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DVD receiver

Item # 130280BT

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About the Pioneer AVH-280BT

Bluetooth® improves your drive

I love having Bluetooth in my car. Not only can I do hands-free calling, but I've also got easy wireless access to the media on my smartphone — perfect for catching up on news, podcasts, or checking out a cool new playlist on Spotify. Pioneer's AVH-280BT DVD receiver will let you tap into this world too. If your smartphone plays it, you can listen to it without having to fumble with aux inputs and cables. And, with most sources, this Pioneer offers touchscreen control over your music too.

Bluetooth® improves your drive

I love having Bluetooth in my car. Not only can I do hands-free calling, but I've also got easy wireless access to the media on my smartphone — perfect for catching up on news, podcasts, or checking out a cool new playlist on Spotify. Pioneer's AVH-280BT DVD receiver will let you tap into this world too. If your smartphone plays it, you can listen to it without having to fumble with aux inputs and cables. And, with most sources, this Pioneer offers touchscreen control over your music too.

If you enjoy your music from other sources, never fear. This receiver covers the bases with CD and DVD playback, an aux input, and iPod® and iPhone® control via USB. And if you want the added attraction of video playback, you can watch DVDs when the parking brake is engaged, or send the video output to optional rear seat screens so your passengers can enjoy some video entertainment when you're heading out on a long trip (or a trip to the store).

Impressive sound

I've got a Pioneer in my car, and I can testify to the sound quality I enjoy every time I turn the key. The AVH-280BT rocks out with a powerful MOSFET amplifier, while the versatile 5-band equalizer tames the rough spots in your car's acoustics. If you're looking for a little more punch, connect an amp or powered sub to the two sets of preamp outputs and kick things up a notch.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • three selectable illumination colors and blue key color
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control — optional adapter required for viewing video content (see Details tab for info)
    • playback and control of music files on compatible Android devices
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • 5-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • digital time alignment
    Expandability:
    • inputs: rear A/V input, rear USB input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other Information:

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.2" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 58" USB extension cable
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty sheet (US/Canada)

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 6.2
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 12 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
    High-res Playback N
    The Pioneer AVH-280BT replaces these items:

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    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    LCD Touchscreen: The AVH-280BT features a 6.2" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchascreen display allows you to control this unit and a connected component; such as an iPod/iPhone, USB mass storage class device, or Bluetooth. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    • Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AVH-280BT'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".
    • Color Customization: You can choose between 3 display colors - Red, Blue, or Green.
    • 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), hue (adjust color tone), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).
    Note: 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.

    Front-Panel Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen with blue illumination. Controls included Eject, Volume Mute, Source, Display, Previous/Next Track, and Fast Forward/Reverse.

    Dimmer: To prevent the touchscreen display and button illumination from being too bright at night, the illumination 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. You can also turn on or off the dimmer manually. You can even set a timer for the dimmer to turn on or off.

    Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-1800DVD receiver supports Pioneer's IR remotes (sold separately) and is steering wheel remote compatible (adapter required).

    • Optional Wireless Remote: The AVH-280BT is compatible with Pioneer's CD-R55 wireless remote control or CD-SR100 steering-wheel mount IR remote (both sold separately).
    • Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-280BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-280BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0, 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), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (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 AVH-280BT.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-280BT 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 AVH-280BT supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the AVH-X2800BS 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 AVH-280BT 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 AVH-280BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).
    • Preset Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book: The phone book (up to 1,000 contacts) in your Bluetooth enabled mobile 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.
    • Call Log: The 50 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the touchscreen monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to access these functions.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Pioneer AVH-280BT 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 AVH-280BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4-up 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

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer AVH-280BT supports direct connection of your Lightning or 30-pin connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm jack. The AVH-280BT offers audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple iPod/iPhone models. The AVH-280BT allows your iPod/iPhone's music library to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 91dB.

