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Video: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

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Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

Pioneer's 2014 NEX receiver line brings the best of entertainment and driving features to your dash. Combining Pioneer's fantastic touchscreen interface with top-notch sound, they'll really make a statement in your dash. Get a rundown of the entire line in this video.

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Logan: Hi. My name's Logan from Crutchfield, here at 2014 CES. I've got Harry from Pioneer here who's gonna tell us a little bit more about their new media receivers.

Harry: I want to show you, okay, a couple of new Pioneer in-dash receivers that, I've gotta tell ya, I've been in this business a long time, I have never seen receivers this cool and you are gonna dig it so much when you see them. They are all called NEX receivers. That means Network Entertainment Experience.

Okay, there are five in-dash receivers in the NEX lineup, alright. The NEX 4000 is the high-end audio/video piece that does not have built in navigation. The next one in line is the 5000. Okay, that's a 6.2" screen with built in navigation, alright. The next one up is the 6000 NEX, and the 6000 is a 6.2" screen with built in nav and there we're gonna add in HD radio and that will also give you traffic information for navigation and will add in the HDMI input. The next one up is the 7000 NEX. The 7000 NEX goes up to a 7" screen. And then you have the big one up here, the 8000 NEX-7" screen, that is the capacitive touch screen.

So the first thing we'll do is let's.well, let me go back to my home screen-then we will adjust these shortcuts across the bottom. I'm gonna touch "AV" and that thing whips open. Now let's say I want to do USB because I use that a lot as one of my shortcuts. I'll just drag that up there and replace Bluetooth, then I'll touch that again and it comes right back down. So I don't care what you like to listen to, whatever source it is, make that one of your shortcuts across the bottom.

Let's go to the SiriusXM screen and we'll take a look at that. Now this requires the add-on SXV200 tuner, and Pioneer is the first company to show album art from SiriusXM. This album art is being broadcast by SiriusXM and when there's album art available it will automatically show up on the screen. It also shows you your station logos and the station logos in your pre-set list here too. Here's something that you can do. With SiriusXM tuners you can kind of use them like a DVR for the radio. So I'm just gonna grab this little time bar across the bottom and drag it backwards to see what's been playing on this channel in the past half hour or so. So it's like a DVR for SiriusXM built right in there.

If I want, I can show the navigation maps on the screen, too. And this, you'll see, is also very fluid and moves really quickly. So this is still prototype software, but you get the idea of how fast and powerful this system is. We'll hit that and switch back to our "AV" screen there.

The NEX radios have dual camera inputs. Okay, so you have a dedicated back up camera. When you put the vehicle in reverse, back up camera switches on automatically, but now we're giving you the option of switching to a second camera. Maybe it's a front camera or a curb feeler camera, a side-mirror camera, or maybe something dedicated to your tow vehicle behind you, something like that. A second camera input is pretty cool.

We've been doing things like MP3, WMA, AAC files, WAV files for a long time. For the first time Pioneer is introducing FLAC compatibility with the NEX radios. It is not just like low-end FLAC, we can do up to pretty high end FLAC resolution — 24-bit resolution, 192 kHZ playback. So high-end FLAC and a number of different video codecs including MP4 and high-def video that'll automatically be down-converted by the system to play back here. That'll play back through USB or through an SD card.

When you look at the back of these radios, you'll see an additional port that's, you know, kind of new. It looks like about an 8-pin port on the back, and that is for iDatalink Maestro compatibility, and what that means, if you don't understand, is that many new vehicles will have something built in like OnStar or maybe they'll have Ford SYNC built in, and you want to keep those things. You want to keep your factory satellite radio tuner. You want to keep your factory Bluetooth microphone. Maybe you want to keep the factory USB ports that are in the console, something like that.

iDatalink, combined with the NEX radios, give you that capability, and you'll see in the "source" button-let me go right out here and do a quick demo. In the "source" button I'm gonna hit "AV" here and here's "my vehicle". When this is hooked up to iDatalink "my vehicle" will be lit up and you can get to the sources that are native to your car, factory to the car.

Logan: All right. Thank you very much, Harry.

Harry: My pleasure.