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Pioneer AVH-2330NEX DVD receiver review

A test run in the Crutchfield parking lot

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Pioneer AVH-2330NEX stereo review

Pioneer has a long track record of top-notch A/V receivers, and their NEX-series DVD stereos continue to lead the way for looks, user-friendliness, and audio excitement. I checked out the Pioneer AVH-2330NEX DVD receiver in the Crutchfield parking lot to see how it would perform and sound.

Pioneer AVH-2330NEX DVD receiver

A gorgeous interface with convenient control

The AVH-2330NEX DVD receiver looks fantastic. It’s a double-DIN (4" tall) stereo with a 7" touchscreen display that’s quite legible in direct sunlight. Along the bottom row are buttons for volume, getting to the home screen, using apps, changing sources, plus a microphone button for engaging voice control.

The stereo’s home screen is intuitive. It allowed me to quickly move between functions or change the settings with just my fingertip. And it’s so fast — there’s no delay getting from one screen or source to the other. Since it’s a DVD receiver, there are plenty of media options: CD, DVD, HD Radio®, thumb drive, and smartphone.

Pioneer AVH-2330NEX stereo review

Apple CarPlay™ makes using my iPhone easy

Connecting my iPhone® 6S brought up Apple CarPlay on the Pioneer’s screen immediately. I could switch between my music and podcasts with ease. I planned a route to a record store an hour away using the Maps function and it gave me three route options — all before leaving the parking lot. I could even set the volume for voice guidance to be louder or softer than my music.

Map screen

Siri voice controls promote keeping my hands on the wheel

While I was testing things out my wife sent me a text and Siri® read it aloud to me. If i had been out driving around, this would've kept me from taking my eyes off the road. I was also able to compose a reply to her text by tapping the microphone button and speaking aloud to Siri.

Siri screen

Discovering new tunes with music apps

I also checked out the Pandora and iHeartRadio apps through the screen. I was able to thumbs up/down on songs on both so they could learn what I like. I’m a community radio DJ myself, so through iHeartRadio I looked up different stations, including real-time college radio broadcasts from Texas and California. I was also able to check out stations dedicated to comedy and some of my favorite acts like Stereolab and Jerry Garcia.

It does Android Auto™, too

Even though I’m an iPhone user, I’m impressed that the stereo also does Android Auto for all you die-hard Android fans out there — the screen’s ideal for it.

Making the most of the sonic enhancements

A renewed emphasis on sound quality really shows in the details. The 13-band graphic equalizer is easy to adjust on the 7" screen. I could change cutoff points and slopes for the  filters with my fingertip, and I settled on 80 Hz with a 24 dB/octave slope for the low-pass filter.

Setting the listening position and time alignment was easy enough, with the receiver giving me the option to focus on the driver or front passenger or spreading the love around to the rest of the car.

sonic control

Seven preset curves let me emphasize different characteristics of my music. I created custom presets to drive home the bass on my 24-bit FLAC files of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, or really feel the tight harmonies on my Pet Sounds CD by The Beach Boys.

Few things are more annoying than an awkward transition between sources, so I dig that the audio gently fades out when switching sources. I'm able to go from listening to a local station in HD Radio to my favorite podcasts from my iPhone without blasting my ears out.

Don with Pioneer receiver

There's a lot more to explore with the AVH-2330NEX, including how well it performs on the open road, but alas I only have so much time available for evaluations. But it certainly pulled its own weight in the parking lot proving ground.

Interested? We can fill in even more details

Want to learn more about the Pioneer AVH-2330NEX, or our other double-DIN receiver offerings? You can call, email, or chat with one of our expert Advisors. They'll be happy to let you know what fits your vehicle and what accessories you can add (like a rear-view camera or satellite radio tuner) to make your drive even more enjoyable.

  • Brenden from Wichita

    Posted on 8/25/2018

    I have a 2007 avalanche with the rear DVD player from the factory. Are any of these pioneer receivers able to use this function? To where I can put a DVD in and the kids can watch them?

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 8/27/2018

    Hi Brenden - It appears that you should be able to use this particular Pioneer DVD receiver (or its replacement, the AVH-2440NEX DVD receiver) in your Avalanche, but you'll likely need a video adapter to make the factory rear-seat screen work with it. Visit our Avalanche vehicle profile page for some general tips on upgrading your Avalanche, and talk to one of our Advisors via chat, email, or phone for a more specific solution for your vehicle that'll keep the kids entertained on the road.
  • Hil

    Posted on 4/27/2018

    Who is the "die hard" when Android dominates the market. ;)

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/2/2018

    Hi Joe - The three main differences between the two models are: 1) the AVH-2330NEX has a full 7" touchscreen display, while the AVH-1300NEX has a 6.2" display; 2) the AVH-2330NEX has Android Auto capability and the AVH-1300NEX does not; and 3) the AVH-2330NEX has an HD Radio tuner, and the AVH-1300NEX does not. We've stopped carrying the AVH-2330NEX, so you might want to check out its replacement, the Pioneer AVH-2440NEX DVD receiver. One of our Advisors will be happy to assist if you have any further questions!

  • Joe Misock from Kokomo

    Posted on 4/2/2018

    What's the difference between between this 2330 and the 1300

  • Mike from Chico

    Posted on 11/17/2017

    I am considering buying this unit. Jason, where you able to get a cable that works? Or perhaps other folks who have a google phone with a USBC connection could chime in? -Thanks!

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/1/2017

    Jason, Pioneer is aware of this issue. If you purchased your receiver from us, give us a call for free Tech Support. If you did not, contact Pioneer Tech Support directly at 1-800-421-1404.

  • Jason Carver from Madison, WI

    Posted on 10/31/2017

    I bought this unit to use specifically with Android Auto via a Pixel XL. Needless to say it has never worked. The integration is not there..... I have tried all different cables as mentioned including the factory. It mentions to make sure the vehicle is in park which it is and to have the parking brake set. None of this has made a difference. Other than this issue (reason why I bought it) its a great unit. Easy to use and the fit looks great ('17 Jeep Wrangler).

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/25/2017

    Carmen, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Carmen

    Posted on 10/24/2017

    is this model compatible with the toyota yaris 2007 - sedan with stereo system?

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/21/2017

    Hi Vince: good to hear that you're interested in this receiver. As far as finding an install shop, you have a few options. There's always the word-of-mouth route, or you can search customer ratings for local shops on a site like Yelp, Google, or Facebook. Or you can chat with one of our Advisors online or over the phone about the InstallerNet program, which hooks you up with a shop in your area with the purchase of a pre-paid card (which we sell) covering the work. And if you have some free time, you could even take a trip to the Crutchfield retail store in Charlottesville and have one of our certified installers do the job - you can call our store at (434) 817-1100 to make an appointment and learn about our retail stores on this page.

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/18/2017

    Richard, the remote included with the radio only provides basic functionality. Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, Track Forward/Backward. The MODE Button will transition between CarPlay and Pioneer's screen but MENU will not bring up the radio's menus nor can you navigate them with the arrow buttons. Besides the POWER/SOURCE button, none others are functional so the answer to the question is that you cannot adjust any options with the remote on this unit. They have to be selected and adjusted via the touchscreen.

  • Vince from Springfield, VA

    Posted on 9/14/2017

    Looks great....but where can one find a quality shop to install in Northern VA ?

  • Richard from KANKAKEE

    Posted on 9/14/2017

    Not a big fan of the pioneer interface. Do love the sound quality. Are you able to adjust any options with the remote on this unit? Tht is my main issue with my Pioneer Receiver. Had to use the touch screen to make adjustments. The touch isn't very user Friendly.