    • Lightning Dock Connector: If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning-connector, 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 AVH-280BT for music playback only.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod or iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device for stored music and music app playback. Use the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod Video cable (sold separately) for playback of music and movies files stored on your device, as well as music and movie apps.
    Note: Video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-280BT offers head unit control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your USB-connected iPod/iPhone device.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's touchscreen, you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio content by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and your video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, or TV Show.  Once you have selected a category, the music or video content is listed alphabetically. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Display: In addition, the head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. It will also display song/artist information of select music apps (not all apps will be compatible).
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-280BT supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/23/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
    iPhone
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 9.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th/6th 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N
    2/3 9.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    Air 1/2 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 1/2/3/4 9.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y

    Note: 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The AVH-280BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs with music & video files.

    • Off Insert: You can insert a disc with the unit's power off. The receiver will remain off until you press one of the unit's push-buttons.
    • Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.
    • Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-280BT.

    USB Mass Storage Class Device Compatible: The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port 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) 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 AVH-280BT. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The head unit's USB port does not support newer Android smartphones with Ice Cream, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, or newer operating systems.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-280BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/-RW/-R DL) USB (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, UDF FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320 kbps; sampling frequency of 8-48kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 8-44.1kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps; sampling frequency of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 8-8kHz
    WAV: bit depth of 8/16-bits; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Video DivX: Maximum resolution of 720 pixels x 576 pixels (4GB Max file size) AVI: maximum resolution of 720 pixels x 480 pixels (30fps)
    MP4: maximum resolution of 720 pixels x 480 pixels (30fps)
    MOV:
    maximum resolution of 720 pixels x 480 pixels (30fps)
    Photo N/A JPEG: max resolution of 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files

    CD: 300 folders/999 files
    DVD: 300 folders/3,500 files

    300 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.

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of  music, movie, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a connected USB device, so you can easily access your content.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-280BT is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The Pioneer AVH-280BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    • 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 AVH-280BT 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.

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

    2V/4CH Preouts + Sub Control: The Pioneer AVH-280BT features two pair of 2.0-volt preouts (Front & Rear/SW). The unit's Rear/SW preouts can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Crossovers: The AVH-280BT 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/ 5-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 5-band graphic equalizer (100, 315, 1.25k, 3.15k, & 8k Hz).

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

    • Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.
    • Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).
    • 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 unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. The beep tone can be turned on or off.

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner 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. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    AV Connections

    AV Input: The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting an external audio/video device. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the AV input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    Video Output: The AVH-280BT features a rear-panel composite video output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can play back the same video source which is being played on the head unit. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.

    Rear-View Camera: The AVH-280BT is equipped with a composite video rear-view camera input for the addition of an optional backup camera (130NDBC8, sold separately). The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image. When the vehicle's transmission is put in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (violet/white wire of the harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.0 seconds.

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    Customer Q&A

    Q
    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Second purchase of this unit for another vehicle. Love the fit and function! [ Jeremy  Oct 31, 2016 ]
    A
    Cheap and has many great features! [ Walter  Jul 18, 2016 ]
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    Good suggestion by Zyggi Ziggy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=37 [ Lori  May 05, 2016 ]
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    Was looking to replace outdated factory radio, and this radio met the qualifications I need. It has Bluetooth connectivity, and a solid sound system with it. It is very affordable for a touch screen, and had everything I was looking for. [ William  Apr 17, 2016 ]

