue using iOS 7.1.2 with your iPhone. Click here for more details from Pioneer.
    • **Bluetooth connectivity for iPod/iPhone will automatically be terminated when your Apple device is connected to the AppRadio 4 via a Lightning or 30-pin to USB cable.
    • 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.

    Touchscreen & SWC

    6.2" LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The front of the Pioneer AppRadio 4 features a clean & simple aesthetic look with only six physical buttons (Home, Volume up/down, Mode, Skip Previous/Next) combined with a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.2" 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. The AppRadio 4' 6.2" capacitive touchscreen offers touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the AppRadio mode interface, CarPlay, MirrorLink, Pandora, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth. All of the AppRadio 4's controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation to promote a safe driving experience.

    • Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AppRadio 4's "Favorites" menu screen. Registering your favorite menu items allows you to quickly jump to the registered menu item by a simple touch on the favorites menu. Up to 12 menu items can be registered as a "Favorite".
    • OSD + Backgrounds: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background display can be selected from 8 different preset displays for the AV Operation screen and 5 different preset displays for the Home Menu screen. In addition, you can change the background display to other images imported from an external USB device.
    • Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video - Full (4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only; enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions), Zoom (4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen), Normal (4:3 picture is displayed as it is).
    • Picture Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for the head unit's video source and rear-view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).
    • Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.
    Note: The unit offers English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.

    Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used touch-sensitive buttons along the left edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music.

    Pass-Code Security: You can create a 5 to 16 character password that must be entered if the head unit is disconnected from power.

    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 stopped with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 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. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Optional Steering Wheel Control Adapter: 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Audio Section

    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.

    • 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)
    Note: The power specifications for the AppRadio 4 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Pioneer AppRadio 4 lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Crossovers: The AppRadio 4 employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

    • HPF: The head unit's 12dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
    • LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an18dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.

    EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 13-Band Graphic 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. The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 13-band graphic equalizer (50, 80, 125, 200, 315, 500, 800, 1.25k, 2k, 3.15k, 5k, 8k, and 12.5k Hz).

    Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's rear-panel AUX 3.5mm input. The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

    Audio Settings: The head unit provides further sound adjustments for your car audio system.

    • Listening Position & Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-200") for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (AM, Pandora, iPod, Apps) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App/Media App Control mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    AV Output (w/ Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. You can simultaneously enjoy the same or different sources in the front and rear of your vehicle. The unit's A/V output can be set to Mirror, AV-IN, USB, iPod, or Off. The Mirror mode simply outputs the same audio/video signal which is playing on the head unit's touchscreen monitor to your connected rear monitor/headphone system.

    HDMI Input: In addition to AppRadio mode for iPhone and Android, the receiver's HDMI input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device (not the Pioneer head unit).

    Rear View Camera: The AppRadio 4 is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input to connecting an optional rear-view camera, like Pioneer's ND-BC6  (130NDBC6, sold separately).

    • Auto Reverse Switching:  The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image when an optional rear camera is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the reverse wire in the included harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.1 seconds.
    • Guidelines: The unit also provides four on-screen guidelines to assist you when backing up your vehicle.
    • Towing: You can even select for the rear-view camera to stay on at all times, so you can keep an eye on the trailer you are towing. 
     
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    Written By Jim, Winchester, CA on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
     
    I bought this from Pioneer direct and I was initially excited when I received my unit. I took it out of the box and was immediately a little let down. The build quality doesn't seem to be up to Pioneer's previous standards (i.e: NEX4000). The casing didn't seem as solid and the face plate seemed cheap. I expected more for the purchase price. There was also one more huge deal breaker (at least for my 2011 Dodge Nitro). The face of the radio (the chrome area on this unit where you would normally attach a trim ring or mount into a dash kit) is about 1/2 as deep as any other double din radio available. This resulted in large, unacceptable gaps when I fit checked the radio with my dash kit. I wound up requesting a return the same day This may not be an issue for others but I couldn't make it work and I wanted future buyers to be aware of it. I didn't even bother to unpack the wire harness and the other accessories because if it physically won't fit, it doesn't mater how well it works.
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