    24 questions already asked

    Q
    Is 280bt compatible with iPhone 7 plus? The manual only references up to 6+.
    [ Jennifer  May 10, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    Yes it does. I Bluetooth my favorite music like a boss
    [ Marty  May 13, 2017 ]
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    It works my iPhone 7 so it shouldn't be a problem.
    [ David  May 11, 2017 ]
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    Yes it's compatible. I also have a 7+ and will also charge phone.
    [ VICTORINO  May 11, 2017 ]
    Q
    Will it work on a factory back up camera on a 2013 civic?
    [ Barca  Nov 11, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Kenny  Nov 11, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can I connect a bluetooth speaker to the AVH-280BT?
    [ Rich  Oct 16, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    My car is Bluetooth ready and it works great. I can also sync my phone. So I would think so.
    [ DEON  Oct 17, 2016 ]
    Q
    Can the faceplate on this particular unit detach and reattach manually or is there a faceplate cover? Just for security purposes.
    [ Ernie  Oct 11, 2016 ]
    2 answers
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    This unit has no faceplate
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
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    no, once secured, it requires screwdriver disassembly
    [ German  Oct 11, 2016 ]
    Q
    Does it show the name or the song and who sings it when playing the radio?
    [ Daniel  Aug 16, 2016 ]
    4 answers
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    Yes it does
    [ Lori  Aug 17, 2016 ]
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    on ipod or device if its plugged in . not sure bout radio
    [ Mark  Aug 16, 2016 ]
    A
    It depends on radio station. Some do and others do not. If you utilize Bluetooth I have noticed that Pandora is best for displaying the name, song, etc while others may show the first song but generally don't come through after that.
    [ JIM  Aug 16, 2016 ]
    A
    Yes it does
    [ Ga Hitmen  Aug 16, 2016 ]
    Q
    Does this unit auto dim the lights when I turn on the headlights? Or do I have to manually dim the unit every time I turn the headlights on? Thank you
    [ Ian  Aug 08, 2016 ]
    3 answers
    A
    It does not auto dim. I just use a single brightness that is not too bright at night but bright enough to see during the day
    [ Nicholas  Aug 09, 2016 ]
    A
    There's an illumination wire that's on the harness for this radio. Match up the wires and it will dim when you turn the headloghts on. That's how I have mine set up
    [ sean  Aug 09, 2016 ]
    A
    Yes, it auto dims also there is a setting in the setup menu so you can change the settings.
    [ jim  Aug 08, 2016 ]
    Q
    Can I hook up a sub and an amp to this?
    [ Brandon  Jul 27, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes, its very easy to do so
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    A
    Yes, the Pioneer AVH-280BT features two pair of 2.0-volt preouts; including a configurable non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
    [ Larry  Aug 01, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is there a wireless remote you can buy that is compatible with this radio?
    [ Kayla  Jun 18, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Yes! Optional Wireless Remote: The AVH-280BT is compatible with Pioneer's CD-R55 wireless remote control or CD-SR100 steering-wheel mount IR remote (both sold separately).
    [ sean  Jun 19, 2016 ]
    Q
    When playing back songs via bluetooth/cd/etc can you slide with your finger the current song location track marker to skip to different parts within the song?
    [ Chris  Jun 10, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    A
    no not on this head unit.
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    A
    I just tried it. I could drag through the song while playing a CD and with my iPhone connected via usb but not while utilizing Bluetooth. Hope this helps.
    [ Jason  Jun 10, 2016 ]
    Q
    If on streaming a website on my android phone with music, will it come over this radio unit too?
    [ Virgil  May 22, 2016 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I would stream music through youtube, and it would come through the bluetooth.
    [ Brian  May 23, 2016 ]
    A
    Does with my iphone6
    [ ROGER  May 23, 2016 ]
    A
    I know it streams YouTube and iHeartradio and Pandora
    [ OMAR  May 23, 2016 ]
    Q
    can a universal steering wheel remote control work for this stereo?
    [ Michelle  May 05, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes just have to purchase the correct wiring kit
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    A
    Yes it will. There are a number of 'how to' videos in you tube in this subject. Eachv brand of vehicle uses different wires, but in theory is doable, I had some issues with mine and still need to set manually a couple of buttons, my brand of car is not very common in the US ( Grand Vitara Suzuki)
    [ German  May 07, 2016 ]
    Q
    can this model support sirius radio?
    [ 230045j  Apr 08, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    No it does not. If you have it on your phone it will through Bluetooth.
    [ LARRY  Apr 08, 2016 ]
    Q
    would a pioneer avh 270BT style radio run with the installation gear for the avh 280BT ?
    [ Frank  Apr 07, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Thanks for your question. I believe it would, but for more information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to be sure. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and help determine the differences and help you make the best decision for your budget.
    [ Kenny  Apr 08, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    is there a cable I can use to get video playback from my IPhone 6s+ to my pioneer AVH-280BT?
    [ Gustofalopolous  Mar 31, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    We don't have a way of getting video from an iPhone 6s+ into this receiver. We have other receivers that can. Feel free to call an advisor 1-800-324-9695 for a personalized recommendation. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  Apr 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Has anyone put this radio into a newer car with an internal antenna? My last after market radio wouldn't work with the internal antenna. Thanks!
    [ Sarah  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    When you buy a car stereo from us, we'll make sure you get the right package of installation gear required to install it; including an antenna adapter (if necessary) to connect your new stereo to the factory antenna in your vehicle. To see the installation packages that are required for your vehicle, you can identify it with our Outfit My Car tool here: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx?lp=%2fCar%2foutfitmycar%2fcar.aspx Once you add the stereo you're interested in to your shopping car, you'll then be able to choose the installation package you want from the options we have available that work specifically with your vehicle. You can also reach out to one of our Advisors using the Contact Us link at the top of the website for further assistance. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
    [ Larry  Mar 23, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does the bluetooth also works for android phones or just iphones only?
    [ brandon  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    3 answers
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    It works with both Android and Apple phones.
    [ Elaine  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    A
    It connected to my android just fine. Even shows the song, album, and artist info on the screen. Even reconnects and auto-plays when I start the car.
    [ Phillip  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    A
    Brandon, before I purchased this I used my sons unit which is the same unit and my android paired right up with no problem. Hope this helps
    [ Mike  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    Q
    How do I disconnect a bluetooth device from this stereo? I want to connect my phone but it tells me the me memory is full
    [ Avery'Roman  Mar 14, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Mar 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Will this receiver read out incoming text messages?
    [ Leon  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    3 answers
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    no this unit can not do that
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    A
    No it doesn't, but I recommend getting the bt2800. More capabilities and much better screen resolution
    [ Evan  Mar 07, 2016 ]
    A
    Not to my knowledge but am not super savvy. Bought it for it's Bluetooth and Back up camera features. Would suggest you ask Crutchfield's customer service Dept whom I have always found super helpful and knowledgable.
    [ ROGER  Mar 07, 2016 ]
    Q
    Can you steam Netflix from a iphone 6 plus onto this stereo through the bluetooth feature?
    [ Brandon  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    3 answers
    A
    Not the video just the audio
    [ DOUG  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    A
    Sorry i have not tried this yet.
    [ EJSchulz  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    A
    I never tried
    [ Joseph S.  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    Q
    Will this unit display maps from a samsung galaxy s5, either google maps or waze?
    [ fuzzie  Feb 01, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    A
    no this unit will not display any maps
    [ zachary  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    A
    No. You can use the built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling & stereo audio streaming from your phone but the stereo offers no Android-specific functionality or on-screen integration. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Feb 03, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    I installed this model on a 2008 outlander with a rear-view camera. However, when I leave video on, I get a constant nagging black screen that tells me the video may be reversed. If I turn off the video, the nag screen goes away. But then the rear camera will not turn on on reverse. I have to turn the camera video back on. Has anyone experienced this issue? If so, was there a solution? Thanks.
    [ Marty G.  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    4 answers
    A
    it may need a hard reset. Unplug the car ( disconnect the negative terminal ) battery for 5 minutes and plug it back .
    [ German  May 07, 2016 ]
    A
    However some cameras are not compatible with different brands like Magellan camera are not compatible with other brand
    [ Wu  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    A
    Sounds like it's not wired up right. I had the same problem until I found out I had power wire to the camera hooked up to the wrong spot I also had the reverse wire hooked up to some navigation wire instead of the actual reverse indicator wire. Hope this helps.
    [ DOUG  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Jan 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    What do I need to install this in a 02 Camry? I.e. Mounting bracket and plastic trim
    [ Ryan  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jan 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    what is needed to use this with the rear screen in a 2004 Tahoe?
    [ badmoon  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jan 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    does this unit have back-up camera capability?
    [ Ruben  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Yes it does. The AVH-280BT is equipped with a composite video rear-view camera input for the addition of an optional backup camera (130NDBC8, sold separately). The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image. When the vehicle's transmission is put in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (violet/white wire of the harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.0 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Hope that helps.
    [ Kenny  Jan 02, 2016 ]  Staff
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